When I blog a wedding, I try to really hone in on what made this wedding “theirs.” With Kathy and Sarah, it was hard to decide what detail didn’t complement their laid-back, natural style. Kathy & Sarah truly know who they are, and the celebration they threw in the hills of Deerfield showed that.
First, the location. Woolman Hill is a Quaker retreat center, and while neither K or S is a Quaker, the style was fitting. It was so communal… friends and family came and stayed in the homes around the center, and when Jesse and I got there, it felt like summer camp with all your best friends. Kids playing in the street, friends and family decorating the tent, food being cooked. And Kathy and Sarah were getting ready together, just hanging out. The ceremony itself, conducted by a friend, was modeled on the Quaker style. There’s no center aisle, and friends and family were a deep part – doing multiple readings from around the room. For Quakers, the entire community marries the couple, and while that’s not quite legally possible here, it felt like the entire group was a part of the process.
Kathy and Sarah are nature lovers. I feel like that is kind of an understatement. The got engaged while camping in a yurt! They were having their honeymoon on a farm in the Caribbean. So having the wedding at Woolman Hill, with the meadows and trees and dirt roads felt right. They’re also librarians (I know, just when you thought they couldn’t get more awesome). And book details dotted the reception.
What a happy, relaxed wedding. sigh.
(Shout out to my friend Sue for hooking us up with Kathy & Sarah! As a present, I will not post photos of you dancing. Not because you look bad, but because you’d want to kill me hahaha!)