A Tented New England Farm Wedding – Riley & Dan PART I – Wedding Planning in Dartmouth, MA
When Riley first contacted me for month-of coordination services she explained that her and Dan were both finishing medical school, they had just gotten engaged over New Years and they were planning a June wedding. I knew right away this was a special couple. The first face-to-face meeting was done at the future reception site – Riley’s Grandfather’s farm in Dartmouth, MA. I pulled down a long windy driveway and was met with the sight of Riley raking the grass, Dan on the tractor and the rest of her family doing various other chores to get the site ready. I was instantly smitten with the couple, their family and the wedding vision.
As we sat on the back porch soaking in the spring sun and pouring over Riley’s wedding plans, she explained how her parents were married at the exact same spot years ago. When I asked her how many attendants she would have, she said “well I have 5 girls; they are all my maids of honor”. She then followed with “…and 13 junior bridesmaids, 2 ring bearers and 2 flower girls. I have a lot of cousins and I want them all to be a part my day”. As her father chuckled in the background, and I tried to rap my head around how I was going to get 17 kiddos under the age of 18 lined up and down the aisle, a smile spread across Riley’s face. She simply explained “I know it’s crazy, but I love my family and the ciaos”.
The days leading up to the wedding were spent finalizing details and stalking the weather. The forecast was not looking good. A week’s worth of rain had already happened, and it didn’t look like it was going to clear up anytime soon. The night of the rehearsal dinner it was a monsoon, but we awoke to a day of sunshine. After some emergency reshuffling of a partially-flooded tent, the day was a huge success. It was a perfect day full of unconditional love, family, and celebration of this amazing couple. Long Haul Films put together this highlight reel that does an outstanding job of capturing the day. Warning – you might need a tissue!
I’ll be back next week with more details and photos from the amazing day.