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Wedding Recap Part 2: Vendors

This is Part 2 of a 3 part series recapping our wedding. The first entry was about all the awesome memories & moments. This second part is more practical – a list of our vendors/services so that when someone asks me, I can direct them here. The last part of the series will be general wedding advice and tips. And then I think I will be ready to walk away from writing about wedding stuff!

jenny+david-258Venue: Camp Wing in Duxbury, MA. Gorgeous summer camp with a lot of options for a whole weekend wedding. We loved it, but it definitely did not turn out to be any cheaper than having a wedding at a more traditional venue (and was a lot more work!).

Photographer: Sara Smile Photography We really liked her – she was friendly and fun and easy to work with. Prices were reasonable and lined up with industry cost. Our wedding is on her blog.

Food: KO Catering & Pies, supplied the appetizers, dinner, and brownie ice cream sundaes. Their food is amazing, incredibly friendly and helpful staff, and great prices compared to others. We can’t say enough about how awesome they were to work with, and the fresh, delicious food. One catch is that they don’t bring the silverware/plates/table clothes, so you have to rent those separately – but you get a discount through them. The ice cream was from Christina’s Homemade Icecream, based in Cambridge.

Linens, cups, dinnerware: We rented all this through Rentals Unlimited. Their website was kind’ve clunky and the ordering process a bit of a hassle, but it worked out fine. We used them because we got a discount through the caterer so I can’t say if their prices are good or bad.

Booze: We got two cases of wine on sale at the NH Liquor Store Outlet. The rest of our beer and wine was delivered by Gordon’s Fine Wines & Liquors. It wasn’t discounted and was a bit of a hassle to pick out, but it was worth it to pay to have someone bring it all to the venue and be able to return what we didn’t drink. We hired a bartending company, Professional Pour, to serve during the cocktail hour and reception. We were happy with their services and felt like they were the best of all the options we researched.

jenny+david-105Music:

For the ceremony: a friend played banjo while guests arrived. We had a friend with an iPod and speakers do the music for the processional and recessional.

For cocktail hour and the reception: we planned to do our own playlist on an iPod with the camp’s speakers until about 4 weeks before the wedding, when we realized we just had too many other things to worry about and this just wasn’t something we wanted to mess up. Hiring Ryan Kelley, ohryankelley@gmail.com was one of the best decisions we made with all of our wedding planning. He turned out to be fantastic – we got a lot of compliments on the music/dj. Prices line up with industry cost.

Tandem bike: We bought it off Craig’s List the weekend before the wedding!

Flowers: I didn’t order flowers until about a month before the wedding, from the florist closest to the venue, Consider the Lilies. We only got a bouquet for me and the best woman, corsages for the mothers and grandmother, a basket for the flowergirl, and boutonnieres for the dads, groom, best man, and ringbearer. We had a mason jar of black-eyed susan flowers at every table and these all came from my sister’s yard.

Videographer:  We didn’t have an official one. A few days before the wedding I asked a friend who does a lot of video work if he could set something up to film the ceremony. He set a tripod and microphone, and I’m SO thankful I asked him to do this. We didn’t want to hire a videographer for the whole day, but you might want to consider at least asking someone to film key moments that you’ll want to relive and see on film.

jenny+david-195Ceremony: We wrote our own ceremony. We looked at ceremonies of friends’ weddings, and heavily relied on The Wedding Ceremony Planner – a book that helps you with layout and ideas. We were able to use a lot from that and tailor it to make it our own. My brother-in-law said the ceremony; he is a teacher by trade but was able to get a One Day Designation through the state. We also had a friend be in charge of the ceremony – she ran the rehearsal and made sure everything ran smoothly on the day.

Decorations: We mostly borrowed decorations from people whose weddings we’ve gone to over the last few years (benefit of getting married when you’re “older”). We also picked up additional stuff on Amazon, Ikea, and Joanne’s Fabrics. We got flowers pots for the ceremony area from a garden shop.

Guestbook: I made it from a pre-made template on Shutterfly. It was pretty easy and not too costly. I used pictures of us together from throughout the years, with a lot of pictures from our engagement photo shoot.

jenny+david-264Wedding planner: We didn’t have one. But a few days before the wedding, we shared all of our crazy spreadsheets and notes with a friend made sure things ran smoothly on the day of the wedding and made decisions if vendors had questions. This was key – to have someone else know about everything and help keep things on track.

Clothing/bride: My dress was from David’s Bridal – it’s the one I said I wanted when I looked ahead of time online and the one I got. The shoes were also from David’s Bridal, and jewelry from Ten Thousand Villages.

Clothing/groom: His suit was custom made by Indochino. The shirt and tie were from Macy’s, and the shoe’s from Zappos.

Hair & make up: It was done by my awesome sister (who is a Mary Kay Consultant), just like when we were little girls J I didn’t want anything fancy, and we did a test run ahead of time. She is a Mary

Save-the-date: We did simple post card save-the-dates from a photo template through VistaPrint. They were cheap and mailed directly to our guests…but the website was painfully clunky and some of them never arrived to people.

Invitations: We used a template with Minted. We loved the design and simplicity (single card double sided + a postcard RSVP). They weren’t terribly expensive compared to the norm, and there are always coupon codes and discounts available (just search for them). Our invitations did get messed up and come in late (with big discount), so order early!

 

Phew – I can’t believe we pulled off all of this! I’m also happy to share spreadsheets with anyone trying to plan their own wedding!

 

 
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Posted by on January 19, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Wedding Recap Part 1: Memories, Moments, and Feelings (and pictures)

This is a post by Jenny. 
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Our wedding was just over three months ago and I feel like I am still debriefing myself (clearly a sign of someone who was in AmeriCorps!). The wedding, and whole weekend, was nothing short of magic.  At the bottom of this entry you will find a link to the pictures from our photographer, with some favorites sprinkled in!

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David and I took some time and thought about the whole weekend and wrote down “Memories, Moments, and Feelings”. We often keep journals or superlatives while we travel, and we wanted to have everything from the weekend written down so we could remember and hold on to it.

jenny+david-177Here are some highlights:

 

  • Singing around the campfire on Friday night, with David and Chris somehow turning Santeria by Sublime into some kind of ballad
  • Doing archery on Saturday morning and looking around at our family and friends all there and being so happy to have everyone together and doing something fun. Alice & Amy win slow dances with Jenny by getting bulls eyes (though they never take up their prizes). Dan impressively shoots through an apple target on his first try.

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  • The whole wedding party walking together down the path in the woods toward the wedding ceremony. It felt perfect, fun, and exactly what we wanted. David and I were in the back holding hands, and all of us excitedly walking together before quieting down and getting in order for the ceremony.
  • For me (Jenny), walking in to the ceremony with my parents and immediately choking up, overcome with emotion. And my dad leaning over and saying “keep it together!”

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  • The entire ceremony was like we were floating – relaxed, excited, happy, in the moment, and emotional. We wrote it ourselves, but we forgot about some parts until they happened!
  • Riding away from the ceremony and seeing our dj and him saying “Oh hey guys! What are you doing?” “We just got married!!”. Then riding further into the woods and it being just the two of us, quiet, peaceful and beautiful.
  • Riding back into the cocktail hour and seeing so many people we knew were coming but we hadn’t seen yet and don’t see often (Dianne, Fish, Brian & Erin, Amanda..and many more!). It was overwhelming and exciting to see all our guests – all our friends and family, all there for us!

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  • Our first dance, to Our Song by Elton John, was probably the pinnacle of the magic. There we were, married, looking beautiful, dancing in a beautiful setting with glimmering lights to a beautiful song. While everyone was there and watching, we felt like it was just the two of us in our own magical world. It was so fun and perfect.
  • Dancing with our parents (with Dolores wanting to learn to do spins after watching us dance) and secretly transitioning into In Your Wildest Dreams by the Moody Blues, a song for which my dad and I used to watch the music video while playing cards when I was a kid.
  • The most epic “skanking” dance party! “Skanking” is a type of dance move, usually done to ska music – sort of like running man meets aerobics. We had all our family and friends doing this crazy high energy dance to Reel Big Fish’s Sell Out, and it was awesome.

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  • Starting off dessert with an unintentionally, perfectly timed song dedicated to David from me – Your Love is Better than Icecream (if you were there and had our brownie icecream sundaes, you know that’s a pretty bold statement!).
  • Getting sat down for our families to perform a special dance for us, The Wobble, which we at first thought was some sort of Bollywood dance. It was awesome.
  • The very last song of the night was Home, which is one of my favorite songs, and fit into a message from our ceremony – “home is wherever I’m with you”. The remaining people created a circle on the dance floor and David and I danced together, much like our first dance but with more energy and more playful. We high-fived every one in the circle and simply glowed in happiness. And, I did a cartwheel in the middle of the dance floor in my wedding dress.

jenny+david-64Here is a link to the pictures from our photographer. Enjoy!

And, thank you to everyone who came to the wedding. You truly made it magic and perfect!

 
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Posted by on December 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Back in the States (and Thank You)!

We flew into Boston this morning (love that dirty water)! Although our adventure was amazing, it certainly is great to be home. Oh clean tap water, how we’ve missed you!

We’ll put out a few more posts about our trip, so stay tuned. For now we want to take this post to say thanks to everyone that we met along the way. The Thai, Lao, and Khmer people that we encountered were all so genuine and helpful. And we met so many other travelers in planes, tuk-tuks, and over beers, all of whom were friendly and offered great advice.

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Hanging out with Jon and Steph at the Exploratorium

Hopefully some of these people are still reading this blog, and if so here’s your shout out! Please drop us a line, we’d love to hear how your adventures are/were.

  • Gabe and Christa – let’s meet up in Europe!
  • Palm, our friend, cooking instructor, and cultural ambassador to Thailand – thanks so much for showing us around and making us farangs feel welcome. Come visit us in America!
  • Alex from France
  • John Bardos
  • Matt Bellemare
  • Justin Fulcher and Ola (sorry, didn’t get your last name!)
  • Simon and Erin
  • Jenny
  • Dave Dean
  • Chuck and Aden – thanks for the recommendation on Koh Jum. We loved it there!
  • Jen on the plane to San Francisco – thanks for recommending the Exploratorium, it was fun!
  • Deepna and Simridi
  • Adrienne – thanks for pointing out the skirts!
  • Guys from New York – we never got your names, but we have this message for you
  • Ponheary Ly and family
  • Jon and Steph – thanks for showing us around San Fran!
  • Jenny and Nick – thanks for showing us around LA!

And thanks to all our friends and family back home who supported and encouraged us!

 
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Posted by on March 27, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Stepping onto the Road

Sam: This is it.
Frodo: This is what?
Sam: If I take one more step, it’ll be the farthest away from home I’ve ever been.
Frodo: Come on, Sam. Remember what Bilbo used to say: “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”

- The Lord of the Rings

Like Sam, this will be the furthest (and longest) I have ever been away from home. I am excited for the adventure in front of me and will greatly miss my home, my family, and my friends. David and I recognize that we are blessed and privileged to take this time and go out and travel. We depart tomorrow (Saturday, January 21) at 11:35am from Logan – fingers crossed that the snow cooperates so we can get out of this winter wonderland!

In anticipation of our travel, the blog has undergone some big changes and updates, with new sections added that include a new About section, FAQs, Itinerary/Timeline, and Packing/Gear. David has also been added as an Author, so you will start to see entries from him. More updates are needed and will be done from the road. I am excited about spending time on the blog and hope to grow it. Feel free to share the link with anyone you know who might be interested in our journey.

P.S. If you, or anyone you know is going to be in South East Asia while we are, please put us in contact! We’d love to meet up with people we “know”, or friends of friends!!

 
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Posted by on January 20, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

To Do: Doing Nothing

Being able to do nothing is something you need to learn to do. Everyone always feels like they should be doing something, with lists to guide them. Even fun, relaxing things like knitting or playing guitar end up on the list, and then they are no longer leisure because they are on the list! My response to this is “if it’s not on the list, how will I remember to do it?!” What if I just learned to not be doing something off a list, but instead just existed, and did things as they came to me?

Are we constantly volleying between and enjoying memories of the past and anticipations of the future? Do we need to learn to enjoy right now and be 100% in the moment? Have I (you) ever been fully present at any moment in your life?

One example of how I see this play out in my life is by taking pictures. I love to take pictures of the outdoors and mountains, and especially the sunrise. However, I couldn’t imagine going to watch the sunrise without taking a camera. I find that I spend most of my time taking pictures of the sunrise and the beauty around me rather than actually seeing it – saving it for seeing in the future as a way to remember the past, but not ever actually seeing and enjoying it in the present moment.

I don’t think I know how to live in the moment, but have felt like I have gotten closer to being able to do it in the recent months with quitting my job and feeling like I just know this is what I am supposed to be doing. On my recent road trip, on a long-haul day full of endless views of corn, I had a moment in which I knew and felt like this is exactly where I am supposed to be right now. I can’t explain it, but it was an overwhelming feeling that I made some good decisions and of complete contentment. That felt good.

Now, I just need to get rid of all of my lists…

 
 

A Brief View of my Road Trip

For the complete photo album of my cross-country road trip, check out my Picassa album at: https://picasaweb.google.com/JennyDuquette/RoadTripSept2011?authuser=0&feat=directlink

We spent a lot of time in the car!

The Great Smoky National Park

Black bears..just looking for some grubs!

Gorgeous peppers at the Knoxville, TN Farmer's Market

Though we saw a lot of corn, it was beautiful - so flat and unending, and so different from the Northeast.

Boulder Indoor Cycling..where you get on a track bike with no brakes, go really fast, and ride on banked walls. Awesomely terrifying.

 
 

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Road Trip!

The morning of Sept 5, I depart for a 10 day road trip. Christy, who I am helping with the drive to move to Seattle, and I will be stopping in D.C., Raleigh, Asheville, Smokey Mountain Natl Park, Knoxville, Indianapolis, Ankeny (Iowa), and Denver. I fly home from Denver on Sept 14 to go to Maine for a wedding.

 
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Posted by on September 4, 2011 in Opportunity, Uncategorized

 

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