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boston wedding, the barn at gibbet hill – callie & san

We planned to meet Callie the day before her wedding. But as they often do, things got a little crazy on her wedding eve. We were first to arrive for a walk through at the wedding venue. Shortly after Callie’s parents showed up with craft supplies and jars of pumpkin butter. A bit later San entered through the front doors with speakers and cords filling his arms. It was easy to see that there was a lot to get done before the next day. Tags to make, knots to be tied, lights to hang and microphones to test. San dropped everything and greeted us with the most genuine of hugs. He had warm eyes and the sweetest Australian accent. He explained in the most kind and empathetic tone that Callie had just lost her iPhone which had all things wedding related stored on it. He wasn’t frustrated in the slightest, just worried about Callie and wondering what he could do to help her. Callie was back at the hotel practicing with their musician friends who would perform the next day. He asked about our travels to the east coast. He had a million things to do in a short window of time but he kept his entire focus on us. I was immediately smitten with his accent, sweet demeanor and his smile. My head tilted a bit as I gazed up and smiled back at him. The coordinator at the venue arrived with questions about set-up. She was all business with her clipboard and giant key chain. After a minute of talking with San she slowed down a bit, her head began to tilt and her smile now matched his. She was smitten as well. Callie’s Mom wandered over to remind San that he needed to get busy in order to make it to dinner on time. He politely confirmed that she was “absolutely right!” She grinned and patted his back. It was easy to see that she had been smitten for a long time. We stuck around to help out. I tied bakers twine around the pumpkin butters that Callie and San had made for their guests. Jon and San unloaded the sound equipment from the car and set up the stage. When it was time to leave I looked over at Jon who was talking with San. He was grinning from ear to ear, eyes fixed, head tilted. I smiled knowing that Jon was smitten too.

These two are sweeter than words could ever describe. A talented pair of Berklee alumni, wedding photographers and coffee enthusiasts. Callie and San’s musical wedding was featured this week on one of our favorite blogs. Thank you Meg for sharing this as a Wordless Wedding on a Practical Wedding.

alabama farm wedding- kelly & colton

We arrived at Colton’s family farm the afternoon before the wedding day. It was during a busy window when all the work that creates the wedding “magic” needed to get done. In the distance I could see what I believed to be the gigantic tree Kelly had written about in her emails to me. From the other side of the lake it looked miniature but I knew it was the one. People were scattered about and it took us awhile to locate Colton and Kelly. Once we did we hitched a ride in a golf cart to the other side of the property to the spot where they would exchange vows. Friends were busy under the monstrous tree setting up the natural stage for the ceremony. They had ropes and were hoisting huge black speakers up into the branches. The visual side of Kelly and Colton (the photographer & cinematographer) knew that setting up speakers and stands for their audio system would be a major eyesore during the ceremony. But their musical side wanted the songs that they would sing with their bridal party to be heard by all. The solution was to suspend the speakers without using stands and to camouflage them in the ample branches and leaves. Everyone standing in the tree’s shade had a different opinion on how the speakers should hang. And everyone under the canopy (including us) agreed that it was a challenging yet completely brilliant plan.

The tree was decorated with loving hands for the wedding day. In addition to jumbo speakers friends hung clusters of floating gold frames and mason jars with candles from her branches. On the wedding day there was an unexpected thunderstorm and downpour. The tree provided shelter from the rain and later the sun. It provided a sacred spot for a promise of unconditional love between two kindred spirits. Gazing up at the enormous wise tree while Colton and Kelly held hands and promised forever, I couldn’t help but think about genuine love and the story “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein.

Right after their wedding Kelly and Colton left their families and moved across country to Los Angeles to pursue Colton’s endeavors in filmmaking. I learned at the wedding that his family had actually moved out of the farm a couple years earlier. It was mainly abandoned, except for his brother who used it as a practice spot for motorcross training. The buildings where empty and the paint was peeling. His family was uncertain as to how much longer they would hold onto it. You could tell by the way they spoke of this place that they felt rooted to the land. It was clear to me that everyone close to Colton loved that farm with the giant tree. And that the tree loved them back.

Kelly and Colton’s Alabama farm wedding was featured on the stylish blog Green Wedding Shoes yesterday. It’s a lovely layout with tons of details and insight from Kelly on their big day. I loved the part where Kelly lists all her favorite memories from the wedding.

Wedding Details-

Venue: Colton’s family farm in Montgomery, AL //  Wedding Dress: Casablanca Bridal, purchased at Monica’s Bridal in Chattanooga, TN.  // Shoes: Miss L Fire // Bridesmaid jewelry: made by Kelly – her etsy store is Whisper Will // Groom suit: Brooks Brothers //  Catering: Smokin S Bar-B-Cue in Wetumpka, AL // Cake: Cookies courtesy of Mrs. Fields // Music: Emily and Garrett Blaising