‘A perfect little backyard wedding’

Rich & Jan Little | July 7, 2018

Old Orchard Beach meant a lot to Jan, so it was perfectly fitting for then-boyfriend Rich to propose on the sandy shores of the coastline she’d grown up on. The best part? She had no clue since the couple had been vacationing there every summer for years.

“I made sure to call Jan’s daughters first for permission and then I surprised her during our early morning walk. We had friends there, one of which is a photographer, and she caught the moment on camera,” says Rich. “Jan had no clue and we both cried.”

Fast forward to 2018 and the couple were planning a backyard summer wedding in New Hampshire. Their land boasts a scenic view of Mt. Ucanoonuc and a large pond would serve as the perfect backdrop for photos. The couple decided to save money by doing everything themselves, from food to tabletop settings to music.

“We didn’t have an engagement or bridal party and instead of wedding gifts, we asked our friends to bring food for a giant potluck. We were so fortunate to have friends and family who helped serve food and hot glue wine bottles for the centerpieces,” says Jan. “I had a great group of women supporting me, and Rich helped out a lot around the yard to prepare.”

Opting for navy blue dresses for the bridesmaids and blue Hawaiian shirts for the groomsmen, the couple complemented the outfits with giant sunflowers. Jan made all of the bouquets and boutonnieres herself, and sunflowers decorated the awning and the reception area.

Our guests could not believe that we pulled off such an amazing wedding all by ourselves.

The bride traveled from New Hampshire to Elizabella’s Bridal Boutique to search for her dress, and immediately fell in love with a floor-length gown. But since the wedding would be taking place in July, the staff at Elizabella’s helped transformed the gown into a tea-length work-of-art.

“My dress was absolutely perfect, and working with Viet was so, so fun,” Jan says. “I just couldn’t believe how flawlessly the alterations were done. Elizabella’s is awesome.”

More than 150 of the couple’s closest friends and family attended the wedding on July 7, 2018, and were so amazed with the professional quality of their work. “Our guests could not believe that we pulled off such an amazing wedding all by ourselves,” Jan says. “ It was a huge group effort but it was an absolutely beautiful day.”

Rich couldn’t agree more. “It was the perfect little backyard wedding, and every single person contributed in some way.”

The wedding went off without a hitch, especially considering there were a few surprise elements.

“Our four daughters surprised us with a group speech and it meant so much to us,” Rich says. “And then we ended the night with a beautiful fireworks display.”

Plenty of sweet moments found at Chapin wedding

Kyle & Paige Chapin | 4.28.18

Wedding jitters are a real thing.

And at the Chapin wedding, hubby was so excited he accidentally said “I do” before the officiant could finish his sentence. But to be fair, the two were split for nine months while Kyle was deployed to Guantanamo Bay with the United States Coast Guard.

“It was so sweet, emotional, and filled with laughter because we are both goof balls,” says Paige Chapin. “Seeing Kyle’s face as I walked down the aisle and knowing that I was finally marrying my best friend [was one of my favorite memories].”

In 2017, after Kyle returned from deployment in February, the two spent March 22 hiking Linville Falls, where Kyle got down on one knee and proposed with his grandmother’s ring.

Paige wanted their wedding to reflect more of her North Carolina roots while Kyle wanted them to reflect his Florida ones, so the two agreed to compromise and planned a rustic coastal themed wedding. Held at the Neuse Breeze in Havelock, North Carolina, the day included a beautiful flower arch with chandelier that they stood under during the ceremony, and oyster shells with guests names on each table during the reception instead of place cards. Their color scheme included blush pink with cameo gold with navy.

The two were wed on Saturday, April, 28, 2018 in front of roughly 100 people. And throughout their special day, there were other sweet details, too.

“I also have a very talented friend who handmade our unity rope and board for our unity ceremony. That’s hanging in our house now and I love it!” Paige explains. “The dance with my Dad was to “Landslide” and even though he’s a terrible singer, he sang to me as we danced. It was just a really sweet moment.”

Paige wore a Justin Alexander gown from their Sincerity Collection, and the two honeymooned in Italy.

Photographs courtesy of Becca Kate Photography.

Seeing Kyle’s face as I walked down the aisle and knowing that I was finally marrying my best friend [was one of my favorite memories].

Lots of ‘special moments’ lead to Powell wedding

Jacob & Brianna Powell | 5.20.18

There’s no way of knowing ahead of time the exact reason we’ll fall for someone. It comes out of nowhere, and sometimes it’s a look, a pickup line, or the way their hair sticks up after they rub a hand through it. But for Brianna Brown, it was the dance moves that Jacob Powell had.

“Jacob made me laugh with his adorable dance moves and he eventually approached me to ask for my name,” Brianna says.

And from there, she says, the rest was history.

The two met at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. It was by chance that they ended up at the same bar during a night out, shaking off some stress from the rigors of school. A few years later, over a “special  moment”, Jacob got on one knee and proposed to Brianna. But this wasn’t the original plan.

“He originally tried planning a trip back to Boone where we had our first date but he said he got excited and just couldn't wait,” Brianna explains. “But we went to dinner [after he proposed] to celebrate!”

The wedding was set for May 20, 2018 at the Wrightsville Manor in Wilmington, North Carolina. Exactly 150 of Brianna and Jacob’s closest friends and family members attended the ceremony. A violinist performed while a live vocalist sang as Brianna walked down the aisle. Both of them prepared their own vows.

Brianna’s dog, Ivy, also walked down the aisle, which is one of her favorite memories from the day.

I keep going back through my pictures to relive the day and I’m just so grateful!

After the indoor ceremony, everyone let loose at the reception. Brianna and her bridesmaids performed a dance routine to one of Beyonce’s songs, which got everyone up and out of their seats. It was the beginning of a long night of dancing.

The bride wore a strapless lace-corset Eddy K gown that added a feminine flair to the elegant wedding. She purchased her dress from Elizabella’s Bridal Boutique.

Their wedding day went off without any surprises—unless you count Jacob’s secret wedding surprise for Brianna.

“After we finished eating dinner, Jacob surprised me with a poem he had written,” she says. This moment aside, the day was absolutely perfect, and the couple wouldn’t change a thing.

“I keep going back through my pictures to relive the day and I'm just so grateful for all of my family, friends, and vendors for making my night the amazing one that it was,” Brianna says.