I simply adore the style choices made by Megan. From her amazing lace and tool ball gown with the open back to the lace up the leg ballet style slippers she looks like the picture perfect princess. I love the story behind this wedding and all of the little touches that came together to make this the perfect day for Megan and Tristan.
This amazing wedding was captured by the very talented Kristin Griffin Photography!
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Some couples have a “love at first sight” moment. For others, love between them grows a little more slowly. That’s how it was for Megan and Tristan who met when in high school. “Tristan was friends with my brother,” says Megan. “Like all my brother’s friends, I really just considered him to be an extra brother. He though I was a very small, awkward child, who elected to cut her hair far too short.” Although Megan is still a petite bride – her hair is much longer now, almost to her waist! “We started dating in high school, went to different colleges and then went to law school together.”
Even after 10 years together, the engagement was still surprising for Megan. “I woke up one morning and decided it was time to get engaged. I joked that he had until my birthday to ask, but didn’t really expect him to. He’s very outdoorsy and likes to drag me up mountains and on three-day hiking trips, and has a habit of buying me hiking gear for my birthday or Christmas. My birthday gift arrived one day in a very large box – too large to be a ring – and after discussion, my friends and I determined that I was getting a tent for my birthday. One suggested that perhaps he intended to propose in the tent, but still… a tent?!? When I opened the gift, I found a guitar, and when I thought all the gift-giving was over he proposed! The first thing I said after “yes” was “I’m so glad you didn’t get me a tent!”
Soon after the proposal, this couple got right into planning. “Tristan pretended to be manly and disinterested in the wedding, but when I tried to make decisions on my own, I learned that he actually had a lot of opinions! Once I figured that out, I ran all the decisions by him and we made choices together,” Megan says.
And there were plenty of great details and projects to plan! “We picked a black and white theme, because it felt so classy. We tried to work in a few family traditions, too. My mom has a pin that belonged to her grandmother. We’ve worn it on all our important days (exams, competitions, etc). I pinned it to the inside of my dress. I loved my flower girl’s dress, too. It was so fluffy that she looked like she was floating on a cloud. I was very honored when my flower girl (age 6) told the hair dresser that she wanted her hair to look exactly like mine!”
The guests had a great time at the wedding. “We had an awesome band – they had everyone dancing all night! My younger brother, who is disabled, somehow made it onto the stage and stayed with the band most of the night, playing a tambourine. When he went to bed, he told my dad that it had been the best night of his life!”
If you ask the couple about their favorite moment, they each picked the same one! “Our photographer asked us to get at least four friends to hold sparklers outside. Everyone in the area seemed to get the message that we were all going outside now, so we ended up with about 40 people lined up the front steps of the hotel holding sparklers for a few photographs. It was the best moment,” says Tristan.
As for advice, Megan says that “I wish someone had warned me that when you are planning a wedding, everyone is going to want to help you. They are truly trying to help, and they are excited for you, but it can be overwhelming. There is also a crazy amount of ideas on sites like pinterest, which can be very stressful to look at. I initially deferred to the ideas others gave me, because I wasn’t confident in my own ideas. I ended up changing a lot of things along the way when I realized I actually didn’t like the things other people may have told me I needed. I guess I would tell other couples to trust themselves and do what you think will work, regardless of what others say. And of course, slow down and enjoy it – wedding day goes by fast!”
Photographer: Kristin Griffin Photography
Dress Store: Bella Bridal Shoppe
Event Planner: Everyday Details
Calligrapher: Hallowell Printing
Floral Designer: Harrington Flowers LLC
Band: Men in Black
Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Photo Booth Equipment: New England Photo Booth
Jewelry: Springer’s Jewelers
Musicians: Stretta Ensembles
Event Venue: The Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa
Beauty:Trilogy Hair Studio