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REAL WEDDING | Simple Navy and Cranberry DIY and Red Sox Infused Wedding | Sweet Alice Photography

Mary and Aaron are our adorable and sweet couple we are featuring on this beautiful evening! They love all things simple, are hard workers, and always look for the best in others. The dynamic duo met online and often joked about the way they met during their wedding ceremony and reception, saying good things CAN come from the Internet! Mary is a designer and had a total DIY wedding when it came to her decoration, flowers and even her invitations suite. She also played a game of crokinole with her dad during the reception instead of the traditional father/daughter dance. They also paid homage to their love for the Boston Red Sox in several ways – all the way down to the colors that were worn and the decorations that were made. Scroll down to check out this absolutely beautiful day!

Mary & Aaron

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Vendor Love – Photographer: Sweet Alice Photography | Invitations & Calligraphy: Down to the Bay Designs (the bride) |  Jewelry: bride’s engagement ring – Erica Freestone Jewelry; Bride’s wedding band – made from her Grandmother’s engagement band and refashioned by Brad Matthews Jewelers; Groom’s Wedding Band – Clean Casting Jewelry; Bride’s Earrings – Olive Deer | Bride’s Attire: David’s Bridal | Groom’s Attire: Jos A Bank | Ceremony Location: Christ Community Church – Belchertown, MA | Reception Location: Hadley Farms Meeting House – Hadley, MA | Rentals and Décor: All décor was made by the bride and her mother, with help from friends and family | Officiate/ Minister: Pastor Emmanuel Haqq – Christ Community Church

How did the two of you meet? We met in a chat room on and started talking outside of the site. Our entire relationship was long distance (up until we were together right before the wedding). Describe your engagement: She brought Chick-Fil- A 4 hours to see him. They went to a park by a lake to eat the reheated dinner at sunset. There were fireworks going off. He asked. She answered. They danced in the moonlight, under the stars. Personal or handmade details: Most of the wedding was DIY. The bride, a graphic designer, made the invitations, programs, signage, etc. (basically anything printed). She also made the flowers with felt from Benzie Designs Felt. Her mom, an art teacher, helped make the centerpieces, the ceremony backdrop flags, and the base for the pie-stand (they didn’t have cake). The bride made sure there were baseball touches throughout the wedding. They took pictures at a baseball field, the guestbook was a home plate with hand lettering (by the bride) that matched the lettering on the invitations and in the programs, the centerpieces had mason jars decorated to look like baseballs, and there was a baseball mantelpiece decoration that had their last name with the same hand lettering as on the guestbook. Describe your Flowers: All the flowers were made by the bride with felt. They were shades of cranberry and pink with various greenery. Memories and Stories about the Day: The bride and her father don’t like dancing, so instead they played a popular game for their family – crokinole. One of the bride’s uncles narrated a play-by- play. Both the bride and groom are big Red Sox fans, so that inspired their color scheme, décor, and a lot of other fun stuff. Your first dance song: “I Want You to be My Love” by Over the Rhine The thing that we would have done differently is?  Made sure the person decorating had instructions for everything. Some things were out of place, but it all looked good. If we could have spent our wedding dollars differently, we would have: I’m really not sure. We had a pretty limited budget, but did very well in getting everything we wanted to have. I don’t know if we would have changed anything up. Your advice for other plus size brides: Be comfortable. Find things you enjoy. Have fun with your day. Do you. At the end of the day, what’s important is that you’re married. Everything else is pretty trivial. Don’t get hung up on the little things that could go wrong. Spend the money on good food and a great photographer. It’s an investment. If you’re DIYing, set yourself a deadline and stick to it. What has surprised you most during the first few months of marriage? It’s only been one month, but it’s been great not being long distance, and Aaron is much more romantic than he gives himself credit for.

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Shafonne Myers is a certified wedding and event planner who longed for bridal inspiration that looked like her. She has created a website and magazine that brings bridal inspiration to plus size brides. She does speaking engagements educating the world about plus size brides and self confidence.
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