wedding

A MORNING WEDDING | CHRONICLED IN PHOTOS

 

One month married, and the living is the best it's ever been. We are newlyweds, but it feels more like a kinship—a best friendship—that we were always intended for but waited four years to dig into fully. We have arrived and the view is supreme. I have finally compiled a list of the makers and loved ones who were involved in our wedding day, from start to finish. It is certainly inconclusive, as no wedding can be felt in full, merely described.

The ringsDana Ofir, an Israeli maker who seems to be a truly wonderful woman, custom made our wedding bands to match my moonstone engagement ring (which she also made). 

The shoes — We emailed back and forth with The Sabah Dealer to order our matching shoes. Handmade in Turkey, each pair has a little handwritten initial inside indicating who made them. You can read a little more about our feelings in this Instagram post from Sabah.

The earrings + necklace — My mama-in-law gifted me the moonstone earrings, and the fish necklace was a gift from my Uncle Kostas while we were in Greece.

The kale bouquets & flower crown — Karen Geiser, of Karen's Garden, is the local flower grower we worked with to make our kale bouquets. This post explains my experience. I made my flower crown using dried baby's breath that I'd had since college, dried hops, and dried lavender. 

The dress and veil — My dress was from BHLDN and was altered by my artist Godmother. She added in seven pin tucks (the stripes near the bottom of the dress) and hemmed the sleeves to create a point. My slip was vintage. My veil was made by traditional mantilla seamstresses in Spain, and was purchased through The Mantilla Company out of Cleveland. 

The suit and tie — The suit came from Jos. A Bank, and the tie came from Land's End.

Our herb girls + nature wand bearer — In lieu of flower girls, we had herb girls! Our nieces, Hazel and Frances, sprinkled lavender, bay leaves, scotch pine sprigs, rosemary and thyme down the aisle. Our nephew and Godson, Isaiah, carried our rings tied on a nature wand made of a scotch pine branch and rosemary.

The brunch + desserts — Fully catered by our very close friends at Local Roots. Hard to overstate how delicious it was. It was a feast. On realizing it was fully vegetarian, we picked up a big variety of cured meats from our local butcher shop. Desserts were lovingly made by all of the best bakers in our family. The coffee was El Recreo Estate by Oak Grove Coffee Co, our favorite of theirs. For toasts, we had a case of prosecco from Trader Joe's.

The makeup + skincare — My skin is hormonally dictated despite my greatest efforts. Morning and night I used Young Living A.R.T. cleanser and toner and YL's V-6 oil as moisturizer. I used one drop each of YL's Frankincense and Lavender oils in the morning, and one drop each of YL's Geranium and Cinnamon Bark oils in the evening. I ate (and eat) one clove of raw garlic every day, and for the 10 days leading up to the wedding I did a facial steam with one drop of YL's Tea Tree oil in boiling water. For makeup, I used Bare Minerals, Mary Kay, and Axiology lipstick. My skin felt wonderful and I would encourage any bride to go the natural route.

The venue — We were married at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Wooster by our beloved priest and spiritual mentor. We celebrated with 70 of our closest at my parents house.

It was heavenly.


all photos by our photographer, Chrissy Galloway, and our best friend, Andrew Enslen.
—M&S (Spigos!)

OUR WEDDING: PT. 2 | DISPOSABLE FILM

 
eating cake
wedding toast
one of the boys
mimi and haze
running to gurney
dancing with gurney

Though the general ethic of our wedding celebration centered on sustainability—that is to say, non-disposability—there was one exception we were willing to make: disposable cameras. 

Film photography has played a special role in documenting our relationship & our lives, and we had hoped it could play into our wedding plans in some way or another. Due in part to our decision to change the date on very short notice, we ended up with what amounted to "crowdsourced" wedding photos. With a couple of very talented photographer friends leading the way, DSLRs in hand, our wedding guests captured the action themselves using cheap drug store cameras. 

Yesterday, when we went to pick up the film—with that bygone feeling of unknowing anticipation that comes with waiting to have your photos developed—we were overjoyed to discover rolls that had turned out even better than we had expected. In placing cameras in the hands of everyone rather than one, we are now able to (re)live so many beloved moments & faces that we may have missed the first time around. 


—M&S

OUR WEDDING: PT. 1 | THE ETHIC OF SEASONAL

 

On a not-too-cold, overcast January day, we were married. With only our nearest and dearest family and friends present, George Harrison, Marvin Gaye, and Duke Ellington sang + played all day long. We foraged, found, or borrowed everything, and we had eight pounds of coffee at the ready. There were tears—my word, so many tears—and a smooch to seal the deal. Our send off was a full group circle singalong to 'Rocky Raccoon'—a longtime dream of mine. With these things and with so much more we were wed. While I simply cannot describe the day in full, I do intend to write on the facets that made it so rich. Our inclination was correct: simplicity and joy marry quite well with sustainability and seasonality. Excuse the pun.

Save for the disposable cameras lying about, there was nothing disposable about our wedding. We spent many hours ensuring nothing—except people—traveled far to join us for our celebration. Our ethics as a couple are deeply centered around seasonality. It is our ardent belief that choice in life should be dictated by nature. Only in recent years have we even had the option of deviating from Mother Nature's seasonal offerings. The myriad of expectation that wedding websites, Instagram, and American culture place on the engaged couple are unbelievable. As for Mark and I, we are surrounded by family who believe in the ethic of small, of simple, of paring down to the necessities. Our top priorities were to remain local, to source seasonally, and to spend money on a new product if and only if it was made by an artisan we got to know personally. (To that point, I cannot wait to share in a future post about our shoes and our rings.)

leah with flowers

A branch that Mark had found out in the woods hung with prominence. Hops that I'd gathered off the table at a conference lined the table and accented my flower crown. Mark and I made french presses using locally-roasted coffee and served our loved ones as they held their mugs out. Pieces of honeycomb from our hive lined the windowsill. My mama and I picked out each plate and bowl from Goodwill, and have since donated all of them back. 

There were a smattering of cloth napkins in my great-grandma's market basket, which sat atop a wooden chair built by my great-grandpa, her husband. My new mama-in-law baked our wedding cake: her famous coconut cake, unassuming and perfect in form. All greenery and flowers were 100% in season—most everything was picked up from a nearby flower grower, and some of it was foraged. With the help of my mama-in-law and her sister, we made gorgeous, fragrant, textural bouquets. Below, I've listed everything we used to do so, just in case you get the hankering to build your own wedding / party / bouquet.


WEDDING BOUQUET: HOW-TO

In lieu of listing formal steps, my recommendation is to check out a few books on floral design from the library, try to use color and texture to accentuate your centerpiece, and play around! Take it slow and do not give up. Make floral wire your friend. Everything we used came from Karen Geiser's farm in Kidron, Ohio, unless it has an * next to it, in which case it was purchased at Local Roots in Wooster, Ohio. Working with Karen was a dream. She let my mom and I tromp around her farm in muck boots, picking out anything we wanted to use for our January wedding. She is creative, and open, and authentic. If you're an Ohio bride... I cannot recommend her enough. Email me if you're interested in working with Karen or would like to learn more about my experience.

TOOLS
floral wire - in multiple sizes
garden snips or scissors
burlap or floral ribbon
twine

 

 

GREENS + FLOWERS
kale
scented geranium
curly willow branches
dried lavender*
rosemary*
dusty miller
bamboo
scotch pine


—S
other pieces pictured: pinched cups | french press coffee paddle