September 13, 2007

Marci & Mark, September 8, Milford, N.H.

I found myself in New Hampshire last Saturday for the wedding of Marci and Mark, because Marci, who lives in Boston, had seen and loved the Tim Alan wedding video of a friend of a friend (Katie and Brad, July 2005) while on a trip to NYC last year. Thanks Katie!

The day started at the home of Marci's parents in Derry, where Marci told of how she started dating Mark on September 8 of 2002, got engaged on September 8 of 2006 and finally was getting married on the date this year! All coincidence, no less.

Marci also spent time in the room where she grew up before getting joined by her bridesmaids who had spent the morning at the salon. The beautiful scenery of the backyard was a great way to start off the day for me and Jared Charney, the photographer. Jared and I will be working together the next two weekends, as well so it was good to catch up.

While Marci's limo took her and the bridesmaids to The Mile-Away Restaurant, Mark and his groomsmen were making the trip from the Hilton Garden Inn in Manchester. The Mile-Away proved to be a beautiful, rustic spot in the heart of New Hampshire. The scenic views, old-fashioned charm and excellent service make it the perfect location for a New England wedding.

Soon after arriving, the ceremony began. The heat was oppressive, but that did not stop anyone from enjoying the beautiful ceremony that included poem readings by an aunt and uncle, a special song from Marci's cousin and a unity 'flower' ceremony.

The cocktail hour took place on the deck outside the restaurant before everyone moved under the enormous tent out back. The tent was key as the beautiful day gave way to a rainstorm towards the end of the reception, but all were dry due to quick acting staff that put up the walls on the tent as the rain came down.

Marci and Mark enjoyed a first dance, a comical speech by Mark's brother and a wild dance by Mark's friend with the bride, before retreating for an evening of drinks and fun in Manchester with any guests who still had energy to party!

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