Sophia & Ben

Sophia and Ben were set up by mutual friends. Sophia's best friend from college, Laura, ended up transferring to University of Vermont where she met Ben's best friend, Dan. Laura and Dan ended up setting them up long distance!

It was pretty much love at first sight. Ben drove up two hours from Connecticut to take me out on our first date. We walked around a pond, had our first kiss, and sparks flew. A few days later I returned to Union College (NY) for my Sophomore year and Ben (who had already graduated) drove up almost every weekend after that. We were long distance for three and a half years before finally moving in together. We’ve been together for seven years!

While trekking up Mt. Mansfield to show Sophia where Ben's dad's ashes were spread, Ben had something special tucked away in his gym shorts. Not knowing when, or where, or how he'd pop the question, they reached the summit to a beautiful view and twenty or so other people. Not able to get the courage to propose with an audience, they started their descent; passing dogs and other couples along the way. On the way down, Sophia found a spot that would make the perfect picture. Hopping up on the big rock, Sophia urged Ben to join her, which he did. He quickly pulled her close and kissed her on the forehead. “Will you marry me?” Sophia said as she often joked. Getting down on one knee, Ben then replied, “Will you marry me?”

Sophia and Ben held their romantic and rustic themed wedding at Summerfield Farms, incorporating dusty blue, rose and ivory accents, and lots of greenery and succulents.

The day itself was a bit overcast, chilly, and even rained a bit. Definitely not the weather we were planning for in May, but it still ended up being the perfect day! The girls and I stayed over in the Bungalow at Summerfield Farms the night before and had a relaxing morning hanging out and getting our hair and makeup done!

Some of the most unique elements of our wedding day were watching the Father of the Bride dance to Gangham Style (it was hilarious), and the Groom receiving his dream guitar - a custom Paul Reid Smith (PRS) - from his Bride!
If I could change anything about the day, I probably would have gotten a cake instead of doing s’mores by the fire pit. You never really know what the weather will be like (even in May!) and for us, it ended up being a bit too chilly for s’mores.

CEREMONY/RECEPTION Summerfield Farms

PHOTOGRAPHY Danielle Flake Photography

GOWN BHLDN

BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES WeddingtonWay.com

GROOM/GROOMSMEN’S FORMALWEAR CombatGent.com

INVITATIONS thepaintgrind (the bride)

CAKE In lieu of a cake, we chose to do s'mores by the fire pit

CATERING Fresh.Local.Good. food group

FLOWERS FLORA Wedding + Event Flowers

OFFICIANT All Faiths Wedding Officiants of the Triad

HAIR/MAKEUP Updo's Studio

WEDDING PLANNER Thepaintgrind (aka the Bride)

WEDDING COORDINATOR Patricia Huerta

MUSIC/LIGHTING DJ Harlem

RENTALS Carolina Event Rentals

VIDEOGRAPHY QVisuals

FAVORS Koozies designed by thepaintgrind (the bride)

TRANSPORTATION Holiday Tours

HONEYMOON/TRAVEL CTA Travel Services

FLORAL PRESERVATION Instead of preserving the flowers professionally, I rooted the succulents!

SEWING/ALTERATIONS Sara's Alterations

GOWN PRESERVATION Organic Cleaners

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