“As long as there’s laughter, there’s love.”
Photography: Apollo Fotografie
Venue: Yokayo Ranch
Coordinator: Rachel @ Yokayo Ranch
Hair & Make up: Wash & Brushup Co.
Event Rentals & Decor: Yokayo Ranch
Dress: David’s Bridal
Bridesmaids Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu
Tux: Men’s Warehouse
DJ: JT’s Mobile DJ Service
Catering: Croux & Company
From the couple: Sean and I met at training for work in 2010 – Sean working in the Las Vegas office at the time and myself in the Boston office. We quickly became friends and got closer as he moved to Boston in 2012. We played on softball teams and bowling leagues together and in 2014 Sean finally made his intentions clear and the rest is history!
We were back in Boston to go on our yearly Block Island, RI vacation, spending the weekend before we left hanging out and catching up with friends when Sean suggested we take a walk around Castle Island before we go out for the night. We used to live nearby and would go on runs around Castle Island all the time. We got to the top of the hill and I saw a set of beach chairs with champagne and lights and a sign that read ‘The Vogt’s. My family came out and surprised us after I said yes and he had a group of family and friends waiting at a brewery nearby to celebrate. My ring is simple and classic. His ring is also simple and classic but is also his late Grandpa’s ring which is so meaningful to him.
We didn’t necessarily have a theme but if I had to assign one, I’d say ‘rustic casual’. We wanted it to be a super laid back weekend which is why we chose the ranch, where 27 of us stayed. We actually chose the location site unseen off of HomeAway.com and never saw it in person until the day before the wedding. Luckily the greenery, cafe lighting, and farmhouse tables were exactly what I had pictured – perfect for our Yokayo Ranch wedding photos. We tried to keep things as natural and simplistic as possible. There’s also only so much you can do when planning a wedding from across the country, so we just let the location’s beauty take the lead. I went off of the flowers I wanted which were white roses, blue hydrangeas, and greenery, so our colors were in that palate as well. I wanted a simple, form-fitting dress that I could dance in. I loved it for our Yokayo Ranch Wedding Photos. I knew I wanted some sort of open or low back on the dress but I didn’t think I wanted lace until I tried mine on and I fell in love. The Galina dress originally had ties at the top of the back and I had them remove the ties and add a few buttons from my mom’s dress (which was also my Nana’s dress), which was one of my favorite aspects of the outfit. Shoes and accessories I procrastinated on because they weren’t super important to me, so I got some chunky light blue heels from Target as my something blue! Earrings were from BHLDN. My bridesmaids wore long blue dresses from ShowMeYourMuMu. I just wanted dresses that they were comfortable in and that they MIGHT be able to wear again! Sean wore a Perry Ellis suit from Men’s Warehouse that we loved because of the shade of blue it came in – kind of a uniquely bright navy blue. He picked out the ties for the guys from there as well. Shoes and belt were Banana Republic. I didn’t know where or when I wanted to get married, but I knew I wanted hydrangeas in my bouquet! I gave our day-of coordinator and florist, Rachel, a few ideas from Pinterest but kind of let her run with whatever she thought worked best. I honestly don’t even know the type of flowers that were in the bouquet besides roses and hydrangeas. Around my bouquet was my something borrowed (from a cousin) – a blue ribbon with charms on it with pictures of loved ones who have passed away. At the entrance to the seating area, we had a chalkboard sign with a rhyme about taking a beer and a koozie for the ceremony. During the ceremony we had a “cheers!” and also had a “beer unity ceremony”. The groomsmen, Sean and his parents, walked down the aisle to the “Game of Thrones” theme song by Boyce Avenue. Sean’s Grandma and nephew, bridesmaids, and flower girls walked down to Albert Chang’s version of “Say You Won’t Let Go”. I walked down with my parents to “I Can’t Help Falling in Love With You” (Laura Silverstein and Michael Thomas Connolly version), which was extra sentimental as it was the departing song at my parents wedding which was the same weekend, 36 years prior. Our recessional was “Higher and Higher” by Jackie Wilson.
Our ceremony and reception all took place within yards of each other. We absolutely loved the look of the farm tables on the green grass, with cafe lighting overhead and the mountains in the background – it worked so well for our Yokayo Ranch wedding photos. We had simple green garland on the tables with white candles. Table numbers and place settings were a DIY attempt by myself using wine corks – fitting as the ranch has a vineyard (and not to mention, we love wine). We loved our Yokayo Ranch wedding photos. Dinner was a very casual (very tasty) BBQ buffet by Croux & Co. and appetizers included delicious grilled cheese and tomato soup shooters as well as barbacoa taco bites YUM! Dessert was s’mores by the fire pit, as well as M&M chocolate chip cookies and boxed Funfetti cake that I baked the day before. First dance was the overplayed, over-cheesy “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran, a song that is sentimental to Sean and I as we danced to it on our first official date.