Sean & Cristin Bailey
In college, we took a whitewater canoeing class.
After college we went our separate ways; got married and each had a daughter. After our 1st marriages ended for their own reasons, we reconnected and went for a hike together. We got together one more time on Valentine's Day but not for what I thought was a date; we later decided it was, in fact, our 1st date. We went to Home Depot to get some things for a house I was about to close on, and then we went to dinner. I remember looking across the table at him and seeing the person I had been waiting for my whole life; this is why it never worked out with anyone else I thought.
Sean came with me to Reno for a work trip. He had the ring delivered to our hotel and after my training let out one afternoon....which happened to be Valentine's Day & our one year anniversary...he had rose petals laid on our hotel room floor leading me to a picture window over the Reno skyline which I followed to him. It started snowing as he got down on one knee and proposed. It was perfect.
I consider myself to be a very environmentally conscious as well as community driven. Wear Your Love was the first hit I got online when I Googled organic cotton wedding dress made in the USA. I fell in love straight away.
I got to do my measurements with my mother which was super fun and memorable. It became clear that WYL knew what they were doing. We even got one of my measurements wrong and they caught it. I also customized the neckline and the lace which made it one of a kind...like me :)
I opened it at the post office out of excitement! The postmaster and I gushed over it for quite some time. And when I tried it on I was overwhelmed by the quality, the natural feel of the fabric, the comfort and the precision with which is was clearly crafted just for me.
Natural and local. Our style was simple since it wasn't our first and because we are older than the average bride and groom. We got married on our 2nd anniversary on a lake in NH at a beautiful resort so we could be in one place for a long weekend. The wedding itself was small and simple yet stunning and intimate. A friend wrote us a song, and we danced as part of the ceremony. At our reception, we reused local beverage bottles and put fairy lights in them on tables with lavender and eucalyptus. We gathered with friends and family for brunch the next morning and spent an extra night at the resort as husband and wife.
Church Landing at Mill Falls Meredith, NH was our venue. It is on Lake Winnipesaukee, one of NH's most cherished, natural places. The food at the Lakehouse Grille, part of NH's Common Man, is exceptional. We dined with the small crowd for the ceremony before the larger reception following, and we had their amazing brunch the next morning. The atmosphere is super cozy with fireplaces around every bend and spectacular views of the lake everywhere. Church Landing was the perfect place for our family and friends to drop their bags and spend a winter weekend in comfort while celebrating our marriage.
Amy Hawkes (yup, she's now a dog photographer but was best of Boston weddings in her prior business for 10 yrs) did the photography.
All of our vendors were small, local, women and/or family-owned businesses in our current community and/or in the communities we grew up in: Lu Lu Beauty Co https://www.facebook.com/iwantlulubeauty/ did my hair as well as my daughter's. The Crafty Cakery https://www.facebook.com/ourcraftycakery/ made our sweetheart cakes and cupcakes. Ivy & Aster Floral Design https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ivy-Aster-Floral-Design/1009057862460026?ref=br_rs was our florist. Our favors which were custom lavender lip balms were handcrafted by Mothering Herbs all the way down in Tennessee but owned by a dear, talented friend https://www.facebook.com/Mothering-Herbs-28501588078/. Lakehouse Grille was where we had dinner and is part of the Common Man http://www.thecman.com/restaurants-and-menus/lakehouse.aspx
Our first dance was to a song our friend wrote about us. It was sweet, funny and perfect for the ceremony. The reception was all Spotify with mostly funk, reggae, classic rock and Motown.
The ceremony! I was so present and filled with joy to be looking at my husband. Our officiant was also a friend who has a huge heart. He articulated our love for each other so well I'm not sure how I didn't cry. My husband however...well, he's a romantic, and he did manage to hide his tears at least. It was perfect.
Simplify everything. Get wrapped up in the day, not the planning of the day. Be ever present at your ceremony and reception. Feel good about every aspect; it's the foundation of your marriage.
5 out of 5 stars.
Congratulations Sean & Cristin Bailey!
Wishing you the best today and always.
Cristin is wearing a custom Ellora dress with the Willa lace, a custom V-neck, white on natural, floor length train, and a closed back.
There wasn't exactly a 'moment' but eventually, I realized that I didn't want to experience life without him in it. We are an amazing team and always make it a point to make our life FUN. He is the most kind hearted, caring, hardworking and hilarious person I've ever known and I'm so grateful to have him in my life!
When did you know you had found your perfect dress?
I never really did the traditional bridal shop experience - I just knew this was the dress and the kind of company I wanted to work with.
I was excited but so nervous to put it on. Chris took my measurements for me and we sent them in. I was scared that it wouldn't fit so I actually waited a day or so to put it on. (Silly I know) But I put it on and OH MY GOSH! It fit PERFECTLY! The length of the skirt and the sleeves, the loose fabric but still tight enough to hug my curves. It was a dream! Aside from my wedding, I wore it a year later for bridals, and just did a sexy anniversary photoshoot wearing the top! It has been better than I could have expected.