Real Wedding: Rebecca & Brendan
Rebecca and Brendan met each other on the first day of graduate school when they both began their studies in the Higher Education Masters program. The connection between the two of them was immediate and the two students began to date soon after becoming friends. Together, they toured western Massachusetts and enjoyed all that the New England town had to offer, visiting local brewpubs and restaurants and bars in the area. It was during their first weekend visit to Boston that Rebecca and Brendan knew that they were "meant to be" as they say themselves. Since that first trip together, Boston has held significance to their relationship as a place where the couple established what are now long withstanding traditions for the couple. The New England aquarium, the Beantown Jazz Festival and especially, Fenway Park. "Brendan claims he knew that I was the one when he saw the look on my face as I walked into Fenway Park for the first time," Melanie says of their primary trip to the baseball stadium.
Rebecca and Brendan got engaged in New York City on a surprise trip planned by Brendan for the intention of proposing. Visiting Manhattan in the weeks before Christmas proved to be a bit more meddlesome than Brendan had imagined. After dinner at a phenomenal organic-based restaurant, Brendan led Rebecca on "a wild goose chase across the city" as he tried to find the perfect place to propose, not having had anything planned for the actual moment. The Bethesda fountain in Central Park was too dark and empty, and a seemingly terrific place to get mugged. Rockefeller center was a lovely idea, but Brendan had forgot that they were in New York City in December. Rockefeller center was out of the question since it was a swarming mess of tourists, an unsuitable place for a proposal. Finally, they found Bryant Park. It was safe, it was quiet, and the light sounds of Christmas songs and ice skating set a delicate Christmas mood to the area. Having found the perfect spot at last, Brendan was finally able to propose to his girlfriend who in turn, happily accepted her new fiancé.
The newlywed couple knew that Vermont was the place that they wanted for their June wedding. Rebecca, who had grown up in Vermont herself, found that the Old Round Church was just what they were looking for in a ceremony location. "We loved the history behind it and the fact that we would be able to visit the location in many years to come." The classic New England beauty of the Old Round Church limited the need for overly lavish decorations while still being beautiful. For the reception, Brendan and Rebecca chose the atrium at The Essex for its similarity to the Old Round Church's classical aesthetic. The wedding was categorized by its clean and casual style, while still maintaining an elegant air of simplicity. The color pallet was done in complementing navy blue and grass green tones, highlighting the favorite colors of the bride and groom and of the theme of falling leaves that were used on the invitations. The presence of green apples in the decor also continued with the theme of simplicity, adding to the crisp colors of the wedding scenery.
For Brendan, the biggest surprise of the wedding came when Rebecca took to the stage with a special tune of theirs, the song "Here, There, and Everywhere." "It is one of our favorite songs," Brendan says of the Beatles track. "I kept pushing to have our musicians play it during the ceremony, and Becca kept refusing! I wasn't sure why she didn't want it played, but when she sang it in front of all our family and friends, it was the greatest moment."