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Tell us your love story!
We met in Indiana doing one of the things we love, playing rugby. Cass, after almost a year hiatus from the sport, decided to come back to it while Kel was enjoying another usual Saturday playing their sport of choice. Both of us were not expecting much for that day except to have fun. Cass was set to leave Indiana to move to Boston, Massachusetts in 3 months, however, she met a charming and wonderful Kel on that day. After the game, she asked for his phone number and the next weekend was our first date. Every weekend after that one was filled with us visiting each other until the day came when Cass was Boston-bound. Kel helped Cass pack up her apartment and drove the truck from Indiana to Boston. The next year was difficult, filled with changes, late-night FaceTiming, and accruing A LOT of frequent flyer miles, however, we made it work. After a year of being apart, we packed up and were ready move in together in Brooklyn, New York, but first had to make a stop in Boston to help Cass pack up...again (moving has become a team sport, with Kel being an excellent packer and Cass doing an amazing job unpacking). It was a tough road getting to that point, but it was worth it in the end.
What about the proposal?
Kel is from the South and since we decided the wedding would be up North, Kel wanted a piece of home to be apart of our love story. Kel decided that he would propose someplace meaningful to him and share this with Cass, so he proposed at his family’s pond house. On June 10, 2016, Kel woke up unusually early with Cass, and their faithful pup-sidekick, Paisley, to walk out onto the dock of his family's pond house to watch the sun rise together. He dropped down on one knee and nervously asked Cass to be his wife. Cass was overjoyed, potentially with some tears in her eyes (which she will vehemently deny) and said, "yes!" It was as picturesque and as special as any proposal could be.
When did you know that you were meant to be with each other?
It definitely was not one thing but many. From day one, we felt very comfortable with each other. We truly felt like we could be our authentic selves and felt a safety in our relationship like we had not experienced before. This helped created a strong connection that made us feel like we are great together. We also provide a good balance for each other, with each of us consistently challenging the other to be a better person and to continue to grow. We both felt that if we were going to choose a person to be with, the other one would be it for these reasons.
Going into the wedding planning, what did you definitely know?
We both definitely knew that we wanted a classic, outdoor wedding. We wanted to mix both of our styles, fun and simple with traditional and elegant. Additionally, since we had many family members and friends coming from out of town, we wanted them to be apart of our day without them sacrificing an arm and a leg to get there. Therefore, we knew being close to New York City where it is relatively easy to get to, would be key.
What surprised you during planning? What was easy, what was difficult?
We never thought we would hire a wedding planner and we are so happy we did! So many of our friends have done weddings on their own and we don’t know how we would have survived the process on our own. He helped us weed through all of the opinions and keep to what we wanted to make it our special day and made sure we did not go crazy and continued to have fun!
Is there anything you wish you knew while you were planning your wedding that you know now?
With so many people providing useful (and not such useful) advice throughout, it is hard to think about anything that we did not know while going through the planning process!
Any advice for couples planning weddings now? anything you would have done differently or anything you'd like to add?
The point of a wedding is to celebrate and have fun and there were moments when it felt that we lost that due to some of the stress we felt from others and ourselves. This was complicated at times by all of the advice going into the big day. Our wedding planner really made it clear to us to stick to what we wanted and ignore all else. We would then help each other throughout the process reminding us of this fact over and over again. We would advise to stay grounded and remember to have fun!
What was your favorite part of your wedding day?
Besides the ceremony, our favorite parts of the wedding were the little moments throughout the day that made it special. Our photographer was great at being able to capture these moments without us even knowing it!
- Photography By Jordan Jankun Photography
- Planning & Design By Björn & Company Event Planning & Design
- Venue By The Briarcliff Manor
- Cake By Flour & Sun Bakery
- Officiant By Bob Alper
- Music & Entertainment By Party Time Entertainment
- Makeup By Amaly Dominguez
- Dress By BHLDN
- Tuxedo By Express
- Photobooth By FLUX Photobooth Company
- Hair By Salon Zoe
- Bouquet & Boutonnière By Evelisa Floral & Design