Chris and Shannan put their whole wedding together in less than two months. During our first call, they told me about their plan to dispense with most of the usual wedding traditions and “do it the way we want to.” I was like, “Hell yes! Sign me up.”
They found a beer garden in Weymouth for the venue. They hired a reggae band and a taco truck for food and entertainment. Shannan made her own bouquet and she made Chris’ unique bullet casing boutonniere with faux flowers and feathers. She wore her mom’s wedding dress. They gathered up the flowers, the cake, cozy blankets, and so many other beautiful details. They pulled everything together in an honest, delightful, and fast(!) way.
That day, we met before the ceremony at a nearby commuter rail station, at a place where two train tracks come together. The leaves were pink and gold and green and the tracks felt symbolic, as they shifted to align and form one path.
We headed over to the ceremony, which was sweet and sun-soaked. Chris and Shannan said their vows softly, for only each other to hear. They kissed and their friend and family cheered as the sun began to set beside an empty airplane hangar, surrounded by vibrantly painted shipping containers, and glowing strings of lights. Puffy clouds passed slowly over the beer garden, as guests ate tacos near a cozy fire pit and a reggae band played with simplicity and soul.