Katherine & Mark’s Cozy Library Wedding and Lively Pub Party
Katherine and Mark wanted a simple wedding where they could celebrate their union together with family and close friends. They did have a few “musts” — a non-stuffy venue, an awesome beer selection, and lobster rolls — all of which they did end up having, and then some. Their ceremony was in a garden outside a library in the town next to where they live, and the reception was held at a favorite hangout, a local pub. The decor was handmade by the bride, further giving the wedding a comfy homegrown feel. There was love, laughter, much drinking, and dancing throughout the celebration, all beautifully captured by the always fab Karina Picache of OhKarina Photography. Enjoy!
From this point on I will let the lovely Katherine tell you all about their special day:
Our ceremony took place in a garden outside of a library in the next town over. We had an awesome bluegrass band play for both the ceremony and cocktail hour. To continue with the homegrown feel of the wedding, my Dad who is an ordained Baptist minister married us. As a side note, my Dad was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer four years ago and is still undergoing treatment. For me, having him both walk me down the aisle and then perform the ceremony was the most special part of the day.
Mark and I are huge travel buffs and we’ve been all over the world throughout our relationship. To capture this huge part of our personality as a couple, we decided to use travel as our wedding “theme”.
Instead of a guestbook, we had our friends and family sign a globe I bought on Ebay and our cardbox was an old suitcase that formerly housed my collection of barbies as a kid. Our table numbers were maps of our favorite cities we’ve backpacked through. I also made 180 paper roses from vintage maps and leftover invitations (with a map motif) for the wedding.
My mom, a former professional cake decorator, handmade all of the gum paste roses on our cake and created four original cupcake flavors. The rest of our flowers were bought in bulk from Costco and were assembled the day before the wedding with my family and friends. This was a huge money saver and also meant that there would be no stress over flower delivery the day of the wedding!
In fact, all our decor, including the table runners, dinner/dancing playlist (we used an iPod instead of hiring a dj), menus, vases, the whole she-bang was handmade by myself, with some help from my two “maids of honor”.
When Mark and I started planning our wedding, we decided that our wedding must have 1. an awesome, non-stuffy location 2. a short guest list 3. a great beer selection 4. lobster rolls. This proved to be much harder than we originally anticipated. After looking at wedding venues for a solid two months’ worth of weekends, we found ourselves having a pint at one of our favorite pubs and live music venues in our neighborhood, Atwood’s Tavern. Atwood’s has one of the best beer lists in the Cambridge/Boston area and we are regulars at their Monday night bluegrass jam. We realized right then we were sitting in the perfect wedding venue.
We sat down with the owner, who was incredibly gracious enough to give us private access to the pub the entire wedding day. He was a huge help in customizing our wedding. Since the pub is not a typical wedding venue, we were truly able to create a completely unique, personalized event. Everything was created from the ground up, including a menu designed by one of the premier chefs in Boston, Alex Crabb (and yes, there were lobster rolls!) While planning at times felt like a huge undertaking (we did not have a wedding planner and relied mostly on checklists and wedding blogs to guide us in the process), the control we had over every detail made it day more special than anything we could have imagined.
One of the best parts of our wedding was sharing not only this incredibly important day with our family and friends, but also one of our favorite neighborhood haunts. Now, we love being able to relive our wedding day festivities every time we go to Atwood’s for a pint or a band.
Thank you Karina for sending your gorgeous images my way, and congratulations to Katherine and Mark. I wish you guys a lifetime of married bliss.
Photography: Karina Picache, OhKarina Photography
Ceremony Venue: Robbins Library, Arlington MA
Reception Venue: Atwood’s Tavern, Cambridge MA
Dress and Veil: Casablanca, Precious Memories, Malden MA
Band: Goodtime Stringband
Hair: J.R. Burke Salon, Arlington MA
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