"I could recognize him by touch alone, by smell; I would know him blind, by the way his breaths came and his feet struck the earth. I would know him in death, at the end of the world. And perhaps it is the greater grief, after all, to be left on earth when another is gone." - The Song of Achilles" by Madeline Miller


Nestled within the embrace of an early 20th-century waterfront estate, Rowan and Julianna's wedding day unfolded as a celebration steeped in history, art, and the enchantment of love. As I arrived at the venue, the air had a crisp bite to it, but the warmth of anticipation and the comforting aroma of chestnut praline lattes embraced everyone.


The venue, a canvas adorned with art, historic artifacts, and lush gardens, set the stage for a day that would become a living masterpiece. A few minutes ahead of schedule, I wandered through the estate, scouting the perfect locations for later, and exchanged introductions with fellow vendors, creating a harmonious atmosphere.


Rowan and Julianna, accompanied by their charming Corgi, Johnnie, arrived punctually, bringing an extra dose of joy to the occasion. Positioned between two rooms, the brides and their supportive parties prepared for the day ahead. One by one, I stole moments with each bride amidst the garden's splendor, capturing their individual radiance.

Julianna, a vision of whimsy, adorned a gown with dainty sleeves and shimmering leaves, echoing the beauty of the garden that surrounded her. Rowan, equally stunning, wore a vintage-inspired lace gown that harmonized seamlessly with the venue's rich history. The magic intensified as I guided them to their first look in the abbey, a moment where vibrant warm brick clashed with the cool blue sea, creating a backdrop as timeless as their love.

As they exchanged private words, Rowan invoked a quote from "The Song of Achilles," a poignant touch that added a literary layer to their love story. The ceremony, a heartwarming affair officiated by Rowan's college friend, Julianna's brother, and a mutual friend, unfolded against the backdrop of the Scottish tartan hand fasting rope, expertly intertwined to symbolize their union.


The celebration flowed seamlessly from there. Guests reveled in cocktail hour amidst the gardens as Rowan and Julianna, accompanied by their furry friend, stole away for more portraits around the estate and museum. A curated meal was served, and amidst laughter and clinking glasses, the newly pronounced wives cut the cake and shared sweet macarons with their guests.


The dance floor beckoned, and soon, everyone was swept into the rhythm of the evening. Rowan and Julianna, each sharing a dance with their fathers after their private first dance together, set the tone for a night of joyous celebration. The outdoor dance floor came alive with the Cha Cha Slide and nostalgic early 2000s beats.


As a thoughtful touch, Rowan and Julianna had prepared custom favors for their guests: Rowan's Rub and Julianna's Jam, both of which proved to be as delightful as the couple themselves.


In the embrace of a historic waterfront estate, Rowan and Julianna's wedding day became a chapter in the venue's rich tapestry, a timeless love story that unfolded amidst art, gardens, and the warmth of shared moments.