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Real Wedding | Jackie + Doug

Tell us a little about yourselves!

We met on the Winter solstice almost 7 years ago, and have spent nearly every day together since; we’re best friends. Doug is currently studying to be a doctor at UNE and Jackie owns the vintage boutique Lowna.

Why did you decide to get married where you did?

We decided to have our 'ceremony' (ring exchange and legal document signing) outside the First Congregational church of Hillsborough in New Hampshire. Just 13 minutes down the road from our house in Washington, this is the church where Doug’s parents wanted to have their wedding. We’re a sentimental bunch, so their only son having his wedding at the small church in his hometown was a real treat for them.

How many guests did you have?

None! Just us and our dog, Finley. We had talked about eloping for a long time, so it was no surprise to our families that we kept it small.

What was your budget?

Between med-school loans and a kitchen reno, our budget was pretty non-existent. Our priorities were simple, quality wedding bands from The Jewelers Workbench and a photographer (The Light + Color) to document the details for our families. Nearly everything else was thrifted, borrowed or recycled.

Tell us about your outfits.

Doug wore his tried and true navy suit from Banana Republic; a great investment piece he purchased for a friend’s wedding a few years back. We love an outfit repeater! I sell vintage for a living, so that was a no brainer. I’ve been collecting different vintage wedding looks for years, but finally decided on this 1930s bias cut slip dress for myself; a dreamy, low-maintenance silhouette. I paired it with a pair of vintage Isaac Mizrahi kitten heels, also from Lowna.

What was the most important aspect for you, in terms of planning your wedding?

We really wanted to make the day special for us. Our families mean the world to us, so we kept flip-flopping about having guests or not, but ultimately it was the right choice to keep it intimate and celebrate with our families later.

Were there any elements that were important for you to incorporate?

Even though our families didn’t attend, we incorporated them into most of the wedding details. I used peonies from my mom’s garden for the floral arrangements, wore earrings gifted to me from my Dad and Doug’s grandmother’s slip under my gown. We also wrapped our rings in a vintage handkerchief from Doug's mom and decorated our table with linens from my Gramma. So, they were with us the whole day.

Any tips for couples getting married?

This day is for you and your partner. You can't please everyone, and you don’t have to! It’s so easy to get overwhelmed by the expectations and pressures of planning a wedding, but if a big wedding isn’t your thing, that’s okay.

Are there any vendors that you would like to tell us a little more about?

Ellen from The Light + Color, our photographer; we can’t recommend her enough. She not only captured the memories but helped us create them. And the pictures speak for themselves!

Photographer : The Light + Color @thelightandcolor | Ceremony Location : The First Congregational church of Hillsborough, NH | Reception Location : The couple's home + Eccardt Farm @eccardtfarminc | Styling + Flora : by the Bride | Cake : Pleasant Lake Cheesecake . @pleasant_lake_cheesecake | Jackie’s Dress : Vintage from Lowna @shoplowna | Doug’s Suit : Banana Republic @bananarepublic | Wedding Rings : The Jewelers Workbench (Gregg Mezzepelle) | Shoes : Vintage from Lowna @shoplowna | Jackie’s Earrings : Petite Villa Hoops by Rackk + Ruin Jewelry @rackkandruin | Finley’s Custom “Best Man” Dog Tag : Blink Things @blink.things


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