Whimsical Massachusetts Summer Wedding: Aviva & Marya
August 23, 2014
Aviva and Marya met in college. They lived in the same dorm and grew together over time, finding mutual goals, beliefs, and outlooks on life.
Dubbed “Marviva” by their close friends, the two ultimately realized that they were perfectly suited for each other and, eventually, Marya proposed to Aviva on a snowy leap year day.
Marya and Aviva wanted to hold a summer wedding with their closest friends and family. They initially wanted a backyard style wedding, but found that The Brandt House in Greenfield, MA would better accommodate their many out of town guests. They rented the entire B&B and held the ceremony and party on the beautiful grounds. The resulting event felt like an intimate 2-day party.
The Planning Experience
Both brides are artistically inclined, highly organized, and very opinionated. Pinterest offered a plethora of DIY projects and decorations, as well as more than a little distraction. The couple planned their wedding together, and enlisted family to help make decorations. They used local businesses where possible to support their regional economy and create a unique wedding unlike any other.
Looking Back – Favorite Moments
Attention to detail and dedication to creating a personal experience guaranteed that the day was signature “Marviva”. The brides shared many favorite moments: “We had a ‘Flower Hell Day’ in which our friends got together and folded hundreds of origami paper flowers with us for 8+ hours to help make all of the bouquets and centerpieces. They were repaid with beer, hugs, and the promise to return the favor at any of their future nuptials. Additionally, we had a friend make our cake, and it was the first official wedding cake that she had ever made! It was a learning experience for sure, but the cake was delicious and beautiful, and we hope that someday when she’s famous a picture of our cake will hang on the wall of her bakery.”
The best moment of the day, though, was the rush of emotions right after Marya and Aviva exchanged vows, followed by running back up the aisle with their bridal party. What a celebration!