For Nick and Lindsay, a chance encounter led to a scenic wedding that took place in North Sandwich, New Hampshire. “Nick and I met while I was visiting the Bay Area, where I had lived and since moved from in January 2011,” says Lindsay. “Fast-forward a month and I moved back to Oakland and that was sort of that.”
As for the engagement, Lindsay beat Nick to the punch. “At some point I realized that it was sort of silly to wait for Nick to propose when I knew I wanted to marry him, and so I proposed in a somewhat spontaneous way one morning in July. I think he thought I was joking. Later he revealed he was planning a proposal too, so we were definitely on the same page,” she relates.
The couple had a hard time deciding on what kind of wedding they wanted, or if they wanted one at all. But a family favor cleared the confusion: “Nick’s aunt and uncle generously offered to let us get married on their beautiful property in New Hampshire,” says Lindsay. “It was pretty much our dream spot and we are lucky to have had access to it.”
Lindsay and Nick chose to have two ceremonies. They wanted to incorporate Nick’s Quaker background but ran into a snag when they were not able to marry themselves. “We thought the justice of the peace part would be more logistical than spiritual, but it ended up being an incredibly moving and intimate experience,” says Lindsay. “The next day we gathered with our favorite people, shared our vows with them and invited them to speak about love, marriage or anything appropriate for the occasion.”
Community was a major theme of the wedding day. “Our friends and family were an immense help in getting ready,” says Lindsay. “From farmer friends who grew the food and flowers, to my aunties who arranged them, to our college friends who set up chairs, mixed cocktails, strung lights and so on and so on, we called upon the people we love over and over and they gave us so much more than we could have expected—and we had a lot of fun too.”
CEREMONY LOCATION + RECEPTION VENUE: MCILVAIN FAMILY FARM.
CATERING + CAKE/DESSERT: DELICATA CATERING, LUNA BLEU FARM.
RENTALS: LAKES REGION TENT & EVENT.
FLORIST: THIRD BRANCH FLOWER.
BRIDAL GOWN: J.CREW.
WEDDING BANDS: COMMITME.