Winter Destination WeddingWords by Alicia Clark
Photos courtesy of Zac Wolf Photography
Sometimes a destination wedding doesn’t mean going to a different country or some tropical paradise, sometimes it means returning to a location with a very special place in the hearts of the couple getting married, sometimes a destination wedding means going home.
Although they now live in Boston, Sarah and Travis both had fond memories of their native New Hampshire. New Hampshire is where both bride and groom grew up, as well as where they first met.
As a child, the bride spent many vacations “up north” with her family skiing, hiking and camping. Her fond memories of the beauty of The Omni Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire are what sparked the idea to get married in that location.
The couple knew many of their friends scattered across the country and across the world would end up having to travel to their wedding regardless of where it was held. Because of the location in New Hampshire, it was easier to invite elderly guests who might have had a more difficult time in a destination like Mexico.
The Omni Mount Washington Resort is not only in a breathtaking location, but has historical significance and maed it possible for guests and the wedding party to stay at the resort at all times. No worries about going to several different locations for rehearsal dinner, ceremony and reception!
“We ultimately chose the location because of the historic nature of the property and the fact hat we could still invite many of our friends and family, while still being ‘away’ from the hustle of everyday life,” the couple said.
Because of the hotel’s remote location, it was essential for all guests to stay on site. This provided a challenge when it came to booking the necessary number of hotel rooms, especially as the guest list continued to grow and grow.
“We ended up shifting rooms up until the day guests arrived,” the bride said.
While a remote location made planning difficult in some cases, in others it worked out just fine.
“Because it was far away, we were able to separate [planning] from our everyday routines,” says the bride. “We did most of our communication by email and phone so I was able to schedule or squeeze in conversations as our lives dictated.”
Travis and Sarah were eager to highlight the rich history of their wedding venue and were excited to accent it with their own DIY projects. In order to find antique silver pieces to incorporate in the flower arrangements, the bride scoured antique fairs and stores, as well as searching for other items on Etsy and Ebay.
“A vintage post card served as the invitation I designed for our welcome dinner and I manipulated a quirky antique children’s map of New Hampshire into a line drawing that was eventually screen printed onto gift bags for our guests,” the bride said.
Of all her DIY projects, the bride’s favorite were the “Life of the Party and Recovery for Morning” kits handed out in the gift bags. “My family and I spent a good portion of Thanksgiving weekend assembling customized silver tins, which included everything from breath mints and Advil, to energy supplements and Band-Aids,” the bride described.
While the couple believes they spent the same amount on their wedding as they would have if they held their ceremony in Boston, they know for a fact they would have had a completely different experience.
If they held a local wedding, their friends and family would have joined them in celebration for the day, but would quickly move on and continue with their day-to-day activities. But with a destination wedding in a location as remote as The Mount Washington, guests were able to take a break from their normal hectic lives.
“By having our wedding in a location they had to travel to, it forced everyone to slow down and enjoy their surroundings,” the couple said.
With Travis and Sarah’s destination wedding, guests now have memories to last a lifetime and could enjoy a relaxing weekend away.
For advice the couple advises other destination I-doer’s to do as much research as possible and listen to their instincts, as well as maintain communication with vendors. “If a vendor doesn’t respond to an inquiry in a reasonable fashion, chances are they won’t be incredibly helpful when you need them most,” Sarah and Travis advised.
Vendors: Photographer: Zac Wolf Photograhy, Ceremony/Reception Location: The Omni Mount Washington Resort, Stationery: Lucky Luxe, Calligrapher: Holland Wilson, Desserts: Jaques Fine European Pastries, Vegan Desserts: Café Indigo, Bridesmaids/Groomsmens’ Clothing Designer: Lula Kate/Brooks Brothers, Florist: Dutch Bloemen Winkel, Gown Designer: Coren Moore, Groom’s Clothing Designer: Brooks Brothers
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