A three-year engagement, long distance planning, and a long distance relationship…for Jessie and James, good things came in threes. Including their wedding day.
“James and I grew up near each other in the Washington, DC area, but we didn’t meet until we were both living in Colorado, where I went for undergrad. We dated for about three and a half years while living in Colorado, James worked for a litigation firm at the time and I worked as a bartender and as a snowboarding instructor at Arapahoe Basin.
In 2010, I was accepted to NYU for graduate school for Speech Language Pathology, and James accepted a position with the Appellate division of the Public Defenders office. James and I decided to maintain a long distance relationship for the length of the graduate school program – James staying in Denver, Colorado where we had made a home, and me in New York City.
One week before I left for the three-year program, James proposed, on August 25, 2010 (exactly three years before we eventually get married. This fact is actually a coincidence and not planned. I realized about 6 months into planning that we had set the wedding date to exactly 3 years from the date of engagement!). At about that same time, my parents bought a vineyard in Sonoma, California, a place we thought would be a perfect setting for a wedding. The following three years were a whirlwind of new beginnings for both me and James, maintaining a long-distance engagement, planning a long-distance wedding!”
Jessie and James’s destination wedding was filled with beautiful, meaningful details, including the very venue, a vineyard in Sonoma, California, and their very special ring bearer.
“The ceremony took place at a vineyard down the road from my parents’ house. It is owned by my parents’ friends, who live next door to my parents at their permanent residence in the Washington, DC area. Some interesting details include: I was honored to carry a prayerbook down the aisle that has been carried by every bride at a Hardy family wedding for seven generations. The talis (Jewish prayer shawl) used to wrap James and I during the ceremony belonged to my grandfather who could not be with us that day. Vasha, our dog, made an excellent ring-bearer.
…We had a variety of wines to choose from including a Merlot from the vineyard where the ceremony took place (a year 2006 – the year James and I started dating coincidentally!). As the sun went down, guests were offered bright pashminas to wrap themselves in! Guests were also offered customized wine stoppers, and escort cards were chalkboard wine charms that guests were also offered to take home with them. I guess I love practical and reusable details!”