We actually met in high school. Jen, a freshman, Laura, a senior and met at basketball camp where Laura was a counselor. We went our separate ways and reconnected over a Head and The Heart concert we both attended sixteen years later. Laura messaged Jen on Instagram when she saw Jen’s story about being at the concert. We met up to play basketball and haven’t stopped hanging out since.
The proposal was pretty incredible with dual Easter morning proposals. Laura had planned an egg hunt around the yard, leading into the field that they take their dogs and goats for daily walks. She has no idea that Jen was planning the same thing (because the year before, when Easter landed on April 1st, Jen made Laura go on a fake egg hunt as an April fools-part of Jen’s master plan). Jen had an inkling the Friday before that something was going on, so she let Laura take the lead. So, after church, they came home and set off for the hunt. When they got to the field, Laura proposed. Moments later, Jen gave Laura an egg and also proposed.
We had a vision of how we wanted the wedding to look and feel “moody romantic.” Olio was a blank canvas with a great vibe and it was pretty local. Since we were getting married in the winter, we wanted to have it somewhere that was easy for most people to get to. Olio had been open a little less than a year, so we knew what we wanted to do hadn’t been done there before.
We had a vision of how chic we wanted it and collected pictures from Pinterest and Instagram. Using vendors that we knew would make what we designed work.
Since Olio didn’t provide anything but the space, we did everything. It gave us the freedom to set the design according to our vision. We created the lounge space by searching and buying furniture pieces: hurricanes and candles, the trees, photobooth everything. The alter was really special, as well. A lot of research and time went into setting up the room perfectly, and we ended up starting our own event rental company, “Better Together,” with all of the items we collected!
For our outfits, Laura went to BHLDN with her sister and tried on a bunch of dresses. Fortunately, it was the first dress she tried and loved it.
Jen had gone with her mom to a few places, loved a couple of different ones, but the one she picked was a perfect deal and fit. Jen also knew she wanted a flower crown and made sure that happened.
THE WEDDING DAY
Jen got ready at The Merchant Hotel with her brother, mother, father, and a couple of her best friends. At the same time, Laura got ready at The Salem Waterfront with her friends and brothers and sister.
It was an emotional day for Laura with the excitement of marrying the one and only Jen Corso and also the disappointment that her parents were not there to support her in the marriage of the person she wanted to spend forever with.
Some of our favorite memories are getting ready with our people and knowing how loved we are. Seeing Jen for the first time, she was radiant and exactly what I pictured. Saying our vows was also a very special moment. Before the wedding, coming up with them was transformative, making promises to a person and wanting to live up to them. Hearing the MOH speeches, and of course the dancing! It’s really hard to choose our favorite moment. The whole day was magical!
Marriage is a sacred covenant made to your person to love and grow with for life. It means a commitment to stand with each other through everything that life throws at you and to be teammates, partners, confidants in life.
Photography by Maddie Barr Photography
Band Plush Music
Cake Cakes By Erin
Catering Kitchen to Aisle Catering & Events
Cinematography Stop Go Love
Florals Apotheca Flowers
H&MU My Big Hair Day, Caity Jade Artistry
Planning Indigo Event Co.
Signs & Lighting Peabody Sign
Venues Olio Event Space, The Merchant Salem