Michaella and Carolyn met in 2018 while working together and began dating in 2019. They quickly realized that their friendship had turned into something more and decided to make things official by watching the Women’s Soccer World Cup together.
After a year of dating, Michaella proposed to Carolyn with a sapphire ring from Wander and Lust Jewelry on Etsy. Carolyn said yes, and they decided to have a two-year engagement to celebrate safely with friends and family during the pandemic. They gave all their guests at-home tests to take the morning of the wedding, and no one got covid.
The couple felt strongly about using as many queer vendors as possible, and many were already booked up for their wedding date. However, their photographer Amanda graciously gave them their vendor list, and they pretty much stuck to that list for all of their vendors. Amanda’s recommendations were spot on, and they were grateful for that resource.
The couple chose Fruitlands as their wedding venue, as Michaella grew up in the area and had been there before as a kid. They loved the classic New England vibe and the stunning vista. They opted for lots of greenery, warm candlelight, and put out games at cocktail hour to create a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere.
On the big day, Michaella wore a classic white gown from BHLDN, while Carolyn wore a custom slate blue tux designed by 9Tailors. The lining of Carolyn’s suit featured a galaxy design (she loves space), and their bridesmaid Liz sewed a piece of Carolyn’s mom’s bridal veil into the suit jacket. This was Carolyn’s first time wearing a suit, and 9Tailors helped her feel really comfortable and confident on this important day.
The ceremony took place at sunset overlooking the beautiful hills and foliage of Harvard. Their flower girl carried a mini pride flag down the aisle ahead of them. The ceremony included a poem written by Carolyn’s godsister and a reading by Michaella’s grandma.
After the ceremony, they took family photos deep in the woods by a gorgeous red tree their photographer had scouted ahead of time. Their first dance was amazing, and they loved hearing cheers from their loved ones as they added some spins. They stole bites of their amazing dinners while greeting their guests, and then came the dessert bar with mini pies, red velvet cupcakes, whoopie pies, and more.
One of Michaella’s favorite moments was looking out over the sunset during the ceremony, while one of Carolyn’s favorite moments was seeing the reception tent filled with all of the people who came to celebrate their love.
Photographer Amanda Macchia Photography
Caterer Fireside Catering
Dj Beat Train Productions
Dress Boutique Bhldn
Dress Designer Jenny Yoo
Engagement & Wedding Rings Brilliant Earth
Hair Stylist Moodz
Live Music Innocenti Strings
Suit Designer 9tailors
Venue Fruitlands Museum