I was born and raised in Vermont, whereas Ibrahim (Abe) was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina and grew up in Vermont after immigrating in the early 1990s. We have always believed that everything happens for a reason, especially when our paths crossed in the summer of 2013 working at Chili's. Months went by as our friendship grew and we began to spend all our spare time together during breaks, weekly outings to the waterfront, repeated visits to our favorite restaurant, and long drives blasting our favorite music. As New Year's Eve approached, Abe asked me to be his New Year's Eve Kiss, and the rest is history!
After 10 years of memories, we haven't stopped laughing together. We have traveled across the country, spent lazy days by the river, learned how to survive a camping trip together, adopted our wild kitties, and most recently, said "I Do" on the Lake Bomoseen Island! Growing up near the lake, it was a special part of my childhood, and I was so excited to share it with Abe and his family. This summer, we hope to travel to Bosnia, with our family, and renew our vows, surrounded by his family there.
We would not change a single aspect of our wedding day! We'll never forget the feeling of being together, in this beautiful place, surrounded by all our favorite people; my cheeks still hurt from smiling! We are grateful to all the wonderful vendors with whom we were able to collaborate. They were a huge part of our wedding day and journey, and we felt completely at ease with them! With all that the world brings on today, we could not be happier.
Wedding Date August 14
Ceremony Lake Bomoseen Island
Reception Lake Bomoseen Lodge
Photographer Juniper Studios
Videographer Madison Anne Studio
Wedding Gown Lillian West - purchased at Fiori Bridal Boutique
Bridesmaids' Dresses Show Me Your Mumu
Hair & Makeup Prime Salon and Day Spa
Groom's Attire Needleman's Bridal & Formal
Rings After Midnight Jewelers
Flowers Country House Florals
Stationery Suite Truly Engaging by MagnetStreet
Wedding Planner Rebecca Field with Lake Bomoseen Lodge
Caterer Lake Bomoseen Lodge
Cake Blue House Bakeshop
DJ or Band Top Hat Entertainment
First Dance "The Book Of Love" by Peter Gabriel
Rentals Rain or Shine Tent and Events
Honeymoon Destination Annamaria Island, Florida and will be heading to Groom's home country of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Handmade, wooden, guest book (an outline of the lake we were married on)! by Ryan Ackerman: @Woodr.ack
I was engaged during the height of the pandemic, for a little over 1 1/2 years. During this time I had a lot of time to think, plan and figure out how I was going to make my bohemian vision come to life. I found that I wanted macrame incorporated into our day, and decided that this was the perfect time to teach myself how to do it! During these quarantined months, I began watching YouTube videos, and teaching myself how to macrame. I created various pieces for our dessert and memory table, his & her chairs, and even took on the challenge of creating a large arbor piece for our ceremony! I wanted our guests to have a piece of our journey, so I created small hanging pieces, which were placed at each guest's seat, as their take home gift! We love knowing that these little pieces of our wedding are hanging in each of our guests' homes. :)
Advice to pass along...
- The day is going to fly by and will be a blur! We almost did not hire a videographer, and I am so glad we did! I love rewatching our vows, listening to the speeches and all the dances.
- You are not going to be able to talk with everyone! You will feel bad about it at first, but realize this happens to everyone and they understand! Plus, people can come find you on the dance floor!
- You will plan for all these pictures, however, eventually you will not want to take anymore photos - just live in the moment!