Real Wedding | Melanie + Scott

This charming fall wedding is loaded with warmth and style. Melanie and Scott invited friends and family to join them at a beautiful country Inn in the Berkshires to celebrate their special day. Melanie kept it simple but elegant by using local flowers for her centerpieces (the colors are so gorgeous!) and lots and lots of soft twinkle lights and candles. Her dress was beyond stunning, with soft tulle layers and rose detailing at the waist. For the evening reception she added a bold black sash with rhinestones for a bit of drama. Love it!

Melanie + Scott | September 11, 2010 | Washington, Massachusetts

The ceremony

Our ceremony in the Berkshires was a dream come true.  We were both living and working on community health and environment projects at a national park in Mozambique prior to the big day.  Although wedding planning from such a remote area was challenging, we were able to really focus on what we wanted our ceremony to be about and how we wanted to share this special moment with our friends and family. Scott’s mom who is a writer, read a short story that she wrote about us and then we had my father read an Irish blessing poem. We had a cellist play an Irish  jig as all of the guests then followed the flower girl and ring-barer to the barn where the hors’ doeuvres were being served and the jazz band performed for the cocktail hour.

The reception

We chose to have a simple, elegant, white-tent reception. We incorporated hundreds of summer-colored ranunculus and garden rose flowers at all of the tables along with hundreds of candles. The linens were cream colored and the structural poles in the tent were wrapped with a taupe/grey tulle which looked beautiful in the evening with the twinkle lights against it.  There were also candles all around the outside of the tent, along with hanging lanterns and more twinkle lights.

The one word that best describes how Melanie felt in her wedding dress

Fairytale princess.

Why Melanie decided to sell her wedding dress?

Scott and I both met in graduate school and had been working for about a year for an NGO in Africa when we decided to get married.  I knew I wanted the perfect dress (which to me meant a Vera Wang) but I also realized we would not be able to afford one. I decided that if I couldn’t find a previously owned wedding dress, that I would sell the one that I bought.

Melanie’s wedding dress: Vera Wang

Photography: Jason Q Tran