A. and A2. Get Married!

June 30th, 2010 § 237 comments

Just Married!, originally uploaded by academichic.

This past Saturday, after more than 10 years together, A2 and I got married! We traveled to one of our favorite places on earth, Northampton, MA, and had a small intimate wedding with just our immediate families.  We have talked about marriage for years now, but started seriously discussing it after a few close friends, including S. and T., got married recently.  We have always said we wanted an intimate ceremony but a big party and after being a part of S. and T.’s perfect little wedding and enjoying lots of friends and good music and another friend’s larger wedding, we knew we wanted both.  So, we chose to do a small ceremony this past weekend which will be followed by a larger party this fall. It meant so much to us to be surrounded by our families as we declared our love and commitment and we can’t wait to celebrate that with the many important people in our lives in just a couple months.

J Crew Brides, originally uploaded by academichic.


On A:

  • Dress – J Crew Cotton Candy Alexa in light pewter
  • Shoes – Off Broadway, customized by me
  • Pearls – borrowed from my mom, my sisters, and a couple friends
  • Earrings – gift from A2
  • Bracelet – gift from S.
  • Bouquet – made by me

On A2:

  • Pinstriped Vest – J Crew
  • Pinstriped Pants – J Crew
  • Grey Shirt – Banana Republic
  • Shoes – J Crew
  • Corsage – made by me


Ever since J Crew came out with their bridal line, I have imagined myself in one of their dresses – turns out we were both meant to be J Crew brides!  Many elements of my ensemble either came from J Crew or were inspired by their styling and the bulk of A2′s outfit is J Crew.  We each wanted to wear something that felt like us, made us feel confident, comfortable, and radiantly beautiful.  Our afternoon outdoor wedding, our personalities, and our thoughts on marriage all contributed to our sartorial choices, which in the end we couldn’t have been happier with.

We chose Northampton for the wedding, both because it is a place filled with wonderful memories for us and because it is in one of the few states where it is legal for us to marry.  A little gazebo, in a little park, which we decorated with paper lanterns and potted lilies, proved the perfect setting for a little wedding.  Along with a singer/guitar player and our officiant, our families piled into the quaint little structure for a short ceremony filled with many smiles and many tears (of joy of course)!

Gazebo, originally uploaded by academichic.
A’s  Family, originally uploaded by academichic.

While, as I said, I had long pined after J Crew wedding dresses, when it came time to actually choose my dress, I decided I wasn’t comfortable with a long white wedding dress.  It didn’t seem to fit my ideas of an afternoon ceremony in the woods or my ideas and beliefs about marriage, something A2 and I have spent a long time discussing.  So, I turned to the bridesmaid section and was instantly drawn to this Cotton Candy Alexa dress.  I knew the cut would be perfect for me and I adored  its understated and sophisticated elegance. I also couldn’t resist a grey wedding dress with a built-in belt and pockets!

The Dress!, originally uploaded by academichic.

I love the idea of wearing something borrowed for a wedding and almost as soon as A2 and I announced our wedding plans to my family, I was struck with a bit of genius!  I asked each of my four sisters and my mother if I could borrow their various strings of pearls to wear on my wedding day.  The idea was partially inspired by the multi-strand pearls J Crew was selling for a while.  I thought they were beautiful, but way to expensive and I couldn’t imagine when I would ever wear them.  I think my wedding necklace turned out much more stunning and was much more meaningful. I wore my mother’s pearls as is, since they are the longest strand, and my youngest sister’s single pearl on a chain rested in the middle surrounded by pearls from my other three sisters, E. and another friend, and my own pair all attached to a white ribbon tied in a small bow at the nape of my neck.  It was a bit of an experiment pulling them all together on the morning of the wedding (the first time I had all the pearls together in one place) but I couldn’t have been happier with the final result.

Pearls, originally uploaded by academichic.

My shoes were another custom piece that I absolutely love! I spent an entire weekend in Chicago with my mother scouring Michigan avenue for the perfect pair of shoes. I wanted dark grey peep toes but not one  store from Aldo’s to Barneys had what I was looking for. Given the insanely low price of my dress, my mother was willing to drop some significant money on the shoes (ok, maybe not Barneys’ prices, but well above my usual $60 threshold). But alas,  I left Chicago empty handed.  The next weekend I was shopping at the outlets with E. and another friend and we decided to stop in the discount shoe shop, Off Broadway, and there were these simple dark grey suede peep toes.  They where comfortable, a beautiful color, and less than $40.  To make them a bit more special and to tie them in with the dress more, I picked up two fabric flower hair pieces from J Crew and fashioned them into shoe clips.  It’s a hard call, but they may have been my favorite part of the ensemble.

Cheap Custom Wedding Shoes, originally uploaded by academichic.

I also made my own bouquet and corsages for my bride and our mothers following the same steps S. and I used to make the bouquets for her wedding. The hydrangeas began to fade pretty quickly after the ceremony and picture taking was over, but they looked gorgeous when I need them to.

Home-made Bouquet, originally uploaded by academichic.
No matter what we were wearing, how well the flowers lasted, or how well my hair held up, we both felt radiant and so happy all day.  It was such a wonderful day made so special by having our families there with us.  We have  been back in Academichic Central and back at work for a couple days now, but we can’t stop smiling at each other! Apparently, this is married bliss!
Just Married!, originally uploaded by academichic.

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§ 237 Responses to A. and A2. Get Married!"

  1. Charlotte says:

    A thousand congrats and wishes of happiness! You both looked radiant and the clothes are as chic and flattering as i’ve come to expect from you… And the setting is so romantic!

  2. Miranda says:

    CONGRATULATIONS! You both look amazing — even more radiant because you’re so clearly happy.

  3. Nadine says:

    It’s such a good feeling, being just married! You look utterly gorgeous!

    (But now I really want to see E’s wedding pics . . . )

  4. Alexandra says:

    CONGRATULATIONS and warmest wishes for heapfuls on heapfuls of happiness!!! You make such a lovely married couple.

  5. Linguist Barbie says:

    Oh, my gosh! Congratulations to both of you! (And although it’s far from the most important thing about the day, the pictures are lovely, and you both look stunning!)

  6. Elena says:

    Congratulations! You both look wonderful in JCrew. I absolutely love your dress & shoes. Wishing you many more happy years together :)

  7. Rachel says:

    Congrats! What beautiful wedding pictures! Thanks for sharing them.

  8. Kate says:

    A huge CONGRATULATIONS to you both! Fantastic news, beautiful wedding, and *gorgeous* ensemble – it looks like it couldn’t have been more perfect :-)

  9. Courtney says:

    Congratulations! You both look beautiful and so happy! I wish you the best of luck, and I hope you have a very long and loving life together!

  10. kimmie says:

    CONGRATULATIONS, A!! You look absolutely stunning and radiant. I love the whole ensemble. I wish you and A2 the happiest of marriages :)

  11. Maureen says:

    CONGRATULATIONS and best wishes!!!
    Great story and pictures, thanks for sharing it with us!

  12. Stephanie says:

    Congratulations! You two look beautiful! I love the shoes and your hair looks fantastic!

  13. Erin says:

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! You both look beautiful! Best wishes for a lifetime of happiness. :)

  14. Lyssa says:

    Congratulations! Best wishes for a long and happy marriage. You both look radiant and the pearls are especially beautiful.

  15. T. says:

    Congratulations! You look lovely, and very happy!

  16. Katharine says:

    Congratulations and best wishes! You two look BEAUTIFUL!!!

  17. Joni says:

    Congratulations! How lovely.

  18. Caz says:

    Congratulations! You both look very beautiful and it looks like you had a fantastic day. The pearls are such a lovely touch.

  19. Harriet says:

    Congratulations from this former Northamptonite!

  20. Miss T says:

    Congratulations! You two look great together!

  21. Katie says:

    Congratulations! You two look absolutely beautiful!

  22. You both look lovely and blissfully happy. I love the pearls – both the effect and the sentimental significance.

    Best wishes to you both as you begin this new phase of your lives together!

  23. Stephanie says:

    Such fabulous news! Best wishes to the both of you!

  24. Jackie says:

    Congratulations! How wonderful. You both look radiantly happy!

    And as a Smithie, I just wanted to say, good choice on getting married in Northampton. It’s truly a lovely town :)

  25. Rebekah says:

    When I saw this post’s headlines, I gasped. Congratulations! You look like a happy, dapper team.

  26. S@sha says:

    Congratulations! I’m thinking that instead of you taking inspiration from the JCrew catalog next season, JCrew should be inspired by you two and put a couple of girls in suits in their next bridal spread.

  27. jen. says:

    I have to delurk after reading this blog for a few months to say congratulations!!! You two look so so happy. Love the necklaces, and what a cool story. Many years of happiness to you guys!

  28. Liz Rosas says:

    Congratulations! The love two people share when they get married just makes me so happy, you can see it in your smiles!

  29. Terri says:

    Congratulations! You are both beautiful! I love the look and the thoughtfulness of the pearls.

  30. Andrea says:

    The happiness just radiates from these pictures. Congratulations and I wish you a long happy life together!

  31. Boyda says:

    What beautiful outfits and perfect setting – a million congratulations to you both! This was such a pleasant surprise.

  32. Renee says:

    Congratulations! You two look lovely and so happy together, all the best!

  33. Chelsea says:

    Beautiful! What a lovely day. Congratulations on your marriage.

  34. Sarah says:

    Congratulations!! You both look fabulous. Best wishes for a marriage filled with laughter and love!

  35. Rose says:

    Congratulations to both of you! Hope you find married life together wonderful.

    And since this is a fashion blog, I must say I love the shoes.

  36. Mae says:

    Congrats! You both look so radiant. Now I must go have a look at this J.Crew bridal collection that I’ve been hearing so much about…

  37. Lisa says:

    looks like a BEAUTIFUL ceremony!!! congrats!!! :D

  38. Ms. Loaf says:


    It sounds like it was a lovely wedding and you both look great. I love seeing how other lesbians have styled themselves for their weddings. The pearl idea is amazing.

  39. Angela says:

    CONGRATULATIONS! You both look sooooooooooo beautiful and happy! I can’t wait for more pictures of the party this fall!

  40. Aw, congrats! You both look great! Love that dress with the pearl additions.

  41. Cara says:

    Wow! Congratulations to the two lovebirds! I love the simplicity of it all!

  42. E says:

    Woo hoo! Congrats. You both look terrific and your dress is really beautiful. Please post more pictures.

  43. AcademicUnchic says:

    Congratulations!! Your happiness shines right through the photos.

  44. Dodieis says:

    Congratulations! You looked stunning and I loved your beautiful, simple wedding.

  45. Emm says:

    You’re adorable together! Congratulations on the wedding. May you enjoy many, many happy years of marriage.

    And I must add, I love the way the colors of your spouse’s shirt and your dress complement each other. Such a subtle and elegant color scheme.

  46. Aleksandra says:

    Congratulations! You both looked gorgeous! happy honeymoon :)

  47. angie~* says:

    i love the pearl idea! and congratulations girls! :)

  48. Kelly says:

    My first posting on this site and I wanted to say CONGRATS you both were beautiful radiantly happy brides!

    Love the shoes and you are a bouquet making-whiz!

  49. anks says:

    congrats…. both of you look lovely, happy and radiant!

  50. indigorchid says:

    Congratulations! You do indeed look so very happy!

  51. Alexandra says:

    I must de-lurk to add my congratulations. You both look radiant!

  52. Deena says:

    Congratulations! You are beautiful ladies. May you have many more years of happiness together.

  53. Cara says:

    Aww, I have to delurk to say congratulations and best wishes for much happiness! I love your necklace idea and your spouse’s crisp grey shirt is fantastic with that vest.

  54. Lila says:

    I’m a longtime lurker as well breaking my silence.

    I’ve loved following Academichic through all the weddings & the life events and you’ve all gotten it right every time. It’s not about the Bridezilla-ness but about family, friends, and of course, style. ;)


  55. Amanda says:

    Congrats – you both look very happy, love the pearls!

  56. HG says:

    Congratulations! You both look fantastic. Gorgeous pics!

  57. BethP says:

    This makes me so happy that I am crying tears of joy into my iced coffee right now. Congratulations a million times. So happy for you!

  58. Angie says:

    Every single thing about this is beyon gorgeous and lovely.

    Congratulations and many more happy years to come!!

  59. Diana says:

    Congratulations! You both look so lovely and happy!

    I love how you borrowed pearls from your mom and sisters – it makes that part of your ensemble so much more meaningful.

  60. Jessica says:

    Oh my goodness!!! You both look amazing…congratulations!!!! I absolutely love how you were able to combine the pearl necklaces. What a unique and thoughtful way to create a “borrowed” accessory!

  61. Jane W. says:

    You made me cry! Congratulations.

  62. Tina Z says:

    I love your necklace, what a fantastic idea! When I saw the first picture it really stuck out as a “wow” piece. And the light gray dress looks beautiful. Congrats!

  63. Anne says:

    Congratulations!!! I wish you many more happy years together! Your wedding sounds like a dream, so simple and sophisticated. I especially love the pearls, such a great idea.

  64. Lisa says:

    Congratulations! You both look beautiful! I hope you have many happy years together. I love how you had all your family members contribute to your outfit with their pearls, what a unique way to have everybody contribute!

  65. EvaNadine says:

    oh, so happy for you both!
    wow, imagine in the last year, over the course of this blog, there have been two weddings and a new arrival — what happiness. :)

  66. Sally says:

    Mazel Tov, you two! You both look radiantly happy!

  67. Sara says:

    Congratulations! I’m so happy for both of you. I adore your dress, and that’s such a brilliant idea to borrow different pearls. It looks like a wonderful day!

  68. Nizz says:

    Congratulations! You both looked amazing and obviously very happy. I especially loved the pearl arrangement. All the best to you both!

  69. Kathryn says:

    Congratulations. I had a feeling this was what you were doing when a tiny hint was given last week. You both look so classy. The flowers are lovely and the pearl idea is genius! I love the little decorated gazebo. You look so happy!

  70. April says:

    YAAAAAAAAY! All the best wishes for many many years of love and happiness! Congratulations. And y’all look FABULOUS!

  71. Kendra says:

    Congratulations! I hope you both continue to be as happy as you look in the pictures.

  72. Krista says:

    Delurking to say Congratulations!

  73. Tara says:

    Congratulations! All the best as you head down the path of wedded bliss!

  74. I’ll jump on the boat and offer my most sincere congratulations! I’m of the belief that the “institution” of marriage is strengthened when it includes loving, committed couples of all kinds. You both look fantastic and happy!

    I love the look of the pearl necklace combination, and the story behind it is one of the best “something borrowed” stories I’ve heard yet!

    And you can’t go wrong with J Crew for weddings!

  75. anne says:

    congratulations!!! you both look lovely, and oh so happy. :-)

  76. Eliza says:

    What a lovely surprise! many congratulations!
    Your dress is amazing, as is the pearl-idea…
    Lots of love, Eliza

  77. Congrats! You are both glowing brides! And your genius pearls idea makes me wish I was getting married again so I could steal it. Best wishes to you both!

  78. lisa strawberry says:

    Congratulations!! What beautiful pictures of you both. The love and care that went into your fashions for the day no doubt infused everything else about the day as well. Many blessings now and always!!

  79. Allison says:

    Congrats to you both! Two very lovely brides!

  80. Kim C. says:

    Best wishes to you both! I LOVE what you did with the pearl necklaces. What a special touch with so much meaning. And stylish to boot!

  81. Jaclyn says:

    You look just radiant and beautiful!

  82. Barbara says:

    Congratulations! What a gorgeous couple! Thanks for sharing.

  83. Frances Joy says:

    Congratulations! You both look stunning!

  84. Jenny says:

    Wow – thanks so much for letting us share in your special day. Both of you capture the essence of a wedding day – a happy celebration joining two people and their respective families. Many sincere congrats to the happy couple!!

  85. Megan says:

    What a beautiful setting for a beautiful couple to exchange wedding vows. Thanks for sharing your day with us on the blog.

  86. Elizabeth says:

    The two of you look absolutely stunning in these pictures!

    Congratulations! I wish you all the best as you venture into this new chapter of life.

  87. lorna says:

    Beautiful, just beautiful! Congratulations.

  88. sundaze says:

    *Clicking through from Reader to de-lurk* You look absolutely gorgeous! Congratulations!!!

  89. Nichole says:

    YAY! 2 beautiful brides & a lovely story to boot! I wish you a lifetime of happiness, joy, love, and excellent peep toe shoes!

  90. lopi says:

    Congratulations! The family pearl necklaces was such a brilliant, touching idea. Wishing you every happiness!

  91. Ris says:

    Ooooh that’s so exciting! Congratulations! Many wishes of happiness and marital bliss to you both. You look radiant.

  92. Kathleen says:

    Congratulations!! You both looked radiant in your J Crew ensembles. What great choices! I love the shoes.. You are so creative. I would never have thought of that haha.. Best of luck in the future! xoxo

  93. Cari says:

    Congratulations! You look drop-dead gorgeous and A2 looks like she just won the lottery (which, of course, she did). Stunning!

    Love the flower on the shoe re-fashion, too. My 90 year old grandmother does the same thing. This is not to say that the look is old-ladyish… she has impeccable style which I hope to emulate some day.

  94. Starling says:

    Congratulations to you both, A & A2! I love how incredibly meaningful (and chic, too!) you were able to make your ceremony. Thank you so much for sharing.

  95. Kasmira says:

    Congratulations! Your photos are just lovely and a wonderful reminder of your day.

  96. PL says:

    So happy for the both of you! And I love the necklace idea.

  97. mamichan says:

    congratulations! grey and pockets? you chose the bestest dress. you both look so happy :)

  98. Marta says:

    Congratulations!!!!! YOU looked amazing :D I love the dress and the A2 ensemble! :D Perfection!

  99. Jeanne says:

    Congrats! You both look stunning and so happy.

    Is that in Look Park? If so, it is definitely one of the most beautiful places in all of Northampton – which is really saying something.

  100. Shannon says:

    Congratulations and best wishes! You look radiantly happy.

  101. Brunette says:

    Y’all are ridiculously adorable!!

  102. elbee says:

    Echoing everyone’s congratulations and well wishes…you both look amazing!

  103. EmilyKennedy says:

    Yaaayyy!!!! You both looked amazing! I love A2′s suit! It’s divine! And the color of your dress is perfection! Just love love love! All around!

  104. Congratulations! You both look beautiful and radiantly happy in your pictures. I wish you many years of joy in your marriage!

  105. Cheryl says:

    A world of happiness to you lovely ladies!!!

  106. meghan says:

    you guys look so happy and your dress is beautiful. I love the idea of the pearls. congratulations!

  107. Sara says:

    STUNNING!! Congratulations!!!!!! :)

  108. charlotte says:

    Love the necklace, it’s a beautiful story, and your hair looks incredible!

    Best wishes for a lifetime of happiness together!

  109. Traci says:

    Congrats!!! Things could not have been more perfect – both outfits are gorgeous and perfectly complement each other. The strands of pearls and your shoes are like icing on the cake! And yes, as others have stated, the happiness comes through in the photos :) Best of luck in the future!

  110. Kelly says:

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!! You both are so radiant! And your pearl idea is so sweet and meaningful (and gorgeous!)

  111. Bettina says:

    Congratulations, girls! You look beautiful and I just love the idea with the pearls. All the best to the both of you!

  112. Maeghan says:

    I don’t remember what recent post made me guess that you two had gotten married, but it was definitely something I had thought about this past week. You both look gorgeous, and this post made me so incredibly happy. :) Congratulations to both of you! I wish you so much love and happiness. :)

  113. Ruth says:

    Beautiful! Congratulations!

  114. R says:

    I was expecting a picture of your new flower beds lol

    Congratulations! What a happy day. You both look great, and I love the idea of borrowed pearls! Hope you enjoy this new adventure called marriage :)

  115. Diana says:

    Congratulations!!!!! You both look amazing and so incredibly happy. =)
    I LOVE the shoes, too.

  116. LG says:

    Best wishes! This is so wonderful. Also, way to go avoiding the pressure to spend spend spend. Everything looks perfect, and it always makes me happy to see people who are genuinely glad to be together. You two are glowing and you did it your way!

  117. emily says:

    Congratulations! It looks like the wedding was a perfect fit for the two of you.

  118. Dee says:

    Congratulations! You both look beautiful! I wish you many happy days together!

  119. Best wishes & congratulations to both of you. You both look radiant! I love love love both the look and the idea of your borrowed pearls.

  120. Sylvia says:

    Congratulations! You both beautiful, polished and radiant… but more importantly, you look geniunely happy. All the best to you and A2.

  121. Scicurious says:

    Congratulations! You both look fantastic!!!

  122. V says:

    You look stunning! I love your dress, your hair, shoes, and the idea w/the necklace is genius! Congrats!

  123. Rebecca says:

    Congratulations! You both look brimming with happiness. I love your entire ensemble.

  124. eva says:


    Pretty much every one of my friends has gotten married in that gazebo-even the straight ones. And you both look so gorgeous.

  125. Sarah says:

    Congrats!! Beautiful outfit choices for you both!!

  126. Sara Rose says:

    What a lovely post! Congratulations and cheers to a wonderful life together.

  127. Lauren says:

    Congratulations! I see many other people have said this already, but you both look so happy, beautiful and in love. Thanks for sharing this with your readers!

  128. Erin says:

    Congrats to you, A, and A2! It sounds completely cornball, but love makes the two of you completely radiant! (Your shoes, on the other hand, make me completely covetous!)

  129. Erin says:

    Oh congrats! You both look SO happy and beautiful, I’m really happy for y’all!

  130. Nicola says:

    Congratulations! You both look so happy.

    I love the pearl idea too, how lovely that you pulled together a gorgeous looking piece with meaning behind it.

  131. Holly says:


    You both looked so comfortable and relaxed. I too wore an unconventional dress for my afternoon wedding (I wore an asymmetrical sundress; the attire was “matinee casual”), and I wouldn’t change a thing about it. Your shoe clips are just adorable!

    Wishing you a long, beautiful marriage filled with health, wealth and happiness!

  132. marie says:

    congratulations! this post brought a huge smile to my face, and you both look fantastic!

  133. Golla says:

    Congratulations, you both look wonderful, relaxed and happy! What a great idea for a wedding necklace.

  134. N says:

    Congratulations! You both look so beautiful and so, so happy. Thank you for sharing the pictures with us!

  135. M.E.J. says:

    Fantastic news, A.!!! I wish the best to you both, you look so happy and full of love!!!
    The place looks just perfect, and your dress looks so good I’d borrow it for my own wedding!

  136. Shannon says:

    Awesome! Congratulations!

    Good call on the JCrew dress. I’m sure you’ll be able to wear it again. How many brides can say that?

  137. Tara says:

    What a lovely wedding — and the thought and personalization that went into every component (particularly the pearls!) are just what I would have expected from you! My only complaint…Iowa is closer…and we do fantastic weddings here too! ;-)

    Seriously, congratulations to you and best wishes for this new phase of your life together!

  138. Congratulations! This is such a beautifully understated wedding and the outfits are perfect. Everything just flows together, including the gazebo and the surroundings. All the best to the two of you!

  139. Lindsey says:

    You guys are beautiful. Wishing you both the best life has to offer.

  140. Allison K. says:

    Congrats! You both look fantastic, and completely happy!

  141. Laura says:

    Wow, congrats!! How exciting! Your dress is gorgeous and your spouse looks fantastic as well. Thanks for sharing your wedding pics with us! (I was also a JCrew bride–I wore the ivory Sophia, with the addition of some lace my mom sewed on the waistband.)

  142. Sarah Jane says:

    Congratulations, both of you! You both look fabulous — celebratory, stylish, comfortable in your own skin — but most of all you look RADIANTLY HAPPY. The setting and ceremony look glorious, too; what a perfect way to celebrate your marriage!

  143. Trish says:

    CONGRATULATIONS!! Wishing you both a lifetime of happiness!

  144. peabody says:

    Congrats to you both. It looked like a beautiful day!

  145. Moni says:

    Congrats!!! You two look radiant together and I absolutely love your ensemble, especially the necklaces!

  146. S.E.Minegar says:

    Congrats. You look stunning and so does A2. I adore the pearl necklace idea. How unique and special. I also think the pale grey dress paired with the dark grey shoes is a very elegant choice…Perfect for the wooded setting.

    I just discovered your blog yesterday. Like the three of you, I am a Ph.D. candidate trying to recover my sense of fashion. Delighted to find this site!

  147. Sarah says:

    Congratulations a thousand times over! I wish you didn’t have to travel so far to be married legally. Hopefully, everyone will be able to marry who they love anywhere in the US sometime soon.

  148. Heidi says:

    Congratulations! I’ve been reading your blog (with S and E) for well over a year and I think this is one of the nicest entries. I love your dress! It looks fantastic on you. And I love your idea for the pearls. They look so lovely, and personal. The happiness of your day really shines through in the photographs! Best wishes!

  149. Kate says:

    You are both radiating happiness in these photos! Congratulations!!

  150. congratulations! you both look gorgeous and incredibly happy!

  151. lifeinpolkadots says:

    Congratulations! you look so beautiful!

  152. mazel! Everything looks impeccable. Much happiness to you both!

  153. Jess says:

    My heartfelt congratulations to you and A2. And thumbs up to the wedding location – Noho/Hamp is my favorite city and former home. I wish you two nothing but the best!

  154. Amy says:

    I gave a little exclamation of joy when I saw this post. How exciting and wonderful – congratulations to you both!!! I am so happy for you two. Many happy wishes for a long and wonderful future together! ::virtual hugs:: You both look totally fab! :D :D :D

  155. laniza says:

    Oh my goodness! Congratulations! Northampton is such a wonderful place to get married. May you have many more years of happiness and bliss.

  156. Kaylyn says:

    of course I have to say congratulations! You both look so utterly happy! Im so very happy for you both :)

  157. Jess says:

    Congratulations! When you hinted at big news coming soon I was hoping/thinking it might be this, and am so glad to see how happy (and stylish) you two are!

  158. maryeb says:

    Both of you look absolutely stunning!
    I especially like the idea of using the pearl necklaces as ‘something borrowed’, so clever and chic.
    Congrats and I wish you both the best!!

  159. Taylor says:

    How exciting! You both look so gorgeous and so happy! Congratulations!

  160. Maggie says:

    Congrats to you both! (I was secretly wondering if this was your big surprise referenced last week!) It sounds like your day was amazing, and you both look beautiful.

  161. R says:

    Awww, congrats!!!! You both look stunning and I wish you decades of that happy bliss!

    LOVE the dress and the pearls idea is genious!!

    All the best A. and A2!!

  162. R says:

    Ops, forgot to say that A2. looks lovely too! Love how her shirt subtly matches your dress.

  163. Ali says:

    Long time lurker though my first time posting–and only because I want to wish you two the best of luck! Congrats! You both looked positively beautiful and happy as clams!

  164. Brittanny says:

    Congrats! You look beautiful!

  165. jentine says:

    Congrats! You both look stunning in J. Crew!
    A, your hair…. so perfect!

  166. lg says:

    Congratulation! The backdrop of the woods is stunning and your ensemble is lovely! Your idea of pearl necklaces from your sisters and mother is sweet.

  167. Jess says:

    Mazel tov to you both! You look like a wonderful pair and I’m sure you’ll have an equally wonderful marriage. I absolutely love the pearls and can I just say that I love the little kid dangling off the gazebo? He is a winner.

    Congratulations again!

  168. Elle Sees says:

    This makes me sooo happy!!!!

  169. dorothy says:

    you both look so amazingly happy! best of luck in the next chapter of your life together!

  170. Melissa says:

    Congratulations! Echoing the statement that you both look radiant :) I also love the sentiment behind the pearl necklaces!

  171. Elizabeth says:

    The gazebo in the woods is so cute, and love the J Crew look :)
    A, you look stunning – from the hair, dress, accessories to the happiness that is so clearly shining through you.

  172. Nerida says:

    Congratulation to you both – you both look lovely as does the setting.

    Now all the academic chics are married!

  173. Expat says:

    Ha, ha, what a great surprise!!! You had me curious when, a few days ago, you said you had a really good reason for being absent from the blog.

    Congratulations! I wish the two of you a long and happy marriage.

  174. Emily says:

    What a thoughtful, smart, and elegant way to use your clothes (and pearls!) to show how much the day means to you both. Enjoy being married–I can’t wait to see honeymoon an newlywed outfits!

  175. Leah says:

    Congratulations and best wishes! What a lovely backdrop for a wedding. And the wedding dress with pockets rocks!

  176. Jen says:

    Congratulations to both of you! Best wishes and endless years of marital bliss :)

    ps. You both look stunning and as many have pointed out, the setting is fabulous!

  177. Rebecca says:

    Congrats! You both look stunning and (just as importantly) so happy!

  178. Jess says:

    Congratulations and best wishes! Thank you for sharing your wedding with all your readers, it’s such a touching thing to be able to see. I absolutely love your story about the pearl necklaces–a really wonderful idea with moving results.

  179. Meg says:

    I’m de-lurking to say congratulations! What a lovely wedding. Best wishes to A and A2 in their marriage.

  180. emi s. says:

    congratulations! you both look so happy, love the outfits!

    A, I didn’t know you were gay. I’m a skirt-wearing gay woman too, and it always makes me happy to encounter another one :)

  181. You look beautiful on your wedding day, congrats!

  182. spacegeek says:

    Mazel tov!! You both look radiant, as others have said. Thank you for sharing with your internet “family” as well. I wish you both happiness and peace for the future!

  183. Kim says:

    What a lovely wedding. You both look so incredibly happy… it warms my heart! Big congratulations and wishes for many happy years of married bliss!

  184. smiffie! says:

    y’all MUST have gone to school in the valley. HOLLERRRRR and congrats!

  185. Hellen says:

    argh! what a disgusting thing this is, my gosh! I’m going to stop reading this blog, yeah, I know, can be as racist as you want I still have the right to express my discontent as much as you to express your “hapiness”.

  186. Rachel says:

    Congratulations! What a beautiful couple you are. Best wishes for a long happy life together x

  187. Erin says:

    Congratulations! Loving wishes to both of you!

    I love what you did w/ your necklace(s) too!

    Again congratulations!

  188. Kyla says:

    This looks so beautiful and romantic. Congratulations!

  189. Julia says:

    Congratulations! I am so delighted by your joy! Many, many blessings and wishes for years of happiness and laughter together.

  190. Carol says:

    Congratulations! This is one of the sweetest posts I’ve ever read! Many blessing for you two!

  191. Claudia says:

    Congratulations and wishing you both many blessings and joys together in this new phase in your lives. You both look splendid on your special day. A, love the dress, pearls and shoes — simply divine.

  192. Amanda B. says:

    Congratulations! You two look so beautiful and so happy. May you be blessed with many years together.


  193. KBC says:

    Yipeeeee! So exciting to read your happy news today. I immediately loved the necklace and it looks amazing on you and then to read the story behind it- perfection! Congratulations to you both and sending you the best wishes for the continued blessings of love.

  194. Megan says:

    Congratulations! You both look so beautiful and so very happy! Best wishes to you both. I also think the borrowed pearls was a lovely idea, and your customized shoes are adorable.

  195. LaDonna says:

    so happy for you

  196. Dawn says:

    Totally late with this but CONGRATS!!!

  197. STL Mom says:

    Congratulations! You make such a happy-looking, well-dressed couple. I think the small wedding out of town/big party back home solution is perfect. If you don’t wear the same outfits, make sure to take pictures again!

  198. K says:

    You both look so radiant and happy! Congratulations! That grey is a great color on A1. :)

  199. Tizzle T says:

    Hi, I wanted to be # 200, and just to say congrats, I’m very happy for you two! You look so happy together!

  200. Patricia says:

    Congratulations and many more blessings for the future!

  201. Cyn says:

    Congratulations to you both and may you have many, many years of happiness.

    (I wondered if this was the big news you had alluded to in your previous post. And may I say, both of you looked fab. And those customized shoes…very nice).

  202. Dottie says:

    Congratulations! Beautiful!

  203. Melissa says:

    Congratulations to you both and thank you for sharing this special event with all your readers. You look glowing and happy and beautiful — it looks like a wonderful day was had by all. The pearl necklaces are a wonderful aesthetic and sentimental touch.

    I wish the two of you a long and happy life together.

  204. Jen says:

    Another avid reader, de-lurking to say…congratulations!! Warmest wishes from my corner of the blogosphere to yours. Thank you for sharing this lovely moment with us. You and your spouse look absolutely marvelous – I can tell you are deeply in love and that pleases me so much! Almost as much as the fact that you went for a dress with pockets…I do adore you for that :)

  205. gina says:


    You both look absolutely lovely!

  206. Cardinal says:

    You both look so lovely and so happy. I wish you a lifetime of joy together!

  207. Suzanne says:

    Aha! So this is the surprise that you alluded to a few weeks ago. What a great surprise.

    Are either of you Smithies? That would be the only thing that would make me love this blog EVEN MORE than I already do.

    Another ex-lurker

  208. Becky says:

    Congratulations! Many wishes for your happiness. You look lovely and happy. I wish you a lifetime of happiness together!

  209. [...] The night before the wedding the we went to one of favorite old stomping grounds for dinner and micro-brew. Everyone arrived in town at different times and just showed up to the brewery to join our enormous table in the rooftop beer garden.  There was no need for a rehearsal so we all just enjoyed relaxed evening laughing, swapping stories, and  getting excited about the big day. [...]

  210. Martha says:

    Best wishes!! What lovely brides!

  211. Joanna says:

    Congratulations! And I agree that E needs to share some wedding pictures now.

  212. Ana says:

    Congratulations!! You look gorgeous and so happy!

  213. Chrissy says:

    A belated congrats to you both! You both look lovely and – more importantly – happy! Yay love!

  214. Laura says:

    What a wonderful surprise to find in my reader! Congratulations!!!

  215. Oh wow! I hadn’t been reading for awhile and missed this! Thanks for sharing this with us. You both look so great and happy! I love the DIY necklace and shoes. Congrats to you in this new phase of your life.

  216. Emily says:

    I’ve been reading this blog for a while now and was so glad to see this post, which I’d somehow missed before tonight. You and A2 both look stylish, elegant, and best of all, happy. Congratulations and best wishes!

  217. Aimee says:

    Congrats on your wedding! You both look chic, and your color palette of grey, cream, and black is sumptuous. I also love the pearls idea for your “something borrowed.” Much happiness and joy to you as you begin this new phase together.

  218. kristina says:

    Congratulations! You looked radiantly beautiful and very glowy!

  219. Latha says:

    I am more of a virtual lurker than participant. But I felt compelled to leave this comment on your pictures. Both of you look radiant in your joy. Congratulations and best wishes!

  220. Jessica says:

    I just got chills reading about your big day! Huge congrats to the lovely couple!!!

  221. Sara says:

    Congratulations!! You both look gorgeous!!

  222. Sarah says:

    Congratulations to both of you – what a wonderful thing to stumble upon as I haven’t caught up on this blog for a few days. Being from Massachusetts I feel a tiny touch of pride that you were able to celebrate each other here. Northampton is one of my favorite places as well.

    Wishing you all the best!!

  223. Sarah says:

    Many, many congratulations and best wishes for many happy years to come. I love this blog and am always impressed with the way you are willing to share yourselves and your experiences with your readers. I (like some of the other posters) live in MA and am so glad that our state was the site of your happy union! Be well!

  224. tastymoog says:

    Belated Congrats! You both look radiant. As another commenter who is a Massachusetts native, I too am especially happy you were able to wed in our Commonwealth!

  225. Sarah says:

    I’m a little late (I’m studying for the bar but took a break to catch up on some blog reading. I had to de-lurk and said CONGRATULATIONS! What a beautiful wedding!

    And A – you look amazing. I love the shoes. And your hair looks fabulous :)

  226. A big, belated congratulations! Your wedding looks like it was intimate and full of love and you both look gorgeous. All the best!

  227. [...] of days; we caught up on stories, had the dogs play and swim together; got to finally see all their wedding pictures; and A. and I got to go on morning runs together like in the good ol’ [...]

  228. [...] Well, summer officially comes to an end this week as the semester begins tomorrow.  I’m looking forward to the Fall, but sure will miss the summer!  I successfully started a veggie garden, clocked over 400 miles with a new running buddy, met up with old friends, convinced my advisor my dissertation topic is a worthy one, and of course GOT MARRIED!! [...]

  229. [...] A2 and I decided to get married, we opted for a small ceremony in a special place with just our families.  We wouldn’t [...]

  230. Kat says:

    Congrats to you both! Your ensemble is beautiful – the grey is a such a chic, current touch, and so flattering on you. And I love your multi-strand borrowed pearl necklace look!

  231. pearl neckales are great gifts for women in their 30′s”-.

  232. last month i gave my girlfriend a pearl necklace and she was very very happy “,’

  233. [...] A2 and I got married last summer we exchanged very simple white-gold bands.  We talked a lot about how we wanted to handle the [...]

  234. [...] you with a few ideas based on the many weddings we’ve attended (or hosted in the case of A. and [...]

  235. [...] I wanted to reminisce about S.’s wedding and then my own. [...]

  236. Kaylen says:

    I LOVE your dress and the pearls! Gorgeous.

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