Lexie loves parades. And leading up to their wedding, Mike and Lexie would joke about incorporating their own parade into the day. We all have those inside jokes with our partners.. but it's just something to joke about, right? Not this time!
Mike surprised Lexie with a Jurassic Park themed parade right at the end of their wedding ceremony. Just after they were officially pronounced husband and wife and had kissed, the doors to the barn at Stonover Farm flew open. A T-Rex holding a conductors wand walked out followed by staff members who quickly handed out balloons and inflatable dinosaurs to guests. Their musically talented friends and family were in on it too! As Lexie and Mike came down the aisle the 'band' stood, holding the instruments that had been tucked away beneath the benches, and started to play a lively song fit for a parade! Other guests were given noise makes before the ceremony to sound too.
Lexie's reaction was absolutely priceless! It was so incredible to watch. She burst out laughing and you could just feel all of the joy and love in that moment. You could see how happy Mike was to have been able to surprise Lexie with her very own wedding day parade. And as Lexie and Mike made their way toward cocktail hour, the T-Rex band conductor followed behind, leading their parade of wedding guests to cocktail hour!
Lexie and Michael's wedding day was the picture of Rustic Elegance with a lot of fun, personal elements add in. Michael started out the day at a nearby orchard, picking apples and buying cider donuts as a favor for their wedding guests. After these two were finished getting ready (they had so many beautiful details to photograph!) we setup their first look in front of the property. Michael read the note that Lexie had written for him just before she walked up to meet him. You could feel the love as these two saw each other and talked about their day so far. Lexie did a spin in her gown and Michael showed off his new cufflinks. Lexie had a touching 'First Look' with her father, and then the Best Man and Man of Honor met us so that we could take photos of them all together.
Their wedding ceremony followed, officiated by Michael's brother and with readings by his parents. Michael and Lexie wrote their own vows. They were personal and funny and just beautiful all at the right moments. There were two adorable 'ring bears' in charge for the wedding bands that delivered them on queue. And then the first kiss, you already read above what happened after that!
Their lively parade made its way to the lake where cocktail hour was setup. And while guests talked, drank, hugged, and laughed, we photographed Michael and Alexis with their families back in front of the barn. They had some time to talk with each other and even check out their reception space inside the barn with all of the flowers placed and candle glowing.
As the sun set, Lexie's father and brother both raised a glass to the newly weds for a toast, and dinner was served. It's worth noting that Mezze Catering & Events prepared food that was both delicious and matched the rustic setting of Stonover Farm. All of which was served family style and just felt right for this celebration. Following dinner, Michael's brother toasted the couple and then played the bagpipes for them as the music for their first dance. After that, live bluegrass music filled the barn and guests were swinging round and round!
Wedding Ceremony and Reception at Stonover Farm in Lenox, Ma
Catering and Planning: Mezze Catering & Events
Florist: Bloom Floral Design
Wedding Gown from Madeleine's Daughter Bridal Salon in Portsmouth, NH
Pre- Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Music: Carubia Brass Band and Dixie Land Jazz
Wedding Reception Band: The Lonely Heartstring Band
Wedding Cake: Austin Bayliss
Lighting Designer: Julie Seitel
Audio Engineer & Sound Equipment - Darren O'Brien from Encore Audio
Rentals from Classical Tents & Party Goods and New England Country Rentals
Bridal Accessories and Second Wedding Gown from from BHLD
Groom's Attire from 9tailors in Boston Ma
Best Man and Man of Honor's attire from Men's Wearhouse
Transportation: Dufour Bus Co.