Join us in swooning over this romantic rustic union at Mount Hope Farm.
Where are you both from and how did you meet?
Lauren is from Freetown, Massachusetts, and Bobby is from Mattapoisett, Massachusetts. We met in high school at Bishop Stang.
How did you get engaged?
We were together a little more than seven years before getting engaged. We had just closed on our first house together and Bobby proposed on the first night in our new house.
Tell us about the planning process.
We both knew we wanted a somewhat simple wedding—nothing too extravagant. We both enjoy the outdoors and country, so it was an easy decision to choose an outdoor wedding on a large farm with a simple barn reception. Our favorite parts of planning were choosing the venue and vendors and the taste testing of course! Our least favorite part was managing all the small details and organizing all the little details such as the seating chart.
How did you come across Sabrina for your photographer?
Sabrina was recommended to us by my co-worker who actually had her photograph their wedding. After seeing their wedding photos, I fell in love with her work.
How about Mount Hope Farm for your venue?
We knew we wanted a simple outdoor farm style venue with lots of land which is hard to find in this area. I also had always wanted a simple wooden barn for my reception and Mount Hope had both!
Bobby, what was going through your mind as Lauren was walking down the aisle towards you? Lauren, what was going through yours?
Bobby: I was overwhelmed and anxious to see her walking towards me; she looked so beautiful and I was very excited to finally have her become my wife.
Lauren: I was excited to be walking towards marrying the man I love, but was extremely nervous to have all eyes and attention on me!
Tell us about the sand ceremony.
We wanted a different type of unity ceremony for our wedding and our officiant had discussed with us the sand ceremony. It combines the traditional sand ceremony element with the combining of the sand symbolizing us coming together in marriage, but we placed it in an hour glass to remind us that time is fleeting and to always start each day as a new day with our strong love for each other regardless of what happened the day before.
What was your first dance song?
Our first song was “Stay With You”by John Legend. We chose this song because we felt that it symbolized our relationship. We have been together a very long time and gone through our ups and downs, but no matter what we went through in our relationship, we always in the end strengthened our relationship.
Did anyone’s reception toast stand out from the rest?
I think the Best Man’s speech stood out to us. Bobby and Mark, the best man, have always been very close but to hear him talk about how thankful he is for his friendship, and see how emotional he got speaking about it, was touching.
Were there any vendors you were particularly impressed with?
I think all of our vendors really impressed us! Father Lenny Nelson added humor to our ceremony which perfectly fit with our personalities. B-Sharp Entertainment did an amazing job playing songs that kept everybody on the dance floor—we’re still getting compliments that our wedding was one of the most fun weddings our family members have been to thanks to him! Mount Hope and Russell Morin did an amazing job on making the day stress-free with amazing food and drinks. The Greenery made my dream bouquet. And Sabrina perfectly captured our wedding day down to the details that I honestly would have forgotten about if it weren’t for her pictures! She perfectly captured candid photos that capture our relationship which are some of my favorite photos from our wedding.
Did you run into any issues while planning or on the day of the wedding?
Looking back there really were not any issues. Other than the normal stress that comes with planning and budgeting for a wedding we were lucky that the planning process and day of went smoothly.
If you had to narrow it down, what would you say were each of your favorite moments from that day?
Lauren: My favorite moment was the time after the ceremony when me and Bobby went to take pictures alone, after the ceremony and before the reception, because that was really our only alone time together. We were able to just be with each other and reflect on the fact that we had just gotten married.
Bobby: My favorite moments were dancing with my new wife and our family and friends. We were all able to just be carefree and have an amazing time celebrating together.
Do you have any overall advice for recently engaged couples?
Don’t focus on negatives or the small details when planning the wedding. Remember the wedding is a celebration of the two of you and you both should enjoy every moment of it!
Photography: Sabrina Scolari Photography // Videography: Move Mountains Co. // Ceremony & Reception: Mount Hope Farm // Officiant: Father Lenny Nelson // Hair: Courtney Rogers, Stephen and Co Salon // Make Up: Nicole Carmo // Bride’s Dress: Allure Bridal, Alexandra’s Bridal Boutique // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David’s Bridal // Groom’s and Groomsmen’s Suits: Professional Image // Catering and Desserts: Russell Morin // Flowers: The Greenery // Reception Music: B Sharp Entertainment // Signage: DIY // Rentals: Exquisite Events