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i’m a wanderer ~ another east coast adventure

2013 has been the year of traveling east for me. This past week might’ve been the craziest of all of my trips, not only in terms of the sheer numer of places I visited {6 states!} but also in the activities, events, and accomplishments over 10 days.

To kick things off, I flew into Manchester, NH where my grandparents collected me and brought me up to Maine. On Saturday, we attended my cousin’s wedding at an adorable stone church followed by a reception at the Fisherman’s Wharf Inn in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. Although the weather was a bit dreary, it was a true celebration of love and family and I couldn’t be happier to have another cousin!

Then I started my trek south, headed for the wedding of two of my best friends in Stevensville, Maryland. Not one to make things easy for myself, I fit a lot in along the way! First, I stopped in Boston to see an old friend and meet his 5 month old Boston Terrier {aptly named, like Petey Mac, after one of our BU hockey players}.

CurryParkersay hello to curry parker

Next I jumped a bus to NYC and was quickly reminded how out of practice I am with public transportation {everyone was standing too close!}. But, the weather had improved and I got to spend Memorial Day sunbathing in Central Park!

During the week, I had a cake tasting and booked my baker, did a hair/make-up trial for the wedding, and even got to see the Rain Room at the MoMA. If you’re in NYC, it’s really a must go… but be prepared for a serious wait. If you go with 3+ people, it may be worth splitting a membership. It’s only $85 for the year, plus $5 for guest passes and you get to cut a significant portion of the line {or get in an hour early}. Since entry is $25, it made sense for us to spend just a little more per person to save time — and get one of my friends a longer-term membership!

JessAlayne.com at Raine Room MoMA NYCdancing & posing in the rain room

On Thursday, I finally made it to Maryland where T-man joined me. That night, I had my second dress fitting and fell in love all over again {with the dress, of course…T-man hung out with my dad!} but also completely rethought my wedding hairstyle from what I’d done at the trial. Oh well!

Once the weekend arrived, it was time to switch gears and focus on the second wedding of the trip. Christina had such a great vision for her big day and it was executed beautifully at the Historic Kent Manor Inn. I can truly say not one detail was flawed or forgotten about.

Christina trusted me to play graphic designer on some of the paper materials and signs for her big day and it was also such a thrill to see my work displayed at a big event and in the welcome boxes. Plus, her photographer, Natalie Franke was absolutely outstanding and captured not only the little details, but also the love between Christina & Rob so perfectly! If you’re in Maryland and looking for a photographer, I’d highly recommend her!

Details at Christina & Robert's wedding | Photography by Natalie Franke
photos by natalie franke

In addition to playing graphic designer, I was also Christina’s Maid of Honor, so I had a speech to give. I’d been so busy leading up to the wedding that I was really nervous about writing the speech, but on my flight over from Colorado, I pulled out my laptop and the speech literally wrote itself.

I’m lucky enough to have known these two as a couple for almost 10 years, so speaking about their friendship and their love came very naturally. I’d like to be able to impart helpful words of wisdom now that I’ve done this twice, but in all honesty, I think it varies so much based on your relationship with the couple. I’m by no means a comedian but I tried to balance some funny moments in our “childhood” with more touching descriptions of the relationship I’ve seen develop between them.

Needless to say, I’m so grateful Natalie captured this moment…

Dancing at the Kent Manor Inn | Christina & Robert | Photography by Natalie Frankemy big speech | photo by natalie franke

Once that was over, I was so happy to finally relax and celebrate! We danced and danced… and danced. Such a night to remember!

Dancing at the Kent Manor Inn | Christina & Robert | Photography by Natalie Frankegoofing around with the bride | photo by natalie franke

All of Christina’s vendors, from her photographer {I can’t rave about her enough} to her hair & make-up team to the DJ and even the cake {which I tasted much later that night} were fabulous. It was such a special, memorable night — the kind you know you’ll be talking about for many years to come.

Now that those adventures are over, though, T-man and I are back to the grind, tackling our own wedding projects — there’s still so much to do! Can’t wait to show you what we’ve been up to, so stay tuned!

Marc Broussard – The Wanderer

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