Real New England Weddings: Melissa Deland & Julie Bourquin
July 9, 2011, Private Residence, Marion, Massachusetts
Growing up, Melissa Deland considered â€śCamp Grannyâ€ť â€” her grandparentsâ€™ house on the ocean in Marion, Massachusetts â€” a slice of paradise.
[sidebar]It’s no wonder, then, that two years after meeting Julie Bourquin on Match.com, she proposed by the dock over Memorial Day weekend 2010. Julie returned the favor a couple weeks later back in Boston. â€śWe both feel like every girl should experience the excitement of a marriage proposal,â€ť they explain.
For the wedding, they returned to their go-to getaway and paid homage to the siteâ€™s natural beauty with a ceremony in Melissaâ€™s grandmotherâ€™s flower garden and a waterfront reception. Julie, a senior associate director of admissions at Harvardâ€™s Graduate School of Education, and Melissa, who works for Genzyme Biosurgery, each had eight attendants; the group wore blue and green to complement the ocean and the grass.
The day had several hilarious moments, from a wardrobe malfunction during the coupleâ€™s first dance (Melissaâ€™s twin sister and childhood friend were the only witnesses, thankfully) to skinny-dipping guests. And there were heart-tugging ones, too, like when Julieâ€™s brother performed a song he had written for the occasion.
â€śFrom the spectacular weather to the amazing vendors and having all of our most beloved family and friends in attendance, we really could not have asked for a more memorable or special day,â€ť Melissa says.
Melissaâ€™s grandmotherâ€™s garden, surrounded by a stone wall and trellis, was replanted for the big day.
The couple used A Wareham Florist, the same vendor who created the arrangements for Melissaâ€™s parentsâ€™ surprise 35th anniversary party three years earlier.
(From left, top to bottom)Â Julie and Melissa chose celadon green for the tablescapes to avoid competing with the blue of the ocean.
â€śCamp Grannyâ€ť made for an idyllic wedding venue.
Golf-ball favors incorporated the wedding colors and reflected the coupleâ€™s love of sports.
The Sperry tents were set up next to the beach so guests could enjoy the spectacular waterfront views.
Both Julie and Melissaâ€™s bridesmaids wore J.Crew dresses and carried hydrangea bouquets.
Gowns: Davidâ€™s Bridal
Music: DJ Deja Vibeology and the Andrew Stern Jazz Band
Hair and makeup: Sisterâ€™s Salon
Menswear: Vineyard Vines ties with Brooks Brothers shirts and Jos. A. Bank Clothiers pants
Flowers: A Wareham Florist
Catering and cupcakes: East Meets West
Tents: Sperry Tents
Source URL: http://www.bostonmagazine.com/2011/12/real-new-england-weddings-melissa-julie/