F* Yeah’s newest contributor, Tara, married her (now) wife this year at a sun-drenched historic barn – the George Weir Barn.
Tara + Mandi chose to get ready together and wore beautiful strapless white gowns. Their attire was simple, yet elegant…with no veils in sight. More info can be found here on how they chose their attire for their big day.
The girls aren’t too traditional, so they wanted to have their wedding reflect their non-traditional side. Having said that, the girls decided on including 2 must-have traditions:
(1) father-daughter walk down the aisle and
(2) father-daughter dances
“Our fathers are an important part of our lives hence why we felt the importance of keeping these simple traditions.” Ah crap, I have something in my eye…
Anyhoo, their ceremony was held in the nearby field and the reception held in the barn (established circa 1764) that “overlooks the quiet waters of inner Lloyd Harbor on Long Island’s North shore.”
While Tara + Mandi did not have a particular color scheme, their general theme was elegance. Their bridesmaids wore “shear mint green fabric”, the decor was rustic yet pretty and their florals were equally as elegant in pastels of pinks and whites.”
Sadly, Tara’s mother passed away 2 years prior to the wedding so the girls did their best to honor her during the proceedings,”we had a lantern lit in her honor and carried down the isle in the beginning of our ceremony.” Ohhhhhhhhhhhh.
The girls opted out of enlisting the help of a wedding planner, instead organising the wedding on their own… with the trusty aid of their maid-of-honor, Jackie. Thus the girls’ DIY sessions included making signs, menus, ceremony wands (yup, you heard that right), cocktail-hour games and “tons of decor”!
Their wedding consisted of mostly their family and close friends, which made the day “magical, elegant and emotional” and “filled with support as we shared our love for one another.”
“To our greatest surprise, my father had an even better way to bring her spirit into our day. He had her antique Volkswagen completely restored and gifted to us as a wedding gift. This car was one of her greatest possessions and it felt great to sit in the same seat that made her smile.” Ok, now I’m crying.
Tara + Mandi spoke very fondly about their photographer Jesse of Golden Hour Studios.”We love his style, his love for nature and adventure that you can see in his photography.” The girls were also happy to award their officiant, Sarah Gutmann, with the super gay-friendly award, saying she “wins this award by a landslide!”
The girls met through a “mutual friends on Myspace in 2006. With Mandi in IL and I in NY, we were separated by 3 states for the first 2 years of our relationship before Mandi moved to NY.
I Proposed to Mandi in the Chicago O’hare airport during a holiday visit to her parents home. This airport was the first place we meet in person. I proposed with a letter and a ring. The letter symbolizing our past of saying hard goodbyes to each other at airports with letters. The ring to symbolize our new future together.” Naaaaawwwwww.
“It’s easy to get wrapped up in the planning just remember to make this day about each other and you will find yourself with the wedding of your dreams”
And roll credits…
Photographer: Golden Hour Studios | Attire: Kleinfeld Bridal | Cake: Manhattan Sweets Boutique Bakery | Catering : Moriches Catering | Favours: DIY | Floral: Elegant Designs by Joy | Music: Vogue Music Events | Officiant : Sarah Gutmann | Venue: Lloyd Harbor Historical Society