Gilian and Sterling had a unique and gorgeous wedding in the mountains of Troy, NH at the sweet berry farm, Monadnock Berries. Celebrating with their nearest and dearest family and friends, many of whom traveled from thousands of miles away to be there (they did as well!)
We had a few honey bee photo bombs (look closely at the photo to the right)
The groom got “iced” by one of the bridesmaids just before the ceremony. For those unfamiliar with “icing,” the groom was surprised by a bottle of Smirnoff Ice, which he had to immediately drink as quickly as he could.
Gilian and Sterling sharing a special “first look” before the ceremony.
Their adorable flower girl was technically a “hops girl,” carrying hops instead of flower petals. You will see that craft beer was a recurring theme at this hoppy wedding…
Guests were treated to “pick your own” blueberries during the reception.
So many unique details at this wedding, including vintage china and razzleberry jam favors. The matron of honor and bride even made her own wedding cake!
Cheers to the happy couple! Congratulations Gilian and Sterling!
Wedding Dress: Kiyonna
Bridesmaids Dresses: Everyone bought their own – they don’t match. All are in the blueberry/navy color spectrum
Groom and Groomsmen attire: Groom is wearing a teal linen suit purchased at Indochino with a white shirt and blue floral tie and blue/teal argyle socks. Groomsmen are wearing the same socks and tie with navy blue pants and white oxford shirts.
Hair and/or Makeup artist: Stacey D at Studio H
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Monadnock Berries, Troy, NH
Florist: Holly Long at Naturally Elegant Designs, Keene, NH
DJ/ Entertainment Services: Dave Joyal at DJ Entertainment NH
Catering Service: Denise Meadows at Charcoal Charlie and the Free Range Chick Catering
Cake: Bride and MOH made the cake themselves!
Plus pies from the Saxy Chef in Antrim, NH
Tent and/or Linen Rentals: Green Mountain Tents
Favors: Monadnock Berries jam and pick your own blueberries
Bride & Groom Questions
How did you meet?
Sterling contacted Gilian on OKCupid (a free dating website), and we arranged to meet at a cocktail bar in the Mission neighborhood of San Francisco. We both had a great time and have been together ever since.
How did Sterling propose?
It seemed like a pretty normal Saturday morning – he offered up a few of my favorite breakfast options out near Ocean Beach in San Francisco. We went to Devil’s Teeth bakery for breakfast sandwiches and then made our way over to the beach to walk like we always do. Sterling had hoped he’d be able to find some of my favorite shorebirds (Western Snowy Plovers. which Sterling had pointed out to me on one of our first beach walks) to propose near them, but it was so windy that day that we couldn’t make it down to the beach and he suggested that we sit down in the dunes for some protection while we watched the waves. I was game, and also still totally unsuspecting of his intentions. After a bit of conversation, all of a sudden there was a ring and he was telling me he wanted to spend our lives together. I agreed!
What was the most memorable moment of your wedding day?
Its hard to pick just one, but the first thing that came to mind for both of us was how we felt during the wedding ceremony, standing up in front of the friends and family who were there to support us. Saying our vows to each other and feeling so much love coming our way was really special!
What was your favorite detail?
We are big craft beer nerds and love to visit breweries wherever we go, so I decided to name our tables after some of our favorite breweries we’ve been able to visit. We used coasters from 10 different breweries in our centerpieces and each matched up to coaster escort cards. Collecting them was an especially fun wedding planning project, and since Monadnock Berries has their own brewery (Granite Roots), our beer theme fit right in! We also used dried hops for some decorations and in our flower girl’s basket 🙂
Any advice for future brides/grooms?
If you’re the DIY type, choose projects that are really important to you and try to leave the rest to the professionals if you can. For me, it was our escort cards/centerpieces, and I loved working with Monadnock Berries because it was already so beautiful that all I needed to do was add a few personal details – that was very important for us, since we live in California and were getting married in New Hampshire.. We were able to use their berry buckets and mason jars for centerpieces, and gave out containers for picking berries as favors, along with small jars of jam. I was still a ball of stress in the week leading up to the wedding trying to get everything done, but I was really glad to not have tried to do way too much on my own. The other piece of advice I’d give is to ask for help from friends and family and your venue and vendors where it makes sense to – there’s so much to think about that having people supporting you in the lead-up to the wedding is really important.
Funniest memory from your wedding day?
One of my bridesmaids, Stefanie, wanted to “Ice” the groom (ie surprise him with a bottle of Smirnoff Ice, which he would then have to immediately drink while taking a knee) just before our first look, and she succeeded. She also managed to get all of the groomsmen, but there was a bottle left over, and my new husband managed to get me back (for the first time ever!) just before our introductions to the reception.
If you could do it all over, would you change anything?
I think the only thing I’d change would be to try to spend more time with each person who came to the wedding. Every direction we looked, there were people we love but never get to see, which is an amazing feeling but it all moves so fast!
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
We flew to Puerto Vallarta in Mexico, and spent a few days at a resort near there before going to a small surf town called Sayulita for the second half of our trip.