In 2008, Jennifer Bates and Nathan Whipple both enlisted the Internet to help them find love, and help it did. "We met on Match.com," Jen remembers. "Our first date was on December 26th, the second was on the 27th, and the third was on the 28th. Can you tell we were having fun?" That algorithm worked its magic and, on October 4th, 2012, Jen and Nathan headed to Mendocino, California, for a wedding — and came back to plan a wedding of their own! "Nathan always joked that he'd propose by giving me a t-shirt that said 'I'm gonna marry Nathan Whipple," says Jen. "So when I got the feeling he'd propose soon, I got a t-shirt that said 'I do, I do, I do' on the front and 'The Future Mrs. Nathan Whipple' on the back." When, at sunset, Nathan opened a bottle of champagne and popped the question, Jen ran into their hotel room, then reappeared moments later wearing her t-shirt. If that's not a "yes," we don't know what is!
The couple got right to it, planning their wedding for just a year later, on October 5th, 2013. They went the non-traditional route, renting Overbrook House in Buzzard's Bay, Massachusetts, so they could host their guests for a creative, comfortable weekend full of New England charm.
Keep reading to see all the beautiful details, photographed by Mattie's Studio!Elizabeth Fillmore. She carried a vibrant bouquet that included a red dahlias, white roses, and curled ferns. guest book.
The reception took place at rustic farm tables beneath a Sperry tent. Simple centerpieces included arrangements of dahlias and roses and boxes of ferns, succulents, and mushrooms, both surrounded by moss. "We sourced some of the elements from the nearby woods that morning," says Jen. The Kraft paper menu outlined the evening's dinner, including a wood-roasted pig and fresh local vegetables.Smoke & Pickles roasted a whole pig, as well as local cod and vegetables.
Instead of a traditional wedding cake, Jen and Nathan served a selection of treats from Boston's Flour Bakery, where Jen is the Director of Operations, including homemade Oreos and cupcakes. The reception was "open mic," with family members and guests standing up to toast the newlyweds. "Nathan's best friend told the story of how we met, but managed to include aliens and space travel," Jen laughs.
The pair honeymooned in Jamaica for 10 days of aged rum, jerk chicken, and time on the beach. "We treated Katie and her boyfriend to a 5-day 'buddymoon' at the beginning of our trip," says the bride. "It's the least we could do for all their hard work."
So how did Jen and Nathan end up with a wedding that was so relaxed and carefree? "We focused on the things we really cared about, and let other things just fall into place," she says. "And, of course, we hired Katie!"
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Overbrook House || Bride's Wedding Dress: Elizabeth Fillmore || Shoes: Plenty by Tracy Reese || Hair & Makeup: Sonya Manning of Aveda || Groom's Attire: Paul Smith, Banana Republic || Wedding Bands: Laura Preshong || Florist: Roanne Robbins of Honeyhive Studio || Invitations & Paper Goods: Minted, Paper Source || Music: Torey Harding, Victor Hernandez || Catering: Smoke & Pickles || Dessert: Flour Bakery || Rentals: New England Country Rentals || Favors: Mini cranberry-apple pies from Flour Bakery || Photography: Mattie's Studio