Jacquelyn Fradette met Lee Goldsmith during her freshman year of college (his junior) in 2003. Despite mutal friends introducing the pair, the sparks didn't fly until two years later when they met again in August 2005 and they officially became a couple. Seven years later, when Jacquelyn was in Chicago visiting Lee during a break from her summer internship, he surprised her with a proposal — and an empty bottle of Elmer's Glue. "The backstory is that the second year we were dating I mentioned that as a kid I love when I got glue on my hands in art class because it was fun to peel it off," the bride says. The groom emptied out a bottle and stashed a three-stone sapphire engagement ring inside. "I couldn't believe he remembered that joke from almost seven years earlier."
They enjoyed a two-year engagement before tying the knot in Annapolis, Maryland at St. John's College, the very same place where they first met. They wanted their day to feel like a fun and elegant garden party, and asked Lindsay Hite of Readyluck Photography to document their special day.
Jacquelyn and Lee chose floral stationery from Wedding Paper Divas to invite guests to their afternoon celebration. Their ceremony took place in McDowell Hall, which holds a unique historical significance. "It was previously used by General George Washington, so a brief history was placed on the back of the wedding program for all to appreciate the history of the space," the bride remembers.
The bride chose a one-shoulder lace wedding dress from Ulla-Maija. When she fell in love with two different styles at a trunk show, the designer himself suggested they combine the two styles. "He pointed out that because they used the same lace he could easily just combine the two dresses," Jacquelyn says. "That sealed the deal! The dress turned out more beautiful than I could have imagined."
Since it was a daytime wedding, the bride wanted to keep her accessories simple. She decided to skip a necklace and earrings in favor of a romantic updo accented with four small Stephanotis blooms. She carried a bouquet of white, ivory, and champagne roses and peonies.
Jacquelyn wanted her ceremony and reception to feel vibrant and fun, so bold-hued bridesmaids' dresses were a must. When she saw her favorite hot-pink shade on sale at J.Crew, the bride asked her attendants to move fast. "It was the easiest decision of the wedding and it looked great on everyone," she says of the punchy style. They kept their colorful theme going with bouquets of bright orange roses, blue garden roses, purple lisianthus, and blue delphinium.
Lee chose to keep his look classic. He donned a three-piece blue suit and hot pink bowtie.
Their ceremony space didn't need much dressing up, so the couple added colorful arrangements to chairs along the aisle and brought in moss towers topped with bright blooms as an altar. As guests found their seats, the bride's sister played several songs on flute.
"We both wrote our own vows," Jacquelyn says. "We both shared why we loved each other so much and how excited we were for our future together. We will never forget the experience of sharing our hopes for the future in front of everyone."
Immediately following their ceremony, a nearby server brought the couple a celebratory drink that they enjoyed as they stole away for some alone time. The both sipped a French 75, their signature drink, as they chatted. "It was so special to have those few minutes just the two of us to be excited about the day," the bride remembers.
The couple then joined their guests for a lunchtime reception in Randall Hall. Seating assignments were pinned to a large moss board that was placed at the front entrance.
Inside the reception space, damask-printed linens topped tables and centerpieces with hydrangeas, roses, stock, and delphinium added plenty of color to their space.
"We wanted to make sure the food was appropriate for lunch and not too heavy," the bride says of selecting a menu. "Since I am from Massachusetts and Lee is from Philadelphia, we wanted the food to reflect some of our favorites from our hometowns." They went with a "small plates" style meal and everyone enjoyed three courses including crab cakes, New England clam chowder, and pulled pork sandwiches.
They cut into a three-tiered wedding cake decorated with sugar pansies, which was served alongside trays of macarons and fruit tarts. But the reveling didn't stop then! The couple hosted an after party later that evening at Harry Browne's Restaurant and Bar.
Jacquelyn and Lee, who honeymooned in Scotland, both suggest that other couples keep in mind the type of experience they want their guests to have. "People spend a lot of money to travel to your wedding so you should think about what the day will be like for them," the bride says. "It made a lot of the harder logistical decisions flow very easily when we put ourselves in the shoes of a guest."
Ceremony & Reception Venue: St. John's College || Bride's Wedding Dress: Ulla-Maija Couture || Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade || Bride's Hair & Makeup: Sara Elizabeth Artistry || Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew || Mother of the Bride Dress: Adrianna Papell || Groom's Attire: Bar III || Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands: W.F. Beardsley Silver and Goldsmith || Flowers: Intrigue Designs || Invitations & Paper Products: Wedding Paper Divas || Ceremony & Reception Music: Tobias Russell; Philip Torre || Catering & Rentals: Ken's Creative Kitchen || Wedding Cake: Patisserie Poupon || Transportation: Transportation Solutions || Accommodations: Loews Annapolis Hotel; The Westin Annapolis || After Party: Harry Browne's Restaurant and Bar || Photographer: Lindsay Hite of Readyluck
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