When Asia Baker boarded the train to Jamestown, Rhode Island in the summer of 2006, she had no idea the man who would pick her up from the station would eventually be her husband. "His friend was on the same train so we all carpooled together," says Asia. "I guess you can say we met at the Kingston train station!"
Six summers later, in July 2012, Ben surprised Asia with a picnic and a proposal in Vermont. After 14 months of planning, during which Asia, an interior designer by trade, worked with Daughter of Design to transform her mother's childhood home into a romantic oasis on the water. Check out Meredith Heuer's photos of their beautiful September 21, 2013 wedding in Oyster Bay, New York, below.
The crafty bride hand-painted the watercolor wreath that was used on their save-the-date cards. Asia then worked with The Printery to create a traditional white invitation suite with green script that matched her initial designs.
Asia and her (12!) bridesmaids all wore matching oxford shirts while they got ready with Balloon, the bride's beloved dachshund.
When it came to finding a dress, Asia didn't love what she saw in the showrooms so she asked Sam Walls Beasley of Samuelle Couture to create a custom gown. "The minute I met Sam, I knew she was the woman to make my dress," says Asia. "We worked together for months and it was one of the most fun experiences of my wedding. I loved every minute of it!"
She paired her boho-meets-traditional wedding dress with a crown of seeded eucalyptus, her mother's diamond earrings, and a diamond bracelet.
Asia's bridesmaids wore dove grey dresses by Amsale and vintage Lulu Frost earrings. To make their look even more romantic, they carried loose bouquets of anemones, lisianthus, seeded eucalyptus, and chocolate cosmos.
The groomsmen matched Ben, dressed in a Tom Ford tux and Stubbs & Wooten slippers, in their own black tuxes with dark green linen bowties.
The bride walked down the aisle solo, in honor of her late father, to meet Ben at the altar of St. John's of Lattington. After exchanging vows, the couple walked back down the aisle to "All You Need Is Love" by The Beatles.
Asia and Ben made their getaway in her father's 1959 BMW Isetta, which they've lovingly named "Oeuf."
While guests enjoyed Southsides served in silver mint julep cups, Asia and Ben snuck off towards the water for champagne and some well-deserved alone time. "It was a surreal moment when you realize you've just been married and are about to celebrate with your most loved family and friends," remembers the bride.
Photo: Meredith Heuer
Inside a sailcloth tent, guests dined on red beet napoleon and filet mignon under string lights that hung in clusters from the ceiling. "It really set the mood, and we were lucky to have the Harvest Moon right outside shining over the water," says Asia.
Dark teal tablecloths were lined with glass hurricanes, rolled beeswax candles, and loose arrangements of white ranunculus, magnolia leaves, and wildflowers. "I loved having dark tablecloths to highlight the tabletop décor," says Asia.
Asia and Ben created a simple white menu with a dark green block font, which they dressed up with their new married monogram at the top of the paper.
Seeded eucalyptus and white wax flowers added a boho feel to the three-tiered Lady M crepe cake.
The newlyweds surprised everyone with mini ice cream cones on the dance floor, while they enjoyed the big band, the Sultans of Swing. "We didn't stop dancing all night," says Asia.
After a whirlwind of a weekend and a honeymoon in Indonesia and Hong Kong, Asia has this piece of advice for brides-to-be: "Don't take yourself too seriously! At the end of the day, you're planning a party to celebrate your love with your husband surrounded by all your closest family and friends and that's all that matters."
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Private residence || Wedding Planner: Daughter of Design || Bride's Wedding Dress: Samuelle Couture || Hair & Makeup: NuBEST Salon and Spa || Groom's Attire: Tom Ford || Florist: Andrew Pascoe Flowers Ltd. || Invitations: The Printery || Rentals: Party Rental Ltd., La Tavola Fine Linen || Music: The Sultans of Swing || Catering: Robbins Wolfe || Cake: Lady M Confections || Photography: Meredith Heuer
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