Elizabeth + Chris
Chris and I met online, on a forum for our favorite band, Phish. We both gravitated towards a group that chatted late night, and we all eventually had a meet-up in 2009 at Madison Square Garden. He was the only one who answered the phone before our group meet-up!
The following summer a bunch of us got on a bus and did part of Phish’s summer tour. I didn’t tell anyone about my crush until the very end when I told another friend “I’m probably going to fall in love with Chris.”
After 5 years together he proposed and gave me his grandmother's ring, but it was way too big for even my thumb! I later designed another engagement ring which has a lab-made alexandrite center and recycled etoile diamonds on the band.
My aunt lives in an amazing housing community that used to be summer vacation cottages, and we got to use the space for free. We were the first wedding held there and everyone in the community was so great — even though we were having a rager literally in their backyards.
The weather was perfect late summer air, and it was the harvest moon. We had around 70 or so people who were invited there but more people started to join during the reception, so at the end there were folks in suits and folks in flip flops and shorts.
Two of my favorite lady friends were my bridesmaids and my best friend was our officiant. He wrote beautiful commitment vows for us based on the teachings of the Buddhist monk Tich Naht Hanh and my Jewish heritage on my father’s side. Both of my parents walked me down the aisle, as is Jewish tradition. Our bridal party walked out to “When I Paint My Masterpiece” and I walked to “Rainbow Connection.”
We had Barbecue chicken, salmon, brisket, mac and cheese, all the messy barbecue food but amped up. There was a lot of dancing. Our band, Astrograss, played a lot of traditional folk and bluegrass songs, some Grateful Dead covers, some Phish covers, and some classic folk and rock songs. Our party ended at around 10 PM. A bunch of our friends went to a show at the Capitol Theatre for a little post-wedding afterparty type jam.
Pics by Dear Alex & Jane