Cheesecake and Beer: A celebration of marriage and a family affair

Last year my brother got hitched! While he and his wife only invited the parents to the ceremony, which happened up in the mountains of New Hampshire (only mode of transportation to site was on foot).  Their wedding reflected their personalities perfectly. They live in the mountains, hike and go ice climbing for vacation, brew their own beer and own 3 maybe 4 cats.

A few months later, on a brisk September day, they held a celebration for the family and friends.  It was a simple, sweet, understated but elegant garden party that expressed what I think is the classic meaning of a wedding.  A celebration of two hearts united.  It proves however, that you can put together a great party on a budget with a little help from your friends, family and creativity.  Here a few images from the event all taken by yours truly.

The Couple:  Nate chose to wear his favorite New Hampshire tuxedo, fleece, Carhartts and a plaid tie.  Kelli a little more formal, wore a vintage inspired, above-the-knee, white dress.

The Food & Decor:  A lot of the decor was made by the bride herself.  She gathered the mason jars for floral arrangements, sewed the napkins from  fabric scraps and cuttings, the flowers were picked from the family garden, and the plates and dishes were a mix of my mother’s china and rental. The delicious menu was created and catered by my other brother, a personal chef owner of Edwardian Feast (

The Cake: The assortment of wedding cakes and pies were made by family members. Some of the more famous recipes have been passed down through generations, ie. the cheesecake!

Bonne Chance to the couple.

All photographs by Lauren Gries



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2 responses to “Cheesecake and Beer: A celebration of marriage and a family affair

  1. Katie

    Beautiful pics, Lauren! I was sorry to have missed the party and even sorrier now after seeing how gorgeous [and delicious] it all looked! 🙂

  2. Kelli

    Thanks again Lauren for taking such wonderful pictures! Seeing this really gives me a hankering for some…..well cheese cake and good beer. There was a wedding at the state park down our street this past weekend that reminded me of our party- what great memories!

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