What are your wedding colors and/or themes?
Navy and burgundy. Navy was Kevin’s choice as blue is his favorite color. But deeper than that, the navy blue was homage to his 20+ year career in the United States Air Force, where he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. Turner’s color was burgundy (red being his favorite color), a callback to his collegiate color of maroon at Texas A&M. Both shades were perfect against the fall background and tied into the patriotic décor of our wedding venue: the American Hotel in Sharon Springs.
Our style for the wedding was “fall, rustic chic”. We chose the American Hotel for many reasons, not least of which was the gorgeous outdoor space, with towering trees in fall-foliage regalia, beautifully manicured lawns, and impeccable landscaping. It was an incredible setting for an outdoor wedding and the weather that day could not have been more perfect. The village of Sharon Springs is such a charming and quaint setting that harkens back to a simpler, quieter time. We worked very closely with all of our vendors to incorporate our style in everything, from the rustic wedding arch with country chic hydrangeas, to weaving fall colors into all of the flower arrangements, to the wooden wedding cake stand and table number stands carved from wood. Other rustic design elements included a vintage window and milk crates with welcome messages for our guests and handwritten chalkboard menu for the reception.
But most importantly, the American Hotel has become a second home to us in many ways. Kevin discovered this charming bed & breakfast almost 15 years ago while serving his military duty in not-so-nearby Rome, New York. He quickly became fast friends with proprietors, Doug Plummer and Garth Roberts, and began to frequent the hotel every chance he could. When Kevin was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel, the American Hotel served as the setting to welcome him into this new chapter of his military career. On their first out-of-town date, Kevin whisked Turner away to a romantic dinner at the hotel and he too became smitten with this little hamlet just off the beaten path.
We’re also avid fans of the local lifestyle brand, Beekman 1802, and rarely make a trip to Sharon Springs without several shopping bags in hand upon our return. We were extremely fortunate to be able to visit the Beekman farm just outside of Sharon Springs to take our first look photos, and even shared a visit with the Fabulous Beekman Boys themselves, Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge. Just one more rustic feather to put into our wedding caps.
Sharon Springs is truly an oasis for us, with all the comforts of home, filled with some of the most amazing people we know, and we couldn’t think of a more perfect place to start our lives together.
What is your inspiration when planning your wedding?
The biggest passion that we both share is our love of travel. From the first anniversary we celebrated together, we’ve jet-set around the globe to over 20 countries in 6 short years. To celebrate this wanderlust, we included travel-themed elements into almost every facet of our wedding:
Save-the-dates designed as vintage postcards
Air-mail inspired invitations with the headline “Love is in the air”
Wedding programs designed as boarding passes
Guest book was a rebound atlas for guests to share their messages on the pages of the maps inside
Vintage suitcases, lined with travel-themed paper and personalized luggage tags, to collect cards from our guests
Paper airplane name cards with table assignment “country flags” inside
Table settings, each themed after a different country, with a handmade designed postcard including the date we traveled there and description of what we did during our stay
Foil-pressed luggage tag wedding favors with the insignia “Love travels” (Etsy: lovetravelsfavors)
“Photobooth props” of the different table countries, with familiar sayings, local phrases, and greetings; representative headgear and food and beverages for guests to have fun with
Our pastor, Reverend Susan Sparks, even incorporated travel into her wedding message, “Three things you need for travel…and for marriage.” We loved sharing pieces of each of our journeys around the world with our guests, and with our luggage tag wedding favors, we hope we’ve inspired our friends and family to go out and see even more of the world themselves. As the quote we chose for the back of our guestbook reminds us: “Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson
Did you incorporate any fun themes/motifs or design elements?
One of Turner’s favorite hobbies involves building and photographing LEGO minifigures and building blocks. Through past endeavors of running a year-long daily LEGO photography blog and collecting each of the sets in the Winter Village collection, LEGO has firmly become a staple in the Roach-Fannin household. We knew we had to find some fun ways to incorporate this pastime into the wedding. Turner’s boutonniere included a minifigure dressed like Turner (and holding its own flower). The wedding cake itself featured a topper (designed by Turner) that included minifigure models of both Turner and Kevin standing in front of a scale model of the welcome sign of the American Hotel. The final touch was revealed during the cake cutting, when the theme song from The LEGO Movie played (“Everything is Awesome” by Tegan & Sara/The Lonely Island) and we spun the cake around on its turntable to display the back: designed to look like LEGO bricks hidden beneath curtains of frosting on the cake.
Kevin also is an avid collector of handcrafted Longaberger baskets. Each of the guests at the American Hotel had fresh flowers and a small basket in their rooms that incorporated red and blue hues to tie back to our wedding colors. The florist also took a handful of larger baskets and created beautiful arrangements inside that were displayed on the tables as centerpieces during the reception. A final nod to the baskets was incorporated on the design of the cake, as two of the layers were designed with a basket weave pattern.
Did you include any special traditions, old or new?
We were very adamant in the fact that this was not just a celebration of the two of us, but of all of the loved ones who have been there for us all along our journey together. To help bring everyone into the ceremony, we had a special ring blessing in which we had placed both of our rings in a cloth bag and passed them around among all of our guests. Our pastor asked that as each person received the rings, they offer up a blessing, a prayer, or just think warm, loving thoughts before passing to their neighbor. It was a touching way to extend the message that all guests in attendance were part of our chosen family, and a reminder to us that we have their love and support every time we look at our rings.
Both of us have Irish ancestry and choose an Irish Wedding Blessing as one of our two readings. Following vows that we had written ourselves, we recited the more familiar, traditional wedding vows, and then in unison recited an Irish Vow of Unity.
Taking off on the “something old, new, borrowed, blue” tradition, the signature cocktails of the wedding were a “New Fashioned,” a twist on an Old Fashioned featuring bourbon and St. Germain (something old made new) and a “True Blue Mojito,” a blue-dyed mojito recipe we borrowed from our friends Julie and Mar that they had used at their wedding in 2016 (something borrowed made blue).
After we shared our first dance (“When You Say Nothing At All” by 4th and Main), Kevin and his daughter Cami shared a father-daughter dance together. On the last chorus of Rascal Flatts’ “My Wish,” Kevin pulled Turner to the dance floor and had him finish the dance with Cami; a beautiful symbol of the new bond that they both now share.
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
Both of us are notoriously sneaky gift givers. In fact, we both had secretly purchased gifts for one another to wear during the wedding and separately, had asked Kevin’s niece to help with the exchanging of those gifts. Turns out, great minds think alike, as we had (again, on our own) picked out cufflinks for each other to wear. Kevin gave Turner a pair of passenger airplane cufflinks from Tiffany & Co. Funnily enough, Turner had almost picked out the same pair of cufflinks for Kevin, but in the weeks leading up to the wedding, he found a pair of B-2 stealth bomber cufflinks (which happens to be Kevin’s favorite aircraft of all time), and opted for those instead.
We wanted to have a lot of fun at the reception and get the party started off with a bang, so we choreographed a surprise wedding reception entrance dance to Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling.” Our hard work paid off, as we had a blast performing for our guests, and got everyone in the partying mood for the rest of the evening.
Unfortunately, Turner’s parents, Jerry and Kay Roach, were not able to attend the wedding following a recent surgery his dad had undergone. To honor them and help them be a part of the wedding, we brought Turner’s mom’s gold and black jacket and bejeweled purse and pair of black cowboy boots and black felt cowboy hat for his dad, which we placed on chairs in the front row of the ceremony. Turner’s sister, Stacy (his attendant), carried an additional bouquet with her and placed it on their mom’s chair after walking down the aisle. As both of us also had boutonnieres made to match our own personal interests (Kevin, a retired air force officer pin; Turner, the LEGO minifigure), we had our florist incorporate Turner’s dad’s personal interest of fly fishing into his boutonniere with several adorning fishing flies. Turner then carried this boutonniere down the aisle and placed on his dad’s chair.
Before the ceremony, our pastor called Turner’s parents and had her husband Toby hold the phone up so that they could hear the entire service. Turner’s sister and brother-in-law also live streamed the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception for Mr. and Mrs. Roach. Many of the guests shared their memories of the evening on social media, giving even more perspectives of the wedding. Turner’s mom also wrote two lovely toasts that Turner’s sister read at the rehearsal dinner and reception. While they weren’t physically with us, they were as much a part of the wedding as anyone else who was there in person.
Turner’s suit: Charles Tyrwhitt, New York, NY
Kevin’s suit: Jos. A Banks, Hoboken, NJ
Wedding bands: Tiffany & Co., New York, NY
Flowers: Johnstone Florist, Palatine Bridge, NY
Cake: blackberry custard, chocolate ganache, salted caramel, and white chocolate ganache by Amy Russo Wedding & Specialty Cakes, Cherry Valley, NY
Catering: American Hotel, Sharon Springs, NY
Entertainment: Platinum Entertainment, Albany, NY
Wedding coordinator: Austin Jetton, General Manager, American Hotel, Sharon Springs, NY
Photographer: Clark+Walker Studio
Location: American Hotel, Sharon Springs, NY
Second photography location: Beekman 1802 Farm, Sharon Springs, NY
Special Event Rentals: Tremont Rentals, Averill Park, NY
Transportation: Birnie Bus Service, Herkimer, NY