I’m very excited to unveil Julia+Mark’s gorgeous John Joseph Inn wedding this morning on the blog! This wedding was during peak foliage and had all the elements to make this feature gorgeous. I’ll start with Julia’s narration (thank you Julia!!)
What are your wedding colors and/or themes?
Our main color was a bright, golden yellow! The bridesmaids wore sunshine-hued dresses from BHLDN. Yellow roses stood out in the bouquets and centerpieces among the blush, purple, coral, raspberry, and green florals.
How did you meet? Do you have a special proposal story?
The first time we met was a memorable occasion! It was our very first year at Cornell, and we had both recently been accepted into a cappella groups on campus: Mark joined the all-men’s group, Cayuga’s Waiters, and Julia was welcomed into the all-ladies group, Nothing But Treble. As is tradition, every October the two groups get together to put on a Halloween performance in costume under Balch Arch. The first time they spotted each other was when Julia was dressed up as a flower and Mark was wearing a tiny tutu and t-shirt with the words “Wine Diva” on it! It wasn’t exactly love at first sight- we didn’t start dating until senior year!
After nearly four years of dating, Mark proposed to Julia on a serene and snowy December day. Julia had recently accepted a job in the deep south, and Mark had suggested that we take a trip to our old Cornell stomping grounds before making the big move to Mississippi. One of our favorite places on campus is the foot-bridge on Beebe Lake, where we would often meet for lunch during senior year. After grabbing a cup of hot apple cider, we took the stroll down to the bridge hand-in-hand as large snowflakes started to fall. It wasn’t until we approached the bridge that Julia had any inkling of what was going on! Future groomsmen Dave and R.J. were standing at the bridge’s center, each strumming a guitar. They accompanied Mark as he took Julia’s hands in his and sang “Swept Away,” by the Avett Brothers (which we used as our “first dance” song!). At the song’s finish, Mark dropped to one knee and asked Julia to marry him- of course, Julia said, “Yes!” In fact, Julia was so overwhelmed with happiness that she fell back onto the ground and made snow angels.
What was your inspiration when planning your wedding?
The main inspiration for the wedding was our love of the Finger Lakes region. Central New York is where we fell in love and began to grow as a couple, and we wanted to include elements that were representative of that special time in our relationship. We met at Cornell University and eventually got engaged there, so it seemed only natural to have our wedding ceremony on campus. One of our favorite weekend activities was go to the Ithaca Farmer’s Market with friends, which is where we first bought flowers from our wedding florist years ago. Pumpkin picking dates at Tim’s Pumpkin Patch were among our most beloved memories from our time in CNY, so we just had to include their heirloom pumpkins as part of our wedding decor!
Did you incorporate any fun themes/motifs or design elements?
Our goal was to have each small detail personalized to the things that make us unique!
Mark is an avid craft beer enthusiast, and has turned that hobby into a professional career. Several years ago he decided to grow his own hops, which have flourished since! Our florist included the hops in the centerpieces, bridal bouquet, and boutonnieres. It was very special for Mark to wear something he grew himself! Keeping with the beer trend, we also had personalized wedding beer koozies for our guests to use and take home. This is very popular to do in southern weddings! We have quite the koozie collection going at our home in Mississippi, and wanted to add our own to the stock.
We also had a bit of a tree theme going as well, as a nod to our love for the outdoors. Wedding guests signed a wish tree with tags that were designed to represent the yellow leaves of one of our favorite trees in the fall- the gingko! As favors, we gave out small tree saplings for our guests to plant. The saplings were accompanied by the lyrics to one of our favorite songs: “Tree to Grow,” by The Lone Bellow.
Flannel shirts are a staple in Mark’s wardrobe, and when we started dating he was appalled that Julia didn’t own any of her own- so he gave her one as a gift! Julia wore this special flannel shirt while getting her hair and makeup ready for the wedding. The bridesmaids and our mothers got in on the fun and wore flannels too!
Did you include any special traditions, old or new?
One tradition we just had to include was a throwback to our college days! We first met at our a cappella groups’ annual October joint performance under Balch Arch. The night before our wedding, alumni and current members of our groups, Cayuga’s Waiters and Nothing But Treble, reunited once more to serenade our guests!
Although we are Yankees at heart (both born and raised in the great state of New York!) we have grown to love some of the wedding traditions of the deep south. We live just a few hours away from New Orleans, where the second line parade is a common occurrence during celebratory occasions. The second line parade typically involves a big brass band playing in the street while everyone else joins in dancing and marching. We wanted to include something similar, but with a Cornell twist- we had the Big Red Pep Band play celebratory music on Ho Plaza immediately after our ceremony in Sage Chapel!
Another southern tradition is for the bride to have a wedding handkerchief, which is passed down through the generations. We put another spin on this tradition, and instead the bride and groom had hankies available for guests to take as they entered the ceremony.
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
I think we covered our wedding details! We are so thankful to Clark+Walker for photographing the day so beautifully, and are so happy to be married!
Another beautiful C+W bride!
Julia was easy to photograph, and combine that was great light and beautiful Upstate NY country backdrops (gotta love John Joseph Inn weddings!) and you’ll see why this feature has so many spreads
A little moment with Dad
Everything about the day was gorgeous
Especially our bride!
Cornell is our old stomping ground so we had Kevin over there with Mark and the guys
I just teased this on our facebook page last night, but one of my favorite ceremony spreads this year. Both images totally candid
Sage Chapel is one of my favorite places in all of the Northeast to shoot weddings, it’s just beautiful
Images we shared on our instagram already
As Julia mentioned above the Big Red Pep Band was there to greet them as they walked out of the wedding ceremony
We took advantage of some amazing Fall light, and our favorite spots around campus for Cornell wedding photos
We did eventually have to sneak back to the John Joseph Inn for the wedding reception
The details, the grounds, and the tent were all easy to photograph at this John Joseph Inn wedding
Perfect ending to a perfect night
THANK YOU to the bride+groom, and their family, for giving us the privilege of capturing your John Joseph Inn wedding photos!
Dress Designer: Eve of Milady
Dress Shop: Wedding Salon of Manhasset
Hair/makeup: Satori Day Spa & Salon
Bridesmaid dresses: BHLDN
Flowers: Plenty of Posies
Cake: John Joseph Inn Wedding
Catering: John Joseph Inn
Entertainment: Oasis Music
John Joseph Inn Wedding Photos: Clark+Walker Studio
Reception: John Joseph Inn Wedding Reception
Ceremony: Sage Chapel