Stacie _ Jeffrey by sofiaie


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             Stacie & Jeffrey                         Sturbridge, maSSachuSettS
                                                      September 19, 2008
                                                      by phoebe brueckner

              W        hen Stacie first saw Jeff in their freshman year
                       dorm she thought he was the cutest, sweetest
              guy she’d ever met. Therefore, she decided to take the
                                                                          cards (which were beautifully handwritten
                                                                          by Jeff’s mother), as well as the favor bags
                                                                          for out of town guests. She then took it upon
              initiative, and after a month of being friends, asked       herself to find Kelly of Kelly’s Sweet Rewards
              to kiss him. Jeff responded that she absolutely could       to contribute a free chocolate ganache and
              and “that was it,” Stacie says, “we never thought of        peanut butter mousse cake. Burdick Chocolate
              being with anybody but each other.” The fact that they      provided the couple with their wedding favors:
              would get married after graduation was an unspoken          gold boxes filled with five samples of their
              understanding, according to Stacie, “we just knew.” So      chocolates, and finally, Troy photography
              she went ahead and booked a date for their wedding at       found a videographer also willing to donate
              the Publick House in Sturbridge, Massachusetts two          their services. Clearly, the wedding was meant
              months before they officially became engaged. “It was       to be.
              an act of faith,” Stacie says, “because we had no idea        On Friday, September 19, Jeff and Stacie
              how we were going to pay for everything.”                   had a traditional Christian ceremony by the
                Indeed, financial constraints were the biggest obstacle   gazebo at the Publick House. Stacie walked
              the couple faced in planning their wedding. But             down the aisle with her father and stepfather
              their prayers were answered, Stacie says, and amazing       in a strapless satin mermaid gown from
              things started falling into place. It began when they       David’s Bridal. Her bridal party also wore
              discovered that they were the winners of a contest they     dresses from David’s, the maid and matron of
              had entered for a free wedding package from Troy            honor wore fuchsia while the four bridesmaids
              Photography. Next they found out that, as the winners       wore the same Impressions dress in eggplant.
              of that contest, they would also receive free flowers       The two junior bridesmaids wore lilac dresses,
              from Jessica’s Country Flowers. In addition to that,        altogether complementing the colors in Stacie’s
              Jessica offered to supply them with invitations and place   elegant bouquet. Jessica’s final surprise for

       That was it. We never
       thought of being with
     anybody but each other.
Stacie and Jeff was that she found a cellist and
violinist to play at their ceremony. “She did      Jessica’s Country Flowers
so much more than she had to,” Stacie says
of Jessica, “it was an amazing gift and I don’t    PhoTograPher
really know how to describe it.”                   Troy Photography
   After the ceremony, the DJ fulfilled Stacie’s
request to hear Coldplay’s Viva La Vida as         recePTion
guests moved on to the cocktail party, which       The Publick House
took place in the barn area. Afterwards, the
party moved inside the Publick House for           cake Designer
the reception. Guests were served spinach          Kelly’s Sweet Rewards
tortellini and cranberry walnut salad, and then
feasted on roast native turkey with cornbread
and sausage stuffing or prime rib with a
popover. The DJ played and the guests              Burdick Chocolates
danced nonstop. Looking back on it, Stacie
reflects that the whole day was “pretty much       groom’s aTTire
a dream come true. I can’t say in words what       The Men’s Warehouse
it was like.”                            


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