After meeting Nathan Farris, Caitlin McCay knew she wanted to spend more time with him. She claimed to love his favorite television show, The Office. “I’m not really a huge fan,” she admits. “He thinks it’s funny that I fibbed to have an excuse to hang out!” Following their courtship, Nathan proposed to Caitlin in front of her favorite bookstore, while a close friend was hiding nearby to take pictures.
While planning for the big day, the bride knew she wanted a traditional style. “I was inspired by a wedding portrait of a family member that always hung in my great-grandmother's home: it was classic and beautiful, from the 1950s. I wanted my wedding to read like that – beautiful and timeless no matter the era,” Caitlin muses.
The indoor ceremony embraced a minimalist look. The altar, which stood in front of a marble wall, was made with wrought iron and topped with white flowers and greenery; it featured candles at the base. Chic, black chairs had guests sitting in comfort and style. Caitlin was the picture of elegance as she walked down the aisle in a simple satin ball gown with a sweetheart neckline. Instead of a unity candle, she and Nathan took part in a handfasting ceremony – a Celtic tradition in which the officiant wraps a cord around the hands of the couple, tying it in a knot, signifying their new life together.
For the reception, attendees enjoyed heavy hors d’oeurves as they sat at long king’s tables topped with gold linens. Tall centerpieces that included hydrangeas, roses, and freesia blossoms in shades of vanilla were accented with greenery atop bullion-hued stands. Smaller versions of the arrangements were placed on either side.
After an evening of dancing, revelers were treated to miniature wine bottles with tags reading, “Sip, Sip, Hooray!” Befitting the décor and inspiration of the day, the newlyweds made their grand exit in a convertible Thunderbird from the '50s. “One of the most memorable moments was driving away in our getaway car and looking back to see all of our family and friends waving and wishing us well,” Caitlin shares. “It made us feel so loved and special.”