From the moment I spoke with Aly and Hannah I knew that I wanted to be a part of their team. They expressed the difficulty finding an officiant to unite them because they are of two different religions. I had the same hardship finding an officiant for my wedding as well. Thankfully Rabbi Suzie Jacobson (from Temple Israel) was up to the task many officiants find difficult. Rabbi Suzie Jacobson was mindful the entire time to keep things intimate and sacred. The Pierce House was the perfect location boasting acres of available land meticulously cared for. The perfect setting for their first look that included all of their friends and the ceremony location featuring lush gardens and tall trees. They enjoyed a private ceremony before their family event.
The family ceremony was like nothing I have ever experienced. With interpreters present for Aly’s side of the family (who are Deaf), they carried out a beautiful visual part of the ceremony in American Sign Language. Hannah spoke to family and friends while Aly signed their words. This collaboration, a strong team, carried though the entire event. It was about unification and working together, what Hannah and Aly have promised to each other forever. It is one thing to promise, but we all witnessed them demonstrate this throughout the day. It was truly humbling and inspiring. An example of how we all should be.
Food was passed between long farm tables creating conversation and providing guests with an experience like I have never seen at a wedding. It was a nod to holidays that your grandmother hosted providing a unique type of hospitality. The choice of a band also provided an impactful visual experience. Guests were encouraged to raise their hands and shake them so everyone was included instead of clapping or clinking glasses. Dances were meticulously choreographed by Michele Cloutier, from Dance in Boston, so everyone could feel the music even if they could not hear it.
Our night ended with an image Aly specially requested to emulate. A wedding image her grandparents took at their wedding that she loved. I did my best to do it justice.