A Casual Vintage Backyard Wedding at a Private Residence in Easton, Massachusetts

Melanie Santos (42 and a massage therapist) and Jennifer Mead (42 and a college professor) met around 1980 and grew up in the same small town. They kn

Melanie Santos (42 and a massage therapist) and Jennifer Mead (42 and a college professor) met around 1980 and grew up in the same small town. They knew each other, but were never close until a twist of fate reconnected them in 2010. Knowing that they were heading toward marriage, the couple decided to ride the political tide leading up to the Supreme Court hearing of United States v. Windsor and planned for a June 2013 ceremony. The court case decision was announced a mere two days before the couple’s wedding ceremony. The couple wanted a casual celebration that reflected their individual personalities and ensured the presence and comfort of their family and friends, so the landscaped backyard of Melanie’s sister in Easton, Massachusetts met all their needs. Melanie wore an ivory lace Maggie Sottero dress, and Jennifer wore an ivory suit from Talbots. They each wore purple shoes and carried lavender bouquets. Vintage decor surrounded the couple at the ceremony, including a rustic door and ladders. At the reception, casual comfort foods were passed around and guests danced to music from pop, funk, Broadway and hip-hop. “Above all, we wanted everyone to be real and comfortable,” says Jennifer. “A backyard celebration allowed us to accomplish that.”

Melanie wore an ivory lace vintage-style Maggie Sottero dress. Jennifer wore an ivory suit from Talbots.
The couple chose to carry lavender and include lavender in the decor as a symbol of love, femininity and a new beginning.
“Our ceremony was designed to celebrate our love for each other, our love for our kids and our love for our incredible support system of family and friends,” says Jennifer.
Vintage Ladder Decor with Mason Jar Birch Candle
Both Melanie and Jennifer wore whimsical purple shoes with their ivory wedding attire.
Chiavari Ceremony Chairs with Lavender Reserved Seats
Same-Sex First Look in Easton, Massachusetts
Melanie and Jennifer in Wedding Ivory Attire with Lavender Bouquets
Melanie’s daughter, Jolie, chose a celadon dress with an ivory sash, and the couple expanded their wedding color palette from there. They used shades of purple and pink to complement the celadon.
The ceremony was officiated by Reverend Ann Fox, who helped the couple customize the ceremony to reflect their values and the sacredness of their commitment. Just before they were announced as a married couple, the Reverend gave an impromptu shout out to the U.S. Supreme Court, whose decision in United States v. Windsor had been announced just two days prior.
Vintage decor surrounded the couple at the wedding ceremony, including wooden ladders and rustic doors covered in string lights and mason jars. Birch accents were used as a symbol of growth, renewal and stability.
Instead of having a sit-down meal, the couple had Russell Morin Catering pass hor d’oevres. The selections were chosen to maintain the casual, backyard feeling by including comfort foods such as sliders, grilled cheese, and fish and chips.
Lavender Sprigs in Vintage Bottle and Purple Linens
Purple and White Flower and Birch Table Decor
Single Tier White Wedding Cake and Whimsical Topper
Whimsical Same Sex Cake Topper
The ceremony and reception took place under a backyard tent with string lights overhead.
Same Sex Diamond Wedding Rings