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It was the summer of 2000. I had a bakery. He would come in for bread and granola before we had even met. Once we had, he would come in more frequently—coffee, muffins, cookies…”any reason to come into your shop,” he told me years later. He made dinner for us on our first date. Food, wine, cooking together, long dinners sharing our stories and our hopes and dreams…four years and many dinners and bottles of wine later, we eloped.

It was a little rushed. We planned to meet in Hilton Head, SC. Reuben flew from New York City after finishing his fellowship, and I flew from Illinois with Audra, who was 7 years old. Our new family—just the three of us—spent the weekend together before Reuben flew off to Toronto for his next fellowship, and Audra and I flew back to Springfield. Our first year of marriage was spent apart in different countries.

One lasting memory of our 2004 elopement was how little of a record we had of it. It was that ancient era before digital photography was commonplace and before the iPhone. We got single copies of the 4×6 prints, but despite multiple requests for the negatives, we never received them.

Reuben promised me that we would do it again, and we decided to make plans for our celebration to coincide with our 10th anniversary this past July (2014). We wanted to include our boys. We had this chance to celebrate our love—a little bit vow renewal, and a little bit re-elopement (if there is such a thing)—and we were going to do it up right to honor our extraordinary love for each other.

And, without a doubt, it would be documented.

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Images by Leslee Mitchell Photography

Florals + Styling : Jessica Sloane

Hand Lettering : Chelsea Petaja

My dresses :

For our little ceremony, I wore a Temperley London Bellerose lace gown cut from ivory satin and overlaid with delicate French lace. I fell in love with the timelessness and supremely glamorous design of this dress. The waist is cinched and narrow, while the gown kicks out into a full flare at the floor. The lace is sheer around the neck and scoops to a low open back. {from The Dress Theory}

For dinner, I wore an Alice + Olivia Dove white maxi dress. I had it altered with a vintage inspired fishtail to compliment my first gown. . The fabric is an airy crepe, which was perfect for our summer evening dinner a field at the boat house. The dress has slender straps that link to a draped Y back.

Jewelry :

 Moonstone jeweled gold cuff from Judith Bright : Pearl earrings from Judith Bright : Diamond Engagement and Wedding band from Tiffany’s NYC

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