Like a scene straight out of "Gossip Girl," Vanessa Steckman and Michael Finger met as teenagers in the halls of a New York City prep school. But unlike any fling on the TV show, their relationship endured the test of time.
After a garden ceremony in the quaint town of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where they now live and own a marketing and communications company, the newlyweds biked to their reception on the Piscataqua River. There, a palette of deep teal, vivid pink, and silver colored every detail, including the napkin rings and the candy buffet.
Neither time nor distance nor Hurricane Katrina (which stranded the pair in a room for four uncertain days) rattled Vanessa and Mike's eight-year courtship. The wedding finally happened on June 4, 2011, in a restored Victorian garden at the Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
Rather than printing the couple's full names and wedding date on the drawstring gift pouch, Vanessa hid a subtle “M” and “V” in the stars on the Portsmouth banner. "I wanted the bag to be something people would actually use in the future," she says. Each one was filled with a chocolate starfish, New England whoopie pie, and bag of maple caramel corn, all locally made and sourced by Deborah Bouchard-Smith of Maine-ly New Hampshire.
Wedding Coordination: Diana Johnson of Diana Ma Weddings and Events
Photography: Meg Hamilton of Rodeo and Co Photography
Flowers: Flower Kiosk
Stationery and Paper Goods: Giftable Designs (the bride’s company)
Cake: The Well Dressed Cake
Catering: Flavor Concepts
Rentals: Be Our Guest
Tent: Sperry Tents Seacoast
Signature Drink Machine: The Margarita Man
Bride's Shoes: Something Bleu for Bhldn
Hair: Jenn Macek Conway
Makeup: Joya Beauty
Bicycles: Borrowed from Ale House Inn