Conor and I wanted to do everything ourselves or let close friends help us out. We wanted everything to mean something or be unique in some way. We spent the summer collecting vintage dishes and blue glass jars from antique stores. His grandmother embroidered our napkins, and they are now my prized possessions. I had a close friend do my hair. My sister (beautiful and talented) made our ring pillow and placed it in an old book for us. My mom's friend made the cake and our neighbor down the street offered to man our ice cream cart. The food was made by a close friend who also happens to be a professional chef. My mom spent her summer days making jars of homemade jam for each guest to take home and I stamped each tag with our initials. We also happen to be friends with Natalie Norton (which makes selecting a photographer EASY). There was not a single person involved in our day that we did not have a close connection to. It was beautiful.