October 1, 2016
Kyle + Kevin
Mount Washington Hotel
Bretton Woods, New Hampshire
If I had to choose just one word to describe Kyle and Kevin, it would be the same word I’d use to describe their wedding: exciting. Everything about these two was always exciting: they embraced me with a genuine hug and a smile at every meeting, and I could tell they were so looking forward to their wedding day. Even when the planning process got stressful, they never once seemed to lose sight of the amazing day they were going to have. And oh my, was this wedding amazing – the photos by the talented Bénédicte Verley serve as proof!
Kyle and Kevin exchanged vows at the breathtaking Mount Washington Hotel in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The setting was nothing short of spectacular – but Kyle and Kevin didn’t rely on the fall foliage to keep their guests entertained – together, we planned an epic celebration from start to finish. Although weather altered our plan ever so slightly, the Contagious team was able to devise the perfect rain plan, still allowing for mother nature to star as the backdrop of the ceremony. Kyle and Kevin asked their friend to officiate, which was fitting as she introduced the two to each other. The moms played a part, too, reading I Carry Your Heart With Me by e. e. cummings. Their vows were beautifully written, the two shared stories and evoked smiles and laughter. My friends at Flou(-e)r created a stunning statement piece: cascading arches of calla lilies that were over 7′ tall!
Post-ceremony, guests enjoyed a cocktail hour inside the hotel in a beautiful observatory. A string quartet played in the background while guests found their escort cards designed by August & Oceola.
Kyle and Kevin also had an amazing story of their courtship, beginning back to a time when they didn’t know each other through to the engagement. A friend illustrated the story, and so the collection was printed and displayed next to the guestbook – an antique recipe box where guests shared their recipes for love.
The reception was inside the hotel’s historic ballroom, which was transformed with the help of DesignLight’s exquisite lighting systems and linens from Peterson Party Center. On top of each guest table was a stunning centerpiece of cascading calla lilies that perfectly matched Kyle and Kevin’s wedding color story.
The dinner menu was nothing short of phenomenal – a six course meal, including short ribs, chilean sea bass, filet mignon, fruit sorbet and a cascading chocolate fountain.
Food and drink was not the only treat they had for their guests – during the planning process, Kyle and Kevin cautiously asked me if I thought we could hire a drag queen to perform during the reception. Of course the answer was yes! And with that, began the journey of contacting multiple agents, negotiating and eventually booking the one and only, Latrice Royale. Yes, it’s true – Kyle and Kevin surprised their 150+ wedding guests with a favorite RuPaul’s Drag Race performer, making one of the biggest surprises Contagious Events has ever managed to pull off.
After Latrice warmed up the crowd, DJ Petro took over, getting everyone out on the dance floor to keep the excitement going to the very last minute.
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