James and I met in August 2005 at the University of Massachusetts Amherst where we both went to college. We worked and lived in the same dorm together as resident assistants. College was so much fun, as we shared many fun and exciting experiences together. After college, we each completed graduate degrees while maintaining a long distance relationship. During that time, we took many trips around the world. We share a love for travel and have been all over the world together. In June of 2012, while traveling through Europe, James popped the question in the amazingly romantic city of Venice, Italy!
We chose Saphire Estate because it captured all the important aspects of what we wanted in our wedding day; a beautiful, private venue, a great location, affordable pricing, and excellent service at all points during the wedding planning process. It was a perfect location given that it was a midpoint between our two hometowns, easily accessible to local and out of town travelers and guests. The Saphire Event Staff, particularly our coordinator Elizabeth, was extremely reliable and professional, always in communication with us, and they were very respectful of our needs and wishes at all times. Saphire Estate will always be near and dear to our hearts, so much that James gave me a beautiful sapphire necklace as a gift on our wedding day as a way to remember where we became husband and wife.
Our favorite part of the wedding day was seeing all our ideas and planning come to life. Given that our engagement took place in Italy and that we have a mutual love for travel, James and I planned a travel-themed wedding reception. We worked tirelessly up until the days before our wedding to plan all the details of our reception- tables named after our favorite travel locations, our “Where in the World Are You Sitting?” escort card display board, and the guest book display tables of our international travel souvenirs. Walking into our reception, we were blown away with how the Saphire staff had taken our ideas and directions and exceeded our expectations of setting up for our evening. It was all that we wanted, and more! In addition to a beautiful ceremony and reception, our guests repeatedly said how much they enjoyed the stunning venue and delicious food!
photo credit: Molly Anne Photography