Photos by Kerry Harrison Photography.
For Monica Welsh and Andrew Buckley, friendship was the sturdy block on which they’d eventually build their love. Getting to know each other as students at Northeastern University in Boston, the pair didn’t start dating until after their senior year. “It naturally progressed,” says Monica, a Chadds Ford, Pa., native. “It just felt easy, especially since we were in the same friend group and we had a lot of prior history together.”
After college, both remained in Boston, where their romance blossomed. Together for nearly four years, they were on a weekend getaway in North Conway, N.H., when Andrew proposed on a February afternoon in 2018. While Monica was napping, he’d trekked to a nearby lake, setting up mason jars and candles in the shape of a heart, each adorned with a moment from their relationship. The two braved the snow and encroaching darkness for a proposal at dusk. “There was a long, dramatic effect before we got there,” says Andrew.
The two made it official nearly 18 months later, on July 20, 2019, hosting their ceremony and reception at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library. It was a destination wedding for many of their friends and family members, so Monica wanted to showcase the region. “I really wanted Andrew and his family to come and experience it—to see where I grew up and where my roots are from,” she says.
And Winterthur was a great fit for their personalities and love of the outdoors. “Everywhere you turn is just this new magical place,” says Monica. “It just felt right.”
A wedding wasn’t the only big event for the couple that summer—they’d relocated to New York City just prior to their nuptials. “All the advice says don’t make two major life events in the same year,” says Andrew with a laugh. “We decided to do them in the same few months.”
After a whirlwind summer, the couple enjoyed a honeymoon in South Africa. Tying the trip into their wedding day, the florist found native South African flowers, which she wove into the groomsmen’s boutineers.
Wedding date: July 20, 2019
Ceremony and reception: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Officiant: Pastor Don Lincoln, Westminster Presbyterian Church
Bridal gown: Hayley Paige, Jennifer’s Bridal
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Hayley Paige, Allegria Bridal in Boston
Groom’s and groomsmen’s tuxedos: The Black Tux
Hair: Brides by Valerie Clarke
Makeup: Jacqui Clark
Florist: Anne Ottley Floral Design
Cake: The Master’s Baker
First dance: Adele’s “Make You Feel My Love”
Videographer: MuddySnow Productions
Photographer: Kerry Harrison Photography
Honeymoon location: South Africa
Careers: Andrew works for a solar developer; Monica is a speech pathologist.