Well here goes, my first, official wedding post for Boho while Kelly takes a well-earned rest before the impending arrival of her bundle of joy! I hope you love this one as much as I do. It’s a real union of not only two people very much in love, but two families. Samantha and Scott have six children between them and each child was one of the bridal party and played a largely personal role in the wedding day. I love the mixture of delicate colouring and industrial feel to the interior of the wedding venue. It couldn’t be in a better place too, at the intersection of New York’s Union and Bond Street. Everything is beautifully captured by Boho regular – enjoy!
‘We wanted this wedding to be an exquisite and elegant expression of our love and who we are together. Every detail, from the look and feel to the way we incorporated our six children into the ceremony was planned together by the bride and groom to serve that purpose.’
Samantha and Scott were married on April 5th at The Green Building in Brooklyn, New York. “We knew it was the right place for us when I texted Scott to tell him that I had found a great place: “It’s on the corner of Union and Bond!” But I didn’t realize the significance until Scott said, “We have to get married there, if only for the street intersection names!” We had passed the building many times on the way to our home in the neighborhood, and loved the re-purposed nature of the building, along with its rustic and industrial elegance, exposed brick, wood beams, and brass chandeliers. It also has such great period touches, such as the “speakeasy” where we got dressed, and an old Ford Model A truck out front. It appealed to our sensibilities and aesthetic.”
How they met
Our relationship was born and raised on social media. We both worked in the social entrepreneurship field, Samantha, as curator for the Skoll World Forum at Oxford University in the UK and Scott, as vice president for global development at Ashoka, a leading funder of social entrepreneurs. A mutual friend introduced us via LinkedIn, with the simple words, “You two should know each other.”
Samantha invited Scott to speak at the Forum, but he was already scheduled to speak at another event. On a business trip back to the States for work, Samantha visited Philadelphia where Scott was living at the time. She posted this fact on Twitter. Scott immediately requested we meet, tweeting, “You can’t be in my ‘hood and not meet with me.” We met that day for the first time and had lunch together. We had a chance to see each other more regularly later that year and our friendship blossomed.
With Samantha living in Brooklyn and Scott in Philadelphia, we kept in touch via Twitter and Google’s chat service. We saw each other rarely on Scott’s business trips to New York but felt our friendship growing stronger.
Our longing for purpose and meaning in our lives brought us closer as we each began to wrestle with the complex emotions and stresses of separation and divorce. Each of us is a parent to three children and worried about how our children might deal with divorce.
One day, while meeting for breakfast Scott looked up from an impromptu sketch he was making of Samantha and realized he had fallen in love.“It was one of those things where everything we were looking for in another person and hadn’t found in prior relationships was staring us in the face when we looked at each other,” Samantha relates. “He ticked all my boxes.” We felt that being together would be a better expression of who we really were, to be true to ourselves, and to reach our full potential. It took us another year to find a way to be together. Then came the task of starting to make our two families together, introducing the kids to each other, and dealing with the complexities of co-parenting and exes, and maintaining two homes.
“Bringing the two families together has been a remarkable gift,” Samantha says. “The kids got along right away and really love being together. We try to bring them together once a month, which isn’t easy with so many schedules to juggle.”
From: Outdoor Lighting
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