Real Weddings: Sarah McElwee and Nate Buchik

On April 21, 2018, Sarah and Nate were married before 350 guests at Sarah’s childhood home. The ceremony was held in the front yard, and the reception in the backyard. Sarah wore a dress by Monique Lhuillier. She carried a bouquet of anemones, ranunculus, poppies, snapdragon, hydrangeas, and greenery. Kaleigh Richter was her maid of honor, and Nate’s best man was Kevin Buchik. The couple danced to “Dedicated to the One I Love,” by The Mamas & the Papas. The setting was special not only because it was the bride’s childhood home, but also her father’s. Sarah’s grandmother, who has since died, planted a weeping cherry tree in the front yard when the family originally moved in years ago. Now in its later years, the tree is usually sparse on leaves, but this year it was especially green and lush—a pleasant surprise and touching reminder for the entire family.

Photos by Anna Barzin & Graham Terhune / Anagram Photo