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2017
Sara & Ryan

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(From Martha Stewart Weddings Feature, Spring 2018)

As an event designer, Sara Murray thrives on the stress and excitement of planning a wedding. But when it came to her own, to videographer Ryan Beacher, her goal was to relax. “We wanted it to feel like everybody was just hanging out at our house,” Sara says. No hours of dancing, no toasts, no spotlight.

The laid-back Pennsylvania natives met in May 2012, when their respective bands (she plays ukulele, he bass guitar) performed at the same Philadelphia club. Even before speaking, they knew of each other—Ryan had used one of her songs in a movie, and she was curious about the filmmaker’s unique eye. But their initial interactions were stilted. When Sara tried to chat him up, “he said about two words,” she laughs. “I was clueless,” he admits. “I thought she was too cool for me.” Then she pressed her number into his hand, and it dawned on him that she might be interested. They started dating that fall, and in June 2015, he proposed without fanfare in their bedroom.

Since both work in the industry, friends expected an elaborate celebration, but the couple postponed planning when Sara got pregnant. After Brady was born, they chose a date just four months later for the small wedding they’d always wanted.

The timing was possible because they fully trusted their vendors, all friends. Sara knew the perfect venue, a white-box gallery near their old Philly home (they’ve since moved to Audubon, New Jersey), and convinced the manager to fit them in between exhibitions.

On the afternoon of Sunday April 23, 2017, 55 guests gathered for a self-uniting ceremony, based on the Quaker tradition, in which the couple acted as their own officiants. After their self-penned vows, they passed a microphone to anyone who wanted to speak. To their surprise, nearly everyone did. “They had such lovely things to say about us as a couple, as a family, as parents,” says Sara. “We were sobbing.” The ceremony went longer than anticipated, but it didn’t matter: They weren’t on a schedule. Afterward, they feasted on food-truck fare and sat around talking, music playing in the background, while Brady napped in the next room. “It was so chill—there was nothing remarkable about it,” says Sara. In other words, it felt like home.

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April
23
2017
Sara & Ryan

NEXT
VIDEO
NEXT VIDEO  

(From Martha Stewart Weddings Feature, Spring 2018)

As an event designer, Sara Murray thrives on the stress and excitement of planning a wedding. But when it came to her own, to videographer Ryan Beacher, her goal was to relax. “We wanted it to feel like everybody was just hanging out at our house,” Sara says. No hours of dancing, no toasts, no spotlight.

The laid-back Pennsylvania natives met in May 2012, when their respective bands (she plays ukulele, he bass guitar) performed at the same Philadelphia club. Even before speaking, they knew of each other—Ryan had used one of her songs in a movie, and she was curious about the filmmaker’s unique eye. But their initial interactions were stilted. When Sara tried to chat him up, “he said about two words,” she laughs. “I was clueless,” he admits. “I thought she was too cool for me.” Then she pressed her number into his hand, and it dawned on him that she might be interested. They started dating that fall, and in June 2015, he proposed without fanfare in their bedroom.

Since both work in the industry, friends expected an elaborate celebration, but the couple postponed planning when Sara got pregnant. After Brady was born, they chose a date just four months later for the small wedding they’d always wanted.

The timing was possible because they fully trusted their vendors, all friends. Sara knew the perfect venue, a white-box gallery near their old Philly home (they’ve since moved to Audubon, New Jersey), and convinced the manager to fit them in between exhibitions.

On the afternoon of Sunday April 23, 2017, 55 guests gathered for a self-uniting ceremony, based on the Quaker tradition, in which the couple acted as their own officiants. After their self-penned vows, they passed a microphone to anyone who wanted to speak. To their surprise, nearly everyone did. “They had such lovely things to say about us as a couple, as a family, as parents,” says Sara. “We were sobbing.” The ceremony went longer than anticipated, but it didn’t matter: They weren’t on a schedule. Afterward, they feasted on food-truck fare and sat around talking, music playing in the background, while Brady napped in the next room. “It was so chill—there was nothing remarkable about it,” says Sara. In other words, it felt like home.

Wedding Team
Crane Arts
Wedding Reception Venue
13th Street Cocktails
Bar & Beverage Service
Aleksandra Ambrozy
Makeup Artist
Bario Neal
Jewelry Shop
Birdhouse
Wedding Videographer
Cabrina Sulimay
Hairstylist
Cake Life
Wedding Cakes
Clique Bait
Photobooth Provider
Confetti and Co
Event Designer or Planner
Genetic
Lighting & Sound Design
GG and Gold
Calligraphy
Maggpie Vintage
Event Rentals
My Suit
Groom's Suit Designer
Party Rental Ltd
Event Rentals
Red Lotus Tattoo
Wedding Favors
THEIA
Wedding Dress Designer
Wedding Vibe