Our Wedding!

Dan and I got married on the afternoon of Wednesday, January 7th, 2015.  Having planned a small ceremony, we had no idea how it would go.  We loved every moment of it!  So many people graciously helped, giving the whole event a real sense of family and community.

[First photo, before the ceremony. Second photo, following the ceremony.]



Uncle Earl got his officiate license from the Universal Life Church and lead our ceremony beautifully, sharing words of unity from 4 traditions: Christianity, Islam, Hebrew and Vedanta.  I was inspired by Liz Kelso’s Quaker style wedding ceremony a few years back so Dan and I adopted it and asked each family member to contribute a poem, a sonnet, a song, impromtu words from the heart, anything really.  This was a very moving part of the ceremony.

Uncle Earl

The Don allowed us to use a mediation school housed in a historic mansion for the ceremony.  The ladies helped with simple decor and Daina brought an array of cream candles for ambient light.  The gentlemen lit a fire in the fireplace below before the ceremony.


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lit fire

[Mom Wiegmann on the left, Mom Cocciardi on the right.]

my moms

Aunt Carole took me to a big flower shop with chilly refridgerators where we picked an array of beautiful flowers.  With her expertise, we turned these into a large arrangement for the mantel, a flower crown, a draping orchard bouquet and five small bouquets for the honoring of our parents and grandma.

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A local henna artist came over two days before the wedding and adorned my hands and arms with henna art comparable to that of Indian marriage henna.  It takes about 2 days for the richness of the color to appear, so the first photo shows the henna paste as it is drying and the second photo is on the day of the wedding.

Henna while drying Henna two days later

My friend Grace from childhood treated me to my hair creation and a talented stylist (at the salon in New Paltz where my brother Jeff met his fiance, Claudia) helped me incorporate my favorite wintry vine, bittersweet.  Grace was hesitant about using “twigs”, but we both agreed the end result was fun and funky.

hair shop sarah and grace

image1Mr. Cooper printed thick, beautiful programs for us and Lizzy gathered some friends to write letters and poems for me to open on the morning of the wedding.  Dan soldered the names of the 17 people at our wedding on blocks of wood from Trinity Woodworking.



 My friend Lauren from high school left work on the morning of the wedding to come over and apply some  natural make-up for me with her huge kit of great products – she’s really an artist in this way.  My earrings are made from another friend named Lauren, who uses antique chandelier pieces in her work.

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We asked our friend Colin (who was one of the friends out with Dan on the night that we first met!) to take pictures and he blew us away with his willingness to do it, talent and flexibility of schedule. Thank you so much for capturing these moments, Colin!  One picture he took that I’ve never heard of before is asking one of the men to walk as if you are the bride entering the room.  Dan’s brother Tim is pretending to be me.  I love Colin’s idea and Timbo’s accuracy.


My dad walked me “down the stairs” to the instrumental version of Bon Iver’s song Holocene.


Dan and I enjoyed finding interesting, unique and comfortable clothing that suited the event.  I spotted my dress at a pop-up shop in Beacon, NY while wandering with my college roommate Bee.  The artist of Colorant – who splits her time between Chinatown and Beacon – has only made a handful of these dresses and she dyed the silk with a centuries-old process using wildflowers.  My mom got me the necklace from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and I found my shoes at a thrift store on East 12th Street.  Dan’s suit was a mad steal from Theory.

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The ladies (Grace, me, Josh’s wife Ashley, Jeff’s fiance Claudia) enjoyed our time together before the ceremony, as did the men.

pre ceremony tim, pa c, josh


At sunset, we were Daniel and Sarah Cocciardi and it felt like one beautiful step towards a future with much goodness and two families who come together so naturally and happily.

post ceremony

group shot

wedding sunset

What stood out most was the outpouring of love, kindness and generosity during this time.  We are still basking in the support we received while making this commitment to each other.

Here are some more photos from the day,

* The cake that you see above is a dark chocolate bourbon tarte made by another high school friend, Linda.  She also made a nutmeg  maple tarte.  Both were delicious.

22 thoughts on “Our Wedding!

  1. Congratulations to you both. Wishing you much happiness in your new life together. You looked beautiful and very happy. Good luck.

  2. Congratulations on your wedding!!! You looked beautiful and blissful, and I send you much love, and wishes for a long and happy marriage!
    xoxo ~Rachel

  3. What a beautiful surprise to open my mail and read about your special day. I am so happy for you and Dan. You looked gorgeous and the details sounded simply perfect. Wishing you a lifetime of beauty, wonder, and love!

  4. Congratulations to the LOVELY couple. Wishing you both a lifetime of happiness, sparkle and magic. The pictures were beautiful, thank you for sharing your wedding day with us all xoxox

  5. Aaaaawwww…. these photos are gorgeous! I’m so happy for you. Everyone looks so filled with joy. What a beautiful event that is true to you and Dan. Congratulations again! xxx

  6. Thanks, Sarah & Dan, What a lovely way for me to share in your wedding day as I browse through marvelous photos. Everything melds perfectly. Sarah’s dress is stunning, the ceremony designed so creatively. Love and joy reigns.

    Hugs, Tante Noisette

  7. Truly beautiful Pictures! Congratulations to the amazing couple!!!
    “A happy marriage has in it all the pleasures of friendships, all the enjoyment of sense and reason – and indeed all the sweets of life.” XOXO

  8. I’m so happy for you guys 🙂 There seems to have been an intimate formality that grounded your ceremony, and it was lovely to see. Cheers to you both! p.s. Dress, flowers, and bride were so beautiful!

  9. Congratulations and best wishes to a life that you both share in love and continued growth. Sarah, you have always held a special place in my heart and I am so happy for you and your husband.
    God Bless

  10. Wishing you both all happiness and a bright future together.
    Thank you for sharing your day. The pictures are glorious!

  11. Congratulations Daniel and Sarah
    I wish I was there to celebrate your wonderful day with you…. I love the originality of your wedding… Sarah you looked beautiful glowing with that beautiful smile that shows your bright spirit I just love it and Daniel looked so handsome congratulations I’m so happy for you both May you have many blessed years together…. I’ll see you both in June.. Love you

  12. CONGRATULATIONS !!!! You made a beautiful bride and most handsome groom !!! Thank you for a memorial day I will always treasure !! Love you granma xxxxxxxxxxx

  13. Sarah and Dan, It was indeed an honor and a pleasure to serve at your wedding. Your love and happiness was palpable to all! May you both grow and prosper in love and life!
    Much love, Uncle Earl

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