Off The Beaten Path Celebrates One Year of LOVE: Tracey and Mark, August 25th, 2012

what_shanni_saw43We’re so thrilled to spend our Sunday wishing our Bridechilla™ , Tracey, and her husband Mark a very happy anniversary. Below we remember some of the special moments of their chill day, and we also sit back and let the bride, herself tells us how she stayed relaxed and so anti-zilla while planning, how married life is, her anniversary plans, and what made her wedding, styled by Mary Ellen Murphy of Off The Beaten Path Weddings, so special and chill.


Happy anniversary! Any big plans?

We just moved out of the city so wanted to stay local and enjoy our new house after a crazy couple months. We have a special dinner planned and are going to spend some time at the beach and playing tennis, generally making the most out of the end of the summer and the great weather on the east coast. Oh and some good wine of course!

What was the best part of your wedding day?

Honestly it was the whole day– and really the whole weekend. It’s so hard to pick one favorite thing– having our friends and family in Napa to share the weekend with us was really special.

Tell us about your planning experience.

We planned the wedding remotely from NY. Being far away had its challenges, but it also let us let go of some of the details because it was too hard to control things from far away. We focused on the few things that were most important and were lucky to have Mary Ellen to work out the details.

Any advice for brides trying to avoid stress while planning?

This is obvious– hire Off the Beaten Path! We were really lucky to happen upon Mary Ellen– I saw some of the work she’d done on the internet and knew her style matched what we were looking for. Once we came out to Napa and met her we knew we had the right person. If you have an experienced planner who knows the area and whose taste you trust it makes it easy to let go of some of the decision making. Having a planner was crucial for the planning for us, but also indispensable for the wedding day. It allowed us to relax and enjoy the day, each other and our guests.

One year of chill love – congratulations! So far, what has been the most valuable lesson learned in keeping a strong marriage?

I wish I had some great advice to give, but we are still newlyweds ourselves figuring it all out!

See their entire wedding on Style Me Pretty.

Credit: Wedding Planning + Styling: Off the Beaten Path Weddings, Photography: What Shanni Saw

one yearTo many many many more chill years of love and happiness. -Bridechilla™ & Off The Beaten Path Weddings



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