Adam Walton’s magnetic personality instantly captured the attention of Randi LaMarshe when the pair met while Randi was bartending at a restaurant in Peru. An initial misunderstanding almost kept the two apart, but once they had their first date, Randi and Adam knew they were meant for each other. A beautiful wedding was definitely in the cards! The couple celebrated their autumn nuptials in Plattsburgh on October 20, 2012 with a traditional church wedding. Scroll on for photos captured by Greer Cicarelli Photography and for a Q&A with the bride, who shares the details on this couple’s love story. (Teaser: Like so many great love stories, it involves an Elvis impersonator!)
How did the two of you meet?
We met at a restaurant in Peru. I was the bartender and Adam was a customer. Originally, he thought I was only fifteen, so he didn’t talk to me! Once he found out I was 25, we started talking, and we clicked instantly. My instincts told me he would be a great husband, and I actually told that to one of my friends.
What did you do for your first date?
A year and a half after we met, we went out to lunch in Plattsburgh. It was the first time we were alone together without our friends, and we hit it off instantly. We ordered lunch, but I don’t remember eating anything!
How did Adam propose?
He proposed at camp with our family in Warrensburg. We (along with family) went to a cheesy concert with an Elvis impersonator, and when the impersonator played “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” Adam proposed! The impersonator handed me a teddy bear, and I hit Adam with it because I didn’t think he was being serious. But he was. I was shocked! The family was surprised too, because they knew he was planning on proposing, but they didn’t know where or when. He had asked me before if I’d want it to be private or in front of people. I thought he’d end up doing it in private, but it turned out to be in front of the entire campground.
Tell us about the process of planning your wedding.
I enjoyed the planning process! I’m the type of person who, when I see something I like, I say “I can do it myself.” So I created many of the details myself, because I wanted it to be different and original. I had a lot of the ideas in my head already for what I wanted, and did a lot of research on my own. I found things online and went to antique shops. We had a vintage theme. Our colors were chocolate brown, berry, gold, and champagne. We had a candy table, cigar bar, and gold pinecones and trees that I painted on the table. I made everything, even the flowers for the men and women.
On the big day, what were you thinking as you walked down the aisle?
I was nervous and excited to see Adam. We are never apart, so one night (the night before the wedding) was enough. I was thinking, “It’s actually happening – wow!” Adam says he was thinking about how beautiful I looked and that he just couldn’t wait for me to get to him. It rained during the ceremony, but it stopped right after, and there was a beautiful rainbow in the sky.
How would you describe your reception?
It was like a vintage cocktail party with Frank Sinatra playing in the background and an array of food, cigars, drinks, and dancing. We had a large variety of foods that a butler served throughout the evening so that people had choices and could eat all night long. This included appetizers, mini subs, seafood, and cake.
What did you want your guests to remember most about your wedding?
I wanted them to remember the little details. Everybody said it was so different. They liked all the details, and that I had done everything myself.
What was your favorite part of your wedding day?
The whole experience!
If you could do it again, would you do anything differently?
I probably would have given myself less time to plan. I had a year and a half to plan the wedding, which means more and more ideas kept coming to me. I even forgot some of the things I had done earlier in the process, so I kept adding things! But in the end, it was definitely all worth it. I loved how it turned out, and everyone was impressed.
— Interview by Heidi LaPoint