September 17, 2022

Purse and Powell Wedding

Very Important People

Bride’s Family

Parents: Charles (Chuck) and Carole Purse

Siblings: CJ (brother) and Megan Purse (sister in law), Andrew Purse (brother)

Groom’s Family

Parents: Richard (Rick) and Kathryn (Kate) Powell

Siblings: Wesley (brother) & Kathryn Powell (sister in law), Mark (brother) and Kelsey Powell (sister in law)


Maid of Honor: Olivia Tranfo

Best Man: Wesley Powell, Mark Powell

Flower Girls: Reagan Powell, Elizabeth Powell, Caroline White

Ring Bearer: Jack White

The Backstory

Where did you grow up?

Hayley grew up in Greenwich, CT.
Mason grew up in Washington, DC.

How did you meet?

We met in NYC in February 2016. Mason’s roommate was dating Hayley’s roommate (they are now married w/ a baby boy) and we met at Hayley’s roommate’s birthday party at the Standard Biergarten.

Where did you get engaged?

Mason proposed on March 17, 2021 in Tahoe City, CA, on a dock overlooking Lake Tahoe. We relocated to Lake Tahoe during covid and lived there for most of the year. It was beautiful!

Where are you both working/studying?

Hayley works in Merchandising for The RealReal, specializing in Fine Jewelry.
Mason is a Vice President at The Carlyle Group.

Where will you be living as newlyweds?

We currently reside in Sausalito, CA.

Ceremony and Reception

Wedding Planner: Hannah Elsaesser of Eloquence Events (

Floral Designer: Green Lion Design (@greenlionri)

Invitations: Social Alchemy Design (@social.alchemy)

Linens: Indigo by Boutin (@indigobyboutin) – *This is a small business by my friend, Antonia O’Hara – she is based in LA but is starting to do weddings and other events all over the US! 

Wedding Cake Designer: From Scratch Baking Company (@fromscratchbakingco)

Photographer: Collins Nai (@collinsnai)

Hair Stylist: Kelly Novobielski (@kellynovobielski) via Damali Bridal

Makeup Artist: Heidi Evora-Santiago (@heidi_idobeautiful) via Damali Bridal

Videographer: Ellie Connell of Reeling Films (@reelingfilms)

Location of Ceremony: My parent’s home on Lake Winnipesaukee

Location of Reception: Bald Peak Colony Club

Band: Taylor Pace Orchestra (@jordankahnorchestra)

DJ (After Party): DJ CJ (@djcjnyc) → *Local to Greenwich & surrounding areas- he’s the best!

Song for First Dance: This Must Be the Place – The Talking Heads

Song for Bride’s Dance with Father: Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison

Song for Groom’s Dance with Mother: Gotta Be – Des’ree 

Wedding Dress Designer: Katie Fong – Hayley did a custom dress and collaborated with Katie on the design. She made the dress of my dreams! 

After Party Dress: White vintage Chanel mini dress from TheRealReal! 

Jewelry Designer for rings: Boone & Sons Jewels (Washington, DC)

Bridesmaids Dresses: They picked their own! Theme was pop colors in a mix of solids, prints, textures (greens, pinks, oranges, blues, yellows). 

Groomsmen Attire: Navy J.Crew suits with custom sage green ties

Getaway Plan: Exited the ceremony in my dad’s red vintage Alfa Romeo Graduate

Honeymoon Plans: We are honeymooning in Japan in March