The Hippo


Jul 5, 2020








Brian Carroll brings daughter Heather Carroll-Wiggin down the aisle in her motorcycle sidecar, the same one she rides with him in at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Photo by NH Images Photography & Video (

Wiggin wedding vendors

The Wiggins used several local vendors for their wedding day. Here are some of the businesses that helped make their day special.
The Black Forest Cafe & Bakery (212 Route 101, Amherst, 672-0500, offers a variety of dessert catering options that include 6-inch or 9-inch pies, cookies, donuts, scones and more, as well as sandwich trays, fruit trays, cheese trays, salads and baked pastas, like butternut squash lasagna and chicken and sun-dried tomato penne.
Caroline’s Fine Food (132 Bedford Center Road, Bedford, 637-1615, caters to all kinds of events, including weddings, offering prepared meals, sandwiches and paninis, side dishes, appetizer platters, charcuterie boards, desserts and more.
Inked Events (Salem, 401-9938, is an award-winning wedding and social event planning company that serves all of New England. Services include either partial or full planning, as well as wedding day management and coordination.

Marry & Tux Bridal (100 Daniel Webster Highway, Nashua, 883-6999, offers wedding dresses, tuxedos, suits, ties and more available for rentals, as well as measurements.
NH Images Photography & Video (4 Huffy Circle, Nashua, 566-7911, offers services such as engagement photos, wedding photos, proposal films, wedding films and more. They also appear at bridal shows across New Hampshire and Massachusetts; the next one is on Sunday, Jan. 28, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Castleton Banquet and Conference Center (58 Enterprise Drive, Windham).
NRG Entertainment (Tilton, 566-4511, offers DJ and photo booth services for weddings, corporate events and more across southern New Hampshire.
Stone Oven Catering (Exeter, 303-7551, is a mobile catering company that specializes in wood-fired pizza. All pizzas are made on site; the company has appeared at weddings, birthday parties and other social and corporate events. The menu also includes various salads and appetizers.

Ride on
Motorcycle-themed wedding held in Bedford backyard

By Matt Ingersoll

 Heather Carroll-Wiggin of New Boston knew all along she wanted to have a small wedding — after all, she and her husband’s family and friends all knew each other well. So when her father-in-law came forward to offer up his backyard in Bedford, she took the opportunity.

She and her husband Sam were married on Oct. 7 during their 12th anniversary weekend as a couple. Despite limiting the wedding to just 82 people, she had big plans to make it one to remember.
“Originally, my husband and I met because we race motorcycles,” Carroll-Wiggin, 42, said. “I actually race sidecars with my dad. The Loudon track is our home track … [and] my husband is a motocross racer, so we had the same sort of circle of friends. … We wanted [the wedding] to have a motorcycle theme to it and I started to think, ‘How do we do this in a backyard?’”
Carroll-Wiggin recruited the help of professional wedding planner Tracy Dapp of the Salem-based Inked Events, whom she had met through her mother-in-law. The idea was for her father to bring her down the aisle while riding the motorcycle with her seated in the sidecar in her wedding dress.
“Tracy was able to take all of the crazy ideas I had on paper and make them happen,” she said.
“What happened was that we had to make it look like there wasn’t a path, so essentially it was kept a secret … [and] we were hidden in the garage until it was time [to walk down].”
Her father-in-law’s backyard was decorated with vintage motorcycle helmets, gas tanks and place cards with a checkered theme. Additionally, her gift to her groomsmen was a picture of a vintage motorcycle printed on all of their ties.
“We basically turned the backyard into a semi-formal event,” she said. “People were saying, ‘Wow, I can’t believe this is Steve’s [my father-in-law’s] backyard.”
Choosing the type of food to serve was a no-brainer to her — she wanted it to be wood-fired-oven-style pizza. Not only does her four-year-old son Wyatt love pizza, but it was the very same food she and Sam ate when they went out on their first date.
Tim Woff of Stone Oven Catering in Exeter was brought in to serve fresh pizzas at the wedding and even entertain some guests by throwing around his pies while he made them. But that wasn’t all for food caterers.
“There was an unforeseen issue that popped up and for a short time we actually had a lot of trouble getting partial catering,” Carroll-Wiggin said, “but we eventually managed to find Caroline’s Fine Food in Bedford. They do items a la carte and ended up being the perfect accompaniment.”
She said Caroline’s provided a charcuterie table filled with cured meats, olives, cheeses and other hors d’oeuvres.
For dessert, Carroll-Wiggin took the unusual step of not serving a wedding cake to her guests, and instead opting for a variety of sweets and pastries courtesy of the Black Forest Cafe & Bakery in Amherst.
“We had apple cider donuts, whoopie pies and giant chocolate chip cookies,” she said. “I just thought the whole wedding cake thing was cliche and it seemed like an expense we could do away with.”
She also hired DJ Greg Kassapis from NRG Entertainment in Tilton to provide EDM tunes, and Peter Clayman of NH Images in Nashua to take photos. Her wedding dress was from Marry & Tux Bridal, and chosen carefully with the help of Dapp.
“It was Tracy’s job to actually help me get on and off the sidecar … in a way that was comfortable to hold on while also being able to maneuver in my dress,” Carroll-Wiggin said. “She didn’t blink.”
Carroll-Wiggin said holding a wedding in the backyard of one of her own family members ended up lending itself to a great opportunity for getting creative while not having to worry about any time commitments or other obligations.
“We could stay as long as we wanted … [and] it was creating that illusion that you were stepping into someplace else that was really fun,” she said. 

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