From the bride... The fabulous Ashley O'Dell photographed our September 3rd wedding in Waltham, Massachusetts, which is a small town near Boston. We were married at Gore Place, a Federal-era mansion, and we picked the location primarily because of the gorgeous secret garden on the grounds — it has high hedges all around and a Federal-style knot garden just outside. Our palette was vintage rose, gold, ivory and leafy green. I love the Edwardian era and tried to play up the natural garden environment as much as possible.
Working with our florist, Darcy Hammer from Le Reve Floral Designs, was one of the highlights of my planning experience -- she created exquisite bouquets that were artistic and yet natural. She used a lot of ferns, fiddleheads, gorgeous peach dahlias, pale pink roses, and other beauties to reflect the natural environment, the colors of the bridesmaids' dresses, and the colors of late summer. She also created ivy wreaths for my smallest nieces to wear as crowns, and they looked like little fairies out of "A Midsummer Night's Dream." I was really into the idea of small hanging lanterns (or glowing balls of awesome, as one of my bridesmaids likes to call them), so we gathered dozens of small mason jars and created little lights to hang in the trees around the reception tent. It was a pretty sight as the late afternoon sun went down and dusk turned into night.
We stayed with the garden theme for the favors, which were wildflower seed bombs. During cocktail hour, we served peach rose bellinis, and during dinner we served a gin and St. Germain cocktail that we nicknamed the Nick and Nora, after the couple in The Thin Man movies. We both loved everything about our day, and are so glad that we took a few minutes alone right after the ceremony ... it gave us a chance to drink in the feeling that we had just skydived into an amazing new phase in our lives.
Photographer: Ashley O'Dell Photography / Venue: Gore Place / Florist: Darcy Hammer of Le Reve Floral Design / Catering + Wedding Cake: Cuisine Chez Vous / Wedding Dress: Watters / Veil: BHLDN / Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Jewelry: Sorrelli / Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew / Stationery: Hello! Lucky / Makeup: Kirsten Brusse of Joli Visage / Hair: Jennifer Fusco / Officiant: Rev. Marc Fredette / Coordinator: Jonathan Wood (based in Washington, D.C. — ameaningfuldaycoordinator@