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Charming Backyard Wedding On The Water

This bride always knew she wanted a wedding by the sea and the groom’s parents’ backyard made for a seaside venue you could only dream of! From the bride’s romantic Monique Lhuillier gown to the tented reception with beautiful details from La Tavola, this day fully encapsulated elegance and charm. The lush floral designs by Studio Blush enhanced the backyard setting with perfect pops of summer color. Head over to The Vault now to browse the entire gallery!

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From the bride… Ever since I was a little girl, I wanted a wedding by the sea. Blue and white stripes, boats, a lobster bake, and waves in the background on a warm summer day… it would be perfect. It became even more perfect the day my best friend asked me to marry him, and I finally had the perfect guy to round out my perfect day.

Jake proposed to me on the steps of Sacre-Coeur in Paris. We’d met 10 years earlier in college while we were both on the crew team at University of California – Berkeley. We spent the first 6 years of our relationship as good (if not best) friends, 3 years living our lives separately, and 1 year dating after a fateful meeting on a street corner in the Mission District in San Francisco. We decided to get married within the year and immediately knew where we’d wed – Jake’s parent’s house on the Connecticut River in Old Saybrook. Since we’d known each other for so many years, I’d been there several times previously and had known his family for years. It met all our requirements with the added benefit of being a destination for the majority of our friends, and so it was decided that we’d do a wedding weekend on the water incorporating all the aspects we both loved about our hometowns in New England – especially, the blue and white nautical stripes – love those!! :)

Our first decision was hiring a wedding planner. We’d heard from friends that it wasn’t always 100% necessary, but especially when planning destinations, it was critical. We wouldn’t have survived without all of Sarah’s recommendations. She had tons of contacts, was “johnny on the spot” at all our meetings, and kept me breathing in the moments leading up to my big walk down the aisle… I was almost certain I was going to fall on my face! We then focused on hiring the essentials – photographer, caterer, music and florals. From the start, flowers were always going to be my “splurge” item. Our wedding was in August and outdoors, so flowers were key to the ambiance I was trying to create. Beth was amazing. It took all but a quick phone call, a Pinterest board, and a handful of meetings for her to grasp my vision, and boy did she deliver. Every detail was flawless. Her flowers in combination with our beautiful Sperry tent and Ryan Designs decor brought my vision to life. Couldn’t have asked for better!

On the photography front, we relied on reviews. I found Emily on a wedding blog, checked out her portfolio and gave her a call. Being a Boston girl myself, we immediately clicked. Her energy and attitude were spot on. I remember hanging up the phone and saying to Jake, “She and I need to be friends.” That’s exactly what you want on your wedding day. She took the time to get to know me and subsequently felt more like a friend snapping candids than a formal photographer reminding me to stand up straight. As a result, you get what you see here – stunning photographs.

Next, we selected our music. I was adamant about having an band, not a DJ. Live music always spoke to me. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the luxury of traveling around to see a bunch of bands play at venues being so far away, so I, again, relied on reviews. Immediately after checking out their website, I fell in love with the Metropolitan Players. The lead singer literally sounded like Adele’s doppelgänger :) They were super accommodating, agreed to drive up from New York, and knocked everyone’s socks off. My father is still talking about their set. What an epic performance!

Last we selected our caterer. This was a little more stressful than the others. For me, food quality carried some underlying pressure for some reason. The last thing I wanted was bad food! We took our time evaluating vendors, and ultimately decided on A Thyme to Cook. Lexi and her team did an excellent job careering to our needs before and during the wedding, and the appetizer selection was excellent. I still crave the lamb meatballs!

If I could offer three pieces of advice beyond hiring ALL my vendors (because they were seriously awesome!), it would be the following:

1 – Don’t let your guest list get out of control – your wedding is supposed to be special. Be selfish and invite who YOU want and not who everyone else wants you too.

2 – Dance your face off at your reception and don’t be afraid to get your dress dirty.

3 – Let yourself cry on the alter – you and he only get the moment once. Let everything around you fade away and embrace the emotion. You won’t regret it! PS – For all the readers that were wondering whether or not I got my lobster bake… sure did! Clambakes of Connecticut threw a killer rehearsal dinner on the lawn with lobsters up to my eyeballs :)

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Photography: Emily Tebbetts Photography | Event Planning & Design: A Polished Plan | Floral Design: Blush Floral Design Studio | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake : Lynn Palmer Cakes | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Catering: A Thyme to Cook, Inc. | Make-Up: Jennie Fresa Brow & Beauty Bar | Hair: Posh Salon | Calligraphy: Karri Lee Designs | Lighting: Social Decor | Band: Metropolitan Players | Tent: Sperry Tent | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Lounge Furniture: Ryan Designs, LLC | Rentals: Rentals Unlimited

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Want to Purchase Your Wedding Gown For Up To 90% Off? This is how.

You know there’s nothing we love more than spending our day wrapped up in some wedding pretty, so when Michelle Roth & Henry Roth told us about their upcoming sample sale, we just HAD to share. Think two of our fave designers, a whole lot of beautiful gowns and prices that are the definition of the term “blowout”. (We’re talking up to 90% off, you guys.) Mark those calendars for Saturday, March 18th, because this is one event you simply can’t miss out on.

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Seaside Wedding With “American Summer” Vibes

We might be in the thick of winter, but really, what better time to dream of the perfect summertime wedding? Designed with an old-school, Americana vibe, Melissa and Chris made sure their seaside affair was as classic as apple pie (literally) serving apple pie flavored cake and blueberry pie shooters. Elena Wolfe photographed, NST Pictures filmed and the gallery awaits with so much more.

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From the couple… We wanted our wedding to feel like a very fun, relaxed summer party. We knew we wanted to get married at our parents’ house because that is where we got engaged and also where Chris met my parents for the first time.

We love the homemade/ American summer feel and made sweet details like our cake toppers and embroidered welcome sign.

We were inspired by the water and air and wanted it to feel peaceful and elegant, put together but simple at the same time.

It took us forever to find a photo booth, I called so many vendors and I finally found one near us that we loved! It was a VW van from the 60’s that was converted into a unique photo booth. It fit perfectly with our summer beach wedding vibe.

We had an apple-pie flavored cake with pie crust crumbles from Momofuku Milk bar in New York. My sister was so nice to pick it up for us and our caterer had blueberry pie shooters.

We love the vintage feel for our wedding as well and I loved drawing inspiration from classic American summers and memories from spending time at my grandma’s beach cottage nearby. My caterer, Inspired Catering (who has been friends with my dad since childhood), found mismatched vintage champagne glasses for our day and gave us the extra ones as a gift! I found mismatched lace table runners, and our caterer added greenery and florals to go on top.

Our florist, Mar Floral, understood our vision perfectly and was so understanding. Every time I sent a new picture, she knew what we wanted. She put succulents everywhere including the bouquet and boutonnieres (and we still have some saved!). I wanted the flowers to look like they were just picked from someone’s backyard garden.

My bouquet was a tribute to my grandparents (and my photographer Elena added a beautiful pink ribbon to hold my grandparents’ charms).

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Photography: Elena Wolfe Photography | Cinematography: NST Pictures | Wedding Planning: Peony Events | Floral Design: MarFloral | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Wedding Cake: Momofuku Milk Bar | Catering: Inspired Catering | DJ: JTD Productions, Inc. Professional DJ Services | Photobooth: Photobooth Planet | Photography - Assistance: Colleen MacMillan

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