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Nautical Meets Vintage Travel for this Beach Club Bash!

With a nod to nautical design, a dash of some vintage travel details, and a gorgeous Bride and Groom, these two tied the knot with one elegant affair planned and designed by TRUE Event. Melissa Kruse and Buzz Media Company captured every stylish second from start to finish, from the invites by Tie That Binds and oversized yard games, to the candlelit reception and beautiful peach and blue linens from La Tavola. See every bit of this bash in our Vault right this way!


From Melissa KruseI’m excited to bring you this elegant nautical and vintage travel inspired beach wedding in collaboration with planning by TRUE Event! Saying “I do” just down the street from where the bride (Meghan) grew up, the couple set out to combine their affinity for family, travel, the shoreline, and vintage finds – adding a bit of New York edge (their now home together as newlyweds!) along the way. The day’s pantone was inspired by pops of sunset colours mixed together with soft neutrals like blush, ivory and grey while their aesthetic tied together romance, timeless elegance, and whimsy with just a touch of industrial thrown in.

In keeping with the importance of highlighting family, Meghan prepared for the day at her family’s beachfront home just a few blocks from where the ceremony and reception were hosted – the same spot her older brother was married years before. Upon arrival, I was greeted by the flower girls, Meghan’s nieces, plucking fresh flower petals to later toss as they walked up the ceremony aisle. Dressing took place in Meghan’s childhood bedroom, where she was donned with the groom’s (Pete) grandmother’s earrings and a Blue Lapis Tiffany & Co heirloom ring from her own grandmother. Opting to forgo a traditional wedding party, the couple was instead surrounded by family throughout the day. Paper parasols and cotton robes customized with each lady’s initials were gifted to match Meghan’s own while the bridal bouquet was wrapped in the same fabric used in her soon to be sister-in-law’s dress. Meanwhile, the groom was preparing with the guys of the family just a few doors down the street. Custom details included embroidered initials on Pete’s made-to-order shirt cuff and a bespoke pocket square embroidered with an “M & P” accompanied by the couple’s wedding date.

The invitation suite, like the rest of the day, was classic with a touch of vintage and personalization. Letterpress printing with an antique typewriter font was complimented by a map of the Long Island Sound (their wedding’s locale) as the envelope liner and an artist’s rendering of their wedding venue on the suite’s RSVP card.

A waterfront Catholic ceremony officiated by Pastor Thomas Lipnicki, their family’s long-time friend, was followed by an extended 2 hours of cocktails complete with a 4-piece jazz band and beach side lawn games. Traditional croquet was accompanied by over-sized Jenga and Connect Four, while corn hole boasted American and Canadian flags (representing the bride and groom’s respective nationalities) and coordinating bean bags customized with Meghan and Pete’s initials and their wedding date. Creating their own spin on a guest book, a vintage typewriter was paired with a note requesting guests to type their advice and good wishes. Handwritten vintage travel-themed postcards made for inspired seating cards while signs were created with typewriter text and a collection of mix and match picture frames.

For the reception, personal touches were found in the mismatched antique silverware and guest favors by way of donations made in each guest’s name to the Good Dog Foundation (in honour of the newlywed’s adorable pup, Ollie). In lieu of a traditional cake cutting, French Fromage and Sauternes plates were passed (a nod to the couple’s time spent together in Paris) in combination with a dessert table featuring a Canadian classic, “Nanaimo Bars”. And to finish it all off, what better way to end a celebratory day at the beach than with a pile of Mexican Blankets to cozy up by an oceanside bond fire.

Here’s the wedding on my blog as well!

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Photography: Melissa Kruse Photography | Cinematography: Buzz Media Company- Wedding Films | Event Planning + Design: TRUE Event | Floral Design: Fleurescent | Wedding Dress: Selia Yang | Invitations: Tie That Binds | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Rings: Jangmi Jewelry | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Catering: La Cuisine | Makeup: Jennie Fresa Brow & Beauty Bar | Lighting: Power Posse Productions | Lighting: Ryan Designs, LLC | Groom's Attire: Alton Lane | Groomsmen's Attire: Charles Tyrwhitt | Officiant: Thomas Paul Lipnicki, Pastor | Ceremony Music: Suite Occasions Music | Wedding Venue: Madison Beach Club | Blue Lapis Ring (Vintage): Tiffany & Co. | Bride's Clutch: Chanel | Bride's Hair: Fredrick Fekkai | Bridesmaid + Flower Girl Jewelry: Silver Continent | Bridesmaids' Hair: Shag | Cocktail/Reception Music: Mod Society | Father of Groom + Bride Bow Ties: O’Connell’s | Groom + Groomsmens' Ties: Thomas Pink | Groom's Pocket Square: O'Harrow Clothiers | Groom's Shoes: Mezlan | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Photo Booth: CT Photos Unlimited | Rentals: Rentals Unlimited | Ring Bearer's Bow Tie: OTAA

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Bridal Beauty 101: Finding That Perfect Style for Your Gown

You’ve found that dress of your dreams and now it’s time to focus on putting the entire look together with hair and makeup.  Need help? Well, we’ve got you covered, because today we’re joining forces with Jennie Kay for a quick run-down on all things beauty with tips + tricks on achieving that glam wedding day look, no matter the gown or style you’re dreaming of. Let’s get started.


Your style? Laid-back with a big ol’ side of sophistication. Which means rocking a stunning gown that shows some skin and hair + make-up that is just as sleek and glamorous. Jennie Kay suggests pairing your dream dress with a rope braid pony or soft low bun that is dressy enough for a wedding, but is also completely effortless.


You’re a vintage-inspired lady looking to rock that elegant lace number, but still maintain a modern, yet sexy edge. Jennie Kay’s tip? A bright red lip for that much-needed side of sophistication and a stunning updo that frames one side of the face, plus sweeps across the back in a beautiful style that is reminiscent of the past.

“Look at the way you wore your hair at your initial dress fitting. It usually mimics your initial idea on how your hair should be.” – Jennie Kay Beauty


Crave a look that is soft, romantic and free, just like you and your wedding? Then this fab boho look from Jennie Kay Beauty is sooo for you. Simply keep your hair natural in wave and texture and add three gorgeous braids for a little pop of WOW.  Want to add a little glamour to the look? Really make those eyes stand out with just the right shade of shadow and mascara.


For those of you who want to keep it sweet + classic on the Big Day, Jennie Kay suggests a low twisted ponytail that is equal parts show-stopping and wholesome. Pair it with subtle makeup (like a light pink lip) and a gown that has just a pop of sass and the results are absolutely timeless.


Waves are a girl’s best friend and when it comes to a wedding day look that is equal parts laid-back and sophisticated, Jennie Kay keeps those tousled waves down with just a few sweet strands pulled back for a look that is all sorts of romantic. Add some soft pink lips and some barely-there makeup to complete the look.

Contact Jennie Kay Beauty to create a seamless, stunning look from head to toe… you won’t regret it.

Photography: Erin McGinn | Videography: Frame & Anchor | Floral Design: Greenlion | Hair + Makeup: Jennie Kay beauty | Bridal Boutique: Everthine Bridal Boutique | Jewelry (1): Sara Gabriel | Jewelry (3,5): Miss Ellie | Wedding Dress (1,4,5): Rue De Seine | Wedding Dress (2,3): Daalarna

Whimsical Connecticut Beach Wedding

My favorite kind of couples are the ones that don’t take themselves too seriously. The couples that aren’t afraid to buck tradition and infuse a little whimsy into their special day. They craft weddings filled to the gills with personality and flair, and this beachside affair from Catherine Rhodes is all that to T. It’s precisely what we need on a Friday morn’, and the gallery far lovelier than you’d ever believe!


From from Bride… My and Ted’s beautiful vintage inspired East Coast wedding was set along the picture perfect Oceanside of Connecticut! From lush green marshes to blue ocean waters, this area of the East Coast was something straight out of a movie and the perfect setting for My and Ted to say I Do! Along with 85 or so family and friends, they chose to celebrate their fun filled day at their family Shore house that was built by Ted’s Great Grandfather many years back. This home has such a sentimental meaning to the entire family, it was brought back to working order from quite a bit of damage in the last hurricane all for My and Ted’s special day!

Their simple and sweet ceremony, facing the sea, was absolutely perfect. Their close friend officiated the I DO’s while one of My’s bridesmaids played a few tunes on the acoustic guitar. My wore a fantastic blush dress that just fit this Oceanside wedding to a T and Ted followed suit in his festive attire.

From there we ventured to the beach for portraits along this gorgeous coast. The sun was bright and the air was warm. My and Ted joined me for a few more portraits along the beautiful docks. Then it was off to the reception to celebrate the night away! The evening carried into a tent reception filled with wild flowers and fantastic food (which included a complete roasted pig!)! They danced the evening away to the sounds of a live band and a surprise serenade by one of My’s bridesmaids! Between the views and the decor, this wedding was breathtaking but it was truly My and Ted and their sweet sweet love that made it such an amazing day.

Photographer: Catherine Rhodes Photography | Event Design: J. Splendid | Wedding Dress: Claire La Faye | Cakes: Sweet Harmony Cafe And Bakery | Catering: John Brown BBQ | Groom's Attire: Cole Haan | Groom\'s Attire: Brooks Brothers | Lollipops: The Groovy Baker

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