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Happy Thanksgiving + The Coziest Fall Wedding!

Here at SMP, we’ve got a lot (today and every day) to be thankful for. First up? This incredibly romantic garden wedding in Maine. It’s quintessential autumn tones set the scene for celebration, but it’ll be the sweet story below that’ll totally win you over. From their Irish inspired ceremony that took place under the watchful eye of a wayward porcupine (!!) to the undeniably beautiful barn reception, Emily Delamater Photography has got it all waiting for you to favorite via The Vault!

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From the Bride… What happens when two New Hampshire transplants meet on New Year’s Eve in a Boston neighborhood bar, fall in love over common roots and new pursuits, and aspire for a ceremony that captures past, present, and future and pays homage to a shared love for New England? An autumn wedding in Maine.

Bride and groom, Kerry and Derek, chose Hidden Pond in Kennebunkport for their wedding celebration. Surrounded by the foliage of a classic New England forest and yet almost touched by the mist of the Atlantic Ocean, Hidden Pond wraps the rustic in quintessentially understated Maine refinement and seaside splendor. Our fondness for fall and the coast, for simplicity and elegance, made no concessions here.

Neither did Kate Martin and her wonderful staff. She brought together all of the delightfully disparate elements of the wedding portrait we wanted framed: white pumpkins, rich red and salmon colors, illuminated trees, flower arrangements with texture and depth, green vines, mercury glass, white birch, farm tables covered with candles, an overall feeling of “dreaminess.” And exquisitely framed it was, by the lovely photography of Emily Delamater. Emily knows the perfect shot and has a special way of making even the smallest moments sparkle. We could not have achieved our wedding day aspirations without them.

We were married in the gardens of Hidden Pond, on a crisp but bright late October day, over traditional Irish music and under the watch of a wayward porcupine that wandered a bit too close to our ceremony. Bursts of color punctuated the scene as the trees surrounding this lovely little spot were still clinging to their last autumn leaves. From the warm apple cider to the smiling faces of our guests keeping warm under flannel blankets, it was a moment we won’t forget.

The cocktail hour was held in the Hidden Pond Barn under a canopy of twinkle lights that glittered almost as much as the bridesmaid dresses. The cocktail hour featured some of Maine’s finest offerings, prepared by one of Maine’s finest restaurants, Hidden Pond’s Earth: mini- lobster rolls, grilled cheeses with heirloom tomatoes, and some good local beer – Bissell Brother’s Substance and Maine Beer Company’s Mo. A dinner of lobster gnocchi and slow- roasted lamb followed, lit by table candles and grapevine chandeliers created by Kate’s team at Beautiful Days.

The reception featured one of New Hampshire’s most celebrated and movable wedding traditions (brought to us by Derek’s college buddies): the University of New Hampshire “dance rug,” on which nearly every wedding guest, young and old, must step and perform some action approximating a dance move before they are acquitted for the evening. The dance party that followed was sustained by everyone’s fall favorite, apple cider donuts, freshly baked by Earth, and Maine blueberry wedding cake, prepared locally by Gayle Forte at Let Them Eat Cake.

It was important that the day felt personal to us. We wanted in some modest way to capture ourselves, where we came from, where we found each other, and where we hope we’re heading.

Our wedding celebration ended up capturing us, expressing the pure joy of our love for one another and for our guests so effortlessly that the only thing we could do and wanted to do was get on the dance rug and enjoy each and every minute of it.

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Photography: Emily Delamater Photography | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Let Them Eat Cake | Invitations: El's Cards | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Makeup : Joya Beauty | Hair: Hair That Moves | Officiant: Friend | Ceremony Music: Boghat | Transportation : Intown Trolley | Venue: Hidden Pond | Tent Rental : Exeter Rentals | Ceremony and Reception Catering: Hidden Pond | Event Design, Flowers, Decor + Lighting, Coordination: Beautiful Days | Linens : La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Reception Music: Keros Entertainment | Rentals : Peterson Party Center

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Even Rain Couldn’t Make These Wedding Day Smiles Disappear!

With a love for all things Italian, this couple – with the help of Kelley Event + Design, Bloom Room and an amazing MOB – decided to bring that energy to Asheville, North Carolina for their summer celebration. It was a rustic elegant dream come true and even a little bit of rain couldn’t damper the spirit. Graham Terhune captured all the the joy – see every magical moment in our Vault right this way!

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From the Bride… Zeb and I wanted an outdoor wedding with an Italian/Tuscan feel. We have spent a lot of time in Italy, and we got engaged in Tuscany last summer on a family trip. The night we got engaged, we celebrated with both of our families and the most wonderful meal made for us by the owners of the villa where we were staying. Jens is a chef, and his wife Barbara, a florist. There were 18 of us at one long table, outside in the courtyard of the villa – with views of the rolling hills of Tuscany, and the most beautiful flowers and grape vines on the table and cafe lights above us. Fantastic food, wine, and company that evening. This is the feel we wanted for our wedding – and wow, I had no idea how perfectly it would all come together!

The planning started with the venue. We wanted the wedding to be outside and during the summer, so we headed to Asheville, NC. When we arrived at Claxton Farm, we knew that was where our wedding had to be. The large outdoor space (perfect for our ceremony and dinner) surrounded by mountains was simply picturesque. And then our Tuscan wedding vision was really brought to life by Kelley Event + Design, The Bloom Room, and my mom, Kim – with the long banquet tables, ivory linens, wooden x-back chairs, ivory garden roses, ranunculus, hydrangeas, olives and olive leaves, eucalyptus, lavender, rosemary, sage, wheat. The colors were all soft – ivory, grey, olive/sage, and lavender accents. We had an Italian spritz for our signature cocktail (thank you, Mom, for such a great idea!!) and Altamura Sangiovese during our long sit-down dinner with cafe lights above us – oh so Italian.

The one thing we were so worried about, with our outdoor ceremony and our tented dinner, was the weather. It had been pouring earlier in the day, but with a sliver of blue sky appearing an hour before ceremony time, we made the call to keep the ceremony outside. And the weather for the ceremony was perfect – 75 degrees and cloudy! It then rained on and off during the cocktail hour – and eventually POURED while Graham was taking pictures of Zeb and me – and I must say – that was the most fun photo shoot ever! (Brides, if you have your hair up and some spare makeup, say YES to taking some photos in the rain!) The clouds rolling through the mountains made for the most beautiful scenery. And then towards the end of the dinner, the sun came back out and we had a rainbow before heading to the barn for cake and lots of dancing!

We could not have been happier with our wedding. Not only was it the most fun and happy day of our lives, but everything was more beautiful than I could have ever imagined. So – to my mom, Kelley Event + Design, The Bloom Room, and Claxton Farm – you absolutely nailed it. I was simply in awe the entire evening – as I continued to notice additional perfect little details. I am so thankful to have had the dream team create and flawlessly execute our dream wedding!

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Photography: Graham Terhune Photography | Event Planning: Lauren Evans | Floral Design: the bloom room | Wedding Dress: Watters | Cake: City Bakery | Stationery: Pink Toast Ink | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Joanna August | Catering: Claxton Farm | Hair + Makeup: Blush By Wendy | DJ: Audio To Go | Groom's Attire: J. Hilburn | Venue: Claxton Farm

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A Garden Engagement in New Jersey Straight Out of Our French Dreams

Don’t worry, I was easily mistaken too. These pics are not from a romantic escape to the French countryside… they’re in our own backyard, at the Jardin de Buis in New Jersey! But between the beauty of all these images by Sophie Kawalek and this chic couple, you would think you’re a world away. Get ready to add Jardin de Buis to your must visit list pronto with these pretty pics in our Vault right here!

From Sophie Kawalek Photography… When Aileen reached out to me a few months ago to start discussing her engagement session, I was so excited for her location suggestion of Jardin de Buis – a destination wedding venue in the heart of New Jersey. Inspired by the French countryside and gorgeous unique antiques, designer and owner Andrea has created the most amazing little bit of Provence in her backyard.

Aileen, Phil and I spent a few hours wandering around the venue, taking full advantage of beautiful backdrops, lush greenery, and the gorgeous daylight. We focused on simple, beautiful portraits of the two of them, only accented by an organic bouquet and small personal details – like her amazing one of a kind peachy sapphire ring and the matching Mrs. Box she brought with her.

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Photography: Sophie Kawalek Photography | Floral Design: Mandolin Floral | Shoes: Zara | Engagement Ring: Natural Sapphire Company | Suit: Zara | Lace Dress: Missguided | Location: Jardin De Buis | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | White Dress: Zara

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