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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 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!

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Beach Club

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! http://www.melissakruse.com/melissakruseblog/madison-beach-club-wedding-photographer-meghan-pete

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Photography: Melissa Kruse Photography | Cinematography: Buzz Media Company- Wedding Films | Event Planning: 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: Ryan Designs, LLC | Lighting: Power Posse Productions | 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 | Bridesmaid + Flower Girl Jewelry: Silver Continent | 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 | Hair (Bride): Fredrick Fekkai | Hair (Bridesmaids): Shag | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Photo Booth: CT Photos Unlimited | Rentals: Rentals Unlimited | Ring Bearer's Bow Tie: OTAA

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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.

When it comes to drop-dead gorgeous wedding gowns, it’s a well-known fact that you can’t go wrong with Michelle Roth & Henry Roth. I’m talking sophisticated fabrics, stunning (+ seriously flattering) silhouettes and wow-inducing details that will leave all of your guests talking. But you know what’s better than walking down the aisle in a Michelle Roth or Henry Roth creation? Walking down the aisle in one that you purchased for up to 90% off. Yep, that’s a stop-you-in-your-tracks design for $150-$450, plus some of the most amazing customer service you’ll ever receive from the team at Hallak, i.e., expert alterations packages, storage options, post-wedding dry cleaning AND preservation. There will even be special promotions throughout the day. You guys, this is awesome.

Ready to find that dream gown at a price that will make your wedding budget sooo happy? Visit Hallak on Saturday, March 18th from 11 am – 3 pm at their 1232 Second Avenue location (between 64th & 65th Streets). You can peruse all of the gorgeous styles (including plus sizes), plus veils, belts and hair jewelry. And don’t forget to mention Style Me Pretty and receive $25 off the price of your dress. Lovely.