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Pink Summer Codman Estate Wedding

The mother of the bride, and along with Marrero Events the acting wedding planner, wrote the description below and it has warmed my heart enough to melt all the snow. Seriously all of it. Joyelle West Photography captured her beautiful daughters stunning day and what you’re about to see was a true labor of love!


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From the bride’s mother… My daughter Remy and I were inspired to create a wedding imbued with warmth, sentimentality and fun. Our guests came from all over the country but we wanted them to share a sense of history, family, belonging and home. We were moved by the charm and beauty of the groom’s home state of Kentucky and the kindness his parents had shown us when we visited a few months before. Mindful of the mood and atmosphere we wished to create, we set about choosing a venue, planning a ceremony and designing the essentials for the event. With both the bride and groom being medical school students in different states, I became the wedding planner. After comparing their busy schedules, they picked a date that was only five months away!

Remy’s wedding was a labor of love. Our family has always enjoyed creating things together and her wedding would be no exception. With paint brushes and tools in hand, her Dad and I began creating the special touches. We hand-painted signs; made corn hole boards and table numbers. Most of the items used throughout the day were either repurposed or found in our home. The program box was actually fashioned out of a small wine crate and framed out to look like a bureau drawer. Everything was given several coats of paint and hand-rubbed to give it an antiqued finish and to create a cohesive look. Remy created the logo, made the lace-covered votives, and embellished the football she used for the “bouquet” toss. Little brother even stuffed the corn hole bags. Dear friends assisted as well. One helped me sew curtains for the carriage house and drape the ceremony arch; another wrote poetic words for the signs.

Sentimental items added warmth to the evening: the wedding toast glasses used at my own wedding, a great grandmother’s mason jars, and a grandparents’ table that was the first piece of furniture they bought after they were married. Everything about the day was so beautiful, but there was nothing more beautiful than Remy’s radiant smile.

Photography: Joyelle West Photography | Coordinator: Marrero Events | Florist: Frugal Flower, Sudbury, MA | Cupcakes: Capers Catering | Invitations: William Arthur, The Dotted I, Concord, MA | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Caterer: Capers Catering | DJ: Dave Hodges, 5 Star Events | Ties: Brooks Brothers | Suits: Jos. A. Banks | Wedding Venue: The Codman Estate | Antique Wash Tub: Brimfield Antique Show | Bride's Hair: Invidia Salon, Sudbury, MA | Bridesmaid Dress: JCrew | Bridesmaid’s Jewelry: Kate Spade | Carriage Lights: Marrero Events | Ceremony Musicians: Riverview Chamber Players | Garden Arbor: Mahoney’s Garden Center | Hairpiece/Bridal Jewelry: LaRaine’s Bridal Boutique, Atlanta, GA | Mercury Glass Compotes: Afloral | Popcorn: Capers Catering | Table Number Frames: TJMaxx | Wedding Dress Designer: Marisa | Wedding Rings: Sheila Bayes Fine Jewelry, Lexington, KY

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1920’s Inspired Wedding at The Pierce House from Lisa Rigby Photography

There is no getting around it, this wedding from Lisa Rigby is just as lovely as they come. Overflowing with the kind of style that just makes you smile and details so pretty you may just squeal – it’s what we like to call SMP gold around these parts. But you don’t have to take my word for it, you can get lost in all the pretty right here.

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Summer
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Vintage

From the Bride… It was important to us that our wedding day reflect who were are as a couple, and most importantly, pay homage to our families. We wanted the day to have a casual elegance and a “collected” feel. We tried to transform the Pierce House to make it feel like it was our own. Mantels above the fireplaces became locations to place wedding photos of our family members – from parents and siblings and even back to great-great grandparents. Walls became home to maps of our hometowns and photos of adventures that Rob and I have done over the years. We used Rob’s grandfather’s wooden toolbox from his job as a shipbuilder in the mid-1900’s as a place for guests to leave cards.

Our guests drank from mason jars that served double-duty as escort tags with names and table numbers tied to the rims. Instead of traditional drink and dinner menus, we used windows from my parents’ 1876 barn & covered the glass with chalkboard paint to display what was in store. And rather than the typical photo booth, we decided to hang antique picture frames from Rob’s parents’ house from a tree where guests could take their photos and sign the guest book.

One of our favorite details from the day was the mismatched china we used for place settings– and it almost didn’t happen. Rob and I collected china for over a year and discovered a month away from our wedding that we were short…by a long shot! Luckily, our amazing wedding coordinators at Blossom Partners offered to scrounge around antique shops to get us over the finish line!

Rob doesn’t drink and we wanted to do a “champagne” toast that he could enjoy too. We thought using the Coke in glass bottles went nicely with our overall theme of a 1920s garden party. This spring, my dad and I were at the Brimfield Antiques Market and we came across these yellow antique wooden Coke boxes. They were perfect for passing out the bottles of Coke for the toast, and matched our yellow & gray color scheme.

Tea is a nightly ritual for Rob and me, and we wanted our guests to experience a part of that. My parents are big fans of Harney & Sons teas, and we saw the tea tins at their house over Christmas. We knew we had to figure out a way to incorporate them into our wedding. So we collected 20 tea tins over the year and worked with our florist to use them as our centerpieces. They looked so amazing filled with the local, in-season yellow and white flowers we chose, and when paired with the mismatched china place settings on the tables, it really completed the elegant but casual look we were striving for.

Bear has been my dog for almost 11 years and I can honestly say that he is the love of my life (sorry Rob). All joking aside, Bear brings so much joy to our lives. He’s a member of the family, he goes everywhere with us, and we couldn’t imagine getting married without him by our sides. Plus, a dog is the ultimate symbol of unconditional love– how could you not want that at your wedding? He was decked out in a matching yellow and gray collar, bow tie and leash that I found on Etsy at a shop called BW Barkery. 

While all of these details and many others took a ton of time to plan, put together and execute, it was absolutely these details that made the day so special for us and for our family and friends. Rob and I planned our wedding while starting our new company, 88 acres, a healthy snack company free of the top 8 allergens.

Photographer: Lisa Rigby | Coordination: Blossom Partners / The Fifth Bridesmaid | Wedding Dress: Marisa Bridals | Groom's Suit: J.Crew | Wedding Venue: The Pierce House | Belt: Watters | Wedding Dress Style: #920

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Spring Wedding at The Codman Estate in Lincoln MA from Shane Godfrey

You know what makes me happy?  This sweet duo.  This sweet duo with their contagious smiles, love-filled faces and downright adorability.  They rock… and so does their drop-dead gorgeous wedding, a laid-back meets elegant affair literally brimming with pretty.  I’m talking beautiful blooms from Bella Floral Design, a stunning Codman Estate setting and moment after moment of pure amazing captured by Shane Godfrey Photography.  See them all in the full gallery.

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From Shane GodfreyOne of my most laid-back couples over the years has to have been Heidi & Jimmy. I shot their engagement session a few months before their wedding at their home, close to the Codman Estate in Lincoln, MA. Their first date was in Jimmy’s backyard, where Heidi came over to garden with him and they got ready the morning of their wedding day. They had a small bridal party of three each, all close friends or siblings that were there with them and drove over to the Codman Estate early to get all the photos done. They were extremely in love, always goofing around with each other and were not shy to kiss in front of the camera. We sneaked into the farm next door to get some shots shooting around the cows and actual farm part of the estate. The ceremony was in the back of the Codman Estate mansion where there is one of the most beautiful settings for a ceremony in New England. Heidi came down the aisle on one side, and they came back 20 minutes later on the opposite side, hand in hand, married. We took a few more photos with the family and then headed back to the other side of the property for dinner and dancing.

Photographer: Shane Godfrey Photography | Florist: Bella Floral Design | Caterer: Tastings Catering - John & Sue Zahner | Officiant: Kezia Bacon-Bernstein | Wedding Location: Codman Estate

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Massachusetts Museum Wedding from Kor Floral + Shane Godfrey Photography

You know what I love? Getting to know couples through their wedding, particularly when they are as personal as this beauty captured by Shane Godfrey Photography at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum. Every detail stylishly crafted by Kor Floral was so “them” – giving us a peek at  just how fabulous they are. And one look at this gallery, and you’ll quickly realize – they are pretty darn fabulous. See it all here.

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Fall
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Modern

From Kor Floral… Margaret and Eladi were incredible clients to work with. Margaret, with a slight “anti-bride” streak from the beginning, made this a fun and delighting place to design from! She didn’t need all the traditional elements of a wedding day and was open to exploring different design elements. She shared that her fiancee was from Barcelona and she would like to honor that by including some red in her day. I also learned she is fond of purple. We were both excited to create her vision within the framework of such a modern and interesting venue on the deCordova Museum property. Photos outdoors were a wonderful adventure–all of the contemporary art installations worked as an intricate playground!

My designs for the day included an “altar” piece for her ceremony that began with a black frame and vibrant red flower petals pressed between glass hangings, as though suspended by air from the structure. The luscious reds were punctuated by the beautiful and majestic trees inviting stunning backdrops throughout the grounds. The personal bouquets were deep and bold, much like the fall season. Once inside for the reception, guests would find a dark, modern, minimalist room with long rows of tables for an intimate, family-style feel. Tables were dressed in gray linens and two sets of hand-crafted runners, the bottom white, and a deep purple on top to add dimension and texture. The centerpieces were also created just for the day consisting of wooden shapes standing upright with “S” carvings in the centers–filled with flowers and deep purple autumnal leaves. Smaller votive sized arrangements with dahlias, sweet peas, scabiosa and fall leaves stood on either side of the larger pieces, winding down the long rows of tables. Escort cards and table numbers accented in purples and greys completed the look. With a delicately, ruffled wedding cake, many lovely, heartfelt speeches and flamenco dancers it could not have been a more magical and romantic evening.

Photography: Shane Godfrey Photography | Venue: deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, Massachusetts | Event Planning + Floral Design + Stationery Design: Kor Floral | Catering: La Fete Catering | Wedding Cake: Jenny’s Wedding Cakes | Wedding Dress: Custom

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Pierce House Wedding by Zev Fisher Photography

I think it’s safe to say that I have never been more in love with a bridal bouquet.  Yep, this lush, dreamy succulent-filled bundle of goodness by Flowers by Semia has certainly made a friend in me – and when you add that sweet, sweet floral creation to this beyond breathtaking Pierce House wedding… well.  I can barely contain my glee.  From the lovely historic setting to the fabulous stylings of The Fifth Bridesmaid to an entire gallery filled with brilliant images by Zev Fisher Photography, this is EXACTLY how I like to start the week.  Don’t miss a pretty, pretty moment and join me in the gallery!

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Jackie and Matt got married in September of 2011 in Lincoln, Massachusetts, where Jackie grew up. Their wedding was held at the historic Pierce House, a beautiful Georgian mansion and surrounding property used as a venue for weddings and other receptions. The bride’s maid of honor, Alexa, is also a wedding designer and planner, and she spent so much time on the DIY details of the day, from the wooden, handwritten escort cards displayed in vintage library card catalogs to the wedding favors in small burlap sacks and decorated with hand-stamped, personalized tags with the bride and groom’s initials. All the personal, handmade elements of the wedding gave the whole evening a truly intimate feel. Jackie had eight bridesmaids, who all wore navy. There was lemonade and iced tea available to refresh guests before the outdoor ceremony, a box of cigars for guests to enjoy at the bar and a bonfire and s’mores station set up for late in the reception. The evening was full of laughter, tears and dancing — what a wonderful day!

Wedding Photography: Zev Fisher Photography / Associate Photographer: Gretjen Helene Photography / Wedding Venue: The Pierce House in Lincoln, Massachusetts / Flowers: Flowers by Semia / Event Design + Planning: Alexa Friedman-Cohen of The Fifth Bridesmaid / Wedding Invitations: The Bride + Bridesmaids / Catering: Two Chefs are Better than One / Wedding Cake: Konditor Meister / Tent, Rentals + Lighting: Come Rain or Shine Tent Works / DJ: Graeme Ritchie / Bride’s Dress: Barbra Allin via Country Weddings Bridal Boutique / Bridesmaids Dress: J.Crew / Bridesmaids Jewelry: M. Flynn / Hair + Makeup: Marianne Brown of Grace Professional Cosmetics