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Romantic Cape Cod Wedding at Winslow Estate

Living in New England, I’m well aware of how ridiculously beautiful the Cape can be. That doesn’t mean that a gorgeous wedding there goes by my desk unnoticed though. I spent some quality time with this gem from Kelly Dillon right here and I can guarantee you’ll be dreaming of beachside blooms and salt water kisses by the time you get through this gorgeous gallery.

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Summer
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Estate
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Elegant

From the Bride… AJ and I met originally in our late teens through a mutual friend that had gone to elementary school with AJ and worked with me in high school. About 10 years later, our same mutual friend threw a Halloween party where we reunited and the rest, as they say, is history. AJ and I spent the next seven years traveling and building a life together and then in late April of 2014, in our home surrounded by flowers, candles and photos of the two of us, AJ got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! As we began planning our wedding, we knew we wanted it to be a bit more than a day, we wanted a weekend away where our family and friends could get to know one another and escape their fast paced lives. Enter Cape Cod. My family has been spending our summer vacations there for the past 50 or so years. It’s a very special spot in the world as it is a place that everyone comes together, no matter how far away someone lives or where they are, everyone comes back to Cape Cod to reunite in the summer.

We wanted the wedding to feel like a fancy party we were throwing in our back yard and for the location to be a spot where many of our friends and family could stay for the weekend. Happening upon the Winslow Estate was a dream come true. The estate is not only beautiful and well loved, but the view from the backyard is unbelievable. When I brought AJ there for the first time, he said, “Well, this is the best view I’ve ever seen on Cape Cod!” We were sold!

The Winslow’s were wonderful to work with and recommended great vendors. AJ and I arranged for a few special activities over the weekend like a whale watching trip for those in town early and instead of a rehearsal dinner, we held a welcome dinner for everyone at a favorite family restaurant. For the actual wedding, I imagined a beautiful tent with soft romantic colors that was pretty but not over the top. A showcase of New England’s seafood was high on the priority list and a raw bar was a must have. Being on the ocean, we included some nautical items throughout the wedding like lanterns, and the navigational coordinates of the location on our cocktail napkins. We also incorporated birch tree items and other wooden elements for balance throughout the wedding. AJ’s last name is Birchler and he’s an arborist so including birch trees into each part of the day was a must! In the months leading up to the wedding, AJ and I worked on DIY projects like the birch arbor and home-brewed beer we made for the occasion. So many family and friends also pitched in, and we couldn’t have pulled this off without them!

Our wedding was filled with wonderful friends and family, amazing food, so much dancing, and laughter and love. We couldn’t have imagined a more perfect day, and still can’t believe that this is our real life!

Photography: Kelly Dillon Photography | Floral Design: Fancy Flowers By Meredith | Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero | Invitations: Daughter Earth | Wedding Shoes: LK Bennett | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Catering: The Casual Gourmet | Hair & Makeup: Blushing Brides | Ties: The Tie Bar | Groom's Attire: Nordstrom | Wedding Venue: Winslow Estate | Groomsmen Attire: Mens Wearhouse | Rentals: New England Country Rentals | Tent: Undercover Tent & Party

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Traditional + Romantic Berkshire Wedding

I can spot a New England wedding from a mile away. Whether it’s a seaside soiree at the cape, a Vermont barn wedding or a traditional Berkshire affair like this beauty from Heather Waraksa. And lovelies, this one is sure to have you wrapped around it’s little finger if classic is your jam. From the sophisticated invites by Ceci New York to the stunning arrangements from Sayles Livingston Flowers, make sure to peruse every ounce of goodness this gallery has to offer.

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Fall
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Hotel

From the Bride… We met in 2007, working together as the two most junior professionals in a small, 14-person group inside of a big bank. We started dating, and tried, very poorly, to keep our relationship under wraps. As we would learn later, everyone knew the entire time, but they let us keep up the charade that we were just work colleagues.

After six years of dating, Dave decided to pop the question in Paris where we had taken our first vacation together. I was suspicious as Dave walked me all around the city. That evening when we were getting ready to go to dinner, Dave took me out on the room’s balcony (I was partially made-up with my hair still in a towel) and proposed. It was perfect.

What made the wedding special and unique was that it had the feeling of a destination wedding even though it was only a few hours from New York City. The hotel is located in the old New England town of Lenox in the Berkshires, but it was built in the style of a 16th century Florentine Palazzo. Guests felt transported to a remote Italian villa but with less travel time and all the comforts of home.

We are both whiskey lovers and decided to personalize guest gift bags with a bottle of bitters, which included Dave’s own “fall manhattan” recipe. At the reception’s after-party, guests enjoyed my manhattan cocktail from an engraved “Geenberg” whiskey barrel.

The most memorable part of the day was after the ceremony but before cocktail hour when we had a small window of time to ourselves to just enjoy the moment. The feeling after being announced married was indescribable and for us to be able to enjoy the emotions together and not be rushed off to other duties was incredibly special.

Photography: Heather Waraksa | Event Planning: In Any Event | Floral Design: Sayles Livingston Flowers | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Stationery: Ceci NY | Catering: The Wheatleigh | Makeup: Nam Vo | Hair: Nikki Avanzino | Lighting: Exquisite Events | Band: Hal Prince | Ceremony Music: Vogue Music Events | Venue: The Wheatleigh | Cufflinks: Barneys New York | Earrings: Lux And Bond | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Linens And Rentals: Rentals Unlimited | Paper Goods: Invitations By Ana | Tent: Classical Tents & Party Goods | Tuxedo: Seize Sur Vingt

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Bright + Cheery New England Spring Wedding

June means wedding season, and wedding season means peonies (which just so happen to be my very favorite flower). So it’s no surprise that I love this wedding with the bride’s bouquet of fluffy white peonies and the buttery yellow and soft blush color scheme that plays up The Commons 1854’s French-inspired ballroom. Add in a sweet couple and photographs by Ruth Eileen Photography, and you have everything needed for a beautiful wedding. See it all here.

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Spring
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From the Bride… When I met Jonathan, I knew he was the other part of me, my perfect counterpart and that our wedding would reflect the romantic part of us we had discovered in one another. While we love modern art and technology we have a certain timelessness that shapes who we are as a couple. We both stand strong on our spiritual beliefs and trust in a love that is pure, holy and dignified. When we started planning our wedding, we knew the look and feel would reflect these virtues that we live our life by as well. We wanted to pick colors that were bright and simple, resembling the redemption that we felt on our wedding day.

Pastel yellow floor length bridesmaid dresses, Chantilly lace gown, fluffy white peonies, baby’s breath, bow ties and blush accents were added to our wedding palette with such ease. Both our church ceremony and reception locations were modeled after designs from the 1800’s and we LOVED that it represents our home in New England that is full of history, culture and class. There were white high arches, wooden pews and stainless glass in the church I grew up in that created the reverence we wanted for a worship service.

The Commons 1854 was designed after a French era with the ballroom including crystal chandeliers, sleek wooden floors, gold and white crown molding- we loved the clean and classic look it provided. Guests were stunned by the structure of the building and more than satisfied with their decadent menu. Tall skinny glass vases of baby’s breath looked perfect in the beautiful ballroom with scripture verses we created for each table, reflecting our love for God. Jonathan not only designed the table cards, but the seating chart and all the wedding invitations as well (he is a graphic designer). We had fun working together to pick out the content, the wording and the color schemes of all the print work. It turned out better than we imagined and we were grateful that we had our hands in every detail in the end. We had so much fun and everyone danced the night away! We enjoyed a lot of Spanish music and crazy dancing! The pictures reflect the pure joy, love, and complete bliss we felt that day.

Photography: Ruth Eileen | Event Design: Mount Harvest | Floral Design: Wedding Flowers By Annette | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Makeup: Alice Upton | Hair: Salon On Haven | DJ: Paul Brogna | Venue: The Commons 1854

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Sweet Monday Photography + A Discount!

In the world of drop-dead gorgeous images, Sweet Monday Photography reigns supreme.  Think soft, light-filled captures that are as romantic as they are stunning and you are most definitely on the right track. So when it comes to soaking in the pretty, we’re all about devoting a day to Sweet Monday’s latest masterpiece… a shoot that is chock-full of outdoor beauty and spring-filled happy.

Known for their love of nature and ability to capture those special moments you didn’t even realize were happening, Sweet Monday Photography is endlessly inspired by the New England landscape… and it shows in every moment of this gorgeous styled shoot set against the stunning Mount in the Berkshires. Picture classic meets modern details and colorful blooms with a touch of traditional lovely and a splash of bohemian charm.  It’s all sorts of seriously stunning, lovelies… and it’s just what we’ve come to expect from Sweet Monday Photography.

Whether you’re looking to capture your love against a golden autumn backdrop, or snuggled up with the snow twinkling in the background, Sweet Monday’s talented team of photogs will most definitely preserve those special moments that you will cherish for always.  Contact them now to start your journey to beautiful photography.  You can thank us later, loves.

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Photography: Sweet Monday Photography | Event Design: LoLo Event Design | Floral Design: Poppy Floral | Wedding Dress: Flair Boston | Invitations: Lynn Graham Designs | Jewelry: Ore Jewelry by Sophie Hughes | Makeup Artist: Making Faces Weddings | Hair Stylist: Love Notes By June | Calligraphy: Pier Gustafson | Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Mount | Desserts: Tatte Bakery | Models: Model Club Inc. | Rentals: Peterson Party Center | Suit: The Black Tux

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Classic Nautical Martha’s Vineyard Wedding

As you New Englanders know, Martha’s Vineyard is prime real estate when it comes to wedding. But capturing the nautical style while still being utterly timeless, chic and on trend is a little bit tricky. Enter, this adorable fete. With photography by Kelly Dillon Photography and a film from Ready Set Film, you are in for a 101 of Seaside Chic. And there is more here!

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Summer
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HotelOutdoor
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Nautical

From The Bride…We met on Match.com in December 2009. Yes, one in five couples!

Since Mike had attended College of Charleston for undergrad, he had always wanted to take me there. We planned a trip in April 2013. Upon arrival at the cute bed and breakfast, Mike had ordered champagne to the room and a gorgeous bouquet of flowers. We had a day to ourselves and went sightseeing around the city. On the second day, we went to the beach near where he lived during college. After laying out on a blanket for a bit, Mike proposed! Short and sweet…he opened the ring box, told me he loved me, and asked if I would marry him. I said yes! We cuddled for a bit and took a couple pictures to commemorate the moment.

After that, we went for a burger (our favorite food) at a great local place. Then returned to the hotel, where I was instructed to dress up. After changing, we walked downstairs to find a horse and carriage. We took a ride around old Charleston. Very romantic! We ended the ride at a fancy hotel, where Mike said we were going to get a drink on their rooftop. I had always said that I wanted my friends to be around to celebrate my engagement, as my Mom had passed away in 2004 and I felt it would be comforting. Upon getting to the rooftop, I was surprised by my now Maid of Honor (Laura) and Bridesmaid (Caroline), as well as their boyfriend/husbands. It was such a perfect moment and really completed the day! We spent the rest of the weekend celebrating with our friends, enjoying the beautifully classic Charleston, and getting so excited about the future.

We actually don’t have any roots in Martha’s Vineyard. Maybe it’s our planning sides, but we loved the idea of taking on an unknown place and making new memories. Overall, we really just want our close friends and family to have fun and be in love at our wedding. It is a destination party weekend.

One of our unexpected and favorite parts of the day was the wind during the ceremony and pictures. Out on the lighthouse/beach, it’s very windy and most people complain about that. We think it added a natural, unexpected energy. It blew my veil and toned down the formality that weddings can have. Best part of it all – We can always go back to the spot we got married and remember the day.

Photography: Kelly Dillon Photography | Videography: Ready Set Film | Floral Design: MV Florist | Wedding Dress: Alita Graham | Invitations: Rachael Marvin Creative | Ceremony Venue: Edgartown Lighthouse | Reception Venue: Harbor View Hotel | Bride's Shoes: BHLDN | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Makeup: House Of Colour | Hair: Sea Spa Salon | Entertainment: Mike Benjamin Band | Groom's Attire: Suit Supply | Groomsmen's Attire: Jos A Bank | Rentals: Seaside Celebrations

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Classic Nautical Cape Cod Wedding

Most of us in New England have spend some, if not all, of our Summers on Cape Cod. Because it’s like Boston’s little gift for surviving the Winter. Perfect beaches, quaint towns, a laidback but sort of Kennedy-esque vibe. So it’s no wonder it’s also home to so many lovely weddings. And this particular celebration – with images from Ned Jackson Photography and a cake by one of our favorites, Delicious Desserts – doesn’t disappoint. Just make sure you also spend some time in the galleries.

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Summer
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Country Club
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Nautical

From Ned Jackson PhotographyKate and Bryan were married on an absolutely stunning fall day in September down in Hyannis, MA. The town has a special meaning for them as Bryan’s family has a home there and they have spent lots of time out on the water. I even had the opportunity to join them for an engagement session out on the beach and I knew they would not be a difficult couple to work with! They were about as easygoing as you could be and we had an absolute blast. When their wedding day rolled around, it was so fun to be a part of the mix. The girls and guys got ready across the street from each other and the water was never more than a few steps away (I think you’ll feel that theme throughout their images). Their ceremony was held at a small chapel in Hyannisport, followed by the reception at the Hyannisport Country Club.

From the Bride & Groom… Our story began the first day of freshman orientation at Babson College. We instantly became friends and although it took us a year to officially start dating our friendship quickly grew into love. Over the seven years we were together most of our favorite memories as a couple were spent on Cape Cod, a place near and dear to our hearts, as we enjoyed so much time with family and friends who shaped our relationship over the years. It was a no brainer to officially start our life together in a spot we treasure so greatly.

We began planning in our minds the quintessential Cape Cod wedding, with every detail hoping to bring our loved ones an experience that was personal, fun and very “us.” We wanted our guests to feel like they were coming to visit for a fun and relaxing Cape weekend. We were fortunate to spend our wedding weekend in Bryan’s parents Hyannis neighborhood where the bridesmaids, groomsmen, bride’s parents and groom’s parents each had a house to get ready in. Guests were invited to play lawn games before the wedding festivities officially began. Our ceremony took place in a quaint Chapel in Hyannisport that we run by every weekend in the summer and Bryan’s high school Priest from Houston, Texas officiated our wedding. Our reception took place at the Hyannisport Club, rich with history and picturesque views of Nantucket Sound. As the sun set dinner began followed by nonstop dancing on the deck.

It was extremely important to us for the details of our wedding to express our style as a couple, to be both traditional and fun. Nautical colors of navy, white and gold were a must. We had a blast picking out our invitations that included a custom map of our wedding locations. Some of our other favorite details were our welcome boxes with a personalized wedding timeline, surprising our mothers with bouquets that included pictures of their parents who have passed, yellow groomsmen anchor socks, place cards that were little message in bottles including notes to our guests, signature cocktails, custom menus which included food stations themed by our favorite locations; Boston, Cape Cod and Houston, monkey knots and nautical rope for the cocktail and dining centerpieces, ice cream cone favors and our navy and white ribbon wedding cake.

Our night ended with a trolley ride back to the Evans’ backyard for an epic tented after party. The day was filled with so many special memories with our closest family and friends. It truly was the most perfect day and way to celebrate the beginning of our life as Mr. and Mrs.

Photography: Ned Jackson Photography | Cinematography: JPod Productions | Floral Design: Judy Fligg, All About Flowers | Wedding Dress: Amsale | Cake: Delicious Desserts | Invitations: William Arthur | Ceremony Venue: Union Chapel | Reception Venue: Hyannisport Club | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Makeup: Charlotte Phinney From Charlotte & Company | Hair: Colleen McLaughlin | Band: Search Party | Groom's Attire: J. Hilburn | Groom's Attire: Brooks Brothers | Ceremony Music: The Boston String Quartet | Transportation: Cape Destinations | Bridal Boutique: Cristina's Bridal | Invitation Shop: Soiree | Rentals: Be Our Guest

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