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New England Fall Wedding at the Peabody Essex Museum

There are some weddings I could cozy up with all day, and this fall New England wedding at the Peabody Essex Museum is definitely one of them. Give And Take Pictures was behind the lens to capture moment after moment of pure prettiness, leaving us with a gallery so good, you’ll need to set aside some serious time. Bonus? Their film from Long Haul Films below is equally time worthy…


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From the Bride…Our wedding was an immaculate culmination of love and hard work. Alastair and I live in Sierra Leone, West Africa. When he proposed to me in early January 2013, I knew I had to work fast and smart to have a New England Fall wedding. Alastair is British, and most of his family is in the U.K., while I am American and, although I grew up on the North Shore of Boston, my family is spread out across the States. Planning a transatlantic wedding from deep in the jungle of West Africa was no small feat. I had to rely on gut instinct and as many recommendations as I could dig up. I researched on the internet like crazed woman to find the vendors that I knew would help us create a stunning experience for our family and friends.

Finding the reception venue was the biggest hurdle. I wanted something with more character than your average hotel ballroom, and I didn’t trust New England weather for an outdoor ceremony, but I still wanted something classy that held the personality of the North Shore. The Peabody Essex Museum is like the crown jewel of Salem. I had been there to visit galleries in the past, but when I saw the opportunity to actually have a reception under the spectacular glass ceiling of the Atrium, I knew we had our location.

The church where we had our ceremony was only 100 feet from the PEM, so all of our guests walked from one spot to the other en masse. It felt as if we were parading down the streets of Salem. This was especially felt when guests were greeted outside the museum by two traditional djembe drummers!

Many guests traveled from the UK for our wedding and we did our best to combine traditional elements from British and American weddings, but also putting our own personal flare to it. The church even had both flags waving to celebrate our union. We were intent on everyone really enjoying the celebration that we had prepared. The wedding was an entire weekend event, starting with a picnic on Friday and ending with a brunch on Sunday. By the end of the weekend, continents collided and we were all one big happy family.

When trying on wedding dresses, I had a completely different vision of what I wanted to look like. I remember seeing the dress I ended up purchasing on the hanger and thinking, “No way!” But, I tried it on and it ended up being the one! So, it is important to keep your mind open when wedding planning and not stay too fixed on one particular vision. My headpiece is an original piece that was constructed from a vintage brooch.

The ceremony was incredibly sacred to us. We constructed it the way we felt best, using the Pastor from my childhood who knew and loved us. Leaving the church, we were greeted by an array of sparklers

For the reception, it was so important to us to have good food, music and an incredible vibe that made everyone feel welcome and important. The Hawthorne Hotel did an outstanding job setting up the Atrium with beautiful food stations for hors d’oeuvres and then a leisurely four course meal. Our DJ was phenomenal with all the perfect music and lighting to fit the mood of the evening.

All in all, it was the most perfect day (and weekend) for us. Our friends and families from all over the globe came together and were able to enjoy celebrating together on our behalf. Our photographer and filmographers did an exceptional job capturing the day in their creative styles. We couldn’t have imagined how emotional it was going to be to see the photos and trailer, rushing all of the memories of the day right back to us. Both were fantastic!

My advice to brides is to be true to what you want but be flexible, remember to create a meaningful day and not just an event that has a whole bunch of little pieces that only you like. Lastly, if I can do it from the back of beyond in Sierra Leone, anyone can plan a great wedding!

Photography: Give And Take Pictures | Wedding Dress: Allure | Wedding Cake: Montilio's Baking Company | Ceremony Venue: St. Peter's Episcopal Church | Reception Venue: Peabody Essex Museum | Catering: The Hawthorne Hotel | Hair: Brandon / Salon Sage | Bridal Flowers: Angela Kenley - Bokay Florist | DJ And Lighting: Jay Foss | Floral Centerpieces : Flowers By Darlene | Headpiece: Jo Barnes Vintage | Makeup: Rouge Cosmetics | Wedding Film: Long Haul Films

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Salem Waterfront Wedding

Most Massachusites know that Salem is SO much more than the witches we learned about in grade school. It’s boating and sunsets and culture all wrapped up into one incredible little town. And when you layer in a beautiful wedding – with subtle nautical details, a couple that is all style and photos from Zac Wolf – onto the already lovely backdrop, well Salem simply gets even more lovely. Click here for more!

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From the bride..My husband Anthony and I didn’t have a set place we wanted to have our wedding. Once we started touring venues, we decided that having an outdoor wedding on the water in historical Salem, MA made the most sense for us. We both love nautical style and historic New England, so Salem was the perfect spot for our wedding.

We didn’t really have a wedding theme, but we tried to include dots, stripes, and anchors into as many details as we could, without over doing it. From the striped ribbons on the flowers, to the dotted stripes on our invitations, to the anchor socks the groomsmen wore, we successfully showcased our love for nautical style. The Salem Waterfront Hotel and Marina was a perfect venue to show off these details. We were fortunate to have the first outdoor wedding at the venue and we’re so glad we got to take advantage of the beautiful backdrop of the wharf on our big day.

We can’t say enough about Zac Wolf’s photos from our wedding day. We wanted him to capture our day from a candid point of view that showed our genuine reactions throughout the day rather than just having traditionally posed photos. He did exactly that and gave us some unbelievable images that we’ll have forever to look back and remember our special day.

After months of planning our wedding day was beautiful. The ceremony was short, but incorporated some of our favorite music and the reception was a great party. We spent the whole night on the dance floor with our families and friends, which was exactly how we wanted to celebrate becoming Mr. and Mrs.

Photography: Zac Wolf Photography | Floral Design: Jeff French Floral & Event Design | Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller | Cake: D'Amici's Bakery | Ceremony Venue: Pickering Wharf | Reception Venue: Salem Waterfront Hotel | Bride's Shoes: Ann Taylor Loft | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bill Levkoff | DJ: White Label Wedding DJ's | Grooms Attire: Astor & Black | Bride's Earrings: Nadri | Bride's Hairpiece: Serendipity Tiaras And Jewelry | Groom's Tie: Charles Tyrwhitt | Groomsmen Attire: J.Crew | Makeup: To Make Beautiful

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Peabody Wedding at Brooksby Farm from Nathan Oldham Photography

I don’t know what it is about you Massachusetts brides, but you really have beautiful barn weddings down to an absolute science.  I suspect some hip, secret wedding society, but until I have further proof, I’ll just have to believe that know one knows how to barn bash better than you.  Proving my point whole-heartedly?  This gorgeous Peabody affair, which happens to be the perfect mix of sweet rustic details and Fall-inspired pretty, all wrapped up in one stunning Brooksby Farm setting.  See every last moment captured by Nathan Oldham in the full gallery.

And enjoy even more of this pretty, pretty affair from McElroy Weddings

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From the Bride… When I began my search for a venue, I found myself drawn to the rustic feel of barn weddings. Many online blogs I read featured barn weddings where brides were able to take the natural feel of the barn and add their own touches of style and sophistication. I wanted an enjoyable event that didn’t break the bank and where guests could feel relaxed without the pressures that come with formal or lavish wedding venues. Smith Barn fit exactly what my fiancé and I had in mind. Set on a hill looking out over the North Shore area, Smith Barn was originally build in 1903 to store apples from the surrounding orchards at Brooksby Farm.

The day of the wedding was the warmest day of October. The red barn stood out as a beautiful contrast against the green of the surrounding orchards. Guests could casually mingle in and out of the barn and enjoy the beauty both inside and out. The interior of the barn included white lights wrapped around all wood beams and posts. I used burlap runners on every table and integrated burlap into table number signs as well as name tags. The florist was able to take my ideas and create beautiful wildflower arrangements of sunflowers and purple aster in a variety of containers ranging from rusted milk pitchers to tin cans. A trunk was used to collect cards and wedding pictures of parents and grandparents were interspersed throughout the gift tables. The cake was made by a teenager from my church who is an aspiring baker. She used two styrofoam layers for the bottom and a small cake on top. We put straw like material around the layers and two wedding birds on top. Guests enjoyed home made caramel apples to take home. A corner was designated for a DIY photo booth complete with a glittery backdrop and a box of funny masks and props. As the night progressed and dancing was in full swing, the cool air outside was a much needed reprise from the crowded dance floor. It was a joyful day of celebrating with friends and family in a simple and serene surrounding.

Photography: Nathan Oldham Photography | Wedding Venue: Brooksby Farm in Peabody, Massachusetts | Cinematography: McElroy Weddings | Event Planning: North Shore Weddings by Ana | Floral Design: Flowers & More | Catering: Cloverleaf Catering | Wedding Cake: Sweet Obsessions | Ceremony Music: Intermezzo Chamber Players | DJ: Perfect Sounds DJ | Wedding Invitations: DIY | Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal | Bride’s Shoes: Anthropologie