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Rustic Autumn Wedding At The Willowdale Estate

Any wedding at the Willowdale Estate is going to be full of rustic, New England beauty. But Becky and Sam’s wedding fulfilled every expectation tenfold.  It’s also pretty fail-safe when your other vendors are people like florist Michele Bernard and the Wedding Paper Divas. The couple from A Guy + A Girl Photography also worked their magic, so make sure to take in all of  the autumnal loveliness here.

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From A Guy and a Girl PhotographyFor a chilly October day, it was as cozy as could be within the Willowdale Estate. Becky + Sam’s wedding was a very special celebration, not only for the happy couple but for both of their families as well; many of them traveling from not only New England but as far away as Russia. Becky + Sam braved the chilly air to walk around the estate for a few pictures. They snuggled in the forest, surrounded by extra tall pines and smooched under umbrellas in the field. Their reception was one of the wildest dance parties of 2013.

Photography: A Guy + A Girl Photography | Videography: I Do Films | Floral Design: Michele Bernard | Wedding Gown: Monique Lhuillier | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Wedding Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids Dresses: Amsale | Hair: Jessie Heroux | Lighting: Illumination Designs | Band: Kahootz | Band: International String Trio | Grooms Attire: John Varvatos | Chuppah: Kolbo | Dessert: Topsfield Bakery | Floor: Peterson Party Center | Makeup: Michelle Mcgrath | Venue: Willowdale Estate

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Fun-Loving Backyard Wedding

We love fun couples! Just take a look at this bride who aptly describes her backyard wedding as a “New England backyard cookout crossed with a Downton Abbey-style tea party.” You can see tell how all the little touches perfectly play up their personalities, vintage princess cut dresses, faux moustaches and all! Their friends at Vitae Weddings even traveled all the way from California to capture the event.


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From the Bride… Like a lot of couples that get engaged, one of us didn’t really know what was going on (me), and one of us was so focused on the proposal that he didn’t actually think about the wedding (Jesse). When we started talking about the wedding, the very first thing we discussed was our mutual (and long-held independent) desire to have a backyard wedding. I don’t remember the exact conversation but it went something like this: “I’ve always wanted a backyard wedding.” “Me too!” -End of conversation. Luckily, most of our planning was just as easy. One thing Jesse really wanted was to throw a really great party-and have a kick-ass band. I wasn’t sold on the whole wedding band thing, but I dutifully followed Jesse to these small private showcases with 3-4 other couples. All I can say is that it’s really weird to watch a sweat-drenched front man belt out “Mustang Sally” to an audience of six. I had always envisioned a barefoot bluegrass band, but Jesse was set on having a horn section. We ended up finding a local funk band: Big Ol’ Dirty Bucket that had the right not-cheesy-to-horn ratio that worked for both of us. I’m glad Jesse convinced me.

The only other really difficult part was our photographers. We had a short list of people we knew locally whose style we liked. As professional photographers ourselves, there was a pretty high bar. In a short time we exhausted the list, whether they were booked, or there were contract issues. We asked for recommendations from other friends who had gotten married recently, and exhausted the second list. We discussed not hiring a photographer-there’s going to be enough photographers there right? I don’t remember exactly how the conversation came up, but Jesse was talking with a friend he knew from school in California. She mentioned she was starting to shoot weddings. Well we booked Vitae Weddings shortly thereafter. It seemed crazy to fly our photographers from California when we know the New England area has an abundance of talent, but it really worked out great. The photos speak for themselves. Callie and Stacie did an amazing job of capturing the fun of the day from the very start, Callie documenting Jesse’s groomsmen throwing him in the Atlantic Ocean before getting dressed, and Stacie coming with me and my bridesmaids to our hair appointment, which was not nearly as entertaining, I’m sure! They stuck with us the whole day, from waking up to walking down the aisle of course, and also some amazing shots of partying and dancing. My dad even said to me later, “Those two girls were the hardest working people in the room!” We were so happy when we saw the photos – they really managed to capture the fun and the feeling of the whole day, as well as the incredible happiness we both felt.

On our wedding day, we really tried to relax and enjoy the day, as many friends had wisely advised us. It turns out we did just enough planning to do just that. The event took place in Jesse’s mom’s backyard… Well actually it stretched across three yards, luckily the neighbors were obliging and we held the ceremony in one neighbor’s yard, with a beautiful garden as a backdrop.

Being in the photography/wedding business we were able to gather around us a lot of friends who work in the industry. The food and event planning was put together by Chive Events in Beverly, MA. They throw gorgeous, locally sourced events that we had attended in the past, and knew they would be perfect. We told them we wanted a traditional New England backyard cookout crossed with a Downton Abbey style tea party! And they ran with it. For a time Jesse actually wanted a cookout. He was convinced we could get a bunch of hotdogs and hamburgers and set a few friends up on a big grill. That’s probably the only thing I put my foot down on. Our flowers were by Foret Design Studio in Somerville, MA. They also totally got the vibe. I gave them a loose color palette, and basically said to do whatever they thought was best. They did not disappoint! Our friend T.J. from Cape Ann Brewery poured a specially made-for-us beer, and Bennett from Downriver Ice Cream made us our own specially flavored ice cream (and also provided his large collection of bowties for the groom and his groomsmen). I love to bake, and had originally planned on baking enough pies for all of our guests in lieu of a cake, but Jesse convinced me to abandon that idea about a week before our big day. Thankfully, Petsi Pies in Somerville makes the loveliest pies, even on short notice. 

Photography: Vitae Weddings | Floral Design: Foret Design Studio | Wedding Dress: Aria From Vows | Invitations: James Wienberg | Rings: Vince Hawley | Bridesmaids Dresses: Nordstrom | Bridesmaids Dresses: Modcloth | Bridesmaids Dresses: J. Crew | Catering: Chive Events | Hair: Bow Beauty Salon | Band: Big Ol' Dirty Bucket Band | Groom's Shoes: Bobby From Boston | Grooms Attire: Indochino | Beer: Cape Ann Brewing Co. | Bridal Shoes: Modcloth | Coordination: Chive Events | Dessert: Petsi Pies | Dessert: Downriver Ice Cream | Spirits: Ryan And Wood Distilleries | Tent: Sperry Tents

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Rustic New England Wedding

Ease and effortlessness are achieved only after a great deal of effort. Which is why when we come across a wedding as beautiful and considered as this, we take a moment to appreciate the finer details, like bridesmaids bouquets of succulents perfectly hued to the pink and grey color scheme. The wife/husband duo from Grazier Photography agree, and were lucky enough to be there to capture the event.

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From Grazier Photography… Our favorite weddings are the ones where the couple gets a standing ovation when they exit the ceremony. Portia and Matt’s wedding was dreamy. We fell in love with these two long before their wedding day, and their celebration just cinched the deal. Portia added thoughtful and beautiful design elements at every turn – always imbued with meaning, natural beauty, and a sense of truth and authenticity. Everything was lovely but not overdone, tangible, and tied together with my new favorite Italian word ‘sprezzatura’: (Miriam Webster: ‘perfect conduct or performance of something (as an artistic endeavor) without apparent effort.’ They were good looking and they dressed sharp. But more important than decor or looks, they lived in the moment, savoring each part of the day with a profound sense of joy. Their relaxed and superbly happy attitude was infectious, and really drove home to my hubbie Matt and I as we worked that THIS is why we love to photograph weddings.

 

From the bride… Matt and I wanted a wedding venue and vendors that would highlight the natural beauty of the area and show our friends and family (many of whom had never visited New England) why we love living here.  When we visited the Willowdale Estate in Bradley Palmer State Park, we knew it would be the perfect location. It was elegant while still reflecting our easy-going attitude and love of the outdoors. We felt like ourselves there and knew our guests would feel welcomed and relaxed.

We didn’t want to compete with the natural beauty of the site so we opted for décor and flowers that reflected the area such as potted herbs, topiaries, and seasonal flowers. New England Country Rentals provided gorgeous farm tables, reclaimed wooden church pews, and chalkboards for the ceremony program and seating assignments.

Our good friend was kind enough to marry us, and our parents (who each share 35+ years of marriage!), siblings and closest friends stood beside us, which made our ceremony personal and intimate. We also made sure to include our dog “Georgia” as our “flower girl” -dressed in a fantastic flower collar made by E.H. Floral.

Our dinner was served station style and featured local/seasonal produce. This gave the evening a more relaxed feel and allowed guests to spend more time on the dance floor (celebrating National Dance Day!) District 21 kept the party going all night- seeing Matt’s grandparents dancing the night away with us was one of our favorite (and most inspiring) moments of the evening.  And just in case anyone is wondering how many bridesmaids can fit into the Grazier Photobooth….. the answer is 9…. trust me!

Photography: Grazier Photography | Flowers: Emily Herzig | Rings: DePrisco Jewelers | Rings: Ginsberg Jewelers | Bridesmaids Dresses: Diane Von Furstenberg | Bridesmaids Dresses: Joanna August | Hair: Eric Charles, Will Charles Salon | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Ceremony Music: David Newsam | Bride's Attire: Monique Lhuillier | Chalkboard Calligraphy: Dear Rose Studio | Cufflinks: Waxwing Jewelry | Furniture: New England Country Rentals | Makeup: Dianna Quagenti | Music: District 21 | Popcorn Favors: Iowa Popcorn Company | Table Numbers: Sixpense Press | Transportation: Michael's Limousine And Transportation | Willowdale Estate: Willowdale Estate

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