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Eastman House Maine Wedding

Simple, sweet garden affairs tend to be some of the most romantic weddings that ever come our way.Case in point? This Eastman House “I do” from the fabulously talented Emily Delamater. Planned to a T by L. Brook Events with pretty, pink bloomage from Marianmade Farm, there’s no question a peek in the gallery is an absolute must.


From the Bride… My heart skips a beat just thinking back to that amazing day. It was everything Justin and I dreamed of. The weather was perfect and our simple garden ceremony couldn’t have been sweeter. With family and friends traveling from as far as Australia and Hong Kong to celebrate our day, it was crucial to us that they felt welcome and at home. We started the weekend off with a traditional Maine lobster bake and made sure that our guests were never without food, drink or merriment for the rest of the weekend.

There was a moment after dinner, Justin and I were standing outside in the crushed stone driveway, with the jazz band in the background, the sun freshly set and the smell of cigar smoke in the air, and I remember thinking, this is the exact moment I want to remember forever.
As out guests nibbled home made baklava and other tasty confections, Justin and I danced our first dance to ‘Fly Me to the Moon’…and fly we did.

From the Groom… My favorite memories of the wedding were pretending to get ready with my guys while really playing ping pong, having a moment with Rori during our first look, seeing her and her dad walk out of the house, and finally, knowing when we sat down to our wedding dinner that night, I would go to the ends of the earth to have that feeling every day.

Photography: Emily Delamater | Event Planning: L. Brook Events | Cake: Vintage Baking Company | Band: Mark Tipton Quartet | Dress : Spoil Me | Florals: Marianmade Farm | Invitation : Wedding Chicks | Veil & Headpeice : Twigs And Honey | Venue: Eastman House

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Elegant Newport Estate Wedding

Since moving to New England, Newport has bar none been my favorite little gem we’ve explored along the way. With a rich, nautical vibe and stunning shoreline for days, you better believe it’s the ultimate east coast locale for a pinch-me-perfect wedding. *Enter* this beauty of a day coordinated by Eventfully Planned and captured by Jenny Moloney. It’s prettiness defined with so much more right over here!


From the Bride… When Steve proposed to me just about a year ago now, it was a complete surprise, and I had not even begun to think about what our wedding might look like. Although I absolutely love parties and generally all things beautiful, I am not the kind of person who grew up ever dreaming about weddings, much less my own. Steve and I met and fell in love in an unexpected place, and during what was probably the most difficult time in my life, when I lost my beloved mother to cancer just a few short months after we started dating. Since then, Steve and I have been inseparable. We found the strength in each other to face every new challenge, and after just short of a year of dating, we knew we didn’t want to wait any longer to spend the rest of our lives together.

As we started planning, the most important thing to us was that, above all, our wedding be an intimate, personal and honest expression of our love. We are so lucky to have had our pick of a number of beautiful destinations which were meaningful in different ways, and we ended up choosing a beautiful home owned by our dear friends, which sits atop the famed Cliff Walk overlooking the beach in Newport, Rhode Island. Steve and I had spent some wonderful summer weekends there when we first started dating, and it is a place where we have many special memories with our closest friends and family. Newport was also an amazing weekend getaway for our guests, many of whom had never been!

We were so honored to have friends from all over the country join in our celebration, including the maid of honor at my parents wedding 31 years earlier, who is now a judge, and graciously agreed to officiate our marriage. The ceremony always came first in our minds, and Steve and I spent hours compiling each remark and reading in the spirit of our life together. We also both wrote short letters on love, which we did not share until we read them aloud in front of everyone during the ceremony. We ended with the exchange of rings and the breaking of the glass which is a Jewish tradition we felt was very symbolic to our relationship. As we kissed to become man and wife the sky was a perfect blue, the sun was glistening across the ocean, and we really felt my mother was present with us in that moment. I remember the ceremony quite vividly and it was hard to hold back tears, smiles and laughter through our incredibly personal vows – it was very much us. Although we know our friends will not soon forget the epic party that ensued, it was the ceremony we hope will stick with them for many years to come, as it was certainly a labor of love. The ceremony took place just before sunset so our guests were able to enjoy a magical cocktail hour overlooking the spectacular view across the ocean.

As we pieced together the wedding in the months leading up, I spent countless hours researching and interviewing vendors whom I thought would best understand and embody the spirit of our wedding – I wanted it to be a classic black tie affair worthy of the exquisite venue, but with a very personal, non-traditional, and fun loving vibe that made it very much our own. We worked with our stationary designer to create a personalized cipher that was featured on our invitations and throughout the wedding on programs, menus, napkins, matchbooks, swizzle sticks, and even a set of “corn hole” for the lawn. The tent décor was simple but elegant, including rustic farm tables, lush white and green centerpieces, mercury glass candles, and hand-made wrought-iron and crystal chandeliers which were designed especially for our event. It was also important to me that my mother was as much a part of our wedding as possible, so in addition to honoring her during the ceremony, I wore a custom-designed hairpiece made from her vintage wedding dress, and a diamond necklace and bracelet that had belonged to her.

Steve and I both came up with our own signature drinks (“The Kansas City Slicker” and “The Cape Cod Catch”) which were served during the cocktail hour alongside a fabulous raw bar where oysters and littlenecks were shucked to order. With the help of our incredibly patient and talented caterer, we were able to completely customize our ideal menu combining a little bit of New England (where I grew up) with a little bit of Kansas City (where Steve is from), which resulted in an appetizer of local heirloom tomatoes and burrata, followed by a fabulous New England lobster pot pie served with a seared KC strip steak. We had our wedding cake delivered from Momofuku Milk Bar, our favorite bakery in New York, along with their fabulous cookies and famed “Crack Pie” which were arranged on a beautiful dessert table to complement our caterer’s homemade whoopee pies and double fudge brownies. The wine was hand selected by my father and shipped directly from The Frank Family Vineyard in Napa, including a very special rouge champagne, which was my mother’s favorite. We didn’t feel the night would be complete without passing both Dark n’ Stormy and St. Germain Champagne JELLO shots around the dance floor, accompanied by hand-picked Cuban cigars offered on the lawn.

In addition to the food, the music was hugely important to us, and we kept in theme with something unique to our taste (although perhaps not typical for black tie) with a steel drummer playing during the cocktail hour, and an incredible 10 piece band for the reception that kept our guests on the dance floor the entire night playing everything from Frank Sinatra to Calvin Harris. As a surprise grand finale, some very gallant (read brave!) groomsmen had teed up fireworks on the beach directly below the lawn which were set off as just everyone emerged from the tent for a sparkler exit. The sky lit up over the ocean in a way I didn’t think was possible – it was truly beyond my wildest dreams. We had a delicious local taco stand set up a stand on the lawn as a late night snack before we all made our way across the property to the beautifully bistro lit carriage house, where the after-party festivities continued with a DJ, a keg, and customized cups and koozies to boot!

Somehow we were able to get all of our favorite things, and all of our favorite people in our favorite place for one epic celebration that we will cherish for the rest of our lives. For a girl who never spent a moment in her life daydreaming about being a bride, my wedding was nothing short of storybook perfection. Steve and I are grateful from the bottom of our hearts to all the amazing vendors, friends and family who made it all not only possible, but possibly the most perfect night of all time.

Photography: Jenny Moloney Photography | Cinematography: Paperweight Films | Floral Design: Toni Chandler | Wedding Dress: Ulla-Maija | Cake: Momofuku Milk Bar | Wedding Stationery: Alexa Pulitzer | Bridesmaids Shoes: Ivanka Trump | Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Glorious Affairs | Band: The Sultans Of Swing | Officiant: The Honorable Marian Payson | Bride Shoe's: Jimmy Choo | Bride's Veil: Vintage | Bridesmaid Jewelry: Dogeared Jewelry | Bride’s Jewelry: Vintage | Chair Rental: New England Country Rentals | Cocktail Hour & After-party Décor Design: David Hammond Design | Custom Hair Piece: Bridal Veil Falls | Groom + Groomsmen CustomTuxedos: Black Lapel | Hair + Makeup: Wavelengths Salon | Head Chef + Menu : Emily Wigutow | Late Night Snack: Tallulah Taco | Rentals: Rentals Unlimited And Newport Tent | Restrooms: Elegant Restrooms | Sound Equipment: Stagecraft Audio | Tent: Sperry Tent | Tent Décor Design: Exquisite Events | Transportation: Viking Transportation | Venue: Private Home | Wedding Coordination: Eventfully Planned

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Rustic Vermont Wedding from Michelle Gardella Photography

I’m a true believer that the color gold has the power to make everything just a little bit better (it’s totally true), but when I spotted this gorgeous bride’s David Meister masterpiece, I think my mind was officially blown.  I mean, are there even words to describe just how awesome this magical gown is… or how amazing she looks against one of the most beautiful farm settings you will ever lay your eyes upon (hello, Riverside Farm)?  This, loves, is pure perfection with a side of rustic beauty and you should definitely dive into the full gallery from Michelle Gardella.  It’s chock-full of pretty.


From the Bride… We absolutely knew we wanted three things for our wedding: a rustic, but chic wedding with the feel of New England autumn and a city touch, no flowers whatsoever, and ingenuity. For us, those three things dictated how the rest of wedding details were going to flow and, luckily, it made all the difference. We figured, hey! Its our one and only wedding day why wouldn’t we want to go outside the box, do whatever we want to do? There are NO rules.

Always wanting a rustic wedding, we fell in love with Riverside Farm. The entire property is just absolutely breathtaking and it gives you the feeling of romantic seclusion in the middle of the woods. With our guests traveling from Boston to Vermont for our wedding, we wanted to make sure the entire weekend was a celebration. We had “Weekend Survival Kits” sent to each guest upon arrival and organized a welcome cocktail party the night before the ceremony. S’mores around an outdoor fire and cinnamon apple sangria were some of the things that we had that night to kick off the weekend festivities and capture the autumn feel.

For me, originality is everything. And when I found my David Meister gown online, I asked herself, “Who says I have to wear white?” From there, I decided that I’d flip it. I would wear gold and put the bridesmaids in a textured Anthropologie ivory dress. In keeping with the colors ivory, brown and gold, we found brown suede ankle strap shoes, faux wolf shrugs and the Sophia pearl bib necklace from Stella & Dot to complete the bridesmaid look. Feminine rustic! With a dress that speaks for itself, I kept my accessories minimal with two veils – a brown and an ivory, three J.Crew pave bracelets, raw diamond studs that Jeremiah got me as a wedding day gift. The boys wore the Signature Suit from Jos A. Bank in brown with gold ties. Naturally, a sock picture would be necessary, so Jeremiah also picked out socks that suited each groomsman’s personality.

Our ceremony was held at the beautiful Christ the King Church in Rutland, Vermont. Since we had no flowers, I held oversized rosary beads we got on a trip to Spain earlier that year. The beads were blessed by a female Roman Catholic Bishop that we met on the trip. We sealed the ceremony with a high five followed by a kiss.

The reception was at the brown barn at Riverside Farm and catered with some of the best food we have ever had by Occasions Catering. Candles, bare branches and white pumpkins decorated the tables, chandeliers hung from the barn beams and mini burlap sacks containing Bloody Mary kits sat on each guest’s place setting. Instead of cake, we had Ben & Jerry’s come to the wedding with an ice cream cart with some of our favorite flavors. Our DJ, Julian, played the most unbelievable music which kept people on their feet all night. After the reception, we had a Chinese food buffet set up at a local bar as an extra treat for our wedding guests. People loved it!

The next morning, we hosted a brunch at Killington Hotel to say farewell and show how grateful we were for our guests sharing in our special day. The entire weekend, from start to finish, was everything we could have ever imagined. Looking around the the room that night and being in a venue that makes you feel cut off from the world, we could not have felt more in love with each other, surrounded by the people that matter the most to us. It was the most beautiful day. Each moment was better than the next.

Photography: Michelle Gardella Photography | Dress: David Meister | Invitations: Laser Cut Wood By Oslopress | Ceremony Location: Christ The King Church, Rutland, Vermont | Reception Location: Riverside Farm, Pittsfield, Vermont | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridesmaid Dresses: Anthropologie | Caterer: Occasions Catering, Vermont | Suits: Jos A Bank | Boutonnieres & Centerpieces: Pittsfield Garden Center, Vermont | Bride's Bracelets: JCrew | Bride's Earrings: Alexis Russell Raw Diamonds | Bride's Headband: Anthropologie | Bride/Bridal Party Hair: Danielle At AZ Studio, Hingham MA Www.azstudio | Bridesmaid Jewelry: Stella And Dot | Makeup: Andrea At Lucia Loves Cherry | Veils: Eileen Reardon, Aunt Of The Bride

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