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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.

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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 | Makeup: Andrea At Lucia Loves Cherry | 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 | Veils: Eileen Reardon, Aunt Of The Bride

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Bohemian Chic Inspiration Shoot at Liberty Hotel from Shannon Grant Photography

On its own, this beautiful inspiration session is an amazing work of art; a bohemian-inspired masterpiece crafted by some of Boston’s finest vendors, with enough pretty to last your entire work week.  But look beyond those gorgeous florals from Whim Events  and enchanting images captured by Shannon Grant and this, my loves, is sooo much more than that.  In fact, it’s a workshop dedicated to raising funds for one very, very amazing cause – Images for a Cure.  Heartwarming, pretty and so, so, so awesome. Click here for more.

And a little behinds the scenes peek at all of the amazingness from Shannon Grant Photography

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From Shannon Grant Photography… Every year I contribute to an amazing non-profit called Images for a Cure that benefits the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Usually it consists of a day of portraits and the session fees are all donated. This year, I wanted to do something different so I planned a workshop for aspiring wedding photographers instead! Reaching out to some amazing local wedding vendors for help styling, we came up with a city chic theme with a Bohemian nod. Something very Boston but with a different flavor to give it that more fairy-tale, organic vibe I love!

With the help of the generous vendors involved, awesome photographers, and one of my very own “Real Brides,” we raised over $1200 for the BCRF. I’m hoping to do another of these events for 2014 and with any luck, we’ll raise even more to go towards this worthwhile cause!

Photography: Shannon Grant Photography | Floral Design: Whim Events | Wedding Dress: Amsale | Hotel: Liberty Hotel | Dress Boutique: L'elite | Hair/Makeup: Kacie Corbelle | Non Profit: Images for a Cure

New England Wedding Inspiration from Gus & Ruby and Emilie Inc. Photography

The phrase “New England Winter” isn’t always followed with terms of endearment. Maybe because it can be a tad long – but, trust me when I say it’s a beautiful time of year. There is nothing that beats a blanket of snow, a warm fire and that feeling of coziness – so I absolutely love when Brides out there embrace the prettiness of a New England winter wedding. If you are in the midst of planning such a fête, this shoot from the paper mavens at Gus & Ruby Letterpress is the perfect inspiration. Captured by the talented Emilie Inc. Photography and filled with gorgeous florals from Petal Floral Design, it’s so stunning it might even make you summer Brides a bit envious. It’s all topped off with a cake from Wild Orchid Baking Co. and loads of style – so be sure to set aside some time to get cozy with all the goodness in the gallery.

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From Gus & Ruby Letterpress… The inspiration behind this shoot was about bringing the beautiful thoughts that come to mind when you think “New England winter wedding” into one concrete vision that was seasonal and elegant, without feeling stereotypical. We wanted the decor to feel plush, abundant and warm without being heavy. Layers of fabric and texture, a palette of warm neutrals, rich pomegranate reds and cypress greens and extraordinary design details all gave nod to the winter season.

Our ceremony space featured whimsical fluttering paper “snowflakes” and potted trees that helped bring the bright & crisp outdoors into the industrial loft space without the bite of winter air. Our bride and groom then settled in for a hearty meal featuring local and seasonal products from The White Apron followed by incredible cakes replete with hand-panted sugar leaves & fruit by Erin of Wild Orchid Baking Co. The rich, full table-scape glowed with warm candles and featured layers of fabric, creative ceramic and intricate glassware. Becca, of Petal Floral Design, went above and beyond with incredible floral arrangements that spilled across the center of the full table top. Loose buck antlers added an extra touch of interest, shape and whimsy. Stationery elements, featuring calligraphy by Alissa of Feast Fine Art & Calligraphy, also incorporated the buck motif and more fabric in the form of a letterpress printed belly band on the invitation suite as well as wrap-around bands bundling custom stationery sets intended to be given as favors for each guest.

As most of the involved vendors had grown up in the Northeast, it was important to us to walk a line between what elements felt true and wintery to us (like lots of cozy fabric and multiple shades of white) and curated elegance that would resonate with sophisticated brides and grooms. The end result was a shoot full of many extraordinary details that were beautiful, seasonal and carefully chosen. We were thrilled to have had the opportunity to craft such a magical day and work with such a magnificent team of talented professionals. And, of course, a big thank you to our dear friends, and real-life couple, Jason & Briana of Brainstorm Print & Design, who generously acted as our handsome models for the day.

Event Design: Gus & Ruby Letterpress | Photography: Emilie Inc. Photography | Invitation Suite & Paper Goods: Gus & Ruby Letterpress | Calligraphy: Feast Fine Art & Calligraphy | Floral Design: Petal Floral Design | Cake: Wild Orchid Baking Co. | Food: The White Apron | Makeup: Joya Beauty | Hair: Hair That Moves | Dress: Dress by Alvina Valenta, skirt by Monique Lhuillier – both from Madeleine’s Daughter | Groom’s Attire & Antiques: Old As Adam | Rentals: Be Our Guest | Dishes and Glassware: Anthropologie | Whiskey: Bully Boy Distillers

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Newport, Rhode Island Wedding from Details with Love

No matter how many weddings I see on the pages of SMP, there’s still those few affairs that manage to really take my breath away. And when it’s a wedding as off-the-charts wonderful as this, you can pretty much guarantee I’ll be holding my breath from start to finish. Think seaside gorgeousness, sun-soaked images, and a gown so beautiful it deserves a post all its own. Details With Love dreamt up the modern design with floral loveliness thanks to Greenlion. And there’s a whole gallery of Steve DePino’s beautiful captures (plus tear jerking video from Ready Set Film), which I promise is more than worth a visit.



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From the Bride… Jason and I met freshman year at college in California. We quickly became good friends, uniting over our love of sports and hatred of country music. Two years later as juniors, our friendship developed into something more (to no one’s surprise but ours). We then stayed together as Jason pursued his career all over the country and I went off to grad school in Atlanta. After two years of a long distance relationship, we settled together in Houston, where we purchased our first home and adopted our puppy Rollie. Every year for our anniversary, we take a weekend trip up to Napa Valley. Together we taste wine and purchase a bottle for celebrating our next year’s anniversary. Then we go out to dinner to celebrate our anniversary and drink the wine we purchased on our trip the year before. On our third anniversary, Jason planned the day of wine tasting and surprised me by making a reservation for the night at The Carneros Inn, a beautiful resort that I had always wanted to go to. We grabbed a bottle of champagne from the room and went for a walk around the resort. After sitting down in the apple orchard to toast our anniversary, Jason got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. What else he said…I have no recollection of!

We decided on a long engagement and had 2 years to plan our special day. We decided to have the wedding near my home in Rhode Island, and fell in love with Belle Mer in Newport. We researched and put together a team of vendors that we knew would make the day extra special and flawless. Our planner Kristin Love (Details with Love) made planning a breeze. And working with our florist Kim Lamothe (Greenlion) was incredible, she was able to take our vision and add her creativity to it to create decor that was out of this world. I fell in love with a Monique Lhuillier gown at a trunk show in Houston and paired it with four pieces of jewelery which served as my something old, new, borrowed, and blue. I purchased diamond drop earrings to be my something new and a gorgeous diamond and aquamarine cocktail ring to be my something blue. I wore my great-grandmother’s diamond broach in my hair as my something old. And borrowed a diamond bracelet from my best friend’s grandmother. Diamonds are a girls best friend, right?

Our wedding had lots of special touches that our photographer Steve Depino and videographer Jeff Brouillet captured beautifully. Before the ceremony, our parents and officiants each wrote a letter to us, and Jason and I wrote one to each other. During the ceremony we sealed these notes in a box with a bottle of wine (picked out on a tasting in Napa). We will open this box on our tenth anniversary, share the wine and read the notes, before writing new ones to each other and re-sealing the box. We drank the same wine at our rehearsal dinner with our friends and family and used a magnum bottle of it as our guest book. I was married with my great-great grandmother’s wedding band, which is a tradition in my family–my great-grandmother, grandma, mother, aunt, and sister have all done the same, and each marriage has been a successful one. My grandfather unfortunately passed away two years ago, but had he been there he would have worn a signature bow tie. To have him be a part of the day I wrapped my bouquet, and my sisters’ bouquets, in one of his bow ties. I later gave my grandmother the bouquet and let her know that Jason and I strived to have the type of marriage that they had.

After the ceremony, Jason and I chose to have a private dinner instead of attending the cocktail hour, so that we would actually be able to enjoy the food! We ate in a private room on a table set with a beautiful lace table cloth that my grandfather gave to my grandmother as a wedding gift. We then toasted our marriage with a glass of the champagne we toasted our engagement with in Napa. We had an amazing time with friends and family dancing the night away at the reception and then the after-party at a local pub. It was without a doubt the best day of both of our lives!


Wedding Photography: Steve DePino / Wedding Venue: Belle Mer in Newport, Rhode Island / Wedding Planning + Design: Details With Love / Floral Design: Greenlion Design / Wedding Cinematography: Ready Set Film / Wedding Cake: Sin / Ceremony Music: La Bella Musica / Reception Music: Lisa Love Experience / Calligraphy: Heather Belle Ink / Uplighting: Groove Lighting / Transportation: Rockstar / Wine Barrels + Lanterns: New England Country Rentals / Linens + China: Rentals Unlimited / Accommodations: Vanderbilt Grace / Wedding Dress: Emotion by Monique Lhuillier / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale (various styles in “Charcoal”) / Hair + Makeup: New Leaf Hair Studio / Groom’s Suit: Custom Astor & Black

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Chebeague, Maine Nautical Wedding from Liz Banfield

I am officially making today “I heart Liz Banfield Day”. How can you not love a photographer who shoots and then promptly sends  such sparkling goodness?  This Seaside affair is infused with the elegance of the East Coast and all begins with an aisle that takes ombre diamonds to a whole other level of insane beauty. The gaggle of precious littles certainly doesn’t hurt either. Florabella Weddings is the mastermind behind the details, Liz is the genius behind the images and Love Story Media is rounding it off with the sweetest of films. All together they make for a dream of a team and you can see all their handiwork unfold right here in the full gallery.


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From Liz Banfield… Scott was introduced to Kristin by mutual friends and was so smitten, he flew her to Paris for one of their very first dates together. This intrepid couple was certain for the moment they were engaged that they would have a destination wedding. After a thoughtful search they settled on the Chebeague Island Inn on the small island of Chebeague, Maine. The venue provided both an intimate setting and stunning sea views. Family and friends traveled from all over the world, their final leg of the journey in water taxis (the only way to reach the island), to celebrate all weekend long with Kristin and Scott. Knowing their guests were making such a big effort, the couple wanted to welcome everyone with an elaborate welcome bag filled with Maine-sourced goodies. Isabella Sikaffy of Florabella weddings designed all the elements to coordinate together, giving the recipient a taste of what was to come. Kristin personally hand-wrote welcome notes for each bag that was delivered to cabins all over the island.

At the beginning of the design process, Isabella met with the couple to establish the colors and visual theme of the wedding. Nostalgic touches of milk glass and pink garden roses were complemented with ikat fabrics in shades of blue. The weekend began on Friday as guests arrived to a picnic lunch on the lawn of the inn. After a brief rehearsal, the entire guest list was transported to a nearby island for a lobster dinner. On the morning of the wedding, friends and family casually gathered on the enormous porch of the Inn. Guests who were staying in nearby cabins, rode over on bikes that were provided by the couple for on-island transportation. Games were supplied for the children to play on the lawn and a relaxed vacation atmosphere presided over the day. The couple shared their first moment down at the edge of the ocean and took time to have pictures taken together at iconic spots around the island. Guests began arriving to the ceremony site and were seated on ikat fabric covered benches. A huppa framed the ocean view and an ombre arrangement of flower petals accented the center aisle.

The bride and groom chose to include all 12 of their nieces and nephews in the wedding party. The boys carried a long floral garland created by Isabella up to the ceremony site. After exchanging vows, the couple enjoyed a cocktail hour during a spectacular sunset hour on the porch overlooking the ocean. Guests found their butler cards on the porch pillars and were ushered into a spectacular tent, with clear walls the allowed the vista to continue enveloping the event. Oversize pendants hung over tables adorned with ikat fabric, floral arrangements in white milk glass, and turquoise milk glass votives. The dining area was separated from the dancing and lounge areas by a central bar. After an evening of dinner and dancing, guests were given little glass lanterns to light their way back to the Inn.

Wedding Photography: Liz Banfield / Wedding Venue: Chebeague Island Inn in Chebeague, Maine / Wedding Design, Planning, Florals, Invitations: Florabella Weddings / Wedding Cinematography: Erik Anderson of Love Story Media / Wedding Cake: Cakes to Remember / Calligraphy: Papineau Calligraphy / Tent, Sofas, Chair Rental: Peterson Party Center / Ikat Fabric: Spoonflower / Wedding Dress: Custom Design by Jin Wang / Bride’s Shoes: Manolo Blahnik / Tableware: Be Our Guest, Inc.

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Massachusetts Yacht Club Wedding from Hannah Persson Photo

When it comes to nautical affairs, Massachusetts has that old world seaside feel on lock-down. But this particular wedding is a bit different. It’s nautical in the prettiest of ways and layered with a few modern details that give it a fresh new feel. Succulents and terrariums mixed with the most beautiful oceanfront yacht club and images by Hannah Persson that are sure to inspire many a beach wedding; east and west coast alike. See it all right here.

From the Bride… There was no question Justin and I immediately knew we wanted to have our wedding at Eastern Point Yacht Club in Gloucester, MA, “America’s Oldest Seaport”.  When our guests arrived they were treated to a beautiful old New England residence and grounds overlooking its lighthouse, sail boat moorings and jetty.  On such a beautiful day, Boston’s skyline was visible on the horizon.  My mother, June, tirelessly grew succulents, tamed topiaries and designed a tablescape tying in our nautical theme.  My father, Irving, made homemade tin light boxes of our R&J initials that hung in the tent.  We were so happy and fortunate to have such love go into and attend our wedding.

Wedding Photography: Hannah Persson Photo / Wedding Venue + Planning: Eastern Point Yacht Club in Gloucester, Massachusetts / Wedding Design + Tablescapes: DIY by Bride’s Mother / Floral Design: Sage Floral Studio /  Succulents: Collected by Bride’s Mother + Garden Gate Florist / Wedding Cake: Cakes by Barbara / Music: The Ward Eights / Wedding Dress: J.Crew / Bride’s Sash: Handmade by Bride’s Mother / Bride’s Earrings + Bracelet: T.J. Maxx