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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

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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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Lake Falls Lodge Wedding by Grazier Photography

We don’t have just one fabulous day to share with you but an entire wonderful wedding weekend full of some the most extraordinary details I’ve ever seen!  Tucked away in a New Hampshire campground surrounded by fir trees and tranquil lake waters, this Aussie couple created a modern feast for the eyes (and tummies) starting with their New England lobster bake rehearsal dinner all the way through their gorgeous tented reception.  Each celebration perfectly designed with paper goods and decor made by the bride!  The details from this entire weekend were too much for just this one post so make sure you go to the full gallery to see it all!

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From Grazier Photography… This traditional camp near Keene, New Hampshire provided a perfectly stunning backdrop for Nicole and Chris’s wedding festivities. The Adirondack lodge, designed by Augustus Shephard, was a magical stage for the three-day extravaganza. We were dazzled by the unique and nostalgic quality to the property – it is completely off the utility grid, and it is powered entirely by solar power and natural gas. The lodge even still has its original gaslights!

On the day before the wedding, Nicole and Chris hosted an Aussie style cricket match as well as other fun and games. They even arranged for an ice cream truck and marching band to visit! The rehearsal dinner was a traditional New England lobster bake served on the shores of the property’s lake.

Nicole is a graphic designer, and she created a plethora of amazing print materials for the wedding.  Guest place cards were made using vintage postcards, and tables were named after the couple’s favorite cities.  Nicole and Chris had the most awesomely amazing and wonderful wedding cake I have EVER seen, and that I ever expect to see. While the adults were in the main tent enjoying the salad course and toasts by the wedding party, little did they know the kids were undertaking a very important mission. The plain white tiered wedding cake needed some dressing up, and boy did these kids step up! The kids would have continued decorating all night, but when it was time to cut the cake the catering staff carried the cake into the party for all to admire. These kids were so proud of their work, it was just delightful to witness!

Wedding Photography: Grazier Photography / Wedding Cinematography: Jeremy White / Wedding Florals: Tangerine Creations / Wedding Venue: Lake Falls Lodge / Graphic Design: Nicole Parker Design / Printing: invitations, letterpress: Colormark in Carrollton, TX / Large Signage: VGS (Visual Graphics Systems) / Small Print Items: MEG Group and Doremus / Wedding Dress: Vera Wang / Bridesmaid Dresses: BCBG / Groom and Groomsmen Suits: Custom-made in India / Handbag: Clara Kasavina / Wedding Cake: Ronna Dendron / Wedding Catering: Max Ultimate Food / Wedding Lighting: Boston Uplights / Wedding Band: Tim Pike Band / Tent: Sperry Tents Seacoast

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Spring House Hotel Wedding by Mia Campopiano Photography

Navy blue and pink just might be my new favorite color combination, so when I see it wrapped up in a preppy chic New England stunner like this one, I am instantly smitten.  And it’s not just the color palette that has me grinning from ear to ear.  No, this soiree is one gorgeous detail after another and with a stunning Rhode Island location, adorable bridesmaid dresses and a bow tied groom, I can think of no better way to jump start this lovely holiday weekend than surrounded by all of this nautical goodness.  Lucky for us, Mia Campopiano Photography was there to capture every last ounce of pretty, so be sure to join me in the gallery for even more!

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From the Bride… Because money is tight for everyone, I had to take our budget, stretch it and work twice as hard to make my dream wedding come true. I had flowers added to my bouquet and arrangements from the horse barn that I have spent the past 23 years of my life riding at, we opted for cupcakes instead of a traditional 5-tier cake, we drove ourselves to the reception in my mother’s car, and I borrowed a $6,000 bracelet from the town’s jeweler. We went with a brunch reception instead of a sit down 5-course dinner, which made sense for us because brunch food is our favorite.

Even though this wedding wasn’t your “traditional” wedding, it was absolutely perfect for us! We had Dark ‘n Stormys, Mimosas, and Bloody Mary signature drinks during our cocktail hour. We had amazing brunch food ranging from an omelet station to a ham carving station. Everyone spent the entire day laughing, dancing, and crying happy tears. Our love story started in high school 10+ years ago, and you can see in our pictures that it only gets stronger as time goes on.

I have been going to Block Island for the past 20 years since I was the flower girl in my aunt and uncle’s wedding, and I have always known that this was where I was going to get married. Luckily for me, Mike also adores Block Island and has been coming with my family and I every summer for the past 7 years.

Wedding Photography: Mia Campopiano Photography / Flowers: Flore Fine Flowers / Wedding Ceremony Location: St. Andrew’s Catholic Church / Wedding Reception Location: Spring House Hotel / Wedding Invitations: The Bride / Bride’s Shoes: Nina Shoes / Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew / Groom + Groomsmen Ties: Brooks Brothers / Groom’s Suit: Calvin Klein / Cupcakes: The Bakery Boutique / DJ: The Island Entertainer, Marc Scortino / Wedding Dress: Vera Wang / Bride’s Bracelet: Ila Manner of Golddiggers / Hair & Makeup: Beth Roy of Ricci’s Salon (Newtown, CT)

Connecticut Wedding by Justin Marantz

I feel like this next wedding is a page out of some great romance film. Like Leonardo Di Caprio should be smoking a cigar and Reese Witherspoon should be rocking a sequined gown, riding an elephant in the background. Okay, maybe not an elephant but doing something fabulously glamorous. It’s the kind of wedding that just sweeps you up and makes you fall in love all over again. Thanks to the insanely beautiful photography by Justin and Mary Marantz, which doesn’t surprise me in the slightest considering they are AWESOME. Anyway, take a seat and enjoy this completely spectacular Connecticut love affair…and click here for even more gorgeousness.

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connecticut wedding by justin marantz

connecticut wedding by justin marantz

connecticut wedding by justin marantz

connecticut wedding by justin marantz

connecticut wedding by justin marantz

connecticut wedding by justin marantz

connecticut wedding by justin marantz

connecticut wedding by justin marantz

connecticut wedding by justin marantz

connecticut wedding by justin marantz

connecticut wedding by justin marantz

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Dini and I met and began dating in high school. We were so overjoyed to be getting married nine years later. Our main goal for the wedding was to have it be a big celebration with all the people who supported us over the years. We wanted it to be fun, personal, and beautiful.

Sarah True helped us develop a romantic garden theme with a soft herbal color palate and Tuscan accents. Yumiko of Hana Floral designed the gorgeous centerpieces, which alternated between soft, romantic blooms and lavender, artichokes, and other herbs. Gourmet Galley designed a delicious Tuscan inspired menu and put together a beautiful dessert table in place of a cake. The Branford House was the perfect place for our reception. We had dinner and dancing on the lawn, with spectacular views of Long Island Sound and Fourth of July fireworks.

It was really important to us to make our wedding a reflection of us. Dini is Greek Orthodox, so the ceremony took place at his church. My uncle is a Catholic priest, so we asked him to be a part of the wedding as well. After the ceremony, we drove away in a custom roadster that Dini’s father and grandfather had built together. The car brought us to a dock, where the whole bridal party boarded Dini’s cousin’s boat. We drove the boat to the reception site, giving us time to relax with our closest friends before the reception.

Given that Dini is a marine engineer and that we met while on our high school’s crew team, it was important for us to incorporate our love of and lives on the water. For that reason, we also replaced a traditional guest book with a pair of wooden oars that we had our guests sign. At the reception, we displayed photographs from the weddings of our parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles. My mom and I made favors of homemade truffles, which we put into kraft boxes and tied with sage ribbon. Our family members made Greek and Italian sweets to add to the dessert table. The personal touches made the already beautiful reception feel like it was really representative of our relationship, and we could not have had a better time celebrating with all the people we love.

Wedding Photography: Justin & Mary / Wedding Venue: Branford House / Wedding Planning: Sarah True of TRUE Event / Catering: Gourmet Galley Catering / Floral Design: Yumiko of Hana Floral Design / Wedding Gown: Melissa Sweet via The White Dress by the shore / Bride’s Shoes: J.Crew / Tenting: Sperry Tents / Jewelry: Roberto Coin / Flower Girl & Ring Bearer Attire: The Blue Horse / Hair & Makeup: Rob Rivers / DJ: Renzo / Bridesmaid Dresses: Melissa Sweet

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Vermont Farm Wedding by Dreamlove Photography

This Vermont wedding is full of good ol’ New England charm with a bit of DIY yumminess tucked in!  There are so many steal-worthy ideas from the handmade bird mobiles to a hula hooping reception!  Dreamlove Photography totally nailed it with their crisp and colorful images.  Wrap up in a blanket, grab a hot cider and check out the full gallery for more inspiration!

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The reception, upon first glance looked rustic, but elegant.  They used basic white tablecloths and simple flatware, but they filled almost every empty space with the most gorgeous and colorful flowers, laced with feathers and dried grasses.  Ball jars filled with flowers even hung from the ceiling!  They folded little wild flowers into the napkins on the plates, and used muted colored paper instead of table runners.  They used plant hangers (the pole kind that you push into the ground) and hung jars of flowers at the ends of each aisle for their super quaint outdoor ceremony. Chayah also hand-made sparrow mobiles to hang from the ceiling of the reception.  She used old scraps of fabric, and grapevine branches harvested from a local grower to mount the birds to!

Tiny christmas lights decorated the ceiling of their reception, and they were smart enough to bring in overhead heaters that were actually quite classy and kept everyone toasty.  To save on funds, Chayah and Mike hand picked antique dinner plates from various thrift shops and antique stores in New England.  Combined with using Ball jars for drinks, it really gave the tables a unique and old-farm feel.  Chayah and Mike had Primate Fiasco, a “psychadelic dixieland” band play long into the night!  Chayah even got up and sang her bluesy version of “Do the Hokey Pokey”, which threw the crowd into beautiful hysterics.

Chayah’s puppy, Athena, was the speedy ring-bearer, and quite the star of the show when ring time came around.  When the time came, she dashed down the aisle, with the rings dangling from a ribbon around her neck.

Wedding Photography: Katie and Max of Dreamlove Wedding Photography / Wedding Flowers: Sarah Jo Willey of Creative Muse Floral Design / Wedding Venue: The Lareau Farm Inn / Reception Band: Primate Fiasco