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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


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 | Dress Boutique: L'elite | Hair/Makeup: Kacie Corbelle | Hotel: Liberty Hotel | 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.


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

Hayley Paige, Jim Hjelm Occasions and Monique Lhuillier are members of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here. Gus & Ruby Letterpress, JLM Couture, Inc and Petal Floral Design are members of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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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!

Click here to see the ENTIRE wedding in the full gallery!

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

Sperry Tents Greenwich and MAX Ultimate Food are members of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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