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