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A Beautiful Garden Party Filled with Vintage-Inspired Details

Take it from beautiful bride, Leah – style is in the details. We couldn’t have said it better ourselves, and when it came time for her to tie the knot to her handsome beau, Jon, she filled her gorgeous garden party with stunning invites from Momental Designs, an amazing Kate McDonald gown from The White Dress by the shore and stylish Joanna August bridesmaid frocks. Kate Preftakes Photography captured every moment of pure happy and you can, and should, see it all in THE VAULT.

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Summer
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Al Fresco

From Kate Preftakes Photography… I am SO excited to share the gorgeous wedding of Leah and Jon and I honestly don’t even know where to start! There is so much perfection in every aspect of their day. From the vintage record player, and the Bob Dylan ceremony song, to the AMAZING flowers and details, to, well, just about everything. I loved it all. Most importantly, I loved Leah and Jon. They were relaxed, sweet, and completely happy on their wedding day, even when the weather was not agreeable. Rain came through just before their first look and things were looking pretty gloomy and then it cleared up and we were able to be outside as planned.

Their intimate garden party style wedding was held at The Fells Estate in Newbury, NH and it was the perfect backdrop for their wedding. As Leah said, it took a lot of willpower for them to keep their guest list small but they were unwavering on their goal of having an intimate wedding with just family. Leah is all about the details so of course, I adore her. The hand painted invitations gave a nod to their Jack Russell, Bodie, and the luxurious silk pink ribbon could be found throughout all the details. She wore a stunning Kate McDonald gown and pink Louboutin shoes! Jon and his brothers were so handsome in their Alton Lane suits. I can’t say enough about Emily Herzig and her talent with floral design. She brought Leah and Jon’s vision to life and it was perfection.

The gorgeous farm tables were set on the back porch overlooking the beautiful gardens and the ceremony held a view of the gardens and lake beyond. The dessert table was to die for, filled with delicious cakes, cookies, cupcakes and macaroons. They gave honey jars as their favors with honey made by Leah’s father’s bees. Signature drinks included mojitos and “Bee’s Knees”. Guests played yard games and talked while Van Morrison and James Taylor wafted through the air on the record player and the merriment went well in to the evening. This was truly a magical day for a very special, wonderful couple and their families.

From the Bride… Our wedding day took a lot of careful planning. We wanted to have a casual elegance like a garden party! We completely stumbled upon The Fells and loved the expansive grounds, beautiful gardens, and understated beauty of the old country mansion. I am a strong believer that style is in the details and I wanted these details to have personal charm that reflected our personalities. We used all of our own white ware for the floral centerpieces and we spiced up the traditional peonies by adding coral charm, poppies and some organically arranged seeded eucalyptus. My favorite detail of all was using the record player during dinner. It’s something you don’t see often and it adds a vintage vibe! Overall it’s about family, style and fun!

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Photography: Kate Preftakes Photography | Floral Design: Emily Herzig Floral Studio | Wedding Dress: Kate McDonald Bridal | Cake: Taste By Spellbound | Invitations: Momental Designs | Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Joanna August | Catering: Extraordinary Taste | Groom's Attire: Alton Lane | Venue: Mary Lou Craven At The Fells | Bridal Boutique: The White Dress by the shore

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Rustic Romance in New England Never Looked So Good

When the time came time to plan their Big Day, Seattleites Elise and Dan had one place in mind for their “I do’s”… New Hampshire. It’s the pretty little locale where their love story began, so it only made sense that they travel across the country and celebrate with their nearest and dearest against a gorgeous New England backdrop. The results? A rustic meets romantic love-fest coordinated to perfection by The Little Things. See it all captured by Lindsey Ocker in THE VAULT right here.

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Summer

From The Little Things… Elise and Dan were married on a perfect New England summer day at the charming Kitz Farm in Strafford, New Hampshire. Though they now live in Seattle, these two met at UNH and have been inseparable ever since – so it was fitting that they invited their nearest and dearest to celebrate their marriage with them in the place where their love story began!

The couple said their I Do’s under an arch hand-built by the Father of the Bride and then led their guests into a charming 1950’s barn to feast on food and craft beer from a nearby brewery, play lawn games, and dance the night away under a canopy of bistro lights and 90’s and early 2000’s tunes. It was perfectly elegant, perfectly New England, perfectly… them.

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Photography: Lindsey Ocker Photography | Coordination: The Little Things | Floral Design: Sweet Annie Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Martina Liana | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: 7th Settlement | Hair + Makeup: Arcadya Salon and Spa | DJ: Sowa Entertainment | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Venue: Kitz Farm | Bridal Boutique: Something Blue Bridal Boutique | Rentals: Special Events Of New England

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Bridal Beauty 101: Finding That Perfect Style for Your Gown

You’ve found that dress of your dreams and now it’s time to focus on putting the entire look together with hair and makeup.  Need help? Well, we’ve got you covered, because today we’re joining forces with Jennie Kay for a quick run-down on all things beauty with tips + tricks on achieving that glam wedding day look, no matter the gown or style you’re dreaming of. Let’s get started.

LOOK 1: CASUAL GLAMOUR

Your style? Laid-back with a big ol’ side of sophistication. Which means rocking a stunning gown that shows some skin and hair + make-up that is just as sleek and glamorous. Jennie Kay suggests pairing your dream dress with a rope braid pony or soft low bun that is dressy enough for a wedding, but is also completely effortless.

LOOK 2: VINTAGE ELEGANCE

You’re a vintage-inspired lady looking to rock that elegant lace number, but still maintain a modern, yet sexy edge. Jennie Kay’s tip? A bright red lip for that much-needed side of sophistication and a stunning updo that frames one side of the face, plus sweeps across the back in a beautiful style that is reminiscent of the past.

“Look at the way you wore your hair at your initial dress fitting. It usually mimics your initial idea on how your hair should be.” – Jennie Kay Beauty

LOOK 3: BOHO BEAUTY

Crave a look that is soft, romantic and free, just like you and your wedding? Then this fab boho look from Jennie Kay Beauty is sooo for you. Simply keep your hair natural in wave and texture and add three gorgeous braids for a little pop of WOW.  Want to add a little glamour to the look? Really make those eyes stand out with just the right shade of shadow and mascara.

LOOK 4: SWEETLY CLASSIC

For those of you who want to keep it sweet + classic on the Big Day, Jennie Kay suggests a low twisted ponytail that is equal parts show-stopping and wholesome. Pair it with subtle makeup (like a light pink lip) and a gown that has just a pop of sass and the results are absolutely timeless.

LOOK 5: TOUSLED SOPHISTICATION

Waves are a girl’s best friend and when it comes to a wedding day look that is equal parts laid-back and sophisticated, Jennie Kay keeps those tousled waves down with just a few sweet strands pulled back for a look that is all sorts of romantic. Add some soft pink lips and some barely-there makeup to complete the look.

Contact Jennie Kay Beauty to create a seamless, stunning look from head to toe… you won’t regret it.

Photography: Erin McGinn | Videography: Frame & Anchor | Floral Design: Kim Lamothe | Hair + Makeup: Jennie Kay beauty | Bridal Boutique: Everthine Bridal Boutique | Jewelry (1): Sara Gabriel | Jewelry (3,5): Miss Ellie | Wedding Dress (1,4,5): Rue De Seine | Wedding Dress (2,3): Daalarna

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