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Pink ‘Will You Be My Bridesmaid’ Brunch

Once the BIG question has been popped, there are a lot of other important asks that take place along the way to the altar. We love that asking your maids to join you in this adventure is a chance to celebrate your friendships. Brought to us Made In March and Gwen Studios, it’s a party so fresh I can practically smell the baked goodies, champagne, and sweet florals right through my computer… you can see it all right here in the gallery.

From Gwen StudiosIn my quest to create a unique bridal editorial shoot for Made In March, I wanted to think of a fun new way for a bride to pop the question to her closet girlfriends; “Darling, Will You Be My Bridesmaid?” This exact question was printed on some lovely stationery that I discovered on Etsy, which became the inspiration for the shoot. Nothing is better than spending some quality time together with those you love. It seems as we get older our hectic schedules take up the majority of our days, leaving little to no time for our girlfriends. So what better way to celebrate friendship than with a Bridesmaid’s Brunch?

The bubbly bar – which was placed close to the table by fault- has become an increasingly popular trend making it a staple at any event. Select juices and fruits adorned the bar while peonies, hanging wine glasses and a crystal ball were added accents.

The tablescape showcased mercury glass candlesticks and vases, filled with pink and white peonies. Each place setting featured name cards with potential Bridesmaid’s initials, while vintage glassware, plates and silverware (all hand-me-downs from my late, Great Grandmother) made a collective statement. The table cloth was a purchase in France by my Mother that I flipped it to the back side, naturally creating a thin decorative pink border. Stationery was laid on every chair, so as the girls found their seats they were greeted with “Darling with you be my Bridesmaid”? or “Darling will you be my Maid of Honor”? Head chairs for the Bride and Mother of the Bride were draped with coral peony chair covers, custom made by 40winkz Shop on Etsy. Ribbon chairs were specially designed for the Maids of Honor.

Placement of the table had the ultimate jaw dropping effect. The fixed branch of the birch tree created a natural embellishment while acting as a chandelier, arranging itself over the table.

What a fabulous way to celebrate the closest ladies in your life, not to mention one of the most important milestones!

Photography: Made In March | Event Design: Gwen Studios | Venue: Private Residence

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Charming Nautical Rhode Island Wedding

To say that I’m obsessed with coastal Rhode Island weddings as of late is quite an understatement. I’ll be tying the knot there next summer, so when a pretty like this pops up in my inbox? I get a little pin-crazy. Understandably so… Mirelle Carmichael‘s captures of this sweet summer day are unbelievably beautiful, and the overall feel is just the right amount of nautical loveliness. Head to the gallery to be charmed.

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From the beautiful Bride… After one of my closest guy friends from Colby College introduced me in DC to his best friend from high school, the rest was history!  We were so happy to have our wedding in my home state of Rhode Island, celebrating our special day in May when spring was in full bloom during Memorial Day weekend.  Being a sailor from the South Shore of Massachusetts, the groom loves all things nautical.  My goal was to find a balance between coastal-antique elegance and nautical charm.  From a picture I came across on Pinterest of beautiful blue/green sea-glass, that jump started my wedding inspiration board.  I knew I wanted to tie into the wedding shades of nautical navy blue, gold tones and pops of bold pink and fuchsia colors.

I loved working with a few highly recommended vendors through experience, but I was thrilled to be working with a couple of vendors from my hometown of North Providence.

We selected Castle Hill Inn to get ready the day of our wedding for its spectacular views and suites. This is now a sentimental location where we can celebrate future anniversaries together.

The ceremony took place in the perfectly sized, Our Lady of Mercy Chapel on the Grounds of Salve Regina University, nestled among the Newport Mansions, which provided an intimate wedding we hoped for.  The Robert Stern designed chapel displayed simple, elegantly curved lines outside, and a horseshoe setting inside, which surrounded us with our family and friends on all sides, like a loving embrace.  It was so special to be surrounded by loved ones as the Groom’s family priest conducted the wedding mass.

The reception would capture the soft tones of gentle spring flowers contrasted with the sharp ocean blue and luscious green lawn of the Glen Manor House perched on the east side of Aquidneck island in the middle Narragansett Bay.  The breathtaking day was matched with the dramatic, foreboding clouds of an afternoon thunderstorm that would threaten, but luckily never damper.  The sun shown bright on the luscious garden as we progressed through the family photos.  The pastels of the groomsmen’s ties complimented with the sea glass green bridesmaids dresses for a preppy New England atmosphere sprinkled with some southern comforts.

Throughout the French Chateau perched on the waters of the Sakonnet River, sea-glass soft blues and greens, antique lace, punctuated by gold-rimmed place settings and elegant floral centerpieces (perfect pops of color), matching its historic beauty.  I loved how our flowers matched perfectly to our mother’s dresses!  The bouquets were collections of the delicate spring flowers of late May – most predominantly the explosive peonies, crowned with their coral centers.  I smiled when I saw them!  (When my then fiancé picked me up from the bridal salon with my wedding dress all covered up tight, there was a single peony on the passenger side seat of his car.  I was all smiles from that point on!)

The sprawling greens hosted our guests, and the bountiful gardens giving way to green lawns hosting boisterous games of corn hole before slopping away to the cool waters of the North Atlantic.

The elegant beauty of the dining room gave way to the sharper contrasts of the ballroom.  The bold tablecloths of navy and white stripes, the beauty of a perfectly crafted nautical cake, were matched by a dynamic light show dancing up the walls and matching the beat of Boston Common.  The dancing was enhanced by the wedding’s signature nautical drink, the Dark and Stormy.

It was the perfect day. We couldn’t be happier!

Photography: Mirelle Carmichael Photography | Videographer: Michael Alan Films | Floral Design: Flowers By Semia | Cake: Something Different Cake Couture | Invitations: Simply Letterpressed | Stationery: Sakura Paper Inc. | Ceremony Venue: Salve Regina University, Our Lady Of Mercy Chapel | Reception Venue: Glen Manor House | Engagement Ring: Jeff Cooper For DeScenza Diamonds | Bridesmaid Dresses: Shoshanna | Caterer: Plantation Catering | Hair And Makeup: Wedding Tresses | Band: Boston Common Band | Accomodations: Castle Hill Inn | Bow Ties: The Belle And The Beau | Bridal Gown: Vera Wang | Bridal Hairpin: Jane Tran | Bridal Jewelry: Dana Rebecca | Bridal Salon: Saks Jandel | Bridal Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaid Necklaces: C Wonder | Custom Koozies: Custom Ink | Flower Girl Dress: Olive And Fern - Etsy | Groomsmen Attire: Brooks Brothers | Oyster Bar: Hungry Pilgrim Oysters | Patio Lighting: Exquisite Events | Photography - Assistance: Cheryl Tivar | Transportation: Viking Tours Of Newport | Transportation: Academy Express | Transportation: South County Trolley Of Rhode Island

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Elegant Newport Wedding at Rosecliff Mansion

A Newport mansion wedding is basically a dream come true for me. I can’t think of a more elegant or timeless place to say I do. So when I opened this stunning Rosecliff Mansion wedding beautifully captured by Studio Atticus Photography, I had to catch my breath. With gorgeous florals from Sayles Livingston Flowers and details that will stand the test of time, this gallery is sure to take your breath away too.

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From Studio Atticus PhotographyGeneva and John’s wedding was one of the most moving weddings I have ever documented. John’s first wife passed away and left him with their sweet daughter, Kaitlyn. I can only imagine what Kaitlyn experienced due to the sudden absence of her mother. Childhood loss is a baffling and overwhelming experience. On many occasions leading up to the wedding, I thought about Kaitlyn and wondered how she would respond to the impending celebration.

Throughout the course of the wedding day, it became apparent to me that Geneva had truly embraced Kaitlyn as her own daughter. She took time out of her own preparations to focus on Kaitlyn’s needs, giving her affection and treating her as a very special part of the morning. During the ceremony, Geneva surprised Kaitlyn with a little ring of her own, and during the reception John and Kaitlyn shared a father daughter dance. At one point in the afternoon while speaking to Kaitlyn, I referred to Geneva by her first name and Kaitlyn immediatly corrected me, saying “No-it’s Mommy”. Clearly Kaitlyn had welcomed Geneva as her mother as well.

Geneva and John also made sure to remember Kaitlyn’s mother on the wedding day. In lieu of favors, a donation was made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in her honor. The thoughtfulness that had been attended to in order to simultaneously pay loving tribute to one family and also create a beautiful new one nearly brought me to tears numerous times during the event. Life is such a glorious construction of sorrow, joy, creation, and loss, and this jubilant day seemed like a perfect illustration of all of those things.

Photography: Studio Atticus Photography | Floral Design: Sayles Livingston Flowers | Catering: Plantation Catering | Hair Stylist: Brady Brumfield Of James Joseph Salon | Bridal Prep At: Chanler Hotel At Cliff Walk | Bride's Makeup: Stacey Frasca | Invitations And All Paper Products: Chandra Wroblewski | Reception Music: Radiance - Wilson Phillips | Wedding Venue: Rosecliff Mansion

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