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Stunning Hilltop Wedding at Fruitlands Museum

There is something so effortless, yet so downright beautiful about this wedding that I simply don’t even know where to begin gushing. The gorgeous hilltop views of the Fruitlands Museum are surely breathtaking, the Bride’s sweet style and perfect ringlets are totally envy-worthy and that reception will make your heart sing. But it’s the little looks these two lovebirds share that really stop make me swoon, and thanks to Samantha Melanson we can get lost in all of those sweet moments here.

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Summer
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Museum
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Rustic

From Samantha Melanson PhotographyI am super excited to share this beautiful Harvard, MA hilltop wedding with you. Nicole and Erik’s heartwarming and gorgeous wedding featured charming rustic details and shades of blush, lavender, fawn and ivory that tied in beautifully with the overall feel of the historic outdoor venue. I think you will especially love the stunning river valley and mountain views from the ceremony site as well as the vintage milk crates, the basil-infused lemonade stand and the assortment of flower vases and hand painted signs. Below is a detailed description of the wedding from Nicole & Erik, the bride and groom.

From The Bride…Erik and I met for the first time the summer after I graduated high school. After spending an afternoon together at the town pool where I was lifeguarding, I ran home and told my mother I had met the man I was going to spend my life with. In hinds sight, I am grateful their was another life guard on duty, because I was overtly preoccupied with the young gentleman next to me. Life took us different paths after that summer, but seven years later I stood before Erik and vowed my love and commitment to him.

With our friends and family joining us from across the country (and the world!) we knew we wanted our wedding to be a unforgettable celebration. Our venue, Fruitlands Museum, was the perfect place for it. Since I was out of state throughout much of the planning process, it was my fiance who visited Fruitlands first. I distinctly remember him calling me and saying “Trust me, you’ll love it”. And right he was. The grounds and view were incredible. When we saw the old oak tree atop the hill of the outdoor ceremony spot, we decided to take the chance of an outdoor wedding in June in New England. Undoubtedly it rained every day the week before our wedding. During our rehearsal we were sloshing through muddy grass but come our wedding day, there was not a cloud in the sky. It was beautiful.

I wanted the flowers and decor to compliment the natural beauty and essence of the venue. Weeks leading up to the wedding, my mother and I collected an assortment of vases, pitchers, and milk crates for the arrangements. Les Fleurs created stunning pieces with a variety of flowers and greenery to create the natural look we were after. I loved how the contrasting textures of the centerpieces came together.

By far my favorite moment was exchanging the vows we had written for one another. I was so overwhelmed by the words my husband used to express his love. There was not a dry eye among us! Another special detail was that the gentleman who sang our first dance song had also sang for my father and mother-in-laws first dance thirty years ago. It was such a generous and unique gift. While the night was a great celebration of our love, I am often reminded it is a thing to be celebrated each day.

Photography: Samantha Melanson Photography | Florist: Les Fleurs | Wedding Dress: Jim Hjelm | Bakery: Konditor Meister | Invitations: Lemon And Lavender | Bridesmaids Dresses: J.Crew | Catering: Fireside Catering | Band: Downtown Fever - Emerald City Management | Groom's Attire: Vera Wang | Bridal Boutique: Exquisite Bride | Groomsmen Attire: Vera Wang | Wedding Rings: Sudbury Jewelry Exchange | Wedding Venue: Fruitlands Museum

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Seaside Engagement Session at Crane Beach

Around these parts she’s known as our LBB extraordinaire, but today our dear Melissa - also the voice behind Yours Truly - is sharing a look inside her very own engagement. It’s a day at the sea made for two captured by Rebecca Yale, and the images that follow are unbelievably gorgeous. Read on for the Groom-to-be’s proposal recap, and peek back as Melissa talks invites with Wedding Paper Divas!

From Rebecca Yale PortraitsI was so incredibly honored when Melissa asked me to photograph her engagement! We shot on the gorgeous Crane Beach on one of the last beautiful warm days of summer as the sun set behind us and turned the sky and ocean around us the most beautiful shade of pink. Melissa and Shawn were such a pleasure to photograph! I adore engagement sessions because they are such a wonderful opportunity to capture some real moments of this unique time in your life of being young and in love and just being yourselves. Melissa and Shawn could not have been more genuinely in love and they were so sweet with each other the whole shoot, which makes my job so fun – and hello supermodel alert – I felt like I was on a fashion shoot on the beach with these two stunners! We were having so much fun we shot every inch of available light as the sun set around us, and luckily didn’t get in too much trouble for staying out on the sand after dark, because I just couldn’t stop shooting these two!

From the Groom-to-be… After dating Melissa for 8 years, I decided it was time for me to buck up and finally ask the woman that I so dearly adore to finally do the honor of marrying me. So first things first, I started backwards planning on how I was going to pull it all off.

Since we’re both scuba divers, I thought it would be amazing to propose underwater. We both love the ocean, we live only a couple miles from our local beach and in the summer, we’re usually on our boat when we have free time. The first gift I ever gave her was the conch shell we included in our engagement photos that I found while scuba diving in Turks & Caicos for my marine biology course in college. So it only seemed fitting to do it by the water.

With my parents having recently retired near Palm Beach in Florida, I planned a getaway to visit them and everything was set. I had my father do a recon of the best dive shop in the area prior to our arrival, to say the least, but unfortunately the rough seas that week didn’t cooperate, so I had to switch to plan B.

My parents took us to see The Breakers and my mother recommended to propose in the botanical garden, which was beautiful, but it didn’t feel quite like us, so I held off and waited to take her to a secluded area of Delray Beach we had planned to visit the next day. We found a quiet little cabana and within five minutes of setting up our spot, I asked “Melissa, will you marry me?”. You should have seen her face—she never saw it coming. It was perfect, tears of joy, and an absolute “Yes” with a hug and a kiss followed by a celebratory piña colada at a fun tiki bar across the street called The Sandbar.

Photography: Rebecca Yale | Floral Design: Yours Truly | Hair & Makeup: LuxeBar | Blush Pink Dress: Revolve Clothing | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Location: Crane Beach | Print: Julie Song Ink | White Sundress: Nordstrom

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Nautical Coral + Mint Cape Cod Wedding

When these two special education teachers met six years ago, it didn’t take long before a friendship and eventual romance followed. And once the question was popped and the was date set, a wedding at the bride’s family vacation home made perfect sense. Ruth Eileen captured every momentDelicious Desserts designed the (amazing!) cake and Brighter Lights Media crafted the film you don’t want to miss.

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Spring
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Inn
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Nautical

From the Bride… Rob and I met six years ago in New York City as special education teachers in the South Bronx. He grew up in Suffern, NY and I had just moved to the city from Santa Cruz, California. We bonded quickly during our first year of teaching and graduate school, and have been best friends ever since.

From the moment Rob proposed, I knew we would get married in Cape Cod. My family has a cottage in Wareham, Massachusetts that has been a summer vacation destination for several generations and my favorite place in the entire world. Since the beginning of our relationship, Rob and I have spent countless hours at the beach cottage, surrounded by family or enjoying a romantic getaway from our busy life in Manhattan.

When we found the Popponesset Inn, there was no need to look further for the perfect wedding venue. We wanted a romantic, nautical beach wedding, and thanks to our parents and amazing vendors, Rob and I literally had the wedding of our dreams.

Our wedding was on the evening of May 25th under a tent on the beach. The ceremony was performed by a close friend of mine and included Jewish and Christian traditions, as well as our own vows and a Fisherman’s Knot. My favorite parts of the day were the personal touches, from the interfaith ceremony to the funfetti wedding cake to the chalkboard sinage to the gilded NYC taxicabs we used for escort cards to pay homage to city where met and fell in love.

The colors we chose were mint and coral, with touches of gold, with the anchor playing a central role in our decor. Our huppah was built by my father, who incorporated our color scheme and other gorgeous details like lace and nautical rope. The flowers by Sweet Annie Floral Designs consisted of large, colorful garden roses, ranunculus, and peonies with touches of dusty miller.

Rob and I could not have asked for a more beautiful day. We are filled with so much love and gratitude for our friends, family, and all the people we worked with who made our day unforgettable.

Photography: Ruth Eileen | Videographer: Brighter Lights Media | Floral Design: Sweet Annie Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Elizabeth Fillmore | Cake: Delicious Desserts | Invitations: Jennifer's Paper | Bridesmaids Dresses: Donna Morgan | Catering: New Seabury | Groom's Attire: Jos A. Banks | Hair/Make Up: Artworx Hair Design

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