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Romantic Martha’s Vineyard Wedding

I love it when a Bride embraces color for her big day. From the handmade Chuppah, to Thea Kennedy illustrated invites, to Krishana Collins beautiful bouquets, every detail planned by this Allen Farm couple was custom. Brighter Lights Media captured the cheerful film below, while Our Labor Of Love snapped up a gallery complete with a beautiful Gabriella’s Marchesa gown that’ll make you swoon.

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Fall
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Romantic

From the Bride… We met 7 years ago on a Birthright trip to Israel during college. We met on the first day and were inseparable ever since. We were long distance for over a year and then started our lives together in NYC. The year we were engaged was super crazy, in addition to planning the wedding we were both also working full-time and getting our MBAs, we joke that if we made it through that year we can make it through anything.

I grew up spending my summers on Martha’s Vineyard and always dreamed of getting married there. My husband proposed at Gay Head lighthouse making the island even more special to us. Planning the wedding I wanted to make a weekend of events for our guests. We had guests traveling from all over the world and we wanted them to get a real feel for what Martha’s Vineyard is all about. We kicked off the weekend with a BBQ at my parent’s house. We had the Rehearsal Dinner at Seafood Shanty which turned into an impromptu dance party! We also had a goodbye brunch at my parent’s house (catered by Morning Glory Farms) which was the perfect way to end the weekend.

Leading up to the wedding I was a planning and crafting machine and was probably Etsy’s biggest customer that year. I took the process very serious and obsessed over every napkin and toothpick. The weekend of the wedding I was completely zen and at peace, it was like I got all of the nervous energy out during the planning and I was able to really enjoy the weekend and take it all in. I slept so soundly the night before the wedding and woke my maid of honor up by blasting “Let’s get married” on my Iphone.

I was not the type of bride to be able to plan my wedding around one color or theme, I was feeling overwhelmed until I decided to plan the wedding like I would decorate my apartment. With ikat, stripes, pops of color, cobalt blue, cool grays, florals, chevron and metallic. I used pattern and texture as the jumping off point which really helped to focus me.

It is hard to pick just one favorite part of the day but a few stick out. Our first look at the Sculpture Garden at the Field Gallery because growing up my parents made us go to the Sculpture Garden every summer to take photos posed as the sculptures. We have a lifetime worth of awkward family photos. After we got engaged I made my husband stop the car so we could take a photo there, it really turned out to be a special place. We had our first look here and it was one of my favorite moments of the day, it was so intimate and meant so much to be able to steal a few private minutes for just the two of us.

One of the highlights of the wedding was the surprise dance my husband and wedding party performed, I was shocked! They had a choreographed routine to Justin Timberlake that blew my mind. It really helped set the tone for a night full of dancing and every time I hear the song it makes me smile. We used Sultans of Swing and were so impressed with our band, the crowd loved them so much that my maid of honor booked them for her wedding just a few days after ours.

For place cards we used photos of all of our guests printed by Social Print Studio and secured on a table by crystals. My husband thought I was crazy for taking this project on but it turned out to be one of my favorites. The months leading up to the wedding were so stressful and full of wedding related details, it was fun to take some time out of the process and look through old photos and remember what the day was all about. It really reminded me how many amazing friends and family members we have in our life, this was our way of honoring them.

My mom made our Chuppah, it is probably one of the most special and personal details of the wedding. It is a quilt with photos of our parents and grandparents at their weddings. It was so special to look up during the wedding and see our family. My mom is an amazingly talented quilter and sells her work on Etsy. We decorated the chuppah with beautiful pink and orange blooms. It felt like we were in a secret garden.

Our photographers, Our Labor Of Love, was an easy decision. I had been following their work for years and knew I wanted them. I was so happy to find out that this LA based team was familiar with Martha’s Vineyard and it was great to work with a photographer that I not only loved, but that also knew the area. Our videographer, Brighter Lights Media, turned out to be one of our favorite vendors. They were so easy to work with and went out of their way to get to know us instead of just treating us like every other client. I continue to recommend them to all of my friends.

Photography: Our Labor Of Love | Floral Design: Krishana Collins | Wedding Dress: Marchesa | Cake: Cakes By Liz | Invitations: Thea Kennedy | Wedding Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Catering: Jaime Hamlin And Sons | Hair: Edward Lampley | Band: Sultans Of Swing | Alchohol: Your Market | Bridal Shop: Gabriella's | Bridal Suite: Vineyard Square Hotel | Buses + Trolley : MV Sightseeing | Ceremony And Reception: Allen Farm | Chuppah: For Comfort Quilts - Etsy | Confetti: Pom Love - Etsy | Confetti Bag Stickers: Wink Events - Etsy | Confetti Bags: Somerset Market - Etsy | Corn Hole Bags: Lots 2 Ofr 2 - Etsy | Custom Cameo Stamp: Hoot Owl Press - Etsy | Custom Koozies: Totally Koozies | Custom Stickers: Azultruquesa - Etsy | Custom Totes: Totally Promotional | Dessert Bar Signs: Crown And Clover - Etsy | First Look: Field Gallery | Groom's Ties: Tie Bar | Groomsmen Attire: Joseph A Banks | Groomsmen House: Captain Morse House | Heart Stickers: Sea Sprout - Etsy | Heart Toothpicks: Nikki Crafts - Etsy | Late Night Apple Fritters: Back Door Donuts | Love + Heart Pillows: Layla Grace | Makeup: Julie Pope | Napkins + Drink Stirrers: Peacock Paperie | Placecards : Social Print Studio | Programs: The Parchment Place - Etsy | Rentals: Big Sky Tent & Party Rentals | Table Numbers: Wine Accents By Linda - Etsy | Table Runner Fabric: Fabric Guru | Videography : Brighter Lights Media

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Rustic Berkshire Backyard Wedding

After two years spent roaming the globe searching for the perfect place to say ‘I Do’, this couple realized home is where the heart is. Their riverside cottage proved to be ideal and Charlotte Jenks Lewis was there to snap every detail. Filled with incredibly sweet details, from the intimate rehearsal dinner to the the homespun newlywed meal at Prairie Whale, you’ll want more of their perfect ending right here!

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Summer
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Rustic

From The Bride…I was never the girl who dreamed about and planned details of her wedding well in advance. When Alex proposed, the idea of spending our lives together felt exciting enough. I was happy to savor our engagement and was in no rush to plan our wedding. It took us two years – and batting around many different ideas about location, venues and guest list – before we finally came up with an idea that felt right to both of us. We had recently purchased a little cottage alongside a river in the woods in the Berkshires and decided that, of all the places we had looked at from Maui, to British Columbia, to New Orleans, there was nowhere we would prefer to have our ceremony than right in our own backyard and no place we would rather have our reception than at our favorite restaurant owned by our dear friends. In order to keep it intimate and not to get lost in the ‘event’ of it, we opted to have just our immediate families and a few close friends with the idea of hosting a larger party with our extended families and all of our friends later on.

We focused in on a few things that we knew were important to us and let the rest flow from there. We knew we wanted the ceremony to be outdoors, to include dogs and kids, and to be short and personal. We wanted amazing food and drinks and we wanted our reception to feel like a great big, celebratory dinner party rather than a scripted evening. We wanted it to feel authentic, not too fussy or contrived, casual but elegant. We vetoed some of the more traditional wedding aspects that didn’t feel significant to us like a bridal party, a color theme, planned speeches etc. With the help of our very generous friends and family, we were able to create everything ourselves. The jewelry was all vintage. My wedding ring was a gift from my MIL that had been in her family. We made the animals on the tables. We made them from dollar store plastic animals and gold spray paint.

For the ceremony, instead of a wedding party we invited all the kids (and dogs!) in attendance to be in our procession. We let them choose whatever they wanted to wear – one even wore a superman outfit! – and created enough ‘jobs’ so they all had something important to do. My brother, who had known both of us longer than we had known each other, married us and Alex’s brother read a passage during the ceremony. It was incredibly sweet and personal and made for a lot of wet cheeks!

We kept the décor simple. At the ceremony we relied primarily on the natural beauty of our yard creating an ‘alter’ between two towering pines and adding just a couple of flowering jasmine plants and some glass globes with candles suspended above our heads by invisible wire. At the reception we recycled the rehearsal dinner flowers and placed them around the restaurant. We added some whimsy with our place settings – miniature plastic animals from the dollar store that we spray painted gold. The kids had their own table that we covered with kraft paper and crayons and we turned a back room into a kids screening room with movies and pillows. There were also lawn games outside for cocktail hour.

Having our reception at our friends restaurant was incredible! We were already close with the entire restaurant staff so doing it there added to the familial feeling of both the planning and of the evening. One of our best friends is the pastry chef and she made the most stunning and delicious cake for us. We had been talking about this cake since our engagement and it could not have turned out more perfectly! Everyone at the restaurant went above and beyond for us. I can honestly say that I had some of the best food I have ever had at our wedding!

The two people involved in our wedding that we did not know were our DJ and our photographer and both turned out to be amazing and truly contributed to the vibe of the evening. The DJ spun vintage records on old school turntables and got the music just right. We found the photographer after searching through blogs. After seeing her name on three of the stories we liked, we knew we wanted her and thankfully she agreed to do it. Given that these images are the only tangible thing that would last, we really wanted to have someone super talented to take the photos and we couldn’t be happier with the results.

While everything was magical, I loved the dinner and toasts the most. Everything was very informal – there were no speeches planned and whomever wanted to got up and spoke. There was lots of laughter and tears. I don’t think I will ever forget the feeling of pure happiness sitting next to my favorite person – now my husband – surrounded by so many that we love so dearly celebrating with us and supporting us in this new chapter of our lives. And when Alex told me the next morning that everything turned out more perfect than he could have imagined, I knew our two year wait from engagement to ceremony was well worth it.

Photography: Charlotte Jenks Lewis Photography | Wedding Dress: Catherine Deane From BHLDN | Bride's Shoes: Coclico | Groom's Shoes: Adler | Groom's Suit: Jack Spade | Groom's Boutonniere: Etsy Shop, Ems Desert Rose | Groom's Ring: Catbird | Groom's Tie: Steven Alan | Reception Dinner: Prairie Whale | Rentals: Mahaiwe Tent, Inc. | Venue: Private Residence

Rustic Berkshire Backyard Rehearsal Dinner

When your wedding is this fabulous, you can only imagine what the rehearsal dinner will entail.  An evening with Fire Roasted Catering complete with local ingredients and perfectly mixed cocktails proved to be the perfect prep for this happy couple.  Charlotte Jenks Lewis Photography was behind the lens and snapped up a gallery filled with backyard delights here.

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Summer
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Backyard

From the Bride… For our rehearsal dinner, we chose to have a BBQ in our backyard. We hired a local catering company that specialized in fire roasted cooking with only using local ingredients. The challenge for them was that about half the party were vegetarians and half hearty meat eaters. Alex really wanted a pig roast so we combined that with lots of amazing vegetable dishes all cooked over a fire pit in our backyard over the course of about 6 hours. A friend, a professional chef who has hosts a lot of large group dinners, made all of the drinks for both our rehearsal dinner and our ceremony and another friend, a landscape architect, picked wildflowers from her garden and made casual arrangements for the tables. We rented rustic wooden tables and set them up to create one long table under the trees. The food was abundant and delicious. People swam and the kids climbed the trees. When the sun went down, we turned the cooking fire into a bonfire and had s’mores and sipped whiskey. It was perfect!

Photography: Charlotte Jenks Lewis Photography | Caterer: Fire Roasted Catering