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Traditioinal Wedding at The Crane Estate

When you pair The Crane Estate with a celebration like this one, you get a wedding that would make Kate Middleton proud. Beautifully timeless and classic at its core, every image from Zev Fisher Photography tells the story of the most magical of days planned by Paula Marrero of Marrero Events - and you can see them all right here.


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From the Bride…I’ve been in love with Cape Ann for as long as I can remember. I grew up spending every summer just across Ipswich Bay from Crane Beach in Annisquam, where Eben and I were engaged. We had always talked about being married up there since Eben’s family also has roots in the area. The Crane Estate is breathtakingly beautiful and doesn’t demand a lot of excess decor so we tried to keep things simple. I chose a soft and neutral color palette (ivory, champagne, blush/pale pinks, light gray, natural greens) that wouldn’t distract or take away from the old world elegance of the Crane property and The Great House, in particular. We also wanted the evening to be intimate, romantic and relaxed, despite the formal grandeur of the setting and the fact that we had a fairly large wedding.

I had a piece of my grandmother’s wedding gown sewn into the lining of my dress and wore my mothers blue topaz earrings. Eben’s aunt made the ties (as she did for both his brothers’ weddings) with fabric that we picked and stitched her signature “be happy” labels on the back — the advice given to her on her wedding day by Eben’s older brother when he was a little boy. We used the same fabric to cover the escort card boards and our nephew, Houlton (the ring bearer), also wore a bow tie made by Eben’s aunt. I chose a different pair of earrings for each bridesmaid while Eben had custom cufflinks made for each groomsmen with an image of their favorite record cover. The menu included two of Eben’s favorite things: Sierra Nevada beer and risotto.

One of the most special moments for me was walking down the aisle with my dad to Beethoven’s Ode to Joy. This was the music that he listened to right after he found out he was having a baby girl 28 years ago and that then served as the foundation of his toast at our wedding. Despite the 90 degree heat, we barely left the dance floor and made our exit drenched in sweat and over the moon in a vintage Rolls Royce.

Photography: Zev Fisher Photography | Cinematography: Travis Wilber | Gown: Alvina Valenta | Floral Design: Le Fleurs | Invitations: Smudge Ink | Shoes: Loeffler Randall | Catering: Vinwood | Event Planning: Paula Marrero Of Marrero Events | Hair & Makeup: Wedding Tresses | Calligraphy: Lettering By Liz | Favors: Tuck's Candies Of Rockport | Grooms Attire: Bonobos | Band : SOHO Of Night Shift Entertainment | Cake & Cupcakes: Eat Cake! | Ceremony & Cocktail Music: Riverview Chamber Players | Lighting : Boston Uplights | Tent : Seacoast | Transportation : Black Tie | Venue: The Crane Estate

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Intimate Nantucket Wedding

Nantucket is made for weddings just like this one. One that truly embraces the beauty of the island and lets the couples’ love shine. Captured beautifully by Katie Kaizer, everything in this gallery - from the stunning florals by Soiree Floral to the stunning couple – is pure magic. See it all here.


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From the Bride…It’s weird to look at your life in reverse and see how the little insignificant moments then, lead to the big meaningful moments now. Zach and I met on a bus in Chicago. We kept bumping into each other by accident, but enjoyed each other so much that we decided to bump into each other on purpose! Three and a half years later we were married on Nantucket Island. Nantucket has always held a special place in my heart since my family grew up vacationing here. Zach traveled here with us as well and it became a magical place for both of us. We had never been to The Wauwinet, but it looked like somewhere out of a dream and it was. Our ceremony took place on the zen deck overlooking the sea with just our immediate families surrounding us. It was a breathtaking setting next to the water with the sun shining down and the wind in our faces. The day began with clouds and rain, but that afternoon, the sun came out. How fitting that we walked out as Mr. and Mrs. to “Here Comes the Sun” played so beautifully by Andy Bullington on acoustic guitar. Planning a wedding from far away was no small task and was quite stressful at times, but our vendors were amazing to work with and truly made our dream a reality.

The ceremony was the main focus of our day. Coming from different faith backgrounds, it was important for Zach and I to write our own ceremony together to reflect our unique upbringings. Each family member played an integral part in the ceremony and participated by reading scripture, blessings, and singing together. These special traditions made the ceremony very intimate and meaningful. Linda Simmons, our officiant, really took the time to listen to us and bring our vision and interfaith ceremony together. Her kindness and calming nature really allowed us to sit back and enjoy the day.

After the ceremony, Zach and I made our way to the beach for photographs. The family enjoyed cocktails on the library terrace and then gathered for a spectacular dinner at Topper’s Restaurant at The Wauwinet. We had our own private room and the table was decorated so beautifully. The evening was magical.

The natural beauty of the island was the inspiration for the day. The grays found in the ubiquitous clapboard houses and the colors of the sea, sand, and seagrass were used as a starting point. I wanted everything to have a soft, natural feeling and to reflect the beauty of Nantucket. Soiree Floral captured and complemented that vision and created the most breathtaking floral arrangements. Our photographer, Katie Kaizer, truly captured the essence and spirit of the day through her stunning photographs.

We also incorporated some DIY projects. Zach designed and created our Ketubah or Jewish wedding contract and we wove the art he designed throughout the day, which was a beautiful beach scene. It was used as the cover of our programs, which my mom so skillfully crafted, and also as the background for our place cards and invitations, which we also made. Wonder of wonders, the sky on the day of our wedding actually looked like the sky on our Ketubah!

From start to finish, we couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful or special wedding day. We were so blessed to share this intimate moment with our family and are so grateful to the wonderful and talented people that came together to make our day so memorable.

Photography: Katie Kaizer Photography | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Floral Design: Soiree Floral | Shoes: Nordstroms The Rail | Hair: Darya Salon | Music: Andy Bullington | Suit: JCrew | Venue: The Wauwinet Inn

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Sweet Garden Wedding in Topsfield

Finding a backyard venue that wasn’t actually a backyard was this couple’s goal. To mimic the beauty of the groom’s home. Once they found that, they layered in sweet fresh from the garden style flowers, a soft pretty palette and a love story that just makes you smile. Make sure to check out more images from Molly Anne Photography and a video from Hindsight Wedding Films!

From the bride…I met my husband in January 2010, soon after we had both moved to Massachusetts in the summer 2009. Brian to attend law school, and I bought a house & moved back to my hometown after living in Connecticut for five years, attending nursing school & working my first nursing job. We later learned we had moved within weeks of each other, as fate would have it.

We met & had our first date shortly after New Years, and from the get go it was clear we were pretty much polar opposites. Life before Brian was cautious & quiet, with many Friday nights in on the couch sandwiched between my two mutts Marlow & Roo, the other loves of my life. Then Brian happened, and life really began for me. Apparently he felt the same way, for he proposed on Cinco de Mayo in 2012. Then came wedding planning.

Never a bridesmaid, I had no idea what I was doing planning a wedding! My husband, who grew up in Vermont, envisioned his wedding in his parents scenic backyard in Vermont. This didn’t coincide with my traditional mother’s belief that the bride should marry near her family’s hometown. So I had a mission: find Brian’s parent’s backyard in Massachusetts. I had looked at many venues with my mom & maid of honor, but the second I stepped foot on the grounds of Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Ma I knew it would be perfect. This was confirmed when we were shown the backyard garden, which could accommodate a tent wedding.

After we locked down the perfect venue, things seemed to fall into place from there. I tried to go for an eclectic wedding style, which was both traditional & classic to portray me, mixed with earthy & rustic to convey my husband’s roots & personality. And of course I had to incorporate our dogs in just a bit! Our wedding day was perfect, a dream come true! It was so special to have all our favorite people (& pups) come together to celebrate our love! It brings us great joy to look at our wedding pictures & videos and remember this amazing day, the first day of a happy forever together with my soulmate & best friend.

Photography: Molly Anne Photography | Wedding Dress: La Reine Bridal | Floral Design: The Corporate Daisy | Cake: Konditor Meister | Invitations: Daisy Days | Ceremony Venue: St. Rose Of Lima, Topsfield Ma | Reception Venue: Willowdale Estate | Shoes: Marc Jacobs | Rings: Hannoush Jewelers | Bridesmaid's Dresses: J. Crew | Hair: Hannah Surette | DJ : Jef Ezrin, White Label Wedding DJs | Groom & Groomsmen's Suits: Jos. A. Bank | Makeup: Kacie Corbelle | Save the dates: Minted | Videography : Hindsight Wedding Films

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