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Classic New England Wedding at Tupper Manor

With Tupper Manor being mere miles from my very own home, I instantly recognized the vast views when Arielle Doneson sent this seaside soiree along. Not only does this stunning venue set the scene for timeless elegance, but it served as a perfect backdrop for the Bride and Groom’s simple, relaxed vision and the wildly beautiful blooms from Pepperberry’s Flowers. See so much more in the gallery.


From the beautiful Bride… From the day Todd proposed, I started combing Style Me Pretty for wedding ideas – I had no idea what our wedding would look like! It was only once we found Tupper Manor that the vision really came together. Todd and I both knew that we wanted the venue to be close to the ocean, have accommodations on-site, and have a timeless feel…and Tupper Manor had all of that and more. We never really developed a “theme”, but wanted the day to be relaxed, elegant, and a lot of fun!

I found my dress before we even started looking for a venue – it was the first one I tried on. I wanted something that could work in a castle, or on the beach.The dress was light and comfortable, and I felt really beautiful. It was also important to me that my girls were really comfortable. After one of my (very patient) bridesmaids tried on over 30 dresses, we landed on the JCrew dark cove chiffon and knew they would be perfect, and re-wearable! The guys looked great as well in classic black tuxes.

The beautiful, old world feel of Tupper Manor inspired us to keep our decor relatively simple. We included silver and gold metallic accents with mercury glass and gold table numbers, lots of candlelight, and we really let the venue do the rest. For the flowers, I wanted them to look “deconstructed” and just picked from the garden. Donna at Pepperberry’s read my mind! The flowers we’re incredibly varied, and included hints of the blue and peach/coral we had chosen as our colors. Walking down the aisle felt like walking through a spring garden – the flowers were just gorgeous.

All of our other vendors were top notch. I have been a customer (and friend) of Interlocks for years, and everyone there made the day so special. We were totally pampered! DJ Josh was fantastic from the day we booked him without even meeting him first. He kept the crowd up and moving the whole time. The cake was DELICIOUS – Jenny of Jenny’s Cakes and Donna at Pepperberry’s collaborated to make it look like it was really blooming. Arielle Doneson was just wonderful…she managed the day (and the bridal party) with a smile, and we know our photos are going to be treasured. Last but not least, Tupper Manor was incredibly professional and accommodating throughout the process; we would recommend them to anyone looking for a top notch North Shore venue.

Our only struggle was the favor dilemma – favors, no favors, what would people actually use? In the end, we decided to make a donation to the ALS Association in memory of my dad. We felt this was a great way to honor him, and recognize that even though he wasn’t there physically, he was definitely there in spirit.

The day flew by, but it truly felt perfect. From the getting ready process, to the personalized ceremony, to the amazing food and the party that continued into the night, we could not have imagined a better day. We are so excited to start the next chapter of our lives, and so thankful to our vendors, friends, and family for helping us start it off just right!

Photography: Arielle Doneson Photography | Flowers: Pepperberry's Flowers | Wedding Gown: Galina For David's Bridal | Cake: Jenny's Cakes | Bride's Shoes: Seychelles | Jewelry: Kate Spade | Jewelry: BHLDN | Bridesmaid's Dresses: J.Crew | Catering: Tupper Manor | Hair & Makeup: Interlocks Salon And Day Spa | DJ: Joshua Wiseman Of AllStar Entertainment | Groom's Shoes: John Farley's | Tux: John Farley's, Newburyport | Bridesmaid's Jewelry: Luxa Jewelry | Linens: Tupper Manor | Manor: Tupper Manor

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Beverly, Massachusetts Wedding at Misselwood Estate

You know what I absolutely love? I love when I can simply look at a wedding and know it was the couples’ best day ever. Where everything went beautifully and the sun shined perfectly bright. Well, this beauty from Emilie Inc. Photography is just such a wedding. It’s pure prettiness from the first image to the last, and you they are all waiting for you here.


From Denise Farwell of Emilie Inc. PhotographyRenee and George came to us by way of Sara and Brett, whose wedding I second shot with Emilie in 2011. Renee was one of Sara’s bridesmaids, and the wedding was a special treat for me to photograph because it was held at Sara’s family home, which included a barn complete with a horse and mini donkey! It was such a fun night and I knew that anyone who was in that circle of family and friends would be someone I’d like. I didn’t get a chance to formally meet Renee and George at that wedding, so I was looking forward to meeting them both when I showed up at Misselwood in Beverly, Massachusetts. I walked into where the girls were getting ready and was so happy to see familiar faces, including Sarah and her sister Megan, that I didn’t even see Renee sitting with her mom in the corner! But as soon as we said hello I just instantly liked her. You can’t not, really. She is warm, funny, and does not take herself too seriously.

I went outside after the ladies were done getting ready as the guests were milling around before the ceremony, and introduced myself to George. What a NICE guy. I know a lot of people are described that way, but George might actually be the nicest. I definitely could see how these two ended up together.

After a sweet (and hot!) ceremony, guests filtered into the tent and were treated to some touching, and pretty hilarious toasts. Renee’s side of the family had a tradition I had never seen before, drinking from a German toasting cup. It has hinged cups on both ends, so the couple can have sips of champagne at the same time. George is Greek, so his family was represented in the seating chart that was displayed on an abacus. Such fun ways to incorporate both of their families histories. This crowd was a dancing crowd, and kept things going until the very last song, which was a great way to end the night.

Renee and George, I had such a great time with you and hope you’re having an amazing time on your Hawaiian honeymoon by way of Napa Valley!

From The Bride…I had just finished my last day of teaching for the school year and was so ready to celebrate the start of summer with some girlfriends. It was a gorgeous night, so we headed to Charlestown’s Tavern on the Water for drinks and dinner. George and his pals had headed to the same place for the same reason, and we bumped into each other at the bar overlooking the harbor. As soon as we started talking, we couldn’t stop. We chatted about anything and everything, and as our friends like to joke, we still haven’t stopped. They tease us for constantly having little “side convos” – I guess we just love to know what the other is thinking – all the time :)

When we parted ways, I showed my true colors by rather aggressively making sure he had my phone number (I demanded to see his phone to check). I like to be thorough! Unfazed, George called me the next day. Our first official date was in Newburyport, MA, and we ended up spending the entire weekend together (where he oh-so-casually met my parents), and we’ve been inseparable ever since. Love!

Photography: Denise Farwell For Emilie Inc. Photography | Videography: Whit Wales | Floral Design: Drinkwater Flowers And Design | Cake: Konditor Meister | Ceremony Venue: Misselwood Estate | Reception Venue: Misselwood | Catering: Creative Catering | Hair: Kelly Marie Hair | Lighting: C-Zone Music | Band: C-Zone Music | Second Photographer: Megan Swann For Emilie Inc. Photography

Nautical DIY Wedding

You’ll love this wedding for many, many reasons (it’s a drop-dead gorgeous nautical-inspired love fest, after all), but top on the list of its awesomeness is one very gorgeous bride.  A bride who had a vision and brought that vision to life with one crazy amazing DIY project after another… and shared them all with you in a fab list below.  Read it NOW and see the entire affair captured by Tyra Bleek right here.

And a sweet film from Madeline Stephenson…

From the Bride… Dan and I celebrated a truly magnificent wedding day on August 3rd. We were married at a personalized ceremony at the First Baptist Church in Beverly, the same church where my parents met and were later married. The ceremony was officiated by Rev. Elizabeth Loughhead and Rev. Louis Bourgouis, incorporating my husband’s Catholic roots and my Protestant upbringing. Our oceanside reception made the most of the beautiful New England summer weather, complete with a picture-perfect sunset.

The reception venue was at a local private school. While the setting and architecture were beautiful, we had the “do-it-yourself” challenge of transforming the mundane setting of the classrooms into a festive space befitting a wedding celebration. Our goal with our many projects was to offset costs while also adding a personal touch. Our guiding principle was “classy but not stuffy,” so we created a wedding plan that encouraged guests to take advantage of the grounds, the tent, and the interior of the school.

The first step in the planning the projects was to determine a color scheme. The bridesmaid dresses in clover set the color palette for all remaining projects. Photographer Tyra Bleek captured many of our do-it-yourself projects, including:

- Numerous signs on chalkboards (to unify the space and tie into the school venue).  DIY TIP: instead of chalk, use a marker designed for use on clay pots.
– Handmade table linens to add a pop of color to the center of each table. COST SAVINGS TIP: purchase designer fabric – 54” wide – at discount prices and create 24” squares as a cost-effective alternative to high priced table linens.
– Hand painted cornhole set. DIY TIP: personalize your board using painter’s tape, an Xacto knife, and custom paint color.
– Handmade nautical monkey fist knots holding “Tied the Knot” table numbers. DIY TIP: to prevent rolling, screw a wooden disc to the bottom of each knot.
– Clay pots with annuals from the local garden center served as an inexpensive alternative to floral centerpieces on the high tops. COST SAVINGS TIP: look for clay pots in the off-season for discounted pricing.
– Cut flowers in simple vases for tables. COST SAVINGS TIP: order from the local florist and arrange by family members in simple vases for tables.
– Birdcage for cards, painted in clover and lined with the fabric from the table linens to keep the cards from slipping through.
– Children’s activity books and crayon holders.  DIY TIP: use the bride and groom’s names in the activities you design, such as dot-to-dot, coloring, word search.
– Rubber stamping on various signage (bathroom baskets, guest book, buffet) to add color and unity among spaces.
– Guest book calendar, requesting that guests sign in on their birthdate.
– Escort cards in calligraphy by the mother of the bride, attached with clothespins to an antique quilt rack.
– Ceremony programs featuring three layers and clover ribbon.  COST SAVINGS: Design, print, cut, and tie ribbon ourselves rather than paying for them to get made.
– Handmade pew bows for the church.  COST SAVINGS TIP: layer two different types of ribbon as a cost-effective way to incorporate some of a more expensive product.
– Hand embroidery in the bridal gown lining, stitched by the mother of the bride: a unique “something blue” which includes names and date.
– Jars of handmade pickles as favors, made by the groom (a chef); jars were embellished with a ribbon and a “made with love” custom label.

Photographer: Tyra Bleek | Videographer: Madeline Stephenson | Florist: Lisa Greene, Gordon's Florist, Ipswich | Dress: Justin Alexander 8635 | Cupcakes: Cakes For Occasions | Invitations: William Arthur Ecru White Beaded Border | Reception Venue: Governor's Landing at the Landmark School | Hair: Salon 36, Ipswich | DJ: Hank Morse | Alcohol: Depot Liquors | Chalkboards: A.C. Moore | Chocolate Rocks: Fiesta Candy | Church: First Baptist Church In Beverly | Flip Flop Favors: Old Navy- Women's Classic Flip Flop In Bronze | Groom's embroidered socks: Wedding Party Celebrations | High Top Cocktail Table Fabric: Annie Selke Shalini/Oxf Ivory/Raspberry | Hydrangea Rubber Stamp Set: Stampin' Up | Makeup: Alicia Ward | Mini galvanized pails: The WEBstaurant Store | Paper Straws: The Party Fairy | Pickle Jars: Ball 8oz Regular Mouth Quilted Crystal Jelly Mason Jars from Ace Hardware | Rentals: Events for Rent | Ribbon: Offray | Table Centerpiece Fabric: Waverly Luminary | Tuxedos: Black by Vera Wang in Grey

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