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Erin’s Home Tour: The Inspiration

If you’ve read Style Me Pretty for any length of time you may have gotten to know some of our incredible SMP ladies. Erin – our AHHHMAZING Weddings Editor  – is like our It Girl. She’s pure style and her taste is about as spot-on as it comes. But the girl is busy. Like really busy. And her perfect little Boston flat always seemed to take a back burner to her SMP work. That is, until last week. When we decided to give her apartment a teeny tiny facelift. We’re blabbing all about the gorgeous details here today! Starting with the before pics and the fabulous inspiration behind the spruce up.

So. Erin’s apartment is tiny. Like barely fits more than four people tiny. And since SMP is a work from home kind of place, Erin’s desk and office space take up the majority of her living room. Plus, Erin loves to entertain and cook and snuggle up with her cute hubs with a cocktail or three come Friday night. So the goal was to give each “area” – despite it’s mish mashed togetherness – a personality of it’s own. Here are some before pics so you can get a lay of the land. More are right here.

Here’s what we knew going into this super fun project:

1. Erin loves gold. Like loves it. She once tried to gold leaf every last accessory that she could on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

2. She is girly to the core. But happens to house a very manly man.

3. She loves herself a good cocktail. Even better? Sharing them with friends.

4. She’s one part lady, one part total rebel. So her space needed to feel pretty…but with a bit of an edge.

5. She’s vegan. And preggo with TWINS. Neither of which have anything to do with anything other than just how cool Erin is.

So, with a few DIY projects, a handful of gussy-ups and one or two must-have splurges, we collectively transformed Erin’s space into one that felt both inspiring and wildly relaxing. Perfect for Friday night get togethers or Tuesday night movie-fests. And here’s a little peek at what you can expect later this afternoon…


Coming up…the DIY project that we all fell so in love with!

After Photo: Ruth Eileen  | Lamp from Home Depot | Art from | Blanket from West Elm | Bowl from Lazy Susan | Pipe from Johnathan Adler | Clock from Crate & Barrel | Notebook from Sugar Paper | Pillows from West Elm | Desk Chair from Lamps Plus | Roses from Metro | Mirror from Ikea

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Jacquelyn Clark

Commandant’s House Wedding by Melissa Mermin Love Stories

Happy Monday, lovelies!  We’re kicking off the week here on Style Me Pretty Massachusetts with a delightful Boston affair that is absolutely guaranteed to brighten your day (and week) with lovely.  Simply brimming with fabulous nautical details, beautiful blooms by Studio One Twenty Three, darling paper goods (By the oh-so-talented bride!) and one very breathtaking location, I haven’t stopped smiling since the moment I laid my eyes on each and every brilliant image captured by Melissa Mermin Love Stories.  And the wine bottles decorated with photos of the bride and groom’s cute as can be puppies?  LOVE.  So, don’t wait another moment… Join me in the gallery for even more!

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From Melissa Mermin Love Stories Brendan proposed to Julie atop the XV Beacon hotel in Beacon Hill, so it was fitting to have their rehearsal dinner there at the new restaurant and wine cellar Mooo. Both Brendan and Julie have family ties to the Navy, and Julie had her grandfathers dog tags from WWII pined to her bouquet. The ceremony and reception were held in the historic Navy yard of Charlestown, Boston at the Commandant’s House, built in 1806. They had favors of nautical maps for the guests as favors. Their dogs Lucy and Oliver were featured on their wine bottles.

Wedding Photography: Melissa Mermin Love Stories / Caterer: Gourmet Caterers / Cupcakes: Five Bites Cupcakes / Florist: Studio One Twenty Three / Linens: Peterson Party Center / Invitations: The Bride +  Friend / Programs + Table Cards: The Bride / Lighting + Tent: Peterson Party Center / Entertainment: Sweet Tooth and the Sugar Babies / Wedding Planner: Ronda Flashen, Entertainment Concepts Inc. / Wedding Dress: Pronovias via Vows / Bridesmaid Dresses: Nordstrom / Oyster Boat: Island Creek Oysters / Pianist: Bill Duffy / Hair: Simply Blissful, Deborah Marcinowski / Make-up: Make-up Faces by Robyn / Officiant: Justice of the Peace, Rosaria Salerno / Venue: Commandant’s House

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Rhode Island Wedding with Classic Touches by Steve DePino

This Rhode Island wedding by Steve DePino is just so put together and so full of class and sophistication that it is hard to believe it was all designed and planned by the equally as gorgeous couple.  I was half convinced that I was looking at a J Crew spread instead of a real wedding!  A clean and classic theme with chic black and white decor does not have to equal a completely formal or stuffy affair.  Guests enjoyed comfort food like grilled cheese and fried chicken with beer while dancing the night away to Katy Perry and 80’s pop tunes. SO fun.  Click here to see even more from this grand fete!

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From the lovely bride, Lauren…

John and I met at Providence College as freshmen in the winter of 2003; he from New Jersey, I from Massachusetts. After getting over our Boston-New York sports rivalry (luckily he’s a Mets fan), we became inseparable and fell in love.  We graduated, lived states apart, and couldn’t stand to be without each other, so in 2008 I moved to New York so we could be together.  We got engaged in March of 2009 and our wedding location was a no-brainer.  Working in NYC is great and we love our hectic city life, but we sometimes find ourselves wanting to climb to the top of the Chrysler building just for a view of the ocean.  Rather than risking our safety, we escape to Watch Hill, RI every chance we get for a much-needed dose of family, friends, and serene coastal living and that’s exactly where we would tie the knot.

It was important to us to be married in a church, so our ceremony was held at the Watch Hill Chapel: a quaint, white chapel built in the 1870s on a bluff overlooking the sea and now the reincarnated Ocean House (a “rebirth of the last iconic New England seaside resort”…their words, not ours!) where we had our rehearsal dinner. We wanted the focus of the reception to stay on why everyone was there in the first place: our marriage!  So we kept the chapel décor minimal with white flower arrangements on the first pews to designate family seats and two large cylindrical vases of white flowers on the altar.

We had a vision for our reception from the start that ultimately began with our classic black, white and gold save the dates and invitations that the unbelievably talented crew at Cheree Berry Paper created for us with calligraphy from Love Jenna. Cheree, Kristen and their team are paper geniuses, and made my stationery dreams come true by working black and white stripes and a monogram that Jenna created into everything down to our menu. I stuck to the same classic but neutral theme when it came to my bridesmaids. I didn’t want them to wear the same dresses, because really, when do you ever wear the same dress to an event as someone else? Luckily they agreed and together, we chose dress options in the same color family from J.Crew, Lela Rose, and Thread.

I wanted our tent to feel welcoming, but chic and sophisticated at the same time, so we chose a mix of white fabrics, string lighting and candles to complement and create warmth with our beige, natural weave tablecloths. We chose Tuscan and square tables as opposed to round for a cleaner look and incorporated Jenna’s calligraphy into the place setting with our menus and place cards. My vision of our flowers changed halfway through our wedding planning and luckily, I was in the best hands possible. Yumiko from Hana Floral design understood every single vision I had, suggested incredible (and better) options I didn’t know existed, and made us the most gorgeous white centerpieces and lavender bouquet I’ve ever seen.

Our dinner menu was comforting as well: beer and cheddar soup, gourmet burgers on brioche buns, buttermilk fried chicken, butternut squash and wild mushroom strudel, family-style sides, and homemade ice cream sandwiches for dessert. We had a small, red-velvet cake to cut with a custom topper made by Garden4Arts on Etsy and each guest received a bite-sized cupcake from one of our favorite NYC spots, Baked by Melissa.

The rest of the night consisted of a packed and crazy dance floor, thanks to an appearance by our college mascot and Boston-based band Magnus, who rocked out to the Killers, Journey, Katy Perry, and our favorite 80’s tunes. Dancing the night away with 150 of our closest family and friends nearly eight years after we met was a moment in time that we’ll never forget. It was the best day of our lives and we feel so lucky to share it with all of you!

Photography: Steve DePino / Flowers: Hana Floral Design / Tent: Newport Tent / Tent Decor: Exquisite Events / Chairs, Tables, Napkins: Rentals Unlimited / Tablecloths: Classic Party Rentals / Cocktail Hour Entertainment: P.D. Rogers / Band: Magnus, / Favors: Baked By Melissa Cupcakes / Ceremony Venue: Watch Hill Chapel / Reception Venue: Shelter Harbor Golf Club / Save the Dates, Invitations, Programs, Menus: Cheree Berry Paper / Calligraphy: Love Jenna Calligraphy / Cake: The Decorated Cake by Diane Marsh / Dress: Vera Wang / Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Hair and Makeup: Emir Pehilj

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