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Romantic Winter Wedding

As gorgeous as they are romantic, here at SMP we love winter weddings. Especially when said affair includes Casey Durgin and Blissful Beginnings behind the scenes. A snowy gem complete with New England elements makes the perfect inviting winter escape. A culmination of all things cozy and we’re only getting started, see the gallery for much more!

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From the beautiful Bride… This romantic winter wedding following a snow storm features a design palette of white flowers, lace, burnished silver, mercury glass and lots of candles. The space was transformed into a warm & inviting winter escape.

My husband and I both grew up in New Hampshire, but we’ve made the North Shore of Massachusetts our home. We decided to get married in January at St. Mary’s in Danvers, MA, and celebrate our marriage nearby, at Ipswich Country Club. We chose to get married in the winter for a variety of reasons – from wanting our wedding to be just a bit “different,” to needing to getting married during a time period when I could take enough time off from work and school (Dan works in software sales, and I work in marketing and take MBA courses at night in Boston) for both a wedding and a honeymoon someplace warm.

When my husband and I started planning our wedding – we chose to prioritize several key components – a location that had charm and plenty of room for dancing, good people to work with, delicious food, and the opportunity to celebrate with our closest family and friends. In terms of our wedding design and decorations – I wanted our wedding to look classic with touches of vintage.

We knew we were taking a bit of a risk by having our wedding in January in New England — and sure enough, we were hit with a snowstorm just two days before our wedding. When the snow started to come down the Thursday before our Saturday wedding, I literally had 10 minutes to pick up my dress (with the help of my amazing maid-of-honor and her husband, who came to the rescue in their large, four-wheel drive vehicle) before the shop closed for business due to snow. We were nervous about how the snowstorm would affect travel for our guests and parking at the church – but as luck would have it, the storm stopped before the wedding rehearsal and we had beautiful snow covering everything for the wedding day.

When we look back now at our wedding day – we are so happy with all the decisions that we made. We had an amazing day with our wonderful family and friends, and are so thankful for all of the people who helped and supported us along the way.

Photography: Casey Durgin Photography | Wedding Planner: Blissful Beginnings Wedding And Event Design | Florist: Flora Ventures | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals | Cake: Wild Orchid Bakery | Bridesmaids' Dresses: David's Bridal | Hair & Makeup: Vero Salon & Spa | DJ: Get Down Tonight | Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Church: Saint Mary's | Country Club: Ipswich Country Club

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Multicultural Wedding at the Crane Estate

I love it when a couple incorporates their heritage throughout their wedding day. Accenting the natural beauty of the Crane Estate, this cultural affair was seamlessly planned by True Event and captured by Leila Brewster with no shortage of Petal Floral Design blooms. Capers Catering kept guests energized while The Beat Train Productions serenaded into the night. More right here!

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From Caitlin at True Event… Working on this gorgeous wedding gave us the opportunity to get to know one of the most amazing couples we’ve met and work with an extraordinary team of vendors at a stunning venue which made the whole day come together perfectly for Sonia and Andrew. With cultural elements brought into the ceremony and reception, this wedding was one that we will remember forever. No detail was missed and all of those details were tied together seamlessly helping to create the most stunning ambiance at this sophisticated and whimsical wedding. The traditional Indian attire for the wedding party was a unique and cultural element that was brought in thanks to Sonia and Andrew’s stunning taste and vision for their wedding. The greenery placed throughout the decor of the wedding, including the moss for the escort card table, the beautiful floral arrangement and design, as well as the moss chandeliers hanging throughout the tent, were aspects of the design that added to the elegance of the event and played perfectly towards the color palette of greens, blush tones, whites and gold accents. Sonia and Andrew’s wedding is one that True Event thoroughly enjoyed designing and coordinating and will never forget – all thanks to the beautiful couple!

Photography: Leila Brewster | Florist: Petal Floral Design | Wedding Cake: Jenny's Wedding Cake | Ceremony Venue: Crane Estate | Reception Venue: Crane Estate | Catering: Capers Catering | Makeup: Dani Wagener | Hair: Lindsay Griffin Boston Hair Stylist + CO | Lighting: Ryan Designs | DJ: The Beat Train Productions | Rabbi: Sam Seicol | Event Design & Coordination: True Event | Limousine: Blacktie Limo | Music: Don Ngatia | Paper: Patti Murphy | Photo Booth: First Mate | Rentals: Peterson Party Center | Spanish Guitarist: Jose Allende | Tent: Seacoast Tent Rental | Transportation: Crystal Transportation

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Elegant Summer Wedding at Crane Estate

With a fiancé from the North Shore, I’m one of the lucky ones who knows just how gorgeous that area is. And at Crane Estate, overlooking the shining sea, it’s a bride-to-be’s dream. This elegant affair was the perfect match for the stunning Estate and Jillian Mitchell was there to snap up every detail of the day. Join me in the full gallery and good luck not falling in love with every inch of this beauty.

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From Jillian Mitchell… Andrea (Fifi) and Patrick knew that they wanted to throw a bash full of grandeur and it was nothing short of that when they decided on the insanely beautiful Crane Estate in Ipswich, MA. It’s now a state park, but for years was a mansion of the rich and famous with parties thrown every weekend.

From the Bride… The Crane Estate is a place we visit often to take in the most beautiful views the North Shore has to offer. We will bring our children there on our anniversary and show them how for one day we were Royalty. Since the ocean is such a large part of who we are the simple white and beachy theme was a no-brainer and I think it kept the day light and fun. The details of the twine and whale napkin rings, sand dollar bracelets on the girls, little pops of peach roses sprinkled below the massive white hydrangea, and candle light everywhere all came together exactly as I had pictured it months before.

Photography: Jillian Mitchell | Floral Design: Lilac And Lily Floral Designs | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Invitations: Made By Groom | Ceremony Venue: Crane Estate | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jcrew | Groom's Attire: J. Crew | Groomsmen's Attire: J. Crew | Getting Ready Attire: Etsy: Silk And More | Wedding Rings: M.K. Benatti Jewelers

Elegant Crane Estate Wedding

Ah, the Crane Estate. I may be a bit biased as my fiancé’s parents were married there 36 years ago, but every time a soiree held at this charming venue makes it’s way through our submissions door, I’m filled with delight. It has set the stage for seaside elegance time and again, and this beauty from Jenny Moloney Photography is no exception. View the full gallery right here!

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From the beautiful Bride…Rich and I first visited the Crane Estate on a cold, rainy November day, but upon first setting foot on the grounds, I immediately fell in love with the old world romance of the place – from the rolling hills, salt marshes, sweeping ocean views, to the sunken gardens. Wandering the grounds, I remember forgetting where we were for a moment and feeling like I had been swept away to some grand manor in the English countryside. I had always imagined our wedding as an organic, warm, and intimate celebration with our closest family and friends, and this landscape felt like the perfect backdrop. With such beautiful natural surroundings, I was interested in simple, beautiful design that would let the setting speak for itself. I selected an organic color palette, rich in texture, embracing dusty greens, soft creams and blush tones, with a few touches of yellow. Throughout the planning process, we were blessed to work with an amazingly talented and giving team who made our wedding more than I could have ever imagined. Vinwood catered our delicious dinner feast, while Hilary Larson from Eat Cake! crafted the most perfect buttercream vanilla cake and cupcakes. In the months leading up the wedding, my mom collected dozens of antique cake pedestals and vintage English teacups and saucers for our dessert tables. Kerianne Steele from Les Fleur styled our lovely floral arrangements, tying my bouquet with hand-dyed ribbon from Froufrou Chic. Sarah Robins Powell’s delicate and airy calligraphy added that something “extra” to our wedding, and I especially adored the little map she created for our programs. All of these details as well as the fleeting moments of the wedding day were captured purely and intimately by our immeasurably talented photographer, Jenny Moloney, and cinematographer, Chris Koch.

Photography: Jenny Moloney Photography | Videography: Chord Weddings | Floral Design: Les Fleurs | Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza | Cake: Eat Cake, Hilary Dawson | Stationery: Sarah Robins Design | Ceremony Venue: Crane Estate | Reception Venue: Crane Estate | Bride's Shoes: J. Crew | Catering: Vinwood | Makeup: Alexandra Dale Makeup Artistry | Hair: Lauren Connors | DJ: C-Zone, Mike Paganelli | Groom's Shoes: Stefano Bemer | Groom's Suit: Hugo Boss | Ceremony & Cocktail Music: The Modern Harpist / Lauren Baker | Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic

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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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