Four words: Gatsby garden party… aka, a guaranteed day of pretty with vintage details, glamorous stylings and lush, gorgeous florals combining to make one seriously amazing party. Think vibrant pink blooms from Ford Flowers, a divine gown from Madeline’s Daughter and all sorts of beautiful moments captured by Lindsey Ocker Photography. See them all in the full gallery.
From the Bride… When Matt first proposed, we agreed that we were going to take it slow and enjoy being engaged. We looked a few places online and decided to go see the Hellenic Center in Ipswich and completely fell in love with it. I loved the fireplaces, chandeliers and beautiful grounds in the back. It was smooth sailing from there. Everything just seemed to fall into place. Next I needed to find the dress. I had a vision in my head of what I wanted and I walked out with a completely different dress. I loved its vintage glamour feel and it gave me a great idea for a theme for the wedding. “The Great Gatsby” is one of my favorite books and I always dreamed of attending a famous Gatsby Garden Party. Our guests got to sip cocktails on the grounds with old friends and meet some new ones. We visited some antique stores to add some vintage details to the ballroom. I met with the florist (who is one of my best friends and a bridesmaid) and told her my vision of garden flowers and they went above and beyond anything I ever expected.
Matt and I are opposites when it comes to a lot of things. I am easy-going and say yes to everything while he is more realistic and thinks things through. That helped kept each other balanced during the planning. More importantly, we had fun and didn’t take it all too seriously. We wanted it to be the best party we have ever been to. We took time to pick out favorite songs for the DJ, made sure our favorite drinks were at the bar and remembered that it was about us. I am so grateful for Matt’s support for every idea I had and how he did everything he could to make it happen.
It is hard to decide what my favorite part of the wedding was because it seems like every part was my favorite. Walking down the aisle was an experience I will never forget. I was so happy and I couldn’t wait to see Matt. I practically ran down the aisle. His face when I got there was my one of my favorite moments. I couldn’t stop smiling and he was holding back tears. That is when it all felt real.
I didn’t stop smiling all day from the First Dance until the last dance when all our best friends were huddled around us as we sang “Young Forever.” I would do it all over again the exact same way. I haven’t stopped looking at the pictures and remembering how lucky and happy I am to have married Matt and had a perfect wedding.
Photography: Lindsey Ocker Photography | Flowers: Ford Flowers | Dress: Madeline's Daughter | Cake: Eat Cake! | Ceremony: Immaculate Conception, Newburyport, MA | Reception: The Hellenic Center | Make-up: Makeup by Sarah Alicea | Hair: Brittany Lambert
Here at SMP, we LOVE a good New Year’s shoot. Especially when it happens to involve Sarah Jayne Photography, The Little Things, Val Marie Paper and so many more. With a fresh, glam spin on a classic NYE affair, this pretty fest is the best way to spend the last hours of 2013 – guaranteed. Find it all right here!
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From Sarah Jayne Photography… For this New Year’s Eve-inspired shoot, we infused a modern twist with the traditionally classic feel of a New Year’s Eve wedding. The bride wore two looks. Her first look featured a jeweled headband as a complement her jeweled belt, which added a glam element to the more formal ceremony look. The bride’s second look was less formal and more party-focused and featured a fun and ultra sparkly gown with a corset top hand-embroidered with beading and crystals.
The décor was focused around a gold/black/white color palette infused with pops of jewel tones. A ceiling installation featuring glass balls hand-filled with different textures of gold and mixed jewel tones hung above the reception table, which had sequins lightly scattered about. We assembled “Midnight Snack Packs,” which included an individual bottle of champagne, slice of cake, and packet of confetti for guests to sip, savor, and scatter to ring in the New Year.
We had so much fun putting this New Year’s Eve inspiration together, and we hope you enjoy it! Most importantly, happy New Year! We hope 2014 is your best year yet!
Photography: Sarah Jayne Photography | Event Design: The Little Things | Floral Design: Sweet Annie Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Allegria Bridal | Cake: Topsfield Bakeshop | Reception Venue: The Hellenic Center | Hair: Lindsay Griffin Boston Hairstylist + Co | Jewelry : Flock Boston | Makeup: Tada Makeup | | Model: Lisa Mara | Rentals: Peterson Party Center | Stationery : Val Marie Paper | Venue: The Hellenic Center | Wedding Dress - First Look: Judd Waddell “Carly” | Wedding Dress - Second Look: Eve Of Milady “1508”
Traditional weddings will forever be some of my favorite fêtes. Timeless and classic, weddings like this one at the stunning Crane Estate will be as gorgeous as today as they are fifty years from now, and thanks to Amanda Julca this couple’s gorgeous day can live on forever. See even more here.
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Amanda Julca…On the most beautiful summer day just north of Boston, Nicole married her best friend Jon at the stunning historic site of The Crane Estate. The setting was spectacular and represented the couples taste for elegance, simplicity and romance beautifully.
Photographer: Amanda Julca | Wedding Dress: Aire Barcelona | Cake: Icing On The Cake | Shoes: Kate Spade | Hair And Makeup: Family Friend | DJ: All The Music | Bridesmaid Earrings: Kate Spade | Classical Guitarist: Scott Ouellette | Earrings: J.Crew | Flowers : Whole Foods Market | Sash: AB Ellie From Flair | Veil: DIY By The Bride | Venue: The Crane Estate Ipswich, MA | Wedding Dress Boutique: La Reine Bridal
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