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Pink Summer Codman Estate Wedding

The mother of the bride, and along with Marrero Events the acting wedding planner, wrote the description below and it has warmed my heart enough to melt all the snow. Seriously all of it. Joyelle West Photography captured her beautiful daughters stunning day and what you’re about to see was a true labor of love!


From the bride’s mother… My daughter Remy and I were inspired to create a wedding imbued with warmth, sentimentality and fun. Our guests came from all over the country but we wanted them to share a sense of history, family, belonging and home. We were moved by the charm and beauty of the groom’s home state of Kentucky and the kindness his parents had shown us when we visited a few months before. Mindful of the mood and atmosphere we wished to create, we set about choosing a venue, planning a ceremony and designing the essentials for the event. With both the bride and groom being medical school students in different states, I became the wedding planner. After comparing their busy schedules, they picked a date that was only five months away!

Remy’s wedding was a labor of love. Our family has always enjoyed creating things together and her wedding would be no exception. With paint brushes and tools in hand, her Dad and I began creating the special touches. We hand-painted signs; made corn hole boards and table numbers. Most of the items used throughout the day were either repurposed or found in our home. The program box was actually fashioned out of a small wine crate and framed out to look like a bureau drawer. Everything was given several coats of paint and hand-rubbed to give it an antiqued finish and to create a cohesive look. Remy created the logo, made the lace-covered votives, and embellished the football she used for the “bouquet” toss. Little brother even stuffed the corn hole bags. Dear friends assisted as well. One helped me sew curtains for the carriage house and drape the ceremony arch; another wrote poetic words for the signs.

Sentimental items added warmth to the evening: the wedding toast glasses used at my own wedding, a great grandmother’s mason jars, and a grandparents’ table that was the first piece of furniture they bought after they were married. Everything about the day was so beautiful, but there was nothing more beautiful than Remy’s radiant smile.

Photography: Joyelle West Photography | Coordinator: Marrero Events | Florist: The Frugal Flower | Cupcakes: Capers Catering | Invitations: The Dotted I | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Caterer: Capers Catering | DJ: 5 Star Events | Ties: Brooks Brothers | Suits: Jos. A. Bank | Wedding Venue: Codman Estate | Antique Wash Tub: Brimfield Antique Show | Bride's Hair: Invidia Salon and Spa | Bridesmaid Dress: J.Crew | Bridesmaid’s Jewelry: Kate Spade | Carriage Lights: Marrero Events | Ceremony Musicians: Riverview Chamber Players | Garden Arbor: Mahoney's Garden | Hairpiece/Bridal Jewelry: La Raine's Bridal Boutique | Mercury Glass Compotes: Afloral | Popcorn: Capers Catering | Table Number Frames: TJ Maxx | Wedding Dress Designer: Marisa Bridals | Wedding Rings: Sheila Bayes Fine Jewelry

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1920’s Inspired Wedding at The Pierce House from Lisa Rigby Photography

There is no getting around it, this wedding from Lisa Rigby is just as lovely as they come. Overflowing with the kind of style that just makes you smile and details so pretty you may just squeal – it’s what we like to call SMP gold around these parts. But you don’t have to take my word for it, you can get lost in all the pretty right here.


From the Bride… It was important to us that our wedding day reflect who were are as a couple, and most importantly, pay homage to our families. We wanted the day to have a casual elegance and a “collected” feel. We tried to transform the Pierce House to make it feel like it was our own. Mantels above the fireplaces became locations to place wedding photos of our family members – from parents and siblings and even back to great-great grandparents. Walls became home to maps of our hometowns and photos of adventures that Rob and I have done over the years. We used Rob’s grandfather’s wooden toolbox from his job as a shipbuilder in the mid-1900’s as a place for guests to leave cards.

Our guests drank from mason jars that served double-duty as escort tags with names and table numbers tied to the rims. Instead of traditional drink and dinner menus, we used windows from my parents’ 1876 barn & covered the glass with chalkboard paint to display what was in store. And rather than the typical photo booth, we decided to hang antique picture frames from Rob’s parents’ house from a tree where guests could take their photos and sign the guest book.

One of our favorite details from the day was the mismatched china we used for place settings– and it almost didn’t happen. Rob and I collected china for over a year and discovered a month away from our wedding that we were short…by a long shot! Luckily, our amazing wedding coordinators at Blossom Partners offered to scrounge around antique shops to get us over the finish line!

Rob doesn’t drink and we wanted to do a “champagne” toast that he could enjoy too. We thought using the Coke in glass bottles went nicely with our overall theme of a 1920s garden party. This spring, my dad and I were at the Brimfield Antiques Market and we came across these yellow antique wooden Coke boxes. They were perfect for passing out the bottles of Coke for the toast, and matched our yellow & gray color scheme.

Tea is a nightly ritual for Rob and me, and we wanted our guests to experience a part of that. My parents are big fans of Harney & Sons teas, and we saw the tea tins at their house over Christmas. We knew we had to figure out a way to incorporate them into our wedding. So we collected 20 tea tins over the year and worked with our florist to use them as our centerpieces. They looked so amazing filled with the local, in-season yellow and white flowers we chose, and when paired with the mismatched china place settings on the tables, it really completed the elegant but casual look we were striving for.

Bear has been my dog for almost 11 years and I can honestly say that he is the love of my life (sorry Rob). All joking aside, Bear brings so much joy to our lives. He’s a member of the family, he goes everywhere with us, and we couldn’t imagine getting married without him by our sides. Plus, a dog is the ultimate symbol of unconditional love– how could you not want that at your wedding? He was decked out in a matching yellow and gray collar, bow tie and leash that I found on Etsy at a shop called BW Barkery. 

While all of these details and many others took a ton of time to plan, put together and execute, it was absolutely these details that made the day so special for us and for our family and friends. Rob and I planned our wedding while starting our new company, 88 acres, a healthy snack company free of the top 8 allergens.

Photographer: Lisa Rigby Photography | Coordination: Blossom Partners / The Fifth Bridesmaid | Wedding Dress: Marisa Bridals | Groom's Suit: J.Crew | Wedding Venue: The Pierce House | Belt: Watters | Wedding Dress Style: Marisa Bridals

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Spring Wedding at The Codman Estate in Lincoln MA from Shane Godfrey

You know what makes me happy?  This sweet duo.  This sweet duo with their contagious smiles, love-filled faces and downright adorability.  They rock… and so does their drop-dead gorgeous wedding, a laid-back meets elegant affair literally brimming with pretty.  I’m talking beautiful blooms from Bella Floral Design, a stunning Codman Estate setting and moment after moment of pure amazing captured by Shane Godfrey Photography.  See them all in the full gallery.


From Shane GodfreyOne of my most laid-back couples over the years has to have been Heidi & Jimmy. I shot their engagement session a few months before their wedding at their home, close to the Codman Estate in Lincoln, MA. Their first date was in Jimmy’s backyard, where Heidi came over to garden with him and they got ready the morning of their wedding day. They had a small bridal party of three each, all close friends or siblings that were there with them and drove over to the Codman Estate early to get all the photos done. They were extremely in love, always goofing around with each other and were not shy to kiss in front of the camera. We sneaked into the farm next door to get some shots shooting around the cows and actual farm part of the estate. The ceremony was in the back of the Codman Estate mansion where there is one of the most beautiful settings for a ceremony in New England. Heidi came down the aisle on one side, and they came back 20 minutes later on the opposite side, hand in hand, married. We took a few more photos with the family and then headed back to the other side of the property for dinner and dancing.

Photographer: Shane Godfrey Photography | Florist: Bella Floral Design | Caterer: Tastings Caterers | Officiant: Kezia Bacon-Bernstein | Wedding Location: Codman Estate