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Watercolor Wedding Inspiration Shoot

Ruth Eileen is one of our favorite photographers to work with here at SMP – not just because she is entirely lovely, but because we can pretty much bank on the fact that everything she touches turns to wedding gold. Case in point? This stunning beach inspired shoot. A collaboration with Making Me Events & a slew of other talented vendors, this is pure wedding eye candy. And there is more right here!

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Summer
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Elegant

From Phebe from Making Me EventsOur photo shoot took place at a private beach in Massachusetts. The color scheme was inspired by the soft colors of a summer sunset. I’ve always been mesmerized at the simplicity of the sun setting, and how it can provide so many gorgeous colors independently and all at once. For this shoot, we focused on warm pinks, dull hues of peach and a pop of yellow, along with elements of bright gold to balance out the color palette. Pops of green added an unexpected element to our elegant watercolor shoot, and the beach provided the perfect backdrop as a venue for our shoot. We wanted to inspire future brides to look everywhere for inspiration and to incorporate elements of their venue that will add to the uniqueness of their wedding. Given our location we wanted to play up the fact that soft wind would be present, instead of fighting this element we decided to incorporated gorgeous chair covers that would add movement and a whimsy touch.

When planning your wedding don’t forget to add unexpected and bold elements, we’re giving you full permission to go crazy because we certainly did! We added gold faceted geometric terrariums instead of traditional vases, a gorgeous handmade Sequin Table number, and shadow boxes to hold escort cards, combined all of these elements look stunning and we were also pleased to see how it came together flawlessly. Planning something this gorgeous took an incredible team of talented vendors and I think that’s the key to fully enjoying the wedding planning journey, hire vendors who want to create something beautiful beyond your wildest dreams.

Photography: Ruth Eileen | Event Design: Making Me Events | Floral Design: 1956 Blooms | Stationary: Blush Printables | Bridal Boutique: Flair Boston | DIY Cake: Making Me Events | Hair & Makeup : Manda Of MandaMonium | Linens: Myreidas Linens | Sequin Table Number: Making Me Events -Etsy Shop | Venue: Private Beach

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Colorful Nantucket Wedding at the Sankaty Head Golf Club

I’m pretty darn sure, once this post publishes, I will pin every summer-loving image of this picture perfect Nantucket soiree captured by Zofia & Co. Photography. Every single one of them. Because between the stunning florals from Flowers On Chestnut  and the gorgeous ‘Sconset setting, I’m pretty sure I am head over heels in love with this gallery

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Fall

From the Bride…Michael and I met in college at Fordham University and got engaged on a vacation in Ireland after years of being together. It was a special trip for us as I wanted to show Michael where my family is from since both sides of my family are Irish and my mom was born there. After Michael popped the question in a private spot overlooking the Lakes of Killarney, we headed out for a celebratory dinner in town. Seated next to us were 15 Irish gentlemen who, after realizing we had just gotten engaged, proceeded to go to the front of the restaurant where there was a piano (naturally) and serenaded us in true Irish fashion for over an hour. It was such a special experience and one we’ll never be able to recreate.

We wanted our September wedding to capture some of the natural beauty, local color and connection to our families that we had found in Ireland and Nantucket was our first choice by a landslide. Having grown up on the island, Michael spent months telling me what a beautiful and special place it is when we first started dating. I was immediately hooked on my first trip there to visit his family. The friendly people, pristine beaches and dramatic bluffs reminded me so much of Ireland. We knew it was the perfect spot to celebrate our wedding with our family and friends who were traveling in from Boston, New York, Houston, San Francisco, England, Hong Kong and Italy. In keeping with the spirit of travel, we were drawn to the vintage postcard save-the-dates from Lucky Luxe. We had ours made with the image of the Sankaty Lighthouse as we thought it would be a fun way to invite everyone up to the island to celebrate.

Having our ceremony and reception at the ‘Sconset Chapel and Sankaty Head Golf Club in ‘Sconset were two relatively easy decisions as they not only provided the perfect settings but were two spots that complemented the laid back but elegant feel we wanted our wedding to have. Our mass was officiated by Father Tueth, S.J. a Jesuit priest and professor at Fordham. Though neither Michael nor I had Father Tueth as a professor, he is a beloved fixture on campus and someone we knew we wanted to be part of our big day. He brought a lot of humor to the mass and reception and we were so fortunate to have him. At the reception, we wanted our wedding guests to enjoy the beautiful sunset and local seafood samplings from Spanky’s Raw Bar (a Nantucket staple) and then head inside for a fun party.

We were so lucky to work with our amazing vendors who are all Nantucket locals and know the island inside out. Jodi’s Cakes made our beautiful Sankaty Head Lighthouse cake, the lighthouse that can be seen from the venue. Flowers on Chestnut put together the most beautiful arrangements of colorful wildflowers that popped against the navy blue bridesmaid dresses and lit up the interior of Sankaty without taking away from the views the venue provided. Zofia and Brian from Zofia & Co. Photography were so amazing to work with and we are so happy with the photos they took for us. The images captured the feel of the day and they knew all the right spots to photograph us in ‘Sconset. Zofia even found a dahlia bush that was in bloom with the same deep pink dahlias that were in my bouquet.

A family friend of Micheal’s chauffeured us in his ’54 Ford. Driving with him, my dad and two sisters to the ceremony helped relax any pre-wedding nerves as he made it such a fun, relaxed and unique experience. My ‘something borrowed’ was my mom’s pearl bracelet and my aunt’s platinum set pave diamond four leaf clover earrings from 1920, yet another nod to our Irish heritage. My seamstress sewed my ‘something blue’ wedding label into the inside of my dress that had been given to me by one of my oldest friends & bridesmaid. Michael, who spent time riding cross country on his motorcycle with his best friend in college, wore antique motorcycle cufflinks I had gotten for him at The Missing Link in NYC. For our smallest guests, we outfitted my nephews in Nantucket reds and navy blue striped bow-ties that matched the ribbons in our bridesmaid’s bouquets. They were dancing all night long to music from ECliff and the Swingdogs.

We spent our honeymoon in Italy, where Michael’s side of the family is from and we wish we could do it all over again!

Photographer: Zofia & Co. Photography | Floral Design: Flowers On Chestnut | Wedding Dress: Amsale | Cake: Jodi's Cakes | Invitations: Inklinations | Ceremony Venue: Siasconset Union Chapel | Reception Venue: Sankaty Head Golf Club | Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaid Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Hair And Makeup: Darya Salon | Save-the-Dates: Lucky Luxe

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Elegant Fall Berkshires Estate Wedding at the Mount

A classic affair never fails to put me in my happy place. There is something about that timeless style that just seems to strike a cord, and this beauty from Sweet Monday is filled with all the reasons why. A royalty-worthy reception, a gorgeous couple, and too many pretty details to miss – perusing this gallery should be on the tippy top of your to-do list today. See more here

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Fall
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Estate
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Elegance

From Sweet Monday PhotographyKarin Tanabe and Craig Fischer were married at The Mount, Edith Wharton’s estate in the Berkshires this past October. Karin is a novelist herself, and it meant a great deal to her to get married someplace with such literary history. She wanted a wedding that felt personal and that she crafted herself (she taught herself calligraphy so that she could address all her invitations and paper goods for the wedding), but without the typical DIY feel and we think she pulled it off beautifully. The wedding was pure elegance and so fitting for the gorgeous venue.

Photography: Sweet Monday | Floral Design: Cassandra Redel Special Events | Cake: Royal Icings | Catering: Mezze Catering | Hair And Make Up: Seven Salon | Ceremony And Reception: The Mount | Officiant : Grace Ceremonies

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