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Traditionally Elegant Wedding at the Boston Public Library

What happens when you combine an elegant affair with one show-stopping venue (I’m looking at you, Boston Public Library)? I’ll tell you, wedded bliss. Especially when the combined talents of C-Zone MusicThe Catered Affair, and Winston Flowers are behind the scenes ensuring stunning results. One glimpse at the gorgeous gallery captured by Melissa Robotti and we’re positively smitten. More here!


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Summer
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Library

From the beautiful Bride… When we first stepped into The Boston Public Library’s historic Dartmouth wing we knew we had found our perfect wedding venue. We loved the regal atmosphere, the beautiful courtyard, and the intimate popular reading room. When we found out that our ideal date, the Summer Solstice, was available we immediately reserved the spot and started planning out the steps to make our dream wedding a reality.

The Catered Affair offered an amazing assortment of food. We loved their tasting dinner so much we went back a second time 3 months later! We selected a delicious cake encompassing two flavors: carrot cake and lemon summer berry torte.

As the date approached, everything fell into place. We worked with our florist to pick out a modern and elegant floral theme that played off of aubergine, one of my favorite colors. My mother and sister flew in to help me pick out my dress from Monique Lhuiller. My husband and I spent hours listening to potential songs and settled on “I Choose You” by Sara Bareilles for our First Dance.

The Boston cityscape around Copley Square was the ideal location for our first look photos. We got ready at the Fairmont Copley Plaza hotel and used the surrounding old buildings as the backdrop for our photos. We’re so happy that we set aside time for this intimate moment to ourselves and then still had plenty of time to take photos with our wedding party and family before the wedding.

Our ceremony was perfect. Our best friends and family filled the courtyard and my brother-in-law was our light-hearted yet emotionally touching officiant. We had a great time listening to our families’ heartfelt speeches during dinner and then enjoyed dancing the night away. We finally made our exit and walked down the steps of the library into Boston’s summer night with our friends cheering us on.

The next day we packed our bags for our honeymoon in Turkey and Greece and prepared to move to the West Coast to start our married life!

Photography: Melissa Robotti Photography | Videography: Boston Wedding Film | Floral Design: Winston Flowers | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Ann Taylor | Catering: The Catered Affair | Hair & Makeup: Wedding Tresses | DJ: Max Baun From C-Zone Music | Groom's Attire: 9Tailors | Wedding Venue: Boston Public Library | Earrings: Swarovski | Wedding Rings: Tiffany & Co.

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Romantic Nautical Cape Cod Wedding

This Bride is a my hero. Not only did she plan a gorgeous seaside affair filled with nautical charm, but she also designed and sewed her own wedding gown! From the newlywed’s summer sail, to Beat Train Productions serenading, every minute is what dreams are made of. And with Trent Bailey Photography behind the lens every detail is downright dreamy, and it’s all right here!

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Fall
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Inn
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Elegant

From the beautiful Bride.. Being from New England and having spent many summers on Cape Cod and Nantucket, I always dreamed of having our wedding there. When I met my husband in San Francisco and discovered after his first trip to Nantucket that it was one of his new favorite places to vacation, I knew having our wedding on the Cape or Nantucket would be perfect. My father had suggested Chatham Bars Inn, stating that it was the most beautiful place he had seen for a wedding in that area. So I hopped on a plane and flew across country to visit Chatham Bars Inn with my parents. Even in the winter time, it was beautiful and it didn’t take long before the decision was made! Being a designer with a love for everything coastal and preppy, we decided to base our design around the nautical theme. It seemed very fitting for the location and our style!

I had always wanted to make my own dress, and after seeing an amazing Oscar de la Renta wedding gown in a fashion show, I was inspired to do it. It was the perfect balance of simple, elegant and timeless. With the preppy theme we had chosen, I decided simple and elegant would perfect. I began by using what I had seen on the runway, and creating my own version of that style. With some very helpful encouragement and guidance from my Aunt Karen on the East Coast, who is a seamstress, I started the process. I wanted to do everything myself, and my luckily she was there to lift an eyebrow when she saw me doing something that was completely wrong and would direct me to restart! After a huge amount of work, it turned out just the way I wanted it to. It was such a special part of the wedding and after getting all put together, I was presented with a beautiful Hermes Bracelet from Sean that I had been eyeing forever! It was the perfect touch to give me a smile just before going down the aisle.

Our Ceremony was held outside by the Ocean and my brother Greg officiated the ceremony. He made it fun and light hearted while also keeping it very special and personal. It was the perfect way to start our marriage. My Uncle John played the flute with accompaniment as guests arrived and then for our walk down the aisle. During the ceremony, my mother, my Aunt Suzie and my Uncle Don sang and played the Guitar in honor of the family that had passed. There were so many personal touches that made the wedding feel so special. We took pictures out on the beach and boardwalk before the wedding and we even stumbled upon a sailboat that had just conveniently docked!

My 13 bridesmaids wore very simple pale yellow J. Crew Dresses with simple pearl earrings and white pagmina scarfs, and the perfect sunny day just completed the look. The night before the wedding it had rained so hard and we were so thankful for the amazing weather we had that day. The men wore the classic preppy Cape Cod look: Khaki pants, blue blazers and boat shoes with preppy Nantucket Tartan ties. I pulled in a pop of color for the girls with Navy and White Stripped Ribbon on their bouquets to tie in with the guys outfits. We also had metal pales with flowers hanging down the aisle with the same preppy stripe ribbon on either side to tie it all in together. Our flower girl and her brother walked down the aisle with a pale of flowers holding the ribbon together. It was adorable! And our ring bearer looked so cute in his suit carrying the rings down for us.

Lauren Rhodes, one of my bridesmaids, sang a very special song for the Father Daughter dance to start out the reception. Her voice was incredible and it was one of the most special moments of the night. After all of the dances, Photographers Trent and Dara Bailey took us out for a sunset photo session. The lighting was absolutely perfect and it was so nice to have a few minutes with Sean out on the beach before rejoining the festivities. My Father and Sister, my maid of honor, delivered the most amazing speeches followed by Seans Best Man Tim who gave everyone a laugh! Looking around the room during the speeches and the dinner. It was so great to see so many special people and we were so happy with how it all came together. The day was a complete success.. We did sparklers when the night fell and everyone danced until the venue closed! It was truly the most perfect day for both of us.

Photography: Trent & Dara Of Trent Bailey Photography | Floral Design: Wedding Flowers By Nichole Bourne Florist | Wedding Dress: Designed And Hand Made By The Bride | Invitations: : Knots & Pearls | Wedding Shoes: Ferragamo | Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew | Wedding Venue: Chatham Bars Inn | Bridal Party Hair Stylist: Wedding Hair By Gina Joubert | Custom Fabric For Pillows And Table Runners:: Gary McBournie For Antilles Designs | Custom Table Number Buoys: Tina Kish From "The Unpolished Barn" On Etsy | Father Daugher Dance Music: Lauren Rhodes Sang "I Hope You Dance" By Leanne Womack | Flower Girl Dress: : Janie & Jack | Groomsman And Ring Bearer Attire: Vineyard Vines Khakis And Belts, Theory Jackets, Ralph Lauren Oxford Shirts, Tommy Ties, Sperry Topsiders. | Music: Beat Train Productions | Music: Instrumental John Curran (flute) & Accompaniment | Pillows And Table Runners: Karen Vogel | Video: Robert Smith | Wedding Officiant: The Brides Brother Gregory Curran | White Oxford Shirts For Getting Ready: Rae Danae Designs On Etsy

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Boston Engagement Session

Taking advantage of the warmer-than-usual Boston weather (think 75 degrees in October), these two cuties frolicked around the city like it was no one’s business.  The result?  Pure, unadulterated magic captured by the always amazing Brumley & Wells.  Imagine light-filled images, breathtaking cityscapes and a gallery filled to the brim with awesomeness.  Join me there for more.  

From the Bride… My name is Lindsey, and these photos are from an engagement session that my fiance Josh and I shot this fall with the amazing Jacob of Brumley and Wells.The shoot took place in various places across Boston, which is not only the city we live in, but also where Josh proposed this past August. So when Jacob told us he was going to be in town in October for a wedding, we knew it was the perfect opportunity to shoot some engagement photos with him in our favorite city.

Josh and I met while attending college together at the University of Vermont and became fast friends, but it wasn’t until the summer before our Junior year where we really became inseparable and starting dating. I thought he was a pretty cute Vermonter and he thought I was the coolest masshole he’d ever met. That also happened to be the summer that Josh got his dog Mac, so he gives Mac’s adorable puppy face all the credit for finally getting us together, which is something that I argue with, but don’t 100% disagree with! Then, after getting jobs in different cities after school (me in Boston and him in Vermont), we survived a long distance dating stint of nearly two years before Josh, Mac and I finally moved into our apartment in Boston together. A year later, Josh proposed while we were on a boat ride along the Charles river on the most perfect, warm August night. We laughed, cried, snuggled while watching the sunset, and then he rushed me back to our apartment where all of our closest friends and family were waiting to celebrate with us. It was, without a doubt, the best day of my life.

Josh and I both work at ecommerce companies in Boston and also run the Boston lifestyle blog Mac & Marlborough (www.macandmarlborough.com). Of course, we are also busy planning our wedding, which will take place next August in Westport, MA. As excited as I am for the big day, I’m that much more excited to spend the rest of my life with my best friend. He has the biggest heart of anyone I’ve ever known. And those baby blues don’t hurt, either.

We had a bit of an Indian summer this year in Boston, and the day of our engagement shoot was no different. Even though it was late October, it was sunny and around 75 degrees when we started taking photos in the afternoon. Fall weather in New England can be a bit unpredictable, so we really couldn’t have gotten luckier.

The shoot started in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood on Marlborough Street where we live. From there, we moved across the street to the Boston Public Garden, which is also a place where Josh, Mac and I spend a lot of time together and we like to think of as “our backyard.” The willow trees around the garden pond are so dreamy, so it was so much fun to twirl around underneath them and take some photos. Our last spot of the day was on the Long Wharf pier in the Seaport, which was a spot Jacob had scouted out the day prior to our shoot. We hopped in a cab and raced through the (always horrific) Boston traffic to get there right as the sun was starting to go down. And once we had run laughing (and sweating) all the way down to the end of the pier, we took advantage of the warm breeze, the boats coming in and out of the harbor behind us, and the setting sun. Such a beautiful spot.

Jacob did such an amazing job at making us feel comfortable and capturing us in a natural, candid way. Looking through these photos makes us that much more excited for our wedding next summer!

Photography: Brumley And Wells | Dresses: Free People | Flower Crown: Etsy

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Romantic Apple Orchard Wedding

I love gorgeous venues and darling decor as much as the next girl, so it’s no surprise that Quonquont Farm orchard affair is the apple of my eye. Filled with lots of lovely Forget Me Not Florist blooms, vintage teacups and even a few raindrops, Summer Street Photography captured every bit and you can click right here for so much more.

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Summer
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Farm
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Rustic

From the beautiful Bride… I had fallen in love with the idea of a ceremony in an apple orchard, however mother nature had a different idea! We braced ourselves for the hurricane-like torrential downpour that was forecasted for most of the day. The weather made the commute to the venue very hard for us and our guests (forcing a 45 minute delay), but as soon as we arrived the storm had stopped just in time to get some outdoor photos in the gorgeous fog. The best piece of advice I received from past Brides was that nothing will go the way you plan it, so don’t bother worrying about things that are out of your control. I had prepared myself with this advice going into my big day and it helped me roll with the changes that the weather brought.

Because the grounds were so wet, our apple orchard ceremony turned into a tent on a patio ceremony. Because I was convinced it would NEVER rain on MY wedding day, we weren’t prepared with a big enough tent to fit enough chairs for every guest to be seated. We had no choice but to have a standing-room-only ceremony. It turned out to be an amazingly intimate and beautiful ceremony with everyone forced to be so close together. You could really feel the love. Our ceremony was short and sweet, just like we had requested. We slapped each other “five” when we were announced husband and wife, and on to the reception we went.

The only time I teared up at my wedding was when I walked into the gorgeous barn, for the first time to see my vision brought to life. I had settled on a palette of pale pinks and turquoise for the floral arrangements. I searched every flea market I could in a years time to be prepared with enough turquoise ball jars and vintage turquoise glass bud vases to fill the 6 long rectangular tables. The color palette paired perfectly with the vintage china at each place setting — a tea cup and saucer atop a mismatched bread plate. The mismatched china paired perfectly with the various scattered jars and vases giving the tables the perfect vintage-chic look I was trying to achieve.

The signature cocktails were ready to go as guests followed Nick and I into the gorgeous barn, and with a Palomito in hand I was ready to hit the dance floor with my no-frills Nicole Miller sheath gown and low-maintenance side-swept fish tail braid. The rest is history!

Photography: Summer Street Photography | Floral Design: Forget Me Not Florist | Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Joanna August | Catering: Seth Mias Catering | Groom's Attire: Top Shop | Wedding Venue: Quonquont Farm | Vintage Rentals: Fancy That

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From BKB & Co.BKB & Co. is a select team of Boston wedding photographers and cinematographers specializing exclusively in weddings. Our wedding professionals are not only recognized in the industry, but also among wedding clients for our tremendous attention to detail from the moment of inquiry through the final product delivery and thereafter. Our studio was built on a simple motto – to capture each wedding as if it were our own. We are professionals at what we do and believe your wedding should be all about you enjoying your day and stress-free. We understand and value the importance of image capture and ensure your wedding photos stay timeless for you and your family for generations to come.

Founder and Creative Director Brittany K. Blando attended both the New England School of Photography and the College of Art and Design at Lesley University before opening her namesake studio in 2002. Throughout her education, Brittany developed a true passion for photographing weddings. The wedding scene in the Greater Boston area has always been vibrant and diverse, making it an exciting arena to be in. She is extremely sought-after in the New England area, even capturing the wedding of Professional Hockey Player Scott Clemmensen, beauty queen Amanda Kelly and Musician Eric Welsh of the band The Pixies. Her style is editorial imagery with photojournalistic flair, which is a style most requested by area engaged couples. Her talented work, impeccable customer service and quick turn-around time has proven to be why her studio is so highly regarded in New England.

To greater meet the needs of local couples, Brittany launched BKB & Co. in 2013 and expanded the studio’s services with the addition of talented wedding photography and wedding videography professionals. This brilliant team has taken the area by storm and has helped BKB become one of the top wedding services in all of New England. This team is truly a cohesive unit – working on weddings together and focusing on unparalleled customer service, flawless product and stellar turn-around time. Our team members are exclusive to our studio alone and have been personally trained by Brittany to provide our clientele with the images they have come to love and along with the personalized customer service the studio is known to provide.

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Martha’s Vineyard Beach Proposal and Engagement

Be still my beating heart! There’s nothing I love more than a proposal and this soon-to-be-groom pulled out all the stops on gorgeous Martha’s Vineyard. Ashley Caroline caught every adorable moment from the proposal to a surprise engagement shoot afterwards on the beach. So in honor of National Proposal Day – take a seat, grab a tissue, and click through every moment of this gorgeous couple’s special proposal here!

From Ashley Caroline Photographer … Logan not only surprised Julia with a gorgeous rose gold engagement ring at sunrise at her family’s camp in Martha’s Vineyard, but he also surprised Julia with an Anthropologie dress that she had been admiring for weeks. After Julia and Logan shared the wonderful news with family, we had a mini engagement shoot in her colorfully flowy dress on the private beach steps outside of the camp. It was an incredibly romantic and sweet proposal and I can’t wait to photograph their dreamy wedding in Martha’s Vineyard in September! From The Bride… Logan proposed on an early Sunday morning at my family’s little camp just feet away from the water on Martha’s Vineyard. This little home has been in my family since the 1960’s and the amount of memories I have here with my family could fill up a whole shelf of books. We were staying at the camp with our dear friends Ashley and Mike. I had just helped Ashley photograph a wedding the day before and I went to bed with no thoughts of getting engaged the next morning. So when Logan woke me up just as the sun was rising and asked if I wanted to go for a walk on the beach everything clicked. I almost jumped out of bed with excitement. Since I am a photographer, I always want to wake up to watch (and photograph) the sunrise and it’s something we do together often but had never done at the Vineyard before. We went out on the beach and the wind was breezy but not windy. Logan and I sat down next to each other and he got really quiet. After he started talking for a few minutes Logan stood up in front of me and got down on one knee. I have the most amazing image of Logan in front of me and nothing but the quiet, blue ocean behind him. He asked if I would marry him, I started crying and he pulled out the most gorgeous ring. I said yes and we hugged, not ever wanting to let go. And at this point our ninja photographer Ashley jumped out of the dunes having captured everything. After Logan proposed and we cried, hugged and ogled over my rose gold ring Logan said he had one more surprise. He ran inside and came back with an incredible Anthropologie dress. A dress I loved so much I went to Anthro at least 5 times this summer just to try it on. Logan went to all the stores in the city and was able to track down the last dress in Connecticut. We went inside and called our families whom were all standing by waiting for the call. After all the calls and texts were made, I put on my new dress and we went down to the channel to go fishing with Ashley and Mike. Cause why not? We came back (empty handed unfortunately) and were greeted by my parents and brother (who lives in California but just happened to be visiting) and we had Black Dog pastries and mimosas. Logan really is the sweetest and most thoughtful guy out there. He’s always listening and planning and this morning was no exception. It was the best and most perfect morning of our life together. We are now planning our wedding for next September on Martha’s Vineyard. I’m not sure how we can beat the amazing day we got engaged, but I know we will.

Photography: Ashley Caroline Photographer | Dress: Anthropologie | Venue: Private Residence

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