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Classic Summer Wedding at the Boston Public Library

The Boston Public Library is one of my very favorite spots in the city that just so happens to play backdrop to this summertime “I do.” Think stately architecture, grand staircases, and one wildly in love couple completely managing to steal the show. Erin McGinn worked her magic behind the lens, and the gallery is nothing but classic wedding bliss.

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From Erin McGinn… A classic and timeless summer affair at the Boston Public Library has to top the list of dream weddings. Amanda and Paul planned a stunning wedding incorporating their favorite things. One of the highlights for me to photograph was Amanda’s dress. Custom made by Daniel Faucher Couture from her family (the Adams)’s heirloom lace, it was incorporated into her gown and veil. So special and so meaningful. With a large wedding party, Amanda let me know she chose the serene colors of the bridesmaids dresses for their calming nature.

From the Bride… We wanted a bit of a ‘blended’ wedding- although we both grew up in the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts Amanda spent many of her summers on Cape Cod, Massachusetts and Paul spent much of his winters in Warren, Vermont. Because of the importance of our roots, our wedding takes a little bit of the Boston suburban feel, mixes it with Boston urban and then meshes that with Vermont rustic and traditional Cape Cod.

Family is very important to us so we also wanted a venue that could comfortably manage our large families. The Boston Public Library seemed the perfect fit- located in the heart of Boston it has an urban vibe from the outside, but the interior is serene and relaxed. Combine our choice of food (some comfort food, some wine and cheese pairings, some middle eastern fare), a lively band that can play traditional music as well as modern rock and hip hop, and throw in some Cape Cod décor and we think we’ve created the perfect feel for us.

Photography: Erin McGinn Photography | Event Planning: Karen Byrne Of The Catered Affair | Floral Design: Stephanie's Flowers | Cake: Crumbs | Invitations: Papers And Presents | Ceremony Venue: Wellesley Village Church | Reception Venue: The Boston Public Library | Bridesmaids: Bill Levkoff | Catering: The Catered Affair | Hair And Makeup: Mario Russo | Accomodations: Lenox Hotel | Dress Designer: Daniel Faucher Couture | Music: Kahootz | Transportation: Rockstar Limo | Transportation: LeLimo

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Vintage Inspired DIY Wedding

Weddings like this make me happy.  You know the ones I am talking about – they’re rich in gorgeous DIY details, filled with love from an awesome (+ talented) group of family and friends and are high on whimsy.  Basically, they’re the perfect combination of non-stop fun and pretty, and when they are captured in beautiful images by Jenny Moloney Photography, well… even better.  See it all right here.

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From The Bride…My husband and I love Wellfleet, Cape Cod, for its rustic, natural beauty. We thought Wellfleet would be a unique getaway for our family and friends. Instead of just a single day we could plan a week of celebrations, from picnics at Long Pond, to a beach bonfire, to swimming in the bay. My husband, who grew up in Connecticut, has visited Wellfleet since he was a child and I’ve become very fond of Wellfleet in the past six years since we started dating and visiting the Cape. Because we live in California we had to plan the wedding long distance. This was certainly a challenge, but once we booked Wellfleet’s Preservation Hall for our ceremony and reception, the rest of the details began to fall into place.

The hall, once a church, was built in 1912. Coincidentally, my engagement ring (a family heirloom) is also from that year, so it only made sense that I wear a dress from the teens. Before booking the hall I tried a variety of dresses, from a modern strapless sheath, to a glamorous 40′s dress, to a rather gaudy beaded ball gown. After a fruitless search for the perfect dress in antique stores and vintage boutiques I won my Edwardian gown on Ebay for $148. Yep! When I first tried on the stained, wrinkled, but lovingly hand embroidered dress, I felt like it was tailored for me 100 years ago.

With the hall and dress in place, I knew I wanted a lot of rustic and romantic details. My family and friends were there to help, every step of the way. A bunch of family friends helped me assemble the burlap runners and bunting; we had a bunch of sewing parties before the wedding. I made the guest book by hollowing out an antique French novel and binding it with new pages. My father made the doorknob table number holders (we’re keeping the antique doorknobs for a future home). I designed and sewed the wedding mice. The beeswax candles we used in our ceremony were dipped at my bridal shower by my bridesmaids and friends. The chuppah was built out of birch by my father and husband. And, last but not least, my incredible brass crown was created by welder and childhood friend, James Naish.

I’m normally not a smiley person, but from the beginning of my wedding day to the end I was grinning. How could I not? So many people came together to make our wedding day special. Chandler Travis Philharmonic, our wedding band, was truly amazing. If you’re ever in Wellfleet be sure to check them out. I had not one, but two florists, one from Boston and one from the Cape. This is because I originally thought we could buy flowers from a local gardener and arrange them ourselves in all the vintage jars and vases I’d collected. In the midst of a heat wave, arranging flowers would have been a disaster. I’m so glad I let Sharyn Lindsay take over. She’s a true fairy godmother, spreading flower magic wherever she goes. Visiting her Wellfleet garden a few days before the wedding was a delight. The desserts were made by my husband’s childhood friend and owner of the Hartford Baking Company in West Hartford, Connecticut. Our ceremony musicians were friends, including my lovely maid of honor, Laura Weinbach of the Bay Area band Foxtails Brigade. She wrote and sang lyrics to a song my father composed. As for my hair and makeup, after a disastrous appointment at a local salon where I walked out looking like a pageant contestant, my bridesmaids and friends took over, transforming me into a polished version of myself. It goes without saying that Jenny Moloney was the perfect photographer to capture our celebration. When I look at our wedding photos I feel like I’m transported back to that day.

I have too many favorite memories to pare them down to just one. One of those moments was dancing with my father. He swayed like a dancing bear, sashaying me exuberantly across the dance floor. I laughed so hard my ribs hurt. Another favorite moment was dancing with my new husband at the end of the night. The whole band surrounded us, serenading us ever so softly, and around them were all our family and friends. We were completely surrounded, encircled, by love. And a final favorite moment was our midnight swim in the bay after the wedding. I will never forget swimming in my slip, crown, and engagement ring, my husband and a few friends by my side. I felt like a queen, if only for that moment, floating under the moon. After the swim was a rather chilly walk back to our inn, as husband and wife.

Photography: Jenny Moloney Photography | Catering: Casual Gourmet | Band: Chandler Travis Philharmonic | Bridal Party Flowers: Nectar Floral Design | Bride's Crown: James Naish Studio | Ceremony Soloist: Laura Weinbach Of Foxtails Brigade | Desserts: Hartford Baking Company | Seamstress: Wardrobe Design By Carol Vick | Tent: Undercover Tent | Venue: Wellfleet Preservation Hall

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Vintage Garden Wedding Full of Spring Blooms

Being a recent transplant in New England, I’ve really come to love the Spring and the crazy amounts of gorgeous blooms dotting the area. It’s a flower lover’s dream and bonus, it makes for a beautiful wedding day backdrop. This vintage inspired affair captured by Forevercandid Photography, along with florals by Karla Cassidy Designs is total proof. Check out the gallery for so much more.

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From The Bride…The theme/concept was DIY Rustic Vintage. We wanted our wedding to reflect Alex and I in every way, and have unique and memorable aspects that touched our family and friends throughout the wedding day. We most of all wanted everyone to experience in the pure love and happiness, we were sharing that day in our commitment to each other. We fell in love with the rustic and romantic setting of Moraine Farm and knew it was our perfect venue to say “I do” and start our lives together. We shared our hand written vows to share with each other and our friends and family, which brought us and everyone else to tears (in the highlight video).

My mom, myself and maid of honor put a lot of work into every detail that was DIY including the signage, flowers, my dress, the family “tree”, programs, table names and centerpieces. I even wanted to make our signature drinks unique to us by naming them around our personalities the “Bubbly Bradley” and “Murphy Mule”. Throughout the day we had a subtle theme of A&A (Aidan and Alex), with wooden letters and & throughout the property as well as a large metal A&A.

My mom made the all the centerpieces from scratch and the flower arrangements (18!) as well as the Audrey Hepburn signage “The Best Thing in Life to Hold onto is Each other”, one of my most favorite quotes. We wanted to do something different than table numbers that we see at every wedding, so we decided on words that describe marriage (wonderful, love, forever, friendship). We made these as well.

Alex’s dad made us the wooden signage / guest board, and the birch trellis we got married under from a mere vision I had and they came out perfect! Alex’s Mom made our cake and all the desserts for the guests. My maid of honor designed the welcome sign for the ceremony, the appetizer sign and bar signs listing the signature drinks.

We met as neighbors in South Boston, we both had dogs and would run into each walking them around the block, from our first date we hit it off and knew we were the perfect fit we had been searching for. Alex makes me laugh every single day and still gives me those same butterflies he did when I first met him years ago. He pushes me to do better, be better and is a constant rock and support system when I need it most. Everyday is an adventure together, and we’re so excited to be joined as an official family now and someday start ours.

Since I was a little girl I dreamed of remaking my mother and grandmother’s dress into something of my own, after the ring when it was my turn to go “dress” shopping my mom and I both were so excited to create a unique work of art that was a family heirloom and had so much special meaning. I mean, when else in your life can you design a dress of your dreams that has so much special meaning.

My mother, Nancy wore the dress October 1st, 1977 when she married my dad Kevin. Before that, my Nana Betty Stangle wore the dress October 9th, 1940 when she married Frank. On May 24th, I wore my very own newly designed version to marry Alex. (We displayed before photos of the dress at cocktail hour for guests to see the transformation).

Since we met walking our dogs, and our dogs are such a big part of our life, we wanted to donate to our local animal shelter in lieu of favors. Also, Alex’s dog Charlie was a rescue dog. After going to so many weddings together, we both thought a donation favor is a nice reminder to give back to the community.

Alex and I both love good food, especially local farm-to-table. Elaine, Alex’s mother is a chef at a farm to table restaurant so it is very near and dear to our hearts, eating organic local foods. We are happy to say all the food served at our wedding was from Fireside Catering and farm to fork.

Most importantly, we wanted everyone to experience a lovely, unique and memorable wedding while feeling like family, both coming from two large Irish families (Bradley and Murphy), we really wanted it to seem like an intimate close family affair/celebration of love although there was 175 people, I think we really were able to make everyone feel the love and apart of our big day.

Photography: Forevercandid Photography | Videography: Oxford Media Films | Floral Design: Karla Cassidy Designs | Reception Venue: Moraine Farm | Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids Dresses: Alfred Angelo | Catering: Fireside Catering | Make-Up: Flawless Face And Body | Hair: Lisa Frallicciardi | Tuxes: Vera Wang | Accessories: J Crew | Bridesmaid Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar

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