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Coral and Navy Waterfront Wedding

Marriage represents a beautiful union and this waterfront wedding is a perfect example. The bride and groom brought their different religious upbringings together, creating a unique ceremony, all taking place underneath a chuppah crafted by the groom himself. Rachel Red Photography captured every special moment, all ready to inspire us right here.

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Seasons
Summer
Settings
Waterfront
Styles
Elegant

From The Groom… Having spent the last ten years in Boston, we wanted to pick a venue that was unique and would put the city on display. We both went to college here and then met at work. A lot of the planning for the wedding weekend was centered around making it fun and easy for the guests, most of whom would be coming from out of town. Given the space at the ECC, we were even able to hire two babysitters to watch children upstairs during the reception so that parents could have fun downstairs.

The overall vibe we were going for was simple/down-to-earth – we weren’t trying to overwhelm the senses or be something that we’re not on the other days of the year (one of the reasons I opted to wear a suit and bow tie rather than a tux). Flowers and centerpieces were purposefully kept low to allow guests to interact with each other across the table. Even though we were on the water, we didn’t want to have a nautical theme – we settled more on of a preppy color scheme.

With all that we did to make it fun for the guests, we didn’t necessarily realize how much we did to make it special for ourselves until the actual ceremony started. We designed our own ceremony that incorporated the faiths of both of our families – Jewish and Episcopal – and had my cousin officiate as a Justice of the Peace. I designed and built the chuppah with the help of my dad as a symbolic gesture of our future home.

Photography: Rachel Red Photography | Floral Design: The Little Flower Cottage | Cake: Oakleaf Cake Bake Shop | Ceremony Venue: Exchange Conference Center | Reception Venue: Exchange Conference Center | Engagement Ring: Custom Design By Bostonian Jewelers | Bridesmaids Dresses: J Crew | Catering: East Meets West Catering | Hair: Gina Joubert | Bow Ties: Vineyard Vines | DJ/Lighting: 5 Star Events | Favors/Placecards: Boston Coasters | Getting Ready - Hotel: Renaissance Waterfront Hotel | Makeup: Kerri Herlihy | Wedding Band - Bride: Antique Restored By Bostonian Jewelers | Wedding Band - Groom: Dora Rings

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Shades of Green Wedding Inspiration

It’s no little secret blush pink has reigned queen of wedding color palettes for the past few seasons. And as much as I adore that soft, pretty shade, miss Lauren Wells is showing up how to step outside the box with an unexpected hue that just might rock your world: green. It’s perfect for the natural, no-fuss bride and she’s breaking down unique to use it. Snaps from First Mate Photo right here!

From Lauren Wells… We wanted to inspire brides to work with new colors, and came up with a bunch of ideas on how to incorporate forest green into any special event.

Pressed botanical art in glass frames (via Terrain), Hunter boots (if it is going to rain, you can still be adorable!), a statement necklace, greens against a wall as a ceremony or photo backdrop, and of course an all-green, amazing bouquet from Pollen Floral Design are just a few ways to use this gorgeous hue.

One of my favorites is the escort card plant – Anne Robin worked her magic by calligraphing the table number on the pot, and each name on a leaf. You could stack all the pots on one table, with scissors nearby, and people could snip their leaf off and find their seat…particularly perfect for a desert or beach wedding, where guests could use the aloe on sunburns or serve up aloe cocktails. Cheers to new color inspiration!

Photography: First Mate Photo | Calligraphy/Aloe Escort Card DIY: Anne Robin Calligraphy | Floral Design And Floral DIYs: Pollen Floral Design | Styling And Fern DIY: Lauren Wells Events

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Modern Chic Cape Cod Wedding

There’s a certain mystic to Cape Cod weddings and this nuptial, captured by Joyelle West, is no exception. Surrounded by pristine beaches and a gently blowing breeze, this modern affair is overflowing with romantic red florals by Allison Phalen and proves that it doesn’t get any more romantic than a day by the sea with the one you love. More right here!

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Seasons
Summer
Styles
Modern

From Joyelle WestA fashion-forward couple from New York has a modern and chic spin on a Cape Cod beach wedding. A family home on a beautiful in Cape Cod beach was the setting for this summer wedding. The couple lives in New York City, so their wedding was not a traditional affair, but instead had a sophisticated, modern approach that ended with a giant bonfire on the beach.

From the Bride… Amy OdellRick and I live in NYC but got married at his grandparents’ home on Cape Cod. We looked at a lot of venues but ultimately decided we wanted to have the wedding at a place that felt special (we got engaged on the beach there as well) and would go back to often. Plus, we love that beach and used it throughout the weekend. We had a bonfire after party on the beach with s’mores and invited everyone over the next day for a picnic brunch and beach time.

As for the wedding, we wanted something simple, elegant, chic, modern. The traditional Cape Cod route — salmon/blue/nautical touches — isn’t really my style so we went with a color scheme of red, pink, and burgundy. We also put tons of twinkle lights in the ceiling of the tent and had a black and white dance floor. I was so fixated on nothing being too fussy or over the top that I worried I would regret the floor for looking like “too much” but it actually looked amazing against our flowers and the green grass. We didn’t want to detract from the setting, either — we didn’t have any large, over-the-top floral arrangements or anything like that, but you don’t need it when the place you’re getting married is so pretty!

We did a lot of research to find vendors, with the help of our planner Jamie Bohlin. I have to say planning a home wedding is a ton of work and we could not have done it without her. We spent a long time looking for our amazing photographer (!) and incredible florist and it completely paid off. Our caterer, Casual Gourmet, was also amazing and even ran to the liquor store when we ran out of champagne partway through the wedding.

For bridesmaids dresses, I gave the girls a color (pink) and let them pick out something they liked. I didn’t ask for a certain length or anything. I can’t imaging forcing anyone to spend money on a dress they don’t want just so it can be the same as everyone else’s. Everyone ended up with a different shade of pink, which I expected, but looked fabulous all together.

My dress was by Reem Acra. It was pretty simple except for a bit of asymmetrical lace detailing and a dramatic Grecian back. It also came with a very long veil with a little lace detailing that I was completely obsessed with. My shoes were a bargain buy from ASOS for $80. I needed a thick heel that wouldn’t sink into the grass and they carried an adorable silver pair that I still wear!

My makeup was done by Carly Cardellino, my close friend and the beauty editor of Cosmopolitan.com. She gave me a purple-hued smoky eye and pink lip and really glowing skin, inspired by a look I saw on Diane Kruger. The hair was done by my hair dresser in New York, Travis Speck, who works at Sally Hershberger. I have naturally wavy hair, so he just did a more finished version of it with extensions and lots of humidity-fighting product. I wore my hair down for the ceremony when I had the veil in and then he put it half up when I took the veil off.

Photography: Joyelle West | Videography: Heirloom Pictures | Event Planning: Jamie Bohlin, Cape Cod Celebrations | Floral Design: Allison Phalen Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Bride's Shoes: ASOS | Caterer: Casual Gourmet | DJ: Murray Hill Talent | Groom's Suit: Calvin Klein | Bride's Makeup: Carly Cardellino | Bridesmaids' Makeup: Amanda McCarthy Beauty | Hair : Travis Speck | Rentals: Rentals Unlimited | Tent: Chase Canopy | Venue: Private Residence

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