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Chic Backyard Wedding in Beverly, Massachusetts

An intimate backyard wedding filled to the brim with chic stylings and love? Sign me up. You’ll want to sign yourself up too when you see all the sweet images from Ebersole Photography, because there is no resisting the sweetness sitting in this gallery, and you can see what I mean here.

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From The Bride…Sandy is originally from Baltimore and I’m from Beverly, Massachusetts. We met in Brooklyn, while he was in grad school for architecture and I was making my first music videos (I’m a filmmaker). But we bonded on a rock-climbing trip with mutual friends: playing new music for each other, singing and car-dancing the whole ride. We began dating and eventually moved to Los Angeles together, where we currently live.

We decided to have our wedding at my parents house in Beverly, MA, which is a really unique historic house. Planning the wedding, our focus was on having an epic dance party with amazing music which celebrated our two big families. We were married at Manchester First Parish church, which has great acoustics and a beautiful room-shaking organ. My talented sister Kat and bridesmaid Kelly, a bluegrass musician, sang a beautiful acoustic version of an Adele song, and Sandy’s cousin played Spanish Guitar. In addition, the Beverly High School Vocal Ensemble sang three beautiful acapella songs, including “In “Do you Realize” by the Flaming Lips. I still can’t believe that actually happened. The choral director Lyn is now my personal hero.

For the reception, we hired “Madhouse,” a soulful mo-town band that kept us dancing all night. My sister and Kelly both sang with the band for different songs: Kelly did a beautiful slow-dance version of “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” for our first dance, and everyone began singing along. It was a moment. Kat made a hilarious vampy entrance from a balcony, singing “Love me Like a Man,” which pretty much brought down the house with the help of a family friend Gabe on saxophone. We gave all the guests mix-CDs as party favors, which included songs from that fateful rock-climbing road trip. For the decor, we never really had a strict color scheme, just black bridesmaid dresses with gorgeous colorful flower arrangements by Chapmans florist. This included a flower crown, which we paired with a beautiful veil sewn by my Aunt Priscilla. My parents Jen and Gary and my mother’s friends, “The Design Team,” as we called them, all pitched in to decorate the tent with candles and borrowed chandeliers. In addition, Sandy’s parents threw an amazing Rehearsal Dinner the night before, with decor provided by Sandy’s Aunts and Uncles.

The best part of our wedding was bringing together so many wonderful, fun-loving people. The energy in the room was pumping with love and excitement and we danced long after the band stopped. It was such a whirlwind, we are so happy Daniel was there to beautifully capture this phenomenal experience.

Photography: Ebersole Photography | Florist: Chapmans | Catering: Vinwood Caterer | Make Up: Get Glam By Dawna | Band: Mad House | Church: First Parish Manchester | Tuxedos: Giblees | Venue: Private Residence

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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 decor 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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