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Rustic Fall Wedding

I’m a complete sucker for rustic romance, so give me a day filled with burlap, mason jars and golden apples (yes, golden apples) and you’ll see one very, very happy lady.  Then set all of those awesome details up against a crazy cool barn setting and throw in a bride and groom who are the epitome of adorable and it basically can’t be beat.  See every moment captured by Leah Haydock in the full gallery.

And a little extra special treat… the gorgeous film from the always amazing Long Haul Films.  Enjoy, lovelies. 

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Rustic

From The Bride… Mike and I met while living in Boston after college. Mike won me over with his playfulness and charm. He would do little things like bring me coffee when I was studying or leave flowers on the windshield of my car. He is quite the charmer and continues to do these little things to show me he cares every day! We have been together for four years now, and were married on September 13th at the Red Lion Inn in Cohasset. I’m one lucky gal.

I have always been a romantic. I love anything and everything soft, pretty and chic. I also love that rustic feel, so when I saw the Red Lion Inn barn with all the wooden beams and floors, I could imagine the candles glowing and people dancing and it made me get all warm and fuzzy inside. We incorporated apples throughout the wedding, with apple cake pop favors and spray painted sparkly apples, because we got engaged on an apple orchard last October. I love the look of chalkboards, so we used a lot of chalkboard signs throughout the wedding which my sister designed. One of the best parts of my day was walking into the barn and seeing it all come together. You have this vision in your head of what it will be like, and to be honest, it was more beautiful than I could have ever imagined. It was the best day ever!

It’s hard to decide on a favorite moment from the day. From getting ready with my girls, to our First Look, to riding on the trolley with our wedding party, it was all so fun! I would have to say, though, I think being pronounced husband and wife and looking out into the crowd of all of our friends and family cheering for us, was a moment I will always remember. We had an “Unplugged Ceremony” where we encouraged our guests not to use their phones or cameras to take pictures, so when we looked out into the crowd we saw everyone smiling back at us – it was truly awesome.

I can confidently say that we had the best combination of vendors. Everything about the day went smoothly and I never felt like I was stopping to answer questions or tell people where to go. Everyone we worked with was so professional and had one common goal: to make us happy. Our photographer, Leah Haydock, was amazing and had a huge part in making the day go smoothly. Her photos are absolutely beautiful and I am already trying to come up with reasons to have her photograph us again! Our videographers, Long Haul Films, just won “Best of Boston,” and rightfully so. They are so good at being there without you even knowing it and we can hardly wait to see our wedding film! Our band, Groove Authority, kept the dance party going all night long. Literally, people did not even want to sit down and eat their dinner because they just wanted to dance! Our flowers from Les Fleurs in Andover were gorgeous and Kerianne was so wonderful to work with! Jen Tawa Hair Design and Dani Wagener Makeup were both such a pleasure to work with and made myself and all of my bridesmaids feel beautiful! I feel like we had a wedding day dream team!

If I had one piece of advice to give future brides, it would be to make sure to stop and take it all in. All of the prepping, planning, shopping… everything you have done to make this day happen has come together and it is so awesome to see. Make sure you stop to take in all the details. Make sure you stop to take in all the little moments with your husband. Most importantly, make sure you stop to take in that beautiful space, whether it be a barn, a ballroom, a tent or a backyard and soak in that feeling that all of the people you love are in that one place at the same time, and they are there for you! It is a feeling like no other.

Photography: Leah Haydock Photography | Floral Design: Les Fleurs | Wedding Dress: Country Weddings Bridal Boutique | Wedding Cake: Konditor Meister | Invitations: Minted | Ceremony Venue: St Anthony's Parish | Reception Venue: Red Lion Inn | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaid Dresses: Country Weddings Bridal Boutique | Make Up: Dani Wagener Beauty | Hair: Jennifer Tawa Hair Design | Calligraphy: Letterings By Liz | Band: Groove Authority | Apple Cake Favors: Cake Pops Boston | Bride's Purse: Kate Spade | Transportation: Kenny's Coach | Wedding Film: Long Haul Films

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New England Nautical meets West Coast Whimsical Inspiration

What would summer be without a great beach party or, in this instance, a pretty seaside wedding? Crafted by The Little ThingsSweet Annie Floral Design, and imagery by Ruth Eileen, this inspiration pulls the essence of the West Coast and the East Coast and blends them into a nautical meets whimsical affair by the sea. It’s a land where lobsta dinners and floral laden bicycles go hand in hand.

From Ruth Eileen PhotographyThe theme for this shoot was “New England Nautical meets West Coast Whimsical,” and the idea behind it was to take a classic New England fete and infuse it with some west coast flair! We envisioned our couple eloping and celebrating with a simple but stellar reception a deux, one that they could pull off themselves without too much effort. We began by brainstorming which New England elements we’d include: a lobster bake, nautical rope, the groom in a preppy bowtie, oysters and anchors, and some classic New England florals: coral charm peonies, anemones, and hydrangea. Then, we decided on our West Coast elements: a bohemian-style pallet table, air plants, ferns, and (of course!) a custom beach cruiser! With the vision in mind and design plan in place, we assembled an amazing team of collaborators who really took to the vision and brought this shoot to life! Anna and Caitlin from Paper Moss designed custom menus, elopement announcements, and drink stirrers to commemorate the day. Bethany and Sean from Shindig events provided individual lobster bake pots (and New England clam chowder served in mini mason jars!), Katie from Sweet Annie Floral Design created the stunning bouquet and centerpiece, and stuffed the groom’s pocket with looser, fresh florals for a fun twist on a boutonniere. Shara from Chickadee Hill Cakes designed the beautiful cakes, and our bride Shayna, in her stunning BHLDN gown, was made beautiful by Tara ad TADA Makeup and outfitted with a nautical Porcelain and Stone handmade porcelain and gold chain-link necklace. Laura from Laura Hooper Calligraphy so beautifully penned this JFK quote onto our piece of navy blue Irish linen: “All of us have, in our veins, the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean and therefore, we all have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or watch it, we are going back from whence we came.” Our couple rode off into the sunset on their beach cruiser that Alexis from The Little Things scooped off of Craigslist and customized in white and gold for the shoot. Alexis and Katie wired florals to the cruiser’s spokes (and learned a lesson in patience along the way!), and Katie filled the basket to the brim with the most beautiful flowers. Ruthie from Ruth Eileen Photography captured the day perfectly, and on film, to boot!

Photography: Ruth Eileen | Event Design: The Little Things | Floral Design: Sweet Annie Floral Design | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Cake: Chickadee Hill Cakes | Invitations: Paper Moss | Jewelry: Porcelain And Stone | Catering: Shindig Events | Calligraphy: Laura Hooper Calligraphy | Hair & Make Up: TADA Makeup | Venue: Beach

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Heartwarming Garden Wedding

What can I say about this wedding other than that it is utterly perfect?  The kind of perfect where a laid-back vibe and all sorts of pretty join forces in a party that is all about celebrating one seriously awesome duo (the bride happens to be a crazy cool officiant) and their amazing friends and family.  It’s heartwarming to the max, lovelies.  See it all captured by Chattman Photography right here.

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Summer
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Garden

From the Bride… I’ve worked in the wedding industry for many years and know how monotonous weddings can get, but as an ordained Interfaith minister, helping couples to craft one-of-a-kind wedding ceremonies, I also know the best a wedding can be.

Every single detail of our wedding reflected us, and most of it we did ourselves and with the help of family and friends; from the invitations I designed (licensing the work of a local artist) to the flowers we bought by the bucket from a local farm for my mother-in-law to arrange. We were even lucky enough to be friends with our amazing photographer, Joanna Chattman, and with Carla Caruso Jewelry, who made my pearl and diamond necklace and earring set as well as our wedding bands.

Our ceremony was truly the heart of our wedding and many, many guests told us afterward it was the most beautiful they’d ever witnessed. Whitney Acres, a local farm, let us use one of their fields for our ceremony, haying it just before our wedding so the air smelled fresh and summery. My brothers assembled our wedding arch there, which now stands in our front yard.

Everyone loved the blessing ribbons. It gave our guests something to do before the ceremony began and included them in physically creating the sacred space by hanging their ribbon on lines strung from either side of the wedding arch. We felt surrounded by their love and blessings during the entire ceremony, and we moved them with us to the reception tent, too. (Plus they made a great backdrop!) Now they’re decorating our baby’s room (due mid-April!). 

Both sets of our grandparents have passed away and my father died when I was 10, so honoring family, ancestors and lineage was really important to us. We asked family members to bring photographs of these loved ones, which we then arranged along a stone wall near the entrance to the field. Guests told us they spent a lot of time lingering over the photographs, reminiscing and guessing who was who. My first tears of the day were shed as we paused there on our entrance. 

We also wanted to include a special ritual in the ceremony to honor our lost loved ones. We asked our parents to come up, one at a time, and say the names of their parents, ringing a singing bowl after each name. My stepfather said my father’s parents’ names, and my brother said the name of our own father. I know many couples are worried about feeling too emotional at their wedding, but, aside from our vows, the ancestor ritual was the most powerful part of the ceremony. Many, many guests were moved to tears (as was I), and many spoke to me afterward about how much they loved this ritual in particular.

Alexander and I decided not to have a wedding party, so we felt it was important to include our brothers and sister in the ceremony. We chose readings for each of them that we knew would be meaningful to them, too. (I’m happy to share which poems/readings we chose!) We also asked one of Alexander’s oldest friends, a musician, to play one of our favorite songs just before we took our wedding vows.

Though we got ready separately (by the way, my dress zipper broke and I had to be sewn in at the last minute!), it was really wonderful to make the long walk to the ceremony together. I treasure those moments we had alone, and then our hearts leaping at sight of all our cherished friends and family gathered for us. We had the children following us with bubbles, which was a great activity for them and made for some wonderful pictures, too!

It was also really important that we stood together during the ceremony, not separated between the officiant as is traditional. I loved holding hands and feeling really connected throughout the ceremony. We had our friend/officiant stand aside while we took our vows and exchanged rings so that it really felt like we married each other.

Our reception was at The Curtis House, a short walk from the ceremony site. Gloria Pacosa, owner of The Curtis House, was also our event coordinator (that’s her sewing me into the dress!). We rented antique mismatched china and silverware from her, as well as vintage water pitchers and salt and pepper shakers. The tables were very homey and eclectic, yet elegant. We hung all the lanterns and string lights and made all the bouquets using vases I’d spent a year collecting from thrift shops. My mother also spent a year collecting antique brass candlesticks for the tables, and also making the homemade jam we gave as wedding favors (boy, were those a huge hit with our guests!).

My husband’s family is Greek so we served Greek white wine and our food was Greek-Mediterranean – simple, fresh and summery. A friend also made a special batch of “A & H Love” hard cider. Our biggest splurge was probably the band, but since we love to dance it seemed well worth the expense. The 5-piece jazz/soul group was assembled by local musician friend Jon Fisher and featured New Orleans vocalist Samirah Evans. They rocked the house, and dancing alone to “At Last” was definitely a highlight of the whole day.

A wedding is one of the greatest opportunities you’ll ever have to publicly express who you are. So celebrate it! Exploit it! Take full advantage of the chance to have one day in your life be about being who you really are with those you really love. What an extraordinary opportunity.

Photography: Chattman Photography | Event Planning: Gloriosa & Co. | Flowers: Sunset Farm | Ceremony Venue: Whitney Acres Farm | Reception Venue: The Curtis House | Bride's Shoes: BCBGeneration "Barca" | Catering: The Electric Cocktail Party | Groom's Attire: Tallia | Ceremony : Grace Ceremonies | Invitation Artwork: Kristen DeFontes | Music: Jon Fisher & Samirah Evans | Wedding Bands & Jewelry: Carla Caruso Jewelry | Wedding Dress "Athena": Wtoo By Watters

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