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Classic Nautical Cape Cod Wedding

Most of us in New England have spend some, if not all, of our Summers on Cape Cod. Because it’s like Boston’s little gift for surviving the Winter. Perfect beaches, quaint towns, a laidback but sort of Kennedy-esque vibe. So it’s no wonder it’s also home to so many lovely weddings. And this particular celebration – with images from Ned Jackson Photography and a cake by one of our favorites, Delicious Desserts – doesn’t disappoint. Just make sure you also spend some time in the galleries.

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From Ned Jackson PhotographyKate and Bryan were married on an absolutely stunning fall day in September down in Hyannis, MA. The town has a special meaning for them as Bryan’s family has a home there and they have spent lots of time out on the water. I even had the opportunity to join them for an engagement session out on the beach and I knew they would not be a difficult couple to work with! They were about as easygoing as you could be and we had an absolute blast. When their wedding day rolled around, it was so fun to be a part of the mix. The girls and guys got ready across the street from each other and the water was never more than a few steps away (I think you’ll feel that theme throughout their images). Their ceremony was held at a small chapel in Hyannisport, followed by the reception at the Hyannisport Country Club.

From the Bride & Groom… Our story began the first day of freshman orientation at Babson College. We instantly became friends and although it took us a year to officially start dating our friendship quickly grew into love. Over the seven years we were together most of our favorite memories as a couple were spent on Cape Cod, a place near and dear to our hearts, as we enjoyed so much time with family and friends who shaped our relationship over the years. It was a no brainer to officially start our life together in a spot we treasure so greatly.

We began planning in our minds the quintessential Cape Cod wedding, with every detail hoping to bring our loved ones an experience that was personal, fun and very “us.” We wanted our guests to feel like they were coming to visit for a fun and relaxing Cape weekend. We were fortunate to spend our wedding weekend in Bryan’s parents Hyannis neighborhood where the bridesmaids, groomsmen, bride’s parents and groom’s parents each had a house to get ready in. Guests were invited to play lawn games before the wedding festivities officially began. Our ceremony took place in a quaint Chapel in Hyannisport that we run by every weekend in the summer and Bryan’s high school Priest from Houston, Texas officiated our wedding. Our reception took place at the Hyannisport Club, rich with history and picturesque views of Nantucket Sound. As the sun set dinner began followed by nonstop dancing on the deck.

It was extremely important to us for the details of our wedding to express our style as a couple, to be both traditional and fun. Nautical colors of navy, white and gold were a must. We had a blast picking out our invitations that included a custom map of our wedding locations. Some of our other favorite details were our welcome boxes with a personalized wedding timeline, surprising our mothers with bouquets that included pictures of their parents who have passed, yellow groomsmen anchor socks, place cards that were little message in bottles including notes to our guests, signature cocktails, custom menus which included food stations themed by our favorite locations; Boston, Cape Cod and Houston, monkey knots and nautical rope for the cocktail and dining centerpieces, ice cream cone favors and our navy and white ribbon wedding cake.

Our night ended with a trolley ride back to the Evans’ backyard for an epic tented after party. The day was filled with so many special memories with our closest family and friends. It truly was the most perfect day and way to celebrate the beginning of our life as Mr. and Mrs.

Photography: Ned Jackson Photography | Cinematography: JPod Productions | Floral Design: Judy Fligg, All About Flowers | Wedding Dress: Amsale | Cake: Delicious Desserts | Invitations: William Arthur | Ceremony Venue: Union Chapel | Reception Venue: Hyannisport Club | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Makeup: Charlotte Phinney From Charlotte & Company | Hair: Colleen McLaughlin | Band: Search Party | Groom's Attire: J. Hilburn | Groom's Attire: Brooks Brothers | Ceremony Music: The Boston String Quartet | Transportation: Cape Destinations | Bridal Boutique: Cristina's Bridal | Invitation Shop: Soiree | Rentals: Be Our Guest

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Black-Tie Boston Winter Wonderland Wedding

The State Room in Boston, MA is one of those iconic places to get married. With sprawling floor to window ceilings, it’s impossible to not get chills when you enter the dramatic space which is why this winter wedding took my breath away. The sophisticated affair captured by Kate Preftakes Photography oozes romance and every detail was planned to perfection. From the gorgeous invites by Smudge Ink to an aisle lined with rose petals, you can see every gorgeous detail here.

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Winter
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From the Kate Preftakes Photography… Cassie and Jason had the loveliest winter wedding in downtown Boston! We started out at the incredible Ames Hotel for getting ready photos and a first look then headed over to The State Room where the wedding was held. I don’t think it’s possible to convey how much I loved Cassie’s dress! She was stunning from head to toe and there was such a classic elegance to their entire black tie affair. Not only were these two gorgeous, but they were so incredibly happy and sweet all day. When a couple is utterly in love with each other it really shows and happiness radiates around them. Such was the case with Cassie and Jason and their entire families.

The State Room is an incredible venue with the most amazing view of Boston. The ceremony was timed to view a sunset but what they got was gently falling snow and it couldn’t have been more perfect. The room just sparkled with all of Cassie’s little touches and Longwood Events always makes their events flawless. The band Kahootz kept the party going and the dance floor was packed all night!

From the Bride… I wanted to bring traditional elements to our wedding since the State Room is a very modern venue. The blank canvas opened the doors to lots of glitter and gold I wanted to incorporate. My grandmother’s fur stole was my something borrowed and I loved having her with me the day of in spirit. We knew we wanted great food and dancing therefore Kahootz was a given! I feel so blessed to have Jason and to share our day with family and friends.

Photography: Kate Preftakes Photography | Floral Design: Michele Bernard | Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander | Cake: I Dream Of Jeanne Cakes | Invitations: Smudge Ink | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J. Crew | Band: Kahootz | Venue: The State Room

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West Elm + Style Me Pretty Wedding Registry Pop-Up

One of the best perks of tying the knot? Sprucing up your newlywed abode with registry goodies, of course. A few weeks ago, we partnered with the West Elm to launch their brand new wedding registry. Alongside some of our favorite local vendors, we pored over their gorgeous wares, snapped fun photo booth pics, indulged in sweets from Mayflour and Blackbird Doughnuts, and got to chat with some pretty darn adorable Boston soon-to-be’s. It was an incredible day to say the least and we were so happy to be a part of West Elm‘s new adventure!

Petal Floral Design‘s spread was so indicative of designer Becca’s aesthetic….lush, organic and utterly beautiful. Becca can basically transform any space into something dreams are made of and she used a few elements from West Elm to crank it up a couple of notches. But honestly, the best part about Becca is that she is one of the coolest chicks I know and just wants to do what she loves most…make beautiful things. 

Ruthie is one of our nearest and dearest friends and she was on hand to not only show off her gorgeous portfolio, but to also shoot the gathering in all its glory. Ruthie is responsible for so many of our favorite moments on Style Me Pretty and not surprisingly, she really captured the event so beautifully. We heart Ruthie in a big way.

I’ve been a longtime admirer of Lauren‘s work so to get to meet the lovely lady behind the genius was a definite highlight. And when I tell you she didn’t disappoint, that might be the understatement of the century. Lauren is the very definition of loveliness and she came equipped with one of the cutest favors I’ve ever seen – tiny firestarter kits for late summer nights under the stars. I could die.

I could basically fall in love with anyone that offers me free samples of buttercream but Jocelyn of Mayflour Cakes is on an entirely other level. She was doling out petite bites of heaven that had the words honey and lavender in them and to be honest, I was shoveling them into my mouth faster than I could hear any more about them. Plus, she just has a way with beautiful cakes so they were as pretty as they were yummy.

I think my husband Tait – also an SMP-er – basically rooted himself beside the Blackbird Doughnut display. And funny, the whole crowd seemed to innately migrate towards them too. Why? Oh maybe because these doughnuts are AH.MAZING. Dark Chocolate Ganache, Lemon Raspberry and oh I don’t know, some other amazing flavors were definitely the belle of the ball.

Photography: Ruth Eileen | Wedding Registry: West Elm | Event Design + Firestarter Favors: Lauren Wells Design & Styling | Floral Design: Petal Floral Design | Cakes: Mayflour Cake + Confections | Doughnuts: Blackbird Doughnuts

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Intimate Boston Restaurant Wedding

I’m lucky enough to live close to the Boston Public Garden, but still stop and stare at its beauty every visit. Spacious and serene, it’s also one idyllic spot for wedding pics. Jen Ing snapped these lovebirds among the garden’s romantic trees – complete with pup in tow – before heading to their celebration at a nearby restaurant. From these pics to the restaurant’s chic style, we have a winner, hands down.

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From Jen Ing PhotographyLily and Andy held an intimate wedding at Cinquecento restaurant in Boston. With only six months to plan the wedding, they wanted to keep things simple and intimate. Lily and Andy are self-proclaimed foodies and their vision of a perfect wedding was to eat and drink the night away with family and friends. Thus came the idea to throw a large dinner party and indulge in a delicious meal together instead of having a traditional wedding reception.

The wedding vision was inspired by Lily’s Jenny Packham dress, which she found after trying on only four wedding dresses! Says the bride, “I loved how light and comfortable I felt and knowing that I would not have to fuss around with a big skirt on our wedding day. My favorite part of the dress was the delicate flutter sleeves. I limited myself to doing only a few DIY projects. Paper Source had some gorgeous invitations with gold-foiled designs which I used to print our table numbers, signature drink menus and seating assignments. Our favors were artisan marshmallows tucked into muslin bags with a custom stamp which I hand-stamped myself. I had the most fun working with our coordinator at Cinquecento to come up with our signature drinks. Mine was a mocktail called ‘The Blushing Bride’ and Andy’s was a gin-based cocktail called ‘The Dapper Gin-tlemen.'”

Lily and Andy included some romantic art deco elements in touches of pink and gold, an homage to the Gatsby era, and neutral florals which beautifully complemented the restaurant’s more masculine and rustic aesthetic of reclaimed wood, bricks, and leather.

Prior to the wedding, we got some lovely shots of Lily and Andy together in Boston’s lush Public Garden, always a favorite for portraits. The couple says doing their first look and portraits was their favorite part of the day, especially since their dog, Polly, got to make an appearance.

Photography: Jen Ing Photography | Floral Design: Mahoney's Garden | Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham | Cake: Konditor Meister | Stationery: Minted | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Hair & Makeup: Vanessa Bridal And Image | Favors: Malvi | Groom's Attire: Milton's | Wedding Venue: Cinquecento | Bridal Boutique: Allegria Bridal | Music: Intermezzo Chamber Players

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Traditionally Elegant Wedding Filled with American History

For starters, my Groom is a huge history buff. So, when this next slice of history landed in my lap I just couldn’t wait to share. Because not only did this darling duo wed on historic land graced with Poppy Floral bouquets, but the Groom also happens to be a direct descendent of an American Founding Father, John Adams himself! Straight from Sweet Monday Photography, it’s a gallery chock-full of history (like the Bride’s heirloom veil!) and you can witness it all here!

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From Sweet Monday PhotographyWe’re excited to finally share what was probably a once-in-a-lifetime event for us as wedding photographers – the wedding of a direct descendant of John & Abigail Adams. The groom, Rett Adams, is the great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandson of John Adams. (8th generation from John Adams and 7th generation from John Quincy Adams.) Rett married his wife Leatha on June 14, 2014, at the Adams family property in Quincy, which is, of course, currently the Adams National Historical Park.

(Only direct descendants of the Adams family, through the male line, are allowed to get married at the Adams National Historical Park and it’s especially important to the ladies that run the museum that we mention this fact as they are concerned about fielding phone calls from non-Adams brides wanting to get married there.)

Professional photography is not usually allowed at the Adams House, however since Rett and his family own the property and lease it to the National Parks Services, we had free reign over the property and many of its artifacts (with strict supervision, of course!). The most stunning example is the heirloom veil that Leatha wore for the ceremony which was originally purchased by Charles Francis Adams in 1854 for his daughter Louisa’s marriage to Charles Kuhn. The veil was donated to the park in 1957 from Mary Ogden Abbott, who requested it be available to “descendants of Charles Francis Adams, the Ambassador to England, who might wish to use it at her wedding.” Leatha is only the fifth bride to wear the veil.

Rett & Leatha were married in the courtyard next to the Old House where John & Abigail used to live. Built in 1731, John & Abigail called the home “Peacefield” during their day as it was a refuge from the war & politics for four generations of Adams. Leatha made her entrance walking across the lawn past a white rose bush originally planted by Abigail Adams which she had brought with her from England (Rosa X alba, a simple white, single petal rose that the family called the York rose.)

We also took some portraits at the corner of the property near the black walnut tree which is attributed to John Quincy Adams, 6th President.

The reception took place inside the old Carriage House. Rett & Leatha had planned just a simple meal with family & friends but were surprised with a song and first dance by one of Rett’s groomsmen. Ending the night was another surprise…in honor of Flag Day, a park across the street had fireworks!

To the best of everyone’s recollection, Rett & Leatha are only the third couple to have a wedding at the Old House, the last one being in 1901.

We were so honored to be part of this uniquely historic event!

Photography: Sweet Monday Photography | Floral Design: Poppy Floral | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Cake: Sugar Plum Bakery | Invitations: Minted | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Watters | Makeup Artist: Manda Carco | Hair Stylist: Amy Lynne Poirier | Venue: Adams National Historical Park | Custom Watercolor & Calligraphy (Seating Chart & Table Numbers): Damn Good Calligraphy | Dress Shop: Musette Bridal

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Classic Old State House Wedding in Boston

I love calling Boston my city. It’s got a cozy kind of charm with all it’s historic buildings and quaint cobblestone streets tucked into a gorgeous harbor. And right there in the middle of it, sits the Old State House where these two lovebirds said their beautiful I do’s—the Bride holding her sweet peach garden rose bouquet from Winston Flowers and the Groom looking dapper in gray. Kelly Dillon documented the day with these breathtaking images—see it all here!

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From the beautiful Bride… Leo and I met actually a few blocks down from the Old State House at Bell in Hand (Americas oldest tavern). After 5 years together Leo proposed to me on a train we were taking down to Florida. Every year we would take a sleeper car down the east coast from Boston to Florida together. It was a perfect place to propose!

I really wanted our wedding to be relaxed and intimate. I liked the idea of having our ceremony in a historic building, and when we saw the old state house we fell in love with the space. I wanted the decor to be modern but have a vintage feel since we were getting married in a historic building. We wanted things polished but not perfect looking to leave things a bit more informal. I also wanted people to leave with few tokens. I like the idea of handkerchiefs for ceremony that could be useful and also great for everyone. I asked Leo to design the logo for our wedding, we used this on the handkerchiefs and we played off of the coat of arms, lion an unicorn that is on the old state house. If you look at the time on these it is set to 5:30, the time of our ceremony. I also used the lions for the escort cards.

Photography: Kelly Dillon Photography | Floral Design: Winston Flowers | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Ceremony: Old State House Boston | Ceremony Venue: Old State House Boston | Reception Venue: Mistral Bistro | Shoes: BHLDN | Makeup: Tryst Studio | Hair: Stacey Kuehn

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