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The Coziest Winter Wedding in New England

If you’re going to throw a wedding during the cozy winter months, I can’t think of a better spot than the Willowdale Estate. Especially when said wedding day includes seasonal florals by Luna Moss and sweet treats from Mayflour Confections. With pretty fur wraps and romantic snow scenes, this gallery by Cuppa Photography will make you crave winter in a serious way.


From Willowdale EstateWinter weddings are instantly romantic; but this particular occasion stands out for incorporating a few details that we cannot get enough of: vintage fur, cascading greenery, candle-light and warm fireplaces. Melissa and Ryan made a great impression on everyone who worked with them for their generous care for the guests, the authentic connection with each other, and their effortless style that was both formal and relaxed at the same time. The weather outside was blustery and cold but the guests were welcomed with a warm drink and escorted into the ceremony which was filled with candle romantic candle light. We kept the atmosphere cozy with our savory appetizers, warm fireplaces, and a soup course during dinner!

From The Bride…The inspiration was a secret garden in winter type of theme. We wanted it to look whimsical and romantic! It was the weekend of the polar vortex in New England so it was FREEZING. We were taking photos outside in negative thirty degree temperatures.

I love winter weddings because there are not many so everyone is looking forward to it. There is also something so wonderful about being together with all your loved ones by the fireplace while it’s negative degrees outside. Also, during our ceremony, the wind was howling and it made it really beautiful when we were saying our vows. We did a burning of sage during our wedding ceremony to clear the space for us as well as our guests. The smoke looked beautiful against the moonlight winter sky at Willowdale!

I wore my Grandma Mae’s fur shawl and all the women in the bridal party wore their grandmother’s fur. The Blue Vintage Ring and Gold Bracelet were both my grandmothers! My husband’s mom made beautiful welcome boxes for the hotel rooms, but unfortunately we don’t have a picture of them. We have some really nice memories of going to dance lessons to practice our first dance. My favorite memories are of practicing our dance in our tiny living room in Boston. We donated the flowers to the Kaplan House which is a hospice house that my mother volunteers at. It is a beautiful place.

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Photography: Cuppa Photography | Floral Design: Luna Moss | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridal | Cake: Mayflour Confections | Bride's Shoes: Something Bleu | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Erin Fetherston | Makeup: Joya Beauty | Hair: Hair That Moves | Calligraphy: Leveret and Hare | Band: Night Shift Entertainment | Groom's Attire: Nordstrom | Officiant: Weddings With Spirit | Venue: Willowdale Estate | Ribbon: Silk & Willow

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12 Fabulous Ways to Thank Your Bridesmaids

Your bridesmaids? They’ve been with you through thick and thin. The dress fittings, the cake tastings, the 5 am meltdowns over color choices (it’s okay, we’ve all been there)… there’s a reason you call them your best friends. Which is why we’ve asked our faves at Long’s Jewelers to help you say “thank you” for everything in the best way possible. Think 12 awesome wedding day gifts that are perfect for showing that bestie gratitude. Scroll below for every pretty pick.

Bridesmaids Gifts from Long's Jewelers
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Bridesmaids Gifts from Long's Jewelers
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Ready to get your gift giving on? Visit one of Long’s Jewelers four locations in Massachusetts or their newest location (now open!) in sales tax free Nashua, NH! Their amazing staff will use their years of experience (they’ve been open since 1878, y’all) to help you find those bridesmaids gifts that will really, really wow. We promise.

Bridal Beauty 101: Finding That Perfect Style for Your Gown

You’ve found that dress of your dreams and now it’s time to focus on putting the entire look together with hair and makeup.  Need help? Well, we’ve got you covered, because today we’re joining forces with Jennie Kay for a quick run-down on all things beauty with tips + tricks on achieving that glam wedding day look, no matter the gown or style you’re dreaming of. Let’s get started.


Your style? Laid-back with a big ol’ side of sophistication. Which means rocking a stunning gown that shows some skin and hair + make-up that is just as sleek and glamorous. Jennie Kay suggests pairing your dream dress with a rope braid pony or soft low bun that is dressy enough for a wedding, but is also completely effortless.


You’re a vintage-inspired lady looking to rock that elegant lace number, but still maintain a modern, yet sexy edge. Jennie Kay’s tip? A bright red lip for that much-needed side of sophistication and a stunning updo that frames one side of the face, plus sweeps across the back in a beautiful style that is reminiscent of the past.

“Look at the way you wore your hair at your initial dress fitting. It usually mimics your initial idea on how your hair should be.” – Jennie Kay Beauty


Crave a look that is soft, romantic and free, just like you and your wedding? Then this fab boho look from Jennie Kay Beauty is sooo for you. Simply keep your hair natural in wave and texture and add three gorgeous braids for a little pop of WOW.  Want to add a little glamour to the look? Really make those eyes stand out with just the right shade of shadow and mascara.


For those of you who want to keep it sweet + classic on the Big Day, Jennie Kay suggests a low twisted ponytail that is equal parts show-stopping and wholesome. Pair it with subtle makeup (like a light pink lip) and a gown that has just a pop of sass and the results are absolutely timeless.


Waves are a girl’s best friend and when it comes to a wedding day look that is equal parts laid-back and sophisticated, Jennie Kay keeps those tousled waves down with just a few sweet strands pulled back for a look that is all sorts of romantic. Add some soft pink lips and some barely-there makeup to complete the look.

Contact Jennie Kay Beauty to create a seamless, stunning look from head to toe… you won’t regret it.

Photography: Erin McGinn | Videography: Frame & Anchor | Floral Design: Kim Lamothe | Hair + Makeup: Jennie Kay beauty | Bridal Boutique: Everthine Bridal Boutique | Jewelry (1): Sara Gabriel | Jewelry (3,5): Miss Ellie | Wedding Dress (1,4,5): Rue De Seine | Wedding Dress (2,3): Daalarna

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