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A Seaside Watercolor Wedding That’s All About Color

I LOVE a bride who’s not afraid of color, so I’m pretty sure Sam and I could be best friends. Along with her love Mike, she designed a classic New England wedding by the water with no shortage of fluffy peonies, watercolor paper goods and pretty shades of pink in the mix. Peruse away in the full gallery by Kelly Dillon.


From The Bride…Mike and I met on! We both joined as a New Year’s resolution; Mike had just moved back to MA from Louisiana, and I was getting back into the dating scene. Turns out, we were invited to the same New Year’s Eve party that year, but Mike didn’t go! Our first date was at Lolita, a tequila bar in Back Bay. I had never met anyone as enthusiastic as Mike; we were still chatting away when I noticed that all the chairs were up on the tables and they were waiting for us to leave so the restaurant could close! I knew immediately that Mike was special, and it didn’t take me more than a few dates to know that he was the man I was going to marry.

Four years later, my best friend (the same one who threw that infamous New Year’s Eve party) invited me to Lolita for a birthday dinner. I was having the worst day ever at work, and told Mike that I was going to have to cancel my dinner plans. He convinced me to keep them, and when I arrived at the restaurant and walked around the corner, I saw him there waiting for me! At first, I thought it was a birthday surprise, and looked past him to see who else was there. That’s when he walked towards me, got down on one knee, and said that he thought our spot was a perfect place to ask me to be his wife. The whole restaurant started cheering!!! The funny part is, it was so dark in the restaurant and I was so shocked that I didn’t even NOTICE the ring until we sat down at our table! After staring into the sparkle for about an hour and sipping some seriously delicious champagne, Mike announced that he had another surprise for me…across the restaurant, our parents, my sister and bestie/co-conspirator were waiting to celebrate with us! It was magical, romantic, perfect, and so worth the wait.

Mike proposed on Friday night, and on Sunday morning we jetted off to the Dominican Republic for a romantic getaway, which was awesome because it gave us a few days alone to let the excitement sink in, and to talk about what we wanted. We both grew up on the South Shore of Massachusetts, and saw ourselves getting married outside, somewhere overlooking the water. When I stepped onto the lawn at Wequassett, I got tears in my eyes. I could see us getting married there – it was perfect!

Our first priority was securing the Lisa Love Experience as our band. Mike and I love live music, and had seen LLE perform at a wedding shortly after we started dating, and Mike told them that night that they would play at our wedding and put their business card in his wallet. Four years later, Mike still had their business card in his wallet and made good on that promise! We called immediately to make sure they were available for our chosen date. It was super important to us that the dance floor be packed at all times, and we got our wish!

Once that was done, it was all about setting the tone. Encouraging our guests to dress in black-tie turned out to be totally worth it; everyone looked amazing, and it truly gave the setting an even more special feel. Mike and my friends tease me that I “love Love”, which is so true, and I had a vision for the wedding to be super romantic; that to me means lots of beautiful flowers! I found the bridesmaids’ gowns first, and they were exactly what I wanted. I love the palette of pinks (we both mentioned my love of pink in our vows!), and the colors were perfect for a late-spring wedding. My mom and her cousin David, who is an event planner for Harvard University, helped make our dream come alive with many trips to the Boston Flower Exchange to find the perfect shades of peonies, roses and hydrangeas. Meanwhile, my mom and I made very good friends with the ladies at our local Pottery Barn, who tracked down hundreds of mercury glass votives to create a beautiful candlelit glow in the ballroom.

I love a good blog, and got a lot of great inspiration by following my favorite bloggers and local event planners on Instagram. Mike and I have very bold personalities and a lot of energy, and it was important to me that the colors and vibe of the wedding captured that. The table arrangements used bright shades of pink and orange, which looked amazing in the candle light, and were built loosely to spill out of the vases and give an organic, kind of bohemian look.

I really loved the concept of bringing the bright colors and floral theme into our invitation suite, and I wanted a custom look. Working with Cara from Modern Vintage in Sandwich was an awesome experience. We were inspired by having the ceremony on Pleasant Bay, and thought using hand-painted watercolor for the invitation suite was a great way to tie everything together and set the tone for the weekend. I am completely obsessed with how the entire suite came out, from the invitation to the hand-drawn map on the back of the amenities card, to the custom menu!

My favorite thing about our wedding was all the special little personal touches. We purchased the sweetheart table at an antique store in my hometown, so that we can have it in our house, which is really neat, and I love that this was Mike’s idea. My bouquet was tied together with a swatch of lace from my grandmother’s wedding gown, which was a wonderful way for me to have her spirit with me. Inviting friends to read hand selected poems and prayers, and serenade the audience with one of our favorite songs, was extra special and definitely lent a personal touch to the ceremony. Of course, the best part by far was writing our own vows! It was super intimate and romantic; just what we were hoping for.

Photography: Kelly Dillon Photography | Floral Design: Bride's Mother | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridal | Bride's Shoes: Loeffler Randall | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Allure Bridal | Hair: Allure | Band: Lisa Love Experience | Groomsmen Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Venue: Wequassett Resort and Golf Club | Rentals: Sandwich Antiques


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What’s Black, White and Chic All Over? This Wedding Inspiration Shoot

If ever there was a color palette that evoked instant glamour, it would be black and white. And this Willowdale Estate inspiration shoot from Annmarie Swift Photography and Always Yours Events is oozing with glamour, elegance and sophistication. From the Amanda Day Rose Paperie invites to the Maid of Honor’s chic jumpsuit, the monochromatic details of this shoot prove that black and white will never go out of style. See it all in The Vault!

From Always Yours Events… When Annmarie Swift and I dreamt up this styled inspiration shoot, our goal was to create a fine art design both “classic and charming” within an intimate, romantic space! Willowdale Estate’s black and white private dining room filled with a plethora of gorgeous natural light was an absolute perfect fit for this design, and it’s decor really provided us with so much inspiration. To create a softened, romantic look we incorporated a lovely dove gray shade into the classic black and white color palette and tied in accents of gold. The custom fine art invitation suite by Amanda Day Rose set the tone, from the deckled edges to hand drawn sketch of the Willowdale Estate to the soft gray envelopes sealed with a white heirloom wax seal. For the tablescape, I wanted to again create a design that was utterly charming and intimate, and so we set one large guest table down the center of the room with matte white embossed linens and stone washed Louis chairs from Be Our Guest. Each place setting was set with the loveliest details such as custom gray linen napkins tied with soft white hand dyed silk ribbons, deckled edge menus and escort cards calligraphed with gorgeous brush script by Becca Joas and matte gold tapered candlesticks.

An abundance of gorgeous florals in shades of white, cream and barely blush by Poppies transformed the dining room into such an enchanting space! Rory Weinberg created statement arrangements composed within matte black pedestal bowls with overflowing greenery and blooms, again combining classic with charming. Delicate smilax vines were lightly strewn through the dining room’s chandelier, and a smilax and white clematis garland was draped over bride and groom’s chairs.
The bridal party attire was hands down a favorite detail. Our stunning bride wore a Lis Simon peplum gown with a breathtaking soft and ethereal tulle skirt from Your Dream Bridal, along with elegant pumps with chic white bows by Bella Belle Shoes. And our beautiful maid of honor added a little sass in a black v-neck jumpsuit. Statement garden bouquets of soft white blooms and spring textures gathered with lovely ribbons by Ruffled Lane completed the look oh so perfectly.
What I truly loved most about this fine art design was that it was a timeless look that could work beautifully any space, whether it be an intimate private dining room to a sailcloth tent on a private estate. This inspiration shoot and vendor team was an absolute dream, and this design will forever be an AYE favorite!

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Photography: Annmarie Swift Photography | Floral Design: Poppies Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Lis Simon | Stationery: Amanda Day Rose | Bride's Shoes: Bella Belle | Makeup: Claudia Moriel | Calligraphy: Becca Joas | Groomsmen Attire: Hugo Boss Red Label | Venue: Willowdale Estate | Bridal Boutique: Your Dream Bridal | Bridesmaid Jumpsuit: Rent The Runway | Event Planning, Event Design + Styling: Always Yours Events | Hairstyling: Maricruz Polito | Hand Dyed Silk Ribbons: Ruffled Lane | Models: Maggie Inc | Rentals: Be Our Guest

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A Boho Inspiration Session Fit for a Grecian Goddess

It all started with a dress. And not just any dress. No, this is the Hayley Paige “Honeycomb” dress, which inspired The I Do Scene to dream up this gorgeous “Grecian bohemian” editorial photo shoot. With a vision for a lush, intimate ceremony and tablescape design, these amazing vendors transformed Sage Market + Design‘s floral studio into the perfect photo shoot backdrop. See all the pretty from Christina Bernales in The Vault!

From The I Do SceneWhat an amazing shoot this was!! I came up with the concept to create this gorgeous Mediterranean-inspired shoot after first seeing an inspired gown from Hayley Paige and my vision for “Grecian Boho” was born. I wanted to create an intimate, lush and elegant setting for the ceremony and I wanted that same feeling to carry through the tablescape décor as well. New England Country Rental provided the gorgeous rentals and when I first saw the white oval table I had to have it! I like the juxtaposition of the modern feel of the table and the organic elegant feeling I created with the tablescape décor. The china setting had a heavy Grecian style influence that I loved and paired with the mother of pearl flatware and a simple olive green cotton gauze napkin the combination made my heart skip a beat!

Sage Market + Design is an amazing little design boutique in Newburyport, Massachusetts owned by mother-daughter team, Beverly and Jordan Fowler. These ladies were a dream to collaborate with! They graciously offered their studio space as the location for the shoot and are responsible for the gorgeous floral design! The floral design for the tablescape consisted of two lush centerpieces featuring olive leaf, asparagus fern, eucalyptus, white hydrangea, white roses and white peonies and the gorgeous garland that flowed from the edge of the table and spilled onto the floor. The backdrop for the “ceremony” was a living wall of boxwood with dripping floral “lanterns” hanging from either side of the beautiful gilded sconces from Anthropologie, anchored by tall gold lanterns on the floor. The stunning bouquet mimicked the same beautiful flowers and greenery featured in the centerpieces.

Rachel Meadows of Honey Honey Calligraphy designed the beautiful watercolor-inspired stationary and lettered the gorgeously unique calligraphy! I loved the gorgeous shades of green from the paper goods that was woven throughout the design in the tablescape and ceremony backdrop.

The white linen vow book from Wedding Story Writer was the perfect heirloom piece that added just the sweetest touch of romance. I just adored this book from the first moment I laid eyes on it and was so happy to have been able to feature it.

Our beautiful model “Bride” Danielle is a real bride-to-be and one of my beautiful clients getting married next year. She excitedly transformed into our Grecian-Boho bride and brought life to this shoot. She truly was a vision in the “Honeycomb” gown from the incredible Hayley Paige. The beautiful jewelry from designer Eugenie Bee was just the right touch-I especially loved the gold bee earrings! Hairstylists Monica Tufts and Jacqueline Barone from Mirror Mirror Salon created a beautifully relaxed, yet romantic hairstyle for Danielle, and the talents of makeup artist Raena Tripp Mason highlighted her natural beauty flawlessly.

Last but certainly not least is the incredible talent you experiencing while seeing these gorgeous images. Christina Bernales is truly a visionary behind her lens. She is patient, thoughtful and is an inspiration to see in action!

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Photography: Christina Bernales | Floral Design: Sage Market + Design | Wedding Dress: JLM Couture, Inc | Jewelry: Eugenie Bee Jewelry | Hair: Monica Tufts | Stationery + Calligraphy: Honey Honey Calligraphy | Event Planning, Styling + Design: The I Do Scene | Location: Sage Market + Design | Makeup + Esthetician: Raena Tripp Mason | Model: Danielle Tousignant | Rentals: New England Country Rentals | Vow Book: Wedding Story Writer

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