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Massachusetts Farm Wedding from Anna Sawin Photography

Every day I find a new reason to love Massachusetts weddings, from the breathtaking settings to the sweet duos that grace our pages with their uber-stylish faces.  And clocking in at number 595 (I’m estimating) is this darling affair from the ever-talented Anna Sawin Photography.  An affair, mind you, that happens to boast all of the aforementioned, plus sweet rustic details and a whole lot of happy.  It’s a combo that can’t be beat, really, and you can see it all in the full gallery.


From Anna SawinIf music can be a detail, then this was the most detail-rich wedding I’ve ever attended! Music truly filled the day, from family music rehearsals in the morning, professional choral recitals by the family, piano accompaniment by family and friends and informal song. Abby, a soprano opera singer, and Adam were married at Quonquont Farm in Whately, Massachusetts last August. They traveled from their west coast home to bring the wedding to the home locale of Abby’s elderly grandmother. The couple was serenaded at the ceremony with a rich choral harmony provided by her mother and father, as well as countless other friends and relatives, and professionally conducted by her brother.

Abby and Adam celebrated the height of the summer harvest with locally sourced and prepared foods from Whately farms, including pies made from the freshly picked, summer-ripe peaches of Quonquont Farm. Their afternoon nuptials were as warm, lovely and lingering as the summer day itself.

Wedding Photography: Anna Sawin Photography | Wedding Venue: Quonquont Farm, Whately, Massachusetts | Catering + Event Coordination: Seth Mias Catering | Floral Design: Rebecca Fitzgerald (bouquet + corsages + boutonnieres) + DIY by Family | Map + Table Numbers: Sister of the Groom | Sound System: ATC Audio | Pies: Petsi Pies

Tolland Summer Camp Wedding from beIMAGED Photography

I can’t imagine a more fun wedding than this one. Held at the very same summer camp that they met and fell in love with years ago, this adorable couple hosted a picture perfect DIY wedding over Labor Day weekend. Their guests camped out in bunks, did tons of fun camp activities like frisbee golf and swimming while beIMAGED Photography captured all the hand crafted goodness. Click here for even more!

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From the Bride… It was always a clear choice for us to hold our wedding at the summer camp where we met as kids and eventually fell in love. Our experiences at our camp helped to shape the people we are today, and we wanted our family and friends to be as moved by its positive environment as we always were. The love and joy in the air during the entire weekend was a feeling that our guests are still talking about and we will always cherish. One of my friends even calls it “Magic Camp.” It was indeed a magical weekend that exceeded any expectations we had. We held the wedding on Labor Day weekend so that it would be easier for guests to stay for two nights. Some of us went up to camp on Thursday and Friday to set up, and all the guests arrived on Saturday. Most people stayed in the bunks of camp, which was so much fun! During the day, we held camp activities, including softball, ultimate Frisbee, arts and crafts, yoga, Frisbee-golf, wiffle ball and swimming in the lake. On Saturday night, in a nod to my old and much beloved city, New Orleans, we held a New Orleans dance and costume party. Guests were encouraged to wear wigs and dress up in funky costumes. We danced and danced, had a bonfire with s’mores, and my father surprised us by dressing up as The Blues Brothers with two of his good buddies and performing a dance! It was an awesome party and gave all our guests a chance to know each other even better before the wedding day.

My favorite memory of the weekend was the ceremony. My father became ordained to marry us. Dan and I decided to walk down the aisle together, and this was a moment I will remember forever. As we walked down the hill, with the sparkling lake and our family facing and welcoming us, I was so grateful to have Dan by my side. We were walking into our future together, arm in arm, supporting each other. As we walked into the crowd of our family and friends, there was a flood of love and support in the air. The positivity was overwhelming and tangible.  I have never felt such joy, excitement and love as I did in that moment.

We made all of the decorations on our own. Although this became a tremendous amount of work, everything looked so beautiful, unique and personal in the end. Everyone commented on all the little details and how they were such reflections of us. I would not have been able to do this without the help of my sister, mother and friends! Everyone would come over for cocktails and snacks to make bunting, pom-poms, table cards, cut and fold programs, and wrap bottles and vases. Our friends and family were also an integral part of the set-up during the wedding weekend and helped enormously. We are so lucky for the wonderful people in our lives!My sister’s mother-in-law is amazingly talented with flowers, and she helped us with all the florals and decorations. We went to the flower markets in NYC one day and we talked about what I liked. Then she put together the most beautiful bouquets and worked on the flowers on Friday with the help of family and friends.

Planning a wedding, especially in a venue that does not usually hold weddings, is a huge undertaking. Sometimes it was easy to lose sight of what all the work was for.  For any bride reading this, I want you to know that you are not alone! I never realized how stressful it would be to plan a wedding, and how all the details could make you crazy. A lot of people didn’t understand why I was making so much bunting or collecting so many bottles, but when my vision came to fruition, everyone finally understood. When the weekend began, I decided that we were done making decisions and stressing about the small details. It was now our job to simply enjoy the fruits of our labor and relish the love and sense of togetherness in the air  And that is exactly what we did. It was the best weekend of our lives, and in the end, Dan and I had each other and all our loved ones around us, so nothing could really go wrong.

Wedding Photography + Cinematography: beIMAGED Photography / Wedding Venue: Camp Kinderland in Tolland, Massachusetts / Floral Design: The Bride’s Sister’s Mother-in-Law / Catering: Apogee Catering / Wedding Invitations: A Friend of the Bride / Paper for Bunting, Invitations, Place Cards, Etc: Paper Source + Paper Presentation / Decorations: DIY by the Bride + Friends / Ring Box: Lazy Lightning Art / Wedding Dress: Watters via Lovely Bridal Shop NYC / Bride’s Shawl: Ivy & Aster via Lovely Bridal Shop NYC / Hair + Makeup: Bellucci’s Hair Salon / Groom’s Suit: Michael Andrews Bespoke

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Carriage House at the Barney Estate Wedding by Studio SMC Photography

I know summer is just around the corner and I should be longing for days spent lounging on the beach, but once I laid my eyes on this breathtaking Springfield soiree by Studio SMC Photography, I couldn’t possibly think of anything, but my favorite season – Fall.  Yep, with the changing leaves and warm hues as their backdrop, this adorable duo tied the knot in one seriously stunning affair… and from that gorgeous gown to the cozy vibe, I simply can’t get enough.  Click here for more.

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From the Bride… I was never one of those women who start planning their weddings when they were little girls. So when Dave and I got engaged, we were very overwhelmed with planning a wedding from scratch! We both grew up in Springfield, Massachusetts, and recently had purchased a home there, so we knew we wanted the wedding to take place in Western Massachusetts. Thankfully we were able to start planning the ceremony since I’ve always wanted to get married in my alma mater’s chapel in South Hadley (Yay for Mount Holyoke College!). As for the reception, we fell in love with the Barney Carriage House in Forest Park. The space is lovely and the tent was exactly what we were looking for! We were so happy to have the party in Springfield.

Dave and I are both close to our large families, so we knew from the beginning that we would have a decent-sized party. We’re both pretty laid-back, geeky types, so we wanted to have a fun, bright, crafty feel. I’ve always been crafty, so I knew there would be a lot of homemade details. I had a lot of fun collecting inspiration and seeing it all come to life! I spend a lot of time knitting, so knitting a wedding shawl was one of my top priorities. Having an heirloom that I actually wore all night is one of my proudest accomplishments. It was easy to incorporate our colors of red, yellow, and orange throughout the details. I loved picking out all the different fabrics for the escort cards and table covers. Dave made the cornhole sets that were used during cocktail hour and the reception. We picked up the cornhole bags in our wedding colors on a road trip to Kentucky we took three weeks before the wedding! I never felt that strongly about flowers, so I collected a couple of inspiration pictures of the flowers I liked to give to my friend and florist, Kae. She knocked it out of the park and gave us my dream flowers. I was worried about dress shopping since I’m plus-sized but I’m happy to report I had nothing but great experiences in all the local bridal shops. I wasn’t sure about wearing a strapless dress, but my Sophia Tolli gown fit me like a glove and I felt fabulous wearing it. My jewelry was custom-made by Roxy’s Jewelery using pearls my grandparents had given me over the years, in hopes of giving me a pearl necklace for my wedding. Sandra of Studio SMC Photography captured all the details and moments of our wedding perfectly with her wonderful eye.

Our ceremony was a reflection of our relationship and our personalities. I walked down the aisle to the “Princess Bride” theme and our Justice of the Peace opened the ceremony with a perfect imitation of the “mawage” speech from the movie. We both have Celtic backgrounds, so we felt strongly that a hand-fasting was the best representation of tying the knot and getting married. After the ceremony, we had a receiving line, per the suggestion of our photographer, Sandra. It was wonderful to be greeted by our closest friends and family, surrounded by all the love. I can’t imagine starting our marriage any other way. The rest of of day was pretty near perfect, as well. I can’t imagine a more perfect day.

Wedding Photography: Studio SMC Photography / Wedding Ceremony: Abbey Chapel at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts / Wedding Reception: The Carriage House at the Barney Estate in Springfield, Massachusetts / Floral Design: Edge Floral Design / Cupcakes: Gregory’s Pastry Shop (413-586-9900) / Wedding Invitations: Paradise Copies / Tree Guest Print: Lovliday / Wedding Dress: Sophia Tolli via Pearl Bridal Boutique / Hair: Salon Karma / Makeup: Makeup Artistry by Liz / Jewelry + Hair Accessories: Roxy’s Jewelry Boutique / Shawl + Parasol Cover: Knitted by the Bride / Bridesmaids dresses: Alfred Sung / Tuxedos: Men’s Wearhouse / Cufflinks: Squishy Sushi / Bride’s Shoes: Payless

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