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Commander’s Mansion Wedding from Lisa Rigby Photography + Petalena

Lisa Rigby just made my day.  Like, filled it with so much LOVE and joy, I can barely find the words to describe all of the pretty.  So, if I appear to be a bumbling mess, I seriously apologize… but once you get lost in the bright pink hues, stop-you-in-your-tracks vintage details and downright happiness flowing from each and every glorious image, trust me, you’ll feel the exact same way.  It’s a Summertime masterpiece with a bundles of beautiful blooms by Petalena, the perfect dose of sweetness and a gallery chock-full of lovely.  Join me there for more.

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From the Bride… I was going for happy, vintage, American summertime! When I was a teenager, I used to watch Trading Spaces, and I remember one bit of advice from an interior designer on that show. She said something along the lines of you don’t have to try to force everything to match because chances are, if you pick things that you truly like, those things just have a way of looking great together. So, I was never stressed out about trying to match everything. I always liked the idea of a happy-go-lucky, vintage wedding, so that was the inspiration. I didn’t care if “vintage” was overdone — it’s just what we like! We’re not city people, but we happen to live in a city, so the BBQ dinner, cowboy boots and vintage-craziness were a small tip of the hat to the more rural life we’re hoping to have someday.

I hand-stamped the seating cards with gold ink, and tied a skeleton key to each one with burlap string. I got the skeleton key idea from seeing it on lots of Pinterest boards. The keys were collected from Ebay and Etsy. Joe punched out the corners on the all the seating tags once I started to get blisters doing it. What a guy! The favors were hanging glass crystals etched with silver designs, hung on ivory and aqua bakers’ twine. They were Christmas ornaments from Sundance. Joe asked me to marry him at Christmas time, and I thought it would be sort of a cute hint at his proposal. I, with help from my mom, dad and sister, hand-covered each favor box with printed paper, wrapped each box with mismatching but similarly-colored washi tape and tied little thank you tags (hand-stamped) to the boxes with the same twine. I first saw some paper boutonnieres on Martha Stewart’s website and thought it was a cute idea. All of the corsage and boutonniere designs were my own — each one was different depending on the person it were being made for! I also designed and made the invitations. The envelopes and envelope liners were bought at Paper Source. The ivory paper was thick watercolor paper. After making the invitation suite designs on my computer, I sent the files to Anna-Mae of Village Impressions, who converted them into clear cling stamps. I hand-painted the peach and turquoise lantern “glow” on each invitation and reception card, and then stamped each one with clear embossing powder. They were each embossed with ultra-fine black embossing powder using a heat gun, then each was glued with pH-neutral bookmaking glue to the backing paper. The designs had to be stamped and embossed separately from the text. Once they were glued and the paper bands were made, my mom hand-addressed the inner and outer envelopes, we stuffed and sealed them and sent them off! It was a lot more work than I’d anticipated, and if I could go back in time, this is the one thing I’d never want to do again. Between the designing and the actual constructing of the invitations, it took about two months to finish, and it was just as expensive as if I’d had them printed.

The tables, gold chairs, and ivory place settings were rented from Taylor Rental in Haverhill. I designed the tables myself. The ivory linens were from Smarty Had a Party. The burlap runners were custom made by Teresa White of Straightstitch. During the year before the wedding, I collected lots of antique hand-embroidered tablecloths and mismatching tea-saucers from about 100 Etsy and Ebay sellers. The gold, pink, and turquoise mercury glass votive holders were bought all over the place. Some of the milk bottles and glass jars used for the Petalena’s table arrangements were literally found on the sidewalk near our apartment. We placed them back on the sidewalk after the wedding, and they were gone within hours.

Photography: Lisa Rigby Photography / Ceremony: MIT Chapel in Cambridge, Massachusetts / Reception: Commander’s Mansion in Watertown, Massachusetts /  Floral Design: Petalena / Boutonnieres: DIY / Boutonniere Supplies: 32NorthSupplies + FreshlyFallenDesigns / Wedding Invitations: DIY / Envelopes + Liners: Paper Source / Custom Invitation Stamp for Embossing: Village Impressions / Christmas Ornament Favors: Sundance / Favor Boxes: DIY / Tables, Chairs + Place Settings: Taylor Rental / Linens: Smarty Had a Party / Table Runners: StraightStitch / Lanterns: Paper Lantern Store + Luna Bazaar / Lantern Set-Up: Sandy + Len of DesignLight / Wedding Dress: Christos “Julianna” / Bride’s Boots: Frye “Carson” via Amazon / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J.Crew “Evie” / Bridesmaids’ Necklaces: Ballandchain / Bride’s + Bridesmaids’ Clutches: MlleBagatelles / Groom’s Suit: Banana Republic / Groom’s Shirt: Calvin Klein / Groom’s Shoes: Bostonian via Macy’s / Engagement Ring + Groom’s Wedding Ring: DeScenza Diamonds / Bride’s Wedding Ring: Vintage via eBay

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Boston Wedding at Commander’s Mansion by Click Imagery

The most important detail of any wedding is the celebration of love and devotion that two people have for one another.  So when a little rain, or an entire hurricane, heads your way there’s no need to panic because at the end of the day you’ll still be married to your true love.  Of course, it also helps to have an extraordinary team of vendors like this one who magically made this English garden party-inspired wedding by Click Imagery a reality despite Hurricane Irene.  It captures the romantic, sweet love that one finds in Pride and Prejudice or Jane Eyre and I am just smitten.  See it all in the full gallery!

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From the Bride… They say rain on your wedding day is good luck, so what does a hurricane on your wedding day mean?

Mike proposed to me at our favorite beach in Gloucester, Massachusetts. We stumbled upon Good Harbor Beach years back during one of our trips to Gloucester for fresh seafood at The Causeway. Ever since we adopted our beloved dog, Roscoe, we love going back to Good Harbor to let him play and run around in the sand. Needless to say, Roscoe was with us the day we got engaged. Being half British, I have been exposed to and developed a love for period pieces such as Pride and Prejudice from a very young age, which shaped my vision for an English garden wedding. Our venue, a historical mansion called the Commander’s Mansion and its beautiful grounds, fit this vision perfectly.

I loved the entire planning process, which I attribute largely to our fabulous vendors who were all just amazing to work with. One of the highlights for us was designing the centerpieces. Mike and I visited antique stores to find antique/vintage glass vases for the flowers so each would be unique. I worked closely with a dear friend of ours to design the floral arrangements, which she constructed for us as a wedding gift. Another planning highlight was picking out our place settings, which consisted of mismatched pieces of English-inspired china and vintage glassware. It was little touches like this that added to our English garden ambiance. Of course the fascinators my British female family members were wearing helped too.

As our wedding day, August 27, 2011, approached, Hurricane Irene decided to make her way up the east coast. One would think that torrential rain on the day of your English garden-inspired wedding would put a bit of a damper on the day. Fortunately, my amazing vendors seamlessly made last minute changes, which luckily only entailed moving the outdoor ceremony underneath the tent. Our amazingly talented photographers were even able to make the rain disappear in many of our photos, along with managing to make it beautiful in others. As soon as we heard the string duet begin playing, we put the rain behind us and lost ourselves in our very personalized wedding ceremony, which very fittingly included a water ceremony. It was amazing to be surrounded by friends, family, and our dog. Roscoe was an integral part of our wedding day, as he was the star of many of the photos, along with being the best ring bearer around. He even celebrated with us as we were pronounced husband and wife, letting out a woof while everyone else applauded. After the ceremony, the cocktail hour proceeded inside the beautiful mansion, followed by the reception under the beautiful (and dry) marquee. In a way, Hurricane Irene united our guests as they stayed underneath the tent and celebrated with us all night. Our wedding day was perfect (and certainly unforgettable), hurricane and all.

Wedding Photography: Click Imagery / Wedding Venue: Commander’s Mansion in Watertown, Massachusetts / Wedding Coordination: EFD Creative / Floral Design: Busy Bee Florist / Centerpieces: Tricia Medas / Officiant: Reverend LisaAnn Donegan / Catering: Green Olive Catering / Wedding Cake: Susan Berejik / Beer + Wine: D&L Liquors / Ceremony Music: Riverview Chamber Players / Cocktail Hour Music: Joe McMahon Trio / DJ: DJ Monster Carl / Transportation: Local Motion of Boston / Wedding Dress: Melissa Sweet for Priscilla of Boston (Now Closed) via Vows / Veil: Custom / Hair: Andrea Walters / Makeup: Michel Krump

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The Commander’s Mansion Wedding by Jonathan Hanson/Readyluck

Oh, gorgeous Massachusetts wedding… how I adore you and your lovely ways.  It’s true.  I am more than completely smitten with your warm tones, stunning historic location and beautiful blooms by Country Florals.  Not to mention your fabulous paper goods by Russell Hite Design.  (The dashing groom!)  And those beyond breathtaking images captured by Jonathan Hanson/Readyluck?  Brilliant.  Oh, yes… I am head over heels in love with you, Massachusetts wedding.  And it’s so very, very easy to see why.  Click here for even more.

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From the Bride… I grew up in Massachusetts, and Russell and I spent summers in New England while we were dating, so we wanted to share the area with our out-of-town guests. We wanted to find a location that had a mix of a beautiful outdoor space for the ceremony, and an indoor space with its own historic character for the reception. We fell in love with the Commander’s Mansion, and the details in the space.

We chose to have our ceremony outside in the grape arbor, underneath the pear tree. I’d always pictured getting married outside, at sunset, and this just was perfect.  Sue Elliot married us, and she had married my parents over 10 years earlier, almost to the day. It was really special for her to officiate our ceremony, since she had helped form our family once already, now she helped usher in the next stage of our family.

Our guests were able to explore the house during the cocktail hour, whether on the veranda, or in the living room. Martha Hanson of Country Florals was a key part of my day, and one of the first decisions Russell and I made while planning. I worked on Martha and Tom Hanson’s farm when I was fourteen as my first job, and our families are very close. I loved seeing her sketches for the design, and helping Martha put the finishing touches on the bride’s bouquets on the day of the wedding. It was only natural that Martha design the bouquet I carried down the aisle, and all of the arrangements that our guests admired during dinner. I wanted a rustic, unkempt elegance.

Russell and I scoured antique stores for vintage postcards to use for our invitations. We chose a mix of places we’d lived, and a collection of romantic, tongue-in-cheek postcards. For the invitations, Russell designed a custom monogram with our initials, and we hand stamped the postcards. We then printed out the invitation details on vellum, and placed this over the message area of the postcards. We loved the history that these genuine artifacts imparted to each of our guests. Many of the notes were love letters, and we loved the idea of continuing their legacy with our wedding.

After our fantastic dinner, we danced the night away to Ari of Beat Train Productions spinning awesome beats. Russell and I have really eclectic taste from old school hip hop to folk, and Ari embraced this, giving our friends and family an awesome party.

Wedding Photography: Jonathan Hanson/Readyluck / Wedding Location: The Commander’s Mansion / Catering + Cupcakes: Tastings Caterers / Floral Design: Country Florals / DJ: Ari Rosenfield of Beat Train Productions / Officiant: Sue Elliot / Hair: Keli at Style Salon / Make-up: Madison at Style Salon / Bridal Gown: Oleg Cassini / Bride’s Shoes: Penny Loves Kenny / Groom’s Suit: Men’s Wearhouse / Maid of Honor Dress: David’s Bridal / Custom Cake Topper: Itsy Bitsy Cute / Signs: Adam Schecter / Paper Goods: Russell Hite Design

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