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Blogger Bride Colour Bloc’s Elegant Garden Wedding

You followed her adventures from “I will” to “I do,” and today our blogger bride, Colour Bloc’s Amelia’s SMP journey is coming full circle. She’s giving us an inside peek at her summer garden nuptials designed by the pretties of Bash, Please and spoiler alert – it’s the stuff wedding dreams are made of. We have First Mate Photo Co. to thank for every snap of the day and there’s so much eye candy + one epic love story sitting right below.

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ABOUT US
When Michael first met Amelia on a date to the South End Buttery, they both knew that they had met someone very special. Their early dates were spent exploring new restaurants around Boston, but soon they found themselves happiest when making each other homemade dinners and talking late into the night about life, friendship and family.

Michael excitedly took Amelia to his favorite places in New England; Crane Beach, Maine, and sailing to the Cape and Islands. Amelia would tell Michael she was genuinely impressed with his boogey boarding and surfing skills. And, it was there on the rocky cliffs of the Maine coast where Michael first told Amelia he loved her.

Amelia also loved exploring—and showed Michael the beauty of the South; Savannah, Kiawah, and Amelia Island. Amelia shared her passion for contemporary art with dates at the ICA, LACMA, and the South End Studios. For his 35th birthday, Amelia surprised a sick and jetlagged Michael with a surprise party at one of their favorite Mexican restaurants in Boston—Michael was deeply touched by the thought and effort Amelia put into it.

Amelia and Michael quickly became a couple on the go–be it for work, friends’ and family weddings, or weekends spent exploring. Reading a questionnaire in Vanity Fair on a flight to Palm Springs, Amelia asked Michael, “Who or what is the love of your life?” and without hesitation, Michael replied, “you are!”

PRELUDE
This courtship begins the old fashioned way. Boy meets girl on OKCupid, and hatches an elaborate multiphase plan to convince girl to go on a first date. Girl reluctantly agrees and wows boy with Southern grace and charm. Girl and boy spend increasing time together talking late into the night about art, travel, and family life. Girl travels to France with family, boy misses girl. Girl and boy travel together to their favorite places and explore new ones, girl starts her own company and wows boy with her immense talents, families are met over the holidays. Things start getting serious…

THE ENGAGEMENT
Nothing could be more intimidating than meeting your future father-in-law and asking for permission to marry his daughter. After receiving a big bear hug and a “welcome to the family!”, Michael knew that he would not just be marrying his best friend, but he would add a whole new family. Michael had always envisioned them getting engaged by the sea on a warm sunny day, because it was on the shores of Maine where he first told Amelia he loved her. A Southern belle, Amelia always spoke fondly of her family vacations to Amelia Island, Florida. After a weeks’ long search for the perfect emerald cut solitaire, Michael had found his ring—off the Florida they went! Once they checked into their seaside hotel, Michael insisted they take a long walk on the beach. It was there that he fumbled his way through the proposal, asking Amelia if she’d like to spend the next 65 years together. Tears streaming down her face, Amelia happily accepted!

DESIGN APPROACH
A modern southern belles approach to a summer solstice garden party. It was important to us to compliment and enhance the natural outdoor setting. We wanted to draw inspiration from the different gardens of the Elm Bank space using lush, feminine elements with a mix of modern and living materials. We wanted the wedding to feel romantic with each garden full of summer blooms and greenery, personal with hand written vows and toasts by the people closest to us, and like a reflection of us as a couple with signature cocktails and a customized wedding ceremony.

A few of my favorite visual details included the green moss A & M that hung on the entrance gate to Elm Bank, handkerchiefs with our monogram for each guest during the ceremony, and on either side of the aisle we had various garden flowers “sprouting” from the ground. It was also very important to transform the Sperry Tent into a garden type space, complete with delicate ferns wrapped in the chandeliers to a living wall that became the backdrop for the band. Another special touch was an assortment of family heirloom sterling silver vessels, complete with monograms of my family from generations passed, which held delicate garden inspired flower arrangements. The flowers lined the crisp white hemstitched linen table clothes. A perfect nod to a bygone Southern romantic era.

FAVORITE MOMENTS
My favorite moments from the day was reciting my heartfelt and handwritten vows to my husband in front of our favorite people in the world, my husband’s sweet groom’s toast, the moment we took to walk outside of the tent and just be in the moment of our wedding night, and our first dance as husband and wife!

Photography: First Mate Photo Co. | Videographer: Caravan Cinema | Event Design: Bash, Please | Floral Design: Foret | Cake: Oakleaf Cake Bake Shop | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Baker's Best | Make Up: Dani Wagener | Lighting: ALPS | Wedding Venue: Elm Bank | Bride's Gown: Monique Lhuillier | Bride's Hair: Kate Winsmann | Cocktails : Pharmacie | Groom's Tuxedo : Hugo Boss | Lounge Furniture : Sassafras Vintage | Music : Elan Artists | Paper Goods: Bash, Please | Rentals: Rentals Unlimited Boston | Tent: Sperry Tents

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Charming Outdoor Wedding at Elm Bank

The trends come and go so quickly with so much beautiful inspiration readily available, but I tend to find myself drawn to the classically beautiful weddings, especially when they feel as soft, romantic, and fresh as this one does. Studio Atticus Photography captured the absolute perfect wedding day, with the sweetest love at the center, and it’s all right here!

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From Studio AtticusAlthough it was slated to rain upon their wedding day, the heavens were quite merciful to Chase and Justin. A brief shower fell while the bride dressed, but the skies cleared before the guests arrived. The celebration was effortless and beautiful. The ceremony took place outdoors and was officiated by a friend of the couple. Guests enjoyed cocktails in the gardens, and then everyone moved inside for a night of wonderful toasts, dinner, and dancing.

Photography: Studio Atticus Photography | Floral Design: Petalena Flowers | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Invitations: Gus And Ruby | Catering: Max Ultimate Food | Makeup: Cynthia Klocek | Hair: Lisette Murphy | Calligraphy: Elizabeth Porcher Jones | DJ: White Label DJs | Wedding Venue: Elm Bank In Wellesly, MA | Linens: Table Toppers Of Newton | Reception Lighting: Design Light

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Snowy Mint + White Wedding Inspiration

Typically today is reserved for a rich, kelly green, but when this stunning shoot from Carly Michelle Photography and Whyman Studios landed on my desk, I knew today would be the perfect day to share this perfect shade of mint with you. Paired with golds and wintery whites, the mint is going to put a smile on your face, Irish or not. And lucky for you, there’s even more right here!



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From the photographer… I am so excited and giddy to share this inspiration shoot put together by some amazing vendors in MA! We wanted this styled shoot to reflect the beauty and serenity of New England in the winter. We chose a lake behind a private residence in Wellesley, MA called Lake Sabrina. The edges of the lake were covered with snow and it added the perfect wintry backdrop.

Our vision was a wintry-inspired, white, light green and gold theme. We were inspired by both the simplicity and beauty from the lake and its quiet surroundings.

Photography: Carly Michelle Photography | Photography: Whyman Studios | Videographer: Brighter Lights Media | Floral Design: Flou(e)r | Wedding Dress: Kelly Faetanini | Cake: Sweet Tooth Boston | Cupcakes: Reality Bites Cupcakes | Invitations: Gail Gardener | Hair And Makeup: Sharon Holston | Film: Brighter Lights Media | Stylist: Kathryn Millspaugh

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Massachusetts Wedding from Tim Correira Photography + Elegant Aura

I can’t help but smile when I see a playful couple on their wedding day. Tim Correira’s image of the groom whispering something in his beautiful bride’s ear at the chuppah made my day and then some. Elegant Aura planned a wedding for the sweet couple that is unbelievably gorgeous. So gorgeous, you may just favorite every single image.

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From the planner… Indie rock meets vintage chic. This romantic garden wedding was in perfect harmony. Debbie and Reuben were married at the Elm Bank Horticultural Society in Wellesley, MA in front of 170 guests.

The outdoor ceremony took place overlooking an Italianate garden with a jazz trio playing background music. The bride and groom with their parents, stood under a chuppah made of birch trees which were dripping with pastel-colored ribbons and mason jars holding yellow, peach and orange dahlias. It was surely appropriate for the groom to serenade his bride during the ceremony, since they met while his band was playing at a local music club.

The jazz trio continued to play during the cocktail hour. Guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and sipped on Watermelon Agua Fresca and Cucumber Lime Mint Agua Fresca while meandering throughout whimsical, Weezie’s garden. Other guests played bocci ball on an open lawn.

When it was time for the reception, everyone entered the carriage house through an arbor fence, where guests picked up their place cards. The bride hand wrote the escort cards on vintage style tags, which were tied to packets of specialty tea. Pastel colors of mint, blush, soft blue and peach continue in the carriage house. With the addition of the bridesmaid’s bouquets, mason jars and birdcages create the vintage-shabby chic centerpieces. White sheers drape across the ceiling and a large crystal chandelier hangs in the center of the carriage house.

After dinner, the Mezinka & Horah dances kick-off the party. Throughout the night a DJ plays indie rock between sets of Latin jazz music played by a five-piece band. The band is a favorite of the groom’s parents, so they were flown in from Miami.

It was thrilling working with Debbie and Reuben on their wedding day, and seeing all of their personal and cultural influences come together.

Photography: Tim Correira Photography | Flowers: Petalena | Event Planning: Elegant Aura | Venue: Elm Bank, Wellesley, MA | Invitations: Kelli Murray Art & Design | Bride’s dress: Mira by Melissa Sweet of Priscilla’s of Boston purchased at Vow’s | Groom’s suit: Dolce & Gabbana | Bride’s makeup: Sarah Shimoff | Bride’s hair: Kristen Graham at Bella Vita Salon & Day Spa

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Elm Bank, Wellesley Wedding from Siri Jones Photography

I always forget how much I love purple until I see it shining brightly in a wedding like this one captured by Siri Jones Photography.  And then I remember that not only is it one of my favorite colors, but it’s the perfect compliment to a day that is dripping in elegant details and uber-romantic touches.  A day that boasts beautiful blooms from Wedding Flowers by Annette, a custom (+ stunning) gown from L’Ezu and a breathtaking Elm Bank Reservation setting.  Yep, all’s right in the world when purple makes an appearance and you can see for yourself in the full gallery.

From the Bride… We wanted the day to be more than about the two of us. Having been together for six and a half years prior to our wedding day, we had shared a lot of memories together since we met in college. We moved from Los Angeles to Boston about a month after we got engaged, so a lot of our wedding planning revolved around an opportunity to have all of our friends and family together to catch-up and have a good time. Both of us felt that since we were already committed to being together, the wedding itself was mainly focused on having a good time with all the people in our lives that we love and hold dear. So while we took the meaning of the ceremony itself pretty seriously, we aimed to keep the reception from being overly stuffy. We hoped to make our guests, most of who flew in from Los Angeles and the Midwest to attend our wedding, to feel welcome in our new home in New England.

We chose The Elm Bank Reservation (sight unseen) for the location of our ceremony and reception. We loved what the grounds had to offer: When you drive through Wellesley, you get to experience plenty of New England charm and beauty, and the long, winding dirt roads up to the grounds are breathtaking – especially in the fall. We loved that we could transport our guests to a single location for both our ceremony and reception, and didn’t have to do a thing to decorate the location of the ceremony. Our catering was important to us so that we could treat our guests to a delicious dinner, filled with great cocktails. Linda Marino of La Bonne Maison did an outstanding job making our desired menu items come to life. Our guests still talk about how great the food was.

The one thing that was extremely important to us was having an outdoor ceremony. We love nature and the outdoors and were so happy that Mother Earth decided to cooperate on our October 13th wedding day to provide a surprisingly warm and dry day for us. We took a lot of time to write our ceremony, vows, and hand pick our readings all to reflect who we are and how we view the union of two people, their families, and friends. That level of detail extended to the music we chose as the prelude and processional to our ceremony, and several of the smaller aesthetic details of the wedding (e.g., I wore my grandmother’s sapphire wedding ring and pearl/diamond earrings, the groom’s Aunt loaned me his grandmother’s handkerchief, which I held with me during the ceremony). The other details were a reflection of our style and aesthetic preference: casual and simple arrangements to highlight natural beauty. I love lavender and wanted to have an all-lavender bouquet, but settled on a mixed bouquet with lavender, veronica, lilies, hydrangea, freesia, and sweet pea throughout. I was ecstatic with the end result, a design in rich aubergine by our florist, Annette. Of all the flowers, the groom’s boutonniere and the reception vases filled with baby’s breath, wheat, and lavender were my favorites.

The DIY projects were pretty small. Besides crafting the ceremony and running our website, we collected various glass canisters, vases, and jars which I painted in shades of champagne, gold, and copper. These were filled with lavender, wheat, and baby’s breath in various places of our reception, which was in an old carriage house on the estate. I also designed and printed the stickers for the goodie bags we gave to our guests – filled with some of our favorite candies. My mother put together wonderful welcome bags for guests staying at our hotel – using Cape Cod chips, bottles of champagne, seasonal fruit, and candies.

Our photographer, Siri Jones, was phenomenal at keeping us comfortable in the limelight (we are both incredibly camera and attention-shy). I look back on our photos with so much joy and can remember the exact feeling I had when I finally got to see my groom – the ease that came over me and the pure excitement and fun we shared together throughout the night. We were touched by the number of friends and family that decided to travel to Boston for our wedding and could not stop smiling about it throughout our big weekend. It was truly magical.

Wedding Photography: Siri Jones Photography  | Wedding Venue: The Elm Bank Reservation | Officiant: Sue Anderson | Floral Design: Annette Rinaldi of Wedding Flowers by Annette | Catering + Wedding Cake: La Bonne Maison | Save the Dates + Invitations: William Arthur | Ceremony Guitarist: Jack Pezanelli | Reception DJ: DJ John Dudley | Lighting: Design Light | Wedding Dress + Veil: Custom from L’Ezu | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Dessy Collection (Various Styles – Aubergine Chiffon) | Hair: Chignon du Cou | Rings: Cohasset Jewelers | Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka (Janni) | Transportation: Local Motion of Boston +  Expo Limousine

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