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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!


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

Kelly Faetanini is a member of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here. Brighter Lights Media is a member of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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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.

Garden Venue

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

Elegant Aura is a member of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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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

Badgley Mischka, Alfred Sung, Dessy Collection and Dessy Flower Girls are members of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here.