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This is Why At Home Weddings are the Absolute Best

Anyone who has seen Father of the Bride knows one thing: weddings at home are awesome. And this beautiful affair captured by the always amazing Kate Preftakes?  Everything you’ve ever dreamed. From the stunning florals from Posies by Trim to the breathtaking setting to the gorgeous bride + groom who just exude happy.  Get your Annie Banks on in THE VAULT.

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Summer
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Al Fresco

From Kate Preftakes… Annie and Ben were married on a glorious August afternoon in a field behind Annie’s childhood New England home. Annie and Ben are world travelers but their theme of coming home was touching. There was so much love and friendship surrounding this wedding. It felt as though the field itself embraced its guests as wildflower seeds were thrown into the grass to remember the day.

So many personal touches made the day unique and special. The beautiful sun print place cards were made with wildflowers from the field by Annie’s sister and her two sisters made a flower crown for Ben to welcome him to the family. Personal stories were shared by friends and laughter filled the tent. The rejoicing lasted well into the night and I was so honored to be there on this very special occasion.

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Photography: Kate Preftakes Photography | Floral Design: Posies by Trim | Wedding Dress: Rue De Seine | Catering: Nancy Johnson | Venue: At Home

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This Colorful Boho Bride Totally Rocks This Reem Acra Dress

Reem Acra, you sneaky stylish star… time and time again, I spot a dress, become OB-SESSED with it, dig around to discover the designer behind this dream worthy dress and it is you. And here is just another one to add to my Pinterest page. Kelly Dillon captured the dress – and the beaming Bride who wore it so well – and every colorful detail in between! Get ready to go gaga in our Vault gallery right this way!

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Fall
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Vineyard
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Bohemian

From the Bride… We met in Dorchester when my best friend and him were vying for the same apartment. He ended up upstairs and she was downstairs. We were best friends for a long time and eventually my friend moved out and I moved in – the rest is history! The proposal was as simple as they come! I had a feeling it was going to happen soon, so anything out of the ordinary would have surely set me off (every time we rode our bikes to beach I had my fingers crossed!). He opted for a very casual proposal, where he caught me totally off guard on a random Friday night after work, and in the comfort of our own home. It was perfectly simple and perfectly us.

After we found the perfect venue (first place we looked at!), we spent the most time searching for a live band because we wanted our day to be as memorable and fun as possible! It was worth every penny as we hardly left the dance floor the whole night. We decided to do a first look so we could spend more time together, and also more time with our family and friends. My sister-in-law was heavily involved with the design process and did all our decorations/invitations/signage, etc. Our vision was rustic and bohemian, yet elegant and chic. We wanted a BIG party, and we got exactly that!

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Photography: Kelly Dillon Photography | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Invitations: Heritage Isle Press | Bride's Shoes: Nordstrom | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Joanna August | Makeup: Walsh Pierce Styling | Hair: First Impressions Salon | Groomsmen's Attire: Milton's | Venue: Sakonnett Vineyard | Tent Rentals: Newport Tent Company

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Two Brides. One Modern Wedding. Major Pretty.

I would write a mile-long intro about the chic warehouse setting or the styled hanging greenery but these sweet Brides said it best. “One day I imagine no one will remember the way our program looked, which pictures were hanging on the walls, or the taste of that brown butter sage sauce. But they (and we) will remember that we were together and oh so happy.” Dive into their joyful celebration from the lens of MORNINGWILD Photography.

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Summer
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Warehouse
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DIYModern

From The Brides…Our story spans the country, starting with Breanne on the beautiful Oregon coast where she grew up and Lauren in Massachusetts with her family. We were both finishing college in 2008 and unbeknownst to each other had each decided to answer our internal call to run away from home. We each knew we were looking to find ourselves, we just didn’t know we were also meant to find each other on that journey. We first met in Denver in October of 2008 and proceeded to spend our first year together the way all couples do – living, traveling, and working together while doing community service around the country. Our first kiss was in New Orleans and we measure our years together from that place and day, June 9th 2009 (just don’t ask who kissed who first). Seven years later, almost to the day, we vowed to be together for all the years to come.

I have always loved the look of botanicals and greenhouses and since living on my own become slightly obsessed with house plants. Lauren jokes that when she’s an old woman she’ll be surrounded by my years of collected house plants. We booked the warehouse because the venue told us that we could do whatever we wanted with the space. As a creative, I was sold! When planning our wedding Lauren and I cared the most about making the wedding feel like us and having the words and visual space truly mean something. We have been to weddings in the past that have it all, beautiful decor, delicious food, great music, but in the end felt like they were missing what truly made the event special. So we worked especially hard at creating a meaningful ceremony and a space that truly reflected who we are as a couple. In each home Lauren and I have lived in we have created a large gallery wall. Incorporating this into our wedding space felt so natural and true to us. For the past year we collected and curated what would be on our wedding gallery wall and we were so pleased with how it turned out. It really felt like home to us with nods to my Oregon Coast roots, our first home together in Maine, and all of our grandparents and parents who set the tone for our lives before us, and of course our favorite kitty, Hobbes!

I am a DIY-er at heart, in that if i see something I like, or that inspires me, I will learn how to do it in order to create it myself. A couple of years ago when hand lettering became trendy, I just started doing it because I thought I could. When I saw subway tiles as place cards, I picked some up at Home Depot, backed them with sticky cork board, and lettered them myself. I learned how to scan in artwork and edit it using Photoshop and Illustrator in order to create the invites I wanted, and then I kept it going with our programs and game cards.

I really wanted our programs to be unique so I decided to design them with space to copper leaf them at the top. I also made the confetti sticks and created the label for them. Lauren and I were thinking of quotes for the banner for so long leading up to the wedding and two weeks before the wedding, I saw the perfect quote. “We were together. I forget the rest.” by Walt Whitman. I loved that it would be hanging above our tables, with all our closest people gathered under it. One day I imagine no one will remember the way our program looked, which pictures were hanging on the walls, or the taste of that brown butter sage sauce. But they (and we) will remember that we were together and oh so happy.

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Photography: MorningWild Photography | Floral Design: Luna Moss | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Jewelry: Kate Spade | Jewelry: Shashi | Jewelry: Marc Jacobs | Rings: Bario Neal | Catering: Forklift Catering | Makeup: Blush & Tryst | Hair: G20 Spa + Salon | Venue: Warehouse XI | Venue: Warehouse XI | Cake + Desserts: Oakleaf Cake Bake Shop | Confetti: Oh Happy Day! Shop | DJ + Band: Queue DJ | Donuts: Union Square Donuts | Invitations, Place Cards + Stationery: The Bride

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Classic Cape Cod Wedding with Touches of Southern Charm

Despite all the months of planning, sometimes the best part of your wedding day happens organically. For Ali and Mike, it was when they snuck off to the shoreline for a few moments alone and to recharge and regroup amidst the excitement. This candid moment was a reminder of their promise, “I will settle you,” and also led to their favorite photo of the day. See it, and so many more pretty moments, caught through the lens of Sarah Der Photography, in The Vault!

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Spring
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Classic

From The Bride & Groom…We wanted our wedding to be both effortlessly elegant and shout “Ali and Mike!” down to the last detail. Our wedding incorporated some of our favorite things: love, Richmond, and Cape Cod. When we both arrived as freshmen on the Richmond campus, we spent a year falling in love with the school and the city, and the next three years falling in love with each other. Our jobs pulled us away from Richmond after we graduated college, but something told us that our love story with Richmond wasn’t over yet. We moved back two years after graduation, and the rest is history. Richmond played a big part in our love story, and we wanted to make sure that our wedding captured not only the easy-breeze vibe of springtime at the Cape but also the city that started it all.

Ali’s family started the wedding weekend by hosting a southern cuisine-inspired brunch. At the wedding, Mike and his groomsmen wore socks with spiders on them–a nod to the University of Richmond’s mascot, the spider. At the reception, the tables were named after some of our favorite Richmond and University of Richmond locations, and the ceremony cake toppers featured a bride spider and groom spider sitting in beach chairs surrounded by edible sea shells. We captured the lightness of the Cape with a relaxed brunch wedding, complete with champagne cocktails named “The Gazebo,” after one of our favorite places on the U of R campus. We created the effortlessly elegant vibe with an outdoor cocktail hour overlooking the bay, yummy and light brunch foods, and cool blue, green, and white local blooms (our florist even used sea glass in our flower arrangements!). We used handmade ombre calligraphy for the table names and escort cards, which brought the ocean indoors. We completed the brunch-y, relaxed feel by having newspapers with crossword puzzles (all about us and our friends + family!), pencils, and mimosas + coffee for guests when they arrived at our reception.

Our favorite memories from the day are when we were able to sneak away and share a few moments alone, as husband and wife (!). One moment that stands out in particular happened immediately after the chaos of the receiving line (great to do because we got to greet our guests, but it was overwhelming!). Ali is a bit introverted, so Mike walked Ali away from the receiving line and towards the shoreline so that they could have a few moments alone. Within minutes, Ali was feeling recharged and ready to enjoy the rest of the day. It was there that the words engraved in our wedding bands, “I will settle you” became reality. This moment was captured perfectly by Sarah (our favorite picture of the day!).

We were so excited to share Cape Cod with our friends and family! Ali and her family grew up sailing, swimming, and sandcastle-ing on the Cape, and she and Mike have so many fond memories of runs on the beach and evenings spent watching the sunset over the water. We really can’t imagine a more serene and beautiful place to start our lives as Mr. and Mrs.! We also recommend getting married in either the bride or the groom’s hometown–it was so nice to be home with Ali’s family before the big day!

We must admit, planning a wedding is a BIG job, and not one that comes without complications! Our best advice to engaged couples is to constantly remember the most important part of the weekend: becoming husband and wife, which is pretty much the happiest thing in the world. We were able to channel that happiness towards some of the trickier, more emotional aspects of the reception planning, and we ended up with a wedding that was overflowing with joy, love, and light.

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Photography: Sarah Der Photography | Floral Design: Cindy Of Vintage Flowers | Cake: The Casual Gourmet | Invitations: Minted | Ceremony Venue: Our Lady of the Assumption | Reception Venue: Oyster Harbors Club | Bride's Shoes: Sam Edelman | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Catering: Oyster Harbors Club | Hair + Makeup: Cosmetique | Calligraphy: Dancing Ink | Band: The Moonlighters | Groom's Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Rentals: New England Country Rentals | Wedding Dress + Veil: BHLDN

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