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Traditionally Elegant Wedding Filled with American History

For starters, my Groom is a huge history buff. So, when this next slice of history landed in my lap I just couldn’t wait to share. Because not only did this darling duo wed on historic land graced with Poppy Floral bouquets, but the Groom also happens to be a direct descendent of an American Founding Father, John Adams himself! Straight from Sweet Monday Photography, it’s a gallery chock-full of history (like the Bride’s heirloom veil!) and you can witness it all here!

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From Sweet Monday PhotographyWe’re excited to finally share what was probably a once-in-a-lifetime event for us as wedding photographers – the wedding of a direct descendant of John & Abigail Adams. The groom, Rett Adams, is the great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandson of John Adams. (8th generation from John Adams and 7th generation from John Quincy Adams.) Rett married his wife Leatha on June 14, 2014, at the Adams family property in Quincy, which is, of course, currently the Adams National Historical Park.

(Only direct descendants of the Adams family, through the male line, are allowed to get married at the Adams National Historical Park and it’s especially important to the ladies that run the museum that we mention this fact as they are concerned about fielding phone calls from non-Adams brides wanting to get married there.)

Professional photography is not usually allowed at the Adams House, however since Rett and his family own the property and lease it to the National Parks Services, we had free reign over the property and many of its artifacts (with strict supervision, of course!). The most stunning example is the heirloom veil that Leatha wore for the ceremony which was originally purchased by Charles Francis Adams in 1854 for his daughter Louisa’s marriage to Charles Kuhn. The veil was donated to the park in 1957 from Mary Ogden Abbott, who requested it be available to “descendants of Charles Francis Adams, the Ambassador to England, who might wish to use it at her wedding.” Leatha is only the fifth bride to wear the veil.

Rett & Leatha were married in the courtyard next to the Old House where John & Abigail used to live. Built in 1731, John & Abigail called the home “Peacefield” during their day as it was a refuge from the war & politics for four generations of Adams. Leatha made her entrance walking across the lawn past a white rose bush originally planted by Abigail Adams which she had brought with her from England (Rosa X alba, a simple white, single petal rose that the family called the York rose.)

We also took some portraits at the corner of the property near the black walnut tree which is attributed to John Quincy Adams, 6th President.

The reception took place inside the old Carriage House. Rett & Leatha had planned just a simple meal with family & friends but were surprised with a song and first dance by one of Rett’s groomsmen. Ending the night was another surprise…in honor of Flag Day, a park across the street had fireworks!

To the best of everyone’s recollection, Rett & Leatha are only the third couple to have a wedding at the Old House, the last one being in 1901.

We were so honored to be part of this uniquely historic event!

Photography: Sweet Monday Photography | Floral Design: Poppy Floral | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Cake: Sugar Plum Bakery | Invitations: Minted | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Watters | Makeup Artist: Manda Carco | Hair Stylist: Amy Lynne Poirier | Venue: Adams National Historical Park | Custom Watercolor & Calligraphy (Seating Chart & Table Numbers): Damn Good Calligraphy | Dress Shop: Musette Bridal

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Traditional Greek Wedding in Connecticut

Romantic? Well, that doesn’t even begin to describe this next lovely from D’Arcy Benincosa. It’s traditional elegance meets cultural significance and that m’dears is a surefire way to our wedding loving hearts. The gallery is bursting with beauty and you can see it all unfold, right here!

From the Bride… After nine years of being in a relationship Laz proposed in our favorite city, Chicago. It was one of the most exciting times in our lives, it was the day we had been waiting for a long time for. Exactly one year later I married my best friend on the most beautiful autumn day. The day was truly perfect from beginning to end.

Laz and I wanted our wedding day to be full of family and friends. Being from two large Greek families, our wedding was set to be a big affair. We had 280 guests who attended our wedding, many of which traveled near and far just to be able to spend the most important day of our lives with us.

Finding the perfect gown was truly an overwhelming experience. Unlike most brides who try on the first couple of dresses and fall in love right away, I did not experience this. During the dress searching period I tried on many gowns and I just never got that “it’s the one feeling”. It was five months before the wedding and I had to make a decision. Fortunately, I fell in love with my Anna Maier satin gown. On my wedding day I felt the most beautiful I have ever felt, and Laz looked especially handsome in a way I will always remember.

Being a person who loves designing and decorating I had a specific vision for the wedding. I wanted something unique but at the same time elegant and timeless. When we found Aria we knew it was the place where we wanted to have our reception. From the breath taking views and the elegant grand ballroom, the venue was exactly what we were looking for. When decorating I went with a cream, white, gold and blush palette to complement the elegant decor of the venue. Our flowers were a variation of tall and short full arrangements that complimented the venues high ceilings. Since, roses, hydrangeas and orchids are my favorite flowers and they are classic and romantic, I wanted them used throughout the entire décor. My two favorite pieces of decoration were the flower wall backdrop and the flower frame, they added a beautiful touch. The venue looked romantic and elegant just the way I envisioned it.

Coming from a traditional background my husband had one of the biggest surprises on our wedding day. Two of his uncles from Greece, who are famous musicians surprised him. They traveled all the way from Greece to be able to play at our wedding. My husband was in complete shock and joy at the same time. They played traditional music that our guests couldn’t get enough of. This was such a special moment during our reception that my husband still can’t get that surprise out of his mind.

We couldn’t have been more grateful for all the people who contributed to our wedding. Each person provided an outstanding service and their talents were truly remarkable. They helped us create the sweetest memories. I can’t help to think how lucky we were to have such wonderful people who supported us throughout this journey.

Our wedding day was filled with amazing food, good music, dancing, tradition, laughter and love. We had a smile on our faces the whole night. Looking back our wedding was unforgettable, we loved everything about our day and would not change a thing. It is true what they say- your wedding is the most memorable and happiest day of your life.

Photography: D'Arcy Benincosa | Floral Design: Darien Flowers & Eclatant Floral Boutique | Cake: CakeSuite | Stationery: Smoochie Paper | Ceremony Venue: Saint George Greek Orthodox Church | Reception Venue: Aria | Bride's Shoes: Valentino | Bracelet: Tiffany & Co | Groom's Attire: Sanuelsohn | Groom's Shoes: Magnanni | Bride's Dress: Anna Maier Couture | Flower Girl Dresses: Sweet Kids | Purse: Prada | Watch: Gucci

SMP Salutes Our Military Members

Today is no ordinary day m’dears. Not in the least. Because today we honor, salute, and remember the fearless men and women who’ve defended our country and sacrificed for our freedom. A salute to our soldiers with an ode to military weddings, both big and small. It’s our way of saying thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your service.

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Classic Old State House Wedding in Boston

I love calling Boston my city. It’s got a cozy kind of charm with all it’s historic buildings and quaint cobblestone streets tucked into a gorgeous harbor. And right there in the middle of it, sits the Old State House where these two lovebirds said their beautiful I do’s—the Bride holding her sweet peach garden rose bouquet from Winston Flowers and the Groom looking dapper in gray. Kelly Dillon documented the day with these breathtaking images—see it all here!

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From the beautiful Bride… Leo and I met actually a few blocks down from the Old State House at Bell in Hand (Americas oldest tavern). After 5 years together Leo proposed to me on a train we were taking down to Florida. Every year we would take a sleeper car down the east coast from Boston to Florida together. It was a perfect place to propose!

I really wanted our wedding to be relaxed and intimate. I liked the idea of having our ceremony in a historic building, and when we saw the old state house we fell in love with the space. I wanted the decor to be modern but have a vintage feel since we were getting married in a historic building. We wanted things polished but not perfect looking to leave things a bit more informal. I also wanted people to leave with few tokens. I like the idea of handkerchiefs for ceremony that could be useful and also great for everyone. I asked Leo to design the logo for our wedding, we used this on the handkerchiefs and we played off of the coat of arms, lion an unicorn that is on the old state house. If you look at the time on these it is set to 5:30, the time of our ceremony. I also used the lions for the escort cards.

Photography: Kelly Dillon Photography | Floral Design: Winston Flowers | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Ceremony: Old State House Boston | Ceremony Venue: Old State House Boston | Reception Venue: Mistral Bistro | Shoes: BHLDN | Makeup: Tryst Studio | Hair: Stacey Kuehn

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