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A Clean, Modern Take on a New England Wedding

In a day where clean lines and modern design reigns king, it only makes sense that the incredible Belle Mer plays backdrop. Set right on the sea, the venue was everything Samantha and Zach were looking for. Add in the abundance of white-on-white florals from Greenlion Design and the images from the ever-fabulous Rebecca Arthurs and you have a day to remember from beginning to end.

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From the bride, Samantha… Zach and I met in college at The University of Michigan, but we did not start dating until a few months after graduation when we lived in the same building in New York City.

My vision for the wedding was a formal evening with a modern sophistication in a waterfront location. My favorite moment of the wedding day was the first look – it was such an honest and raw moment and something special that I will always remember.

From the floral designer, Greenlion… Samantha and Zach both were drawn to clean lines and simplicity. We incorporated lush large philodendron leaves to add a contrast to the clean groupings of white hydrangea, tulip, and orchids we used in the centerpiece work. It complimented the space beautifully. The chuppah was hand-crafted from vines and we added lush organic style florals in greens whites and creams for a bold ceremony backdrop.

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Photography: Rebecca Arthurs | Event Planning: Exquisite Events | Floral Design: Greenlion | Wedding Dress: Amsale | Shoes : Giovanetti Rossi | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Catering: Belle Mer: A Longwood Venue | Makeup : Deb Houghton | Band: Night Rhythm | Groomsmen's Attire: My Suit | Venue: Belle Mer: A Longwood Venue | Ceremony Programs: Wedding Paper Divas | Escort Cards: Heather Belle Ink | Grooms Shoes: Del Toro | Menu Cards : Katlem Design | Rentals: Rentals Unlimited

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Want to Feel Like You’re at a French Chateau in New England? Here’s How.

If I didn’t know any better, I would have thought this elegant New England fete took place at an authentic French Chateau. That’s just how good Glen Manor House is, my friends. And when you’ve got a Bride and Groom as sharp as these two? You really can’t focus on much more. But you’ll surely be wowed at scenes like this. Get ready to lift your jaw off the floor in The Vault with Emily Delamater.

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From Emily DelamaterAmanda and Dan’s wedding was simply gorgeous. I loved the elegance and modern design, the classic color palette and the setting was so stunning. Amanda is a graphic designer, and designed all the paper goods herself, so the details were super important to her and Dan. She really knew what she wanted the look and feel to be and it all came together so beautifully. Such a gorgeous late Summer day with the most delightful glowy light and I just couldn’t get enough of Glen Manor, it felt like we were at a french chateau.

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Photography: Emily Delamater Photography | Videography: Justin Joslin Wedding Films | Floral Design: Flowers By Semia | Ceremony Venue: Glen Manor House | Reception Venue: Glen Manor House | Catering: Russell Morin Fine Catering | Hair & Makeup : Petal Blush Beauty | DJ: Beat Train Productions | Groom's Attire: Suitsupply | Groomsmen's Attire: Main Street Formals | Officiant : Deborah Belaus | Bride's Ring: Greenwich Jewelers | Dress Designer: Pnina Tornai | Graphic Design: Amanda Saulino | Letterpress Invitations: Meghan Leavitt | Seaglass Lettering, Watercolor Sign and Vow Letterpress: Nicole Bonasoro | Wedding Dress Salon: Kleinfeld Bridal

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Happiness is a Gorgeous Garden Celebration in the Sunshine

Classic New England looks a little something like this pretty celebration. A summer affair under a sail tent with the prettiest florals by Orly Khon Floral, planning by Tangorra Wedding Planning, all the gorgeous paper goods you could possibly imagine by Cheree Berry Paper + The Left Handed Calligrapher and lots of stunning images too. Pore through this day captured by Lisa Rigby Photography along with a film by Brighter Lights Media too.

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From the Bride…Pat and I began dating in college in Massachusetts, which is also where I am from originally. Even though our jobs have now taken us to Washington, DC, we knew that we wanted to get married back in my home state, where we first met. Selecting a venue took little to no time: both my parents and my Godmother got married at the Lyman Estate, a historic New England mansion. Seeing their strong partnerships, we figured that making our commitment to each other in the same spot would bring us good luck!

We envisioned the day being a casual, yet elegant, summertime garden party for our closest friends and family to relax, “eat, drink, and be merry,” and dance the night away! The estate is such a beautiful space for a wedding celebration, given its expansive lawn, gardens, and greenhouses. We wanted our guests to enjoy all that the Lyman Estate had to offer, which is why we hosted both the ceremony and reception at the mansion, just in different spots throughout the estate as the night went on: the ceremony was outdoors on the lawn, with the greenery as a backdrop; cocktail hour was held on the lawn and on the veranda of the house as the sun was starting to go down; we brought in a Sperry tent with a floor and bistro lights for dinner and toasts; and for the rest of the night, we went inside the ballroom of the mansion for dessert and dancing. Luckily for us, with a lot of the evening planned for outdoors, the weather was absolutely spectacular! Pat and I joked that the two songs we picked for the entrance and recessional, “Here Comes the Sun” and “It’s a Beautiful Day”, which were also printed in our programs, would have been very ironic had it rained! While we did have a very good Plan B, I was so thrilled we didn’t have to use it.

My favorite details from the wedding were the ones that felt uniquely “us” and are personal to our story: the venue’s significance to my family, having Pat’s Uncle officiate the wedding, hearing my freshman year roommate – who saw our love just beginning – give one of our readings, eating dinner with “Mr. & Mrs.” forks, the Bride and Groom wreaths on our chairs at dinner (to bring the garden to the tent!), putting crab cakes on the menu as a nod to Pat’s Maryland upbringing, serving funfetti cupcakes (I used to make Pat funfetti cupcakes constantly in college), passing little ice cream cones for dessert (so that no one had to leave the dance floor – we really didn’t want anyone to leave!), wearing my grandmother’s sapphire and diamond ring on my right hand, having the lace from my mom’s veil at her wedding wrapped around my bouquet, Pat giving a groom’s toast as a surprise to guests after dinner (he gives fantastic speeches at other people’s weddings, so it felt appropriate for him to give one at ours!), the list goes on…

I don’t know if I could come up with only one favorite moment, but my favorite memories are both big and small: helping my bridesmaids put on their dresses and figuring out how to style them (we left it until the last minute!), my mom zipping me into my dress, having our first look and spending time just the two of us in the Lyman Estate’s greenhouse and walking the grounds, reading Pat’s note to me before our wedding (a tearjerker!), not being able to get Pat’s wedding ring over his big knuckle at the ceremony, taking photos with our college and grad school friends, all of the wonderful wedding toasts, dancing up a storm!, and perhaps my favorite, singing with the band!

The feeling I remember most on the day is just pure joy and love – as you can see from the photos, I could not stop laughing or smiling. Guests told me later that I was the happiest bride they’ve ever seen. To which I responded, “What’s not to be happy about?!”

 

 

My biggest piece of advice to brides is to just enjoy and relish every single part of the journey! Even if planning is stressful at times, at the end of the day, your wedding is about you and your husband, and all of the people you love all in one place! (And how often does that happen in life?) Try to take in every second, because it really does go by so quickly!

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Photography: Lisa Rigby Photography | Cinematography: Brighter Lights Media | Event Planning: Tangorra Wedding Planning | Floral Design: Orly Khon Floral | Wedding Dress: Oscar de la Renta | Invitations: Cheree Berry Paper | Rings: Barmakian | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Capers Catering | Makeup: Dani Wagener Beauty | Hair: Lindsay Griffin | Calligraphy: The Left Handed Calligrapher | Band: Night Shift Entertainment | Groom's Attire: Alton Lane | Groomsmen's Attire: Combatant Gentlemen | Ceremony Music: Anima | Hotel : The Charles Hotel, Cambridge, MA | Wedding Venue: Lyman Estate | Tent: Sperry Tent | Bridal Salon: L'elite Boston | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Harvard Faculty Club | Rentals: Peterson Party Center

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Apple Picking + Pups for this Fall New England Engagement

Vermont will always hold a special place in my heart (it’s where I said “I do”!) but when you have pics this pretty, it’s easy to fall in love with this state in seconds. Christina Bernales captured these cuties in all their fall fun, from apple picking to a romantic picnic by the lake – see it all here in our Vault!

From Christina BernalesSarah and Lenny wanted to celebrate their engagement doing one of their favorite fall activities: apple picking. We walked around Shelburne Orchards in Vermont and then headed to the waterfront along with Sarah and Lenny’s furry friend Piper to enjoy a wine picnic during the last bit of light of the evening.

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Photography: Christina Bernales | Dress: Anthropologie | Blazer: Zara | Lenny's Shoes: House of Fraser | Sarah's Shoes: BCBG

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