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Rustic Vermont Barn Wedding

I read a lot of write-ups here, but this one had me welling up a little bit at my desk. It’s a nice reminder that weddings aren’t just about the gorgeous flowers or the dress, but more importantly, the love between two people. I don’t want to ruin the story, and I encourage you to give it a glance, and in the meantime bask in Kelly Dillon’s lovely pictures from the day.


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From the Bride… Our relationship came as a ray of light during a difficult time. The unfortunate loss of a mutual friend brought us together. While we knew each other in high school, sharing classes together in which Tristam would occasionally tease me and ask me when he could take me out on a date, that was the extent of our relationship. It wasn’t until our senior year of high school when my childhood best friend, Kerri, and a very close high school friend of Tristam passed away in a car accident on her way to work during a snowy winter day. Kerri and I were born a day apart, spent our first days of life in hospital rooms across the hall from one another and coincidently ended up living a few doors down from each other growing up. With the loss of our mutual friend we took solace in our new found friendship, sharing memories and swearing to fulfill the dreams of our passed friend. In the months following Kerri’s death while everyone got back to their lives, Tristam remained a strong support for me and vice versa, thus developing a unique bond. As we started to fall for one another, college loomed in the near future and “being single” remained a prevalent thought in both our minds, perhaps mine more than Tristam’s. However, all it took was my first visit to see Tristam at UVM (where I would later transfer my sophomore year of college) to make me realize I had been in love with Tristam all along, something he had already known and was just waiting for me to come around. After a tough year of loss, transition, uncertainty, and new found friendship we finally decided to officially get together and have been together ever since. We like to believe an angel brought us together and she (Kerri) made sure her friends were taken care of after she left this earth.

The proposal took place on 11-11-11, a day after my birthday at Sunshine Memorial Playground in our hometown. After Kerri, who wanted to be an elementary school teacher, passed away her friends raised enough money to build a playground in her memory at the local elementary school. On Kerri’s birthday (11-11), Tristam took me to the playground in celebration of the back to back birthdays and according to Tristam to “test out” our new camera at “a special place we hadn’t visited in a while”. After playing on the swings together and running around like kids, Tristam suggested we take an action shot of me coming down the slide. I naively followed his instruction, and while wondering why Tristam was fumbling around so much before allowing me to take the trip down the slide (little did I know he was trying to get the ring out of his pocket) I slid down to find him at the bottom, on one knee, with not only the camera but a ring in his hand asking me to be his wife! “There is just something about you, me and infinity, will you marry me?” said Tristam. And of course in smiles and tears the answer was, “yes!” We spent that night celebrating birthdays, new and old memories, and most importantly our engagement with friends and family.

Photography: Kelly Dillon Photography | Planner: Missing Piece Events | Wedding Dress: Watters | Bridesmaids Dresses: J.Crew | Hair: Stephen And Burns | Band: The Grift | Bride Makeup: MAC Burlington, VT | Ceremony & Reception Venue : The West Monitor Barn | Earrings: Nordstroms | Florals: A Whole Bunch Flower Market | Groom/Groomsmen Attire: Banana Republic | Ring And Diamond Bracelet: Desires By Mikolay

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Rustic Glamour At Brooksby Farm

This, folks, is the cream of the rustic crop. Every detail from the bride’s feathered hair piece from PowderBlueBijoux, florals from Maureen At Stop And Shop, and mercury glass abound, all against the backdrop of the Smith Barn makes for the perfect ratio of glamour to bucolic abandon. Better yet, we get to relive all the fun thanks to these lovely candids from Servidone Studios.  See it all here.


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From the Bride: Although we wouldn’t consider ourselves “partyers,” Billy and I like to have fun with the people we love the most. Therefore, when planning our wedding, we wanted to throw one big party full of love. Smith Barn at Brooksby Farm had the perfect laid back atmosphere with the most beautiful back drop. While maintaining a casual and rustic vibe, we wanted to keep it chic with neutral colors and touches of gold and glitter (because we, too, believe that gold makes everything better). I started gathering mercury glass votives, vases and other pieces that would compliment the barn’s already existing beams wrapped in little white lights. A couple of gold spray paint cans were put to use on mason jars and other decor including a homemade monogram. Everything came together when our band, The Wild Ones, knew exactly what we wanted. Having a mainly “younger” crowd, the band played top 40 hits and kept the party going all night. The party continues as we relive the most perfect day through our photographer, Servidone Studios. Andrea captured the day exactly how we wanted to remember it: relaxed, fun, candid, happy, beautiful.

Photography: Servidone Studios Photography | Florist: Maureen At Stop And Shop | Bride's Shoes: JCrew | Rings: Long's | Catering: Cloverleaf Catering | Calligrapher: Grey Snail Press | Band: The Wild Ones | Barn: Smith Barn @ Brooksby Farm | Bridal Shop: Bella Sera Bridal | Bride's Dress: Allure Bridals | Bridesmaids' Shoes: Tom's | Ceremony +Cocktail Hour Band: Boston String Quartet | Groom's Tux: Vera Wang | Hair Piece: PowderBlueBijoux | Hair Sylist: Hannah Surette | Make Up Artist: Alice Upton Make-up Artist

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Classic New England Wedding at Tupper Manor

With Tupper Manor being mere miles from my very own home, I instantly recognized the vast views when Arielle Doneson sent this seaside soiree along. Not only does this stunning venue set the scene for timeless elegance, but it served as a perfect backdrop for the Bride and Groom’s simple, relaxed vision and the wildly beautiful blooms from Pepperberry’s Flowers. See so much more in the gallery.

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From the beautiful Bride… From the day Todd proposed, I started combing Style Me Pretty for wedding ideas – I had no idea what our wedding would look like! It was only once we found Tupper Manor that the vision really came together. Todd and I both knew that we wanted the venue to be close to the ocean, have accommodations on-site, and have a timeless feel…and Tupper Manor had all of that and more. We never really developed a “theme”, but wanted the day to be relaxed, elegant, and a lot of fun!

I found my dress before we even started looking for a venue – it was the first one I tried on. I wanted something that could work in a castle, or on the beach.The dress was light and comfortable, and I felt really beautiful. It was also important to me that my girls were really comfortable. After one of my (very patient) bridesmaids tried on over 30 dresses, we landed on the JCrew dark cove chiffon and knew they would be perfect, and re-wearable! The guys looked great as well in classic black tuxes.

The beautiful, old world feel of Tupper Manor inspired us to keep our decor relatively simple. We included silver and gold metallic accents with mercury glass and gold table numbers, lots of candlelight, and we really let the venue do the rest. For the flowers, I wanted them to look “deconstructed” and just picked from the garden. Donna at Pepperberry’s read my mind! The flowers we’re incredibly varied, and included hints of the blue and peach/coral we had chosen as our colors. Walking down the aisle felt like walking through a spring garden – the flowers were just gorgeous.

All of our other vendors were top notch. I have been a customer (and friend) of Interlocks for years, and everyone there made the day so special. We were totally pampered! DJ Josh was fantastic from the day we booked him without even meeting him first. He kept the crowd up and moving the whole time. The cake was DELICIOUS – Jenny of Jenny’s Cakes and Donna at Pepperberry’s collaborated to make it look like it was really blooming. Arielle Doneson was just wonderful…she managed the day (and the bridal party) with a smile, and we know our photos are going to be treasured. Last but not least, Tupper Manor was incredibly professional and accommodating throughout the process; we would recommend them to anyone looking for a top notch North Shore venue.

Our only struggle was the favor dilemma – favors, no favors, what would people actually use? In the end, we decided to make a donation to the ALS Association in memory of my dad. We felt this was a great way to honor him, and recognize that even though he wasn’t there physically, he was definitely there in spirit.

The day flew by, but it truly felt perfect. From the getting ready process, to the personalized ceremony, to the amazing food and the party that continued into the night, we could not have imagined a better day. We are so excited to start the next chapter of our lives, and so thankful to our vendors, friends, and family for helping us start it off just right!

Photography: Arielle Doneson Photography | Flowers: Pepperberry's Flowers | Wedding Gown: Galina For David's Bridal | Cake: Jenny's Cakes | Bride's Shoes: Seychelles | Jewelry: Kate Spade | Jewelry: BHLDN | Bridesmaid's Dresses: J.Crew | Catering: Tupper Manor | Hair & Makeup: Interlocks Salon And Day Spa | DJ: Joshua Wiseman Of AllStar Entertainment | Groom's Shoes: John Farley's | Tux: John Farley's, Newburyport | Bridesmaid's Jewelry: Luxa Jewelry | Linens: Tupper Manor | Manor: Tupper Manor

BHLDN and J.Crew are members of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here. Arielle Doneson Photography is a member of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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Elegant Winter Wedding In Boston

This Boston pair put their beautiful nuptials together in just 5 short months — sans planner. Aside from a strong sense of dedication, everything came together with an incredible set of vendors starting out with invites from Rug Road Paper, and finishing out with a scrumptious cake from Flour Baker. And, of course, lovely pictures from Alison Conklin Photography for us to enjoy. See it all here.


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From the Bride… Planning a wedding, without a wedding planner, in five months may sound crazy, but when Bryan proposed after four years of dating we both knew we didn’t want to wait long. In the end, every detail fell into place, and we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day!

We wanted everything about the day to feel “like us,” a term that was used quite often throughout those five months. We wanted it to be small, with only close friends and family, and we knew we needed to have delicious food! As we went through the planning process, we found inspiration through blogs such as Style Me Pretty. And, with the help of very talented friends and loved ones, our vision came to fruition. We were lucky enough to find the perfect place for the ceremony through a gracious friend who let us use his gallery on Newbury Street. We fell in love with art and each other at the MFA Boston, so it was a perfect fit. A very dear friend, and husband of one of my bridesmaids, married us in front of family in a small ceremony. Then, we were joined by the rest of our friends at Bistro du Midi, one of our favorite restaurants in the city.

We are both so grateful to have such wonderful families and dear friends, many of whom traveled distances to share in our day. And, for our vendors, who went above and beyond to make our wedding day exceeded our expectations!

Photography: Alison Conklin Photography | Cake: Flour Bakery | Ceremony Venue: Child's Gallery | Reception Venue: Bistro Du Midi | Bridesmaids Dresses: Talbots | Hair: Andrew Light | Grooms Attire: Ralph Lauren | Brides Gown: Carolina Herrera | Music: Andrew Parker Renga | Stationery : Rug Road Paper

Alison Conklin Photography is a member of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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