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Seaglass Inspired Wedding at Belle Mer Island House

Here’s how you plan the world’s best wedding: choose a fabulous locale like Belle Mer, assemble an amazing team of vendors that includes Sweet Monday PhotographySayles Livingston FlowersJennie FresaRoseville Designs and The White Dress By The Shore and then dance the night away with the one you love to the amazing beats of Ripcord.  Ahhh… perfection.  Join me in the gallery for more.

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From The Bride… Matt and I met skiing in Killington, Vermont just a few weeks after Matt made the move back to the East Coast from California. We were friends at first, but it took Matt sending me to the emergency room for the real sparks to fly. It was a snowy night in Boston, where Matt and I both live, and Matt happened to slip, taking me down with him and the rest is history. A few weeks later, we went on our first date, and a couple of years later, Matt proposed. The proposal was on a perfectly magical fall weekend in Killington.

When we started planning for the wedding, we knew that we would have many friends and family traveling from near and far, so we wanted to pick a place where we knew our guests would not only enjoy our wedding day but also enjoy our wedding location. We started looking all over New England, and it wasn’t until I remembered all of my memories in Newport, Rhode Island that we considered Belle Mer. Newport, RI is one of those most beautiful cities that we have both come to love – the town is surrounded by water, and offers so much for guests to see and explore. Newport has so much to offer. From the cliff walk, where you can view the beautiful mansions of the Gilded Age, to Thames Street that is filled with shops and restaurants. When we visited Belle Mer, we both knew immediately that we could not imagine getting married any place else. The views are absolutely breathtaking. The Island House seemed to match our personalities and the overall feel we wanted for our wedding – modern and sophisticated, but also timeless and intimate.

After we both choose the location and the date, I then took over and started the journey to find the vendors I wanted to work with to make our day perfect. I have always been passionate about event planning, and while I was not the type of girl that always dreamt of her wedding day, I did always dream about the man I wanted to marry. I put Matt in charge of the band and the honeymoon. I started the rest of the planning by looking at wedding blogs, like Style Me Pretty, to get inspired. I focused on finding vendors that impressed me by what they do, but also had a true sense of kindness and a passion for their craft to make our day unforgettable. This led me to find Beth and her team at The White Dress by the Shore, Callie and her team at Modern Trousseau, Maureen & Emily thru Jennie Fresa, Sandy from Roseville Designs, Sayles from Sayles Livingston floral design, Amanda ‘The Scribblist’ on Etsy, Kiera from Sweet Kiera cookies, and last but certainly not least, April & Lindsay from Sweet Monday Photography. And of course, we were beyond lucky to have Samantha to help with all of the wedding coordination at Belle Mer. I also felt so incredibly lucky to have my Mom, bridesmaids, as well as all these fantastic vendors all by my side .

While I was not inspired by a theme, I found myself inspired by looking back at old wedding photos from my family. I wanted to have a traditional and classic ceremony, but I wanted the overall décor to be more fresh & modern. For the décor, I ended up feeling very inspired by the sea, and created my vision around sea glass. After landing on this look and feel for our wedding, I started by finding a wedding dress and then moved on to the details. For my dress, the ladies at TWD helped me find the perfect look! I ended up with a more modern silk gown from Modern Trousseau. I customized the gown by adding a full tulle overlay skirt that opened in the front and sheer tulle wrap that I wore during the ceremony. I felt like the most beautiful bride. I accessorized my gown with my Mom’s lace veil, wore my Grandmother’s vintage watch, and carried my other Grandmother’s bible with me as I walked down the aisle.

Beyond finding and working on making the perfect dress, I spent endless hours working on small customized details. I really wanted to make sure that our guests felt welcome and a part of our day. April and Lindsay did an amazing job capturing shots of all of these lovely details, and I could not be happier with how pretty everything looked! Our wedding day was a dream come true and one we will never forget. We had beautiful weather, a beautiful location and celebrated with our loved ones! My only wish is that we could do it all over again and that I could do this for a living!

Photography: Sweet Monday Photography | Floral Design: Sayles Livingston Flowers | Wedding Dress: Custom Modern Trousseau From The White Dress By The Shore | Wedding Dress: Modern Trousseau | Cake: Longwood Events | Invitations: Roseville Designs | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Donna Morgan | Make-up: Maureen Sullivan For Jennie Fresa | Hair Stylist: Emily Reale | Calligraphy: V Calligraphy | Band: Ripcord | Groom's Attire: Alton Lane | Island House At Belle Mer: Longwood Events

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Mount Hope Farm Wedding

This wedding?  It’s everything.  It’s laid back, yet elegant, cozy, yet completely sophisticated and charms in ways that only a nature-inspired affair can do.  From the drop-dead gorgeous florals from Greenlion Design to the beautiful images from Ruth Eileen Photography to the amazing Mount Hope Farm venue. Take a gander at all of the pretty here.

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Fall
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Rustic

From the Bride…When Luke proposed in the Spring of 2013, I had little idea of what type of wedding I wanted; the dress, the theme, if we’d serve cake. I was really starting from scratch, but don’t let the decisions overwhelm you (or your fiance). The wedding planning process is a great time to learn about each other, how to compromise, and how to work together as a family– which is the real heart of the matter. For us, centering our wedding around a common interest of ours, a love of nature, made decision making much simpler and the day itself felt like a dream. We kept the color palette loose, and my bridesmaids wore mismatched dresses. With the ceremony outside, we mainly focussed on florals for decoration, and Kim from Greenlion was amazing. She incorporated local wildflowers and in-season vegetables in the arrangements to echo our celebration of nature. Plantation catering did a great job with the menu, serving local, simple, yet delicious dishes like oysters on the half-shell and vegetable ratatouille. We topped things off with our favorite beers and in-season fruit pies. It all felt amazing, and most importantly like us.

From Kim of Greenlion Design… Michelle and Luke’s vision for their florals was clear: farm feel, loose garden style blooms and local in-season blooms (our favorite type). We incorporated local dahlias, clematis, zinnias, annabelle hydrangea, privot, oak tree leaves, asters, privet, euonymus, porcelain berry vine, snapdragons, and we even used local vegetables to hold the table numbers. 

Photography: Ruth Eileen | Floral Design: Greenlion Design | Ceremony Venue: Mount Hope Farm | Reception Venue: Mount Hope Farm | Catering: Plantation Catering | Make Up: New Leaf Salon | Hair: New Leaf Salon | Dress Shop: Bella Bridal Shoppe

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Romantic Nautical Wedding

This wedding takes the entire notion of a perfect day and kicks it up a notch with some of the most beautiful details that you will ever see.  Think lush, romantic blooms from Hana Floral Design, sweet bridesmaid frocks from Jenny Yoo and drop-dead gorgeous images from Lauren Fair Photography.  And that, my friends, is just the beginning.  See it all in the full gallery.

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From Lauren Fair Photography… Kate and Charlie’s stunning, softly romantic nautical wedding was set at the lovely Mystic Seaport in Connecticut. The old ships and weathered wood buildings gave a perfect backdrop for photos, and in true New England fashion, it was an overcast and misty day until a beautiful sunset peeked out after the ceremony.

From the Bride… Knowing we would have many of our guests traveling from out of town, we decided to choose a destination close to where I grew up and where we knew friends and family would enjoy visiting during the summer. After touring several other venues in the area we fell in love with the idea of getting married on the water at the beautiful and charming Mystic Seaport. During the planning process we had so much fun exploring Mystic and discovering new restaurants and activities to share with our guests. Mystic has such an amazing nautical and rustic feel, so we wanted to add a romantic and vintage touch. Inspired by a bouquet from a real wedding I had found online, we stuck with a muted neutral color palette including blush pinks, ivory and a cool sea foam green, and used gold as an accent color. We carried this color scheme throughout our wedding day collateral, from our stationery and succulent escort card favors to our table linens and candy bar. The ceremony took place on the North Lawn at Mystic Seaport, overlooking the Mystic River at 5:30 pm.

Although the day had been overcast prior to the ceremony, as guests began to arrive the sun came out and made for beautiful sunset. Guests were seated in white wooden chairs, decorated with vintage pails filled with gray succulents, pale pink roses, peach spray roses, nude berries and various accent greens and herbs, hanging from mauve raw silk Midori ribbon. Two tall cylinder vases filled with garden and spray roses, peonies, hydrangeas, peach stock and berries, lisianthus along with various accent greens (dusty miller, acacia foliage, feather eucalyptus), accented the end of the aisle. All of our vendors played such important parts in making our day so special and unforgettable. Our incredibly talented photographers (Lauren Fair Photography) were a must have, once I had seen their work on Style Me Pretty we couldn’t hire anyone else. They did an amazing job capturing all of the magic of our engagement and wedding. We couldn’t have pulled everything off without Jenna Landon, our event coordinator with Coastal Catering.

Photography: Lauren Fair Photography | Videographer: Inspiration In Motion | Floral Design: Hana Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Legends By Romona Keveza | Ceremony Venue: North Lawn At Mystic Seaport | Reception Venue: Coastal Gourmet Catering At Mystic Seaport | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Ceremony + Reception Venue: Coastal Gourmet Catering At Mystic Seaport | Hairpiece: Paris By Debra Moreland | Paper Goods / Invitations: CSD Branding

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Romantic Martha’s Vineyard Wedding

I love it when a Bride embraces color for her big day. From the handmade Chuppah, to Thea Kennedy illustrated invites, to Krishana Collins beautiful bouquets, every detail planned by this Allen Farm couple was custom. Brighter Lights Media captured the cheerful film below, while Our Labor Of Love snapped up a gallery complete with a beautiful Gabriella’s Marchesa gown that’ll make you swoon.

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Fall
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From the Bride… We met 7 years ago on a Birthright trip to Israel during college. We met on the first day and were inseparable ever since. We were long distance for over a year and then started our lives together in NYC. The year we were engaged was super crazy, in addition to planning the wedding we were both also working full-time and getting our MBAs, we joke that if we made it through that year we can make it through anything.

I grew up spending my summers on Martha’s Vineyard and always dreamed of getting married there. My husband proposed at Gay Head lighthouse making the island even more special to us. Planning the wedding I wanted to make a weekend of events for our guests. We had guests traveling from all over the world and we wanted them to get a real feel for what Martha’s Vineyard is all about. We kicked off the weekend with a BBQ at my parent’s house. We had the Rehearsal Dinner at Seafood Shanty which turned into an impromptu dance party! We also had a goodbye brunch at my parent’s house (catered by Morning Glory Farms) which was the perfect way to end the weekend.

Leading up to the wedding I was a planning and crafting machine and was probably Etsy’s biggest customer that year. I took the process very serious and obsessed over every napkin and toothpick. The weekend of the wedding I was completely zen and at peace, it was like I got all of the nervous energy out during the planning and I was able to really enjoy the weekend and take it all in. I slept so soundly the night before the wedding and woke my maid of honor up by blasting “Let’s get married” on my Iphone.

I was not the type of bride to be able to plan my wedding around one color or theme, I was feeling overwhelmed until I decided to plan the wedding like I would decorate my apartment. With ikat, stripes, pops of color, cobalt blue, cool grays, florals, chevron and metallic. I used pattern and texture as the jumping off point which really helped to focus me.

It is hard to pick just one favorite part of the day but a few stick out. Our first look at the Sculpture Garden at the Field Gallery because growing up my parents made us go to the Sculpture Garden every summer to take photos posed as the sculptures. We have a lifetime worth of awkward family photos. After we got engaged I made my husband stop the car so we could take a photo there, it really turned out to be a special place. We had our first look here and it was one of my favorite moments of the day, it was so intimate and meant so much to be able to steal a few private minutes for just the two of us.

One of the highlights of the wedding was the surprise dance my husband and wedding party performed, I was shocked! They had a choreographed routine to Justin Timberlake that blew my mind. It really helped set the tone for a night full of dancing and every time I hear the song it makes me smile. We used Sultans of Swing and were so impressed with our band, the crowd loved them so much that my maid of honor booked them for her wedding just a few days after ours.

For place cards we used photos of all of our guests printed by Social Print Studio and secured on a table by crystals. My husband thought I was crazy for taking this project on but it turned out to be one of my favorites. The months leading up to the wedding were so stressful and full of wedding related details, it was fun to take some time out of the process and look through old photos and remember what the day was all about. It really reminded me how many amazing friends and family members we have in our life, this was our way of honoring them.

My mom made our Chuppah, it is probably one of the most special and personal details of the wedding. It is a quilt with photos of our parents and grandparents at their weddings. It was so special to look up during the wedding and see our family. My mom is an amazingly talented quilter and sells her work on Etsy. We decorated the chuppah with beautiful pink and orange blooms. It felt like we were in a secret garden.

Our photographers, Our Labor Of Love, was an easy decision. I had been following their work for years and knew I wanted them. I was so happy to find out that this LA based team was familiar with Martha’s Vineyard and it was great to work with a photographer that I not only loved, but that also knew the area. Our videographer, Brighter Lights Media, turned out to be one of our favorite vendors. They were so easy to work with and went out of their way to get to know us instead of just treating us like every other client. I continue to recommend them to all of my friends.

Photography: Our Labor Of Love | Floral Design: Krishana Collins | Wedding Dress: Marchesa | Cake: Cakes By Liz | Invitations: Thea Kennedy | Wedding Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Catering: Jaime Hamlin And Sons | Hair: Edward Lampley | Band: Sultans Of Swing | Alchohol: Your Market | Bridal Shop: Gabriella's | Bridal Suite: Vineyard Square Hotel | Buses + Trolley : MV Sightseeing | Ceremony And Reception: Allen Farm | Chuppah: For Comfort Quilts - Etsy | Confetti: Pom Love - Etsy | Confetti Bag Stickers: Wink Events - Etsy | Confetti Bags: Somerset Market - Etsy | Corn Hole Bags: Lots 2 Ofr 2 - Etsy | Custom Cameo Stamp: Hoot Owl Press - Etsy | Custom Koozies: Totally Koozies | Custom Stickers: Azultruquesa - Etsy | Custom Totes: Totally Promotional | Dessert Bar Signs: Crown And Clover - Etsy | First Look: Field Gallery | Groom's Ties: Tie Bar | Groomsmen Attire: Joseph A Banks | Groomsmen House: Captain Morse House | Heart Stickers: Sea Sprout - Etsy | Heart Toothpicks: Nikki Crafts - Etsy | Late Night Apple Fritters: Back Door Donuts | Love + Heart Pillows: Layla Grace | Makeup: Julie Pope | Napkins + Drink Stirrers: Peacock Paperie | Placecards : Social Print Studio | Programs: The Parchment Place - Etsy | Rentals: Big Sky Tent & Party Rentals | Table Numbers: Wine Accents By Linda - Etsy | Table Runner Fabric: Fabric Guru | Videography : Brighter Lights Media

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