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Rustic Fall Wedding

I’m a complete sucker for rustic romance, so give me a day filled with burlap, mason jars and golden apples (yes, golden apples) and you’ll see one very, very happy lady.  Then set all of those awesome details up against a crazy cool barn setting and throw in a bride and groom who are the epitome of adorable and it basically can’t be beat.  See every moment captured by Leah Haydock in the full gallery.

And a little extra special treat… the gorgeous film from the always amazing Long Haul Films.  Enjoy, lovelies. 

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From The Bride… Mike and I met while living in Boston after college. Mike won me over with his playfulness and charm. He would do little things like bring me coffee when I was studying or leave flowers on the windshield of my car. He is quite the charmer and continues to do these little things to show me he cares every day! We have been together for four years now, and were married on September 13th at the Red Lion Inn in Cohasset. I’m one lucky gal.

I have always been a romantic. I love anything and everything soft, pretty and chic. I also love that rustic feel, so when I saw the Red Lion Inn barn with all the wooden beams and floors, I could imagine the candles glowing and people dancing and it made me get all warm and fuzzy inside. We incorporated apples throughout the wedding, with apple cake pop favors and spray painted sparkly apples, because we got engaged on an apple orchard last October. I love the look of chalkboards, so we used a lot of chalkboard signs throughout the wedding which my sister designed. One of the best parts of my day was walking into the barn and seeing it all come together. You have this vision in your head of what it will be like, and to be honest, it was more beautiful than I could have ever imagined. It was the best day ever!

It’s hard to decide on a favorite moment from the day. From getting ready with my girls, to our First Look, to riding on the trolley with our wedding party, it was all so fun! I would have to say, though, I think being pronounced husband and wife and looking out into the crowd of all of our friends and family cheering for us, was a moment I will always remember. We had an “Unplugged Ceremony” where we encouraged our guests not to use their phones or cameras to take pictures, so when we looked out into the crowd we saw everyone smiling back at us – it was truly awesome.

I can confidently say that we had the best combination of vendors. Everything about the day went smoothly and I never felt like I was stopping to answer questions or tell people where to go. Everyone we worked with was so professional and had one common goal: to make us happy. Our photographer, Leah Haydock, was amazing and had a huge part in making the day go smoothly. Her photos are absolutely beautiful and I am already trying to come up with reasons to have her photograph us again! Our videographers, Long Haul Films, just won “Best of Boston,” and rightfully so. They are so good at being there without you even knowing it and we can hardly wait to see our wedding film! Our band, Groove Authority, kept the dance party going all night long. Literally, people did not even want to sit down and eat their dinner because they just wanted to dance! Our flowers from Les Fleurs in Andover were gorgeous and Kerianne was so wonderful to work with! Jen Tawa Hair Design and Dani Wagener Makeup were both such a pleasure to work with and made myself and all of my bridesmaids feel beautiful! I feel like we had a wedding day dream team!

If I had one piece of advice to give future brides, it would be to make sure to stop and take it all in. All of the prepping, planning, shopping… everything you have done to make this day happen has come together and it is so awesome to see. Make sure you stop to take in all the details. Make sure you stop to take in all the little moments with your husband. Most importantly, make sure you stop to take in that beautiful space, whether it be a barn, a ballroom, a tent or a backyard and soak in that feeling that all of the people you love are in that one place at the same time, and they are there for you! It is a feeling like no other.

Photography: Leah Haydock Photography | Floral Design: Les Fleurs | Wedding Dress: Country Weddings Bridal Boutique | Wedding Cake: Konditor Meister | Invitations: Minted | Ceremony Venue: St Anthony's Parish | Reception Venue: Red Lion Inn | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaid Dresses: Country Weddings Bridal Boutique | Make Up: Dani Wagener Beauty | Hair: Jennifer Tawa Hair Design | Calligraphy: Letterings By Liz | Band: Groove Authority | Apple Cake Favors: Cake Pops Boston | Bride's Purse: Kate Spade | Transportation: Kenny's Coach | Wedding Film: Long Haul Films

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Classic Mansion Wedding

Pair a foodie bride and her handsome beau with a fab team of vendors that includes Coral Pheasant Stationery + DesignBLUSH Floral Design and Jubilee Events (to name a few) and the results are this: a beyond breathtaking day that boasts classic details, beautiful colors and soooo much pretty captured by Binaryflips Photography, it will make your head swoon.  Join me in the gallery for more.     

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From the Bride… When Lev and I first started planning our wedding, we fell in love with the Wadsworth Mansion (near my hometown in CT) before we even saw it in person. We liked that there were multiple rooms for guests to explore, as if it was our own private retreat (albeit a very fancy one!), and the way the mansion was set off from the road and surrounded by trees and gardens.

Once we had decided on a location, it helped set the tone for everything else: classic, elegant and romantic. To complement the interior of the mansion, we settled on a color palette of dove gray, blush and cream—plus a touch of gold—that felt airy and light, but still muted enough for October. I was also inspired by Laduree and their gorgeous pastel packaging.

Lev and I agreed we wouldn’t spend a lot of money on gifts for the morning of the wedding, but we wanted to do something small. We were doing long-distance for most of the year leading up to the wedding, and for about 6 months of that, Lev had been recording little clips of himself along the way—and turned it into the sweetest video. I ended up giving him a vintage compass, since he is my biggest supporter and, cheesy as it may sound, the one who always helps me find my way.

Despite some early rain and gloom, the weather that day—which also happens to be my grandmother’s birthday—ended up being beautiful. The whole place was washed in this gorgeous golden light. Our ceremony was led by Mary Coburn on the lawn behind the mansion, and months later, I still receive compliments on the incredible job she did. She has an amazing way of getting to know you, capturing the spirit of a relationship and bringing people together.

Bouquets and arrangements contained lush blooms like garden roses, ranunculus and dahlias. For texture and a slightly vintage feel, we added dusty miller, silver brunia berries and gold-dusted scabiosia pods (a really lovely touch from Elizabeth of Blush Floral Design). We decorated our placecard table with vintage cake stands and compote dishes collected over time, plus loose and floating flowers, votive candles and ribbons.

I have a killer sweet tooth, so good dessert was a must! Later in the night, we re-purposed the cake stands for a display of cream puffs, oatmeal-maple whoopie pies, pumpkin cheesecake squares, mini pecan pies and macarons in blush and cream. Our wedding cake featured a single, whimsical sugar bloom that was gold in the middle with pale pink petals fading into ivory.

Our invitations incorporated two design elements—a wreath and a bow—and two patterns—lattice and damask—that were used throughout our reception. The wreath was used for our table numbers and programs, and an actual wreath was hung on the front door of the Wadsworth. There were pink bows on my shoes and bows tied to our seats at the table. Finally, the lattice print from the invites appeared our dessert labels, while the damask print appeared on our menus.

My bridesmaids wore soft and subdued shades of pink, cream and gray by Amsale and Donna Morgan. Everyone wore their hair at least partially down, which was sort of a spur-of-the-moment decision—but I loved the way the casual hair styles contrasted with the guys’ formal tuxedos and bow ties.

My dress was a ball gown by Liancarlo. I tried on an embarrassing amount of dresses until I fell in love with its delicate, crystal-studded bodice and flowing, ethereal skirt. My earrings were a gift from my grandmother, who was given them by my grandfather on my mom’s wedding day. My something borrowed was my grandfather’s wedding ring, and my something blue was a ring my mom gave me some 15 years ago that I’ve been wearing ever since. Both of these were tied to my bouquet.

A few other personal touches we added to the wedding were a guestbook filled with handmade envelopes in different patterns and colors for guests to leave us notes, a display of family pictures, and signature cocktails (a pear drink I make every winter, and a Brazilian coffee drink that satisfies Lev’s coffee addiction and relates to one of his favorite trips). At the end of the night, guests helped themselves to a Connecticut classic—Foxon Park White Birch Beer—and freshly-popped popcorn in two different flavors: salted butter and caramel cashew.

My best advice to brides is to enjoy the planning process as much as possible. Spend some time sifting through ideas and thinking about how you envision the day before you dive in—and then take it on little by little. And, make it your own. Everything doesn’t have to match perfectly. In fact, it will feel more organic if it doesn’t! Then, once the day arrives, let go of all those little details and focus instead on savoring every moment.

Photography: Binaryflips Photography | Floral Design: BLUSH Floral Design | Cake: Ana Parzych Cakes | Bridesmaid Dresses: Donna Morgan | Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale | Catering: Gourmet Galley | Hair And Makeup: Naomi's Studio & Salon | Calligraphy: Graceline Calligraphy | Lighting: Rob Alberti | DJ: Rob Alberti | Officiant: Mary Coburn | Bride's Dress: Liancarlo | Bridesmaid Boutique: Bella Bridesmaid | Chandeliers/Draping: Ryan Designs | Coordination: Jubilee Events | Day-of Stationery: Coral Pheasant Stationery + Design | Macarons: Le Petit France | Makeup: D.d. Nickel | Mansion: Wadsworth Mansion | Musicians: Millenium Music | Rentals: La Tavola | Tent: CT Rental Center | Transportation: Premier Limousine | Tuxedos: Valentino Tailors

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Rustic Autumn Wedding at The Yellow House

I think we can all agree that autumn in Vermont is unequivocally beautiful, right? Basically, the perfect backdrop for perfectly rustic, laid-back New England nuptials. Think warm hued flowers from Ellen Synder Design, maple cupcakes from Mix Cupcakerie, family farms, and a bottle of Harpoon or Long Trail in hand. Christian Arthur Photography was there to capture the day. See it all here!


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From the Bride… Our wedding was set on the property of Tyson’s great aunt’s home adjacent to Billings Farm and Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Park in Woodstock, VT, four generations of his family have called this town home (and the his parents were married on the property affectionately called “The Yellow House” in 1983). Fiddleheads, button stems, browns and tans highlighted by the beautiful golden and orange hues of Vermont foliage all came together for our wedding day in September. It was Vermont in every way from the mason jars to the fall colors and Harpoon and Long Trail ales — even one of the cupcakes was maple flavored.

The ceremony was outside in the gardens surrounded by a white picket fence under a lovely archway. Everyone stood around with a drink in hand to watch (to keep it fun and casual). We also danced/walked in together to Mmmm Bop, a favorite song of ours. The cocktail hour with lawn games (and Colgate baggo boards representing our alma mater!) was also outside on the banks of the Ottauquechee River and the stations-style dinner was served under a tent. We also wanted to represent our casual style and therefore, had a cocktail-style stations dinner (no assigned seating, various tables of different sizes and configurations spread amongst the tent) so we could maximize the socializing, noshing, drinking and dancing, and spend more time hanging out with the people we care about! It was great fun and was definitely an inspiration for us!

The location was an easy choice with the Seely family history surrounding us and beautiful customizable location. We loved the walkable community (especially as a PhD candidate in planning and public policy) and really wanted everyone to walk as many places as possible throughout the weekend, so it made Woodstock a great fit (people walked to the rehearsal, wedding, after party, golf, hotels). We also love the charming town near where we lived together after college at Colgate and near our graduate school of Dartmouth. In addition to Tyson’s parents, several of Tyson’s aunts and uncles have also been married there along with cousins, so the property has many memories. We also wanted to be married in a state where we, our friends, and our family, are all afforded the same rights to marry whomever we choose.

The bridesmaids wore brown dresses of their own choosing and the groomsmen wore different brown ties, navy blazers and khakis (also of their own choosing) to give the look a cohesive but not cookie-cutter feel. The florals had button stems and faux fiddleheads my sister made which were unique, funky, and fun and the florist did an incredible job working them into her design. The buttons and fiddleheads are now in a vase in our home. They complimented the hand-made card box my mother made with burlap and lace. The centerpieces, also made by sister, were sticks tied with gems in vases of water with floating candles on top and gave a rustic Vermont feel in addition to beautiful additional light in and around the tent. We served drinks from mason jars to give the event a rustic vibe and the linens were beige to allow the beautiful foliage to stand out. The cupcakes and stations were set on rustic pieces of wood and birch logs to add to the feel. Wooden handmade signs (by Tyson) were placed around the property to direct people. The platform we got married on was made from Advantech Wood (a JM Huber product, of which Tyson is a 5th generation family member of the private owned-family company) and was handmade by Tyson’s dad with the words “Lifetime Guarantee” from the wood left unpainted for us to stand on. We used “I do” and “me too” forks and wore “just married” sunglasses after the ceremony and in Colgate University tradition, the last song of the night was “New York, New York” by Frank Sinatra.

Photography: Christian Arthur Photography | Floral Design: Ellen Synder Design | Flowers: Ellen Snyder Design | Cupcakes: Mix Cupcakerie | Brides Shoes: Steve Madden | Rings: A Jaffe | Catering: Spice Of Life | Hair: Zuri's | Band: UpTown Celebration | Band: UpTown Celebration | Grooms Shoes: Cole Haan | Accomodations & Golf: Woodstock Inn & Resort | After Party: Bentley's | Brides Apparel: Ann Taylor | Brunch Catering: Woodstock Farmer's Market | Coordination: LoV Weddings | Groom's Apparel: Bonobos | Groom's Aunt's Home: The Yellow House | Hair Piece: Danforth Pewter | Jewlery: J. Crew | Makeup: First Impressions | Makeup And Nails: First Impressions | Rehearsal Dinner: Pi Brick Oven Trattoria | Rehearsal Dinner: Pi Brick Oven Trattoria | Tent And Rentals: Rain Or Shine | Wedding Platform: Advantech

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New England Nautical meets West Coast Whimsical Inspiration

What would summer be without a great beach party or, in this instance, a pretty seaside wedding? Crafted by The Little ThingsSweet Annie Floral Design, and imagery by Ruth Eileen, this inspiration pulls the essence of the West Coast and the East Coast and blends them into a nautical meets whimsical affair by the sea. It’s a land where lobsta dinners and floral laden bicycles go hand in hand.

From Ruth Eileen PhotographyThe theme for this shoot was “New England Nautical meets West Coast Whimsical,” and the idea behind it was to take a classic New England fete and infuse it with some west coast flair! We envisioned our couple eloping and celebrating with a simple but stellar reception a deux, one that they could pull off themselves without too much effort. We began by brainstorming which New England elements we’d include: a lobster bake, nautical rope, the groom in a preppy bowtie, oysters and anchors, and some classic New England florals: coral charm peonies, anemones, and hydrangea. Then, we decided on our West Coast elements: a bohemian-style pallet table, air plants, ferns, and (of course!) a custom beach cruiser! With the vision in mind and design plan in place, we assembled an amazing team of collaborators who really took to the vision and brought this shoot to life! Anna and Caitlin from Paper Moss designed custom menus, elopement announcements, and drink stirrers to commemorate the day. Bethany and Sean from Shindig events provided individual lobster bake pots (and New England clam chowder served in mini mason jars!), Katie from Sweet Annie Floral Design created the stunning bouquet and centerpiece, and stuffed the groom’s pocket with looser, fresh florals for a fun twist on a boutonniere. Shara from Chickadee Hill Cakes designed the beautiful cakes, and our bride Shayna, in her stunning BHLDN gown, was made beautiful by Tara ad TADA Makeup and outfitted with a nautical Porcelain and Stone handmade porcelain and gold chain-link necklace. Laura from Laura Hooper Calligraphy so beautifully penned this JFK quote onto our piece of navy blue Irish linen: “All of us have, in our veins, the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean and therefore, we all have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or watch it, we are going back from whence we came.” Our couple rode off into the sunset on their beach cruiser that Alexis from The Little Things scooped off of Craigslist and customized in white and gold for the shoot. Alexis and Katie wired florals to the cruiser’s spokes (and learned a lesson in patience along the way!), and Katie filled the basket to the brim with the most beautiful flowers. Ruthie from Ruth Eileen Photography captured the day perfectly, and on film, to boot!

Photography: Ruth Eileen | Event Design: The Little Things | Floral Design: Sweet Annie Floral Design | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Cake: Chickadee Hill Cakes | Invitations: Paper Moss | Jewelry: Porcelain And Stone | Catering: Shindig Events | Calligraphy: Laura Hooper Calligraphy | Hair & Make Up: TADA Makeup | Venue: Beach

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