While I may be a bit partial to navy, creams and green (my own wedding colors), there is no denying that this summer celebration is beyond beautiful. Toss in the tulle skirt that the bride added to her gown and I’m downright obsessed. With Kate Preftakes behind the lens and Apotheca working their floral magic, I’ll be in the gallery pinning directly to my own boards for the next several hours.
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From Preftakes Photo… The only thing better than Claire and Kevin’s gorgeous black tie wedding is their love story. The couple first met when Claire was just 12 years old and Kevin’s family was vacationing on Long Island. They had a very shy and innocent first kiss in the sweet summer air when they were kids and then reconnected as adults. They kept in touch through the years and reconnected for their first real date as adults in NYC. They had such a strong bond and just knew it was meant to be. And the rest is history!
Which leads us to this very special wedding day! The couple were married at the Abbey at St. Anselm’s College, Kevin’s alma mater, and their reception was at The Bedford Village Inn. Invitations were by Gus and Ruby and the incredible flowers were by Apotheca Flowers. Claire was stunning in her Vera Wang gown, which she adorned with a tulle skirt.
This wedding was not only beautiful but so genuine and warm. I loved photographing this stunning, kind couple.
From The Bride… We wanted to have a late summer wedding, I grew up by the beach in the Hamptons so summer has always been the best time of year to me. We decided to have our wedding at the Abbey Church at Saint Anselm College, Kevin’s alma matter and also where his parents met. The Abbey is such a stunning space and Kevin’s cousin who married us is a monk there so we loved the family history that accompanied this venue. We are so lucky that the Bedford Village Inn is right around the corner – it has the perfect blend of rustic sophistication we were looking for and they were so accommodating with every request. I also loved the convenience that a lot of our family and friends could stay there and we could all just go upstairs at the end of the night. While I always envisioned more of a beachy wedding vibe, I decided to embrace the rustic elements of our surroundings and insert our own aesthetic to make it more “us.” When I first got engaged I was overwhelmed by all the gorgeous décor options, but after many hours logged on Pinterest I realized I was most attracted to lush white and green florals – classic, clean and elegant. I was immediately drawn to navy blue for our main color, I love its timelessness and it felt like a natural choice for late summer. From the get-go it was important to me for our big day to have a personalized and cohesive look and feel, so we designed a monogram that we used on our invitations and our printed goods throughout the ceremony and reception. Most importantly, we wanted our guests to have fun – we made sure to book a fun band to boogie down to, late night snacks (mini-sliders and lobster mac & cheese!) to keep the party going, and extra-long sparkles to cap off what will be a truly magical night.
Photography: Kate Preftakes | Floral Design: Apotheca | Cake: Erin McDowell | Invitations: Gus And Ruby | Ceremony Venue: Abbey At St. Anselm's | Reception Venue: Bedford Village Inn | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Hair: Laurie Rourke | Band: Brandy Band | Bridal Gown: Vera Wang | Makeup: Blush Studios
Surrounded by stunning lake views and blooms by Dandelions Florist, these summer camp sweeties made certain that their day was packed with fun and Mikhail Glabets was there to capture every bit of it. It’s outdoor elegance perfectly accomplished - from the boat rides to the sail cloth tented reception and a couldn’t-be-more-in-love duo – if that doesn’t make your heart flutter, the full gallery most definitely will!
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From The Bride…I’m stoked to be able to present my own summer lakeside wedding to you. Having had met at a summer camp on the lake, my husband and I could have not imagined a better place to celebrate our wonderful union. I hope you enjoy the shots of me getting ready with my girls; a little taste of the ceremony; the “first meal”-a Wolfeboro tradition down at the town docks where “Hot Dog Bob” gives the husband and wife their first meal together; the pre-cocktail booze cruise aboard a traditional river boat “The Winni Belle”, the huge bridal party’s arrival in antique Chris crafts, our beloved hound dog Remi hamming up all the attention as we arrive at the Brewster Academy Pinckney Boat House, and last but not least pictures of all of our family and friends living it up at the sail cloth tented reception.
Photography: Mikhail Glabets Lifestyle Photography | Flowers: Dandelions Florist-Laurel LeMaistre | Wedding Gown: Matthew Christopher | Cake: From Scratch Katie Johnson | Shoes: Jack Rogers | Band: Lovely Singers Production | Booze Cruise: The Winni Belle | Bridesmaid and Flower girl dresses: Watters | Chris Craft: "The Millie B"-NH Boat Museum | Church: St. Katharine Drexel | Reception and Cocktail Hour Venue: Brewster Academy | Ring Bearer Seer Sucker Suit: Hartstrings | Sail Cloth Tent: Exeter Rentals
There’s nothing quite like a nod to nature than a mountain top wedding. Captured by Kate Preftakes Photography and surrounded by glorious views, this couple wed in the exact spot where groom proposed and kept every detail personalized along the way. From the Bride’s handcrafted florals, to the festive Mexican food reception, peek through the gallery and I swear you can almost smell the wildflowers.
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From Kate Preftakes Photography…If there’s one thing that I could share with you from this wedding, besides these lovely images and the pure joy from this couple, it would be the incredible smell of the mountain air mixed with lavender and wildflowers. Heather and Jimmie were married on a mountain top in Harrisville, NH overlooking Mount Monadnock, the very spot where he proposed and they began this journey. The day started with the threat of rain but it never came, and the sun peeked in and out of the clouds all day until finally, it was a glorious view.
Heather and Jimmie put a bit of themselves and their love of nature into every detail of this wedding. Heather is a Marine Biologist and Jimmie is an arborist so they wanted their wedding to be a nod to nature. From the center piece stand tree stumps that Jimmie cut from his parent’s land, to the flower arrangements that Heather made herself, their hands were a part of every detail. As nature lovers they wanted their wedding to be eco-friendly and used dried flowers in recycled glass bottles for their tables, and beautiful felted bird nest balls to decorate their pergola. The felt came from a local farm where Jimmie worked while growing up and I just love that the birds can take the bits of felt to line their nests. They served Mexican food (their favorite) and Heather’s sister made the beautiful cake.
Heather and Jimmie are so perfect for each other and their love shines through wherever they are. It was truly a day filled with joy, love and laughter. And beauty. So much natural New Hampshire beauty.
From The Bride…Jim proposed at the top of Mt.Monadnock, so when we were looking for a place to get married we wanted to be as close to the mountain as possible. We love being up there. Cobb Hill was the first place we looked at and knew it was perfect. We tried to keep everything simple and a nod to nature. The venue is so beautiful we didn’t want to take away from that. We had nesting balls hanging from our pergola, and recycled glass bottles collected by family and friends were used for vases. Jim used wood from a tree he cut down from his parent’s yard to make center piece stands, and he also made our guest book. Trying to stick with doing good by nature we used all dried flowers for our arragnements so the flowers can be used over by guests or ourselves without dying a week later. We tried to do as much as possible ourselves so you can see a bit of us in everything. Also we had Mexican food which is our absolute favorite!
Photography: Kate Preftakes Photography | Invitations: David's Bridal | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J Crew | Caterer: Aesop's Table | Hair And Makeup: Studio H | Bird Nest Balls: Fiber Dreams Farm | Bride's Dress: Catherine Dean/BHLDN | Cobb Hill Estate: Cobb Hill Estate