From The Bride… I never second guessed myself. While my personality can range anywhere from Austin hipster to Oscar de la Renta chic, I stuck with my gut. When Steven proposed in a hot air balloon flying over southern New Hampshire last fall, I knew our lives would always be an adventure, and marriage was just the start. For our wedding, I wanted to combine all aspects of our lives – the adventure, the whimsy, the glamor, and the down-to-earth. It was about having fun and celebrating with the people we love.
Steven has taught me to be more and more of a goof ball, taking life as it comes. Adding elements of his personality to our big day was so important to me. I got to be a bit girly with gorgeous pink flowers and a to-die-for cake, while he got his fun with board games and converse. I couldn’t have asked for a more blessed day to start the rest of my life with my best friend.
In the world of drop-dead gorgeous images, Sweet Monday Photography reigns supreme. Think soft, light-filled captures that are as romantic as they are stunning and you are most definitely on the right track. So when it comes to soaking in the pretty, we’re all about devoting a day to Sweet Monday’s latest masterpiece… a shoot that is chock-full of outdoor beauty and spring-filled happy.
Known for their love of nature and ability to capture those special moments you didn’t even realize were happening, Sweet Monday Photography is endlessly inspired by the New England landscape… and it shows in every moment of this gorgeous styled shoot set against the stunning Mount in the Berkshires. Picture classic meets modern details and colorful blooms with a touch of traditional lovely and a splash of bohemian charm. It’s all sorts of seriously stunning, lovelies… and it’s just what we’ve come to expect from Sweet Monday Photography.
Whether you’re looking to capture your love against a golden autumn backdrop, or snuggled up with the snow twinkling in the background, Sweet Monday’s talented team of photogs will most definitely preserve those special moments that you will cherish for always. Contact them now to start your journey to beautiful photography. You can thank us later, loves.
What: Sweet Monday Photography is offering 20% off any of their standard wedding photography Collections for weddings with either the ceremony or reception taking place outdoors in 2016 or 2017!
How: Interested couples just need to mention this post when inquiring about Sweet Monday’s availability on their wedding date via the contact form on their website. Discount is not applicable for custom Collections, but may be applied to any of the standard packages. The discount will be honored a total of 10 times on a first come, first served basis. Click here for more info!
From Kate Preftakes Photography… Maria and Paul were married at Maria’s parent’s home which is adjacent to the Dexter’s Inn in Sunapee, NH. Their theme was a walk through the woods which is exactly what the guests did to go from the ceremony to the inn and reception. God was smiling on them as it was supposed to rain all day but the heavy rain held off long enough for us to get beautiful portraits, and for them to have their ceremony overlooking the mountain. Sure, we got drizzled on, but no one seemed to mind.
This wedding was a labor of love for Maria’s family and everyone worked so hard to make it special. From clearing the trees for the mountain view, to the beautiful tree lit cocktail area, every detail was special. Maria’s mom tracked down old windows, doors, and whiskey barrels to accent the path and cocktail area. Old family quilts and fabric covered hay bales were scattered around for guests to sit on. Adorable candles and signs hung from trees and the overall feeling was pretty magical.
Maria’s dress was perfect for the setting and she and Paul are perfectly paired, not to mention absolutely adorable together. There was an incredible amount of love at this wedding. And even a few surprises! Some friends surprised the couple with doves to release at the end of their ceremony and everyone surprised the couple with a flash mob dance after the toasts. There were tears, and hugs and lots and lots of love. So honored to be a part of this very special day!
From the beautiful Bride… My parents bought their house in Sunapee, NH when I was 13 years old. I made myself a promise that I would get married in their backyard overlooking the mountain. The amount of love that surrounds the home and landscape is truly an indescribable feeling. Lucky for me, my husband felt the exact same way.
From the time I got engaged on August 10th, 2014 (on top of mount Sunapee), I knew that our wedding would be a labor of love. My mother and I have a very special knack for paying attention to detail and going above and beyond expectations. Ironically, Dexter’s Inn is a short walk through the woods and was the perfect venue for our reception. The inn has beautiful grounds, covered in lush green grass, recreational activities and huge white tent to dance the night away.
I envisioned a rustic farm wedding with a whimsical elegance. I traveled to 4 different states picking up whiskey barrels. I traveled to 3 states collecting antique milk bottles from run down farms. Other décor was gathered from various antique shops and flea markets from different travels. I knew I wanted baby’s breath and lavender to create a soft feeling. We ran with those colors and accented them with natural woods and rusted metals. My parents took on their own project and built our wedding arbor from natural birch found in their woods. We focused on creating vignettes and conversation areas throughout the walk from ceremony to reception. We were seeking a humble balance between elegance and comfort. We treated our guests to a southern BBQ, complete with a bride and groom bib. We wanted our wedding to be an extension of our family and the home where our hearts are, I think we did just that.
From The Bride… Tim and I met six years ago working on the national tour of a musical about a wedding. He has always joked that I didn’t fall in love with him until the night he went on as the groom in the show, wearing a fancy 1920’s style white tuxedo, but the truth is that I knew he could be my real-life groom long before that.
Before we were engaged I didn’t have too many set ideas about what my someday wedding might be like, but the one thing I was certain of was that it would be in New Hampshire in October. I was raised in the southern part of the state, and every fall was filled with feelings of comfort, magic, and romance. I lived for the bright colors and crisp air, for apple picking and pumpkin carving, and for the feeling of belonging, to both community and family. When Tim proposed we were very lucky to secure one of the last available October dates at the beautiful Bedford Village Inn, a venue that embraces everything we both love about the season.
We and most of our friends live in Brooklyn and my family recently relocated to the West Coast, so as it turned out we were essentially planning a destination wedding. Fortunately our extraordinary team of vendors made the process almost entirely stress-free. The lovely Alyssa at Apotheca Flower Shoppe took meetings with me over Skype to help bring our vision to life. Emily Delamater, our incredible photographer, flew to New York from Maine to take our engagement photos. My sister is a professional illustrator and designer and we worked together to create the invitations, a wedding logo and all of our paper elements. Most amazingly, the first dress I chose off the rack at a sample sale (literally within the first few minutes I spent dress shopping at all!) happened to be a gorgeous Elie Saab piece. Tara of The Williamsburg Seamster customized its look with expert tailoring.
In terms of design, things really came into focus once I had the dress. A satin ball gown cries out for more formal touches, so I decided on classic black, white and gold as our base colors. I was really in love with the stripe trend that was so popular last year, so to bring in a bit of pattern (and to be a little different) we used a pin dot fabric for the boutonnieres, napkins, cake and gift tables and the wrap on my bouquet. I wanted the floral design to complement the season and the exterior of the venue as well as bring in a bit more romance and color. I also asked Alyssa to incorporate lots of texture, which she delivered in spades! I especially adored all of the Queen Anne’s Lace as a fall-appropriate alternative to Baby’s Breath. Most importantly, a Friday evening wedding that late in the year meant it would be quite dark when our ceremony began, so I tried to embrace the intimate feel by collecting hundreds of candles and lights. The venue boasts beautiful lit birch branches attached to several of its beams, and we tripled their efforts by including additional twinkle lights and branches on half of the reception tables and on either side of our ceremony area and cake table. It felt absolutely magical to be in the space!
The week of the wedding our families stepped up to provide an amazing support system. My mother-in-law sewed the linens for the cake and gift tables. A family friend who is my personal superhero found a local carpenter to build the cake stand and wooden crates for our altar. My grandmother, mother and aunts made homemade jam jars for our favors, and my father, sister and cousin stayed with me at the venue until midnight the night before putting together our photo booth backdrop, centerpieces and ceremony decorations.
The day of our wedding, the chaos subsided and the torrential rain that had troubled us all week cleared. We were blessed to have family and friends travel in from all over the world to be there. Special note must be given to my Bridesman, who was in rehearsals for a major television event in New York that day and still made it to NH in time for our ceremony! Lindsey McKitterick of Lindsey M. Events styled each of our decorative elements to perfection and saved my sanity in the process. My brother generously offered to create our wedding video, and so many of our friends contributed to our ceremony with readings of their choice, songs, and poems. The music director for the tour we met on created new string arrangements for our processional music, including our very own versions of Fun’s “The Gambler” and The Beatles’ “Here, There and Everywhere.” Every speech was beautifully written and delivered. Tim created an amazing jazz playlist for cocktail hour and dinner, and I put together some of our favorite tracks for the dance party that ensued with our talented friend acting as emcee. Nearly all of our guests were performers in one way or another, so believe me, it was QUITE a dance party. The night was perfectly capped by a lantern release outside, as beautifully captured by the video. We are so lucky to have each other, incredible family and friends, and these wonderful memories of our wedding day to cherish for the rest of our lives!
Long doesn’t even begin to describe the winter we’ve had up here in New England, so it goes without saying we’ve been aching for some good ol’ spring-inspired pretty over here at SMP HQ. Well, this beyond talented team came to our rescue. Designed by Kate Dawson with stunning florals from Valley Flower Company, lovely stationery from Christa Alexandra, and show-stopping cake from A To Z Cakes – this gallery from Kelsey DeWitt is just the dose of virtual vitamin D we all needed. See even more here.
From Kate Dawson Events…In the midst of this never ending New England winter, we were inspired by the uplifting combination sunshine, crisp whites and yummy citrus flavors! Back in August, Kelsey, Morgan and I were inspired by the beautiful artwork of one of our brides, Natalia Wrobel, and we took her breathtaking watercolors as the inspiration for the shoot. We coupled that with a clean, white (and sometimes snowy!) back drop to create this bright, modern event. We worked with all local Vermont and New Hampshire vendors to bring this inspiration to life.
Morgan at Valley Flower Company brought the vision to life through her florals creations of amaryllis, mimosas, ranunculas and parrot tulips. She injecting the vibrant blooms with juicy citrus. The awesome centerpiece popped against the white table and ghost chairs.
I then added touches of white fur and mango velvet reminding us that even in the sundrenched space, that the chilly temperatures weren’t too far away!
Christa Alexandra Designs was the mastermind behind the amazing invitation suite. The acrylic invitation was the focal point (obsessed!) and Christa took Natalia’s watercolors and incorporated them into the remainder of the suite – from the envelope liner to the wine bottle label and signature drink signs.
Our beautiful model wore a sleek shift dress and white pumps with a nod to the mod feel of the shoot. Her earrings (and bright lips!) added the pop of color that was such an important piece of the theme. Her look really came to life when she added a white fur jacket and Kelsey captured her against stark white snow banks. The bouquet she carried was a work of art, bright and lively, wrapped with hand dyed ribbon, velvet and beads.
A to Z cakes took our simple direction “modern, watercolor, brights” and made a cake that was way above our expectations! Our signature drinks incorporated the winter citrus flavors of blood oranges and grapefruit. To top off our dessert/drink buffet Sweetie Pie cookies made beautiful gem shaped cookies (that tasted even better than they looked) Our favors were sugary citrus slices.
Kelsey DeWitt captured the event in the most magical way! The bright light of the space was the perfect canvas for her whimsical, glowy, happy images!