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European-Inspired Garden Wedding in the Berkshires

Today’s gorgeous couple found their dream wedding venue in the Berkshires at The Mount, a turn-of-the-century home, designed and built by Edith Wharton in 1902. Taking inspiration from the Italian garden on the property, their day was centered around a romantic European theme. From the bride’s knockout Berta dress to the emotional reaction of the groom as his bride walked down the aisle, the full gallery is chock full of beauty at every turn – all taken by Lindsey Nicole Photography!

Jordyn & Jack’s wedding in the Berkshires transported guests out of New England and into a European-inspired fairytale. The beautiful gardens at Edith Wharton’s estate, the Mount, fit their vision perfectly. Upon visiting the estate amidst their tours of wedding venues, the two had a magical feeling in the Italian Garden. The Mount was an especially intriguing venue for Jordyn who as a journalist, found Edith Wharton’s success as a female writer in the 1800’s inspiring. The two became teary eyed picturing their ceremony. It was Jack’s idea for Jordyn to walk through the garden’s vintage stone pergola. It was reminiscent of the ancient stones in England. The first country the two traveled to together. It added to the european theme they wanted for their wedding. The two had their rehearsal dinner at Wheatleigh. An estate that was actually a wedding gift from a Spanish count to his daughter. Jordyn and her bridesmaids stayed the night and got ready in the historic mansion and hotel just 5 minutes from The Mount. Jordyn had to shift her original vision of wearing a long-sleeve lace ballgown due to the venue. All the walking around the property would require something much lighter. She fell in love with a beautiful Berta privee wedding dress that was perfect for their 90 degree day in May.

The soft tulle bows on the straps of the dress added a young but romantic element, and the lace applique still fit what she always dreamed of wearing on her big day. Jack’s custom Tom James tux was filled with black and white photos from the pair’s engagement shoot. It was all a surprise to Jordyn who noticed his handkerchief during their ceremony with their photo. The two chose not to have a first look so it was her first time seeing the special touch her husband added to their wedding day. The wedding was made to feel intimate and personalized for Jordyn and Jack. Since the two are of different faiths, a non-denominational priest acted as their officiant to still have a mostly traditional ceremony. The two exchanged hand-written vows and there wasn’t a dry eye in the garden! Signature drinks featured the bride and grooms favorites when they go out with family and friends. Also included on the big day, their new pup Sterling. He had recently flown from Missouri to join their family so an “aviation” only made sense for his drink! Sterling also dressed up for the occasion with a Style Me Pretty doggie bow tie. (Look closely so you don’t miss it amid his black spots!)

Cocktail hour featured some of their favorite things – lobster rolls as an homage to their family from Rhode Island and local Berkshire cheeses along with vegan options for their family and friends. The al-fresco reception took place in the lime walk leading to the French garden. It featured one long table for 100+ guests. This added to the European theme featuring a more family-style seating arrangement more common abroad. Lit up with string lights through the trees, guests enjoyed short-rib, coq au vin, and orecchiette pasta from Mezze Catering. The table design Jordyn changed multiple times. Originally Jack and Jordyn had picked a tan damask cloth with traditional white plates and elements. When Jordyn and her bridesmaids went shopping and collectively chose their draped-back blush dresses she wanted to include a pop of color to make the pink elements stand out. The textured lace pink overlay on top of an ivory table cloth did just that. Ramble Floral incorporated shades of pink in the table arrangements and the bridesmaids bouquets while keeping the bride’s arrangement white. It was tied together with a diamond and sapphire family heirloom pin for the bride’s “something blue.”

After a great night of dancing with their loved ones, the day ended with Jay-Z’s version of “Forever Young” the couple’s wedding hashtag and last name. Guests saluted the newlywed’s with a sparkler send off to cap off the night as the bride and groom left together in a vintage rolls royce before embarking on their honeymoon the following morning.

Photography: Lindsey Nicole Photography | Cinematography: Move Mountains Co. | Floral Design: Ramble Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Berta | Cake: Cerrato's Pastry Shop | Invitations: Meili Flouos | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Dessy | Catering: Mezze Catering + Events | Groom's Attire: Tom James | Rentals: Classical Tents | Weddings Rings: MRT Jewelers

West Coast Cool Meets Martha’s Vineyard Charm at This Edgartown Wedding

Personalization was the key to this Martha’s Vineyard dream of a day! Sandy and Robert filled their wedding with nods to where they’re from, things they enjoy, and even the hotel that started it all. Timeless Event Planning effortlessly planned and designed the details (check out the rattan lighting at the reception!) and Morrice Florist put together soft-hued florals that added to the romance. When we say we’re swooning, we mean it. The full gallery captured by Elizabeth LaDuca is just waiting for you to dive in!

In 2014, Sandy and Robert both quit their corporate jobs and moved to the little island of Martha’s Vineyard. Both were looking for summer fun and landed jobs at the Harbor View Hotel, Sandy as a wedding planner and Robert as a pool boy. They met the first week of work in front of the copy machine that Sandy had jammed, and she was instantly smitten.

After four years of dating, Robert brought Sandy back to the Vineyard to the same hotel and the same copy machine, surprising her by popping the question at where they first met.

For their wedding, personalization was key, with everything needing to have a purpose and make sense as to why they would include it in their big day. Since they both lived in San Diego, the goal was to bring a touch of West Coast vibes to the traditionally East Coast island and the hotel that started it all. 

The color palette was vibrant like the sunsets they enjoyed together, and all of the food was inspired by their favorite date nights. Their signature drinks were even called the Pool Boy and the Wedding Planner as a nod to how they first met. 

Since they had to cut the guest list short due to COVID, creating a personalized experience for their guests was important for the couple. Sandy handmade ceramic vases that doubled as escort cards for each guest. Once guests found their seats, each place setting featured a personalized letter sharing a favorite memory about them.

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Photography: Elizabeth LaDuca | Videography: SJ Videography | Floral Design: Morrice Florist | Cake: Val Cakes | Invitations: RSVP | Stationery: Samantha Meyer Studio | Shoes: Loeffler Randall | Jewelry: a.b.Ellie | Ring: Diamonds on the Rock | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Vows | Band: Sultans Of Swing | Suit: The Black Tux | Officiant: Justin Brooks | Wedding Venue: Harbor View Hotel | Chargers: Seaside Celebrations | Cookies: The Vineyard Baker | Dress Designer: Anais Anette | Dress Store: Ceremony | Linens: BBJ La Tavola | Planning and Design: Timeless Event Planning | Rentals: Big Sky Tent & Party Rentals | Veil: Sara Gabriel | Video Footage: City Point Films⁠⁠ | Vow Books: Claire Magnolia

This Floral Designer Had The Boho Backyard Wedding Of Her Dreams

When a floral designer has her own wedding, you know you are in for a treat! Not just any wedding venue would do for this couple who met in high school and reconnected 20 years later, so they decided to create their own elevated backyard wedding with decidedly boho touches. The bride and owner of The Wild Dahlia filled the day with a spectacular array of blooms in autumn hues, featuring none other than dahlias of course. She turned to Brilliant Events to help bring her Big Day dreams to life, and the result is a spectacular celebration of love.  Catherine Band was there to capture every magical moment, you can see it all in the full gallery.

From the bride… I’m a floral designer who owns The Wild Dahlia and I finally married my high school sweetheart I recently reconnected with. Due to covid, we did things a little out of order so our son was in the wedding as well as my stepdaughter. I couldn’t choose a venue because all New England venues felt like “work” to me since I’ve been doing this so long. We decided on a small but very “us” backyard elevated wedding that was a little boho and a little rock and roll. I hope you think it’s as cool as I did!

We are proof that timing is everything. We have been close friends since high school who took separate paths 20 years ago only to have them come back together. Seeing Arthur as a father made me fall in love with him and took him out of the friend zone and solidified that we are soulmates, it just took some time to figure it out. Our wedding planning took a pause when we realized we were expecting our son, during the peak of a pandemic, wedding planning was put on hold. Entering the busiest wedding season of my life in 2021 the last thing I wanted to think about was planning a wedding. We searched for a venue I hadn’t worked at, that felt unique and intimate but fell short so the decision was made to tent our sweet little backyard. It was the perfect blank canvas to paint the day we wanted. Autumn is our favorite and the flower choice that time of year of course was an important factor. My company name is The Wild Dahlia, I needed dahlias of course so we chose October. We have a passion for adventure and international travel and we really wanted to reflect that in our special day. I was inspired by a trip to India where marigolds symbolize passion, positivity, and happiness to be bestowed on the newlyweds, so I knew I wanted to incorporate marigolds everywhere. It was such a special experience to have my employees hand make some decor and for fellow vendors to help bring my vision to life. I’ve made hundreds of bouquets and to finally make my own was truly a special feeling. I chose dahlias, foraged foliage, California garden roses such as distant drum and honey dijon, and ranunculus gifted from a dear florist friend. Mustard hues were incorporated throughout the day as it’s my favorite and is totally underused, underrated, and unexpected in weddings. I’ve brought hundreds of weddings to fruition and it was finally my turn to create the day I envisioned.

Arthur’s parents are from Greece and we were so happy they were able to be there with us. We asked my aunt to marry us, she was someone who has worked hard to make Arthur feel welcome into the family. We wanted our event to be small and intimate with just family and our best friends. It was everything we wanted and perfectly us. I walked down the aisle to Led Zeppelin’s acoustic version of “thank you” and we exited to The Beach Boys “wouldn’t it be nice”. We are both big fans of rock music and ditched a quartet to create a vibe that felt like us. I had a beautiful Anais Anette custom-made gown unapologetically paired with a pumpkin beer straight out of the can. Our day was about us and was perfectly us. I see couples get caught up on the Pinterest ideas and what others have done, we stuck to what felt authentic. An elevated, upscale, backyard celebration that lasted all night. Arthur chose a HUGO BOSS suit, a Hermes tie that was the perfect burnt orange hue. A handmade boutonniere from his bride, and the Omega watch he had been eyeing that I gave to him as a wedding day gift.

Photography: Catherine Band | Event Design: Brilliant Events | Floral Design: The Wild Dahlia | Wedding Dress: Anais Anette | Invitations: letter meets paper | Catering: alden park | Groom's Attire: HUGO BOSS | Rentals: Kadeema Rentals | Rentals: borrowed BLU

This Lavender Filled New England Wedding Is Effortlessly Elegant

What could be lovelier than lavender? This New England wedding uses this beautiful bloom in a multitude of ways, from tables covered in organic greens and sweet pops of purple to fresh sprigs adorning the three-tiered cake. Karla Cassidy Designs created the effortlessly elegant feeling of a summer garden party with her floral work, and Lynne Reznick Photography perfectly captured the charm of the day in her artful imagery. Visit the full gallery for a closer look.

From Lynne Reznick PhotographyTo complement the natural beauty of the grounds at Lyman Estate, the couple incorporated lots of greenery and soft neutrals, with pops of lavender for a touch of Tali’s favorite color. Matt’s mother Grace built the chuppah especially for them and they decorated it in lush florals.

During the open-air cocktail hour, guests enjoyed strolling the grounds, sipping on signature drinks, and indulging in fresh seafood from the raw bar. Tali and Matt were excited to incorporate the raw bar because they love seafood and because it was a nod to their New England soirée. The “sip and be seated” escort display was made up of lovely champagne glasses arranged among lush greens and welcomed guests to find their seats written on personalized paper scrolls.

Under the sailcloth tent for the reception, they nodded to the greenhouse on the property with centerpieces made up of collections of potted plants in terra cotta and mercury glass. The plants included an array of greens like ivy and ferns, as well as fresh lavender. The beautiful green floral linens added texture and completed the garden party look.

Photography: Lynne Reznick Photography | Floral Design: Karla Cassidy Designs | Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero | Invitations: Forever Fiances | Ceremony Venue: Lyman Estate | Reception Venue: Lyman Estate | Catering: Boston Cafe & Catering | makeup: Robin Liebowitz | Hair: Mane and Mani | DJ: Entertainment Specialists | groom's suit: Suit Supply | Rentals: Peak Event Services | doggie care: For the Love of Paws | dress shop: Angela's Bridal

Classic Meets Modern At This Chic Cape Cod Wedding

Kevin and Carolyn turned their Cape Cod wedding into a modern retreat with classic details we can’t get enough of. Lovers of timeless touches with a twist, the couple filled their day with a blue and white color scheme, lots of fresh greenery, and even more love. Kinship Floral helped bring the vision to life with show-stopping centerpieces that were not only beautiful but also full of sentiment. The bride was very close to her grandmother and to honor her memory tiny glass angels were hidden within the flowers. All of the meaningful moments were artfully captured in the imagery by Lynne Reznick Photography. Take a closer look at all the contemporary cool in the full gallery.

From Lynne Reznick PhotographyChatham Bars Inn is a gorgeous luxury resort on Cape Cod and offered plenty of beautiful options for Carolyn and Kevin to get ready with their friends on the morning of their wedding. Carolyn and the girls relaxed in cute lace-edged dusty blue robes as they had their hair and makeup done. Then they went out on the veranda of the bridal suite to pop some champagne before getting into their dresses and heading to the church.

As an event consultant, it’s not surprising that Carolyn has a love for party planning. So it was no surprise that Carolyn and her mom planned an absolutely gorgeous and personal event with lots of sentimental touches – including hand-blown glass ornament wedding favors packed in a little white box and wrapped with a bow.

The bride brought together a team of vendors who are all friends and created an absolutely beautiful celebration that was really fun to capture and work together on. The theme throughout was about hosting a wonderful celebration for guests and going “classic…but make it modern”.

Photography: Lynne Reznick Photography | Floral Design: Kinship Floral | Wedding Dress: Oscar De La Renta | Cake: Chatham Bars Inn | Stationery: The Write Way | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Makeup Artist: Makeup by Sarah Lord | band: Hot Mess (Boston) | Transportation: Rockstar Limo | venue: Chatham Bars Inn | Bridal Boutique: L'elite Boston | Bridal Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Custom Dog Cookies: Coastal Cupcakes and More | Hait Stylist: Styles by Callie | Rentals and Linens: Peak Event Services | Uplighting & Dance Floor & After Party: Adam Averback

The Ultimate Galentine’s Celebration Where Every Detail Was Thought Out In The Cutest Way

Editor’s Note: This absolutely fabulous Galentine’s party was hosted last year before Covid-19 hit the states. To take in all the inspiration from this AH-mazing party and make it covid-compliant, we recommend consulting your local CDC guidelines and implementing masks, socially distanced seating, or even take it virtual!

“What’s Galentine’s Day? Every Feb. 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it breakfast style.” Galentine’s Day might have been the subject of a “Parks and Recreation” episode back in 2010, but it soon spurred a cultural phenomenon that celebrated my best gal friends every year across the United States.

In the spirit of ‘ladies celebrating ladies’, Boston-based wedding planners and designers Kelly Golia and LBB Member Kate Murtaugh planned, designed, and styled a Galentine’s Day celebration that we know to Style Me Pretty readers will want to recreate with their own group of friends this February. The event was complete with Valentine’s day inspired color palette, a mimosa wall, personalized vintage Valentines, and a beauty bar ready for any lipstick touch-ups, to name a few! Nearly 50 New England-based female creative entrepreneurs included designers, floral designers, stylists, caterers, photographers, calligraphers, and more, participated in bringing this celebration to life.

The day was designed to be part shoot, beauty bar, and boozy brunch, but most importantly, it was a day filled with an overwhelming sense of community and collaboration as we celebrated our local community of female creatives and all of our sweet Galentines. The event was broken out into two parts: the first featuring a feminine family-style brunch set for 50 gals. The table was adorned with layered blush and petal china, minimalist gold flatware from Party Rental Ltd., and retro-inspired paper goods from The Paper Perfectionist.

An ombre effect balloon installation designed by Fig Balloon Co. Hung overhead, while a 40-foot tablescape featuring breathtaking ombre floral centerpieces and candles from Bloom 52 lined the table. Guests enjoyed a fun Leslie Knope inspired brunch from Mood Food Event and Suddenly Simple events, including waffles with strawberry maple butter, spinach frittatas, and avocado toast. Dessert included chocolate covered strawberry and cookie butter-flavored cakes in shades of pink and red from Lizzie’s Bakery and the coolest conversation heart sugar cookies with female empowerment sayings like “girl power,” “girl boss,” and “ladies celebrating ladies” from Givan Sweets.

The second part of the celebration included four individually styled lounge areas that some of the attendees and contributors were responsible for designing. These areas included gorgeous floral designs, stunning stationery sets, and detailed styling. Each Galentine was encouraged to take her new headshot in – perfect for a resume or new Instagram profile picture! Once guests had time to mingle and have their new headshot taken, the ladies were encouraged to snag a mimosa from the champagne wall from Refined Rentals and be seated for brunch.

Since it wouldn’t be Galentine’s Day without a little love note, a personalized Valentine designed by Kelly, Kate, and The Paper Perfectionist was left at each place setting, featuring a baby photo of each guest. It was a sweet moment in which each guest could look back on their childhood and see how far each one of those little girls has come and succeeded. We all love celebrating weddings and their own unique love stories, but what about the love stories we experience with our business partners, friends, colleagues, or own work wives? To quote Leslie Knope, Galentines’s day really is “the best day of the year!”

Photography: Alisha Norden Photography | Photography: Stephanie Vegliante Photography | Floral Design: Ashley Marie Floral | Floral Design: Soul Flora (Courtney Mahoney) | Floral Design: Bloom52 Floral Co. | Floral Design: Buds | Floral Design: Twig Briar | Floral Design: Ninety Two Design Co. | Reception Venue: Tannery Loft | Catering: Mood Food Events | Catering: Suddenly Simple Events | Hair + Makeup: Tada Makeup | Hair + Makeup: Jenny Luu | Calligraphy: Fxa Calligraphy | Calligraphy: Pretty In Ink Shop | Calligraphy: Fonts and Flourishes Co. | Calligraphy: Hannah Made Design | DJ: Rock with DJ Sara | Balloon Installations: Fig Balloon Co | Balloon Installations: Polished Balloons | Desserts: Givans Sweets | Desserts: Lizzie's Bakery | Dining Furniture + Champagne Wall: Refined Rentals | Lounge Furniture: Kadeema Rentals | Mosaic: Jessica Gusar | Musician: Bridge & Bow | Paper Goods + Stationery: The Paper Perfectionist | Planning + Design: Kate Murtaugh Events & Design | Planning + Design: Kelly Golia Events | Planning Assistance: LeslieJames Events | Social Media Management: hitched with a hashtag | Styling Assistance: Ashley Saffer | Styling Assistance: Daylynn Designs | Styling Assistance: Jessica Hennessey Weddings | Tabletop Rentals: Party Rental LTD

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Set Sail for a Boston Harbor Wedding on a Boat You Won’t Soon Forget

If your vision of a perfect wedding day looks a lot like Beth and Neil’s nuptials from He’s Just Not That Into You, then prepare to embark on a great love affair with today’s Boston Harbor sailboat ceremony from Kate Murtaugh Events! The darling duo tied the knot at sea, on a breathtaking boat made only more beautiful by Beach Plum Floral‘s creations. Grab your Sperrys and head on over to the full gallery of inspo – all taken by Stephanie Vegliante Photography.

From Kate Murtaugh Events Design… Andrew and Mark exchanged heartfelt vows on the 10th anniversary of their first date on an unseasonably warm evening in Boston Harbor. With COVID-19 forcing them to make plans on a more intimate level, they ultimately decided to make the most of it and make the day as unique and beautiful as it could be despite the circumstances. These sharp-dressed grooms chose to celebrate with just the two of them in a romantic sail in Boston Harbor surrounded by moody fall blooms and the love of their friends and families from afar. The couple worked with The Mainstay Collective, an heirloom elopement offering in New England founded and ran by myself, Kate Murtaugh Events & Design, to help bring their breathtaking elopement to life.

The sailing charter took place on Classic Sail Boston’s Captiva, captained by David Puett, who also served as the ceremony officiant. Beach Plum Floral designed and planned their intricate and locally grown floral boat installation, emphasizing the colors as they faded in vibrancy and tone from the bow to the stern. It was important for the couple to enjoy some bubbles and bites following their vows, so we placed a heavy emphasis on creating a comfortable sitting area styled to perfection. Buck and Bloom masterfully created a grazing board as a perfect accompaniment. Stephanie Vegliante Photography and LBB Member, Willow Tree Films captured the beauty of the day from start to finish, documenting every important detail for Andrew, Mark, and their families to enjoy for years to come. As one of the grooms, Andrew, was departing the boat at the end of the evening, he exclaimed, ‘This is better than I could have imagined or planned.” The overall experience of planning Andrew and Mark’s elopement has easily been a silver lining amidst the pandemic’s heartbreak. It was heartwarming and inspiring, and we are grateful and honored that our clients’ looked to our entire vendor team to help make this unforgettable experience come to life in such a beautiful way.

From the grooms… Almost five years ago, Andrew popped the question off the coast of Positano, Italy with some of our closest friends after a week-long vacation. We never envisioned that our engagement would be so long, but our lives shifted drastically with a move across the country. Going into 2020 we knew this was the year to finally make it all happen. What we didn’t know was where the world would be by the fall of the year. Through many conversations with family and friends, we decided to shift gears and planned to elope in October on the tenth anniversary of our first date. What we were able to plan was completely beyond anything we could have imagined. Kate and her team were instrumental in providing us with a safe and unimaginably romantic day to celebrate our relationship with a ceremony aboard the Captiva sailboat in the Boston Harbor. From the unprecedented New England weather to the wildly imaginative florals, our wedding day was absolute perfection. We couldn’t have asked for a better way to commit our lives to one another.

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Photography: Stephanie Vegliante Photography | Cinematography: Willow Tree Films | Event Planning: Kate Murtaugh Events & Design | Floral Design: Beach Plum Floral | Stationery: Mulberry & Elm Design | Rings: Tiffany & Co | Catering: Buck and Bloom | Suits: Indochino | Antique Car: Le Limo | Film Scans: Richard Photo Lab | Private Yacht Charter: Classic Sail Boston- The Captiva

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A Southern Inspired Soiree at the Bride’s Waterfront Childhood Home

With intimate weddings on the rise, couples are making the most of their very own backyards to create the wedding of their dreams! Today’s gorgeous Bride and Groom tied the knot at the Bride’s waterfront childhood home in Plymouth, MA. With some magic from Flair Floral and Event Design, their backyard transformed into a fairytale – complete with floral adorned trees, a waterfront ceremony spot, and a jaw-dropping tented reception! So, if you’re looking for some major backyard wedding inspo that would put Father of The Bride to shame… head on over to the full gallery of photos – all taken by Meredith Jane Photography!

From Meredith Jane PhotographyThis couple has fought through thick and thin and made the most of every challenge their way. Alyse from Boston and Hunter from Mississippi first met at a group brunch with mutual friends in Washington, DC in 2015 and loved each other so much that they had a long distance relationship from DC to Boston for two of their five years together! Hunter even flew in for their surprise proposal and Alyse had no idea until she walked into her Charlestown apartment to him down on one knee. When their original plans had to change because of Covid-19, they didn’t skip a beat before putting together a floral and southern inspired soiree at Alyse’s waterfront childhood home in Plymouth, MA. All the way down to the details, they thought of everything they could to embrace the redirection they were given. 

The couple’s photographer, Meredith Jane Photography, and florist, Flair Floral and Event Design, went above and beyond and worked together to design the best way to add floral touches to allow for the tree and boulder filled sloped backyard to transform seamlessly into a perfect ceremony space leading up to the water. This included a tent entrance that overlooked the ceremony space and adding the perfect floral accents to trees to help them add to the ceremony space rather than detract. Hunter’s father, a retired minister, came out of retirement to perform their ceremony and the participation of both sides weaved the two families together in such a special way.

Despite the many adjustments made to ensure everyone’s health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, the reception felt intimate and personal and allowed for them to spend time with every guest and really savor the day. Each guest was given a personalized hand sanitizer bottle at their place setting. The smaller guest list allowed for additional special details like individual painted clam shells as place cards, collected from the beach behind our house by my mother and hand-painted by me. The clam shell place cards paid homage to a lifetime of family memories living on Cape Cod Bay and gave their guests a little piece of their private beach to take home with them.

Photography: Meredith Jane Photography | Floral Design: Flair! Floral | Gown: Legends by Romona Keveza | Cake: Guilty Bakers | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Birdy Grey | Catering: The Catered Affair | Makeup: The Doll Face Duo | Hair Stylist: Rachel Jack Beauty | Tux: Domenic's Tux | Bridal Shop: Musette Bridal | Film Print Lab: PhotoVision Prints | Rentals: Fugazzi Tent Rentals

How to Elevate a Blank Space Venue With the Right Color Scheme

Tying the knot at a blank canvas venue has many advantages – versatile enough to satisfy any style, super customizable and a clean setting for photos, but it also comes with its challenges. Like the overwhelming idea of “where do I even begin?!” Lucky for you, the talented team at Hummingbird Bridal and Events is here to provide you with some major inspiration. Their designs are an amazing example of how to elevate a blank space with a lively color scheme and out-of-the-box blooms by Bittersweet Gardens. Head on over to the full gallery to see it all come to life – taken by Shannon Grant Photography!

From Shannon Grant PhotographyWhen planning this editorial, we knew we wanted to showcase diversity, an elevated take on an elopement, and a modern meets timeless aesthetic with a bit of a *wink*. Pinks, peach, and little bits of fresh, summery orange set off against a neutral palette help to bring warmth and enliven an open space. 

Designating areas of interest with standing floral installs creates an intimate, yet lush and inviting ceremony space. When planning an elopement, why NOT go all out and invest in a draped fashion-forward backdrop in lieu of a photobooth? Make like a celebrity and ensure your guests all leave with photos of themselves that rival a Vogue cover story! 

When your celebration has a smaller footprint overall, you can really invest in creating an unforgettable, personalized experience. Just because the guest list may be tiny, doesn’t mean your wedding dreams need to be! Go for it, have fun, and revel in the fact that love is not, nor ever will be canceled.

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Photographer: Shannon Grant Photography | Videographer: Echo in Dreams | Planner: Hummingbird Bridal and Events | Floral Design: Bittersweet Gardens | Cake: Soul Cake Shop | Rings: E Scott Originals | Makeup Artist: Makeup Artistry by Liz | Hair Stylist: Michelle Anne Hair Design | Groom: Maggie Inc | Suit: 9tailors | Art Museum: Massachusetts Museum Of Modern Art | Bridal Boutique: Flair Bridesmaid Boutique | Bride: Misia O'Brien | Framed Art: Talula Christian | Furniture/Draping: Ryan Designs | Invitation: Wouldn't It Be Lovely | Rentals: Peak Event Services

A Stylish and Effortlessly Glamorous Wedding Tucked Away on a Private Island

Today’s wedding planned by Always Yours Events has us day dreaming of warm summer days on the Cape. The gorgeous couple exchanged vows under a sprawling sailcloth tent overlooking the ocean at golden hour. Later, guests danced the night away and enjoyed classic New England fare, surrounded by floral chandeliers lush garden arrangements from The Wild Dahlia. Elizabeth LaDuca captured every memorable moment, check out the full gallery to see it all!

From Keri of Always Yours EventsTory and Ugo DiBiase’s wedding was an effortlessly glamorous and modern romantic garden-inspired celebration hosted on a private island tucked away off of Cape Cod called Amrita Island. The couple made their wedding into a long, festive Labor Day wedding weekend on the Cape, kicking off with boating excursions and a night at their favorite Cape Cod restaurant called the Chart Room, followed by the tented wedding at the Jones family home and a farewell brunch to close the weekend. The bride and groom envisioned a unique twist on a black tie Cape Cod wedding – upscale, modern, clean and refined married with romantic lush garden inspiration. The color palette worked seamlessly with this floral forward aesthetic, including cement gray, oyster gray, crisp white, various shades of green, barely blush (white with the tiniest hint of blush) and a pop of onyx black. 

Some of their favorite personalized details included a custom minimalist invitation suite with a vellum wrap and floral stamps, a bloom forward ceremony with a flower lined aisle, mixed crystal chandeliers through floral rings throughout the tent, overflowing centerpieces in cement compotes, and Tory’s stunning cut out Oscar de la Renta wedding dress completed with a white dahlia bouquet. The DiBiases’ ceremony took place in a sailcloth tent overlooking the ocean at golden hour, which also happened to be the same exact spot where Ugo proposed to Tory the year before. The aisle was lined with floral boxes filled with white and barely blush florals of many varieties for texture and fullness that created the most romantic walk down the aisle for Tory and her father, Clayton. At the end of the aisle were two oversized white urns overflowing with white hydrangea, roses, dahlias and greenery. Ugo wore a dapper custom tuxedo with a sleek collar and cut. 

Tory with flowers in her hair wore an Oscar de la Renta in a simple a-line cut with an unexpected cut out feature in the bodice for a bridal look that “wowed.” Despite the level of formality, Tory wanted to be comfortable on her wedding and as close to barefoot as possible, and so she selected a pair of white Rothy’s, channeling that effortless glamorous look. Tory and Ugo’s ceremony was officiated by Tory’s younger brother Ben, and the couple shared their vows in front of 140 of their family and friends. All of the main trees on the estate were covered in lights and the trees just outside the tent featured hanging glass orbs with candles inside. After an extended cocktail hour with panoramic views of the bay, guests walked through the aglow trees to the dinner reception at dusk, and were greeted at the entrance of the reception tent by a display of oyster shell escort cards and two oversized floral arrangements at the main entry to the tent. When guests walked in, their view was an array of mixed and matched crystal chandeliers, with the two primary chandeliers over the dance floor draped with greenery and florals. The head table was a statement piece with seats for the bridal party and their dates to sit with Tory and Ugo– enough seats for 30. Guests dined in acrylic ballroom chairs at tables covered in pale gray linens and two different floral stories at each table. Florals were in cement urns and surrounded by candlelight for a clean garden inspired centerpieces. 

Place settings featured a modern and minimalist coupe charger set with a napkin and chic black typography menu card atop. The table numbers at the table were acrylic in a black holder (for that pop of black that tied into the menu cards) for a modern feel juxtaposed next to the overflowing blooms in cement vessels. The bars were white mirrored bars with shelved back bars filled with blooms and glassware. Trophy bowls atop the bars were filled with Veuve Cliquot. The Boston Common Band and ECFS DJs was featured in the center of the tent on a stage that was surrounded by florals to create an impactful view from guests’ seats. Guests enjoyed a delicious three course menu from Morins Catering while listening to toasts from Tory’s father, her sisters (including Tory’s twin) and Ugo’s best friend and best man. They danced the night away to the sounds of Boston Common Band with late night bites and a dessert of a trio of ice cream scoops from the couple’s favorite local creamery and funfetti cake. Tory and Ugo’s remarkable wedding could not have been more magical — it was a celebration that exuded their love and story through and through. A huge thank you to Tory and Ugo for being a dream couple, and to their vendors who brought this day to life alongside the AYE Team including Elizabeth Laduca Photography (who captured their day perfectly), Caleb at Stop Go Love (who also captured their day perfectly!), Morins Catering, Sperry Tents, the Wild Dahlia, Jennifer Tawa Hair Design, Natalie Lelless of Your Makeup Face, Boston Common Band and ECF Entertainment, PEAK Event Services, L’Elite and Atlantic Parking

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Photography: Elizabeth LaDuca | Cinematography: Stop Go Love | Event Planning and Design: Always Yours Events | Wedding Dress: Oscar De La Renta | Stationery: Shine Wedding Invitations | Bridesmaids Dresses: Amsale | Catering: Russell Morin Fine Catering | Makeup: Natalie Lelless | Lighting : Ryan Designs | DJ: ECF Entertainment - DJ Boogz | Band: Boston Common Band | Tent: Sperry Tents | Bridal Shoes: Rothy's | Event Rentals: Peak Event Services | Floral: The Wild Dahlia | Groom's Custom Tuxedo: Christopher Cuozzo | Groomsmen Tuxedos: The Black Tux | Hairstyling: Jennifer Tawa | Valet: Atlantic Parking | Wedding Dress Shop: L'elite Boston

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This Cape Cod Wedding Is The Definition Of East Coast Elegance

An abundance of blush and cream blooms will make you stop in your tracks, but it’s the thoughtful details of the day that make this wedding truly shine. Travis and Jillian put meaning into every moment of their special day, like remembering the groom’s father by creating muted table numbers in the shape of nautical flags to honor his love of Cape Cod and affinity for flag collecting. The couple exchanged vows overlooking a sail-boat filled bay, and the celebration continued with a lavish garden-inspired reception space artfully designed by Always Yours Events. Click over to the full gallery for all the dreamy details.

From the bride… As soon as Travis and I got engaged, it was clear to both of us that there was no other place than Cape Cod for us to have our wedding. Wequassett really spoke to us, it is the perfect mix of upscale, elegance and romantic, yet still has that approachable Cape Cod style that we dreamed of for our big day. Cape Cod is sentimental to both of us since I grew up going to my grandparents’ home in Chatham, MA and Travis’ family has had a home in Yarmouth, MA for over 40 years.

We loved that we had a blank canvas to play with and could build out an ethereal setting together with our fabulous wedding planner turned friend, Keri of Always Yours Events. Keri designed a lush and magical oceanfront ceremony comprised of a white rose petal lined aisle structured with white-washed boxes overflowing with hydrangeas, our favorite flower, and a Cape Cod staple as well as two fairy-tale urns blooming upon pedestals framing us during the ceremony.

The floral team at Wild Dahlia led by Shawna Havenga worked with Keri to create a lavish garden-inspired flair with awe-inspiring floral statements that transformed the room into a lush and glamorous space with east coast charm. The day was magical and we felt so blessed to be surrounded by loved ones who came from near and far to celebrate with us.

Photography: Elizabeth LaDuca | Floral Design: The Wild Dahlia | Wedding Gown: Pronovias | Cake: Montilio's | Stationery: Fete Collection | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Makeup: Glamour Cosmetics | Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux | Wedding Venue: Wequassett Resort and Golf Club | Band + String Trio: Silver Arrow Band | Bridal Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Catering + Beverage: Wequassett Resort and Golf Club | Hairstyling: Jennifer Tawa | Linens: BBJ La Tavola | Planning + Design: Always Yours Events | Wedding Gown Shop: Alexandra's Boutique

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Recently Engaged? One of These Gorgeous Gowns May Just Be Your Dream Dress!

It’s officially our favorite time of year again – engagement season!! Whether your S.O. just popped the question or you’re dreaming of opening a sparkly gift underneath the tree, we’re ringing in the holidays with some gorgeous gowns to get you feeling inspired. If you don’t already know about one of our favorite designers, Maggie Sottero, then boy are we glad you’re reading this. Maggie Sottero offers gorgeous gowns (at affordable prices) for every type of bride – from classic to boho. The biggest reason why we love them so much? Their gowns are available in sizes that range from 0 to 28 (that’s right!) Finally, a brand that understands every bride is unique and encourages women to embrace their beautiful curves! Keep on reading to see a few of our all-time favorite styles!

Tuscany Lane by Maggie Sottero

Hello gorgeous! This romantic A-line gown is the perfect silhouette to flatter any body shape. It’s complete with beaded spaghetti straps, a plunging illusion V-neckline and a sheer beaded lace bodice – just the right amount of romantic with a little dose of drama.

Obsessed with the gorgeous matching lace veil!? Yeah, so are we. This unique lace is offered in many different variations, from a sheath silhouette to a slightly sexier version with illusion details, not to mention a plus size design and even a more modest take on this stunning style. The options are truly endless!

Cheyenne by Maggie Sottero

This dress is a dream for the bride who’s looking for some coverage while still hoping to feel sexy on her wedding day. The bateau neckline with keyhole detailing is timeless while the illusion long sleeves and fitted silhouette make a bold statement! We’re in love.

Marisol by Rebecca Ingram

Unleash your inner modern Disney princess with the Marisol gown. Lovely lace motifs over tulle, a delicate sweetheart neckline and beaded spaghetti straps. Your modern fairytale begins with this dress!

Lilana by Maggie Sottero

All you boho brides out there – this one’s for you! The Liana gown features artistic geometric details, a deep sweetheart neckline and a flattering fit and flare shape to accentuate those gorgeous curves. Major heart eyes for this beauty!

Photographer: Christina Bernales | Makeup : Glamour Cosmetics | Venue: Massachusetts Horticultural Society | Bridal Accessories: Ceremony | Florist/Creative Direction: Pollen Floral Design | Hait: Melinda Brandt And Kerri Marland | Model: Model Club Inc. | Photography - Assistance: Jennifer Mckenna Photo

A Proposal That Started With An X-Ray And Ended In a Pink Party in Nantucket!

For these two lovebirds, a classic New England wedding was exactly what they envisioned…with pops of color to change it up a bit! The White Elephant Hotel in Nantucket was the venue of choice and pink the color, from the candy and cake display to beautiful blooms by Soiree Floral. Together with their planner, Cape Cod Celebrations the couple figured out what was most important to them and went from there! Take peek below at that stunning bridal gown which Rebecca Love Photography captured oh, so beautifully, check out their wedding day highlight by the one and only, NST Pictures and be sure to read that proposal story!

From the Bride…The Proposal: My fiancé and I are both dentists and he got me to come into his dental office on a Saturday when nobody was in the office for my check-up. He took my x-rays and said there was something I had to look at. When I looked at the x-ray it wasn’t a tooth, but actually an x-ray of a ring. 

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He got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. He had champagne and flowers ready but needless to say, I had to come back another day for my cleaning. We headed home where he had a surprise engagement party set up with our friends and family.

Planning The Wedding: We both love the classic New England feel of Nantucket but wanted to mix it up a little. We kept the classic element but tried to incorporate more fun colors like varieties of pink from florals to our wedding cake!

Advice for Couples: It is so easy to get caught up in the planning process so at the beginning of wedding planning, sit down with your fiancé and family and figure out what is most important to each of you. Focus on those items and learn to let some of the other stuff go.

Photography: Rebecca Love Photography | Videographer: NST Pictures | Planner: Cape Cod Celebrations | Florals: Soiree Floral | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Wedding Cake: 45 Surfside | Ceremony: White Elephant Hotel | Reception Venue: White Elephant Hotel | Catering: The White Elephant Hotel | Makeup Artist: Rj Miller | Hair Stylist: Rj Miller | Entertainment: the vine shakers | Bridal Salon: L'elite Boston

A Boston Harbor Elopement That Will Have You Ditching Your Guest List

Today we set sail on THE most romantic and modern nautical seaside elopement shoot planned and perfected by Kate Murtaugh Events & Design. With New England Summer nights as her inspiration, Kate combined the color palette of our dreams including poppy red and ocean blue which was incorporated into everything from the floral adorned sailboat and bridal bouquet by Beach Plum Floral Design to the groom’s crisp blue suit by The Groomsmen Suit. With just the right mix of elegance and quintessential N.E, Stephanie Vegliante Photography captured all of the romance and all of the stunning, well thought out details. Take a peek below and see why the stormy blue seas may be your perfect place to say I Do!

From Kate Murtaugh Events & DesignBrooklyn and Dean eloped as they set sail on Boston Harbor one late summer afternoon in August filled with dreamy light, a warm breeze and beautifully curated details. Inspired by rich summer tones of color and the stormy blue waters of Boston Harbor, our creative team came together to create a sophisticated yet colorful elopement against one of Boston’s most splendid backdrops that both locals and tourists rarely have the opportunity to experience.

For this elopement editorial, wedding planner and designer Kate Murtaugh imagined a design and aesthetic that infused color, fashionable yet timeless details, and elegant simplicity all while ringing true to quintessential New England summer nights. The shoot’s design featured a saturated color palette including colors like poppy red, hot pink, orange sherbet, summer peach, canary yellow, light pink and stormy blue set amidst old rigging and lines with the beautiful skyline as a backdrop.

Our imagined bride and groom, Brooklyn and Dean were a fashionable couple looking to infuse their chic style and love for their hometown of Boston into a modern-day elopement. While our couple was eloping, it was important that their bridal sunset sail feature all of the details and luxuries a bride and groom would ever desire for their wedding day.

Brooklyn and Dean set sail aboard The Captiva, a private charter Sea Captained by Dave Puett, owner of Classic Sail Boston. Captain Dave also served as their marriage officiant- (did you know Sea Captains in some US states can perform marriage ceremonies?) The Captiva, is a 45-foot Classic Chesapeake Skipjack known for its spacious decks and stability- making for the perfect setting to host Brooklyn and Dean’s harbor elopement. The boat was custom-built using mahogany, teak, obeche and other exotic woods that popped with such perfection with the addition of the gorgeous florals and greenery.

The splendor of the elopement day and love of our couple was captured by photographer, Stephanie Vegliante on both film and digital. Her work beautifully and evocatively captured the romance and emotion of the day.

Brooklyn wore a stunningly feminine gown by Alexandra Grecco, poppy red Loeffler Randall iconic Knot Sandals in poppy red, a stunning mixed metal bridal set including a custom fancy cut platinum engagement ring from James Allen and a uniquely set wedding band with oval diamonds set in yellow gold by MRT Jewelers. She also wore earrings and a bracelet from Zaxie by Stefanie Taylor to complete her look. Brooklyn’s flawless hair and makeup was done by Colby, owner of Pretty Wife Beauty.

Rather than going with tradition, our debonair groom, Dean wore a sharp light steel blue suit from The Groomsman Suit with a crisp white shirt and a white linen pocket square from Bonobos. For a pop of color, he wore a one-of-a-kind pair of Kilim Loafers from Artemis Design Co. made from vintage Turkish rugs.

Jill from Beach Plum Floral Design took our bright and saturated color palette and designed a floral scheme filled with pops of red and shades of pinks to emphasize the marvelous beauty of our sailboat and backdrop. Florals and curly smilax adorned the port side of the sailboat curling it’s way down the side of the boat and perfectly situated to blow in the breeze for their sunset cruise. The bridal bouquet was tied with blush silk ribbon and was filled with an array of pink, coral and red flowers including locally-grown dahlias, zinnias and garden roses.

Taylor at Mulberry & Elm created an elopement announcement to send to our couple’s family and friends and to invite them to a post-elopement celebration. The announcement suite included a custom hand-painted watercolor monogram with additional watercolor elements like a classic nautical striped envelope liner and hand calligraphed envelopes.

Our cozy tablescape situated under the boat’s mainsail included a beautiful grazing board and picturesque cocktails from Wanderlush Boston, a petite tasting cake from Lizzie’s Bakery and a collection of linens and pillows from Serena & Lily and John Robshaw Textiles.


Photography: Stephanie Vegliante Photography | Floral Design: Beach Plum Floral | Wedding Dress: Alexandra Grecco | Cake: Lizzie's Bakery | Brides Shoes: Loeffler Randall | Jewelry: Zaxie by Stefanie Taylor | Hair & Makeup: Pretty Wife Beauty | Groom's Suit: SuitShop | Classic Sail Boston: Classic Sail Boston- The Captiva | Cocktails + Charcuterie Catering: WanderLush | Film Scans: Richard Photo Lab | Groom's Shoes: Artemis Design Co. | Models: Maggie Inc | Pillows/Linens: Serena & Lily | Pillows/Linens: "Atavi" and "Prasanna" styles by John Robshaw | Planning & Design: Kate Murtaugh Events & Design | Pocket Square: Bonobos | Stationery & Calligraphy: Mulberry & Elm Design | Wedding Rings: MRT Jewelers | Wedding Rings: James Allen

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Every Bookworm Needs to Admire This Romantic Boston Public Library Wedding!

There’s something so incredibly romantic about tying the knot in a place, as Carrie Bradshaw once said, “… that housed all the great love stories”. The spectacular marble walls of the Boston Public Library surrounded their guests as they dined in Bates Hall, planned perfectly by Always Yours Events. It’s truly difficult describe how incredibly unique and beautiful this reception is… but it basically combines the grandeur of the Great Hall at Hogwarts and the romance of the library room in Beauty and The Beast. See for yourself at the full gallery captured by Michelle Lange Photography!

From the Bride… When Ryan and I got engaged, we knew that we wanted to find a venue that felt meaningful to the both of us. Right away we decided to tour the Boston Public Library. This particular venue is not only absolutely breathtaking, but also played a part of our story prior to our engagement. When we first moved to Boston together, we lived across the street from the BPL. Our apartment was small, dark and a little bit crammed, and so we would often find ourselves going to the BPL to do our work and study for upcoming exams. When we toured the Boston Public Library, we immediately knew that it was the perfect location to host our wedding reception for our loved ones! We were completely blown away by the character and history of the venue, and each and every space from the grand marble staircase to the Courtyard to Bates Hall left us in awe. 

Knowing we wanted to be married in the Catholic Church, we found ourselves falling in love with the Shrine of our Lady of Good Voyage in the Seaport of Boston. This brand new little church and had the most romantic and slightly more modern aesthetic, which was exactly what we were looking for when it came to a venue for our ceremony. We did not want to take away from any of the beauty at both the church and the BPL, but enhance it and create a dreamy and romantic design within the spaces. Together with our wedding planner Keri (of Always Yours Events), we dreamed up a modern romantic and garden-inspired design that was very floral forward and featured a color palette of whites, cream, ivory and light blush, pinks and a slight pop of a pale and soft blue. 

Our design was carried out into our stationery design with the talents of Taylor at Mulberry and Elm who created an entire custom stationery suite from save the dates to invitations to day of stationery consisting of a light blue crest with florals, a drawing of the Boston Public Library, and even a sweet watercolor of our pup Brady. The floral team at Les Fleurs worked with Keri to fill every space from the bridal suite to the church and every corner of the Boston Public Library with blooms, and even create a rose petal recessional as we exited the church. Upon entering the venue guests were wow-ed by the grand staircase covered in greens, roses and candles, as well as the sounds of our harpist from Gilded Harps. 

One of our favorite features was the floral escort card display where each guest’s name and table number was printed on a bud vase filled with garden roses, peonies and sweet pea and filled gold shelves at the top of the staircase. Our guests enjoyed cocktails out in the courtyard under strands of cafe lights over the reflecting pool as well as on the lower level of the Library before heading upstairs for the grand reveal of Bates Hall. Guest tables in Bates Hall alternated between garlands filled with greens and garden roses, and tall centerpieces with small crystal compote arrangements. After enjoying a delicious menu catered by the Catered Affair, we moved into the Abbey Room for dancing to the sounds of Boston band, The Connection

Our photobooth was a highlight of the reception, with a custom greenery hedge wall backdrop with our initials. At the end of the evening guests were gifted sugar cookie favors in the shape of our dog Brady in beautiful packaging. Guests lined the stairs with ribbon wands for an epic send off before Ryan and I hopped into a white Rolls Royce getaway car. To say the day was absolutely breathtaking is an understatement — the celebration exceeded all of our expectations! As we look back on our day with our stunning gallery from Michelle Lange and video from Stop Go Love, we can’t help referring to it as the best day of our lives! It was so meaningful to be surrounded by all of our closest friends and family, as well as to celebrate our marriage in one of the most historic and stunning venues we both have ever seen! We could not have done it without the support of our families and our amazing vendors, and we are so thankful to everyone who made our day so incredibly remarkable. 

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Photography: Michelle Lange Photography | Wedding Planning and Design: Always Yours Events | Floral Design: Les Fleurs | Cake: The Catered Affair | Reception Venue: Boston Public Library | Rings: ADCO Diamond | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Catering: The Catered Affair | Makeup: Makeup by Sarah Lord | Hair: Jennifer Tawa | Lighting: Socialight Boston | Band: Wilson Stevens | Groom's Attire: Indochino | Transportation: Rockstar Limo | Bridal Shop : The White Magnolia | Bridal Suite: The Lenox Hotel | Bridesmaid PJ's : Plum Pretty Sugar | Card Box: Eagle Cap Creations | Cinematography and Photo Booth: Stop Go Love | Linens: BBJ La Tavola | Lounge and Escort Card Sleeves: Kadeema Rentals | Ribbons: Stella Wolfe | Rolls Royce: Boston Limousine | Stationery and Calligraphy : Mulberry & Elm Design | Tabletop Rentals: Peak Event Services | Welcome Sign: Earthy Easel

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The Cutest Meaning Behind Butterflies at Your Wedding!

When it comes to wedding day decor, butterflies typically don’t make the top of the list! But, today’s inspiration shoot, captured by Marcela Plosker Photography incorporated them beautifully with subtle fluttering details here and there AND the most touching meaning behind it all. Held at The Commons 1854, just north of Boston, a whimsical shoot came to life, with a colorful bouquet, towering white centerpieces by Fleur and Stitch and the most gorgeous applique bridal gown by Lyra Vega Bridal. Take a peek and read on to see how the transformation of butterflies signifies the change from engagement season to wedding season.

From Lyra Vega BridalThis butterflies inspired shoot was created to capture the metamorphosis of life. Much like the transformation from caterpillar to butterfly, wedding days mark the end of the engagement season with the celebratory start to a beautiful marriage.

When they are witnessed in their natural environment, the colors and patterns of butterflies have a beautiful, natural way of drawing in the eye. So, we wanted to create the same effect while designing our shoot. Rather than opting for a venue with bright, bold patterns, we chose instead to highlight The Commons 1854. It has stunning high ceilings, plenty of natural light, and neutral colors, which offered the perfect opportunity to layer in more texture. Our tablescape features a tall white and ivory centerpiece by Fleur & Stitch that looks ethereal set amongst the pops of black seen through the taper candles, goblets, and butterfly table number. The cake is nearly all-white save for the butterflies added by Sweet Cheeks by Renee, and the stationery with its soft calligraphy by Callidora Designs has its own organic feel.

Except for the butterflies and pops of green in the stationery, the details are nearly void of all color. That’s because we wanted our couple – the highlight of their own butterfly-like transformation – to stand out the most. We were reminded of a butterfly flying when we saw the bride’s applique Lyra Vega Bridal dress, and we loved the vividness of her bouquet. Our groom looked dapper in his suit from Hive & Colony, and his extending boutonniere with its bright blooms was one of our favorite unique details from the day. Our eye is drawn to them, just as it should be.

To us, this shoot is hopeful, ethereal, and whimsical – the feelings evoked by butterflies and the same feelings we want a couple to experience at the beginning of their new marriage journey together.

About Lyra Vega Bridal

Lyra Vega Bridal is an online wedding gown boutique founded on the belief that brides can look beautiful on their wedding day without breaking the bank. We’re dedicated to providing a seamless and stress-free experience for modern, practical brides, and we offer beautiful, custom-measured gowns – delivered to your door for under $1000.

Lyra Vega Bridal works directly with expert dressmakers to create beautiful gowns with quality materials – with an emphasis on not breaking the bank. As an e-boutique, there’s no additional overhead passed on to our clients as a result of working with middlemen or having a brick and mortar store. This allows us to offer wedding gowns at prices impossible for other boutiques, and we don’t have to sacrifice quality or service to do it. Instead of emphasizing the designer label, our focus at Lyra Vega is on the dress itself, and we’ve made it our goal to provide our brides with a stress-free purchasing experience.

Lyra Vega Bridal was founded to help brides who have become discouraged by the traditional method of brick and mortar wedding gown shopping, where gowns fail to live up to expectations and prices run high. Today, LVB seeks to empower modern brides to follow their own bridal path instead of blindly following tradition. We recognize that our brides are people of values and are proud that we can align with them on things that matter.

Lyra Vega Bridal values sustainability from two angels: 1) Our affordable prices means brides can make financially sustainable choices when it comes to their wedding, as they build the foundation of their lives with their beloved; and 2) by making custom-measured gowns, we eliminate unnecessary waste by skipping on mass production, carrying excess inventory, and using unneeded fabrics — a win for your budget, conscience AND for the environment.

At Lyra Vega Bridal, there is no one size fits all. We embrace all body types, shapes, and sizes. When you purchase one of our gowns, we craft each gown using your specific measurements to make sure your gown fits like it’s truly yours.

Lyra Vega Bridal is here to bring options to modern, informed brides who know better than to blindly pay the “bride tax”. We price our gowns based on our mission to bring you beautiful gowns without breaking your bank. We are always looking for ways to cut costs (not corners) to bring you the best quality at the best price point. All of our gowns are priced at under $1,000, and shipping is free — always!

As modern women, there are not enough hours in the day for all that is before us. With Lyra Vega Bridal, you can shop from the comfort of your own home and have your gown delivered straight to your door, so you can ditch the pushy salesperson and awkward try-on sessions, saving you hours of time and energy. As an online boutique, we skip the brick-and-mortar up-charges and provide you with the best possible price with the highest level of transparency, so you know exactly what you’re paying right off the bat — no hidden costs or fees, and free returns if you’re not in love!

Online shopping isn’t an unfamiliar idea for the modern woman, as women living in the 21st century, we are used to the convenience of choosing an item, putting in our credit card information, and receiving the purchase in the mail. Buying a wedding gown online isn’t that much different, but it does require it a bit more preparation. You want to make sure that you do your research prior to buying a gown, checking reviews on the gown, making sure you’re buying from a trustworthy company, and knowing their policies on returns and shipping fees. You also want to go in knowing the style, silhouette, and fabric details you desire for your big day so you can confidently make a purchase once you find the perfect gown.

LVB brides go through a measuring guide on our website to help us collect all the measurements needed for the gown. It is a step-by-step form with pictures and measuring tips. With the help of a friend, you can get all the measurements needed for the gown in about 10 minutes! For those who might not be confident in “DIYing” this step, a local tailor will usually charge a small fee ($20-$40 based on location) to take your measurements. Simply go through our measurement guide with them!

Photography: Marcela Plosker Photography | Floral Design: Fleur and Stitch | Wedding Dress: Lyra Vega Bridal | Cake: Sweet Cheeks by Renee | Stationery: Callidora Letterpress & Design | Make Up: Lyndsay Simon Beauty | Hair: Melissa Scott Hair | Groom's Attire: Hive and Colony | Wedding Venue: The Topsfield Commons 1854 | Model: Anthony | Model: Maritza | Rentals : Party Rental LTD

Nantucket Meets California In This Family Beach Retreat

Surfer vibes were the goal when refreshing this family’s Nantucket summer getaway, and that’s where Sasha Meredith Designs came in! The designers removed the old 1990’s interiors to make way for neutral tones, shiplap, and cool pops of art to really drive that surfer feel home. The home now is a great reflection of the area around it and a perfect summer escape. We are so ready to spend our summers here!


The entry hall had a dated stairway, we replaced the bannister, painted the stairs, wallpapered the stairway, added some shiplap and painted the room in a bright white. New furniture completed this space and the transformation was complete, the house instantly had a welcoming and contemporary yet laid back entry hall. The client is one of three sisters, so she loved the mermaid art we found, which has three mermaids sitting together, referencing her sisters and their shared love of the beach in Nantucket.



The dining room was a smaller space and had been formerly filled with heavy french country furniture. We kept it neutral with lots of wood pieces in this room but added a fun punch of navy through the Serena & Lily dining chairs and Rejuvenation pendants hanging above the table. Art from local photographer Nathan Coe and an oversized mirror completed this room that was functional enough for formal dining while comfortable enough for everyday use.


The home had 3 different living spaces, a family room off the kitchen had a heavy wooden mantle that was removed and we tiled over the fireplace surround with painted clay tiles and a salvaged piece of wood for the mantle, we wanted this room to accommodate overflow seating from the kitchen. The owners commented after moving in that it was the room they spend the most amount of time in!

The next living space was the formal living room, where we managed to fit in the husband’s request for a leather sectional! A surfer chic leather sofa fit the bill and gave a refined vibe in the formal living room. A white Japanese paper wallpaper covers the walls in this room, keeping in line with the bright white vibe of the house while adding texture to define this more formal entertaining space. A black and white print from another local photographer, Lauren Marttila hangs above the sofa.

The sunroom is off of the living room and was the perfect space for the family to gather around the built in banquette for breakfast or game night! The room also includes two oversized armchairs, with art that the owner found at a local store in Nantucket.


Upstairs, the master bedroom was the epitome of luxury, with a four post bed, chaise lounge, grasscloth covered nightstands and high ceilings. The owners of this home often have weekend guests and wanted the master to function as a retreat away from the rest of the house.


The owners have two young girls and so a bunk bed adorned with mermaid sheets and a dresser with woven jute knobs, created a beachy fun young vibe in their room. This home serves as a year round retreat for the Brooklyn based owners. The vibe reminds them they are near the beach while still creating an ideal space for year round luxury living.


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A Chic Vogue-Inspired Wedding at The Mount in the Berkshires

New England charm meets refined elegance at this gorgeous wedding planned by the beautiful bride herself (umm, impressive!) It was the most perfect Spring day in the Berkshires for Kelsey and Nate to tie the knot. They exchanged vows in a garden setting under an arbor teeming with greenery and light pink fleurs. A bride after our own heart, she carried a bouquet lush with fluffy peonies arranged by Garden Blossoms Florist. Guests dined al fresco style at a single banquet table in between rows of manicured trees. See all the sun-soaked details of the day, perfectly captured by Amanda K Photography


From the Bride and Groom… Nate and I met through work. I started working for a dental distributor after college and he had been there for a few years prior. Initially, we started out as just really great friends. Looking back, I think that was the best foundation for our relationship. After months went by, we began to date and the relationship evolved. Eventually, I ended up leaving my job and started my own swim and resort wear company, Lee Merritt. I got the name from Nate’s middle name Lee and mine, Merritt. Nate is now the director of business development for a dental firm. Together, we live in Austin, Texas with our two French Bulldogs, Vincent & Jules.


Many people know right away where they would want to get married but for us, that wasn’t the case. We had friends and family coming from all over the globe so we were up for anything. Nate is half Colombian and his family primarily lives in Bogota so we had originally considered hosting the celebration in Colombia. We visited several venues in Cartagena but ended up deciding that as much as we loved the romantic city, we wanted something one, a little more centrally located for our guests and two, a little cooler. Since neither of us were keen on a beach wedding, the search continued. I ended up coming across a historic mansion called The Mount located in the heart of The Berkshires by chance. As I scrolled through photos of the beautiful mansion that once was novelist’s Edith Wharton’s residence, I instantly fell in love. We went to visit the Berkshires in early October just in time to catch the fall foliage. 

The area is filled with so much history you can just feel it. While we were there we came across another historic site called Chesterwood. This was the old summer home and studio of Daniel Chester French, the sculptor best known for the Lincoln Memorial. Behind his studio lies a garden with a blooming aisle of the most amazing hydrangea trees in late summer and gorgeous pink and white peonies in the spring. Both locations were so magical that we decided to have the ceremony at Chesterwood and the reception at The Mount. What I loved most about this location was that it was a place most guests would never have experienced otherwise. We rented out the charming Kemble Inn to host our Bridal Party for the weekend. Having us all under one roof was so much fun. Nate and his family hosted our rehearsal dinner at the incredible Wheatleigh Hotel just a few miles away in Stockbridge.


We visited the Berkshires once more before the big day in early spring to meet with vendors and have our tastings. We laughed about how the scenery looked completely different each time we visited and weren’t entirely sure what it would look like come June – “We’re not in Texas anymore!” Once I had the location picked out, making decisions became a lot easier. I’m proud to say I planned the wedding myself with lots of help from my mother. (Cheers to all the wedding planners out there, wow!) None of the venues were turn key so it was a lot of work but seeing it all come to fruition was the ultimate reward. I remember sitting at dinner and looking down the 130 foot dinner table at all of our friends and family enjoying themselves and just taking it all in. Nate and I know how rare and special it is to get all of our loved ones in the same place at the same time and are so grateful to have had such a magical night. With the entire weekend being planned outside, we were so happy to have gotten such beautiful weather!


Per my usual, the attire was of highest priority. After trying on countless gowns, I had nearly lost hope when I stumbled upon Nardos, a custom couture bridal designer from Dallas, Texas. Nardos and I clicked immediately and she was able to help me achieve the perfect style for our big day by taking certain elements from a few of my favorite dresses I had tried on previously and combining them into one cohesive look. She nailed it. One of my favorite features was the detachable train. This allowed for a more dramatic look for the ceremony that turned into a slimming silhouette for the reception.

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Photography: Amanda K Photography | Floral Design: Garden Blossoms Florist | Gown : Nardos Design, Dallas Texas | Invitations: Minted | Ceremony Venue: Chesterwood | Reception Venue: The Mount | Shoes: Vera Wang | Catering: Savory Harvest Catering | Make-up: Karrie Welch | Hair: Michelle Anne Hair Design | Calligraphy: Paper Party Designs | Band: Those Guys Band | Earrings : Kenneth J Lane | Rehearsal Dinner : Wheatleigh | Rehearsal Dress : Self Portrait Studio - Azaelea Red Dress | Rentals: Peak Event Services | Video : Jes Rowe

A Wedding Planner’s Tented Wedding Inspired by Flowers at ShoreWay Acres Inn

When a planner ties the knot at a wedding inspired by blooms – you know the result is going to be drop.dead.gorgeous. Keri from Always Yours Events and her hubby chose to celebrate their big day at the bride’s family inn on Cape Cod, the ShoreWay Acres Inn – how special is that?! The Wild Dahlia filled this warm late-Summer day with lush fleurs in blush, burgundy, ivory, dusty rose and cappuccino hues (umm, dream color scheme anyone?) Prepare for a major dose of pretty with every detail from beginning to end, starting with the gorgeous floral-inspired stationary by Amanda Day Rose. Every moment was perfectly captured by Elizabeth LaDuca. We’re seriously so in love…

From the Bride… As a professional wedding planner who plans and designs weddings and celebrations for couples everyday, it was such an incredible and joyful experience to be on the other side as a bride planning my very own wedding with my now husband, Sean, and our families. When Sean and I first got engaged, we knew immediately that we wanted to host our celebration at my parents’ charming inn on Cape Cod. This resort style inn sits on a beautiful hydrangea filled residential street that leads to the ocean in Falmouth, Massachusetts. Comprised of refurbished colonial style sea captains’ homes, my grandparents bought this property in the 1960s with a vision to turn it into a little escape for guests visiting the Cape. They named it ShoreWay and then passed down to my parents and our family. Growing up, I lived in the house next door to the property and so hosting at ShoreWay truly felt like hosting in my backyard — the place where I grew up. And my parents had been married at ShoreWay 35 years earlier, which only made it feel even more special.

When it came to planning my own wedding, we wanted to create a private estate wedding that was not only gorgeous, but also filled with meaning and sentimental details that told our story and felt like “us.” With my couples, I strive to create and achieve a design that is so cohesive and ethereal that the guests feel enveloped by the design and if time just stood still, you could live in the celebration forever — and that’s exactly what we wanted for our own wedding as well. Within all of the fine details and formalities, we wanted to make every detail intentional and thoughtful so that everything together was remarkable, but also spoke to our story and who we are together. To ensure we captured all of the magic, we chose my favorite film photographer Elizabeth Laduca, as well as the wonderful Haley Harrington of OTD Collective for cinematography. Our wedding was inspired by flowers. Flowers are a love of mine and within both of our families flowers have always been something we share with one another as an expression of love. For our color palette, we chose shades inspired by blooms and greens including dusty rose, sahara rose blush, koko loko antique rose, cappuccino, ivory cottage rose, white and burgundy ranunculus, chocolate cosmo, quicksand rose taupe, jasmine vine green and bay leaf green. With florals as our primary source of inspiration, I turned to the most talented floral designer I know. I am forever grateful to Shawna of the Wild Dahlia as she and her team went above and beyond to bring our vision to life and to leave our guests in awe.

To further incorporate florals and meaningful details, I worked with an incredible boutique stationer Amanda Day Rose to create a wedding brand for our celebration including a custom crest of hand drawn flowers and interlocking monogram, a watercolor pattern comprised of meaningful icons from Sean’s and my journey together, a custom map of Falmouth, cocktail napkins, and everything in between. On a gorgeous and warm late Summer day in September 2018 we were married in St. Thomas Chapel, a little church with blue doors on the water of Falmouth Harbor. In the morning the bridesmaids and I got ready in my parents’ home with an incredible beauty team of hair and makeup artists including Jennifer Tawa and Amanda McCarthy. My father and I arrived in a classic white Rolls Royce to the chapel. I wore a custom beaded Badgley Mischka gown with an ethereal detachable train and a cathedral veil attached to an heirloom gold diamond comb worn by my mother, grandmother and great grandmother. I carried a romantic and lush bouquet tied with dusty rose ribbons and filled with varieties of garden roses, cottage roses, clematis, cosmos, jasmine vine and a few tiny stems of edelweiss in honor of my sweet grandmother who had just passed away. For our bridal party, we chose navy tuxedos for Sean and the groomsmen, and a mixture of beaded, crepe and chiffon gowns in dusty rose shades for a dreamy, textural effect. And our flower girl wore an ivory gown with a floral crown while the ring bearers wore navy tuxes, with the youngest in sweetest little navy suspenders and knee socks.

My uncle (my grandmother’s brother) performed a heartfelt ceremony, as he has done for all of the couples in our family. Once Sean and I said “I do” and became Mr. And Mrs. Walter, we processed out of the chapel for a ribbon wand recessional surrounded by our loved ones. After the ceremony we headed to Surf Drive with the bridal party for photos while our 190 guests headed back to ShoreWay to freshen up and join us for cocktail hour. During cocktail hour guests mingled al fresco on the grounds while enjoying passed hors d’oeuvres including a custom fried chicken, pimento cheese and bacon and onion jam slider created from the recipe of a dish at one of Sean’s and my favorite restaurants in Charleston, SC called High Cotton. We served his (the Cactus Flower) and hers (The Hummingbird) cocktails, as well as a Salty Dog cocktail in honor of our bulldog named Poogan, who was also attending the wedding in his own navy tux! For the reception guests joined us under our Sperry sailcloth tent filled with crystal empire chandeliers and floral chandeliers. At the entry our guests found their seats at a taupe shiplap wall covered in floral and escort cards beautifully calligraphed in dusty rose ink by the talented Laney of Design by Laney. On the left side of the tent was a statement wooden bar overgrown with blooms and greenery. In the center of the tent was our 30′ head table covered in dozens and dozens of bloom filled compotes and sandstone taper candles for a romantic and dreamy look. Guests dined at tables covered in beaded gold linens and place settings of gold rimmed chargers, fine crystal, dusty rose menu booklets and a plethora of candlelight. And for dinner all enjoyed Russell Morins’ beef shortrib toscana (Sean’s favorite) and Lavender Statler Chicken, which was the very first dish I ever made Sean when we first started dating in college.

For dessert Montilio’s Bakery designed a stunning four tiered blush cake adorned with roses and made of delicious vanilla cake with fresh strawberries, Grand Marnier and white chocolate ricotta cream with buttercream frosting. Towards the end of the evening I surprised Sean with a groom’s cake made to look like his drum set (since Sean is a drummer), which we enjoyed at the afterparty. One of my favorite details from our design were the favors at each place setting. On every bread plate was a favor box tied with an ivory silk ribbon, and inside were “Marry Me Cookies,” which are delicious soft Italian ricotta sugar cookies with buttercream frosting. These cookies are so loved by everyone who has ever tried them. This recipe was passed down to me by my aunt, and to make a long story short I made these cookies for Sean almost 9 years ago after we first met in college as a Christmas treat. Sean loved them so much that after he ate them he sent me text message and asked me to marry him. Little did he know that we actually would get married years later. And so we let everyone in on that part of our story by sharing these as sweet little takeaway from the celebration. For the rest of the evening we listened to our beautiful toasts and danced the night away to the sounds of our eight piece band called the Silver Arrow Band. Sean and I danced to Someone Like You by Van Morrison. Sean and his mother danced to That’s Life, a song they used to sing together driving Sean to school everyday. My father and I danced to The Way You Look Tonight, which he promised me would be the song we would dance to together ever since I was five years old. Our wedding day will forever be the best and happiest day of our lives, and I feel so fortunate that we were able to celebrate with our closest loved ones in a place we love so much. A dream team of vendors and my two amazing event producers Susan and Kate (who I am forever grateful for) truly made our day come to life, and without them our vision could not have been made possible. The day was such a dream, and Sean and I have already grown nostalgic for it with a constant wish to return back and relive the day over and over again.

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Photography: Elizabeth LaDuca | Cinematography: The OTD Collective | Event Planning + Design: Always Yours Events | Floral Design: The Wild Dahlia | Wedding Dress: Badgley Mischka | Cake: Montilio's | Ceremony Venue: St. Thomas Chapel Falmouth MA | Reception Venue: ShoreWay Acres Inn | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Russell Morin Fine Catering | Makeup: Amanda McCarthy Beauty | Calligraphy: Design by Laney | Band: Silver Arrow Band | Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Groomsmen Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Transportation: Boston Limousine | Tent Rental: Sperry Tents | Bride: Always Yours Events | Chairs and Bar Rental: True North Rentals | Custom Stationery + Illustration: Amanda Day Rose | Escort Card Display: Always Yours Events | Hairstyling: Jennifer Tawa | Lighting + Draping: Ryan Designs | Linen Rental: BBJ La Tavola | Maid of Honor Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Ribbons: Stella Wolfe | Tabletop Rental: Peak Event Services | Wedding Day Management: Susan La Reau Events | Wedding Dress Salon: Alexandra's Boutique

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This Puppy-Filled Holiday Shoot Will Be the Cutest Thing You’ll See All Day

Merry Christmas Eve, everyone!!! Raise your hand if holidays wouldn’t be complete without your four-legged friends (not-so) patiently waiting for a tasty crumb of Christmas dinner to drop. In honor of our pawfect pets, we’re sharing the cutest holiday shoot of all time from For the Love of Paws and Jessica Hennessey Weddings. A red truck, a Christmas tree farm, gorgeous wreaths from Beach Plum Floral and puppies galore!! Scratch that Santa, we’ve already got everything we could ever wish for this year! If you or someone you know is looking to adopt a pup this Christmas – Sadie, Precious & McIntyre (the dogs in this shoot) are all still searching for the forever homes. Read on to learn more and see all the adorable captures by Lauren Dobish and Rachel Buckley Weddings.

From For the Love of Paws BostonThe Christmas Tree Farm in Pembroke set the scene for a day filled with the delicious smell of pine trees, intricate wedding details and puppy kisses from the dogs at Brown Dog Coalition and Survivor Tails Animal Rescue (STAR). Two organizations that exist to rescue, rehome & rehabilitate these animals.

As a wedding planner & designer and lover of 4-legged doggie friends, Jessica – the owner of Jessica Hennessey Weddings in Massachusetts, wanted to combine her two passions and help get local rescue dogs out of foster care and into their forever homes. What better timing than the holidays?

In collaboration with Danielle Engel from For The Love Of Paws, who got the adoptable dogs camera-ready for their big debut – Jessica planned a holiday-themed wedding in the tree fields and a winter-design to remember. Photographing the day was Rachel Buckley Weddings and Lauren Dobish – who couldn’t have captured it more perfectly.

Behind the scenes, Beach Plum Floral designed the most beautiful bridal bouquet, floral hoops and collars, as well as a gracefully detailed floral runner across a Coast & Country Rentals farm table to complete the perfect holiday tablescape. Elegant gowns by designers Amy Kushel & Jenny Yoo from Flair Boston graced the farm, prettied up by the girls at The Bridal Bar and Stephanie Ward Makeup. And who can forget the cake? A cable-knit beauty by Delicious Desserts rounded out the details on this gorgeous day.

Almost all of the puppies here have since found their forever homes, but the three dogs featured (Sadie, Precious & McIntyre) are still in search of their permanent families. If you are interested in adopting or supporting one of these organizations, please contact Survivor Tails and Brown Dog Coalition for more information.

Photographer : Lauren Dobish | Photographer : Rachel Buckley Weddings | Floral Design : Beach Plum Floral | Cake : Delicious Desserts | Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Makeup: Stephanie Ward Makeup | Hair : The Bridal Bar | All Dresses : Flair Bridesmaid Boutique | Christmas Tree Farm: The Christmas Tree Farm in Pembroke | Dogs: Survivor Tails Animal Rescue | Invitation Suite : Creative Market | Long Sleeve Bride Dress: Theia | Pet Wedding Coordinator : For the Love of Paws | Planning + Design : Jessica Hennessey Weddings | Puppies: Brown Dog Coalition | Rentals : Coast and Country | Sleeveless Bride Dress : Amy Kuschel | Table Decor : Pier 1

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