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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 ENTRYWAY

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

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 LIVING ROOM

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.

THE MASTER BEDROOM

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.

KIDS ROOM

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

HOW WE MET

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.

LOCATION

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.

PLANNING

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!

DRESS

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, LLC | Linen Rental: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | 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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Finding Lovely’s Holiday House Tour

While I miss living in Texas more than you can imagine, I will say that a New England holiday season is something special. The cold air, the twinkle lights, the cups of cocoa that are meant to actually warm you from the inside out. It’s a little bit of magic. And the crazy talented (and adorably pregnant) Jackie Hempel of Finding Lovely has managed to capture that very magic and transform her own New England home into a holiday wonderland. Read on for all of the sparkly goodness.

This is the first Christmas in our new kitchen following a major renovation on our old farmhouse victorian outside of Boston. It was built in 1879 and from the moment we walked through, I knew it had the potential for a charming family home. There’s just something beautiful and worthwhile to restoring a historical home and bringing it fresh life.

We’re from California originally so when it came to designing the home, I knew I wanted that light, airy, coastal vibe that felt fresh and lived well with littles.

When it came time to design the kitchen, I had several items on my wishlist. I wanted a window nook for the large farmhouse sink surrounded in old barn wood beams, a built-in refrigerator/freezer that looked like an old icebox and a freestanding range hood flanked with windows. I actually drew out how I wanted it to look and handed it to the carpenter.

It’s been such a happy spot in our home and exactly what I envisioned to honor this old home. Adding some Christmas lovely to this pretty kitchen has been quite the joy.

I kept it light and simple—white ceramic Christmas trees, pretty linens, some simple faux juniper wreaths safety pinned on the backs of the counter stools, mini Christmas trees in the windows, and a big faux cedar wreath with linen ribbon in the window nook is really all it took. Understated Christmas lovely.

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Construction and Architecture: Cutting Edge Homes | Design: Finding Lovely | Cabinetry Color: Sherwin Williams Repose Grey | Wall Color: Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace | Kitchen Cabinetry: JD Millworks | Cabinetry Hardware: 8” Edgecliff Pull in brass by School House Electric | Backsplash Tile: Advance | Ceramic tiles in Chelsea White, 3×6” and 3×12” from Tiles Plus More | Island Tile: Tabarka Tile Nord 7 | Counter Stools: Restoration Hardware French Contemporary Counter Stool | Vintage Barnwood: LongLeaf Lumber | Island Pendants:E. F. Chapman Casual Darlana Fancy Lanterns in gilded iron size medium | Kitchen Runner: Finn Rug in Blue Pottery Barn | Sink Pendant Light: Boston Pendant in antique brass, McGee & Co. | Mini Juniper Wreaths on counter stools: A C Moore

Following the renovation we now have a kitchen that is open to the family room and it’s where we spend all our time. I wanted the Christmas decor in the whole house to feel fresh and flow well from room to room.

I love how light and airy it all looks with the earthy corals and denim blues. Our family room is where we have our large faux noble fir tree and it is decorated with these same colors.

I kept the built-ins neutral with a wood bowl of antique mercury ornaments, glazed white trees and zinc houses and added a wreath and simple garland to the mantel.

It’s the perfect spot in our new old home and we’re excited to make Christmas memories here.

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Large Faux Cedar Wreath: Terrain | Woven Wood Blinds: The Shade Store | Christmas Tree: Prelit 9ft Faux Noble Fir from Terrain | Zinc Houses: Terrain & Target | Pom Pom Stockings: Dear Keaton | Denim | Stockings: Potterybarn | Rug: Finn Rug in blue from Pottery Barn

Photography: Madison Rae Photography | Design: Finding Lovely

Modern Tented Wedding at Willowdale Estate in Massachusetts

When we meet Brides that tell us that Style Me Pretty was a huge part of their planning process and they spent hours right here on this site, we’re honored. And when we get to see the beautiful result that came from all that inspiration and hard work? We’re proud. Proud of the vendors involved and the way that each one of you find your own slice of style and infuse that into your Big Day. Today’s fete set at Willowdale Estate is no exception. Molly Anne‘s images are the beautiful proof.

From the Bride… As a Pediatric Transplant Nurse, my patients and the lessons they have taught me are a huge part of my life. After my husband, family, friends and these incredible children I get to work with every day, my next love has, and will always be weddings. I found weddings to be the positive outlet I needed to balance with my often times emotional job. I even worked at a bridal salon for a while to help share in other brides happiest days while I was helping guide families through their absolute worst. I have been subscribed to bridal magazines for years, have browsed Style Me Pretty for hours, and have watched more episodes of “Say Yes To the Dress” then any normal person should.

My engagement to my husband Alec came as a complete shock on the night of my graduation for my Master’s Degree in Nursing. After so many years of adoring weddings, to say I was excited to plan my own was an understatement. Two weeks after our engagement, we took the trip of a lifetime to Spain. We were awestruck and fell in love with the beauty, cobblestone alleyways, stone architecture and greenery of a small town called Valldemosa in Mallorca. When we returned, Willowdale was one of the first venues we visited while wedding planning and as soon as we drove up to the estate, we knew this was where we wanted to get married. It was like our own piece of Spain, here in Massachusetts. The history of the country manor, in the depths of a state park, mixed with the greenery of the courtyard was the perfect location for our ideal outdoor wedding. Willowdale gave us the feeling of warmth, love and happiness. We felt at home.

While planning, we really wanted to incorporate our mutual love of traveling into our day. We were inspired by the places we have been, places dear to our heart, and places we have yet to go. From touches of french inspired florals and shades of blues to Boston themed table numbers, we mixed inspiration from my countless hours of browsing real weddings with our experiences together and made our wedding uniquely ours.

Some of the most special and beautiful parts of our wedding day were flower girl dresses handmade by Alec’s mom out of material from his grandmother’s wedding dress, the grooms travel scrapbook gift, a cherry blossom card given to me by Alec (symbolizing where our relationship began), bookshelves filled with loved ones wedding photos, a bouquet charm of my grandmothers given to me by my mother, a special Irish blessing, family members we haven’t seen for years that traveled long distances to be with us, a custom veil made for me by Michelle Roth herself, a signature drink named for our cat Lily, emotional toasts by my father, maids of honor and best men, and 4 birthday celebrations. We even had the breathtaking privilege of having a previous patient of mine, now thriving, at our wedding. Words cannot explain that feeling. These are just a few of the moments of our day that we will cherish forever and that made us feel so loved and so happy. We have never smiled as much as we did on our wedding day.

Surrounded by friends and family, we said I do on the most perfect August Day. It was 72 degrees, partly cloudy and absolutely beautiful (unheard of in New England in August!) Our incredible team of vendors helped us create our dream day, and our photographer Molly captured every last minute. The love, support, happiness and energy of our guests was palpable throughout the entire day and into the night on the packed dance floor. We are so grateful and so blessed to have had such a perfect day and cant wait to share our photos with everyone!

To those who are currently planning a wedding, my recommendation to you would be this; breathe, enjoy the process, and don’t settle. If you have a feeling something isn’t right, trust your gut and go with what makes you happy. I changed my mind so many times during this process because I wouldn’t settle for anything less then what I had dreamed about my entire life. Admittedly, it was stressful at times with having perfectionist tendencies because of my job (I cant tell you how long I debated the perfect blue goblet), but it was all SO worth it. Wishing you all so much happiness and many adventures in your wedding and marriage. Good luck, you got this!

Photography: Molly Anne Photography | Videography: City Point Films | Floral Design: Les Fleurs | Wedding Dress: Michelle Roth | Cake: Jenny's Wedding Cakes | Invitations: Wouldn't It Be Lovely | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Flair Bridesmaid Boutique | Band: Wilson Stevens | Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Wedding Venue: Willowdale Estate | Accomodations: Hawthorne Hotel | Beauty: Kristen Kay Makeup Artistry | Ceremony Musicians: Atlantic Strings | Rentals: Peak Event Services | Wedding Dress Tailoring: Kleinfeld Bridal

They Booked an Airbnb for Their Wedding Venue Sight Unseen

Feeling uninspired by the impersonal feel of the wedding venues they had researched, this couple decided to think outside the box and booked a home, sight unseen, using Airbnb for their upcoming nuptials, planned in just four months! With the help of Amy McLaughlin Lifestyles, they transformed the grounds into the warm and welcoming New England wedding they had always dreamed of, and the so sweet photos captured by Callisto + Co. of the beautiful bride in her bespoke Kathryn Conover dress on her special day are all waiting for you right here.

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This New England summer wedding was the perfect combination of romance, nature, and the kind of feel-good vibes that you get when you return to the town you grew up in and are greeted with open arms by family and friends whom you haven’t seen in ages, but it feels just like yesterday. This was the case for Kate and Chris, who are now both living in Manhattan’s Greenwich village. They were both born and raised in Massachusetts, just north of Boston, so it felt more meaningful to them that they marry somewhere close to “home”.

After doing a little preliminary research on wedding venues and being disappointed by their impersonal feel, the couple decided to think outside of the box and try Airbnb! It was online that they found the rental house which would double as their ceremony and reception site. They booked the property site unseen, and when they finally took a weekend trip to see it, they were initially a bit concerned with the “diamond in the rough”. Of course, nothing says outdoor wedding like visiting an outdoor venue in January! It was a bit depressing but their wedding planner, Amy McLaughlin, assured them that all would be absolutely beautiful when summer came around and she had worked her magic!

The bride wanted very simple and organic florals in pastel hues. She wanted the view and the topography to be the focal point. McLaughlin used tons of eucalyptus mixed with blush and white roses to adorn the ceremony arbor. Guests were given fans in case they became overheated at the ceremony. The couple’s dog Penny, a rescue dog, was one of the highlights of the day. She was the most well behaved little girl and had the demeanor of an adopted child who was just so grateful to have been chosen to love. The evening’s fare of choice was a bistro style selection of comfort foods including a sliders bar and flatbread station. To top it off, Kate and Chris chose a whoopie pie buffet over the traditional wedding cake –a huge hit with kids and adults alike!

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Photography: Callisto & Co. | Event Planning + Design: Amy McLaughlin Lifestyles | Floral Design: Amy McLaughlin Lifestyles | Wedding Dress: Kathryn Conover | Catering: Timothy S. Hopkins Catering | DJ: Joe Carson | Officiant: Betsy Holtzinger | Rentals: Peak Event Services

Whitney Bischoff’s Romantic Coastal Wedding Reveal

From The Bachelor to happily ever after, we’ve followed along as Whitney Bischoff found love and planned her Cape Cod nuptials. That gorgeous New England celebration is finally here and it is so worth the wait. Plus…#CutePupAlert. Peek inside this romantic coastal affair designed by Always Yours Events, with florals by The Wild Dahlia, stationery by Amanda Day Rose and images captured by Carly Michelle. And don’t forget to hit play on that perfect film by Brighter Lights Media below. Psst… for more of Whitney’s journey, click here.

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Y’all! You can official call me Mrs. Whitney Bischoff Angel! It still feels so surreal. For the past year, I’ve been sharing bits and pieces of the ideas and details I had planned for our special day, but to actually see it all come to fruition actually took my breath away. October 21, 2017 was hands down the best day of my life. I want to relive it all over again, but as knowing that time only moves forward, the next best thing is to reminisce and share all of my memories.

After Ricky and I chose to have our wedding on Cape Cod, we decided our first item to tackle was our venue. We visited several venues on the Cape, but after visiting The Wequassett Resort and Golf Club, our decision was made for us. Not only was the venue picturesque, from the grounds to the gardens, water views and accommodations, but the customer service was next to none. The team was so helpful during the planning process, but most importantly, what stood out to Ricky and I, was how well they treated not only us, but our family and friends. Every single employee of the Wequassett was so helpful, kind and warm. Our guests are still talking about it and some have already booked travel to go back. Thank you to the Wequassett for treating us all like family. We can honestly say we will visit the rest of our lives and can’t wait to bring our children.

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, my vendor team was the key to pulling off the wedding of my dreams. Each vendor, led me to another who recommended another, and yet another. It was almost like it was meant to be. It was so important that I trusted them, but also that they trusted one another and their work.

Thank you to our wedding planner, Keri Ketterer of Always yours Events, for all you did to execute such a perfect day! You did not overlook one single detail and without you we would not have been able to pull off this celebration. Thank you for keeping me calm, for your advice, professionalism and overall being such a kind soul and good friend.

The theme to our wedding…”Life has a crazy, beautiful design”….was a line from our first dance, which was performed by Ricky’s father and brother… a moment I’ll never forget. When I first heard the song “Amazing Day” by Coldplay it was the lyrics that really spoke to me and this line in particular. For those of you who have followed my journey to true love, I’m not sure anyone, including myself, thought I would find it. But I did, in a very crazy, but beautiful way. Every step and decision I had made, led me to that moment, that day, and to Ricky.

It was important that our personal touch was evident throughout the design. Our theme was quietly placed throughout the wedding to catch each guest’s eye. Our invitation suites had a keepsake card with the lyrics, which was such a special touch. All stationary was completed by Amanda Day Rose and beautifully calligraphed by Design by Laney. Amanda created a personal crest for Ricky and I, which was also displayed throughout the day. What many people don’t know, is the thought that went into making this crest unique and personal. It is a crest that we will continue to use throughout our life. I look at it as a representation of the start of our life together. Eventually, with the start of our family, I will ask Amanda to add to it, but for now an “R” and “W” are intertwined together, with angel wing flowers as a border and one lily, which is a tribute to my late mother, her favorite flower.

This leads me to our amazing florist Shawna of Wild Dahlia. She completely blew me away. Y’all, did you see my bouquet? That arrangement was a complete work of art (not to mention it was heavier than my dog daughter, Lillie!). It was the perfect arrangement of lush, full gorgeous blooms, with one lily, to represent my mom. The lily was facing me, closest to my heart. My sister, also had one adorning her bouquet, as well as each family member’s table. Lastly, there was one empty chair in the front row of the ceremony, which had an arrangement of lilies. I am so appreciative to everyone who understood how important it was to have my mother captured in our day. There was no doubt my mom was represented and was present. Everywhere I looked, whether anyone noticed it or not, we knew she was there.

Knowing how precious and short time is, is the reason I wanted a videographer there to capture every moment. Christian and his team at Brighter Lights Media did just that…every tear, laugh, kiss, look, touch…they captured. I’ve watched the video they put together a minimum of 100 times and each time my eyes well up with tears of happiness. There is no better gift to ourselves than this. Not to mention, I felt like Ricky and I were starring in our own movie. The cinematography was top notch. I get goosebumps just thinking about it.

I have dreamt of my wedding day since I was a little girl. I wasn’t sure who would be waiting for me at the end of the aisle; I wasn’t sure what I would wear, or where I would be, or when it would be, but I knew it would happen. But this day surpassed all I had ever dreamt. Having my Mamaw (my mother’s mom) walk me down aisle to my “Old Kentucky Home” (a nod to my roots) and place my hand into Ricky’s, will forever be imprinted in my memory. When I looked out to our guests, and scanned the lawn of all the people that impacted our lives, I remember thinking to myself, “don’t forget this moment. Don’t forget this feeling you have. Don’t forget how loved you are.” And I won’t.
Thank you, Carly Michelle Photography for capturing this day and this wedding journey for us over the past year. Your love for what you do shines through your work and we will forever cherish the friendship we’ve made.

You know the saying “it takes a village.” That phrase has never meant more to me than preparing for my day and even more now looking back on it. Thank you to my makeup artist Amanda McCarthy and hairstylist Jen Tawa for all your hard work and attention to detail. I’ll never forget looking at my sister and saying “I feel beautiful.” What more could any bride want than to feel beautiful on her wedding day? This was all because of you.

Finally, thank you Ricky for choosing me to be your wife! I want to end this last post with the way I started my first: Ricky, thank you for being you and loving me for being me. We really did have one perfect, amazing day!

I appreciate you all reading along! I hope you’ve enjoyed this as much as I have.

XOXO-
Whit A (gosh that feels good to write)

Photography: Carly Michelle Photography | Cinematography: Brighter Lights Media | Floral Design: The Wild Dahlia | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Brideside | Calligraphy: Design by Laney | Airbrush Tanning: Glo Airbrush Tan | Bridesmaids Accessories: Kendra Scott Jewelry | Bridesmaids' Pajamas: Celebrate with Laura | Ceremony Musician: Jason Paradise | Classic and Contemporary Hair Styling On Location: Jennifer Tawa | Custom Angel Wing Art: Wildline Weddings | Custom Gift Boxes for Bridesmaids + Groomsmen: Teak & Twine | Custom Wedding Dress Designer: Belle Vie Bridal | Gown Salon: Belle Vie Bridal | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Makeup Artistry: Amanda McCarthy Beauty | Ribbons: Stella Wolfe | Stationery + Crest Design: Amanda Day Rose | Sweetheart Table Rentals: Peak Event Services | Wedding + After Party DJ/Emcee: ECF Entertainment - DJ Boogz | Wedding Band + Entertainment: Boston Common Band | Wedding Cake Bakery + Designer: Montilio's | Wedding Planner + Designer: Always Yours Events | Wedding Rings + Jewelry: Sam Rafidia + European Jewelry | Wedding Venue + Catering: Wequassett Resort and Golf Club

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How to Pick the Perfect Floral Designer with Whitney B.

From SMP blogger bride, Whitney B.… If you are anything like me, when it came to envisioning my wedding day, I knew I wanted an abundance of flowers, but I had no clue where to begin with searching for a floral designer. After researching several different designers and looking through hundreds of pictures and websites, I finally narrowed it down to my #1: Shawna, owner of The Wild Dahlia. Below are some of the reasons why and tid bits of advice for all you future wives:

Find Someone With an Aesthetic You Love

When picking a floral designer, look at their use of color, their signature style, and their featured bouquets within their portfolio and on their social media accounts. As a bride, one reason I chose The Wild Dahlia is because I loved the look and feel of Shawna’s centerpieces and bouquets that I had seen featured on Instagram feed, on wedding blogs, and in portfolio pictures. I also loved the fullness of her signature bouquet style and her use of large statement blooms – such as garden roses and peonies mixed with greenery to create a full and romantic look – which is exactly what I was looking for.

Find a Floral Designer Who Understands Your Vision

Also consider a potential floral designer’s ability to understand your vision and run with it, while also making it unique and a little bit outside of the box. While I love flowers and had very specific blooms that I wanted incorporated, I also really wanted to lean on my selected floral designer and trust her to take my tastes and preferences and create a floral plan that not only fit our personal tastes but also felt unique and different than everything we had been seeing. I also took into consideration that The Wild Dahlia was a vetted vendor on my wedding planner’s (Always Yours Events) vendor list, and that it was very evident that Shawna could be entrusted with our vision and to be an integral part of our wedding vendor team.

Find a Floral Designer Willing to be Creative

Finally, consider his or her ability to be creative with your floral AND your ideal budget. During our first consult with Shawna, we loved her can-do spirit and ability to be creative with not only our vision but also our budget. We had a specific floral budget in mind, and Shawna helped us find creative ways to make our design work within our ideal budget while never sacrificing the aesthetic or design from day one. For example, we will have gorgeous arrangements at our ceremony that we wanted to see incorporated for more than just 30 minutes of our day, so we have worked with Shawna to take those florals and repurpose them for spaces later in the evening where they will be impactful and continue our design throughout all the reception spaces.

I hope some of these tips help you find the perfect floral designer for your own wedding day! I cannot wait to share with you all the design and floral from our wedding at the Wequassett very soon!

Happy Flower Picking-

Whit B.


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Photography: Carly Michelle Photography | Cinematography: Brighter Lights Media | Event Planning + Design: Always Yours Events | Floral Design: The Wild Dahlia | Stationery: Amanda Day Rose | Makeup: Natalie Lelless | Hair: Jennifer Tawa | Wedding Venue: Wequassett Resort and Golf Club | Bride: Whitney Bischoff

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Your Visual Playbook the Prettiest Brunch Wedding

By now you’ve likely caught a glimpse of our latest bridesmaid dress line with Weddington Way, and today we’re seeing these pretties in action with some brunch wedding goodness. Designed by our girl, Keri of Always Yours Events, with stationery beauty by Amanda Day Rose, it’s a shoot featuring farm-to-table bites with all the feminine design vibes captured by Meredith Jane Photography and JF3 Productions. Peruse the images and head this way for even more.

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From Always Yours EventsIn the last few years we have seen the much-loved brunch trend grow, and as a wedding planner and designer I’ve always been intrigued by the idea of designing a wedding around an elegant and romantic brunch. The inspiration for this shoot actually came to light after a recent venue search experience I had with a couple who had found the perfect private estate to host their gorgeous wedding, however the venue only offered weddings during the day with an end time by 8:30pm. While the couple ultimately ended up selecting another wedding venue, I had already begun dreaming of ways that a day wedding could not only be just as spectacular, romantic and magical as an evening wedding, but also a little bit unexpected and unique. And from that real life experience came this feminine and romantic brunch design filled with lovely long tables covered in patterned linens, lush and colorful florals, a farm-to-table inspired brunch menu served family style, gorgeous bridal style, and of course rosé.

As we planned and designed this brunch celebration, the incredible vendor team and I wanted to incorporate a plethora of pretty and unexpected details to each facet of the day. For the venue, we hosted at the newly renovated and gorgeous Dennis Inn on Cape Cod, which is booked by weekend, offering the couple a private estate wedding with the ability to have multiple wedding weekend events. To accommodate the early morning getting ready hours for a brunch wedding, we arranged a light and feminine spread of berry parfaits and fresh French pastries to be enjoyed while the bridal party got ready with beauty stylists Natalie Lelless and Maricruz Polito, and opened their wedding day gifts curated by the bride with the Lux Box Company. The bride wore a modern romantic number and veil by Theia from Head Over Heels Bridal, and the bridesmaids wore these stunning and ethereal long rosé colored gowns with a gorgeous open back (in the style Hazel) from the Style Me Pretty x Weddington Way. Complete with overflowing bouquets filled with sorbet colored peonies, poppies, garden roses, and ranunculus, the bride and her bridesmaids were a vision. The groom and groomsmen donned J.Crew’s bright navy suits silk ribbon tied boutonnieres, and went with a crisp white shirt and sans tie to give a bit more of a comfortable while still dapper daytime look.

For the tablescape, we chose this statement white and pink patterned linen, tying into the color of the coral charm peonies found in the bouquets and working well with the elegant white cross back chairs from True North Event Rentals. Behind the head table The Wild Dahlia created a backdrop by draping the large windows with greenery and roses for a romantic look within the space. On the table we mixed Be Our Guest’s gold rimmed glass chargers with gold and silver flatware and crystal stemware from three different collections to create visual interest, and amongst the florals we added deep rose colored taper candles, acrylic table numbers and a bottle of Belvoir Elderflower Lemonade as favors for each guest. For the brunch, we hand selected classics with a twist for a higher end menu, such as berry parfaits with basil mascarpone, bagel BLTs with homemade smoked bacon and colorful heirloom tomatoes, and and lobster eggs Benedict. For dessert we selected heart shaped ice cream pops in a variety of flavors from the Local Scoop for a playful and unique dessert.

And finally for the stationery suite, the talented Amanda Day Rose created a suite perfect for a modern romantic brunch complete with an RSVP card featuring the title “Brunch with Us,” a personalized crest, sheer textured ribbons, and a vellum envelope calligraphed with gold ink. In lieu of traditional escort cards we tied each white hemstitch napkin with silk ribbon, which we had calligraphed by AMR Calligraphy with each guest’s name.

This design and day was captured so beautifully by Meredith Jane Photography and JF3 Productions, and looking through the galleries and video I love how much a brunch wedding allows for light and airy galleries featuring every aspect of the day in ethereal natural light. This design is one that I hope will inspire couples to think outside the box for their own celebrations, and create something romantic and a little bit unexpected that will leave a lasting impression on their guests.

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Photography: Meredith Jane Photography | Cinematography: JF3 Productions | Wedding Planning + Design: Always Yours Events | Floral Design: The Wild Dahlia | Wedding Dress: Head Over Heels Bridal | Stationery: Amanda Day Rose | Shoes: Badgley Mishka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Weddington Way | Catering: Treats Catering | Makeup Artist: Natalie Lelless | Calligraphy: test | Wedding Venue: The Dennis Inn | Bride Model: Courtney Meyer | Bridesmaid Model: Jackie Sampson | Bridesmaid Model: Sophia Michelen | China, Silver + Glassware Rentals: Be Our Guest | Custom Gift Boxes: Lux Box Co. | Groom Model: Brad Sampson | Groomsmen Model: Brian at Maggie Agency | Groomsmen Model: Scott Brown | Hairstylist: Maricruz Polito | Heart Shaped Ice Cream Pops: The Local Scoop | Linen: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Model Agency: Maggie Inc | Silk Ribbons: Frou Frou Chic | Table + White Crossback Chair Rental: True North Rentals

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9 Wedding Locations You Havent Heard About Yet

We know that finding the perfect wedding venue isn’t always easy, especially if you’re looking for something that totally speaks to you and yours. So today we’re running through a list of nine (yes, NINE) fab venues we absolutely love, so you can find that dream locale. Scroll for some hidden gems you haven’t even heard of.

THE ST. REGIS WASHINGTON, D.C.

Why we love it: Just steps from the White House, The St. Regis Washington, D.C. is the perfect mix of luxe accommodations and upscale wedding offerings – all with a dash of historical charm. You can opt for a cocktail hour in the Italianate revival lobby, or celebrate your “I do’s” in the Astor Ballroom with its hand-stenciled ceiling (an original 1926 decorative feature) and Palladian windows overlooking The Astor Terrace. This place is beautiful, you guys – and it’s no wonder it continues to be named the “Best Hotel for Small Weddings” by Washington Magazine. It’s just that good.

What you can’t miss: The Astor Terrace. Perfect for ceremonies OR receptions, this gem of an outdoor space features a dreamy fountain. Need we say more?

W SCOTTSDALE

Why we love it: Located smack-dab in the middle of Scottsdale’s Entertainment District, W Scottsdale is every modern lovin’ bride’s dream. Think totally chic contemporary spaces (both indoor and outdoor) perfect for celebrating your Big Day, plus amazing accommodations that will make your entire wedding weekend.

What you can’t miss: Their fab W Insider service. It’s concierge plus some with everything you’ll ever need just a push of a button away. Whatever you want, whenever you want it.

LE MÉRIDIEN DELFINA SANTA MONICA

Why we love it: Situated just three blocks from the ocean with great access and breathtaking views, plus offering up some awesome amenities for guests (hey there, Bicycle Programme), Le Méridien Delfina Santa Monica seamlessly combines a glam spot to say “I do” with all of that laid-back Southern Cali charm we love so much. We’re obsessed with their Pool Terrace receptions, not to mention their chef-inspired catering menus and views of the Pacific Ocean.

What you can’t miss: Their venues. From the Delfina Ballroom to the Terrazza GardenLe Méridien Delfina Santa Monica has you covered when it comes to celebrating in style.

HOTEL COLONNADE CORAL GABLES, A TRIBUTE PORTFOLIO HOTEL 

Why we love it: Ideal for those travel lovers who want to say “I do” in complete luxury, the Hotel Colonnade Coral Gables has elegant weddings (and accommodations) down to an absolute science. From their 23,000 square feet of event space to their gorgeous venue options (hello, marble-tiled rotunda) to their talented staff that knows everything there is to know about throwing the perfect wedding, you’ll most definitely be making a statement.

What you can’t miss: Their Make a Green Choice Program. Guests receive a $5 food credit or 500 SPG points just for making the choice to conserve natural resources in their room. We love that.

THE WESTIN CHICAGO NORTHWEST

Why we love it: It’s hard not to fall in love with a setting as pretty as Hamilton Lake and when you add in a climate-controlled tent and fully-renovated guest rooms, you have yourselves one of the prettiest wedding locales in all of Chicago. Plus, the Westin Chicago Northwest also offers up a plethora of indoor + outdoor venue options, customizable menus AND your very own wedding specialist.

What you can’t miss: Their 24-hour room service. (Enough said.)

SHERATON SAN DIEGO HOTEL & MARINA

Why we love it: You honestly can’t go wrong with a San Diego wedding, and the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina is the epitome of a perfect SoCal soiree with a gorgeous seaside location and deluxe amenities. Now add in a stunning garden ceremony spot (with marina views) and indoor venue options that are just as cool and you have the perfect place to say “I do.”

What you can’t miss: The Culinary team. They’ve been named “Best Caterer” by San Diego Magazine for 15 years running. Yum.

THE EQUINOX, A LUXURY COLLECTION GOLF RESORT & SPA, VERMONT

Why we love it: You know we can never get enough of Vermont weddings and if you’re looking for the perfect destination spot: this is it. From their three unique venues (Pond Pavilion, Colonnade Ballroom and Meadow House) to the amazing views of the Equinox Mountain and the Taconic Mountain Ridge, The Equinox Resort has everything you’ll ever need for that dream wedding… AND can accommodate anywhere from 80 to 250 guests.

What you can’t miss: The activities. This four-season resort offers up a world of fun-filled adventures, from golfing to skiing to fishing to snowshoeing – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

THE ST. ANTHONY, A LUXURY COLLECTION HOTEL, SAN ANTONIO

Why we love it: Four words: Open-air rooftop ballroom. Yep, you can literally dance the night away under the stars. Plus, the St. Anthony has been hosting weddings for over a century, so you know you’re in good hands with their talented staff of event professionals. From their gorgeous rooms to their convenient downtown locale, you won’t be missing a thing.

What you can’t miss: The details. From crystal chandeliers to a winding staircase to theatrical lighting and a 19th Century French tapestry, get ready for some non-stop oohing and ahhing.

THE WESTIN GALLERIA & OAKS HOUSTON

Why we love it: If you’re having a celebration with a lot of out-of-town guests, you can’t pick a locale better than the Westin Galleria & Oaks Houston. Its Uptown location paired with its amazing guest amenities and reception space for up to 1,000 makes it the ideal location for those looking to explore the Galleria neighborhood of Houston. Think shopping, dining and spa-ing the days away. It’s perfect.

What you can’t miss: The Monarch Ballroom. With floor-to-ceiling windows and views of the city, this 24th floor gem is a reception dreamland.

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New England Wedding Inspired by Pride & Prejudice

Can we just take a sec to bow down for this dress (designed by the bride herself)? Talk about twirl-worthy! It was the perfect number for this fete inspired by Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice, fitting for Aisha and Wes who are fond of history and literature. From the charming venue to the striking bridal captures by Sophie Kaye, the entire day is the definition of timeless.

From Sophie KayeSet against a stunning historical backdrop, Aisha and Wes wed surrounded by family and friends at The Mount in The Berkshires. The former home of American author Edith Wharton was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1971 and features splendid architecture, picturesque views, beautiful grounds and enchanting gardens. Wes and Aisha both knew that they wanted to get married in the tranquility of the country, not in the bustling city, and thus began their search for venues in New England. They both love the beautiful scenery, open landscapes, crisp weather and elegance New England has to offer. Wes spent his childhood creating family memories throughout New England. Passing many a weekend sailing the Cape with his late grandfather.

The ceremony took place outdoors in the French garden, while the reception and dinner was held in the house and the veranda. The couple danced the night away in an intimate soiree with their closest family and friends.

Aisha and Wes knew they wanted a beautiful, timeless, romantic wedding and were inspired by the Pride and Prejudice Film starring Keira Knightly. Aisha created a vision board with neo classical/Edwardian architectural elements, soft pastels, golden light, frosty greens, a stunning long sleeve wedding dress, and soft and ethereal bridesmaid ensembles.

Wes and Aisha fell in love with The Mount upon their initial visit to the historic estate. They are both fond of history and literature [Wes minored in history at Washington & Lee] and felt it was the perfect venue to celebrate their marriage. The newlywed couple resides in Gramercy Park neighborhood, NYC, with their senior Chihuahua, Jonah. Wes grew up in Chappaqua, NY, and attended college at Washington & Lee, and works in the energy sector as the chief financial officer for a NH based firm, specializing in renewable energy. Aisha grew up in The Netherlands, and moved to the states with her family, where she attended high school, and afterwards went to study at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She currently works as a woman’s wear designer.

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Photographer: Sophie Kaye Photography | Planner: Inspired Occasions | Florist: douglas koch | Wedding Dress: New York Bride & Groom | Shoes: Badgley Mishka | Jewelry: Friman & Stein | Bridesmaids' Dresses: ASOS | Catering: Albany Seasons Catering | Groomsmen Attire: Stubbs And Wootton | Wedding Venue: The Mount | Brides Headpiece: Vintage | Invitation Suite: Wedding Paper Divas | Rentals: Classical Tents

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This Crane Estate Engagement Is a Timeless Beauty at Its Finest

The recipe for a timeless engagement session: regal architecture and rolling green landscapes, natural light and a white lace dress, and most importantly, a beautiful couple in love. Check, check, and check! Christina Bernales photographed these two cuties at the Crane Estate, so head to the gallery and get lost in all the pretty of this engagement session.

From Christina BernalesOur sweet couple, Connie and Andy, wanted their engagement session to be set at a location in their home state of Massachusetts that had a historic and timeless feel, with gorgeous architecture and beautiful landscapes and light. The Crane Estate was the perfect place for their vision, and I had a blast photographing the beautiful scenery at this location.

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Photography: Christina Bernales | Dress: Nordstrom | Shoes: Ann Taylor | Shoes: Designer Shoe Warehouse | Estate: Crane Estate | Pants: Banana Republic

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Classic Summer Wedding on Martha’s Vineyard

Planning a wedding on Martha’s Vineyard is no easy fete. Speaking from experience during my own venue search—things book up quickly! That is, unless you’re parents have a home on the island like this stunning Bride, done up by Stacie Ford Weddings. Their classic church ceremony followed by a tented reception is pulling at my seaside-loving heartstrings. Craving a coastal affair packed with elegance? Spend some time with this fete planned by Lyndsey Hamilton Events and captured by K Robinson Photography.

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From the Bride… Matt and I grew up in the same small town just north of the Manhattan. We unofficially met when we worked down the street from each other, he at his family’s pizzeria, me at the town bakery. He’d come in on Saturday for glazed donuts. We officially met in high school when he starting hanging around with my group of friends- and we became lab partners in physics and we’ve been partners ever since.

It took 10 years for matt to propose and a second for me to say yes! In July of 2015 we got engaged on Edgartown harbor in Martha’s Vineyard and decided there was no better place for us to say I do! We were married in St Elizabeth’s in downtown Edgartown by Matt’s cousin Michael White, who also married Matt’s parents 31 years earlier.

The reception was held at my parents property on the Edgartown great pond. Lyndsey Hamilton Events planned and designed a fairytale wedding. We started with cocktails, passed hors dourves, and a raw bar, in my backyard over looking the Edgartown great pond. During cocktail hour and dinner we enjoyed the beautiful musical styles of the lovely Parkington sisters- including an hour of old Irish songs as a nod to our heritage.

Matt, a chef in downtown manhattan, worked with Jaime Hamlin catering to curate a delicious menu; to start a plate of local cheeses and honey, then the main event of a whole roast pig, roast chickens, and grilled sword fish- complemented with a side of fresh succotash, and the biggest culinary hit of the whole night; cornbread. We made our way from the Sperry dinner tent to the clear top tent with a clear dance floor covering the pool. We used big sky tents for all our rentals. After all the important dances and the iconic moment, of my best friend jumping on stage to sing with the wedding band Sultans of Swing with Jerry Bennett, we cut our delicious carrot wedding cake made by Cakes by Val. The cops shut us down at 1045pm but that didn’t stop us from we heading over to the barn for my favorite part of the whole evening; the late night food truck from The Artcliff diner. We danced all night under the stars and ended the day sitting cuddled by the fire pit.

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Photography: K Robinson Photography | videography: Wes Van Heest | Event Planning: Lyndsey Hamilton Events | Floral Design: Lyndsey Hamilton Events | Wedding Dress: Oscar De La Renta | stationery : Fourteen-Forty | Ceremony Venue: St. Elizabeth's Church | shoes: Prada | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Giorgio Armani | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Ralph Lauren | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Rachel Zoe | Bridesmaids' Dresses: JCrew | Catering: V. Jaime Hamlin & Sons | hair : Styles On B | band: Sultans Of Swing | Groomsmen's Attire: JCrew | organist : David Ball | transportation: Martha's vineyard excursions | Restroom trailer: Dottie's Pottie's | Beverege: Your Market | Food Truck : Art Cliff Diner | Jewelry (earnings & necklace) : Hearts On Fire | Makeup Artistry : Stacie Ford Weddings | Pool Dance Floor: NY Lounge Decor | Private Residence : Martha's Vineyard, Ma | ceremony soloist : Jamilyn Manning- White | furniture & lighting: rEvolve Furniture & Lighting Co. | generator : Mark Forbus | jewelry (vintage bracelet) : Fred Leighton | music : The Parkington Sisters | photo booth: photo booth MV | tents and rentals: Big Sky Tent & Party Rentals | veil: Oscar De La Renta | wedding cake & deserts : Val Cakes | wedding ring : gold art 18 K

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Vintage Bikes + Boardwalk Strolls for a Nantucket Engagement

Ashley and Mike opted for a 5 am sunrise engagement session on Nantucket and the payoff was pretty major. They strolled the charming island streets and took a vintage bike out for a spin, all with Meredith Jane Photography capturing behind the camera. Steal a peek in the gallery for every adorable moment of this classic New England lovefest.

From the bride… Mike and I met 4 years ago while we were both out on the South Shore in Massachusetts, each with a separate group of friends. I was not looking for a boyfriend at the time as I had just made a career change and was back in college full time with a very busy schedule. But as Mike started talking to me something grabbed my attention. After that night out we continued talking and texting on a regular basis and I agreed to go out with him on a date. We met up and had drinks and watched The Bruins. After that first date I could tell there was something different about him, and from that moment on we were inseparable. We continued going on dates and turned that one night out into a lifetime of love.

We chose Nantucket for our engagement session because I love the Cape and Islands and the beach, and had never been to Nantucket before. We thought what better way to capture my first time there then to plan our engagement session for the same time. Memorial Day weekend on Nantucket is also the location where Figawi is held, which I have heard is a great time! I knew it would be fun and the backdrop would be extra special with all of the boats and American flags flying.

This session was special because we wrapped up our weekend away by doing a sunrise shoot on our last day in Nantucket. No one was around yet and it felt like we had the Island to ourselves. It was great to be out on the beach and walking along the cobblestone streets all alone. It was also pretty unique because it was freezing cold! Who would have thought that Memorial Day could have weather like that?! I think it was only in the 40’s and with the wind and being on the water, it sure didn’t feel like the start to summer.

My future vision for the wedding day is a classic, timeless evening. Colors of navy, blush and gold accents. Simple, clean decor. Floral centerpieces with hydrangeas and peonies and added touches of greenery. I envision my wedding day to be the most magical day, something that I will want to relive over and over again.

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Photography: Meredith Jane Photography | Floral Design: Flowers on Chestnut | Bike Rental: Cook's Cycles | Rentals: Nantucket Bike Basket Co. | Rentals: It's a Shore Thing - Nantucket

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A Rainy Day Creates an Intimate Wedding

You would never know that rain forced this darling, Nantucket wedding by Stacie Shea Events indoors – it all looks so perfectly welcoming and planned. Zofia & Co. captured each warm, cozy, and inviting moment from the intimate ceremony in the living room of the Westmoor Farm‘s main house to the closely nestled table arrangement at dinner and the late-night dancing in the barn, all waiting for you in the Vault.

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From Stacie Shea EventsIzzy and Matt couldn’t think of a better, happier place to get married than Nantucket, MA. They chose Westmoor Farm, a beautiful little compound off the beaten path, to host their closest family and friends in cozy little cabins.

Originally, the ceremony was to be held outside on the main lawn under a beautiful arbor of greenery and ribbons. Mother nature had different plans, and moments before the intimate ceremony was to take place, the skies opened up, and we were forced inside. Plan B wasn’t so bad, though. Matt was beyond thrilled to marry his best friend in the living room of the main house under what may be the largest moose head in existence.

During cocktail hour, the couple escaped to the cobblestone streets of downtown Nantucket where they took photos at some of their favorite places on the island. You can see happiness written all over their faces!

The reception was candlelit, quaint, and perfect. Three tables nestled closely together and a dinner catered by Nantucket Catering Company was the perfect way to eat, drink, and be married. Centerpieces of white anemones, hydrangeas, and roses added that little bit of Nantucket flare.

After dinner, guests moved the party over to the barn where they danced the night away to the Timbukblues and DJ Billy Voss. While it never stopped raining, the big barn doors remained open, and that salty island air swirled throughout the room.

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Photography: Zofia & Co | Event Planning: Stacie Shea Events | Floral Design: Soiree Floral | Wedding Dress: Sareh Nouri | Cake: Petticoat Row Bakery | Stationery: Parchment Nantucket | Shoes: Christian Dior | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Catering: Nantucket Catering Company | Hair and Makeup: Darya Salon | DJ: Billy Voss | Band: Timbukblues | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Groomsmens' Attire: Brooks Brothers | Venue: Westmoor Farm | Earrings: Kate Spade | Rentals: Jen Shepherd

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The Seaside Views Are Stunning at This Backyard Celebration

There’s something about the fresh, ocean air and looking out to where the water meets the horizon that make a seaside wedding. This backyard celebration captured by Justine Yandle Photography drew inspiration from its perfect location, allowing guests to take in all the beautiful scenery with a tented reception, thanks to Sperry Tents. Chris McClain Productions filmed the festivities, so press play below to see the nautical elegance, from the elegant Bridesmaids in navy Joanna August gowns to the adorable pup in his polka dot bowtie.

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From Justine Yandle Photography… Kara and Pat planned the most perfect backyard wedding at the family home in Duxbury, Massachusetts. They combined classic, seaside elegance with some masculine touches. Melanie of Blissful Beginnings seamlessly incorporated the Groom’s love for hockey into the day. This wedding truly couldn’t have been more perfect.

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Photography: Justine Yandle Photography | Cinematography: Chris McClain | Event Planning: Blissful Beginnings Wedding and Event Design | Floral Design: Consider The Lilies | Wedding Dress: Judd Waddell | Wedding Dress: Katie May | Wedding Dress: Judd Waddell | Cake: The Catered Affair | Invitations: Gus & Ruby Letterpress | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Joanna August | Catering: The Catered Affair | Band: Rare Form | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Tent Rental: Sperry Tents

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A Long Sleeved Lace Gown That’s Giving Us All the Feels

It’s official: I’ve found my dream dress. If I was to redo my own special day, I think I might go this romantic gown route – it’s pure perfection (that lace!). But even better, the whole intimate affair captured by Hello Love Photography. With Nantucket as the backdrop, it’s an absolute feast for the eyes – and lucky for you, we’ve gathered all the pretty pics together in our Vaultenjoy!

From Hello Love PhotographyShelly and Colin got married in (arguably) one of the most picturesque and quintessential New England locations I can think of – the Wauwinet resort on the north easternmost tip of Nantucket. Their family and friends filled every room of the resort and made their wedding an intimate, personal, and beautiful one. Beautiful long tables lit by candles, lots of greenery, and one of my favorite dresses to date (the lace sleeves!) made this one for the books. And they certainly didn’t let a little rain stop them. :)

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Photography: Hello Love Photography | Floral Design: Soiree Floral | Hair: Travis Speck | DJ: Beat Train Productions | Wedding Venue: The Wauwinet Inn

Modern + Chic Estate Affair on Cape Cod

Located at a gorgeous estate on the water in Cape Cod, this couples’ wedding was a chic affair to say the least! Speaking of chic, the bride wore a Rosa Clara lace gown for the ceremony and changed into a more simple and sleek dress for the reception. Oh, and the groom wore a classic and sharp black tux from 9 Tailors. With a neutral color palette in shades of champagne and blush, the white florals and rich greenery pulled everything together making for one elegant reception design. The talented Studio Atticus captured the entire affair all ready for you to browse over in The Vault!

From the bride… After getting engaged in Chatham just over a year earlier, we knew Cape Cod would be the perfect location for our wedding. We have quite a bit of family around the Boston area, and having it based in Chatham would give people the opportunity to have either a weekend away from home or a day trip, whichever worked best in their schedules. While we loved the area and the vibe, we wanted to avoid the common Cape wedding themes, so we decided early on that we wouldn’t have any beaches or boats involved. Our mantra for the aesthetics were “vintage, not rustic”—we wanted a clean and classic appeal with some romantic touches that would hold up for years and years to come. When we found the Winslow Estate property, we knew it would be a perfect fit for what we wanted. Right on the water, but more of a unique Spanish-style than Cape-style house, there was a lot of room for us to do something creative outside. As a plus, we and our whole wedding party were able to stay in the house and the guest house on the property, which allowed us to spend a great deal of time with them over the weekend, and gave the celebration more of a “home” feel than an “event space” feel.

One of our clean-and-classic anchors was that we didn’t want a strong themed accent color to the wedding. The groomsmen wore black tuxedos with black ties, and the bridesmaids were asked to choose their own dress with a desaturated blush and champagne palette. The best way to translate this to the flowers was to focus on whites and greens. Beth from Seagrass Floral Studio did an incredible job with the bouquets and arrangements. By using lots of blue-green and grey-green plants and ferns like Dusty Miller, she was able to keep depth and excitement without losing the simple whites-and-greens look we wanted. Included in my bridal bouquet was ivy from my mother-in-law’s own wedding bouquet 35 years prior, which was a great family touch. One of my favorite special details was the subtle running theme of the ivy; in addition to being a part of my bouquet, we wove ivy into the chandeliers and table arrangements, and a print designer/colleague of mine created the custom ivy monogram we used for our wedding programs.

We had two types of tables: three long Tuscan tables for the wedding party and immediate family, and round tables for the remainder of the guests. The round tables had white cloths with a romantic lace overlay. The Tuscan tables had runners with the beautiful ivy-laden antique candelabras, that had etched votive globes. To bring some energy to the room and add really subtle pops of color across the tables, our caterer Casual Gourmet brought in all different and unique vintage china to use for each of the place settings, so everyone’s seat was different. For lighting, DesignLight did an amazing job with stringing fabric-covered bee lights to give the interior of the sailcloth tent a soft glow, and the large chandeliers (draped with ferns, ivy and dendrobium orchids) really capped off the romantic atmosphere. Finally, while we love Mila our English Bulldog, she wasn’t able to make it to the wedding. I found some little gold bulldogs on Etsy that we used for place card holders, which was a fun little reminder of her for us.

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Photography: Studio Atticus Photography | Videography: McElroy Weddings | Event Design: Elegant Engagements | Floral Design: Seagrass Floral Studio | Wedding Dress: Rosa Clara | Invitations: Goosefish Press | Reception Venue: The Winslow Estate | Bride's Shoes: Gucci | Catering: The Casual Gourmet | Hair + Makeup: Leather & Lace Artistry | Lighting: Design Light Co. | Band: Sugarbabies Inc. | Groom's Attire: 9tailors | Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux | Bride's Reception Dress: Reformation | Quartet: Animato String Quartet

Happiness is a Gorgeous Garden Celebration in the Sunshine

Classic New England looks a little something like this pretty celebration. A summer affair under a sail tent with the prettiest florals by Orly Khon Floral, planning by Tangorra Wedding Planning, all the gorgeous paper goods you could possibly imagine by Cheree Berry Paper + The Left Handed Calligrapher and lots of stunning images too. Pore through this day captured by Lisa Rigby Photography along with a film by Brighter Lights Media too.

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From the Bride…Pat and I began dating in college in Massachusetts, which is also where I am from originally. Even though our jobs have now taken us to Washington, DC, we knew that we wanted to get married back in my home state, where we first met. Selecting a venue took little to no time: both my parents and my Godmother got married at the Lyman Estate, a historic New England mansion. Seeing their strong partnerships, we figured that making our commitment to each other in the same spot would bring us good luck!

We envisioned the day being a casual, yet elegant, summertime garden party for our closest friends and family to relax, “eat, drink, and be merry,” and dance the night away! The estate is such a beautiful space for a wedding celebration, given its expansive lawn, gardens, and greenhouses. We wanted our guests to enjoy all that the Lyman Estate had to offer, which is why we hosted both the ceremony and reception at the mansion, just in different spots throughout the estate as the night went on: the ceremony was outdoors on the lawn, with the greenery as a backdrop; cocktail hour was held on the lawn and on the veranda of the house as the sun was starting to go down; we brought in a Sperry tent with a floor and bistro lights for dinner and toasts; and for the rest of the night, we went inside the ballroom of the mansion for dessert and dancing. Luckily for us, with a lot of the evening planned for outdoors, the weather was absolutely spectacular! Pat and I joked that the two songs we picked for the entrance and recessional, “Here Comes the Sun” and “It’s a Beautiful Day”, which were also printed in our programs, would have been very ironic had it rained! While we did have a very good Plan B, I was so thrilled we didn’t have to use it.

My favorite details from the wedding were the ones that felt uniquely “us” and are personal to our story: the venue’s significance to my family, having Pat’s Uncle officiate the wedding, hearing my freshman year roommate – who saw our love just beginning – give one of our readings, eating dinner with “Mr. & Mrs.” forks, the Bride and Groom wreaths on our chairs at dinner (to bring the garden to the tent!), putting crab cakes on the menu as a nod to Pat’s Maryland upbringing, serving funfetti cupcakes (I used to make Pat funfetti cupcakes constantly in college), passing little ice cream cones for dessert (so that no one had to leave the dance floor – we really didn’t want anyone to leave!), wearing my grandmother’s sapphire and diamond ring on my right hand, having the lace from my mom’s veil at her wedding wrapped around my bouquet, Pat giving a groom’s toast as a surprise to guests after dinner (he gives fantastic speeches at other people’s weddings, so it felt appropriate for him to give one at ours!), the list goes on…

I don’t know if I could come up with only one favorite moment, but my favorite memories are both big and small: helping my bridesmaids put on their dresses and figuring out how to style them (we left it until the last minute!), my mom zipping me into my dress, having our first look and spending time just the two of us in the Lyman Estate’s greenhouse and walking the grounds, reading Pat’s note to me before our wedding (a tearjerker!), not being able to get Pat’s wedding ring over his big knuckle at the ceremony, taking photos with our college and grad school friends, all of the wonderful wedding toasts, dancing up a storm!, and perhaps my favorite, singing with the band!

The feeling I remember most on the day is just pure joy and love – as you can see from the photos, I could not stop laughing or smiling. Guests told me later that I was the happiest bride they’ve ever seen. To which I responded, “What’s not to be happy about?!”

 

 

My biggest piece of advice to brides is to just enjoy and relish every single part of the journey! Even if planning is stressful at times, at the end of the day, your wedding is about you and your husband, and all of the people you love all in one place! (And how often does that happen in life?) Try to take in every second, because it really does go by so quickly!

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Photography: Lisa Rigby Photography | Cinematography: Brighter Lights Media | Event Planning: Tangorra Wedding Planning | Floral Design: Orly Khon Floral | Wedding Dress: Oscar de la Renta | Invitations: Cheree Berry Paper | Rings: Barmakian | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Capers Catering | Makeup: Dani Wagener Beauty | Hair: Lindsay Griffin | Calligraphy: The Left Handed Calligrapher | Band: Night Shift Entertainment | Groom's Attire: Alton Lane | Groomsmen's Attire: Combatant Gentlemen | Ceremony Music: Anima | Hotel : The Charles Hotel, Cambridge, MA | Wedding Venue: Lyman Estate | Tent: Sperry Tent | Bridal Salon: L'elite Boston | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Harvard Faculty Club | Rentals: Peterson Party Center

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