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Classic State Room Wedding with Vintage Nautical Touches

Drawing inspiration from the plush gardens of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, this Bride and Groom transformed the beautiful, sleek lines of Boston’s State Room into a classic, New England wedding. With pretty flowers, invitations designed by the graphic designer Bride and Boston Common Band to keep everyone on the dance floor all night, this couple pulled off their vision and made sure all the guests enjoyed their special day. See it all from Lauren Methia Photography in The Vault!

From The Bride…I met Brett at Syracuse University in 2006, just 3 days before he graduated, while I was just finishing up my sophomore year. We discovered we had been in a lecture together the entire semester but had never connected. So after unknowingly being at the same school for 2 years, we started our relationship back at our parents’ homes at opposite ends of Massachusetts (how’s that for timing?). Brett moved to Boston a year later, and when I graduated in 2008, I headed straight for the coast to start our life together, finally in the same city.

As the days of wedding planning began, we were torn. We had fallen in love with Newport, Rhode Island after our engagement amongst the stunning views on the Cliff Walk. It would be a gorgeous setting for our nautical loving selves to tie the knot (pun intended). But when it came down to it, Boston was just—it was us. We couldn’t think of anything better than hosting all of our loved ones in our beloved city. We couldn’t wait to share it with everyone and show them everything we loved about this beautiful, historic, small town of a city.

We surprised ourselves when we chose the State Room as our venue—a sprawling modern space that starkly contrasted our classic New England style. But we loved the blank slate of the room which enabled us to design it exactly how we wanted. No rugs or wallpaper or drapes to compete with. But most of all, we loved the focal point of this space, which displayed the driving force behind our wedding inspiration: a two story panoramic view of Boston Harbor.

Our vision was set: soft and classic with vintage nautical touches, all inside of a bold modern space. We knew we wanted to soften the look by bringing in natural elements of varying textures; our inspiration came from the plush gardens of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard (our annual vacation destination). These varying shades of natural greens and muted warm floral tones set the foundation of our color palette along with the weathered gray of the cedar homes native to coastal New England. We were also greatly inspired by textures: wood, brass, lace, moss, rope, all used in unison; it gave so much dimension and character. All these elements set against a Boston skyscraper—we were thrilled with the result. It was classic and timeless, with an unexpected twist…which just so happened to be my same goal I had in looking for a gown. I can’t thank my mom enough for all of her help with the details. Her impeccable eye kept us on track the whole way.

As a graphic designer, I was pumped to design my invite set and paper products. I can’t tell you how much time I spent from sketching ideas to refining each piece. I knew I wanted letter press from the start, and was even able to help with the printing process. I cut the paper, inked the press, and ran the machine: it was so immensely satisfying to physically create these pieces from start to finish. The program was another favorite, which featured amazing little illustrations of the bridal party by one of my bridesmaids. (My friends are all so talented, it’s silly.)

We scheduled a lot of time for photos before the wedding, not wanting to miss any of our favorite Boston backdrops. We loved the idea of being able to spend some time together, calming our nerves before the big event. A trolley took us around the city from the Seaport to the Public Gardens to the historic Boston Public Library. At this last stop, we arrived to find a pride flag flying proudly above the city, as just one day before, the supreme court made it’s landmark decision on same-sex marriages. We were so overjoyed to share our special weekend with a nation-wide celebration of love. As Justice Anthony M. Kennedy stated that day, “No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were.” What a weekend for a wedding!

Our biggest goal for the reception was just to throw a damn good party. We were so thankful to have all our loved ones together with us on our special day and wanted everyone to be enjoying themselves just as much as us. Our marriage could not be without all the people who support us and love us, so it was important to us that this was a celebration for us all. Thus, it became my husband’s obsession to find the perfect band, which he did. We did not step off that dance floor (and neither did our guests!) the entire night.

I could go on and on and on about our wedding, the details, the people, the perfect moments and the inevitable mishaps… but I’ll leave it with this: I truly would not have changed one thing.

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Photography: Lauren Methia Photography | Event Planning: Simeral & Co. | Floral Design: Les Fleurs | Wedding Dress: JLM Couture, Inc | Cake: I Dream of Jeanne Cakes | Invitations: Seaside Paperie | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Makeup: Danielle Keefe Artistry | Hair: Salon 142 | Band: Boston Common Band | Favors: Garrett's Popcorn | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux | Ceremony Music: Divina Strings | Transportation: Old Town Trolley | Venue: State Room: A Longwood Venue | Bridal Boutique: Madeleine's Daughter | Groom's Accessories: Brooks Brothers | Groom's Cufflinks: Tiffany & Co. | Guest Book: Cardtorial | Mother Of Bride Dress: BHLDN | Raw Bar: Island Creek Oysters | Rentals: Table Toppers of Newton | Sunglasses: Knockaround | Welcome Bags: Seaside Paperie

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Dream City Proposal at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Is this perhaps the cutest proposal ever? I think that’s pretty safe to say. Because when Boston blogger, Corporate Glitter thought she was signing up to model for a photo shoot organized by Annmarie Swift Photography, she got the surprise of her life turning around to find her boyfriend, Matthew on bended knee. Kuddos Matthew – you’ve officially set the bar for boyfriends everywhere.

From the Bride-to-be…Matthew and I began looking at rings together about six months ago. I wanted the proposal to be a surprise, but preferred to be a part of picking out the ring. We looked a few times before finally deciding on what shape and style I liked: an oval diamond in an oval halo setting. 

Fast forward to the end of December. I received an email from Annmarie Swift, a Boston area wedding photographer that we have been lucky enough to shoot with a few other times. The email stated that she was in need of another winter session for her magazine and asked if Matt and I would be interested in doing the shoot with her. I asked Matt right away if we could do it, and he told me he had to check his work schedule but thought it would be okay. I emailed Annmarie right back letting her know that we would LOVE to be models again.

Annmarie and I went back and forth a few times, discussing hair, makeup and of course, the perfect dress! This session was supposed to be a “formal anniversary” shoot, so we decided on a beautiful blush pink tulle gown with sequins embroidery. She even asked if we would bring our dog, Sam, and we discussed how cute a floral wreath for him would be.

January 23 came and I decided to go get my nails done that morning with a girlfriend of mine. We joked that maybe Matt would propose at the shoot. After doing my hair and makeup, Matthew and I made our way into the city and arrived at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston just before 3:00 PM. The conversation on the ride there consisted mostly of how our dog Sam was going to react to being in the city, and how cold it was going to be in a backless dress. Matt never let on that he was nervous or anxious.

Once all of the people cleared the front steps of the MFA we shed our jackets and began shooting. When I say it was cold, I mean it was COLD. I didn’t mind though because I knew this was going to be another wonderful shoot with an amazing photographer, and Matt and I would have the photos to cherish forever.

After about 10 minutes of posing just the two of us and with Sam, Annmarie told Matt to step aside as she wanted to take a few full-length photos of my dress. She was on the steps and I was standing below her. She instructed me to keep looking at the column behind her and to not move. A second or two later she told me to turn around and throw my arms around Matt.

My heart dropped as I turned around to see the love of my life, down on one knee, with the most beautiful ring in his hands. As I stepped closer to him he said the sweetest words and asked me to marry him. I was completely surprised and overwhelmed with happiness that I actually had to ask Matt later that night if I said yes! (I did J) And now we have the most amazing photos of the best moment of our lives.

Little did I know, the whole shoot was Matt’s idea! He had emailed Annmarie, coordinated the day and even met up with her at the MFA a few days prior to go over the plan of action. But the surprises didn’t stop there. At home there were more roses, chocolates, champagne chilling on ice and a very special handmade piece – a wooden sign that read “Katie & Matt 01/23/2016” that Matt had carved himself.

We had made dinner reservations earlier that week to celebrate Matt’s birthday, so we got changed and headed to the restaurant. When we arrived, we were led to the back where both of our families were sitting at a large round table to surprise us (well, me) – another one of Matt’s ideas! We had a delicious meal and got to show our families the proppsal photos that Annmarie had already edited and sent back to us.

I cannot even begin to explain the amount of happiness I felt that day, and continue to feel each day after, know how much time, thought and effort my wonderful fiancé put into making the proposal such a magical moment. It was the greatest day of my life and I cannot wait to marry my best friend!

Photography: Annmarie Swift Photography | Floral Design: Sweet Annie Floral Design | Venue: Museum Of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg | Bride's Dress: Asos | Puppy's Floral Wreath: Cristen & Co.

Elegant Black Tie Boston Wedding

A ballroom wedding in Boston is the gold standard in my book as is, but add in a dash of Southern style from good ole’ Austin and we have a classic celebration that’s been fabulously upgraded. Rachel Red captured the whole shindig from the “I do’s” at Beantown’s King’s Chapel to dancing the night away thanks to The Hub – see every chic second in our VAULT right this way!

From the Bride… We currently live in Austin, Texas, but I’m from Boston and knew that’s where I’d want to celebrate our wedding. For the groom’s family, and many of our friends, this would be a destination wedding and there’s really no better city in which to spend a June weekend (and escape the Texas heat). Many of our local guests even turned the weekend into a staycation.

We were so fortunate to be married at King’s Chapel, a historic church, which predates the American Revolution. Our reception was held at the Omni Parker House, a beautiful hotel with an incredibly rich Boston history. The hotel offered everything we needed: a classic rooftop ballroom and a home base for the weekend’s festivities located right on the Freedom Trail with easy access to the city’s attractions.

We had a nighttime wedding in the city, so we went with classic tuxes for the guys. The bridesmaids wore chiffon dresses in a nude pink color. Not realizing it at the time, I chose the same color my mother’s bridesmaids wore thirty-five years earlier.

Since our ceremony and reception would be indoors, we decided to take our photos in the Public Garden. The picture of our wedding party in front of the Swan Boats is priceless to me.

The church and reception space were very traditional. To infuse a bit of nature into our formal indoor setting, we chose natural floral arrangements, with lots of greenery. I really embraced planning the little details – from our wedding stationery suite, to the place cards, to our welcome bags with vintage city maps and gummy lobsters, to our ceremony music.

Of course the most fun part of our wedding was having all of our family and friends in one place. We especially enjoyed our band, “The Hub.” Our own wedding being the twenty-fifth wedding my husband and I attended together, we’ve seen some great bands. However, our own band just blew us away. They had the dance floor packed all night, and gave us a party we’ll never forget. We were off to Hawaii the next morning with sore feet and great memories!

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Photography: Rachel Red Photography | Floral Design: Cedar Grove Gardens | Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander | Cake: Montilio's | Invitations: Lucky Luxe Couture Correspondence | Stationery: P.S. Design Co. | Ceremony Venue: King's Chapel | Reception Venue: Omni Parker House | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Watters | Hair + Makeup: Inde Salon | Band: Wilson Stevens | Bridal Boutique: Melange Bridal

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Elegant Boston Wedding

A fabulous team of vendors, a chic purple, pink and gold color palette and DIY details that will make your heart happy: say hello to your new best friend, lovelies.  Think total elegance planned to perfection by I Do… Weddings & Events meets a breathtaking ceremony meets all kinds of crazy beautiful captures from Readyluck.  Head to THE VAULT to soak it all in.

From the Bride… I envisioned my wedding to have a vintage feel that was very much present day. I wanted subtle, elegant colors with a spurts of chic radiance. I certainly did not want to convey an uptight, “don’t touch anything because everything looks perfect” feeling. Instead, I wanted loose, flowing, asymmetrical. I wanted the overall appearance to be artsy! The old and worn out coupled with the new and pristine. Lots of lace and pearl but not in an overwhelming way. Delicate touches of it here and there.

I spent A LOT of time on this wedding; most of the elements you see were DIY. From champagne bottle favors, selfie-stick favors and entry table signs to the flower girls framed signs, outfits and floral halos. You name it! If it could be made, I made it myself. It was not easy juggling a full-time job and taking care of all the wedding details but I knew it would add a personal touch that you can not put a price on.

My favorite moment of the entire wedding is a tie between: The moment the church door opened for my father and I to make our way down the aisle and the moment in the night when all the formalities were done and I could literally kick my ridiculously high heels off, let loose and jump around the dance floor…barefoot! In that moment, I was really and truly IN the moment!

My flowers were arranged by Caroline from Wild Folk. I knew I wanted to work with Caroline the moment I met her. She has an air about her – very artsy and unique. Her work reflected my exact vision. I never wanted perfect looking arraignments, rounded with clean edges. She was able to deliver with the natural, free falling look. As if the perfect selection of flowers were randomly picked along with the greenery to accompany them and just placed in the perfect pretty vases to give them that dressy, wedding-appropriate feel.

My gown is designed by Inbal Dror. It was the very first dress I tried on. I knew the moment I saw the picture of the dress that it was the dress meant for me! It had the fitted sexy feel while remaining very elegant and very vintage. It showed skin in all the right places without being too revealing. The dramatic train and train extension were to die for! Lace and pearl again sprinkled all over the gown. It was just so me! And the color! I never wanted white. So it was just the right shade of ivory. Soft and timeless.

My cake was done by The Icing on The Cake. I worked with the wonderful Paula on the design. I gave her the exact design that I wanted and she brought it to life!

My hair was done by my most amazing hair dresser and maid of honor, Elisa Ortiz from Salon Viva. All I had to tell Elisa was I wanted lots of volume and nothing “perfectly in place” looking and as you can see, she delivered! The sweeping, big hair, loose strands off to one side allowed the gown to still be the main show piece but added that perfect touch to complete the look. Elisa also did hair for bridesmaids, flower girls, and mother and aunt of the bride. Makeup for myself, bridesmaids, flower girls, and mothers of the bride and groom were done by Angela Zatzos.

 Our videography was handled by Ready Set. Jeff Brouillet and his fantastic team of videographers were a delight to work with. While we have not seen the final product yet, I can say they made us feel so comfortable and just blended into the background of what was going on.

We had the pleasure of working with Lindsay Hite from READYLUCK and her fantastic team of photographers on our day. I met Lindsay at a Starbucks long before the wedding and instantly I knew she was our person! She was kind enough to allow Akil (my fiancé now husband) to chime in from NC on speaker phone. He too was convinced that Lindsay was the right person to shoot our wedding! I recall Lindsay asking me for a hug when our meeting ended that day at Starbucks and I remember thinking to myself, wow, not many people are that warm and personable these days. It’s so refreshing! We are so fortunate to have chosen READYLUCK because we are absolutely in love with our photos and what Lindsay was able to create for us. The last thing we wanted were stiff, ordinary photos of us posing in common places around the city. So, Lindsay found hidden gems around the city instead! A bridge underpass with graffiti as a backdrop and an abandoned, vine-covered little building. How artsy and perfect to offset our look as bride and groom! The photos were playful and very much in the moment and that is exactly what we asked for. Lindsay exceeded our expectations. The best part though is that her and the team were SO MUCH FUN to have around at various stages of the day. Especially in the limo when they suggested we pop the bottle of champagne to celebrate and we felt so comfortable that we could be totally 100% ourselves even with them there!!!! Best decision we made!

The piece of advice I would give future brides is, no matter what people tell you about not stressing during the planning process, do be prepared for all sorts of things not going “according to plan”. Be prepared and be ready to shrug it off because on THE day of your wedding, the year or so you spent planning, the hiccups, the stress, the sleepless nights, all the little things that will go wrong, no one will know about them but you! Your guests will be too busy oohing and ahhhing over the bride and groom, the gorgeous venue, dancing, laughing and having a grand ole time! Believe me, no one will notice a thing! Just be prepared to dance the night off and create memories you will look back on for the rest of your life!

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Photography: Readyluck | Cinematography: readyset[film] | Event Planning: I Do Weddings & Events | Floral Design: Wild Folk Studio | Wedding Dress: Inbal Dror | Cake: Icing On The Cake | Ceremony Venue: St. Catherine's | Reception Venue: Omni Parker House | Bride's Shoes: Aminah Abdul Jillil | Rings: Homsy Jewelers | Makeup: Designs By Janet Suzanne | Hair: Salon Viva | DJ: Audio Prophecy | Band: Salah Kurdi & Band | Groom's Attire: Taylor Richards & Conger | Officiant: St. Catherine's | Transportation: Luxury Fast Ride Inc | Photo Booth: Epic Entertainment

Engagement Session Around Boston’s Most Scenic Spots

The best kind of engagement session is one that incorporates personal details from the couple’s love story into their photos, and this beautiful Boston e-sesh does just that. After winning an engagement session from Shadi Boulos Photography, this Bride and Groom-to-be retraced their love through Boston stopping at places like the Public Library, the Thinking Cup and the Boston Public Gardens. Experience all the love in THE VAULT!

 

From The Bride-to-Be…My name is Veronica, and these photos are from an engagement session my fiancé Stephen and I shot this spring with the amazing Shadi Boulos. We were fortunate enough to win the shoot in a promotion Shadi held last December, one which we entered three days after Stephen proposed and the last day of the promotion. I’ll never forget the moment we found out we had won, since Shadi has always been one of our favorite photographers! Furthermore, we were overjoyed that he was willing to travel to Boston for our session, as it is a city very dear to both our hearts.

Stephen and I met years ago when we were both still college students and instantly became friends. From the moment I met him, I knew that he was special, something that I even mentioned to several of my close friends and family members. Over the years, we stayed in touch but lived in different states, and shockingly enough (and completely unplanned), ran into each other constantly in various areas we both did not call home. Four years ago, Stephen moved to Boston, where I attended college, to begin a Masters program in Theology. Within a month, there was a tea-stained, handwritten love letter in my mailbox on Valentine’s Day, from him of course. From there, things fell naturally into place. Our first date lasted almost eight hours. I never had to complete my thoughts because he did it for me. Every day, we discovered more and more how perfectly made for each other we were. Sure, we had our difficulties when I began medical school and he was completing his Masters, but even the difficult times only increased our love and admiration for one another.

He eventually moved to Pittsburgh to pursue his Ph.D., and three years from when we started dating, he asked me to marry him with an astoundingly creative movie theatre proposal. He had written the lyrics, composed the music, and was the star in a music video which he had the theatre play on the big screen. That day, he also recited a poem that he had written a month into our relationship which asked me to marry him, and at that point our family and friends emerged from the hidden side aisles to congratulate us. There is no doubt that God brought us together and that He is planning our every step. Our engagement period has been filled with nothing but love and peace as we grow closer in heart and mind. We are getting married next May and we could not be more excited!

From Shadi Boulos PhotographyLast year, after a great year with workshops and different events, I decided to have my first giveaway. Since there were many recently engaged couples, I knew an engagement session would be very popular. After my nephew randomly chose a name, I was excited that Veronica & Stephen won since they had only recently become engaged. After discussing the giveaway with them, I knew that the Boston are was the best location for the session since it held so much sentimental value to them. So from there, a road trip was underway as I headed to Boston during a beautiful summer weekend. The session was incredible! We couldn’t have asked for a better day! I had arranged different locations throughout the beautiful city of Boston to photograph in. Since they were both very studious, with Veronica being in medical school and Stephen studying for his Masters, incorporating the Boston Public Library and some vintage books was a certain addition to the session. Followed by some much needed coffee during a study session, we headed over to the popular and beautiful Thinking Cup on Newbury Street. A stroll through the stunning Boston Public Gardens followed by a dressed up evening by Pier 6, concluded the beautiful session. I was beyond thrilled to photograph Veronica & Stephen and I know that their wedding day will be just as beautiful!

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Photography: Shadi Boulos Photography | Men's Attire: Banana Republic | Men's Attire: Zara | Location: Acorn St. | Location: Boston Public Library | Location: Thinking Cup | Location: Boston Public Garden | Location: Pier 6 | Women's Attire: J.Crew | Women's Attire: Nordstrom

Blogger Bride: Extra-Petite Vintage-Inspired Wedding at the Boston Public Library

From her engagement in Paris, to dress shopping, and every detail in between, we’ve shared our Blogger Bride Jean of Extra Petite’s journey down the aisle, and the Big Day is finally here! Fit for a literary fairytale at the Boston Public Library, and thanks to the work of Katch Studios and Long Haul Films we’ve got it all in THE VAULT, and stay tuned because we’ve got an exclusive DIY from the Bride up next!

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From Jean of Extra Petite… Hi beautiful brides ~ I’m wrapping up my Blogger Brides series with this footage from our special day, as well as a super easy DIY tutorial for two of my bridal accessories! Our wedding had a lot of vintage inspirations mixed with modern touches, as well as influence from our east-meets-west heritage. There were many personalized touches like my tea ceremony wedding dress handmade by one of my best friends, and the small accessories made by myself as finishing touches.

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Photography: Katch Studios | Cinematography: Long Haul Films | Floral Design: Pollen Floral Design | Wedding Dress: JLM Couture, Inc | Bridesmaid Dresses: Amazon | Catering: The Catered Affair | Makeup: Lisa Chy | Hair: Tresseme | Lighting: DesignLightCo. | DJ: Alamada Events | Tuxedo: Amazon | Wedding Venue: Boston Public Library | Bridal Suite: The Lenox Hotel | Bride: Extra Petite | Bridesmaid Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | DIY Belt Materials: The Bright Shop DIY | DIY Veil Haircomb: Amazon | DIY Veil Netting: Benoirs Closet | Day of Coordinator: The Catered Affair | Men's Accessories: The Tie Bar | Mini Donuts: Union Square Donuts | Reception Dress: Amazon | Tea Ceremony Coordinator: Linda Lee | Tea Ceremony Dress: Khatu

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Pearls for Every Girl with Long’s Jewelers

Whether you’re a modern lady with a love of all things contemporary, a classic girl with a passion for romance or happily fall somewhere in between, one thing is certain: accessorizing your look with Mikimoto pearls from Long’s Jewelers is THE best decision you’ll ever make.  Think seriously stunning pieces perfect for adding a touch of elegance to your Big Day… and beyond.  We LOVE.

Pearls for Every Girl with Long's Jewelers
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Family-owned and operated with five locations throughout Massachusetts, Long’s Jewelers knows all there is to know about adding a bit of pretty to your wedding + every day with some of the most beautiful pearls you will ever lay your eyes upon.  I’m talking elegant, sophisticated and jaw-droppingly gorgeous Mikimoto pearls, the epitome of luxurious jewelry.  And when you combine the finest cultured pearls in the world with the trusted + knowledgeable customer service of Long’s Jewelers, well… it just doesn’t get any better.  Just ask our fabulous editors Michelle and Melissa

Sooo ready to get your pretty on?  Visit Long’s Jewelers TODAY to see just why they’ve been the leader in all things lovely since 1878.  (Hint: They’re amazing.)

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Surprise Boston Harborside Proposal

What started as a sweet photo shoot to honor their relationship turned into a day to remember, when these cuties, strolling along Boston’s Harborwalk, came upon rose petals and a surprise. Completely unaware of what was about to take place, this lucky lady watched as her love dropped to one knee – and Ruth Eileen was there to capture every second! See it all unfold in our VAULT right this way!

From the Bride-to-be… Every girl has dreamed about the day of her proposal, I am sure. As we get older, we see our friends get engaged, strangers on the street get engaged, and we have dreamed about that day even more. I am a very romantic partner, I like surprising him with sweet and lovely things, and it is hard to surprise me; however he gets me every time. Since very early in our relationship, we both had the feeling that each of us might be the one. We started to talk about spending the rest of our lives together, talking about having a small wedding in Beijing, and everything started to accelerate since then. We both knew that he was going to propose someday, but it was a matter of when and how. Then he made me a ring. The ring is so special not only because he made it out of paper, but also because of all the nights he spent at a desk after I was asleep to work on it. I love it more than any diamond ring. On the day he proposed, I thought we were just celebrating the anniversary of our relationship. When I saw all the flowers on the ground, when I was watching the video he made, I still had no idea where this was going to end, until the moment he kneeled down. It was then that I realized, this is the moment I have been waiting for since I was a little girl.

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Photography: Ruth Eileen Photography

Sweet + Stylish Boston Engagement Session

I love calling Boston my home and one of my favorite activities to share with visitors in the summer is the beautiful Harborwalk. With views of the city in the background and the ocean breeze in our hair, it’s a wonderful reminder of why I adore my city. What better place to snap some super sweet engagement pics, and that’s just what Annmarie Swift did with these cuties – see it all in our VAULT this way!

From Annmarie Swift Photography… Perfectly casual formal attire, a classic Boston skyline, and romantic sunset light had this bride-to-be and her groom-to-be sweetly embracing at their engagement session this fall! These two adorable puppy parents will be married next summer at the Hyatt Boston Harborside hotel so we decided to celebrate their engagement right in the middle of the view they’ll overlook as a married couple together. Their elegant Boston engagement session will always be a favorite thanks to the love they simply radiate!

From the Bride-to-be… Jesse and I met during the summer of 2012 when we were introduced by one of my coworkers, who happened to be one of Jesse’s college roommates. It was actually a blind date, since we had really only texted and spoken on the phone a few times. From the moment we met, we were inseparable and truly fell in love. It was like I had found a piece of me that had been missing for so long when I met him. Jesse also grew a tremendous love for my dog, Charlie, who has been such a joy in our lives.

In early 2015 we decided to build a house together, and spent time over the next few months making plans for the house. On a beautiful morning in May, we met with the builder and went over to our lot to check out the progress and take pictures of the “Sold” sign they had placed on it. We took a picture together in front of the sign, and that was when Jesse got down on one knee and proposed! It was the most thoughtful and romantic proposal that I could have ever dreamed of, and it took place at the spot where we will continue to build our lives together. He made it even more special by having our families meet us afterwards to celebrate. Not to mention that this day just happened to be my birthday! It was truly the best day of my life and the best birthday present I could have ever gotten. I feel like the luckiest person in the world to be marrying my best friend.

When it came time to decide on a photographer for our wedding, I just happened to come across Annmarie Swift’s blog in my search for weddings at the Hyatt Boston Harbor. Looking through her amazing pictures, I knew that she would be the perfect fit to capture our big day. This was confirmed as soon as we met Annmarie for our engagement pictures in the Seaport District, where she made us feel so comfortable and kept us laughing during our session. We were so happy to get to include Charlie in our pictures, as he is such a big part of our lives. We couldn’t be happier with our decision to work with her.

We are so excited for our upcoming wedding next July, and we cannot wait to celebrate with all of our loved ones!

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Photography: Annmarie Swift Photography

Guide to the Longest Lasting Flowers

You know the saying, all good things must come to an end? Well, sadly this statement is true when it comes to our fav florals, but that doesn’t mean can’t try to keep those petals from plummeting! We’ve asked the experts of Winston Flowers for a refresher course on how to make arrangements last longer – so, get ready for flowers with staying power with the long-lasting botanics below!

 

MAKING CUT FLOWERS LAST

Tips by Winston Flowers

Basic Tips for Longevity

  • To arrange loose flowers, fill a clean container with water and flower preservative. Remove foliage that will be below water level. Cut each stem at an angle with a sharp knife and place flowers in water right away.
  • If flowers are already arranged, immediately check the water level and add water to fill the container to the top. Display your arrangement in a cool location, out of direct sunlight.
  • In general, for all flowers, avoid extreme temperatures and keep the water clean. Fewer stems in the vase means less bacteria—and therefore, a longer lifespan.

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Protea | Enchanting, tropical blooms perched on tall, sturdy stems. Many varieties of protea are quite large and look gorgeous en masse in a ceramic vase. They have a prolonged life in a vase due to their woodsy nature and don’t require a lot of water to live. Even as they dry out, they continue looking beautiful and lively.

Calla Lilies | Traditionally long-lasting—and their sculptural, architectural design look best when displayed singularly or as a cluster. Check the water every other day to keep it clear. Remove individual calla lilies as they begin to fade or droop, and the rest should remain fresh.

Foliages | Tropical plants such as palms or monstera, traditionally last longer than flowers, especially if the water is kept clear. They add to a beautiful tablescape when displayed in assorted vases. For larger leaves, display as one per vase; and for smaller leaves, display in a collection or group of mixed leaves.

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Berries | (such as hypericum berries) can be displayed in a collection of interesting vases or mixed with other woodland textures for a fuller bouquet. Be sure to check the water every other day to make sure it doesn’t get cloudy.

Amaryllis | Large trumpet-shaped flowers that are beloved throughout the holiday and winter months. The stems have multiple blossoms that bloom in succession, which adds to its longevity of its display. Amaryllis have beautiful, thick stems that should be shown off in a clear, tall glass vase.

Cymbidium Orchids | Known for their longevity, these large, exotic flowers are best displayed as a single stem in a vase. The key is to keep the display pure and simple, allowing the flower to radiate its natural beauty.

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Thistle | A unique, spiny bloom with a cone center. It comes in a variety of bold colors—like the in striking blue ‘Super Nova’ variety, as well as green and purple. Its sculptural form adds distinctive texture to bouquets, and also looks sophisticated and beautiful when singularly displayed in a vase.

Ornithogalum | Also known as Star-of-Bethlehem based on its star-shaped flowers, ornithogalum are beautiful when clustered together. The stems are skinny, so they fit perfectly in a vase with a smaller neck. With its multiple blooms along the stem, simply remove the blossoms that have wilted and the others will continue to bloom—giving it a longer life.

Chrysanthemums | A longer-lasting flower. Larger varieties, like DecoNova and Fuji, are best displayed on their own to appreciate the enormous blossom. Smaller varieties look lovely when displayed en masse.

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Ivy | Represents eternity—and is known to last quite a long time. It adds romance and movement when crowning a single variety floral design, and also looks lovely as an accompaniment to a single stem in a bud vase.

Hybrid Tea Roses |  A cross between hybrid perpetuals and old fashioned tea roses. These hybrid roses were created with all the virtues you look for in a flower: beauty, fragrance, easy care and a tendency to last longer than traditional garden roses. Roses are best displayed as a compact bouquet and will live longer when the stems are cut shorter.

Casablanca Lilies | Notoriously long lasting, as they take about a week to even begin opening. The dramatic white blossoms give off an irresistible scent. To keep fresh, change the water ever few days and recut ½ inch off the stem. Keep away from direct sunlight.

Behind the Scenes with Winston Flowers

You know them as some of the most renowned wedding pros on the East Coast, but today we’re going behind the scenes with the wildly talented designers of Winston Flowers. Our girl Ruth Eileen captured as each designer showcased their signature style, and sat down to talk career, trends, and advice for all you soon-to-bes. Scroll on for the full Q&As, and head to The Vault for each and every inspiring image.

Tori Samuel

Special Events Designer – Winston Flowers

Tell us a little about your background and how you got into floral design.

TS: Creativity runs in my family. My mother was an avid gardener, floral arranger and sewer. My father worked in advertising and had a knack for illustration and an eye for interior design. Our homes in Bronxville, NY and Nantucket were beautifully decorated with interesting wallpapers and curated collections. I was destined to do something creative with my life! I began taking floral design classes in elementary school—and as I grew up, I found my own talents in illustrating and designing perennial gardens. When I moved to Nantucket, I met an event and floral designer named Robin Bergland. She was amazingly creative, and her events and home reflected a very beautiful and personal style. This is where I found my niche. To this day, I see Robin’s influence in my work and in my home. I walked through the door of Winston Flowers almost 13 years ago and have never looked back. 

Describe your signature style in 3 words.

TS: Soulful. Curated. Cohesive.

What floral trend will stand the test of time?

TS: Classic design. Over the years the look has changed, but the definition has stayed the same.

Your favorite quote that describes your creative process?

TS: “Designing is no longer just about putting stems in a vase anymore, but rather a contemplative, sincere and purposeful approach which is as much about the people you are creating for as the space in which the arrangement will go.” – Emily Thompson

What is a small design change that can make a big impact?

TS: Simple Change #1- Use seasonal flowers. They are the most beautiful and impactful. In the fall, use foliage, branch and dahlias; in the winter, amaryllis and tulips; in the spring, ranunculus, flowering branch and peonies; and in the summer, grasses and colorful Dutch hydrangea. Simple Change #2- Hire a vendor who offers unique options for floral containers and candlelight.

#1 piece of advice for brides when deciding their wedding florals.

TS: Choose a floral and event designer you connect with—someone who understands your vision and can help bring it to the next level. Trust the professionals and take a few chances. This should be fun!

Tell us about your design for the photo shoot.

TS: I wanted to create a colorful autumn palette – using vibrant reds, oranges and yellows – with seasonal fruits, pops of citrus and crabapple branch. I loved taking a different spin on fall, moving away from dark colors and rustic textures. Then I selected materials that were textural, lush and unexpected: garden roses, crabapple branch, ranunculus, viburnum foliage, berries, jasmine vine, parrot tulips, cryptanthus and Meyer lemons. While these materials are always beautiful and would look good in any vessel, I really wanted them to pop. I thought the green jadeite vases were perfect for this, as they have an unexpected and eye-catching color with traditional lines.

In terms of design, I wanted the composition to be simple and let the flowers tell the story. I chose a collection of vase shapes and laid them out on the long white table. I started with the crabapple branch to create strong lines. Then, it was important each flower and each texture had their moment—making sure nothing was overcrowded or lost. The composition was loose and looked somewhat effortless. I finished by adding loose crabapples and vibrant orange Meyer lemons around the vase of the collection.

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Benjamin Newbold

Creative Director of Events & Floral Design – Winston Flowers

Tell us a little about your background and how you got into floral design.

BN: Having grown up on a farm in Illinois, I gained an appreciation for hard work and the beauty of nature. I loved art from an early age and eventually left the farm for an education in fine arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). This led me to many collaborations, including backstage work in theater—which was also when I stumbled into a part-time job in flower design. After moving to Boston, I started working with studio and event florists in the area and found my way to Winston Flowers. My evolution into a floral event designer makes it possible for me to combine my interest in art with my love for nature and what it produces.

Describe your signature style in 3 words.

BN: Natural. Modern. Romantic.

What floral trend will stand the test of time?

BN: Simple, pretty flowers.

Your favorite quote that describes your creative process?

BN: “Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it.” -Salvador Dali

What is a small design change that can make a big impact when it comes to wedding florals?

BN: Edit everything to what you love—don’t add elements just because you are “supposed to.”

#1 piece of advice for brides when deciding their wedding florals.

BN: Trust your decisions.

Provide an overview of what you created for the photo shoot.

BN: I was inspired by and focused on the best of the early autumn season in a simple green and white color scheme. The centerpiece features abundant mixed varieties of white dahlias with variegated English ivy, pokeweed, stemona japonica rikyuso vine, snowberry and fern in white resin vessels by Tina Frey. I gathered the dahlias in a linear mound and allowed the green elements to peek through and the vines to spill out of the smooth white vessel, which contrasts the unfinished wood surface of the table. Opalescent vessels with green gold interiors hold candles to add another level to the table design. For the bouquet, I flipped the color ratio and concentrated on green with hellebores, ranunculus, fern and then featured white Japanese anemones bundled and entwined in stemona japonica rikyuso vine.

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Michael Ciano

Special Events Designer – Winston Flowers

Tell us a little about your background and how you got into floral design.

MC: My career really started when I moved to New York in the early 1990’s. I answered an ad at the New York Botanical Garden, where I was taking floral design classes in my spare time. The ad was posted by an event designer looking for extra help with event design and floral work. I didn’t have much experience, but I reached out anyway. We met at a coffee shop in the West Village, we clicked and she hired me.  After she “taught me the ropes” for a few months in New York, we were off to Paris to design lavish parties and events for some of her wealthy clientele that were based there. It was surreal!

Upon my return from Paris and another year working for her, I set out on my own seeking work in the high end floral shops of New York City. It wasn’t easy—no one would hire me! After persistently pounding the pavement and being almost totally broke, I finally found a job at a very chic Manhattan floral shop. I spent the next three years fine-tuning my floral design skills, buying at the flower market on W 28th Street and eventually managing the shop. I was then able to take that experience on paths which lead me to opportunities at several premier event design companies throughout New York and eventually to Boston and Winston Flowers.

Describe your signature style in 3 words.

MC: Clean. Modern. Sophisticated.

What floral trend will stand the test of time?

MC: Single variety design that lets the flowers speak for themselves. I think some of the most impactful designs feature one type of flower, arranged in a simple and abundant way. Whether this means lots of similar flowers arranged in a vase or a composite of single variety vases grouped together for a bold, cohesive look, the result is always amazing and will stand the test of time.

Your favorite quote that describes your creative process?

MC: A friend who is an interior designer once told me: “Let the materials you’re working with be what they are.” These days everyone is looking for the next ground breaking design idea—when sometimes a simple bowl of tulips is just right! I try to let the flowers stand on their own without manipulating them into something they’re not.

What is a small design change that can make a big impact when it comes to wedding florals?

MC: Great lighting, whether it be achieved through a lighting company or something as simple as votive candlelight. It really enhances the flowers and the entire look of the space.

#1 piece of advice for brides when deciding their wedding florals.

MC: Stay true to your style, be yourself and don’t let anyone talk you into something you don’t want or like! After all, it’s most important that you’re happy.

Provide an overview of what you created for the photo shoot.

MC: This color palette is a favorite of mine. I felt comfortable working with deep, rich colors and lots of texture—to me, it portrays a warm, inviting and comforting display.Inspired by the autumnal surroundings, I created a tablescape reminiscent of a harvest feast. I primarily used lots of small textures instead of big flowers, as I wanted the design to be distinctive. Introducing fruit, vegetables, nuts and berries into a design really brings forth a feeling of bounty. Specifically, I used anemones, kale, figs, persimmon, grasses and berries. The elements were natural and rustic yet sophisticated in balanced earth tones of plum, burgundy, gold and green.

The two long rustic vessels worked well for this tablescape because they mirrored the shape of the rectangular zinc and wood table and added drama to the design. Using many small, interesting textures allowed me to show lots of different elements that worked well together. The wood brought a more casual vibe to the presentation and I dressed up the table a bit with the place settings. The muted colors with pops of brighter tones play off of each other, creating harmony.

What I love about this display is how it can work in many different wedding venues. It makes perfect sense in the country—in a rustic setting like a barn, under a tent on a farm or in a woodland garden. In a modern setting such as a warehouse, raw space or hotel ballroom, it would be unexpected but still work beautifully. Lastly, I designed a bouquet to complement the overall aesthetic in warm, earth and wood tones using garden roses and again, lots of textures. The colors are raspberry, burgundy, merlot, rose, chocolate brown and a hint of ivory.
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Photography: Ruth Eileen Photography | Floral Design: Winston Flowers | Benjamin's Chairs, Plates & Napkins: Peterson Party Center | Benjamin's Florals: Winston Flowers | Benjamin's Table: New England Country Rentals | Benjamin's Table Containers: Tina Frey | Michael's Chairs: Peterson Party Center | Michael's Floral & Containers: Winston Flowers | Michael's Napkins: Tabletoppers | Michael's Table: New England Country Rentals | Tori's Chairs: Peterson Party Center | Tori's Floral, Containers & Table: Winston Flowers | Tori's Napkins: Tabletoppers

Elegant + Traditional Boston Harbor Hotel Wedding

When you think of a New England wedding, you think of classic elegance and timeless touches—and this gorgeous duo’s big day is the perfect example. With a team of all-star vendors including Sweet Monday PhotographyBrighter Lights MediaLinnea TangorraWinston Flowers and SOHO, this wedding came together exactly how the couple envisioned: classic with a twist. See all the pretty details in THE VAULT!

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From The Bride… Jay and I met in Boston and serendipitously lived down the street from each other when we began dating. We have been inseparable from the moment we met and dated for two years before our engagement on my hometown beach. We experienced New York City together and eventually landed back in Boston to be near our family and friends.

We knew that we wanted to have our wedding by the water but also loved the idea of a city wedding – in came the Boston Harbor Hotel. The Wharf Room’s expansive glass windows brought the harbor, boats, and abundant sunlight into our ceremony and reception. We were so fortunate to have a beautiful, sunny day and were able to spend cocktail hour outdoors on the rotunda overlooking the harbor.

I consider my style classic with a twist. I spent a lot of time carefully curating and coordinating each component of our wedding from the floral arrangements to the signature cocktails to the day of elements; a lot of thought and consideration went into every detail. I used the pale blue from the bridesmaids’ dresses as my inspiration and carried it throughout several aspects of the day.

I always envisioned myself in an elegant, lace wedding dress, and I was so excited to wear the stunning design from Amsale Aberra’s Kenneth Pool collection. The simple, romantic front combined with the dramatic, illusion back and long train was exactly what I had imagined.

Our first look has to be one of my favorite moments of the day. To have a few private minutes to ourselves to take in all that we were about to experience was so special. We were so grateful to have Brighter Lights Media and Sweet Monday Photography to capture the excitement and emotion of our day so beautifully.

Most importantly, we wanted to have fun and enjoy every second. We could not have imagined a more perfect day surrounded by our family and friends and are so appreciative of everyone who made it a truly incredible and memorable celebration!

Photography: Sweet Monday Photography | Cinematography: Brighter Lights Media | Event Planning: Tangorra Wedding Planning | Floral Design: Winston Flowers | Wedding Dress: KENNETH POOL | Invitations: Dear Rose Studio | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Dessy Collection By Vivian Diamond | Makeup: Dani Wagener Beauty | Hair: Eric Charles Will Charles Salon | Band: Night Shift Entertainment | Venue: Boston Harbor Hotel

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The South End Wedding Showcase + Giveaways!

Mark your calendars, loves.  The second annual South End Wedding Showcase is happening this September 23rd – 24th from 4 to 8 pm, and let me tell you… this is one pretty party you can’t afford to miss.  Think yummy treats, fabulous vendors and unique products + services, all set against the historical architecture and Victorian charm that is one of our favorite neighborhoods.  Sooo fun.

Picture the coolest bridal showcase you’ve ever attended meets one seriously awesome holiday stroll and you’ll land squarely on the South End Wedding showcase, two evenings of meeting and greeting some of the most talented vendors in all of Boston.  You’ll visit open studios and shops, munch on some goodies, see fabulous demonstrations and talk all things wedding with a group of owners and artists that are sure to take your wedding to the next level.  Not to mention that each business you’ll enter is independently owned and operated, so you can plan the day of your dreams AND support your local community. We love that.

So what are you waiting for, SMPers?  Start making plans to attend the South End Wedding Showcase on September 23rd or 24th from 4 – 8 pm.  You will be treated to an array of special (+ seriously awesome) services and promotions during the event, including free Boston Pedicab rides as transportation, discounted parking and a free glass of bubbly at any Aquitaine Group restaurant.  And don’t forget that shops and studios will be offering up specialty cocktails, champagne toasts and little bites along the way! To register (and we suggest you do), click here!

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The South End Wedding Showcase vendors are giving away free raffle prizes to participants who visit all (or the most) of the map locations and tag #SEWS2015 in their Instagram photo of that place! You can see these raffle prizes on display at one of the map locations (to be announced) and prizes will be given away after the event is over and all the hashtags are counted up.

Plus, expect to see some wonderful discounts on merchandise or services at each studio and store. Check back often on our “Participating Studios & Stores” page to see what each map location is offering the evenings of the event!

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Glam Taj Hotel Boston Wedding

This gorgeous bride? Well, she might just be my kindred spirit. All it took was reading “I have an obsession of wanting to travel to Paris,” and I knew we could certainly be fast friends. Along with Exquisite EventsWinston Flowers, and Paper Moss she managed to bring the essence of Paris to Boston with a glam ballroom affair made for the pages of SMP. A Buzz Media film below and more snaps from Rebecca Arthurs tucked inside The Vault.

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From The Bride…Mark and I have known each other for almost 8 years and he is the absolute love of my life. My favorite thing about Mark is how affectionate he is to me. We are literally best friends. We talk about everything and have a strong connection. We have 5 beautiful children together. 4 girls (from his previous marriage) and our son together. Our family and friends mean the world to us.

I have an obsession of wanting to travel to Paris. I love everything about the city. I wanted a romantic, French style wedding and Mark thought it was very fitting. I wanted everything to feel warm and beautiful so the night was filled with candle light.

Photography: Rebecca Arthurs | Cinematography: Buzz Media Company- Wedding Films | Event Planning: Exquisite Events | Floral Design: Winston Flowers | Wedding Dress: Rosa Clará | Invitations: Paper Moss | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Catering: The Pierre | Makeup: Joanna Petit Frere | Hair: Lawrence Hamilton | Calligraphy: Sharon Morgera | DJ: Entertainment Specialists | Officiant: Reverend Alan Neale | Venue: The Pierre | Rentals: Rentals Unlimited

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SMP Blogger Bride: Finding the Perfect Bridal Accessories

Hi Brides! It’s Jessye from City Tonic again here to chat all about bridal accessories. So far, my experience with bridal fashion has been such a departure from how I handle fashion day-to-day. I chose the second dress I tried on – which is shocking to anyone who knows me, since I’m almost clinically indecisive. After making the big decision, I realized it was time to consider my bridal accessories as well – and, admittedly, this wasn’t an area in which I’d spent much time thinking.

I was lucky enough to meet Shannon Faretra at BHLDN in Chestnut Hill, MA – and she got me super excited about the fun, unexpected ways I could add accessories to my wedding day look. Since my dress hasn’t arrived yet, we thought it would make things interesting if I tried on gowns in a few different styles (really, who can say no to that?!) and play around with sundry hair pieces, veils and jewelry. It’s no surprise that BHLDN scores big across a huge range of styles, tastes and budgets – so I would definitely recommend a visit (either online, or to a store nearby) when you begin your search. Once my dress is finished, I’m planning a return to BHLDN so I can finalize what I’ll be wearing when I walk down the aisle. Of course, it’s always a good idea to buy your accessories and jewelry when you can see the big picture (i.e. how everything works in tandem with your gown).

In the meantime, my visit to BHLDN left me feeling inspired, and the gorgeous images from Jenny Moloney (see all my looks this way!) made me feel like a real bride. So… if you’re on the hunt for accessories, I hope this will offer some inspiration, too – whether you’re a vintage-loving bride, an enthusiast of all things clean and modern, or if you simply want to feel extra glam on your wedding day.

My biggest tip for all of you SMP brides-to-be? Keep an open mind. Even if your Pinterest boards are filled exclusively with structured birdcage veils, it never hurts to try something completely different – like a cathedral veil in weightless tulle. Either you’ll be able to rule it out confidently, or you’ll find yourself pleasantly surprised. Case in point: I had never considered wearing a crystal halo, but I ended up falling in love with that delicate hint of sparkle in my hair. It adds just enough glamour and romance without distracting from the rest of your look (even if you’re wearing an embellished gown).

It also really helps to work with a knowledgeable bridal stylist. I’m pretty confident when it comes to my personal style, but bridal fashion is an entirely new realm for me – so I was more than happy to defer to an expert. If you’re wearing a lace gown with lots of texture and detail (like the Gigi gown I tried on), your impulse might be to shy away from any intricate jewelry or additional texture. But in this case, Shannon suggested a vintage-inspired trapeze necklace and lace-edged veil which helped tie the whole look together without feeling too contrived or matchy-matchy. Don’t be afraid to mix patterns, shapes and textures – sometimes the most unexpected combinations are the best.

Overall, your bridal accessories are an area where you can infuse some personality into your look. As cheesy as it sounds, you’ll most likely be glowing with happiness on the big day – so those extra special touches will only help enhance how pretty you feel. See every look I tried on right this way!

Photography: Jenny Moloney Photography | Shoes: M.Gemi Cammeo pumps | Bracelet: Justin & Taylor Morning Glory Bracelet | Necklace: Ela Rae Trapeze Necklace | Venue: BHLDN | Bridal Stylist: BHLDN | Dress (1): Catherine Deane Winnie Dress | Dress (2): Badgley Mischka Livia Dress | Dress (3): WTOO by Watters Gigi Gown | Earrings: Crocheted Silver Drops | Flower Comb: Debra Moreland Noisette Comb | Headpiece (1): Starry Skies Halo | Headpiece (2): Chimera Crystal Halo | Skirt (worn Over Dress 2): BHLDN | Veil: Debra Moreland Visionary Fingertip Veil

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Cozy + Romantic Indoor Garden Wedding Inspiration

This stunning inspiration shoot from Lindsey Ocker Photography proves it’s all in the details. From the yummy looking drinks, to the pretty custom calligraphy and invitation suite, to the ah-mazingly romantic “chandelier” of greenery and burdgundy amaranthus, this cozy shoot has it all! Don’t miss a single ounce of the romance, in the gallery right here.

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From Lindsey Ocker PhotographyAfter this past winter in Boston, being buried by snowstorm after snowstorm, I wanted to pull something together that would mix bright, vibrant florals with the coziness of an old Boston space. The exposed brick and beams inspired us to create floral installations to accentuate those features while creating a space that felt new, glamorous, and really fun. Sweet Annie Floral Design took the lead to create these spaces with hanging greenery and gorgeous pops of peach and burgundy. Craft cocktails by mobile drinkery WanderLush, including lavender honey gimlets and cherry thyme spritzers, added elegance and entertainment. We wanted to create a party that felt cozy and charming and vibrant while Boston was still blanketed in cold and snow, and we were so thrilled with the way everything came together. It was a party I’d love to attend again, for sure.

Photography: Lindsey Ocker Photography | Event Styling: Ina + Luby | Floral Design: Sweet Annie Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Gossamer | Make-Up: Karla Patricia | Hair: Jennifer Tawa | Venue: Private Residence | Bridal Accessories: Hushed Commotion | Calligraphy/Stationary: Extras By Alaina | Craft Cocktails: WanderLush

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Black-Tie Boston Winter Wonderland Wedding

The State Room in Boston, MA is one of those iconic places to get married. With sprawling floor to window ceilings, it’s impossible to not get chills when you enter the dramatic space which is why this winter wedding took my breath away. The sophisticated affair captured by Kate Preftakes Photography oozes romance and every detail was planned to perfection. From the gorgeous invites by Smudge Ink to an aisle lined with rose petals, you can see every gorgeous detail here.

From the Kate Preftakes Photography… Cassie and Jason had the loveliest winter wedding in downtown Boston! We started out at the incredible Ames Hotel for getting ready photos and a first look then headed over to The State Room where the wedding was held. I don’t think it’s possible to convey how much I loved Cassie’s dress! She was stunning from head to toe and there was such a classic elegance to their entire black tie affair. Not only were these two gorgeous, but they were so incredibly happy and sweet all day. When a couple is utterly in love with each other it really shows and happiness radiates around them. Such was the case with Cassie and Jason and their entire families.

The State Room is an incredible venue with the most amazing view of Boston. The ceremony was timed to view a sunset but what they got was gently falling snow and it couldn’t have been more perfect. The room just sparkled with all of Cassie’s little touches and Longwood Events always makes their events flawless. The band Kahootz kept the party going and the dance floor was packed all night!

From the Bride… I wanted to bring traditional elements to our wedding since the State Room is a very modern venue. The blank canvas opened the doors to lots of glitter and gold I wanted to incorporate. My grandmother’s fur stole was my something borrowed and I loved having her with me the day of in spirit. We knew we wanted great food and dancing therefore Kahootz was a given! I feel so blessed to have Jason and to share our day with family and friends.

Photography: Kate Preftakes Photography | Floral Design: Michele Bernard | Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander | Cake: I Dream of Jeanne Cakes | Invitations: Smudge Ink, Inc. | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Band: Kahootz | Venue: State Room: A Longwood Venue

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West Elm + Style Me Pretty Wedding Registry Pop-Up

One of the best perks of tying the knot? Sprucing up your newlywed abode with registry goodies, of course. A few weeks ago, we partnered with the West Elm to launch their brand new wedding registry. Alongside some of our favorite local vendors, we pored over their gorgeous wares, snapped fun photo booth pics, indulged in sweets from Mayflour and Blackbird Doughnuts, and got to chat with some pretty darn adorable Boston soon-to-be’s. It was an incredible day to say the least and we were so happy to be a part of West Elm‘s new adventure!

Petal Floral Design‘s spread was so indicative of designer Becca’s aesthetic….lush, organic and utterly beautiful. Becca can basically transform any space into something dreams are made of and she used a few elements from West Elm to crank it up a couple of notches. But honestly, the best part about Becca is that she is one of the coolest chicks I know and just wants to do what she loves most…make beautiful things. 

Ruthie is one of our nearest and dearest friends and she was on hand to not only show off her gorgeous portfolio, but to also shoot the gathering in all its glory. Ruthie is responsible for so many of our favorite moments on Style Me Pretty and not surprisingly, she really captured the event so beautifully. We heart Ruthie in a big way.

I’ve been a longtime admirer of Lauren‘s work so to get to meet the lovely lady behind the genius was a definite highlight. And when I tell you she didn’t disappoint, that might be the understatement of the century. Lauren is the very definition of loveliness and she came equipped with one of the cutest favors I’ve ever seen – tiny firestarter kits for late summer nights under the stars. I could die.

I could basically fall in love with anyone that offers me free samples of buttercream but Jocelyn of Mayflour Cakes is on an entirely other level. She was doling out petite bites of heaven that had the words honey and lavender in them and to be honest, I was shoveling them into my mouth faster than I could hear any more about them. Plus, she just has a way with beautiful cakes so they were as pretty as they were yummy.

I think my husband Tait – also an SMP-er – basically rooted himself beside the Blackbird Doughnut display. And funny, the whole crowd seemed to innately migrate towards them too. Why? Oh maybe because these doughnuts are AH.MAZING. Dark Chocolate Ganache, Lemon Raspberry and oh I don’t know, some other amazing flavors were definitely the belle of the ball.

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Photography: Ruth Eileen | Wedding Registry: West Elm | Event Design + Firestarter Favors: Lauren Wells Design & Styling | Floral Design: Petal Floral Design | Cakes: Mayflour Cake + Confections | Doughnuts: Blackbird Doughnuts

Intimate Boston Restaurant Wedding

I’m lucky enough to live close to the Boston Public Garden, but still stop and stare at its beauty every visit. Spacious and serene, it’s also one idyllic spot for wedding pics. Jen Ing snapped these lovebirds among the garden’s romantic trees – complete with pup in tow – before heading to their celebration at a nearby restaurant. From these pics to the restaurant’s chic style, we have a winner, hands down.

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From Jen Ing PhotographyLily and Andy held an intimate wedding at Cinquecento restaurant in Boston. With only six months to plan the wedding, they wanted to keep things simple and intimate. Lily and Andy are self-proclaimed foodies and their vision of a perfect wedding was to eat and drink the night away with family and friends. Thus came the idea to throw a large dinner party and indulge in a delicious meal together instead of having a traditional wedding reception.

The wedding vision was inspired by Lily’s Jenny Packham dress, which she found after trying on only four wedding dresses! Says the bride, “I loved how light and comfortable I felt and knowing that I would not have to fuss around with a big skirt on our wedding day. My favorite part of the dress was the delicate flutter sleeves. I limited myself to doing only a few DIY projects. Paper Source had some gorgeous invitations with gold-foiled designs which I used to print our table numbers, signature drink menus and seating assignments. Our favors were artisan marshmallows tucked into muslin bags with a custom stamp which I hand-stamped myself. I had the most fun working with our coordinator at Cinquecento to come up with our signature drinks. Mine was a mocktail called ‘The Blushing Bride’ and Andy’s was a gin-based cocktail called ‘The Dapper Gin-tlemen.'”

Lily and Andy included some romantic art deco elements in touches of pink and gold, an homage to the Gatsby era, and neutral florals which beautifully complemented the restaurant’s more masculine and rustic aesthetic of reclaimed wood, bricks, and leather.

Prior to the wedding, we got some lovely shots of Lily and Andy together in Boston’s lush Public Garden, always a favorite for portraits. The couple says doing their first look and portraits was their favorite part of the day, especially since their dog, Polly, got to make an appearance.

Photography: Jen Ing Photography | Floral Design: Mahoney's Garden | Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham | Cake: Konditor Meister | Stationery: Minted | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Hair & Makeup: Vanessa Bridal And Image | Favors: Malvi | Groom's Attire: Milton's | Wedding Venue: Cinquecento | Bridal Boutique: Allegria Bridal | Music: Intermezzo Chamber Players

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Classic Old State House Wedding in Boston

I love calling Boston my city. It’s got a cozy kind of charm with all it’s historic buildings and quaint cobblestone streets tucked into a gorgeous harbor. And right there in the middle of it, sits the Old State House where these two lovebirds said their beautiful I do’s—the Bride holding her sweet peach garden rose bouquet from Winston Flowers and the Groom looking dapper in gray. Kelly Dillon documented the day with these breathtaking images—see it all here!

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From the beautiful Bride… Leo and I met actually a few blocks down from the Old State House at Bell in Hand (Americas oldest tavern). After 5 years together Leo proposed to me on a train we were taking down to Florida. Every year we would take a sleeper car down the east coast from Boston to Florida together. It was a perfect place to propose!

I really wanted our wedding to be relaxed and intimate. I liked the idea of having our ceremony in a historic building, and when we saw the old state house we fell in love with the space. I wanted the decor to be modern but have a vintage feel since we were getting married in a historic building. We wanted things polished but not perfect looking to leave things a bit more informal. I also wanted people to leave with few tokens. I like the idea of handkerchiefs for ceremony that could be useful and also great for everyone. I asked Leo to design the logo for our wedding, we used this on the handkerchiefs and we played off of the coat of arms, lion an unicorn that is on the old state house. If you look at the time on these it is set to 5:30, the time of our ceremony. I also used the lions for the escort cards.

Photography: Kelly Dillon Photography | Floral Design: Winston Flowers | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Ceremony: Old State House Boston | Ceremony Venue: Old State House Boston | Reception Venue: Mistral Bistro | Shoes: BHLDN | Makeup: Tryst Studio | Hair: Stacey Kuehn

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