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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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Classic Cape Cod Wedding

Classic meets nautical is one of our favorite ways to say “I do” – and this elegant estate affair is most definitely topping our list of all-time faves.  From the carefully crafted stylings of Always Yours Events to the beautiful navy, coral and blush color palette to the breathtaking images captured by AE Stelzer Photography.  Head to THE VAULT for even more, then press play on the film from Stop Go Love below.

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From Always Yours Events… Caroline and Dave were married in the beautiful, quintessential seaside town of Falmouth on Cape Cod at Caroline’s grandparents’ private estate. This property was perfection and tucked away on a private lane, complete with a beautiful gray washed restored Cape barn and a view overlooking Siders Pond. It was sentimental to boot, as Caroline’s parents had been married at the same exact location forty years before.

When Caroline and Dave approached me to plan their wedding, they had one vision in mind: an ethereal, remarkable and truly merry celebration that guests would rave about long after the night was over. And they both desired a wedding that embodied the Cape Cod lifestyle. To do this, we selected an incredible wedding vendor team to create this gorgeous day, including Sperry Tents (Marion), Rentals Unlimited, Stop Go Love Videography and talented film photographer AE Stelzer to name a few. For entertainment Caroline and Dave selected the Sultans of Swing, who truly were the highlight of the evening! This seven piece band had everyone dancing from the moment they started playing — even the neighbors were hosting cocktail parties in their backyards to enjoy the entertainment!

The couple’s chosen color palette invoked a nautical feel, including shades of navy, coral, blush, white and gold. Navy and white striped linens, gold flatware and gold rimmed crystal, navy cocktail napkins with gold foil monograms, a floral arch draped with soft white chiffon tied back with coral and blush blooms, a rosé prosecco signature cocktail, wooden oars serving as a guest book, and customized wayfarers inscribed with Caroline and Dave’s motto “Better Together,” were just a few of the lovely curated details.

And of course the wedding would not have been complete without a few surprises such as a vintage Benz getaway car, a sparkler send off and parade that led to the after party, and surprise entrance from the Father of the Bride who rode his vintage motorcycle into the sailcloth tent and across the dance floor for his intro and toast to his daughter and new son-in-law. Caroline and Dave’s wedding was definitely one for the books, and it was an honor to be a part of it!

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Photography: AE Stelzer Photography | Cinematography: Stop Go Love | Event Planning: Always Yours Events | Floral Design: Flowers By Anna | Wedding Dress: L'elite Boston | Cake: Guilty Bakers | Stationery: Minted | Catering: Chef Rolands Catering | Makeup: Mae Michienzie | Hair: Illusions | Band: Sultans Of Swing | Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Transportation: Cape Destinations | Venue: At Home | Rentals: Eliza J | Rentals: Rentals Unlimited | Shoes + Accessories: Kate Spade | Tent Rentals: Sperry Tents

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Rustic Elegant Bourne Farm Wedding

I have too many favorite parts of this Cape Cod wedding to count. From the traditional gown and cathedral train to the handmade cross at the ceremony, you can sense the meaning behind every detail, coordinated by Pink Polka Dot Event Planning. And to top it all off, I always love a Bride that can kick off her shoes for some real fun – and Judy Pak captured this moment and more. See it all this way!

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From Judy Pak Photography… Rebecca and EJ’s late summer wedding took place at Bourne Farm in Falmouth, MA on Cape Cod. It was a perfect representation of both of their backgrounds -Rebecca growing up in Ohio where she has fond memories of time spent at her grandparents’ farm, and EJ spending summer weekends at the beach with his grandparents in Falmouth.

Rebecca loved the concept of juxtaposing the rustic backdrop of a working farm with a traditional dress in Shantung silk and a full cathedral train, white tablecloths with vintage silver centerpieces, and a served dinner. She used a variety of unusual greenery for her bouquet and the table arrangements, which was more elegant than wildflowers and yet still fared the hot weather well. The ceremony site at the back of the property was on a hill between pumpkin fields
and a lake, marked with a large wooden cross EJ’s uncle made for the couple. The bride and her father arrived together in a white Bentley – the same that the groom and his bride departed in at the end of the night. Cocktails were served in the barn as the sun set, followed by dinner and dancing under a tent with a live band. Vows under sunny, blue skies gave way to a clear, starlight night – the end to a perfect first day of a lifetime together!

Photography: Judy Pak Studio | Coordination: The Pink Polka Dot | Floral Design: Windfall Market | Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander | Cake: Windfall Market | Bride's Shoes: Chinese Laundry | Catering: Chef Rolands Catering | Hair And Makeup: Headlines Salon and Day Spa | DJ: Sultans Of Swing | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Venue: Bourne Farm

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Stylin’ Cape Cod Wedding at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel

If your currently pining for the warm, sunny days of summer, I’ll do you one better. That magical summer light and a wedding so sweet your heart will warm the rest of your body right up. It’s perhaps better than being at the beach. Captured by Servidone Studios Photography, this wedding, with it’s convertible sunset cruise and perfect use of seersucker, is smiles guaranteed.


From Servidone Studios Photography…It is ALL about the details. Sara and Jason are two of the most easy going people you’ll meet. Their day was full of details that were personalized just to them. It was 100 degrees or so in Boston that day, but, on the cape, with the ocean breeze… it was the absolute perfect day.

Sara’s lace Pronovias dress was perfection, along with her beachy Born wedges and fabulous headband. Jason’s attire was beyond “beach hip” with his floral tie, J.Crew seersucker suit, and sea green Sperry top siders; Sara and Jason were stylin’.

In addition to their attire, every detail contributed to their stylish day. From the 1960s Imperial Convertible they drove from their ceremony, to the steel drum band, to the orange beach umbrellas at the Sea Crest Beach hotel…

At the reception, their details were full of sea shells, glass, and other DIY items.

Sara and Jason are two of the most easy going people you’ll meet; a casual chic affair was perfect for them. Congratulations to this blissfully happy and in love couple! (Who are currently expecting their first child… Well, other than their weimaraner!)

Photography: Servidone Studios Photography | Wedding Coordinator: Sea Crest Beach Hotel | Florist: Susan Sweeney Designs | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Church: St. Elizabeth Seton | Bride's Shoes: Born | Wedding Bands: Caruso Jewelers | Makeup: Jaclyn M. Angelini | Hair: Belleza Day Spa | DJ: John Hislop | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Beach Hotel: Sea Crest Beach Hotel | Steel Drum Band: Panneubean Steel | Wedding Dress Boutique: La Reine Bridal

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The NotWedding Bridal Shower from Hike Photography

It’s been over three years since I was a Bride, but this stunning shower designed by Cape Cod Celebrations and captured by Hike Photography for The NotWedding would have been my bridal shower dream come true. Overflowing with florals from Patrice Milley and hosted at the oh-so-gorgeous Sea Crest Beach Hotel, I think you would be hard-pressed to find a bride-to-be that didn’t want to celebrate in this style. It’s absolutely stunning. See it all here.

From Cape Cod CelebrationsThe NotWedding is coming to Cape Cod this November so a bunch of the participating vendors got together on a beautiful Cape Cod fall day and designed a bridal shower shoot to promote the event! The shoot was inspired by The NotWedding Cape Cod’s inspiration board, which is a secret until after the event, but boy is it a beauty!

At the the styled shoot, Peyton, the NotBride for the event, was being showered by her friends poolside at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel in Falmouth. The girls drank champagne, completed a DIY paint-by-number canvas for Peyton, had delicious desserts, cooled off by the pool and sent a wish lantern into the sky for her at the end of the party, after opening presents of course! The girls left that night with nail polish favors.

Jamie, from Cape Cod Celebrations, designed the shoot with the help of one of the Hike girls, Alissa. Kelly Hike, and her sister Alissa, are the photographers from Hike Photography and they did an amazing job capturing the details and the fun ideas that we wanted to share! The lighting could not have been better! Patrice Milley brought in some gorgeous flowers to compliment the table and linens from Rentals Unlimited, and Vanessa from the The Chocolate Rose Cake Shoppe & Bakery put together a beautiful cake and dessert spread for the ladies. M. Smith & Company designed the invitation and place cards and OnCape Time provided signs for the shower. Shoreline Interiors, a high end shop in Dennis, provided the gift for the bride, a set of 2 Match pewter ice tea glasses, hand-crafted from Italy.

Photographer: Hike Photography | Design: Cape Cod Celebrations | Flowers: Patrice R. Milley Floral Designs | Stationery: Hale Koa phineas Estate | Hotel: Sea Crest Beach Hotel | Dessert: Chocolate Rose Cake Shoppe | Event: The NotWedding | Gift: Shoreline Interiors | Rentals: Rentals Unlimited | Signs: OnCape Time

Cape Cod Wedding from Katie Pietrowski Photography

I love coastal New England. And it’s weddings like this one from Katie Pietrowski Photography that make me remember all the reasons why. Beyond its gorgeous beaches, delicious clambakes, and shingled houses – what I absolutely love the most are the people that retreat to the stunning sandy shores. Take these two newlyweds for example, they nailed that seaside chic feel on their big day in a way you would only see in New England, and for that, I couldn’t love them more. See all of this seaside soiree here.

From the Bride… Tom and I were set up on a blind date by Tom’s roommate and one of my best friends, who were themselves best friends from Middlebury (they went on to get married themselves…I am convinced the setup was a ploy to make sure they ended up together!) But masterminded scheme, or fate…it ended up working! Tom and I dated for 3 years, before he proposed in a romantic/ridiculous fashion on a cold January night on the  Boston Harbor with a Pat Benatar impersonator to serenade us! (Pat B is my favorite).  

Planning the wedding was a ton of fun. I have always spent the summers in Falmouth, Cape Cod, and Tom had also been spending summers there with his grandparents, so it made perfect sense to have our wedding there, in the fields behind my parents’ house. Our vibe for the wedding was a relaxed summer feel from beach to field, we wanted it to feel very welcoming and low key. Basically an ideal summer weekend.

From there we just made the event our own, from the wedding party lunch on a schooner in vineyard sound, to a welcome cocktail party on the beach with bonfires surrounded by adirondack chairs made by Tom, his father and uncles, the beginning of the weekend couldn’t have been more fun!

And the wedding itself was no exception…it was pretty special to be able to invite everyone to my home and to share a place that was so important to me and Tom. As a sailor myself, the Sperry Tents made of sailcloth is just a magical venue set against the backdrop of the fields. We overstuffed our guests on tons of appetizers (Chef Roland is a genius with the apps) and oysters from the Shuck Truck. And then for dinner we mixed it up a bit by having our favorite Boston restaurant Orincco cater two of our favorite dishes. Well fed & boozed up (warning: those ball jars can hold a lot!), our guest took the dance floor by force, which isn’t hard when the band is Sultans of Swing! Of course, fake Pat Benatar made another appearance…it wouldn’t have been complete without her. And then we closed down the night with some Crab Rangoons – another personal element as my friends are all rang fans and dedicated celebrators of National Crab Rangoon Day (Feb. 13th!). The whole weekend was just perfect. And it was awesome to have Katie Pietrowski be able to capture it all from the first look to the last dance, she was able to capture all the little touches and all the guests experiences!

For all you beginning this process..HAVE FUN! It is a pretty awesome experience to craft an evening for all your friends and family. And even despite all the planning and hype, you will be blown away by the experience on your wedding day. The love, support and energy of everyone you love around you just can’t be described!

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Wedding Photography: Katie Pietrowski Photography |Ceremony Venue: St. Josephs Church in Falmouth, Massachusetts | Reception Venue: Private Residence in Falmouth, Massachusetts | Floral Design: Judy Fligg from All About Flowers for Weddings | Catering: Chef Roland’s Catering + Orinoco Kitchen | Oysters: Shuck Truck | Band: The Sultans of Swing | Pat Benatar Impersonator: Susan O’Shea | Tent: Sperry Tents of Marion | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier (top) + Seams Possible (custom skirt) | Bride’s Shoes: J.Crew | Hair + Makeup: Caitlin Murphy Stylist | Rentals: New England Country Rentals

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Cape Cod Wedding from Cape Cod Celebrations + Grazier Photography

This beautiful bride had never been to a wedding before her very own and yet she created a drop dead gorgeous wedding with the help from the talented people at Cape Cod Celebrations. Each and every detail is so lovely and each image from Grazier Photography is so pretty you could frame it. See it all right here in the full gallery!

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From Cape Cod Celebrations… Talk about a first. This was the bride’s very first wedding. Jessica is from Cuba and had never been to a wedding before her own and it was A-mazing. From the weather to the details, everything was perfect. Jessica and her fiance Eliot were incredibly relaxed and were able to enjoy every minute of their spectacular day. The couple was very particular about their look and picked all of their linens, flowers, colors, paper, you name it – it was their design, we just guided them in the right direction and made it all happen. Jessica and Eliot were also models in a past life, so every photo of them is stunning! The most important detail for the couple was their ceremony tree. The florist hung white ribbons from the tree to enhance the setting and the result was beautiful. Food was also important to them, and Crazy Chefs provided just what they were looking for – an incredible meal catered to their tastes. Matt and Enna from Gazier Photography captured an amazing day with a very special couple who was near and dear to us at Cape Cod Celebrations.

Wedding Photography: Grazier Photography / Wedding Venue: Bourne Farm in Falmouth, Massachusetts  / Event Planning + Design: Cape Cod Celebrations / Wedding Cinematography: Travis Wilber  / Floral Design: All About Flowers for Weddings / Officiant: Cindy Graham / Caterer: The Crazy Chefs Caterers / Wedding Cake: Delicious Desserts / DJ: Cape Tunes / Rentals: Rentals Unlimited / Tent: Bayside Tent and Table / Wedding Invitations: Dulce Press / Wedding Dress: Klienfeld’s Bridal

Falmouth Wedding at Bourne Farm from The Casual Gourmet

Married on the bride’s parent’s 40th wedding anniversary, in the same town her grandparents met over 75 years ago, this Bourne Farm beauty is a gorgeous example of a wedding with deep family roots. The perfect Cape soiree was casual + relaxed yet still fully infused with amazing style and personal details! Do yourself a favor and carve out a few hours to peruse the gallery filled to the brim with stunning images by Ajit Singh Photography.

From the Bride… As my father said in his speech, it was a special time and a special place. My husband, Ben, and I got married on my parent’s 40th wedding anniversary in the same town where my grandparents met over 75 years ago. Four generations of my mother’s family (including me) grew up spending summers in this rustic, simple, undeveloped area of the Cape. Bourne Farm is a magical place, with tall yellow grass blowing in the breeze, birds darting in and out of the trees along the property, and overlooking beautiful Crocker Pond. The barn was built in 1775, and some antique farm tools are still on display inside.

The entire feeling of our wedding day was casual, relaxed, personal and loving, with a ceremony officiated by a dear friend and family-style dinner at long wooden farm tables. Our custom-designed logo adorned our homemade ceremony programs and stemless wine glass favors (at each place setting with a “Fortune Fish” inside — an idea from one of our favorite NYC restaurants). Signs on driftwood we collected at the beach were painted and lovingly constructed by Ben’s dad.

Following the ceremony, Ben and I rowed away in a boat he had built with his father when he was a child; a nutshell pram named after Ben’s younger sister, Emily. After enjoying a few minutes of solitude (and a couple of glasses of champagne our wedding party had cleverly stashed in the boat), we joined our guests at cocktail hour outside the barn. Inside the barn, we had arranged guests’ place cards on antique wooden shutters and displayed photos of my parents’ wedding day and first few anniversaries. It was a perfect day that turned into a magical evening. As we walked around the property to take some pictures with our photographer, storm clouds approached and it began to sprinkle. The driver of the school bus we had hired to transport guests ran over to us with a bright red umbrella, and after a couple minutes, the light rain stopped and the clouds suddenly changed direction, drifting away to create a magnificent sunset.

Wedding Photography: Ajit Singh Photography / Wedding Venue: Bourne Farm in Falmouth, Massachusetts / Floral Design: Lawrence Gardens / Catering + Wedding Cakes: The Casual Gourmet / DJ: Charles David / Tent: Taylor Rental Party Plus / Benches + Guest Tables: New England Country Rentals / Restrooms: Nauset Disposal / Transportation: Cape Destinations / Wedding Dress: Elizabeth Fillmore

Falmouth Wedding at Bourne Farm from Dreamlove Photography

Everything, and I mean everything, about this wedding is adorably perfect and I love it, I love it, I love it. Yes, I know I said it three times, but once is simply not enough to explain the adoration I have for every single part of these nuptials at Bourne Farm, from the vows written on the most darling teeny tiny scrolls to the ahhhh-mazing image from Dreamlove Photography of these newlyweds riding off into the distance in a classic car made by the groom himself and every glorious detail in between. And you can see them all right here in the gallery.

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From Dreamlove PhotographyOn Cape Cod, most couples either have a coastal beach wedding or a more inland rustic farm wedding — Nicole and Winslow opted for both. They began the day with an intimate ceremony with their closest friends and family, saying “I do” with their handwritten vows on tiny curled scrolls of paper. Then, after an amazing coastal portrait photography session, they joined in at the reception at Bourne Farm, a rustic estate-like wedding venue on the cape. Nicole and Winslow’s wedding incorporated so many little heartfelt details: she wore the shawl for portraits that was her mother’s on her wedding day, a rosary from her late brother was wrapped around her bouquet, Winslow escorted her away after the ceremony in an amazing vintage car that he built himself, and hundreds of old photographs were strung up around the cocktail area in the Bourne Farm barn.

From the Bride… My favorite part about my wedding is when my husband pulled me aside while everyone was on the dance floor and asked me to take a minute just to look around. Look at our parents, our family, our friends, all our hard work… Being able to slow down and see it all and take it all in is a moment that I will never forget. The best advice I can pass along is prepare for all that you can, let go of everything you have no control over and if at the end of the day you are married to your best friend, than that is truly all that matters. And remember, there will come a point that you have done all that you can — don’t miss this crucial moment because it is from here that you must enjoy every single second. It will go by in a flash.

Wedding Photography: Dreamlove Photography / Wedding Venue: Bourne Farm in Falmouth, Massachusetts / Floral Design: Allen’s House of Flowers / Catering: The Casual Gourmet / Wedding Cake: Krista Malayter, A Family Friend / Wedding Invitations: Jen Simpson Design / DJ: Keith Lemire / Cake Topper: Jordyluxe / Guest Book: Totally Salinda / Guest Book Props: The Manic Moose / Wedding Dress + Shrug: Alvina Valenta / Bride’s Shoes: Michael Kors / Bride’s Necklace: Tiffany & Co. / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David’s BridalL.K. Bennett / Men’s Suits: Jos A. Bank / Bride’s Engagement Ring: An Heirloom from the Groom’s Family / Wedding Bands: Long’s

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Cape Cod Wedding from James Johnson Photography

You know a wedding is going to be off the charts fun when the bride and groom met performing in an off-Broadway show. They pulled out all the stops for their big day and we’re certain that this was one heck of a party judging by the oh-so-fab images from James Johnson Photography. Everyone pitched in to ensure that their favorite couple had a day they won’t soon forget. See all the pretty (and silly!) moments right here in the full gallery!

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From the Bride… We are a Brooklyn couple who met performing in an off-off broadway show. We wanted our wedding to reflect the vibrant, quirky, playful silliness that has defined our relationship from the very first rehearsal. I wasn’t sure what I wanted beyond lots of friends, family, feathers, glitter and color – oh, and all without breaking the bank of course!

The Coonamessett Inn was the perfect backdrop to our dream day. The wedding program was done like a Broadway playbill, a theme we carried over into our tables. Each table had a theme relating to us or our family, with embarrassing photos and kitschy knick-knacks. A playbill with the seating arrangements was even framed in an amazing silver frame I found laying on the streets of Brooklyn. We dipped into our uber-creative family and friends to double as “vendors.” James Johnson did our beautiful photography, and Ryan McLaughlin totally got our Motown vibe as he DJ’d our favorite jams – even as my dad and I boogied down the aisle to Kool and the Gang’s “Celebration” and rocked out a tango for our father/daughter dance. Jane Kelley, another family friend, officiated our self-penned vows.

Jeff at Verde Floral Design totally understood my Vegas-showgirl-meets-classy-1940’s-glamour vision. Our bouquets were bursting with orchids, feathers, glitter and David Austin roses. Half of the tables sported Verde’s bouquets, and the other half  were hurricane’s from the Christmas Tree Shop and candles we decoupaged with glitter. The Christmas Tree Shop also supplied the apothecary-style vases we filled with my favorite guilty pleasure: CANDY! A bedazzled clothesline hung above our sweetheart table with even more incriminating photos from the years before we met each other. Overall, it was an unforgettable day full of breakout “performances,” love, silliness and family.

Wedding Photography: James Johnson Photography / Wedding Venue: The Coonamessett Inn in Falmouth, Massachusetts / Floral Design: Verde Floral Design / Wedding Cinematography: Digital Imaging of Cape Cod / Wedding Cake: The Casual Gourmet / Wedding Invitations + Party Tickets: A. Flood of Paper / DJ: Ryan McLaughlin of Party For a Lifetime / Photo Booth: Nantucket Photobooth / Wedding Dresses: Watters + Ivy & Aster via at Lovely Bridal Shop / Bride’s Head Piece: BHLDN / Bride’s Shoes: Anthropologie / Bridal Party Dresses: J.Crew + Marshalls / Groomsmen’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse / Flower Girls’ Dresses: Melissa Jane Boutique

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Falmouth Wedding at Bourne Farm by Ruth Eileen Photography

I’m seriously speechless over this wedding. It’s perfection. From the old stone walls to the fresh picked berry favors, this wedding is the epitome of Cape Cod casual and Ruth Eileen Photography captured the cozy, intimate and handmade day insanely well. The wedding was kept super small so the bride and groom could really spend quality time with each and every guest and I must admit, that’s totally the way to do it. If you’re into all things mismatched, vintage, and laid back, you better get your booty to the full gallery because it’s chock full of pretty, pretty inspiration!

From the Bride… Jacob and I met on the west coast and eventually moved up to the east coast when I got into graduate school. My family has had a house on the cape since the turn of the century, and it is full of history. We would go don to the cape on weekends and whenever I had breaks in school, and he fell in love with the place that I had always loved growing up. When we got engaged, we knew the cape would be the location of the wedding. After looking at many of the resorts, we realized they all felt a bit too stuffy for us. We didn’t want to be out by a certain time or have certain restrictions, and we didn’t want it to feel too formal. Actually, what we wanted was our guests to feel the same way we felt on a summer day at the beach on the cape, going blackberry picking or kayaking. When we found Bourne Farm, we knew it was perfect. Over the year, we had rescued many birds on the cape (in winter many of them get blown off course and dehydrated), and the antique farm was a bird sanctuary. We included some bird details (the cake, table numbers) to honor this — and during the ceremony our minister pointed out to birds flying above us!

Much of the antique furniture either came from my family’s cape house or from yard sales or antique shops we visited the year before the wedding. We still have the impulse to stop and look for antique plates — it’s been so ingrained in us! We knew from the start we wanted everything to be authentic. My parents spent months working on some of the furniture, my mom made little burlap bags of stones to throw in the water and make wishes (a Celtic tradition). My aunt set up a candy bar with Jordan almonds (Italians eat 5 of them and celebrate the bittersweet nature of life at weddings). My grandmother had passed away before the wedding — and her wish was that I have a gift from her present on that day. The candy bar was my aunt’s idea.

Life is perfect, relationships aren’t perfect — the beauty is just being alive. We didn’t want matching plates or crystals everywhere  — we wanted people to feel relaxed and surrounded by meaning. There were times when people would look at me in disbelief at something I was doing that seemed unconventional (seven bridesmaids and only 30 guests!) or embroidered handkerchiefs instead of flower boutonnieres and corsages for family. We did what felt right to us — and that made it just right on the day. Walking down the aisle, my father stopped me and asked me to look over by the water. Underneath the chandelier we had hung from a tree was this gorgeous Victorian couch I had seen at an estate sale a year earlier. Jacob had seen my eyes light up and had bought it, keeping it from storage until the wedding day surprise. It became a focal point in pictures, and friends laughed that they were “on the couch” — a nod to my being a psychologist and entering into psychoanalytic training.

Both of us felt so happy, excited and not nervous — I think for us it was because we planned a wedding that felt so authentic. Because we only had around 30 guests, we were able to dance with our friends, eat dinner together and enjoy a boat ride with them. The intimacy on the day was incredible, and since so many of our family and friends live far away, it was important that we got to spend the day really celebrating with everyone. One of my favorite moments was during our sparkler send-off where Jacob and I were supposed to get in our row boat and paddle away into a star-filled night. Except that as the sparklers lit up the night-the boat was already way out in the water — a bridesmaid and groomsmen had taken it out for a romantic row together and lost track of time. We are still hoping that our day of celebrating our love may have kindled a new romance!

Wedding Photography: Ruth Eileen Photography / Wedding Venue: Bourne Farm in Falmouth, Massachusetts / Wedding Planning: Jill Korchin of Plan On Forever Events / Floral Design: White Flowers / Catering: Chef Roland Catering / Wedding Cake: Cape Cod Cakes / Pies: Fiore’s Bakery / Band: The Three Tops Jazz Band / DJ: John Laviolette (jlaviolette@charter.net) / Wedding Dress: Anjolique via Sposabella Bridal / Hair: Pam Goodale + Erin Cress of Station 8 Salon / Makeup: Geah Johnson of Station 8 Salon / Suit Rentals: Puritan Cape Cod

Maine Wedding at Camp Hammond by Emily Delamater Photography

A destination wedding in the great state of Maine is most definitely an idea that I can get on board with – and this breathtaking Camp Hammond affair has me thoroughly convinced that it’s the only way to go.  From that gorgeous lace gown to the unique, rustic touches to the cutest EVER bride and groom, every.last.moment is seriously brimming with lovely… and I can’t get enough.  Emily Delamater Photography snapped up all of the pretty and it’s a magical wonderland we won’t soon forget.  Click here for more.

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From Emily Delamater PhotographyArtichoke, moss and cabbage bouquets, lace overlay, birch bark, a venue straight out of a Hemingway novel, dark wood, quirky centerpieces, and the coming together of a British and an American family. When Katherine contacted me to inquire about photographing her wedding, I was so excited! She and Tim live in Oxfordshire, England, where Tim is from, but they decided to have the wedding in Maine near Katherine’s family. Tim is in a ska band — they actually met at one of his shows — so great music and a relaxed atmosphere were really important to the couple. A rockabilly band played original tunes and Johnny Cash all through the night, occasionally lending the mic to the groom or one of his many musical guests. It was a favorite of mine from the season — such a great environment, such fun and unique details, such a fantastic couple.

Wedding Photography: Emily Delamater Photography / Ceremony: Foreside Community Church in Falmouth, Maine / Reception: Camp Hammond in Yarmouth, Maine / Floral Design: Snell Family Farm / Band: Sean Mencher and His Rhythm Kings / Wedding Dress: Suzanne Neville

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Cape Cod Styled Shoot by kml photography

Blue lovers are about to rejoice (I happen to be one of those lovers). It’s a parade of elegant robin’s egg meets deep ocean blue meets teal cowboy boots set against the backdrop of Highfield Hall and it totally, completely works. kml photography teamed up with Courtney’s Floral Creations and Delicious Desserts to showcase the beauty of Cape Cod and those refined, elegant details that make this New England spot such a gem all while giving this shoot a decided rustic flair. Pretty horses and bridal boots will definitely do that. See more of the shoot right here!

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From Kate of kml photography This is your not-so-average Cape Cod-style wedding with a pretty palette of off-whites, greens, blues, vintage teal cowboy boots and one giant horse! Our inspiration for the shoot came from the historic Highfield Hall where most of our shoot took place — the robin’s egg blue of the walls in the ballroom, the old books we found along the same color lines, and the vintage cowboy boots that the bride happened to own. We added a touch of modern but classic elegance with the linens, florals, sculpted hairdo and the cake.

Photography: kml photography / Venue: Highfield Hall in Falmouth, Massachusetts / Floral Design: Courtney’s Floral Creations / Wedding Cake + Truffles: Delicious Desserts / Table Linens + Setup: Rentals Unlimited / Wedding Dress: Amsale / Cowboy Boots: Vintage / Hair: Stacey Kuehn / Makeup: Emma Josselyn

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Spohr Gardens Wedding by Stacey Hedman

I can’t thank Stacey Hedman enough for sending over this gorgeous garden wedding! Each picture is like a big breath of fresh air, and all the simple yet stunning touches couldn’t be more perfect for this adorable duo. It looks so effortlessly chic, making for a day that was most certainly dreamlike. So you can join me in thanking Stacey for this perfect excuse for a little morning day-dreaming in the full gallery of lovely!

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From the bride… We are lovers of the great outdoors and knew that we wanted to get married outside — somewhere beautiful and serene. We found our perfect spot at Spohr Gardens in Falmouth, Massachusetts, where I grew up. It holds a special place in my heart as my grandmother used to come down every spring when I was young to take a trip to these gardens to look at the thousands of daffodils that bloom there every year. She is long gone, but she was there with us on our wedding day. We got married on a dock overlooking the pond. It was warm, but there was a breeze and it was just perfect. Once everyone had left to go the reception, Stacey had Jim and I walk around the grounds, and snapped photos. These are some of my very favorites! It was all as magical and sweet as it looks, and we are so very lucky to have found each other. We are excited for all that lies ahead for our growing business and are enjoying time with each other before taking the next step to expand our family!

Wedding Photography: Stacey Hedman / Ceremony: Spohr Gardens in Falmouth, Massachusetts / Reception: Osteria la Civetta in Falmouth, Massachusetts / Flowers: Astrid of Windfall Market / Wedding Cake: Windfall Market / Wedding Dress: BCBG / Hair: Angela at Belleza Day Spa / Makeup: Kimberly Richard / Pearls: A Gift from the Bride’s Aunt / Groom’s Suit: H&M / Groom’s Shirt: Brooks Brothers / Groom’s Tie: Barneys

Elegant & Traditional Virginia Wedding From Meghan McSweeney Photography

In every wedding sent to us, there are immediately, a few photos that tug at our heartstrings, those that tell more of the story than all of the rest put together! As we begin to go through the rest of the images, our minds start whirling and we start envisioning how we’re going to group the photos. As storyboards? … timelines in conjunction with the order of events? Or individual, stand-alone photos that grab your interest and lend themselves to a part of ‘the rest of the story?’

These first four images from Meghan McSweeney represent those first few images that tugged at my heart. That told me pretty much all I needed to know about Jessica & Patrick … from the start!

Right away, you just know this bride is an honest-to-goodness-sweetheart. You know, right off the bat, that family comes first and foremost ~ AND, in spite of herself, she is a true romantic at heart!  (Are we right, Jessica?)

And the groom? Patrick. What’s his story? Calm, cool, collected, shy, most assuredly. But a man who will provide and care for his bride ~ forever… and ever, amen!

The quality of a truly great photographer is that he or she can sense the deeply rooted feelings and characters of brides and grooms they share this magnificent day with, and they are able to capture the emotions surrounding all the special moments (big or little!) regardless of all the minor ups and downs ~ major OR minor nerves that may play a part of the wedding day!

Jessica and Patrick’s June wedding at the Fredericksburg Presbyterian Church was sent to us by Virginia’s Little Black Book photographer, Meghan McSweeney. It is a shining example of the pure, sweet simplicity of the celebration of marriage …

The reception was held at the Gari Melcher’s Home and Studio at Belmont ~

The Gari Melcher Home and Studio is a historic property and art collection deeded to the Commonwealth of Virginia by the artist’s wife as a memorial to her husband.



Here’s what Jessica had to say about their wedding day … Patrick and I wanted to share such an intimate occasion with only our family and closest loved ones. For that reason, we kept it fairly small. We wanted the day to be comfortable and fun for everyone, yet still elegant.

Her advice to fellow brides? Be prepared ~ for the fact IS that most things won’t be as simple to put together as you think. If you are planning the wedding by yourself, take all the help you can get!

Very good advice, Jessica!  Our best wishes to the two of you for a life full of adventure and passion!

One quick special PSMeghan posted a really great photo shoot on her blog a couple of weeks ago. Showcases some really unique vintage jewelry and bouquets from Etsy’s Pauline in Paris. It appears that her etsy shop isn’t stocked right now, but you can see many of her lovely pieces on Meghan’s blog! If you’ve got a moment, it might just be the finishing touch you’ve been searching for!!

Photography: Meghan McSweeney Photography, Flowers: Jane Guerin, Ceremony: Fredericksburg Presbyterian Church, Reception: Belmont, Gari Melchers Home and Studio, Catering: Olde Virginia Catering, Music/DJ: Doc Henley Smythe.