SUBMIT WEDDING
View Posts By:

categories

 

tags

 
They Booked an Airbnb for Their Wedding Venue Sight Unseen

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

Colors
Settings
Outdoor
Styles
Casual

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

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

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

App CTA

App CTA


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

This Crane Estate Engagement Is a Timeless Beauty at Its Finest

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

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

App CTA

App CTA

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

These Featured Designers are members of our Look Book.
For membership information, click here
Elegant Crane Estate Wedding

There are sooo many reasons my smile grows when I hear the words Crane Estate. My husband’s parents said their I do’s there years ago, we had our own engagement session right down the street and most recently, our stunning editor, Michelle married her handsome hubs there as well. And today, we get to experience yet another elegant beauté at this stunning location captured by Emily Delamater, no less. It’s a doozy and you can dive into it all here in THE VAULT.

[iframe http://player.vimeo.com/video/131501799 600 338]

From Emily DelamaterI am completely in love with the gorgeous Crane Estate in Ipswich, the grounds, the gardens, and the palatial house with it’s paintings and history, and then you add one of the sweetest couples and their perfect Summer wedding into the mix. Swoon. Elise and Barry’s wedding was perfectly classic and and elegant but also so sweet and fun. I loved the pale pink, cream and gold and the classic black tuxes, they complimented the architecture and the space so well. From the sweet bar to the Fenway sausage cart at the end of the night, we loved being a part of their day.

Photography: Emily Delamater Photography | Videography: Justin Joslin Wedding Films | Floral Design: Pepperberry's Flowers | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Jenny's Wedding Cakes | Invitations: Goosefish Press | Bride's Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Catering: Vinwood | Makeup: Dani Wagener Beauty | Hair: Lindsay Griffin | DJ: MCO Productions | Grooms Attire: Vera Wang | Transportation : Russo Tux & Limousine | Crane Estate : Crane Estate | Rentals : Seacoast Tents

[dotted]

Peruse more elegant style weddings here!

Peek Inside a Style Me Pretty Editor’s Own Wedding!

To simply call this wedding “pretty” is one of the biggest understatements of all time. It’s the story of our very own editor, Michelle and her love, Paul vowing their forever with a celebration that’ll make any wedding lover weep – it’s just that perfect. Set at New England’s beloved Crane Estate, it’s whimsical yet timeless, elegantly styled yet so deeply personal. And that O’Malley duo? They’re to thank for every last image sitting in The Vault. Whether you’re looking for invite inspiration, pastels done right or just want to see an absolutely beaming editor-turned-bride, this wedding is all that plus a million times more.

 

See Michelle’s Pinterest Board!

Follow Style Me Pretty’s board Engagement Rings on Pinterest.

From The Bride… Plain and simple, weddings make my heart extraordinarily happy. So, you can imagine my overwhelming gratitude that not only do I have the unique privilege to do what I love for a living, but I basically have the best job ever. My favorite part on the daily? Reading your love stories. Because it’s a given that every great love comes with a great story, and I have the immense pleasure of sharing mine with you all today.

A month before graduating Parsons NYC my girlfriends and I decided that it was time to give internet dating a try. After two weeks of what I considered “online shopping for a soulmate” I expanded my search beyond NY, and that was how I found Paul from Boston. Upon reading his profile I instantly turned to my friend (and bridesmaid) exclaiming that I had just found my perfect person. I decided to be uncharacteristically bold and send him a message, praying he would reply. Thankfully he did and our connection was instantaneous with phone calls and Skype sessions lasting into the early mornings thereafter. Since he lived in New England and I was in New York, we didn’t meet in person for an entire month. The day we finally met he was waiting for me underneath a clock tower and like a rom-com brought to life – time literally stood still. Fast forward six months and I had left my beloved Big Apple for lovely New England, and after a four year whirlwind romance Paul proposed. 

We planned our wedding close to home with the beautiful Crane Estate as our venue. I’d always envisioned an outdoor ceremony with a reception that felt more like a dinner party with endless amounts of champagne and of course a few flower crowns. I’m not terribly big on following the norm and our first unconventional choice was choosing a Monday. It gave my West coast guests the weekend to arrive and also the intimate celebration we truly wanted. Our ultimate goal was to have everyone we loved sharing in our joy, and I have to say we got just that and more thanks to everyone involved. 

Every second of our wedding stands out as a favorite, but a few special moments that bring a smile to my face are: seeing my bridesmaids’ reactions after helping me put on my veil. When my best friend from pre-school snuck up to the bridal suite and we both instantly started to cry. Anxiously walking towards Paul for our First Look and seeing the excitement in his eyes. The monarch butterflies that floated around us as we took our portraits. My dad handing me a napkin before we walked down the aisle because I was already crying. Paul’s handwritten vows that he wrote in an journal as an ode to my roots. The handmade decor my Bridesmaid surprised me with. Sharing a dance with my father to our favorite song. Watching the little ones play croquet. When our cake knife broke mid-cut and we almost died laughing. Finally, seeing a shooting star as the evening came to a close.

Our photographers, Scott and Ashlee flew all the way from Seattle to captured our Big Day. They are truly the kindest couple and their  talent speaks volumes. Everyone was instantly at ease in-front of the camera as they snapped every candid kiss and meaningful moment with such care. I felt as if my heart was going to burst with joy when they sent over the memories they captured and I can’t wait to cross paths with them for every future life event.  

As we lined up to walk down the aisle, I felt the wave of emotions from the day wash over me. It was all so surreal, it was a day that I’d been dreaming of and it was happening! As my Bridesmaids’ (all crying I might add) walked down the aisle to Coldplay – Sky full of Stars I could feel a million happy tears streamed down my face. I was completely overwhelmed with gratitude that not only was I marrying my best friend, but also that I had six more to lead the way and share in our joy. Holding my Dad’s arm (who also officiated) we followed down the grassy lawn towards Paul to the tune of The Beatles – In My Life . Through tears and streams of sunlight, we exchanged personal vows in a short but sweet ceremony and shared our first kiss as newlyweds.

The ceremony was followed by a relaxed cocktail hour as Vogue Entertainment provided the ambiance with an array of modern music played on a selection of strings. Guests were greeted by signature cocktails and my dream “cheese cake“. While everyone was nibbling on passed hors d’oeuvres and mingling, Danielle of the Trustees flawlessly coordinated our day with elegance and ease. Transitioning from cocktails to dinner inside the Great House everyone found their seat amongst long linen covered tables complete with cascading centerpieces by Les Fleurs.

Sita and the team at Timothy S. Hopkins Catering crafted our dream menu – from lobster served on homemade potato chip to the fried goat cheese salad- every bite was to die for. After dinner guests were lead outside for a casual game of croquet, lots of wedding cake from Flour Bakery, and even more champagne. We shared our first dance to a string quartet version of George Ezra – Budapest and I remember thinking just how lucky we are. It was with huge smiles, sweet kisses, and grateful hearts that we shared an evening we’ll never forget. 

Now for some advice. Think about the advantages of a weekday wedding. We wanted a small celebration and our Monday nuptials gave us just that (plus a lot of vendors have availability on weekdays). Also, consider a first look! It relieved us of any nerves, and we got all of our formal portraits done before the reception. Plus for the sake of vanity my hair + makeup didn’t run the risk of falling flat! A great piece of advice we were given was try to stop seven times during the day to take a deep breath, do your best to take in that moment. Because like everyone says it goes by in a blur, but a beautiful on that you’ll try your hardest to remember every detail of. All in all, just remember that your wedding day is the most wonderful and meaningful beginning that is about your love together – so have a glass of champagne and enjoy every minute! 

Photography: O'Malley Photographers | Photography: Sarah Joelle Photography | Floral Design: Les Fleurs | Wedding Dress: Sarah Janks | Invitations: The First Snow | Engagement Ring: Long's Jewelers | Ring: Long's Jewelers | Catering: Timothy S. Hopkins Catering | Calligraphy: DIY by the Bride | Groom's Attire: Macy's | String Quartet: Vogue Music Events | Venue: The Crane Estate | Accommodations: The Inn At Castle Hill | Bar Menu Signage: DIY By The Bride | Bridal Boutique: The Dress Theory | Bride's Headpiece: Untamed Petals | Bridesmaid Dress: Joanna August | Bridesmaid Dress: twobirds Bridesmaid | Bridesmaid Dress: Dessy Collection By Vivian Diamond | Bridesmaid Dress: Macy's | Bridesmaid Dress: BHLDN | Bubbly Bar Sign + Cocktail Stir Sticks: Laura Hooper Calligraphy | Bunny Table Name Holders: Target | Cocktail Napkins: For Your Party | Flower Crowns: DIY by the Bride | Maid of Honor Dress: Adrianna Papell | Popcorn Bar Signage: DIY By The Bride | Rentals: New England Country Rentals | Return Address Labels: Felix Doolittle | Ring Pillow: DIY By The Bride | Seating Chart: DIY By The Bride | Veil: Handmade By Sara Kim | Watercolor Crest: DIY by the Bride | Wedding Cake + Desserts: Flour Bakery

These Vendors are members of our Little Black Book.
For membership information, click here
These Featured Designers are members of our Look Book.
For membership information, click here
Elegant + Romantic Crane Estate Fall Wedding

There’s no point in hiding it; I’m absolutely obsessed with this beautiful Bride’s entire look. From that hair piece to the Elizabeth Fillmore dress found at Ceremony Boston, I’m swooning. And that bouquet by Petal Floral? The icing on one delicious cake. Lindsey Ocker was lucky enough to capture it all in person and this gallery is a Pinterest treat to us all as we enter the weekend ahead!

[iframe http://player.vimeo.com/video/119411938 600 338]

From The Bride… Mark and I had been dating for six years and friends for eight when he proposed on top a mountain overlooking Frenchman’s Bay in Acadia National Park in Maine. Overjoyed, we celebrated over pumpkin beers in nearby Bar Harbor before getting on the phone to share the happy news with our family and friends. Contrary to most of the well-meaning advice we received we jumped right into wedding planning!

For a long time, I had had my heart set on a reception at the Crane Estate, a 2,100 acre property in Ipswich, Massachusetts. Growing up nearby, I spent my childhood exploring the adjacent beach and sandbars from the water on my parent’s little boat. When Mark and I started dating he quickly became a part of these adventures, so the place was special to him, too. With most of his family coming from South Carolina, I wanted to treat them to a true New England experience worthy of their trip. We knew the historic home on the Estate, the Great House, offers a panoramic view of rolling farmlands, pristine marshes, Crane Beach, and the Atlantic Ocean. The wild natural beauty of the setting contrasts perfectly with the stately house and its manicured landscaping to form the most romantic spot. We were thrilled to be able to book it for a Friday evening in September.

Taking inspiration from the venue, I knew I wanted a look that was clean and structured, but with a few elements of drama and nature. My sister and mother helped me find my beautiful Elizabeth Fillmore wedding dress at Ceremony in Boston. It was a perfect mix of architectural design and natural softness, made of a stiff floral lace accented by organza petals. I ordered a beautiful floral headpiece from Jannie Baltzer Couture Headpieces in Denmark. When it arrived it was more gorgeous than I could have imagined and came with the nicest note from Jannie. Of course, the most special touches were my veil and tulle jacket for church, which my mother sewed herself!

One of the sweetest parts of the day was being able to get ready with my bridesmaids and parents at the house I grew up in. Karla Patricia made us all look flawless and Lena of Hair that Moves did all eight of my bridesmaids’ hair before shaping mine into a gravity-defying top-knot, which stayed effortlessly in place all night. Before I knew it our trolley arrived to take my parents and us girls to our church in Newburyport, a nearby seaside town. Meanwhile, Mark and his groomsmen had gotten dressed nearby and walked to the church, where they were busy handing out our Crane Paper programs ordered through Invitations by Design, who had also helped me custom create our beautiful invitations.

As I waited outside the church with my father and sister, a group of children from the school next door stood watching at a respectful distance. They were so excited by the whole procession, so as we went inside to walk down the aisle I invited them to come closer and watch. Mark said later that his favorite part of the whole day was seeing me for the first time as the church doors opened, but that he didn’t know who all the little faces behind me belonged to! Joining him at the front of church, I felt so peaceful and happy. We were married in a lovely ceremony punctuated beautifully by classical music. Then it was time to head to the Crane Estate for the party!

My mother and I had done most of the reception planning together inspired by the idea of honoring the season and location. Mark and I took a history tour of the Great House, learning more about the story of the Crane family in order to get ideas. Like us, they loved boating, so we ordered nautical charts of coastal Cape Ann to display our escort cards. For cocktail hour we accented the back patio with brass lanterns, hurricane glasses, and gold rimmed oyster shells. When our guests arrived at the Crane Estate, they were greeted by a decadent raw bar displayed in an antique dory by Vinwood Caterers. Our signature cocktail, the “September Storm,” a nod to the rum-runners of Ipswich’s past, was passed as a string quartet played.

As the sun went down, we all went inside for a delicious dinner of prosciutto wrapped chicken and filet mignon with local fall produce. We asked Becca Olcott at Petal Floral Design to make the flowers seem as though they could have been picked wild from just outside the house. She surpassed every expectation I had with the most beautiful bouquets and arrangements of dahlias, clover, and amaranthus in creams, pinks, reds, and purple. Our awesome reception band, Search Party wowed everybody for two hours of dancing, and guests looking for a break helped themselves to cannoli-flavored cake. As the night came to an end, we sent our guests off with bags of salt-water taffy.

The day was truly perfect. Despite multiple locations and the need to move people from various hotels to church and then the venue, everything ran really smoothly, thanks to Ana of Northshore Weddings by Ana, who we hired to do day-of coordination. The weather, always unpredictable in New England, was bright and warm. Most importantly, Mark and I felt truly loved and supported as we got married, and were thankful to my parents for hosting a fabulous party to help celebrate and show our gratitude to all those that got us there. We are incredibly grateful for the beautiful photographs by Lindsey Ocker, and the video by Heirloom Pictures, both of which will make it a joy to reminisce about this wonderful day throughout our marriage.

Photography: Lindsey Ocker Photography | Videography: Heirloom Pictures | Floral Design: Petal Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Elizabeth Fillmore | Cake: Topsfield Bakeshop | Invitations: Invitations By Design | Ceremony Venue: Immaculate Conception | Reception Venue: Crane Estate | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Kennedy Blue | Catering: Vinwood | Make-up: Karla Patricia | Hair: Hair That Moves | Band: Search Party | Bridal Boutique: Ceremony | Day-of Coordinator: Ana Stefanovich

These Featured Designers are members of our Look Book.
For membership information, click here
English Garden Party Inspired Wedding at Crane Estate

I’ll always be a fan of pretty photos (and this gallery from Hello Love Photography is chock full of them) but when I come upon a Bride whose story is so well told that I feel like I know her and her Groom, well, it doesn’t get much better than that. Brighter Lights Media captured this love live and with Mayflour Confections and White Label DJs, a good time is guaranteed. Make your Tuesday better right here!

[iframe http://player.vimeo.com/video/119243999 600 338]

From the beautiful Bride… Playful, wholesome, personal – those are the three words I used as inspiration while designing our wedding day on September 28th, 2014 at The Crane Estate in Ipswich, Massachusetts.

Walt and I met in college, and although I was a geography major and he a theater major, we share a love for art, history, mysterious things, and Michael Jackson music. Before our engagement last August in Paris, we spent two weeks exploring the Scottish and English countryside. We both have deep roots from that area, and were so awestruck by the classic gorgeousness – the rolling hills endlessly dotted with sheep, the warm people, the ancient ruins, the lush gardens. We knew our dream for our wedding day would be to combine the feeling of that place with the beauty of New England’s coastline for some of our favorite people in the world (minus the sheep, unfortunately).

We chose to have our ceremony and reception at The Crane Estate for several reasons. The winding drive there through the marshes and past grazing horses definitely echoed our drives through the UK countryside. The historic house and knockout view – complete with rolling lawns, sunken gardens, and the Atlantic Ocean – were something both Walt and I knew we wanted our guests to experience and enjoy. Most importantly though, the beach at Crane is where I played while growing up, where we take our dog, Bella, to run in the winter, as well as the first place I ever flew a plane (a life dream and first anniversary gift from Walt), so it had also become quite personal to us over the years. We had found our place.

Although the Estate itself is quite grand and even somewhat imposing, our vision for the day was a simple and sincere old-fashioned daytime family affair. Over the months of planning, sticking to that vision despite the grandeur of Crane became a fun puzzle.

First and foremost, we wanted our guests to feel completely comfortable – as though they had arrived at a friend’s home for a relaxed garden party – so we decided that as they entered through the majestic house to the lawn where the ceremony would be held, the first things they would see, hear, taste, and feel would be: ocean, acoustic guitar, basil-infused lemonade, and sunshine.

One of our favorite aspects of Crane are two massive, stone griffins that guard either side of the rear terrace. They were gifts given to the original owner of the Estate from his employees, so naturally, we had to dress those two up a bit for the occasion! Erica Gregory of Lilac and Lily Floral Design draped gorgeous green garland around their necks, as well as around the cake and sweetheart tables. She worked with us to create the feel of a typical English garden with soft arrangements of garden roses and greenery, fragrant potted lavender and other herbs, as well as large potted ferns.

While we wanted our day to be inspired by both our heritage and love of all things English and Scottish, we did our best to be subtle while infusing that into our decor. Bits of tartan ribbon could be found throughout (including bows on the back of my shoes), and our naked Victoria Sponge Cake baked by Mayflour Confections was every bit as delicious as the ones we devoured in teashops across the pond.

To create a more intimate vibe, we chose to forego a large bridal party, and instead had our closest family and friends participate in other ways. My mother served as my matron of honor and Walt’s best friend from college was his best man. My five nieces -whose ages range from 10 to 24 – were our gorgeous flower girls, complete with hand-tied floral crowns and ethereal ivory chiffon dresses. The youngest walked down the aisle in the traditional style, while the older girls handed out programs and cones filled with rose petals for post-nuptial tossing. My four nephews served as ring bearers. The youngest two carried our wedding bands down the aisle and the older assisted with the Ring Warming Ceremony led by my sister, Hayley. It was important to us that every guest there felt that they were an active part of our beginning, so having them each take a moment to hold our rings and put their well wishes into the gold is truly a treasured moment.

As Walt waited patiently in his handsome plaid Ted Baker London suit, I walked down the aisle escorted by my oldest brother carrying a bouquet of delicate roses, fresh lavender, white Scottish heather (for good luck!), dusty miller, and ranunculus wrapped in an ivory ribbon and a gold locket which held a picture of my late father. To complement my ivory silk Kelly Faetanini ‘Genevieve’ dress, I also wore the pearl earrings my father had given my mother for Christmas before he passed away when I was seven.

After officially becoming Mr. and Mrs, the day continued with our wholesome, laid-back theme. Lawn games, lounge furniture dotted with pretty floral throw pillows handmade by my mother, and fun parasols to shield the (surprisingly strong) late September sun put people in a playful mood. Our amazing friend Jesse Ciarmataro lovingly played his guitar, and before long there were children running and dancing everywhere while our guests soaked up some rays and indulged. We opted for a fun brunch-inspired menu featuring a bubbly bar with assorted fresh fruit purees, ‘Old Cuban’ signature cocktails, miniature pancake muffins, lobster rolls, yogurt parfaits, crepes (a little nod to our Parisian engagement!), and frittatas.

Walt and his friends are avid Dungeons and Dragons players, so as a surprise to him, I ordered navy blue dragon-shaped escort cards exclusively for that select group. Also, rather than seat everyone with only their friends, we did our best to thoughtfully mix people up. As an icebreaker of sorts, I had our stationer type up tented cards for their tables pointing out what everyone had in common and to hopefully get them talking. For instance, one card said, “Two of you have run Tough Mudders” and another said “Three of you are yoga teachers” – it was really fun to see what interests and experiences people from totally separate pieces of our lives share. We finished off the decor with framed pictures of our pets, family members who were no longer with us, as well as a personalized watercolor map of Ipswich.

After two heartfelt speeches by Walt’s best man and my brother, we had our first dance, and then our guests joined us on the dance floor for an impromptu ‘Thriller’ flash mob attempt. As the merriment continued, everyone cooled off with frozen espresso drinks made by the wonderful Espresso Dave. Hiring him was one of the last additions we made to our wedding plans, but we are so glad we did. An espresso cart is the perfect way to keep a dance party going!

As the afternoon was coming to a close, we both went off and changed into our going away outfits for our last dance. We were headed to Hawaii the very next morning, and as a surprise, my family bought us leis to wear as we swayed to Jack Johnson’s song “Lucky.” A traditional London cab waited for us outside, and as we walked out of the house, a husband and wife bagpiper duo played as we said our goodbyes and left to begin our adventure as husband and wife.

Handcrafting this wedding was one of the greatest joys of my life thus far. As a woman whose father passed away at such a young age, planning a wedding was challenging… something I can honestly say I’ve actually dreaded for a long time. However, when creating this day I truly tried to honor his spirit and embrace life. I worked hard to create a day that not only Walt and I would enjoy as a couple, but that would also give our most beloved family and friends a wonderful love-fueled afternoon to remember.

Not being a stereotypically thin bride myself, I will admit the pressure of gown shopping was not the most enjoyable aspect of the wedding planning experience for me. I waited until the last minute to look, and it was painful to try on samples that in no way fit… there were most definitely some tears happening. After visiting several salons, I found the team at Allegria Bridal, and I am thrilled to say I felt so unbelievably beautiful on my wedding day because of them. The gown I chose was fashion-forward despite being made in a larger size. It was light, had an amazing twirl factor, and the unique peplum detail echoed the waves of the ocean. I didn’t want to take it off!

Photography: Hello Love Photography | Cinematography: Brighter Lights Media | Event Design: Bride | Floral Design: Lilac And Lily Floral Design And Event Styling | Cake: Mayflour Confections | Bride's Shoes: Milk and Honey Shoes | Engagement Ring: Brilliant Earth | Catering: Fireside Catering | DJ : White Label DJs | Groom's Attire: Ted Baker | Wedding Venue: The Crane Estate | Bridal Boutique: Allegria Bridal | Bride's Hair: Andrew Michaels Salon & Spa | Bride's Hair Comb: Anna Marguerite | Guitarist: Jesse Ciarmataro | Invitations, Chalkboards & Signage: Fleuri Post | Lawn Games: Etsy | London Cab: London Livery | Older Flower Girl Dresses: J.Crew | Parasols: Luna Bazaar | Place Cards: JonNi Paper Goods | Ring Bearer Attire: J.Crew | Wedding Map: Laura Lavender Calligraphy & Illustration | Wedding Rings: One Stone New York | Younger Flower Girl Dress: Gowns by Ginny

These Featured Designers are members of our Look Book.
For membership information, click here
Rustic Summer Wedding at the Barn at the Crane Estate

It’s our lucky Friday, with not one, but two Joyelle West wonders. We loved on this elegant Rhode Island manor wedding this morning and now we’re crushing hard on this Crane Estate beauty. Held at their Italian-style barn, this celebration was bursting with rich jewel tones, reminding me why I so adore autumn weddings. This gorgeous gallery isn’t one to be missed!

From Joyelle West… Brittany and Brandon had a timeless black and white wedding at the Barn at the Crane Estate in Ipswich, MA. Their ceremony was in the field that was the vegetable garden in the early 1900s, and the reception was in the Italian-style barn. I was in love with the beautiful old garden, the sweeping grounds, and the light we had that day.

From The Bride… My mom and I picked all the décor, we have similar style and she knows exactly what I like so we work really well together. Many things were found on Etsy, my mom found my something blue (a pin with two cats and a blue moon) as well as the antique French mailbox for cards, which were two of my favorite elements!

The chocolate cake was decorated with stars. My cousin Jamie’s girlfriend Krista baked the macaroons, she had never baked for an event before and did such an amazing job, they were delicious and she is such a sweetheart for taking on such a big first job!

Melinda has been my hairdresser for years and I wouldn’t trust anyone else with my hair for my wedding. My loose and pretty hairstyle worked so well with my hairpiece and perfectly complemented my beautiful strapless gown. My hair and my makeup, which I did myself, as well as the cat pin on my bouquet and my perfectly witchy pointy black suede kitten heeled Mary-Janes made me still feel like myself which was important.

Shelley made up the most gorgeous arrangements, especially the urns, which were lined with moss and were part of the garden ceremony and then were moved down to either side of the barn doors. The colors of the flowers were peach, pink, burgundy and white with accents of silver dusty miller and eucalyptus. My bouquet included Coral Charm peonies, Juliet garden roses, jasmine, burgundy ranunculus and silver dusty miller. Shelley designed it so it would mirror my headpiece.

Brandon and I made sure we sat down and ate delicious food together and spent most of the night dancing with each other, which is always our favorite part of weddings. We ended the night with Shout by Lulu, it is one of my favorite songs, I just love her energy and her voice and was so happy that so many people joined us on the dance floor for a happy energetic song before we said our goodbyes. We had perfect weather and an amazing night and Joyelle captured it all beautifully with her stunning photography style!

My advice to other brides would be look at other people’s weddings for ideas but make sure you stay true to your own personal style, surround yourself with people you love and blot your face during the reception (Shiseido Pureness Blotting Paper is the best!) Also, don’t have three martinis the night before your wedding if you only had sushi for dinner and (super cliché) marry your best friend!

Photography: Joyelle West Photography | Flowers: Bow Street Flowers | Wedding Dress: Oscar De La Renta | Cakes: Flour Bakery | Shoes: Prada | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Alexandra Grecco | Hair : Melinda Brandt And Kerri Marland | Wedding Venue: The Barn At The Crane Estate | Cake Topper Stars: BHLDN | Flowergirl & Ringbearer Accessories: J.Crew | Groom’s Suit: J.Crew | Hairpiece: Twigs & Honey

These Featured Designers are members of our Look Book.
For membership information, click here
Romantic Winter Wedding

As gorgeous as they are romantic, here at SMP we love winter weddings. Especially when said affair includes Casey Durgin and Blissful Beginnings behind the scenes. A snowy gem complete with New England elements makes the perfect inviting winter escape. A culmination of all things cozy and we’re only getting started, see the gallery for much more!

From the beautiful Bride… This romantic winter wedding following a snow storm features a design palette of white flowers, lace, burnished silver, mercury glass and lots of candles. The space was transformed into a warm & inviting winter escape.

My husband and I both grew up in New Hampshire, but we’ve made the North Shore of Massachusetts our home. We decided to get married in January at St. Mary’s in Danvers, MA, and celebrate our marriage nearby, at Ipswich Country Club. We chose to get married in the winter for a variety of reasons – from wanting our wedding to be just a bit “different,” to needing to getting married during a time period when I could take enough time off from work and school (Dan works in software sales, and I work in marketing and take MBA courses at night in Boston) for both a wedding and a honeymoon someplace warm.

When my husband and I started planning our wedding – we chose to prioritize several key components – a location that had charm and plenty of room for dancing, good people to work with, delicious food, and the opportunity to celebrate with our closest family and friends. In terms of our wedding design and decorations – I wanted our wedding to look classic with touches of vintage.

We knew we were taking a bit of a risk by having our wedding in January in New England — and sure enough, we were hit with a snowstorm just two days before our wedding. When the snow started to come down the Thursday before our Saturday wedding, I literally had 10 minutes to pick up my dress (with the help of my amazing maid-of-honor and her husband, who came to the rescue in their large, four-wheel drive vehicle) before the shop closed for business due to snow. We were nervous about how the snowstorm would affect travel for our guests and parking at the church – but as luck would have it, the storm stopped before the wedding rehearsal and we had beautiful snow covering everything for the wedding day.

When we look back now at our wedding day – we are so happy with all the decisions that we made. We had an amazing day with our wonderful family and friends, and are so thankful for all of the people who helped and supported us along the way.

Photography: Casey Durgin Photography | Wedding Planner: Blissful Beginnings Wedding and Event Design | Florist: Flora Ventures | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridal | Cake: Wild Orchid Baking Company | Church: Saint Mary's | Bridesmaids' Dresses: David's Bridal | Hair & Makeup: Vero Salon & Spa | DJ: Get Down Tonight | Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Country Club: Ipswich Country Club

These Featured Designers are members of our Look Book.
For membership information, click here
Multicultural Wedding at the Crane Estate

I love it when a couple incorporates their heritage throughout their wedding day. Accenting the natural beauty of the Crane Estate, this cultural affair was seamlessly planned by True Event and captured by Leila Brewster with no shortage of Petal Floral Design blooms. Capers Catering kept guests energized while The Beat Train Productions serenaded into the night. More right here!

[iframe http://player.vimeo.com/video/106656824 600 338]

From Caitlin at True Event… Working on this gorgeous wedding gave us the opportunity to get to know one of the most amazing couples we’ve met and work with an extraordinary team of vendors at a stunning venue which made the whole day come together perfectly for Sonia and Andrew. With cultural elements brought into the ceremony and reception, this wedding was one that we will remember forever. No detail was missed and all of those details were tied together seamlessly helping to create the most stunning ambiance at this sophisticated and whimsical wedding. The traditional Indian attire for the wedding party was a unique and cultural element that was brought in thanks to Sonia and Andrew’s stunning taste and vision for their wedding. The greenery placed throughout the decor of the wedding, including the moss for the escort card table, the beautiful floral arrangement and design, as well as the moss chandeliers hanging throughout the tent, were aspects of the design that added to the elegance of the event and played perfectly towards the color palette of greens, blush tones, whites and gold accents. Sonia and Andrew’s wedding is one that True Event thoroughly enjoyed designing and coordinating and will never forget – all thanks to the beautiful couple!

Photography: leila brewster | Florist: Petal Floral Design | Wedding Cake: Jenny's Wedding Cakes | Ceremony Venue: Crane Estate | Reception Venue: Crane Estate | Catering: Capers Catering | Makeup: Dani Wagener Beauty | Hair: Lindsay Griffin | Lighting: Ryan Designs, LLC | DJ: Beat Train Productions | Rabbi: Eternity Band Trio | Limousine: Black Tie Limousine | Transportation: Crystal Transportation | Tent: Seacoast Tents | Event Design & Coordination: TRUE Event | Music: Don Ngatia | Paper: Patti Murphy Designs | Photo Booth: First Mate | Rentals: Peterson Party Center | Spanish Guitarist: Jose Allende

These Vendors are members of our Little Black Book.
For membership information, click here
Elegant Summer Wedding at Crane Estate

With a fiancé from the North Shore, I’m one of the lucky ones who knows just how gorgeous that area is. And at Crane Estate, overlooking the shining sea, it’s a bride-to-be’s dream. This elegant affair was the perfect match for the stunning Estate and Jillian Mitchell was there to snap up every detail of the day. Join me in the full gallery and good luck not falling in love with every inch of this beauty.

From Jillian Mitchell… Andrea (Fifi) and Patrick knew that they wanted to throw a bash full of grandeur and it was nothing short of that when they decided on the insanely beautiful Crane Estate in Ipswich, MA. It’s now a state park, but for years was a mansion of the rich and famous with parties thrown every weekend.

From the Bride… The Crane Estate is a place we visit often to take in the most beautiful views the North Shore has to offer. We will bring our children there on our anniversary and show them how for one day we were Royalty. Since the ocean is such a large part of who we are the simple white and beachy theme was a no-brainer and I think it kept the day light and fun. The details of the twine and whale napkin rings, sand dollar bracelets on the girls, little pops of peach roses sprinkled below the massive white hydrangea, and candle light everywhere all came together exactly as I had pictured it months before.

Photography: Jillian Mitchell | Floral Design: Lilac And Lily Floral Designs | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Invitations: DIY By Bride | Ceremony Venue: Crane Estate | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Groomsmen's Attire: J.Crew | Getting Ready Attire: Silk And More | Wedding Rings: M.K. Benatti Jewelers

These Featured Designers are members of our Look Book.
For membership information, click here
Elegant Crane Estate Wedding

Ah, the Crane Estate. I may be a bit biased as my fiancé’s parents were married there 36 years ago, but every time a soiree held at this charming venue makes it’s way through our submissions door, I’m filled with delight. It has set the stage for seaside elegance time and again, and this beauty from Jenny Moloney Photography is no exception. View the full gallery right here!

From the beautiful Bride…Rich and I first visited the Crane Estate on a cold, rainy November day, but upon first setting foot on the grounds, I immediately fell in love with the old world romance of the place – from the rolling hills, salt marshes, sweeping ocean views, to the sunken gardens. Wandering the grounds, I remember forgetting where we were for a moment and feeling like I had been swept away to some grand manor in the English countryside. I had always imagined our wedding as an organic, warm, and intimate celebration with our closest family and friends, and this landscape felt like the perfect backdrop. With such beautiful natural surroundings, I was interested in simple, beautiful design that would let the setting speak for itself. I selected an organic color palette, rich in texture, embracing dusty greens, soft creams and blush tones, with a few touches of yellow. Throughout the planning process, we were blessed to work with an amazingly talented and giving team who made our wedding more than I could have ever imagined. Vinwood catered our delicious dinner feast, while Hilary Larson from Eat Cake! crafted the most perfect buttercream vanilla cake and cupcakes. In the months leading up the wedding, my mom collected dozens of antique cake pedestals and vintage English teacups and saucers for our dessert tables. Kerianne Steele from Les Fleur styled our lovely floral arrangements, tying my bouquet with hand-dyed ribbon from Froufrou Chic. Sarah Robins Powell’s delicate and airy calligraphy added that something “extra” to our wedding, and I especially adored the little map she created for our programs. All of these details as well as the fleeting moments of the wedding day were captured purely and intimately by our immeasurably talented photographer, Jenny Moloney, and cinematographer, Chris Koch.

Photography: Jenny Moloney Photography | Videography: Chord Weddings | Floral Design: Les Fleurs | Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza | Cake: Eat Cake! | Stationery: Sarah Robins Design | Ceremony Venue: Crane Estate | Reception Venue: Crane Estate | Bride's Shoes: J.Crew | Catering: Vinwood | Makeup: Alexandra Dale Makeup Artistry | Hair: Lauren Connors | DJ: C-Zone Entertainment | Groom's Suit: Hugo Boss | Ceremony & Cocktail Music: The Modern Harpist / Lauren Baker | Groom's Shoes: Stefano Bemer | Ribbon: FrouFrou Chic

These Vendors are members of our Little Black Book.
For membership information, click here
Seaside Engagement Session at Crane Beach

Around these parts she’s known as our LBB extraordinaire, but today our dear Melissa – also the voice behind Yours Truly – is sharing a look inside her very own engagement. It’s a day at the sea made for two captured by Rebecca Yale Photography, and the images that follow are unbelievably gorgeous. Read on for the Groom-to-be’s proposal recap, and peek back as Melissa talks invites with Wedding Paper Divas!

From Rebecca Yale PhotographyI was so incredibly honored when Melissa asked me to photograph her engagement! We shot on the gorgeous Crane Beach on one of the last beautiful warm days of summer as the sun set behind us and turned the sky and ocean around us the most beautiful shade of pink. Melissa and Shawn were such a pleasure to photograph! I adore engagement sessions because they are such a wonderful opportunity to capture some real moments of this unique time in your life of being young and in love and just being yourselves. Melissa and Shawn could not have been more genuinely in love and they were so sweet with each other the whole shoot, which makes my job so fun – and hello supermodel alert – I felt like I was on a fashion shoot on the beach with these two stunners! We were having so much fun we shot every inch of available light as the sun set around us, and luckily didn’t get in too much trouble for staying out on the sand after dark, because I just couldn’t stop shooting these two!

From the Groom-to-be… After dating Melissa for 8 years, I decided it was time for me to buck up and finally ask the woman that I so dearly adore to finally do the honor of marrying me. So first things first, I started backwards planning on how I was going to pull it all off.

Since we’re both scuba divers, I thought it would be amazing to propose underwater. We both love the ocean, we live only a couple miles from our local beach and in the summer, we’re usually on our boat when we have free time. The first gift I ever gave her was the conch shell we included in our engagement photos that I found while scuba diving in Turks & Caicos for my marine biology course in college. So it only seemed fitting to do it by the water.

With my parents having recently retired near Palm Beach in Florida, I planned a getaway to visit them and everything was set. I had my father do a recon of the best dive shop in the area prior to our arrival, to say the least, but unfortunately the rough seas that week didn’t cooperate, so I had to switch to plan B.

My parents took us to see The Breakers and my mother recommended to propose in the botanical garden, which was beautiful, but it didn’t feel quite like us, so I held off and waited to take her to a secluded area of Delray Beach we had planned to visit the next day. We found a quiet little cabana and within five minutes of setting up our spot, I asked “Melissa, will you marry me?”. You should have seen her face—she never saw it coming. It was perfect, tears of joy, and an absolute “Yes” with a hug and a kiss followed by a celebratory piña colada at a fun tiki bar across the street called The Sandbar.

Photography: Rebecca Yale Photography | Floral Design: Yours Truly | Hair & Makeup: LuxeBar | Blush Pink Dress: Revolve Clothing | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Location: Crane Beach | Print: Julie Song Ink | White Sundress: Nordstrom

These Vendors are members of our Little Black Book.
For membership information, click here
Elegant Estate Wedding In Ipswich

Few towns fit the New England Colonial aesthetic more than Ipswich, and there are few weddings that fit in with that timelessness as seamlessly as these nuptials at the Crane Estate. There’s a whole gallery of highbrow details like  the bride’s lace Lea Ann Belter gown against a perfectly manicured bouquet of white roses and peonies. Lucky us, we get to see it all through A Guy + A Girl Photography‘s lens.


From A Guy + A Girl Photography….Susannah was the most elegantly beautiful bride; her hair loosely woven into twists, her lace gown fitting perfectly. Patrick was as dapper as could be in his classic tux. The pair had a softly subtle elegance that flowed between each other throughout the fabulous crane estate in Ipswich, Massachusetts all day.

Photography: a guy + a girl photography | Floral Design: Flores Mantilla | Wedding Dress: Lea-Ann Belter Bridal Flagship Boutique | Cake: Cakes for Occasions | Invitations: Gus & Ruby Letterpress | Reception Venue: Crane Estate | Shoes: Nina | Catering: Vinwood | Makeup: The Makeup Artists | Hair: Kathy Drew | DJ: Eric Poss | Grooms Attire: Club Monaco

Gatsby Garden Party Wedding

Four words: Gatsby garden party… aka, a guaranteed day of pretty with vintage details, glamorous stylings and lush, gorgeous florals combining to make one seriously amazing party.  Think vibrant pink blooms from Ford Flowers, a divine gown from Madeline’s Daughter and all sorts of beautiful moments captured by Lindsey Ocker Photography.  See them all in the full gallery.

From the Bride… When Matt first proposed, we agreed that we were going to take it slow and enjoy being engaged. We looked a few places online and decided to go see the Hellenic Center in Ipswich and completely fell in love with it. I loved the fireplaces, chandeliers and beautiful grounds in the back. It was smooth sailing from there. Everything just seemed to fall into place. Next I needed to find the dress. I had a vision in my head of what I wanted and I walked out with a completely different dress. I loved its vintage glamour feel and it gave me a great idea for a theme for the wedding. “The Great Gatsby” is one of my favorite books and I always dreamed of attending a famous Gatsby Garden Party. Our guests got to sip cocktails on the grounds with old friends and meet some new ones. We visited some antique stores to add some vintage details to the ballroom. I met with the florist (who is one of my best friends and a bridesmaid) and told her my vision of garden flowers and they went above and beyond anything I ever expected.

Matt and I are opposites when it comes to a lot of things. I am easy-going and say yes to everything while he is more realistic and thinks things through. That helped kept each other balanced during the planning. More importantly, we had fun and didn’t take it all too seriously. We wanted it to be the best party we have ever been to. We took time to pick out favorite songs for the DJ, made sure our favorite drinks were at the bar and remembered that it was about us. I am so grateful for Matt’s support for every idea I had and how he did everything he could to make it happen.

It is hard to decide what my favorite part of the wedding was because it seems like every part was my favorite. Walking down the aisle was an experience I will never forget. I was so happy and I couldn’t wait to see Matt. I practically ran down the aisle. His face when I got there was my one of my favorite moments. I couldn’t stop smiling and he was holding back tears. That is when it all felt real.

I didn’t stop smiling all day from the First Dance until the last dance when all our best friends were huddled around us as we sang “Young Forever.” I would do it all over again the exact same way. I haven’t stopped looking at the pictures and remembering how lucky and happy I am to have married Matt and had a perfect wedding.

Photography: Lindsey Ocker Photography | Flowers: Ford Flowers | Dress: Madeline's Daughter | Cake: Eat Cake! | Ceremony: Immaculate Conception | Reception: The Hellenic Center | Make-up: Makeup by Sarah Alicea | Hair: Brittany Lambert

Glam New Year’s Eve Wedding Inspiration

Here at SMP, we LOVE a good New Year’s shoot. Especially when it happens to involve Sarah Jayne PhotographyThe Little ThingsVal Marie Paper and so many more. With a fresh, glam spin on a classic NYE affair, this pretty fest is the best way to spend the last hours of 2013 – guaranteed. Find it all right here!

From Sarah Jayne Photography… For this New Year’s Eve-inspired shoot, we infused a modern twist with the traditionally classic feel of a New Year’s Eve wedding. The bride wore two looks. Her first look featured a jeweled headband as a complement her jeweled belt, which added a glam element to the more formal ceremony look. The bride’s second look was less formal and more party-focused and featured a fun and ultra sparkly gown with a corset top hand-embroidered with beading and crystals.

The décor was focused around a gold/black/white color palette infused with pops of jewel tones. A ceiling installation featuring glass balls hand-filled with different textures of gold and mixed jewel tones hung above the reception table, which had sequins lightly scattered about. We assembled “Midnight Snack Packs,” which included an individual bottle of champagne, slice of cake, and packet of confetti for guests to sip, savor, and scatter to ring in the New Year.

We had so much fun putting this New Year’s Eve inspiration together, and we hope you enjoy it! Most importantly, happy New Year! We hope 2014 is your best year yet!

Photography: Sarah Jayne Photography | Event Design: The Little Things | Floral Design: Sweet Annie Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Allegria Bridal | Cake: Topsfield Bakeshop | Stationery: Val Marie Paper | Reception Venue: The Hellenic Center | Jewelry: Flock Boston | Makeup: Tada Makeup | Hair: Lindsay Griffin | Venue: The Hellenic Center | Model: Lisa Mara | Rentals: Peterson Party Center | Wedding Dress - First Look: Judd Waddell | Wedding Dress - Second Look: Eve Of Milady

Ipswich, MA Wedding at The Crane Estate

Traditional weddings will forever be some of my favorite fêtes. Timeless and classic, weddings like this one at the stunning Crane Estate will be as gorgeous as today as they are fifty years from now, and thanks to Amanda Julca this couple’s gorgeous day can live on forever. See even more here.

Amanda JulcaOn the most beautiful summer day just north of Boston, Nicole married her best friend Jon at the stunning historic site of The Crane Estate. The setting was spectacular and represented the couples taste for elegance, simplicity and romance beautifully.

Photographer: Amanda Julca | Flowers: Whole Foods Market Preston | Wedding Dress: Aire Barcelona | Cake: Icing On The Cake | Shoes: Kate Spade | Hair And Makeup: Family Friend | DJ: All The Music | Venue: The Crane Estate Ipswich, MA | Bridesmaid Earrings: Kate Spade | Classical Guitarist: Scott Ouellette | Earrings: J.Crew | Sash: Flair Bridesmaid Boutique | Veil: DIY By The Bride | Wedding Dress Boutique: La Reine Bridal

Crane Beach Love Shoot from Cambria Grace Photography

Funny story. I became email friends with Lauren Wells way back when we featured her wedding here on SMP. We wrote back and forth like old pals, but it wasn’t until JUST recently we met and put a face to the name. And while she’s just sweet as a peach in real life, it’s nothing compared to her talent as a budding event extraordinaire — mark my words, this girl is one to watch. Cambria Grace snapped the cutest little sesh of Lauren and her sweetie with floral crown pretties by Pollen Floral Design. And because it’s almost too much cute to bear, we’ve wrapped up the rest for you in the full gallery right here.

From Cambria Grace Photography… Lauren (of Lauren Wells Events) came to me and asked if I could take some photos for her website which is currently being designed. A husband and wife team (Lauren is the lead planner and designer, while Matt is director of special projects/builder of all awesome things), I was excited to work with the creative duo. They had also never done engagement photos, so I was able to get some happy couple-y shots for the two of them. Lauren’s vision for her site was to break away from the super soft and romantic, and to instead have a website that says “Let’s throw one heck of a party.” Adamant there be no kissing photos for fear it would look too much like an engagement shoot (although Matt snuck one in!), my job was easy as they never stopped laughing or looking completely smitten with one another. As a photographer, this couple is an absolute dream to photograph. I loved working with these two and definitely recommend them for any party or event planning!

Photography: Cambria Grace Photography | Event Planning: Lauren Wells Events | Flower Crown: Pollen Floral Design

Romantic Elegance at The Crane Estate from Melissa DeSchamp Photography

I’m not typically what you would call a girly girl, but when it comes to pink, there’s just no resisting its beauty.  Because pink is the kind of color that adds a dash of romance to every mesmerizing detail it touches, and it’s shining brightly in this gorgeous affair captured by Melissa DeSchamp Photography. From the lush blooms from Kerianne at Les Fleurs to the sparkling (+ yummy) cocktails to kick off the party, this, my friends, is all kinds of pink-filled pretty.  See it all right here in the full gallery.

And an amazing film from Whit Wales for even more lovely…

[iframe http://player.vimeo.com/video/58134089 600 338]

From the Bride… Derek and I fell in love with the Crane Estate from the first time we saw it in a magazine. When we first went to visit and saw the rolling hills, the beautiful water views, the magnificent estate, and the romantic Italian garden, we knew that was where we wanted to get married. We drew inspiration from our venue for the wedding decor; it provided a true romantic and vintage feel.

When I awoke on our wedding day, it was pouring buckets. So much for an outdoor ceremony in the Italian Garden and Dancing Under the Stars as our invitations had promised! Luckily we had a beautiful Plan B and all that mattered was that we were going to be married surrounded by every person we love and care about.

When I walked down the aisle toward my best friend, I had my father by my side. I also had a piece of the three most amazing women in my life along with me; a piece of lace from my mothers wedding gown was sewn into my dress, my Grandmas brooch was attached to my bouquet, and my Nana’s engagement ring was on my right hand. The involvement of our family and friends was the foundation of our wedding planning. They all truly played a part. My mother learned calligraphy so that she could address the invitations; my cousin designed our wedding logo, invitations, menus and programs. Family even took part in the reception entertainment! After their first set, our band let my brother take the drums and my cousin take the microphone, and they performed an amazing rendition of Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours” for Derek and me.

When I heard the band call Derek and me back up front later on in the night, I didn’t know what was going on. My Dad, my cousin, and my brother took the stage, handed us Boston Red Sox hats with our wedding logo monogrammed on each of them, and started to sing Kenny Chesney’s “She’s from Boston.” I looked around and Red Sox hats were being handed out to all of our guests. I did have a favor for our guests (which was the only detail I never could quite decide on) and it was perfect! Just as the song was finishing, the late-night sausage cart rolled in. Amazing!

Our wedding day truly was perfect. We couldn’t have had a better day surrounded by those who mean the world to us. A huge thank you to my Mom and to Ashley at the Crane Estate for making our vision for the day a reality– you executed each detail better than I could’ve imagined.

(And you never would’ve known it rained!)

Photography: Melissa Deschamp | Cinematography: Whit Wales | Wedding Dress: Badgley Mischka | Wedding Cake: Jenny's Wedding Cakes | Invitations: Bride's Cousin | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids Dresses: Dessy Collection By Vivian Diamond | Bridesmaids Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Bridesmaids Dresses: Carol Hannah | Caterer: Vinwood | Calligraphy: Bride's Mother | Transportation: Antique Limousine | Wedding Venue: Crane Estate | Bridal Boutique: L'elite Boston | Bridal Boutique (Bridesmaids): Bella Bridesmaid | Floral: Les Fleurs | Hair and Make-Up: Viselli Santoro Salon | Music: First Class Band | Tent and Rentals: Peterson Party Center

These Featured Designers are members of our Look Book.
For membership information, click here
Crane Estate Wedding from Studio Atticus

You lovelies in Massachusetts really know how to throw a classic wedding.  Well, let’s face it… you know how to throw ANY style of wedding, but classic meets traditional?  You own it. Proving my point?  This beautiful Mrs. and her dapper Mr., who with the help of The Perfect Details, threw a jaw-droppingly gorgeous affair at The Crane Estate complete with lush blooms from Dana Markos and stunningly perfect images from Studio Atticus.  See them all right here.

From Studio AtticusEmily and Dan are both attorneys who live and work in New York. Their friends and family united on a beautiful day in May at the Crane Estate to celebrate their marriage. The day sparkled with everyone’s happiness. During the toasts, Dan spoke of the first time he spotted Emily across a courtroom. Later, Emily mentioned in her speech that because she is a defense attorney, she wasn’t sure if she could date a prosecutor. Clearly, Dan persuaded her otherwise!

[dotted]

Photography: Connie Miller of Studio Atticus | Wedding Venue: The Crane Estate | Event Planner: Donna Kim of The Perfect Details | Floral Design: Dana Markos | Hair + Makeup: Kathy Macdonald of Beleza Salon | Band: K2 Band | Cinematography: Heirloom Pictures

Ipswich Wedding at Turner Hill Mansion from April K Photography

This is the kind of wedding that just makes you happy.  The kind of wedding where smiles are contagious and drop-dead gorgeous details are bursting from every nook and cranny.  It’s a powerful force, people. And even better than all of the pretty?  The sweet bride and groom.  A couple that is sooo in love, they laugh, smile and dance the night away with a never-ending joy.  Fall in love with them in the full gallery captured by April K Photography.  It’s all kinds of amazing.

From April K PhotographyThis dreamy and romantic love celebration was nothing short of amazing. From the breathtaking flowers to the “Love Actually” ceremony ending, there was not a detail overlooked. Kaitlyn and Kenny topped off the day with never ending passion and emotion for each other.

[dotted]

Wedding Photography: April K Photography | Wedding Venue: Turner Hill Mansion | Floral Design: Pepperberry’s | Event Design + Planning: Bride + Carol Travers, Turner Hill Mansion | Invitations: Michael’s | Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal | Shoes: Valentino