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Your Visual Playbook the Prettiest Brunch Wedding

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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9 Wedding Locations You Havent Heard About Yet

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

THE ST. REGIS WASHINGTON, D.C.

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

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

W SCOTTSDALE

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

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

LE MÉRIDIEN DELFINA SANTA MONICA

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

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

HOTEL COLONNADE CORAL GABLES, A TRIBUTE PORTFOLIO HOTEL 

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

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

THE WESTIN CHICAGO NORTHWEST

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

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

SHERATON SAN DIEGO HOTEL & MARINA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE WESTIN GALLERIA & OAKS HOUSTON

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

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

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New England Wedding Inspired by Pride & Prejudice

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

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

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

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

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

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

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This Crane Estate Engagement Is a Timeless Beauty at Its Finest

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

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

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

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Classic Summer Wedding on Martha’s Vineyard

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Vintage Bikes + Boardwalk Strolls for a Nantucket Engagement

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A Rainy Day Creates an Intimate Wedding

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Seaside Views Are Stunning at This Backyard Celebration

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Modern + Chic Estate Affair on Cape Cod

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

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

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

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

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

Happiness is a Gorgeous Garden Celebration in the Sunshine

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

Anything-But-Boring Backyard Wedding in Massachusetts

Can you believe this gorgeous setup is in a backyard? Yes, a BACKYARD. Right? If I didn’t know better, I’d think Jenny Moloney‘s captures of this day took place at a full on wedding venue. But with vendors like Black Bow Events, Anchor & Grace, La Tavola and Forklift Catering, just to name a few—the beauty of this day comes as no surprise. Considering your very own at home fete? Make sure to spend a little extra time in this gallery my friends.

From Black Bow Events… When you think of backyard parties you probably picture picnic tables and checkered table cloths. But with over 200 guests, crystal chandeliers and tables dripping with white flowers, this backyard wedding was anything but typical.

Jen and Scott came to me with just three months to plan their wedding day. They had had a last minute change of heart and instead of eloping away from home, decided to marry in their hometown. The bride and groom grew up just a few miles from each other in Medfield, Massachusetts.

When they first mentioned that the wedding would take place in the bride’s parents’ front yard, I have to admit I was a bit skeptical. But one look at the space and I couldn’t wait to start planning. There was plenty of lawn space to put up a tent large enough to hold 200 guests for dinner and dancing.

The ceremony was held just down the street at the local church that the bride attended growing up. The couple kept the guest list short for the ceremony, inviting just their very closest family and friends to participate.

The evening started with cocktails around the pool. To move the guests over to the tent for dinner, we enticed them across the yard by having the couple make their big entrance during cocktail hour in the bride’s white convertible! Adorned with flowers and a ‘Just Married’ sign, they made the perfect entrance to the sounds of the guests cheering and raising their glasses to the newlyweds. Guests enjoyed various food stations under the tent before the band kicked up the fun.

Jen and Scott and their families were a dream to work with. The bride gave me a few images that she liked and let me run with the rest. The result was an understated and elegant garden wedding using various textures of white and touches of slate blue accented with silver, wood tones, and lush greenery. Jenny Moloney captured it all beautifully!

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Photography: Jenny Moloney Photography | Event Design: Black Bow Events The Black Bow Shop | Event Planning: Black Bow Events The Black Bow Shop | Floral Design: Anchor & Grace | Invitations: Minted | Reception Venue: Private Residence | Catering: Forklift Catering | Band: Eastern Standard | Venue: Private Residence | Tent: Peterson Party Center | Linens: BBJ Linen | La Tavola Linen | Rentals: Peterson Party Center | Rentals: Forklift Catering | Salt Signs: Forklift Catering | Wedding Day Paper Goods: Black Bow Events The Black Bow Shop

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Inspiration for a Heart-Filled Valentine’s Bash with Your Besties

From bridal shower to just because I love my friends, this party is the perfect reason to celebrate Valentine’s Day. And if heart balloons and a flower wall are involved, well that’s just the cherry on top. Crafted by Lindsey M. Events along with florals by Apotheca and photographs by Lindsay Hackney, this shower turned Galentine’s soiree will get you in the mood to celebrate come February 14.

From the planner, Lindsey M. Events… I have always dreamed of planning an ultra feminine and bright bridal shower photo shoot, and what better occasion than Valentine’s Day for a party with your best friends? After stumbling upon Trade, a restaurant in the heart of Boston’s Atlantic Wharf, I knew it would be in the perfect backdrop. As a planner and designer I live for contrast, and in this instance placing pink and girly elements against Trade’s industrial backdrop was exactly the contrast I needed. I like to call our color palette here “Go Bright or Go Home.” Metallic heart balloons and neon pink palm tree napkins are paired with yellow stripes and a whitewash floral wall. We embraced all things pink and girly for our bride-to-be and played with texture and pattern to create something fresh and energetic. With an all-star cast of vendors, our shoot came to life with more color and spunk than I ever could have dreamed!

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Flowers: Apotheca | Makeup: The Crown Boutique | Hair: Hair That Moves | Balloon Calligraphy: Lizzie Shea | Blue Dress: Cynthia Rowley | Bridal Shower Planner + Designer: Lindsey M. Events | Bride's Dress and Choker: ASOS | Confetti Hearts: Paper Source | Engagement Party Venue: TRADE | Fit & Flare Bridesmaid's Dress: ASOS | Granite Candle Holders: CB2 | Invitation: Emily A Howell Design | Macaron Picks: Happily Handmade Decor | Mini Pink Heart Balloon: Oh Shiny! Paper Co | Neon Yellow Necklace: J.Crew | Rentals: Be Our Guest | Taper Candles: Yummi Candles | Wardrobe Styling: AOK Style + Planning | Wedding Photographers: Lindsay Hackney

Heartwarming Boston Wedding Film Packed with Emotion

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting Boston, you know the charm our good city encompasses. Yes, I’m totally biased, but it really does ignite a spark—especially when it comes to weddings. Need proof? This heartwarming film captured by With This Ring Wedding Films is your answer. Grab the tissues for those sweet vows!

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From With This Ring Wedding FilmsOh Boston, it’s been too long! With This Ring was thrilled to be back – especially over Independence Day weekend – and even more thrilled to be able to spend time with Diana and David during their amazing wedding day at the Revere Hotel Boston Common, a sophisticated boutique hotel that takes inspiration from the city’s rich history while reveling in the unpredictable. These two got ready in their hotel suites and then tied the knot in Revere’s Space 57, one of the most versatile event spaces in Boston. Diana and David’s reception celebration continued into the evening with good food, good music and speeches from family and friends that came from the heart. Who could ask for more?

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Photography: Mikhail Glabets Lifestyle Photography | Cinematography: With This Ring Wedding Films | Reception Venue: Revere Hotel Boston Common | Wedding Venue: Revere Hotel Boston Common

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Planning the day of your dreams? This is a can’t-miss event.

Listen up, loves. Whatever you have planned for Sunday, February 12th, cancel it… now. Because The Wedding Day Expositions South Shore – Cape and Islands Bridal Show is happening from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm and it’s a day of inspo you just can’t miss. From fabulous vendors to live music to yummy eats, it’s a must for planning your dream wedding. Scroll for all of the deets.

Whether you are knee-deep in planning or have just started your wedding journey, The Wedding Day Expositions South Shore – Cape and Islands Bridal Show is exactly the event you need to throw that celebration of a lifetime. Think a strolling fashion show by La Reine Bridal, cake tastings, live music, a hair and beauty trends showcase (+ free temporary lashes!)  and one amazing wedding professional after another all in one gorgeous locale. Not to mention the fab prizes that will be given throughout the showcase, plus your chance to really tour the Pine Hills Pavilion, a venue that gives new meaning to the words warm and rustic. Your going to love it.

Ready to really, truly plan that wedding of your dreams? Then grab your besties + your one true love and make plans to attend The Wedding Day Expositions South Shore – Cape and Islands Bridal Show on February 12th. You’ll love the Pine Hills Pavilion (lunch on premise at the clubhouse is an absolute must) and meeting all of the amazing vendors that will help make those visions a reality. Click here to get your tickets ($10 at the door and $5 online) and head to The Wedding Day Expositions’ Facebook and Instagram for even more inspiration. Have fun!

A Rustic Take on a Cape Cod Wedding

With family from Texas to Brazil, this couple decided on a destination wedding to group all their guests in one perfect spot – Cape Cod. Esq.Events Wedding Coordination came on board to help them design the day of their dreams, including rustic details captured by Li Ward. See it all here!

Overbrook House is such an awesome wedding venue and our amazing couple made the most of the various spaces available. They hosted their families and friends on the property in Cape Cod: many visiting from Texas and Brazil. The ceremony was held on the lawn followed by cocktails and games in the garden and dinner in a sail cloth tent. The final stop was the dance hall for dancing and desserts. It was a warm, personal affair that continued well into the evening. The details and design of the entire event were elegant and whimsical fitting the rustic venue on the cape.

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Photography: Li Ward | Cinematography: Waves Media | Event Planning: Esq.Events Wedding Coordination | Styling: Rust Luxe | Floral Design: Bittersweet Gardens | Reception Venue: Overbrook House | Catering: The Casual Gourmet | Makeup: Shannon Kartel | Band: Cuppa Joe | Tent: American Tent & Table, Inc | Tent Rental: American Tent & Table, Inc | Rentals: True North Rentals | Vintage Rentals: Rust Luxe

This Colorful Seaside Wedding will 100% Spark Your Summer Nostalgia

Winter Schminter, this celebration embodies sunny beach days and childhood carnivals but with a beautiful, peony-filled twist. Captured by Readyluck, it’s a study in taking a theme near and dear to your heart and translating it into the most beautiful thing on the planet. See even more cake and love by the ocean planned by Cape Cod Celebrations right here.

From the Bride… I always envisioned doing something really fun and unique for my wedding. I wanted to combine those nostalgic and playful elements of our personalities with two of our favorite places to visit – the carnival and the beach! We’ve been coming to Wellfleet, a very cool and artsy beach town in Cape Cod, for years and couldn’t think of a better location than The Chequessett Yacht & Country Club. With a working rustic boathouse located right on a private beach, it seemed like the perfect spot to have our dream vintage seaside carnival wedding!

I did quite a bit of research on vintage carnivals and the color palette I was most drawn to was faded pastels, like a soft candy pink and mint with touches of red. I especially love the 1950s/early 1960s era and kept envisioning vintage ice cream soda shoppes, drive-ins with old marquee signage, pink cotton candy and red candy apples. One of my all-time favorite films is the 1988 movie “Big” with Tom Hanks, where he goes to a carnival and makes a wish on a Zoltar fortune-telling machine. I ended up renting a Zoltar Fortune-Telling Machine and had custom fortunes designed for our guests.

Other DIY elements included a kissing booth for guest photos custom built by Garth’s uncle, and our snow cone cocktail bar which consisted of a really cool cocktail menu I created just for our day! I found a company that sells organic gluten free snow cone syrup in wide variety of flavors which gave us a lot of freedom in creating custom snow cone cocktails. I was obsessed with having these vintage pink water goblets from a nearby vintage tea shoppe “Fancy That” in Walpole, Ma. I really think they were gorgeous statements pieces on the tables.

Our escort cards were designed as carnival tickets and placed on an easel with a really cool vintage-inspired carnival sign. We bought a vintage pink 1950s Royal typewriter along with some antiqued paper for the Guestbook. Next to that was a mailbox where guests folded their notes and stuck them inside. Our favorite moment had to be walking down the aisle as a married couple to our recessional song “You’re So Cool” from the movie “True Romance”. It has such a whimsical, carnival feel… Like what you would hear riding a vintage Merry-Go-Round.

Our favorite crafted detail was our custom cake topper that features Garth, myself and our dog Gypsy on a beach with carnival-themed banner. For our flowers, we wanted to have an airy, overgrown garden feel consisting of pink and watermelon colored peonies, clematis, garden roses, berries and white anemones. I am a huge fan of Monique Lhuillier wedding gowns. When I first saw my dress, it was in a magazine spread where the model was dancing around while playfully holding a piece of wedding cake. That definitely captured the style and mood of what I envisioned for the wedding – just like the song “Cake by the Ocean!”

My dress was youthful, elegant, romantic and meticulously crafted and designed. I have curves and wanted the dress to accentuate my shape. The embroidered detail on the top portion of the dress was incredible, but my favorite part was the bottom flowing layers of chantilly lace with overlays of draped tulle. For my jewelry, I just borrowed a small pair of diamond earrings from my best friend Jenny.

My glam squad was amazing as well – My old friend, who is also a phenomenal makeup artist, flew in from LA to attend and do my makeup. I was so thankful to have him there not only to make me look beautiful, but as a great calming support. I reached out to Stacey Keuhn, a local Cape Cod hairstylist who recently got Best of Boston for wedding hair, to tame and style my unruly tresses. For the cake, we had a 3-tiered naked funfetti cake with vanilla buttercream filling, adorned with our custom cake topper featuring Garth, myself and our dog Gypsy. We also had an amazing dessert cart loaded with ice cream cone cupcakes, strawberry shortcake dessert shots, apple crisp mason jars, creme brûlée soufflé cups, cotton candy, vintage boxes of popcorn and red candy apples.

For our Welcome Bags, we had buckets with jute rope handles holding 2 personalized bottles of water along with striped pink straws, Cape Cod chips, sea vegetable bath bar from LUSH and a custom designed map of Wellfleet done by Jolly Edition who did our invitations as well. For other favors, we had a photographer dedicated to taking instant polaroid photos at the vintage Kissing Booth as well the custom fortunes from the Zoltar Fortune-Telling Machine. We also had fresh bags of cotton candy, vintage striped boxes of popcorn and crates full of Raspberry Lime Ricky and Root Beer soda bottles which came from a local Cape Cod staple, Kandy Korner in Hyannis, Ma.

Advice: If your venue doesn’t come with a coordinator to help with day-of details, set-up and certain aspects of the planning process, I would definitely recommend hiring a coordinator for the day of. Our wedding consisted of so many details that we actually had to rent a U-Haul to transport everything to the venue and back. We couldn’t afford a full wedding planner so this put a lot of pressure and stress on us. Although I was intent on carrying out my vision, it slightly kept me from being in the moment on my wedding day because I was so fixated on the execution of those details. As everyone says, it all goes by in a blink of an eye so you have to be present and enjoy it!

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Photography: Readyluck | Coordination: Cape Cod Celebrations | Floral Design: Wild Folk Studio | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Artisan Bake Shop | Invitations: Jolly Edition | Catering: Sumptuous Catering | Makeup: Jay-el Halo | Hair Stylist: Stacey Kuehn | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Transportation: Cape Destinations | Chalkboard Art: Dear Rose Studio | Music: DJ's Brian Mariano | Music: The Knot | Rentals: New England Country Rentals | Rentals: Rentals Unlimited | Rentals: Fancy That NYC | Video: A&A Productions | Zoltar Machine: WOW Entertainment

Classic Summer Wedding in the City

I called Boston home for four years. It’s a city with an incredibly special place in my heart and when I see a wedding like this it brings my love for Boston rushing right back. Set at the Royal Sonesta Boston and featuring music by Night Shift Entertainment, it’s a summer celebration with no shortage of fun. See photos and film by THE EWINGS PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO below.

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From the Bride… We wanted the wedding to be classic, not too over-the-top, and fun. The most precious memories I took away from the wedding were the church ceremony where I couldn’t stop crying from overwhelming happiness, the trolley ride back to the hotel, dancing and laughing our way through pictures, and dancing along to Soho’s amazing music with family and friends. Luckily Erica took amazing pictures throughout the entire wedding, so I’ll never forget a single moment of the day.

Hung and I were most passionate about the band and florals. We saw Soho perform at a friends wedding and knew we wanted them to play at our wedding before we were even engaged. Once we got engaged, we contacted Soho first and based the wedding date on them. They were already booked up for some dates of Summer 2016 18 months in advance, so I was VERY happy we contacted them before planning other vendors. Once we had the date, we knew we wanted to get married in a church, so we chose the Old South Church because of it’s incredible beauty and great location. The Royal Sonesta was an easy choice because one of my best friends, Julie Bourque, sold weddings at the Sonesta and told me to come in just to take a peak to get an idea of what looking at reception spaces would be like. We pretty much decided on the Sonesta that day without looking at any other places to have the reception. It was perfect.

As for florals, we were recommended to Marc Hall by Julie. After one meeting with Jimmy Guzman from Marc Hall, we knew they were who we wanted do to the flowers for the wedding. We knew this was going to be where we put most of the money into and I’m so glad we did because the floral arrangements at the wedding were absolutely stunning and were even better than what I hoped they would be.

The trolley from the Old South Church back to the Sonesta was something I will never forget. Hung’s groomsmen brought a giant boombox with a microphone attached onto the trolley and cooler full of bud lights and we just partied all the way back to the Sonesta. We had music blasting and we were all taking turns singing into the microphone over loud dance music. Erica, our photographer, said she had never seen anything like it and was happy she was able to capture it in both photos and video. After pulling up to the Sonesta, one of the groomsmen held the boombox on his shoulder and we paraded through the Sonesta to the back outdoor area to take photos where we continued a dance session. We barely got any standing portraits on the wedding party because we all couldn’t stop dancing! It was one of the absolute best highlights of the wedding.

Hung and I were both at a mutual friends birthday party 4 years back. We didn’t speak that night, but we definitely both noticed each other. A few days later, we both happened to be at The Harp in Boston, pre-gaming for the Celtic’s game that we each had tickets for. He tapped me on the shoulder and said “I’m not sure if you know who I am but we were both at the same party the other night…” and handed my friends and me shots… Obviously his way to break the ice :) He finally asked for my number that night and after 1 low-key date during a snow blizzard the rest is history!


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Photography: THE EWINGS PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO | Videography: THE EWINGS PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO | Floral Design: MARC HALL DESIGNS | Wedding Dress: L'elite Boston | Ceremony Venue: Old South Church | Reception Venue: Royal Sonesta Boston | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Makeup: Natalie Shafie Makeup | Hair: C.E.L. Hair | Band: Night Shift Entertainment | Mens Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Transportation: Black Tie Limousine | Dance Floor: Rentals Unlimited | Transporation: Rockstar Limo

Swedish Style Meets New England Charm for this Seaside Wedding

What do you get when you combine your future hubby’s heritage with the natural beauty of your seaside wedding venue? One unique, uber special celebration that guests won’t forget anytime soon. Infusing a Swedish style with their New England locale and flavor, these two were surrounded by everything and everyone they love – and Allegra Anderson captured it all. More in our Vault right here!

From the Bride… My now husband Dave is Swedish and ever since the first time I went to visit his family in his coastal hometown of Särö, Sweden, I have been in awe of all the natural and effortless beauty that Sweden has to offer and of Swedes in general. They are all so beautiful. Seriously. I can’t complain though because I grew up in a small New England coastal town called Rockport, MA which also rivals in seaside charm and beauty. Naturally with us both growing up in similar settings but thousands of miles apart we knew we wanted a seaside wedding and to really show our roots, and who we are as a couple. We wanted: 1. To get married on the beach (our favorite place to be) 2. To blend the two different cultures into our wedding, and 3. To have a non-cookie cutter wedding – we really wanted to infuse the charming New England laid back vibe with the beauty and romance of Sweden, so that our friends from both sides of the Atlantic could get a taste of each other’s culture.

This is when we found the Manchester Bath and Tennis Club in Manchester, MA which has its own private beach (turns out not easy to find in New England) to say our vows on, followed by a fantastic dinner and dancing on their porch and great hall overlooking the beach and the ocean. We decided what better way to introduce the Swedes to New England charm and style than by having a classy, fun clambake complete with bibs (lobsters are a REAL treat in Sweden). To capture the romantic Swedish beauty, I wanted my girls to be in blue floral flowy dresses since blue floral is a classic china pattern in Sweden and I found the perfect dresses for the occasion on reddressboutique.com for $90 each (did not want them spending $300+ for a dress they would wear once)! In Sweden flower crowns are very common and classic in weddings (and especially during Midsummer) so I wore a floral-like crown and to have my two Maid of Honors stand out, my mom made them these wonderful flower crowns to match their dresses. It was the perfect combination of Swedish and beachy.

To go with the effortless beauty look, our florist did a wonderful job of putting together our bouquets and table flowers. They looked like they were all cut from someone’s beautiful garden that morning and thrown together but they just so happened to be arranged perfectly. Our florist Sage Studio even added some herbs to our boutique to give it texture like rosemary and mint. They were absolutely stunning. We also put two candles on each table as part of the center pieces to add to the romance and simplicity.

A few other nods we had to the Swedish culture was that Dave’s dad read a beautiful poem about love in Swedish during our ceremony so that everyone could hear Dave’s native language. Also, our groomsmen and dads wore their nationality flag socks. Dave wore one Swedish flag sock and one American sock as a symbol of combining the two families. My dad wore one Union Jack sock and one American sock as a nod to our family’s British roots (my dad was born and grew up in England). My sister also carried the rings in a silver cigar box that my grandfather was gifted from the King of Siam during his visit to England in which my grandfather at the time was the head of his security detail at the Palace.

One of the most fun things we did was we imported Aquavit (which we could not find it in the US or at least not in MA). It is Swedish schnapps that is specifically used for celebrations in Sweden. I had my first taste of this at Midsummer in Sweden a few years back and thought we had to share it with everyone. We had a couple of our Swedish groomsmen hand out the bottles and shot glasses to the guests and told everyone to wait for our signal. As tradition goes, halfway through dinner, Dave stood up and gave a short explanation of what usually happens at a Swedish party. Then all of the Swedes stood up and started signing a popular Swedish drinking song which ends with taking the shot. This happened a few more times throughout dinner, as the tradition goes. Everyone LOVED it!

Our friends then surprised us with one more Swedish tradition that was a shocker! When the groom gets up to go to the bathroom all the men get up and kiss the bride on the cheek. This was unexpected and really fun I must say.

Lastly, we just had some small Swedish and N.E. nautical touches throughout the wedding which was really fun and we felt blended two cultures we love together really well. We also had our favorite desserts: cupcakes (my favorite) and an ice cream bar complete with Swedish fish as a topping (Dave’s favorite). It was a perfect day in every way for us and we really felt the day represented who we are as a couple and our cultures. Our amazing photographer Allegra Anderson captured it beautifully and all of our vendors were wonderful to work with and went above and beyond for us- we really were on cloud nine.


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Photography: Allegra Anderson Photography | Floral Design: Sage Floral Studio | Cupcakes: Cakes for Occasions | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Red Dress Boutique | Catering: Chrissi's Cafe & Fish Market | Hair: Jennifer Elizabeth Weddings | Wedding Venue: Manchester Bath & Tennis Club | Bridal Boutique: Ceremony | Bride's Makeup Artist: Makeup By MollyG | Rings + Earrings: Hearts On Fire | Wedding Party Makeup Artist: Makeup Artistry, Inc.

A Romantic Farm Wedding Full of Bright Blooms – And SMP Was There!

This wedding has every element that make SMP hearts beat a bit faster. Gorgeous invites and paper goods (thanks to Bella Figura and Tie Thats Binds), beautiful florals (because Hana Floral Design is ah-mazing), and it all came together thanks to True Event. So is it any surprise that SMP had to attend in person and capture the behind the scenes action?! See all our footage below and don’t miss Elysium Productions’ film – aka the pros – and all of Leila Brewster’s beautiful pics in our Vault gallery as well! Win, win, win!

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SMP Goes Behind the Scenes at the Real Wedding!

From the Groom… Now that we live farther away from family and friends, we wanted our wedding to be a chance for us to spend time with as many of the people we love as possible. Despite being based in Los Angeles, we chose Cape Cod because most of my family lives there or close by. The distance definitely made the planning and preparation process a challenge, but we were so lucky to have our family, friends, and wedding team on the ground to help us with the details and work we couldn’t cover from LA. On the day of, we didn’t have to worry about a thing – everything went perfectly and Megan and I were able to just enjoy our time with the people we love.

From the Bride… Garrett and I met in 2009 at a dive bar in New York City on Valentine’s Day. I knew during our first conversation that he was something special, but he was in a relationship at the time and didn’t give me a second look. Despite that, I told my mom after meeting him that I wanted to date someone like Garrett, who I called “Cape Cod Boy.” Two years later, we re-met in Hoboken, New Jersey. Garrett was single and he remained the cutest, kindest, and funniest guy I had ever met. Long story short, we kissed that day and started dating – and we’ll never stop.

The first thing that made me fall in love with Garrett is his devotion to his family and friends. We wanted the wedding weekend to reflect our appreciation and gratitude for the people we love, so we focused the entire weekend on spending as much time with friends and family as possible, starting with a Thursday night barbecue and continuing to Friday night open-house cocktails hosted by my cooler-than-cool mother-in-law and a Sunday brunch so that everyone could recover from the wedding night together.

What was your favorite part of the wedding planning process?

I have a few highlights (the cake and wine tasting being the standout), but I can’t say I actually loved the planning process all that much. That’s why I hired the best team of vendors in the business. My favorite part of the process was getting to the wedding day and having no stress that weekend about my guests, my wedding party, or my vows. My husband and I were able to really focus on being with our family throughout the entire weekend because we could rely on our amazing planners, Sarah and Caitlin with True Event, and their team of hand-picked vendors.

Why did you choose the location that you did?

We wanted to get married close to one of our families and in a place that would feel casual but permit us to bring in touches of elegance. The themes of our wedding were “warm and inclusive” – we wanted every guest to feel like he or she was a part of the wedding party and to feel as though we, the bride and groom, were accessible to them. Bourne Farm was the perfect setting. Garrett’s mom lives about five minutes away in North Falmouth. The property is open to the public generally and used as a dog park and a pumpkin patch seasonally, which gave it the family-friendly vibes that we wanted. We were able to bring in a gorgeous tidewater tent and take advantage of the beautiful natural scenery while bringing in colorful personal touches.

What was your favorite design element?

This is the hardest question by far! I think I have to say that my favorite design elements were those made by our family: the beautiful bittersweet vine arch that Garrett’s cousin, Lauren made for us (and our extraordinary florist, Yumiko, glammed up with peonies and greens), and the white standing doors that Garrett’s aunt, Ruthanne, made for our ceremony site. I cried when I saw the doors from the trolley with my wedding party – they had moldings and details, and Ruthanne perfectly brought to life this vision I had described at the dinner table months earlier. She, Lauren, and Garrett’s family spent so much time and energy trying to make our day perfect and those design elements will always stand out in my mind because I know the love that they put into bringing my Pinterest-inspired visions to life.

Sarah, Caitlin, and Yumiko brought many other touches to the tent and cocktail hour that I loved, too – the beautiful garland on the head table; our gold flatware; our signature cocktail brought from our favorite restaurant in our new home city, Los Angeles, and named after the bar where we met in our old hometown, New York; and our guestbook, a coffee table book about Italy, where we honeymooned after the wedding.

I was so lucky to have Sarah to advise me on my vendors, and I ended up with a dream team supporting me on the day: True Event – Sarah and Caitlin – are not only creative geniuses and organizational wizards, they’re also just very kind individuals. I came to Sarah with two themes for our wedding – warm and inclusive – which have nothing to do with colors, linens, or music, and she understood our objectives right away and created a gorgeous party that far surpassed our wildest expectations. Hana Floral made our day so beautiful and single-handedly brought my request for bright and cheery pops of color to the blank slate of our venue. Leila Brewster is an enormously talented photographer and a friend who I would want by my side for eight hours (or more!) any day. And Julie Hill, who introduced me to Sarah (for which I am eternally grateful), made our gorgeous video that we’ll cherish forever.

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Photography: leila brewster | Videography: Elysium Productions | Event Planning + Design: TRUE Event | Floral Design: Hana Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Anne Barge | Invitations: Bella Figura | Catering: The Casual Gourmet | Makeup: Dana Chasen Thomases Owner Of Beauty Muse Bridal | Hair: Emily Reale | Calligraphy: Kristen Henderson | Band: Sultans Of Swing | Transportation: Cape Destinations | Wedding Venue: Bourn Farm | Tent: American Tent & Table, Inc | Bathroom Trailer: Nauset Disposal | Cocktail Hour Music: Panneubean Steel | Linens: BBJ Linen | La Tavola Linen | Paper Accessories: Tie That Binds | Rentals: Rentals Unlimited | Trolly: Kenny's Coach

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