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Recently Engaged? One of These Gorgeous Gowns May Just Be Your Dream Dress!

It’s officially our favorite time of year again – engagement season!! Whether your S.O. just popped the question or you’re dreaming of opening a sparkly gift underneath the tree, we’re ringing in the holidays with some gorgeous gowns to get you feeling inspired. If you don’t already know about one of our favorite designers, Maggie Sottero, then boy are we glad you’re reading this. Maggie Sottero offers gorgeous gowns (at affordable prices) for every type of bride – from classic to boho. The biggest reason why we love them so much? Their gowns are available in sizes that range from 0 to 28 (that’s right!) Finally, a brand that understands every bride is unique and encourages women to embrace their beautiful curves! Keep on reading to see a few of our all-time favorite styles!

Tuscany Lane by Maggie Sottero

Hello gorgeous! This romantic A-line gown is the perfect silhouette to flatter any body shape. It’s complete with beaded spaghetti straps, a plunging illusion V-neckline and a sheer beaded lace bodice – just the right amount of romantic with a little dose of drama.

Obsessed with the gorgeous matching lace veil!? Yeah, so are we. This unique lace is offered in many different variations, from a sheath silhouette to a slightly sexier version with illusion details, not to mention a plus size design and even a more modest take on this stunning style. The options are truly endless!

Cheyenne by Maggie Sottero

This dress is a dream for the bride who’s looking for some coverage while still hoping to feel sexy on her wedding day. The bateau neckline with keyhole detailing is timeless while the illusion long sleeves and fitted silhouette make a bold statement! We’re in love.

Marisol by Rebecca Ingram

Unleash your inner modern Disney princess with the Marisol gown. Lovely lace motifs over tulle, a delicate sweetheart neckline and beaded spaghetti straps. Your modern fairytale begins with this dress!

Lilana by Maggie Sottero

All you boho brides out there – this one’s for you! The Liana gown features artistic geometric details, a deep sweetheart neckline and a flattering fit and flare shape to accentuate those gorgeous curves. Major heart eyes for this beauty!

Photographer: Christina Bernales | Makeup : Glamour Cosmetics | Venue: Massachusetts Horticultural Society | Bridal Accessories: Ceremony | Florist/Creative Direction: Pollen Floral Design | Hait: Melinda Brandt And Kerri Marland | Model: Model Club Inc. | Photography - Assistance: Jennifer Mckenna Photo

A Garden Wedding That Celebrates Spring

Everything about this wedding planned by Elegant Aura is a celebration of spring. From the color palette to the garden setting to the florals – including blue hydrangea, pink peonies, and baby’s breath, just to name a few. Meghann Gregory photographed and there’s even more to see this way.

From Elegant AuraMelanie and Matt met in college and were together for 11 years before they got engaged. A year and a half later, they were married. They wanted a casual but elegant wedding. Though they wanted to keep things simple, their wedding did not lack creativity or style. Melanie and Matt had a traditional Catholic ceremony, followed by a cocktail hour and reception held at the Garden’s of Elm Bank.

For Melanie and Matt, the most important element of their wedding day was that the music should be great and for everyone to have fun. They wanted their guests to say they enjoyed the dancing the most. The menu consisted of lots of New England summer-style items, and a few Puerto Rican dishes to honor the bride’s mother’s heritage. In addition to the wedding cake, there was a mini’s dessert bar that highlighted spring/summer fruit.

The bride wore an Essense of Australia wedding dress of soft organza over a moscato-tulle ball gown with a detachable grosgrain ribbon sash in blossom. Custom white lace straps were added to the bodice’s sweetheart neckline. Her shoes were Badgley Mischka peep toes with a kitten heel. The groom wore a traditional Jos. A Bank fitted blue-gray suit with navy tie and pocket square. The groomsmen wore similar blue-gray suits, which complimented the bridesmaid’s navy blue chiffon dresses.

The wedding day was not short on personal details. The earrings the bride wore belonged to her maternal grandmother, who had passed away the summer before the wedding; “she wanted all of her granddaughters to wear them for their weddings”, says Melanie. The prayer book Melanie carried belonged to her paternal grandmother, which was given to her on her wedding day. Since then, all females in the family have carried it down the aisle on their wedding day. The cake knife and server were from the bride’s parent’s wedding.

The color palette incorporated navy, gray and hints of coral and peach. The bride’s neighbors designed the centerpieces using blue hydrangea, pink peonies, and baby’s breath among greenery, berries and other dainty white flowers. These popped beautifully against the dove gray linen tablecloth and silver painted table numbers. The carriage house ceiling was enhanced with white voile fabric drapery and bee light strings. Perimeter up lighting in amber warmed the walls. The dance area under the attached three-season tent was decorated with white mini-lantern strings that were draped throughout, adding a soft, sweet tough to the tent ceiling. Amber up lighting completed the tent’s transformation and brought cohesiveness between the two spaces.

Although the May day was an unseasonably 90 degrees, everyone had a great time and the bride and groom got what they’d hoped for, all of their guests danced the night away.

Photography: Meghann Gregory Photography | Event Planning: Elegant Aura | Wedding Dress: Essense Of Australia | Ceremony Venue: St. Edward the Confessor Parish | Reception Venue: Massachusetts Horticultural Society | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Catering: Peppers Artful Events | DJ: Sound City Entertainment | Transportation: Able Limo | Bouquets + Boutonnieres: Peppers Artful Events | Lighting + Drapery: DesignLightCo.

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High School Sweethearts Summer Garden Wedding at Elm Bank

Straight from the lens of Suzanna March Photography, this Elm Bank Reservation wedding is like fiction has come to life (secret garden anyone?). With floral elements such as Plum Pretty Sugar robes and Winston Flowers adding to the magic, this summer celebration is undeniable, but add in the artistic work of Paper Moss and we’re in heaven. Peek the pretty and pin it all from THE VAULT!


From The Bride…John and I met when we were 17; I was attending an all-girls high school and needed a date to my junior prom. Two of our mutual friends actually set us up and the rest is history! When I started planning our wedding, I kept two important details in mind. We’d been together for over 7 years and I wanted a wedding that would include a lot of personal details that represented our journey together. I also wanted to make sure the day reflected some of John’s personality as well.

For the overall style and impression of the wedding, we envisioned a hybrid between modern and rustic elements. We were drawn to the elegance of modern weddings, but also wanted ours to feel warm, welcoming, and intimate. We struck this balance in our design through farm tables, cream ikat linens, glass votives, candles, chalk and slate accents, wrought iron chandeliers, and lots of succulents, bright roses, and texture. Elm Bank Reservation in Wellesley beautifully enhanced these qualities. The venue was a special place for us, as we had attended prom there together many years ago. Our love for succulents and texture was a jumping off point for the aesthetic, but I also grew up in a household with a lot of color—my childhood bedroom was bright orange, pink, and teal—so I wanted to incorporate a lot of color into the details. Eventually, we settled on taupe, coral, orange, yellow, and teal green.

The floral details at the wedding definitely stole the show. Tori at Winston Flowers really took our “secret garden” vision and ran with it. As guests entered the cocktail hour space, they were presented with a magnificent slate escort card wall, covered in succulents and moss. This piece doubled as a beautiful backdrop for cocktail hour (and a few photos!), and juxtaposed cool and modern colors with warm wooden cards. The hanging floral installation above the dance floor was my favorite floral element of the night. I remember walking into the tent before the reception started and this piece took my breath away. The bright roses and succulents added a lush weight, while the green vines, hanging glass teardrops, rose-petals, and tea candles gave the dance floor a romantic and intimate feeling.

The chalkboards that we created with the help of the incredibly talented Niki Weinberg at Paper Tangent were some our favorite personal touches. Because Elm Bank is a large property, we knew guests would need directional signs. Niki created a large, tented chalkboard map of Elm Bank that seems part of a storybook illustration. My favorite piece of Niki’s was the compass, inspired by the large painted compass rose in Nantucket town center. John and I spent many of our summers in Nantucket, and Niki helped us create our own compass illustration that included mile-markers from our relationship. I love that we will be able to use these pieces after the wedding in our house—they’re beautiful as stand-alone artwork.

Although we didn’t have too many DIY details, we did make the colorful ribbon that we used at the ceremony to “tie the knot.” John and I both come from Irish backgrounds, so we wanted to honor our heritage by bringing this tradition into our ceremony. We chose several textured and color lengths of ribbon, and I think it brought a fun pop of color to the ceremony!

I’m one of those people that when I know what I want, I know what I want. This was certainly true for my dress! When I thought about my ideal dress, I’d always imagined something that I felt sexy in, that had a dramatic bottom, and that didn’t swallow my 5’2” frame! I instantly fell in love with this dress when I saw it in a magazine a few years ago. I love the fluidity of the rose-shaped ruching at the end, and I wanted to use a taupe sash to tie the dress into our color scheme. For the bridesmaid dresses, I prioritized finding a dress that would make each girl feel comfortable and beautiful; I think these dresses fit that to a T. I fell in love with the romantic vibe of the off the shoulders draping, and chose a teal/green color that would contrast nicely with the colorful bouquets. John wanted the guys’ attire to uniquely reflect his and his groomsmen’s personalities. Cohesion with the ladies’ dresses was important, especially because the grooms’ party had a “groomsmaid.”

Exchanging vows was my favorite moment of the evening, especially hearing John’s vows in particular. In his vows he spoke about a “time-capsule” letter he wrote in high school that he recently received. At the end of this letter he wrote, “turn around and give Michela a kiss for me because I know she’s standing right behind you while you read this.” It was truly a gift and really reflected the joy and gratitude we felt the entire day.

If I were to give advice to a future bride, in terms of practicality, I’d start off with planning as far ahead as you can! Right after we got engaged, we moved from Boston to Miami, and I started my doctoral program. We definitely had a lot to juggle. Before we left, we selected our major vendors (around the 7 month mark) and made a timeline for completing the remaining tasks. While planning this early definitely helped, I can’t thank our incredible vendors enough. I like to think of our planner (Eliza Cowan), our florist (Winston Flowers) and our caterers (The Catered Affair) as the “dream team” because they took our inspiration and created an incredible and cohesive event. We never could have pulled this off without them.

Lastly, the future therapist in me would want to tell brides to not worry about sweating the small stuff. I think it’s easy to get caught up in the details and worry about everything turning out perfectly, but if you approach the day knowing that things may go wrong (they will, and it’s okay!), you’ll enjoy the day a lot more! Focus on what you’ll remember about the day 20 years from now—your friends, family, emotion and the love from that day. During the ceremony our minister thoughtfully asked us to stop, take a breath, look around and take a moment to let everything sink in—I highly recommend this!


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Photography: Suzanna March Photography | Event Planning: Merren Events | Event Planning: Eliza Cowan | Floral & Event Design: Winston Flowers | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: Cakes To Remember | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Jewelry: J.Crew | Rings: Barmakian | Bridesmaids' Dresses: L'elite Boston | Catering: The Catered Affair | Hair And Makeup: Caitlin Murphy Stylist | Lighting: DesignLightCo. | Band: Wilson Stevens | Groomsmen Attire: J.Crew | Venue: Massachusetts Horticultural Society | Bridal Boutique: L'elite Boston | Bridesmaid Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Chalkboard Signage & Welcome Bag: Paper Tangent | Desserts: The Flour Pot Cookies | Escort Card Calligraphy: Lettering By Liz | Groomsmen Watches: Seiko | Hair Accessories: Kate Spade | Invitation Calligraphy: Kristen Henderson | Paper Goods: Paper Moss | Rentals: Peterson Party Center | Rentals: New England Country Rentals

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Blogger Bride Colour Bloc’s Elegant Garden Wedding

You followed her adventures from “I will” to “I do,” and today our blogger bride, Colour Bloc’s Amelia’s SMP journey is coming full circle. She’s giving us an inside peek at her summer garden nuptials designed by the pretties of Bash, Please and spoiler alert – it’s the stuff wedding dreams are made of. We have First Mate Photo Co. to thank for every snap of the day and there’s so much eye candy + one epic love story sitting right below.

When Michael first met Amelia on a date to the South End Buttery, they both knew that they had met someone very special. Their early dates were spent exploring new restaurants around Boston, but soon they found themselves happiest when making each other homemade dinners and talking late into the night about life, friendship and family.

Michael excitedly took Amelia to his favorite places in New England; Crane Beach, Maine, and sailing to the Cape and Islands. Amelia would tell Michael she was genuinely impressed with his boogey boarding and surfing skills. And, it was there on the rocky cliffs of the Maine coast where Michael first told Amelia he loved her.

Amelia also loved exploring—and showed Michael the beauty of the South; Savannah, Kiawah, and Amelia Island. Amelia shared her passion for contemporary art with dates at the ICA, LACMA, and the South End Studios. For his 35th birthday, Amelia surprised a sick and jetlagged Michael with a surprise party at one of their favorite Mexican restaurants in Boston—Michael was deeply touched by the thought and effort Amelia put into it.

Amelia and Michael quickly became a couple on the go–be it for work, friends’ and family weddings, or weekends spent exploring. Reading a questionnaire in Vanity Fair on a flight to Palm Springs, Amelia asked Michael, “Who or what is the love of your life?” and without hesitation, Michael replied, “you are!”

This courtship begins the old fashioned way. Boy meets girl on OKCupid, and hatches an elaborate multiphase plan to convince girl to go on a first date. Girl reluctantly agrees and wows boy with Southern grace and charm. Girl and boy spend increasing time together talking late into the night about art, travel, and family life. Girl travels to France with family, boy misses girl. Girl and boy travel together to their favorite places and explore new ones, girl starts her own company and wows boy with her immense talents, families are met over the holidays. Things start getting serious…

Nothing could be more intimidating than meeting your future father-in-law and asking for permission to marry his daughter. After receiving a big bear hug and a “welcome to the family!”, Michael knew that he would not just be marrying his best friend, but he would add a whole new family. Michael had always envisioned them getting engaged by the sea on a warm sunny day, because it was on the shores of Maine where he first told Amelia he loved her. A Southern belle, Amelia always spoke fondly of her family vacations to Amelia Island, Florida. After a weeks’ long search for the perfect emerald cut solitaire, Michael had found his ring—off the Florida they went! Once they checked into their seaside hotel, Michael insisted they take a long walk on the beach. It was there that he fumbled his way through the proposal, asking Amelia if she’d like to spend the next 65 years together. Tears streaming down her face, Amelia happily accepted!

A modern southern belles approach to a summer solstice garden party. It was important to us to compliment and enhance the natural outdoor setting. We wanted to draw inspiration from the different gardens of the Elm Bank space using lush, feminine elements with a mix of modern and living materials. We wanted the wedding to feel romantic with each garden full of summer blooms and greenery, personal with hand written vows and toasts by the people closest to us, and like a reflection of us as a couple with signature cocktails and a customized wedding ceremony.

A few of my favorite visual details included the green moss A & M that hung on the entrance gate to Elm Bank, handkerchiefs with our monogram for each guest during the ceremony, and on either side of the aisle we had various garden flowers “sprouting” from the ground. It was also very important to transform the Sperry Tent into a garden type space, complete with delicate ferns wrapped in the chandeliers to a living wall that became the backdrop for the band. Another special touch was an assortment of family heirloom sterling silver vessels, complete with monograms of my family from generations passed, which held delicate garden inspired flower arrangements. The flowers lined the crisp white hemstitched linen table clothes. A perfect nod to a bygone Southern romantic era.

My favorite moments from the day was reciting my heartfelt and handwritten vows to my husband in front of our favorite people in the world, my husband’s sweet groom’s toast, the moment we took to walk outside of the tent and just be in the moment of our wedding night, and our first dance as husband and wife!

Photography: First Mate Photography Co. | Videographer: Caravan | Event Design: Bash Please | Floral Design: Foret Design Studio | Cake: Oakleaf Cake Bake Shop | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Baker's Best | Make Up: Dani Wagener Beauty | Lighting: ALPS | Wedding Venue: Massachusetts Horticultural Society | Tent: Sperry Tents | Bride's Gown: Monique Lhuillier | Bride's Hair: Kate Winsmann | Cocktails : Pharmacie | Groom's Tuxedo : Hugo Boss | Lounge Furniture : Sassafras Vintage Rentals | Music : Elan Artists | Paper Goods: Bash Please | Rentals: Rentals Unlimited

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Amelia Larsen

Contributing Editor, Blogger Bride
Charming Outdoor Wedding at Elm Bank

The trends come and go so quickly with so much beautiful inspiration readily available, but I tend to find myself drawn to the classically beautiful weddings, especially when they feel as soft, romantic, and fresh as this one does. Studio Atticus Photography captured the absolute perfect wedding day, with the sweetest love at the center, and it’s all right here!

From Studio AtticusAlthough it was slated to rain upon their wedding day, the heavens were quite merciful to Chase and Justin. A brief shower fell while the bride dressed, but the skies cleared before the guests arrived. The celebration was effortless and beautiful. The ceremony took place outdoors and was officiated by a friend of the couple. Guests enjoyed cocktails in the gardens, and then everyone moved inside for a night of wonderful toasts, dinner, and dancing.

Photography: Studio Atticus Photography | Floral Design: Petalena | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Invitations: Gus & Ruby Letterpress | Catering: MAX Ultimate Food | Makeup: Cynthia Klocek | Hair: Styling By Lisette | Calligraphy: Elizabeth Porcher Jones | DJ: White Label DJs | Wedding Venue: Massachusetts Horticultural Society | Linens: Table Toppers of Newton | Reception Lighting: DesignLightCo.

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Snowy Mint + White Wedding Inspiration

Typically today is reserved for a rich, kelly green, but when this stunning shoot from Carly Michelle Photography and Whyman Studios landed on my desk, I knew today would be the perfect day to share this perfect shade of mint with you. Paired with golds and wintery whites, the mint is going to put a smile on your face, Irish or not. And lucky for you, there’s even more right here!

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From the photographer… I am so excited and giddy to share this inspiration shoot put together by some amazing vendors in MA! We wanted this styled shoot to reflect the beauty and serenity of New England in the winter. We chose a lake behind a private residence in Wellesley, MA called Lake Sabrina. The edges of the lake were covered with snow and it added the perfect wintry backdrop.

Our vision was a wintry-inspired, white, light green and gold theme. We were inspired by both the simplicity and beauty from the lake and its quiet surroundings.

Photography: Whyman Studios | Photography: Carly Michelle Photography | Film: Brighter Lights Media | Videographer: Brighter Lights Media | Floral Design: Flou(-e)r | Wedding Dress: Kelly Faetanini | Cake: Sweet Tooth Boston | Cupcakes: Reality Bites Cupcakes | Invitations: Gail Gardener | Hair And Makeup: Sharon Holston | Stylist: Kathryn Millspaugh

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Massachusetts Wedding from Tim Correira Photography + Elegant Aura

I can’t help but smile when I see a playful couple on their wedding day. Tim Correira’s image of the groom whispering something in his beautiful bride’s ear at the chuppah made my day and then some. Elegant Aura planned a wedding for the sweet couple that is unbelievably gorgeous. So gorgeous, you may just favorite every single image.

From the planner… Indie rock meets vintage chic. This romantic garden wedding was in perfect harmony. Debbie and Reuben were married at the Elm Bank Horticultural Society in Wellesley, MA in front of 170 guests.

The outdoor ceremony took place overlooking an Italianate garden with a jazz trio playing background music. The bride and groom with their parents, stood under a chuppah made of birch trees which were dripping with pastel-colored ribbons and mason jars holding yellow, peach and orange dahlias. It was surely appropriate for the groom to serenade his bride during the ceremony, since they met while his band was playing at a local music club.

The jazz trio continued to play during the cocktail hour. Guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and sipped on Watermelon Agua Fresca and Cucumber Lime Mint Agua Fresca while meandering throughout whimsical, Weezie’s garden. Other guests played bocci ball on an open lawn.

When it was time for the reception, everyone entered the carriage house through an arbor fence, where guests picked up their place cards. The bride hand wrote the escort cards on vintage style tags, which were tied to packets of specialty tea. Pastel colors of mint, blush, soft blue and peach continue in the carriage house. With the addition of the bridesmaid’s bouquets, mason jars and birdcages create the vintage-shabby chic centerpieces. White sheers drape across the ceiling and a large crystal chandelier hangs in the center of the carriage house.

After dinner, the Mezinka & Horah dances kick-off the party. Throughout the night a DJ plays indie rock between sets of Latin jazz music played by a five-piece band. The band is a favorite of the groom’s parents, so they were flown in from Miami.

It was thrilling working with Debbie and Reuben on their wedding day, and seeing all of their personal and cultural influences come together.


Photography: Tim Correira Photography | Flowers: Petalena | Event Planning: Elegant Aura | Venue: Elm Bank, Wellesley, MA | Invitations: Kelli Murray Art & Design | Bride’s dress: Mira by Melissa Sweet of Priscilla’s of Boston purchased at Vow’s | Groom’s suit: Dolce & Gabbana | Bride’s makeup: Sarah Shimoff | Bride’s hair: Kristen Graham at Bella Vita Salon & Day Spa

Elm Bank, Wellesley Wedding from Siri Jones Photography

I always forget how much I love purple until I see it shining brightly in a wedding like this one captured by Siri Jones Photography.  And then I remember that not only is it one of my favorite colors, but it’s the perfect compliment to a day that is dripping in elegant details and uber-romantic touches.  A day that boasts beautiful blooms from Wedding Flowers by Annette, a custom (+ stunning) gown from L’Ezu and a breathtaking Elm Bank Reservation setting.  Yep, all’s right in the world when purple makes an appearance and you can see for yourself in the full gallery.

From the Bride… We wanted the day to be more than about the two of us. Having been together for six and a half years prior to our wedding day, we had shared a lot of memories together since we met in college. We moved from Los Angeles to Boston about a month after we got engaged, so a lot of our wedding planning revolved around an opportunity to have all of our friends and family together to catch-up and have a good time. Both of us felt that since we were already committed to being together, the wedding itself was mainly focused on having a good time with all the people in our lives that we love and hold dear. So while we took the meaning of the ceremony itself pretty seriously, we aimed to keep the reception from being overly stuffy. We hoped to make our guests, most of who flew in from Los Angeles and the Midwest to attend our wedding, to feel welcome in our new home in New England.

We chose The Elm Bank Reservation (sight unseen) for the location of our ceremony and reception. We loved what the grounds had to offer: When you drive through Wellesley, you get to experience plenty of New England charm and beauty, and the long, winding dirt roads up to the grounds are breathtaking – especially in the fall. We loved that we could transport our guests to a single location for both our ceremony and reception, and didn’t have to do a thing to decorate the location of the ceremony. Our catering was important to us so that we could treat our guests to a delicious dinner, filled with great cocktails. Linda Marino of La Bonne Maison did an outstanding job making our desired menu items come to life. Our guests still talk about how great the food was.

The one thing that was extremely important to us was having an outdoor ceremony. We love nature and the outdoors and were so happy that Mother Earth decided to cooperate on our October 13th wedding day to provide a surprisingly warm and dry day for us. We took a lot of time to write our ceremony, vows, and hand pick our readings all to reflect who we are and how we view the union of two people, their families, and friends. That level of detail extended to the music we chose as the prelude and processional to our ceremony, and several of the smaller aesthetic details of the wedding (e.g., I wore my grandmother’s sapphire wedding ring and pearl/diamond earrings, the groom’s Aunt loaned me his grandmother’s handkerchief, which I held with me during the ceremony). The other details were a reflection of our style and aesthetic preference: casual and simple arrangements to highlight natural beauty. I love lavender and wanted to have an all-lavender bouquet, but settled on a mixed bouquet with lavender, veronica, lilies, hydrangea, freesia, and sweet pea throughout. I was ecstatic with the end result, a design in rich aubergine by our florist, Annette. Of all the flowers, the groom’s boutonniere and the reception vases filled with baby’s breath, wheat, and lavender were my favorites.

The DIY projects were pretty small. Besides crafting the ceremony and running our website, we collected various glass canisters, vases, and jars which I painted in shades of champagne, gold, and copper. These were filled with lavender, wheat, and baby’s breath in various places of our reception, which was in an old carriage house on the estate. I also designed and printed the stickers for the goodie bags we gave to our guests – filled with some of our favorite candies. My mother put together wonderful welcome bags for guests staying at our hotel – using Cape Cod chips, bottles of champagne, seasonal fruit, and candies.

Our photographer, Siri Jones, was phenomenal at keeping us comfortable in the limelight (we are both incredibly camera and attention-shy). I look back on our photos with so much joy and can remember the exact feeling I had when I finally got to see my groom – the ease that came over me and the pure excitement and fun we shared together throughout the night. We were touched by the number of friends and family that decided to travel to Boston for our wedding and could not stop smiling about it throughout our big weekend. It was truly magical.


Wedding Photography: Siri Jones Photography  | Wedding Venue: The Elm Bank Reservation | Officiant: Sue Anderson | Floral Design: Annette Rinaldi of Wedding Flowers by Annette | Catering + Wedding Cake: La Bonne Maison | Save the Dates + Invitations: William Arthur | Ceremony Guitarist: Jack Pezanelli | Reception DJ: DJ John Dudley | Lighting: Design Light | Wedding Dress + Veil: Custom from L’Ezu | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Dessy Collection (Various Styles – Aubergine Chiffon) | Hair: Chignon du Cou | Rings: Cohasset Jewelers | Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka (Janni) | Transportation: Local Motion of Boston +  Expo Limousine

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Great Gatsby Inspired Wedding Photo Shoot by mStarr event styling + design + Kelly Dillon Photography

Oh, sweet Great Gatsby inspired shoot…you had me at Miu Miu crystal covered heels. Beyond that, every. single. detail. of this modern meets vintage stylized wedding by mStarr event styling + design is swoon worthy-from the too-pretty-to-eat French macarons to the organic, textural floral arrangements. Pour a glass (or two) of bubbly and get ready to Pin, there are plenty more breathtaking images by Kelly Dillon Photography in the gallery!

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From mStarr event styling + design “Can’t repeat the past? Why of course you can!” Who doesn’t remember the line from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s literary classic set in the roaring 20’s? As the eagerly anticipated movie remake is due to come out in December, I thought about the opulence! the mystery! the sparkle! the garden parties! the head pieces! And I thought let’s make what’s old new again. It was important to have that Gatsby-era “feel” but with a modern twist — something that can translate to weddings of today and include components that can be replicated by others. The shoot started with a vision, then inspiration boards. And as always seems to happen, things began to morph a bit along the way with the addition of vendors and new ideas. Part of that vision included an outdoor shoot at sunset with a mansion as the backdrop. The grand mansion at Elm Bank, with its beautiful gardens surrounding it, was the perfect setting to our Gatsby-themed shoot. After consecutive days of rain (the weather channel app was not my friend that week), the skies cleared up and we got our “golden hour” shots, captured perfectly by the talented Kelly Dillon.

No doubt that details are an important part of both my professional and personal life, and this shoot wasn’t any different. I was inspired by Gatsby quotes, pictures and descriptions from the time period, elegant fashion, and nature. I wanted a shoot that was whimsical, incorporated French elements (a nod to Fitzgerald’s time in Paris) and nature (the moss and lavender became fixed in my mind), and took a different approach to stereotypical black tie elegance.

So many trusted (and helpful!) vendors were involved, and I was thrilled to find some new ones to bring on board — the beauty of this shoot simply would not have happened without each of those vendors! It came together as a stunning blend of grandeur and nature complete with furniture and vintage china rentals from New England Country Rentals, lush flowers from Tangerine Creations you want to just get lost in, delectable French macarons from C. Crowell Fine Confections, and my envisioned draped tent and chandelier brought to life by Jack Falvey Associates just to name a few. And of course the models! I loved the idea of featuring local bloggers — they’re comfortable in front of the camera, and my close friend Lani of the ever-fabulous Mon Petit Chou Chou helped style the lovely duo of Michele from Michele’s Musings and Kristen from The Boston Fashionista. Wasn’t hard to convince them to play dress up for the day and walk away with gorgeous pictures, and I’m so glad they said yes! And PS, can we swoon just a bit over the Miu Miu deco-bejeweled heels? Sending those back to Bloomingdales made for a sad day.

Wedding Photography: Kelly Dillon Photography /  Wedding Venue: Elm Bank via the Massachusetts Horticultural Society in Wellesley, Massachusetts / Event Planning + Styling: Emily Starr Alfano of mStarr event styling + design / Floral Design: Tangerine Creations / Wedding Invitations: Toby Dondis Ltd. / Calligraphy: Jan Boyd Calligraphy / Macarons: C. Crowell Fine Confections / Lavender Honey Caramel Favors: Iris Estell / Furniture Rentals: New England Country Rentals / Tent + Lighting: Jack Falvey Associates / Other Rentals: Peterson Party Center / Linens: Table Toppers of Newton / Fashion Styling + Model Bride: Noelani Zervas of Mon Petit Chou Chou / Model Bridesmaids: Michele of Michele’s Musings + Kristen of The Boston Fashionista / Hair: Missy Pappas of Sylvestre Franc Salon / Makeup: Zoe Markos / Clothing: Bloomingdales + Michael DePaulo / Shoes: Miu Miu / Bridal Sashes: Venust Bridal / Headbands: Untamed Petals / Wedding Rings: Laura Preshong / Vintage Plate Rentals: Making Me Events

Whimsical Wellesley Shoot by Summer Street Photography + Whim Events

Even though Massachusetts is headed for snow, freezing temps and a little more snow at some point in time, we will dig ourselves out of Winter and (fingers crossed) right on into a gorgeous Spring.  In the meantime, you can set your sites on this whimsical inspiration photographed by Summer Street Photography with design and florals by Whim Events that has our brains reeling with all the pretty possibilities that a garden wedding holds. And be sure to stop by the gallery for so much more.

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From Whim Events… Almost every little girl falls desperately in love with tales of Happily Ever After. Our goal for this inspiration shoot was to evoke those same childhood dreams for today’s bride, with a whimsical but modern twist on a fairy tale romance. Many of our brides come to us with dreams of a fairy tale wedding, but don’t want things to be too formal, common or forced. So, we worked to keep the elements enchantingly beautiful, yet seemingly natural. As if in an enchanted forest of a storybook, we created a natural & woodsy tone, with sweet, yet unexpected vintage elements. We wanted to inspire a magical storybook day, without going over the top.

As we began to think about what elements our storybook bride would love to have spun throughout her big day, our imagination was sparked by classic fairy tales. We found fantastic stationary by Jody Worthington (for Minted) called “Story Book”, to tell a romantic tale for guests from the moment they got their invitation. The teal and purple color pallet was inspired by the cover of the book The Secret Garden and set a whimsical tone for the design. We added birds into the mix (they did help put together Cinderella’s dress, didn’t they?!) by incorporating love birds on the tablescape, in the guest book concept and by using hand-designed birdhouse escort cards. The guest book concept was a Rapunzal tree-twine ladder for guests to leave notes, and favors were wrapped in little Alice in Wonderland-like gift boxes.

Most of our brides never want inspiration to be forced or cheesy, so we tried to use many of the elements within the garden to naturally enhance the storybook theme. And we always try to tie in elements that are special to our bride and groom (in this case, books, a locket or hand-mirror passed down from the bride’s grandmother). But, what was honestly so amazing about creating this dreamy storybook shoot was how it came to life naturally…like magic. And isn’t that what happy endings are all about?

Photography: Summer Street Photography / Coordination, Styling & Floral Design: Whim Events /
Venue: The Massachusetts Horticultural Society, the Gardens at Elm Bank / Hair & Make-Up: Ashley Brecken Hair Styling & Make-up Artistry / Wedding Dress: Designer, Coren Moore, the “Reese”, available at Flair BridesMaids, Boston / Hair Accessories: Flair BridesMaids Boston / Flower Girl Dress: Flair BridesMaids Boston / Junior Bridesmaid Dress & Fur Cape: Nordstrom / Invitations: Designed by Jody Worthington, exclusively for Minted / Birdhouse Escort Card Design: Jill Hoy

Wellesley Wedding by Jillian Mitchell

Some people have a wedding day and some people have a full blown weekend extravaganza devoted solely to celebrating their love. I happen to be an uber fan of the latter. It just sounds so amazing, right? Being surrounded by friends and family for three days of welcome parties, brunches and all out merriment. Jillian Mitchell photographed this Wellesley weekend complete with stunning Ghanian touches and it’s beautiful in every sense of the word but the images filled with smiles are the ones we love the most and there’s a whole lot of those. See them all here.

And, of course, some snippets from the rest of the weekend festivities full of gorgeous dresses and lots and lots of love…

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From Jillian MitchellI met Connery and Pash at a wedding I shot in Zihuatanejo, Mexico. I’m originally from Massachusetts so when they asked me to be a part of their wedding in Wellesley, MA I jumped at the chance. Besides being amazingly fun and genuine people, Connery and Pash have awesome friends and family which made the three day festivities a blast.

The welcome party was held at the TZE house at Wellesley College and we got to shoot most of the wedding photos around the campus as well. The ceremony and reception were held at Wellesley Congregational Church where Pash’s father is a minister. There is nothing more intimate than having your father preside over the ceremony.

Pash’s family is originally from Ghana so throughout the weekend there were amazing Ghanian touches throughout the wedding. Whether it was the pieces of fabric that the couple gave away as gifts or the beautiful dresses of women at the Sunday brunch the day after the wedding. They even made Connery and her family their own Ghanian outfits for the occasion. They are incredibly intricate and so colorful. The brunch was also full of the most unbelievably delicious Ghanian food. Amazing!

Wedding Photography: Jillian Mitchell / Floral Design: Petal Pushers Floral Studio / Event Design + Planning: DIY / Ceremony + Reception Location: Wellesley Congregational Church / Bride’s Shoes: Cole Haan / Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals / Groom’s Suit: Custom Prada / Groom’s Shoes: To Boot NY

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The Sherborn Inn Wedding by Lindsey Rae Photography

These gorgeous Wellesley nuptials by Lindsey Rae Photography are overflowing with so much lovely, you can’t help but smile.  It’s true, from the moment I laid my eyes on that very first image, I have felt nothing but pure wedding joy.  And with a beautiful historical location, gorgeous blooms by Posies of Wellesley, an uber-adorable bride and groom and some seriously awesome bridesmaid dresses, this soiree is the perfect mix of garden party meets traditional… And it all has me completely smitten.  So, prepare yourself for all of the pretty and join me in the gallery for even more!

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From Lindsey Rae Photography I am so excited to share this very sweet and romantic “backyard” wedding with you. Maria and Sam’s wedding reception was held at the Sherborn Inn, which is the restored residence of Colonel Samuel Bullard.  The Sherborn Inn was a perfect setting for Maria and Sam’s reception; the tranquil country setting and historical charm added to the intimacy of the day.  They were married in the church they grew up in, the Saint Paul Parish, in Wellesley, MA surround by their closest family and friends.  The beautiful arrangement of pinks, purples, greens, and blue flowers fell right in line with the romantic setting Maria and Sam were trying to portray.  As well as the quotes of love scattered on the reception tables, written by some of their favorite authors and poets. I was so honored to be a part of Maria and Sam’s wedding day and I hope you find their images to reflect the beauty of the day.

Wedding Photography: Lindsey Rae Photography / Flowers: Posies of Wellesley / Wedding Cake: Icing on the Cake / Wedding Ceremony Location: St. Paul Parish / Wedding Reception Location: The Sherborn Inn / Wedding Invitations: Creative Papers / Wedding Dress: Alyne