Baby It’s Cold Outside

Grab your jackets and earmuffs ladies and gents, ‘cause winter is approaching!  As the air outside becomes cooler, and anticipation for the first big snow fall is growing, it’s time to embrace all the goodness that winter offers.  So if you think this is the most wonderful time of the year, then you’d probably agree that it’s the perfect season for a wedding.  But first check out these helpful tips we found to be your guide:

1) The first question you should ask yourself is what is your winter color palette?  You may choose to embrace the winter hues of blue, white, silver, and gold.  Or for a warmer feel, use a palette of cream and cranberry.  Since most winter weddings are inside you can be as bold and elegant with the colors as you’d like. Our only caution is not to overdo the white; as little touches of color go a long way.

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Emma + Pete – Residence in Cohasset, MA

The day was cloudy for Emma and Pete’s wedding, but the rain held off for the ceremony that was held in the front lawn of the Pete’s father’s home.  It was modestly decorated, for the landscape itself was spectacular beyond words!  Programs, which were originally going to be used as fans, were handed out and served as cover from the few sprinkles of rain.  Guests took seats in white garden chairs as Emma, our beautiful bride, emerged from behind the house. Her bridesmaids were by her side in different styled royal blue dresses.  Emma and Pete exchanged vows on the front steps of the house, and then it was time to celebrate the newlyweds.

It was just a short walk over to the tent where the cocktail hour took place.  The first stop was the guestbook table, which had a personal touch.  The couple used a recipe book for guests to leave their signature.  The cook book is something Emma and Pete will use and always be remembered of their special day.  Also unique to this couple was the placecard table.  Used in place of tent cards were envelopes hung on ribbon from bulletin boards.  The boards were decorated with seashells and ribbons tying in the royal blue and beach theme.  Cocktail hour would not be complete without the beautiful landscape that spilled out onto the marina.

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2013 Spring Colors

It’s time to talk about colors! A pop of color sets the mood and can change something boring into something worth talking about.  What colors will be hot in 2013? Pantone has put out their annual color report for this coming spring entitled “The Balancing Act”. This title came from the need to find a balance between our busy days and search for down time.  The vibrancy and neutrality colors in this palette are in balance to create a plethora of combinations for you to choose from.  Let’s take a look at what colors you should be considering for this spring!

1) This year, greens are replacing browns. Just like brown, green can be found in the outside environment, and can offer a base to support other colors you want to incorporate in your wedding.  Utilize the warmness springs bring in having the outdoor greens be a part of your day.  These greens are bright “Tender Shoots”, refined “Emerald”, and calm “Grayed Jade”.  All other colors play well with green. [Read more…]

Merek + Rusty – Boston Winery

Rusty and Merek were married on Friday of July 4th weekend at the lovely Boston Winery, setting the tone for their simple with a rustic touch wedding.  I absolutely loved every minute of their day as this sweet, kind couple were married in the most intimate way with just 80 guests.  There is something so special about small weddings!  And seeing this couple so calm and in the moment was such a beautiful thing to experience and I am still beaming just thinking about them!

Guests first arrived at Venezia, located next door to the winery, for a pre-cocktail hour before heading over for the ceremony.  The ceremony was held in the barrel room where the wine is made, stored and bottled by hand.  The room was transformed into a romantic setting with votives on top of the wine barrels surrounding the room and columns wrapped with ivory vines and twinkle lights.  The couple was married by a dear friend and while staying true to their simplicity,  the bridal party consisted of Merek’s sister as her maid of honor and Rusty’s cousin as the best man, and Merek’s niece and Rusty’s daughter as their flower girls.

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Fall In Love

Hello fellow New Englander’s!  It’s that time of year again- the leaves have started to change color, the air is crisp and cool, and the anticipation of the holiday’s is starting to set in. I’m sure you have a lot of plans in the works with Halloween and Thanksgiving right around the corner! So if you are planning a Fall wedding you might consider playing off of Autumn’s beauty by incorporating its natural elements to make your special day just as beautiful. Here are some ideas that we loved:

1) Choose your color scheme and take advantage of the bold and vibrant colors of the leaves; reds, oranges, yellows, browns, purples.  Playing with warm, contrasting colors like crimson and gold, cream and wine, or neutrals with pops of color, will set the tone of the day. Incorporate colors into every aspect- napkins, centerpieces, bridesmaids dresses, groomsmen ties, and anything else that needs a color. The fallen leaves, colors, and scenery create an atmosphere that you and your guests will love.

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Jenn + Dave’s Wedding – Acoaxet Chapel/Residence

Jenn and Dave’s ceremony was at Acoaxet Chapel and was definitely the most quaint chapel I’ve ever laid my eyes on. This one room chapel, which dates back to 1872, was just the right size for their 120 guests.   At the end of the ceremony, Jenn’s Dad surprised the couple with a dove release. And then the couple drove off in an antique car adorned with multi-colored balloons and “Just Married” signs. Just precious!  Immediately following, the reception took place at a Jenn’s grandparents waterfront property in Westport, MA.

Cocktail hour was held on the lawn and gravel driveway between the home and the barn which was covered with distressed gray framed photos of the couples engagement. In front of the barn was the bar where they served local beer and their signature cocktail “Jen ‘n Juice”, housemade raspberry soda, Berkshire Mt. Distilleries Gin and lime, served in mason jars with the colors of their wedding setting the tone from the get go with gray and white striped straws and pink beverages.

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Kristin + John’s Wedding – Memorial Church/Mandarin Oriental

Kristin and John had a magical wedding on a perfect early summer day this past June.  Everything about this wedding was sophisticated and elegant. The ceremony was held at the Memorial Church at Harvard University.  The guests dressed in “proper black tie”, while the bridal party wore classic black dresses and their flowers adding a pop of pink.  The bride wore a beautiful Ocscar De la Renta gown from Bergdorf Goodman.

Following the ceremony, guests were escorted to Mandarin Oriental Boston for the cocktail hour. The cocktail hour décor was highlighted with subtle pink hues of peonies and roses, mirror vases and floating candles.

The spectacular Oriental ballroom was decorated in classic shades of white.  The florals were a mixture of high and low plush white South African roses with white orchids surrounded by twinkling candlelight.  The clear glass chargers trimmed in silver and silver chivari ballroom chairs added just the right touch of elegance.  The florals were pin spotted highlighting the beautiful roses while the ambient pink lighting subtly changed throughout the evening to create a feeling of romance.  The white dance floor highlighted the custom designed ‘K&J’monogram. Kristin and John’s wedding was a night to remember. Take a peek!

 



You can click on the link below to take a live glimpse into their day with the video taken by the talented Jeff Brouillet.

Event Coordination: The Day Of

Ceremony: Memorial Church – Harvard Yard 

Reception: Mandarin Oriental Boston

Floral Design: Winston Flowers

Lighting Design: Suzanne B. Lowell Lighting

Photography: Corinna Raznikov

 

Videography: Jeff Brouillet Films Inc. 

Entertainment: District 21

Wedding Cake: Mandarin Oriental Boston

 

 

 

 

 

Layla + Charlie’s Wedding – Lakeview Pavillion

Charlie and Layla were married at Lakeview Pavillion in Foxboro in early June.  The weather agreed for their outdoor ceremony overlooking the water.   The girls were each wearing their own unique turquoise dress while the guys were in tuxedos with ties of the same strikingly beautiful blue.  Right before Layla made her way down aisle, the couples beloved pups strutted down dressed as a bride and groom.  Needless to say it was the cutest thing ever.

Immediately following the ceremony, guests moved inside for cocktail hour where they were offered blue martinis.  The bridal party remained outdoors for photos, taken by Kevin Trimmer, with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres of their own.  Soon enough it was time for the reception.  And by now, their guests had already begun to get a glimpse of their Tiffany inspired wedding.

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Cute Little Write Up on Style Me Pretty

Check out this little write up on Style Me Pretty.  Scroll to the bottom of the link…best for last? Trying to keep my cup half full! Be sure to read to the end! :)

Delish Desserts

More and More, I am starting to see dessert bars popping up at dessert time instead of the traditional plated wedding cake.  It’s a fun way to impress your guests and really, anything goes!  It is a great way to mix it up and add your own personal touch.  Whether it’s your favorite ice cream flavor or favorite candies, if it’s fun, delicious and keeps your guests out of their seats you’ve succeeded! Here are just a few fun ideas.

There is the delicious cookie bar.  You can include your family recipes and your all time favorite cookies. And for those family members who want to contribute, this is great chance for them to do so.  Don’t forget the milk!

With a variety of color coordinated favorites like whoopie pies, cupcakes and cakes on cake stands, this look is so visually appealing your guests can’t stay away.  You can even include a color coordinated drinkable dessert!

There is always the undeniably fantastic and forbidden candy bar.  Don’t forget the candy bags or the candy scoops!

And don’t ever underestimate the make your own ice cream sundae bar!  This is a timeless favorite that simply never gets old. No matter how many times guests see these, they are always delighted! With toppings of candies, fruit, marshmallow, hot fudge, sprinkles…honestly, who can blame them?

I though this was just adorable. If you want to do something “ice cream inspired” you can serve these baked goods disguised as ice cream!Which ever direction you choose, be sure that you consider the look of your table.  Of course the desserts will be delish, but the presentation contributes to making these tables so appealing.  Using labels and signage, interesting containers such as jars, trays, cake stands, and color coordination to embellish the look goes a long way.