Rebecca + Joey, Brewster Academy, Wolfeboro, NH

Rebecca and Joey were married on Lake Winnipesaukee.  Joey’s family has a home on the lake in Wolfeboro, NH,  and it was a very special place to them.  They couldn’t think of a better, more appropriate destination to get married.  But, living in NY, they quickly realized it would be beneficial to having a local hand in their planning.  That’s where we came in and began the fun and exciting process of planning their wedding on the lake, at Brewster Academy.

Rebecca and I quickly became partners in crime, as we planned their dream wedding.   Being a NYC girl, and working for Town and Country, Rebecca not only has great taste and style but she knew exactly what she wanted her wedding to look and feel like.  Her vision was romantic and elegant, modern, yet rustic.   A lot to balance but I think the execution, and coming up with just the right balance, made the details look effortless.

We brought in some of the best talent in Boston including Capers Catering, Wilson Steven’s Beantown and Stacey Frasca.  We also had so much fun finding the best local vendors as well!  Exeter Tent was literally the foundation to this amazing wedding, F as in Flowers provided gorgeous floral arrangements and the delicious wedding cake was from Oh La La.

Rebecca and her bridesmaids got ready in a house on the lake just 10 minutes from the venue.  Joey arrived by boat for their emotional first look and then they had some fun taking photos at some of the best spots in Wolfeboro, such as the old train station.

From the ceremony on the lawn and cocktail hour in the boat house, to the reception in the tent, the views were spectacular and the breeze was comforting.   What I love most are all the special, unique touches.  Just to name a few, the gorgeous arbor decorated with flowers and organza, the fun signature drink, the Moscow Mule, and the oversized R&J marking the lantern lined pathway to the tent.  Of course there was the first dance to warm your heart, the heartfelt toasts and the parent dances to make you sob but this crowd knew how to party.  They kept the dance floor packed all night long, but it didn’t end there.  The majority of their guests came from out of town, so they wanted to be sure to spend as much time with everyone as possible so their after party continued at the local crawl, The Wolfeboro Inn.

Rebecca and Joey were a dream to work with.  I am so thankful to this amazing couple who let me into their lives and allowed me to be part of planning such a special weekend!  Congratulations to them on their first anniversary and their first baby boy!

A few works from Rebecca:

“Our wedding day was magical! Everything turned out exactly how I wanted – from the romantic, rustic decor to our first dance as husband and wife. Working with Michelle was a dream – she truly brought our detailed vision to life and gave us the best day ever!”

Event Planner:  The Day Of

Venue: Brewster Academy

Tent and Rentals: Exeter Events and Tents

Caterer: Capers Catering

Florist: F as in Flowers

Lighting: DesignLight

Band: Beantown

Photographer: Armor & Martel

Videographer: Armor & Martel

Cake: Ohh La La

Transportation: Feliciano Limo

Hair and Makeup: Stacey Frasca Studio 28

Wedding Gown: Monique Lhuillier

 

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Summer Weddings in New England

We New Englanders MUST love the change of seasons or we wouldn’t put up with some of the crazy weather we encounter!  The first time leaves begin to change. The first snowfall. The first budding flowers. But SUMMER, oh sweet summer. It’s the season most of us await with wide, open arms!  Many summer weddings in New England are outdoors and with an outdoor weddings comes some inevitable factors to consider.  Here are my top ten recommendations for the all around comfort of you and your guests.

1. Ceremony Location – Consider the location that the ceremony is taking place.  If it’s not on the ocean, offering a comfortable breeze, consider a shady spot. The early evening is also preferable since it is not as hot. Nobody wants to be a sweaty mess for the evening!

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2. Indoor Ceremony Option – Let’s face it, half the reason people choose to get married in the summer is for the outdoor ceremony. But, bottom line, you have to be the kind of person willing to go with the flow if things go the other way and the dreaded R.A.I.N comes your way.  Having a very well thought out, realistic, plan B will offer you peace of mind.

3. Sound System – This is a must have for all outdoor ceremonies. You can’t hear a THINK without it. Be sure to test it out before the ceremony for volume and feedback and always have a sound person onsite incase of unforeseen glitches!

4. Welcome Table – I am always in favor of a welcome table at a ceremony. Include some cool and refreshing (alcohol free) beverages such as cucumber water or lemonade. Some other things to consider are fans, or even programs that double as fans, and maybe even parasols to offer additional shade or to protect against a possible sprinkle (not downpour).

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5. Bug Repellant – You want your guests to enjoy themselves (which they can’t be if they are getting eaten alive). They will be eternally grateful to find bug spray, wipes or lotion.

6. Umbrellas – Nobody wants them, but in a rainstorm  you and your guests will be completely frustrated without them…so just get them! Plus, they make for some super cut photos!

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7.  Food – Keep it light, seasonal, fresh and interesting!

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8. Placecards – If they are going to be outside, you are going to need to be a little creative…or else they might blow away!  They could be rocks in sand or cards pinned to a board…whatever they are, always consider the possibility of a windy day in the back of your mind!

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9. Centerpieces – To continue the stream of thought with regards to wind…I would suggest steering clear of anything tall or lightweight. No crashing over centerpieces, please!

10. Air – Be it fans or air conditioning…if it’s a hot summer night, it’s something to consider! Be sure to reserve ahead of time with your tent company.