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Kristyn and Billy were married at the Barn at Gibbet Hill in Groton, Mass. on July 12. “We found the venue through our photographer’s blog,” Kristyn said. “She had photographer another couple at the barn, and it was the rolling, green hills that frist made me want to check it out. When we first got out of the car on our first visit there, I knew it was where we could be married . . . it was different from all the other venues we had been to.” The bride wore a strapless satin a-line wedding gown with a ruched bodice, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down with loose curls, jeweled sash, and a pair of t-strap sandals, while the groom wore a light gray vest and pants, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore long pink chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, daisies, and spider mums. Guests were greeted with a pair of sunglasses to not be blinded by the love. “My aunt was the officiant, so it made the ceremony much more personal for us,” she said. “That Saturday in July was the most perfect day, all sun and no humidity. It allowed for us to enjoy everything the property had to offer, including having our ceremony out on the lawn. The rustic setting allowed us to use so many rustic details, from bright flowers in mason jars hanging off the sides of chairs to drinking sangria out of mason jars with paper straws to having a wooden pallet for everyone to sign, I could go on and on.” The reception followed inside the barn lit with chandeliers from beams. Tables were decorated with damask patterned linens, square wooden centerpieces, heart-shaped chalkboard numbers, and votive candles surrounded by chiavari chairs. “For our entrance, we came out to Whitney Houston’s ‘I Want to Dance with Somebody,'” Kristyn said. “I feel like it started the night off right and continued the party from there. It was so much fun, and I can replay it over and over in my head.” A four-tiered buttercream-frosted cake was served for dessert. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Enjoy every moment, don’t stress over the small stuff,” she said. “Everything will come together. We were engaged for almost 2 years,  and it flew by.”

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Photography: Lexi Photography | Videography: D&D Pro Imaging Photography & Film | Venue: Barn at Gibbet Hill | Event Planner: Carolyn Hilton | Dress Designer: Paloma Blanca from Bella Sera Bridal | Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff from Blushing Brides | Hair Stylist: Lauren Morris | Makeup Artist: Alice Upton | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Classic Tux | Officiant: Maria Arrao | Floral Designer: Floral Arts of Westford | Cake: Konditor Meister | DJ: Mike Negron of NuImage Entertainment 

Multicultural Fall Mansion Wedding in Massachusetts

Posted by Caitlin on Dec 15, 2014

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Rosie and Sam were married at the Commander’s Mansion followed by a reception at China Pearl Restaurant in Boston, Mass. on November 9. “We fell in love with how intimate and beautiful it was,” Rosie said. “Every room had romantic details and perfect for pictures.” The bride wore a strapless sweetheart satin mermaid wedding gown, accessorized with her hair in a sideswept ponytail, statement necklace, and a pair of Prada high heels, while the groom wore a three-piece gray suit, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore short and long netural chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, balsa wood, and silver brunia balls. “While walking down the aisle, all I could see was my husband and tears just started to well up,” she said. “Plus, reading our vows in front of our close family and friends too.” During the recessional, bubbles were even blown! “My maid of honor and husband both got me a plate of food to eat in between taking impromptu portraits in the city and greeting guests at the reception,” Rosie said. Not only was there a Chinese dragon dance but also a choreographed first dance performed by the duo. Tables were decorated with white linens, red napkins, wooden yarn numbers, and ladybugs, which served double-duty as favors, at each place setting. They symbolize good luck. In lieu of a traditional guest book, everyone was encouraged to take a heart and leave a note for them to remember their special day by. A mini cake, topped with an exact figurine replicas, was served as well as bite-sized macarons. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Soak in all the love and joy and embrace the unexpected,” she said.

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Photography: Joanne Leung Photography | Ceremony Venue: Commander’s Mansion | Reception Venue: China Pearl Restaurant | Dress Designer: Nicole Miller from Betsy Jenny Ltd. | Shoes: Prada | Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo Collection | Hair Stylist: Mary Chheng | Makeup Artist: Lisa Chy, Airbrush Makeup Artist | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Brooks Brothers | Floral Designer: Flora Organica Designs | Caterer: Crimson Catering of Harvard University Dining Services | Cake: May’s Cake House | DJs: Jenny and Gordon Wan | Transportation: Expo/Rollo Limo 

Pastel Summer Barn Wedding in Massachusetts

Posted by Caitlin on Jan 24, 2014

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Jessica and Joey were married at Smith Barn in Peabody, Mass. on July 27. The couple opted for a first look prior to the ceremony, with portraits taken on a vintage velour couch. Jessica wore a lace wedding dress with a scoop neckline and capped sleeves, accessorized with “something blue” drop dangling earrings, while Joey wore a tan suit, accessorized with a herringbone patterned tie. Bridesmaids wore different shades of blush, coral, and mint chiffon dresses and carried TO-DIE-FOR bouquets featuring garden roses, hydrangeas, and greenery. The bride wore TOMS wedges, and each bridesmaid wore TOMS flats. Keepin’ it comfy! Following the outdoor ceremony, guests were escorted to the barn with clothespin escort tags displayed on a door. Inside, the barn was twinkling with string lights and bunting overhead and mason jar centerpieces at each table. The dessert display included a ribbon backdrop and sweets such as donuts, whoopie pies, cupcakes, and cookies.

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Photography: Dreamlove Wedding Photography | Venue: Smith Barn | Event Design and Decor: Blue Moon Studios | Floral Designer: Petal Floral Design | Caterer: Vinwood Caterers | Dress Store: Manhattan Bridal Boutique | Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew | Hair Stylist: Fringe Hair Studio | Makeup Artist: Rouge Cosmetics | Invitations: Shabby Scrap | Cake: Just Fabulous Cakes | DJ: Scott Arrington | Shoes: TOMS | Etsy Designers: Tutus Chic Boutique  and Speaklouder 

Kristine & Kyle

May 31

Ipswich, Massachusetts

Q&A with the Bride

What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

I grew up in Ipswich, Massachusetts, and I knew that I wanted to have my wedding in my hometown. There was no better place than the Crane Estate, simply because of its aesthetics and breathtaking views. We wanted to bring our family and friends to one of the most beautiful locations in the Northeast to celebrate our big day!

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

  1. Wedding Favors: My dad is a professional candy maker and he made saltwater taffy especially for our wedding day. It meant a lot to me to be able to share a part of my family with our guests.
  2. Outside Ceremony/Reception: We were lucky to have beautiful weather and held both our ceremony and reception outside on the Grand Allee and back patio of the Estate. It was an amazing backdrop to exchange our vows and to celebrate with family and friends.
  3. Floral Arrangements/Reception Decor: Since the Crane Estate had so much to offer when it came to natural beauty, we decided on simple, clean, elegant decor and floral arrangements. I couldn’t have been happier with how everything from my bouquet to the wedding favors, menu cards, floral arrangements, and even the table settings looked. The decor did not distract from the Crane Estate’s elegance, rather, it enhanced it.

Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

There are so many to choose from, but if I were to pick just one it would be our last dance of the evening.  Everything leading up to that moment was perfect; our ceremony, the vows, first dance, toasts, dinner, dancing, cake cutting…everything! We had pre-selected the song “Mirrors” by Justin Timberlake as our last dance of the night but never imaged the reaction we would receive from our guests. We were still outside dancing under the stars and instinctively all of our family and friends formed a perfect circle around us and within a few seconds everyone started singing and clapping to the song as just the two of us danced in the middle. You could feel the excitement and love that everyone had for us and it was a great confirmation that all of our guests enjoyed their time at our wedding!

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Leli & Tom

August 11

Boston, Massachusetts


Q & A with the Bride:

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

The flowers, for sure – especially the tall floral arrangements on the stage. We loved how the decorations at the ceremony came out, especially seeing my florist adding her arrangements and pew flowers that I could only try and picture in my head during the planning process. They complimented the background decorations of the paper flowers so well. It was even better than what I imaged. Seeing all the time spent and decision-making come together for the first time as I was walking down the aisle just made it feel that more special.

Also, the bridal and bridesmaid bouquets – they were so much more than what I expected and were the perfect arrangement and feel of what I wanted.  

Our paper suite designed by our graphic designer, especially the programs.  We had a lot of information to fit and going through a number of revisions to get it to what it became was time well spent.

The hanging purple, lilac, and white paper flowers we got from Luna Bazaar.  They were one of my favorite decorating pieces that were placed on the background of the stage and the wall behind our welcoming table.  They were the unique piece I was looking for and matched my colors to my wedding perfectly!

It’s also a tie with our candy table.  It’s one of the fun things we really wanted to have at our wedding – candy and snacks that my husband and I love and wanted to share with our guests.

Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

For me, it’s really hard to pick one.  One of the moments I can’t stop thinking about would have to be the morning when I was getting ready and one of my bridesmaids gave me a card from Tom.  I was so surprised since we agreed we weren’t going to do bride/groom gifts.  What he said to me in that card was so moving it brought me to tears and even though I had already did my make-up, was in my dress, it didn’t matter. I was so moved by it I couldn’t hold back the tears from coming.

The other was the moment the doors opened and I turned to walk down the aisle. Seeing the sanctuary filled with family and friends, all the decorations, seeing “the light” at the end of the aisle of my husband looking down at me, it was hard not to feel the overwhelming emotions that filled me at that sight and the moment I had been waiting for – walking down the aisle on my wedding day to marry the man I wanted to spend the rest of my life with.

I actually asked my husband what his moment was as well.  He had two:

One is when they opened the door and I first saw Leli.  The other is when I went to greet people before the wedding started and I saw how many people were there and them coming up and congratulating me.  That’s when it hit me that everyone there were there for us, to celebrate with us because of the love they had for us.  There were people I haven’t seen in a couple of years due to the fact that they lived so far away and they took the time out of their schedules and money to travel just to witness us getting married.

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