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“More” was definitely the motivational word when my team and I assembled the 2017 issue of Southern New England Weddings. As the new editor of the area’s premier wedding resource magazine, my goal was to introduce a fresh perspective to this year’s edition and bring you, the reader, more of what you love: more inspiring real weddings, more beautiful styled shoots and more fabulous ideas to make your big day a magical and memorable one. From beginning to end, Southern New England Weddings provides a guide to planning your perfect wedding. Learn about the area’s top wedding planners and how hiring a pro can save time, money and stress on page 22. Also check out what’s trending this year—hint: we’re seeing lots of green! (See page 34.) The “rustic” theme remains popular in 2017 and inspired our “Fairy Tale on a Farm” styled shoot (page 52), which took place amid the pastoral landscape of Gibbet Hill Farm. Gorgeous bridal gowns, sparkling jewels, romantic florals and gothic ruins were hallmarks of this shoot, which even included a cameo appearance by a regal white equine named Zuri. As you continue to pore through the following pages you’ll read about Southern New England’s top wedding venues, from Cape Cod and the Islands to coastal Connecticut, and all the places in between. Feast your eyes on the mouthwatering menus curated by the area’s top caterers (page 280) and decadent cakes and desserts created by talented New England bakers (page 294). Read valuable tips from pros on how to keep your guests entertained all night long, beginning on page 304. We hope that you enjoy reading this issue of Southern New England Weddings and find its contents helpful as you embark on planning your own event. We’d love to hear from you and encourage you to stay informed and connected with us online at SouthernNEWeddings.com and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Want to have your wedding featured in next year’s edition? Go to: SouthernNEWeddings.com/ Submit-Your-Wedding.

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A wedding planner works overtime when it comes to vendor relationships.

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No one knows this better than Francie Dorman, co-founder and planner at 42° North Weddings, a full-service wedding planning firm located on Massachusetts’ North Shore. Dorman and her partner, Britt Cole, decided to go into business in 2014 after collaborating on more than 60 weddings while working for different companies. The dynamic duo brings to the table a myriad of diversified strengths in event planning and catering, as well as countless working relationships with a vast group of vendors. “From the word ‘go,’ we’re all on board,” Dorman says. “We choose people who have endless amounts of experience. All our vendors are fully invested and often save the day. It’s always a team effort; they want to help both us and the client.” Jen Chagnon, owner of The Pink Polka Dot, an award-winning wedding and event boutique located in Falmouth, Massachusetts, agrees that harnessing a wedding planner’s strong vendor relationships is a huge victory.

hen a bride-to-be dreams of her wedding day, visions of a beautiful dress, stunning flowers and happy guests start dancing in her head. The checklist items that do not immediately spring to mind include laborious ones like tenting, power plans, timelines and vendor communications. To ensure all the working pieces run smoothly while the bride and groom revel in their joy, hiring a wedding planner can be the perfect solution. While some couples may think a personal planner won’t be a win for their wallet, many experts firmly believe having a wedding wing woman or man is truly priceless. To prove it, here are six reasons why a couple may want to forgo the DIY approach and invite a wedding planner into their corner. BY COURTNEY RAYMOND

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Take it from the experts, hiring a wedding wing woman or man is an absolute win.

“A lot of couples have a pull to an area, but need a resource to find vendors and have no idea where to turn,” Chagnon says. “That’s where we come in. We have done hundreds of weddings and know which vendors are the best fit for your wedding.”

A spectacular outdoor wedding planned by 42° North Weddings

A wedding planner can save you and your family some serious “moolah.”

2. Some couples may think a wedding planner is an unwarranted expense, but according to the experts, this couldn’t be more wrong. The coordinator’s ability to focus spending on essential items and cut unnecessary expenditures is an important part of the planning process. “There is a huge misconception that hiring a wedding planner only costs extra money, but we can actually save you money,” Chagnon explains. “We are able to negotiate contracts, offer informative consultations and point clients in the right direction to help with the budget.” SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND WEDDINGS | 2017 ANNUAL


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WEDDINGS A local planner is a lifesaver for a destination wedding.

A wedding planner goes loco for logistics.

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A local wedding requires careful planning, but a destination wedding can prove to be a whole different ballgame when it comes to timelines, logistics and guest experience. For some couples, however, it is important

In today’s busy world, many couples do not have the time or energy to focus on planning an extravagant affair. Planning a wedding is a full-time job and requires a large amount of logistical planning. From timelines and contracts, to power plans, generator operation, tenting and more, a wedding planner puts in a lot of sweat behind the scenes so the bride, groom and their guests don’t have to. “When you’re spending a lot of money on a wedding, you want to make sure everything goes off without a hitch,” says Dorman. “There are certain venues that present unique challenges, and with our experience we can imagine the wedding happening; that’s just how our brains work. We figure out the flow, pinpoint the challenges and plan for success.”

to hold their wedding somewhere with a personal connection. Since they lack familiarity with the area, a wedding planner can truly save the day.

“We have a lot of couples that choose a place that is special to them for their wedding. Perhaps it’s where they used to spend summers as a child or where they met in college,” says Dorman. “Whatever the case, we make sure your wedding looks unique since a lot of small towns have the same vendor team. Different decorations, photography, special hospitality touches for guests—all of these things make a big impact.”

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Jen Chagnon of The Pink Polka Dot designed this colorful, nautical-inspired table setting.

A wedding planner is like Pinterest, but better.

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With the popularity of Pinterest and Etsy, it’s easy for a bride and groom to feel overwhelmed by the design options for their wedding. On the other hand, it is also possible to incorporate too many ideas into one space, which can distract family and friends from the true meaning of the day. A wedding planner helps focus the theme, colors and decorations. “We help to bring the vision together,” says Chagnon. “My clients usually know what they want, but simply need help reigning it all in.” Dorman has also had that experience and takes a similar approach. “We always make sure the design is intentional and valuable when it comes to décor.”

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Some investments are priceless, and according to Dorman and Chagnon a wedding planner is on the top of the list. With so many moving pieces something is bound to go wrong, but a planner makes sure every guest sees only perfection. “During the weeks leading up to the wedding, a bride should have no stress,” says Dorman. “They deserve to enjoy the day and we give that to them.” Chagnon reiterates that having a dedicated professional at the helm is a win-win for everyone. “Dads are usually the most skeptical when it comes to hiring a planner. In the end though, they usually say it’s the best money they have ever spent to see their wife and daughter enjoy themselves.” 42° NORTH WEDDINGS • IPSWICH, MA • 978-233-8119 hello@42northweddings.com • 42northweddings.com THE PINK POLKA DOT • FALMOUTH, MA • 508-540-3015 jen@thepinkpolkadot.net • thepinkpolkadot.net SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND WEDDINGS | 2017 ANNUAL


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The Registry at Bloomingdale’s provides brides- and grooms-tobe with premier registry planning resources that ensure newlyweds find everything they need for their big day and beyond. BY LENORE CULLEN BARNES

You’re newly engaged, just set a wedding date, and amid all the joy there’s suddenly a slew of details to address. From color palettes to flowers, venues and menu choices, it’s not surprising you might feel a bit overwhelmed. Registering for gifts is a happy task, but one that entails a lot of decisions. Thanks to technology and streamlined processes, setting up a registry has never been easier. Bloomingdale’s has long set the standard for wedding registries and is a premier go-to source for wedding gifts. Engaged couples can visit the store’s registry department at 24 locations across the country or take advantage of their online site. “Setting up a registry is easy,” says Kathy McTigue, director of the Registry at Bloomingdale’s. “You can create a registry without leaving your couch by visiting Bloomingdales.com/wedding-registry and following the prompts to ‘Create a New Registry’.” Bloomingdale’s Chestnut Hill 225 Boylston St., Chestnut Hill, MA 617-630-6000 • bloomingdales.com

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CHINA “Register for china even if you don’t see yourself hosting a fancy dinner party any time soon. China is more durable than most inexpensive dinnerware.”

FINE CRYSTAL “Drinks taste better when you are sipping them from fine crystal. We have a variety of options to fit your style and your guests’ price point.”

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KNIVES “A good set of knives will make your life so much easier in the kitchen. Many of our stores even offer knife skills classes to help you learn how to use them.”

McTigue points out that one advantage and “differentiator” of the service Bloomingdale’s provides is that couples are assigned a dedicated registry consultant to guide and assist them through the entire process. “They are experts on our products and will always be there to help you and your guests to make the registry experience easy and fun,” she notes. McTigue also advises couples to consider Bloomingdale’s “vast product assortment” beyond home items when registering. “We have an incredible array of fashion, accessories, jewelry and beauty offerings, ensuring that a new couple can find everything they need for their big day and beyond.” McTigue also urges the newly engaged to register early and think beyond the present; ideally, what you register for now you will use for years, even decades into the future. “Many couples forget that a lot of their guests like to send engagement gifts,” says McTigue. “Registering as early as possible will ensure that you get the items you love. Another thing to keep in mind is making sure you have items across all price points for your guests to choose from. When registering, start by thinking of your lifestyle as a couple and consider what you will need in the future, not just for right now. Many of our couples forget that eventually they might be hosting a holiday dinner or moving to a bigger home.”

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BEDDING “The average person spends one third of his/her life in bed, so you can’t go wrong investing in quality bedding. Make your bedroom your favorite room in your home.”

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The bottom line, of course, is that couples can select whatever they like and whatever suits their lifestyle. McTigue and other registry advisors just counsel engaged couples to consider the evolution of their life together and how what they use might change. McTigue makes some recommendations for choices that will stand the test of time.

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fter months of planning and the adrenalin of the wedding day, your honeymoon provides a special respite to mark the beginning of your life together, celebrate your marriage, and make new memories in a beautiful setting. Nowhere tops Italy for beauty and romance—not to mention great food, wine, art, cities, coastline and countryside—making it a top contender for a memorable and relaxing honeymoon. Ann Petronio of Annie’s Escapes Custom Travel Planning is well versed in the splendors of Italy. Choosing an itinerary depends on the couples’ interests and time frame. Ideally, she recommends 10 to twelve days to allow time to visit several locales and still have relaxing downtime. Petronio begins by asking a lot of questions about the couple’s interests and how they like to spend their time. She points out that couples do not have to fly in and out of the same city; they can book round-trip tickets for a multi-city itinerary. Petronio outlines two Italian honeymoons: one for couples who want to enjoy the coast, and another for “foodies” and wine lovers. “If it’s a summer honeymoon, and they want to include some beach time, I suggest starting in Rome and spending several days there before heading to the Amalfi coast,” says Petronio. Petronio pre-arranges “skip the line” tickets for popular attractions, like the Vatican and the Colosseum. “And if they have a very specific interest—for example, if they want to visit the small village their great-grandparents were from—we should also pre-arrange that,” Petronio says. “Other than that, I like to send clients off with a good idea of what’s available in a given area, and maybe some information about hours of operation, so they can plan, and then let them wing it from there. Most honeymooners don’t like to be locked into a day-to-day itinerary.”

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HONEYMOON From Rome, Petronio suggests taking the train for the one-hour trip south to Naples, where she arranges for a driver to meet the newlyweds and deliver them to their hotel on the Amalfi coast. If they are interested in seeing Pompei, she suggests doing it then, instead of backtracking another day. Petronio recommends one of the small romantic hotels in Positano, where the couple can enjoy a few days relaxing, enjoying the restaurants and exploring nearby villages, like Amalfi and Ravello.

For food and wine-loving couples, Petronio begins their honeymoon with a few days in Rome before taking the train north about 90 minutes to Florence. “They can soak up the art and culture, have some amazing meals, and take daytrips by train to Bologna, Lucca, and Greve and Radda in Chianti,” Petronio notes. “They can then spend the last part of the honeymoon with a few nights in a romantic inn in the countryside. It’s worth renting a car, so they can go to local farms and vineyards for wine and olive oil tastings, and visit nearby towns like Siena and San Gimignano.

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“Because of my contacts in Italy, I can arrange all sorts of unique experiences that travelers might not even know are available to them. I’ve had clients take private cooking classes in a Tuscan villa, drive a Ferrari on the test track, and enjoy a private boat excursion on the Amalfi Coast, complete with a Prosecco picnic and a swim at a secluded beach.” Recent newlyweds Matt and Jaime Spano expressed their delight and appreciation for the Italy trip Petronio designed for their honeymoon. “We can’t thank Ann enough for her amazing planning expertise,” says Jaime. “Our trip was wonderful and her itinerary made it so easy. I could have seen us making some mistakes with language barriers; we both agreed it was nice to have a professional take care of all the arrangements so we could just relax and enjoy. The hotels were amazing and in great locations. “Overall, we felt like our itinerary was a great mix of adventure, relaxation, sightseeing and learning/touring. Italy is our new favorite place and we absolutely want to return! We think it’s incredible that after only meeting once, we felt like Ann completely got our vision and nailed it.” ANNIE’S ESCAPES CUSTOM TRAVEL PLANNING 401-270-4834 • annp@anniesescapes.com anniesescapes.com

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“Here is where they’ll experience that dream of the Amalfi coast, standing on a balcony overlooking the Gulf of Salerno, just sitting at the cafes and enjoying, without any pressure to see certain sights,” Petronio says. “We could end the trip with a couple of nights on Capri, so that they can experience the island after the day-tripping crowds leave on the ferry.”


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BY STACEY MARCUS & COLBY RADOMSKI s we bid adieu to 2016 and welcome the new year, we’ll also say goodbye to a number of well-tried wedding trends. Couples getting married in 2017 have lots to look forward to when planning their nuptials this year. We asked celebrity wedding planner David Tutera and Boston-based wedding-planning pro Callie Barrett of The Day Of Event Coordination to forecast their predictions for what’s hot (and what’s not) in 2017.

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Mix in Metallics

Metallic, gold leaf cake by The Bashful Tarte

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Metallics remain on trend in 2017, but they’ll be seen in a new way, notes Tutera. Expect to see metallics paired with soft shades of white, cream and ivory —seen here in a styled tabletop designed by Ten Penny Creative and Boston Rustic Wedding Rentals—and paired with natural elements like greenery and organic components like petrified wood, moss and smilax.

F all for Fruit

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Pumpkins and gourds aren’t the only fruit for fall and winter. Fruits like figs, grapes, pomegranates and cranberries add rich color, texture and taste to table arrangements, décor, cakes and food plates.

Make it Modern

While classic, timeless wedding elements will never go out of style, more couples are taking a “modern” approach to styling their big day. Expect to see bold prints, vibrant colors, geometric details and even mid-century modern décor like these seen in a tabletop styled by Pranzi Catering & Events, featuring stationery by The Paper Perfectionist.

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A naked cake gets a sweet twist with fresh figs, mixed berries and grapes by The Bashful Tarte; An earthy tablescape with lush greenery and fruit designed by Ten Penny Creative.

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Get Personal

According to Barrett, 2017 will be the year of the completely personalized wedding. And why not? From including a custom monogram on your wedding invitations (like these from Splash Stationers) to creating homemade favors for your guests, the possibilities for putting your personal stamp on your wedding day are endless.

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Go Green From lush green garlands to bold hunter green bridesmaids dresses, it’s all about greenery this year, inspired by 2017’s Pantone color palette. Whether real or faux, pops of green let you achieve a look that’s both modern and natural.

BELLA BRIDESMAIDS

“Fleur” dress from BHLDN.

A bar station styled by Rachel Lynn of Be Our Guest features lush green details by JNG Event Consulting.

Earthy stationery by Wouldn’t It Be Lovely

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TRENDS TO DITCH AND REPLACE

“A few trends that definitely won’t be sticking around include ombre décor and crop top wedding dresses,” says Barrett. While traditional photo booths haven’t gone totally to the wayside, wedding photo entertainment has evolved; brides and grooms can now opt for guests to enjoy video booths, selfie stations and mirror booths.

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et your outdoor reception started off right with a creative welcome tent. This 32-foot-round Blue Star Sperry Tent designed by Ritzy Bee Events includes a greenery arch by Amaryllis, Inc. Floral+Event Design and a vintage sign and bar setup that make for a friendly first impression.

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TREND

While wedding trends change every year, there’s something so classic about a black and white wedding. The color scheme is simple, but can be executed in countless ways. 1. KARCHMERPHOTO

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1) Handblown decanters by PAIRPOINT provide an elegant and tasteful way to commemorate life’s milestones. pairpoint.com 2 + 3) A plunging v-neck adds a dramatic effect to this Monique Lhuillier Bridesmaids gown and a one-shoulder ruched bodice tulle gown by THEIA Bridesmaids achieves a classic look, both from BELLA BRIDESMAIDS. bellabridesmaids.com 4) WOULDN’T IT BE LOVELY took a modern approach when designing this black and white stationery suite, featuring painted patterns mixed with modern calligraphy. wouldntitbelovely.com. 5) An elegant, textured wedding cake from THE BASHFUL TARTE features cascading petals bursting from a pearl center. thebashfultarte.com 6) A twist on a white classic, these natural color Tahitian pearls are set in white gold with diamond accents. M.R.T. JEWELERS. mrtjewelers.com

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7) Frame your favorite moments with a custom frame by PROVIDENCE PICTURE FRAME. 8) A modern black and white table setting by HOPPLE POPPLE is complemented by dramatic centerpieces of white orchids. hopplepopple.com. 9) A Movado men’s wrist watch from M.R.T. JEWELERS makes a bold statement. mrtjewelers.com 10) A custom hand-carved sign by KUKSTIS WOODCARVING adds a personal touch to any newlywed nest. kukstis.com.

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INVITATIONS

Talented New England stationers custom-tailor invitation suites for every wedding style. PHOTOGRAPY BY ED NUTE

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Little Birdie Papercraft & Design Studio littlebirdiestudio.com

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PHOTOGRAPHY Sabrina Scolari Photography LOCATION The Barn at Gibbet Hill, Groton, MA FASHION Flair Boston, Boston, MA; Sposabella Bridal, Hyannis, MA // Anthony’s House of Formals, Cranston, RI; Bloomingdale’s, Chestnut Hill, MA // ShoesTo Dye For, Natick, MA FASHION STYLING Colby Radomski JEWELRY Baxter’s Fine Jewelry, Warwick, RI; M.R.T. Jewelers, East Providence, RI; Perception Jewelry, Providence, RI HAIR STYLING Stacey Kuehn Hair MAKEUP Kelly O’Keefe – Blush, Hingham, MA FLOWERS Sayles Livingston Flowers Adamsville, RI STATIONERY Little Birdie Papercraft, Cranston, RI TABLESCAPE RENTALS Be Our Guest, Inc., Boston, MA TABLESCAPE STYLING Rachel Lynn VINTAGE RENTALS Boston Rustic Wedding Rentals, Hopkinton, MA CAKE Artisan Bake Shop, Rochester, MA MODELS Christina Kapinos + Kev Kalhori - Maggie Inc., Boston, MA // Allie Farren - The Beauty Within Model Management, Pawtucket, RI HORSE Zuri - Alexia Rosoff Wilbur SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND WEDDINGS | 2017 ANNUAL


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Allie’s ivory, gold and toffee lace and tulle ball gown by Ivoire by Kitty Couture from SPOSABELLA BRIDAL pairs perfectly with an 18 karat white gold and silver Tahitian pearl ring with modern halo set with asscher cut diamonds and natural yellow and green diamonds from M.R.T. JEWELERS. Allie also wears a headband with freshwater pearls, floral rhinestone accents and pavé leaves and delicate pearl drop earrings with cubic zirconia stone floral top, both from PERCEPTION JEWELRY. A simple bouquet and matching boutonniere by SAYLES LIVINGSTON FLOWERS includes ruscus, asparagus fern, hosta, clematis vine, magnolia leaves and amaranthus, as well as red hypericum berries, seeded eucalyptus and fern. Kev looks sharp in a burgundy velvet blazer by Armani Collezioni, black Yves Saint Laurent grosgrain skinny tie, traditional pleated bib slim fit tuxedo shirt by Eton of Sweden and tuxedo oxfords by Salvatore Ferragamo, all available at BLOOMINGDALE’S.

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Christina wears the “Lorelei Gown” by Catherine Deane from BHLDN, which features beaded lace on illusion tulle, shoulder cutouts and a wispy overskirt, and a luxurious faux-fur ¾-sleeve jacket, also from BHLDN; a romantic headband from PERCEPTION JEWELRY featuring matte silver flowers with pavé stones; an 18 karat multi-stone bangle, an 18 karat white gold diamond ring by Tacori featuring a center diamond surrounded by pavé set diamonds curving along the ceiling, with signature Tacori details along the side, and an 18 karat white gold pavé diamond band, all available at BAXTER’S FINE JEWELRY.

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An elegant bouquet designed by SAYLES LIVINGSTON FLOWERS features garden roses, dahlias, astilbe, ranunculus, snow berries, amaranthus, nine bark and scabiosa. Shoes: The Badgley Mischka “Abigail” is a stunning peep toe wedge made of lustrous satin with woven-scalloped detailing and adorned with criss-cross strap and beautiful rhinestone embellishment from SHOES TO DYE FOR. Allie wears an 18 karat yellow gold bezel three-stone diamond ring with oval center and an 18 karat yellow diamond band with meleé diamonds, both from M.R.T. JEWELERS; and stunning drop earrings featuring round cubic zirconia stones set in a matte gold plate and an opulent headband with matte gold flowers and rhinestones from PERCEPTION JEWELRY.

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LEFT: Christina wears a classic fit-and-flare gown with cap sleeves featuring Elysia lace and rose lace motifs by Willowby by Watters from SPOSABELLA BRIDAL; a 14 karat gold tiny clover cage pendant necklace with hand cut cubic zirconia stones, a yellow gold diamond engagement ring with matching diamond bands by Forevermark from BAXTER’S FINE JEWELRY; drop earrings featuring a solitaire cubic zirconia set in an 18 karat gold plate filigree setting and freshwater pearl bracelet with a gold filigree clasp from PERCEPTION JEWELRY; and a 14 karat gold-filled and Swarovski dusted tiara with pearl accents from BHLDN.

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Christina wears the “Fiji” dress by Eddy K from SPOSABELLA, featuring elegant lace details and stunning train; 14 karat white gold pearl and diamond drop earrings and diamond vine band from BAXTER’S FINE JEWELRY; pearl bracelet with pavé stations and vintage pearl and rhinestone collar necklace from PERCEPTION JEWELRY. SAYLES LIVINGSTON FLOWERS created a colorful garland for horse Zuri and head wreath for Christina with garden roses, dahlias and greenery.

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Designed by Rachel Lynn of BE OUR GUEST, the tabletop breaks the mold of a traditional barn wedding—in all the right ways. Romantic ivory linen tablecloth with a delicately embossed leaf pattern is complemented by gilded details from feminine patterned china and custom designed patterned stationery by LITTLE BIRDIE PAPERCRAFT. Florals by SAYLES LIVINGSTON FLOWERS feature ranunculus, hydrangea, garden roses, dahlias, astilbe, red hypericum berries, eucalyptus, red hypericum berries, fern and ruscus. The balance of colors, patterns and textures impresses a statement of sophistication. Billowing ivory tulle adorns each chair to create a soft presence within the rustic barn structure. A simple, naked wedding cake by ARTISAN BAKE SHOP is decorated with colorful dahlias, ranunculus, waxflower, snow berries, astilbe and greenery.

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Allie wears a gorgeous ivory lace fit to flare bridal gown by Hayley Paige from FLAIR BOSTON, featuring strapless corset bodice and detachable long sleeve bolero, tiered tulle skirt with thin double horsehair edging; 18 karat yellow gold bezel three-stone diamond ring with oval center and an 18 karat yellow diamond band with melee diamonds, both from M.R.T. JEWELERS; rhodium plated topaz and black diamond drop earring and soft gold plate floral hair vine with floral rhinestone accents from PERCEPTION JEWELRY. Kev’s classic tan tuxedo by ANTHONY’S HOUSE OF FORMALS gets a pop of color with a burgundy bowtie from BLOOMINGDALE’S.

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Christina is wearing the “Mariella” lace gown by Ivoire by Kitty Chen Couture and beaded cathedral veil by Edward Bergerfrom, both from SPOSABELLA BRIDAL; Tacori platinum diamond engagement ring with a marquise-shaped center and two side pear-shaped diamonds, diamond wedding band and eternity band from BAXTER’S FINE JEWELRY; three-strand freshwater pearl bracelet with silver plate filigree clasp from PERCEPTION JEWELRY; and mesh, Chantilly lace flats with floral beading by Bella Belle from SHOES TO DYE FOR. A bouquet from SAYLES LIVINGSTON FLOWERS features garden roses, dahlias, astilbe, ranunculus, snow berries, amaranthus, nine bark and scabiosa. BOSTON RUSTIC WEDDING RENTALS provided this vintage seating area with an antique sewing machine, which is complemented by a large arrangement of hydrangeas, garden roses, dahlias, astilbe, snow berries, amaranthus, smoke bush foliage, olive branch, ruscus and eucalyptus by SAYLES LIVINGSTON FLOWERS.

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Allie wears the “Roxanne” gown by Hayley Paige from FLAIR BOSTON featuring a moonstone English net A-line silhouette and beaded V-neck ballerina bodice with open V-back and studded strap detail, and soft flowing circular skirt; soft blue opal stone earrings and headband with faux opal stones enhanced with rhinestone accents from PERCEPTION JEWELRY. Kev wears an ultra dapper burgundy tuxedo jacket paired with black pants and a black bowtie from ANTHONY’S HOUSE OF FORMALS.

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This hand-tied bouquet, designed by YOUNG DESIGNS, LLC, features a wild, organic and gardenlike shape with dahlias, garden roses, ranunculus, astilbe, Veronica, blushing bride, scabiosa, campanula and green fill.

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CHERRYHILL FLOWERS used blue hydrangeas, Veronica, Juliet garden roses, penny cress and Queen Anne’s lace in this lush, springtime bouquet.

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SARAH PUDLO & CO.

PRANZI CATERING & EVENTS created this cascading bouquet featuring patience garden roses, astilbe, baby eucalyptus, brunia, gold succulents, Tiffany roses, crème ranunculus and Italian ruscus.

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BOUQUETS

This romantic, cascading bouquet by ARTISTIC BLOSSOMS FLORAL DESIGN STUDIO features seeded eucalyptus, Dusty Miller, white hydrangea, white peonies, ivory spray roses, blush pink astilbe, merlot scabiosa and blue succulents.

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PATRICE R. MILLEY FLORAL DESIGNERS designed this colorful summer bouquet of Juliet and romantic antique garden roses, ranunculus, café au lait dahlias, Veronica, lisianthus, bayberry and ruscus.

BEACH PLUM FLORAL + EVENT DESIGN created this hand-tied bohemian-inspired, textured bouquet of crisp greens, lemon leaf, silver dollar, willow and seeded eucalyptus, jasmine vine, ivy, bay leaf, ornamental grass and farm grown mint, white garden roses, ranunculus and succulents.

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YOUNG DESIGNS, LLC designed this hand-tied bouquet of Young Family Farm’s maroon dahlias, garden roses, calla lilies, astilbe, Veronica, dahlias, oak leaves, succulents, amaranthus and viburnum berry.

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PRANZI CATERING & EVENTS created this oversized bouquet of Juliet garden roses, burgundy ranunculus, brunia berry, antique Queen Anne’s Lace, viburnum berry, sangria posy calla, scabiosa, copper silver dollar eucalyptus, blushing bride protea, antique hydrangea, copper sprayed thistle and anemone.

This bouquet by BEACH PLUM FLORALS + EVENT DESIGN features a collection of bold fall tones of maroon, fuchsia, mustard and red with accents of soft peach garden roses, dahlias, ranunculus and scabiosa combined with bold textures consisting of privet berry, silver brunia, eucalyptus and Bay Leaf.

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BOUQUETS

This winter wonderland-themed bouquet by JUDY’S VILLAGE FLOWERS includes white hydrangea, garden roses, ranunculus, anemone, dendrobium orchid, brunia berry and miniature pinecones.

Designed by THE LOCAL BOUQUET, this wintery bouquet features helleborus, lisanthus, amaryllis, brunia berry, local arborvitae greens, Dusty Miller, juniper berry, miniature pinecones and dried lotus pod.

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CHERRYHILL FLOWERS designed this colorful, wintertime bouquet of dahlias, penny cress, calcynia, snap dragons, salal, sedum and Jack-in-the-pulpit.

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WEDDINGS VENUES Chapel Grille

SETTING THE TONE FOR A MEMORABLE WEDDING CELEBRATION. BY COLBY RADOMSKI

You’ve spent months planning your perfect reception. You’ve booked the coolest band, hired the best caterer and handpicked every last detail to ensure your event will be a memorable one. But what about your rehearsal dinner? A pre-nuptial ritual, these gatherings set the tone of your wedding celebration and have long been left as an afterthought. As many wedding specialists point out however, they don’t have to be! Rather than making your rehearsal gathering a small extension of your big day, treat it as its own bash and add some personality to the occasion. From a summertime clambake to an intimate farm-to-table soirée, there are a number of sites across New England to host your pre-wedding dinner, ensuring your marital festivities get off to a great start.

Alberto’s Ristorante

The Bancroft

Chapel Grille

Specializing in fine Northern Italian cuisine and renowned for its delicious homemade pasta, this Cape Cod restaurant offers couples a cozy and romantic atmosphere. Couples can choose from several function room sizes (its main dining area seats 100) as well as styles of dining—from casual cocktailstyle gatherings with passed hors d’oeuvres to formal seated dinners.

The Bancroft is suburban Boston’s most “buzzedabout” swanky steakhouse. Located in Burlington, the restaurant boasts several private dining options that are sure to impress your wedding guests. The Warhol Room, named for Andy Warhol, features artwork by the late artist and seats as many as 50 guests. The Sheffield Room, located in the center of the eatery’s dining room, is enclosed by floor-to-ceiling glass walls and can accommodate up to 24 guests. Overlooking the dining room, the Reid Room is situated on a steel mezzanine and features one long table cut from a single tree that seats 16 guests.

A top dining destination in Rhode Island, the Chapel Grille focuses on hearth-style Mediterranean Italian cuisine made with seasonal and locally foraged ingredients. Housed in a former cathedral, the restaurant offers four spaces for rehearsal dinners, including the Choir Loft, a part of the original structure which overlooks the venue’s soaring cathedral bar, and the Wine Salon, which features a private bar and access to a private garden terrace.

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"Midtown Oyster Bar...We are more than just oysters!"

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VENUES Eleven Forty Nine Restaurant

The Grotto at Orta

With its well-rounded, upscale, new-American menu, 1149 offers brides- and grooms-to-be a variety of customizable menu options for their pre-wedding event. The restaurant features a number of private dining rooms, including The Private Dining Room and The Green Room, both of which can accommodate up to 40 guests. A popular option for larger groups, The Terrace Room holds as many as 100 guests and features a private bar, flat screen TV for slideshow capabilities and French doors leading out to the private outdoor patio with a wood burning fireplace.

Specializing in fine, contemporary Italian cuisine, Orta has become one of the South Shore’s premiere dining destinations thanks to chef/owner Brett Williams, who was also voted “Best Chef on the South Shore” by South Shore Living. The restaurant’s private dining space, The Grotto, offers couples and their guests an intimate dining experience and features a private bar and space for 40 for a formal sit-down dinner and as many as 60 for casual cocktail gatherings. Couples can work with Williams and his wife, Cara, who serves as the restaurant’s general manager and function guru, to design a customized menu (they specialize in wine pairings!) guaranteed to make an impression with guests.

Scarlet Oak Tavern Midtown Oyster Bar

Post-wedding Brunch at The Crowne Plaza Hotel at the Crossings While breakfast in bed is always nice, a post-nuptial brunch is a wonderful way to spend quality time with loved ones and thank your wedding crew for celebrating your big day. Those staying at The Crowne Plaza Hotel at the Crossings will find the hotel’s brunch accommodations a perfect ending to an unforgettable wedding soirée. Couples may reserve the Atrium or the Rotunda spaces, which are available for private parties of 20 or more, and choose from a variety of menu options including a Belgian waffle station, meat carving stations and make-your-own yogurt parfaits. Those hosting smaller get togethers can rendezvous in the hotel’s newly updated full-service restaurant, The Crossings.

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Located in the heart of the South Shore in Hingham, Scarlet Oak Tavern is located inside a renovated Colonial home and focuses on upscale tavern fare. Several private and semi-private rooms of varying sizes offer a perfect setting for rehearsal dinners as well as post-wedding gatherings. Located on the restaurant’s second floor, the Northcreek Room accommodates up to 50 guests and features exposed wooden beams, a working fireplace and a private bar and lounge area. The Whiton Room is a semi-private room located on the main floor that seats up to 32 guests and features all the charm of the main dining room. The venue’s smaller spaces—The Wine, Dauphin and Accord Rooms—are perfect for groups of 12 or less.

Naked Oyster Bistro & Raw Bar Located in the heart of downtown Hyannis, this Cape Cod locale focuses on fresh seafood with a French-Mediterranean twist. The restaurant features several private dining options, including a lower-story “Wine Cellar,” which seats between 12 and 20 guests, as well as two upstairs dining rooms for larger gatherings. Owned by executive chef Florence Lowell, the restaurant is committed to classically prepared dishes made with locally sourced ingredients, including oysters from the restaurant’s own oyster farm in nearby Barnstable Harbor.

Midtown Oyster Bar Those hosting nuptials in Newport need not look further than Midtown Oyster Bar for their pre-wedding dinner. Located on iconic Thames Street, the restaurant pairs Colonial age décor with sophisticated and nautical details. Couples can choose from several private dining spaces to host their bash, including the restaurant’s second-story loft, which features gorgeous vaulted post-and-beam ceilings and access to a private outdoor deck with sweeping views of Newport Harbor. The Loft can accommodate up to 50 guests for a seated dinner or up to 75 for a cocktail party. Two other popular spaces include the restaurant’s signature dining room, The Grand Flag Room, as well as The West Room, both of which offer an intimate atmosphere.

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Boston Harbor Hotel

DOWNTOWN CHIC THE CHARLES HOTEL

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With more than 18,000 square feet of event space, this Harvard Square hotel can accommodate as many as 300 guests. Blending old world charm with a contemporary design, the hotel presents a perfect place for those looking to host their nuptials near the city. Couples can customize their menus and choose from countless culinary options, whether it’s a casual BBQ or a clambake in the hotel’s courtyard, or a more elegant tasting menu curated by award-winning Executive Chef Davis.

BOSTON HARBOR HOTEL Located on the waterfront just steps from Boston’s Financial District, Seaport District and the historic North End, the Boston Harbor Hotel offers an unmatched setting for those desiring a luxurious downtown wedding. From a formal black tie affair to an intimate celebration overlooking the harbor, couples can choose from several venue options to match their big day vision.

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INDEPENDENCE HARBOR This 20-acre estate located on the banks of the Assonet River offers an enchanting landscape for outdoor weddings, featuring stunning flower gardens, a manicured lawn and a well-appointed indoor ceremony space capable of accommodating up to 250 guests. Couples can personalize their wedding experience to their heart’s desire and choose from several wedding packages—from an all-inclusive package that’s planned soup to nuts by the venue’s seasoned planning staff, or a traditional “non-package,” which allows brides and grooms choose details themselves.

RACHEL’S LAKESIDE Conveniently located between Fall River and New Bedford, Rachel’s Lakeside features a spectacular setting for those desiring to host their nuptials outdoors. The outdoor gazebo overlooking Lake Noquochoke creates an ideal backdrop for ceremonies and event photos, while the venue’s indoor Gallery is perfect for more intimate gatherings. Rachel’s boasts three separate reception halls, the largest of which can accommodate as many as 280 guests.

RUSTIC, COUNTRY SETTING ROSEBROOK EVENT CENTER

SAPHIRE ESTATE

Located in rural Wareham, Massachusetts (but accessible by major highway) and adjacent to the TownePlace Suites by Marriott, Rosebrook Event Center combines rustic charm with modern amenities. The venue’s contemporary ballroom can accommodate up to 400 guests and has access to an outdoor deck. Those looking to host their nuptials outdoors can do so at Rosebrook’s sunken ceremony space, which abuts picturesque cranberry bogs and woodland.

With its stunning lakeshore views, a romantic garden courtyard and charming manor house, the Saphire Estate offers an elegant setting for Southern New England couples. The venue is capable of hosting both intimate and large-scale weddings, with seasoned event planners able to personalize every aspect of a couple’s big day.

If you’ve dreamed of having your wedding in a rustic setting amid rolling hills, Zukas Hilltop Barn is your place. Regardless of what month you wed, the venue has you covered with several space options, including an indoor banquet room featuring double-sided fieldstone fireplaces (available November through April) and a tented outdoor reception space (available May through October), which includes a striking black-and-white dance floor and delicate white ceiling lights. With an emphasis on fresh, seasonal food, much of Zukas’ menu is sourced directly from its own gardens.

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THE GREAT OUTDOORS

THE BARN AT GIBBET HILL Crowned as one of Massachusetts’ best wedding venues, The Barn at Gibbet Hill offers an unmatched setting for those seeking a sophisticated farm wedding. Renovated in 2002, the rustic reception space is set in the property’s original 100-year-old barn and overlooks the rolling hills of conservation land and farmland, with views of mountains in the distance. Those with a more extravagant wedding vision can host their nuptials at The Top of the Hill, an exclusive tented wedding site adjacent to the gothic ruins of Bancroft’s Castle, which features a sunken stone ceremony space that’s covered in verdant ivy. W W W. S O U T H E R N N E W E D D I N G S . C O M

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ABOUNDING OCEAN VIEWS

Wequassett Resort and Golf Club

HOTEL 1620 AT PLYMOUTH HARBOR

Shining Tides

INN ON THE BEACH Set along the beach in Harwich Port, Massachusetts, and boasting picturesque views of Nantucket Sound, The Inn on the Beach offers couples a relaxing, beachside retreat and an ideal setting for a casual Cape Cod wedding. Couples can choose from a variety of menu options for their rehearsal dinners and reception celebrations—from an interactive clambake dinner on the beach to a more intimate sit-down dinner on the inn’s deck.

Located along Plymouth’s iconic waterfront and steps to local attractions, this renovated hotel offers exceptional accommodations for those wanting to wed by the ocean. Recently renovated with nautical décor, the property has two reception venues: the Regency Ballroom, which accommodates dinner and dancing for up to 250 guests, and the Atlantic Room, which boasts floor-to-ceiling windows and can hold up to 80 guests. Hotel 1620 also offers unmatched catering options and is happy to work with couples to customize every aspect of their special day.

CLIFFORD HALL AT DUXBURY BAY MARITIME SCHOOL Situated in the charming seaside town of Duxbury, this waterfront venue has become one of the hottest reception spaces on the South Shore, offering breathtaking views of Duxbury Bay and beyond. With over 2,400 square feet of indoor space and a 600-square-foot outdoor deck, the hall can accommodate up to 150 guests.

SHINING TIDES

WEQUASSETT RESORT AND GOLF CLUB

Built in 1887 as a private summer retreat on the site of an Indian summer campground, and later serving as Mattapoisett Manor (today named Shining Tides), this historic manor home at the mouth of Mattapoisett River is now a recreational complex for YMCA. Available on a limited basis, Shining Tides offers an idyllic coastal wedding location, with sparkling views of Mattapoisett Harbor and access to sandy beachfront. Shining Tides is exclusively partnered with Russell Morin Fine Catering, so couples can expect exquisite cuisine as well as flawless service on their big day.

Earning a five-star rating by from Forbes Travel Guide in 2016 (the first and only Cape Cod resort in history to do so) Wequassett Resort and Golf Club offers world-class service and accommodations, as well as stunning panoramic views of Pleasant Bay. The elegantly appointed hotel features a number of event spaces, the most popular of which include the Grand Lawn, which directly overlooks the bay and has a two-tier veranda offering a dramatic entrance for the bride; the hotel’s Garden Terrace, a permanently tented space featuring accordion doors and infinity views; and the Pavilion, which features a wrap-around farmer’s porch and can accommodate 250 guests.

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THE VILLA AT RIDDER COUNTRY CLUB The Villa offers the perfect venue for couples desiring an outdoor wedding surrounded by lush green lawns and idyllic woodlands. The venue features a tented outdoor reception space as well as an indoor ballroom capable of accommodating as many as 280 guests. Couples will love the many photo backdrops the property boasts, including gorgeous green landscapes, rustic bridges and stonefaced fireplaces.

WILLOWBEND With sweeping views of its award-winning golf course, working cranberry bogs and woodland beyond, Willowbend has become a premiere wedding destination for couples desiring a private country club setting. The club features a well-appointed ballroom capable of holding 285 guests, as well as a covered outdoor veranda overlooking the 18th green. There are plenty of locations for photo opportunities onsite, including its signature red barn. Those looking to make a weekend out of their celebration can host guests at the club’s onsite villas, which offer luxurious accommodations. W W W. S O U T H E R N N E W E D D I N G S . C O M

OLD YARMOUTH INN Voted as one of the best places on Cape Cod for intimate weddings, the Old Yarmouth Inn is an ideal spot for those looking to host a small-scale wedding in a timeless environment. Built in 1696 and located along historic Route 6A, the inn is the oldest of its kind on Cape Cod. While it has undergone significant renovations, the inn maintains old world charm and beauty.

PLIMOTH PLANTATION Those desiring an unforgettable, history-laden wedding ceremony need not look further than Plimoth Plantation. The classic 17th century English Colonial living history museum features several beautiful event spaces, which lay surrounded by a working model village that’s complete with timber-framed homes, verdant gardens and farmland, as well as sweeping views of Plymouth Bay. The plantation’s outdoor ceremony space, the Hornblower Garden, features stunning stonework and lush plantings.

PUBLICK HOUSE HISTORIC INN Located in the charming village of Sturbridge, Massachusetts, Publick House Historic Inn is the ultimate venue for those wanting a romantic New England Wedding. A full-service venue offering world-class cuisine, the inn features 115 guest rooms and is capable of hosting pre-wedding gatherings, rehearsal dinners, post-wedding celebrations and breakfast farewells— perfect for weekend-long wedding celebrations.

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Are you a creative spirit? Do you often color outside the lines of tradition and come up with your own ideas? Do you discard the restaurant’s menu and ask the waiter to create a dish that makes your taste buds twitch with delight? For those seeking a non-traditional wedding, there are a number of spaces throughout Boston that will inspire creativity and imagination. BY STACEY MARCUS

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Looking for the ultimate creative space to tie the knot? Adorned with paintings and photographs created by talented teen artists, Artists for Humanity’s EpiCenter offers a unique and inspiring space for both wedding ceremonies and receptions. The 5,000-square-foot loft-style gallery was the first in Boston to achieve LEED Platinum certification for energy sustainability, and can accommodate up to 250 guests. Eighteen-foot ceilings enhance the venue’s airy, industrial ambience, while south facing windows let in an abundance of natural light. A sunken outdoor courtyard provides an additional 1,200 square feet of event space for those desiring to host their nuptials al fresco. “Renting our gallery supports Artists for Humanity’s mission: to bridge economic, racial and social divisions by providing under-resourced urban youth with the keys to selfsufficiency through paid employment in art and design,” says Alexis Orellana, events director at Artists For Humanity. Brides and grooms looking to further support AFH teens can enlist the venue for help with creative design services, including invitations, save-thedates and even live painting during their reception. ARTISTS FOR HUMANITY 100 W. 2nd St., Boston 617-522-2820 afhboston.org/epicenter.html

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There’s no shortage of fun ways to celebrate at the New England Aquarium. Treat your guests to a private viewing of the intriguing (and interactive) exhibits featuring a diverse collection of aquatic life. Your guests will love munching and mingling beside aquariums filled with colorful fish dancing in the bubbles. In the warmer wedding months, you can share your first toast at a cocktail reception near the seals and sea lions at the New Balance Foundation Marine Mammal Center and enjoy dinner prepared by an exclusive caterer beneath the waterfront canopy. Along with the unique experience of mingling with marine friends, New England Aquarium offers a waterfront location with city views. You can even have your ceremony on-site. NEW ENGLAND AQUARIUM 1 Central Wharf, Boston 617-973-5205 events@neaq.org neaq.org/visit/host-an-event/weddings

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Are you obsessed with Boston history and the Founding Fathers? Have we got a space for you! One of Beantown’s hidden gems, the historic Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, is waiting for you in Boston’s South End. History buffs will love the historic feel of the venue, which has over 8,000 square feet of interior space and 5,000 square feet of outdoor space. One of the most special features is an auditorium that is a replica of Symphony Hall and can be transformed into a ballroom. Outdoor spaces include gardens, a plaza, a spacious courtyard and even an outdoor basketball court.

We asked officials at the Museum of Science to tell us why couples should consider hosting their wedding at the Museum of Science. Not only is the facility able to comfortably accommodate parties of up to 4,500 guests, but brides, grooms and guests alike can have a one-of-akind experience after-hours at the museum amid the many exhibitions and scientific attractions. Here are our top seven reasons to celebrate at the Museum of Science:

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Care to dine amid dinosaurs, under the stars or directly on the Charles River?

The Washburn Pavilion is the only function space directly on the Charles River.

You can let sparks fly during your ceremony inside the Theater of Electricity!

Dance under the stars both inside (in the building’s Planetarium) as well as outdoors.

Dine with dinosaurs, including the museum’s 45-foot-long Tyrannosaurus Rex in the Blue Wing.

Enjoy delectable food from Wolfgang Puck Catering.

Stand with one foot in Boston and one foot in Cambridge, enjoying the best view of the city skyline and the Charles River. MUSEUM OF SCIENCE 1 Science Park, Boston 617-589-0125 events@mos.org mos.org/private-events

Set sail for a great marriage. If your dream is to host your wedding on Boston Harbor, then your ship has just come in. The Liberty Fleet of Tall Ships Boston offers adventurous brides and grooms an unforgettable, seafaring wedding experience aboard their two chartered schooners, Liberty Clipper and Liberty Star. With a variety of catering options to choose from, a fully stocked bar and the option of bringing a live band aboard, couples can seamlessly take their party out to sea. The fleet’s 125-foot Liberty Clipper, which was built in 1983 as a replica Baltimore Schooner, fits 100 guests on deck standing and sitting as well as 40 below deck in its Grand Salon. Liberty Fleet’s smaller, 67-foot schooner, Liberty Star, was originally constructed as a working replica of an 1890s coastal schooner. With mahogany planking, oak frames, traditional pine and fir decking, shining brass fittings and exotic wood cabinetry, the ship comfortably holds 39—perfect for accommodating smaller, intimate wedding parties. THE LIBERTY FLEET OF TALL SHIPS 67 Long Wharf, Boston 617-742-0333 liberty@libertyfleet.com libertyfleet.com

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Known for its classic beauty and elegance, this cliffside manor along Newport’s iconic Cliff Walk specializes in intimate events. Venue options include a private dining room space for smaller parties in the Chanler’s signature award-winning restaurant, The Spiced Pear; the John Easton Room, an additional space within the restaurant for small parties; and The Cliff Walk Terrace, an expansive outdoor covered patio. Larger events can be accommodated as tented events on an oceanfront lawn. An emblem of Newport’s history, The Chanler was built in the 1870s as a summertime retreat for John Winthrop Chanler, a New York Congressman, and his wife, Margaret Astor Ward. The mansion has maintained its Gilded Age beauty throughout the years, providing a luxurious, romantic atmosphere for a wedding celebration. Full-service catering and on-site planning allow for a seamless event.

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GREENVALE VINEYARDS One of 14 wineries on southeastern New England’s Coastal Wine Trail, Greenvale Vineyards pairs historic buildings with a serene, pastoral landscape. The property is reached via a winding dirt road and offers views of the Sakonnet River and the vineyard itself. Originally Greenvale Farm, the site features a restored farmhouse that was built in the 1790s, as well as a restored stableturned-tasting room that was constructed in 1863. Wedding receptions are typically held at one of three outdoor sites—the Vineyard, Water View and Water Side— all of which offer striking water views.

This marina and country club is both a perfect marriage of land and sea and a spectacular setting for a celebration. The natural beauty of the area, combined with manicured gardens and lush greens of the golf course provide ample picturesque backdrops for photos. The “icing on the cake” is the flexibility of the space and the sky’s-the-limit service. Harbor Lights’ team of professional wedding planners attend to every detail of a couple’s reception to ensure a stress-free, one-of-a-kind celebration.

THE ATLANTIC INN Just a ferry ride from the Narragansett coast, this oldfashioned inn offers a quiet and relaxing retreat on beautiful Block Island. Situated atop a hill just outside of town, the inn offers breathtaking views of Old Harbor and beyond. In a style best described as old New England, the inn maintains a distinct, vintage feel—each of the 21 guest rooms is individually furnished with antiques and not one contains a TV. Its landscaped grounds with gardens and nearby walking paths provide a scenic, peaceful spot for a tented reception. Dining options include local seafood, homegrown vegetables and an award-winning wine list. The innkeepers meet with each couple to create a customized and personalized plan for their special day.

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This 24-acre farmland is ideal for couples seeking a private, relaxed setting for their wedding reception. Situated between Pinot Gris and Cayuga vines, the Vineyard overlooks the restored stable and has distant water views, and the Water Side sits directly on the riverbank on the lawn of the farmhouse. With panoramic views of the vineyards and the water, the Water View offers the best of both worlds. Another highlight of the venue, of course, is a discounted price on the vineyard’s wines—each of which is harvested by hand—for wedding receptions. Personalized bottleneck cards are also available for purchase.

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Just 25 miles from Newport, Warwick’s 70-room French châteaustyle Aldrich Mansion offers couples a refined blend of European sensibility with a view of Narragansett Bay. The estate, which sits on 75 acres and was built for Senator Nelson W. Aldrich, holds just one event per day to ensure total attention to the bridal party. Aldrich Mansion can hold 230 guests, and an on-site chef helps make the menu a seamless process.

BLITHEWOLD MANSION, GARDENS AND ARBORETUM Be swept away by the expansive, lush grounds at this Bristol, Rhode Island property. The mansion stands as one of the finest examples of the Country Place Era in the United States. The 33acre estate was the original design of the home’s owner Bessie Van Wickle McKee and Rhode Island landscape architect John DeWolf, and includes a pollinator and rose gardens and orchard. Couples can be married in the North Garden and these ceremonies include a wedding tent with hard surface for the reception and use of the grounds for photos.

THE OFFICERS’ CLUB/ NEWPORT NAVAL BASE Sweeping views of the Newport Bridge, Jamestown and surrounding islands are part of what make the Officers’ Club one of the U.S. Navy’s premiere clubs. The club is located on the rocky shoreline of Narragansett Bay, just inside Gate One of the naval base. A variety of all-inclusive wedding packages are available, all comprising a five-hour room rental and either a buffet or sit-down dinner with linens, china, table numbers, an event coordinator and much more. Spaces available for indoor celebrations include the Grand Ballroom, the Constellation Room and the Gearing Room.

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Within walking distance from Bristol Harbor is an elegant Federalstyle 1810 mansion and museum known for hosting the rich and famous—including four U.S. presidents. Linden Place, which was featured in the 1974 film, “The Great Gatsby,” offers tours and events for the public and also serves as a wedding ceremony and reception venue. The mansion is set on two acres of gardens and includes a ballroom and an adjacent courtyard, which is tented from April through November. Outside, sculpture and rose gardens are romantic sites for a ceremony or cocktail hour. Carriage house doors open to a historic ballroom with hardwood floors, exposed beam ceilings and a large working fireplace that warms the space in colder months. SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND WEDDINGS | 2017 ANNUAL


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THE NEWPORT EXPERIENCE The Newport Experience, a hospitality company that specializes in waterfront weddings and events, owns several stunning properties in Newport, Rhode Island, including OceanCliff, Regatta Place and Stone House. The newest addition to its portfolio of properties, Stone House, is a luxury resort on Sakonnet Point with a restaurant, private beach and renovated barn with an outdoor terrace. Regatta Place, a full-service property on historic Goat Island, offers a dockside patio with breathtaking views of Newport Harbor. The site of the former Bronson Villa, OceanCliff—a waterfront estate located on Narragansett Bay—has been a historic destination for weddings and events for centuries.

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Located in the seaside farming community of Little Compton, Stone House features spacious guest rooms and suites and its own private beach. A function space on site with an outdoor terrace offers spectacular views of the ocean. The venue has history, too: constructed in 1854, the original building was home to David Sisson and his son, civil war hero Henry Sisson. A restaurant in the basement, The Tap Room, served as a speakeasy during Prohibition.

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Although only a short drive from downtown Newport, Regatta Place offers a secluded atmosphere with open water views. Surrounded by yachts in the heart of Goat Island Marina, the full-service venue has indoor and outdoor reception sites, as well as a dockside patio that makes for a romantic spot to say, “I do,” beforehand. If desired, newlyweds can extend their wedding reception and set off into Newport Harbor aboard the Schooner Aurora, a luxury yacht.

This 10-acre resort is set on rolling lawns amid Narragansett Bay. Built in 1864, the historic mansion was originally known as Bronson Villa and owned by Arthur Bronson of New York. Accommodating up to 225 guests, OceanCliff’s grand ballroom offers panoramic views of the ocean. For more intimate celebrations, the venue offers a variety of smaller rooms. Book a night in one of twenty-four stylized guest rooms and allow yourself to be transported to the 19th century.

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CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL AT THE CROSSINGS Celebrate your options when you book Crowne Plaza Hotel at the Crossings as your wedding venue. The hotel offers spaces for up to 750 people, including the glass-enclosed light-filled Atrium, the uber-romantic Rotunda with a 41-foot copper-dome ceiling, and the 7,200-square-foot Grand Ballroom with a large foyer if more space is needed. Have a seemingly unending guest list? Opt for the pavilion, a 10,400-square-foot carpeted tent that is available from April to October. The property sits on 17 acres at the end of a dramatic 1,000-foot driveway. Enjoy delicious cuisine prepared by chef Serge Wechseler, with options ranging from filet mignon to fun-at-heart chicken fingers. The hotel’s chefs and staff are also experienced with different cultural weddings, and multiple spaces can be utilized at the same time to celebrate these festivities.

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Add a romantic accent to your wedding at the historic Union Trust Company building, now known as The Dorrance, in downtown Providence. Receptions are hosted in the dining room, which was the lobby of the former bank and boasts original architectural details, including high ceilings with spectacular Gilded Age ornamentation, stained glass windows and Italian marble. While the building was erected in 1901 you’ll discover that the American cuisine and cocktails are modern and trendsetting.

Have your special day set amid the natural beauty of Blackstone Valley in Northern Rhode Island. Kirkbrae has five event spaces, including the Northeast Ballroom, which can hold up to 150 guests, the South Ballroom, which accommodates 210 guests seated, and banquet rooms for smaller, intimate weddings. The club, built in 1961 and renovated in 2008, sits on an 18-hole championship golf course so your guests will have plenty to feast their eyes on during the wedding day festivities. Each wedding is unique to the couple’s personal style and vision thanks to the expertise of the venue’s on-site wedding planner, Tiffany Marsocci.

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THE MANSION AT BALD HILL The Mansion at Bald Hill just got sweeter thanks to the opening of a new banquet center last year. The 7,500-square-foot center located in Woodstock, Connecticut, can host up to 275 guests and has a ballroom, dance floor, decorative wood arched truss design, and a state-of-the-art sound system. The reception hall also has an indoor fireplace and a gathering area for guests. On warm evenings, guests and the bridal party can spill out onto the large patio with an outdoor fireplace, foundation, waterfall and comfortable furniture.

NEW HAVEN LAWN CLUB Originally founded in 1891 as a tennis club for the city’s well-to-do, the New Haven lawn Club continues to host the area’s finest social events, like weddings, at the stately venue in the East Rock neighborhood. The Georgian mansion, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, offers a separate space for the ceremony and a ballroom for the reception. The venue also has ample parking. W W W. S O U T H E R N N E W E D D I N G S . C O M

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With more than 22,000 square feet of recently renovated event space, guest room accommodations and public space, the Omni Providence Hotel is the ideal location for those seeking an elegant, city wedding in the heart of downtown Providence. The hotel’s Narragansett Ballroom features 22foot ceilings illuminated by beautiful crystal chandeliers, and can accommodate up to 600 guests. The Providence Ballroom boasts stunning gold candelabra chandeliers and is suited for more intimate weddings, accommodating up to 175 guests.

THE PRESERVE AT BOULDER HILLS Set your wedding day among acres of lush forest, woodland, ponds and waterfalls at this Wyoming, Rhode Island estate on Wood River. The grand ballroom, which can accommodate up to 350 guests comfortably, and the wrap-around deck overlook the lush property of the private club. Bridal parties are given a personal wedding concierge to ensure the day goes as they planned from start to finish.

QUIDNESSETT COUNTRY CLUB Set your wedding photos against shimmering Narragansett Bay at the Quidnessett Country Club The expansive golf course and country club is just 20 minutes from Providence. Couples can opt for the ballroom, which holds up to 450 guests, the Narragansett Room, which holds 200, Quidnessett Gardens, the perfect spot for an outdoor ceremony, and the Bayview Deck overlooking Narragansett Bay and the ideal spot for a cocktail reception.

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PROVIDENCE PUBLIC LIBRARY Take a classical approach to your wedding at the Providence Public Library, which first opened in March 1900 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The architecture of the grand yet intimate library was inspired by Jacopo Sansovino’s library in Venice and the Libraire de Ste. Genevieve in Paris. Extensive renovations, including repairs to the marble mosaic tile floor and Beaux-Arts architectural details in 2012, helped return the building to its original splendor. The library, which offers the Grand Hall, Indoor Garden Courtyard, Ship Room and Bridal Suite as venue spaces, can hold 300 guests for a cocktail reception, 200 for a seated dinner, and 165 for a ceremony. Russell Morin Catering & Events is the exclusive caterer for the venue so you’ll be guaranteed a delicious meal.

PROVIDENCE MARRIOTT DOWNTOWN This downtown location is ideal as a wedding venue (it has 13 event rooms!) and for just taking in the city; the Marriott Providence is just a few minutes from the shops, restaurants and bars in Federal Hill. Brides and grooms can use nearby Water Place Park, State House rotunda or Prospect Park for beautiful photo backdrops. In addition to the Marriott’s 4,840-square-foot ballroom, its outside venue, AQUA, which fits 200 guests and has fire pits, cabanas and a bar, is ideal for cocktails prior to the reception.

RHODES ON THE PAWTUXET Looking for the biggest dance floor in Rhode Island? Rhodes on the Pawtuxet will keep you and your guests dancing long into the evening. The 101-year-old building located in historic Pawtuxet Village still has its original hardwood floors. The space is managed by Russell Morin Catering & Events, so you’ll know each detail, from food to flow of the evening, will be well taken care of. Situated in a quiet neighborhood, the venue works best for weddings of 125-plus people, and only one wedding per day is held here.

VALLEY COUNTRY CLUB The Victorian-style venue in Warwick, Rhode Island, offers a fairytale setting for your wedding, featuring a lush golf course, upper and lower decks, a beautiful clubhouse and photographic arches set under a stone bridge from 1860. The club’s ballroom, with stunning chandeliers, elegant horseshoe bar and expansive views of the grounds, can hold up to 275 guests, with spaces for outdoor and indoor ceremonies and cocktail hours. SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND WEDDINGS | 2017 ANNUAL


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BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY The Johnson building at the Central Library in Copley Square was transformed by recent renovations. From a vibrant color scheme to updated skylights and floor-to-ceiling glass windows overlooking Boylston Street, this 21st century library is a one-of-a-kind venue for city weddings. Metropolitan brides looking for an open and enchanting backdrop will find this modern space perfect for their event.

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Jennie & Max MAY 21, 2016 • BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS

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raduates of Harvard University, Jennie Markham and Max Tedaldi walked away from the Ivy League school with more than just an education. By the time the pair’s graduation rolled around, there was more than mortar boards in the air; there was also love. Meeting as freshmen at an ice cream social on their very first day, Jennie and Max felt an immediate connection that eventually led to a marriage proposal and their wedding at the Boston Public Library. “Boston is so special to us because it’s where we met and got engaged. Max loves to write and I love to read; the library just felt so ‘us,’” says Jennie. “[The library] is unique, with a number of beautiful spaces, including an Italian courtyard and reading room. We immediately fell in love with the classic elegance and the fact that it wasn’t stuffy or too fussy.”

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Jennie and Max exchanged vows surrounded not only by family and friends, but also by great literature. Max’s brother, a classical musician, arranged and played all of the music for the ceremony, while the bride’s and groom’s siblings each gave a toast. “We wanted everything to have a family focus,” Jennie says. “The day was not only about the joining of two people, but our families coming together.” In addition to the many magical moments Jennie shared with her new husband, including the exchange of individually written vows, the memories she has of another important man in her life also remain vivid in her mind. “I remember seeing my dad get all choked up before I walked down the aisle. That really surprised me and touched my heart.”

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JULY 23, 2016 • NEW MARLBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS

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t was a rainy Tuesday night when Carly Underwood returned home from work to find her now-husband, Chris Smerz, on one knee surrounded by candles. He posed a question, and Carly’s answer led to their marriage in July. The moment was simple and devoid of grand gestures, because he thought that’s what Carly would want. He was right. “I’m not into anything fancy, frills or really anything public,” Carly admits. It was in the same manner that the two planned their wedding at Gedney Farm in New Marlborough. For Carly and Chris, it was important that the ceremony was small and intimate, and they tried to include friends and family in their big day as much as possible. Their wedding photographer, Derrick Zellmann, hair stylist Jessica Niedbala—of Tranquility Hair Salon in Greenfield— and Matthew Morse, who filmed their wedding video, are all personal friends. Christopher Joyce, a friend of Chris’s, married the couple.

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WEDDINGS The bridal party all wore different dresses. “I told my bridesmaids they could get whatever they wanted for a dress, as long as they were long and blush colored,” Carly says. “I didn’t want them to be uncomfortable—plus, they’re not all the same person, so they shouldn’t have to wear the same dress.” Upon arriving at the outdoor ceremony, about 110 guests were greeted by a wood sign engraved with two initial C’s that was handmade by Carly’s father. The place cards at the reception, made by her aunt, added another personal touch. The couple aimed to complement the natural environment of the Berkshire Mountains, incorporating blush, white and green shades in their décor. They even purchased a photo book of The Berkshires by local photographer Stephen Donaldson to use as their guest book. They “couldn’t be happier” with the result, Carly says. “I know people get pressure from family and friends about inviting a lot of people, but we wanted it to be intimate and fun for our guests and for us.” See resource guide for additional vendor information.

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Caroline & Thomas APRIL 30, 2016 • KINGSTON, MASSACHUSETTS

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hen Caroline Potts’ best friend, Kaitlin, asked her to join her and her colleague and friend Tom O’Donnell for a drink, Caroline agreed to venture into Faneuil Hall after she finished babysitting. At the time, Caroline was enrolled in nursing school at Northeastern University and Tom was in medical school at Cornell. The pair clicked instantly and began their courtship. By the time summer rolled around, the two were seeing each other every day, with Tom often popping by to bring Caroline a smoothie. She was working at Boston Children’s Hospital as a nursing student and he was a research assistant at nearby Brigham & Women’s Hospital. As the fall approached and Tom was headed back to Cornell, Caroline gently asked him where the relationship was headed. “Caroline Austin Potts, are you asking to be my girlfriend?” questioned Tom. Fast-forward a couple of years to the couple’s North End apartment on a random Tuesday afternoon.

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WEDDINGS “We both had the afternoon off, which is a rarity for a doctor and a nurse,” says Caroline. “I got home from the mall and made a quick lunch and gave Tom a bathing suit I bought him. He went downstairs and asked me to come see how it looked,” she remembers. “Sitting on the bed was my cat, Pudge, with a box in front of him.” Tom, dressed in his new bathing suit, dropped to his knee next to the basket of laundry and proposed—a memory Caroline treasures. The couple married on a beautiful, sunny spring day at St. Peter’s Parish with guests arriving at Indian Pond Country Club in Kingston by trolley. A 15-minute show of fireworks choreographed to music and orchestrated by Caroline’s stepfather, Steve, was a highlight of the wedding, which was photographed by two drones. “Everyone is still talking about the fabulous fireworks display,” says Caroline.

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Erin & Kevin DECEMBER 11, 2015 • FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS

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lthough both Erin McCluskey and Kevin Verissimo worked only briefly at the job where they met, the benefits proved to be long-term; it brought them together for what turned out to be forever. After the pair began discussing marriage, they visited a jeweler to design an engagement ring. “I didn’t know when the ring would be finished or where Kevin would propose,” says Erin. “We ended up officially becoming engaged during a quiet night at home. It was private and intimate and exactly how we’d both imagined it.” Erin and Kevin chose Lakeview Pavilion as their wedding venue after Erin’s mother saw a news feature on the renovation of the property. “We knew we wanted a winter wedding,” says Erin. “Lakeview Pavilion provided an elegant backdrop for what would become our own winter wonderland for the evening. The first thing we did after booking the space was purchase a collection of pre-lit trees to create an elegant winter ambience and fill the vertical space of the cathedral ceilings.”

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Erin envisioned a look that was “rich and wintery, with just a touch of Christmas.” The pair fulfilled the vision with shades of green and white and metallics. She chose a sage tone for the bridesmaids’ dresses and groomsmen’s ties. The trees twinkled with white lights, faux snow and glitter. Lighted branches lined the aisle during the ceremony, and clear boxes filled with white lights and adorned with gold ribbon added a glow to the cocktail-hour space. While the setting was magical, it was the ceremony that proved the most memorable. According to Erin, “We were in the moment and focused on the words we were saying. We didn’t expect it to feel as powerful as it did.” Erin’s mother walked her down the aisle, and the couple lit a candle during the ceremony in memory of her father. A snow machine created a “snowfall” during the newlyweds’ first dance and again during the last song of the night, Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” Says Erin, “We wanted to send everyone off in a fun way with thoughts of the upcoming holidays.”

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John & Michael

MARCH 13, 2016 • CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS BY RACHAEL DEVANEY

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tanding in an ice rink, surrounded by bright twinkling lights and the love of family and friends, John Pyne and Michael Caniff took their vows. The couple, who met as neighbors in Somerville, Massachusetts, chose to skate into life together by pledging their love at Kendall Square Community Ice Skating in Cambridge. John and Michael, who both wore classic black tuxedos, stood facing each other on the ice while a carpet of tulips lay at their feet, and a circle of trees wrapped in strings of white lights shined down from above. Their 110 guests looked on, each holding a single tulip. “We felt the love as everyone gathered around,” remembers John. “To share that moment with them was an honor.”

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After the couple skated a victory lap around the rink, accompanied by a Zamboni with a “Just Married” sign on the back, they and their guests enjoyed signature drinks, as well as an open skate. “It was a beautiful 45 degrees out and a perfect evening,” says John. Prior to the ceremony, the couple and 40 of their closest friends and family gathered at the Cambridge Skating Club for an intimate dinner. Because John works as a recreational manager, staff was more than happy to close down for the evening for a wedding feast that included specialty dishes like beef bourguignon, cranberry goat cheese salad and squash ravioli. Guests were served family-style, with the dishes of food sharing space on the tables with centerpieces overflowing with multi-colored tulips, crisp white rhododendrons and swaths of greenery. Throughout the evening, guests gave toasts and praised the couple’s union, which made John and Michael feel “profoundly loved.” See resource guide for additional vendor information.

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Meaghan & Joe MAY 21, 2016 • EAST BRIDGEWATER, MASSACHUSETTS

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or Joseph Hennessey and Meaghan Zaino, spring—a season known for growth and renewal— was the perfect time to begin a life together. After becoming engaged amid fireworks on July 4, 2014, the couple began to plan a wedding weekend getaway at The Villa at Ridder Country Club. While guests spent three days enjoying the venue’s amenities and atmosphere, as well as Meaghan’s thoughtful welcome gifts, ultimately the couple’s ceremony and reception were the highlights of the event. Meaghan and Joe’s officiant, Stoddard Melhado, began the ceremony with a reading and placed two flowers, which represented the couple, into a vase. Slowly, the couple added flowers that represented parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents and friends. “The vase symbolized us as we start our life together,” Meaghan says. “But we aren’t just the two of us—we are a reflection of those who helped us get to where we are today.”

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“The week before, I picked out a song and practiced and learned it,” Joe says. “For everyone to see me up there—it was pretty special.” Meaghan, who called Joe’s performance “incredible,” says that her wedding was a smashing success that she will remember forever. “It’s a lot of work to put a wedding together—there are so many intricate details—but to see how much people enjoyed themselves made it all worth it.”

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Tram & Benjamin JUNE 12, 2016 • SHARON, MASSACHUSETTS BY LENORE CULLEN BARNES

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s freshmen at Bryant University, Benjamin Goula helped Tram Tran move into her dorm, conveniently located next to his. It turned out to be a very good move (pun intended) and one that would lead to their mutual future. The two friends, who spent hours talking in the hallway of their dorms, eventually became a couple. In May 2015, they bought a house together. “After the closing, we came straight to our house, and when I turned around to get the house key from him, he was down on one knee with a ring,” says Tram. Saphire Estate was the first venue they looked at. Tram was immediately impressed by how professional and responsive the staff was. The lake and garden on the property perfectly suited the couple’s desire to host both an outdoor marriage ceremony and tea ceremony, a tradition of Tram’s Vietnamese culture. Tram chose vibrant summer tones of coral and pink for the bridesmaids’ dresses and flowers. “We wanted an intimate celebration with our family and friends,” Tram says. “Neither of us likes the spotlight; we just wanted everyone to have fun and get to know each other.”

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During the afternoon tea ceremony, they were entertained with a surprise performance by a dragon band. Among the most memorable moments of the day was the couple’s first look. “We both cried,” notes Tram. She remembers how intimate the marriage ceremony was. “Our justice of the peace made it so meaningful; she told our story and talked about why we were all there.” Personal touches were integrated throughout the reception: Tram and her bridesmaids arranged the centerpieces and spent more than 20 hours making the cake pop favors. A friend working on a home renovation gave them the windowpane used as the seating chart. Reflecting on her day as a whole, Tram says it all “went by so fast.” “Having everyone there for us was so special.”

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“Inspired by the old world architecture and details of WILLOWDALE ESTATE, our goal was to create a modern interpretation of a fairytale wedding,” says photographer Shannon Grant. The bride’s wild bouquet boasts a large, homegrown dinner plate dahlia as the focal point and is wrapped in airy, hand-dyed scarlet ribbon. The color palette consists of a selection of rich, dark colors with pops of magenta, that evoked a romantic and whimsical feeling. The eclectic reception table design was grounded in the wood toned table, amber glasses, and soft, timeless antique hydrangea with brushed gold vessels and vintage candle holders adding a hint of sparkle to the tablescape.

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Alaska & Paul SEPTEMBER 17, 2016 • MATTAPOISETT, MA

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or as long as she can remember, Alaska Burr has known exactly where she wanted to get married: a shared family home in Mattapoisett overlooking the harbor. She has made memories there throughout her life, a quality that no other venue would bring to her wedding day. Needless to say, there was no argument over location when her then-boyfriend of five years, Paul Elia, proposed to her during a trip to Bermuda. The weekend trip was a surprise for Alaska’s 29th birthday. “I thought, wow, this is a great birthday present!” she says. Since many guests came from out-of-state—like Paul’s family from New Jersey and Alaska’s college friends from the Washington, D.C., area—Alaska felt it was important to create a relaxing and fun atmosphere. The couple chose romantic and rustic décor for their outdoor reception at Kittansett Club, foregoing linens to expose the wood of the long tables, which were adorned with tea lights and arrangements filled with lush greenery.

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WEDDINGS “It was exactly what we were envisioning,” Alaska says, adding that both she and Paul “dove into” the planning process. Reflecting on the wedding day now, Alaska says that it feels like a dream. “There wasn’t a hiccup the whole day,” she says, noting her and Paul’s choices to combine traditional and nontraditional elements. Some of the latter were exchanging their vows in private, omitting programs to avoid “guests waiting for the ceremony to end” and foregoing the bouquet and garter tosses. The icing on the cake (although they didn’t have one; they offered a variety of desserts instead) was Oxford Creamery Food Truck rolling up to the reception tent. “If you were on the dance floor, you could walk right over and get a plate of fries,” Alaska says. Their guests were more than grateful for the tasty surprise.

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Caitlin & Christopher JUNE 11, 2016 • MASHPEE, MASSACHUSETTS

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rowing up in the same hometown, neither Caitlin Costello nor Christopher Allen knew the love of their lives was living just a few miles away. Caitlin attended high school with Chris’ younger brother and met her future husband on a group camping trip one summer while she was in college. Once Caitlin and Chris found they were riding the same train into Boston that summer, commuting became a lot more fun. When Caitlin returned to school in Michigan, the pair began the first of many separations, none of which diminished their love or commitment for one another. From Boston to Austin, and finally, to San Francisco, the two made it work. Finally together in Los Angeles, Chris and Caitlin were watching the sunset at a beach in Malibu one weekend in January 2015 when Chris proposed. “Chris pulled out a bottle of cheap pinot grigio we drank in our early days together,” remembers Caitlin. “He kind of laid out the story of us. We’d shared a journal while we were apart and he handed it to me and said, ‘I have a new entry’—which was his proposal.” Both had spent summers growing up on Cape Cod and agreed that was where they wanted their wedding. They chose Willowbend Country Club in Mashpee, where Caitlin’s family now lives.

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“Our theme was a vineyard wedding because we wanted to bring our life in California to Cape Cod,” Caitlin says. Wine barrels flanked the wedding aisle and corks from bottles they’d enjoyed held the guests’ place cards. Caitlin wore shoes made by her best friend, her mother’s veil and her paternal grandmother’s earrings. She carried her maternal grandmother’s pearl-topped pins in her bouquet, along with a handkerchief from her great-grandmother. In tribute to Chris’ late father, he and his brothers wore pocket squares made from one of their father’s shirts. Their mother made tie pins with pressed white roses from their father’s grave, and Caitlin’s bouquet included one in the shape of a guardian angel. Caitlin and Chris were unfazed when a downpour moved their ceremony indoors. “We’re used to going with the flow,” she says. “At the core, ‘us’ is all that really matters. I didn’t care whether we got married indoors or out.” As they entered the room to take their vows, everyone stood and applauded. “We felt loved by everyone there,” Caitlin says. “Everyone knew us and meant something to us.”

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Kate & Mike

AUGUST 13, 2016 • WESTPORT, MASSACHUSETTS

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hat began as an ordinary introduction in 2013 led to an extraordinary marriage proposal and union between Kate Beiser and Mike Connolly. “We met in a bar on a random Tuesday night—the old school way!” says Kate. This was in Kate’s native city of Atlanta (Mike is originally from Waltham, Massachusetts), and they relocated together to Washington D.C. in April 2015. In the same fashion as the day they met, Mike popped the question to Kate on a “random Sunday evening” in December on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial amid a display of twinkling Christmas lights. “He completely caught me off guard,” remembers Kate. “I was hoping it would happen in D.C.—it was the city we came to together and it was a new territory for both of us.” Soon after the proposal, the couple began planning a spectacular seaside destination wedding in Westport, Massachusetts. “My parents have a home there … it has always been such a special place for me,” says Kate. “It was really cool to introduce [Mike] to it and have him love it as much as me.”

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WEDDINGS To help make Kate’s wedding dreams a reality, the bride-to-be enlisted wedding planner Jaime Nelson of Eventfully Planned. “She was amazing,” says Kate of Jaime, who, despite having less than a year to plan the event, fulfilled Kate’s specific vision of a “rustic-glam” wedding. Not wanting to overwhelm the surroundings with clashing décor, Kate kept it simple with a tented reception filled with rustic farm tables and a color palette of white and pink. The couple was married beneath a cascading floral arbor overlooking the ocean at Kate’s parents’ home and hosted their reception at a neighboring property—the same location where Kate’s parents and cousin were wed.

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Forgoing a first look, the couple instead extended the cocktail hour and, on a whim, headed to Baker’s Beach and F.L. Tripp & Sons marina to take photos. “The pictures were amazing,” says Kate. “But also to have that time alone—it was so nice to just soak in the magnitude of what happened. It was a great way to start the night.” For Mike, the anticipation of seeing his bride surrounded by family and friends stands out as a particularly profound moment. “When I first saw her walking down the aisle … that was my favorite moment of the day.”

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Jaime & Dennis JUNE 19, 2016 • MATTAPOISETT, MASSACHUSETTS BY JULIET PENNINGTON

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hen Jaime Van Ness met Dennis Soucy, she knew there was something special about him. They had found each other on Match.com and had shared enjoyable text and phone conversations. But once they were actually in the same room together, the chemistry was undeniable. “We connected immediately,” Jaime says, adding that they “fell in love pretty quickly.” Jaime, who has two children from a previous marriage, and Dennis, who has three, were careful to take things slow and establish their relationship before introducing the kids. “We’re very fortunate in that this has been a really positive situation,” says Jaime. “The kids all get along and were excited to be a part of the day.” The “day” she refers to was their wedding, held in June 2016, nearly four years after they met and a year after they were engaged (at Sandy Neck Beach on Cape Cod, where Soucy hid a diamond ring in a seashell box in the sand).

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Because it was the second marriage for both, the pair focused on more than just their union as husband and wife. “It was important to us to show our kids that it was not just about us, but about our families coming together,” Jaime says. “What better way to do that than to include them in the wedding party?” Dennis’ two daughters were bridesmaids, while his son was his best man. Jaime’s two daughters were her maids of honor. The wedding, held at Shining Tides in Mattapoisett, went off without a hitch. The couple hosted the rehearsal dinner at their home in Rochester. Sixty-five family members and friends attended the wedding. “We had the most beautiful weather. It really was picture-perfect,” Jaime recalls. “I remember looking around the room during the reception and seeing the faces of all of the people who I love and who I really wanted to be there, and just having this overwhelming feeling of happiness.”

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Kate & Stephen JUNE 12, 2016 • EDGARTOWN, MASSACHUSETTS

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parks flew when Kate Conde and Steve Foster met—actual sparks from real fire. Their romance ignited while Kate, a paramedic, attended training at the Fire Academy, in Boston, where Steve was an instructor. But the other kind of sparks were also simmering—the kind that lead a couple to pledge themselves to each other for the rest of their lives. “It’s remarkable to me that Steve could see past the 50 pounds of firefighting gear, smoke and sweat to ask me out the week after graduation,” says Kate. The couple had crossed paths previously through mutual friends. Kate has lived in Martha’s Vineyard for over a decade and Steve, now a lieutenant in the Edgartown Fire Department, vacationed with his family less than a mile from the fire station where they both now work.

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WEDDINGS “I never believed in fate, but you have to wonder,” Kate says. Steve proposed on December 12, 2015, while his family was in town for a Christmas event. En route to Edgartown Lighthouse to watch the sunset, Steve coaxed Kate to stop by their house. There, nestled among the ornaments on the Christmas tree, was a ring box. The couple chose to host their nuptials at a private residence on Katama Bay, overlooking Norton Point and the Atlantic. “I wanted a toneddown, rustic look to reflect Steve as well as me,” says Kate. “We had rustic tables with soft Toscana runners and lace-edged linen napkins. The white florals softened the rustic look.” The couple exchanged vows beneath a flowerladen arbor, made by a friend out of driftwood from Chilmark. Seeing their friends spread across the lawn during cocktail hour, while a local bluegrass band played, was a highlight. “It was like a normal day, but extraordinary,” remembers Kate. “From the waterfront views to the flowers, beauty was everywhere we turned, including on the faces of our loved ones from near and far.” See resource guide for additional vendor information.

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Kristen & Marcus AUGUST 27, 2016 • OSTERVILLE, MASSACHUSETTS

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hoosing Marcus Messmer as her physics lab partner in college was one of the best decisions Kristen Coletti would make. Not only did he “do all the calculations while she distracted him with interesting conversation,” she says, it also helped sow the seed for a seven-year relationship, crowned by a beautiful beachfront wedding on August 27, 2016. As romance blossomed, the moment that sealed the deal for Kristen was when she first witnessed Marcus’ extraordinary dance moves, learned while in Uganda as a member of the Peace Corps. One morning, after having worked the entire night, Marcus picked Kristen up at the airport and began driving in the wrong direction from his apartment. Kristen laughed, thinking it was due to fatigue. But Marcus knew exactly where he was going. He drove to the Johns Hopkins campus and asked Kristen to marry him by the physics building where they’d met.

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The couple exchanged vows under a bright blue sky on a bluff overlooking the ocean. “Our favorite part of the day was our ceremony,” Kristen says. “We both wrote our vows and felt they encompassed our relationship, but also had memories that we shared with various guests. It felt super personal and special. Marcus’ favorite memory is sneaking away from the party to take pictures on the rocks because it gave us a moment to step back, take a breather and realize we were actually married.”

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Neha & Shantanu JULY 3, 2016 • BREWSTER, MASSACHUSETTS BY STACEY MARCUS

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hen Neha Sahni returned from her first date with Shantanu Gaur, she called her friends to tell them she had just met her future husband. Next, she phoned her boss with the good news. “I had this overwhelming feeling that he was the one,” says Neha, who did not share her premonition with Shantanu. Fast-forward a couple of years to when Shantanu planned a surprise of his own by congregating family in Pittsburgh for a late afternoon proposal at the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. “We walked into the Orchid Room and it was empty except for a small table with champagne and a photographer. Shantanu got down on one knee and proposed,” remembers Neha, who was elated to have her and her future husband’s immediate and extended families share in the celebration, which included a boat cruise and backyard barbecue.

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To prepare for their wedding celebration at Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club, Neha traveled to India with her parents. Along with the wedding invitations, the trio handpicked special clothing, shoes and accessories, items for the goody bags and umbrellas for guests for the outside portion of the wedding. Neha fondly recalls the three-day ceremony that began with the Mehndi where Neha applied henna on her hands and feet. “My parents’ house was full of joy on this special day, which also was my birthday,” she recalls. Next came the Mela, a bright and colorful welcome dinner including a huge Indian feast and speeches from friends.

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The events of the couple’s wedding included a traditional Hindu ceremony, dinner and, of course, dancing. “The day was a whirlwind,” Neha says. One element she treasured was that she and Shantanu wrote each other letters. After their fairytale wedding celebration, the couple honeymooned in Italy and Greece. SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND WEDDINGS | 2017 ANNUAL


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Patrice & Stefan JULY 9, 2016 • FALMOUTH, MASSACHUSETTS

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or some people, extra money can burn a hole in their pockets; for Stefan Samuelson, it turned out to be a ring that made him anxious. The day he bought his girlfriend, Patrice O’Sullivan, her engagement bauble was also the very day he proposed. With their dog by her side, Patrice said “yes” and, as they say, the rest is history. The two married on a lovely summer’s day at Bourne Farm. “We spent forever trying to find a place,” says Patrice. “Walking through the farm was so beautiful and we knew it would fit with our Midsummer Night’s Dream vision.” From the onset, Patrice and Stefan let their unique personalities shine through in their selection of décor and wardrobe. The mother of the bride, a seasoned seamstress, not only made and hand-beaded Patrice’s wedding dress, but also stitched the dresses for the bridal party. For added flair, Stefan and his groomsmen adorned their outfits with a little something different. “Stefan chose Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle boutonnieres that we had spray-painted gold,” says Patrice. “We’re also obsessed with Star Wars and dinosaurs so we had dinosaur socks for the guys, a dinosaur cake topper and photos with Princess Leia. Our friends loved it.”

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Sara & Jordan AUGUST 5, 2015 • HARWICHPORT, MASSACHUSETTS

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ordan Thompson and Sara McCarthy were both new to the neighborhood, and living five houses apart, when they met on the school bus on the first day of fourth grade. Little did their parents envision as they sent them off to school that day that they would be dancing at the pair’s wedding. The summer before high school, Jordan asked Sara out. “We’ve been together ever since!” says Sara. After 12 years of dating, the couple got engaged in October 2015. They were enjoying a picnic at Nelson Beach in Plymouth when Jordan asked if Sara wanted to dance. “Jordan has a DeWalt radio that he brings everywhere,” notes Sara. “He put on ‘my song,’ ‘Sara Smile,’ by Hall and Oates and we got up and danced. At the end of the song he got down on one knee. Suddenly, there’s a group of about 15 to 20 people standing around us cheering, and people from the parking lot beeping their horns for us. It was the best moment of my entire life. After the proposal, Jordan suggested getting champagne at a nearby restaurant and there were all our friends and family waiting there for us! Jordan exceeded every dream I ever had about this day.”

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With their mutual love of the beach and Sara’s memories of summers spent at her grandmother’s cottage in Dennis, the couple knew they wanted to be married on Cape Cod. “When we saw Wychmere (Beach Club), we just knew,” Sara says. “We loved the location with the ocean right there, the cocktail space with the rooftop deck overlooking the water, and the reception space with floor-to-ceiling windows.” To achieve the “beachy and romantic” ambience they wanted, Sara used soft up-lighting as well as candles and rose petals. White seashells and starfish enhanced the beach theme alongside blush and ivory-toned flowers. “I loved our ceremony,” Sara says. “Our officiant did a great job incorporating our 13-year love story into a 30-minute ceremony. Another moment that stands out was during the last song, our friends picked both of us up on their shoulders and everyone chanted ‘Sara.. Jordan!’”

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Alexandra & Nicholas MAY 21, 2016 • NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND

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or Nicholas Fredericksen and Alexandra Lori, tying the knot at the Newport Officers’ Club offered both elegance and meaning. The venue, which sits on the rocky shoreline of Narragansett Bay and includes sweeping views of the Newport Bridge, Jamestown and surrounding islands, enabled the couple to celebrate Nicholas’ career in the Coast Guard and fulfilled their desire for oceanside nuptials. Nicholas, dressed in his crisp white Coast Guard uniform, and Alexandra, in a dramatic floor-length gown, stood before 110 guests and exchanged vows beneath a white arbor that was crowned with ivory rhododendrons and accented with pale pink roses and sprigs of pale green vines and flowers. The ceremony concluded with a celebratory saber salute by Nicholas’ peers.

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Following the ceremony, the couple and their guests gathered in the ballroom for the reception, which featured tables adorned with centerpieces designed by Sayles Livingston Flowers. The floral displays were complemented by navy-and-white menus, traditional glassware and framed table numbers. In addition to the couple’s first dance, memorable moments included DJ John Zucco of the Entertainment Specialists asking married couples to hit the dance floor for an anniversary dance. As Alexandra watched Nicholas’ grandparents sway to the music, she realized it was the highlight of the evening. “The songs were ‘Can I Have This Dance’ and ‘Through the Years’ and Nick’s grandparents were the last ones standing,” she remembers. “His grandmother passed away shortly after our wedding so that stands out as a beautiful moment.”

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Casey & Bryan AUGUST 26, 2016 • NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND BY JESSICA BOWNE

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asey Griffin found out firsthand that life’s biggest leaps may yield its sweetest rewards. She went to Dartmouth College with her now-husband Bryan Giudicelli, but his soccer and her lacrosse schedules kept them from crossing paths until he asked her out to a formal. Casey initially declined, but Bryan was so sweetly persistent that she finally agreed. “The formal was one of the best nights of my life,” recalls Casey, “and from that day on we’ve never left each other’s side. He still manages to make me laugh every single day.” The couple was engaged during a vacation in Naples, Florida; Bryan piloted a boat with Casey in the passenger seat and with a photographer hiding on shore he asked her to marry him.

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The couple was married at St. Mary’s Church in Newport, Rhode island, with a reception under a tent at a friend’s home on Ocean Drive. Dancing was very important to the couple so Bryan and Casey made sure that the reception schedule allowed plenty of time on the dance floor with their “absolutely amazing” band, Soul System Orchestra. “We wanted our guests to experience a comfortable and chill vibe by playing with the relaxed feel from the ocean,” says Casey.

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To this end, the couple hosted a group to a sailboat ride before the rehearsal dinner and held a barbecue with a live band on a pier at the Newport Shipyard the day after the wedding. Casey’s mom surprised the bride and groom with a fully choreographed dance from the entire bridal party after the couple’s first dance, and her dad orchestrated a secret fireworks show during which the band played Katy Perry’s song, “Firework.” “The entire day was a complete fairy tale,” says Casey. “Both Bryan and I have never been so happy in our lives.”

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Claudia & John JUNE 18, 2016 • BRISTOL, RHODE ISLAND BY STACEY MARCUS

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t seems that the stars of serendipity were shining on Dr. Claudia Pagliaro and John Callahan when they met on Fat Tuesday at Mardi Gras 2012 in New Orleans. Claudia was there attending a conference when she and her colleague, Karen, decided to skip the day’s activities and instead take part in Mardi Gras. They stopped by their hotel at the very moment John’s marching band veered off the parade route, headed toward Poydras Street. And that’s where Claudia’s and John’s worlds collided. Anyone familiar with Mardi Gras knows about the tradition of tossing beads. Instead, John’s band, Irish Channel Corner Club, doled out kisses on the cheek and tissue-paper flowers. “We looked at each other and kissed on the cheek,” remembers Claudia. “I got a flower and we exchanged numbers, and that was it.” Their long-distance love blossomed through e-mails and phone conversations. During their courtship John lived in New Orleans and Washington, D.C. while Claudia lived in Michigan, North Carolina and Rhode Island. They met for their first official date in Prospect Terrace Park in Providence, Rhode Island, overlooking the Roger Williams statue—a spot that has since become the couple’s “special place.”

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On Easter weekend in 2015 the couple headed to their spot in the park. “Little did I know he had a ring in his pocket,” says Claudia. After enjoying ice skating and hotdogs, John proposed to her. The couple’s wedding at Herreshoff Marine Museum had a distinct New Orleans flair, with the reception menu including gumbo, muffuletta sandwiches and wandies (Italian cookies). Highlights of the spirited celebration included a surprise appearance by the Hot Tamale Brass Band, which performed a line dance and paraded to “When the Saints Come Marching In” after the couple was pronounced husband and wife.

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Davina & Robert MAY 22, 2016 • NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND

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ucked away in the heart of Federal Hill, often regarded as Providence’s Little Italy, is a wonderful spot called Venda Ravioli. “I love going to Venda, especially in the summer,” says Davina Ohanesian, whose mother kept telling her about a handsome valet attendant who parked her car. “You’re so cute you should take out my daughter,” Davina quotes her mother as saying to her now-husband, Robert Zotti. After Robert messaged Davina on Facebook and she vetted him, she figured she “had nothing to lose” and accepted his invitation to dine at Siena Restaurant. “He didn’t play any games and we had a lot of fun,” says Davina of the couple’s first date. Two years later, Robert had selected a stunning engagement ring for Davina. “He was so excited to give me the ring that he sat on my bed and then immediately got down on one knee,” she remembers.

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Their wedding weekend, slated for a spring day at the iconic Rosecliff Mansion in Newport, had all the elements of a storybook celebration until an ocean storm was forecasted to coincide with the big event. “I was freaking out!” says Davina. Luckily, the day turned out to be beautiful, without a cloud in the sky. “The ceremony performed by Pastor Caparrelli was so special,” says Davina, who fondly recalls the sounds of the waves crashing in the background. “To this day, I remember the love and energy of our wedding. I felt the day was like a magical fairy tale.”

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Garrett & Brian JULY 17, 2016 • LITTLE COMPTON, RHODE ISLAND BY JESSICA BOWNE

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eddings seem to be the perfect place for fairytale encounters. This was true for Garrett Cobb and Brian Safchik, who met as a bridesmaid and a groomsman in the wedding of mutual friends. The pair immediately hit it off and became a couple. Brian asked Garrett to marry him on her birthday, May 9, 2015 while on a hike in upstate New York’s Mohonk Reserve. “I was expecting a sterling silver and mother of pearl ring that I had requested (and didn’t really want),” recalls Garrett, “and he pulled out an engagement ring … I was completely blown away.”

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The couple wanted the wedding to be a vibrant and easy expression of their love for each other and their families. Their wedding theme combined nautical elements with Great Gatsby glam with the men in pale blue seersucker suits, bridesmaids dressed in sea glass hues, and, appropriately, plenty of ostrich feathers. Their ceremony and reception, which took place at The Stone House Inn, was a milestone for the couple. “Because there were times that happiness never even seemed possible, this was extremely momentous for us and our families and our children,” says Garrett. Garrett worked with her sister, wedding planner Galen Cobb-Limoges, to design a day that exemplified “easy, breezy and beautiful.” Garrett was most excited to include her own son and her other son with Brian in the wedding day. “The whole thing exceeded all of my expectations—it was perfection! We were both so grateful to have everyone there,” says the new bride, “knowing we were finally happy and thriving with our children and being happy for us.”

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Gillian & Nathaniel JUNE 25, 2016 • BLOCK ISLAND, RHODE ISLAND

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ife’s passions often lead us to each other serendipitously and this was certainly true for Nathaniel Higley and Gillian Marino. While the pair grew up in the same town, it wasn’t until a dinner party years later that they met. The couple, who had their first date at Topsfield Fair, the oldest agricultural fair in the United States, now runs Lillooet Sheep & Cheesery. They spent the first year they owned the farm renovating it while also planning a wedding; Nathaniel takes care of the sheep while Gillian makes the cheese. “We really wanted the wedding to reflect us as farmers and food producers,” says Gillian. “Block Island is a place I grew up going to and became very special for Nathaniel as well. It is a magical place where you can’t help but be relaxed and content with the world.”

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The duo hosted the wedding at a private home on the island and filled the space with lush greenery complemented by cream, peach and blush accent florals. A “family opening” preceded the ceremony. Each guest was asked to inscribe a message for the couple on stones that Gillian and Nathaniel had collected from the beach. Gillian remembers the ceremony as being particularly profound. “Our ceremony was set up in a circle,” she says. “When we were standing up there looking around at everyone, there was an intense energy, like everyone was lifting us up.” For the reception, wine was imported from a farm in Italy where Gillian had learned to make sheep’s milk cheese, and Fwaygo Rum was supplied by a friend. The cheese tower cake was made from cheese from Cricket Creek Farm where the couple had worked together, as well as Formaggio Kitchen. Gillian spent six hours the day before the wedding making fresh mozzarella and stracciatella for the cocktail hour. “There wasn’t a cloud in the sky, the sun was beaming on the whole wedding and the waves were crashing on the cliff below us,” remembers Gillian. “It was unworldly.”

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Julie & Shane JULY 3, 2016 • BRISTOL, RHODE ISLAND

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WEDDINGS Within a month of getting engaged, the couple started looking at venues and planning for their July 2016 wedding. “I love Newport. I knew I wanted to get married on the water, so when we saw Blithewold we knew we had found the perfect place,” Julie says. The couple planned a nautical-themed wedding, complete with place cards tied to wooden anchors for their 200-plus guests. They didn’t use a wedding planner because, Julie says, she loves planning parties. “That’s one of the reasons I wanted a long engagement,” she says. “I wanted to have plenty of time.” While their big day was filled with highlights, the most meaningful for the bride included the father-daughter dance, which included a medley of contemporary music as well as oldies, her first dance with her new husband to Ed Sheeran’s song, “Thinking Out Loud,” and a moment a couple of hours into the reception: “There were fireworks going off, and I walked outside to see them. I looked back at the tent full of my favorite people and it made me so happy,” she says. “It was very special.”

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Katelyn & Christopher NOVEMBER 15, 2015 • BRISTOL, RHODE ISLAND

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or Katelyn Margarida and Christopher Dumont, family is most important. That central value shined through on their beautifully sunny wedding day at Glen Manor House. After a five-year romance, the couple tied the knot close to home, surrounded by their loved ones. For bride Katelyn, having her tribe and new relatives play a significant role in her and Chris’ big day just felt right. “Our family is so special to us both, so incorporating them was important,” says Katelyn. “My sister married us, which is still so vivid in my mind, and my mother-in-law did the favors; she made amazing fudge. Everyone played a part.”

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Unlike many brides who say their special day flies by too quickly, Katelyn remembers savoring every second. From her surprisingly emotional father to the first look she shared with her soon-to-be husband prior to the ceremony, Katelyn recalls the day as being absolutely perfect. “I never felt the day went by in a flash,” she shares. “I took in every single moment. I felt it almost went in slow motion for me. I didn’t feel rushed and really took it all in.”

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Besides family, Katelyn’s superheroes were her vendors. She loves them all and was especially excited about the pops of glitter her wedding planner Sweet Deets Events subtly worked into the decorations (“Because I love a little sparkle,” she says) and the food from Blackstone Caterers, which included seared scallops and delicious cuts of steak, among other delights. Looking back, Katelyn says she would only change one thing and that is to start planning earlier. “There are so many options so it’s never too early to start thinking about what you want your wedding day to look like. That way you have less to worry about once the wedding approaches.”

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Kathleen & Judson AUGUST 1, 2015 • BRISTOL, RHODE ISLAND

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he lush colors of the Caribbean set the tone for Kathleen Day and Judson Chapman’s wedding at Cove Cabin at Mount Hope Farm. The couple, who met at a barbecue through Kathleen’s college roommate (“things just clicked” for the two of them) picked the venue because she had gone to Roger Williams University and Judson had grown up in nearby Somerset, Rhode Island. While the couple is from New England, they had traveled together multiple times over the years to the Caribbean, so it was kismet that they were engaged in Aruba in front of family. “My mom got the entire thing frame by frame even though she had no clue it was going to happen,” says Kathleen of her mother, who captured the entire ordeal with her camera. “I remember hearing her clicking away saying ‘Oh my God’ over and over again. It was very special.”

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WEDDINGS That happy moment set the tone for the couple’s wedding, which included bridesmaids dressed in ombre blues, turquoise and gold tablecloths, and pink, cream and green flowers. They worked closely with their caterer, Russell Morin, to perfect the menu and named each food station after a place in the Caribbean, like “Turks and Tapas” and “Catch of the Bolongo Bay.” “We wanted our guests to feel like they were at a beach bar on vacation with us in the Caribbean,” says Kathleen, who worked with Jaime Nelson of Eventfully Planned to execute her vision. To this end, the couple floored the tent, hung shell chandeliers and rented “Miami-style” furniture to give the space a beach vibe. The ceremony was especially touching for the couple who were married by Judson’s uncle, a reverend.

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“We created a religious ceremony from scratch with him, which included our uncles doing readings and Judson’s mother passing our rings around for the congregation to bless,” says Kathleen. “Our night ended on the most incredible high as our guests encircled us and danced to the band’s encore song. It was such a cool moment to feel everyone we loved surrounding us.”

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SEPTEMBER 4, 2016 • PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND BY COURTNEY RAYMOND

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hen Katie Bates and Sam Kirovsky say they saw fireworks on their wedding day, they mean figuratively and literally. While the first round of sparks flew between the pair during the ceremony behind the old stone walls of Fort Adams State Park in Newport, Rhode Island, later that evening the newlyweds were surprised with real-life pyrotechnics thanks to another reception’s nearby display. “My sister made us stand in the middle of the field,” the bride remembers. “We were overlooking our tent and suddenly the sky lit up. We had no idea and that was a special moment. We joke that we had the better view.”

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WEDDINGS The fireworks were not the only awe-inspiring part of the event. The venue, with its muted, unpolished beauty, created just the atmosphere Katie and Sam envisioned for their big day. The crumbling bricks and overgrown feel were also romantic. The bride, whose profession is corporate event planning, specifically chose Fort Adams State Park for its uniqueness and the fact she could bring in her own vendors. A tent from Sperry Tent, farmfresh food prepared by caterer Smoke and Pickles, and floral arrangements from Flowers by Semia were at the top of Katie’s “must-have” list. “My vendors were amazing,” says Katie. “I wanted the décor to fit in with the fort’s aesthetic and look like it had just always been there.” Her florist used mediums like zinc, worn metals and stone, keeping the arrangements loose, organic and unstructured. The French-bistromeets-Restoration-Hardware theme was carried out further with hand-built wooden bars and whitewashed farm tables dressed with linen tablecloths and eclectic, antique silverware. While much of the enchantment happened indoors, Mother Nature also came through for Katie, Sam and their guests. Along with the cloudless night sky for the fireworks, at one point following the ceremony the rain stopped and a rainbow appeared. “It was magical,” Katie says.

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Kayla & Domenic JULY 2, 2016 • WARWICK, RHODE ISLAND BY STACEY MARCUS

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ayla Fleurent and Domenic Corey’s romance began where all good love stories start—in East Wareham, Massachusetts at Water Wizz, in 2013. He was a lifeguard and she worked as a ride attendant. “He was the dreamy guy at the pool,” remembers Kayla. Though the summer ended, the couple’s romance continued to blossom as Kayla headed to Northeastern University while Domenic returned to high school to finish his senior year. They reunited the following fall when Domenic joined Kayla at Northeastern.

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Kim & Janet SEPTEMBER 27, 2015 • NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND BY RACHAEL DEVANEY

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hile fashion designers Kim Barbieri and Janet Howard are longtime business partners, it wasn’t until same-sex marriage was legalized nationwide that the duo catwalked down the wedding runway. For Kim, it was never a question of “if” she would marry Janet—it was “when.” With plenty of peace of mind, Kim asked Janet to marry her five years and one day after they first met, and the New Yorkers moved forward with a lavish wedding ceremony and reception at Belle Mer. The venue offers dramatic views of Narragansett Bay, seven acres of perfectly manicured green lawns, as well as the Water Salon with 50-foot ceilings and crystal chandeliers. Kim and Janet’s 120 guests stayed at the venue’s Island House, described as having the “charm of the ocean” with a “modern flair.”

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Chinese lanterns adorned the grounds, and there was a roaring fire for the ceremony. “Everything was stunning and fabulous,” says Kim. “It was like a magical fairy tale for both of us.” During the cocktail hour, guests, who were all dressed in black, lounged on white leather couches paired with gold footstools. Designed to look like an enchanted forest, the lounge and reception space were filled to the brim with flowers. As the evening continued with an elegant reception, the couple appeared at the top of the ballroom’s grand staircase and were introduced as “Mrs. and Mrs.” With the wedding party following close behind, Kim and Janet swayed slowly to Etta James’ “At Last” for their first dance. “Janet and I waited half our lifetimes to even be able to consider getting married,” Kim says. “At last, yes, at last, we found love, companionship, and had all our closest friends and family there to support us and celebrate our love.” See resource guide for additional vendor information.

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Rebecca & Kevin AUGUST 20, 2016 • NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND BY JESSICA BOWNE

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ebecca Karnofsky and Kevin Healey’s August wedding at Regatta Place, on Goat Island, was a true celebration of their love and a blending of their families and religions. The couple met at a neighborhood pub in New York City on New Year’s Eve and caught each other’s eye instantly from across the room. “I noticed Kevin the moment I arrived at the bar and immediately started thinking of ways to talk to him,” remembers Rebecca. “Kevin claims he saw me first and also had plans to strike up a conversation.” While who made the first move may remain a mystery to everyone but Rebecca and Kevin, the duo quickly found themselves enamored with one other. The couple was engaged on a snowy night in February in their West Village apartment, with Rebecca arriving home from a family weekend to find Kevin on bended knee and surrounded by flowers.

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The site choice for their wedding was easy for the couple. “Newport has always been such a special place for us,” says Rebecca. “We often travel there for long weekends to enjoy the quaint town and visit our favorite local restaurants. We always envisioned getting married there. It is also conveniently located between our hometowns in New York and Massachusetts.” Rebecca and Kevin wanted a relaxed, romantic feel to their venue overlooking Newport Harbor and had the bridesmaids wear floor-length petal-pink dresses and groomsmen don gray suits. The couple, who love cooking, incorporated rosemary sprigs into the place settings and gave jars of rosemary sea salt as favors. The evening ended with guests enjoying a grilled cheese truck before the after-party. “It was also wonderful to have both of our religions represented in an interfaith ceremony with a priest and a rabbi,” says Rebecca. “The most special part of the ceremony was when we recited our own vows.”

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Stephanie & Nathan DECEMBER 31, 2015 • NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND BY RACHAEL DEVANEY

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“Being at a church really made our day special,” says Stephanie. “It made the event feel like it was just about Nathan and I.” Stephanie hoped attendees would feel the “cozy and wintry” vibe as they entered the cocktail reception set up as a living room within OceanCliff’s library space. With roaring fires and drinks and appetizers ready and waiting, the intimate atmosphere was just what the bride was hoping for. “I wanted to feel like a guest in someone’s house,” she says. “And I think that came across perfectly.” And as Stephanie looks back on her wedding day she is proud that she not only pulled the event off by herself, instead of hiring a wedding planner, but also elated at the show of support given to her and Nathan by her family and friends. “There were so many special moments, from the ball drop to listening to traditional Greek songs played in honor of my father,” she says. “And to see my friends and family—many of which I hadn’t seen in forever—enjoying themselves was amazing, and Nate and I will reflect on these memories forever.”

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“There’s that lovely window of transition from summer into autumn where you just can’t help but start to fall in love with jewel tones and sweater weather!” says Mary Kate Kinnane of The Local Bouquet. Inspired by the rich colors of fall and with the goal of emphasizing The Local Bouquet’s core mission to source 100% locally and American grown flowers for their designs, Kinnane partnered with a talented team to produce this romantic, farm-to-table shoot, which took place at a private residence in Tiverton, Rhode Island. Says Kinnane, “This shoot will inspire any cool-weather couple!”

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Alexandra & Eric JUNE 4, 2016 • PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND BY AMANDA MATTE

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ric Gregoire took his sister’s friend, freshman Alexandra Earle, to his high school’s junior-senior prom in 2005. Fast-forward 11 years and he married Ali in June 2016. “It’s really quite amazing when we look back on it,” says Ali of her and Eric’s relationship, which weathered both distance and other challenges before ultimately leading to a romantic proposal complete with rose petals and a horse-drawn carriage ride at the Omni Mount Washington Resort in November 2014. “Our relationship survived when everyone said it wouldn’t, and we are really proud of that,” says Ali.

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Amy & George

SEPTEMBER 4, 2016 • PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND BY COURTNEY RAYMOND

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or Amy Carbon and George Kontoulis, their wedding day was about more than the joining together of two people—it was also about celebrating the union of two cultures. Incorporating some of George’s Greek Orthodox traditions into the ceremony and reception proved to be an interesting and fun experience for all invited. After the nuptials during a traditional Greek Orthodox mass at the Kontoulis’ family church in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, there was more Greek heritage to come. “During our first dance, it’s tradition for guests to throw money at you to signify good luck and prosperity,” notes Amy. “Then, with our immediate family, we danced the Kalamatiano, which means ‘how beautiful our bride is’ and I led it. Eventually, everyone was on the dance floor even if they weren’t Greek, which was amazing.”

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The uniqueness of Amy and George’s big day did not stop there. The couple held their reception at the Providence Marriott Downtown which had its own surprises in store. During cocktail hour, guests enjoyed beverages at AQUA, the city’s award-winning outdoor lounge with the largest and only connecting indoor/ outdoor pools, as well as fire pits and music. “We looked at a lot of places,” says Amy. “The Marriott was something different and we had spent a lot of time in the area since George went to college in Providence.” As beautiful as it was, however, Amy did not use the water at AQUA as her “something blue,” opting instead for something particularly meaningful. “I had a heart sewn in the inside of my wedding dress made from my grandmother’s shirt so she could be there with me,” she says. “That was my something blue.” For the groom, sharing a meal and a private moment with his new wife was the most magical part of the day. “George said eating dinner at our sweetheart table was his favorite part. The world stopped for a few seconds,” says Amy.

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Julie & Kyle SEPTEMBER 10, 2016 • EXETER, RHODE ISLAND BY LENORE CULLEN BARNES

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The vibrant pink roses at GERALD’S FARM inspired this romantic, bohemianmeets-rustic shoot by Sara Zarrella. To complement the lush, late-July greenery of the Rhode Island farm, Zarrella chose a color palette of peach, light pink and cream, with pops of aquamarine. She took a modern approach when styling the shoot, opting for floral wreaths instead of bouquets and including “trendy” elements, like metallic flatware, in the styled tablescape.

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Kayleigh & David OCTOBER 8, 2016 • WOODSTOCK, CONNECTICUT BY COURTNEY RAYMOND

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igh school sweethearts Kayleigh McCann and David Pugliese were together for more than a decade before they tied the knot. Since the proposal was a while coming, David wanted to make sure his presentation was the cat’s meow and, according to his now-wife, he nailed it. While at home in their New York City apartment, David enlisted the couple’s furry friend to lend a paw. “He put the ring on the collar of our cat,” says Kayleigh. “I didn’t see it at first so he had to direct me. It was so cute.”

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For their big day, the couple decided to leave the hustle and bustle of the city for The Mansion at Bald Hill, a historic landmark. The venue, with its exquisite grounds and grand ballroom, was the perfect spot for the outdoor, fairytale beginning Kayleigh had always dreamt of. However, when rainstorms put a damper on the open-air ceremony, the bride was heartbroken. In that moment, her true prince came to the rescue, again with help from the pair’s feline. “We love our cat and learned that when a cat slow blinks, it means I love you. When Dave saw me, he knew I was upset so he gave my hands a squeeze and slow blinked at me,” says Kayleigh. “It was so comforting. In that moment, I knew this day was about us and nothing else.” Later that evening, after the “I Do’s” were exchanged, the couple focused on having a good time with their family and friends to the tunes of the eight-piece ensemble Clockwork Boston. “The band was amazing, especially the saxophonist,” says Kayleigh. “They engaged with the crowd; everyone was dancing.” Even with the rain, Kayleigh and David cherished every moment of their wedding day. “No matter what, you’re marrying your best friend and having the support from our loved ones meant everything to us.”

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Jennifer & Paul

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Built in 1807 for entrepreneur David H. Sumner, THE SUMNER MANSION INN was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988 and is recognized as one of the finest Federal Mansions in New England to survive from the early 19th century. “The history, the bold colors and décor of every room inspired me to capture the images that would bring us back in time,” says photographer Lis Oliveira. Oliveira envisioned an elegant spring wedding for this stylized shoot, which she calls “Divinity,” drawing on a color palette of fuchsia and green mixed with metallic copper and gold tones. A highlight of the shoot included photographing an original gown designed for Jacqueline Kennedy. “Just to think she tried it on during the design process was enough to make my heart beat fast just by looking at it.”

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hether you’re planning a summer wedding on a sandy beach or nuptials amid a snowy winter wonderland, including a wedding reception menu befitting of the season can bring cohesiveness to your event and ensures your guests enjoy the foods that are fresh and at their peak flavor. Choosing a locally inspired menu is also a great way to give a nod to your wedding’s location. We asked four of New England’s top caterers to create menus inspired by each season. Yes, these dishes taste as delicious as they look!

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APPETIZER TEQUILA LIME GRILLED JUMBO SHRIMP In a Pizzelle Tortilla garnished with Lime Flower, Fresh Tomato, Cilantro-Infused Chutney

ENTRÉE PAN SEARED SEA SCALLOP WITH CAULIFLOWER PURÉE Roasted Rhode Island Root Vegetables Brunoise and Tasso Braised Kale with Candied Pecans and Dried Cranberries

DESSERT NEAPOLITAN MOUSSE TRIO Raspberry, Vanilla and Chocolate Mousse with Raspberry Mirror Glaze

SIGNATURE DRINK “KISS FROM A ROSÉ” SANGRIA Provence Rosé Wine, St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur, Muddled Strawberry and Raspberry Topped with Club Soda Sugar Rimmed, Garnished with Basil, Strawberry and Raspberry

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HORS D’OEUVRES SEARED AHI TUNA on Seaweed Crisps with Lemongrass Chutney HAZELNUT CRUSTED SEA SCALLOPS, PEAR PURÉE

FIRST COURSE GOAT CHEESE PANNA COTTA WITH BEETS Pickled Green Strawberries, Mint, Rhubarb and Wood Sorrel

ENTRÉE RACK OF LAMB Black Garlic, Lamb Shank Lasagna, Port Glazed Shallots, Purple Kale and Carrot Purée

DESSERT STRAWBERRY TRIO Strawberry Sorbet, Strawberry Cheesecake, Strawberry Terrine and Bûche de Noël

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HORS D’OEUVRE BUTTERMILK CHICKEN AND WAFFLES Pumpkin-Mascarpone Crema, Maple Drizzle

APPETIZER DAY BOAT SCALLOPS AND BACON Cider Glazed Pork Belly and Day Boat Scallops, Roasted Beet Risotto, Gibbet Hill Farm Brussels Sprouts Petals

ENTRÉE PUMPKIN STOUT BRAISED SHORT RIB Braised Gibbet Hill Farm Collards, Blistered Baby Root Vegetables and Smoked Gruyère Gratin Finished with Pistachio-Sage Gremolata, Natural Jus

DESSERT BUTTERNUT SQUASH CHEESECAKE TOWER Gingerbread Crust, Glacéed Figs, Mulled Wine-Plum Purée

LATE NIGHT SNACK BRIE, APPLE AND CRANBERRY GRILLED CHEESE POINTS Grafton Cheddar-Beer Bisque Shooters

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HORS D’OEUVRES CREOLE ÉTOUFFÉE SPOON Steamed Rice Topped with Crawfish and Pepper Étouffée CHRISTMAS CROQUETTES Mashed Potatoes, Bacon, Tomatoes and Scallion, and Cheese Bites Breaded and Deep Fried, Served with Rosemary Aioli

FIRST COURSE SHRIMP BALLOTINE over Roasted Tomato Bisque with Saffron Oil and Grilled Ciabatta

ENTRÉE WINTER BEEF WELLINGTON Deconstructed Beef Wellington with Roasted Chestnut Duxelles over Whipped Asiago Potatoes, Haricot Verts Provencal, served with Sauce Bordelaise and garnished with Carrot Curls and Whole Chestnuts

LATE NIGHT SNACK HOLIDAY BEIGNETS Roasted Turkey, Cranberries and Sage Cream Cheese

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f you ask any bride and groom to name the key component of their dream wedding, chances are that a good number will want to ensure that their guests have a wonderful time—and that includes having their guests well fed. But with more people facing dietary restrictions, from allergies to ethical health concerns, catering companies and wedding venues are amending their menus to ensure that there is something to whet all guests’ appetites. Considering the rising interest in all-things culinary inspired by the Food Network and plethora of food blogs, “foodie” couples are ramping up their focus on what will be served at their weddings. The change is not only in the variety of dishes, but in the way they are served, area caterers say. Plated meals, once a mainstay of weddings including a beef, chicken or vegetarian dish, are becoming less and less popular, as buffet and station setups are on the rise.

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“It’s very rare that we have a wedding menu that doesn’t reflect dietary restrictions,” says Samantha Lonczak, sales and marketing coordinator at Blackstone Caterers in Middletown, Rhode Island. “Couples care about the food that is being served. With the Food Network, Pinterest, Instagram, food blogs … they want food that is not only tasty, but beautifully presented.” And that goes for the drinks as well, says Amanda Allard, wedding sales manager of Off the Vine Catering in Norwood, Massachusetts. “I’d say about 70 percent of my clients are foodies, and they want beverages that are served to be special, too,” she says. “At a recent wedding, guests had a variety of drink options including strawberry basil lemonade on the rocks with vodka, and at another wedding, the couple chose to have growlers [beer jugs] as their centerpieces.” SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND WEDDINGS | 2017 ANNUAL

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Nicole Mattiello, director of marketing and business development at Pranzi Catering & Events in Providence, Rhode Island says that “interactive stations,” where guests can essentially build their own meals rather than just take something that is already prepared, are increasing in popularity, too. Allard notes that her company catered a 300-person wedding a couple of years ago where the entire menu was gluten-free, and, more recently, an exclusively vegetarian wedding that included a taco station, a noodle station, and a slider station with black bean burgers instead of traditional hamburgers. “Ramen is also big right now,” Allard adds. “We did a ramen station recently at a wedding for two doctors out of New York, where guests could make their own ramen bowls, and that was a big hit.” Food choices are now being centered around seasonal, farm-fresh ingredients—many of which find their way into hors d’oeuvres. Gluten-free options from Blackstone Caterers include short rib-stuffed mushrooms topped with horseradish crab and chives, feta and watermelon salad skewers with basil oil, and baby baked potatoes that are hollowed out and filled with sour cream topped with caviar, she said. For vegans, they offer “soup shooters” with soups ranging from butternut squash to gazpacho, carrot crème brûlée that is served in a deep spoon with a burnt sugar crust and topped with salad and micro greens, and sweet corn cakes made with locally sourced corn and topped with roasted poblano salsa.

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Vegetarian hors d’oeuvres options at Eleven Forty Nine include vegetable crudités with hummus, mozzarella arancini, Portobello mushroom toast with truffle oil, baked brie crostini with candied walnut and balsamic reduction, and vegetable spring rolls with mango sweet and sour sauce, says Dadona. Sherri Rego, sales manager for LaFrance Hospitality in Westport, Massachusetts, says her company has many vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free main entrée options, including mushroom ravioli and sautéed julienne vegetables over wild rice for vegans, and gluten-free pasta (usually served with grilled chicken and sautéed vegetables) for those who must avoid gluten. They are in the process of expanding their menu to include more offerings for those who face diet restrictions.

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“It used to be that wedding guests had a choice of chicken, fish or beef,” Rego says. “But those days are gone. We work with couples to customize their menus to give them just what they want—from start to finish.”

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And while wedding meals used to “finish” with dessert, that is no longer always the case, as many couples are opting to have late-night snacks available for their guests. Rego says that hiring food trucks to come to the reception is gaining in popularity, as is having snack stations, such as a macaroni and cheese or a pizza bar—available for the tail end of the event. SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND WEDDINGS | 2017 ANNUAL

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Having “stations” for various food choices is one way to please every palate, says Brooke Dadona, sales and marketing manager at Eleven Forty Nine, a restaurant in West Warwick, Rhode Island, that hosts weddings with up to 100 guests. “Stations allow guests to have more freedom to customize their plates,” she notes. “Our pasta station, for instance, has all of the ingredients attractively displayed in bowls, which works great for guests with dietary restrictions.”


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Spice cake with maple buttercream frosting garnished

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More than just simple white confections, wedding cakes serve as the edible centerpiece of a wedding. From delicate lace details to delicious “dark” cakes, New England’s top bakers show off

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Brushed copper, peach, avocado and emerald fondant

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A sculpted, sparkling three-tier

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Dark Cakes

A dark chocolate cake adorned with subtle

A modern chalkboard-inspired cubist cake with

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champagne and white quilt and lace pattern, handsculpted Chantilly roses and accents of pearls and sparkling embellishments.

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These lace cakes are “oh-sew-beautiful” featuring a

Themed The Great Gatsby inspired this out-of-the-box cake featuring edible wafer paper feathers, a layer of sugar pearls and a sugar peony.

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DESSERTS

THESE DELICIOUS DESSERTS MAKE A PERFECT TREAT FOR YOUR WEDDING GUESTS!

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Raspberry white chocolate mousse dessert shots featuring Chantilly cream, white chocolate shavings and fresh raspberries. ARTISAN BAKE SHOP

S’mores jars with graham cracker, brute dark chocolate mousse and homemade toasted marshmallow cream, and peanut butter petit fours with chocolate shortbread crust, sweet and salty peanut butter filling and dark chocolate glaze. ARTISAN BAKE SHOP

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Preppy yet refined vanilla sugar cookies with white chocolate accents in navy and rose pink with a hint of gold. ARTISAN BAKE SHOP

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DESSERTS Petite chocolate cones filled with fresh raspberry mousse and dressed with edible pearls and gold sparkle. THE CHOCOLATE ROSE

Sweet milk and white choclate covered strawberries with wedding design. KONDITOR MEISTER

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Vanilla tart filled with creamy caramel and milk chocolate ganache and finished with gold leaf THE CHOCOLATE ROSE.

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ENTERTAINMENT

BY STACEY MARCUS Mike Amado of Entertainment Specialists

our fiancé is pumped to create the perfect reception playlist with his favorite DJ while your parents are dreaming of filling the room with live music. How do you choose? According to Mike Amado of Entertainment Specialists, many a millennial bride is caught between honoring her parents’ wishes for traditional tunes played by a live band and her own desire for popular music played by a DJ. Thanks to all-inclusive entertainment companies like Entertainment Specialists, couples can do both. COURTESY OF ENTERTAINMENT SPECIALISTS

A wedding music guru, Amado often pairs his old-school style of spinning records on turntables with live instrumental music. The latter, he notes, is often preferred during dinner. Bruce Hopkins of Music Performance Service provides live classical musical and often collaborates with DJs to have recorded music during the reception and live instrumentals at the ceremony and cocktail reception. Using live musicians during the processional makes sense, he says, since they can match their timing to the “human beat.”

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ward-winning DJ Mike Amado created Entertainment Specialists more than 25 years ago after a colorful music career that was launched in high school playing hits at house parties. Highlights of his career include booking rap and hip-hop legends Run-DMC, Will Smith and LL Cool J. Amado also served as the musical director of the Bay Tower Restaurant (now the State Room) booking swing bands. His award-winning full-service team cannot only assist you in choosing the best band and DJ, but can also recommend other services like uplighting, photo booths, photographers, videographers, venues, transportation, florists and caterers.

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Lucky for New England couples, there are a number of local experts who can mix music to create a customized wedding entertainment experience.

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uitarist George Leonard’s energy is electric as he shares the news that The Free Downloads were recently picked to play a wedding on the set of “The Comedian,” a film about an aging insult comic starring Robert DeNiro, Danny DeVito, Leslie Mann and a host of Hollywood favorites that will premiere in January 2017. The gig illuminates the band’s mega talent and appeal as a multi-generational cover band with an impressive bandwidth of music spanning over 60 years.

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rpeggio Wedding Entertainment specializes in creating customized entertainment packages. “Our DJs can provide music for any and all aspects of your wedding including the ceremony, cocktail hour, reception, after party as well as post wedding brunches and celebrations,” says sales and marketing manager Debbie Tomanek. Along with providing lighting and photo booths, Arpeggio Wedding Entertainment works with clients to include other creative elements including lawn games at outdoor weddings (think corn hole, volleyball, ladder ball, croquet and giant board games). Arpeggio Wedding Entertainment books one wedding per day, so couples can rest assured they are at the center of attention.

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ason Citron and his team have over two decades of experience creating the music and mood of weddings and events. Along with customizing music to meet clients’ needs across every genre, Music Mixers Entertainment provides custom lighting services including uplighting, under the table lighting, Chinese lanterns and monogram patterns, as well as photo booths. “Young and old, I play of a little bit of everything,” says Citron who is known for mixing Top 40s with oldies hits and boasts a collection of more than 15,000 song titles.

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ruce Hopkins has been providing classical musical performances for over three decades. “Weddings are a real big deal for people. It’s their special day,” says Hopkins, who gets a kick out of seeing everyone so excited. He works with over 500 of New England’s most distinguished musicians and groups and is able to recommend every type of music service, from instrumentalists to vocalists.

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magine this: human birch trees greet your wedding guests with ceremony programs; a bronze William Shakespeare reads a poetic verse during your cocktail hour; and to you and your guest’s delight, golden goddess statues beside the bar pour wine with the bartender. This unforgettable performance art fusion is an experience masterminded by Providence-based entertainment company TEN31 Productions.

This “décortainment,” as Pari calls it, dates back centuries to royal weddings. “When I learned that it had roots in royal weddings, it was quite eye-opening,” says Pari, explaining that living statues often lined the procession route from the abbey where a couple was married to the palace where a reception was held. With an ever-expanding repertoire, TEN31 is able to curate their hosts’ wildest visions. Says Pari, “we bring any wedding theme to life.” TEN31 Productions 401-725-1031 ten31productions.com

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The brainchild of Joe Pari and Eric Auger, TEN31 Productions got its start at Rhode Island’s famous art installation Waterfire, with Pari and Auger performing as gargoyles. After being approached by local event professionals, the pair expanded their cast of characters to include hundreds of actors performing in a variety of themes—from an enchanted Midsummer Night’s Dream motif complete with human topiaries and fairies, to a nautical display of patina and bronze pirates and mermaids. At a recent wedding of two lawyers, a Lady Justice statue held court, so to speak, during the couple’s cocktail hour.

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ENTERTAINMENT

A wedding at The Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel featuring Groove Events’ glow furniture.

Providing fun and creative reception spaces, Groove Events makes big day dreams come true. BY JESSICA BOWNE magine this: your wedding day is here and you’re getting ready with your bridal party but last-minute jitters have you anxious about whether everything will be perfect. Then you see the space and let out a long sigh of relief—everything is in place and just as you had hoped for. This is largely due to Joe Toto and his creative team at Groove Events. Thanks to their expertise in event production (it’s important to note they aren’t wedding planners but work hand-in-hand with them) the team transforms each space to the bride and groom’s specifications.

Aside from traditional uplighting, the company has expanded its offerings to alternative lighting, including pin spotting, which highlights particular items like a table centerpiece or the wedding cake. They also offer gobo light patterns, from trees and monograms projected on the ceiling or wall of the venue, to a couple’s initials onto the dance floor. Glow furniture (and even bars) has also become a trend at weddings. The white acrylic furniture can be kept its color for a sleek look or lit from within to complement a wedding’s color scheme. At a recent wedding, Toto and his team created a special table for the bride and groom in between the bridal party’s tables and uplit the platform in blue to highlight the couple.

“Most of the services we offer are in-house,” says Toto, who’s worked the wedding circuit for more than two decades and offers a variety of services—from seasoned wedding photographers (including Toto’s wife, Marcia) and videographers, to DJs, uplighting, décor and drapery (the company has more than 1,000 linear feet of sheer drapery in stock). By working with Groove Events, couples hire a single company to handle all of their entertainment needs, eliminating the stress of hiring and coordinating with each vendor individually and ultimately saving time and, most importantly, money.

While Toto enjoys the creative aspect of his job, he relishes helping a couple’s wedding day dreams come true. “We care— it’s emotional,” he says. “We go the extra mile for all of our brides.”

Lighting is fundamental to Groove Events, and the company’s offshoot venture, Groove Lighting, has steadily become expert in all types of event lighting. “I think we were the second company

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to have uplighting before anyone even knew what it was,” says Toto. “They (lights) are petite now because you want them to be hidden. We were the trendsetter in that department. We now have almost 1,000 fixtures.”


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BY LANNAN M. O’BRIEN Upon hitting “play,” you’re greeted by the sound of seagulls and gently splashing waves. The video opens with serene shots of Bar Harbor, Maine, where sailboats rest on calm seas and a couple named Stef and Sam are about to be wed. Over the notes of a Lumineers song, a man’s voice shares a lighthearted joke about the bride and groom’s relationship. The couple and their guests laugh in response as the scene transitions to the wedding reception, and you can’t help but laugh along with them. As if by magic, you—a stranger— have been invited to be a part of their experience.

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This is the goal of Artistic Wedding Films, a company based in Newport, Rhode Island, and New Bedford, Massachusetts, that specializes in producing personalized wedding videos. “If someone like you can click on a video and feel like you’re part of it, then we’re doing a good job,” says Mike Henriques, the company’s artistic director and lead filmmaker. Unlike a documentary-style video, which would show the event from one perspective from start to finish, Artistic Wedding Films produces cinematic work reminiscent of Hollywood movies. Each video—including Stef and Sam’s, the featured video on their website—has a plot based on the bride and groom’s story, in which they star as the main characters. While there is a linear element to each video, Henriques says, the filmmakers interweave music, dialogue and creative shots from throughout the day to help promote the story, drawing from the best elements of the celebration to keep the viewer captivated. Some of the creative shots are completed with close-ups of the couple enjoying the day’s events, or a bird’s eye view of the festivities with footage from a drone flying over the venue area. The team even gets to know the bride and groom beforehand through presubmitted questionnaires, and then films interviews with them on their wedding day. For Henriques and his team, timing is everything. A smooth wedding day makes for smooth production, but the opposite is also true: any last-minute changes to the day can impact their work. Regardless of any hiccups, combining the couple’s narrative with great imagery for the final product makes it all worth it. “It’s about coming together and putting together a really great story for our couples … and connecting the story to the general public with a cinematic film, so that they’re being drawn into the story, too,” Henriques says.

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For couples considering hiring a wedding videographer, Henriques has a few questions to guide their search.

1. What style and quality of work do you want? Are you looking for someone to simply document the day, or would you prefer something more creative? The latter would be a cinematic production like that of Artistic Wedding Films, while the former would be a documentary-style production.

2. What is the personality and philosophy of the studio? The videographer you choose should fit the philosophy of your wedding day. “We always try to respect the sanctity of a wedding day and the space of the wedding guests,” Henriques says of his company.

3. How much money do you want to spend? For a good documentary-style film, Henriques says, you’ll spend a minimum of about $2,000, while a cinematic production could cost upwards of $4,000. But a more expensive wedding video should be more complex, involving several tools and camera perspectives. “It’s about propelling a story to a higher level.”

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What’s important for you to know about the couple / event before the big day? We love to getting to know our couples before their wedding day! And just as important, we like to give the couple an idea beforehand of how Paul and I work as a team and what they can expect on their wedding day. Our wedding packages come with a complimentary two-hour engagement session, so this is a perfect opportunity for everyone to become comfortable with one another. We get to learn how the couple likes to be photographed, and they have a chance to let us know about any preferences they might have.

After earning a bachelor of fine arts in photography, Rhode Island native Nicole Gesmondi started an award-winning business with her husband, Paul. The duo has been photographing together for more than a decade, focusing on weddings, family portraits and even boudoir shoots. “Whichever type of photos we take, our goal is to make a lasting impression so it’s an easy choice for our customer to make us the photographer of choice for all of life’s milestones,” says Gesmondi.

What are your top three tips for brides and grooms when choosing their wedding photographer? 1. Make sure you find a photography team you enjoy spending a lot of time with. Unlike most of your other wedding vendors, the photographers are there with you nearly every moment of the day—while you’re getting dressed, eating, kissing and so on. Being comfortable with your photographers is the best way to ensure your wedding pictures are natural and enjoyable. 2. Know what you are paying for. Comparing photography prices isn’t always a one-toone thing because you need to analyze factors beyond numbers, such as creativity and experience. 3. Browse different wedding sites and publications to get an idea of the type of photography you’d prefer for your wedding day. There are many to choose from such as classic, artistic, lifestyle, etc. Narrowing your preferred styles will make your photographer selection easier.

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Which moments or parts of a wedding day make the best photos? One of my favorites is the first look—when the groom sees his bride for the first time. The reaction is priceless and makes for a special photo. The wedding day encompasses so many moments and details and we enjoy the challenge of capturing all that we can.

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From Utah and Colorado to California, New York and their native Massachusetts—Brandon and Gabi have had the pleasure of shooting weddings across the country. Drawing inspiration from life on the road, their images feature a candid, artistic approach. “Being a newlywed husband-and-wife team, we know firsthand how important photos are in helping you relive all the amazing moments from your wedding,” says Gabi. “Our photography is a reflection of our passion for creativity, storytelling, and the knowledge that what we capture will be cherished forever.”

New England natives and husband-and-wife duo Brandon and Gabi Fox. Having traveled the country extensively for the last three years, they bring a unique experience to passionate, adventurous and creative couples in the New England area.

Having returned to Boston for their own wedding last October, they’ve made plans to stick around. “We’re really excited about moving back semi-permanently and working with the incredible couples here,” says Brandon. “Yes, semi-permanently; New England winters are still a great time to travel!”

Three years ago, Brandon and Gabi left their jobs in Boston, packed a fraction of their belongings into a vintage 16-foot camper, and headed west. “It was a crazy idea,” says Brandon. “But we wanted to focus fulltime on our two biggest passions, rock climbing and photography.” That year, they traveled to Colorado, Washington, California, Texas, Tennessee and everywhere in between. They spent their time scaling cliffs and boulders, documenting the journey through their images. “We honed our photography skills that year, capturing beautiful landscapes, portraits of fellow travelers and of course rock climbing,” says Brandon. “It was extremely formative in developing our shooting style and eye for composition.” After that first year, they knew there would be a second. Brandon and Gabi’s dream was to launch The Foxes Photography, taking their work on the road. But, “to run a mobile photography business, we needed a place that would allow us to work and be creative wherever we traveled,” notes Gabi. So they bought a 1972 Airstream, which they gut-renovated into their dream live/work space. Complete with a solar system and an airy, modern interior, the Airstream is now their studio-on-wheels. “Our interest in wedding photography actually began with our own love story,” says Gabi. “Brandon had proposed to me on our travels that first year. While planning our wedding, it got us thinking about how fun it would be to meet other couples and capture something as special as their wedding day.”

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The Foxes Photography is now booking for 2017 and beyond. THE FOXES PHOTOGRAPHY hello@thefoxesphotography.com thefoxesphotography.com

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1149 CATERING & EVENTS (p. 290 + 291) 508-336-1149 restaurant.elevenfortynine.com

BRIDAL SHOWS + EXPOS

THE CATERED AFFAIR (p. 282 + 289) WEDDING DAY EXPOSITIONS (p. 169) 781-982-9333 weddingdayonline.com thecateredaffair.com

CAKES + SWEETS

ARTISAN BAKE SHOP (p. 52, 294 + 299) 508-763-4905 artisanbakeshop.com

BASHFUL TARTE, THE (p. 19, 34, 38 + 295) 774-209-1427 thebashfultarte.com CHOCOLATE ROSE, THE (p. 178, 298 + 299) 774-238-7020 thechocolaterosecakeshoppe.com

FIRESIDE CATERING (p. 284) 781-221-3003 firesidecatering.com OFF THE VINE CATERING (p. 279 + 290) 781-769-8970 offthevinecatering.com RUSSELL MORIN CATERING & EVENTS (p. 7 + 286) 888-552-7822 morins.com

CINEMATOGRAPHERS

ARPEGGIO WEDDING ENTERTAINMENT (p. 308-309) 401-769-1325 arpeggioweddings.com

ENTERTAINMENT SPECIALISTS (p. 246, 306-307) 617-723-1115 entertainmentspecialists.com FREE DOWNLOADS (p. 308-309) 401-617-8738 thefreedownloadsband.com LUKE RENCHAN ENTERTAINMENT (p. 19) 401-816-5496 lukesent.com MUSIC MIXERS ENTERTAINMENT (p. 308, 311) 401-789-3889 musicmixersdj.com

CUPCAKE CHARLIE’S (p. 288) 508-477-CAKE cupcakecharlies.com

ARTISTIC WEDDING FILMS (p. 314-315) 508-863-2541/401-369-8438 artisticweddingfilms.com

KONDITOR MEISTER (p. 2, 294 + 304) 781-849-1970 konditormeister.com

DESTINATION WEDDINGS + TEN 31 PRODUCTIONS (p. 310-311) HONEYMOON PLANNING

MONTILIO’S BAKING COMPANY (146, 188 + 313) 617-472-5500 montilios.com NANCY’S BAKERY (p. 228, 300 + 301) 508-676-3476 nancysbakery.net SIN (p. 298 + 305) 401-369-8427 eatwicked.com

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ANNIE’S ESCAPES (p. 30 + 33) 401-270-4834 anniesescapes.com

MUSIC PERFORMANCE SERVICE (p. 308 + 313) 401-568-2302 musicperformanceservice.com 401-725-1031 ten31productions.com

FLORISTS

BLOCK ISLAND TOURISM COUNCIL (p. 191) 401-466-5200 blockislandinfo.com

ARTISTIC BLOSSOMS (p. 70, 75 + 104) 781-837-6251 artisticblossoms.com

NORTH OF BOSTON CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU (p. 117) 978-465-6555 northofboston.org

BEACH PLUM FLORAL & EVENT DESIGN (p. 71, 74 + 178) 781-738-7787 beachplumfloral.com

THE LOCAL BOUQUET (cover, p. 73, 76 + 248) 401-598-6812 thelocalbouquet.com SAYLES LIVINGSTON FLOWERS (p. 52-65) 401-635-9500 sayleslivingstonflowers.com VINTAGE FLOWERS (p.162-165) 508-428-6089 vintageflowerscapecod.com YOUNG DESIGNS (p. 68, 72 + 79) youngfamilyfarm.com

FRAMING

PROVIDENCE PICTURE FRAME (p. 37 + 39) 401-421-6196 providencepictureframe.com

HAIR, MAKEUP + SPAS

BLUSH (p. 52) 781-740-2228 blushweddingday.com

AMANDA MCCARTHY BEAUTY (p. 104 + 178) 617-256-8887 amandamccarthybeauty.com ILLUSIONS (p. 161) 508-477-0997 illusionshairsalonmashpee.com THE KEEP SALON (p. 33 +178) thekeepsalon.com JENNIFER TAWA HAIR DESIGN (p. 104) 617-605-5056 jennifertawa.com

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MAKEOVER ARTISTRY (p. 122, 212, 227 + 228) 401-440-7503 makeoverartistry.com STACEY KUEHN HAIR (p. 52) staceykuehn.com

INVITATIONS, FAVORS + ACCESSORIES

LITTLE BIRDIE PAPERCRAFT (p. 43, 45, 60, 212 + 228) 401-484-8222 littlebirdiestudio.com

MODERN VINTAGE DESIGN STUDIO (p. 178) 774-413-5737 modernvintagedesignstudio.com PAPER & PEARL (p. 42- 47) 401-439-1272 paperandpearl.com PAPER MOON INVITATIONS (p. 42 + 47) 401-943-1123 papermoonstationery.com PINK POLKA DOT, THE (p. 22, 45-50) 508-540-3015 thepinkpolkadot.net SPLASH STATIONERS (p. 35, 46-49) 774-413-8566 splashstationers.com

JEWELERS + GIFTS

BAXTER’S FINE JEWELRY (p. 52-66, 195) 401-739-8222 baxtersjewelry.com M.R.T. JEWELERS (p. 40-41, 52-66) 401-435-3500 mrtjewelers.com PAIRPOINT (p. 38 + 51 508-888-2344 pairpoint.com PERCEPTION JEWELRY (p. 51-66, 104-107, 212-215) 401-447-5877 perceptionjewelry.com

LIGHTING + DÉCOR

ORMONDE PRODUCTIONS (p. 13) 401-435-620 ormondeproductions.com

PYROTECHNICS

ATLAS PYROVISION ENTERTAINMENT GROUP Inc. (p. 118-121) 603-532-8324 atlaspyro.com

PHOTOGRAPHERS

CORINNA RAZNIKOV PHOTOGRAPHY (p. 104-107) 508-748-3853 MANSION AT BALD HILL corinnaraznikov.com (p. 98, 268-271) 860-974-3456 HILARY B. PHOTOGRAPHY mansionatbaldhill.com (p. 8, 80-97, 94-304) 401-667-7897 NEW HAVEN LAWN CLUB (p. 92, 20) hilarybphotography.com 203-777-3494 nhlawnclub.com BLUEFLASH PHOTOGRAPHY (p. 228-231, 252-255) MASSACHUSETTS 401-484-1818 ALBERTO’S RISTORANTE (p. 80-83) blueflashphotography.com 508-778-1770 albertos.net LIS PHOTOGRAPHY (p. 276-279) 802-448-0832 BOSTON HARBOR HOTEL (p. 15 + 84) vermontweddingphotographer.company 617-439-7000 bhh.com NICOLE GESMODI PHOTOGRAPHER, LLC (p. 192, 316-317) BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY nicolegesmondi.com (p. 104-109) 617-859-2282 SABRINA SCOLARI PHOTOGRAPHY thecateredaffair.com/bpl (p. 52-66, 122, 212-215) 401-524-7538 CHARLES HOTEL, THE (p. 84 + 113) scolariphoto.com 617-864-1200 charleshotel.com SHORESHOTZ PHOTOGRAPHY (p. 256-259) DUXBURY BAY MARITIME SCHOOL 508-488-7868 (p. 84 +321) shoreshotz1.com 781-934-7555 dbms.org

RECEPTION + REHEARSAL DINNER VENUES CONNECTICUT MADISON BEACH HOTEL (p. 325) 203-245-1404 curiocollection3.hilton.com

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FULLER CRAFT MUSEUM (p. 305) 508-588-6000 fullercraft.org

INDEPENDENCE HARBOR (p. 84 + 320) 508-644-2225 ihweddings.com INN ON THE BEACH (p. 67 + 84) innonthebeachcapecod.com LAFRANCE HOSPITALITY (p. 84 + 203) 508-675-7185 lafrancehospitality.com NAKED OYSTER (p. 14 + 80) 508-778-6500 nakedoyster.com NANTUCKET ISLAND RESORTS (p. 157) nantucketislandresorts.com NEW ENGLAND AQUARIUM (p. 88, 90-91) 617-973-5205 neaq.org OCEAN EDGE (p. 84, inside back cover) 508-896-9000 oceanedge.net OLD YARMOUTH INN (p. 84 + 161) 508-362-9962 oldyarmouthinn.com

PAVILION AT PINEHILLS (p. 84 + 177) pinehillspaviliongrille.com HOTEL 1620 AT PLYMOUTH HARBOR 508-209-3000 (p. 39 + 84) 508-747-4900 hotel1620.com

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PLIMOTH PLANTATION (p. 6 + 84) 508-746-1622 plimoth.org PUBLICK HOUSE (p. 80 + 173) 508-347-3313 publickhouse.com SAPHIRE EVENT GROUP - SAPHIRE ESTATE, THE VILLA (p. 16, 130 + 134) 781-784-2400 saphireeventgroup.com SEA CREST BEACH HOTEL (p. 178-183) 800-225-3110 seacrestbeachhotel.com

OMNI PROVIDENCE HOTEL (p. 3+ 98) RED CLOVER INN & RESTAURANT (p. 49) 401-598-8000 802-775-2290 omnihotels.com/hotels/providence redcloverinn.com CROWNE PLAZA (p. 103, 228-230) THE PRESERVE AT BOULDER HILLS 401-732-6000 (p. 24 + 98) RENTALS, LINEN + TENTS crownehotelwarwick.com 401-539-4653 BE OUR GUEST, INC. (p. 4-5, 35, 60, thepreserveri.com 104, 178) GREENVALE VINEYARDS (p. 211-215) 617-427-2700 401-847-3777 PROVIDENCE MARRIOTT beourguestpartyrental.com greenvale.com DOWNTOWN (p. 21, 94, 256-258) HARBOR LIGHTS (p. 232-235) 401-272-2400 NEWPORT TENT (p. 150-153) 401-737-6353 marriottprovidence.com 401-683-9160 harborlightsri.com newporttent.com

CHAPEL GRILLE (p. 80 + 83) 401-944-4900 chapelgrilleri.com

PRANZI CATERING + EVENTS (p. 34, 212, 280-281, 293, 297 + 302) 401-383-3631 pranzi.com

SHINING TIDES (p. 84, 137, 154) 508-758-4203 shiningtidesweddings.com

QUALITY RENTAL (p. 228-231) 401-725-0928 qualityrental.com

WEQUASSETT RESORT AND GOLF CLUB (p. 9, 84, back cover) 508-432-5400 wequassett.com

SPERRY TENTS (p. 36, 204-207) 888-825-7542 sperrytents.com

WILLOWBEND (p. 84, 145-149) 508-539-5000 willowbendcapecod.com ZUKAS HILLTOP BARN (p. 84 + 129) 508-885-5320 zukas.com

LUX (ORANGE) TRANSPORTATION (p. 137) 401-846-1994 lux@luxtransportationri.com

NEW HAMPSHIRE

ROCKSTAR LIMO (p. 223) 888-725-7871 rockstarlimo.net

TRANSPORTATION

SHATTUCK GOLF CLUB, THE (p. 181) KIRKBRAE COUNTRY CLUB (p. 98 + 133) 603-532-4300 401-333-1300 sterlinggolf.com/shattuck kirkbrae.com

RHODE ISLAND

ALDRICH MANSION (p. 92+ 247) 401-739-6850 aldrichmansion.com

LINDEN PLACE (p. 78, 92 + 227) 401-253-0390 lindenplace.org

ATLANTIC INN (p. 25+ 92) 800-224-7422 atlanticinn.com

MIDTOWN OYSTER BAR (p. 80-82) 401-619-4100 midtownoyster.com

BLITHEWOLD MANSION & GARDENS (p. 92 + 102) 401-253-2707 blithewold.org BOHLIN, THE (p. 97) bohlinnewport.com

THE NEWPORT EXPERIENCE - STONE HOUSE, OCEANCLIFF, THE REGATTA (inside front cover-p. 1, 122, 200, 240-243) 401-849-6683 newportexperience.com

CHANLER AT CLIFF WALK, THE (p. 92 + 95) 401-847-1300 thechanler.com

NEWPORT OFFICERS’ CLUB (p. 184-187) 401-841-1442 navymwrnewport.com

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PROVIDENCE PUBLIC LIBRARY (p. 10-11,101) 401-455-8072 morins.com/providence-public-library QUIDNESETT COUNTRY CLUB (p. 98 + 1990 401-884-1100 quidnessett.com RHODES ON THE PAWTUXET (p. 98 + 239) 401-785-4333 rhodesonthepawtuxet.com VALLEY COUNTRY CLUB (p. 98 + 259) 401-821-1115 valleycountryclub.net

UNITED PARKING (p. 315) 401-865-0435 unitedparkingvalet.com

WEDDING PLANNERS

EVENTFULLY PLANNED (p. 150-152, 220-223) 401-580-5845 eventfullyplanned.com

PINK POLKA DOT, THE (p. 22, 45-50) 508-540-3015 thepinkpolkadot.net

VERMONT

MOUNTAIN TOP INN & RESORT (p. 275) 802-483-2311 mountaintopinn.com

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REAL WEDDINGS JENNIE MARKHAM + MAX TEDALDI (p. 110) Mrs. John L. Strong; Quills & Letters; Saks Fifth Avenue; Brandon Ward; Emily Reale; The Catered Affair; Eye2Eye, Wilson Stevens Events, ALPS, Advanced Lighting & Production Services, Reserve Modern Event Rentals CARLY UNDERWOOD + CHRISTOPHER SMERZ (p. 114) Gedney Farm; Classical Tent; I Do Florist; BHLDN; The Black Tux; Jessica Niedbala of Tranquility Hair Salon; Sundari Hair Salon; Sabrina Marie Makeup Artistry; Barmakian Jewelers; Wedding Paper Divas; Big Party Orchestra/Night Shift Entertainment; Matthew Morse Photo Video; Dufour Tours; Aegean Breeze CAROLINE POTTS + THOMAS O’CONNELL (p. 118) Indian Pond Country Club; The Great Cookie; Kacie Corbelle; Boston Ring And Gem (BRAG); Goosefish Press; Thinking Cap; Lighthouse Media Solutions; Atlas PyroVision Entertainment Group Inc.; Trolleys by Tes; Waterfront Bar + Grille ERIN MCCLUSKEY + KEVIN VERISSIMO (p. 122) Sabrina Scolari; Lakeview Pavilion; Stoddard Melhado; Rentals Unlimited; Konditor Meister; Judy’s Village Flowers; Alexandra’s Boutique; Perception Jewelry; Anthony’s House of Formals; Makeover Artistry; Baxter’s Fine Jewelry; Entertainment Specialists; Artistic Wedding Films; Rockstar Limo; Medeira Restaurant JOHN PYNE + MICHAEL CANIFF (p. 126) Bethany & Dan Photography; Kendall Square Community Ice Skating; Blooms By the Box; Danish Pastry House; Sheldon Gate Jewelers; Vistaprint MEAGHAN ZAINO + JOSEPH HENNESSEY (p. 130) 617 Weddings; Stoddard Melhado; Rentals Unlimted; Lumiere Lauren; Montilio’s Baking Company; Camilla’s; Men’s Warehouse; Bouvier Jewelers; Bearfight; Cavalier Coach; The Marina at the Wharf TRAM TRAN + BENJAMIN GOULA (p. 134) Lovely Valentine; Sandra Umbdenstock; Justice Carol Roberts; Rentals Unlimited; Walpole Floral & Garden Center; Just Desserts; Party Dress Express Bridal; Men’s Warehouse; Head to Toes Salon and

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Spa; Makeup by Ashley Christine; Verragio; Invitation Depot; DJ Chuck/617 Weddings ALASKA BURR + PAUL ELIA (p. 142) Whitney Fox/Emilie Inc.; Adrienne Duys Mendonca; Kittansett Club; Sperry Tents; Always In Bloom; Boston String Quartet; Clark Eno Orchestra; Clear Vision Photography; Ideal Limo; Trembley’s Bus; Oxford Creamery CAITLIN COSTELLO + CHRISTOPHER ALLEN (p. 146) Katie Slater Photography; Willowbend Country Club; Rentals Unlimited; New England Country Rentals; Artistic Blossoms; Montilio’s Baking Company; Artworx; Crane and Co./Splash Stationary; Radiance, Wilson Stevens Productions; Cape Destinations KATE BEISER + MIKE CONNOLLY (p. 150) Brad Smith; Eventfully Planned; Blackstone Caterers; Newport Tent; Rentals Unlimited; Exquisite Events Décor; Sayles Livingston Flowers; Patti Cakes; Sweet Tooth and Sugarbabies; JB Horn Film; Viking Tours of Newport; Rockstar Limousine; Valet Connection; OceanCliff JAIME VAN NESS + DENNIS SOUCY (p. 154) Stacey Hedman Photography; Shining Tides; Russell Morin Catering & Events; Always in Bloom; Chase Cupcake Cuisine; Karma Salon; Hanoush Jewelry; Rob Peters Entertainment KATE CONDE + STEPHEN FOSTER (p. 158) Joe Mikos; Plan It Martha’s Vineyard; Patrick Toomey; Big Sky Tent Rentals; Justine LaVigne & Aubrey Sirois; Val Cakes; Alexandra’s Boutique; BHLDN; Men’s Warehouse; Glenda Gotcsik; Nicoleta Trandafir; AJ Marks; Wedding Paper Divas; Rebecca Tinus; Joanne Cassidy Band; Cattle Drivers; Happy Camper Films; Stage Coach Taxi; Lucky Hanks; Dottie’s Potties; Island Cocktail Company; Primo Lombardi; The Harbor View Hotel KRISTEN COLETTI + MARCUS MESSMER (p. 162) Kate McElwee Photography; Elegant Engagements; Wianno Club; Sperry Tents; Be Our Guest, Inc.; Vintage Flowers; Maison Villatte; Sposabella Bridal; Artworx; The Pink Polka Dot; Beantown; Wilson Stevens Production; Manx Taiki Magyar

NEHA SAHNI + DR. SHANTANU GAUR (p. 166) Laurel Hill Photography; Stacy Bianchi; Ocean Edge Resort; Wedding Design, The Event Decorator; Upani Artisan Design Studio; Lisa George; Timothy Meier Designs; Upani Artisan Design Studio; DJ Raj Entertainment; Allegra Video & Photography; Kalkat Taxi Company; Four Points Sheraton; Soul of India; HotShots Photo Booth; Exotic Wedding Boxes PATRICE O’SULLIVAN + STEFAN SAMUELSON (p. 170) Wonderbliss Photography; Cape Cod Celebrations; Chapin Garner; Bourne Farm; Clambake Etc.; Undercover Tent; Little Flower Cottage; Delicious desserts; The Black Tux; Ali Lomazzo Beauty; Blue Nile and Lisa Leonard Design; Wedding Paper Divas; Sweetopia; Katie Koglin and Megan Fedor; Cape Tunes; SARA MCCARTHY + JORDAN THOMPSON (p. 174) Melissa Robotti Photography; Wychmere Beach Club; Longwood Events; Rentals Unlimited; All About Flowers; Casual Gourme; Vows Bridal; Lisa Marie’s Boutique; Alexandra’s Boutique; Domenic’s Tux; Stacey Kuehn Hair; Ali Lomazzo Beauty; South Shore Diamond Exchange; Wedding Paper Divas; DJ EZ; Video New England; Cape Destinations; Silly Gorillas Photobooth; Blush Design Co.; Deighan Design; Keepsakes by Katherine; Wedology; Morgan The Creator; Mono-gram Works; Jules Veils; Monde Design; Amanda G Designs; My Little Midge ALEXANDRA LORI + NICHOLAS Fredericksen (p. 184) Jennifer Neves Photography, Frank Camera, Newport Officers’ Club, Felicia’s Perfect Setting; Sayles Livingston Flowers; Scrumptious; Vows Bridal; Alexandra’s Boutique; KG Salon; Keezing Kreations; Happy Hearts Designs; Matt Kearns-Guitar Studio; John Zucco-Entertainment Specialists; Newport Wedding Trolley; Sardella’s CASEY GRIFFEN + BRYAN GIUDICELLI (p. 188) Joe Mikos; KMC Productions; St. Mary’s Church-Father Simon Cadwallader; Seaward Estate; MAX Ultimate Food; J.G Willis, Inc.; Table Toppers; Suzanne B. Lowell Lighting Design; Peterson Party Center Inc.; RESERVE Modern Event Rental; Lotus Floral Events; Montilio’s Baking Company; Firas Yousif Originals; Bella Bridesmaids;

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Sordillos Custom Tailor; Jessica D’Amore; The Inviting Company; Corey C. Griffin Foundation; Denis Tetrault and Stephanie Tierno; Soulsystem Orchestra; Brighter Lights Media; Rockstar Limo; Viking Tours of Newport; Exquisite Events; Clarke Cooke House; Meteor Yacht; For Your Party Décor; Lea St. Germain; Valet Connection; Luxury Loo; Ocean State Pyrotechnics via Exquisite Event DR. CLAUDIA PAGLIARO + MR. JOHN CALLAHAN (p. 192) Nicole Gesmondi Photographer, LLC; The Herreshoff Marine Museum/America’s Cup Hall of Fame; Russell Morin Catering & Events; Stoneblossom Floral & Event Design; Salon Rio; Paper Source; Rob Ferrell; Hot Tamale Brass Band; B+M Clambake/Catering Company DAVINA OHANESIAN + ROBERT ZOTTI (p. 196) Michael Caparrelli-Sacred Exchange Fellowship; Rentals Unlimited; Ormonde Productions; Anthony’s House of Formalsl; Sara Bruno-Noir Salon; Wilson Steven Production; Chris & Amanda Photography; Rosecliff Mansion; Russell Morin Catering & Events; Baxter’s Fine Jewelry; Paper Moon Invitations; Eye to Eye band; Stoneblossom; Confectionery Design GARRETT COBB + BRIAN SAFCHIK (p. 200) Jennifer Neves Photography; Galen Cobb Limoges; Stone House; Felicia’s Perfect Setting; Sayles Livingston Flowers; Pink Box Desserts; Michael Satira and Spencer Matera; Rockstar Limo GILLIAN MARINO + NATHANIEL HIGLEY (p. 204) David Murray; Nicole Simeral; The Catered Affair; Sperry Tents; Rentals Unlimited; Lotus; Formaggio South End; Michelle Mercaldo; Stacey Frasca; Ruby The Fox; EH Chocolatier; DJ Rich DiMare–Music Management; Long Haul Films; McAloon Taxi JULIE HANCOCK + SHANE STANDE (p. 208) Starlight Photography; Blithewold Mansions Gardens & Arboretum; Reverend Paula Taylor-Heart and Soul Ceremonies; Pranzi Catering & Events; Cristinas, Inc., Ali Lomazzo Beauty; Vincent Macrina; Josh Cho; FB Events; Mike Picard Productions; Viking Tours of Newport; Sardella’s Italian Restaurant; A Girl’s Gotta Go; TheSpecialTouches

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KATELYN MARGARIDA + CHRISTOPHER DUMONT (p. 216) Adeline & Grace Photography; Sweet Deets Events; Glen Manor House; Blackstone Caterers; Rentals Unlimited; Erickson’s; The Pink Box; Alexandra’s Boutique; Petal Blush Beauty; M.R.T Jewelery; Minted; Ulysses & Co.; Bittersweet Farm KATHLEEN DAY + JUDSON CHAPMAN (p. 220) Faith Dugan Photography; Eventfully Planned; Mount Hope Farm; Reverand James Van Pelt; Russell Morin Catering & Events; Exquisite Events; New Leaf Salon; Wayz & Means; Larry Minick, LM Productions; Rockstar Limousine KATIE BATES + SAM KIROVSKY (p. 224) Mattie Simas-Mattie’s Studio; Special Events; Fort Adam’s; Smoke and Pickles; Sperry Tents; For Your Party; True North; Flowers by Semia; Flour Bakery; Nicole Valenzuela; Lyndsay Simon Beauty; Anna Sheffield; Emily Howell Design; Berklee School of Music KAYLA FLEURENT + DOMENIC COREY (p. 232) Victoria Comfort; Harbor Lights; Golden Gate Studios; Diane’s Delectables; Naomi Auger; Black Tie Cookies; Music Machine; Thompson’s Cigar; Daylight Films & Video Production; Viking Tours of Newport JANET HOWARD + KIM BARBIERI (p. 236) Sara Zarrella Photography; Belle Mer; Rentals Unlimited; Flowers by Semia; Ana Webber & Jen Ohl; Murray Hill Talent; Newport Limousine Service, LLC. REBECCA KARNOFSKY + KEVIN HEALEY (p. 240) Maaike Bernstrom Photography; Rabbi David Kudan & Father Kevin Spicer; Regatta Place; Rentals Unlimited; Toni Chandler; Eva Ruth’s Specialty Bakery; Wavelengths Salon & Spa; jack+bean; Production Zone; Fever Band; Viking Tours of Newport; Midtown Oyster Bar STEPHANIE ARGYROPOULOS + NATHAN CONNORS (p. 244) Adeline & Grace Photography; Emmanuel Church/Rev. Jackie Kirby; OceanCliff; Rentals Unlimited; Toni Chandler Flowers & Events; Oakleaf Cakes Bake Shop; Vows Bridal; Bella Beauty Bridal; Wouldn’t It be Lovely; Minted; Total Wine; Jim Morgan; Entertainment Specialists-Mike

Amado; Epic Filmmakers; Rockstar Limo; Rollo Limo ALEXANDRA EARLE + ERIC GREGOIRE (p. 252) Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church; The Dorrance; Toni Chandler; The Sweet Beats; Latimer Studios Photobooth; Luke Renchan Entertainment; Rev. Joseph A. Escobar; Rentals Unlimited; Viking Trolley; Men’s Warehouse AMY CARBON + GEORGIOS KONTOULIS (p. 256) Shoreshotz Photography; Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church; Providence Marriott Downtown; Cherryhill Florist; Wright’s Dairy Farm & Bakery; Men’s Wearhouse; Amanda Davis Hair; I Do Onsite Hair and Face; Red Hear Paper; Kosta Blathras; Flutterbye Prints JULIE CHARREN + KYLE SMITH (p. 250) Sara Zarrella Photography; Pranzi Catering & Events; Gerald’s Farm; Rentals Unlimited; Exquisite Events; Alexandra’s Boutique; Confectionary Designs; Perception Jewelry; Baxter’s Fine Jewelry; Crosstown Press; Salon KG; Wilson Stevens Productions; Eye 2 Eye; Mike Picard Motion Pictures; Rockstar Limo KAYLEIGH MCCANN + DAVID PUGLIESE (p. 268) Peach + Bee Photography; The Mansion at Bald Hill; Rose of Sharon; Wright’s Dairy Farm; Alexandra’s Boutique; Allison Barbera Beauty; Leo Carroll Jewelers; Intermezzo Chamber Players; Hawk Elite Limousine Service; Brooks Transportation JENNIFER DESMARAIS + PAUL ERICKSON, JR. (p. 272) Todd Wilson Images; The Mountain Club on Loon; DJ Mark Anthony; Jacques Pastries; The Bridal Shoppe; Paper Moon Invitations

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