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INSIDE FASHION 27 NEWPORT + THE EAST BAY 28 Newport Goods 32 New England Accents 34 38

Real Wedding: Mairin Joseph to Nikhil Talreja Real Wedding: Caitlin Sula to William Hunter

43 PROVIDENCE 44 Renaissance City 48 Scenic Providence 50 54

Real Wedding: Meghan Banks to Jeffrey Timbas Real Wedding: Ottavia De Luca to Lucas Mann

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69 BOSTON 70 Traditional Meets Chic 74 Kidding Around 76 80

Real Wedding: Amanda Rolfe to Adam Rzepka Real Wedding: Caroline Shannon to Pedro Henrique de Cristo

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Real Wedding: Kate Hitchings to Cyrus Ahalt Real Wedding: Mandy D’Amour to Kevin Gillian

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Real Wedding: Ashley Hemond to Brian Fox

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WDESTINATION Southern New England

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Year after year, the wedding industry grows with fervor and when compiling each and every Weddings issue, I feel so fortunate to be a part of this exciting field. Weddings Destination, the sister publication to our glossy annual, highlights the best of southern New England, from venue sites on beautiful beaches, stunning receptions set amid the mountains and serene, romantic backyard “I do’s.”

EDITORIAL & CONTENT DIRECTOR

Janice Randall Rohlf EDITOR

Danielle Raciti: Southern New England Weddings and Southern New England Weddings: Destination Edition ASSISTANT EDITOR AND ONLINE EDITOR

Caroline H. Goddard: Southern New England Weddings and Southern New England Weddings: Destination Edition LMS EDITORS

Maria Allen: South Shore Living Rachel Arroyo: Home Remodeling Lisa Leigh Connors: Cape Cod Magazine, Chatham Magazine Jaci Conry: Custom Publications Rob Duca: New England Golf & Leisure Tom Richardson: New England Boating Jennifer Sperry: Southern New England Living ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR

For this issue, we went all out to bring you the best in bridal fashion, with two styled shoots. “Demure and Dapper on Nantucket” (P. 16) took place on the breathtaking grounds of this beloved island and within the grounds of the White Elephant Hotel, The Wauwinet and in a dreamy downtown setting. A true coastal-inspired shoot, our models intertwined all-American style with beach sophistication to create a classic, New England spread. “A Stitch in Time” (P. 100) takes us a step back, to Slater Mill, the historic site of the first waterpowered cotton textile mill in North America. Vintage and ethereal, the fashion and detailing within these pages are simply powerful. In addition to the 13 unique real weddings featured in the issue — spanning all locations from Cape Cod + the Islands and Boston to Maine and Vermont

Ann Luongo ASSISTANT EDITOR

Colby Radomski EXECUTIVE CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Christopher Lewis CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Eric Brust-Akdemir ART DIRECTOR

Sharon Bartholomew ASSOCIATE ART DIRECTORS

Alexandra Bondarek Jen Oppenheim PRODUCTION MANAGER

Rachel Clayton SENIOR DESIGNER

The perfect location for all your wedding needs

— we’ve highlighted the special attributes that make each location worthy

of a wedding, and all the important events that surround it. Our Q+A section brings you bridal know-how, from gown selection and accessorizing, to

accommodation perks and reception planning. And, we have a ‘Great Ideas’ collection perfect for the discerning traveler or locally minded planner.

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reception décor and the nesting period that follows!) and planning resources. And be sure to follow us on Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook to stay connected and follow our work along the way.

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SOCIAL MEDIA SPECIALIST

Allie Herzog

VIDEO PRODUCTION

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As always, please continue to share your stories with us. We’re always looking for fresh content for the magazine and Weddings blog. Until next year, xx.

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Convenient Location – Just ten minutes from Providence; forty-five minutes from Boston.

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Demure and Dapper on Nantucket Photography by Katie Kaizer VENUE: White Elephant Hotel, The Wauwinet: Nantucket Island Resorts. FASHION + ACCESSORIES: Country Weddings Bridal Boutique, Flair Boston, Chatham Beauty + Bridal. CASHMERE THROW, NANTUCKET BASKET + LETTER OPENER: Nantucket Looms. MENSWEAR: Murray’s Toggery Shop. JEWELRY: Roberto Coin, The Jewelers’ Gallery of Nantucket. SHOES: Bella Belle Shoes, Bloomingdale’s. HAIR + MAKEUP: Darya Salon + Spa. FLOWERS + TABLE DESIGN: Soiree Floral. LINENS + RENTALS: Placesetters, Inc. INVITATIONS + PAPER PRODUCTS: Parchment Fine Papers. WEDDING CAKE: The Wauwinet: Nantucket Island Resorts

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Kacy looks relaxed, yet refined, in an off-the-shoulder Cicada Bridal “Heather” gown from Chatham Beauty + Bridal. The ivory cashmere throw from Nantucket Looms adds to the ensemble and is perfect for a brisk beach evening walking along Brant Point. Oversized flower crown designed by Soiree Floral.

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Above and below: Kacy is sporting a sleek Cicada Bridal “Elena” gown from Chatham Beauty + Bridal made of silk charmeuse, crepe and chiffon. Pearl stud earrings from The Jewelers’ Gallery of Nantucket. Diamond wedding band from Roberto Coin. Soiree Floral created a bouquet in muted purples and greens to evoke the natural flora of the dunes. Silver brunia berries and dusty miller provide coral-like texture to constrast with the lush agapanthus and scabiosa blooms.

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A sweet and sophisticated table design fits right into The Wauwinet’s intimate garden space. Designed by Dawn Kelly of Soiree Floral, the charming set-up includes simple shell details, frosted glassware, vintage vessels and delicate linens. Floral arrangements of peony, agapanthus, scabiosa, dusty miller and limonium float just above the setting in footed mercury glass bowls. Linens, glassware, flatware, serving ware, table and chairs from Placesetters, Inc.

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This low V-back Modern Trousseau “Noa” gown from Country Weddings Bridal Boutique is form fitting and flattering. The head-to-toe French Alencon lace detailing is stunning, complemented by petite back buttons and a slight trumpet train. Pearl stud earrings from The Jewelers’ Gallery of Nantucket.

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Clockwise from top left: A bamboo arch is graced with spray roses. Brushed metal men’s band and diamond engagement ring from Roberto Coin. Blush and sparkly sandals from Bella Belle Shoes are an elegant and more casual option for those toein-sand nuptials. A rose and peony flower crown completes this goddess-of-the-sea look. The classic Nantucket Basket from Nantucket Looms. Who doesn’t love a pair of high-heeled Jimmy Choo’s from Bloomingdale’s? Mariner tradition meets island chic with these gold 3-strand and Turk’s head bracelets from The Jewelers’ Gallery of Nantucket.

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Bride and groom escape to the Brant Point Lighthouse in the White Elephant’s classic convertible. Dapper Chris stays island-casual in Nantucket red pants, Sperry Topsiders and a navy sportscoat, all from Murray’s Toggery Shop. Kacy is wearing a flowing Christos “Paulina” gown with corded lace bodice, high neck and open back from Country Weddings Bridal Boutique. Wedding bands from Roberto Coin.

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This page, clockwise from top: The village of Siasconset is quiet and romantic and makes for the dreamiest background. Chris is preppy and timeless in a look from Murray’s Toggery Shop. Kacy is wearing a strapless A-line Anna Elyse “Madeline” gown with sweetheart neckline and full floral skirt detailing from Flair Boston. Gold drop earrings from The Jewelers’ Gallery of Nantucket. Posing on the White Elephant Hotel lawn, Chris pairs British khaki pants with a mint green button-down and an orange critter tie from Murray’s Toggery Shop. Kacy is wearing a textured sheath Theia gown from Flair Boston with diamond engagement ring from Roberto Coin. Gem details have a big impact on these neutral heels by Bella Belle Shoes.

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Newport Goods Nautical or regal, this city by

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ITH ITS SWEEPING VIEWS OF THE ATLANTIC, majestic mansions and all the seaside charm of classic New England, Newport offers couples the chance to turn their wedding into a full weekend of celebrations. Whether couples are looking for a laid-back wedding on the beach or a formal affair fit for royalty, Newport has it all, and then some. For those who want to have their feet firmly planted in the sand on the big day, Easton’s Beach offers the option to get married just steps from the ocean. For a grand affair, the ambiance of Rosecliff Mansion is unmatched, and those seeking a stunning view of the Newport Bridge and Narragansett Bay can opt to get married on Goat Island at Belle Mer, Hyatt Regency or Regatta Place. For the ultimate nautical feel, the Newport Yachting Center in the heart of downtown is also available for dockside “I do’s.” “From Gilded Age mansions to glamorous seaside ballrooms to vineyards with rustic charm, Newport County has something for each and every couple’s palette,” says Rebecca Miller, wedding specialist at Discover Newport. Many couples planning a wedding in Newport like to make it a mini-vacation for their guests and get them truly immersed in the area’s many attractions and events. Kristin Love, founder and creative director of Details With Love, a full-service wedding and event planning studio, encourages guests to take advantage of the happenings around town during their stay. With the Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals, many boat shows and other events in town almost every weekend, guests will find ample opportunity to join in on the excitement and experience Newport to the fullest. “One of the best things about Newport is the opportunity to explore and enjoy everything that it has to offer,” says Kristin. “Most guests leave saying they can’t wait to come back!”

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a glimpse back in time with tours of the Vanderbilt family summer “cottages,” including The Breakers and Marble House. Based on a blend of farm-fresh and coastal ingredients, Newport’s local cuisine is top-notch. Couples can choose to serve entirely local cuisine and cocktails, with guests dining on fresh-caught seafood and locally grown produce, local brewed beers, such as Newport Storm, and wines from Newport, Greenvale or Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyards.

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Newport + the East Bay | Destination There is no shortage of places to stay in Newport and the many bed and breakfasts in town offer the option of private accommodations for entire wedding parties. These inns range from quaint to luxurious and are mostly within walking distance of town, making getting around hassle-free.

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If a coastal location with plenty of restaurants, beaches, boats and charm is what you’re seeking, Newport is a great place to find it all on one beautiful island.

BEAUTIFUL BUYOUT With its prime location on the Cliff Walk, the historic and luxurious Chanler is a one-of-a-kind wedding location. The hotel offers a completely customizable, exclusive-use option, which gives couples the opportunity to take over the property for the entire duration of their wedding festivities. Couples enjoy complete privacy at the mansion, with only their wedding guests staying on-site. “It basically feels like their own house,” says Kate Wood, sales and catering manager. “It’s just their family, friends and loved ones all around them.” A typical buyout would include Friday night accommodations with the rehearsal dinner taking place either in town or on the property. “Some couples like to have a fun and casual clambake outside for the rehearsal and then do something more elegant for the wedding the next evening,” says Kate. BILLY BLACK

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The Chanler can accommodate up to 200 guests for outdoor receptions, either on the white-columned terrace or one of three lawn locations, all of which have ocean views. There are also indoor options available for dinner, dancing and smaller weddings. The wedding might culminate in a gourmet farewell brunch, giving couples the chance to relax and mingle with their guests before departing from a weekend all their own. THE CHANLER AT CLIFF WALK 117 Memorial Blvd.; 401-847-1300: thechanler.com

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E NEW ENGLANDERS LOVE TO CELEBRATE life’s milestones by the sea, and our affection for all things nautical is evident in its popularity as a wedding theme. It’s only fitting that Newport, a boating mecca, is not only a prime wedding destination, but also a source of sea-inspired fashion and home décor items. Nell Soper, owner of Chace N’Lulu, lives the lifestyle that inspires her store. As a child, she lived with her family on a boat in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and her husband, Andrew Green, was a British America’s Cup sailor. “Our store has always been about lifestyle,” says Nell. “We’re not catering to a certain age or demographic, but to anyone who imagines themselves strolling down the beach in St. Tropez or sipping a drink on a boat in the Virgin Islands. We’re sort of Caribbean preppy chic.” Her own wedding included a number of items from the Chase N’Lulu inventory. “We had pashminas embroidered with Newport’s longitude and latitude for the bridesmaids,” says Nell. “Needlepoint key fobs served as napkin holders and favors.”

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She notes that beaded clutches, embroidered with initials, are the top-selling gift for bridesmaids. Leather coozies with “NPT” and Newport’s geographical coordinates are popular for groomsmen. “We sell a ton of dressy flip flops, both for the bride and for the wedding party to change into,” she says. Erin and Christian Schlebach, owners of Re-Sails, also know firsthand the life that informs their products. The idea to make bags from recycled sails originated from Christian’s observations, as a boat captain, of the waste of discarded sails, and has grown to include

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CHACE N’LULU 17 Bowens Wharf 401-847-9151 RE-SAILS 33 Americas Cup Ave. 401-849-0084 resails.com EGG & DART 57 America’s Cup Ave. 401-619-4760 egganddart.bigcartel.com Facing page, top left and bottom: Egg & Dart’s eclectic mix of products blend classic nautical and French Riviera elegance for a refreshing take on coastal living. Top middle and right: Wedding day accents for the seafaring couple from Chace N’Lulu. This page: Re-Sails turns discarded sail cloth into coveted eco-friendly bags and accessories.

Sea-inspired fashion and décor a variety of original sail products, including popular bridal party and wedding gift items. For her own destination wedding in the Bahamas, Erin brought mini bucket bags as gifts for the guests, partly because they were easy to pack. People used them to carry wet bathing suits, lunches or snacks. Toiletry kits are the top gift for groomsmen and tote bags, in sizes from mini to extra-large, are another top seller. And newlyweds love the over-sized deck chairs, emblazoned with “Mr.” and “Mrs.”

so many of these,” says Kristen. “They are $50 for an eight-byeight-inch piece. People buy them in sets of nine or twelve.” Govino stemless champagne flutes are particularly popular for bachelorette parties. “They’re BPA free, recyclable, and perfect for the beach or a boat,” says Kristen. If Newport and its surrounding towns are on your venue list, nautical garb for gifts or décor sets the tone for a fun and vibrant seafaring theme.

Egg & Dart, which began as artist Chris Wyllie’s gallery, has evolved into an art and home accessories boutique that directly reflects its owners’ (Chris Wyllie and Kristen Coates) sensibilities. New arrivals every few days keep the vibe fresh and dynamic in their new space on Bowen’s Wharf. “We have lots of nautical items,” says Kristen. “Brides love our Sugar Paper stationery. We also sell a lot of ‘A Note to My Father [or “Mother”] on My Wedding Day.’ Our baskets, with throws, candles and coffee table books, are frequent bridal party or wedding couple gifts. We have some pre-made or can customize them.” Beach-themed skyscapes by an artist whose nom de plume is Willie Saint James are a huge hit. “We sell

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NEWPORT + THE EAST BAY | Belle Mer

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A native of Rhode Island, Mairin Joseph knew her family would have strong wishes for a home state wedding, but she also wanted to “maintain a California feel as much as possible.” Nikhil hails from Calabasas, a suburb of L.A., and since the pair met while they were in graduate school in The Golden State, it was only natural to bring a touch of California cool to the best of waterfront Rhode Island for their day.

The seaside lawn at Belle Mer was the perfect setting for a flower-laden mandaap. Nikhil arrived at the ceremony on horseback.

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For their Catholic ceremony, Mairin chose a Lazaro gown and a brilliant bouquet.

“My hopes were for something glamorous, new and exciting for our guests. I wanted bright colors to really bring out the celebratory Newport summer wedding ambiance,” says Mairin. One of her colleagues, who had recently been to a wedding at Belle Mer, suggested the venue. It was a perfect fit for Mairin’s wish for a “classy, contemporary locale by the water”– she was sold upon her first site visit. “We had lots of help from the wedding coordinator at Belle Mer. She was enthusiastic and wonderful,” says Mairin. “We also did our catering through the venue – they were great about integrating elements of Indian cuisine and presenting a fusion-style menu.” southernNEweddings.com

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To celebrate their union to the fullest, Mairin and Nikhil had both a Catholic ceremony in the church where Mairin was raised and a Hindu ceremony in honor of Nikhil’s faith. “We wanted to make sure that we included important traditional aspects of the wedding from our respective family heritages.” Those traditions were woven throughout their wedding – in the church, Nikhil draped a saree, called a manthrakodi, over Mairin’s head and tied a minnu necklace around her neck. Later, he arrived at Belle Mer on horseback, followed by an entourage of singing and dancing guests, a joyful Hindu tradition called the Baraat. On the lawn of Belle Mer, the pair were united beneath a flower-laden mandaap, their family and friends before them, and the waters of Narragansett bay sparkling behind them.

Bright shades of pink, orange and yellow stood out against an otherwise neutral setting for the reception.

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Not even the Atlantic Ocean could separate Caitlin Sula and Will Hunter after they started a long-distance relationship as teenagers. After chatting online about the similarities and differences between their lives in England (him) and New England (her), the pair finally met in person when both were 18 years old. “Will decided to take a trip over to meet me,” says Cate. “It was love at first sight and we maintained an amazingly, heartbreakingly romantic long-distance relationship all through college, with visits every three months.”

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CEREMONY LOCATION + RECEPTION VENUE: MOUNT HOPE FARM. OFFICIANT: DEBORAH BELAUS OF BRIGHT PATH CEREMONIES. CATERING + RENTALS: COMPTON CLAMBAKES. FLORIST: SAYLES LIVINGSTON FLOWERS. CAKE/DESSERT: SWEET BERRY FARM. BRIDAL GOWN: MAGGIE SOTTERO OF NY LACE. BRIDAL ACCESSORIES: SHOES BY KATE SPADE NEW YORK, EARRINGS BY JOJO LOVES YOU, HEADBAND BY ANTHROPOLOGIE. BRIDESMAID DRESSES: BILL LEVKOFF OF NY LACE. GROOM’S ATTIRE: J.CREW, HUGO BOSS, ROCKPORT. GROOMSMEN ATTIRE: MENS WEARHOUSE, SCOTCLANS. HAIR: NEW LEAF HAIR STUDIO. ENGAGEMENT RING + WEDDING BANDS: BRILLIANT EARTH, KAY JEWELERS, MINTER + RICHTER DESIGNS. INVITATIONS + PAPER PRODUCTS: WEDDING PAPER DIVAS. CEREMONY MUSIC + RECEPTION ENTERTAINMENT: LUKE RENCHAN ENTERTAINMENT. TRANSPORTATION: ETS INTERNATIONAL. REHEARSAL DINNER: SIMPLY DEVINE RESTAURANT AND CATERING.

Cate and Will’s wedding was fresh and beautiful and very much a combination of their two distinct styles.

The waiting paid off on a flawless day at Domaine Carneros in Napa Valley, California, where the couple got engaged. “Will proposed on the steps in front of a fountain overlooking acres and acres of vineyard land,” says Cate. “We celebrated on the terrace with sparkling wine, and Will made sure he saved the cork.” While the couple resides in California, it made sense to get married on the East Coast, which was a midway point for family and friends from the West Coast and Europe. “Planning a destination wedding was probably the smartest choice for me,” says Cate. “Being forced to get all of my research completed and my choices of vendors down to a top three made my trips back to Rhode Island and

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Massachusetts a breeze.” The couple chose Mount Hope Farm in Bristol, Rhode Island, as their venue, and eschewed a set color palette in favor of a “fresh and beautiful” feeling that drew on the simplicity of the farm. Cate and Will made sure that their day was about them and the people who mattered most in their lives. “My favorite part of the wedding by far was the ceremony,” says Cate. “It was romantic, sweet and funny—everything I could have wished for. A wedding is all about love and commitment, and I’m thrilled that our love took center stage on the day.”

Mount Hope Farm offered a rustic setting for the couple’s ceremony and barn-style reception.

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Rhode Island ’s Capital City is Always Onto Something New By Caroline H. Goddard

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T DOESN’T TAKE LONG FOR VISITORS to the Creative Capital to see where Providence got its moniker. With a rich university life lending youthful energy and a think-tank culture to the city, Providence continues to foster big ideas and innovative trends, while maintaining its small city character. Being a smaller city definitely has its advantages. “We are very unique here in Providence. We have great restaurants, history and décor, all within a five-mile radius,” says Erica Trombetti, owner and wedding planner of Infinite Events.

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“Providence allows couples to have an elegant city wedding without the large price tag of New York or Boston,” says Kristen Adamo, vice president of marketing and communications at the ProvidenceWarwick Convention and Visitors Bureau. “It’s a great spot for a destination wedding in the Northeast because it’s easy to get to and not a very long drive from most Northeastern cities.”  

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When it comes to entertainment, don’t let Providence’s small size fool you. Wedding guests have a wide variety of sights to see and things to do. “If it is the season, I would definitely recommend WaterFire,” says Kristen, referring to the river installation created by Brown University graduate Barnaby Evans. Strolling along a cobblestone riverwalk – ethereal music echoing from under the bridges – to take in the burning braziers that float along the water is a transporting experience. A leader of the urban food movement, Providence has an exciting, sustainable food focus that has combined beautifully with the city’s longstanding culinary tradition to produce an incredible restaurant culture. “Providence is one of the top culinary cities in the U.S., according to publications like Travel + Leisure and Saveur.  I would definitely visit some of our best restaurants and take a side trip to Federal Hill, our Little Italy,” says Kristen. For a taste of the edgy art scene, coupled with delicious, local produce and a seasonal menu, try AS220 FOO(D) & The Bar at AS220 downtown. Erica is a fan of Cav for small weddings and rehearsal dinners. “Their food is superb and their décor is so eclectic. I find something new every time I go there!” Another of her favorites is Circe, which serves excellent brunches and can accommodate a variety of party sizes. southernNEweddings.com

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If a grander affair is what you have in mind, Providence has many large venues that can accommodate your wishes. Built in 1922 by the same firm that designed New York’s Grand Central Station, The Providence Biltmore is a luxurious hotel in Providence’s downtown with a ballroom at the tower’s top. Says Erica, “Their ballroom is stunning and I love their dessert show.”

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For a more mod-minimalist event, Erica suggests The Providence G. “It’s up and coming. They offer a modern event space and you can’t beat the view from their rooftop bar!” NYLO Providence/Warwick is also a great choice for a glamorous event.

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Those searching for a bit of green in an urban setting should consider marrying at the Roger Williams Botanical Center, where a huge glass greenhouse and lush tropical plants create an oasis within the city. The gardens are part of a meticulously landscaped, 427-acre park given to the people of Providence by the descendants of Roger Williams. The property represents the remainder of the family farm originally granted to Williams by Canonicus, chief of the Narragansett tribe. In the spirit of Roger Williams’ vision for a colony of true religious freedom, the state of Rhode Island ratified the long-awaited bill legalizing same-sex marriages in 2013. Providence is welcoming marriages and couples of all kinds and celebrates the diversity of marriage tradition that this openness brings. Says Kristen, “Providence has long been a place of tolerance and freedom. The city was basically founded on those principles. The same-sex marriage law was a natural progression.”  GOING TO THE CHAPEL Nestled upon 75 acres overlooking Narragansett Bay, Aldrich Mansion has set the scene for weddings for decades. It was there that Abby Aldrich wed John D. Rockefeller, Jr., and today, the 70-room French chateau continues to delight couples and their wedding guests. The estate, which is now owned by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence, also has an on-site, private chapel that makes for easy coordination between ceremony and reception.

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In addition to providing catering, parking and one gorgeous place to hold a Catholic ceremony, couples who wed at Aldrich Mansion also receive “exceptional service, enjoy stunning water views and have an entire estate to themselves just seven miles from the highway and airport.” ALDRICH MANSION 836 Warwick Neck Ave., Warwick 401-739-6850: aldrichmansion.com

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Elizabeth Kelly, communications manager at Aldrich Mansion, enthuses about the unique space. “To enter the chapel, everyone passes through a stone arcade that leads into a massive chapel with soaring rafters. Unusual monastery seating (aisle-facing pews) affords excellent views of the bride and groom from every seat.”

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Providence | Highlights

Scenic Providence The photo-ops are endless

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for couples looking for places to have their engagement photos taken. It is classic New England with a cool, urban vibe. We asked two professional photographers their favorite places to shoot, and they offered some wonderful suggestions. “The number one spot that I always suggest is the State House, because there are a lot of different textures there,” says Sara Zarrella of Sara Zarrella Photography. “There is the State House for wide shots, which is quintessential Rhode Island, but what is really cool is that you can photograph at the State House without even knowing you’re there. You can get the building, but then when you start to zoom in, you have all these beautiful textures like marble, grass, benches, trees, ivory walls and brick cobblestone paths.” She says the Brown University campus is another nice destination for photographs, with its architectural elements, expanses of green grass and pathways with old light posts. Thayer Street is also a popular spot for engagement photos with a lot of diversity in one place. It has side streets with unique graffiti and a lot of restaurants for couples interested in having a photo taken at a favorite dining spot, perhaps while toasting with champagne.

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Be it at a restaurant over a glass of champagne, or among the gardens and architecture of the city, Providence is a prime location for engagement session memories.

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“A lot of times people have their first date on Thayer Street because it’s a really popular place,” says Sara. The Supreme Court House around the corner from Hemenway’s restaurant has several great photo locales as well. The courthouse itself has columns, gates, arches and a marble background. Across the street, Memorial Park features water views of the Providence River.

“I also enjoy the South Main Street area,” says Faith. “This particular space is great to explore on foot. There is so much variety and structure to pose couples on, like stairs and benches. This area has great cityscapes, views of the Providence River, traditional stone architecture and pretty foliage in the fall. This is hands down my favorite area to use in Providence because of the great light available any time of day and the variety of scenes.”

Photographer Faith Dugan of Faith Dugan Photography says Prospect Park near sunset is a gorgeous spot for photos. It has lush landscaping and beautiful city views, and the surrounding area has lovely side streets with historic homes and colonial architecture.

Sara says engagement photo shoots can take anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours, depending on the couple and where they want to shoot. If they decide to shoot in one area, 30 minutes is plenty. If they want to move around to multiple locations, more time is needed.

Both photographers recommend the Waterplace Park area for its city views, River Walk, bridges and view of the State Capital Building. Sara cautions that there is a lot of harsh sun there so photo shoots should be later in the day.

“Personally, I really like to narrow it down to one spot and do multiple things in that spot,” Sara says. “It allows the couple to warm up better if we go to one spot rather than drive around. Sometimes less is more with engagement photos.”

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While hitting the books at Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island, Meghan Banks and Jeffrey Timbas fell in love. What they didn’t know then was that, years later, the two would also tie the knot surrounded by books and loved ones in the Ocean State. “I randomly found the Providence Public Library while searching for a caterer,” says Meghan. “At the time, it was under construction, but it was still unbelievable when we walked in. We knew right away that it was perfect.” Vintage accessories, like old books and antique library cards, gave a nod to the venue’s history and setting.

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The bride and groom, who both wanted a winter wedding, felt the backdrop of the Providence Public Library fit their vision. “The architecture of the building is amazing. It was great for a winter wedding because it has this amazing staircase for photos,” says Meghan. “We weren’t planning on having the wedding in Rhode Island initially, but it worked out because that’s where we met and where he [Jeffrey] proposed, so we were able to share that with our families.” The couple used distinct antique touches to make their venue choice even more special. “We used vintage books in our centerpieces, and our seating cards were made out of old library cards that were stained to look authentic,” says Meghan. CEREMONY LOCATION + RECEPTION VENUE: PROVIDENCE PUBLIC LIBRARY. OFFICIANT: KATHLEEN GEAGAN OF SOULFUL WEDDING CEREMONIES. CATERING + LINEN RENTAL: RUSSELL MORIN FINE CATERING. FLORIST: WILD FOLK STUDIOS. CAKE/DESSERT: KATHERINE ALGIERE. BRIDAL GOWN: ALLURE OF MADELEINE’S DAUGHTER. BRIDAL ACCESSORIES: HAIR COMB BY LOLAANDMADISON, SHOES BY KATE SPADE NEW YORK, EARRINGS BY ELIZABETH COLE. BRIDESMAID DRESSES: AMSALE, MONIQUE LHUILLER, WATTERS, CEREMONY BY JOANNA AUGUST OF L’ELITE. GROOM/GROOMSMEN ATTIRE: JOS. A. BANK. HAIR + MAKEUP: SERAI. ENGAGEMENT RING + WEDDING BANDS: BARMAKIAN JEWELERS. INVITATIONS + PAPER PRODUCTS: ETSY. FAVORS: DONATION. CEREMONY MUSIC + RECEPTION ENTERTAINMENT: BEAT TRAIN PRODUCTIONS. TRANSPORTATION: TREMBLAY’S BUS COMPANY. REHEARSAL DINNER: BRAVO BRASSIERE. OTHER: PLUM PRETTY SUGAR, WEDDING CHICKS, THE PAPER WALRUS, PROVIDENCE BILTMORE, CAV.

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Being inside a library, however, certainly didn’t stop their wedding guests from having a fun, loud time. At the end of the night, the couple’s friends and family surrounded them on the dance floor. “They sang the last song so loudly to us,” says Meghan. “All of our favorite people in one place; it was amazing.”

The library’s staircase served as a dramatic architectural piece for capturing some stunning photos.

When asked what advice she had for other DIY brides, Meghan had this to say: “It’s overwhelming to put all the pieces together, but doing most of the planning myself made it special. Find ways to make your wedding day stand out so it’s reflective of you as a couple.”

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It’s rare that a couple books a wedding venue sight unseen, but for Ottavia De Luca and Lucas Mann, who chose Five Bridge Inn in Rehoboth, Mass., before moving to New England, the decision turned out perfectly. Ottavia, an actress, and Lucas, a writer and college professor, relocated to Providence from Iowa after getting engaged. As soon as they visited the inn, they knew they had made the right choice and immediately felt a connection to the place. Thanks to both New England Vintage, the couple’s day-of wedding planner, and Pinterest inspiration, the décor, which was a mix of vintage and rustic accents, also fell right into place.

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CEREMONY LOCATION, RECEPTION VENUE, TENT RENTAL, CAKE/DESSERT + REHEARSAL DINNER: FIVE BRIDGE INN. OFFICIANT: MICHAEL LEWIS. DAY-OF WEDDING COORDINATION + FLORIST: NEW ENGLAND VINTAGE. CATERING + LINEN RENTAL: RUSSELL MORIN FINE CATERING. BRIDAL GOWN: DELPHINE MANIVET. BRIDAL ACCESSORIES: SHOES BY BUTTER. HAIR: RACQUEL DONNELLY. WEDDING BANDS: BECKY KELSO, SYDNEY THOMAS JEWELERS. INVITATIONS + PAPER PRODUCTS: PAPER + LACE AUSTIN. FAVORS: SUCCULENTLY URBAN. CEREMONY MUSIC: BEN OFFENBERG. RECEPTION ENTERTAINMENT: JEREMY ROBINSON-LEON. TRANSPORTATION: EXPERIENCE RHODE ISLAND. OTHER: THE GILDED TOMATO.

Vintage and rustic accents complemented the inn’s New England setting.

Many of the couple’s friends played important roles in their special

“We were surrounded by people we love, and everyone was

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dancing and singing along. We’ll never forget that,” says Ottavia.

officiated, and Ottavia’s friend and fellow actress read a collection of every line of dialogue about love from plays they were in together. For their walk back down the aisle, guests were given cones of flower petals with which to shower the newlyweds.

The couple found the speeches at both the rehearsal dinner and the wedding among the most memorable aspects of their festivities. “We have the best family and friends, and love was definitely in the air,” says Ottavia.

At the reception, friends continued to play a part in the celebration. One memorable moment was when the DJ, also a friend, played one of their favorite songs, “All My Friends,” by LCD Soundsystem. southernNEweddings.com

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HERE’S MORE THAN A LITTLE MAGIC in the salt air that wafts through South County, Rhode Island. This coastal cluster of towns and villages that includes Narragansett, Charlestown, Galilee, Point Judith, East Greenwich and Westerly lays claim to enough natural beauty, historical gems and pristine beaches to stir the heart of the least romantic among us. Whether you envision exchanging vows on the beach, in a historic home or under a tent on the grounds of a stately hotel, South County can fulfill your wedding dreams. “What makes this region special is the unspoiled beauty of the rolling countryside that spills down to more than 100 miles of coastline with over twenty public beaches,” says Myrna George, president of the South County Tourism Council. “The community is ecologically sensitive, retaining the history of its indigenous people and earliest settlers. “You can get married overlooking Wickford Harbor or at Watch Hill. Smith’s Castle, one of the oldest homes in the state, the Gilbert Stuart Birthplace and Museum in Saunderstown, and the eighteenth-century Babcock-Smith House are all popular venues.

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“We have extraordinary beaches. Because of the Gulf Stream, the water gets warm earlier in the season and stays warm longer than most Cape beaches. I’ve seen people swimming in mid-October. We have some of the best-kept secrets on the East Coast.” Brandi Lacoste, owner of Blissfully Yours Wedding & Event Planning in Wakefield, is well versed in the draw South County has for wedding couples, many of which come from out of state, and their guests. “Brides and grooms come from all over to get married in Rhode Island; some are college alumni, some come from New York City to find a more budget-friendly area,” says Brandi. “Many of my clients pick this area because of its beauty and welcoming community. “It’s a great place to get married because it offers so much variety. The coastline of Rhode Island is home to a wide range of different venues, from historic locations, such as the ruins at South County Museum, to garden settings at Farmer’s Daughter, to toes-in-thesand locations on Block Island.” The abundant and accessible options of recreational activities, restaurants, shopping and cultural offerings, like music on the beach or Shakespeare under the stars, yield a perfect destination wedding choice. southernNEweddings.com

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South County | Destination “I think South County has become such a popular destination-wedding location because it offers so much to the wedding guests,” says Brandi. “A lot of people end up coming early or staying afterwards to make a vacation out of it. The beaches are clean and safe, there are a ton of cute boutique stores to shop in throughout the area and everyone is only a ferry ride away from a day on Block Island.”

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Restaurants like the venerable Aunt Carrie’s (serving fresh seafood since 1920), Matunuck Oyster Bar (featured in National Geographic for its aquaculture), Two Ten Oyster Bar and Grill, and the recently reopened Coast Guard House Restaurant with 180-degree views of Narragansett Bay offer delicious local menus and spectacular settings for rehearsal dinners, post-wedding brunches or welcome parties. Brandi also suggests that it’s the community spirit and congenial tone that make South County more than just a pretty place. The people make the difference. “The planning process of a wedding should be fun, stress-free and affordable,” says Brandi. “The vendors in South County have been in the business for years and are so great to work with. We are all one big family and we all just want the very best for our clients.” For bridal couples who want the “very best” for their guests and themselves on this joyful and momentous occasion, South County extends its magic.

WESTERLY, RHODE ISLAND Just over the border from Connecticut, hugging the southwestern shore of Rhode Island, Westerly is a quiet community that swells in summer, like most of its coastal counterparts, to accommodate the sun-andsurf seekers drawn to beaches like Misquamicut, East Beach, Westerly Town Beach and Watch Hill Beach. Country pop star Taylor Swift demonstrated good taste, and drew publicity to the area, in choosing this laid-back, treasured corner of the Ocean State for her own summer home. Here, celebrating your wedding – and your wedding guests – is a breeze.

Worth Checking Out: Paddle Surf RI Boost your adrenaline and test your balance with a surf lesson or paddleboard outing; enjoy the scenery, the company and a few laughs on the water. 401-741-5661: paddlesurfri.com

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VENUES + ACCOMMODATIONS MEADOW BROOK INN

168 Carolina Back Rd., Charlestown; 401-364-3669: meadowbrookinnri.com

Langworthy Farm Winery, Inc. Treat your wedding party or send your guests to enjoy wine tastings, offered daily at this small farm winery; open year-round. 308 Shore Rd., Rte. 1A; 401-322-7791: langworthyfarm.com Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island If your guests prefer hops to grapes, schedule a group tour at this local brewery in what was once, beginning in the 1920s, The Westerly Macaroni Factory. 63 Canal St.; 401-315-2533: greysailbrewing.com

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If we could give a DIY wedding-of-the-year award, Julia Wilde and Jonathan Eshak’s nuptials would certainly be in the running. “This was a celebration of our life together with our most-loved-ones; I wanted my own hands on every single inch of it,” recounts Julia. Everything about the couple’s destination wedding at Block Island’s Spring House Hotel conveyed sophisticated, careful choices that stayed true to the casual atmosphere of the island setting. “Having a big wedding and keeping it approachable and lively and equal parts elegant and casual was our biggest goal. I didn’t want anything to feel put on,” says Julia.

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Julia and Jonathan thoughtfully combined his wishes for a formal affair with her laid-back quirkiness.

CEREMONY LOCATION, RECEPTION VENUE, EVENT COORDINATION + CATERING: SPRING HOUSE HOTEL. FLORIST: BLAZING STAR FARMS. CAKE/DESSERT: MOMOFUKU MILK BAR. BRIDAL GOWN + ACCESSORIES: KATHRYN CONOVER COUTURE. HAIR: CLAYHEAD SALON. INVITATIONS + PAPER PRODUCTS: DESIGNED BY BRIDE. RECEPTION ENTERTAINMENT: BLOOD FEATHERS. REHEARSAL DINNER: THE ATLANTIC INN.

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SOUTH COUNTY | Spring House Hotel Armed with paintbrushes, watercolors and a distinct vision for such wellappointed informality, Julia wove the wedding color palette of peach and blush into every little piece of the day, from paper goods awash in cheery ink and her own looping calligraphy, to the jaw-dropping dress made by her mother, a fashion designer, which Julia then painted by hand. Of finally pulling together the wedding day look that she and her mother had been talking about for years, Julia says that “designing, making and painting the dress was such an amazing motherdaughter experience and one I wouldn’t trade for the world. And (per my mom’s prediction) when Jonathan saw me walk down the aisle, he gave a great big laugh. That was the best.”

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The floral designs throughout were ecologically grown and artfully arranged by a local farm.

Though Julia was the driving force behind the DIY projects for the wedding day, the loving attention she gave to every detail reflected a similar sentimentality that Jonathan showed the day he proposed. Since he knew that their beloved Brooklyn apartment wouldn’t be their home forever, he asked Julia to marry him while they were drinking wine on their front stoop, so that they could always come back to the place where it all began. Julia’s dress, designed by her mother, was inspired by an Oscar de la Renta gown, but edited to reflect the mother-daughter duo’s own style.

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OSTON TRULY HAS IT ALL with its rich history, breathtaking water views, spectacular skylines, chic hotels and five-star restaurants. So it is no surprise that the City on the Hill is a popular choice for many destination weddings and related activities. Brides and grooms tying the knot in Boston have so many resources right at their fingertips, from unique venues and hip wedding planners to happening nightspots, pristine parks and any number of entertaining events. Whether it is a simple wedding weekend or a weeklong wedding extravaganza, possibilities are limitless. “Boston is a romantic city with European flavor and old-world charm,” says David O’Donnell, special projects manager at the Greater Boston Convention

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and Visitors Bureau. “It has beautiful museums, iconic churches and open areas of green space. Explore history, culture, nightlife, sports, shopping, the waterfront, the Boston Harbor Islands, or delight in Boston’s emergence as a culinary destination. And as the first state to legalize same-sex marriage in 2004, Boston embraces its stature as an inclusive, progressive and dynamic destination for any wedding.” With so much to offer, Boston suits all kinds of couples. A plethora of wedding venues range from traditional to anything but. The State Room features views of Boston Harbor with plenty of urban style, while Fenway Park now offers wedding packages for die-hard Red Sox fans looking for an out-of-the-box setting. Another up-andcoming Boston venue is the Artists for Humanity EpiCenter, an environmentally friendly and innovative space. Events held at the EpiCenter are not only unique, but also provide financial support to Artists for Humanity’s mission: to bridge economic, racial and social divisions by providing under-resourced youth with the keys to self-sufficiency through paid employment in the arts. “I think for a long time Boston was old-school traditional, but there is a new movement going on now where couples are looking to personalize their day. Boston isn’t just traditional floral, traditional calligraphy on a typical escort card or a traditional nautical theme southernNEweddings.com

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Boston | Destination anymore,” says Emily Starr-Alfano, founder of mStarr Event Design. A wedding that Emily recently designed at the Artists for Humanity EpiCenter represents the change she feels is taking place within the Boston wedding scene. “We wanted to bring a whimsical, rustic feel to an otherwise industrial, blank slate so I designed what I started to call an urban-woodland wedding, complete with farm tables, hanging parasols over the dance floor and animal figurine table numbers. It was beautiful.”

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Tradition has not been completely lost, with many brides and grooms still choosing quintessential Boston touches for their big day. “A [traditional] Boston wedding would have to include elements of history, culture and the outdoors, as well as our culinary staples: lobster and clam bakes, Boston cream pie and Boston baked beans,” says David. Emily is all about distinctive touches when working with her clients and believes Boston has a lot to offer. “Boston has so many great food trucks; have one bring some late-night snacks.” No matter what your guests have a taste for, from grilled cheese and barbecue to hoagies, burgers or seafood, hiring a food truck definitely ensures they will not go hungry if the party goes late into the night. Emily also suggests bringing the bar to you. “Hive’s Airstream bar is pretty awesome,” she says, and she’s right. Hive, founded by two guys who turned an Airstream trailer into a hip, mobile bar provides craft bar services for weddings and other events in Boston and the surrounding areas. It is easy to see why this city is a wedding destination sought after by so many couples. Its historical charm, mixed with some modern-day flair, strikes the perfect balance for any wedding day.

A SIP OF SOPHISTICATION For a bachelorette party with the best that Boston has to offer in the way of good wine, good food and sophisticated fun, look no farther than City Wine Tours. With a belief that learning about wine should be just as fun as drinking it, City Wine Tours offers private events for bachelorette parties. During the evening, bachelorettes are whisked off to a number of neighborhood hot spots and welcomed with a private table and staff standing by to serve food and wine pairings. Brides can choose among four different areas in the city to wine and dine, including Harvard Square, the South End, Back Bay and the North End.

VENUES + ACCOMMODATIONS MANDARIN ORIENTAL

776 Boylston St.; 617-535-8888: mandarinoriental.com MUSEUM OF SCIENCE

1 Science Park; 617-723-2500: mos.org BOSTON HARBOR HOTEL

70 Rowes Wharf; 617-439-7000: bhh.com NEW ENGLAND AQUARIUM

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“At City Wine Tours, we lead bachelorette parties on private wine tasting tours to upscale restaurants and wine shops and our experienced wine ambassadors create a VIP experience for the group,” says Kerry Gordinas, sales manager for City Wine Tours, and a bride-to-be herself. “Throughout the celebratory experience, our charismatic ambassadors share their knowledge on tasting, pairing and buying wine. Our bachelorettes love to start the night off in a fun, intimate setting for some girl bonding time before heading out for a night of debauchery – we find it’s the perfect start to wherever their evening may lead!” For more, visit citywinetours.com.

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Kidding Around

What about the little ones? By Laura Kanzler

YOU’VE FOUND YOUR DREAM WEDDING LOCATION, the flower arrangements are ordered and the officiant confirmed. A delicious menu has been selected. The dress is hanging up, ready for its debut. The groom—handsome, of course. The guests… wait. What about the kids?!

For example, a side room set up for kids with approved and vetted local babysitters. This provides a space to entertain children with arts and crafts, movies and dining with a little fun.

Weddings involve so many decisions, not the least of which involves the cutest but perhaps most difficult guests: the children.

Speaking of dining, make sure to check in with younger guests about any food allergies or constraints. And, yes, sometimes kids can be picky. “Plain pasta and butter is the most popular,” says Tasha of a kiddie menu standby. Chicken fingers and fries, as well as pizza, are also fan favorites.

“It really depends,” says Tasha Bracken, principal event producer of SD Events. “Some couples love kids and want them to be a part of the evening and are happy to have them in the ceremony and reception.” However, she cautions to pay attention to your “ideal wedding” expectations because they may not coincide with a kid-friendly environment.

Andrew suggests trying to make the meal fun by giving kids a cool presentation. He and his team have created dinner suitcases. These small plastic cases provide a craft for kids to decorate with stickers, glitter and jewels. Inside the suitcase – there’s dinner! Plus, the cases are a great wedding favor for the smallest guests.

Whether inviting children to the reception, to join the ceremony, or to accompany parents on your destination-wedding weekend, a kid-focused strategy will help guests of all sizes enjoy themselves without sidelining your day.

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JOIN THE PARTY? For some, inviting children to join the reception is an easy yes. Just remember that tiny partygoers don’t have the same attention span and interest level as adults. “I’ve had clients create an entire separate party for children,” says Andrew Marconi, vice president and part-owner of The Catered Affair. “It was great. In the main clubhouse [near the adults-only reception] a whole party was arranged with clowns, jugglers, musicians, food stations and a sundae bar.”

Whether your guest list is “Adults Only” or you decide to include children, be clear and consistent about your preferences up front. This will help eliminate unnecessary angst due to confused guests. Many couples use wedding websites to share a clear message about whether kids can come and, if so, to which wedding events they’re welcome. It’s also a good idea to provide a list of kid-friendly activities, especially if it’s going to be a destination wedding. Also, be sure to offer a preferred babysitter list (if you are not going to offer babysitting or a separate children’s area as part of the guest package). No matter what you decide, remember to express your thanks to all of your guests invited, even if some of them may not be able to sit at the adults’ table just yet.

Perhaps organizing and hosting a whole other party for your little guests just isn’t feasible. Not to worry. Many event organizers like SD Events and The Catered Affair help couples find a happy medium. southernNEweddings.com

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After meeting and falling in love in The Golden State, Amanda and Adam decided to wed in The Bay State, a place they fondly remember for its New England charm and family ties. For their nuptials, the couple designed an ocean-front fête in Gloucester, Mass. with all the nautical semblances of a sweet summer soiree.

“I do’s” were exchanged in the shade of a large mulberry tree.

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CEREMONY LOCATION + RECEPTION VENUE: PRIVATE HOME, GLOUCESTER. WEDDING PLANNING, PAPER PRODUCTS + FAVORS: MSTARR EVENT DESIGN. CATERING + REHEARSAL DINNER: WOODMAN’S OF ESSEX. TENT + LINEN RENTALS: SPECIAL EVENTS OF NEW ENGLAND. OTHER RENTALS: NEW ENGLAND COUNTRY RENTALS. FLORIST: PETAL FLORAL DESIGN. BRIDAL GOWN: WATTERS OF LOVELY BRIDAL. BRIDAL ACCESSORIES: SHOES BY BHLDN. GROOM/ GROOMSMEN ATTIRE: J.CREW. HAIR: KRIS PAVAO OF JUST HAIR. MAKEUP: AMANDA MCCARTHY BEAUTY. COCKTAIL HOUR + DINNER MUSIC: JERKS OF GRASS. OTHER: SAND SCRIPTS.

Shades of green and blue played up the natural, nautical environment of this Gloucester wedding.

“Lanesville [Gloucester], where Adam’s parents live, is overflowing with natural beauty, especially in summer,” says Amanda. “From the ocean to the granite to the driftwood to the flowers and trees, we felt we had the most beautiful wedding site already, and didn’t want to take away from it by adding too many unnatural elements.”

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The ceremony itself took place on a granite rock in the shade of a large mulberry tree on a neighboring property. Adam’s mother performed the marriage ceremony and a poem by Emily Dickinson was read by family. The reception de´cor included variations of reclaimed wood, which served as the base of the floral arrangements, along with shades of blue and green to mimic the water and flora that inspired the location. “It was beautiful,” says Amanda. “The setting, the ceremony, the reception and every other bit of it took our breath away.

Adam’s family home was the perfect venue for an oceanside celebration.

“It was an incredible feeling to have all the people we love most in the world come together in one place to celebrate our commitment to each other,” says Amanda. “It still makes me emotional to think about it. We were overwhelmed by love that day.”

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Caroline Shannon and Pedro Henrique de Cristo met while students at Harvard. Caroline was studying architecture at the Graduate School of Design and Pedro was enrolled in the Kennedy School of Government. “We met when Pedro came to give the first class [of his thesis studio] and then spent a week together doing field research in Rio de Janeiro,” says Caroline, who grew up in New Hampshire, while her husband grew up in northeastern Brazil.

After a year apart, Shannon and Pedro eventually reunited in Rio. The inspiring couple, who live in Vidigal and run their own business, +D // Design with Purpose, got engaged the night before Caroline’s graduation from Harvard, surrounded by her family and friends in the U.S. The couple settled on the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Mass., for their wedding ceremony and reception site because it combined art and nature. “It’s hard to get the sense that a public place can have a feeling of being personal, but for us the deCordova truly felt that way,” says Caroline.

Sculptural art, like this cor-ten steel and bolt design, “Lincoln,” by Dewitt Godfrey, provided ample options for unique photos.

Helping the bride and groom with the details was Lisanne Wheeler and the Blossom Partners team. “They were amazing clients and hugely passionate about each other’s life and their mission and work in Brazil,” says Lisanne. “The wedding planning was unique in that they were so far away. Caroline and I spent so many hours on Skype and email.” The couple wanted a minimalist feeling but one that still had color and movement. “Pedro and I designed all of the stationery and paper products and Lisanne and Blossom worked with us on bringing the vibrant colors into other details: the dipped glasses, the paint chip escort cards, the pillows and colored rope on the trees outside and the flowers,” says the bride. The couple brought Brazil to Massachusetts with a projection of a time lapse of the view near their apartment The deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum provided a beautiful blend of contemporary art, along with a natural landscape, for the de Cristos’ wedding ceremony and reception.

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in Rio. “It gave us a great feeling of being ‘home’ when we came into the reception,” Caroline says.

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CEREMONY LOCATION + RECEPTION VENUE: DECORDOVA SCULPTURE PARK AND MUSEUM. OFFICIANT: REV. TONY BUQUOR. WEDDING PLANNING + CUSTOM DECOR: BLOSSOM PARTNERS + THE FIFTH BRIDESMAID. CATERING: SALTBOX FARM. LINEN RENTAL: PETERSON PARTY CENTER. FLORIST: KARLA CASSIDY DESIGNS. CAKE/ DESSERT: SWEET TOOTH BAKERY. BRIDAL GOWN: AUGUSTA JONES OF ALLEGRIA BRIDAL. BRIDAL ACCESSORIES: SHOES BY PRADA, BRACELET BY DAVID YURMAN, EARRINGS BY BLUE NILE. BRIDESMAID DRESSES: AMSALE OF ALLEGRIA BRIDAL. GROOM’S ATTIRE: BROOKS BROTHERS, COLE HAAN. GROOMSMEN ATTIRE: THE BLACK TUX. HAIR: JANELLE PARKER. MAKEUP: MONICA SALIPANTE. WEDDING BANDS: LEO CARROLL JEWELERS, LISHT JEWELERS. INVITATIONS + PAPER PRODUCTS: BRIDE + GROOM. CEREMONY MUSIC: OCCASIONAL BRASS + STRINGS. RECEPTION ENTERTAINMENT: C-ZONE DJ + LIGHTING. TRANSPORTATION: CORPORATE LIMOUSINE SERVICE INC. REHEARSAL DINNER: PRIVATE HOME, IPSWICH CLAMBAKE SEAFOOD + CATERING COMPANY. OTHER: LEXINGTON GRAPHICS, WEST CONCORD LIQUORS.

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Caroline and Pedro, owners of +D // Design with Purpose, created their own wedding stationery and complementary paper products. Event designer Lisanne Wheeler carried the theme and colors of their designs into the remaining details of the day.

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DREAMING OF A WHITE WEDDING… 1. LET IT SNOW It’s hard to imagine a more

perfect setting for this sweet duo. Photographer Stacey Hedman never fails to capture pure magic.

2. A WALK IN THE WOODS Take time out of your busy preparations for a soothing soak that smells like a wintery forest. It’s a perfectly giftable size, too! Dr. Hauschka Spruce Warming Bath Essence, $10; drhauschka.com

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5. SHRUG OFF THE COLD A snowy soft

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6. SNUGGLE UP A white cotton throw with festive pom poms would make a great photoshoot prop that you can bring home. $55; hattanhome.com

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THE LOCAVORE’S GUIDE TO MARRYING 1. HIKE FOR TWO Just because it’s not something you keep in your kitchen cabinet doesn’t mean you can’t register for it. Consider asking for the gift of a household membership to a great organization like the Norman Bird Sanctuary. Love birds that you are, you’ll enjoy a year of hiking and champion a good cause, too. $65; normanbirdsanctuary.org 2. REGIONAL REGISTRY A local mindset can extend well beyond the details of your wedding day. With a host of online registry companies allowing you to add products from many stores, it’s easy to include your friendly neighborhood artisans, like Farmhouse Pottery of Vermont, as you build your home. Shop the collection at farmhousepottery.com 3. STAMPED, SEALED, DELIVERED Boston-based

graphic designer Chelsey Emery makes customizeable return address stamps in a variety of cheery fonts that will give your invitations a special, made in MA, touch. $25; chelseyemery.com

4. FARM TO FORK Forks & Fingers Catering by Design brings the flavors of the season to each of the meals they create. By using fresh, local ingredients in their menus, they support farmers, open space and local economies. Not to mention, farm fresh just tastes good! forksandfingersct.com

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Cape Cod + the Islands | Destination

Quaint Towns and Sandy Shorelines Brides and grooms share memories on

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ITH 559 MILES OF BREATHTAKING COASTLINE and 15 picturesque towns, each with its own unique style, it is not surprising that Cape Cod is a popular choice for many destination weddings. The Cape’s charm and romance, combined with an abundance of amazing venues, makes it an idyllic spot to gather family and friends. No matter what time of year, Cape Cod has many options for couples tying the knot. From seasides with historic lighthouses in the background to private estates on rolling green lawns, or nautical-themed weddings with seashells and sandy toes, Cape Cod’s variety of vow-exchanging venues is expansive. “Cape Cod has a world-class setting,” says Wendy Northcross, CEO of the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce. “It’s quaint and romantic, which is a big lure. We see a lot of nostalgia, too, when it comes

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to weddings. There is usually an emotional connection for the bride or groom. Maybe they spent summers here as a child or lived here at some point in their lives and they want to share those memories with family and friends.” Wendy also notes that in recent years, Cape Cod has become a popular wedding destination for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) community. “We have a great reputation for LGBT weddings since we have many churches that offer services to nonmembers.” There is no denying that Cape Cod has a setting for any taste. For wine lovers looking to have an intimate celebration, wineries offer beautiful sites where guests are nestled right into the vines during spring, summer or fall. From small weddings to gala-like affairs, Heritage Museums & Gardens, located in historic Sandwich, offers vast, blooming grounds and a vintage carousel. FACING PAGE: JOSHUA PAUL KING PHOTOGRAPHY; STUDIO 280 PHOTOGRAPHY. THIS PAGE: RUTH EILEEN PHOTOGRAPHY.

“We are fortunate. Cape Cod has that relaxed feeling,” says Wendy. “You’re in a destination vacation place to begin with, and there are so many unique places to see. We are really 15 distinct towns, each with its own opportunities and flavors.” For couples seeking the quintessential Cape Cod wedding on the shore, the choices are truly endless. Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club in Brewster is situated on 429 pristine acres with seven different venues such as The Mansion Ballroom, Bay Pines Pavilion and The Ocean Terrace. For the classic beach feel, The Ocean Terrace is ideal, with its posh, South Beach-inspired outdoor bar and dining areas that boast panoramic views of Cape Cod Bay. Wequassett Resort and Golf Club is another venue often selected by nautically minded brides and grooms. Nestled on the elbow of Cape Cod in Harwich, Wequassett provides picture-book views of Pleasant Bay and two different beaches for exchanging vows with toes buried in the sand. “Cape Cod-inspired weddings are huge. We do a lot of weddings at places like Ocean Edge, Wequassett, Chatham Bars Inn and Wychmere Harbor,” says Jamie Bohlin, owner and founder of Cape Cod Celebrations, an event planning company serving Cape Cod, Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, the South Shore and the South Coast. “Tying in a nautical theme is always a nice touch. Rope and southernNEweddings.com

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Cape Cod + the Islands | Destination anchors are newer, but nautical accents and native flowers, like hydrangeas, are why couples come here.” For couples looking for more flair and decorating whimsy, Jamie suggests a tented event. “Tents are very big on the Cape. We recently did one, that was awesome. The tents were set up at a private home in Chatham. It was a classic nautical theme with striped cocktail tables, monogrammed tennis swag and a clam basket for cards and gifts. The flowers were peonies and native hydrangeas, and we even had corn-hole boards made for everyone to play on.”

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As for why more and more couples are choosing Cape Cod for their special day, Jamie agrees that nostalgia is a big draw. “Cape Cod is definitely a unique location. Ninety nine percent of the brides I work with don’t live here, but they have a story. There’s a connection between them and the Cape and they want to show their family and friends what they experienced here.”

THE SPA AT CHATHAM BARS INN For brides in need of a soothing and restorative escape from the stress of their big day, The Spa at Chatham Bars Inn offers the finest in luxury treatments and amenities. Whether it is for a bachelorette party with friends or a day of solitary pampering, The Spa has an endless list of relaxing services. From oversized treatment rooms with private showers and specially named massage therapies, to manicures, pedicures and body care, the perks ensure that a bride can relax effortlessly by the edge of the sea.

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“Brides have so many options and can choose from body treatments, manicures and pedicures, and facials. They can also enjoy our relaxation room with four steam showers and sauna,” says Majka Kendall, spa manager at Chatham Bars Inn. “For an all-day event, brides and their party can have breakfast, a massage by the pool and then lunch with facial and nail treatments. Some choose to simply sit poolside and have lunch at a cabana to spend time together outside.”

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The Spa at Chatham Bars Inn sets itself apart with unique body treatments that have a Cape Cod beach feel. They also offer signature body treatments such as “Summer at the Shore” and “Barefoot on the Beach.”

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Cape Cod + the Islands | Highlights

Cape Cod by Palate THIS PAGE, FROM TOP: HEIDI VAIL PHOTOGRAPHY; BRYCE VICKMARK PHOTOGRAPHY. FACING PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: BRIAN SAGER PHOTOGRAPHY; COURTESY OF COTUIT OYSTER COMPANY; BRYCE VICKMARK PHOTOGRAPHY.

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ROM OCEANS AND LAKES TO LUSH WOODS and rolling dunes, Cape Cod and the Islands have no shortage of beautiful scenery, and their natural resources are rich with fresh fare. With a bounty of shellfish pulled from the region’s waters and produce grown on fertile local land, the Cape is a veritable paradise for fresh food lovers. These four spots allow you to sample the best of what Cape Cod and the Islands offer. Truro Vineyards of Cape Cod You don’t have to leave Cape Cod for a selection of delicious local wines. Truro Vineyards of Cape Cod, owned and operated by the Roberts family, harvests Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Franc grapes, and sells their wine at the on-site gift shop. The vineyard also recently launched South Hollow Spirits, the first legal distillery

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The region provides plenty of local opportunities to...

Eat, drink and be merry

on Cape Cod since Prohibition, and is producing Twenty Boat Hand-Crafted Cape Cod Spiced Rum. Tastings for the wine and distillery are held daily; stop by the “cocktail shack,” The Hollow, for a drink afterwards. Brides and grooms can plan their weddings and rehearsal dinners on the five-acre property, where the neat rows of vines make for a beautiful backdrop. 11 Shore Rd., North Truro; 508-487-6200: trurovineyardsofcapecod.com

Facing page, from top: A sweet embrace outside Highfield Hall in Falmouth. Rustic chic tablescape set within the vines of Truro Vineyards. This page, clockwise from above: Ceremony set-up at Truro Vineyards. Cisco Brewers, an “adult playground.” Fresh from the source at Cotuit Oyster Company.

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Cisco Brewers It is hard enough to say no to a craft beer, and harder still when the draught in question came from Cisco Brewers. The Nantucket-based brewery has given beer drinkers classic brews like Whale’s Tale Pale Ale, Sankaty Light Lager and Grey Lady Ale. The team at Cisco Brewers operates tours throughout the day and you can sip a beer (or two) at the “beer garden” after the 60- to 90-minute tour. The brewery shares its property with Triple 8 Distillery and Nantucket Vineyard, and guests can enjoy drinks, food and an “adult playground” atmosphere. 5 Bartlett Farm Rd., Nantucket; 508-325-5929: ciscobrewers.com

Cotuit Oyster Company Nothing says Cape Cod like the sweet brine of Cotuit Oysters, which gets its flavor from the unique waters of Nantucket Sound entering Cotuit Bay through the Wianno Cut and Cotuit Channel. The Cotuit Oyster Company, which uses the same sea grants that have been harvested for decades, produces some of the freshest and most notable oysters in the region. Chris Gargiulo, the current owner, built a modern processing facility, pier and dock, from which the company now runs. Customers can call ahead to pick up oysters from the facility or have them mailed directly to them. 26 Little River Rd., Cotuit; 508-428-6747: cotuitoystercompany.com Mermaid Farm and Dairy Stop by the farm stand at this farm and dairy, owned by Allen Healy and Caitlin Jones and family, for a variety of fresh herbs and vegetables. The 35-acre farm, operating since 1997, harvests everything from garlic and rhubarb to shallots, summer squash and sunflowers. The farm also keeps cows and chickens and has raw milk, eggs and lamb meat for sale. 9 Middle Rd., Chilmark: 508-645-3492

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Kate and Cyrus Ahalt’s love story spans several continents, both U.S.

Their respective travels led them back to each other. Soon they were sharing a

coasts and a dozen years. Although they met in passing while students

life together in San Francisco and planning a Cape Cod beach wedding, which

at Dartmouth College, the couple fell in love while sharing a tiny house

took place last October.

just outside of Dublin, Ireland during a semester abroad. They dated for several years, then parted ways to pursue some world- and self-

The couple was vacationing in West Falmouth, where Kate grew up, when Cyrus

exploration that included passages through Costa Rica and Africa.

proposed. After feigning jet lag and cutting short dinner with friends on the first evening of their visit, Cyrus asked Kate to marry him on Chapoquoit Beach. A year later, they exchanged vows in exactly the setting they had envisioned, at a private oceanfront home in Woods Hole. “We wanted a big feast under the stars on the Cape in the fall with our loved ones,” says Kate. “Something about the Cape in early fall is magical. We wanted a tender ceremony looking out at the ocean, down-home dancing to a great band and a fire pit on the beach at the end of the night.

A private home in Woods Hole provided the water views and intimate setting Kate and Cyrus envisioned for their special day.

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A family-style dinner kicked off a relaxed evening of “down-home” dancing and chatting by the fire.

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The “I do’s” were exchanged during a romantic backyard ceremony with the couple’s closest family and friends.

“We knew the house and grounds would provide their own beautiful background and didn’t need much by way of trimmings. Our colors were those naturally occurring on the Cape in October—green, blue, gray, white and whatever wildflowers were blooming, with touches of muted silver and gold.” Friend Rosemary Fassett gathered and arranged flowers, mostly from neighbors’ gardens. Another friend, Kat Brennan, baked the cake, and the favors were jars of Maine blueberry jam made by Kate’s mother.

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“Our overarching memory of the day was how loved we felt,” says Kate. A happy postscript: For the third year in a row, fall will bring something very special—this time, a baby boy. As Kate says, “Life seems to have fallen into place pretty amazingly.”

CEREMONY LOCATION + RECEPTION VENUE: PRIVATE HOME, WOODS HOLE. OFFICIANT: RON BENHAM. CATERING + DESSERT: FIRE ROASTED CATERING. RENTALS: NEW ENGLAND COUNTRY RENTALS, JAMALI GARDEN. FLORIST: ROSEMARY FASSETT. CAKE: KAT BRENNAN. BRIDAL GOWN: ANGEL SANCHEZ OF JIN WANG BRIDAL SALON. BRIDAL ACCESSORIES: VINTAGE VEIL + BRACELETS, SHOES BY SEE BY CHLOE, EARRINGS BY ELLE-MERNE. HAIR: KRIS PAVAO OF JUST HAIR. MAKEUP: KELLY O’KEEFE OF BLUSH WEDDING DAY/ TRYST STUDIO. ENGAGEMENT RING: CUSTOM BY I. FRIEDMAN & SON. WEDDING BANDS: VINTAGE, UNION STREET GOLDSMITH. INVITATIONS + PAPER PRODUCTS: MINKCARDS.COM. FAVORS: HOMEMADE. CEREMONY MUSIC + RECEPTION ENTERTAINMENT: THE GATSBYS. REHEARSAL DINNER: SHUCKERS WORLD FAMOUS RAW BAR.

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On a grey-hued, warm October day, surrounded by friends and family – most of whom traveled far to reach the shores of Cape Cod – Mandy and Kevin declared their love for each other. The couple met at a friend’s party; soon Kevin joined Mandy over summers and holidays at the family home in Eastham. As their love grew, so did their memories together on the Cape. Naturally, they wanted to share this: a destination wedding, New England style. “I knew one day I’d get married on the Cape,” says Mandy. “It was a special place for my father.” Mandy’s father left a legacy of love for this area. When Kevin proposed on their way from their Nashville home to the Cape, it was an easy start of the planning process. “We decided on the nautical Cape

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Cod theme early on,” says Kevin, describing the rich colors of the décor and strategically placed nautical knots, chevrons and anchors. The couple wed at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Chatham. A party – not just a reception – followed at Wychmere Beach Club’s Ocean Room, with views of Wychmere Harbor on one side and the Atlantic waves on the other. The cocktail hour held a range of tasty appetizers like carne asada pepperonata and crab-corn fritters.

This sand-meets-sea celebration included fun nautical details and a vibrant pink and blue color palette.

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“We were thoughtful about the day and that it should reflect us, not ‘what you should do on your wedding day’,” says Mandy. Guests enjoyed entrees of petit choice filet mignon and butter-poached local lobster with scallion potato cake and lemon roasted asparagus, followed by what Kevin describes as “a party to celebrate us and life and enjoying what was happening – we wanted it classy, but not stuffy.” Of course their friends and family obliged, keeping the dance floor hopping until the day finally slipped into late evening. Mandy and Kevin excused themselves at one point for a secret moment together: salty air, a full-moon kiss and a bride and groom happily celebrating their destination

CEREMONY LOCATION: ST. CHRISTOPHER’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH. OFFICIANT: REV. BRIAN W. MCGURK. RECEPTION VENUE, WEDDING PLANNING, CATERING + CAKE/DESSERT: WYCHMERE BEACH CLUB. LINEN RENTAL: BE OUR GUEST. FLORIST: ABIGAIL SWANSON OF DESIGNER’S TOUCH. BRIDAL GOWN: AMSALE OF THE BRIDE ROOM. BRIDAL ACCESSORIES: SHOES BY KATE SPADE NEW YORK, EARRINGS BY DEBRA MORELAND, BRACELET FROM WEDDINGS 826. BRIDESMAID DRESSES: LULA KATE OF BELLA BRIDESMAID, MOD DOT TEXTILES, OLIVIA KATE COUTURE. GROOM/GROOMSMEN ATTIRE: JEAN YVES OF WATSON’S MENS, CHARLES TYRWHITT. HAIR: CHARLOTTE PHINNEY COMPANY. MAKEUP: KARI UNDERHILL. WEDDING BANDS: GENESIS DIAMONDS. CEREMONY MUSIC: HOBBY WEISS, ELIZABETH ASHLEY, JULIANNA WINCHELL. RECEPTION ENTERTAINMENT: CAPE TUNES. REHEARSAL DINNER: THE LOBSTER CLAW.

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Inspired by the historic setting of Slater Mill, LoLo Event Design teamed up with The Little Flower Cottage to create a homespun tablescape with naive elegance. A bouquet and centerpiece of echinacea, sea holly, larkspur, Queen Anne’s lace and garden rose feel freshly plucked from the fields, and are tied off ith antique Irish lace. The gatherer herself sits in a long sleeve cotton lace gown with scoop back, trumpet skirt and full train by Tony Hamawy from Andria Bird Bride. Emerald studs with diamond halo from Place Jewellers.

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A Stitch in Time Charming Country Style in a Storied New England Mill

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Ruthie is barefoot and beautiful in a vintage Edwardian cotton tea gown from Maison DNA. Diamond drop earrings from Place Jewellers.

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Above: Delicate forest ferns, meadow blooms and English antiques lend a country cottage feeling to this tablescape in the Mill’s upstairs hall. Right: Letterpress paper goods from Spoon+Sailor complete the storybook feel with a quaint woodland brocade and dusty blue ink.

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A sweetheart bodice of the most delicate lace, and a petal-soft silk skirt are at home amid the mill’s many looms. Sarah Seven gown from Ceremony Boston. Steve Madden shoes from Sole Desire. Vintage art deco earrings and engagement ring from Place Jewellers.

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Above and right: In a Delphine Manivet dress and veil from Ceremony Boston, Ruthie is an ethereal Siren of the garden. 14 kt. yellow gold engagement ring with a rare cognac diamond center from Place Jewellers.

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A peaches-andcream vintage tea gown is girlishly romantic, the beauty of its wearer center stage. Dress from Maison DNA. Vintage sapphire and diamond studs, engagement and wedding rings from Place Jewellers.

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This page, clockwise from top left: A dainty fern of pearl, crystal and gold – handmade by Andria Bird Bride – gleams against a tousled updo, with earrings from Place Jewellers. An informal bouquet of majestic larkspur stems. Sweet Cakes Bakery created this cake with lace-inspired details, decorated with fruit and flowers by The Little Flower Cottage. Vintage Art Deco 14kt white gold aquamarine and diamond engagement ring in a dramatic fan shape from Place Jewellers. Woodland table numbers made by LoLo Event Design. This 1930s Art Deco platinum engagement ring has a 3.21 ct emerald-cut diamond and a surround of emerald and diamond baquettes. Available at Place Jewellers. Facing page: Beautiful bundle of Queen Anne’s lace.

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This page and facing page: Ruthie glows in a buttoned-up-the-back, beaded chantilly lace overdress atop a silk charmeuse slip gown by Cicada, and tied off ith a creamy sash, all from Andria Bird Bride. Sapphire and diamond stacking rings and almond diamond drop earrings from Place Jewellers. Shoes from Sole Desire.

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ONNECTICUT MIGHT BE THE THIRDSMALLEST STATE in the United States, but its dominating river and forests, fields and shoreline make up a rich backdrop for weddings and engagements. “From lavish estates and white sand beaches to quaint colonial inns and rustic barns, Connecticut offers a diverse range of places and spaces to plan the perfect wedding,” says Randy Fiveash, tourism division director at the Connecticut Office of Tourism. “Whether the future bride and groom-to-be are looking for nature to serve as a backdrop, an elegant estate or a venue infused with history or art, there are many unique options across the state.”  There is no shortage of things to do before or after a wedding in Connecticut, and it is a perfect place for wedding guests to spend a long weekend. With such a wide range of activities and places to visit, you can craft an itinerary for guests with extra time built in based on what they enjoy doing. From Greenwich’s elegant Greenwich Avenue (called the Rodeo Drive of the East Coast for its high-end shops) and Farmington’s luxury Westfarms shopping center, to live theater at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam and the Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford (containing 16,000 pieces of the writer’s memorabilia), there is a wide array of things to do and see. Hunt for hidden treasures along the Mystic Country Antiques

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Trail and stop at the Book Barn in Niantic to browse through the nearly 400,000 tomes. Send wedding guests for a trip on the Essex Steam Train and Riverboat, or play host during the summer at a lively match at the Greenwich Polo Club. In love with the sea? Include a stop at the Mystic Aquarium and the Connecticut River Museum before leaving the state. Connecticut offers a range of wedding venues, from the intimate and luxurious Mayflower Grace (don’t miss the 20,000-square-foot spa) to the private 25-acre Wood Acres Farm in Terryville to the Relais & Chateaux-approved Winvian in the Litchfield Hills and Westport’s Inn at Longshore, which was a getaway for the pedigreed citizens of Boston and New York in the early 20th century. 

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PICTURE-PERFECT SNAPSHOTS Jane and Michael Shauck of IRIS Photography in West Hartford are no strangers to the state’s scenic spots. “For engagement sessions, Meigs Point at Hammonasset State Park in Madison offers a variety of backdrops,” they say, “rocky shores full of shells and driftwood, vibrant green salt marshes and a beach with a jetty.” 10 LaSalle Rd., West Hartford 860-810-5480: photoiris.com Michelle Girard of Michelle Girard Photography looks to connect the bride and groom-to-be with their engagement photo spot. “The best engagement sessions really focus on a couple, their connection to each other and their story,” says Michelle. “For one couple who met at UConn Avery Point, we returned there together for their session, walking along the shoreline. I loved all of the options for photographing: an ocean backdrop, shaded areas in the grass and the stone walls of Branford House.” 646-895-0539: michellegirard.com

Amy Champagne of Amy Champagne Events sings the praises of the Constitution State. “Connecticut is an amazing place for a wedding, with its sprawling coastline, unique historic properties, perfect little ‘New Englandesque’ vineyards and other unique venues,” says Amy. “Connecticut is an easy drive from almost all of New England and the tri-state area making it a convenient place for guests from all over to travel to celebrate the couple’s nuptials.” Amy enjoys throwing weddings at historic venues, including the Eolia Mansion in Waterford, Waveny House in New Canaan and the Branford House in Groton, because they are “jam-packed with history and incredible architecture that could never be replicated.” Amy admires these spots because they have a built-in sense of beauty that sets the tone for the nuptials. Venues like these are innately beautiful and will add character to the wedding just by opening the door. She also loves the charm of vineyards such as Chamard Vineyards in Clinton and Hopkins Vineyard in Warren. “Weddings that take place at private residences are by far our favorite,” says Amy. “There is certainly a nostalgia for getting married on a property on which one of the clients grew up, or spent their summers at. Additionally, after the wedding that property will be home to some of the greatest memories of the wedding and the best day of the couple’s life.” Regardless of whether you are looking for water, woods or whimsy for your wedding weekend, Connecticut offers plenty of aspects to make your big day unforgettable for you and your family and friends.

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Cortnie Purdy, owner of The Venue Report, loves Savile Dam because it is romantic and off-the-beaten path. “It is unassuming in its location and utterly charming and romantic in its masonry work and view of the Farmington River right outside of Barkhamsted,” says Cortnie. “Wind your way here on a beautiful country drive while taking in the lush scenery.” venuereport.com southernNEweddings.com

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Maegan is shy and introverted; Travis, the life of any party. Individually unique, the couple found love in their quirky differences and built a bond around their similarities. While planning their summer nuptials, Maegan and Travis were adamant about bypassing a set color or theme for their day. Instead, they focused on things that reflected their personalities: bright colors and mixed patterns, rustic and modern elements, and a classy yet comfortable setting. “I think unique touches make a wedding personal,” says Maegan. “Everything about the wedding felt personal because it felt like ‘us’ and was a glimpse into our life.”

The wedding was a juxtaposition of old and new and pastoral and sleek elements.

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From the inside out, Saltwater Farm Vineyard provided the aesthetic Maegan and Travis desired; a juxtaposition of old and new, pastoral and sleek. “We are people who love the outdoors and love the water,” says Maegan. “The railroad is engrained in Travis’ family history. Saltwater Farm Vineyard has views of both — and we wouldn’t know until our wedding day just how perfectly the scenery would play into our ceremony.”

Bright colors and various patterns inspired the design of the wedding day. CEREMONY LOCATION + RECEPTION VENUE: SALTWATER FARM VINEYARD. OFFICIANT: REV. REBEKAH INGRAM. WEDDING PLANNING: LOLAGRACEEVENTS. CATERING: GOURMET GALLEY CATERING. RENTALS: RENTALS UNLIMITED. DESIGN: RYAN DESIGNS. FLORIST: ROBIN HOLLOW FARM. CAKE: PATTICAKES. BRIDAL GOWN: SARAH SEVEN OF EVERTHINE BRIDAL BOUTIQUE. HAIR + MAKEUP: BRE WELCH. INVITATIONS + PAPER PRODUCTS: PRINTERETTE PRESS. CALLIGRAPHY: CALLIGRAPHY BY LIZ. CEREMONY MUSIC: RHETT PRICE. RECEPTION ENTERTAINMENT: TONI CASSISSI, VINNY VALENTINO. AUDIO: LIVE SOUND BOSTON. TRANSPORTATION: JOLLEY RED TROLLEY. REHEARSAL LUNCH: THE MYSTIC BOATHOUSE. OTHER: WHALER’S INN, HAMPTON INN + SUITES.

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A pivotal part of their day, the wedding ceremony included a special water ceremony in which guests brought water from a place of their choice to bless the rings of the couple. It also served as a personal moment for Maegan and Travis to welcome each guest. The flowers, too, had a large impact on the day. “My bouquet had pictures of Travis’ father, Richard, who passed away,” says Maegan. “It was my way of acknowledging him and thanking him for raising the man of my dreams.” A black and white striped ribbon from Travis’ sister completed the arrangement and became an inspiration for much of the de´cor. Food favorites included a pickle bar and signature popcorn for take-home favors.

Maegan and Travis incorporated many of their family and friends into the special moments of their wedding ceremony and reception that followed.

“The wedding was amazing from start to finish,” says Maegan. “My cheeks hurt from smiling so much. It was light and fun and there was great food and dancing…It went by so fast, yet the memories are vivid and I relive them often in my mind. It is a day that Travis and I will remember for the rest of our lives.”

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O SAY VERMONT IS UNIQUE would be an understatement. The Green Mountain State combines almost every form of natural beauty into one space, meaning there’s something for everyone in this bucolic wonderland. Whether they’re local or from 3,000 miles away, brides and grooms flock to Vermont hoping to find the perfect retreat for celebrating their big day. Everyone knows skiers envy Vermont’s terrain during winter. But the fresh snow isn’t the only natural wonder that draws people here. In warmer months, nature enthusiasts looking to hike rugged trails, or to just enjoy the rolling meadows, escape to this beautiful landscape. At Lake Champlain, guests can dive into the country’s sixth largest freshwater lake, or take a ferry ride or cruise boat excursion. With over 50 state parks, adventure seekers have great opportunities to engage with nature, or simply take a break from the daily grind of city life. And since it’s just a short flight or drive from metropolitan areas like New York, Boston and Montreal, visitors from every direction have easy access to their Vermont celebration. Jackie Watson of Vermont Enchanted Events, who spends her days planning weddings in the picturesque state, says the area provides the perfect canvas for creating a unique event.

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SUGARBUSH RESORT Whether it’s cocktail hour on the patio overlooking lush lawns, or a cozy gathering in the Gate House Lodge, the wedding options at Sugarbush Resort are the epitome of what this state is all about. “We have so many different venues that clients can work with, we’re kind of like a one-stop shop,” says Calli Willette, weddings and group services supervisor for the resort. “You can come in and have your guests lodge with us, and not leave the resort the entire weekend. It’s escaping the world outside and making it a minivacation.” Calli says Sugarbush has about 35 weddings set from May to October in 2014, which may surprise those who automatically associate the location with the winter season. But due to venue space and the quantity of skiers and snowboarders in the winter, the majority of Sugarbush’s weddings take place in the off-season. But that certainly doesn’t mean your special day will be any less special. The most popular choice for a unique ceremony? A private chair lift ride, followed by a ceremony held in the meadow, mid-mountain.

“Vermont is surrounded by amazing mountains, lakes and rivers, and it’s adorned with magical venues that come to life,” says Jackie, who provides full-service wedding planning, from organizing vendors to seeing that your wedding day is exactly as you dream. She cites options ranging from pastoral farms to luxurious resorts as settings for a wedding in Vermont. “Vermont’s exceptional venues invite an unforgettable day with family and friends,” says Samantha Buczek of the Vermont Convention Bureau, which sees hundreds of weddings take place throughout the year. While the mesmerizing scenery provides a definite “wow factor,” says Samantha, accommodations ranging from bed and breakfasts to full-service resorts also impress guests. Whether a couple gets married while riding a chair lift to the top of a mountain, or in a sun-drenched, grassy meadow, they will have lasting memories of their special day in Vermont.

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“One really awesome thing is that the venue comes with your own personal coordinator,” says Calli, who adds that it alleviates a lot of stress for brides and grooms planning a wedding from a distance. “It’s definitely a comfort to have a coordinator be a phone call or email away. We do everything for them.”

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Whitney Bierschenk and Jason Durivage grew up in New Hampshire and met in the third grade. They remained friends throughout their school years but didn’t begin dating until the end of college, when they realized their friendship had blossomed into something deeper. On December 23, 2012, the couple took a snowy hike on Peek-

The aisle and ceremony arch were adorned in lush blooms of cream, blush and varying shades of green.

A-View trail in Stowe, Vermont, where they lived. When they got to the top, Jason asked Whitney to pose for a photograph

The one thing they knew they wanted as part of their wedding was a personalized

with their dog, Hobbs, with their backs turned away from him

ceremony and reception. They asked Whitney’s aunt, Debbie, if she would become

overlooking the mountain. When she turned around he was

a Justice of the Peace and perform the ceremony. “The personalized, lighthearted

down on one knee holding a ring.

ceremony was the best part,” says Jason. “Debbie nailed it in every way possible. She was funny and incorporated many of our special attributes and memories as a couple.”

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The couple’s pup, Hobbs, played an important role in the wedding: adorable ring bearer.

OFFICIANT: DEBORAH WING. RECEPTION VENUE + REHEARSAL DINNER: BOYDEN VALLEY FARM. DAY-OF WEDDING PLANNING: MEGAN SCHULTZ. LINEN RENTAL + CAKE/DESSERT: SPICE OF LIFE CATERING. FLORIST: WILDFLOWER DESIGN. BRIDAL GOWN: MAGGIE SOTTERO OF NEEDLEMAN’S. BRIDAL ACCESSORIES: SHOES BY BANANA REPUBLIC, CUSTOM VEIL BY VEILS + BEYOND, SASH BY FLORALWORLD. GROOM/GROOMSMEN ATTIRE: MEN’S WEARHOUSE, CALVIN KLEIN. HAIR + MAKEUP: HAIR CREATIONS. ENGAGEMENT RING + WEDDING BANDS: PERRYWINKLES, TACORI, DESIGNERS’ CIRCLE JEWELERS. INVITATIONS + PAPER PRODUCTS: TRULY NOTED. CEREMONY MUSIC: CHRISTIAN PERRON. RECEPTION ENTERTAINMENT: AVERT GULDEMOND. VIDEOGRAPHY: MAYER VIDEO. TRANSPORTATION: VT CHAUFFEUR.

The ceremony and reception were held at Boyden Valley Farm in Cambridge, Vermont. The pair fell in love with the beautiful farm the first time they saw it and planned the wedding around it. The theme of the wedding was rustic chic with a color palette of blush pink, cream and gray. “We went with a tapas theme for dinner with a variety of stations which included a salad and pasta station, mashed potato bar and an Asian station with vegetable lo mein in mini take-out containers with chop sticks,” says Whitney. “It was fun and full of variety, which is just the way Jason and I like to eat.” Every aspect of their wedding had personal meaning. The groom wore Birkenstocks, Hobbs the dog was the ring bearer and they used ski signs from Stowe Mountain for table names and place cards. “Being able to design every detail of the wedding was so fun,” says Whitney. southernNEweddings.com

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HEN IT COMES TO DESTINATION weddings, New Hampshire has it all – a beautiful seashore, majestic mountains, lush fall foliage and placid lakes. Whether you prefer a rustic wedding in a barn or a ballroom extravaganza, the perfect venue can be found here. “The state has a lot of different backdrops that can appeal to a wide variety of different individuals,” says wedding planner Emily St. Pierre of All the Fuss Events in Concord. “You can have an oceanside wedding right on the beach or have the White Mountains as your backdrop. We have beautiful high-end resorts if you want a traditional ballroom wedding that still has the vacation feel of being in New Hampshire.” Emily cites Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa in Whitefield as a popular venue for those who are looking for a city-style hotel with stunning mountain views. For those dreaming of a coastal wedding, Seacoast Science Center in Rye offers several options, including an elegant white tent on the lawn within steps of the ocean. Nearby Portsmouth is another wonderful coastal town and offers traveling guests many options for activities, like shopping or dining in the quaint downtown, going on a whale watch or visiting a brewery.

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One of Emily’s favorite venues is the Rocks Estate in Bethlehem. It is a working Christmas tree farm that has rolling lawns, stone walls and formal gardens. Most people choose to have their ceremony on a hilltop that offers a 360-degree view of the mountains and then hold the reception in the rustic barn. Since it’s in a tourist destination, there are a lot of amenities nearby.

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“We did a wedding at Loon Mountain, which was very cool,” says Emily. “The reception was in the ski lodge and we took the gondola up to the summit for the ceremony. Talk about amazing views. They literally got married on the side of the mountain.” Couples looking for a historic venue might consider the Sunapee/New London area. The New London Historical Society has an antique barn that is surrounded by charming historic buildings. Another beautiful historic location is The Fells Estate and Gardens, an early 20th century summer home on more than 80 tranquil acres in Newbury. A NEW TYPE OF PLANNING SERVICE After 37 combined years of working with couples and vendors, wedding planners Leslie Barbini and Elizabeth Dirom saw the need for a new way to help brides and grooms plan their wedding. They joined forces and opened Love Affair, a premiere planning suite in downtown Portsmouth, N.H. “It’s more of a do-it-yourself thing that this is geared toward versus a full-on planning service,” says Leslie. “So this is for the bride that wants the recommendations, wants a great vendor team, wants a little guidance but really doesn’t want to give up control or can handle it on her own.” Couples can go into the office anytime to sit down and talk with Leslie and Elizabeth and make appointments to meet their vendors there as well. It saves time because clients can plan ahead to meet several vendors in one visit. Love Affair offers speed-dating events where couples can move from table to table and have a short one-onone conversation with individual vendors. They also offer educational nights, or “Wedding 101,” to take brides through the planning process. The service is currently focused on New Hampshire, northern Massachusetts and southern Maine in terms of vendors, but couples from all over the country who are interested in having a destination wedding in that region can chose the online long-distance package to utilize Love Affair’s resources. “It’s a different take on a bridal show,” says Leslie. “It’s much more intimate and relaxed. We want the couple to enjoy the whole process and not just the wedding.” LOVE AFFAIR 51 Islington St., Portsmouth 603-319-8280: loveaffairsuite.net southernNEweddings.com

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“Another place where we’ve done a lot of weddings is a little resort called Lake Shore Village Resort,” says Emily. “They have 20 cabins on the lake. They have a private beach, a tent area, and they do weekend weddings for couples that want more than a one-day affair. On Friday all the guests arrive and they basically do rehearsal Friday, wedding Saturday and brunch Sunday.” Amy Bassett, assistant director of tourism at the New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism Development, says New Hampshire offers many diverse options that can fit any budget. It also has venues for all different sizes, whether it’s an intimate ceremony or a reception with hundreds of guests. “The state has a number of extremely popular venues for weddings,” says Amy. “The Seashell Ocean Front Pavilion at Hampton Beach State Park is one of the state’s most popular venues. Pat’s Peak Banquet Center is another popular wedding location and also offers a Summit Ceremony Skyride Package so couples can have their ceremony on the top of the mountain. Other popular venues include some of the state’s most well-known hotel properties, including Wentworth By The Sea, Wolfeboro Inn and Omni Mount Washington along with many more.” Several of New Hampshire’s wineries offer wedding options, including LaBelle Winery, Walpole Mountain Winery and Zorvino Vineyards. For a farm wedding, Bluewater Farm, Bishop Farm and Stonewall Farm are lovely choices. The M.S. Mount Washington offers wedding cruises on Lake Winnipesaukee. The possibilities are endless.

VENUES + ACCOMMODATIONS MOUNTAIN VIEW GRAND RESORT & SPA 101 Mountain View Rd., Whitefield; 855-837-2100: mountainviewgrand.com CHESTERFIELD INN 20 Cross Rd., West Chesterfield; 603-256-3211: chesterfieldinn.com COLBY HILL INN 33 The Oaks, Henniker; 603-428-3281: colbyhillinn.com OMNI MOUNT WASHINGTON HOTEL 310 Mount Washington Hotel Rd., Bretton Woods; 603-278-1000: brettonwoods.com

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For Jessica and Jesse, it all started at Perry High School in Perry, Ohio. But when it came time for these high school sweethearts to plan their wedding, they shared a dream of a crisp fall day in rural New England. The location held a special significance for Jessica, who spent her childhood summers going to camp in New Hampshire. As soon as Jessica’s stepmom, Lynn, found Bluewater Farm, they knew it was the place – formerly a girls camp, this picturesque farm on the edge of Bradley Lake was a perfect fit with Jessica’s vision of rustic glamour.

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CEREMONY LOCATION: St. Joseph’s Church. Reception

Natural décor, mixed with a soft palette and flowing fabrics, set the tone for Jessica and Jesse’s gorgeous lakeside fête.

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Bluewater Farm, a former girls camp, was reminiscent of the summers Jessica spent in New Hampshire as a child.

Both the ceremony and reception were held on the farm, with the ceremony taking place outside with a view of the lake and Mount Kearsarge mountain range. Both bride and groom remember the striking landscape as one of their favorite parts of the wedding. “Walking down the aisle, seeing Jesse at the end and seeing the view and everything come together, it was such a surreal moment,” says Jessica. The couple opted for a soft, neutral color palette that allowed them to play with textures and fabrics like lace, burlap and plenty of sparkle for the décor. “Ultimately, I wanted something that felt natural and still romantic and beautiful,” says Jessica. A true do-it-yourself wedding, the little details came together with the help of friends and family. The bar and birch candleholders at the reception were crafted by hand by the bride’s father, while four different flavors of homemade cupcakes baked by Jessica’s stepmom served as dessert.

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Soft candlelight and cozy seating created a romantic ambiance inside the lodge.

By Emily B Event Design ensured the couple’s vision was well executed; they coordinated the personal touches that created a day full of love, dancing and laughter. At the reception, friends and family danced to music performed by Nick Zuber, a favorite local musician in Ohio that Jessica and Jesse had been following for years who made the drive out to New Hampshire just for the celebration. “We tried to incorporate everything that we love into our wedding, and it was such a beautiful reflection of us,” says the bride. southernNEweddings.com

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By Courtney Toomey

New England caterers offer classy and casual meals fueled with clam cakes, chowder and smoked barbecue

FOR THE BRIDE AND GROOM LOOKING TO HAVE A WEDDING WITH AN AUTHENTIC NEW ENGLAND FEEL, a clambake, pig roast or smoked barbecue strikes just the right note. While traditionally, most weddings are an occasion to break out the fine china and expensive linens, there are many caterers that offer more relaxed menus, providing the right mix of class and casual ambience.

The New England clam or lobster bake is a tradition that is older than America itself. According to historical lore, this method of preparing seafood was part of some precolonial Native American diets. McGrath Clambakes of Newport, Rhode Island, is one of the few catering companies that still use the traditional cooking process passed down from early colonists. “We offer a number of options, including clambakes, surf-and-turf and mixed grill, but our clambakes are very unique,” says Melissa McGrath, event coordinator. On the morning of an event, the cooks, known as “bake masters,” pick fresh rockweed off the local coast. Later, they build a bonfire at the event site with layers of wood and rocks. This base is then covered with mounds of rockweed, which has tiny bubbles that burst when heated, releasing seawater that steams and seasons the food. Racks filled with seafood and sides are nestled into the rockweed, covered with canvas and left to bake. “Guests see a huge mound smoking and cooking. Then at the unveiling, the bake master gives a speech about the history of clambakes,” says Melissa. “We create an upscale event that has a fun, casual atmosphere with a great theme.” B&M Catering Company of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, offers a number of casual catering options, from “The Classic Clambake” to the more elaborate “This Ain’t Yo Mama’s Traditional Wedding Menu,” which includes everything from mojo or teriyaki chicken to grilled Atlantic swordfish, BBQ steak tips and homemade cornbread. “We primarily cook everything onsite in our portable kitchen,” says Tim Walker, catering manager. “Our brides are typically looking for something classy, yet casual.” When asked what sets B&M apart from other caterers, Tim says, “No one leaves hungry. We have hearty portions and we’re willing to work with people to customize the menu. And there aren’t a lot of companies that roast a whole pig for a wedding!” The Company Picnic out of North Kingstown, Rhode Island, upholds the New England tradition of clam cakes and chowder. “We’ve been around for 25 years and started with clambakes but now also offer barbecue, pig roasts, mixed grills and more,” says owner Brian Casey. Brian believes that “there is nothing more ‘Rhode Island’ than chowder and clam cakes. Clam cakes just aren’t something you make at home, so lots of brides and grooms tend to want them on their menu.”

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Clambakes and BBQ’s Make Their Way Out of the Backyard

For the couple that fancies barbecue, Preppy Pig BBQ, located in Bristol, Rhode Island, prides itself on offering more than just the “same old, same old” wedding food. “We travel all over from New York to Nantucket with our approach to New England-style barbecue,” says Kristin DeSocio, wife of owner Patrick DeSocio. “Patrick has a very creative mind and came up with the entire menu himself. Most everything is prepared onsite in one of our four smokers, and we can make the event low-key or as fancy as the bride and groom want. We think of ourselves as casually elegant and family oriented, with a preppy, New England feel.”

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The Preppy Pig BBQ menu features various smoked meats, homemade desserts and signature drinks for cocktail hour. “I think our jalapeño half hulls and pulled pork sandwiches are among our best creations. The half hulls are stuffed with a nutty Irish cheddar and then smoked. They are delicious. Overall, there is a lot of variety to our menu.” Smoke & Pickles of Westport, Massachusetts, provides unique catering options with an array of different flavors. The company’s trademark is locally sourced, wood-cooked meats and seafood that can be accompanied by more than 30 types of tangy fresh pickles, relishes and salsas. “We cook everything with wood and also forage for our ingredients,”

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says co-owner Sally Huntington. “We go to local farms to find everything we need. Nothing is bought weeks or months ahead. We were one of the first companies in the area that sourced locally and we are very proud of that. We attract people that understand food and want real, down-to-earth tastes.” With choices like “coastal New England, “Latin accents” and “southern barbecue,” the Smoke & Pickles menu certainly mirrors that ethos. For taste buds that love seafood, barbecue or both, New England caterers have a little something for every palate. For a wedding day filled with lots of flavor and fun, a seaside clambake or an upscale backyard barbecue is sure to hit the spot.

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Maine | Destination

A Perfect Marriage Mantra “the way life should be1” By Michaela Bisienere

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HETHER IT’S A MOUNTAIN PEAK DUSTED WITH SNOW, a vibrant city or a bright, sun-kissed shore, dreamy backdrops that are ideal for a wedding away from home abound in Maine. “Maine lends itself to romance in so many ways,” says Jennifer Geiger, public relations representative at the Maine Office of Tourism. “Whether you dream of a cosmopolitan wedding with a sophisticated menu, a backdrop of ocean with a big tent on the lawn, or taking your guests to a mountaintop where you can ski instead of walking down the aisle, Maine offers an authentic setting and natural beauty to make any wedding extra special.”

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Marry in Maine, where the motto is

Famous for its breathtaking coastal landscapes, Maine boasts thousands of miles of coastline with plenty of venue options for nuptials with an ocean view. Whisk guests off to bustling Portland for a metropolitan experience close to the sea, or choose a more secluded seaside village where the shoreline and worldclass seafood are the main attraction. “Portland has that juxtaposition of urban with traditional, coastal Maine,” says Lindsey Norton, owner and creative director of L. Brooks Events. The Portland Company Building, one of Lindsey’s favorite venues, combines maritime moods and a big- city ambience with its waterfront location, warehouse-style structure and downtown amenities.

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“Typically when people think of Maine for a wedding, they think of a nautical theme, but there are actually so many options,” says Lindsey. “Maine has a really rich history, and there’s such a diverse amount of places people can get married.” She points out Mount Desert Island to clients looking for authentic Maine venues with a historical twist – many properties there have been passed down through families for generations and have deep ties to the local community. More and more couples are turning to Maine for the chance to channel all of the rustic charm of childhood camp memories into their wedding experience. Lindsey says that summer camp venues are growing in popularity among couples planning a destination wedding because they provide both beautiful scenery and accommodations onsite for out-of-town guests.

PAPER DELIGHTS Portland stationer Papier’s customizable paper products help to make every wedding one of a kind. With complementary consultation appointments and over 40 brands in stock, Papier works with a bride and groom to ensure that their personal vision is conveyed through every invitation, program, place card or menu. “When a customer walks in the door, the possibilities are endless,” says Papier’s Libby Kirk. “A lot of brides who don’t know what they want can come in and are able to discover it.” Papier stocks a host of products from such international brands as Bella Figura, Vera Wang Fine Papers, Boatman Geller and Smock Paper. The team at Papier works to bring the essence of Maine to every wedding by way of the little details – save-the-dates that serve as coasters, invitations printed with nautical charts and an on-site florist.

Couples searching for a rural barn wedding with a touch of sophistication would be wise to consider Marianmade Farm in Wiscasset. Modeled after a French lavender drying house, this whitewashed barn near the shore is Lindsey’s pick for a couple who desire a more elegant, formal take on the traditional barn wedding. Along with a wide selection of venues and a diverse range of landscapes to choose from, Maine is packed with activities that can turn a long weekend into a true escape. From the mountain ranges and rocky cliffs of Acadia National Park to the beaches of York on the southern border, the diversity of Maine’s natural attractions makes it difficult to choose just one of the state’s eight regions. “For guests who travel to Maine, there is plenty to do, from sampling one of Maine’s 40+ craft beers at a local brew pub to hiking in one of the state’s wilderness parks, or exploring the coastline by kayak or sailboat,” says Jennifer. “There are many choices for accommodating guests – everything from cozy bed-and-breakfasts to spectacular coastal resorts.” In the state aptly dubbed “Vacationland,” a destination wedding in Maine has unlimited potential to become the experience of a lifetime for couples and guests alike.

“We really like working as closely as possible with our customers,” says Libby. A truly local business situated in the heart of Portland, Papier doesn’t keep an online store but encourages frequent visits from clients during the printing process. Papier works to bring every Maine wedding to life while reflecting the love and personality of each couple that comes through its doors. PAPIER 26 Free St., Portland 207-871-9722: papiermaine.com

VENUES + ACCOMMODATIONS THE INN ON PEAKS ISLAND 33 Island Ave., Peaks Island; 207-766-5100: innonpeaks.com CLIFF HOUSE RESORT & SPA Shore Rd., Ogunquit; 207-361-1000: cliffhousemain.com CAMDEN HARBOUR INN 83 Bayview St., Camden; 207-236-4200: camdenharbourinn.com THE SAMOSET RESORT 220 Warrenton St., Rockport; 207-594-2511: samosetresort.com

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MAINE | The Inn on Peaks Island

ashley hemond to brian fox 7.27.13

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First impressions aren’t everything. When Ashley Hemond met her future husband, Brian Fox, the first thing that came to mind was “total nerd.” But sooner rather than later, Brian won her over. “It took several weeks, but I was able to get her to go on a date with me to a Red Sox game,” says Brian.

In no time, the couple was joined at the hip. Ashley, a senior analyst in Boston, says it didn’t take much for the academic Brian to convince her he was the one. “He grew on me,” she says. The couple knew they wanted their wedding day to embrace both their love of the ocean and the Portland, Maine, area, which served as a steadying force throughout Ashley’s life. “I moved around a lot growing up,” says Ashley, whose family has kept a home on Peaks Island for about 15 years. “The island in general was really where home was.” Though they had already put a deposit down on another venue in Portland, Ashley and Brian knew The Inn on Peaks Island was the place for their special day once they saw it. “It was kind of love at first sight,” says Ashley. “It had all the elements of coastal Maine and was relaxed but still classy.”

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Maine’s The Inn on Peaks Island was “love at first sight” for Ashley and Brian, who have a special tie to this coastal state.

After a traditional Roman Catholic ceremony, the reception at The Inn was a chance for family and friends to let loose and enjoy perks like a pizza truck and an ice cream bar. But the evening wasn’t without moments of nostalgia. Photographer Kate Baker captured Ashley and Brian, along with both sets of parents, cutting into a three-tiered cake together. The action was in honor of both the bride’s and groom’s parents, who were celebrating their 30th anniversaries that year. Each couple had their own flavor in the cake: coconut, French toast and chocolate peanut butter. “The cake was probably my favorite thing and the most special thing about our wedding,” says Ashley.

RECEPTION VENUE, CATERING + TENT RENTAL: THE INN ON PEAKS ISLAND. WEDDING PLANNING, RENTALS, + FLORIST: LAURIE ANDREWS. CAKE/DESSERT: JESSICA PARROTT. BRIDAL GOWN: ALLURE BRIDALS OF ANDREA’S BRIDAL. HAIR + MAKEUP: BEI CAPELLI. WEDDING BANDS: D. COLE. INVITATIONS + PAPER PRODUCTS: PAPERSOURCE. FAVORS: DONATION. RECEPTION ENTERTAINMENT: NORTHEAST EVENTS.

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Wedding Etiquette The 411 for those pesky (but important!) questions

“It used to be if somebody asked you to be in their wedding, you were expected to ask them to be in your wedding party.” LIKE ANY OTHER SOCIAL EVENT, WEDDINGS COME WITH A CERTAIN SET OF ETIQUETTE GUIDELINES. Some of them have remained the same for generations, while others have changed with the times. Here are four hot-button issues that brides should take into consideration, and some advice from a few expert wedding gurus. SHOWERS, BACHELORETTE PARTIES AND BRIDAL ATTIRE: WHAT’S TOO MUCH TO ASK?   If you have bridesmaids coming from across the country, invite them to your bridal shower and bachelorette party so they feel included, but don’t expect them to attend. “Two trips in a short period of time is a lot of money, hotel and airfare wise, so typically it’s not expected,” says Alexis Eliopoulos O’Mara of Unique Weddings by Alexis.

In most cases, wedding attendants are expected to pay for their dress and shoes, but if the bride wants them to wear matching jewelry, shawls or purses, she should buy those items as bridesmaid gifts. According to Alexis, professional hair and makeup represents a grey area when it comes to responsibility for the cost. The bride can invite her attendants to get their hair and makeup done and if they accept, pay for it themselves. But if the bride insists on a full hair and makeup job, it’s her responsibility to cover the cost.

She says that bridesmaids who don’t attend should consider sending a small shower gift. As for planning and hosting the shower itself, these days it’s commonly arranged by the two mothers rather than the maid of honor.

ATTENDANT LISTS: WHAT’S THE PROPER WAY TO ASK PEOPLE TO BE IN YOUR WEDDING? WHO DO YOU CHOOSE AND WHOM CAN YOU ASK FOR FAVORS?   According to Alexis, whenever possible, it is always best to ask people to be attendants or to help make favors in person. “I see a lot of people asking their very best friends from growing up, and their very best friends from now, along with their sisters or the sisters on both sides,” she says. “It used to be if somebody asked you to be in their wedding, you were expected to ask them to be in your wedding party. I don’t see it being reciprocal anymore.”

“I see it as a parent’s event with the maid of honor acting as a liaison between the wedding party and the mom,” she says. “When it comes to the bachelorette party, that’s where the maid of honor and bridesmaids are much more in control. They are the ones picking the date to get together and the venue and what they do. Nowadays, it’s a lot more interactive with the bride than it used to be, rather than a surprise.”

Brides should also keep in mind that the expense of being in a bridal party can be a budget breaker for some. If you have a friend who doesn’t have a well-paying job, it would be more considerate to ask her to do a reading or some other small task, like picking up lunch for the wedding party and joining them at the hotel room. That way she can still be part of the pre-wedding fun, without the expense.

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TOASTING: WHAT’S APPROPRIATE? Amanda Saccoccio, director of sales and events at Plantation Catering of Newport, says toasts should be limited to four people at most. Usually, toasts are given by the best man, maid of honor, the father or close relative of the bride and a short blessing from the officiant or another relative. Each toast should be limited to five minutes. “Anything more than that and it throws dinner off,” says Amanda. Because couples work closely with their wedding planner and caterers to establish a timeline for the day, those toasting should inform the couple of how long they would like to talk to keep things on schedule. As for the content of toasts, humor is always good. If a close family member has passed away recently, it’s fine to start off with a few touching words, but then transition to something more lighthearted.

THE SEATING CHART: WHO, WHAT, WHERE? “Seating charts are one of the trickiest things and one of the most time-consuming parts of planning for any sort of event,” says Amanda. “I always tell people to group guests with those they will feel most comfortable with.” That means potentially putting siblings with one another and grouping friends and family who know each other together. If you have a few stragglers who don’t know anyone else, put them with people their age with whom they might have something in common. Commenting about any last-minute issues that should arise, Amanda says that “Any caterer or event planner should know how to fix problems that come up with one quick phone call… don’t be afraid to ask for help and don’t stress yourself out over it. It’s not that big of a deal.”

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Q+A | Our Experts Weigh In

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FLAIR BOSTON

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Boston, Massachusetts | flairbridesmaid.com

Acton, Massachusetts | lolafarra.com Leah Haydock Photography

BRIDAL FASHION

How do you select the dresses and accessories that you carry? What advice would you give about accessorizing a bridal look? We have designers we have carried for years, like Jenny Yoo, Coren Moore and Lynn Lugo. We will usually pick up the majority of their collections because they come out with great ones year after year. We pick up designers in our price range for bridal — which is under $3,000 — and who produce in the United States, use beautiful fabric and tend to take classic silhouettes and update them for our New England brides. When accessorizing, my advice would be to

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PLIMOTH PLANTATION

MANDARIN ORIENTAL, BOSTON

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Plimoth Plantation is one of the most celebrated historical sites in the country, and is located right here in New England. With a variety of wedding settings on the property, couples can plan a day that ranges from rustic to elegant on this giant playground for history buffs. Sara Macdonald, manager of media relations and promotions, sheds light on this historical place. How is the spirit of place and history that Plimoth is known for translated to a wedding day at the museum? As this is a living history museum, our dedicated staff provides visitors with a unique and impactful experience that will last a lifetime; Plimoth Plantation brings that same passion for creating a special experience to a couple’s wedding day. Couples come to Plimoth Plantation for its New England charm. Our experienced event planners will assist with every decision, and our staff will attend to the smallest detail with professional, impeccable service. Our 130-acre site offers one-of-a-kind ceremony and reception sites to make for an unforgettable event.

grounds? Plimoth Plantation offers unforgettable beauty and charm. Our unique English Colonial setting for a classic outdoor ceremony in the beautiful Hornblower Garden or along the Eel River, a festive celebration in Gainsborough Hall or Peabody Pavilion, all set the stage exquisitely for newlyweds and their guests to celebrate. What are some memorable ways that couples have incorporated the museum and its history into their weddings in the past? We’ve had many Mayflower descendants get married at Plimoth Plantation, as it is a perfect way to celebrate a family’s heritage. Also, many destination-wedding couples will make a weekend of the event and include museum tickets to all three of our sites — Plimoth Plantation, Mayflower II and Plimoth Grist Mill.

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truly remarkable experience. From its unique atmosphere and creative cuisine, custom-tailored event packages and relaxing spa offerings, the Mandarin Oriental has it all. Eric Czerlonka, director of catering,

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The Mandarin Oriental in Boston offers much more than a good night’s sleep. Their distinguished wedding and event services set the bar for a

explains how amazing these services really are. How would you describe the atmosphere of the Mandarin? We delight our guests with inspired, individual style, exquisite, sophisticated facilities and Mandarin Oriental’s legendary personalized service. Our experienced team of wedding professionals takes a unique approach to all of our weddings and wedding-related events. Every event, beginning with the first introduction, is customized, nurtured and executed based on each couple’s vision. There is such a strong sentimental connection between the bride and groom and this monumental event, and Mandarin Oriental, Boston wants to capture that moment and bring those details to life while the couple celebrates amongst friends and family.

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What can a couple expect if choosing the Mandarin to host an event? We strive to build connections, relationships and trust with each of our couples. Mandarin Oriental, Boston has an extraordinary reputation as a wedding ceremony and reception venue. What guests may not realize is that we are able to host an array of special event occasions from engagement parties to bridal showers, rehearsal dinners and post-wedding brunches. Our catering team will assist in any way possible and guide each couple through the planning process from beginning to end. We’re honored to be part of these memorable moments. We treat all gatherings the same, whether big or small. We promise to deliver uncompromising quality and legendary service to every occasion. Our world-class facilities, superior technical know-how and eventplanning expertise lend themselves to ensuring that your wedding or wedding event is truly memorable. Each of our multi-functional spaces offers ample private pre-function areas, all with floor-to-ceiling windows that flood the area with natural light and afford views of historic Back Bay and bustling Boylston Street. What sort of customization is offered for special events? Mandarin Oriental, Boston, custom designs each wedding event based on the couple’s personal style. We do not offer standard “wedding packages” that you might find at other hotels. Our couples will meet with our executive chef to discuss their custom menu,

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dietary preferences and enhancements. Complimentary pin-spot and LED lighting are included in the Oriental Ballroom, and we do have three custom-designed linen choices and beautiful charger plates available. Our catering managers would be delighted to provide recommendations and can assist in choosing custom china, specialty chairs, tabletop designs and facilitating additional lighting needs to support the bride and groom with their vision. With Weddings and Honeymoons by Mandarin Oriental, couples that wed at our hotel will receive a complimentary honeymoon night and other special benefits from any one of our Mandarin Oriental Hotels worldwide. southernNEweddings.com

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Step through our wall of French doors into a world of elegant décor with luxurious accents, or stroll through our beautifully manicured veranda and experience the allure of Demetri’s Function Facility. Demetri’s boasts over 23,000 square feet of sophisticated space with opulent chandeliers throughout. Our team of event professionals specialize in weddings and special events from intimate soirées of 50 guests or larger affairs of up to 1,900 guests.

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Le Petite Day Spa (P. 151) 508-945-9909 thelepetitedayspa.com

BRIDAL FASHIONS + ACCESSORIES Bella Belle Shoes (P. 12) bellabelleshoes.com Flair Boston (P. 12) 617-247-2828 airbridesmaid.com BRIDAL SHOWS/EVENTS South County Bridal Show (P. 58) The Towers, Narragansett, R.I. Sunday, January 4, 2015 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 800-548-4662 southcountyweddings.com CAKES Konditor Meister (P. 79) 781-849-1970 konditormeister.com CATERERS Forks & Fingers Catering By Design (P. 112) 203-298-4530 forksand ngersct.com

Memory Works Productions (P. 85) 508-230-8820 memoryworksproductions.com CUSTOM FRAMING/FINE ART Providence Picture Frame (P. 42) 401-421-6196 providencepictureframe.com ENTERTAINMENT Luke Renchan Entertainment (P. 37) 401-723-6097 lukesent.com Memory Works Productions (P. 85) 508-230-8820 memoryworksproductions.com FIREWORK DISPLAYS Atlas PyroVision Productions (P. 2) 800-321-5008 atlaspyro.com HAIR, MAKEUP + SPAS Illusions Hair Salon & Day Spa (P. 110) 508-477-0997 illusionshairsalonmashpee.com

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JEWELERS + GIFTS Place Jewellers (P. 37) 401-738-0511/800-910-4869 placejewellers.com PHOTOGRAPHERS Blueflash Photography (P. 26) 401-484-1818 blue ashphotography.com Corinna Raznikov Photography (P. 6) 508-748-3853 corinnaraznikov.com Katie Kaizer Photography (P. 147) 508-332-9091 katiekaizerphotography.com

CINEMATOGRAPHY Blueflash Photography (P. 26) 401-484-1818 blue ashphotography.com

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Sarah Faella Beauty (P. 14) 401-454-1951 sarasglamsquad.com

Lola Farra Photography (P. 68) 978-263-1316 lolafarra.com Memory Works Productions (P. 85) 508-230-8820 memoryworksproductions.com RECEPTION FACILITIES, REHEARSAL DINNERS + BRIDAL SHOWERS Boston + Surrounding Area Boston Harbor Hotel (P. 5) 617-439-7000 bhh.com Colonnade Hotel, The (P. 73) 617-424-7000 colonnadehotel.com Demetri’s Function Facility (P. 149) 508.668.7200 demetrisfunctions.com Duxbury Bay Maritime School (P. 147) 781-934-7555 dbms.org Four Points by Sheraton, Norwood (P. 57) 781-769-7900 fourpoints.com Mandarin Oriental, Boston (P. IFC, 11, 15) 617-535-8888 mandarinoriental.com/boston

Museum of Science (P. 83) 617-589-0125 mos.org New England Aquarium (P. 83) 617-973-5205 neaq.org Cape Cod + the Islands Alberto’s Ristorante (P. 111) 508-778-1770 albertos.net Black Cat Tavern, The (P. 110) 508-778-1233 blackcattavern.com Doubletree, Hyannis (P. 91) 508-771-1700 capecod.doubletree.com Golf Club of Cape Cod (P. 86) 508-457-7200 tgccc.com Holiday Inn, Hyannis (P. 91) 508-775-1153 holidayinn.com/Hyannis Naked Oyster Bistro & Raw Bar (P.111) 508-778-6500 nakedoyster.com Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club (P. IBC) 508-896-9000 oceanedge.com Plimoth Plantation (P. 9) 508-746-1622 x8365 plimoth.org Ridge Club, The (P. 7) 508-428-6800 ridgeclubcapecod.com

Easton’s Beach Rotunda (P. 57) 401-845-5810 cityofnewport.com/weddings Five Bridge Inn (P. 85) 508-252-3190 vebridgeinn.com Ledgemont Country Club (P. 13) 508-761-6600 ledgemontcc.com Marriott Providence Downtown (P. 53) 401-272-2400 marriottprovidence.com Newport Marriott (P. 41) 401-849-1000 newportmarriottweddings.com Saltwater Farm Vineyard (P. 119) 860-415-9072 saltwaterfarmvineyard.com Vermont Mountain Top Inn & Resort, The (P. 120) 802-483-2311 mountaintopinnweddings.com Sugarbush (P. 126) 800-53SUGAR sugarbush.com REGIONAL TOURISM BUREAUS Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce (P. 145) 508-362-3225 capecodwedding.com

Roadhouse Café (P. 110) 508-775-2386 roadhousecafe.com

South County Tourism Council (P. 63) 800-548-4662 southcountyri.com

Wequassett Resort and Golf Club (P. BC) 800-225-7125 wequassett.com

TRANSPORTATION Rockstar Limo (P. 31) 888-725-7871 rockstarlimo.net

Willowbend (P. 3) 508-539-5000 willowbendcapecod.com

TRAVEL AGENCIES Susan Peavey Travel (P. 41) 781-319-1960/508-432-6200 susanpeaveytravel.com

Maine The Inn on Peaks Island (P. 4) 207-650-8368 innonpeaks.com Rhode Island, Southeastern MA + Connecticut Aldrich Mansion (P. 47) 401-739-6850 aldrichmansion.com Chanler at Cliff alk, The (P. 1) 401-847-1300 thechanler.com

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