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266 Amy Dai to Hugh Zhang 270 Melanie Charpentier to

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216 Yohana Rocha to Owen Boss

Nina Oh to Aggelos Panagopoulos

220 Scarlet Shore to Thomas Clifton

272 Meagan Leduc to Sean Meyer

120 Kara Yuswack to Ken Lacey

224 Jacquelyn Hayden to Corey Farrell

338 Sara Zarrella to Steve Sheally

124 Elizabeth Rose to Ty Kennedy

226 Julie Ladouceur to Phillip Murphy

342 Alexandra Irwin to Nicholas Stotik

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228 Leah Winthrop to Ryan Zimmerman

346 Laura Branca to Jason Dunlea

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252 Katherine Matthies to Nicholas Damore

204 Abby Colyer to Michael Martens

256 Molly Boudreau to Sean Buchanan

208 Marlo Franco to Mark Caruso

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Southern New England Weddings has been at the forefront of the bridal industry for years, and with each passing season we grow fonder of our community and every bit of beauty that makes this region so special. In this issue, you’ll find plenty to fall in love with, from design details that will make your wedding day shine, to florals focused on specific blooms, to inspire menus, cake designs and reception venues to accommodate every taste and budget. Planning a memorable (and personalized!) wedding is no easy feat. That’s why we’re here to offer advice and all the gorgeous details you’re seeking—not only for the day you say “We do,” but also for all the days leading up to that all-important moment.

EDITORIAL & CONTENT DIRECTOR

Janice Randall Rohlf EDITOR

Danielle Raciti: Southern New England Weddings + Southern New England Weddings: Destination Edition ASSISTANT EDITOR

Jennifer Sperry: Southern New England Weddings 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 Janice Randall Rohlf: Southern New England Home Jennifer Sperry: Southern New England Living ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR

Working with the fall foliage and weather, this year’s fashion shoot, Heirloom Quality (p. 62), took place at the historic Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich, Mass. A venue of galleries, gardens and hidden hideouts, it was the signature setting for a playful and stylish shoot. Between the photography, fashion, table styling and exquisite desserts, this shoot was one of my favorites and will be a hard one to beat. The models’ chemistry definitely shined, and the amazing vendors that assisted in putting the shoot together were, as always, a dream team to work with.

Ann Luongo ASSISTANT EDITOR

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Christopher Lewis CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Eric Brust-Akdemir ART DIRECTOR

Sharon Bartholomew ASSOCIATE ART DIRECTORS

Other stand-out shoots in this issue include Seven Elegant Tables (p. 88), Elegant Arrangements (p. 102) and Invitations + Favors (p. 48), 34 pages that feature a flurry of stunning florals, place settings and paper products for thos well-deserved finishing touches. Our Great Ideas (p. 20) section is a Weddings staple and this year includes all the products and know-how you need to tackle the planning process. Tip: pre-prep facials are a must! And, of course, we think you’ll find the 29 real weddings featured throughout these pages just wonderful. Couples are getting married in ballrooms, on beaches, in backyards and on golf greens, in libraries and gardens, at mansions and private estates. Covering all aspects of southern New England, and highlighting all seasons, each one is truly captivating. To stay in touch with all the Weddings chatter between issues, visit us at southernNEweddings.com and follow our visual inspiration throughout the year on Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook. Please also continue to share your stories with us. That’s what it’s all about.

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Rebecca Banas SOCIAL MEDIA SPECIALIST

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Noelle Barbosa, Marlissa Briggett, Lenore Cullen Barnes, Laurie Higgins, Jessica Laniewski, Vivian Siempos, Courtney Toomey, Amanda Wastrom

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Mastering the Wedding Prep LEAVE THE LOGISTICS OF ‘PLAN B’ TO SKILLED WEDDING PLANNERS BY JESSICA LANIEWSKI

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he wedding dress is purchased, venue booked and vows written. But what about the small details that make a big difference on your wedding day? We spoke with five event planners about the logistics of making the day go smoothly, and talked a bit about what you can do to plan ahead. Whether hosting indoors or out, there’s always something to keep in mind and these pros help make the magic happen. “Whether you’re planning an indoor or outdoor wedding it’s imperative to have a strong event timeline in place,” says Lo McShay of LoLo Event Design. “Make sure you’ve thought through the transitions of your event and how people will move between spaces.” McShay loves a tented wedding but advises that you approach it almost like an indoor wedding—adequately heat or cool the space based on the weather, and have it set up a few days in advance if you are bringing in flooring. McShay keeps her eye on the 10-day weather forecast to be prepared with hand fans, umbrellas or pashminas if necessary. “As guests arrive for an outdoor ceremony we love to welcome them with a beverage to either cool them off or warm them up,” says McShay. “This fall we served hot mulled cider and tea in Irish coffee mugs at the outdoor weddings we planned.” And the most important element to a successful wedding, according to McShay? A positive attitude. With all eyes on the bride, the attention will be taken off the weather. Tasha Bracken of SD Events also knows that you can’t change the weather, so you need a properly thought-out backup plan. “Plan Bs are always important with outdoor weddings,” says Bracken. “It’s key that you are happy with Plan B in case you actually have to use it. You’ll also want

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FACING PAGE: CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Tented tablescape designed by LoLo Event Design. Mason jar lights are a perfect reception accompaniment. Gold and white hues take center stage in this table designed by SD Events. ABOVE: Uplighting adds drama to this wedding by LoLo Event Design.

to discuss with your vendors what their clause/policies are if an event has to be cancelled due to weather.” Think about what you might need to rent for a tented wedding as opposed to an indoor wedding at an established venue, advises Bracken, such as flatware, china, stemware and even portable restrooms. While many more details go into an outdoor wedding, Bracken also knows that you can put your own touch on it. “Outdoor/ tented weddings can provide a blank canvas and you aren’t restricted to a ballroom or venue’s colors, size, etc.,” says Bracken. “It can be a truly unique wedding.” In South County, Rhode Island, many venues set in the countryside and on the water offer opportunities for indoor and outdoor weddings. Myrna George and her team at the South County Tourism Council— which will be hosting the Seventh Annual South County Bridal Show in January—advise keeping the spotlight on the bride and the sunlight (literally) on guests’ backs. If you are having an outdoor wedding, notes George, plan for a variation in weather with cold, bottled water and fans for warm temps and blankets and heat lamps for cooler days. Be sure to rent a sound system so the wind and ocean waves don’t carry away the sound. Most importantly, secure a permit. While many venues have all the required permitting, tented venues or public spaces will need a permit. more>

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PLANNING | BEST LAID PLANS Sarah Daley, of Sarah Daley Events and vice president of the Rhode Island Wedding Group, suggests starting out with a tent put up by a reputable company, even if, in the end, you have to deal with Mother Nature. Another piece of advice should rain drops fall? “Embrace it and make it fun,” says Daley. “Individually packed rain ponchos for guests can be both practical and humorous; colored umbrellas or rain boots for the wedding party can make for wonderful photos.” Daley suggests that if you can’t choose between an outdoor and indoor wedding, to book a venue that offers both, which enables you to make that call at the last minute. Paula Marrero of Marrero Events knows the importance of a Plan B (or even a Plan C) but also sings the virtues of a tented wedding. “I stand by tents,” says Marrero, who specializes in tented weddings, particularly ones held in unique locations. “We have executed flawless weddings during the worst of storms (even hurricanes) in tents, and they are more sturdy and safe than one would imagine.”

While even the best laid plans can go awry, thinking out the logistics of different weather situations in advance and having Plan Bs in place will ensure that your wedding goes smoothly and everyone has an enjoyable, memorable time. CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Drinks and pretty straws. Beach chic. Wedding by Paula Marrero Events. Blue umbrellas make for a fun photo prop.

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Marrero knows that not all venues, including museums and historic homes, can hold the number of guests invited and often a tent is required. “A couple needs to really love a venue’s capabilities and think outside of the box from the traditional style of weddings that have taken place there in the past,” she says. Marrero looks at a wedding in three separate parts: the ceremony, cocktail hour and dinner reception. “We try very hard to create a separate ‘reveal’ for each of these components and therein lies another set of Plan Bs for each part.”

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PREPARE YOUR OUTER FEATURES TO MATCH THAT INNER GLOW.

1. AT-HOME TANNING. The Bostonbased tanning service, Pure Glow, will actually travel to your home or office; no comm ting required! Every treatment is sunless, waterbased (non-greasy), organic and natural looking. 978-870-7936; pureglowtanning.com

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3. DAY JOB. Clarins’ Super Restorative Day Cream is a surefi e tool in any beauty arsenal. It combats deep wrinkles and age spots while moisturizing, plumping skin and illuminating the complexion. clarins.com

4. ROSY OUTLOOK. The Spa at Mandarin’s Rose Infini y Aroma Lift Facial noticeably lifts, tones and firms skin, le ving a fl wless, healthy and youngerlooking complexion. It’s the perfect pre-wedding refresher. 617-535-8820; mandarinoriental.com/boston

5. FACE OFF. Bloomingdale’s Chestnut Hill location boasts an in-store Clarins Skin Spa, where a “Bridal Package” includes four customized Clarins Facials, a complimentary makeup lesson and an exclusive spa gift after the fi st facial. Say “I do” to six weeks of beauty services. 617-630-6726; bloomingdales.com

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1. THAT’S A WRAP. Thank your bridesmaids for all of their patience and hard work with soft, stylish robes. Perfect for those precious “getting ready” hours, they are practical forever gifts and embroidered monograms add an extra personal touch.

2. COMFORT FIRST. You’ve wished for it and your sunny day has arrived. Keep guests cool and comfortable during the ceremony with parasols. They are practical gifts but also add to the event’s charm.

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6. STIR CRAZY. Raise a glass! These golden, glittery cocktail stirrers will turn every drink into a festive occasion. Each wood stirrer is finished with a blush satin ribbon (custom ribbon colo s possible). Available for purchase through event planner Lo McShay’s Tabletop collection, a division of LoLo Event Design. 617-838-5921; LoLoeventdesign.bigcartel.com

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1. TO-GO FOOD. Boston-based caterer, The Catered Affair, knows how to play up spring’s fresh ingredients and delicate color palette. This crowd-pleasing hors d’oeuvres features scallops with white chocolate beurre blanc topped with American caviar. 781-982-9333; thecateredaffair.com

2. HARVEST TIME. The rich colors of fall take center stage in these rustic flo al arrangements by Pranzi Catering & Events, which specializes in full-service wedding and event planning as well as execution. 401-383-3631; pranzi.com

3. STRIPES AHOY. Perfect for a Cape Cod wedding, this tiered wedding cake by Montilio’s Baking Company features nautically inspired striped ribbons, subtle beading and cascading flo als. 508-894-8855; montilios.com

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2. EXPERT ADVICE. “Why buy a video? That is a question many brides and grooms ask when preparing for their wedding ceremony and reception. The answer is: for a generational family keepsake. A video will capture the smile of the groom as the bride walks down the aisle, the emotions of the guests during your fi st dance, dancing with parents and grandparents as well as the day’s activities. These moments will be captured and cherished forever.

“Now fast-forward fi e years when you may have a child. Your child will see and hear everyone and laugh at the hairstyles and clothing choices. Fast-forward 10, 15, or 20 years and the memories become even more meaningful. Those who may no longer be with us are seen talking, dancing, singing and having a wonderful time.

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t preserving your bouquet through drying. Teresa Fung, owner of Mimosa in Boston, offers up the following tips: • Remove the bouquet wrapping and hold fl wers and foliage together with a rubber band, which will keep the bouquet in tact while accommodating shrinking from dehydration. • Hang the bouquet upside down so that stems dry straight and to help individual fl wers retain their shape. • One creative option is to press individual blossoms between two sheets of wax paper in a heavy book or under a large weight. This method takes a couple weeks but will provide individual blooms that can be used creatively, to decorate a frame as a keepsake, for example.

4. GOLDEN YEARS. Pick your wedding photo favorites and professionally frame them for a lifetime of enjoyment, advises Geoffrey Gaunt, owner of Providence Picture Frame, which offers a variety of framing options to suit your style and budget. For this picture frame job, Gaunt explains his choices: “The rustic, Tuscan-style frame is meant to echo the image’s warmth and photojournalistic style. Due to the informal nature and how well the frame worked with the image, matting was omitted, maximizing the viewable area. In the absence of matting, we placed a spacer between the face of the image and the glass to create an air gap, preventing possible adhesion down the road. Additionally, Museum Glass was used to virtually eliminate glare and protect the image from harmful UV light.” 401-421-6196; providencepictureframe.com

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“Whether it’s an elaborate production or a simple visual story of the fi st day in your married lives, a video is a living, breathing time capsule that will live on forever.”—Ken Klane, owner, MemoryWorks Productions (providing videography, photography and entertainment needs). 508-230-8820; memoryworksproductions.com

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SNEW: How would you define ‘modern entertaining’? What type of lifestyle, product and setting might you associate this with? KM: When it comes to modern entertaining, there really is no standard approach, as it means something different to everyone. One popular approach to modern entertaining that we often see at Bloomingdale’s is that couples are entertaining more in their home. When doing so, they like to recreate their favorite experience at home, whether it be their favorite restaurant, lounge or even sports bar! Modern entertaining often includes mixing high and low, just as you do with the fashion in your wardrobe. For example, pairing a crystal wine decanter with less expensive wine glasses. SNEW: When couples walk into Bloomingdale’s to register for their home, with entertaining guests in mind, what is the first thing you do to assist them? In what direction might you steer them first? KM: When registrants come to Bloomingdale’s, we want them to relax, take their time and have FUN! After they meet with their Registry Consultant, he or she will then personally guide them in the right direction based on their needs and lifestyle. Registering isn’t a “one size fits all” process; we work with each registrant to make their registry a reflection of who they are.

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SNEW: What is the registry process like, from selecting particular items, updating and organizing a registry online and taking advantage of post-wedding perks? KM: Many couples start the process online, and then make an appointment to come into the store to finish their registry and to meet with a Registry Consultant for expert advice and guidance. After that they access their registry online, via the Brown Bag app (an in-store bar code scanner allows registrants to walk into any Bloomingdale’s location and add items to their registry by scanning ANY barcode directly from their phone!), and in-store. Couples also love to share their registry via their social media channels.

Little Registry Guide http://bit.ly/LittleRegistryGuide Home Guides + Videos http://bit.ly/HomeGuidesVideos Registry Checklist http://bit.ly/registrychecklist Bonus Gifts http://bit.ly/BonusGifts

SNEW: Why is registering for those special “conversation pieces” so important? KM: In many cases, the registrants are setting up their first home. Therefore, the items they register for should be a reflection of them and speak to who they are. As for a conversation piece, it can be whatever they want to say – fun, serious, formal, playful – the choices are endless! FACING PAGE: FROM FAR LEFT: Pink Haviland “Laque de Chine” dinnerware would look so perfect in the pantry. The Georg Jensen “Helena” teapot with coaster is a stove staple. THIS PAGE: FROM TOP: Toast to your marriage with these Baccarat Mille Nuits flutes All-Clad copper cookware is a modern kitchen must. Serve up your finest dish with these Geo g Jensen Duo salad servers. RIGHT: End your days cozied up in this luxe Sferra bedding.

SNEW: What is a registry item that every couple should have in their home? KM: Our registry consultants work with every couple to decide, based on their lifestyle, what their “musthave” item should be. Regardless, I always recommend that every couple should have beautiful china! SNEW: When registering for the home, the items couples select are more than just things. They are longlasting, family pieces. When it comes to modern style, how do couples select items that will stand the test of time and adapt to their growing family? KM: Pick something you love! It’s like buying a piece of artwork - you don’t buy it for the value down the road, you buy it because you like looking at it.

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Yes, a honeymoon is the ultimate “cherry on top.” It’s the perfect followup to those intense months of planning and offers the opportunity to reconnect as a couple after so much time spent worrying about the comfort of family and guests. Whether it involves three layovers and a translation app or just a map and a long car ride, a honeymoon is the ideal time to unwind and create some forever memories before “real life” reasserts itself. While the prospect of arranging such an important trip can prove exciting to some and daunting to others, there is no need to go it alone. Experienced southern New England travel agents have coordinated hundreds of trips for newlyweds and vacationers alike and are invaluable resources for planning and booking.

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“There are a lot of benefits to using a travel agent, but the most important one is stress reduction,” asserts Ann Petronio, owner of Annie’s Escapes in Cranston, Rhode Island. “Planning a wedding can be all-consuming, and trying to plan a big vacation on top of that can be the proverbial ‘last straw’ that pushes couples over the edge.

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been through this process before, has all the insider knowledge and connections, knows where to find the best prices and will put it all together seamlessly so that the clients don’t have to worry about anything besides packing a suitcase.” Some customers assume that all of these benefits come with added cost, but that’s not the case, says Susan Peavey of Susan Peavey Travel, with locations in Marshfield and Harwich. “We are a free service,” she says. “We don’t charge any service fees; we are paid by the resorts but work for our clients. There’s no cost difference whether you book online or with us,” she continues, “but with us you get unbiased advice and personal service.” The advantages to using a travel agent are numerous but perhaps the most important perk of all is that they are reachable and responsive when plans go awry. Although every couple hopes for clear skies, short security lines and smooth check-ins, reality is usually less rosy, and a travel agent is a surefire contact in times of crisis. “I even give out my cell phone number,” says Peavey. “If there’s a problem, I want to be accessible.” Susan Peavey Travel is a preferred platinum agency for Sandals and Beaches resorts, and was recently named to the Chairman’s Royal Club, an exclusive list of only 100 agents in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. with high booking volumes. “My team knows the Beaches and Sandals properties. We visit them; we know the GMs,” says Peavey. .

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Sited in enviable destinations such as Jamaica, Antigua and Turks and Caicos, these luxurious all-inclusive resorts are many things at once: transformative, romantic, relaxing, absorbing and entertaining. Features range from water parks and high-caliber restaurants to suites outfitted with plunge pools and butler service. But not all couples know where they want to go when they start to plan. Petronio offers a do-it-yourself “Honeymoon Quiz” on her website for those who need destination inspiration. “I even set up honeymoon registries for couples who want to encourage guests to give them experiences and memories rather than china and crystal,” she says. When it comes to choosing a tropical locale, the possibilities are dizzying, but Petronio helps narrow down the options systematically. Besides determining access to passports and budget range, she assesses a variety of preferences, including time of year, length of stay, tolerance for long flights and the importance of cuisine and culture. “The whole process is really interesting and fun!” she says. If a bride and groom are more comfortable on the move than on the beach, Petronio can steer them toward a more stimulating agenda. Recently, she planned a couple’s honeymoon to Argentina that involved wine tastings, horseback riding, sightseeing and even running a marathon. “I was envious of the whole trip—except the marathon part,” she jokes. If adventure is your cup of tea, Petronio knows how to achieve just the right balance of action and inaction. “I always caution clients about trying to pack too much in and ending up being exhausted. I always like to build in some downtime to sit in a café, drink a glass of wine and talk about the crazy wedding whirlwind that they just survived.”

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Caitlin Blodget and Eben Pingree may have exchanged vows at the Crane Estate, a grand castle overlooking miles of breathtaking barrier beach, with more than 220 guests in attendance, but were still able to make their day simple and intimate. The bride, who has roots on Massachusetts’ North Shore, has been spending summers near the Crane Estate since she was a child. “We chose Crane because you can see it from my family’s summer house,” she says. “It’s incredibly beautiful. When we visited, we knew; it just felt right. Even though our wedding was at this amazing mansion, it still felt intimate and relaxed and that’s exactly what we wanted.”

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Caitlin and Eben’s families also helped make their nuptials even more special. “Eben’s aunt made all the bow ties for the groomsmen,” says Caitlin. “We also picked readings that were very meaningful and wrote what we loved about the other person. It made the wedding feel unique to us.”

For Caitlin, her big day could not have been more perfect. However, she does regret spending too much time worrying about the little things during the planning process. For other brides, she shares a piece of advice: “Don’t fuss over small things for hours. Instead, focus on your future spouse and just know that it all works out.”

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It’s not surprising that Sarah Sturgis Parsons describes both herself and her new husband, Jonathan Wolter, as “very determined, very stubborn people.” After all, those are among the characteristics that define competitive athletes, which they both are. Sarah played on the 2006 Women’s Olympic Ice Hockey team when they captured the bronze medal in Torino, Italy, and both she and Jon played varsity ice hockey while students at Dartmouth College, where they met. Today, Sarah and Jon, who first laid eyes on each other in a fraternity house basement, both work in finance in Manhattan. When they decided to marry, there was no question that the celebration would take place on Cape Cod, in Chatham, where, says Sarah, “My mom’s family has had a house forever.” Many of her fondest childhood memories are associated with this spot. “It’s the perfect place, and it means a lot to my family.” more>

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For the 250 guests attending the wedding, Sarah’s family’s home became “base camp” for the weekend-long celebration that culminated in a dazzling reception at the Wequassett Resort and Golf Club overlooking Pleasant Bay. In addition to Kalson Pang of the Wequassett, Marc Hall of Marc Hall Designs in Boston was crucial to interpreting the couple’s vision for their special day. He and a team of 40 that included electricians, welders and horticulture professionals started a week before the wedding to stage-design the various venues. From creating a bi-level bar to act as the nucleus of the clear-

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How did Sarah and Jon’s wedding compare with competing in the Olympics? “Getting [to the Olympics] was the ultimate high,” says Sarah, “but [the wedding] was just pure happiness. I have found the love of my life, and we just wanted everyone to have a great time.”

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“It was important for us to be in Boston, and I just fell in love with the Mandarin as soon as they built it; I knew I wanted to get married there,” says Nina. The Mandarin Oriental Boston did not disappoint. “The service was amazing. The food. The ballroom,” says Nina. “I think the style of the hotel suited me—a little bit of Asian flair, but modern too.”

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Ultimately, Nina and Aggelos envisioned a great party. “We simply wanted to have a party for our friends since we have smaller families,” says Nina. Every key element was in place: generous drinks, celebratory victuals and, of course, dancing. After-party offerings of traditional Greek dancing and music were provided by the groom himself and a friend who DJ’ed. “It was a full night of fun,” says the bride. more>

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The couple worked with wedding planner Lo McShay of LoLo Event Design to transform the Mandarin ballroom into a bold, otherworldly dining room. It glistened like a glass castle thanks to custom place settings, a custom-built Lucite bar filled with fresh flowers and gemstones, inspired draping and a decadent helping of fuchsia uplighting. For centerpieces, sleek curves of brilliant white orchids in towering glass vases played off the old-fashioned loveliness of plump white peonies. Even Nina’s Liancarlodesigned dress, a confection of delicate beading and layered tulle petals, was one part glitz, one part ultra feminine and utterly contemporary.

“I was going for something modern and romantic—clean lines, soft touches. Lucite chairs. A lot of white and a little pink in there to snazz it up a bit,” says Nina. She raved about Lo’s execution of her vision. “Every idea we told her she was able to bring to life. Planning can be really stressful and my husband and I got to enjoy it. I would tell every bride to get a wedding planner!”

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HEIRLOOM quality Sophisticated Style in the Outdoors

Kelsey and Peter’s sweet smiles are just effortless. Kelsey looks relaxed and comfortable in “Tiffany” by Modern Trousseau — a gorgeous two-piece combo featuring a lace mini and full tulle skirt, available at Country Weddings Bridal Boutique. Her sterling silver stud earrings with princess-cut cubic zirconias are from Place Jewellers. Peter is ready for the cool, fall weather in this head-to-toe style by Bloomingdale’s. Sweater is from The Men’s Store at Bloomingdale’s. Pants are Canali, Shoes are Armani.

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The silhouette of perfection, Kelsey is wearing a low-front V-neck trumpet gown with delicate beading and lace train from Helene’s Bridal. Yellow hues liven up her accessories, including drop earrings in white gold with dangle natural yellow diamonds and white diamond accents and an Anna Beck sterling silver cuff bracelet with gold accents from M.R.T. Jewelers. Her ring, featuring a natural yellow diamond center and twisted band with white diamond accents, is an M.R.T. Jewelers exclusive. Photographed in front of the Flume Fountain.

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Kelsey keeps warm in this Theory fur from Bloomingdale’s. She takes style to the darker side with sterling silver and marcasite earrings from Place Jewellers and a 14k strawberry gold chocolate and white diamond ring by Le Vian from Baxter’s Fine Jewelry. Golden bronze floral accents punctuate this glamorous cake by Artisan Bake Shop. A neutral cashmere wrap, like this one from Bloomingdale’s, is all that’s needed for cool evenings. Closeup of a 14k white gold custom Baxter design engagement ring with marquise center and matching band from Baxter’s Fine Jewelry. A rose made from sugar is no less beautiful atop this cake by The Casual Gourmet. Boutonniere by Patrice R. Milley Floral Designers is made of ranunculus buds and golf tee for a little something different. Self-tie bowtie available from Anthony’s House of Formals. Bouquet is designed of Nosegay, white, pink and silver Cymbidium orchids, ranunculus, silver brunia, dusty miller, eucalyptus and heather. Also by Patrice R. Milley Floral Designers.

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FACING PAGE: Looking fresh-faced and content, Kelsey is wearing a Bluethread Bridal gown in chantilly lace and tulle, custom for Flair. Her engagement ring is a 14k white gold custom Baxter design with a 3/4 ct marquise center diamond, accented by 7/8 ct side diamonds, from Baxter’s Fine Jewelry. On Peter, a slate blue three-piece suit by Allure is a polished yet unique choice. His entire look is available at Anthony’s House of Formals. Boutonniere designed by Patrice R. Milley Floral Designers is made of ranunculus buds and golf tee. THIS PAGE: Kelsey carries this cap-sleeve gown by Flair so well. Photographed just outside of the Old East Windmill.

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ABOVE: Tucked under the trees of the Labyrinth, Kelsey is wearing a sleek Alvina Valenta gown in English Net and chantilly lace over silk charmeuse with embroidered and jeweled accents throughout, available at Country Weddings Bridal Boutique. Vintage in feel yet still dazzling, her accessories include an 18k white gold wedding band, whose design showcases three center diamonds and smaller diamonds all around, from Place Jewellers. Also from Place are the sterling silver and cubic zirconia hoop earrings and the stacked white gold and diamond bracelets. FACING PAGE: A playful pair, Kelsey and Peter pose amongst the activity and wooded grounds of Hidden Hollow™. Peter is wearing a casual ensemble by Bloomingdale’s, which includes Canali shirt, Polo Ralph Lauren pants and Armani shoes. Belt is model’s own. Kelsey’s flirty attire includes a Coren Moore “Laurie” dress in silk shantung with Jenny Yoo “Addison” top from Flair. Attention-grabbing pumps are Giorgio Armani from Bloomingdale’s. Place Jewellers provided the pear-shaped marcasite earrings in sterling silver. Bouquet designed by Patrice R. Milley Floral Designers includes Nosegay, white, peach and pink hydrangea, ranunculus, eucalyptus and roses.

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RIGHT: The Modern Trousseau “Tiffany” gown from Country Weddings Bridal Boutique is complemented by a high up-do and minimal accessories. Ring is a 14k two-tone three-row band with white and yellow diamonds totaling .70ctw, from Baxter’s Fine Jewelry. A beaded belt, like this one, also from Country Weddings Bridal Boutique, is the perfect finishing touch. INSET: LEFT: Closeup of a couture aquamarine ring in white gold with light yellow diamond accents, an exclusive design from M.R.T. Jewelers. INSET: RIGHT: Kelsey shows off a 14k yellow gold ring consisting of 1.60 ct round brilliant center diamond accented on each side and around the center with an additional 1 ct of diamonds from Baxter’s Fine Jewelry.

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RIGHT: Kelsey and Peter’s formal bridal style is befitting for a black-tie affair. Kelsey is wearing a long-sleeved venise lace and crepe Tara Keely gown from Flair. Her sterling silver and platinum bangle bracelet is from Baxter’s Fine Jewelry; it consists of round and colored diamonds totaling 4 3/4 ct in weight. Peter’s one-button black shawl tux by Ike Behar is made of Super 120s wool. His entire look is available at Anthony’s House of Formals while his wedding ring, a 14k two-tone comfort fit band with rose gold center and white gold milgrain trim, is from Baxter’s Fine Jewelry. The bouquet, designed by Patrice R. Milley Floral Designers, is adorned in soft hues and includes Nosegay, white, pink and silver Cymbidium orchids, ranunculus, silver brunia, dusty miller, eucalyptus and heather. The coordinating boutonniere, also from Patrice R. Milley Floral Designers, consists of heather, eucalyptus and dusty miller. Photographed by the Promenade.

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: This shimmery table, designed by SD Events, is the ideal couple’s setting. Centerpiece by Patrice R. Milley Floral Designers includes hydrangea, roses, stock, kale and eucalyptus. Savory rosewater panna cotta garnished with field greens and edible micro flowers, created by The Casual Gourmet. Short but sweet, this wedding cake by Artisan Bake Shop features a luster pearl sheen over classic white rolled fondant and a golden bronze patina brushed on top of each tier. White peep-toe heels with back bow by Shoes to Dye For. Perfectly sparkly from every angle, this 14k yellow gold ring from Baxter’s Fine Jewelry features a 1.60 ct round brilliant center diamond accented on each side and around the center with an additional 1 ct of diamonds.

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SD Events designed and styled this dazzling tabletop on the Fraser Terrace at Heritage Museums & Gardens. Table, chairs, linens and rentals from Rentals Unlimited. Tall centerpieces and smaller floral designs, created by Patrice R. Milley Floral Designers, include hydrangea, stock, roses and eucalyptus, accented in silver tones and mercury glass.

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ABOVE: Elegant table details include menus and table numbers by Allure Invitations; crisp, white servingware and simple glassware from Rentals Unlimited; feta, blackberry and rosemary skewers from The Casual Gourmet; gourmet cupcakes with rolled fondant frosting, buttercream flowers and piped filligree from The Casual Gourmet; and three-tiered cake by The Casual Gourmet with edible lace appliqués, white ribbon and sugar roses.

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FASHION | FOR THE BRIDE

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2. SHEER BEAUTY. Choosing the right veil involves assessing desired length but also how its detailing will interact with the back of your dress.

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5. CHARMING. Engrave a silver or gold charm with your wedding date or monogram for a fashionable keepsake.

6. HEAD-TURNING. Jazz up a simple up-do with an elegant headband or headpiece. Design shown by Maria Elena. mariaelenaheadpieces.com

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1. TIME TO GO. Automatic watch by Seiko with black PVD coating and retro styling. Starting at $250. Available at M.R.T. Jewelers in E. Providence. 401-435-3500; mrtjewelers.com

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5. QUITE A PAIR. The perfect nautical touch: Chatham Chino Company cufflinks, available exclusively at Puritan Cape Cod. 508-775-2400; puritancapecod.com

6. SENSIBLE CHOICE. Eau de Lacoste L.12.12 Blanc is a pure, clean and timeless scent marked by flo al woodiness. Makes a great gift for groomsmen. Available at Bloomingdale’s. 617-630-6726; bloomingdales.com

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FASHION | M.R.T. JEWELERS

WEDDING ZEST: YELLOW LOVELIES M.R.T. JEWELERS in East Providence, Rhode Island, offers a wide selection of diamonds and bridal jewelry as well as more casual fashion lines. Here, signature is always in style: certain showstoppers are customdesigned by owner David Audette and crafted in the company’s in-house studio. CLOCKWISE FROM UPPER LEFT: Signature M.R.T. Yellow Cushion diamond pendant, 1.00 carat center; Signature M.R.T. Yellow Radiant diamond ring, 1.51 carat center; Cherie Dori-designed multi-diamond drop with mixed yellow shapes, 1.07 carat total; Intense Yellow oval earring in pink gold, 1.41 carat total; Light Yellow Pear Drop pendant in pink gold, 1.32 carat total.

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THE PERSONAL TOUCH Personalized service is a hallmark of BAXTER’S FINE JEWELRY in Warwick, Rhode Island, where the selection is large and the offerings dazzling. Among its displays of designer jewelry and diamonds are these treasures exemplifying new trends and forever classics.

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CLOCKWISE FROM UPPER LEFT: Chrysalis design 14k white gold diamond band, 1/2 carat total weight; Monogram bracelet, available in sterling silver with three initials; Chrysalis design 14k white gold engagement ring with 1 carat round center diamond and side diamonds totaling 1/4 carat weight; Chrysalis design platinum setting with side diamonds totaling 5/8 carat weight that can accommodate 3/4-2 carat center diamond. RIGHT: Monogram earrings, available in sterling silver or gold and customizable with initials.

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T H E BA X T E R ’ S D E S I G N C E N T E R No one caters to their customers’ every needs more than Baxter’s. So it’s natural that we are the only retail jewelry store in the area with the capability to hand-craft any piece of jewelry that pops into your head. Sketch it on a napkin, or just describe what you want – we’ll work with you to make a computer rendering, create a wax prototype and set the stones – all entirely in-house. That means we can be absolutely sure that the final piece meets our standards as well as yours. Since more than fifty years of exceptional customer service stands behind our work, you can rest assured that you’ll be satisfied with the final product. So come to the Baxter’s Design Center and dream on.

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MODERN AND MAJESTIC Whether you like your guests well-read or wellfed, this library layout is an eye-catcher. The Catered Affair designed this fabulous familystyle table, which includes dramatic high and low florals by New Leaf Flores. Food provided by The Catered Affair. China, glassware, flatware and napkins by Be Our Guest. Nonfloral dĂŠcor and chairs from Reserve. Linen by Nuage. Photographed in Bates Hall at The Boston Public Library.

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EXQUISITE EXHIBIT Poised in front of the Art Wall Installation at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, this stylish table setting is a fall-themed favorite. The florals and styling by Nectar play nicely off of the artistry behind it. Arrangements, in dark-gray stone containers, wired glass cylinder vases and mercury glass votives, include burgundy peonies, peach Grevellia, mustard spray roses, white and green Helleborus, lacy dusty miller, seed eucalyptus, Green Fiddlehead ferns and protea. Roasted pear and duck confit appetizer by exclusive caterer Wolfgang Puck Catering at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, adds color to the plate. Vintage dining table and clear mirage chairs by Party by Design.

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BALLROOM CHARM The Ballroom at the New Haven Lawn Club in New Haven, Connecticut, is an inviting space for this vintage, wintry white tablescape. Details include distressed whitewash, silver shantung, Berlin and Regency goblets and flute and pinstripe linens. Pale pink and ivory floral arrangements by Fleur de Lys Floral Company. Chairs, linens, rentals and table design by Party Rental Ltd.

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FRENCH IMPRESSION The newly-built Mirbeau Inn & Spa at The Pinehills in Plymouth, Mass., an intimate estate designed to emulate the warmth and comfort of the Parisian countryside, provided the simple resort setting for this table. Patrice R. Milley Floral Designers created a low and lush centerpiece made of roses, spray roses, tulips and Nerine lilies. Table, Regency chairs, linens and rentals from Rentals Unlimited.

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Arrangements A wedding bouquet is much more than a collection of flowers. It’s a statement of season and style. A lush package of beautiful blossoms. This year, our floral designers created bouquets inspired by a single bloom. Whether adding a little greenery for good measure, or letting the petals stand on their own, each arrangement is more than worthy of a hand in marriage.

Soft hues and shades of green make this ranunculus bouquet by Nectar a pretty, pink choice. White and green Helleborus and an oversized bow finish the look.

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A simple, delicate cymbidium bouquet, like this one designed by Sayles Livingston Design, makes for the perfect bridesmaid accessory.

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Harkening back to the more traditional days of drop bouquets, Golden Gate Studios created this beauty made of calla lilies and an elegant string of pearls.

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Both spring-flowering and sweet smelling, hyacinths are a fun floral pick. Bouquet by Patrice R. Milley Floral Designers.

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This all-white gardenia bouquet by Artistic Blossoms Floral Design Studio exudes bridal charm.

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Classic New Zealand cream peonies, and patterned nautical ribbon, complement each other well in this bouquet designed by Lilacs.

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A timeless choice, this white-andgreen parrot tulip arrangement by Flowerthyme matches any bridal style or reception dĂŠcor.

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Rustic, bright and cheery all rolled into one, this bouquet by Cherryhill Flowers would stand out against any setting.

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Dahlia blooms steal our heart and this bouquet by Flowerthyme is no exception. The pops of color from these 'Cafe au Lait' and light peach dahlias are perfect for those more neutral nuptials.

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The garden rose, like those in this bouquet created by Indigo Path Flowers, is both ornamental and versatile.

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Their friendship lasted from kindergarten through college but it wasn’t until Kara and Ken graduated and were both living in Hoboken, New Jersey, that they became romantically involved. After an equally romantic engagement—Ken proposed to his love during a European getaway in San Sebastián, Spain, overlooking the entirety of the coastal city—the couple set to work preparing for an intimate Rhode Island wedding. “We’ve come to Newport every summer since we’ve been together and just love the area,” says Kara. During a venue scout, Kara and Ken quickly realized that a larger wedding and larger venue space didn’t truly resonate with their overall vision for their wedding day. After learning that The Chanler at Cliff Walk could accommodate a summer Sunday date in 2014, the couple jumped at the chance.

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“We went up on a very rainy weekend in March and decided that, even in the gloomy weather, it [The Chanler] was our spot,” says Kara. “The staff was really lovely to deal with, the food is always amazing and what was most important is that, although it is a higher-end venue, not one person working there is pretentious—they all made us feel really welcome and comfortable. The view is certainly not bad, either!” more>

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After only two-and-a-half months of planning, Kara, a fashion publicist in New York City, was able to pull together a small wedding with big impact. Her bridal style set the tone for a stunning get-together: she wore a simple belted Sarah Janks gown, a neutral Stuart Weitzman sandal, a lush, delicate flower crown and rose gold jewelry to coordinate. With a guest list of 20—them included—Kara and Ken created a memorable day that focused on its guests and the location and not a big party. Getting their families involved—Ken’s father created the ceremony arbor under which the couple wed (it will be used outside their home some day); his sisters were both ordained and performed the ceremony—was extremely important.

“It was really about creating an experience for everyone, since no one was from the surrounding area and some had never been to Newport before,” says Kara. “We wanted to share all of the things we love about the town while making it really easy for people to travel and enjoy themselves. We also wanted to work with vendors who made us feel comfortable and individual, not just like another couple getting married.

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“Planning a wedding can be very stressful, so I think once we made it to the actual weekend we just felt really confident and happy that we had stuck with our plan,” says Kara. “That, and having an amazing husband and gorgeous Newport weather for six full days.”

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Even though Elizabeth (Betsy) and Ty grew up in different states, their paths kept crossing. “It sounds so cliché, but it felt magnetic from the start,” says Betsy. The couple was first introduced in 2008 through Ty’s childhood friend from Maine, who was also Betsy’s classmate and friend at Bowdoin College. “I vividly remembered meeting [Ty] and can still picture him and his big grin [at] the gym, but I changed jobs and left [Boston] shortly after,” remembers Betsy. A year later she moved back to Boston and bumped into him again; it turned out that Betsy’s friend from home in Needham, Mass., was also Ty’s co-worker. “We had so many mutual friends and common interests,” says Betsy. “We just clicked.”

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The couple also shared many of the same values, including the importance of staying close to family and friends. “Our wedding day was, of course, about celebrating our love,” says Betsy, “but for us, it was also about celebrating the people we love [and] who made us who we are.” So, on June 7, 2014, in front of all their friends and family, Ty and Betsy were married in Osterville at Our Lady of the Assumption. “The Cape has always been special to me and my family,” says Betsy, “and Ty and I have had so many great memories together in Osterville already.”

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in mind for their “simple yet elegant” reception. Karen Taddei from Lilacs Florals designed the blushingly sweet bridal bouquet; the table centerpieces were comprised of peonies, roses, hydrangeas and freesia. To record the special day, the couple chose Jenny Moloney Photography. “Her pictures are so soft and romantic and she has an amazing ability to capture emotion and to capture special moments,” says Betsy, who is also close family friends with Jenny.

About her craft, Jenny explains, “I love to play with lighting to create mood and signify emotion.” One black-and-white image, for example, perfectly caught Betsy and Ty laughing during one of the speeches. “Photos like these are some of the best of all,” she says, “and ones that would bring me to a specific feeling and moment that I would want to remember forever.” Betsy agrees: “That black-andwhite shot so clearly captures the joy of the day.”

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he traditional turn of phrase in determining the desirability of a property, “location, location, location,” is particularly apt when choosing your wedding venue. You want a place that suits a variety of people: your grandmother, your photographer, your friends, but most importantly, yourselves. It has to deliver big on food and service while creating a magical setting for your big celebration. ABOVE: Whispering Pines Conference Center is beautiful day or evening.

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Many couples choose Harbor Lights Marina + Country Club for its beautiful setting in Warwick, Rhode Island. Situated on 72 acres, Harbor Lights offers marina and water views and a stunning tree line. Events Administrator Kelley O’Toole says, “We like to say, ‘We’ve got the Newport feel but in Warwick.’ Our ballroom is literally two full walls of pure scenery.” O’Toole notes that Harbor Lights offers a modern spin on tradition. If a bride and groom want to set up a game of corn hole on the back patio, Harbor Lights is happy to oblige. O’Toole says, “We cater toward everything each bride and groom want.”

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In Charlestown, Rhode Island, photographers eagerly utilize the classic New England charm of Meadow Brook Inn, especially its formal garden with fountain and its open woodland space, complete with rustic wood fences. Couples love that Meadow Brook Inn hosts just one event at a time and that the clients work directly with the owner. “Their wedding is as important to me as it is to them,” says proprietor Marisa Rizzo. Rizzo remembers working with her chef to find coconut milk-based ice cream from nearby Powder Mill Creamery for a couple with extreme dietary issues. It’s those little things, she says, which show that the inn “is not a faceless corporate entity. It’s the personal touch.” more>

FROM TOP: Rustic and elegant table setting outside the Meadow Brook Inn. Wedding party portrait at Harbor Lights Marina + Country Club.

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ABOVE: Ceremony setup and bright and bold reception decor at Kirkbrae Country Club.

There is no more ringing endorsement of a venue than when the events coordinator chooses it for her own special day. Nichole Rowley, director of event sales and marketing at Kirkbrae Country Club in Lincoln, Rhode Island, chose Kirkbrae for her wedding last year because she knew firsthand she could relax there. “When you book your event, the same person books it, plans it and is present on your wedding day. You get personalized service from beginning to end,” says Rowley. Nestled in Northern Rhode Island’s Blackstone Valley, Kirkbrae offers sprawling outdoor patios, a bridal garden, waterfalls and a bridge—yet it’s just 10 minutes from downtown Providence.

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Surrounded by hills and woods, the Zukas Hilltop Barn in Spencer, Mass., provides a setting off the beaten track. Its private, secluded feel lends itself to special requests that have ranged from butterfly releases to fireworks. Family-owned and -operated, the venue uses its own vegetable gardens, fruit trees, berry bushes, fresh eggs and herbs whenever possible. Wedding Coordinator Alyson Russo says, “There aren’t many venues where the chef is in the fields in the morning picking her produce for a 200-person event later that day.” Situated lakeside in the woods, the Whispering Pines Conference Center has the added attraction of overnight accommodations in West Greenwich, Rhode Island. Special Events Coordinator Erin Guerra says, “It offers a destination wedding within Rhode Island.” Tacking on additional days on either side of the wedding allows friends and family to enjoy the 2,400 acres and activities such as recreational hiking, beach volleyball and bocce. Guests can also unwind around the nightly campfire with a s’mores basket provided by Whispering Pines. Perhaps the best perk of all is that the 32 overnight rooms are not open to the public but are reserved for your more> friends and family. It really does become your home away from home.

ABOVE: Whispering Pines Conference Center offers a unique, intimate setting for a wedding weekend away. LEFT: A blue and white fete at Zukas Hilltop Barn.

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RECEPTION + REHEARSAL DINNER | COUNTRY CLUBS + COUNTRY SETTINGS The quarter mile approach to Ledgemont Country Club in Seekonk, Mass., gets you in the mood for a special event well before the majestic clubhouse greets you. An outdoor patio and a dining room with full window views of the greens help guests enjoy the outdoors throughout the entire event. General Manager Jack Tosone says that the club is known for its great food. Its longtime chef makes a point to cater to each couple’s individual whims. Recently, he remembers, the bride and groom requested their own pizza even though their guests dined on perfectly prepared filet mignon. Tosone says, “We don’t do cookie-cutter weddings. We don’t package them. If the bride and groom want something out of the ordinary, we make sure they get it.”

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When you have your wedding at Independence Harbor in Assonet, Mass., the estate is yours alone, with no other events or customers present. Sales Director Connie Dunning says that Independence Harbor has been in the business of weddings for 38 years and 95 percent of their business is weddings. She says, “We treat each one as very special. Some couples want rustic; others want glitzy. Some want peacock feathers; others want burlap.” With thousands of daffodils erupting in April, the gardens continue to bloom all the way through December for your special event. Whether piled high with wrapped presents during the holidays or filled with seasonal flowers, the property’s half-dozen carriages always reflect the seasons.

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Quidnessett Country Club in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, capitalizes on its location. Assistant General Manager Carole Temple says, “Our view of Narragansett Bay is unparalleled throughout the state. Both of our banquet rooms have large outdoor decks overlooking the bay.” Sweeping seaside vistas, both inside and out, attract couples to Quidnessett. Thirty years of experience creating custom weddings ensure that brides and grooms and their guests go home happy. The New Haven Lawn Club in New Haven, Connecticut, offers a historic Art Deco building replete with architectural detailing that will make you feel like you’re in The Great Gatsby, according to Christine Brush, director of weddings. Archways, columns, a vaulted portico, working fireplaces in each room and a Lalique crystal starburst chandelier in the foyer create a memorable space that couples can easily make their own, from simple affairs to very glamorous events. Brush says that the longtime executive chef has deliberately staffed the kitchen with chefs of all ethnicities to create inventive and flavorful food. This diversity also ensures that couples can customize a menu and make it more> their own as well. TOP: A couple steals a moment on the grounds of Quidnessett Country Club. RIGHT: A bride poses on the portico at the New Haven Lawn Club.

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Function Manager Abby Nolan says that couples find rustic elegance at The Pavilion at The Pinehills Golf Club. “Our vaulted ceilings and exposed wood beams make brides’ jaws drop,” she adds. Surrounded by woodlands and a beautiful golf course in Plymouth, Mass., couples can revel in a variety of picturesque settings. For a favorite photo op, they meander over the grounds to Old Sandwich Road, the oldest working dirt road in the nation, for a lovely and historic backdrop. Franklin Country Club in Franklin, Mass., prides itself on its landscaping. Director of Membership Sales and Marketing Kasey Cummings says, “I’ve worked at six other clubs. I’ve never seen outdoor plantings like ours.” Wedding parties and guests can enjoy a variety of outdoor living rooms, all boasting blooming gardens and seating, plus an event team that is ready for anything. Cummings remembers one bride who wanted to get married overlooking the pond at the fourth hole and did not want a tent. Just as the ceremony was about to begin, the skies opened up. “It was absolutely adorable! Everyone had their umbrellas. Some of the prettiest photos ever,” Cummings remembers. Meanwhile, the event team regrouped and set up the ceremony very, very quickly in the dining room and prepared for a cocktail hour to follow on the covered deck. According to Cummings, everyone had so much fun. Even rain can’t spoil a great wedding at the right venue.

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When most people think of a southern New England wedding, their minds conjure up visions of picturesque shorelines and classic seaside towns. While it certainly has plenty of coastal charm, southern New England is also home to some of the country’s oldest and most historic buildings. If you’re looking to add an element of time-tested charm to your wedding celebration, then you’ll want to check out these sites, all of which offer period details and natural settings coupled with modern-day amenities. Situated on more than 350 acres of natural beauty in central Vermont, the Mountain Top Inn & Resort offers the perfect backdrop for weddings in all seasons. With sweeping mountain and lake views and the Green Mountain National Forest at its doorstep, the resort is no less than a collection of endless photo opportunities. The sprawling property includes a 17,000-square-foot barn, a lakeside pavilion as well as the main lodge, cabins, cottages and vacation homes. Couples can even take advantage of the onsite equestrian center and arrive at their wedding by horse-drawn carriage or, in the winter, by horse-drawn sleigh. Wedding guests are even able to “take over” the inn, which was originally built in the 1900s. “Even though the property is large, guests still get that small, quaint inn feel,” says Laura Conti, marketing manager. “We offer that backyard wedding feeling but on a multimillion dollar property,” agrees Khele Sparks, general manager. “We’ve got the best view in the state.” more>

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RECEPTION + REHEARSAL DINNER | HISTORIC INNS + VENUES Just a few miles north of the famous Newport mansions sits Linden Place in downtown Bristol, Rhode Island. Built in 1810 by General George DeWolf, the property boasts not only the grand mansion but also sculptures, gardens and a courtyard that is perfect for outdoor ceremonies. Guests have access to the whole property and are encouraged to wander through the mansion, roam the gardens and enjoy the setting.

“It’s perfect for couples who want something that’s not over the top but that still offers a unique and vintage feel,” says Susan Battle, site administrator. She describes the space as classically styled and bright and airy and says the experience is like “stepping back into an old seaport town.” With the growing popularity of rustic elegance as a wedding trend, Linden Place is seeing more and more guests incorporate big farm tables, wine caskets and other natural elements. With its working fireplace, hardwood floors, exposed beam ceilings and large carriage house doors, it’s the perfect setting for a rustic yet elegant affair. Rhodes on the Pawtuxet, which sits on the banks of the Pawtuxet River in Cranston, Rhode Island, is steeped in tradition and history and has been a hub of social and recreational activity in the

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Pawtuxet Village area since the late 1800s. Its current ballroom opened to the public in 1915 and the gazebo was built in 1880. “It really has that ‘wow’ factor when you walk in,” says Maggie Shields, general manager. “There’s nothing else like it.” Although it epitomizes vintage, the venue also prides itself on offering couples unlimited resources so that their weddings can be completely customized. Another popular Rhodes on the Pawtuxet feature is the beautiful backdrop of the Pawtuxet Bridge, which Jessica Krasner, event coordinator, describes as perfect for a couple’s “first look.” “It’s a great place to share that special moment,” she says. The New Bedford Whaling Museum, with its harbor views and nearby cobblestone streets, represents the quintessential location for an authentic seaside village affair. Its magnificent whale skeletons, half-scale walk-on Lagoda model and 22 onsite galleries offer dramatic photo opportunities and scenic backdrops galore. Built in 1916, it’s currently the largest whaling museum in the world and offers several options for both ceremonies and receptions. Most couples opt for an outdoor ceremony on the plaza followed by cocktail hour in the Lagoda room and dinner and dancing in the Jacobs Family Gallery. Beginning in September 2015, a new fourth-floor space called the Harbor Gallery will feature floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking New Bedford Harbor, beautiful hardwood floors and a spacious observation deck.

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“The museum is a great option because it’s both historic and unique,” says Stephanie Poyant Moran, senior director of marketing and public relations. Guests are also treated to a private viewing of the museum during all events. more>

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Plimoth Plantation was founded by Henry Hornblower II in 1947 and began as two English cottages and a fort on Plymouth’s historic waterfront. Since then, it’s grown to include five different sites at three different locations and has become a living history museum that transports guests back to the 17th century. The Hornblower Garden offers a unique colonial setting in a classic English tea garden. “You feel like you’re in the middle of the woods,” says Diane Cox, catering sales manager. The Peabody Pavilion is both “rustic and elegant,” says Cox, with high beamed ceilings and painted cement floors. Originally built in 1909 by Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt, the Vanderbilt Grace is a vintage Newport mansion that has been restored to its former glory and is one of the few private homes of the era to operate for guests as a fully functioning luxury boutique hotel. The historic brick building is located in downtown Newport and offers guests the chance to step back in time to an age of leisure and grandeur. From an intimate wedding in a private suite to an event with up to 50 guests, Vanderbilt Grace offers elegant gardens, a mansion setting and a rooftop terrace as well as world-class cuisine by renowned chef Jonathan Cartwright.

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Rhode Island has no shortage of beautiful waterfront settings that offer plenty of opportunities for customizing your day. Warwick’s 70-room, French château-style Aldrich Mansion blends European sensibility with a view of Narragansett Bay. The 75-acre estate, which was built for Senator Nelson W. Aldrich, hosts one event a day to ensure total focus on the bridal party. Aldrich Mansion can hold 230 guests, and an on-site chef helps make preparing the menu a seamless process. Twenty-five miles away in Newport, The Chanler at Cliff Walk offers unique weddings that are carefully tailored to the bride and groom’s personalities. The hotel’s general manager, Christine Sullivan, and her staff help wedding groups book a sunset sail instead of the traditional rehearsal dinner, which allows guests to see Newport in a different way. Guests can also customize their menu for the entire wedding weekend, with dishes that are special to the couple or remind them of a favorite memory or moment together. Some couples offer their guests lawn games like bocce ball, ladder golf and corn hole for some lighthearted fun during cocktail hour. “Our intimate size affords us the opportunity to have a wedding take over the property and provides our staff the opportunity to focus on the couple,” says Sullivan. “We don’t have multiple events in a day, so the focus is solely on the one wedding taking place that day or weekend and meeting the specific needs of each bride and groom.”

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Close by, the Hyatt Regency Newport has a host of different options that fit every bridal party’s needs. Start with a ceremony at the Newport Harbor Lighthouse, where the Newport Bridge and Newport Harbor provide unrivaled backdrops to the dreamiest of weddings. Afterward, proceed to the Waterfront Pavilion, which seats up to 150 (and is also a great alternative for a rehearsal dinner); the Rose Island Ballroom, with a dance floor, outdoor deck and views of Narragansett Bay; or the 8,000-square-foot Grand Ballroom, which can hold up to 400 guests. Nearby, OceanCliff offers the opportunity for a large wedding in an intimate waterfront mansion and hotel with 10 acres of lush lawns and 24 guest rooms. The Grand Ballroom, with views of Narragansett Bay and the Newport Bridge, can fit up to 230 guests for the main reception while an adjoining patio is a perfect spot for guests to enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. The tented Upper Deck with bay views is another option that allows for the best of inside and outside parties. One of OceanCliff’s most unique offerings is the Aurora, a 101-foot classic schooner that wedding parties can rent for rehearsal dinners or day-after-wedding fun. OceanCliff’s sister property, The Regatta Place, is situated on Goat Island Marina. The tented venue can hold 180 people and offers on-site catering and a separate ceremony site. In Bristol, the Bristol Harbor Inn’s Waterfront Deck can accommodate up to 140 guests and comes with a 30- by 60-foot tent so you don’t have to worry about the weather. The Diman Room seats up to 80 people and the recently restored DeWolf Room has a historic feel to it with wide-plank floors and space for 120 guests. more>

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RECEPTION + REHEARSAL DINNER | WATERFRONT VENUES On Cape Cod, the Sea Crest Beach Hotel in Falmouth has a multitude of options for weddings, from Nauset Center, where rooms can hold up to 180 people, to three ballrooms and the more intimate 60-guest three-season porch. With sweeping views of Buzzards Bay and Old Silver Beach, the Sea Crest allows guests the chance to make a weekend out of the wedding and leave with sand between their toes. Farther down the Cape, Chatham Bars Inn boasts panoramic sea views from nearly every location on the historic property. Choose from reception sites like the South Lawn, which can host up to 400 guests in a tent, or the Boat House Lawn, which is the perfect location for a ceremony, with its stairway entrance and unique arch facing the ocean. The resort’s most soughtafter indoor venue is the Beach House, where the Monomoy Ballroom can be used for a formal reception or after-party. The ballroom’s sound-insulated walls allow weddings to last as late as 1 a.m. At the resort’s luxurious spa, 600-square-foot spa suites accommodate the bridal party with a private space for a pre-wedding massage before strolling down the aisle.

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Also on the Cape, Ocean Edge Resort and Golf Club in Brewster has the region’s largest ballroom, the Mansion Ballroom. Or couples can opt for the 2,500-square-foot Linx Pavilion, which is perfect for smaller weddings (80 to 100 people). For those desiring classical appeal and an intimate setting, the original mansion, which was built in 1912 and is on the National Register of Historic Places, suits weddings of up to 50 people. Have a larger party but still want that historic feeling? Plan for a tented reception on the lawn, under the linden trees with the mansion and carriage house as picturesque backdrops.

CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: Decorated tent at Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club. Exterior mansion view of Ocean Edge. The docks at Chatham Bars Inn. Beach view of the Sea Crest Beach Hotel.

For true Cape Cod ambience, host your wedding at Harwich Port’s 20-room Inn on the Beach overlooking Nantucket Sound. Guests (and couples) will enjoy the inn’s private beach, chaise lounges and hammocks set up in the sand. Fly a kite, play volleyball or collect seashells during your wedding weekend. The outdoor patios and deck can hold up to 80 people for the ceremony or a casual cocktail reception, and you can chose a more formal reception or clambake on the beach. At the tip of the Cape, the Harbor Hotel in Provincetown represents prime waterfront space for wedding receptions. Couples can chose either the lounge area, which holds up to 150 guests and offers plated and buffet-style dinners (its floor-to-ceiling glass doors open towards Provincetown Bay), or a tent that accommodates up to 250 people in the courtyard near the outdoor pool and Cabana Bar. The Harbor Hotel’s 129 rooms, including 10 suites, make staying on the property an easy option for guests. Who would say no to waking up to the sound of more> waves crashing on the beach?

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Off Cape, but still in Massachusetts, White Cliffs Country Club in Plymouth has a tent that can hold 220 people and connects with the Bay Room, used for dancing. It’s situated on a 175-foot cliff overlooking Cape Cod Bay. During warm weather, the gazebo is an ideal place for outdoor ceremonies, while off-season weddings take place inside without sacrificing any water views. A new addition to the country club, a “funicular” (an elevator) takes bridal parties down to the private beach. Weddings are only open to members, but social memberships can be purchased for a onetime fee of $250. In Mattapoisett, Shining Tides, a former summer home built at the end of the 19th-century, effortlessly blends history and refined elegance. For receptions, wedding parties and guests have access to the newly expanded front porch, the front lawn, the beachfront on Mattapoisett Harbor and the 20- by 20-foot dance floor.

CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: Photo-op at Shining Tides. Walk as husband and wife on the beach adjacent to White Cliffs Country Club. Beachfront ceremony along Mattapoisett Harbor.

The Madison Beach Hotel on Long Island Sound in Connecticut is a seaside resort with 32 guest rooms. The hotel staff takes a comprehensive but relaxed approach to weddings. “A typical wedding for us means yoga on the beach the morning of the wedding for the girls, lunch for the groomsmen in Spinnaker Lounge and a couple’s massage the morning after,” says Libby Rutty, director of catering for weddings and special events. Most couples have their reception in the ballroom, with a dance floor that has room for 150 guests. “If the weather does not cooperate, our ceremonies take place in a separate room inside overlooking the water, with a covered porch and lounge for cocktails. Some couples opt for cocktail hour on the Grassy Strip, the lawn by the dunes.” Whether celebrating your wedding in Massachusetts, Rhode Island or Connecticut southern New England’s varied array of seaside ceremony and reception venues are sure to please.

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Boston is replete with swank spaces for the well-heeled bride and groom in search of a polished post-wedlock party locale, but none can deliver that modern-day savoir faire quite like the Mandarin Oriental. The luxury Back Bay hotel is home to the state’s only Forbes five-star-rated spa as well as the newly opened Bar Boulud, a French-inspired bistro and wine bar overseen by Michelin-starred chef Daniel Boulud. With soaring windows that deliver expansive views of Boylston Street, the Oriental Ballroom attracts large receptions numbering upwards of 250 guests. The adjacent Lotus Suite is a mid-reception retreat for the couple looking to savor a solitary second or two.

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Couples have been turning to the New England Aquarium for breathtaking backdrops, boats by their side and a few aquatic friends to boot. The Terrace Tent and Main Exhibit Gallery harbor up to 225 guests and the ground’s waterfront location has some of Boston’s most spectacular views. The aquarium also favors the finest fare and partners with Chef Barbara Lynch, the brains behind exclusive eateries such as Menton and No. 9 Park, to execute its catering efforts.

An enchanting affair awaits couples in the Sitting Grove, an alfresco oasis enveloped by lush greenery and a dynamic landscape that’s fit for ceremonies, cocktail receptions and plated dinners. And at the helm of all that’s custom and creative in culinary, there’s Ian Reeves, a seasoned chef who carves out meticulously thought-out menus worthy of matrimonial bliss.

A block beyond the merriment of Massachusetts Avenue and amidst the prestige of the Ivy League sits the Charles Hotel in Harvard Square. The Cambridge landmark is known for its garden courtyard and effortlessly marries earthy elegance and urban intrigue.

“We listen to couples and incorporate their preferences,” explains Eric Czerlonka, director of catering. “Couples personally meet with our chef to discuss their menu, dietary preferences and enhancements.”

“I’m seeing a lot of rustic-chic-themed weddings,” says Carolyn Croisier, director of catering sales. In keeping with the farm-to-table trend couples are craving, Chef Peter Davis whips up wholesome, hearty dishes on demand. His 20-year-old haunt, Henrietta’s Table, is popular among the culinary elite and draws those hungry for organic ingredients, rich flavors and nononsense cooking. more>

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The Charles Hotel houses two spacious private rooms suitable for both formal and semi-formal soirées: the Charles Ballroom (holding 225 guests) and the Regattabar (accommodating 130 guests).

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Couples searching for a subdued setting outside of the city should look no further than Demetri’s Function Facility. Sandwiched between Boston and Providence, the Foxborough venue is conveniently located on Route 1. Ballrooms are lavished with French doors, cascading chandeliers and ornate fixtures. With more than 18,000 square feet of space, Demetri’s is a one-stop shop offering onsite selection of invitations, floral arrangements and entertainment. The Providence Marriott is not your typical large-scale city property. According to Donna DiOrio, director of catering sales, the hotel prides itself on providing brides and grooms with a principal event coordinator who will walk the couple through their entire wedding planning process step-by-step. “We work extremely hard to ensure our couples have true professionals coordinating every detail from the beginning of their journey with us to the end of their special day,” says DiOrio.

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In addition to staff striving for that seamless experience, the hotel’s interior is one to entice the senses. “Our newly renovated Grand Ballroom is truly unique,” says DiOrio. “It has warm, rich tones with a blend of paprika and gold. The style is sophisticated with crystal chandeliers providing soft lighting.”

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Couples (and patrons alike) looking for refuge in the midst of their prenuptial rush can escape to AQUA, the only poolside lounge in Providence. “It has been described as an oasis in the city by many of our guests,” adds DiOrio. Food enthusiasts have also been flocking to the downtown establishment in praise of Franco Paterno. As executive chef for the past 30 years, Paterno has transformed what was once a hefty buffet-style menu into a contemporary dining experience centered on a la carte offerings.

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With its appealing architecture and red brick facade, the Providence Biltmore has made a mark on the city’s skyline since its debut in 1922. The same firm responsible for the palatial construction of Manhattan’s Grand Central Station designed this illustrious hotel. World-renowned Big Band entertainers such as Benny Goodman and the Dorsey Brothers even performed in the Garden Room. “It’s a legendary icon,” says Pamela Baldwin, director of sales and marketing. “It was the most glamorous hotel to open in the area.” Gracing the 17th floor but spanning up to the 18th floor with its celestial ceiling, the Grand Ballroom caters to 250 guests. With stately windows draped in lush fabric, jewel-toned carpeting and a glistening dance floor, the room’s aura mimics a vintage majesty from years past. Brides bent on opulence and grooms going for something more> grand will appreciate these qualities and more. southernNEweddings.com

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RECEPTION + REHEARSAL DINNER | CITY STYLE For “old-world provincial meets modern-day posh,” there’s Chapel Grille, located just south of Providence in Cranston, Rhode Island. Specializing in boutique events, the three-year-old Mediterranean-style restaurant flaunts an open-air, top-level loft marked by a vaulted ceiling, original woodwork and Renaissance-inspired art. “It’s an enchanting and magical space,” says Cara Gale, private event coordinator. “The choir loft is perfect for casual rehearsal dinners and, because it’s not completely private, you get the energy and ambience from the bar below.”

Chapel Grille also totes some impressive history: it’s the former chapel for the Sockanosset Training School for Boys, a reform institution for wayward males built at the turn of the 19th century. The choir loft seats up to 45 guests for a plated dinner but can accommodate 50 for a cocktail-style event. In the sun-drenched conservatory, 38 reception guests can comfortably enjoy a plated affair. For larger groups of 100 family and friends, Chapel Grille’s lower-level wine salon and adjacent patio fit the bill. Chapel Grille’s Choir Loft is a cozy nook that can accommodate intimate plated dinners and cocktail-style events.

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Gale has noticed an uptick in intimate weddings consisting of fewer than 100 guests and a planning process of approximately six months versus the typical one- to two-year timeline. Rehearsal dinners composed of passed hors d’oeuvres, themed stations and cocktails are also growing in popularity.

“Many couples are exploring when it comes to rehearsal dinners,” explains Gale. “Since it’s a smaller group, they’re looking for a space and a menu that encourage mingling.”

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Holding a wedding reception under a tent on a beautiful night can feel like a fairytale. Many couples are opting for tented receptions, from grandiose cloth walls and twinkling hanging lights to handbuilt dance floors and one-of-a-kind settings. These days, some brides and grooms are not even stopping at just one tent. Multiple tent setups and creative lounge areas featuring comfy couches, plush chairs and coffee tables have emerged as a popular trend with staying power.

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ABOVE: FROM LEFT: Lush draping and soft seating add something extra to this tent by Newport Tent Company. Chase Canopy brings the glam to this chic set-up.

Dan Chase, co-owner of Chase Canopy in Mattapoisett, Mass., has seen a huge increase in the popularity of lounge furniture. Chase Canopy has been in business for nearly four decades and offers everything from tents and flooring to lighting, catering equipment, linens and more. “There has been a huge drift away from round tables and chairs and a surge in lounge areas,” says Chase. “Couples want to invite guests into their living rooms. You get a more relaxed and casual feel. I have seen everything from a nightclub atmosphere to a rustic design with wooden tables and chairs to an ultra-modern look with lots of chrome and right angles.”

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Sperry Tents of West Wareham, Mass., has worked with many clients who broke away from the traditional single-tent setup and opted for a more extravagant design. The rental company, which offers authentic, handmade sailcloth tents, has been in business for more than 20 years providing tents, lighting and flooring. “People are getting creative with outdoor weddings and are using multiple tents to create different destinations,” says Tim Sperry, president. “Having more than one tent gives guests options for relaxing and partying. For example, some couples choose to have a cocktail tent where guests can escape loud music and mingle. In terms of space and budget, more tents are definitely more indulgent but they give guests the opportunity to spread out and retreat.”

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LEFT: Clear-top tent by Chase Canopy. BELOW: Double tent provided by Quality Rental.

Additional tents are not only for creating an exclusive cocktail destination or relaxation area, however. They can be used in a wide variety of ways. “We have created cigar tents, which are popular with the guys. We have also done a kids-only tent as a place for little ones to play,” says Sperry.

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Newport Tent Company in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, is the Ocean State’s largest tent provider, offering hardwood dance floors, tables and chairs. “Weddings are getting more sophisticated every year and there are more and more elements,” says Bill Corcoran, president. He has seen many different uses for tents: “We have done photo booths, espresso stations and more.”

Multiple tents are not only visually pleasing and convenient for guests but are also a great “Plan B” for inclement weather, especially for weddings with hundreds of people in attendance. “We can connect the tents together in case of bad weather. It gives you an option if you’re not able to hold your cocktail hour or ceremony outside,” says Corcoran. “It’s rain insurance and gives the bride peace of mind if there’s a thunderstorm. Everyone can just flow into that tent.” Sperry wholeheartedly agrees that an extra tent can save the day in case of unexpected showers. “It helps relieve bottlenecking and crowding more> underneath the main tent,” he says.

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No matter the weather forecast, Don Reposa, owner of ABC Rent-A-Tent in Westport, Mass., thinks multiple tents and lounge areas add excitement to outdoor weddings. Among other things, ABC offers tents, tables, chairs, lighting, china and linens. “Multiple tents make things more interesting for guests. They are able to wander around to different areas,” says Reposa. “If the wedding site has a gorgeous view or a beautiful garden area, then that is the perfect place for a cocktail tent.”

Multiple seating areas under this tent by Chase Canopy provides options for guests.

Sandy Frechette, event consultant at Quality Rental of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, thinks multiple tent setups and lounge areas enhance a wedding’s style and sophistication. “I think more than one tent can split up the wedding a bit, but it can also add elegance, especially with the addition of a lounge area,” says Frechette. “Some couples even choose to add chandeliers and coffee tables.” The grandeur of multiple tents and fancy furniture does not come without a price tag, however. Extra tents and additional rentals bulk up the budget. “From a dollar standpoint, this type of wedding definitely costs more,” says Chase. “However, from an aesthetic standpoint, it’s a lot more interesting and surprises guests with visual appeal.” Corcoran has a great tip for couples who may not be able to afford multiple tents. “Alternatively, we can make the reception tent longer and build a beautiful fabric wall divider. That way there can be a separate lounge area under the main tent.” No matter the outdoor setup, Chase believes in concentrating on the bigger picture. “You can always have a great event, even with a simple design. It’s still about the people who come to the wedding. It will be special no matter what the circumstances.”

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SOUTH COUNTY IS A JEWEL OF A RHODE ISLAND DESTINATION—a unique, natural setting ripe for memorable nuptials and weeklong wedding celebrations. To honor its stunning locale, and to share just a glimpse of its beauty with brides-to-be, the South County Tourism Council offers the exclusive South County Bridal Show, an annual event focusing on affordability, diversity and the region’s many intimate settings that capture couples’ hearts time and again. Myrna George, president and chief executive office , took a moment to talk about what makes the bridal show so special, and why South County is one

Bay; it is a perfect view-laden setting for your reception, rehearsal dinner or wedding. Other sites include the Gilbert Stuart Birthplace & Museum, BabcockSmith House Museum, General Nathanael Greene Homestead and Smith’s Castle.

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place not to be missed. SNEW: What sets South County apart as an ideal wedding destination? What is the allure? MG: South County is an affordable, premiere wedding destination, dubbed “The New Hamptons” by the Today Show. What sets South County apart is its abundant, natural beauty, including more than 20 South County Bridal Show public beaches. Dramatic ocean views, Sunday, January 4, 2015 rolling, picturesque country scenes as The Towers, Narragansett, RI 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. well as a collection of historical sites and properties offer something for all seasons and all tastes. South County gives couples plenty of choices for memorable wedding venues. The “shoulder” season (fall, spring and even winter) presents more affordable options and dates. South County is for anyone seeking a destination wedding that is a world away from the ordinary. Everything needed to plan and host the perfect wedding is here: unique, exclusive bridal boutiques, award-winning spas, abundant catering options as well as transportation, entertainment and guest accommodations for every budget! SNEW: What are popular South County landmarks for weddings, wedding-related events and/or tourist destinations? MG: The South County Museum is a unique, picturesque option with six exhibit buildings and seven acres of beautiful grounds consisting of heirloom fl wer and herb gardens bordered by woods, meadows and salt marshes. Meadow Brook Inn’s enchanting, landscaped property is ideal for outdoor cocktail receptions and its elegant ballroom is a charming reception location. The Coast Guard House Restaurant—newly remodeled—is a beautiful landmark venue sited right on Narragansett

SNEW: Can you comment on the South County Bridal Show and what couples can expect to experience while attending? MG: The South County Bridal Show showcases fun, food and the family of wedding providers that make every celebration memorable. The South County Tourism Council compiles and provides attending brides with the exclusive South County Wedding Planner, which outlines all the details that need to be considered leading up to their special day. It is always helpful to have a budget in mind as well as a desirable date. While it’s great to be prepared, it’s also wise to keep an open mind and be inspired by all that South County has to offer. SNEW: How many vendors, and what type, are typically involved in the show? MG: The 2015 South County Bridal Show will offer a variety of vendors, such as: A-Airline Express Limo & Car Service, Inc., Atomic Catering, Carriage Inn & Saloon, Caster Creations, Coast Guard House, East Greenwich Photo and Studio, Matunuck Oyster Bar, Melissa Ashley Brides Ltd., Nana’s Gelato Dessert Station, South County Museum, Spa Mosaic, Susan Sancomb Photography, Weedweavers, Westerly CCU and more! SNEW: What are some perks to attending a bridal show? MG: Brides have a chance to win several prizes, including a bridal gown. They can see firsthand what s available, taste food samples and discuss their needs with vendors who are experts in planning South County weddings. Attendees will also learn some valuable tips of the trade that only the finest Sout County bridal vendors can provide.

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Some wedding settings come alive after the sun sets, and lighting is key to achieving that sought-after party vibe. These days, lighting options are virtually limitless, from uplighting and color-changing LEDs to rows of lanterns and hanging candles. Be creative and once dusk descends, your reception will start to glow.

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THIS PAGE: TOP: A tree trunk of string lights and various lanterns add extra intrigue outside Castle Hill Inn’s tented Chalet Terrace. THIS PAGE: BOTTOM: Bistro lights enliven a Sperry Tent on Elihu Island in Connecticut. FACING PAGE: CLOCKWISE FROM TOP RIGHT: Illuminated centerpieces contrast moody purple lighting inside the Hyatt Regency Newport. Unwinding in front of a fi epit at the Wychmere Beach Club. Lanterns encourage late-night lounging. A clear-top tent from Chase Canopy twinkles with bistro strings. Pink uplighting partners with LED candles.

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So much thought and care goes into the creation of a wedding menu, it’s only fair that just as much attention is paid to the signage. Hungry guests will thank you for letting them know what’s in store, from the first passed appetizer to the last cup of coffee.

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ABOVE: Handwritten labels identify the type of cheese being sampled. LEFT: A menu by stationer Lynn Graham Designs coordinates perfectly with the place setting. FACING PAGE: CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Clever use of a wooden cutting board as a centralized menu display. Just two words are needed to attract guests to this charmingly rustic raw bar presentation at Chatham Bars Inn. Gold lettering sets off this classic menu design. Miniature chalkboards add whimsy to a self-serve coffee and tea station.

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Midway through their August wedding reception, the band asked guests of the new Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Buckley to step outside onto the terraces at Willowbend. Elizabeth and Steve, along with family and friends, were treated to a spectacular surprise fireworks show that mirrored the joy and celebration of the occasion. The real fireworks began in the fall of 2012, when Elizabeth and Steve first met through mutual friends. The pair clicked immediately, and began dating shortly thereafter. On Elizabeth’s birthday, after dinner at the site of their first date in the North End, Steve proposed. They then headed to what turned out to be a surprise birthday party for Elizabeth. As they entered the room, where excited family and friends yelled “Surprise!” Elizabeth “surprised” them right back by holding up a sparkling left hand. more>

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Steve spent childhood summers at his grandparents’ home in Falmouth and Elizabeth’s parents live at Willowbend in Mashpee, so it was fitting that their rehearsal dinner and wedding reception took place on the Cape. The couple’s vision for their wedding wasn’t complicated. “We wanted it to be classy and elegant but simple,” says Elizabeth. “We wanted to bring in a bit of the Cape, so we had starfish in the centerpieces and a raw bar. The flowers were so beautiful; we added only a few touches, like coral cranberries in the bouquets and centerpieces.”

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Most important to Elizabeth and Steve was the presence of loved ones. They also honored those who were absent. “We wanted to make sure our grandparents were a part of it, so we had photos of all of their weddings,” says Elizabeth. “Steve’s grandmother, Mimi, was the only grandparent there and our wedding day would have been her 67th anniversary. Mimi was so excited that we got married on the same day as her, which was special to us. more>

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They may have been learning chemistry together in the classroom, but for Karen Jiang and Hoong Chuin Lim, the chemistry in their relationship didn’t happen until years after their first meeting. The pre-med and biochemistry majors became friends while attending Brandeis University, but it took a while for them to start dating and fall in love. “He [Hoong] had a crush on me, but I thought I was too cool,” says Karen. “Since I was pre-med and he was biochem, we had a lot of classes together. After a while, I finally started to look at him differently and gave him a chance.” That was the start of a nine-year courtship during which the two spent a lot of time apart to focus on their education and careers. “We are both very career-oriented and busy, so that made being away from each other easier,” reveals Karen. “It was worth it, though, since I’m a doctor now and he is starting his career in biochemistry. It showed me that he is the most more> supportive person.”

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Once their schedules settled down, Hoong decided to pop the question. “We went to the beach. He asked me to sit up on some rocks and was being very sentimental. I was teasing him so he had to create the mood,” says Karen. “Then he got down on his knee; he was so nervous and shaking. I was in shock and said yes! All the beachgoers started clapping.”

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One year to the exact date of their engagement, which the bride says was a coincidence, the two came together to exchange vows at Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum in historic Bristol, Rhode Island. The couple had always envisioned a New England wedding and the venue, with its ocean backdrop and breathtaking gardens, was idyllic. “We wanted a beach wedding but without the

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wind,” says Karen. “Blithewold was perfect with the view, and the arboretum was beautiful.” As for her favorite part of the day, the bride has a vivid memory of walking down the aisle. “Everyone was looking at me and I realized all these people came together for us. It was amazing.”

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Nicole Jackson and Greg Leslie started dating in high school and have been best friends ever since. When they decided to get married, they knew they wanted their ceremony to be held at St. Mary’s Church in Foxboro, so they began looking for reception venues nearby. Saphire Estate, with its beautiful lakeshore views, immediately caught their eye. “We knew we wanted something intimate rather than a ballroom, so Saphire Estate was perfect for us,” says Nicole. “After meeting with the estate’s coordinator we knew that was our place. The staff was absolutely amazing and so accommodating. We were able to rent it out for the entire day whereas other locations only offered an afternoon or evening.”

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Greg’s most memorable moment was watching Nicole walk down the aisle at the church. Nicole says her favorite moments were driving to the church with her dad in an antique car, the personal and heartfelt homily at their mass, the couple’s first dance and time spent with her bridesmaids on Saphire’s private lawn. Nicole and Greg did not have a specific theme for their wedding but wanted to keep things light and fun. They chose a navy-and-sage color scheme with pops of bright greens in the flowers, menus and groomsmen’s striped ties. Bridesmaids wore navy dresses with green necklaces and nude pumps. more>

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Another highlight from the day included a cigar roller since Greg and both fathers love cigars. It turned out a lot of guests did as well. Greg’s father designed custom cigar labels for a personal touch. “It was a huge hit and a wonderful thing to have after dinner,” says Nicole. “Everyone was outside enjoying the beautiful patio and having cigars and then around 9 p.m., guests hit the dance floor and the party did not stop. Everyone had a great time.”

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Abby Colyer to Michael Martens 8.29.14 BY LENORE CULLEN BARNES

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Love might not be blind, but it can impair your vision. While their friends clearly saw a romance in the making, Abby and Michael remained blissfully oblivious. They knew each other for two years before they began dating in late 2010. “Our friends all said they saw it coming,” says Abby. “Michael and I didn’t see it at all.”

Time proved everyone else right, and in August 2013, Michael proposed during a festive weekend in Las Vegas. After much behind-the-scenes stress (the custom ring was sent to the wrong place, then temporarily lost), Abby’s sister, Anna, and two friends bore witness as he knelt down in a restaurant and asked Abby to marry him.

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On August 29, 2014, the couple exchanged vows in the courtyard of The Boston Public Library. Their families and about 50 close friends celebrated alongside the newlyweds. “The Boston Public Library was the only venue we looked at,” says Abby. “We’re both from the Midwest and wanted to get married in Boston, near where we live now. The courtyard with the fountain totally sold me.” more>

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because they’re expensive and die quickly, so the centerpieces were bunches of feathers. We really envisioned a brief ceremony and a dance party. “I couldn’t believe how perfectly everything went,” she continues. “I call the feeling I had that day ‘wedding day happy.’ I’m not normally a tearsof-joy-type person, but the tears wouldn’t stop coming. I’d like to go back to that day every day!”

Michael and Abby stood on the Juliet balcony for their first toast. Following cocktail hour in the courtyard, dinner and dancing were held in the Map Room Café. “I didn’t know what I wanted, which is why we decided to use a wedding planner [Something Old, Something New],” says Abby. “I knew I wanted blush, pink and gold tones. The combination was elegant and unexpected. I didn’t want flowers

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Marlo Franco to Mark Caruso 7.6.14 BY COURTNEY TOOMEY

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Everyone could tell that Marlo and Mark were in love, even before they were sure themselves. After meeting during their sophomore year of college, the couple didn’t go on an official date until two years later. “We had been friends for so long and everyone but us knew there was something more,” remembers Marlo. “Finally, we went out to dinner and from there, we were together.” After a romantic proposal where Mark hid an engagement ring under a dessert napkin for his future bride to find, the pair began planning their wedding. “I am originally from Rhode Island so I wanted to go back home and get married there,” says Marlo. “Once I saw The Regatta Place, I cancelled all my other appointments for the day. I knew that it was perfect and couldn’t have picked a better location.”

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On the day of their nuptials, to the surprise of some of their family and friends, the bride and groom opted for a “first look” so they could see one another before the ceremony. According to Marlo, this made the wedding even more special. “The first look was my favorite part of the day. The moment you step down the aisle, you have no time to be alone, so after our first look pictures, we spent time walking together, just the two of us. It took all the nerves away and made walking down the aisle even better.” more>

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The family-oriented couple also chose to incorporate some important heirlooms into their big day. Says the bride, “I wore my grandmother’s necklace and used a church hymn book that belonged to my great aunt. Mark carried his uncle’s rosary. It was so nice to have our families’ things with us.”

At the end of the night, the fireworks between Marlo and Mark weren’t the only ones visible. Due to inclement weather on the Fourth of July, postponed fireworks going off at a nearby location lit up the night sky during their reception. Marlo considered it “a nice freebie” that made the couple’s wedding that much more perfect.

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You never know when a chance meeting will change the rest of your life. Mary Kate and Matt met at his cousin’s housewarming party, and it was quickly obvious that they had a lot in common when it came to family, the future and spending quality time together. After three years of dating, romantic dinners on the Plymouth waterfront and a yellow lab puppy, Matt proposed to Mary Kate at the very spot where it all started: his cousin’s home. “As we began our wedding planning, we wanted to choose a local setting that was special to us,” says Mary Kate. “We had attended several events at the Duxbury Bay Maritime School and spent many Sundays sipping coffee and rocking in the chairs on the deck overlooking the boats.” Just a few miles from their new home in Duxbury, the Maritime School was the perfect place to give their guests a taste of New England, including a navy-and-gold nautical theme. more>

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The pair was wed by Mary Kate’s older brother, David, and guests played lawn games during cocktail hour. Regional-focused cuisine, complete with a raw bar served in a dory, was overseen by the very capable Silent Chef Catering from Scituate. Live music kept everyone on the dance floor all night long.

“We both agree that our favorite part of the day was the first look,” says Mary Kate. “Before the wedding ceremony, we had a wedding trolley bring the guys to ‘Bumpus,’ a small peninsula that overlooks the bay but actually faces the Maritime School from afar. The trolley then brought us girls to the site. Matt was standing alone facing the water. I walked to him and we shared a special, intimate moment before the day began. It was pretty awesome.”

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Yohana Rocha and Owen Boss arrived at a barbecue at UMass Amherst during their college years excited for a fun afternoon and left, unknowingly, having each met their future spouse. Owen’s innate sweetness caught Yohana’s attention and that quality extended to their engagement afternoon. “One random day I walked into the house and there he was, on one knee, asking me to marry him,” says Yohana. “He had been nervously waiting for me to arrive for hours. Owen recorded it so that we could post it on Facebook for all of our family members to be a part of.”

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After the initial excitement over their engagement, the couple hunted for wedding spots and knew they had found the right one when they saw the expansive lawns and woodland at The Villa at Ridder Country Club in East Bridgewater, Mass. “Their Madera ballroom was perfect for a rustic, chapel-style wedding,” says Yohana, “and the grand ballroom had a great modern feel while still being very romantic because of the large fireplace. Having our wedding at the Villa was the best decision we made.” more>

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While the couple didn’t have a set theme in mind, they knew they wanted something whimsical and romantic with an excess of flowers in a palette of blush, ivory and gold. The bridesmaids wore one-shoulder dresses in a flattering blush hue while the groomsmen wore traditional suits and ties to match the women’s dresses. The duo enlisted a team of experts to help them, including Judy’s Village Flower (who assembled tall, full centerpieces for the tables) and Melita Fiore for the five-tier, lace-like cake. Guests raved about the food, including the bride and

groom’s signature drink, the eye-catching ice sculpture dispensing cocktails, the late-night mashed potato bar and the chocolate chip cookies and coffee or hot chocolate that they took home with them. Yohana’s favorite part of her wedding? “The ceremony. Everything was so beautiful and very touching. It remains the happiest day of my life so far.”

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Scarlet Shore and Tom Clifton’s love story began in Notting Hill, London, almost 10 years ago. Tom was Scarlet’s resident advisor and although sparks flew, the timing was not right and she returned to the States to finish school. Fast-forward a few years later to downtown Manhattan where unbeknownst to Scarlet and Tom, they were once again neighbors, separated by just five blocks. After a random reconnection via email, the two started dating, which ultimately culminated in a magical proposal on a misty New York City evening atop a friend’s restaurant, with the glowing Empire State Building in the background.

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Throughout the planning process, the couple hired vendors that they felt a connection with and that shared their vision, including Exquisite Events, Sayles Livingston Design, photographer Steve DePino and the band Djore!. They chose OceanCliff as the venue because, Scarlet says, “It has the perfect balance of Newport’s rich and opulent history and the sense of intimacy we wanted.” more>

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The night before the wedding, all guests were invited to Rose Island, a tiny, private island off the coast of Newport, for a traditional New England clambake. “This gave everyone a chance to meet and connect over great food, a beautiful sunset, meaningful toasts and a fun boat ride both ways,” says Scarlet. The wedding itself was “garden-party formal” and the atmosphere festive with lots of personal touches. A close friend of the family became ordained to officiate the wedding, there were several readings encompassing multiple religions and traditions and one of Scarlet’s bridesmaids sang their first dance song. To match the serene beauty and color of the Atlantic Ocean, which the ceremony overlooked, bridesmaids wore mint green gowns and the groom donned a sharp blue suit. The wedding weekend was capped off by a farewell brunch on OceanCliff’s patio.

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Corey proposed to Jacquelyn on the campus of their alma mater, UMass Amherst. The couple had a long-term relationship before their wedding and similar tastes so planning the personal touches of their special day was a lot of fun. “We wanted a rustic feel to our wedding,” says Jacquelyn. “We both appreciate clean lines but really like vintage style. Our vision included a fall wedding with lace, burlap and mason jars overflowing with hydrangeas and baby’s breath.” Jacquelyn and Corey bought a lot of their own décor for the event, like shutters, crates and suitcases they found at vintage stores and the Brimfield Antique Show. They purchased burlap, which they fashioned into table runners, and also made their own programs and table cards. Corey crafted a guest book out of an old piece of pine.

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“It was such a great feeling knowing that so many people made the trip from over 10 states to celebrate with us,” says Corey. “Having them there meant a lot and making sure they had fun was important to us. Thankfully, everybody did.”

“We looked at a handful of wedding venues in Southern New England, yet I instantly fell in love with The Pinehills,” says Jacquelyn. “My eyes lit up when I saw the beams, the chandeliers and the windows with the view of the golf course. The room had the layout we wanted and the cocktail hour space was perfect regardless of the weather.” Three moments stand out as the most memorable to both Jacquelyn and Corey. Seeing each other for the first time as she walked down the aisle of the Cold Spring Chapel to the song “How Long Will I Love” by Jon Boden was particularly moving. Hiding out in the chapel together while waiting for guests to leave for The Pinehills was an intimate and emotional moment alone. On a more lighthearted note, their wedding party cheering as they spun around the room together during their first dance added a lot of excitement. southernNEweddings.com

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In today’s world, technology connects us and no one can attest to that fact better than Julie Ladouceur and Phillip Murphy. The newlyweds found each other and fell in love while in front of their computers. “We met using the ‘new old-fashioned way’ as I like to say, and that was online,” says Julie. “After a while we met for coffee and then lunch; then lunch turned into every day.” Their courtship led to a proposal Julie did not see coming. One Friday night shortly before Christmas, Phillip filled their home with candles and popped the question when she arrived home from work. “It was very romantic,” she remembers. “The tree was lit up and Phil got very emotional during his speech. He’s an emotional guy and I love that about him.”

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The couple’s favorite moment was also about just the two of them. They opted for a “first look” before the ceremony at a romantic lighthouse near the reception venue. “Because we were so emotional,” says Julie, “we wanted that special alone time together. It was fun.”

The best advice Julie received as a bride-to-be came from a close friend who is a wedding planner. “Get referrals for your vendors and ask other friends who are getting married for suggestions. We were lucky enough to have amazing vendors who I still feel are like friends of mine now.”

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Leah Winthrop to Ryan Zimmerman

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When Leah and Ryan Zimmerman set out to find the perfect venue for their wedding, they had their work cut out for them. They knew they wanted their guests to have a great experience, they wanted something on the water and, most importantly, they wanted something “uniquely Boston.” The couple ultimately decided on the New England Aquarium for its combination of elegant sophistication and quirky fun. After all, where else can you host a black-tie affair set against a backdrop of sea lions and starfish? Leah and Ryan met online while both were living in Boston, and their first date was her first with anyone from the city (she hails from Baltimore). “I knew I had to meet that smile,” she says.

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On the night Ryan proposed, they revisited the location of their first date, strolled through the Public Garden, indulged in a surprise dinner at famed Tresca on Hanover Street and spent the night at the Liberty Hotel. The next day dawned with a brunch marked by special guests: family members who were in town unbeknownst to Leah to celebrate the joyous occasion. Turns out Ryan had asked her father’s permission and orchestrated everything from the custommade ring to the reservations months earlier. He’d even flown secretly to Baltimore to finalize details.

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The bride wore a delicate lace gown and the bridal party was outfitted in flowing fuchsia dresses. The wedding’s intimate details included a monogrammed dance floor and aisle runner and a sampling of photographs of their parents and grandparents on display. Other unique elements included uplighting and a chandelier by Design Light and a sushi chef for cocktail hour, much to Ryan’s delight. After an outdoor ceremony, guests moved into a tent to dance the night away. The Stardust Band of Boston kept everyone dancing until the absolute end but guests were also welcome to relax in the outdoor lounge area or explore the aquarium, which they had all to themselves for the evening. “It was more than we ever could have imagined,” says Leah of the festivities. “It was spectacular.” southernNEweddings.com

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Sometimes you have to let someone go before you realize they were the right one. This was true for Stephanie Witherell and Jon Keith, who knew each other in high school in Attleboro, Mass. They lost touch when Stephanie left for college and met by chance again in 2012. Jon had joined the army in 2010, and while he was home for R&R after a tour in Afghanistan, Stephanie reached out to him on an off chance. After a fortuitous Facebook message brought the two back together (he was on break in New York City; she lived on Long Island), they kept in touch during the five months Jon was back on duty.

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The bride and groom went with a nautical theme of navy with pops of red plus anchor and seashell accents. They walked down the aisle toward Stephanie’s smiling Uncle Steve, who had been specially ordained to wed the couple. The ceremony was entirely “them,” with nearly identical vows they each had written and a special knot-tying segment in front of guests. “We wanted to keep with the nautical theme, so we chose to tie a fisherman’s knot in front of everyone during the ceremony,” says Stephanie. “Only we didn’t practice tying the knot, so we didn’t know what we were doing. We just laughed it off.”

The pair chose the Dan’l Webster Inn + Spa in Sandwich, Mass., for the rich historical ambience it provided. “We fell in love with the garden and knew we wanted to get married under the chestnut tree,” says Stephanie. “We also both have gluten allergies and the inn has a gluten-free menu and took care of us. Our wedding was entirely gluten-free and no one knew!”

The couple had their first dance to “Existentialism on Prom Night” by Straylight Run, a song that evoked poignant memories for them both from high school and college. “We absolutely love the Cape,” says Stephanie, “and we are extremely happy we were able to get married there surrounded by the people we love.”

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The morning began for the bride and her bridesmaids with yoga on the beach. Kate emphasized comfort above all else. Having watched many clients discard their Manolo Blahnik shoes, she wore comfortable, lacy TOMS, which proved perfect for walking along the beach and climbing on rocks for spectacular photos. Husband Nick credits Kate with the wedding’s success. He says her attention to detail throughout the process ensured that, when the day arrived, they could simply enjoy it. more>

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One detail that Nick took charge of was orchestrating the couple’s send-off. Kate had originally planned to leave the reception as they said goodbye to guests holding sparklers. “But we had no exit vehicle,” says Nick.

Just a day before the wedding, Nick did indeed secure an exit vehicle: a 1949 Rolls Royce Wraith. “It looked like Batman’s car!” Nick enthuses. “Kate had no idea until she got past the sparklers. She loved it! After a crazy day, it was nice to drive along the shoreline and have a quiet moment to ourselves.” It was, in fact, the perfect ending to a perfect day.

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Molly Boudreau and Sean Buchanan wanted a wedding that, while traditional, had a less formal feeling to it. A busy graduate student in the months leading up to her wedding, Molly turned the details over to her mother, Karen Boudreau. “We wanted a laidback event, but not a backyard wedding,” says Molly. Beyond that, she told her mother, “Whatever you want, go for it.” Karen was busy herself. In less than a year, she was helping to plan the weddings of all three of her daughters. She worked closely with Melissa Stewart of Artistry Boston to create a wedding uniquely suited to Molly and Sean.

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The Pierce House in Lincoln provided a classic setting with extensive gardens and rolling lawns. A wooden plank resting on two whiskey barrels acted as an eclectic cocktail bar while mismatched tables completed the rustic yet elegant theme. Round tables sat next to rectangular tables; some were covered with tablecloths while others featured exposed wood. more>

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A tree swing hanging from a majestic, old tree lent a playful touch and complemented the day’s assortment of lawn games. The swing, a surprise gift to the couple from Artistry Boston, was engraved: “Molly and Sean, October 12, 2013. Hold on Tight.” Molly says, “We play different lawn games at our summer house in Maine. My mom is a PE teacher. My sister is a PE teacher. Games are big in my family.” The old-fashioned fun continued after dinner when a table, dubbed “S’More Love,” was set up for guests to make their own s’mores.

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The blend of traditional and quirky fun continued with the dancing. After months of dancing lessons together, Molly and her father danced to the classic wedding song “Daddy’s Little Girl.” “We did a very formal, proper dance,” says Molly. “Then we broke out to ‘Flo Rida.’ Except for Sean and my mom, no one knew it was coming. That got the party started!”

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Lindsay and Jeff met while vacationing on Cape Cod with their families. So it seemed only fitting that their wedding be held where their love began, on the Cape, near the ocean. They chose Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club for their reception for two reasons: it could accommodate their 170 guest count, allowing many to stay onsite, and it was the perfect setting for a nautical-themed wedding. It rained the entire week prior to Lindsay and Jeff’s nuptials, making them apprehensive, but the skies cleared and it turned out to be a perfect day for a spring wedding. Guests were able to enjoy the ocean view as they sipped on signature cocktails, a Cape Codder and Moscow mule, complete with anchor stirrers and blue-andwhite striped straws.

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The couple felt butterflies the day of their wedding despite having dated for many years. That morning, they exchanged personal notes and gifts, a bracelet for her and a watch for him. Shortly afterward, they had their “first look,” a special moment for them before the ceremony and a time to be with close family and friends. Lindsay’s brother and father had both passed away within the last few years and her bridesmaids, understanding how important it was for them to be incorporated into the wedding, put their pictures in little frames that hung from her bouquet. “It was a great way to have them still be with me on our wedding day,” says Lindsay. more>

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The DJ kept the party on the dance floor, catering to the multigenerational crowd, playing oldies and new hits. Everyone was on the dance floor throughout the night and even those who couldn’t get up, like Lindsay’s 98-year-old great aunt, were moving to the music at their tables. “Our whole wedding day was a dream come true. We kept things simple and classic and all the details and the food turned out fantastic. We would relive the day every day if we could,” says Lindsay.

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The exotic air plant is easy to grow and care for, much like nurturing a good marriage. How appropriate, then, that on Amy Dai’s wedding day, the florist tucked this bit of greenery among the coral peonies and pink roses in the bride’s bouquet. It matched the air plant in the groom’s boutonnière. Amy met Hugh Zhang on a trip to Martha’s Vineyard that a mutual friend of theirs organized the summer following her freshman year at Wellesley College. They continued to see each other in group settings and one day, says Amy, “He snuck us away from our other friends and asked me out with a dozen roses.” They have been together ever since.

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It would appear that Hugh won Amy’s heart from that first date, but there’s more to the story. “I’m very close to my grandparents, and their opinions really matter to me,” says Amy. “My grandfather especially is known as a pretty tough critic when it comes to judging character, so when Hugh not only passed but actually impressed him, I knew he was the one.” She and Hugh also knew at first sight that the Hyatt Regency in Newport was the perfect venue for their wedding. “I really wanted to have a wedding by the water,” says Amy, who is originally from Florida. “We loved the panoramic view of Narragansett Bay and the fact that it was also a hotel, which was really convenient for our family and guests who were all from out of town,” she says.

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Photographer Sara Zarrella was familiar with The Hyatt Regency, a fact that helped the couple choose her to shoot their wedding. They were also pleased by the many great client recommendations and the wide range of work displayed on her website. “We loved that Sara was very professional, kept us on track the whole time and in the end had some great finishing touches for our prints and photo album.” Adding a photographer’s viewpoint, Sara says, “It was a beautiful, sunny day with the scenic view of the bridge, but the real ‘wow’ moment was Amy coming down the aisle looking breathtaking in her long cathedral veil.”

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At the end of her day-of-a-lifetime, Amy gave away her wedding bouquet but managed to save the air plant from Hugh’s boutonnière. “It is still alive and thriving,” she says. And so is their commitment to one another.

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Much to their surprise, Melanie and Rob Roderiques found true love on Match.com. Melanie was ready to give up on the matchmaking website, but a message from user “Capecodbird” caught her attention, mainly because the Cape was her late mother’s favorite place. Rob sent Melanie a message that she describes as the most honest and sincere email she has ever received. Their love for their children and the fact that they were both looking for the same thing in a partner quickly made them soul mates.

From the moment Melanie first visited the Ocean House in Watch Hill, Rhode Island, she knew it was the place where she would someday marry: it represented the perfect fairytale setting. The couple built all of their wedding details around the venue’s beauty. “All of our vendors were from the Ocean House’s preferred list,” says Melanie. “This made the planning and execution extremely smooth and easy. Everyone was more than accommodating. Our wedding was an amazing success.” Once the day arrived, it poured until 3 p.m., but the weather didn’t upset them and cleared in time for the celebration. Rob and Melanie’s favorite color is navy blue, and Melanie’s mother’s favorite color was yellow, so the combination became their color scheme. The day was so full of special memories and love that it was hard for the pair to choose the day’s most memorable aspect.

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“It was pretty special to have our four children there to stand up for us and to see how happy they were for us,” says Melanie. “It was wonderful to combine our families as one and all celebrate together. I also made sure my mom and sister, who had both passed away, were present; I wore their pictures on my bouquet in two beautiful charms.” Despite the fact that Melanie disagrees with the “first look” on principle, she says that her best advice to other couples is to finish all the formal

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When it came to selecting a wedding location, Newport was an easy choice for Meagan, since it’s the place her parents always called home in the summer. The location has always been close to her heart. Rosecliff, a mansion that has awed Meagan since childhood, was the ideal reception venue and lent vintage inspiration to each aspect of the couple’s wedding planning. Wearing a simple, classic Amsale gown—which her father helped pick out—Meagan dressed the look up a bit with a beautiful belt of crystals and vintage, blush-colored ostrich fur.

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Sean’s Irish heritage was on center stage at the wedding when his sisters performed an Irish step dance. And the dancing didn’t stop there. First Class Band, featuring Concetta, kept everyone on the dance floor. The band made it personal, Meagan says, taking requests beforehand and even performing songs that they initially told the couple they couldn’t do. “Sean and I have a fun, loving relationship; we’re always laughing. That was reflected on the day. Everyone had a great time,” says Meagan.

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THE FIVE C’s OF CATERED CUISINE

Cooking is an art form, and this year, we tasked our culinary pros with creating wedding menus tailored to tried-and-true themes: contemporary, comfort, coastal, classic and creative farm-to-table. Each caterer wowed in presentation and taste and are all worthy of a wedding seat at the table.

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HORS D ’OEUVRE GIANT SEA SCALLOP CRUDO Julienne Beets, Watermelon Radish, Micro Cilantro, Mango Caviar and Jalapeño Oil

FIRST COURSE GRILLED RUSTIC BREAD Citrus Rocket Greens, Yellow Heirloom Tomato, Asparagus, Poached Farm Egg, Shaved Parmesan Aspa and White Truffle Oil

ENTRÉE PROVENÇAL LAMB CHOPS Potato Pavé and Pan-Roasted Brussels Sprouts CHILEAN SEA BASS Red Curry Lobster Butter and Sweet Pea Risotto

DESSERT CHOCOLATE S’MORES POPS With Toasted Marshmallow, Callebaut Chocolate and Graham Cracker Dust JARRED PEACH PIE À LA MODE

SIGNATURE COCKTAIL ROASTED LEMONADE MARTINI

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HORS D ’OEUVRE CLAM CHOWDER SHOOTER Topped by a Fried Clam Cake

FIRST COURSE CRAB SALAD Served in a Fresh Tomato, Paired with Mesclun Greens

ENTRÉE FILET MIGNON Bacon-Wrapped, with Hollandaise Sauce, Roast Potatoes and a Mini Jack Filled with Butternut Squash

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HORS D ’OEUVRE PETIT TUNA TACOS Pepper-Crusted and Seared Ahi Tuna with Slaw, Spicy Aioli and Lime, Paired with a Petit Margarita PETIT LOBSTER ROLLS Lemon Zest Lobster Salad and Buttered Roll Paired with Prosecco

ENTRÉE SCALLOPS N’ BACON Locally Landed Scallops, Blackbird Farm’s Pork Belly, Schartner’s Sweet Summer Corn Puree and Allen’s Farm Pea Greens

DESSERT S’MORES Made of Homemade Graham Crackers, Chocolate Crémeux and House-Made Marshmallow HOMESPUN CINNAMON SUGAR DONUT HOLES

WINE PAIRING ROSÉ Chaˆteau Jouclary Cabardès Rosé WHITE Tre Monti Albana Vigna Rocca

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HORS D ’OEUVRE SHRIMP SCAMPI Topped with Garlic Butter, White Wine, Lemon and Fresh Herbs, Served over a Crispy Cappellini Galette

SALAD CAESAR SALAD Local Organic Romaine Hearts with White Anchovy Creamy Dressing Topped with Crisp Parmesan

ENTRÉE FILET OSCAR Pan-Seared Hereford Filet Topped with Poached Lobster Tail and Béarnaise Sauce Accompaniments Au Gratin Potatoes and Grilled Asparagus CHICKEN WELLINGTON Boneless Chicken Breast Stuffed with Spinach and Parmesan Cheese and Wrapped with Puff Pastry Accompaniments Buttermilk Whipped Potatoes and Green Bean Amandine

DESSERT POACHED PEAR TARTE TATIN Port Wine Reduction Accompanied with Vanilla Bean Gelato CLASSIC HOME-STYLE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES AND VANILLA MILKSHAKE

SIGNATURE COCKTAIL FRENCH-75 Dal Bello Treviso Prosecco, Hendrick’s Gin, Simple Syrup and Fresh Lemon Juice Garnished with Lemon Twist

WINE PAIRING RED Doña Paula Estate Malbec 2011 WHITE Santa Cristina Campogrande Orvieto 2012

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SALAD NOT ENOUGH ACRES FARM KALE AND BRUSSELS SPROUTS SALAD With Smoked Almonds and Gouda Cheese Wine Pairing: Chamisal Chardonnay Stainless

ENTRÉE HOUSE-SMOKED SALMON With Pickled Beets and Orange Foam Wine Pairing: Priest Ranch Sauvignon Blanc HOUSE-CURED DIVER SCALLOP AND SALMON With Squid Ink Tapioca Crisp and Celery-Apple Nage Wine Pairing: Karl Erbes Riesling HUDSON VALLEY DUCK With Smoked Barley and Tuck-A-Way Farm’s Root Vegetables Wine Pairing: Morgan Pinot Noir

DESSERT MISS SCARLETT’S FARM’S PUMPKIN CAKE With Chicory Mousse and Seed Granola Wine Pairing: Falchini Vin Santo PARISIAN-STYLE MACARONS Wine Pairing: La Marca Prosecco

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CELEBRATING FOOD STATIONS Boston’s The Catered Affair is all about high-level service and classy cuisine. Whether their food is plated on gold or porcelain chargers, or stationed as an on-the-go delicacy, the food, and flawless presentation, speaks for itself. For a flexible food experience guests can savor, many couples are opting to go with designated roaming stations set up throughout their cocktail and reception areas. Be it a rolling cart of sweets, chilled vodka and caviar tasting, or end-of-evening dessert buffet, stations offer a specialized assembly of party favorites.

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CREATIVE CONFECTIONS DESSERTS MAKE FOR HAPPY ENDINGS

and happy guests. Whether you prefer the tang of fruit, the airiness of pastry, or the richness of chocolate, the region’s top confectioners can dream up museumquality artistic indulgences.

CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Ripe raspberries and Italian meringue over a French macaron shell by PB Boulangerie Bistro. Red velvet Creme Brulee topped with an edible chocolate spoon, pulled sugar and whipped cream by Pranzi Catering & Events. Bite-size gourmet pastries by Konditor Meister. PHOTOGRAPHY BY ASHLEY BILODEAU PHOTOGRAPHY

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RIGHT: Latin-inspired tres leches cake by Nancy’s Bakery. BELOW: A Boston eclaire with hazelnuts and a spiralshaped lemon tart by PB Boulangerie Bistro.

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FAIRYTALE FOCUS Hailing from the imagination of our childhoods, fairytales and fables will forever have a place in our memories. This year, our skilled confectioners designed delights modeled after our favorite classics. Photography by Ashley Bilodeau Photography Photographed at The Meeting House, Tiverton, Rhode Island

Something Different Cake Couture’s Aladdin-themed cake showcases regal white-and-gold Persian styling.

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FROSTED TEMPTATIONS SUGAR, SPICE AND EVERYTHING NICE

doesn’t just apply to baby girls. Sweet treats, served in a variety of creative ways, bring the “wow” and please the palate.

CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Under-the-sea-styled cookies dipped in liquid chocolate by Konditor Meister. Perfectly appointed cupcakes from Cupcake Charlie’s. At-the-ready cake pops by Pranzi Catering & Events.

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t’s no secret that a DJ can make or break a wedding reception. You may have stunning floral arrangements, exquisite food and fine Champagne, but it’s the music that gets your guests movin’ and groovin’. The DJ sets the tone and energy of an entire room through a playlist and pacing.

“The DJ needs to create a flow throughout the event,” says Jason Citrone, owner of Music Mixers Entertainment. “You don’t want to cluster all of the introductions and toasts together so that people are sitting around for a while. You need to break it up and maintain a flow. It’s the DJ’s job to help facilitate that.” Luke Renchan of Luke Renchan Entertainment concurs that it’s essential for a DJ to choreograph the event. “Ultimately, as DJ’s, we want to get everyone excited to get out on the dance floor,” says Renchan. “Often, right after the couple’s introduced, we’ll play a few faster-paced songs to get people out of their seats and feeling like, ‘Hey, we’re going to have a good time tonight.’ Then we’ll slow down for the toasts and dinner, playing Sinatra, James Taylor, Elton John—and segue to faster songs as dinner progresses.” One trend Renchan observes is that wedding party introductions are becoming less formulaic and more customized. “There are two extremes,” says Renchan. “Either the introduction is more of a production with multiple songs linked to each individual or just the bride and groom are introduced and not the wedding party. I’ve also noticed more customizing of the cocktail hour and dinner music as a reflection of the couple. Right now, I’m customizing a punk rock cocktail hour.” “People are getting very creative with their wedding party introductions,” says Debbie Tomanek, sales and marketing manager for Arpeggio Wedding Entertainment. “We’ve had the Jurassic Park theme, the WWW wrestlers’ fight song, but we’re also still seeing standards like Elvis and Sinatra and Michael Bublé.

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“A lot of ’90s music is coming back, which could be because that’s the generation that’s marrying now,” continues Tomanek. “We also see a lot of Top 40 artists, like Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith, but not their singles that are on the radio. Couples are choosing other songs off their albums. John Legend, Hunter Hayes and Brad Paisley remain popular.” Renchan notes that country music has gained in popularity as some of its top hits crossover into other genres. “Almost every wedding now includes some country music,” he says. In addition to themed playlists, specialty lighting is becoming increasingly prevalent. “Lighting is growing more and more popular,” says Tomanek. “It totally transforms the space

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and can really set a wedding apart. Even if you’ve been to other weddings at the same venue, lighting can achieve a totally different mood and tone. Most people use uplighting, with wireless LED lights along the perimeter of the room or tent.” The options range far beyond perimeter lighting, however. The entire room can be lit in one hue for the cocktail hour, another for dinner and another for dancing. Centerpieces can be lit from above and walls color washed. Some choose to light only the head table; others light every table. “Under table lighting makes the tables look like they’re glowing,” says Tomanek. “You just have to make sure the linens are sheer.” “At least 60 percent of weddings use some type of lighting,” says Renchan. “It can change the mood and deliver a feel just like music does. We have sound-activated lights that can change colors to the beat of the music. Some couples use this as an encore or for part of the evening. It gives an almost club-like feel.”

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Monogram or textured lighting is also widely popular. The couple’s initials, names or wedding date can be projected onto the floor, walls or linens. Seasonal accents like snowflakes or leaves are also an option. “A lot of couples are so glad afterward that they used lighting,” says Renchan. “Even if a room is beautiful, the lighting enhances it. And if it’s a space without windows, the lighting is even more important. The upside of a blank canvas like that is we can do so much with it.” While he has been DJ’ing since he was 15, Citrone loved the lighting aspect of events so much that he earned his BFA in lighting design. His colleague, DJ Seann Jackson, has a theatre degree. “We pride ourselves on doing something unique with each wedding,” says Citrone. “We try to enhance the whole flow of the evening. We know the venues well and know what works and what doesn’t work. We customize the entire lighting plan and tailor it to the couple and the venue. We’re also all green certified, using wireless LED lighting that’s energy efficient and aesthetically pleasing.” With so many exciting options available, the right DJ can brew the perfect mix of music and light to create a dramatic and magical atmosphere for your wedding celebration.

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Andrew Maness shares the same sentiment. As sole proprietor of and a performer for Four Guys in Tuxes/Absolutely Music of Falmouth, Mass., he has a lot of experience performing at corporate events, charity fundraisers and weddings. “A live band brings an electricity and a personal connection with guests that a DJ lacks,” he says. “If you’ve got a good band with a lot of experience who can read the crowd intuitively, it will be a party that you’ll remember forever and that your guests will talk about for months.”

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The difference between a good wedding and a great wedding, where even the wallflowers are cutting a rug, is undoubtedly related to the caliber of music singing from the speakers. While disc jockeys are commonplace at most wedding celebrations, many couples still opt for tunes performed by live musicians. Whether performing live music during the ceremony, the reception or both, musicians have a special knack for connecting with the crowd in a way that prerecorded music just cannot.

Night Rhythm of Chelmsford, Mass., offers two separate bands, each with the ability to feature up to six or seven different instruments, from keyboard and trombone to saxophone, conga, horns and more. Night Rhythm’s bandleader, Daniel Calvo, believes a live band changes a wedding’s dynamic. “Live music creates a lot more energy. You can’t create that energy with just one person playing a CD. A band is making music on the spot, building on the liveliness in the room and recreating a feeling every step of the way.”

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Mike Amado, owner and president at Entertainment Specialists of Boston, Mass., thinks the current trend tends to favor younger bands. His company represents a number of groups with various styles. “People want to see a performance,” says Amado. “Most brides and grooms used to like guys who were more seasoned, but now the trend is younger with some dance choreography. Everyone wants a band that plays today’s hits, like Pharrell Williams’ ‘Happy,’ and younger bands can do that because they tend to offer a more electronic sound.”

ABOVE: The bands of Entertainment Specialists offer a variety of sound and talent, creating a true performance for party-goers. BELOW: If classical music or jazz entertainment is what you’re after, the musicians of Music Performance Service can deliver.

However, not all brides and grooms seek out a modern-day, charttopping lineup. Some couples prefer classical or jazz music playing in the background during the ceremony and reception. Bruce Hopkins, director at Music Performance Service of Chepachet, Rhode Island, works with more than 500 musicians each year to offer anything from solo performers and symphony orchestras to big bands. “There is a place for classical music at every wedding, especially during the ceremony,” says Hopkins. “Everyone knows certain pieces like the ‘Bridal Chorus’ and ‘Wedding March.’ In the past few decades, Johann

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Pachelbel’s ‘Canon in D’ has become very popular. People recognize it in a heartbeat. As for receptions, we tend to do more jazz.” No matter what type of music a couple favors overall, certain timeless classics influence their requests. “Generally requests run about 20 years back,” says Calvo. “Ten years ago brides and grooms were looking for current and ’80s music. Today, they’re looking for current and ’90s music. That’s always the trend. But no matter what, songs like ‘My Girl,’ ‘Dancing Queen,’ ‘We Are Family’ and ‘Don’t Stop Believin’’ are all very popular requests.” more>

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MUSIC | LIVE ENTERTAINMENT “In general, whenever possible, see the band live. Everyone can sound good on video,” says Calvo. “A band wants to put their best foot forward so videos tend to be heavily edited. At a showcase, you can judge the band based on their real talent and not an expensive presentation.” Amado feels exactly the same. “In an online video, the band could be lip-syncing or even prerecorded. That’s a huge buyer-beware: if they don’t want you seeing them live, they’re hiding something.”

Amado also revealed some favorites that his bands are always asked to play as well as a rather sneaky request from grooms. “Etta James’s ‘At Last’ is very popular; it’s a timeless classic that hasn’t gone away yet,” he says. “For the mother/son dance, grooms always want the quickest way nt t e 4 out so Louis Armstrong’s ‘What a Wonderful World,’ which is only one minute and 50 seconds long, is always a big hit and a timeless choice.”

Above all, a band that has the ability to connect with guests on the dance floor is what really makes a wedding reception one to remember. “The interaction between the crowd and the band is so key,” says Calvo. “We have guys who go right out on the floor and in many cases that’s the high point of the night. It makes the difference between a 0 3 34 good party and a great one.” FROM LEFT: Sabrina Scolari Photography; Courtesy of Night Rhythm.

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While eternal classics never lose their charm, many brides and grooms still want their big day to have a modern feel and the music is no exception. “If money is no object, having a band and a DJ trading off sets is the way to go,” says Maness. Amado agrees: “By adding a DJ to the band, you can achieve that dance music sound that bands can’t always do live. When they play together, the band is still able to perform well musically and motivate the crowd.” Victor Rodrigues, founder of Victor Events in Lincoln, Rhode Island, started a unique band/DJ fusion group that is particularly well suited for those wanting live music and recognizable, recorded tracks at the same time. “Victor Events Band is very different,” says Rodrigues. “We offer a live DJ, vocalist, lead guitar, bass, drummer, sax, trumpet, etc. We create the right combination depending on the client and event. Our concept is both traditional and modern all in one.” Choosing a live band or a band/DJ combo might be an enjoyable process but it is by no means easy. The right group must match the personalities of the bride and groom but also create the perfect atmosphere during the festivities. One unanimous piece of advice is to see the band perform live before booking them.

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hoosing the right videographer or cinematographer is an important decision. That person and potentially other team members will be with you all day, capturing the best memories and moments. Each videographer has a different artistic style and creative vision. With that in mind, your first step should be to visit websites and watch several samples of the videographer’s work. Most companies offer several different packages in a wide variety of prices. “A good portion of couples are sold over our website,” says Mike Picard of Mike Picard Motion Pictures in Cumberland, Rhode Island. “Most people have already done a lot of research and since my prices are on the website, if they’re inquiring, nine times out of ten they’re inquiring because they want to make an appointment.”

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To make couples feel comfortable, Picard spends about 15 minutes with them, asking questions about their wedding to break the ice. He likes to get as much information about their day as possible so he knows what kind of package might be best. It also helps build rapport. One month before the actual wedding, Picard has a detailed meeting with the future bride and groom and goes through the entire day with them. He provides a script of what is going to happen, and although couples don’t have to follow his guidelines to the letter, the tips are designed to make their video better. Some examples include: making sure the bride is in the best light for makeup, using a barstool instead of a chair for makeup and hair and banning chewing gum. Even selecting a strategic spot where toast givers should stand can dramatically improve the look of the shot. “It’s just going to make my product look so much better, which is going to make everyone happy,” he says. “When you go through all these things before the wedding, they [the couple] know in their head what’s going to happen.” F. Mike Henriques, artistic director and lead filmmaker at Artistic Wedding Films based in New Bedford and Newport, says that budget is a big dictator for a lot of couples. Even if you are on a budget, he cautions, choose a studio that offers features that are important to you. For example, some studios don’t offer same-day edits, which are brief clips to be shown at the ceremony that can also be shared immediately. If you consider them an important add-on, make sure they are provided by the company you hire. more>

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Henriques says that companies provide two types of videography services. The first, and least expensive, is a documentary-style film, which typically involves one videographer with a high-definition video camera capturing the whole event. If there is a lot of action, the videographer zooms out; if there is an intimate moment, the person filming can zoom in.

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Advances in equipment in recent years have led most videographers to offer a more cinematic-style wedding video that is similar to a Hollywood film in both style and shooting techniques. These films are artistically rendered gems.

Naomi Raiselle, owner and creative director at Generations Cinemastories in Boston, along with her husband, Jack Brotman, says one of the most important questions couples should ask themselves is how visible the videographer will be. For example, she says, you don’t want your filmmaker standing in front of you and blocking view options for guests.

“Using the techniques of cinematography, not only in shooting but in production, we can heighten the level of emotion by compressing time. We take away the long moments in between that are boring,” says Henriques. “The beauty of filmmaking is that it uses multiple techniques, flashbacks, multi-layered stories. It helps build interest in what the viewer is seeing and also helps build anticipation.”

“We work as if we’re embedded in the event but unobtrusive,” says Raiselle. “We’re not wall-clingers, but we get to know the couple well enough prior to the wedding that we’re hanging out with them and can have on-camera conversations.”

When Henriques first sits down with a couple, his immediate goal is to get to know them. He then shows them samples of weddings he has filmed at their venue so they can see exactly what to expect and also showcases samples of both documentary-style videos and cinematic films so they can see the difference between the two choices. “We’ll want to get some motion shots so we direct them [the couple] a little bit, but beyond that, for the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception, we’re in the background,” he says. “So personality is important but it’s not always crucial. But it does play a part in having people feel comfortable in front of the camera.”

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Generations Cinemastories specializes in character-based films. They focus on the main characters, conversations and the changing emotions of the day—about 60 percent of their work is live sound. The venue décor becomes a backdrop the same way it is in a real film. They take about 15 hours of film on three cameras to capture an entire wedding. “We’re always looking for what is unusual in relationships and in conversations,” says Raiselle. “Every wedding has at least five or six moments that are unanticipated…if you didn’t have your camera on and you weren’t paying attention, you would have lost it.”

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THIS PAGE: CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: A historic home and its welcoming gate frame this sweet kiss. Navigating a private dock in Little Compton, Rhode Island, has its scenic rewards. The wedding portrait version of Upstairs, Downstairs. FACING PAGE: TOP: Not even balloons can match the views from Blithewold Mansion in Bristol, Rhode Island. FACING PAGE: BOTTOM: A bride experiences the land’s end at Newport’s Castle Hill Inn. more>

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CHECKING IN | BLUEFLASH PHOTOGRAPHY By Courtney Toomey

PHOTOGRAPHY IS AN ART THAT DATES BACK TO THE 1800s. Fast-forward more than three centuries and the tricks of this trade are numerous and varied, which is good news for brides and grooms seeking out of the ordinary photography options for their big day. Matthew Celeste, founder and lead photographer at Blueflash Photog aphy of Newport, Rhode Island, knows this all too

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so many times their favorites are completely different. I tend to lean towards photos that I know are technically complex, but the bride and groom usually react to the content—a look, a special memory or moment. I think a good photo means something different to each person and our job is to capture something everyone will love.

of the list. You have to like a photographer’s style. Look at the website, look through the portfolio and make sure the quality is consistent. I’d have to say that the team at Blueflash is kn wn for having a lot of fun doing what we do. Everyone has their own amazing talent, and we put our guts into every event and people notice.

SNEW: What are some unique ways brides and grooms can incorporate photography into their big day? MC: There are so many ways. Aside from the traditional photos of the bride, groom, family and friends, we offer the “Bluecube.” It’s a hand-built, one-of-a-kind photo booth that can fit la ge groups of up to 15 people. It’s really fun for couples with large families or big groups of friends from college. Also, one of our favorite things to do is get a shot of the entire wedding. We often find a ooftop and shoot from above to include everyone. It’s a neat thing.

SNEW: Aside from photography and cinematography, Blueflas now also offers wedding day coordination, event design and full-service planning. Why is that important? MC: It’s important because having an event planner can definite y save the bride and groom money. That may sound strange because you’re paying for an extra service, but we are experts and know the right things to do. If you want peace of mind, having a planner is amazing. I’ve seen brides acting as their own planners, paying vendors at their wedding, and that takes away from their day. Adding these services to our portfolio makes Blueflash Photog aphy somewhere a couple can get everything under one roof, and there is something to be said about that tight integration of services. It creates a better experience for the bride and groom.

photographers, cinematographers and designers are hard at work making memories that last a lifetime for couples all over New England. SNEW: How important are the photos for a bride and groom on their wedding day? MC: Photos, of course, are one of the most important things. They are what you end up with once the day is over. You might have an amazing wedding day, but if it isn’t documented, memories can fade. The photos bring you back. Photos are also great to show your kids and grandkids. You might have stories, but photos say it all. Being able to deliver something so important that excites people is the best. The next thing that people look forward to after the actual wedding day is the photos. Our team loves what we call “The Blue Review” where we bring clients in to see all their photos. It’s a great experience. SNEW: What does a good photograph mean to you? MC: It’s funny because I have thought about this a lot. We always invite clients to our office to vi w their photos after the wedding day. I always have my favorite shots, but

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SNEW: What should a bride and groom be looking for in a photographer to ensure they find someone ho matches their personalities? MC: I couldn’t have said it better: personality should be at the top

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R REAL WEDDING | SUBURBAN RHODE ISLAND W Sara and Steve met while at a wedding in Florida, where Steve lived at the time. This paralleled Sara’s parents’ history; they also met in Florida where her mother, Debbi, lived and her father, Gerald, visited from Rhode Island. Since many of the guests were from Florida, it was important to the couple to have a full weekend to share with them. “We really wanted to be able to entertain and spend time with everyone,“ says Sara. “We had an authentic clambake for the rehearsal dinner so they could experience some New England flavor.”

While the entire weekend was memorable, the bride and groom shared a special moment during a sudden downpour at the reception. “Steve and I went out and danced in the rain,” says Sara. “It was magical to be alone with him for a moment, to look back at the tent, all lit up, and think, ‘Wow, all these people are here for us!’ Your wedding really is 24 hours of the most magical time of your life.”

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Alexandra and Nicholas Stotik are serious Disney fans. “For both of us, going to Disney is a chance to live in another world for a little while. It is an escape,” says Alexandra. It is also where the two took their first trip and eventually got engaged. “It has been a huge part of our lives and our relationship,” says Nicholas. “It is our home away from home.” Their biggest planning challenge was deciding where to get married. It had been Alexandra’s dream to marry Nicholas at Disney World, but the conundrum was the distance. “We knew that some of the most important people to us wouldn’t be able to travel,” says Alexandra. Nicholas proposed a solution: a small, private ceremony at Disney and later, a full wedding and reception back home. Fast-forward to November, the day before Alexandra’s birthday: the two were exchanging vows on a beach with Cinderella’s Castle glowing over the water. “It was very low-key, no frills, with just our parents,” says Alexandra. “I was lucky that Nicholas offered that.” more>

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The following May, the couple’s ceremony and reception were held at Glen Manor House in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, a Newport-style mansion that offers its own kind of fairy tale. Handling all the details herself, Alexandra created a magical daydream for guests, adding inspired touches that quietly referenced the couple’s shared love of all things Disney. “I didn’t want it to be in your face, Mickey Mouse everywhere. I tried to make it subtle,” she says.

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The day was designed around a soft palette of pinks, champagnes and whites. Guests sipped a signature drink of watermelon-hued sangria through candycane striped paper straws, table names lettered in a fanciful cursive hand adorned the place settings and instrumental music selections like “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes” played in the background. Even a “Mickey” made out of pearls, hidden in the bouquet and boutonnière, made a welcome appearance. “We wanted a little bit of fun and whimsy while keeping things timeless and elegant,” says Alexandra. Added Nick, “Disney is a special part of our lives and we wanted to share pieces of that with our guests.” Most people hope for one happily-ever-after moment in their lifetime. With two in one year, Alexandra and Nicholas feel truly blessed. “We got our own sort of fantasy,” says Alexandra. “I am a dreamer and I still believe in fairy tales, so this was the ultimate fairy tale for me.”

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Salve Regina University gave Laura and Jay Dunlea much more than their academic degrees; it gave them each other. Laura was an undergrad and Jason was a police officer pursuing his master’s degree when they met through mutual friends. The couple dated for almost six years, working hard on their careers—Laura is a savvy restaurant owner—and sharing great times along Rhode Island’s coast. On Laura’s birthday in March 2013, Jay told her he was taking her to The Chanler at Cliff Walk in Newport for a massage. “I wasn’t even sure they had massages there,” says Laura.

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It didn’t matter; Jay had something far more special, and permanent, in mind. On The Chanler’s lawn overlooking the water, he asked Laura to marry him. They then met up with friends and family to celebrate her birthday and their engagement. Because they had met in Newport and the city evoked so many happy memories, there was no question where the couple would hold their wedding. Exchanging vows in the chapel on the Salve Regina campus was also a given. And it didn’t take long to choose the Water Salon at Belle Mer as their reception venue. “When I walked in, I knew,” admits Laura. “It’s so beautiful, both inside and outside, with a fantastic view of the [Newport] Bridge.”

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In keeping with the elegant setting, Laura and Jay wanted the event to strike the perfect balance between “pretty formal” and fun. “We’re kind of casual people,” says Laura. “We had a fun DJ and wanted it to be a party, but in a beautiful setting.” One of the bride’s favorite moments was the “first look.” “I wasn’t sure I wanted to do it initially, but I’m so glad we did,” she says. “The whole day leading up to the wedding was stressful. When we had the first look, I became so relaxed and able to breathe. I just didn’t care about anything else after that. It was a really special moment.”

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It’s just like one of those success stories heralded on TV commercials: Mallory and Griffin met on Match.com and began dating seriously following a casual post-work drink in downtown Boston. After a surprise proposal in Boston’s Faneuil Hall, the site of their first kiss, the couple decided to get married the following Labor Day weekend, giving themselves exactly one year and one day to plan.

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From thoughtful welcome baskets to cocktail napkins printed with fun facts about the bride and groom, every nuance reflected Mallory and Griffin’s personalities. “I’m a very detail-oriented person,” says Mallory, “and I loved creating little unexpected twists for guests along the way.” But the couple received their own unexpected wedding day surprise, according to the bride: “Our videographer, Generations Cinemastories, asked us to compile old pictures and letters. We thought they were for our video but Tasha secretly turned everything into a slide show that was such a fun, sweet surprise.”

venue immediately. “We decided to have our reception in the Harbor Room, which used to be an active dock and is now a long, narrow room with beautiful floors and ceilings,” says Mallory. “It’s filled with doors and windows overlooking the marina.”

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Well over a decade passed before they encountered each other again. Lesli-Ann had moved to D.C. and needed custom T-shirts made for her ultimate Frisbee team. Her mother put her in touch with her friend’s son, who was just starting a screenprinting business. “You remember Jason?” her mother asked her. Of course I remember Jason! she thought. Their initial phone call regarding T-shirts turned into months of long, daily calls. They went on their first date when she was home in Rhode Island for Christmas. “It was a 14-hour first date!” She quickly adds, laughing, “All rated PG. We drove around for 14 hours.” It was more than another decade before they decided to tie the knot—a little ironic given that Lesli-Ann owns Little Birdie Papercraft & Design Studio and 90 percent of her business comes from weddings. Winner of WeddingWire’s Couples’ Choice Award for four years running, she has designed wedding invitations for over 200 couples.

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The individualized attention they received at their venue was perhaps most evident when the time came to talk dessert. “We sat down with the chef to discuss my love of pie and our hatred of cake,” says Lesli-Ann. Chef Mike made it his mission to honor their tastes, creating individual pies for all 125 guests and a large strawberry-rhubarb pie for the couple to slice and feed to one another. After a courtship begun over 20 years ago in middle school, Lesli-Ann and Jason have settled nicely into married life.

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The affair was filled with intimate family mementos such as candelabra centerpieces borrowed from Jennifer’s cousin. The bride’s aunt crafted a lace jacket out of her own 40-year-old wedding dress, satisfying the day’s “something old” tradition.

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RESOURCES | Directory BEAUTY & SPAS Le Petite Day Spa (p. 79) 508-945-9909 thelepetitedayspa.com Salon 700 & Day Spa (p. 86) 508-957-2509 salon700.com Strecker Eye Center (p. 86) 508-747-3338 / 781-383-2555 streckereye.com BRIDAL FASHION & ACCESSORIES Country Weddings Bridal Boutique (p. 84) 781-749-5774 southshorebridal.com Dream (p. 85) yourdreambridal.com

BRIDAL SHOWS & EVENTS Grand Wedding Expo (p. 35) Sunday, January 11, 2015 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Venus de Milo, Swansea, MA Sunday, January 25, 2015 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. Rhodes on the Pawtuxet, Cranston, RI 508-472-3093 grand-wedding.com South County Bridal Show (p. 27) Sunday, January 4, 2015 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. The Towers, Narragansett, RI 800-548-4662 southcountyweddings.com CAKES & SWEETS Artisan Bake Shop, The (p. 307) 508-763-4905 artisanbakeshop.com

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Cupcake Charlie’s (p. 307) 508-477-CAKE / 508-747-9225 / 401-848-2253 cupcakecharlies.com

Helene’s Bridal (p. 77) 401-434-4370 helenesboutique.com

Konditor Meister (p. 303) 781-849-1970 konditormeister.com

Shoes to Dye For (p. 77) 888-393-2253 shoestodyefor.com

Montilio’s Baking Company (p. 305) 508-894-8855 montilios.com

Vintage in Vogue (p. 363) 508-255-1826 vintageinvogue.com BRIDAL REGISTRY Bloomingdale’s (p. 30 & 31) 800-888-2WED bloomingdales.com/registry

Nancy’s Bakery (p. 305) 508-676-3476 nancysbakery.net Sin (p. 309) 401-369-8427 eatwicked.com

Catered Affair, The (p. 287, 291 & 293) 781-982-9333 / 617-859-2282 thecateredaffair.com Christian’s Catering (p. 245) 508-675-7185 eventsbyLHC.com Easy Entertaining (p. 295) 401-437-6090 easyentertainingri.com Forks & Fingers (p. 290) 203-298-4530 forksandfinge sct.com PB Boulangerie Bistro (p. 244) 508-349-1600 pbboulangeriebistro.com Pranzi Catering & Events (p. 286) 401-383-3631 / 401-619-4646 pranzi.com VERS (p. 238) 508-945-4300 verscapecod.com CHAPELS Cold Spring Chapel (p. 43) 508-846-4764 coldspringchapel.com CUSTOM FRAMING/FINE ART Providence Picture Frame (p. 19) 401-421-6196 providencepictureframe.com DESTINATION WEDDINGS Annie’s Escapes Custom Travel Planning (p. 25) 401-270-4834 anniesescapes.com

Something Different Cake Couture (p. 309) 401-353-1222 cakescouture.net

Plymouth County CVB (p. 43) 508-747-7525 seeplymouth.com

CATERERS Blackstone Caterers (p. 295) 401-848-2030 blackstonecaterers.com

South County Tourism Council (p. 274) 401-789-4422 / 800-548-4662 www.southcountyri.com

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Susan Peavey Travel (p. 39) 781-319-1960 / 508-432-6200 susanpeaveytravel.com DONATIONS Feeding Our Neighbors (p. 57) NENACEFeedingOurNeighbors.org FIREWORK DISPLAYS Atlas PyroVision Productions (p. 34) 603-532-8324 atlaspyro.com FLORISTS Artistic Blossoms (p. 115) 781-837-6251 artisticblossoms.com Cherryhill Flowers (p. 117) 401-231-5666 cherryhillflorist.ne Flowerthyme (p. 119) 401-792-3440 fl werthyme.com Golden Gate Studios (p. 111) 401-461-2299 goldengatestudio.com Indigo Path Flower & Event Design (p. 119) 401-884-8471 indigopath.biz Lilacs (p. 109) 508-428-3515 lilacsflo als.com Nectar (p. 117) 617-595-5741 bynectar.com New Leaf Flores (p. 113) 617-522-1101 newleafjp.com Orchids N’ Blooms Haute Couture Floral & Event Design (p. 362) 617-395-8545 orchidsnblooms.com southernNEweddings.com

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Patrice R. Milley Floral Designers (p. 115) 508-945-4173 patricermilley.com Sayles Livingston Design (p. 365) 401-635-9500 sayleslivingstondesign.com HAIR & MAKEUP Adam Camacho Makeup (p. 310) 774-930-4351 camachomakeup.com Bella Beauty Bridal (p. 363) 401-285-7155 bellabeautybridal.com Hair Affinity (p. 358) 508-348-1341 hairaffini y.com Shine (p. 60) 508-944-2146 itsyourdayshine.com INVITATIONS, FAVORS & ACCESSORIES Cupcake Charlie’s (p. 307) 508-477-CAKE / 508-747-9225 / 401-848-2253 cupcakecharlies.com Little Birdie Papercraft (p. 55) 401-484-8222 littlebirdiestudio.com M. Smith & Company (p. 51) 508-945-4734 Paper Moon Invitations (p. 53) 401-943-1123 papermoonstationery.com Paper Perfectionist (p. 57) 401-475-0044 thepaperperfectionist.com Parchment (p. 53) 508-228-4110 parchmentnantucket.com

Splash Stationers (p. 55) 774-413-8566 splashstationers.com JEWELERS & GIFTS Baxter’s Fine Jewelry (p. 83) 401-739-8222 baxtersjewelry.com M.R.T. Jewelers (p. 81) 401-435-3500 mrtjewelers.com Place Jewellers (p. 84) 401-738-0511 / 800-910-4869 placejewellers.com MEN’S FASHION Anthony’s House of Formals (p. 77) 401-431-2889 anthonyshouseofformals.com MUSICIANS, BANDS & DISC JOCKEYS Absolutely Music/Four Guys in Tuxes (p. 364) 508-457-1583 fourguysintuxes.com Arpeggio Wedding Entertainment (p. 322) 401-769-1325 / 800-225-9745 arpeggioweddings.com Entertainment Specialists (p. 323) 800-540-8157 entertainmentspecialists.com Luke Renchan Entertainment (p. 315) 401-723-6097 lukesent.com Music Mixers Entertainment (p. 322) 401-789-3889 musicmixersdj.com

Night Rhythm & The Washington Calvo Duo (p. 310) 978-256-1400 nightrhythm.com Victor Events (p. 316 & 317) 401-729-7500 victorevents.com PHOTOGRAPHERS Alternate Angles Photography (p. 356) 401-619-3166 alternateangles.com Blueflash Ph tography (p. 329) 401-484-1818 blueflashphotog aphy.com Corinna Raznikov Photography (p. 333) 508-748-3853 raznikovphotography.com Faith Dugan Photography (p. 337) 401-847-2130 duganphotography.com Lisa Rigby Photography (p. 359) 508-951-1273 lisarigbyphotography.com Lola Farra Photography (p. 357) 978-263-1316 lolafarra.com Sara Zarrella Photography (p. 353) 401-398-2922 sarazarrella.com RECEPTION FACILITIES, REHEARSAL DINNERS & BRIDAL SHOWERS BOSTON & SURROUNDING AREAS Boston Harbor Hotel (p. 179) 617-439-7000 bhh.com

Music Performance Service (p. 321) 401-568-2302 musicperformanceservice.com

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Boston Public Library (p. 293) 617-859-2282 thecateredaffair.com/bpl Charles Hotel, The (p. 165) 800-882-1818 / 617-864-1200 charleshotel.com Harvard Art Museums (p. 291) 781-763-1333 thecateredaffair.com/venue/ harvardartmuseums Mandarin Oriental, Boston (p. 13, 14 & 127) 617-535-8888 mandarinoriental.com/boston New England Aquarium (p. 185) 617-973-5205 neaq.org Publick House (p. 128) 800-publick ext. 286 publickhouse.com Saphire Estate (p. 2 & 3) 781-784-2400 saphireeventgroup.com Villa, The (p. 2 & 3) 781-784-2400 villaevents.com Zukas Hilltop Barn (p. 203) 508-885-5320 zukas.com CAPE COD & THE ISLANDS Alberto’s Ristorante (p. 240) 508-778-1770 albertos.net Cape Codder Resort & Spa (p. 261) 855-923-7513 capecodderresort.com Cape Cod Restaurant Group (p. 265) capecodrestaurants.org

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Catania Hospitality Group (p. 261) 508-771-0040 cataniahospitalitygroup.com

Ridge Club, The (p. 174) 508-428-6800 ridgeclubcapecod.com

Chatham Bars Inn (p. 189) 508-945-0096 chathambarsinn.com

Sea Crest Beach Hotel (IBC) 800-225-3110 / 508-540-9400 seacrestbeachhotel.com

Coonamessett Inn, The (p. 265) 508-548-2300 coonamessettinn.com

Tugboats (p. 265) 508-775-6433 tugboatscapecod.com

Dan’l Webster Inn & Spa (p. 261) 800.444.3566 danlwebsterinn.com

VERS (p. 238) 508-945-4300 verscapecod.com

Flying Bridge, The (p. 265) 508-548-2700 flyingbridge estaurant.com

Wequassett Resort and Golf Club (p. 157) 508-432-5400 wequassett.com

Golf Club of Cape Cod (p. 269) 508-457-7200 tgccc.com Harbor Hotel Provincetown (p. 167) 855-HPP-TOWN harborhotelptown.com Inn on the Beach, The (p. 238) 508-432-2900 innonthebeachcapecod.com

Willowbend (p. 4 & 5) 508-539-5320 willowbendcountryclub.com NANTUCKET Nantucket Island Resorts (p. 11) 617-243-7802 nantucketislandresorts.com/weddings Wauwinet, The (p. 11) 617-243-7802 wauwinet.com

Naked Oyster Bistro & Raw Bar, The (p. 12) 508-778-6500 nakedoyster.com

White Elephant (p. 11) 617-243-7802 whiteelephanthotel.com

Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club (BC) 508-896-9000 oceanedge.com

NEWPORT AREA Chanler at Cliff Walk, The (p. 147) 401-847-1300 thechanler.com

PB Boulangerie Bistro (p. 244) 508-349-1600 pbboulangeriebistro.com

Easton’s Beach Rotunda (p. 233) 401-845-5810 cityofnewport.com/weddings

Red Horse Inn, The (p. 265) 508-548-0053 redhorseinn.com

Hyatt Regency Newport (p. 211) 401-851-1234 newport.hyatt.com

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Newport Yachting Center, The (p. 158) 401-846-2610 newportyachtingcenter.com

Chapel Grille (p. 234) 401-944-4900 chapelgrilleri.com

OceanCliff (IFC & p. 1) 401-841-8868 newportexperience.com

Crowne Plaza ProvidenceWarwick Hotel (p. 239) 401-732-6000 crownehotelwarwick.com

Regatta Place, The (IFC & p. 1) 401-849-6683 newportexperience.com

Demetri’s (p. 188) 508-668-7200 demetrisfunctions.com

Vanderbilt Grace (p. 232) 401-846-6200 gracehotels.com/vanderbilt

Duxbury Bay Maritime School (p. 234) 781-934-7555 dbms.org

RHODE ISLAND, SOUTHEASTERN MA, CT, ME & NY Alden Park Bar & Grille (p. 43) 508-830-6777 aldenparkrestaurant.com Aldrich Mansion (p. 187) 401-739-6850 aldrichmansion.com Atlantic Inn, The (p. 246) 401-466-5883 atlanticinn.com Bittersweet Farm (p. 245) 508-636-0085 eventsbyLHC.com Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum (p. 145) 401-253-2707 blithewold.org Bristol Harbor Inn / DeWolf Tavern (p. 155) 401-254-1444 bristolharborinn.com Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyard (p. 244) 401-635-8486 sakonnetwine.com

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Five Bridge Inn (p. 365) 508-252-3190 fi ebridgeinn.com Franklin Country Club (p. 241) 508-528-6110 franklincc.com Harbor Lights Marina & Country Club (p. 177) 401-737-6353 harborlightsri.com Independence Harbor (p. 237) 800-287-8300 ihweddings.com Inn on Peaks Island, The (p. 159) 207-650-8368 innonpeaks.com John Carver Inn & Spa (p. 261) 855-923-7500 johncarverinn.com

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Rachel’s Lakeside (p. 245) 508-636-4044 eventsbyLHC.com

Linden Place (p. 236) 401-253-0390 lindenplace.org

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Rosebrook Event Center (p. 245) 508-291-1800 eventsbyLHC.com

Meadow Brook Inn (p. 236) 401-364-3669 meadowbrookinnri.com

Shining Tides (p. 242) 508-758-4203 shiningtidesweddings.com

Mirbeau Inn & Spa at The Pinehills (p. 195) 877-MIRBEAU mirbeau.com/pinehills

Valley Country Club (p. 139) 401-821-1115 valleycountryclub.net

New Bedford Whaling Museum (p. 241) 508-997-0046 whalingmuseum.org New Haven Lawn Club (p. 255) 203-777-3494 nhlccatering.com Pavilion at Pinehills Golf Club, The (p. 219) 508-209-3000 x 13 pinehillspaviliongrille.com Plimoth Plantation (p. 243) 508-746-1622 plimoth.org

Waypoint Event Center (p. 245) 774-634-2009 eventsbyLHC.com Whispering Pines Conference Center (p. 235) 401-397-3361 x 6056 wpinescc.com White Cliffs Country Club (p. 232) 508-888-8701 whitecliffscc.com White’s of Westport (p. 245) 508-675-7185 eventsbyLHC.com VERMONT Mountain Top Inn & Resort, The (p. 251) 802-483-2311 mountaintopinnweddings.com

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Marriott Providence Downtown (p. 166) 401-553-0400 marriottprovidence.com

Providence Biltmore (p. 6 & 7) 401-455-3027 / 800-294-7709 providencebiltmore.com

G. Andrew Maness 508.457.1583 Cape Cod 617.482.3234 Boston 401.847.4416 Newport

Rhodes on the Pawtuxet (p. 156) 401-785-4333 rhodesonthepawtuxet.com

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Chase Canopy (p. 173) 800-649-2055 / 508-758-2055 chasecanopy.com

Mike Picard Motion Pictures (p. 358) 401-827-8056 mikepicard.com

Newport Tent Company (p. 146) 401-683-9160 newporttent.com

WEDDING CONSULTANTS & EVENT PLANNING Annie’s Escapes Custom Travel Planning (p. 25) 401- 270-4834 anniesescapes.com

Quality Rental (p. 138) 800-842-7368 / 401-723-5555 qualityrental.com

LoLo Event Design (p. 35) 617-838-5921 loloevents.net

Rentals Unlimited (p. 215) 781-341-1600 rentals-unlimited.net

Marrero Events (p. 21) 978-304-0773 marreroevents.com

Seemonkey Photobooth (p. 364) 401-404-4423 seemonkeyphotobooth.com

Rhode Island Wedding Group (p. 23) 401-608-2533 rhodeislandweddinggroup.com

Sperry Tents (p. 175) 508-748-1792 sperrytents.com TRANSPORTATION America’s Hometown Shuttle (p. 43) 508-746-0378 pb-.com/ahs RockStar Limo (p. 242) 888-725-7871 rockstarlimo.net Wedding Trolley, The (p. 39) 401-847-6921 newportweddingtrolley.com VIDEOGRAPHERS Artistic Wedding Films (p. 356) 401-369-8438 / 508-863-2541 artisticweddingvideogroup.com

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RENTALS, TENTS & LINENS ABC Rent-A-Tent (p. 240) 800-697-9214 abcrentatent.com

GENERATIONS Cinemastories (p. 359) 617-233-9874 generationscinemastories.com

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SD Events (p. 25) 617-916-5453 simpledetailsevents.com Something Borrowed Something New Events (p. 207) 508-277-6597 somethingborrowedsomethingnew.com YACHTS & CHARTERS Newport Yachting Center, The (p. 158) 401-846-2610 newportyachtingcenter.com

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REAL WEDDINGS | Directory BLODGET/PINGREE (P. 36)

PIERSONS/BUCKLEY (P. 190)

ROCHA/BOSS (P. 216)

Crane Estate, Vinwood Catering, Seacoast Tents,

Laurel Hartman, Dolores Ahearn, L’Elite Boston,

Judy’s Village Flowers, Melita Fiore, David’s Bridal,

Peterson Party Center, Les Fleurs, Eat Cake,

Plum Porch Cape Cod, Puritan Cape Cod,

SolBijou, Alfred Angelo, Men’s Wearhouse,

Loeffler Randall, Christina’s, J.Crew, Bonobos,

Illusions, DeScenza Diamonds, Coral Pheasant

Caitlin Murphy, The Diamond Exchange,

Wedding Tresses, Smudge Ink, Riverview

Stationery + Design, Dulce Press Cape Cod, Old

Birchcraft Invitations, Classic Calligraphy, All Star

Chamber Players, Night Shift Band, Black Tie

Navy, Full Spectrum Music, Soul City, The Lanes

Entertainment.

Limousine, 1640 Hart House.

Bowl and Bistro, The Casual Gourmet.

STURGIS PARSONS/WOLTER

JIANG/LIM (P. 196)

Exquisite Events, Confectionery Designs, Kristen

(P. 40)

Russell Morin Catering + Events, Maggie Sottero,

Moshlek, Deb Houghton, Intermezzo Chamber

Elegant Engagements, Treats Catering, Marc

J.Crew, Ali Lomazzo Beauty, Kelli Murray Art,

Music, Elan Artists, Digital Video Services.

Hall Design, Delicious Desserts, Vera Wang,

Moondance Productions.

SHORE/CLIFTON (P. 220)

HAYDEN/FARRELL (P. 224)

Kate Spade, Vineyard Vines, Tammy Byrne, Lauren Vancher, Paper Source, Cape Lettering

JACKSON/LESLIE (P. 200)

East Bay Grille, ToBicouple, BeaconHillCandles,

Arts, Organist Fred Drifmeyer, Brick Park, Digital

Weddinglinensdirect.com, Cigar Masters, Talvy

Flair! Floral, Fratelli’s Pastry Shop, Alexandra’s

Imaging of Cape Cod, Cape Destinations,

Florist Bros., The Bean Counter, Allegria Bridal,

Boutique, DanaCastle, Dolce Vita, Nine West,

Eastward Ho Country Club.

Bella Rosa Bridal, Jos. A. Bank., Bows-n-Ties.com, I

JoJo Loves You, Men’s Wearhouse, Sperry

Do Wedding Hair New England, Saloman Jewelry,

Top-Sider, The Tie Bar, Vanity A Salon and Spa,

OH/PANAGOPOULOS (P. 44)

Paper Source, Weddingfavors.com, Vocalist and

Lauren Elizabeth Makeup, Richard Campiola Inc.,

Party by Design, Peterson Party Center, Cakes to

Guitarist Marge Boyle, Organist John Zadgroga,

Vistaprint, Just Desserts, Bill Iaconelli, First Student,

Remember, L’Elite Boston, Jimmy Choo, Amsale,

C-Zone Entertainment, Lafayette House.

Cafe Strega.

Invitations, Mike’s Pastry, Precious Moments,

COLYER/MARTENS (P. 204)

LADOUCEUR/MURPHY (P. 226)

Cafeteria.

Be Our Guest, Style Studio, DSMeeBee, Jennifer

The Bridal Shoppe, Nordstrom, Jos. A. Bank.,

Goodine, Christopher Chiapetta, C-Zone

Alexandra Eisemann, Twinkle + SMOOCH Beauty,

Entertainment, Maggiano’s.

Zazzle, Candy Warehouse, ULINE, Harpist

Vera Wang, Salon Actore, Jen DeMarco, Allure

YUSWACK/LACEY (P. 120)

Lisa Calvo, Frame + Anchor, Blu on the Water,

Robin Hollow Farm, Newport Sweet Shoppe, Lovely Bride NYC, Stuart Weitzman, Astley

FRANCO/CARUSO (P. 208)

Marrygrams, BEtimeless, Wishing Well Portraits,

Clarke, Theory, Mitsi Dupre, Jessica D’Amore,

Del’s Lemonade, Studio 539 Flowers, The

Jiren Crafty, Pink Owl Designs, So Pretty in Paint.

David Yurman, Anita Ko, Wedding Paper Divas,

Cupcakerie, Terry’s Bridal Shop, Nina, Ashleigh

Lucinda Caldwell, Schooner Aquidneck, The

Malagnogne New York, Judith Ripka, Nordstrom,

WINTHROP/ZIMMERMAN (P. 228)

Mooring.

Carl Anthony Tuxedo, J.Crew, Hannoush Jewelers,

Design Light, Bella Floral, Party Favors, Bride n’

Harpist Shelly Otis, Out of the Box Productions,

Belle, Kate Spade, Swarovski, Yves Saint Laurent,

ROSE/KENNEDY (P. 124)

Panevino, Z Crate Design, SignsToLiveBy,

Men’s Wearhouse, Stacey Frasca, Smyth Jewelers,

Oyster Harbors Club, Be Our Guest, Delicious

Hydrangea House, Ochre Court.

Tiffany’s Boston, Papyrus, Wedding Paper Divas, Pleasure of Your Company, Keros String Trio,

Desserts, Allegria Bridal, Bella Bridesmaid Boston, The Loft Salon Boston, Lisa George

FOLEY/KENEALY (P. 212)

Makeup, Harry Beckman, Inc., Taylor’s Stationery,

Duxbury Bay Maritime School, The Silent Chef,

Concertina Press, Organist Dorothy Lortie,

Stapleton Floral Design, Veronica’s Sweetcakes,

WITHERELL/KEITH (P. 230)

Vocalist Bridget Williams, Trumpeter Bill Jacques,

J.Crew, Men’s Wearhouse, Charles David Salon,

Sitting Pretty, Rose Hill Garden, Sarabeths’ Sassy

Beantown Band, Digital Imaging of Cape Cod,

DeScenza Diamonds, Pam Earle Design, Paper

Sweets, The Bridal Garden, Barrons Bridal,

Cape Destinations, The Islander.

Source, Bag Piper Paul Boyle, The Marsels Band,

Aerosole, Kate Spade, Michael Kors, Helzberg

Whit Wales Films, The Original Party Trolley of

Diamonds, Wedding Paper Divas, Exclusively

Boston, East Bay Grille, Isaac’s Restaurant, A+E

Weddings, Creating Paper Memories, Jett Jam

Transportation.

Entertainment.

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Stardust Band, Taj Hotel, Boston Chuppah Rental.

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MATTHIES/DAMORE (P. 252) Kickstand Events, J Cakes, Kleinfeld’s, Tom’s, April Rose, Men’s Wearhouse, Beauty Bar Boutique, Paper Presentation, Vocalist and Guitarist James Downes, DJ Brian Hood, Blueberry Creative, Vintage Motorcars, Cloud 9 Catering, ANaturalistsAttic, Cigar Exchange, Freakers, TKI Designs, OatmealLaceDesign.

BOUDREAU/BUCHANAN (P. 256) The Pierce House, Artistry Boston, Come Rain or Shine Tent Co., Table Toppers of Newton, New England Country Rentals, Primrose Floral, Event J.Crew, Eastern Clothing Company, Inc., Long’s Jewelers, Lexington Graphics, SOHO/Night Shift Entertainment.

FORD/HARRINGTON (P. 262) Designers Touch Floral Creations + Event Decor,

Once Like a Spark Photography

Illuminations, Allegria Bridal, Cole Haan, Tom’s,

Musette Bridal, Badgley Mischka, Na Hoku, Kate Spade, J.Crew, Men’s Wearhouse, Melissa Noel

ZARRELLA/SHEALLY (P. 338)

MCQUEEN/MAHONEY (P. 348)

Hair Design, Dani Wagener Beauty, Hingham

Gerald’s Farm, PDR Events, Exquisite Events,

Wychmere Beach Club, Wild Bunches Studio,

Jewelers, Wedding Paper Divas, Carlson Craft

Felicia’s Perfect Setting, Flowers by Semia,

Delicious Desserts, Artworx Hair Design, Makeup

Products, Vocalist Mary Levasseur, Organist

Russell Morin Catering + Events, Only the Finest

Artistry, Frost Productions, Cape Destinations,

Becket Senchur, Sound Choice Events, Digital

Cookies and Wandies, Inc., Scrumptions, Le

Mooncussers Tavern.

Imaging of Cape Cod, Wychmere Beach Club.

Spose Di Gio, Carol Hannah, Stuart Weitzman, Ted Baker, Bridal Finery, Jennifer Crozier

DAI/ZHANG (P. 266)

POWELL/NAPPA (P. 350)

Hair Design, JKL Hair Design, Darcie Palazzo,

Lord Thompson Manor, The Bridal Shoppe,

Exquisite Events, Whirly Girl Flowers, Scrumptions,

Ripcord Band, Wildwood Nursery and Garden

Bobby Pins Salon, The Cottage House Inn + Spa,

L’Elite Bridal, J.Crew, The Black Tux, Tiffany + Co.

Center, Block Island Cigar, Vesna Longton,

Perception Jewelry, Entertainment Concepts,

O’Crepe, C+S Portable Restrooms.

BlueCube, Brooks Transportation.

Ocean House, Rhode Island Rentals, Elements,

IRWIN/STOTIK (P. 342)

DE SARRO/PINHEIRO (P. 354)

Vows, Nordstrom, Men’s Wearhouse, Moss

Glen Manor House, Confectionery Designs,

Bella Rose Designs, Creative Ambiance Events,

Salon, Belle Vita Salon, Hannoush Jewelers,

VOWS, Bridals by Anahit, Nadri, Kate Spade,

Susan Brandies, Wishing Well Bridal, Perception

Newport Chocolates, Ron Sanfilippo, Robert Black

Nordstrom, Men’s Wearhouse, Calvin Klein, Serai

Jewelry, Ray Gardner Designs, David’s Bridal,

Entertainment, Jeremey Abraham.

Beauty, Vee Jewelers, Long’s Jewelers, Cordially

Ashley Daluz, Kristie Galligan, Hannoush

Yours Invitations, La Bella Musica, Chris Walsh

Jewelers, Pro Print, Vista Print, Millonzi’s

Productions, The Mooring.

Restaurant + Fine Catering

CHARPENTIER/RODERIQUES (P. 270)

LEDUC/MEYER (P. 272) Rosecliff Mansion, Ormonde Productions, Stoneblossom Floral + Event Design,

BRANCA/DUNLEA (P. 346)

Confectionery Designs, The White Dress by the

Belle Mer Water Salon, Toni Chandler Flowers +

Shore, Aquinnah, Amare, Maria Elena, After Six,

Events, Alexandra’s Boutique, Badgley Mischka,

J.Crew, Jos. A. Bank., Jennie Kay Beauty, Baron

Men’s Wearhouse, Mallory Ruotolo, Nicole

Jewelry, Nostalgic Imprints, First Class Band,

Cote, DJ Corey Young, Smashing Photobooth,

Robert Charles Wedding Films, 41 North.

Sardella’s.

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