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The guide to your perfect Lakes Region wedding


flowers/creative wedding photos/cakes/gowns/inspiration/Real Weddings for NH’s Lakes & Mountains

A Rustic, Elegant Country Wedding Never Goes Out of Style

Locke Falls Farm offers a breathtaking pastoral setting, an ideal

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venue for your rustic chic wedding celebration. The beautifully landscaped property, perennial gardens and tranquil rolling fields provide a picturesque backdrop for the farm’s gracious event barn. The sprawling antique home offers ample housing for your bridal party, while the expansive stone patio provides an elegant background for cocktails and receiving. A variety of pricing options are available for brides, from a DIY wedding theme to a full service package, where you can work with our on-site planner to bring the unique vision of your wedding day to life. Contact us today

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Solare Wedding Photography

Michelle Eaton Photography

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Solare Wedding Photography

Michelle Eaton Photography

Michelle Eaton Photography

Beautiful Bride... Beautiful Nails On your wedding day, all eyes will be on your hands as the ring slips on your ďŹ nger and during your wedding photography. Make sure your hands look their most beautiful with nails from Eden Nail Salon or Bayside Nail Salon. Bring the entire bridal party and choose from a variety of services by professional nail technicians in a modern, elegant setting.

Offering Professional Nail Services in a Modern, Relaxed Setting Manicures, Pedicures, Polishing, Acrylic Nails Two Locations for Your Convenience

1458 Lake Shore Road, Gilford, NH 528-7878

4 Center Street, Wolfeboro, NH 569-1588 LAKES REGION BRIDE 1


Welcome To... your Lakes Region wedding

Whatever the season, the Lakes Region offers many location choices for a beautiful ceremony, for great wedding photos and for a celebration to be remembered a lifetime.

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{thoughts from the editor}

Love ... and a Little Luck It has been a busy year at Lakes Region Bride. We have had the honor to work with some new - and some longtime - wedding professionals on style photo shoots and at bridal shows. Speaking of bridal shows, our second annual Fall Bridal Show at Church Landing in Meredith offered a busy day full of beautiful decor, wedding ideas, gowns and much more. The 2017 show will be Sunday, November 12, at the same Mill Falls venue. We saw new gown styles and colors this year, but it seems the things brides have come to love about Lakes Region weddings are the same as in past years: the lake as a backdrop, the peace and privacy of wooded settings, rustic barns and decor and of Marina Zinovyeva Photography course, lace in all its forms. Lakes Region Bride style photo sessions brought us to the country setting of Locke Falls Farm, and also to Castle in the Clouds for a dramatic, elegant Halloween themed wedding photo shoot, among other locations. Luck certainly was with us as the day ended at the Castle and the sun began to set. The lake turned to orange and gold and the sky flamed. The result was some incredible images; the photo above is just one from this group; see the entire story starting on page 22. Please keep Lakes Region Bride magazine handy as you plan your wedding. Brides often tell us the magazine is a valuable, unrivaled resource to find wedding professionals and to gather ideas and inspiration as they plan their wedding day. All our best and congratulations on your Lakes Region wedding. Kathi Caldwell-Hopper Editor Lakes Region Bride

Dream Wedding Dress... Dream Shopping Trip in a relaxed atmosphere

Our Bridal Consultants are ready to help you find the perfect dress to fulfill your vision for your wedding day.

We offer a beautiful selection of gowns by trusted designers featuring the latest styles and trends. From traditional to elegant to vintage or contemporary, our gowns are sure to please. Call today and let our professional consultants help you find the dress of your dreams.

A Day to Remember Bridal Boutique Bridal - Tuxedos - Prom

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Welcome - 3 Editor’s Letter - 4 Featuring...Sherry’s Cakes by the Lake - 6 2017 Wedding Linen Trends - 10 Boutique Bridal Shows - 15 Love in the Garden - 16 Gothic Halloween Romance - 22 A Perfect Day - 29 A Theatrical Love Story - 35

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Marina Zinovyeva Photography

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A Family Affair - 39 Country Wedding Day - 42 Durgin Estate - 46 Focus on Flowers - 52 Springtime Wedding Style - 58 9 Things to Ask - 66 Lakeside Wedding Celebration - 69 Advertiser Index - 72

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“I’ve been baking for as long as I can remember,” says Sharon Lewis, owner of Sherry’s Cakes by the Lake. “My paternal grandmother spent summers with us when I was growing up, and she was always baking. And, as a child, my mother made all our birthday cakes. When I became a parent, I carried on the tradition. I found I had a knack for creating cakes and each year, the designs would become a little more challenging. People began to take notice of my cakes and with the encouragement of my husband and other family members, both immediate and extended, I turned my hobby into a business.”

Sherry’s Cakes by the Lake became a full-fledged business in March of 2015, but Sherry is no newcomer to the food service industry. As a waitress, she says she “loved meeting new people” and her other career choices are diverse (she worked as a private investigator, a manager at a rent-to-own store and in a chiropractor’s office). She adds, when asked about her training as a baker, “My paternal grandmother was an unbelievable baker. When she was in the kitchen, so was I. I still have her recipes.” Cake techniques have been learned by trial-and-error or from paid tutorials and the advice of other decorators. Out of all the cakes she creates, Sherry says, “My favorite cake to make is a gravity defying cake. Creating a piece of ‘cake art’ that is visually unbelievable is so much fun. When people ask, ‘How did you do that?’ it is the best compliment!” Sherry loves to experiment with new designs and styles. “I consider it a challenge to see if I can accomplish something I have never done,” she says. Her delicious chocolate chip cookie cake is a customer favorite. As far as shape and style, a traditional round-tiered continued on page 14


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Weddings at Waterville Estates Nobody does

“I Do� like we do Where the whole weekend belongs to you and your party. So much more than just a ceremony and reception truly an event with complete wedding planning.

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John Anderson Photos

Weddings at Waterville Estates offer a grand reception room overlooking the Sandwich Range of the majestic White Mountains and our Mountain View Pond. We also offer multiple locations for ceremonies, but our brides favorite spot is nestled next to our rose rock garden. With your ceremony and reception you get to add your own flair to everything, with the help from your on-site wedding coordinator. 562 Winterbrook Road Campton, NH

603-726-3082 LAKES REGION BRIDE 7

Elegant Garden Weddings

Hold your private ceremony and reception at Tarbin Gardens, a beautiful, unique English country garden with lush flowers and landscaped grounds.

William T. Moore Photography

~ very affordable prices ~ incredible photo opportunities ~ choice of sites in the gardens ~ no hidden fees ~ tented receptions for up to 150 people ~ Bridal Showers

321 Salisbury Rd., Rt. 127, West Franklin, NH 603-934-3518



2017 Wedding Linen Trends by Michele Morrissette Wiggs

And another bridal season begins! Holiday engagements brought a new group of brides who are excited to start their planning. They are exploring Pinterest, attending bridal shows and reading magazines to design their perfect day, and the linen trends for this year provide something for everybody. Pantone’s color of the year, and one of our favorites, is “greenery” which is a natural for our beautiful New Hampshire background, and a great basic in shades from celery to kiwi to moss greens to mix with beiges, taupes or your favorite pastel flower colors. The trending terrarium look, which can combine metallic like copper, or Mason jar centerpieces, works great with all of the green shades too. Another popular look for this year is boho, or bohemian which is wonderful for the free-spirited bride, and mixes eclectic color and fabrics reminiscent of the 1970’s – unexpected bold colors and patterns mixed with vintage lace and details for a unique effect – a great way to update the vintage look and make it your own. Throw in some fancy details like big paper flowers and give it some hippie chic! It IS New Hampshire, and rustic elegance will always be with us, but this year it is a cleaner look and we are calling it farmhouse instead of rustic – long farm tables are very popular, with runners and homespun napkins rather than tablecloths – linen and pillowcase ticking are much less abrasive to the touch and offer a fresh update while keeping the natural theme. Bling is still with us and promises to be for a while, but in smaller amounts and neutral colors – try a champagne sequin runner over an ivory or champagne tablecloth, and mix it up with doupionni or satin napkins for a classic look that is not overdone. Draping and backdrops are more popular than ever, and can change the look of a venue, barn or tent to make it especially romantic, whether a dramatic backdrop behind a sweetheart table, or side drapes on a wall or tent, or pole covers and swagging in a tent or barn doorway. They can be done in white or any color and chiffon is the fabric of choice. So as you can see, the choices are exciting and of course, the best choice is what makes YOU feel special and shows your own personality – after all is said and done, it is YOUR day, YOUR way! Congratulations and have fun planning. (Michele Morrissette Wiggs is the owner of divine inspirations design studio, Meredith, NH. For more information, visit

Glittery table fabrics continue to be popular. Linens/design by divine inspirations! Kim Keyes Photography



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continued from page 6 cake is popular. She adds that the rustic look, birch tree and nake cakes are very popular right now. “The new trends for 2017 are leaning toward the ‘Geode’ cakes, drip cakes and mirror glazed cakes. Cupcakes are very popular within my business. They are a great visual addition to a smaller cake. Some brides choose to have a cutting cake and serve their guests individual cupcakes.”

In the future, Sherry says she would love to teach her children the art of cake decorating. “They are, of course, my biggest fans.” Visit www.sharonlewis0522.wixsite. com/cakesbythelake or call 603-522-5068. Sherry’s Cakes by the Lake is located in Brookfield, NH.

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Country Bridals and Formal Wear “Affordable Elegance”

We pride ourselves on personal service in a relaxed atmosphere. For all your Bridal, Bridesmaid, Flower girl, Mothers, Special Occasion, Prom and Tuxedo needs

17 Main Street • Jaffrey, NH 603-532-7641


Scenes from Lakes Region Bride’s Boutique Bridal Shows The very talented wedding professionals that participated in Lakes Region Bride’s events in the past year brought the latest colors, fabrics, tastes and styles to brides eager for help in planning the perfect wedding. (Not to mention, finding just the right professional!) Here is a look at some of the things that were - and still are - trending in the Lakes Region.


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4 Ridgewood Rd 2nd Floor, Bedford, NH 03110

603-637-2037 Bridal:

Top left: delicate seasonal flowers in a collection of vases on a sparkly table (flowers Lakes Region Floral Studio; table cover divine inspirations!); top right: rustic wooden cake/ cupcake holder and cake by Ooo La La Creative Cakes; pizza for the wedding by Flame Mobile Pizza; rustic yet upscale farm table and design by Showcase Events Rentals & Planning. Photos courtesy Colleen Brownlee Photography

Anne Barge Blue Willow by Anne Barge Justin Alexander Provonias Signature by Justin Alexander Bridesmaids: B2 & Belsoie bridesmaids Lugo Designs Mothers of the bride: Montage by Mon Cheri Daymor Couture Damianou Rina diMontella

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in the Garden


Erika Follansbee Photography


Kirkwood Gardens, located in Holderness, New Hampshire, is available for wedding ceremonies or modest special events from mid-June through mid-October. Located on the grounds of the historic Holderness Inn, the spot includes both sunny and shady garden beds complete with granite steps, curving paths, benches and fountains. The gardens are designed with a wide variety of flowering trees and shrubs, perennials, ferns, and annuals that thrive in the northern New England climate. The lower garden is perfect for strolling and the pergola and bench under the old apple tree offer delightful settings for photographs. (continued on page 19)


The table decor (and linens) was the work of Michele Wiggs, owner of divine inspirations design studio, located in Meredith, New Hampshire. White vintage hand-embroidered cotton napkins were collected by a bride over several years. The silver gray and pink Dupioni napkins offered a perfect light style along with the pale pink Dupioni table covering. It all fit seamlessly in a garden setting. The white high-top tafetta leaf linen caught an afternoon breeze. The old-fashioned flowers were the finishing touch for the centerpiece and bride’s bouquet, created by Mountain Laurel Flowers of Ashland, New Hampshire. Mountain Laurel Flowers also provided the antique easy chair. The lacy and romantic Maggie Sottero gown looks just right on bridal model Erin. The gown was provided by Inspirations Bridal Boutique in North Conway, New Hampshire. The comfortable white folding garden chairs were provided by Taylor Rental of Laconia, New Hampshire. The beautiful vintage floral cake was hand painted and fondanted. Intricate, unique and artsy wedding cakes are true works of art. Hand-painted cakes are a great way to reflect your theme, the season (spring, fall etc.) or even match your invitations and stationary. Cake created by Ooo La La Creative Cakes, LLC. Erika Follansbee Photography captured the day of romance in the garden.

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Quality rentals, personal attention, inspired results. Tents • Tables & Farm Tables • Chairs • Linens • China Dance Floors • Lighting • Vintage & Rustic Rentals • Event Planning & More. Visit our new showroom in Moultonborough... 173 Lake Shore Drive, Moultonborough, NH • 603-986-5525 • LAKES REGION BRIDE 19

The Perfect Wedding Location

Here’s what a happy bride had to say, “We found Province Lake by driving by. The view and grounds were beautiful. We had a

personal event planner, Sabin, that worked with us through the entire process. The wedding was not only beautiful but seamless. From our ceremony on the Terrace, to cocktails on the lawn under the giant trees, to fantastic food and great music under the tent we couldn’t have had a more perfect day....”

Multiple Onsite Ceremonies and Reception Locations Indoor and Outdoor Events Private Home Rental and B&B Accommodations Onsite Customized Event Planning The Hidden Gem of The Lakes Region Under an Hour From Portland, North Conway and Portsmouth 18 Mountain Road, Parsonsfield, ME (207) 793-9612 20 LAKES REGION BRIDE

Bridal Shows - continued from page 15 The Lakeside Bridal Show at the Margate Resort in Laconia was held in February 2016 and featured glitter, great food, gowns and more. Watch for updates on the latest schedule of bridal shows.

the Durgin Estate

on Winnipesaukee Exquisite lakefront lodging for your bridal party and guests. This sprawling 1903 estate on Melvin Bay in Melvin Village, NH includes a great room, parlor, 6 bedrooms and 3 full baths. Offering more comfort, privacy and photo opps than a hotel, at a fraction of the cost. Sandy beach, dock-patio, lush lawns & perennial gardens provide the perfect Elegant setting for memorable moments & photos. Call us for more details 781-572-7538 or visit

(We are a waterfront lodging only facility.)

Top: head table and drapery from divine inspirations!; A Day to Remember Bridal Boutique gown; bouquet by Ivy and Aster Floral Design; food samples from Hart’s (Turkey Farm) Catering. Kim Keyes Photography



Gothic Halloween Romance

All images by Marina Zinovyeva Photography A late-autumn, Halloween wedding can be atmospheric, romantic and slightly Gothic if the location and decor are just right. Pick a deeply rich color palette, add gowns of lace and flowers in keeping with the time of year, and you have a memorable, Halloween wedding that replaces traditional orange and black with an upscale and emotional day of dramatic romance. Location: Castle in the Clouds; Gowns/Tuxedo: A Day to Remember Bridal Boutique / Uniquely Couture; Flowers: Ivy and Aster Floral Design; Hair and Makeup: Donna Cotnoir/Custom for You NH; Wedding Cake: Sherry’s Cakes by the Lake; Set Design & Coordination: Jessica Raymond; Set Coordination: Jill Kenny and Maggie Misiaszek; Invitations/ Table Cards: Impress Me Designs.



“You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope… I have loved none but you.” – Jane Austen, Persuasion


Gothic Halloween Romance continued from page 25 Castle in the Clouds in Moultonboro, New Hampshire has unique beauty. The property’s mountaintop location has stunning views of Lake Winnipesaukee. It is the perfect place for a wedding, and where better to stage a Halloween-themed Gothic romance style photo shoot? For a Halloween wedding, forego the typical bright-orange and black decorations and instead pick a color palette of deep crimson, fuchsia and other colors for drama. You will feel like you stepped into the pages of a Gothic romance novel set on the windswept English moors. The late-fall Halloween themed style shoot was photographed by Marina Zinovyeva Photography, who got into the spirit by capturing every detail of the day...including a blazing sunset. The gowns, provided by A Day to Remember Bridal Boutique and Uniquely Couture, were coordinated by the owner of both shops, Helen Dionne. She says of the gown (page 22), “The all over lace, long sleeve gown is ‘Amor’ by Pronovias (available at Uniquely Couture Bridal). Features of the gown are a Bateau neckline, scoop back, and trumpet style. The gown (shown on page 25 and available at A Day to Remember Bridal Boutique) of the bride seated by the fireplace is made by Sincerity Bridal, style #3889, shown in Sand/Silver. It is also available in Ivory/Silver and White/Silver. This gown really represents what is trending right now: A lace bodice with a drapey tulle skirt. Off the shoulder is very romantic and is being seen more on the runway.” Ivy and Aster Floral Design filled the photo shoot with flowers in colors and shapes in keeping with the theme. Says Ivy and Aster owner Sara Severance, “To create dark romance, I used a jewel toned palette of deep crimson accented with plum, fuchsia and blue florals to add depth and contrast to the fall backdrop. Textural thistle, mixed eucalyptuses and dried pods lent themselves to the season and accentuated the soft petaled roses and romantic vanda orchids. Large composite roses, handmade from the petals of several individual roses assembled together, are the perfect choice for those seeking unique, overflowing, romantic texture.” (For more on composite roses, see the ‘Focus on Flowers’ feature on page 52.) The dusky gray/black tiered wedding cake from Sherry’s Cakes by the Lake is simple enough to handle fresh flowers for decoration. The candy apples, sugar donuts and black macaroons keep to the theme without being over-the-top Halloweeny. Beautiful handmade invitations and table/menu cards were created by Impress Me Designs with the rich colors and script typeface matching the decor. The details in a themed wedding are all-important. Watch the color palette and use textured fabrics in a special location to create an upscale, Gothic day of romance.

Coppertoppe hosts intimate weddings or elopements indoors

and tent or barn weddings or events in season. Our ceremony lawn bordered with floral gardens slopes gently down to an arbor by a pond featuring stunning views of Newfound Lake and the White Mountains. Wedding planning services and JP included.

Coppertoppe is a TripAdvisor 5-star B&B with 15 acres of organic gardens, lawn, pond and woodlands in Hebron, NH overlooking Newfound Lake. Children and pets are welcomed as honored guests. Contact Sheila for a free wedding planning worksheet and details. 603-744-3636 or 8 Range Road, Hebron, New Hampshire 26 LAKES REGION BRIDE


photo courtesy David Stamps

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Included in the affordable rental fee are tables, white garden padded chairs, dance floor, air conditioning and kitchen space. Bring in the caterer of your choice. Ceremonies in the Riverside Garden gazebo (permit issued by Laconia Parks & Recreation). Elevator access and plenty of parking

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From This Day Forward A unique, intimate and private outdoor venue on Lake Winnipesaukee. The Bay Side Inn is a special place for your ceremony and reception. Your wedding will receive the utmost attention; from the ceremony on the sundeck or in the post-and-beam pavilion with ďŹ eldstone ďŹ replace to the tented reception overlooking the Lake. Offering for your guests 18 charming Lakeview guest rooms in a private setting.

Create the memory of a Lifetime!

Call to discuss your wedding plans: 603-875-5005 86 Rt 11-D Alton Bay, NH 28 LAKES REGION BRIDE

A Perfect Day Cassie y Mike Photography courtesy Ron Kolias Studios (


My Little Sewing Room “You sow your oats while I stitch your britchez!”

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Establishe in 1971

Custom Sewing, Alterations & More

Brenda MacKay, master seamstress, specializes in restyling & refreshing wedding gowns. She will work with you to give you “the personal touch.” Vintage Wedding Gowns Remade into Christening Gowns and/or Baby Blankets

Brenda MacKay 19 Homestead Place, Alton, NH


Appointments Available and Encouraged

Your Honeymoon... we take care of the details

You focus on having a romantic, unforgettable honeymoon. Whether your adventure leads you to a tropical getaway or a mountaintop trek, your honeymoon will be a relaxing, memorable way to start your married life together.

55 Canal St., Laconia, NH 603-524-2500


A Perfect Day Cassie & Mike wedding story page 33 Photos by Ron Kolias Studios


The perfect rentals for your special day. From tents and tables to linens and lights, and everything in between, we offer the quality rentals and exceptional service you deserve for your special day. Contact us today to reserve your rentals.

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A Dream Realized

The Barn at Waukewan Golf Club is located in the heart of the Lakes Region. This 1800’s farm, now golf course has everything you are looking for in a New England charm setting. The function facility is an elegant post and beam barn, with a beautiful field stone fireplace, and has a large dance floor all of which is surrounded by majestic mountain views. The Barn is a perfect place for weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners and any special occasions.

Waukewan Golf Club

166 Waukewan Road, Center Harbor, NH ~ 603-279-6661 Contact Kim Hale at or 603-677-2649


Cassie and Mike continued from page 31 Cassie and Mike met through mutual friends and got engaged in November of 2015. Their wedding took place on October 15, 2016 at the Sanbornton Congregational Church with a reception following at Steele Hill Resort, also in Sanbornton. Cassie says her mother visited Steele Hill and “fell in love with it.” Once they were engaged, Mike and Cassie contacted the facility to inquire if their wedding date was available. She recalls, “In December, we met with Penny (wedding coordinator) at Steele Hill, and we immediately fell in love the resort; the views were breathtaking even in the wintertime. Since they had our wedding date available; we didn’t need time to think about it - we immediately decided it was where our wedding reception was going to be and everything literally fell into place! Penny (and everyone at Steele Hill Resort) was absolutely amazing to work with. The Hilltop Room, where our cocktail hour and reception was held, has beautiful views.” The ceremony site, Sanbornton Congregational Church, was also a recommendation of a friend. “I always knew I wanted to get married in a church. I joked with Mike that it would rain on our wedding day so we needed to be indoors, but I really wanted it indoors in a church setting anyway. We had a good sized guest list, since we both come from large families. Once we met Rev. Ruth Martz and saw the church from the inside, we knew immediately it was the perfect location. Rev. Ruth was so easy to open up to and talk with. The country setting of the church, along with the amazing stained glass windows is absolutely beautiful.” The autumn season came into play as to where the couple would get married: the Lakes Region. They both like the color navy (along with dark gray and champagne) and incorported it into their color scheme. Cassie adds, “We had a bench handmade to use instead of guest book. It is now displayed in our home.” Centerpieces were simple: candles with hurricane vases and a floral centerpiece on the head table that matched the bouquets. Traditional placecards were printed on ivory paper with guests’ names printed in navy. “Since we knew there would be children coming to our wedding, we wanted to do something fun that everyone would enjoy while dancing. We had glow stick bracelets and necklaces, which were a huge hit. The adults loved them, too,” says Cassie. Family and friends traveled to the wedding from all over the country and the couple wanted the thank-you gifts to be unique to NH and they also wanted to give something people would use and enjoy. “We decided to use maple leaf-shaped bottles of NH maple syrup, which we ordered from Ben’s Sugar Shack in Temple, NH. We added a simple ‘Thank You’ tag to each bottle,” Cassie says. When asked what her favorite part of the day was, Cassie reflects, “It truly was one of the best days of our lives. We were so fortunate to have family and friends travel from all over the country to share the day with us; it was a picture-perfect NH fall day. The weather was gorgeous, the leaves were at peak foliage and we were surrounded by 160 of our closest family and friends. “One of my favorite parts of the day was seeing Mike at the altar for the first time, the speeches and the surprise fireworks display my mom worked hard (with Penny) to make happen. I have to add too, our sons made the day so special. Seeing the love, happiness and excitement on their faces was wonderful. “They watch our wedding video more than we have and ask if we can get married again because they had such a fun time and that it was the best party they have ever been to. One of my favorite memories is when my 5 year old first saw me in my dress and said “mom you look beautiful. You look like a princess” as well as

Birch Hill Farm Rustic yet Elegant Events

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Limited space still available for 2017

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A Theatrical Love Story Katelyn & Casey

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A most unusual and beautiful Hollywood glam style wedding took place at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord, NH. Paying tribute to their roots as an actor (Casey) and a dancer (Katelyn), the bride and groom took to the stage for a wonderful wedding that brought friends and family together. Photos courtesy A&M Tetrault Photography (Story on page 49)



A Family Affair Ajay and Cathleen

Photos by TARA Photography


“We wanted our wedding to symbolize how we planned to live our lives together, integrating our backgrounds and family traditions.”


Photos by TARA Photography

A Family Affair Cathleen and Ajay Engaged in November of 2015, Cathleen and Ajay met while playing touch football. They were married on July 30, 2016 in the charming village of Hebron, NH. The day was also an annual event in the village - the Hebron Fair. (On Fair day, the town’s population swells, and the village green has all sorts of events.) The couple’s wedding was within view of the fair, and it added to the festivity of the day. Cathleen’s mother helped a great deal with the wedding planning. “It was a true family effort! The bulk of the credit goes to my mom, especially, for pulling all of our fantastic vendors together,” Cathleen says. The ceremony was held at the Newfound Audbon Center property and the reception took place nearby at Meadow Wind Bed and Breakfast. Cathleen explains the ceremony and customs, “It was extremely important for us and our families to blend our cultures (Christian and Hindu) into our wedding. We wanted our wedding to symbolize how we planned to live our lives together, integrating our backgrounds and family traditions. We created a blended Christian-Hindu wedding ceremony in which we wove traditions from both faiths into one ceremony. We were blessed to find two wonderful priests, one Christian (Rev. Paulo Franca from Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ) and one Hindu (Kaustubh Lele from Ohio), willing to work together to co-perform the ceremony. Ajay created a step-by-step program to help guide our guests through the ceremony. It was certainly challenging to blend the two ceremonies together, but in the end, it was well worth the challenge. We’re thrilled with how our ceremony represented us.” Cathleen’s family band, the Clarkridge Boys, performed the ceremony music and Cathleen’s cousin, Amy Feldman, Associate Pastor for Youth and Families, The Union Church in Waban, performed a welcome and set a wonderful tone for the ceremony. Because the wedding was in NH, where Cathleen is from, the couple also wanted to find ways to represent Ajay’s background during the reception. The caterer, the Barefoot Gourmet, offered continued on page 57

Spectacular sunsets, gorgeous lake views, elegant gardens and luscious food will make any affair a fabulous time to remember. Allow us to create your dream wedding and reception with old world charm and elegance. We host one wedding a day to ensure an exclusive, intimate experience. The Inn hosts functions year round from 50-200 guests.

The Inn on Newfound Lake 1030 Mayhew Tpke, Bridgewater, NH 03222 (603) 744-9111 visit us on facebook –Inn on Newfound Lake


Photos by AB Photography

Locke Falls Farm in rural Wonalancet, NH was the setting for a country wedding style photo shoot. The October day brought brilliant autumn foliage and sunny skies. Seasonal florals, greenery and vintage touches created a look both natural and elegant in the beautiful barn setting at Locke Falls Farm.


Story photos pages 42-45 ~ Erika Follansbee Photography


Burnished gold, deep greens, rust colors and touches of dark red mixed with a variety of textures for a country wedding style photo shoot at Locke Falls Farm: wood, white china, light dusty rose in the gown and even a bit of mustard yellow for the groom’s bow tie. Models: Kathryn and Bobby Lotus Floral’s Mary Trombley coordinated and styled the photo shoot. Photography: AB Photography ( Rentals (farm table, china, flatwear): Showcase Events Rentals & Planning Gown/jewelry: Lady of the Lake Hair and makeup: Custom for You Cake: For Goodness Cakes Invitation/Menu Card: Ashley Elizabeth Designs Florals/styling: Lotus Floral Designs Wedding Venue: Locke Falls Farm, Wonalancet, NH (see ad inside front cover)


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A Perfume Bridal Party

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Historic Lakefront Lodging at Durgin Estate

The Durgin Estate was designed and built by Henry C. Durgin in 1907. Durgin was a contemporary of Thomas Plant, owner of Castle in the Clouds in Moultonboro, NH. (Interestingly, Durgin was a Massachusetts attorney who made his fortune as a shoe manufacturer in the same cities as Mr. Plant’s shoe factories.) Essense Parfumerie - a unique place to hold Bridal or Bachelorette parties; for brides and bridesmaids to create delectable perfumes, scented body lotions, luxury shower gels, or massage lotions together. Essense Custom-Blended “Signature Scents” Fabulous, original table favors for Bridal Luncheons, Rehearsal and Wedding Dinners. Essense Parfumerie’s Perfumes come in 550 choices, making fun additions to Bridal Gift Bags.

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Durgin’s estate in Melvin Village, NH was the first vacation home to be built on the shores of Melvin Bay; Henry Durgin’s descendants owned the house until 1983. The current owners purchased the property in 2003 and had admired the village landmark for its impressive architecture, lakefront tranquility and long views of Lake Winnipesaukee against the Belknap Mountains. The lake, just 15 feet from the house, can be seen from every room in the home and spectacular sunrises and sunsets can be

enjoyed from indoors or from the screened porches. Durgin Estate is a special place for guests to stay - it is available for lodging. Offering a great room, a parlor, six bedrooms and three full baths, the estate can comfortably lodge up to 12 guests. Enjoy the conveniences of home, including a fully equipped and updated kitchen and laundry room. Over the years, the property owners have cultivated 12 perennial and annual gardens, planned for sequential bloom from spring through fall. The gardens include jonquils, lilacs, peonies, roses, hydraneas, daises, morning glories, lilies, sunflowers, annuals and herbs. Guests who stay at Durgin Estate love its beautiful location, detailed restoration and many opportunities for relaxation and recreation. Start the day with coffee on the screened porches or the patios, or choose from a variety of indoor or outdoor sitting areas. The private beach and dock are just 15 feet from the home. The grounds offer countless photo opportunities.

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A Theatrical Love Story - Katelyn and Casey continued from page 37 Casey and Katelyn met in high school, but did not start dating until college. Their first date? To the movies, of course! They were engaged in August of 2014 and married in August of 2016; the ceremony and reception were held at a place very fitting for a couple involved in theatre: the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord, NH. Recalls Katelyn, “We had two years to plan our wedding, but really only needed a year. We were living in NYC during the first year of our engagement so we spent time putting all our ideas together and coming up with our venue location and theme. “We discussed, even before our engagement, that we wanted to do some sort of theatrical wedding because it fits both our careers, our background and our lifestyle perfectly. I grew up as a dancer and Casey was an actor. We now both still work in the arts and entertainment industry, Casey in film production and myself in fashion. Finding the right location was the question. After researching many venues (theatre and non) I discovered Capitol Center. Their website stated that they rent out their venue for events, including weddings, so I contacted them for a showing. We met Steve Martin of the Capitol Center, for a tour in December while we were home for the holidays. The Capitol Center was decorated for Christmas and looked breathtaking! (We knew we wanted a summer wedding but just loved the look of everything.) Steve was so knowledgeable about the space and supportive of our ideas to host our wedding on stage but still keep it convenient for our guests by having a cocktail hour and dinner reception on site as well.” After finalizing the venue, the couple worked on the remaining details: catering, florist, decor, etc. “Steve was so helpful and allowed us to choose whoever we wanted for vendors and was always available if we needed help. As far as color and theme, we wanted it to be ‘Old Hollywood’ and super neutral. After finding my dress, I found that light gray, pink and silver matched perfectly and flowed with the dark and vintage decor of the Capitol Center.” With both Katelyn and Casey having drama and dance backgrounds, they knew having a stage to work with meant hosting a full production, because, why not? She says, “The music we selected for our wedding was from our favorite movies, but also a movie we saw on a date together, The Lord of the Rings. We wanted to keep the music soft and romantic, but also incorporate our Irish background as well. Prior to the bridal party entrance we thought we need something to play on the projectors on both sides of the stage. Casey, being a video editor, came up with the best idea of combining our favorite movie scenes along with iconic love scenes for guests to enjoy while taking their seats, with of course complimentary popcorn on the side. We had scenes from Titanic to the Notebook, to 500 Days of Summer to Wall-E playing with light jazz music as guests entered the theatre. Once everyone took their seats and after both moms had their entrance, we had a short montage film play before the bridal party entered. Casey created and edited this as well. This short film included old pictures from when we first started dating, snippets of film from various vacations and scenes and photos from our engagement shoot. With our wedding party being slightly large, Steve lent us risers so we could continued on page 56


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Cassie & Mike continued from page 33 the look on my 8 year old son’s face when he first saw me too and came over smiling to give me a hug!” Cassie adds, “Mike’s favorite parts of the day, if he had to narrow it down, were seeing me enter the church, seeing our son’s smiling as they walked down the aisle proudly, hearing the speeches at our reception and being announced for the first time as husband and wife and also as Mr. and Mrs.” Cassie’s advice for others planning a wedding would be, first, to stay organized. “I kept everything in a binder. When I needed to refer to something or look back it was all in one spot (I also had a folder in my email where I saved all wedding-related emails). In my binder I had a spreadsheet with vendors, the total we owed, what we had put down for a deposit. I kept it updated as we would pay for things. Secondly, I would say to keep on top of things, do a little bit at a time. Even if it seems like you have several months until your wedding, don’t wait. Even if it’s little things. For example, a friend helped me put the thankyou tags on the maple syrup bottles a few months before the wedding and my mom helped me stuff the welcome bags a few weeks before the wedding. I even wrapped all the groomsmen and bridesmaid’s gifts two weeks before the wedding. This made for a relaxing week leading up to our wedding; everything was really ready to go! “Lastly, Mike and I can’t stress enough that your wedding day is about the two of you; make the decisions you want to make about your wedding day. Planning a wedding can be stressful but be a team. It’s your day, so plan it exactly how you want.” She continues, “I highly suggest that if you are going to splurge in any area of your wedding budget, let it be your photographer. Your wedding day will go by so quickly; other than the memories you have, you will want to have amazing pictures to look back on to capture your day. Your wedding day is not a day you want to cut corners and later regret not going with a great photographer. I would also hire someone to do a video. There is so much you miss on your wedding day; it’s amazing to watch everything you missed and piece together the stories you are told to see what everyone else saw. “The third place I would splurge on would be the DJ. Our DJ, Chris Ialuna, was absolutely spectacular. I have never been to a wedding where literally the dance floor was packed the entire night. “Take time to enjoy your day; make sure to look around and take everything in because it truly goes by in the blink of an eye! I wish we could do it over and over again because it truly was one of the best day of our lives!” Cassie says. Cassie & Mike’s Wedding Professionals: Reception Venue/Catering: Steele Hill Resort Church: Sanbornton Congregational Church, Clergy: Rev. Ruth Martz Cake: Ooo La La Creative Cakes Photographer: Ron Kolias Studios Gown: Oleg Cassini Flowers: Prescott’s Florist Transportation: Molly the Trolley/Wolfeboro Trolley Co. Videography: Curtis Wedding Films DJ: Luna Eclipse DJ Services Fireworks: Atlas Fireworks


Focus on Flowers with Sara Severance, CFD The Composite Rose: Are you planning a romantic, summer or fall, elegant, garden party wedding? Love peonies? Composite roses could be your new best flower friend. For me, roses represent all that is love, beauty and tradition. Their classic soft petals and fragrance lend themselves well for a wedding bouquet. It’s rare that I meet a bride who doesn’t hope to use them as a part of her wedding flower design. Roses come in a multitude of colors, and there are several popular varieties of roses to choose from including standard, spray and garden. Spray roses are made up of several smaller blooms on a single stem. These blooms are perfect for those wanting a look that is local and organically styled. Garden roses are fragrant, larger blooms with soft, swirling This blush composite rose is hand-made from the petals of three standard roses. centers and are often mistaken for peonies—they are a great substitute for the short-seasoned beauty! The standard rose is the one we all recognize with its traditional shape and petal structure. (If I’m to find a bride who’d rather not use roses, it’s the standard rose that she’s bored with.) Enter the composite rose. A composite flower is created by taking the petals from several individual flowers of the same variety, in this case using the standard rose, and combining them into one single oversized bloom. To do so, I start by building a stiff base around one central flower to use for (photo right with table: One composite rose goes a long way for visual impact! Consider using 1-3 of these large, focal flowers in a low centerpiece or bouquet.)

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Composite flowers were quite popular in Mid-Century wedding design. A stylish bride in the 1940’s or 50’s would choose to use a single, massive composite flower as her bridal bouquet. A quick internet search for composite flower will show you a few different popular options—cymbidium orchids, oriental lilies, gladiolas and roses all make striking composite flowers. I love the retro vibe of the technique, but I also love the current trend of loose, mixed flower bouquets in all their natural, fresh-picked glory. So why not combine the two? The look of smaller, yet still statement worthy, composite rose blooms arranged into loose, organic, mixed flower bouquets is innovative and authentic all in the same clutch. With the romantic look of a large peony or dahlia and the intrigue of a new flower that none of your BFF’s will use at their wedding, composite roses could be your newest obsess-worthy wedding flower board. These unique beauties are sure to be ooo’ed and aahhh’ed by your guests and memorable in all your wedding photographs. (Sara Severance, CFD, is the owner and lead designer at Ivy and Aster Floral Design. For more creative flower ideas for your #woodsychic New Hampshire wedding, follow Sara on Facebook @ Ivy and Aster Floral Design or on Instagram @ivyandasterfloraldesign. Photos this article by Tim Shellmer Photography

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Katelyn and Casey continued from page 49 evenly split the groomsmen on both sides of the stage with the bridesmaids standing in front on both sides. Reason being, we are a bridal party and not separate; we wanted it to feel like we were all one big group supporting each other. Of course we had the Maid of Honor and Best Man stand slightly in front and beside us, which meant the world because they are our siblings.” Casey and Katelyn, and Katelyn’s mother (Lisa Schott), and close family friend (Alexis Hartnett) helped plan every detail of the wedding. “Alexis had a great role in coordinating decor deliveries and setting up the day of, which was a weight off our shoulders,” Katelyn says. With about 160 guests, eight Bridesmaids including the Maid of Honor, one junior bridesmaid, 11 groomsmen including the Best Man, and two junior groomsmen, it was a full house. Katelyn says getting married on stage was “amazing! It brought us back to our roots. I felt like I was on stage for a dance recital and he was on stage to perform his first lead role. It was us. We looked out to see our loved ones in the audience and could tell they enjoyed the atmosphere and also could see us very well! It also felt like we were slightly secluded from everyone and able to be in our own moment. It felt so magical with the lights shining down on us!” Katelyn’s advice to others in the wedding-planning process is to Google the venues, go in person, and sample food. That’s truly the best way you will find out if vendors meet your expectations, she advises. “The fact that we scheduled many in-person meetings and kept in constant communication with the Capitol Center is truly what made the whole experience smooth and stress-free. Find a venue that speaks to you and your fiance. It is so much more special to create a memory where it means the most to you! Your guests want to feel the love you both have for each other, eat a great meal and dance a lot to celebrate with both of you.” Katelyn and Casey’s Wedding Professionals: Officiant: Lindsay Harrington, who was also a bridesmaid and close family friend of the groom Ceremony & Reception: Capitol Center for the Arts, Concord, NH Flowers: PJ Flowers Photography: A&M Tetrault Photography Bride’s gown: Maggie Sottero Tuxedos: Men’s Warehouse Cake: Frederick’s Pastries Catering: Celebrations Catering Decor rental: Special Events of New England (red carpet and chairs) DJ- DJ Dispatch (also did uplighting and photo booth)


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Cathleen and Ajay continued from page 41 a delicious, Indian-inspired menu and the band, Cover Story, integrated Indian music during the reception. Ajay’s family also hosted a second reception in Cleveland two weeks later, which allowed even more family and friends to celebrate the marriage. The wedding theme was natural/rustc, with colors of burlap, cream, forest green and some red. Rather than be nervous about a big event like Hebron Fair (just across the street) on their wedding day, the couple embraced it. Cathleen recalls, “We did know that the fair was the same day and we were excited that this wonderful little town would be bustling on our wedding day. We were concerned about parking and noise, but neither were an issue. In fact, there were a few horses behind our venue while we were getting ready, which made for some fun photos!” Eric Foster from Lakes Region Tent & Event recommended Meadow Wind to Cathleen’s mom. “We visited and knew right away it was the perfect location. We wanted a quiet outdoor location with a beautiful backdrop near Plymouth and couldn’t have found a better spot,” says Cathleen. Missy, the owner of Renaissance Floral in Bristol, created the beautiful wedding bouquets and centerpieces. “Missy was wonderful to work with,” Cathleen explains. “She understood our vision after only a short conversation and a sharing of a few pictures. She went above and beyond to give us the look we wanted and helped us execute on our wedding day. Missy’s work is high quality.” The couple’s advice for those in the wedding planning process is to “focus on the few things that matter most to you about the wedding. In our case it was incorporating our family, friends, and our backgrounds into our ceremony, having delicious food and drinks and a fun band, and finding a naturally beautiful location in New Hampshire. It’s easy to get caught up in the details, but ultimately continued on page 68

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9 things to ask when booking a Barn/Farm or private estate wedding by Terry Moran

So, you’re dreaming of getting married on a farm? You’ve seen the blogs and wedding photos: a heavenly display of rustic picture frames, recycled pallets, old cars, Mason jars, string lighting, wagon rides, bales of hay and whiskey barrels. The trend of hosting your wedding on a farm, complete with a barn or tent for your reception, continues to be the primary choice in NH. I personally love the trend and how it has changed and morphed over the years. As someone who DJs many barn/farm weddings, I have some suggestions (9 to be exact) to make your barn wedding a great experience. 1. Consider hiring a professional wedding planner They will help navigate the unknowns,and save you more money than you will ever pay them. They have done this many times over and will ensure a stress-free wedding weekend for you, and recommend vendors that have a great reputation and are easy to work with. 2. Some barns don’t have bathrooms or electrical setups for a large gathering. Most of the farms you will fall in love with were not originally built for 100+ people partying! The option is to rent porta-potty units or bathroom trailers. The new trailers are really nice; they are not the portable bathrooms you see at football games, but rather, luxury trailers that remind you of a nice hotel room. Porta potty placement will depend on where the water/electrical hook ups are and the location of parking. Make sure to plan on this expense-it is worth it. There are many reputable companies in NH that do it right. Be aware of electrical needs – work with the property owner to determine the electrical capacity and if necessary, hire a licensed electrician to ensure the DJ/band, caterer, lights, etc. are all on different, modern circuits with plenty of extension cords to reach their designated spots. Keep in mind every section of the farm that you will be using for your wedding, and check on the electricity that is available (or needed) in each spot for ceremony, cocktails, dinner, reception, etc. 3. Fully understand your budget to create a complete wedding. Thanks to blogs and websites that showcase rustic properties, it might seem this is the more budget-friendly way to have a wedding. This is why it would be helpful to hire a professional wedding planner or do the research yourself to understand the Total Cost of Ownership (Or TCO) for the wedding. Ask the property owner what is included in the rental fee. Barn rentals vary from place to place; don’t assume you are also getting an onsite wedding coordinator, chairs (2 sets, for ceremony and reception!), tables, plates, linens, ceremony setup, venue clean up, trash and so forth. You may need to rent items (including labor & delivery) and quarterback delivery and pickup times, as well as set up times. It is your job to understand what the expectations are, and what your barn/farm fee includes. 4. Pick vendors that are familiar with farms/barns/rustic vibe and can blend in. The rustic look is popular, and you want everything that you buy/rent for the day to match your intended look. For example, ensure your caterer can assist with a bar that does NOT resemble a NYC nightclub. Your DJ should have a setup in keeping with the rustic décor, vs. a high-tech, modern look. Your photo booth would look out of place if it were super modern. (For example, we have built a barn door to put in front of the DJ setup, a photo booth that looks like a barn, a rustic microphone from 1953, a suitcase from the 1930s that is rebuilt into a cell phone charging station for your guests, etc. (Everything should blend or it will seem out of place to guests.) 5. The party ends at 9 or 10 pm. While it differs from town to town in NH, some properties are restricted with noise ordinance rules for both outside and inside receptions. While the idea of rocking it out until midnight is something you have always expected, it may be that a late night bonfire with your friends is how your wedding concludes, rather than on the dance floor. Ask each venue what time the music has to end, and especially what time people have to be off the property. Validate that nothing has changed a few weeks before your wedding, when final plans are in place. 6. Booked it? Great! Where is everyone staying? Some farms in NH have onsite accommodations or allow camping, which are clutch. Others do not have overnight accommodations and are in very rural locations. You may find a spot 2 or 3 hours from your home that is exactly what you want; make sure there are hotels reasonably close that can accommodate your guests. 7. Who do you love? Consider your guest list. If your dream wedding includes partying with 300 of your family and friends, you might have to plan to rent a tent to accommodate a larger guest list. Many barns allow for this and have designated areas for tent placement. 8. Rules, restrictions, and “certainly not.” Some farms are still working farms during the week, and then transform into a venue on the weekend. They may have a list of rules that you and all guests will need to follow about parking, smoking, tiki torches where you can drink on the property, using ladders, hanging Rustic cell phone courtesy Crown Special Events décor, setting up corn hole or other games, 66 LAKES REGION BRIDE

campfires, sparklers, trash removal, etc. If you have a cool idea, always double check! 9. How do we get there from here? Walk it out. You are choosing the entire property for the ambiance you want. Ideally, the ceremony will be in one spot, cocktail hour in another, and the reception taking place either in the barn or under a tent. When deciding where things are located, understand how far your guests are going to have to walk from point “a” to “b” to “c”. How far from where they park their cars is the wedding location? Are there wagons or golf carts that can transport them from spot to spot? Are there uneven spots or hilly areas they will have to walk across? What option is there for those that can’t make the walk? These are all really important things to consider, especially for older guests or those with physical challenges. I adore farm and barn weddings. In fact, they are my favorite to spin! It is important to know what questions to ask as you start shopping for your dream location. There are many things to keep in mind; researching each property will help. I believe, if you keep in mind these 9 important facts before you start searching for your unique rustic venue, you will be better equipped to have a wonderful barn wedding. (DJ Terry Moran owns Crown Special Events in Laconia and Chelmsford, MA. Terry is a former club DJ and has personally been the DJ at over 1,500 events. Moran runs seminars frequently at National DJ Conventions and will be spinning and speaking at the Mobile Beat Las Vegas DJ Show in March 2017. Crown is a 7 time ‘Couples Choice’ Award winner from WeddingWire for 2010-2017. Visit

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A Family Affair continued from page 57 focus on the few things that matter most, the process will be more enjoyable and you won’t lose sight of the real significance of the day. Don’t sweat the small stuff and do have fun!” Cathleen and Ajay’s Wedding Professionals: Venue: Meadow Wind Bed and Breakfast Florist: Renaissance Florals Photographer: Tara Hamer - TARA Photography Hair – Stella Hair Boutique Makeup - Hairstyles by Jessica Cake/Desserts: Borger’s Cakes & Bakes / Rustic Charm Rentals Catering: The Barefoot Gourmet Transportation: Robertson Transit Rentals: Lakes Region Tent & Event Porta Potties: All Seasons Septic Music: Cover Story Entertainment Band Beverages: Dee Lux Bartending Event Planning: Everyday Details (Event Planning)

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“My number-one priority was to have our wedding in a beautiful setting on the lake,” says the bride.

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Megan and Mike Date of engagement: June 14, 2014 Date of Wedding: June 25, 2016 When planning a wedding, it is important to take all the help that is offered. That is what Megan did as she began to plan her Lakes Region wedding. She says, “I knew I would need a wedding planner because I don’t live in the area and we were getting married at a non traditional wedding venue. My number-one priority was to have our wedding in a beautiful setting on the lake. Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro was one of the few locations that was directly on the water.” The couple worked with Private Weddings and Events, and counted on the knowledge of owner Mindy Rossignol. (Mindy is known for designing beautiful, creative weddings in all sorts of locations.) In planning the wedding, driftwood came into play. “I found an inspiration picture and shared this picture with Mindy. I also knew I wanted to use driftwood; Mike and I go for walks on the beach every weekend with our dog and collect driftwood. so this was an important and sentimental part of the decor. Mindy took my inspiration picture and the driftwood and created my dream day. It was exactly what I wanted. I wouldn’t have changed a thing about the decor,” Megan explains. The bride’s in-laws have a house on the lake and Mike has wonderful childhood memories of the area. Megan says, “Brewster is on the water and I loved driving down the hill towards the lake and seeing the picturesque view. I knew I wanted to get married in this magical location.” About her gorgeous wedding gown, Megan says, “I didn’t imagine myself in a ball gown; however, when I tried one on, I felt like a bride. I also wanted a dress that was unique and fun. I loved the fabric and the different layers of this dress.” (Gown designed by Haley Paige.) “I would highly recommend hiring a wedding planner,” Megan says. “Mindy allowed me to enjoy planning my wedding and enabled me to have fun the day of, because I wasn’t worried about a thing! I would also recommend having decor pieces that are sentimental and have a story behind them, as we did with the driftwood. It makes it more personal. If you are planning an outdoor wedding, plan a backup location in case weather doesn’t work out, then don’t worry about it! It was hard not to worry about weather but it’s out of anyone’s control. (Easier said than done, I know.)”

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Megan and Mike’s Wedding Professionals: Wedding Planner: Private Weddings and Events Florist: Private Weddings and Events Photographer: Mon Petit Studio Cake/pastries: Homemade by Megan’s mother-in-law Catering: Curts Caterers Band: Signature, Wilson Stevens Entertainment Cocktail Musicians: Mile Twelve Mon Petit Studioo

Ceremony location: Brewster Academy, Wolfeboro Reception venue: Brewster Academy Hair and makeup: Zen Glow Wellness and Beauty Spa LAKES REGION BRIDE 71

Advertiser Index Beauty/Cosmetics Custom For You, pg. 26, 268-0820

Lodging The Durgin Estate, pg. 21, 781-572-7538

Cakes/Pastries Cocktail Confections, pg. 51, 496-0271

Music Dwight’s Wedding Guitar, pg. 67, 942-5754

Moulton Farm, pg. 49, 279-3915

Lil’ Penny, pg. 71, 867-1051

Sherry’s Cakes by the Lake, pg. 50, 522-5068 Catering/Dining Contigiani’s Catering Service, pg. 21, 524-4518 Curt’s Caterers, pg. 45, 293-2730 Great Events Catering, pg. 13, 603-581-9022 Hart’s Turkey Farm Restaurant, pg. 49, 279-6212 Magic Foods, pg. 48, 707-6929

Nail Salon Eden Nail Salon, pg. 1, 528-7878, & Bayside Nail Salon - 569-1588 Perfume Essense Parfumerie, pg. 46, 1-800-332-6315 Outdoor Pest Control Mosquito Squad, pg. 65, 380-4541

Moulton Farm, pg. 49, 279-3915


The Red Blazer, pg. 41, 224-4101

Clifford Photography, pg. 52,

UnderDog Event Space & Catering, pg. 48, 254-3323 Water Street Cafe, pg. 51, 524-4144

Erika Follansbee Photography, pg. 64,

Locke Falls Farm, Inside Front Cover, Margate on Winnipesaukee, pg. 38, 1-800-MARGATE Mill Falls at the Lake, pg. 50, 1-800-508-4598 M/S Mount Washington, pg. 6, 366-5531 Ogontz, pg. 2, 838-2462 Pat’s Peak Banquet Center, pg. 12, 888-PATS PEAK Province Lake Golf, pg. 20, 1-207-793-9612 Steele Hill Resorts, pg. 47, 524-0500 Stone Brook Hill Farm, pg. 47, 293-4300 The Red Blazer, pg. 41, 224-4101 Tarbin Gardens, pg. 8, 934-3518 UnderDog Event Space & Catering, pg. 48, 254-3323 Waterville Estates, pg. 7, 726-3082

Kim Keyes Photography, pg. 63, 539-4982

Waukewan Golf Club, pg. 32, 279-6661

Ceremonies Gilford Community Church, pg. 53, 524-6057

Marina Zinovyeva Photo, pg. 62, 396-3541

The Wolfeboro Inn, pg. 11, 569-3016

Philbrick Photography, pg. 64, 356-9822

World Fellowship, pg. 56, 447-2280

Little White Church, pg. 60, 447-1881

Ron Kolias Studios, pg. 63,

DJ Services Crown Special Events, pg. 67, 1-978-483-0776 Music Road Mobile DJ Service, pg. 71, 286-3102 Dry Cleaners/Gown Preservation Sanitary Dry Cleaners, pg. 14, 524-1328

Through the Pines Photography, pg. 62, 455-2794 Reception Facilities Akwa Marina Yacht Club, Back Cover, 782-4242 The Barn at the Inn on Main/ Magic Foods Catering, pg. 48, 707-6929

Flowers Heaven Scent Design, pg. 68, 527-4328

The Bay Side Inn, pg. 28, 875-5005

Ivy & Aster, pg. 55, 369-9273

The Belknap Mill, pg. 28, 524-8813

Lakes Region Floral Studio, pg. 53, 524-1853 Lotus Floral Designs, pg. 54, 491-4063 Mountain Laurel, pg. 54, 968-3059 Renaissance Florals, pg. 55, 744-9494 Riverstone Florals & Design, pg. 57, Gowns A Day to Remember Bridal Boutique, pg. 4, 228-8031 Country Bridals & Formal Wear, pg. 14, 532-7641 Uniquely Couture Bridal, pg. 15, 637-2037 Justice of the Peace Jo Maden, pg. 61, 988-3137 JP Sheila Oranch, pg. 26, 744-3636 72 LAKES REGION BRIDE

Beane Conference Center, pg. 56, 527-3501 Birch Hill Farm, pg. 33, 491-4624 Capitol Center for the Arts, pg. 36, 225-1111 Castle in the Clouds, pg. 9, 476-5900 The Common Man Inn & Spa, pg. 34, 536-2200

CopperToppe Inn & Retreat Center, pg. 26, 744-3636 Contigiani’s Conference & Event Center, pg. 19, 524-4518 Gilford Community Church, pg. 53, 524-6057 Gunstock Mountain Resort, pg. 8, 737-4311 The Inn on Newfound Lake, pg. 27 & 41 744-9111 Kimball Jenkins Estate, pg. 45, 568-8427 Lake Knoll Farm, pg. 46, 776-4831

Rentals/Tents/Linens, etc. Abbott Rental & Party Store, pg. 36, 1-800-287-6557 divine inspirations!, pg. 12, 527-8019 Lakes Region Tent & Event, pg. 32, 456-2049 Showcase Events Rentals & Planning, pg. 19, 986-5525 Taylor Rental Center, Inside Back Cover, 524-5553 Sewing/Alterations/Seamstress divine inspirations!, pg. 12, 527-8019 My Little Sewing Room, pg. 30, 875-5329 Transportation Grace Limousine, pg. 60, 666-0203 Wolfeboro Trolley Company, pg. 61, 569-1080 Travel/Honeymoon Penny Pitou Travel, pg. 30, 524-2500 The ad index is an additional service of Lakes Region Bride to its advertisers. Lakes Region Bride assumes no liability for any incorrect information.

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Lakes Region Bride Magazine 2017  

Wedding Inspiration for New Hampshire's Lakes & Mountains

Lakes Region Bride Magazine 2017  

Wedding Inspiration for New Hampshire's Lakes & Mountains