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2012 / 2013 Issue


Bride Garden Wedding

Lush Flowers & Photo Ideas

Cake Gallery

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Taylor Rental

has (just about) everything for Your Special Day... Except the Guests

Tents Wedding Arches Place Settings Linens Glasses & Stemware Tables & Chairs China & Silver Coffeemakers Candelabras Champagne Fountains Everything for your wedding reception ... For Rent! 603-224-1931 231 South Main St. Concord, NH

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Don’t buy it, rent it.

Planning Weddings For Over 40 Years

Manchester Country Club is building a beautiful new Ballroom, a perfect venue for your special day. Opening May 2013 The renovations will include a new 300-seat ballroom, open-air veranda and covered patio for outdoor ceremonies and cocktail hours, and a redesigned bridal suite. To learn more about how you can make the new space yours, please visit our website. And, as always, membership is not required to have your special day at the Manchester Country Club.

Renovations begin January 2013 Located in picturesque Bedford, NH just 50 miles north of Boston, MA and only minutes from Manchester-Boston Regional Airport. (603) 624-4096

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Anne Skidmore Photography

unique natural settings, spectacular scenery, & warm country hospitality...

Purity Spring Resort is nestled between the foothills of the White Mountains and the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, and offers unique lakeside and mountain-top settings, award winning meals, plus careful attention to detail when planning youR special day. Call us today for a full tour of the resort and our unique locations.

Offering a variety of GREEN WEddiNG venues - Mountain-top or Lakeside Celebrate your love for each other while showing your love for the environment -

Located just south of North Conway on Route 153, East Madison, NH Call (800) 373-3754 x225 or Email • 2

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A warm NH welcome...

...the look of love

, captured as this just-married couple sneaks away for a romantic moment before greeting their guests. The Capitol region offers so much for couples, from wooded settings to downtown sparkle and glamour. Whether your wedding is planned for the height of summer or the brilliant fall foliage season or it will be a winter-white affair, there is sure to be a special spot just waiting for you.

Image: Nathan Moreau Photography

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From the Editor Real Brides, Real Weddings, Real Ideas

Wedding magazines are full of pretty pictures and big ideas. It’s always fun to browse through national wedding publications featuring ornate tables dripping with lace, ribbons, feathers and bows. They’re pretty but they’re sometimes impractical. (And while we’re on the subject, how about the pouty, high-fashion models in magazines that totter around wearing skin-tight gowns and stacked high heels?) It’s all fun to look at, but not real life for real NH brides! If you are in the midst of planning your wedding, what you most likely need is information and ideas that pertain to your real-life, NH wedding. Any wedding, we firmly believe, can be just as pretty and wonderful as those seen in national magazines, but it’s important that it be done your way and on your budget. With that in mind, we offer up some of the latest ideas, inspirations, colors and decor. At Capitol Bride, we are always mindful of the reality of today’s world and the budgets of the average NH bride. So we’ve gathered ideas and fashions that are perfect for your wedding, but don’t break the bank. Check out the gorgeous table linens, the beautiful flowers and photos and the ideas for your personalized NH wedding. Best wishes! Photos: (top): Ron Kolias Studio; vase of roses by Lotus Floral; image of couple: (right): Eye Sugar Photography

Kathi Caldwell-Hopper, Editor

Be Your Stylish Self

on Your Wedding Day This is your big day and you don’t want to look like every other bride.

That’s where A Day to Remember comes in... To put it simply, our gowns are special. We pay attention to the latest styles and stock the shop with beautiful gowns that reflect your personal taste. From hip and modern to classical and elegant, we offer gowns that will allow your stylish self to shine on your wedding day!

A Day to Remember Bridal Boutique

1 North Main Street, Concord, NH ~ 603-228-8031 4

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From the Editor...................................... 4 She Said Yes to Her Dress.................... 6

Garden Wedding................................... 7 New Trends......................................... 13 Table Design Ideas.............................. 14 Cake Gallery........................................ 16 Fall & Family........................................ 20 Romance at the Peak.......................... 22

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Sunday Afternoon Nuptuals................. 26.

Photography by Kim Keyes

Take Your Pick..................................... 31 Eight Ways to Find the Perfect Fit....... 34 Choosing a DJ..................................... 35

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Parting Shot......................................... 37 Pg. 13

Advertiser Index.................................. 40

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Artifact Images

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ABOUT THE COVER...Just married and so very happy! Image courtesy Eye Sugar


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Editor / Publisher.............................................................Kathi Caldwell Hopper Marketing Consultant................................................................Sarah Jane Hall Photo Shoot Styling...........................................................................Kim Keyes Event Staff.....................................................................................Heidi Adams, Autumn Keyes, Megan Hopper, Jill Adams, Dan Hopper Capitol BrideTM is a trademark of Kathleen Hopper, copyright 2012/2013 by Capitol Bride, PO Box 7364, Gilford, NH 03247, (603) 293-2327. All rights reserved; all materials herein are protected by copyright laws. Reproduction in part or in whole without written permission of the publisher is prohibited. We are not responsible for errors in advertisements/editorial or printer’s errors. We reserve the right to reject and/or edit all communications submitted for publication.

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She Said Yes to Her Dress!

Erin Ward was the winner of our October, 2011 Capitol Bridal Affair Say Yes to Your Dress Contest at the Capitol Center for the Arts, Concord, NH

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Erin won a dream trip via Grace Limousine to NYC to shop for her gown at famed Kleinfeld’s with a $1500 Kleinfeld’s gift certificate. Erin’s wedding will take place in 2013; she had a wonderful shopping experience at Kleinfelds and chose a mermaid style gown. Watch for details of this year’s extravaganza prize drawn at the Capitol Bridal Affair at Grappone Conference Center, Concord on March 3, 2013.

All that Glitters...

Brooch and Jeweled custom made wedding bouquets to last a lifetime. My bouquets are designed for only you ~ no two are ever the same. They are meant to be “Your Something Forever”. We ship all over the world.


To see a gallery of our custom jeweled wedding bouquets~ 6

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Images by Corey Garland Photography

Summer garden weddings offer pure romance. The tranquil beauty of the Kimball Jenkins Estate in Concord was the setting for this event, showcasing dreamy flowers, drop-dead gorgeous gowns and an Impressionistic style. The Kimball Jenkins Estate may be in the heart of downtown Concord, but the private setting could be a wooded, hidden-away spot.

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Garden Wedding ...


Gowns by Andrea’s Bridal Boutique; florals by Harrington Flowers; hair/makeup: Custom for You NH; table linens by divine inspirations!; cake by Divas Cakes & Confections; location: Kimball Jenkins Estate, Concord, NH all photos copyright Corey Garland Photography for Capitol Bride


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Garden wedding ideas aplenty. A: frothy and romantic gown by Casablanca; B: strapless and pure white with lace accents by Casablanca; C: Bride in Casablanca and pool blue simple and casual maid’s gown by Jordans Fashions; D: pure silk romance in a table for two by divine inspirations!



E: pretty, light chair style; F: a lilly-pad inspired cake by Divas Cakes & Confections; G: light & dark blue for outdoor table/chairs; H: intense purple maid’s gown by Jordans Fashions; I: garden colors with natural shell accents.




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divine inspirations! design studio

your bridal resource center in central NH and beyond

Custom gowns Professional alterations service Bridal accessories Specialty linen service Chair cover rentals & setup Custom wedding design

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Please call or email for a free consultation 603-527-8019 413 Daniel Webster Highway, Meredith, NH 03253

Your Wedding . . .

A Perfect Day on Lake Winnipesaukee A site that is breathtaking and offers complete luxury, waterfront scenery and a panoramic view of Lake Winnipesaukee.

Photo: Studio One

• Scenic Lake Front Location ideal for pictures • Romantic setting with Wolfeboro Bay in the distance • Charming outdoor Gazebo for your ceremony • Indoor and outdoor space available • The Winnipesaukee Belle ~ available for rehearsal dinners, the reception or a farewell brunch! • Professional Staff here for your every need

90 North Main Street | Wolfeboro, NH 03894 Tel: 603.569.3016 |

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An invitation from The Lady...

Philbrick Photo

Ensembles for all your special occasions; Party Dresses, Evening Gowns, Mother of the Bride/Groom & Cruisewear! Exquisite Jewelry & Accessories from Head to Toe! *Special Orders & Plus Sizes Available.

photo by Bob Manly

Lady of the Lake

Located at the Chase House Inn across from the Town Docks, Meredith, NH 603.279.9967

Stylish, Fashionable, Fun

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Photo by Kim Keyes

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Casablanca gowns, Bridesmaids Mother of the Bride, Flower Girl attire, Tux Rentals, Proms and Party Fashions

Andrea’s Bridal Boutique 147 Chestnut Hill Rd., Rochester, NH 603.335.4044

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Newest Trends from the Wedding File

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(left) Mother-of-theBride (or Groom) Floral Hand Rolled Silk Soutache by California Designer. 2 pc. Jacket & Dress Ensemble. Available at Lady of the Lake, Meredith, NH

(above) Lush, old-fashioned flowers from Blossom Shop are just right for a garden wedding.

(left) Raid grandma’s jewelry box or start collecting antique and vintage jewelry at flea markets for a custom made bouquet by the Bejeweled Florist.

(left) Blue overlay looks like a flowing river for a bride who loves blue. available at divine inspirations!

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table design ideas...

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A Small Hair Salon with High Standards. Wedding Packages Available.

124 Hall Street, Concord, NH 03301 603.856.8388

Mix antique linens, vintage flatware and china...and a bit of imagination to create a rustic and elegant table design without spending a bundle! Scour second-hand shops for lace and old linens and china. Work with your florist to create beautiful centerpiece florals to match the antiquey decor.. (Photography by Kim Keyes)

Wedding Dreams Come True a price you can afford

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Deja Veil is a wedding resale boutique offering all things wedding. From wedding gowns, linens, centerpieces, ceremony and reception items, day-of wedding coordination and rentals. A place for future brides to find wedding items and services at prices they can afford.

A table all in white... oh so gorgeous and other-worldly to create pure romance at your reception. Design/linens/drapes/ chair covers by divine inspirations! (Image Photography by Kim Keyes)

Hot colors by a co - bright orange ol waterfall and hot pink brighten up an y ta combo. Flower ble and chair s: Lotus Floral ; linens/rentals: Abbott Rental Center; locatio n: Castle in the Clouds

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Weddings at Pats Peak

BA N Q U E T C E N T E R Pats Peak is a Full-Service Banquet Center, accommodating up to 200 guests for wedding ceremonies & receptions.

“Personalized Service”

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Up to 200 Guests Panoramic Views of the Mountain Beautiful Stone Fireplaces Air Conditioned Lodges

For details or to arrange a visit to view our facility in person, call 1-888-PATS PEAK or visit

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Cake Gallery What’s a wedding without a grand finale wedding cake? From multi-tiered cakes to fun and delicious cupcakes, wedding desserts take many forms. Here are a few favorites from our wedding cake bakers.


Kahlua mini cupcake with Kahlua and vodka in the cake and Irish Cream and Whiskey in the icing, from Cocktail Confections.

Wedding Receptions, Rehearsal Dinners, Post-Wedding Brunches, Bridal showers, Engagement Parties and more. The finest in catering since 1984

21 Meadowbrook Lane #2, Gilford, NH 603-293-2730 • Curt & Joanne Chesley 16 Capitol Bride

Ooo La La Creative Cakes offers a two-tiered chocolate and almond orange cake with a dark chocolate ganache. The flowers are handmade and the cake is covered in fondant. Email: tamra.burke@

72 Manchester Street, Concord, NH 03301 (603)224-4101

The Red Blazer is a locally owned and operated Restaurant serving the greater Concord area for over 12 years. Our reputation for great food and service has earned us a place among the very best restaurants and caterers in the business. We can host your event on premise or wherever your imagination takes you. The Red Blazer can take care of all the details including custom cakes made in house by Chef Beth and her team. With proven expertise, The Red Blazer looks forward to taking care of your casual backyard BBQ style reception to a more formal style or anything in between. Call and make an appointment with Tamra, our Event Coordinator today. Look for the Fox you’ll be glad you did!


Create your special memories with us Historic Downtown Concord, NH


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White and chocolate cake from Curt’s Caterers, layered with raspberry filling and rich chocolate ganache. The cake is frosted and decorated in mousseline buttercream.

Where quality is always a guarantee

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Ooo La La Creative Cakes

Vanilla gluten and dairy free and the bottom is chocolate, from Divas Cakes and Confections.

Creating family traditions one cake at a time. ~~~ Contact: LaShunda Allen Owner & Designer Meredith, NH 603-455-2989

Creamy and oh so delicious cupcakes from New England Cupcakery. images: Jennifer Bakos Photo


From casual to elegant, we can assist you in planning your Bridal Shower, Rehearsal Dinner, Reception or Wedding. Let us help with customizing menus that will create a perfect balance for your special day. We have in-house facilities or can cater at your dream location. Our friendly staff is on hand to make your event memorable. Please contact Mike Cornelissen or Cara Clinton Phone: 603-279-6212 Fax: 603-279-7146 ~ 233 Daniel Webster Hwy Jct. Rtes. 3 & 104 Meredith, NH 03253

Three-tiered and beautiful cake by Red Blazer Restaurant and Pub. (image courtesy Justine Johnson Photography)

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Fall and Family Katelyn and Jeff Nyhan October 16, 2010 What do you do when you love pearls, a special place from your childhood and fall? For Katelyn Nyhan, it was a chance to incorporate these favorite things into her wedding. Her background in fashion merchandising gave her an edge to knowing the latest styles and trends, but she did her wedding design her way. The result was a beautiful, unforgettable day that delighted friends and family...and included the memory of the first special man in her life: her Dad, who had passed away four years before Katelyn’s wedding. Katelyn and Jeff met at Strange Brew in Manchester; he was on a date with another girl, but Katelyn was daring enough to give him her phone number. “He called the next day!” she recalls with a laugh. The couple were together for four years when Jeff popped the question while on a dinner date.

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The proposal Katelyn recalls, “On October 16, 2009, we went to a new restaurant our friends had just opened, the Mint Bistro in Manchester. We ordered some drinks and then Jeff started telling me how much he loved me and how he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me. (This is not typical Jeff when we are out to dinner, so I knew something was up.) He proceeded to take a little black box out of his pocket, and asked if I would spend the rest of my life with him as his wife! Well I said yes of course, but I was so surprised,,,I couldn’t even eat dinner I was so excited to tell everyone! It was a perfect night!” Jeff currently works at Manchester Community College as the Director of Safety. Katelyn is currently a Pharmecutical Rep for Astrazeneca. The Planning With a year to plan the wedding, Katelyn says “it was the perfect amount of time. Jeff and I love the fall and the foliage and since many people seem to get married in the spring or summer, we thought October was the perfect month for our wedding. “I wanted a navy blue and white color scheme. I also knew that orange would be a perfect accent color. Sunflowers are my favorite so we made those part of the flowers. I was aware that I needed to go all out so that the orange looked perfect, from the girl’s shoe colors to the ties the groomsmen wore.” Pearls are Katelyn’s favorite jewelry and she incorporated them into her wedding, from pearl beading on her gown to the headpiece to the napkin rings. Katelyn’s pretty fur jacket added a unique touch to the gown. She recalls, “The morning of my wedding, I was getting ready at the hotel with all the girls. My mom ran home to grab a few items as it was a brisk October morning, I had purchased the fur shrug from Target two years prior. It was just hanging in the closet and my mom had an instinct to grab it for me! It was the best add-on to my ensemble that day. It was a bit chilly on the golf course so it was perfect and I was so excited when I saw how great the fur jacket looked in our pictures.” When asked about the flowers, she explains, “I knew I wanted sunflowers, since they are my favorite! We had two large vases on the altar and the church was filled with sunflowers, blue delphinium and bells of Ireland that were later brought to the reception. For the cocktail hour the tables had floating sunflowers in navy blue water in cylinder vases. They were amazing. At the Manchester Country Club, we had sunflowers and greens on the mantels. Our centerpieces were 6 x 6 square vases with jewel-toned flowers of green hydrangeas, magenta Gerber daisies, orange tulips and orange ranaculus in vases wrapped with leaves from the inside. The girls’ bouquets were orange roses wrapped with navy ribbon. The maid-of-honor had pink and orange and the flower girls carried flower balls made of magenta mums with pearl pins. The guys all wore orange spray roses wrapped with the navy ribbon. Jeff and I had white flowers. He wore a white rose wrapped in white and I had all white roses.” Jeff and Katelyn chose the Manchester Country Club (MCC) because it was where Katelyn and her sister grew up. She recalls, “Easter, Mother’s Day, and every Friday night out with my parents for dinner since we were little, we went to the Country Club. It was also my dad’s favorite place. My dad passed away four years ago in April, so this was also very hard not having him there on my wedding day. I knew that he would have wanted me to be married at a church and then have the reception at the MCC. I did not even look anywhere else; it was fate when Marilyn from MCC said October 16, 2010 was open, so we booked it! I knew I would be able to get whatever we needed cont. on pg. 25

The Vendors: Photography: Neal Scott @ & Melinda Butler @; Reception venue: Manchester Country Club; Cake: Jacques Fine European Pastries; Flowers: Garden Party; band: Mama Kicks

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Romance at the Peak Mallory and Ralphy Conant May 20, 2012

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The proposal A man in love will go to great lengths to capture the woman of his dreams. When Ralphy asked Mallory to be his wife, he put a lot of planning - and love - into the proposal. Mallory recalls, “Ralphy proposed on the ski slope at Pats Peak in Henniker. He had asked the Pats Peak staff to help him set up a romantic proposal. The staff was more than willing to block off a corner of the Puff Trail. They laid out the candles and red roses Ralphy hand picked himself. “I thought we were just going for a day of snowboarding. I am an experienced snowboarder but this was only Ralphy’s second time. So, not knowing, I was a little ways ahead of him on the trail. I had stopped to wait for him and he went flying by me. He came to a quick stop and fell face first into the snow! He got up and hopped to a decorated spot with roses and candles in the snow and called me over. I quickly realized his fall was intentional because he didn’t know how to stop himself. When I got closer, he dropped to one knee and asked if I would marry him. Wiping away tears of joy, I said yes!”

The Planning The couple met in March, 2010 and were excited to plan their wedding after getting engaged in Feb. 2011. Mallory, who is a personal care provider, lived in Alton,NH with her son Kaleb. Ralphy is employed at Lakes Region Community Services as a direct support professional. With 13 months to plan the wedding, the couple decided on a warm weather month for the big day. Mallory saw a purple and blue orchid color scheme online and fell in love with the flowers and colors. Because they had spent time snowboarding at the ski area and loved it, the couple decided to have their wedding at Pats Peak. They had seen photos of the resort and found it to be quite beautiful in the summer also. At the outdoor ceremony at Pats Peak, Mallory’s son, Kaleb walked her down the aisle and her step-father John Markland gave her away. Ralphy’s mother had passed away, but she was not forgotten on the wedding day; a straw hat she wore when going through chemotherapy was placed on a bench during the ceremony and a dove was released in her memory. (In case of rain, the ceremony would have been held indoors at Pats Peak.) The guest list included 75 friends and family and the wedding party totaled 10 people. The wedding party was very helpful in putting the final touches on the reception decor. “I planning our wedding, but I had a hard time seeing how everything would come together. The flowers, the dresses, decorations and everything did come together better than I imagined! I started setting up the reception room at Pats Peak, but the girls in the wedding party and the florist finished the set up while I was having my hair done. When I came upstairs to see the reception room all decorated, the first thing I said was, ‘Now I can see it!’ ” After the ceremony, guests and the wedding party sat down to a delicious meal catered by Pats Peak. The menu consisted of garden salad, Chicken Saltimbocca, London Broil, glazed carrots, and garlic mashed potatoes. During the reception, music was provided by Music Man DJ and the guests and bride and groom danced the night away. The fun and unusual wedding cake was provided by Jacques Pastries; the cake’s top and bottom tiers were espresso with mocha filling and the middle tier was carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. The groom’s cake, a special surprise from Mallory to Ralphy, was a unique design of a fish coming out of water; it was hazlenut with hazelnut filling. Says Mallory, “My best advice to other brides-to-be is this: at some point during the day/night, take just a moment to yourselves to take it all in. Everyone that has been married told us how fast it was going to go by and they were right. Our wedding from start to finish was 5 1/2 hours long and it felt like only an hour. The day is about you and your husband, so make the decisions about the wedding based on what the two of you want, not what others think would be good for you. Also, the little things that may go wrong are far less important than the fact that you are marrying your best friend and the man of your dreams.” Ralphy went to great lengths to make the proposal very special; that romantic attitude carried over into the honeymoon. The couple enjoyed an eight-day cruise to Bermuda on the Norwegian Dawn.

Vendors: Photographer: Artifact Images Florist: Heaven Scent Design Cake: Jacques Fine European Pastries Reception/Ceremony/Catering: Pats Peak Officiant/JP: Raymond Hill Gown alterations: My Little Sewing Room


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cont. from pg. 21 from them. I had been to a wedding there and it was beautiful, good food and plenty of room to dance!” The couple put a lot of time and thought into the popular candy bar. “I chose wooden letters and painted them, drilled and placed them on dowels to be the focus on the table. We added some fall flowers to wrap around it. The tables were covered in beautiful navy table cloths and I had Styrofoam looking pearls spread out all over the tables and strands of pearls draped on the side. The candy jars were spread out over the tables, each with their particular candy tag and ribbon that I created for each type of candy. I found cute gum ball machines that were there for show, but they were all taken! We added oversized lollipops to blue planting vases that I found and filled with gumdrops and pinwheels. The line for the candy bar was crazy—it was a big hit!” Katelyn says. “We also had a cigar bar; it was a surprise for my husband. He loves cigars so I knew it would be a perfect treat for him. I had it set up with a humidor, which I had monogrammed for him and that was the focal point for the cigar bar. I then had the various cigars displayed in the boxes, each with descriptions of what type of cigar it was and the background on it. They were all out on the table, which was done in white and navy and pearls. I had monogrammed matches made and those were also displayed on the table as well as cigar cutters. “I did have a memory table for my Dad. I wanted to have something simple, yet meaningful, so a table was set up adjacent to our sweetheart table with a family photo, a photo of my Dad and me and a beautiful quote. Those were all in pearl frames. I had some white roses and a candle on the table. We did a donation to the American Heart Association in memory of my dad. On each table we had a beautiful card that matched the blue, white and orange theme.” The wedding cake was from Jacques Pastries and was red velvet with cream cheese frosting. “I love bows,” says Katelyn, “and we saw bows on the sample cake and decided we wanted bows and a blue pearl look on our cake. It was three tiers with a large bow at the top layer and on the front.” The band Mama Kicks played during the reception for 220 guests who danced into the evening. A Bit of Advice from the Bride Katelyn says, “The advice I would give to any other bride is to enjoy every minute; the year went by so fast. When it was all over I felt like ‘Okay, now what can I plan?!’ I was very organized in all my paper work, magazine clippings, ideas etc. What worked best for me was a large binder, which was later named the ‘wedding bible’ by my family; it went everywhere with me. I kept everything from vendor’s business cards and contact info, to the guest list, info from wedding expos that I attended, sample programs, invitations from weddings we had been to and ideas that came to mind. I had also created a calendar, so each month I would put in what we were doing, what we had accomplished and what was up for the next month.” The Honeymoon Jeff and Katelyn left for their honeymoon the next day to St. Lucia where they stayed at the Sandal’s Grande, an all-inclusive resort. She recalls, “The place was amazing. We met so many great people that we still keep in contact with. The highlights of the honeymoon were an amazing speed boat tour of the island, horseback riding in the ocean and relaxing at the resort spa. It was a fabulous week and we would love to go back someday.” That second honeymoon will have to wait a while, because the couple are expecting their first child. With Katelyn’s ability to plan events, their child will have some wonderful birthday parties in the years to come! 603.491.4063

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Sunday Afternoon Nuptuals Images: Photography by Kim Keyes

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Lori Lipson and Jeffrey Deuink July 15, 2012

The Proposal: Lori and Jeffrey met 6 1/2 years ago and knew they were compatible from the get-go. They took their time getting to know each other, however, and it wasn’t until Christmas of 2009 that Jeffrey proposed to Lori. “We decided to get married this year because my Dad is ill and I wanted him to be at my wedding. We kept it small and simple; I did most of the planning because Jeff is busy with his consulting business and running a 500-acre farm in Danbury, NH,” Lori says. The Plan and the Big Day: “It all fell together quickly,” Lori explains. “It was pretty laid back. My daughter and son and Jeff’s two boys made up the wedding party. The color scheme was bright red, choral and light green, reflecting the colors of my bouquet.” The wedding ceremony and reception took place at the Inn on Newfound Lake in Bridgewater, NH. “We know Larry, the innkeeper and we love the food and the ambiance,” says Lori. The guest list was in keeping with the intimate affair - just around 30 close friends and family. After the 1 pm ceremony on the lawn of the inn, the wedding party and guests dined in the inn’s main dining room and danced to the sounds of a trio of musicians from the Concord Community Music School. Photography by Kim Keyes captured the fun and romance of the wedding day. “We saw Kim’s photography in Lakes Region Bride magazine and loved her work. She was fun and great to work with.”

When asked where she got her simple and sexy halter wedding dress, Lori laughs, “I call it my Marilyn Monroe dress! It’s actually a dress I already had and one I love!” The strapless dress was easy to move in and perfect for the heat-wave July day. Casual cotton shirt and slacks for Jeff were in keeping with the relaxed day, versus a formal suit or tuxedo. “Less stress” could have been the theme of the wedding that turned out to be a fun and memorable day for everyone. The attention to every detail, the idea of including family and worrying less about the little things made this wedding a perfect, beautiful event. The newlyweds plan to take a warm-weather honeymoon at a later date, perhaps next winter when they will be hankering to get away from the snow and cold of NH. The Menu: Appetizers: Mini Capris; Savannah Shrimp Cups; Orange Sesame Seed Chicken; Creamy Mushroom Cups Salads: House Salad with sun dried cranberries and goat cheese with Champagne vinaigrette, homemade Focaccia bread Entree: Surf and Turf - Filet Mignon with baked stuffed shrimp; Eggplant Napoleon.

The Vendors Venue: Ceremony and Reception: The Inn on Newfound Lake, Bridgewater, NH Photographer: Photography by Kim Keyes Music: Concord Community Music School trio Caterer: Inn on Newfound Cake: Frederick’s Pastry (white cake with buttercream frosting) Flowers: Apotheca

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“At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet.” Plato

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Take Your Pick

Three Types of Wedding Photographers By Nathan Moreau (owner of Nathan Moreau Photography)


inding a wedding photographer today can be a difficult task. It’s hard finding a true professional who understands light, exposure, printing, album design, and most importantly, how to treat their clients. Before you start thinking about hiring a photographer, ask yourself, “What type of photographer am I looking for?” There are three types of wedding photographers in today’s photography market and you should be aware of each type and the key differences of each. First type: ‘The shoot and burner’ Very rarely has an education or background in photography or any other artistic medium. Their main selling point is a DVD of pictures. Prices are below average. If they offer albums and prints, the images are often low quality. Second type: ‘The photography factory’ Typically does not have an education or background in photography or any other artistic medium. Prices range from below average to average. Who you meet with initially is sometimes not the photographer that is sent to photograph your wedding. Albums and prints are ‘OK’ quality. Third type: ‘The artist’ Typically these photographers have an artistic background as well as an educational background in photography. This photographer will document and create those one-of-a-kind memorable moments with his or her own unique style. Prices range from average to above average. Albums and prints are high quality. So the question is, ‘Which type do you hire?’ Now that you know the three types of photographers, cont. on pg. 36

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8 Ways to Find the Perfect Fit… Choosing a wedding venue is just like shopping for your wedding dress.

By: Joëlle Creamer, Manchester Country Club One the most exciting parts of the wedding-planning process is buying the dress. So why not make the venue shopping just as fun! Really, all the same principles apply: 1. Do your research. There are a number of websites where you can search venues by location, budget, capacity and more. Flip through bridal magazines and check out wedding blogs. Get a feel for what you like, don’t like and what you dream about. 2. But be open minded. It’s a good idea to start your search for the perfect venue with an idea of what you’re looking for, but don’t be close-minded. You might be looking for an empire-waist dress but the a-line design really highlights your figure. Likewise, you might find the venue of your dreams that’s just a tad over your budget. Although you originally wanted a fall wedding, you learn the venue offers winter discounts making the wedding of your dreams within reach. 3. Try it on for size. Visit the venues you are considering, and visit lots of different types—hotel or inn, country club, event center, historic site. You’ll be able to really experience the setting in person. Many venues also offer complimentary tastings, too, so be sure you and your fiancé attend. 4. Love your salesperson. Happy people make happy events. If the staff is positive, professional and experienced, then your event will go off without a hitch (or at least none that you or your guests notice). The salesperson is oftentimes the wedding coordinator, too. So you’ll be working with this person and her team throughout the entire planning process. Make sure you click. 5. Ask, “How do I look?” Although the most important thing about your wedding dress is how it makes you feel, it’s reassuring to know your friends and family think you look gorgeous, too. Make sure you ask the same question for your venue. Check references and reviews. Many wedding websites post reviews so they are easy to access. 6. Schedule fittings. Once you choose your dress, you’ll need to order it, schedule appointments for alterations, get a final fitting, press, and pick up. It’s important to stay on top of the timeline for your venue, too. Your wedding coordinator should help you to do this, but get familiar with the dates before you book - when is the deposit due? Step payments? How about final guest count and seating plan? 7. Don’t forget your accessories. Ah yes, don’t forget the finishing touches. Is there parking available? If so, is there valet? Is there a bridal suite and/or groom’s room? Whatever small details that are important to you should be addressed. 8. Make it your own and have a ball! No wedding is alike. You’re unique as a person, and your wedding should be a reflection of you. If it feels good, go with it. And have a ball! The right venue is out there waiting for you. Be patient, consider these helpful hints, and you will find the perfect fit. 34

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Choosing a DJ


usic is a big part of your wedding day. Should you choose a band or a DJ for your reception? And if a DJ is your choice, what should you ask and look for when shopping for a wedding DJ? You should start by asking yourself a few questions before you begin your search. First, what is your budget? How long will the DJ be playing music? What sort of music do you want for the reception? Is the DJ familiar with the venue where your reception will be held? Is there an overtime charge if your reception runs late? Does the DJ have a demo or video of him/her DJing other weddings? What will be the DJs attire? How important is it to you how the DJ dresses at your reception? What will be the required payment and when will final payment be due? Seek feedback from other couples you know that were recently married. Who did they use for a DJ? Were they happy? You can also ask your reception venue coordinator or your wedding coordinator for a preferred list of DJs. What tips can they share with you? If you attend the wedding of a friend or relative, pay close attention to the DJ. Are they professional, do they get the crowd up and dancing at the appropriate times? Does the DJ seem comfortable with the traditional portions of the wedding, such as introducing the wedding party, the first dance, cutting the cake, bouquet and garter toss and other moments during your reception? Ask the DJ if he/she can describe their performance style. Will the DJ give you a contract and will he/she personalize the wedding reception? Does the DJ have liability insurance, and can he/ she provide proof of insurance? Is there back-up DJ equipment in case the system has a glitch during the reception? What other entertainment services do they offer, such as special lighting, sound effects, etc?

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you have to decide how important photography is to you. You may be looking for a budget photographer and that is ok. If, however, you have a larger budget for a wedding photographer, shop around to find the professional that fits your style. The best way to find out which type of photographer is for you is by meeting them in person. This way you can see their work. You will be able to see, touch, feel the albums, the prints, and the rest of the products they have to offer. Examine the finished product they are showing you. Look at the way they design their albums. Ask yourself if you picture your wedding prints and album looking like this? Look at the finished print quality. Ask them about their experience as a photographer and as an artist. Ask them where they went to school. Treat this like a job interview, but this time you are the one conduct-

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