Love Inc. V1 The New Issue

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The latest bridal

pantsuits to walk the runway


Names you need to know in the wedding industry

Destination Spotlight:

the berkshires



Get his dashing red carpet look for less!

Buffet, seated, stations? Find your reception food style!

table of contents


Winter 2013 06 | STYLE Raw diamond accessories; latest bridal pantsuits to walk down the aisle; the rise of queer fashion; red carpet looks for less; high drama fashion 22 | PLAN Who’s making waves in the wedding world; explore each catering option to choose the perfect fit for your palate 28 | LOOK Prep and primp for the big day 32 | INSPIRE Three real weddings that will make you swoon

Follow us on Instagram @LoveIncMag for more behind-the-scenes action.


49 | DESTINATION A New England escape is the latest in luxury wedding destinations 53 | RESOURCES Talented, equality-minded vendors

we’re all about the drama with this ball gown, fierce makeup and unruly bouquet! photo by rae marshall photography, makeup/hair by katJe lael & floral design by hayley smith designs


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editor’s letter

A new year, a new magazine and most importantly, a new way of looking at weddings.

In this bride-centric wedding world where straight and same-sex weddings are often considered two separate entities, I’m so proud to offer content that reflects our mission: to create a resource that effortlessly represents all love, equally. From celebrating the rise of queer fashion to menswear red carpet looks for less and showcasing the latest bridal pantsuits to walk the runway, our fashion section (page 6) is truly a spectrum of styles. Volume 1 THE NEW ISSUE Founder, Editor-in-Chief

Brittny Drye Art Director | Designer

Abby Downing

Contributing Writers

Clair McLafferty Krista Roser Contributing Stylist

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Krista Roser Contributing Photographers

Rae Marshall Kate Neal

We traveled to Nashville, Tenn., for this issue’s photo spread to showcase talented vendors in the hip, Southern city who celebrate equality, snapping photos at One, a brand spankin’ new space at the well-known Cannery Ballroom that plays the perfect backdrop for weddings (page 9). Continuing with our “new” theme, we spotlighted the hottest new talents in the wedding industry (page 23) and the latest in luxury wedding destinations, the Berkshires (page 50), plus an in-depth “his” and “hers” beauty and grooming guide so you know how to prep and primp for the big day (page 29). Of course, what inspires us the most is love and the real weddings in our premier issue consist of some of the sweetest love stories we’ve heard, with gorgeous photography to capture it. Kaitlin and Taryn infused their passion for music into their wedding day details, Hanna and Kenny’s Gatsby-inspired wedding in the Swedish countryside was absolutely magical and former U.S. Olympic athlete Matt Savoie married his college sweetheart in a ceremony that tugged at our heartstrings. My biggest hope for this issue is that you’re able to see yourself in our pages as you bookmark inspiration for your own wedding day and begin this exciting journey toward ever after.

@loveincmag /LoveIncwed @LoveIncMag

founder & editor-in-chief



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RAW ELEGANCE Untouched gemstones make an unexpected style statement for wedding day jewelry. TOP LEFT, CLOCKWISE Comb by Jenny Packham, $400, available at Gabriella New York; Diamond ‘Pantera’ bangle by L’Dezen Jewelry, $9,660; Coconut rings by Heike Grebenstein Jewelry, $1,500 each; Diamond ‘Petit Slice’ earrings by L’Dezen Jewelry, $1,740; Diamond ‘Longitud’ earrings by L’Dezen Jewelry, price upon request; Diamond ‘Flamenco’ ring by L’Dezen Jewelry, $7,680; 18K brown diamond bezel ring by Heike Grebenstein Jewelry, $2,200; Chandelier earrings by Diamond in the Rough, price upon request; Diamond ‘Decanto’ earrings by L’Dezen Jewelry, price upon request; 22K Rough ring by Heike Grebenstein, $3,200; 18K rose cut diamond discs by Heike Grebenstein Jewelry, $1,100; diamond ring by Heike Grebenstein Jewelry, $2,800; Sapphire crystal ring by Heike Grebenstein Jewelry, $2,500; brown diamond Free Form ring by Heike Grebenstein Jewelry, $1,750; Free Form ring by Heike Grebenstein Jewelry, $2,200




Follow Suit No offense to TLC, but more brides are saying “No� to the dress and designers are listening. The latest Bridal Market showcased a number of pantsuit options ranging from true menswear-inspired pieces to ones with as much sparkle as their ball gown counterparts.


Viktor & Rolf




HIGH Drama


Bold beauty, statement-making fashions and untraditional florals are the ingredients for creating a dramatic look on your special day. photography by rae marshall styling: krista roser makeup/hair: katje leal floral design: hayley smith designs model: lacey cortez, the block agency venue: one at the cannery ballroom

Victoria KyriaKides ‘Marlene’ bridal jumpsuit, $2,00; ring by Leo Ingwer, price upon request; belt from Pura Vida Vintage, $28; ‘Kennedy’ hair band by Untamed Petals, $298, available at Gabriella New York; earrings from Pura Vida Vintage, $25


Victoria KyriaKides ‘Marlene’ bridal jumpsuit, $2,900; ring by Leo Ingwer, price upon request; belt from Pura Vida Vintage, $28; ‘Kennedy’ hair band by Untamed Petals, $298, available at Gabriella New York; earrings from Pura Vida Vintage, $25


Add a pop of color with your “something blue” accessory.

Elizabeth Fillmore ‘Plume’ gown, $10,120, available at Gabriella New York; ring by Leo Ingwer, price upon request; cuff from Pura Vida Vintage, $75; earrings from Pura Vida Vintage, $20; LOVE INC. ‘Katrina’ hair clip by Sara Gabriel, $114, available at Gabriella New York


Elizabeth Fillmore ‘Thea’ gown, $7,920, available at Gabriella New York; ring by Leo Ingwer, price upon request; hair pins from Pura Vida Vintage, $6 each; earrings from Pura Vida Vintage, $20; bracelets by from Pura Vida Vintage, $7 each; Lots o’ Rocks necklace by Judith Bright, $898; Heavy Link Lasso necklace by Judith Bright, $263


Elizabeth Fillmore ‘Thea’ gown, $7,920, available at Gabriella New York; ring by Leo Ingwer, price upon request; hair pins from Pura Vida Vintage, $6 each; earrings from Pura Vida Vintage, $20; bracelets by from Pura Vida Vintage, $7 each; Lots o’ Rocks necklace by Judith Bright, $898; Heavy Link Lasso necklace by Judith Bright, $263

Have an open-back gown? Go for unexpected bling by layering necklaces against your back.



Olia Zavozina ‘Katie’ ball gown, price upon request; ‘Lorraine’ hair clip by Sara Gabriel, $339, available at Gabriella New York; ring by Leo Ingwer, price upon request; ‘Wallace’ necklace by Sara Gabriel, $501, available at Gabriella New York; ‘Wallace’ earrings by Sara Gabriel, $294, available at Gabriella New York


Olia Zavozina ‘Katie’ ball gown, price upon request; ‘Lorraine’ hair clip by Sara Gabriel, $339, available at Gabriella New York; ring by Leo Ingwer, price upon request; ‘Wallace’ necklace by Sara Gabriel, $501, available at Gabriella New York; ‘Wallace’ earrings by Sara Gabriel, $294, available at Gabriella New York




The Rise of Queer Fashion

Fashion blogger Sonny Oram refers to her personal style as “clean-cut.”


From bespoke suits to shirts for everyday wear, boutiques and tailors are popping up on the East and West Coasts filling a void for lesbian and transmen. “We have seen a growing need that reaches beyond the minimum acceptability of placing female-bodied people in masculine-styled suits,” says Erin Berg, one half of the San Francisco-based custom suit company Kipper Clothiers. “It is difficult for lesbians and transmen to find

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An entire division of fashion has emerged, blurring the lines between masculine and feminine.

menswear that fits the way it is intend- suits,” explains Sonny Oram, who runs ed to fit.” the popular sartorial blog “Every new one that comes While it’s always smart to tailor your along sees a gap and fills it in some suit or tuxedo, this reigns particularly way.” true for the masculine-centered, who are often left with awkward fitting or In fact, this style realm was recentpoorly crafted pieces when it comes to ly documented by New York City’s off-the-rack options. “Ready-to-wear Fashion Institute of Technology in a garments are constructed to fit the four-month long exhibition titled A manufacturer’s definition of an averQueer History of Fashion: From the Closet age customer,” explains Berg. “Shoulto the Catwalk, which ended earlier this ders are too broad, sleeves and pants month and addressed subjects such are too long, pant rises are much too androgyny, dandyism, idealizing and long for our stature … every person transgressive aesthetic styles. “Taking has a unique body. It’s impossible to these traditional male fashions to the create a special suit or shirt formula extreme makes people question your that could address the intricacies of sexuality,” says Oram. “It’s putting a sizing and comfort within our commu- personal style message out there.” nity.”

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Custom tailor shops like Berg’s, as well as others like Fourteen and Saint Harridan, are reinventing the suit silhouette, while clothing companies such as HauteButch in Santa Rosa, Calif., Wildfang in Portland, Ore., and Brooklyn-based Marimacho are completing wardrobes with everyday style, swimwear and accessories. And each one is tackling the niche with a new angle. “Fourteen is fantastic for older lesbians who don’t necessarily like shopping and don’t want to do the whole fitting hurrah. Saint Harridan is really great for those who like more vintage

Kipper Clothiers works closely with their clientele to create a custom suit that reflects their personal style.


LOOK ONE Red Carpet Look for Less: The DoubleBreasted Tux One look, two budgetfriendly price points. By Krista Roser

Tuxedo: Double-breasted tuxedo jacket ($898) and Regent fit tuxedo trousers ($200) by Brooks Brothers Shirt: “Malvin” sharp fit dress shirt by Hugo Boss available at Nordstrom ($105) Accessory: Silk bow tie by Saks Fifth Avenue Black Label ($68) Shoes: Ludlow plain-toe blutchers by J.Crew ($298)

Double-breasted tuxedos are coming back with a vengeance this year and the only difference is that the boxy look is out and the slimmer, shorter look is gold! (You can thank the “Great Gatsby” for the return.) Our style inspiration was Chris Pine, who looked dapper on the red carpet in a custom-tailored Ermenegildo Zegna. Since the double-breasted, peak-lapel look makes such an impact, he kept his accessories classic and polished. While many can’t have a custom Zegna tux, you can achieve this look at low price points.


TOTAL: $1,569

Style Tip:

LOOK TWO Tuxedo: Double-breasted tuxedo jacket ($475) and tuxedo trousers ($175) by Jos. A. Bank

The most important feature is tailoring. Make sure you visit a tailor to achieve the custom look with any price point or vendor suit.

Shirt: Slim fit dress shirt by Calvin Klein ($49.50) Accessory: Grosgrain solid black bow tie by The Tie Bar ($15) Shoes: Lenox Hill plain oxford by Cole Haan ($198)

TOTAL: $912.50


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New & Notable The industry’s freshest talents are making waves in the wedding world.


ewcomers to the wedding industry often face a slew of challenges that their established counterparts do not. However, some have overcome everything in their path to shine in their field from the get-go. We’ve created a list of up-and-coming tastemakers in fields ranging from pastry chefs to photographers to stationers who are new to their industries and already doing amazing work.

Ladyfingers Letterpress When Arlie and Morgan began researching samesex invitations, they found a lot of rainbows and gender symbols. In 2011, they started creating completely customized stationery based on couples’ individual stories and values. Since then, 75 stores, including Urban Outfitters, have stocked their cards. Ladyfingers Letterpress will soon be rolling out

By Clair McLafferty

a partnership with Tiny Prints, a subsidiary of Shutterfly. Pretty Please Bakeshop After founding Two By Two Cakes in 2003, Alison Okabayashi started Pretty Please Bakeshop in 2012 to have the chance to bake desserts that people could enjoy—just because. With a custom cake line for weddings and other parties as well as a line of nostalgic desserts based on vintage sweets, this San Francisco bakery has something for every customer, no matter how picky. Bliss & Bone Based out of Los Angeles, husband and wife Cindy and Carl established Bliss & Bone after finding few high quality luxury products that fit their personal aesthetic. With mixed-material collections inspired by art and fashion, their sophisticated designs weave

ladyfinger press, pretty please bakeshop, bliss & bone

together a couple’s personalities. To extend their business, they’ll be launching a personal branding and website building side of Bliss & Bone in January 2014. Love + Perry Photography Married duo Brittney Love and Shana Perry officially started Love & Perry Photography three years ago. Since then, the couple has


the past two years and has been featured in eight spreads in top-notch wedding magazines.

bluebird productions, sachi rose designs, roey mizrahi events

worked to create beautiful accounts of wedding celebrations. After this wedding season ends, they are looking forward to going up to Mystic Seminars, a distinguished photography conference in Mystic, Conn. Connie Cupcake Connie Dos Santos learned how to bake just to make wedding cakes. After a lot of practice, she opened her cake studio and quickly landed her first celebrity client. Since then, Connie Cupcake has won the Best Cakes and Best Cake Designer in Toronto for


Chellise Michael Photography Brooklyn-based married couple Chellise and Michael did a lot of portraiture work before being asked to photograph a friend’s wedding. Over the past three years, the two have been shooting different sides of weddings both around New York City and in more exotic destinations. Recently, they have started using Polaroids to allow clients to relive their weddings almost immediately.

Monica, Calif., Sachi Rose decided to start her own shop last May. Since then, her clientele has grown so quickly that she has outgrown her home studio and is looking forward to decorating a new space. Specializing in unusual luxury flowers, Sachi’s bouquets and arrangements are beautifully textural and completely unique.

Bluebird Productions Based out of Aspen, Colo., three-year-old Bluebird Productions was founded to make clients’ dream events a reality. Their focus on organization and creativity allows them to plan one-ofa-kind weddings with even Pinch Food Design the smallest details tailored When Stella Rankin and her to each couple’s needs. partners noticed that catering options had gone stale, they decided to help events Roey Mizrahi Events stand out by starting their Roey Mizrahi landed a job own company. Launched with the prestigious wedin June 2011, Pinch Food ding planning company Design has been working to The Wedding Library right give their clients “architec- out of college. From there, tural comfort food.” Their she began doing freelance creative offerings will soon wedding design. With a be expanding into threepersonal design philosophy course dinner parties. based around individuality and aesthetics, Roey builds weddings based on close Sachi Rose communication and relaAfter five years of worktionships with both couples ing in flower shops around and vendors. New York City and Santa



Style From multi-course menus to sophisticated stations, we’ve asked Kristen Kelly of Denton & Co. in New York City to break down each catering option so you can choose the perfect fit for your palate.


BUFFET Pro: This style allows you to keep the catering budget-friendly while offering options for guests. “You can cover vegans, vegetarians, pescatarians and meat eaters with a varied buffet,” says Kelly. Con: “Logistics—the line gets long and cuts into valuable dance time!”

FAMILY STYLE Pro: “Family style is one of my favorite ways to serve food at a wedding,” notes Kelly. “It really brings the table together because you are forced to interact with other guests.” For cuisine choices, she recommends Italian, Mediterranean and Indian for this particular option. Con: This style only works for smaller groups and at large, long tables that aren’t too wide, allowing for food to be passed easier.


HEAVY PASSED HORS D’OEUVRES Pro: “I’m seeing a lot of couples opt for this instead of a sit-down dinner,” says Kelly. “It keeps the event a little lighter … generally the food at a traditional cocktail hour is everyone’s favorite. And it’s a great option for couples who want to dance the night away.”



Pro: A seated dinner is a traditional option that a lot of couples prefer. “It’s a great way for guests to sit down, take a break from dancing and toast to the couple,” says Kelly. Con: “Stations can of“It’s important to offer ten become trite, so work several options to appeal with a caterer to offer a to all guests.” large scale of choices.” Con: “I find that this Con: “The issue here is option often drags so choosing the right menu keep it short and sweet and keeping the variety so the party can consexy,” says Kelly. “Work tinue. It’s a good idea to with your caterer to keep incorporate speeches the canapés interesting during this portion of and paced out while ofthe event while people fering meat, veggie, vegare sitting so you don’t an and savory to please break up the party.” all palates. Pro: Stations are a great way to keep food available without pressuring guests to eat at a certain time, keeping the mood more casual.

Beauty countdown for her Grooming guide for him

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The Ultimate Beauty & Grooming Guide Follow our timeline of beauty and grooming to-dos before you say “I do.”

9-12 Months


Congrats, you’re engaged! Now head to your manicurist stat because you’ll be showing off that sparkling stunner.

You and your fiancé/e are planning the budget—don’t forget to account for beauty needs. Call various salons in your area to get an idea of pricing for hair styling, makeup, manicures and other services for you and the wedding party (if you’re treating).

5-8 Months

It’s trial-and-error time! Test-drive any new ‘do, skin treatment or products so you have plenty of cushion to counter any mishaps.

Start working toward the brow style you desire at home or with a professional.

Begin a regular fitness routine and healthy eating habits.

Got the dress? Start

focusing your exercises for key areas that will be highlighted on the big day thanks to strapless gowns, short hemlines and illusion backs.

Going the laser hair removal route? Begin booking your appointments, as it can take up to 12 treatments, spaced at one month apart, to achieve the desired result.

2-3 Months Book your hairstylist and have a hairstyle trial to go over your wedding day ‘do. Remember to If you don’t already have one, bring any accessories such as a veil or hair comb with you. you’ll want to start a three-step skincare regime—cleansing, toning and moisturizing— Begin weekly atfor the weeks leading up to the big day to help your skin look its best. home exfoliations to ensure your skin is buttery smooth. Book your makeup artist and have a makeup trial. (Yes, even if you’re only doing coverage for the cameras—not every makeup artist has fine-tuned the craft of minimalism.) If you plan on doing your own, start experimenting with shades to create the perfect wedding day palette.




1 month before Get a trim and touch up your roots if you dye your hair. Decide on your wedding day fragrance, sniffing no more than eight scents at a time. Any more than that and your nose is unable to distinguish different notes. Be sure to spritz onto your skin to reveal the true scent with your body chemistry.

If you want a sun-kissed glow, start trying out different self-tanning products to see which ones work best with your skin tone in order to achieve a natural-looking hue. Take note of how many days it takes to get the desired result, as some lotions need to build up over several applications.

Discuss the beauty looks with your wedding party and schedule appointments for their hair and makeup.

Schedule you and your wedding party’s manicure and pedicure appointments. Unless you want to go to the dentist for professional whitening, at-home kits take 10-14 days to see maximum results. Use every night to achieve pearly whites. Indulge in a final facial (you deserve it!), getting rid of any dead skin and ensuring maximum glow. Have any waxing done—legs, bikini, etc. Go easy on the caffeine, sodium and alcohol to ensure that your skin and body are in tiptop shape. Confirm all wedding beauty appointments for you and your wedding party and make sure all attendants have the time and location info.

1-2 weeks before

day before Pack your beauty kit for the day-of. Be sure to include safety pins, hairspray, deodorant, bobby pins, makeup, blotting papers, breath mints and nail polish. Get your manicure and pedicure with your wedding party.

wedding day Get your hair styled approximately three hours before call time. Have makeup applied one to two hours before call time. Mist yourself lightly with your selected perfume just before you walk down the aisle.


2-3 Months Begin a regular fitness routine and healthy eating habits.


If you don’t already, start taking care of your skin with a three-step skincare regime—cleansing, toning and moisturizing— leading up to the big day to help your skin look its best. If you’re flirting with the idea of a new hairstyle or grooming products,

now’s the time to test-drive.


Book any appointments necessary

(manicure, haircut, shave).

Begin the fine art of exfoliating once a week, which will help brighten your complexion and help prevent ingrown hairs if used before shaving

1-2 WEEKS BEFORE Unless you want to go to the dentist for professional whitening, at-home kits take 10-14 days to see maximum results. Use every night to achieve pearly whites. Decide on your wedding day fragrance, sniffing no more than eight scents at a time. Any more than that and your nose is unable distinguish different notes. Be sure to spritz onto your skin to reveal the true scent with your body chemistry. Get a trim and root touchup if you dye your hair. Go easy on the caffeine, sodium and alcohol to ensure that your skin and body are in tiptop shape. Get a manicure. Your newly banded hand will be in a lot of photos … trust us.

DAY OF Get a close shave or trim any facial hair to perfection. Don’t forget to bring deodorant to wherever you’re getting dressed!

Groom eyebrows as well as nose and ear hair. Apply eye cream to keep those dark circles at bay (whether they’re due to nerves or drinking with your attendants).

Keep lip balm handy to ensure your lips stay kissable throughout the day. Dab on your signature cologne before walking down the aisle.

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A Perfect Harmony Kaitlin and Taryn’s love of music and each other is beautifully represented throughout their nuptials. Written by Brittny Drye Photography by Justine Johnson


Bonded by a mutual love of music, Kaitlin and Taryn didn’t let a two-and-a-half-hour distance get in the way of their budding relationship, which grew stronger over Friday nights in the kitchen and movie marathons. As their affection amplified, so did the frequency of their visits, which went from just weekends to include midweek date night rendezvous in towns halfway between their homes. “I knew that I was in love with her when, despite the fact that it was nearly midnight and I had an hour drive ahead of me, leaving was incredibly hard to do!” says Kaitlin. The Engagement Knowing that summers suited these two music teachers best, the decision to marry and when was made without fuss. “So, do you think that it will work next summer?” Taryn asked, proposing marriage after ordering an entrée at a restaurant, followed by a casual “Yes, I think it will” from Kaitlin. “That was our proposal!” laughs Taryn. “Although it’s far from traditional, it was exactly us.”

mony outdoors,” says Kaitlin, who was drawn to Stanley Park in Westfield, Mass., as a ceremony site for its multiple backdrops and on-site rain location, “… just in case.” As a nod to their love of cooking and food, they chose to get married in the old-fashioned English herb garden. For the reception, they decided on Mill 1 at Open Square, a converted paper mill that blends modern elegance with historic charm.

We knew that we didn’t want a very serious ceremony, but we also wanted everyone to recognize it as a real wedding. The Inspiration The couple infused their passions—music, cooking and running—and a vibrant purple, lime green and black palette to create the day’s décor.

That reassurance officially sent them into wedding planning mode, filled with DIY projects to create a day that The Ceremony “Kaitlin and I are was a true representation of their love. both relaxed and silly people, and The Venue “Because Girl Scout camp neither of us is religious,” says Taryn. “We knew that we didn’t want a very was a huge part of my childhood, it was important to me to have the cere- serious ceremony, but we also wanted 34 LOVE INC.

LEFT TO RIGHT “When I saw her she was absolutely stunning. I could not believe how lucky I was that I was going to be able to spend the rest of my life with her,” says Taryn of their first look. | Taryn’s race bibs were used as table numbers.

The Fashion Not expecting to fall in love with a dress, Taryn came across a pinup style design by Bettie Paige Clothing, featuring a fishnet-styled top and lime green crinoline, and was To create that perfect balance of play- hooked. Meanwhile, Kaitlin also had a ful and sincere, they enlisted Kaitlin’s happy happenstance at David’s Bridal, Uncle Gary to perform the ceremony. where all of the elements she had envi“It was partially because we wanted sioned came together in one beautiful to bring Kaitlin’s dad, who had passed chiffon gown—that was on clearance. away eight years ago, into the day and “I went with Taryn, my mom and my because her Uncle Gary is an outsposister to see what type of style might ken, very liberal, awesome individual.” look best, never expecting to buy a dress that day. It had all of the eleThe introduction included jabs at the ments that I had liked from the other Supreme Court and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and a good-natured rant dresses I had tried on, and it was a fantastic deal, to boot!” about equal marriage rights. everyone to recognize it as a real wedding. And that our parents’ friends saw it as a wedding … not a ‘wedding’ due to it being same sex.”


LEFT TO RIGHT Taryn’s best friend and “best of honor” Nate created the wedding cake. | Guests signed their well wishes onto a record.

The Party Musical elements were sprinkled throughout their DIY-driven décor, from a vinyl accented card box, centerpieces made out of handpicked tunage, a guitar case to display the cookie favors and sheet music for their bouquets. A jazz trio set the mood during cocktail hour which featured a meatless menu that extended into dinner. “Food is very important to us. Kaitlin and I are both vegetarians but we know that a lot of people are wary of vegetarian food, so we wanted a buffet so people could try what they wanted to and have more of what they liked.” 36 LOVE INC.

The tables were numbered with Taryn’s race bibs, held up with CD cases from the couples’ favorite musicians from the past and present. “We had fun pairing races and CDs with the people who would be sitting at each table,” explains Kaitlin. Later in the evening, guests were treated to sweets, served up from an ice cream truck. “The truck was there for an hour, and we expected folks would trickle out throughout the hour. We went outside first, and when we turned around with our ice cream, everyone was in line behind us!” laughs Katilin. “It was a beautiful summer evening,

the venue happened to have tables and chairs outside by the river, and my cousins took the opportunity to hand out glow necklaces they had brought for everyone. It was a complete surprise and absolutely perfect. There’s something about being outside with an ice cream and a glow stick that just feels like childhood.”

CLOCKWISE Their modern color palette was purple, lime green and black. | The ice cream truck that the brides had toward the end of the night was a huge hit with guests. | Guests grooved with glow sticks late into the evening. | Kaitlyn’s uncle performed the ceremony, which was a perfect balance of silly and seriousness. Venue: Ceremony, Stanley Park; Reception, Mill 1 at Open Square

ATTIRe: Kaitlin, David’s Bridal; Taryn, Bettie Page Clothing

Photographer: Justine Johnson Photography

MUSIC: Jazz trio, organized by Bob Ferrier, professor at UMass Amherst; DJ Shenn

Florist: Durocher Florist Catering: Portabella Fine Foods

Makeup/Hair: Liz Washer Ice Cream Truck: Nana’s Ice Cream



Summer in Sweden

Sprinkled with Gatsby-inspired details, Hanna and Kenny’s summer wedding in the small town of Öregrund, Sweden is filled with charm and romance. Written by Clair McLafferty Photography by Karin Lindén


Some love stories begin with just a look. “I remember what clothes he was wearing,” reminsices Hanna of the first time she laid eyes on Kenny. “It was his first day on a new job—my job.” As coworkers at a flower shop PAPPER, they started talking and after a year of friendship, Hanna made the first move, “I took courage and took his hand at our staff party.”

The Inspiration After reading “The Great Gatsby,” both Hanna and Kenny loved the descriptions of Gatsby’s parties. Since they’re also fond of Italy, they decided on a combination of the two as the theme for their wedding. With that established, they chose black, white and gold as their simple and elegant colors.

The Ceremony Per Swedish The Engagement tradition, Hanna and Two years of blissful Kenny entered the dating followed. One church together as future day, “Kenny came husband and wife. Since into my shop with an Hanna is a florist by trade, armful of red roses she decorated the ends and his grandmother’s of the pews with balls of engagement ring and white hydrangeas. Ninety proposed on one knee,” of the couple’s friends and says Hanna. “Of course, family members watched I said ‘Yes!’ and a as Hanna and Kenny “She was week later, we started entered the venue to enormously planning our upcoming Mendelssohn’s “Wedding beautiful and I wedding.” Another two March.” years of engagement knew this would “She was enormously was followed by “the be the happiest beautiful and I knew this day that was the best in day of my life.” would be the happiest day our lives.” of my life,” says Kenny of The Venue Hanna and Kenny grew when he first laid eyes on his bride on up spending their summers along the their wedding day. The two exchanged coast of the Baltic Sea in Öregrund, their vows with Hanna’s closest friends Sweden. Even before they met, both as bridesmaids and Kenny’s oldest had envisioned having their weddings friends and brother as groomsmen. in the town’s church and the reception Afterwards, they were showered with at the local society house. rice from a top hat as they exited the LOVE INC. 39

LEFT TO RIGHT Escort cards were nestled in a suitcase of romantic baby’s breath. | An old-fashioned candy buffet both makes the party kid-friendly and adds a 1920s sensibility.

church to ensure a happy marriage per Swedish tradition. The Fashion While trying on dresses, Hanna quickly found that most weren’t made for tall women. Measuring in at close to 6 feet tall, Hanna sewed her own dress to make sure it was the perfect length and for the ceremony, she wore heels Kenny had given her for Christmas. Hanna had decided on a white, round bridal bouquet years before, so she created her own out of different types of roses, freesias, hydrangeas, peonies 40 LOVE INC.

and sweet peas. She then wrapped the stems with a white satin ribbon and a pearl necklace that had belonged to her grandmother. Kenny modeled his outfit after an Italian fashion show where the models wore black slim-fit jackets, vests, pants and bow ties. “I fell for it immediately, but chose to have a white bow tie instead,” he says. The Party Hanna and her bridesmaids did all of the floral work and decoration. In addition to embellishing with flowers, they also

LEFT TO RIGHT Beautiful centerpieces and glassware highlighted the event’s elegance and theme. | The photographs displayed helped cement the time period theme.

used plenty of feathers to “catch the ‘20s feeling.”

was finished with fresh raspberry mousse, topped with a white rose

Food-wise, Hanna and Kenny “wanted the food to reflect our love for summer in the Swedish archipelago and Italy.” Guests started on marinated salmon, new potato terrine, with horseradish, trout roe, pickled cucumber, dill, lemon and kavrings crust, then noshed on a main course inspired by an Italian dish called saltimbocca.

and adorned with a gold-edged black silhouette of the happy couple.

Their gorgeous dark chocolate truffle cake was made by one of the bridesmaids who is a pastry chef. It

The evening’s soundtrack was supplied by a DJ playing music from the 1920s and ‘30s. “We wanted our wedding guests to have the feeling that Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and other legends played at the reception.” The evening was capped off with dancing to modern hits including Kenny’s favorite, Swedish House Mafia. » LOVE INC. 41

» A Champagne tower welcomes guests. » A special first look moment is captured. » Hanna’s hairstyle reflects the intricacies of the Art Deco period. » The bride looked timeless in her sweetheart neckline gown.


5 Gatsby-inspired details to inspire Old books and suitcases brought the spirit 1. of West Egg into the décor. feather arrangements reminiscent 2. Black of flappers’ headgear adorned tables and nooks around the wedding and reception. glass and brass candlesticks tied 3. Shapely the table settings into the 1920s theme. As an added bonus, Hanna and Kenny were able to use these decorations at home after the wedding. white flowers in spheres 4. Monochromatic brought an Art Deco texture and delicacy to the venue’s decorations. 5. Photos styled to look like 1920s portraits were accompanied by a few lines typed on a typewriter. Venue: Church: Öregrunds Kyrka Reception: Societetshuset in Öregrund Photographer: Lönnbacka Photography Florist: Hanna Fogel (bride), from the store PAPPER Cake Designer: Helena Eriksson, Bridesmaid Catering: KGB Wedding gown/suit: Gown: Matildas Fest Suit: Mäster Arnes Makeup/Hair: Makeup: Nathalie Panossian Hair: Åsa Hedman, Creative Zone




Matrimony Former U.S. Olympian Matt Savoie won the gold when he married his law school sweetheart at a historic Massachusetts inn, surrounded by family and friends. Written by Brittny Drye Photography by Seth Kaye


Between bookcases filled with dusty textbooks, Matt and Brian met in the Cornell Law School library one Saturday morning in 2006 while studying. “Brian came over to my table and asked me if I’d go see a movie with him later that night. We dated for one year and then lived together for three years before getting engaged,” reminisces Matt. The Engagement Brian popped the question in a truly personal way. “Brian knows that I love ferns, so he went to a paint-your-own-pottery place and made me a beautiful plate with a fern on it and, in tiny letters, ‘Will you marry me?’” explains Matt. The beautiful token of love was later proudly displayed alongside family photos at their wedding. Not wanting to rush through the details, they took the next two years to plan. “We were able to book some of the major things early on, like venue, photographer, florist and DJ, so then we had a lot of time to think about ways to make the day fun for us and our guests,” says Matt. The Venue The wait proved to be worth it. The handsome lovebirds selected Publick House, a charming historic inn in Sturbridge, Mass., for their fall celebration. “Brian grew up in central Massachusetts and the venue is about 20 minutes from his

hometown,” explains Matt of their venue choice. “Also, we had been living together in Massachusetts since 2009, and we really wanted to tie the knot in the nation’s first state with marriage equality. We really liked the historic, rustic feel of The Publick House, and we knew it would be beautiful for an autumn wedding. It was also conveniently located for our out-oftown guests.” The Ceremony Five minutes before the ceremony, it began to rain and guests quickly retreated for shelter beneath an adjacent tent, which had already been set up for the reception. Holding the ceremony in the covered space, Matt and Brian walked down the aisle, donning sharp tuxedos with plum accents and calla lily boutonnieres, escorted by their respective sisters. As the rain splashed against the colorful Northeast foliage, Matt and Brian exchanged vows in a secular ceremony. “I enjoyed just having everyone that I love under the same tent, supporting me in my commitment to Matt,” says Brian. “I felt overwhelmed by the support, and very grateful for my friends and family.” Guests passed the 14-karat gold wedding rings as loved ones performed Mary Chapin Carpenter’s “Twilight.” “We really wanted classic bands that would be unmistakably ‘wedding’ rings,” notes Matt. » LOVE INC. 45

LEFT TO RIGHT The grooms wanted to marry in Massachusetts because it was the first state to recognize marriage equality. | Classic black tuxedos were paired with calla lily boutonnières.

The Inspiration Brian’s talented sister designed a beautiful wheat stalk image that appeared in several elements throughout the wedding, from the save-the-dates to the centerpieces. “It ended up serving as the unofficial emblem for our wedding,” says Brian. Fall flavors danced in an eggplant-and-burnt orange palette, with the rustic chic floral design by Deb Phelps of Danielson Florist. “We tried to keep the flowers fairly simple. We like traditional autumn colors, but we also asked our florist to use lots of rust and deep plum colors, and for the arrangements to have a variety 46 LOVE INC.

of textures,” he says. The result was beautiful vibrant designs paired with textural berries and branches. The Party Whimsical wire bud vases doubled as name cards and favors for the 130 guests. The handcrafted pieces were embellished with a bright bloom, “We were really pleased with how it looked, and several of our guests have told us that they display the bud vases in their home.” The newlyweds sat at a sweetheart table as their officiant gave blessing and their sisters made toasts. Guests had the choice between a seated dinner of turkey, baked scrod or risotto. Eager

“It was a wonderful feeling to know that Brian and I were expressing our commitment to one another in largely the same way that our parents and grandparents had expressed theirs,” says Matt.

to get guests out on the dance floor, the grooms skipped the first dance tradition and opened with “Gangham Style.” “When we met with our DJ before the ceremony, we told him that we’d love to have tons of people out on the dance floor the whole night. He did a great job of keeping everyone moving. It was great to see all our friends and family dancing,” says Matt. They also included an anniversary dance to “Love Is Here to Stay.” Married couples swayed on the dance floor as the DJ called out numbers to represent the number of years they had been together. Finally, the only

two couples left with Matt and Brian were Brian’s grandparents, “They had celebrated their 63rd anniversary in July!” adds Brian. For dessert, a jubilee of delicious pies awaited guests. Instead of a typical wedding cake, the grooms tapped into a heartfelt childhood tradition of Brian’s. “My dad has a tradition of making me a chocolate cake for my birthday—he even sent one to me when I was living overseas!—so we asked him to make a small cake that we could use for the cutting. It looked adorable, and it was especially meaningful because of the love that went into it.” » LOVE INC. 47

To complete the handmade chocolate confection, Brian’s sister made the grooms cute Popsicle stick figures to place on top of the cake. “She even added little details to make them look like us!” exclaims Matt. Now, the happy couple says married life is suiting them well. “I’ve learned that being ‘married’ really does have a tangible effect on our relationship. I think Matt and I would stay together even if we couldn’t get married, but our relationship has already deepened as a result of being ‘married,’” says Brian. CLOCKWISE FROM TOP In lieu of a traditional first dance, Brian and Matt did a choreographed number to “Gangham Style.” | Rich, autumnal colors were seen throughout the celebration space. | The chocolate wedding cake was a childhood tradition of Brian’s. | The couple displayed family wedding photos and the proposal plate Brian made for Matt.

Venue: Publick House

Florist: Danielson Florist

ATTIRe: Classic Tuxedo

Photographer: Seth Kaye Photography

Catering: Publick House

DJ: Sound Choice Events


Videography: Sound Choice Events

Dreamy landscapes, luxe venues and its artistic reputation make The Berkshires an enchanting place to say “I do.� LOVE INC. 49

destination gedney farm

dream away lodge

mass moca the mount


The Berkshires We’re coveting the New England escape as a wedding destination, thanks to its wide variety of venue options. Sprinkled with Gilded Age cottages left over from the vacationing urban elite, this former fall retreat, tucked away in the western corner of Massachusetts and Connecticut, has become a year-round destination for all walks of life. From the cultural epicenter of Lenox to the artisanal charm of Great Barrington, the idiosyncratic fusion of sophistication, bohemian and provincial sets the scene for an array of wedding options.



[classic] wheatleigh Inspired by a 16th century Florentine palazzo,

the Wheatleigh estate is the epitome of European luxury and their cuisine has garnered the prestigious Five Diamond Award. Hawthorne Road, Lenox, MA 01240, 413-637-0610

[rustic] gedney farm The pastoral property’s event space is an

expansive, Normandy-style barn nestled on 40 acres of rolling meadow that can accommodate up to 200 guests. A converted dairy barn hosting 16 guest rooms is also available for overnight stay, allowing the couple to use the entire property, from rehearsal dinner to morning-after brunch, for a truly memorable wedding weekend. 34 Hartsville-New Marlboro Road, New Marlborough, MA 01230, 800-286-3139

[modern] mass moca With five unique spaces to choose from, the prop-

erty boasts industrial chic exposed ceilings, brick walls, historic mill columns, a dramatically lit outdoor art installation and a central courtyard shaded by an artistic tent designed by renowned Dutch sculptor Dré Wapenaar, not to mention the ever-changing collection of contemporary art. 1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA 01247, 413-662-2111

[artsy] shakespeare & company For thespians who want to give a nod to the arts during their I dos, this playhouse hosts nuptials on their gorgeous grounds or in one of their three theater spaces. 70 Kemble Street, » Lenox, MA 01240, 413-637-1199


[eclectic] dream away lodge

WHERE TO STAY The Kemble Inn 2 Kemble Street, Lenox, MA 01240, p. 413-637-4113

The Williamsville Inn Route 41, West Stockbridge, MA 01266, p. 413-274-6118

Cranwell Resort & Spa 55 Lee Road, Lenox, MA 01240, p. 800-678-8946


16 Blantye Road, Lenox, MA 01240, p. 413-637-3556

Stonover Farm

169 Under Mountain Road, Lenox, MA 01240, p. 413-637-9100


Rumored to have been a brothel during the Great Depression, a neon sign beckons guests through a woodsy labyrinth-like path to the hole-in-thewall lounge filled with tchotchke-laden charm and a menu that rivals its city counterparts. 1342 County Road, Becket, MA 01223, 413-623-8725

[romantic] the mount Literary lovers

can marry in the picturesque formal gardens of Edith Wharton’s home. Guests are encouraged to explore the museum’s halls and a docent is even on site to guide them. 2 Plunkett Street, Lenox, MA 01240, 413-551-5111

[outdoors] jacob’s pillow When the

performers have retreated after the summer festival months, this home to America’s longest running dance festival offers one of the most breathtaking spaces to exchange vows atop their Inside/Out Theatre overlooking the lush, rolling landscape. 358 George Carter Road, Becket, MA 01223, 413-243-9919 Photo credits: Page 50, CLOCKWISE Eric Limon Photography; Love + Perry Photography; David Dashiell; Courtesy of MASS Page 51 Courtesy of Wheatleigh MoCA


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