Wedding Wisdom

SEATING CHART Ellen Braley of El’s Cards recommends a hand-painted (watercolor, in Braley’s case) statement piece that doubles as a work of art to hang in your home post-celebration: “It’s a visual reminder of those who shared your most special day.” CALLIGRAPHY “If envelope liners aren’t in your budget, a handwritten envelope is most impressive, most impactful,” says Braley, who often incorporates an element from invitations- like an oyster shell or flower- onto the envelopes as well. ESCORT CARDS These…

Poetry in Motion

The great outdoors is a glorious backdrop for an impeccably styled wedding shoot. Whether your preference is rustic, garden, country, or just pure romance, there’s a wealth of ideas in these beautiful photos. The rolling hills and mountain views of Violet Hill, a 450-acre Maine farm, are the setting of this elegant photo shoot. Inspired by an Edna St. Vincent Millay poem, the team chose lush, vibrant greens and deep royal violets, accented with bronze, to honor the shoot’s rural…

Elizabeth Schurgin and Sam Lindo

September 26th, 2015 Rockpork, MA Music played a starring role at Elizabeth and Sam’s wedding ceremony at the stunning Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport, MA. Elizabeth, a pianist, is executive director of the DC Youth Orchestra Program in Washington, DC; music is an integral part of the couple’s lives. Rather than extensive readings during their ceremony, the couple planned three musical pieces, performed by friends and set against a picture-perfect view of Rockport Harbor. Elizabeth surprised Sam with a…

Claire Tinsley and Eric Firnhaber

August 27th, 2016 Southport, ME   Claire and Eric met playing recreational ultimate frisbee in Washington, DC. Ironically, says Claire, when she told the league organizer that she wasn’t good at the sport, he told her, “It’s all about heart, not skills.” And that’s what piqued Eric’s interest in her when he met Claire after their first game together. The couple got engaged on a bluff overlooking Half Moon Bay in California, near where Eric grew up. Claire knew immediately…

Wedding Wisdom

THANK-YOU NOTES This is arguably one of the most important pieces to include in your stationery suite. “It’s a lot of work being a guest at a wedding!” Courtney Daniel laughs. “You need to show your gratitude for the fact that they took the time to show up and buy you a gift.” But guess what? Thank-you cards don’t actually have to say “thank you” on them. In fact, Braley recommends sticking with elements from your theme and that’s it,…

The Real-Time Bride’s Guide

Your Inside Look At A Real Bride’s Planning Process WORK SMARTER NOT HARDER Stay organized by keeping all your information in one place. I use a planner that keeps track of how many people I’ve invited, their addresses, and which table they will be seated at. Organization is incredibly important, especially when you need to share information with other people who are planning. For example, I’ve sent my wedding planner to the bridal party for my wedding shower and to…

Laura Gerseny and John Fraser

October 17th, 2015 Hopkinton, NH They say home is where the heart is, so for Laura and John, who were living and teaching in Albuquerque, NM, that meant having their wedding in New Hampshire near her hometown of Hopkinton. “Dimond Hill Farm is where my family has always bought produce.” says Laura. “I knew that was the place for us.” What was planned as the quintessential outdoor ceremony overlooking the White Mountains and fall foliage ended up something of a…

Mermaids Only! A Dip Dyed Dream Wedding Inspiration Shoot

As southern New Hampshire wedding professionals, it’s our job to not only provide excellent service for your wedding day itself, but also to help create trends and provide our couples with the inspiration that will make their day unforgettable. With that, we aim to be trendsetters! A style shoot that began with a vision of recycling something old; Tenley Columbare of Marry and Tux Bridal Shoppe wanted to give a discarded sample dress a second life as the star of…

What In Carnation? Local Cut Flowers Are Changing The Wedding Arrangement Game

Are you in search of flowers for your special day? Flower Company Cuts will make your wedding dreams come true! Jacquelyn Nooney from Jacquelyn Nooney Landscaping sees flowers more than pretty decorations. She loves planting them, the magic of watching them grow, and the importance of caring for them after they’ve been cut. “There is something very essential and primal about farming and being in the field and around the beauty of flowers. It feeds your soul.” This love has…

The Real-Time Bride’s Guide

Your Inside Look At A Real Bride’s Planning Process DRESS SHOPPING My favorite part of the wedding process so far was not just looking for my dream dress but the experience of finding it. It became a weekend event as we planned to go to three different places. We started in a local shop whose staff was very helpful, but I couldn’t find dresses in my size. The next stop and my least favorite was a chain bridal store. It…