Wedding Planning Q&A

Are there benefits to wearing a well-tailored suit instead of a tuxedo? “If you don’t have the budget to buy a bespoke (custom-tailored) suit, consider the option of renting a hybrid between a tux and a suit called a ‘tuit,’ (pronounced ‘toot’)” says Elizabeth Dirom of Madeleine’s Daughter in Portsmouth, NH. “It has a less formal look—no big satin stripe down the pant leg or wide satin lapel—but it sets you and your groomsmen apart from your guests, and brings…

Vacationland Venture: A True Maine Wedding

There is a beautiful plurality to the state of Maine that has attracted travelers for decades, commemorated in the state’s nickname “Vacationland.” On the one hand, there are hundreds of miles of farmland giving birth to potatoes, blueberries and corn. Elsewhere, there are luscious forests that harbor swaying birch trees and fragrant pine trees, intersected by burbling rivers and streams. Travel farther east and there are exquisite coast lines marked with fishermen’s boats, jagged cliff lines, and cawing gulls. Maine’s…

Vintage Romance

Photographed at the Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts, this romantic shoot is enhanced by the home’s eclectic medieval and Arts and Crafts style. Spring florals, softly lit candles, sparkling rosÉ, and delectable donuts add to the allure.   {the team} Photographer & Concept: Newbury Photography Venue: Willowdale Estate Model: Andrea Cadigan Dress: BHLDN Flowers: 33 Munroe and Lotus Floral Designs Donuts: Union Square Donuts Drink: 90+ Cellars Invitations: 33 Munroe Rentals: New England Country Rentals and Kadeema Rentals    

Katherine Cain + George Stevens

September 23, 2017 Wolfeboro, New Hampshire Katherine and George took a weekend trip to Burlington, VT, accompanied by Shea, Katherine’s English springer spaniel. After exploring the town, they took a walk along the shore of Lake Champlain, where George proposed. The first thing I did was ask Shea what he thought!” Katherine exclaims (fortunately, he didn’t have any objections). George grew up on Lake Winnipesaukee, and he and Katherine were eager to introduce the lake to family and friends. “It’s…

I’m Sweet on You: Lip-Smacking Wedding Dessert Trends

A sugary dessert is an integral part of every wedding; a hit of sugar gives people the energy to boogie on the dance floor. We’ve heard of treats ranging from cakes to cupcakes to crullers. Seacoast Weddings Magazine panelist member Jennifer Williamson from Jenny’s Wedding Cakes shared her insights on the most mouth-watering dessert trends. We talked wedding dessert trends, amping up frosting decor, and the importance of a fully stocked cupcake table. The semi-naked cake, a popular wedding trend…

Wedding Planning Q & A

Q: How can a little flair be added with accessories? A: “Some grooms are adding pizzazz with loud socks in solids or argyles with pinks, oranges, purples, and reds, often pulling in the bride’s colors,” says Elizabeth Dirom. “Then, we offer a couple of polka-dot cummerbunds that are fun. You also can personalize your look with cuff links that have everything from anchors to superheroes on them. I’ve even seen a groom and his groomsmen wear Chuck Taylors with their…

Wedding Tips & Trends

Check out these solutions to make your big day the best ever. Tip: Put a Pin In It. Pinterest is great for collecting ideas and sharing them with vendors, friends and family but when is enough enough?  “Pinterest is a love-hate for anyone who does design work,” says Heidi Hamblett of Flowers by Leslie in Portsmouth, NH. “It helps me figure out what clients want. But once you’ve made a decision, stick with it!” Caterer Peggy Liversidge of Kitchen Chicks…

Betsy Gardella + Jim Smith

August 19, 2017 Wolfeboro, NH Betsy Gardella and Jim Smith’s summer wedding, in a meadow overlooking the Ossipee Mountains, was uniquely New Hampshire. “I wanted to give our guests, many of whom were coming from out of state, a New Hampshire experience,” says Betsy. “We thought it would be lovely to be married on a farm.” The couple, who met through a friend and business associate of Betsy’s, hoped for a September wedding, but the venues they wanted were booked.…

Beach Dreams

Fun and laid-back best describe this beach elopement, conceived by Courtney Elizabeth Media. Photographed at dusk on Higgins Beach in Scarborough, Maine, its casual vibe is reflected by the vintage cherry-red pick up truck, rustic food and cocktails, and the couple’s playful attitude. {the team} Photographer and concept: Courtney Elizabeth Media Coordination: Kait Johnson Dress: Andrea’s Bridal Cake: A little Suga Suit: J. Crew Flowers: Yellow Twist Floral Design Catering: Fire & Co Hair and makeup: Reeve Baker      …

Purple Reign: What the Pantone Color of the Year Means for Your Wedding

Last December, Pantone named Ultra Violet the 2018 Color of the Year, a shade known for its spirituality and hopefulness, full of drama and emotion. In a press release, Pantone described that “Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.” This color has been well-loved throughout history: During Ancient times in the Phoenician city of Tyre, the color was made from the mucus of sea snails. By the 16th century, the color was so…