Emily Fregeau + Jake Carleton

September 9, 2023

North Hampton, NH

Nine years of dating and two years of planning culminated in the event of their lifetime, says Emily of her and Jake’s wedding day. “I really just wanted to throw a big party, something along the lines of an elevated garden party, sort of Nantucket chic,” she says. The result was a casually elegant lawn wedding at the home of family friends, with a clear tent bedecked with twinkling lights that was large enough to seat the couple’s 200 guests and accommodate a dance floor. “I wanted the stars to shine through,” notes Emily.

A massive dove tree on the property, draped with a mantle of white flowers, provided a spectacular backdrop for the wedding ceremony. “I chose the timelessness of all-white flowers. I didn’t want anything too elaborate or overwhelming, because the property really speaks for itself.”

In keeping with the day’s theme, Emily chose what she calls an Audrey Hepburn look, classic and elegant. “The pearl choker was a bold move,” she adds. “I took a chance, and I think it really paid off.” She also took a chance with the bridesmaids’ dresses. “My goal was to make their lives easy, so I just asked for florals or solids in shades of blue and green. I think it worked out beautifully.”

By far her favorite memory, says Emily, is of walking back down the aisle with Jake after the ceremony and stopping for a heartfelt hug. “We looked at each other and said, ‘We did this!’ It was such a happy, loving, and special moment.”

Written by Pat Chaudoin

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