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Maryam Nik Khahi + Nelson Lourenco

September 4, 2017 Rye and Portsmouth, New Hampshire An international romance culminating in a stateside wedding can be challenging at best — even more so when one of the couple is Iranian, as bride Maryam Nik Khahi discovered while planning her wedding day with her groom, American citizen Nelson Lourenco. Some challenges were easily solved, others not so much, but in the end the two celebrated their love. The day started with two ceremonies. “I wanted a ceremony under the…

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…

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.…

Jillian Bannister + William Shaheen

September 30, 2017 Wiscasset, ME On a crisp October day, off the coast of Boothbay Harbor, ME, Jillian and Bill hopped on a friend’s boat, headed for Squirrel Island, where Jillian’s family owns a home. That’s where Bill proposed, adding another reason for Jill to think of it as her “happy place.” Jillian envisioned an outdoor September wedding. The first venue Bill and his father visited, Marianmade Farm in Wiscasset, ME, proved to be the only venue the couple considered.…

Leah Rosenzweig + Alex Meyer

May 13, 2017 Kennebunkport, ME The lush gardens of Hidden Pond in Kennebunkport provided the romantic setting for Leah and Alex’s Maine wedding in front of friends and family. The ceremony was followed by an intimate dinner, and dancing in the property’s rustic barn. Leah wanted a relaxed, outdoor wedding and knew she’d found the perfect venue when she and Alex discovered Hidden Pond. In fact, the couple found wedding planning to be a lovely way to get to know…