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Elevate Your Wedding Game – Tips & Trends

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Take your wedding cake and bar to the next level with these tips and trends. Tip: Bars that Raise the Bar A bar that’s open before and right after your ceremony creates a convivial atmosphere. “Bars are perfect gathering areas for your guests before or after the ceremony,” says Kate Malloy. “They’re also a great design element.” Think a shiplap board bar to match a rustic theme or gray with fabric or mirror inserts for a more upscale look. Add…

Keep Them Guessing: Wedding Tip & Trends

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Keep them guessing with these tips and trends designed to amaze guests on the big day. Tip: SURPRISE! Nothing says “party!” like confetti or paper streamers, a walking-down-the-aisle alternative to throwing rice. Kate Malloy worked with a client whose ceremony officiants shot streamers into the air as the couple walked down the aisle after exchanging vows. “It was visual and unexpected—and it was fun,” she says. Trend: Go High, Low, or with a Bow Wedding dresses with high necks, black…

Pepperell Cove: A Backyard Destination Wedding

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A Backyard Destination Wedding With the ebb and flow of the ocean at our doorsteps and the constant cacophony of crashing waves resounding in our every-day background, we are lucky to be able to call the Seacoast our home. Caught up in the daily bustle, we can sometimes grow numb to the beguiling views and natural magic that this place offers. With a gentle nudge, Seacoast Weddings Magazine reminds you that there are stunning views (accompanied by a smattering of…

Tips and Trends

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More solutions to make your big day the best ever. Tip: Label It. Signage combines beauty and function: it ties together your color palette while identifying food and appetizers. “We love hand-lettered signage at weddings for menus, bar signs and the like,” says Kate Malloy of Malloy Events in Rochester, NH. “It’s personal and a great way to add your wedding colors, either with a colored ink or paper stock.” Trend: Greenery and Garlands on Tables. Lush greenery, from roping…

Don’t Stop the Party: The Collegiate Wedding Experience

Wedding portrait on the steps of UNH's Huddleston Hall.
Group college wedding portrait on UHN Common
College wedding venue at UNH

As college students across the country start to head back to their respective campuses, there is a certain nostalgia floating through the air. For many, this time of year brings back memories of their college days: classes that opened their eyes and broadened their minds, endless late-night conversations with friends, and — perhaps most poignantly — the first time they lived on their own, navigating adulthood and beginning to craft their identities. But, who says that this part of your…

Maryam Nik Khahi + Nelson Lourenco

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Bride and bridesmaid dresses
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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

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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

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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

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spring floral wedding bouquet with ranunculus, astilbe, anemones, David Austin roses, maiden hair fern and peonies.
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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

Wedding dress from Cristina's Bridal in Andover, MA
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Wildflower wedding bouquet on Lake Winnipesaukee
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Wedding boat cruise on Lake Winnipesaukee with dog
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Wedding reception beach bonfire on lake Winnipesaukee

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…