Tips and Trends

Flowers from Flower House Design next to a candle

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…

On the Marsh

summertime wedding table settings
The bride and groom wear vintage clothing and accessories by Ardath + Leroy.
A lace blouse, gauzy blue skirt and vintage hat add to the bride’s bohemian style. Navy ball skirt from Donna Morgan.
NH wedding oyster themed stationery by Blush and Birch Paper close up
NH wedding stationery by Blush and Birch Paper
The bride’s multi-textured bouquet includes flowering dogwood branches, skimmia, thistle green jackpot, poppy pods, viburnum, white peony tulip and hosta leaves.
Gold-edged shells top a blue wedding cake by Bear Brook Bakery.

The essence of coastal Maine is captured in this contemporary stylized shoot, photographed at On the Marsh Bistro in Kennebunkport. Crisp navy blue and white contrasts with natural wood, glass and metal, for a look inspired by the colors and textures of the Seacoast. {the team} Photographer & concept: Karen Sigler Design Venue & catering: On the Marsh Bistro Rentals: Savvy Event Rental Flowers: Minka Fine Flowers Invitations: Blush and Birch Paper Clothing and accessories: Ardath + Leroy Cake: Bear…

Maryam Nik Khahi + Nelson Lourenco

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personal wedding bouquet idea
groom and groomsmen with blue watches
floral bouquet on top of wedding arch for decoration
bride and groom wedding ring exchange in portsmouth nh
portrait of nephew who is ring bearer
red and white wedding sangria stainless steel straws
wedding table place setting
rustic wedding reception dessert tray
Bride and bridesmaid dresses
Flag Hill winery wedding

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

groom and groomsmen having fun at wedding

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

bride and groom on maine farm
wild flowers in hair for wedding
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tent wedding in woods of maine
maine farm weddings
farm wedding venue and barn in maine

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

wedding donuts on wood grain table
sparkling rose in decorated champagne glasses
sparkling rose at wedding
spring floral wedding bouquet with ranunculus, astilbe, anemones, David Austin roses, maiden hair fern and peonies.
rustic vintage wedding menu decorative signage
classic wedding place setting
rustic wedding table arrangement with candles

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
Fun pineapple socks for groom and groomsmen
Zipping up wedding dress
Wildflower wedding bouquet on Lake Winnipesaukee
pink wedding table arrangements
Wedding boat cruise on Lake Winnipesaukee with dog
Simple wedding cake ideas with white rose flower accents
Romantic Lake Winnipesaukee wedding portrait photograph
Wedding reception tent at Lake Winnipesaukee
decorative wedding lanterns at reception
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…

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

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wedding cake at a tented reception with flowers
Wedding cupcakes from extraordinary taste catering
Small wedding cake with big flowers from extraordinary taste
wedding cake and other wedding pastries
wedding cake from cottage street bakery with floral detail
freeze pops summer at a summer wedding
floral wedding cake with love sign on top
wedding ice cream sandwich dessert idea from Cookie Monstah
reeses chocolate peanut butter wedding cupcake
doughnut instead of a traditional wedding cake

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

fun ideas for groomsmen socks

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…