Garden Romance

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{The Team} Carolina Marles Photography, photographer Rebecca Drouin, Cinematographer Odyssey Event Designs, planning & design Hamilton House, venue Madeleine’s Daughter, dress Marissa Ann Artistry, hair & makeup Ramble Floral, flowers Painting with Sugar, cake Meghan Carey Design, stationery One Stop Event Rentals, rentals Gooseberry Tabletop, tabletop rentals Real-life couple Morgan & Jake, models Seacoast Ceremonial Music, strings Experience Drive Maine, car

Bohemian Rhapsody

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{The Team} Katelyn Mallett Photography, photographer Odyssey Event Designs, planning & design O’Maine Studios, venue Rent the Dress CT, dress Made Up By McGee, hair & makeup Bad Rabbit Flowers, florist Little Ivy Paper Goods, stationery One Stop Event Rentals, rentals Village Baking Co., cake Rosemary & Husband, models

A Modern Twist

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{The Team} Kate Preftakes Photography, photographer Events by Sorrell, planning & design Zimmerman House/Kalil House, Currier Museum of Art, venue Clementina Floral Co. and Emily Herzig Floral, flowers Bearded Baking Co., cake Impress Me Designs, stationery Katherine McDonald Beauty, hair & makeup PEAK Event Services, rentals BBJ Linens, linens Maggie Inc.,models

Tips & Trends: The Power of Print and After-Party Delight

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Tip: The Power of Print. One thing is certain; you may not recall all the details of your big day, but a beautifully designed wedding album will bring back all your favorite memories each time you open it. “Don’t underestimate the importance of the printed album,” says Chris Keeley. “People are rediscovering the value of something permanent that they can take out and look at with family and friends. Many of my couples tell me they do this regularly, especially on their anniversary. Casually pulling your wedding album off the shelf and cozying up to your partner—that never gets old!”…

Tips & Trends: Make it Perfectly Clear and It’s all about the Details

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Tip: Make it Perfectly Clear. In the midst of a beautiful setting, nothing brings the outdoors inside—while still providing protection from the elements—like a completely clear reception tent. According to Kristen Rollins of PEAK Event Services, clear reception tents allow you to weave nature into the whole wedding experience, “something we’re seeing more and more couples gravitate toward,” she says. “They allow you to build your dream venue from the ground up. And they create a sleek, upscale look, especially the black-framed ones. However, note that clear-topped tents can be like saunas. I would not suggest using one in July…

Tips & Trends: Be Bold with Colors and Cake takes Center Stage 

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Tip: Be Bold with Colors. Pastels in bridesmaid dresses and floral arrangements will always be classic, but bold, saturated colors and warm, rich shades are taking over the color palette these days. Our Editorial Advisory Panel agrees—don’t be afraid of embracing these lush shades in everything from cake colors to dresses to intense pops of floral color. Some favorites are moody wines, mossy greens, deep mauves, rusty oranges, and rich earth tones. Lisa Greene of Beach Plum Flower Shop tips us off to a new flower trend that is the perfect way to introduce color into your bouquets and table…

Tips & Trends: Think Outside the Box and Bring on the Band! 

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Tip: Think Outside the Box. Creatively presented hors d’oeuvres and unique food stations are a fun way to wow your guests during cocktail hour and beyond. According to Liz Curcio, who owns the catering company The White Apron with her chef husband Jay, their clients are going BIG with everything. “We’re seeing more food, more drinks, and longer parties,” she says. For The White Apron, a popular starter is tiny tacos served with margaritas in mini tequila bottles. Guests also love sushi stations, raw bars, charcuterie grazing boards, and the latest trend, butter boards with a variety of toppings and…

Tips & Trends: Role Playing and Floral Installations

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Tip: Role Playing. Mother of the groom may be the least understood role among those in the wedding party. “She’s often overlooked, but she deserves care and attention like any other member of the wedding party,” notes Renée Habashy of Madeleine’s Daughter. “Many people joke that the MOG ought to ‘wear beige and keep her mouth shut.’ But really, she should be the guest who stands out the most—dressed only a little less formal than the mother of the bride, and definitely more formal than any other guest.” She suggests that instead of searching for the perfect shade of “Shut-Up…

Tips & Trends: Go Big with the Details and Tiny Treats in Perfect Packaging

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Tip: Go Big with the Details. Our Editorial Advisory Panel is unanimous—brides are opting for more extravagant, over-the-top details than ever before, often spending more money on fewer guests. “This means quality over quantity, and everything matching,” says Jaime Melfi of Autumn Nomad, “from drinks to décor to the cake.” Look for extreme lighting, a flair in the food offerings, vintage furniture brought in for receptions—chaise lounges, upholstered chairs, etc.—even luxurious linens flown in from Italy. “At the Custom House Maritime Museum, you can arrive at your wedding by your own boat or a charter craft,” says Pat Cannon. Then…

Tips & Trends: Get Lit! and Custom Couture

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Tip: Get Lit! Creative cocktails are all the rage, and that includes the containers they come in. “We love the idea of mini cocktails that can be passed on trays like hors d’oeuvres,” says Reuben Bell. He says they’ve done specialty cocktails in perfume bottles and even light bulbs (not real ones!)—giving a whole new meaning to “get lit!” Pat Cannon of CAtCH Events and Custom House Maritime Museum loves the experience created by the vintage Italian “piaggio appe” operated by Runaway Bar. This mobile tap truck has “taptenders,” and Pat says, “They always bring a unique, chic experience. It’s…