Nautical East Coast Island Wedding

Categories Real Weddings

Happy Earth Day! Max and Cyndi’s Boston wedding is the perfect wedding to feature on Earth Day. Full of good nature and playfulness, you have to love a bride and groom who love to play and jump on rocks–on their wedding day! Max and Cyndi have a ton of personality–and it shows throughout their photos. Their wedding theme was “Love Anchors the Soul” and couldn’t be more fitting for this Boston setting. They exchanged vows on the water in Nahant, MA and afterward headed over to Harpoon Brewery for cocktail hour followed by their reception at the Boston Exchange Center. Topping off their night was a whole lotta photo booth fun! Enjoy.

Nahant, MA wedding

lace wedding dress

nautical wedding theme

shoreline of Nahant, MA shoreline

Bridesmaids in navy blue

grooms in khaki and blue

multi colored wedding bouquet

nautical themed wedding ceremony

winking at the altar

bride in Boston wedding

Nahant, MA wedding near Boston

Bride and Groom rock jumping in Boston wedding

cocktail hour at Harpoon Brewery in Boston, MA

cutting the wedding cake

ships in Nahant, MA Harbor

bride and groom at sunset at Nahant Harbor

photo booth at Boston wedding

Congrats Max and Cyndi!

More inspiration from Boston! Check out Jamie and Christy’s preppy Boston Harvard Club real wedding and Kristen and Oisen’s engagement photos in Boston’s Beacon Hill.

Credits

Photographer:  Hitched Studios
Harpoon Brewery
Caterer: EAst Meets West
Reception Venue: Exchange Conference Center
Cake Designer: Jenny’s Wedding Cakes
Floral Designer: Tangerine Creations
Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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Cheerful Spring Wedding In Yellow and Gray

Categories Real Weddings

Julie and James’s had an outdoor spring wedding at The Borden House in Raleigh, NC. Captured by Amy Allen Photography, and with tulips and greenery all around, their outdoor wedding was full of sweet sophistication! We love the billy ball boutonnieres and that there was a lady groomsman and that all of the ladies wore yellow cardigans. We also love the simplicity of this southern wedding and how Julie carried the pretty lace details of her dress to their wedding cake. The fun everyone had is obvious–and the outdoor checkered dance floor seemed to beckon the wedding guests all night long! Enjoy!

Bride and Groom at their outdoor wedding at The Borden House, Raleigh, NC

Getting ready at The Borden House in Raleigh, NC.

Getting ready at The Borden House, Raleigh, NC.

Lady groomsman and bridesmaids in yellow cardigans.

Wedding party in gray and yellow at outdoor wedding.

Parents walking bride to wedding ceremony

Simple, outdoor southern wedding ceremony.

Bride and Groom walking from wedding ceremony after pronouncement.

Fun shot of wedding party jumping!

Bride and Groom at their outdoor ceremony

Bride and Groom with yellow and white wedding bouquet.

White wedding desserts

Long dessert buffet at the wedding reception.

Bride and Groom's first dance at The Borden House in Raleigh, NC.

dancing on the checkered dancefloor

Wedding guests wearing party glasses at NC outdoor wedding reception.

Outdoor shot of Bride and Groom at sunset.

Bride and Groom dancing at their outdoor wedding reception.

Congratulations Julie and James!

{Dear reader, seriously, would this Patterned Billy Ball Pocket Wedding Invite not have been perfect for this wedding?! LOVE.}

Credits

Photographer:  Amy Allen Photography
Lighting: Anything Music DJ’s
Caterer: Durham Catering Co.
Floral Designer: Fallons Flowers
Event Planner:Sweet SaraBell
Event Venue:The Borden House
Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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Elegant Fall Wedding at the Morton Arboretum

Categories Real Weddings + Wedding Stationery

“Not even the rain rattled my spirits,” said bride Cristina about their wedding ceremony that was moved inside due to inclement weather. Aaron and Cristina had a gorgeous–almost ethereal–fall wedding. Cristina had this say about their “Fall in Love” theme, “I have been in love with the aura of autumn ever since I was a child. There is something so beautiful about the changing colors, the smell of pumpkin spice, and the crisp, cool breezes that surround the season. Thinking about fall instantly brings a smile to my face, and I knew I had to be married during this gorgeous season.” Continue on to read more from our beautiful bride about their day, their colors, things learned, advice given. and shouts of praise to all that helped to bring their “big day” to fruition! Enjoy!

Wedding Style: Elegant with a “Fall in Love” theme
Wedding Colors: Copper| Olive Green| Ivory
CeremonyThe Morton Arboretum
ReceptionPescatore Palace

Photographer: Open Iris Photo
Thank You Cards: MagnetStreet Weddings

Elegant wedding at the Morton Arboretum

Bride and Groom getting ready for their wedding

Wedding dress and white wedding shoes

The dress …
My dress was Maggie Sottero’s Ambrosia style. It was the only dress I put on and had the instant feeling of, “This dress is just beautiful.” My shoes were Benjamin Adams London, completely crystal-encrusted and FIVE INCHES tall. My veil was shoulder length and had beading to match the beading in my dress bodice, and my florist made me a hair piece with Mokara Orchids.

Pre-wedding gift from groom to the bride

The color scheme 
I fell in love with a Jordan Moments bridesmaid dress that came in the perfect copper color, so everything kind of evolved off of that. My junior bridemaid dresses were my accent olive green color, and then ivory was present throughout the day, too. My colors were in everything from the dresses, to the programs, to my party favors!

Rustic fall wedding with an olive and pumpkin color scheme!

Rustic fall wedding bouquet of calla lilies, roses and berries

Rainy wedding day photo at Morton Arboretum

Walking down the inside the Morton Arboretum

Wedding ceremony at the Morton Arboretum

Wedding ceremony at the Morton Arboretum

Wedding ceremony at the Morton Arboretum

Reading vows during wedding ceremony

Exchanging Vows
Another highlight is definitely when my husband and I exchanged our vows. We both wrote our own, and hearing the kind words my husband expressed to me is something I will cherish for always. On top of that, I will never forget how he was on the verge of tears while I recited mine to him … Seeing how emotional he became was so special to me because it just shows how deep the love between us is.

Unity sand ceremony at Morton Arboretum

Outdoor wedding photo at the Morton Arboretum

Bride and Groom cake topper

White wedding cake with bride and groom cake topper

Northern IL's Pescatore Palace: wedding reception tables with floral centerpieces

Wedding reception buffet at The Pescatore Palace in Northern IL.

Bride and Groom's first dance: Northern IL's Pescatore Palace

Our First Dance was of course memorable. Aaron was so nervous to dance, but it flowed effortlessly. We danced to “So Beautiful” by Darren Hayes.

Wedding reception and getaway car

Congrats Aaron and Cristina! We wish you every happiness… thanks so much for sharing your wedding with us!
xo

Highlights From The Day

The Speeches
I have to say, my husband’s toast was also an exceptional highlight. I was so proud of him standing there and thanking all of our guests and expressing how excited and happy he was that friends and family came from all over the country to share in our day. And, of course, he did a great job of complimenting me (and saying that all my hard wedding planning work paid off! Of course a girl LOVES hearing that, haha).

My Maid of Honor’s speech was also a great highlight. We have been friends for 10 years, and there is no one else on this planet that resembles me as much as she does. Her speech was just perfect. Reflecting on how far we have come in our friendship gives me chills sometimes—I remember being in biology and journalism with her, and there we were on my wedding day. It’s like I knew that we would be there for each other’s wedding days, but you can’t actually really imagine it until the day is there. I felt that way about the entire wedding, actually. You have such a dream and vision for everything, and then when it finally happens, you almost can’t believe it.

Talking with all of our guests – so many people said so many wonderful things. I will not forget my uncle telling me it was the best wedding he had ever been too.

The flowers! My goodness, I have never seen such beautiful flowers in my whole life. If there is one vendor that deserves high praise, it is definitely my florist. She is above and beyond an artist!

Our husband and wife entrance was pretty cute—Aaron is a soccer player, so we thought the FIFA 2010 World Cup song would be appropriate (it was also significant to us because we started dating the summer of the World Cup, so the song was memorable). The song is called “Waving Flag,” so, naturally, we came in waving flags (me, an Italian one, him, an American one).

Advice you’re glad you took
Many married couples told me to make sure I eat on my wedding day because they never got to taste their dinner! I am glad Aaron and I got to enjoy most of our Italian feast, because we both love food so much, so we kind of made it a priority to get to take more than just one bite of each of our courses. Dessert was kind of another story, but we made the dinner count!

Advice you wished you’d taken
Often my MOH and co-workers would tell me to not worry about the several different opinions people would present about this or that, and many times, it was hard for me to ignore the opinions of others, despite the decisions I knew I wanted to make. In the end, I usually went with what I wanted to do, but if I had taken more stock in the “this is your wedding, you do it how you want” way of thinking, I would have eliminated a lot of back-and-forth conversations and stressful thinking.

Advice you’d like to give?
I want to preface this by saying that I am ecstatic with the way my wedding turned out and would not change a thing. All of the hard work in planning really paid off for me BUT do not be fooled by wedding-planning seeming fun. I think the best advice I can give is that most of the time, wedding planning is not fun. Most of the time, you are pulling your hair out over the tiniest details – you will start second guessing decisions, and yes, you will have a fight with your fiancé over something at some point. There were many times where I started asking myself, “Is this normal? Am I supposed to feel this stressed out about getting married? Isn’t it supposed to be fun to plan a wedding?” When you are working a full time job, wedding planning becomes another full-time job. I can promise though that everything will be work it in the end—and that is what a honeymoon is for afterward, right? ;)

Also, wear low-heeled shoes!

The best part of the whole wedding day …
Is it cheating to say the whole thing? I think the best part was all of the love expressed by not only me and Aaron, but by all the people around us. There was just a general happy, loving feeling about the entire day that I will never forget.

 

WEDDING PRO SHOUT OUT

Open Iris Photo
My photographer was recommended by a co-worker of mine, and after seeing his beautiful portfolio, I could not find a photographer I liked better. It’s why I flew him out from California to Illinois. I think the best comment I received so far is that the photos “belong in magazines.” I think that comment stands on its own to show how impressed I am, and how impressed others are, with the photos.

The Morton Arboretum
The Morton Arboretum was exceptional! Our photos came out so well partially thanks to them and their absolutely gorgeous, gorgeous scenery.

Pescatore Palace
The Pescatore Palace took extra special care of me and Aaron. I was able to have a traditional Italian banquet wedding just like my cousins, 2nd cousins, aunts, uncles, and parents because of Pescatore, and that meant so much. Thank you Frank!

All Flowers by Marisa
My florist made my dreams come true. The number one comment that was made about anything that day was the flowers. People were literally in awe. I am eternally grateful to Marisa for bringing my vision to life.

Eclipse Entertainment – DJ Elmo Arcari
Elmo is one of the kindest individuals I have ever worked with. I had a couple people express how they “never dance,” but at my wedding, they did. Elmo knows how to feel out a crowd and get everyone to have a great time.

MagnetStreet Weddings
MagnetStreet was the only company I could find that allowed me to personalize the photo card EXACTLY how I wanted it. The font, the color of the font, the layout of the card was exactly what I had pictured in my head, and they were the only company who could deliver that vision.

On choosing Life of Luxury Thank You Card design
I loved that design because it was simple, yet elegant. I didn’t want the words to block out the photo too much, but I wanted them to be there. The font was absolutely perfect, too. Again, it had the elegance I was looking for to pair perfectly with the photo.

How did it fit with your personality or wedding style?
When I think of fall, I think of it as an elegant season—this card helped portray that. There is sort of an ethereal nature behind it, and I feel like that is what made it fit so well with my theme.

 

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Color Monday: Vintage Romance for A Modern Wedding

Categories Inspiration + Wedding Stationery

A modern-vintage wedding has a fluid and timeless feel–always evolving and always on trend. If you haven’t already, you can see and read over the 2014 wedding & stationery trends and specifically, the modern-vintage trend. Two of the easiest places to find fantastic vintage wedding inspiration is from Old Hollywood movies and wandering through historic venues. From style to swagger, translate your favorite era through your attire, venue, decor, floral choices and of course, your wedding stationery. Today’s inspiration is soft, romantic–full of lacy details and rustic diy elements. Imagine a vintage suitcase for your card box, an old window frame with your menu painted in the panes, a bridal party in mix and match dresses and a sweet color scheme of peach, pink, champagne and ivory. Ah, springtime–the perfect time for a vintage romantic wedding. Be inspired! See all 10 wedding & stationery trends.

Spring or vintage wedding inspiration and color palette.

Wedding Program from the Classic Lace Stationery Suite

Stationery Suite Details

From our Classic Lace design suite, this wedding program design features iconic vintage details. One of the prettier merits of the Classic Lace design is the scalloped lace edging that borders various elements of the suite. Additionally, antique floral patterning and script fonts offer a romantic look and feel that’s both timeless and modern at the same time. See Classic Lace Wedding Program personalized in this peach, teaberry, champagne, and ivory color scheme.

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A color palette of: peach, teaberry pink, champagne and ivory--perfect for a spring or summer vintage wedding.



Credits
For allowing us to use their photography, much thanks to …

Inspiration Board Sources:
Couple, Bridal Party, Bouquet by Joyeuse Photography {via Ruffled}
Cake by Rachel Solomon {via Wedding Chicks}
Card Box {via Rae Tay Photography}
Paper Hearts {via Etsy}
Menu by Sarah Kate Photography {via Style Me Pretty
Rectangle Wedding Program by MagnetStreet Weddings

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