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We love that weddings are becoming more than just events; they are becoming an opportunity to express your uniqueness personalities. Don’t let that make you afraid or anxious! Think of your wedding as a party and plan it as an event you would be thrilled to attend.

Today we celebrate the idea of having your wedding at an art museum. These are not always the cheapest venues (often times the museum requires that you become a donor to the museum before you will be eligible to rent the space), but they can be some of the most colorful, quirky, and creative places imaginable. If a museum itself is out of your price range but you still crave being surrounded by vibrant art, consider reaching out to local galleries and art schools to see if they have a space that they are willing to consider renting out.

Below are some of our favorite art museums in New England (that allow weddings, as not all museums do.):

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum | Boston, MA

This museum is home to the incredible private collection of its namesake, Isabella Stewart Gardner. While the collection consists mostly of works by European masters and decorative arts, all displayed as Gardner intended in a specially constructed 15th century Venetian style villa, the museum itself is surrounded by a modern architectural shell composed of glass and steel. This makes the venue perfect for the couple who enjoys both the old and the new and interesting fusions between the two.

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The deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum | Lincoln, MA

The deCordova is also a legacy of a 19th century collector, Julian de Cordova, the son of a Jamaican merchant. During the early 1900s, de Cordova remodeled his house to look like a European manor. Despite his stately manor, de Cordova was a collector of modern and contemporary art and celebrated living artists. The museum continues its founder’s vision with an eclectic mix of artwork scattered upon its grounds and within its walls.

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MASS MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) | North Adams, MA

A converted factory, MASS MoCa retains a feeling of industry in its vast complex (it boasts over 20 buildings!, though not all are open to the public). It is home to one of the largest galleries in the world (it’s over the size of a football field), and because of this, it hosts some of the most unusual and massive exhibits in the country. Its expansive grounds give ample opportunity to host both the ceremony and reception onsite, and its ongoing 25-year Sol Lewitt installation is sure to provide some colorful and memorable photo backdrops. A big benefit of MASS MoCA is that they allow you to hold the actual ceremony in certain art galleries, such as the Sol Lewitt galleries.

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ICA (Institute of Contemporary Art) | Boston, MA

If you’re a fan of all things contemporary, the ICA might be your perfect venue. The ICA embraces all types of art: visual arts, film, performance, literature, and video, and is truly at the forefront of exploring new visual ideas. It’s event spaces are somewhat limited (and you’re required to rent out the whole museum), but it does have the benefit of being located in Boston proper.

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Ogunquit Museum of American Art | Ogunquit, ME

The Ogunquit is the only museum in Maine devoted exclusively to the exhibition and preservation of American Art and is a true champion of Maine artists, both past and current. It has seaside gardens, a reflection pool, and is located right on the coast, making it a good fit for couples who desire a seaside ceremony.

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Shelburne Museum | Shelburne, VT

Nestled in Vermont’s Lake Champion Valley, the Shelburne celebrates unconventional art and Americana, which is reflected in its unusual and eclectic building styles and event locations. You can even hold your reception in an old boat! The Shelburne is especially well known for folk art, decorative arts, and furniture from the 17th-20th centuries.

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Photos from their respective museum websites.

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Emily & Patrick chose to have their wedding at the Wychmere Beach Club in Harwich Port, MA. The Wychmere is a Longwood Events property that recenlty underwent a stunning restoration. Their photographer, Emilie from emilie inc., shares a few words about their day:

These two had the same easy connection that I had seen months prior,
something you find after being together as long as these two have, and
more importantly, being the absolute right one for the other.

All of Emily and Pat’s waiting and planning paid off.  It was a wedding
10 years in the making, a long way back to their college days at
University of Michigan where they met on that fateful first day of
freshman orientation.  Their wedding was full of everything they wanted
“happy tears, dancing, good food, and great company!”  I even got to see
Arabic line dancing for the first time!  I am ecstatic for these two,
and am so happy I could document this part of their lives as they embark
on the next 10 years together that are bound to be filled with new
excitement.  I hope I get to witness that, too.

Congratulations to Emily & Patrick, and thank you to emilie inc. for sharing these beautiful photos!

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Photography: emilie inc. photography
Other: M. Smith Company
Venue: Wychmere Beach Club
Venue: Wychmere Beach Club
Beauty: Lisa George
Caterer: Wychmere Beach Club
Flowers And Event Decor: Lilacs Florals
Other: Clockwork

 

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There’s no denying it, fall in New England gets chilly. A long sleeve wedding dress combines beauty and practicality in combating that edge of coldness, letting you fully enjoy the day. Luckily for us, there are a million gorgeous styles of long sleeve dresses. Our personal favorite: ones with fitted tops and huge princess skirts. Tulle skirts create an especially interesting fall or winter dress silhouette as they catch the light and make you a glowing centerpiece of attention (plus all those added layers will help with keeping warm). If tulle isn’t quite your style, though, there are plenty of sleek, sophisticated fall and winter looks, including ones that combine traditional masculine styles with traditional feminine styles, like the blazer dress combos below.

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Clockwise starting in upper left: Jessica Claire Photography via Confetti.co, Cymbeline 2012 Collection via Fashion Amateur, Rosa Clara 2015 Collection via Belle the Magazine, Rosa Clara 2014 Collection via Dress for the Wedding, Sarah Nouri 2014 Collection via Belle the MagazineThe Melideos

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And the good news is that you can! Big weddings are often the core of many a childhood dream, and, for those willing to pursue it, that dream can definitely without-a-doubt become a reality. If you’re not in the position to have a gigantic or involved wedding, because of time, money, or just wanting to avoid the stress of it all, an elopement might be the perfect way to celebrate you and your fiance’s love while being kind on the pocketbook and easy on the planning side.

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A great Maine venue for elopements is The Inn by the Sea located on Crescent Beach in Cape Elizabeth. Right next to Portland, Maine’s largest city, Cape Elizabeth provides a secluded getaway spot that also has all the conveniences and amenities that a city has to offer. The Inn by the Sea provides a special Elopement package that includes a two-night stay in an ocean view room, a wine & cheese spread awaiting you in your room, an ocean front ceremony, a candlelit three-course meal, and a honeymoon breakfast-in-bed, all starting at just $2,200. Sounds pretty good, right? The downsides? You can only have up to four guests (i.e. witnesses) to your ceremony, and it’s likely that you won’t be able to land a weekend spot during the summer busy season. An elopement there is definitely not the right fit for everyone, but if you’d like the grandeur of a world-class venue and aren’t married to the idea of an elaborate ceremony, it might be just the thing for you and your partner.

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Kelsey & Michael met in middle school through mutual friends, became close friends in high school, and started dating in their senior year. These high school sweethearts keep their relationship going all throughout college, which they both attended in Maine, but at separate colleges. Long distance is no easy task, so kudos to them both for maintaining such a strong and committed relationship even from afar! They moved in together after graduating, and a year later became engaged.

 

Kelsey relates that one of her favorite parts of the wedding was the couple’s choice to have a “non first look” in which the couple spoke to each other on the morning of the wedding with a door acting as a visual barrier. She says, “We loved keeping the tradition of not seeing each other before the ceremony but it was so nice to have that moment together before the ceremony and calm nerves.”

 

The couple chose the breathtaking French’s Point in Stockton Springs, Maine as their venue. They rented out the entire farmhouse on French’s Point, in which their entire bridal party and guests stayed for multiple nights. Kelsey says this was a great choice for the couple as “it was so relaxing to keep the celebration going for more than just the one day!”

 

Congratulations to Kelsey & Michael, and a huge thank you to Darling Photography for sharing these stunning images! See more of Kelsey & Michael’s wedding on LulaWed.com!

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Photography: Darling Photography
Wedding Planner: Sarah Ripley
Venue: French’s Point
Cake: Laugh Loud, Smile Big
Beauty: Jessica Candage
Flowers And Event Decor: Verona Island Flowers
Attire: Andrea’s Bridal
Other: Maine’s Premier Entertainment

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