Brittany Rae Photography

Kristen and Timmy exchanged “I Do’s” overlooking the beautiful coast of Rockland, Maine. Brittany Rae Photography said her favorite part about the wedding day was the way that Kristen looked at her new husband (aww!). Timmy, unfortunately broke his leg just TWO weeks before the wedding! But he rocked it regardless and was such a good sport.

The couple decided to do a first look out on the patio, which allowed for more photo time as their guests enjoyed a fabulous cocktail hour and mingled with family and friends. This wedding is the perfect example of coastal romance. We love the pairing of Kristen’s lace gown with the soft color palette and luscious bouquets. And we’re a big fan of the way Timmy’s funky socks and floral bow tie combo show off his fun-loving personality! To see more of this gorgeous nautical wedding, check out Brittany Rae Photography’s Blog.

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Photographer: Brittany Rae Photography

Venue: The Samoset Resort

Planner: WIll Clayton

Officiant: Brenda Harrington

Florist: Hoboken Flowers

Cake: 3 Dogs Cafe

DJ: Jeff Rockwell

Hair & Make Up: Coppola Salon

Dress: Davids Bridal

Invites: Eden Invitations

Favors: Wicked Good Cookies

Videographer: Michael O’Rourke

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Kelly CroninAlex and Brennan’s New England wedding is the epitome of the elegant nautical theme. Their day began with a ceremony on the lawn at The Chatham Bars Inn overlooking the ocean, followed by cocktail hour in the Boat House, and ended with the reception in the Beach House.  The rain held off just enough to create a misty mood lighting, which made for amazing photos (and not to mention, made everything that much more romantic!). Thank you again to Kelly from Kelly Cronin Photography for capturing a perfect Love & Lobster wedding.

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Photographer: Kelly Cronin Photography

Venue : Chatham Bars Inn

Wedding Planner : Jamie Bohlin Cape Cod Celebrations

Cake : White’s Bakery

Flowers : Susan White

DJ : Cape Tunes

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The Studio Nouveau

Cassandra and CJ tied the knot at the Zukas Hilltop Barn in Spencer, Massachusetts last winter. This brave couple embraced the New England winter weather by incorporating the snow and wintery wondering into their wedding plan through hot apple cider bars and a snowy cake! We love how the bride wore this gorgeous fur stole matched with a red bouquet of calla lilies and baby’s breath, giving us an interesting combination of textures to swoon over. The Studio Nouveau photographers said this couple was “the most laid-back, relaxed, and photogenic people we’ve had the pleasure of working with.”

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Photography: The Studio Nouveau
Venue: Zukas Hilltop Barn
Wedding gown: Mori Lee by Madeline Gardner
Groom’s Tux: Jos. A. Bank
Bride’s shoes: Pelle Moda
Bridesmaids’ gowns by Dessy Group
Makeup Artist: Tu Moda, Worcester MA
DJ: Dave Donato for Modern Artistry
Caterer: Zukas Hilltop Barn
Wedding Cake: Handmade by a friend’s mother
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas

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Cuppa Photography

Though chance of rain loomed large upon the horizon on Tess & James’ wedding day, the couple’s sunny disposition won out, and the weather obligingly turned pristine. This beautiful outdoor ceremony took place at the coastal French’s Point estate in Stockton Springs, Maine.

French’s Point served as both a home state wedding venue for Tess, who is from northern Maine, as well as a knockout destination venue for James’ family, who calls England home. Not only do Tess and James herald from entirely different continents, but they met on a third while Tess was singing in Hong Kong! The couple decided to have a travel themed wedding in honor of how they met, their international guest list, and the fact that both Tess and James travel for work (Tess is a singer and James a pilot).

Christina Grimsley, the couple’s event coordinator, recalls how much she liked the flow of the event. “We were able to unfold one event at a time, keeping the guests and the couple themselves looking forward to what was next! The ceremony was held at the gazebo, with cocktail hour following on the terrace. Guests were then invited inside the estate for an underworld sea-life experience. After dinner guests danced the night away in our sailcloth tent to the Larry Williams Band.”

Christina’s comment highlights one of French’s Point’s best features: the ability of the estate to offer multiple spaces for a single event, making it possible to have every part of your wedding at the venue without it ever feeling old or crowded. This is partly due to the fact that the venue rents out the entire estate to a single event at a time, meaning that guests can have the run of the entire complex, which includes not only a gorgeous multi-story estate house complete with a wood-paneled ballroom and granite-tiled bathrooms, but also the ability to freely explore the grounds of the estate, which are replete with little hideaways like rows of Adirondack chairs overlooking Maine’s rocky coast and a secluded rope-swing. From May-Oct, French’s Point also offers a luxurious tent that can fit up to 300 guests, has poured concrete floors that mimic the texture and color of wood (so they’re both beautiful and perfectly level for dancing!) and has a built-in area for caterers. The perfect combination of elegant form and function!

As you can see from the pictures below, Tess & James took full advantage of this stunning Maine venue, utilizing all parts of the estate while filling it to the brim with love and laughter, as well as Tess’ gorgeous jazz singing when she serenaded her new husband!

Congratulations to Tess & James, and a huge thank you to Cuppa Photography for sharing these swoon-worthy photos with us and to Ready Set Film for their fabulous video, which can be seen directly below!

 

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Venue: French’s Point
Event Cooridnator: Christina Grimsley, French’s Point
Invitations: Minted
Hair & Makeup: Jessica Candage
Transportation: Cyr Bus Line
Officiate: Family Friend
Ceremony, Cocktail, Dinner & Dancing Entertainment: Larry Williams Band
Flowers: Chapel Hill Floral
Designer: Brett McCormack
Dessert: Nothing Bakes Like A Parrott
Photographer: Cuppa Photography
Videography: Ready Set Film
Venue: French’s Point

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At it’s core, the most important thing that your save-the-dates and wedding invitations can do is to tell your potential guests the time, location, and date of your wedding. But a wedding invitation is so much more than just that! It’s also one of the first public communications about your wedding, and it can help your guests know what to expect when it comes to the tone and style of your wedding.

For instance, pick a card that looks like this, and you’ll be telling your guests to get ready for a fun, quirky, and casual time at your wedding.

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Pick a card that has this look and feel, on the other hand, and you’ll be prepping your guests for a more formal occasion (though no less fun!)

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Wording also matters greatly in setting the tone and formality of your wedding. Keep it traditional by using proper surnames and the third person. Or make it more personal by using “we’d be honored” and nicknames or fun wordplay.

From the paper weight, to the font style, your choices in your invitation say a lot. But don’t get too caught up on any of the details! In the end, invitations are only one aspect of your wedding and will not make or break your big day. Whatever style invitation you end up going with, however, make sure to do your guests a favor by having a clear call to action on your invitation, such as RSVPing or inviting them to visit your wedding website for more information.

 

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Are you looking for a wedding website for your upcoming New England wedding but overwhelmed by all the choices? We’re here to help. We broke it down to a few important questions you need to ask yourself, along with different websites you can use.

wedding-websiteStart by asking yourself, “Do I want to pay to for my wedding website?” This question also goes hand-in-hand with having a custom domain name (Example: ourlastnamewedding.com). Chances are, if you want a custom domain name, you gotta pay, but there are plenty of good free sites to choose from as well. Here’s the break down:

Squarespace.com : Easy to use – drag and drop style, minimal & clean, two weeks free trial & a custom domain name. Browse Squarespace wedding templates here. ($14/month, no coding needed)

Wix.com : Completely customizable & user-friendly, hundreds of templates to choose from and a custom domain available in paid option. Browse Wix wedding templates here.  (free – with a paid option, no coding needed)

WeddingWire.com : More than just a website; it also comes with free wedding planning tools (checklist, budget, seating chat, guest lists & more). 400+ website designs, browse here.  (free, no coding needed)

Now of course, these are just a few of the many options available (like all things wedding related!). But, with our years of experience in the wedding industry, we have found these to be the most popular and easy-to-use.

So once you’ve chosen which platform is going to help you build your website, you have to begin thinking of what you want to include. This is where the Dos & Don’ts come in.

Do’s & Don’ts

  • Add your engagement photos and your love story. Unlike Facebook, your website is a place where you don’t have to worry about “over-sharing.” The people visiting your page want to know more about you and your fiancee.
  • You can even add an “about the wedding party” section. This is a fun way to introduce who will be taking part in your big day and gives your guests a chance to get to know them.
  • While it is still seen as unacceptable to add your registry on your invitations or save the dates, your website is a great spot to share your registry information!
  • Add travel information for guests from afar. Where can they stay? What is there to do in the area? This will help these guests make travel arrangements in advance. And they are more likely to come if they can make a mini vacation out of it!
  • If you choose to blog about the wedding planning process, remember to stay positive! Adding rants or complaining is only going to create drama and steer away guests from your site.
  • Create your site as early as possible (before the save the dates if you can). By sharing the word about your big day early, you’ll be able to iron out all the details in the upcoming planning faster.

Hope this post answers a few questions you have been debating. Happy website building!

 

 

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