Yearly Archives: 2014
Karen and Ryan were married on September 27, 2014 at the Mile Away Restaurant in Milford, NH. It was such a relaxed, fun day, with so many pretty details and memorable moments. Their families and friends were all so supportive and excited for them, and so great to work with…. I witnessed some of my favorite family moments to date!
Getting Ready at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Nashua
The day began with some preparation photos at the hotel. Christine and I found Ryan ironing his shirt, which we later learned is something of a trademark of Ryan’s and even made its way into the wedding vows.
Ceremony and Reception at the Mile Away Restaurant
Arriving at the Mile Away a few precious minutes before the ceremony, we had a few moments to quickly photograph the beautiful tabletop decor in the reception tent at the Mile Away just before the guests started arriving. I loved how pretty the centerpieces were, with mason jars in various sizes wrapped in burlap and lace and filled with vintage style flowers of roses and hydrangeas in beautiful soft, muted blush pinks, peaches, and creams. The long burlap table runners had a sweet bird motif painted on them. With the backdrop of the Mile Away’s late summer lush gardens surrounding the tent, it was the perfect day (and perfect weather) for a garden wedding.
One of my favorite things about Karen and Ryan’s wedding was the love between both of their families. It was clear these two families were meant to be joined together. After the ceremony, there was so much hugging and loving between their parents. And then, after dinner these folks danced the night away together.
Karen and Ryan wrote their own vows, and as someone who hears so many vows each year, I can honestly tell you that these vows were among the sweetest, most honest, funny, memorable vows I have ever heard. It was truly a delight to witness this marriage.
These delicious appetizers were waiting for the bridal party to enjoy immediately after the ceremony, while the guests moved into the tent for cocktail hour. Beautiful food and hospitality provided by the Mile Away.
Getting Ready Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Nashua NH
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Mile Away Restaurant, Milford NH
Catering: Mile Away Restaurant
Florist: Herbert E Berg, Worcester, MA
Cake: Frederick’s Pastries, Amherst NH
DJ: Dave Lynch
Wedding Gown: Alfred Angelo
Hair and Makeup: Accent on You, Nashua NH
Transportation: Black Tie Limousine
2nd Shooter: Christine Tilley Photography
Sweet Violet Bride is a blog that highlights nature inspired weddings, and so it’s easily one of my favorites, filled with beautiful details and natural light photography. I was thrilled when they accepted Michelle and Adam’s stunning Alstead, NH wedding from this summer. I just knew their woodsy, outdoorsy and yet oh-so-elegant style would be a perfect fit for Sweet Violet Bride.
I am very happy to have some photos of Jessica and Randy’s wedding published on A Golden Locket today. In a recent call for sparkly things and brooch bouquets, I knew I had the perfect thing: Jessica’s amazing brooch bouquet. She spent months visiting flea markets and antique shops to collect sparkly brooches, and had assembled this huge and eye-popping bouquet. It was truly a thing of beauty! I figured it was only a matter of time before a blog snatched it up to feature. Jessica even created a similar flower girl pomander with lots of sparkle.
Michelle and Adam were a dream to work with, and I am so honored to have been a part of their August 30th wedding at Michelle’s parents’ home in Alstead, NH. Although they now live in Virginia (in the same city as my brother-in-law), Michelle is from New Hampshire, and Adam is from North Carolina and a fellow UNC graduate. I’ve never had clients with such uncanny parallels so it was quite a treat for me. Their wedding was planned and organized with precision, and the final outcome was completely stunning–they nailed the sweet spot between elegance and country rustic. I’m so excited to share photos from their event. I had to break it down into two parts because the eye candy is extensive. Enjoy!
Getting ready at Halladay’s Harvest Barn Inn in Bellows Falls, Vermont
A tender moment with Michelle reading a sweet card from Adam before she got into her gown. Love her robe? It was custom made for her (as well as all the bridesmaids gifts) by a seamstress in Indonesia where Michelle spent 4 months during the engagement for work.
This series of photos is among my favorites….. the bold color and feminine style of her shoes, the way her dress collapsed into piles and piles of dreamy organza, her jewelry, and amazing classic style. She was gorgeous. Simply elegant.
This bridal party was superlative in every way….. not only the largest group I have ever had (10 in total) but also the most organized, most punctual, and most helpful. The level of coordination was astonishing.
The Guys Getting Ready at The Lane Hotel in Keene, NH
Meanwhile, my amazing second shooter Christine Tilley had everything under control with the guys over at the Lane Hotel in Keene, NH. Much like Michelle’s bridesmaids, the guys were equally organized and prepared… and completely dressed ahead of time.
Adam’s cufflinks were custom made with maps to reflect two important worldwide locations: the place in Jordan where he and Michelle met on an archaeological excavation, and Alstead, NH, where they were married.
Bridal Photos at the Home of a Family Friend in Alstead, NH
Then we traveled with the girls to a friend’s home with beautiful gardens where we did some group photos and bridal portraits. There could not have been a prettier location for a beautiful bride.
Stay tuned for Part 2, where I share more amazing details, and Michelle’s family’s farm transformed into an amazing wedding venue for a day, with decorations and planning to rival any professional wedding planner. I’m absolutely certain Michelle and Adam can dominate anything they put their mind to, and possibly a missed career in wedding planning is one of them? 🙂
Bride’s Getting Ready Location: Halladay’s Harvest Barn Inn, Bellows Falls VT
Groom’s Getting Ready Location: The Lane Hotel, Keene NH
Wedding Gown: Watters
Bride’s Veil: Etsy Shop-Melinda Rose Design
Bride’s Bracelet: BLDHN
Bride’s Shoes: DSW
Bride’s Earrings: Etsy Shop-CrystalAvenues
Bridesmaids Dresses: Alfred Sung, Weddington Way
Floral Design: Lily Anderson, Family friend
Men’s Suits: The Black Tux
Men’s Ties: The Tie Bar
Adam’s cufflinks: Etsy Shop–dlkdesigns
Ryan and Theresa were married on August 23rd at Redhook Brewery in Portsmouth, NH on a perfect summer afternoon filled with beer, cheese, and merriment. It’s no wonder that Redhook is a hot wedding reception venue, complete with a beautiful ceremony space under a huge tree, an enormous tented patio for dancing and dining, and of course the amazing food and BEER from the Redhook pub.
The Day Began at the Wentworth by the Sea Marina Suites
Theresa was so elegant and statuesque, being 5’11” and completely stunning. Her strapless sheath dress was lightweight and breezy with a delicate train. The bridal party and their families got ready at the Wentworth by the Sea Marina Suites, so we had an incredibly scenic location for the preparation photos as well as their first look and bridal party group photos.
I was completely mesmerized by the yellow and green bouquets by Lyndsey Loring Designs. Those orchids! It was fresh, summery, and bold. Their yellow and green theme continued through their invitations and save the date cards.
Wedding Ceremony at Redhook Brewery, Portsmouth NH
Beer & Cheese
The beer and cheese theme was strong at the reception, and Ryan and T took the opportunity to brew a custom beer just for the occasion, playfully named “Will He Bail? Ale” The beer flowed all night, served in their fun personalized pub glasses as wedding favors.
One thing that I found completely amazing was their wedding “cake” which was made entirely out of cheese wheels, draped with fresh fruit and edible flowers. Such an amazing interpretation of a wedding cake!
Thanks to all the vendors who made this wedding such a special day:
Ceremony, Reception, and Catering: Redhook Brewery, Portsmouth NH
Florist: Lyndsey Loring Design
Cheese Wheel Cake: C’est Cheese, North Hampton NH
Bridal Salon: Madeline’s Daughter, Portsmouth NH
Hair: Jessica Todd
Makeup: Making Faces