Monthly Archives: April 2015
Janelle and Byron, owners of BluPrint Fitness in Chicago, are an amazingly inspirational couple. They’re a down to earth, fun loving couple, but under the surface lies the steely discipline of two dedicated and knowledgeable Crossfit coaches and businessowners. Since Janelle grew up in the Concord NH area, they held their April 11th wedding close to home, and chose the Belknap Mill in Laconia, NH for its beauty and comfort. Built in 1823, the Belknap Mill is the only building left that represents the first stage of the Industrial Revolution in America. It is the oldest, unaltered brick textile mill in the United States. Its event space for weddings and functions is so beautiful, with exposed brick walls and wood beams, huge windows which allow the natural light to pour in, and photo opportunities everywhere you look. It is truly a gem in Laconia, NH for weddings. Janelle and Byron personalized it for their big day with white linens, and clean, organic greens and browns that came from clusters of dried eucalyptus and pinecones. They decorated the walls with swags of black & white photos. Their minimalist, clean decorating allowed the beauty of the Mill to shine and it was a very welcoming look for their guests, as you can see in the photos below.
The weather, although super windy, was the first balmy spring-like day we’d had this season, so it was a welcome change from the snow and ice from just a few days prior. I’d say they lucked out with the weather, and Janelle was wise to choose a beautiful updo that highlighted her features and wouldn’t blow around!
Our day started with a first look, so Janelle and Byron had a few minutes to enjoy seeing each other for the first time. Janelle looked amazing in her Maggie Sottero “Reese” gown……. and believe me, not everyone can wear this dress. Janelle owned it.
All the guests were well taken care of with a wonderful meal by The Common Man:
Venue: Belknap Mill, Laconia, NH
Catering: The Common Man, Concord NH
DJ: Billy Rears, Get Down Tonight Entertainment
Cake: Jacques Pastries, Suncook NH
Wedding Gown: Maggie Sottero
Hair: Melinda Cole
Makeup: Laura Hoyes
Wedding Rings: Steve Quick Jeweler, Chicago, Chicago
Photographer: Erika Follansbee Photography, Goffstown NH
The Spring 2015 issue of Bride & Groom features an article called “Flower Power” which speaks to current and upcoming flower trends for weddings. For this article they interviewed Sally Jablonski of Herbert E. Berg Florist in Worcester, MA. I was happy to share photos of the flowers that she made for Karen and Ryan’s wedding last September at the Mile Away. Karen’s bouquet was so gorgeous, and it was featured twice in the article!
It’s a great honor to have Melissa and Tony’s Margate Resort wedding from last June featured on The Knot as a Real Wedding. It was a gorgeous day, with an unforgettable sunset over the lake. Special thanks goes to the Jim Devlin Band, Curt’s Caterers, and Prescott’s Florist for their talents in making the day amazing.