How to Have a Simply. Perfect. Wedding.

Rebecca and Michael's wedding is the perfect example of how to throw a beautiful event.  It isn't difficult, but following this recipe will guarantee any wedding an amazing result.

1) Invest in a great photographer.  We were so lucky to work with Meggie Velasco, who took all these wonderful pictures and truly has a visual eye. A talented photographer like her, can take any setting and turn it into magic.  Just look at how her eye for detail turns into jaw-dropping pics.

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2) Pick a fabulous venue.  Having a spectacular wedding venue is key for a visually stunning wedding.     Rebecca and Michael's venue Castle Hill at the Crane Estate, fits this requirement.  It's no wonder we write about it so much!  Not only is the house beautiful, but the grounds are too, allowing endless possibilities for breathtaking photo-ops.

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3) It's all about the details.  When it comes to weddings, if your budget allows, realize that it is not only the big ticket items that count, it is often the small little things that can be overlooked.  These small details can make any event special and can range anywhere from menu cards that displays the wedding logo with the couple's new monogram, to the vases that hold the floral centerpieces.  Rebecca and Michael paid extra attention to their details not only their wedding day, but their rehearsal dinner too.  Held at the 1640 Hart House, one of the most historic sites in Ipswich, Rebecca wanted candlelight and flowers to set a romantic ambience.  The colors she chose for florals made a smooth transition into her wedding day flowers. 

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What I really enjoyed about working with Rebecca is that she gave me creative license.  It is so important for brides to trust their event/floral designer and allow them to take your vision for your wedding day and turn it into beyond what's expected.  What you will end up with, is an event that is uniquely you, with some extravagant twists.

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4) Hire some great entertainment.  It isn't just the lighting, venue, and florals that set the mood for a great event.  Often times, exceptional entertainment can be over looked and it should not be because it brings people together.  Rebecca and Michael's wedding featured a great band called Night Rhythm.  They got everybody to dance, and sang songs everyone could relate to.  I highly recommend them.  Don't believe me?  See for yourself!

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5) Last but not least, HAVE FUN!  Dance the night away, laugh, sing, do whatever!  This is a special day for the bride and groom, and the beginnings of a long, happy life together.

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Congratulations Rebecca and Michael.  Your wedding was beautiful and we were so happy to be a part of it!

Tiffany and Joe's Wedding!


Tiffany and Joe were married at one of my favorite venues, Castle Hill at the Crane estate. A beautiful location in Ipswich, MA, many couples are choosing to have their weddings here for its uniqueness and old-world charm.  We were so happy to have worked on this wedding with our amazing and talented friends Person + Killian Photography, and wedding planner Francie from Linnea Tangorra Wedding Planning.

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From the first time Tiffany and I met, I got her.  She had made a wonderful inspiration book made up of tear sheets for me to work with. She wanted natural elements and accents throughout her decor, and had entrusted in me to create the vision she had dreamed of for her big day.  I used this inspiration to create her bouquet, and when I presented it to her, she was more than thrilled...  

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Yay!

We congratulate Tiffany and Joe and wish them a wonderful life together!  Enjoy the details below!
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Pulled from the Vault

Okay, so maybe January 2010 isn't too far in the past. I mean... it's been only half a year; but, I still can't forget how much I loved Lynne and John's wedding. They were such a great couple, with so much love for one another. Their wedding was beautiful too. It's hard to mess up the design when you work with a venue like The Boston Harbor Hotel.

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Brian Phillips Photography

All photos were taken by the great Brian Phillips of Brian Phillips Photography. The pictures are absolutely stunning, and we were so happy to have worked with him. Check out the whole wedding on Brian Phillips Photography blog here.

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Congrats Lynne and John! We hope all is well!!

A Walk Through, Through the Vendor's Eyes...

Looking for a wedding venue with AWESOME photo-ops?! Look no further than the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA. It isn't the first to host big events; you may have recognized it here...

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Bride Wars

Yup. Remember the scene where Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson went to their friends wedding? In the very beginning of the movie? That was filmed at the Peabody Essex Museum! One of our brides is getting married there next month. Most vendors do walk throughs at the venues of their upcoming events, to get a good feel of how to set-up, where to take pictures, etc. So yesterday, we decided to tour the museum with the talented photographer Lexi from Lexi Photography located in Boston and Los Angeles.

Now I may not be a photographer, but even MY shots can't hide how amazing this venue really is! But I do apologize for some of the pics being dark. With the exception of photographers at events, regular visitors can't use flash in order to protect the artwork. So with that in mind, check out the banquet room for the wedding...

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And imagine the bride and groom entering here:

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The room is so unique, because it's filled with ancient artifacts. Imagine these guys amongst your guests at any wedding! ☺

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But the fun doesn't stop there! We continued the tour and were amazed by our surroundings.

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Hi!! There we are! Continuing our tour!

We saw where other couples had held their cocktail hours. So cool...

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Um, can you say photo-op?

This is where the indoor cocktail hour is held. Pretty appropriate with fine china in the background!
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You can't really see it, but outside these doors is an amazing courtyard for the option of outdoor cocktail hour.
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The outside of the museum is filled with tons of backdrops. BEWARE: THE FOLLOWING IS AN ABUNDANCE OF AMAZING PHOTO-OPS. PLEASE TRY TO CONTAIN YOURSELF FROM THESE VISUAL STUNNERS.

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Le sigh.
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How amazing is this tree? What a great photo-op!
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Could you image something like this under that tree? Perhaps with cascading flowers or lanterns?
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Beaux Arts Photographie

There are so many different elements from this place. From rustic, to urban...
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It's perfect for variance!
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My assistant testing out the backdrop.

And of course the tunnel shot!
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We were so impressed with the Peabody Essex Museum! As you can see, there are so many different choices for backdrops, and the function space is so unique! We are so excited to do a wedding here. Keep posted for the wedding pics!