Bride/Babe: Paige Cocci

I love talking to brides in the industry -- in a funny way, it's a challenge to plan something so personal when it's also your expertise. Paige Cocci 

Bridal Style Modern romantic

 Photo Credit:  Person + Killian

Photo Credit: Person + Killian

Dress by Hayley Paige and I bought it at Christina’s in Andover. They had tons of gowns, but I knew the dress I wanted and specifically went for the trunk show of Hayley Paige. I tried on the dress fell in love and then started to second guess myself, could it really be this dress? Should I try on more? I did and hated everything else. My MOHs said this dress was made for me and nothing could compare and they were so right!

Shoes by Kate Spade, these peep toe pumps were beyond comfortable! I also wore them at my shower because they were so cute and you wouldn’t see them under my gown. But truthfully, I had my chucks on by the end of the night.

Health Secrets Buy a dress that you feel beautiful in regardless if you lose weight or not. I kept my diet pretty regular and focused on working out because when I’m working out my energy is great and I feel my best.

Beauty secrets Get a facial a few weeks prior and make sure to have a good skin regiment. I regularly used lotion with coco butter to make sure my skin was very hydrated and glowing. Also, throw in a massage or two, every bride could use one.

Hair and Makeup by Kacie Corbelle. Her work is flawless and her personality is lovely. During all of our photos she was close by to make sure every detail from my hair to my dress to my lip gloss was on point. I truly felt like a celebrity! "Powder check, lips check, hair check, ok ready for this photo." She was by my side until I walked down the aisle. I wish I could have her with me everyday!

Greatest moment(s) of the night My ceremony, walking into the candlelit garden with everyone in our lives standing, it was truly everything I had dreamed of!  People are so excited for the party that sometimes I feel the ceremony is over shadowed, but to Chris and me, the ceremony was the entire point of this day and we really wanted to to feel personal and a fairy tale moment.

Wedding Venue As someone who has been in the industry for years - I have even worked at some of Boston’s finest venues - I knew it would be difficult to make a decision on the venue. My husband wanted three things; Boston, an outside element and a large dance floor. The Boston Public Library popped into my mind since it has a beautiful courtyard, is in the heart of Boston and its new space had not yet held a wedding. For an event producer, this was an exciting challenge! It was a room I had never worked in and no one else had yet designed! It was my blank canvas. It was full of so much color, my head immediately went to a modern, clean lined, black and white vision, that would not only brand my wedding, it also wouldn’t compete with the room around it. Working with the Catered Affair at the Library was a dream, there staff is trained as in-house event planners, which helped me to let go of all my planning the night of and truly be a bride and enjoy the day!

Favorite Vendors Marc Hall Design - working with their team is unparalleled. You truly feel like you are part of the process and your design team is designing a one of a kind event just for you. I specifically pick them for my wedding because I had an amazing experience partnering with them on mutual clients, so I knew they would take good care of my personal moment. It’s a small firm that works as a team on each event individually. When a bride comes in, the experience is not how do we recreate this image I saw on Pinterest. The conversation is how do they take these elements and make your wedding yours! I enjoyed the experience with the team so much and our collaboration was such a perfect fit that we ended up working together permanently. They offered me a job mere weeks before my walk down the aisle. I was thrilled to come back from my honeymoon to this amazing team. Person & Killian-- Your photographer is such a key aspect to your whole day! They are by your side every moment so it is very important that you have a great energy together. Jill and Lauren are both incredible photographers that truly know how to capture a moment. My wedding was shot by Jill and every moment with her was exciting and fun. Our engagement photo shoot was a great casual day of Chris and I walking our neighborhood, showing Jill memories and favorite spots, it felt comfortable and easy and our photos reflected that. On our wedding day she was truly amazing, we did not have a traditional shot list. In my opinion, a list puts the photographers focus more on gathering guests for photos verses catching every moment. She got so many great photos of us, I have no idea how to choose my favorites to frame! Artistic Wedding Films-- I have to be honest, I wasn’t sure I even wanted a videographer. I didn’t want to have tons of people in my room as I get ready and cameras filling my dance floor. I felt that photos are enough and as most people say, when am I ever going to watch this? Then, I woke up one night and thought I will truly regret not having the footage. On your day, everything goes by quickly. It’s like you are going through all the motions as an observer. You are trying to take everything and everyone in, but you are sensory over load. Having the film is the best way to actually be in that moment! Mike and his team were amazing. Mike is hilarious and light hearted he truly just joined our family for the day. I am so glad he was there, it wouldn’t have been the same with out him!!

Advice for brides to be Before you start to plan your wedding, ask yourself what are the most important elements to you. There are a lot of details and some people end up getting overwhelmed by them. Keep the big picture in mind, for us that was: we are getting married with our family and friends and we want everyone (including ourselves) to have a great time. If you keep your priorities in focus and don’t dwell on the small stuff, planning your wedding and enjoying it will be a piece of wedding cake ; ).

 Photo Credit:  Person + Killian

Photo Credit: Person + Killian

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Photo Credit: Person + Killian

Posted on April 28, 2018 .

Bride/Babe: Kassandra Desmond

Kassandra and her husband started dating in high school and were together for 10 years when they got engaged. A lively backyard celebration felt like the perfect plan to bring together everyone they love and to accomplish a few clear goals: "let guests eat great food, dance all night, and have the best time ever."

Bride/Babe: Missy Falvey

This week's bride is my cousin so I can be sure when I say she knew exactly what kind of wedding she wanted from the time she was 10. She had some good taste for a little one. This September, Cape wedding was so stunning and flawless.

Posted on February 3, 2018 .

Bride/Babe: Courtney Gill

There's something so chic and adventurous about opting to get your dress custom made. I've covered four brides who have taken this road less traveled and it always seems to exceed expectations. This week's bride is my beautiful cousin Courtney Gill; she commissioned New York designer / Boston native Michael DePaolo to make her wedding dress and also found some of the Cape's best vendors for her gorgeous September wedding.

Posted on January 7, 2018 .

Bride/Babe: Sherri Schuler

Every bride juggles during wedding planning, but I feel confident in saying Sherri did more than the norm. As the Marketing Director of the Seaport, she oversees hundreds of fitness, food and community events each year in the city's most exciting neighborhood and on the side she keeps up with her love for fitness with classes, bootcamps and blogging (follow her at Fun Fit Flavor). Her winter wedding in Cohassett was a dream - Christmas ornaments, pointsettias, plaids, fur. All the things you seek out in December for an instant mood boost. 

Posted on December 7, 2017 .

Bride/Babe: Jaclyn Powers

I've been to the coast of Rhode Island a handful of times, but never to a wedding along it, so I'm excited to share details on Jaclyn's gorgeous September wedding at The Ocean House. This resort is an icon on the New England waterfront and knows how to nail a wedding. As does this bride- - she allowed everything from her venue to her bridal style to be the definition of beach chic.  

Posted on October 21, 2017 .

Bride/Babe Sara Kirsner

Sara Kirsner is the founder of Doie Loungeand if you have not heard of this luxe robe company, check out The Hitch List's post from last year. One stylish entrepreneur, she also was a gorgeous bride who had the inside track on weddings from dressing brides and bridesmaids in Doie robes for their wedding prep, and from being a bridesmaid 12 times. Find Sara's wedding tips below!

Posted on September 30, 2017 .

Bride/Babe Christine Driscoll

Christine Driscoll was a gorgeous spring bride who got married at one of the Cape's most stunning venues: Wequassett Resort and Golf Club. It is so easy to lose your head a little bit in the wedding planning process but this is a bride who knew exactly what her priorities were and kept the important things crystal clear -- even eschewing the formal rehearsal dinner for a really fun cocktail party. Love.

Bride/Babe Alexandra Marr

There are so many things to take note of with Alexandra and Jeff's wedding but one of my favorites is how they made their gorgeous September Cape wedding ALL about the gorgeous September Cape views--- they were married at Chatham Bars Inn, and not only held an outdoor ceremony and reception but also constructed an observation deck so that guests could have a 360* view of the grounds and ocean. I am obsessed with their whimsical and natural flowers, not to mention this bride's amazing style! 

Your Guide to Spray Tanning Before Your Wedding

The best sunless tanning in Boston is Pure Glow Tanning on Newbury Street. This locally owned, small business lets your skin pick the color for a very natural (aka non orange) look. Their tanning solution is solution is almost 100% eco-certified organic so you never have to compromise your health for a beautiful looking tan. I chatted with owner Lauren to give you the ultimate guide to sunless tanning before your wedding day.

Posted on April 28, 2017 .

Bride/Babe: Emily Keneally Cotter of Alice Walk

Designer Emily Keneally Cotter's wedding wove family, style and business together in the most beautiful way. Emily is the uber talented founder of Boston design house, Alice Walk, a made-to-order clothing line for women where each piece is designed, cut and hand sewn with love in Boston, and she named her company after a public park that is now her parent's backyard, adjacent to Hingham Harbor. Although this style maven was launching her company and planning her wedding at the same time, she had it in her to host the wedding in her parent's backyard (a ton of work) and not only design her own wedding dress but also her bridesmaids' and mother's dresses! The hands on approach was oh so worth it though - I am completely obsessed with this labor of love! 

Posted on March 11, 2017 .

Bride/Babe: Jenna DiMaggio

As the name of her blog attests, Jenna DiMaggio of Boston Chic Party knows how to throw a party with the kind of flair that guests don't soon forget. Her blog covers fashion, recipes, travel and fun Boston news, so it was only natural that her wedding at the Langham Hotel in Boston was a love note to the city - a ceremony in the North End, photos along the Greenway, a classic lace dress from L'elite... I loved swooning over the most important day of this stylish woman's life!

Bride/Babe: Kim Polsonetti

Style runs in Kim's family - her sister and maid of honor, Heather, runs Ku De Ta, one of Boston's most amazing women's boutiques. In finding her own bridal style, Kim was so specific about mixing in creative elements like a shoe clip from her grandmother, with her vision like altering a Reem Acra dress until it became her dream dress. 

Posted on January 26, 2017 and filed under Style.

Bride/Babe: Kayla O'Brien

When Kayla married her boyfriend of nine years, she took DIY to a new level and literally created her wedding venue: on a piece of open land near the beach where she and her husband got engaged, and overlooking Sesuit Harbor in East Dennis, a place that holds extra special meaning to them. This can-do approach carried into everything from her fitness routine to how she sought out her dress. This is a bride who knew what she wanted and trusted she could make it happen!

Posted on December 8, 2016 .

My 8 Favorite Wedding Shoes Right Now

It took me a while - into my late 20s - to understand why women loved shoes. Now I get it. They never make you feel fat. You have no qualms if you are a size up or a size down. And they can make you feel beautiful and powerful instantly. Wedding shoes can be tricky though. You need just the right shoe - one that doesn't take away from your dress, works with its length, and most importantly allows you to be semi happy for at least 12 hours. I can't stress the importance of comfort enough because even if you give in and dance barefoot like I did around 10pm, you do so knowing you run a much higher risk of dancing right over broken glass.

Posted on December 6, 2016 .

Bride/Babe: Ashley Castle

When a travel journalist marries a pilot, a lot of terrain is covered between the two - 150 countries to be exact. But for Ashley and her husband, their hometown of Park City, Utah could not be topped as a wedding destination. Their reception at High West Distillery set the scene for a rustic, modern, and completely gorgeous mountain wedding.  

Posted on December 1, 2016 .

Bride/Babe: Katie Callahan

A beautiful, blonde hair, blue eyed bride, Katie Callahan threw an Americana wedding in Harwich Port on July 4th weekend. Then she mixed in ultra personal, unexpected touches like handwritten thank you notes to each guest, an unforgettably, unconventional father-daughter dance... and a really fun red, white and blue zip up. Her "do it your way" approach to getting married is easier said than done, but so well worth the effort.

Posted on November 12, 2016 .