A backyard wedding takes on a different meaning with this one, from unexpected touches like a Ferris Bueller style getaway car to the sweetest gestures from the groom. Add that to the bride’s modern Monique Lhullier dress, tablescapes with bold blue ceramics, and of course a crazy happy couple, and this wedding was one for the books.
Aside from Shea arriving, the highlight of my Summer of Sleep Deprivation was my sister Tricia's wedding. You know a wedding is fun if you're super pregnant and totally sober and still have an amazing time. Without the cocktails, I was able to take in all the details and fully appreciate how special this couple is and how gorgeous their celebration was -- the way they looked at each other with such love was second to none, but coming in right behind that was watching my dad throw his fourth and final wedding with pure joy and ease, and closely in third, Tricia's dress. A detailed stunner that makes you want to get married again and wear this on loan.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
I love everything about my mom and Mindy Kaling except their thoughts on honeymoon funds.
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.
Our rehearsal dinner very closely rivaled our wedding in terms of how special and fun it was to me. Here are my best tips to make yours equally awesome:
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!
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.
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.
Kate Spade's witty and adorable line of wedding gifts does not go on sale often so in honor of their Cyber Monday deals, I've rounded up my favorite wedding and engagement gifts. Everything is 30% off through November 29th!