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!
Bridal Style Classic, feminine
Dress by It was only fitting to design my own dress. I knew I wanted something very classic but with a modern twist– so I designed a fairly fitted sheath dress with a high boatneck, low scooped back, long train and an asymmetric organza bow / sash. The fabric was a beautiful silk cotton mikado from Italy with great structure and a slight sheen.
Shoes By I wore a pair of linen Charlotte Olympia mules – I loved them and danced the night away in them without being in (too much) pain. The only time I had to take them off was during the boat ride to the reception – the thin heels were not “dock” friendly!
Accessories By I wore a simple pair of pearl studs and a delicate blue bracelet that one of my best friends had given me when she was diagnosed with cancer a few months before the wedding; this bracelet was not only my “something blue”, it was a constant reminder all weekend that my friend was there in spirit.
Beauty Secrets I did the typical bridal routine of regular facials leading up to the big day but was still really frustrated with how my skin was looking (I think it was stress related). This may sound strange, but someone recommended taking probiotics as one way to clear up skin. I starting taking one of the brands carried at WholeFoods in the refrigerated section and it worked wonders! After a week or so, I started to see results and felt really good the day of the wedding.
Hair & Makeup by An incredibly talented make-up artist named Mariolga Pantazopoulos did both my hair and make-up. She specializes in make-up but also is amazing with hair. I was so happy with how both turned out. Both my hair and make-up were pretty simple, but I absolutely loved how I felt that day. Mariolga is also just an incredible person to be around – I was feeling a little anxious that day and she totally put me at ease and allowed me to feel truly present during the getting ready process.
Greatest moment of the night Of all the moments that weekend, I think my favorite was the 30 minutes in the church during our ceremony. We spent a lot of time planning this part of the day. From the meaningful music and reading selections, my close family friend singing “Hold Each Other” by a Great Big World, my 86 year-old grandmother delivering her own piece on “marriage advice” and finally Chris and I presenting our own vows – these were all special moments that reminded us of the real reason we were celebrating and set the tone for the rest of the evening.
Advice for brides to be Focus on the details you and your guests will remember about the day – whether it’s a unique wedding ceremony, an incredible band or a special venue. Also, we ended up investing in a great videographer to capture the day and were SO happy that we did; while videographers are really expensive, I think it’s worth allocating money towards this vs. something short-lived like flowers.
Wedding Date June 25th, 2016