Thursday, December 22, 2011

Lucent Weddings: Emily & Tal's Wedding Highlights Film!

Yesterday, I posted about all of the details of Emily & Tal's Butternut Farm Golf Club wedding. Today, I'm so excited to share their wedding highlights video created by Justin of Lucent Weddings! Justin and his fiancée, Lori, were so fun to work with on the day of, and their video really captures all of the emotion of the day.

Emily & Tal's Wedding Highlights from Lucent Weddings on Vimeo.

Justin, thank you so much for sharing your work!


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Emily and Tal's Butternut Farm Golf Club Wedding

Let's just start with an amazing photo of the couple on their wedding day from one of my favorite photographers: Kelly of Kelly Dillon Photography. To me, it's just perfection.

Photo by Kelly Dillon Photography

Emily and Tal were married on Saturday, October 8th, and it was an unseasonably warm and gorgeous day for the fall! The day started out with the girls getting their hair styled at Tu Moda Spa in the morning, followed up with makeup at the bride's home by Heidi Wells. The bridesmaids wore short brown satin dresses and carried bouquets of white hydrangea. The bride wore a stunning lace Priscilla of Boston gown along with metallic peep-toe Jimmy Choo heels.

The ceremony for 130 guests was held at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Westborough. The bride and groom saw each other for the first time as Emily walked down the aisle with her father to Pachelbel's "Canon in D" performed by Atlantic Strings. After the ceremony, guests made their way to Butternut Farm Golf Club, where they enjoyed a cocktail hour both inside and out on the deck. The grounds at this venue are absolutely gorgeous, and portraits of family and the wedding party were taken outside on the sprawling greens. Passed hors d'oeuvres included coconut shrimp, lobster and cheddar on baguettes, beef teriyaki skewers, scallops wrapped in bacon, and spinach and feta triangles.

Music for the cocktail hour was provided by a jazz trio from the band, Legit, who also rocked out with a nine piece band for the reception. After cocktail hour, guests made their way into the Heritage room for dinner and dancing. The room was decorated with delicate paper table number signs, that also doubled as menu and favor signs. Guest tables were surrounded by chiavari chairs and were topped with high and low hydrangea centerpieces created by Melissa of the Plant Bazaar. For dinner, guests were treated to butternut ravioli as the starter, a caesar salad, and a choice of stuffed filet mignon, chicken saltimbocca, or pasta primavera for their main course. For dessert, there were a variety of pastries and desserts provided by Butternut Farm Golf Club, as well as wedding cake from Konditor Meister. The day was filled with laughter, tears, and a crazy dance party all the way until the very very end. Here are some photos that I took of the day!

It was such a fabulous day from the unbelievable weather to the fantastic families. Justin Scrothe from Lucent Weddings was their cinematographer (just wait until you see the highlight video!), and as mentioned above, Kelly Dillon of Kelly Dillon Photography was their professional photographer. Here's a little fun one of Kelly taking a portrait of the lovely couple:

Emily and Tal, it was so nice working with you both and I hope you had an unforgettable honeymoon in Aruba! I wish you both the very best in your marriage together.


Friday, December 2, 2011

Megan and Billy's Nantasket Beach Resort Wedding

On Saturday, September 17th, I was the coordinator for Megan and Billy's beach themed wedding. In the morning, the bridal party got their hair done at AZ Studio and Spa, and makeup at Beauty and Main in Hingham. Afterwards, they finished getting ready at Nantasket Beach Resort, where the bridesmaids wore short navy dresses from Aria and the bride wore a gorgeous gown with a sweetheart neckline, paired with the most amazing sparkly blue peep toe Christian Louboutin heels. The bride carried a white and light pink bouquet filled with cymbidium orchids, roses, and callas. The bridesmaids bouquets were much brighter in corals, pinks, oranges, and purples. The bouquets and all other flowers for the wedding were created by one of my favorite florists in Boston, Jennifer Cahill of The Tangled Web.

The ceremony for 120 guests was held at The Episcopal Church of St. John the Evangelist in Hingham, MA. This church was built in 1919, and was one of the most unique churches I've ever seen with all of the beautiful dark wood. The bride and groom saw each other for the first time as Megan walked down the aisle with her father, and after the ceremony, guests greeted the newlyweds with lots of bubbles as they exited the church! Here is a fun shot of that from their photographer, Alicia Schneider of Alicia Schneider Photography.

Photo by Alicia Schneider Photography

The cocktail hour was held in the Nantasket Ballroom at Nantasket Beach Resort, where guests enjoyed an open bar with four signature drinks named after each traditional "something old, new, borrowed, and blue". Passed hors d'oeuvres included Swedish meatballs, coconut shrimp, mini beef wellington, Maryland style crab cakes, and scallops wrapped in bacon. There was also a fruit and cheese display as well as a nachos and cheese station for guests to munch on.

The reception was held in the Surf Ballroom, and guests picked up their escort cards from sand filled trays decorated with starfish and shells. Tables were adorned with white orchid centerpieces, sea glass candles, coral, and starfish. A lavender packet and a little tin of whale fish candy were set at each place setting as well. Dinner included New England clam chowder, a salad course, and entrée choices of filet mignon, seafood fra diavolo, or chicken saltimbocca. For dessert, Montilio's provided a variety of Italian pastries and a three tiered lemon orange wedding cake decorated with white chocolate shells and navy ribbon. In addition, speciality coffees such as cappuccinos, chai lattes, and frozen mochaccinos from Espresso Dave were served as an after dinner treat. One very special moment of the night was when the father of the bride surprised the couple with a touching slideshow of childhood photos of the couple. Sam from TSG Weddings was the DJ for the evening, and kept everyone dancing all night!

Megan and Billy, it was so nice working with you on this wedding and I hope that you had a wonderful time on your honeymoon in Bermuda!


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Destination: Paris 11/23 - 11/29

Photo sources here and here

I'm off to Paris tomorrow, and will return on Tuesday, November 29th! There are lots of museums and macarons planned in my trip, and I will finally be able to answer the very important question of... Who has better macarons? Pierre Hermé or Ladurée :) I will have limited internet access during my trip, and will return all inquiries and emails on November 29th.


Thursday, November 10, 2011

Off for a weekend in San Francisco!

After an incredible wedding season, my first mini-vacation this month starts tomorrow morning by flying to San Francisco! I'm looking forward to visiting friends, eating lots of great food, and possibly doing some oyster shucking over the weekend. I will respond to any inquiries or emails by Monday, November 14th!


Thursday, November 3, 2011

Dylan's Hello Kitty Birthday Invitations

This past August, I got an email from my cousin, Melissa, to see if I could design birthday invitations for her daughter's Hello Kitty themed 1st birthday. I was really excited to start the design and had the following requests from Melissa: square invitation, big Hello Kitty face, simple but pretty, pinks & purples, and some glitter additions. I played around with drawing Hello Kitty and thought that the best way to display any text would be to have Hello Kitty holding a purple ribbon banner with pink glittered hearts!

The invitation was digitally printed, with hand-glittered pink hearts and bow, mounted onto lavender metallic cardstock, and paired with square pink envelopes.

It's a simple invitation, but I think they turned out to be very cute!!


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Michael & Tricia Films: Kim and Adam's Wedding Highlights Video!

An example of when a wedding highlights video trumps an on-time dinner departure: A couple of nights ago, I told my husband to hurry and get dressed so we could meet his family for dinner. I was already set to go, so while I was waiting, I checked some new posts in my Google Reader and saw that Michael and Tricia Films posted a new film on their vimeo page... it was Kim & Adam's wedding highlights video!!

There was really no choice but to watch it right then and there, so I made my husband wait for me for 4 minutes, and the video was AMAZING. Kim and Adam were married at Spring Valley Country Club in August, and this video really shows how beautiful and fun their wedding was.

Kim + Adam's Wedding Trailer from Michael and Tricia Films on Vimeo.

I loved coordinating this wedding and could not have asked for a nicer couple, family, or group of vendors to work with. Michael and Tricia, you two do incredible work, and I am so excited for our weddings together next year!


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Leslie and Matt's Oceanside Ipswich Wedding

On Saturday, September 10th, I was the coordinator for Leslie and Matt's oceanside wedding on Ipswich's Little Neck. They both live in San Francisco and were long-distance planning for well over a year. The wedding was held in the backyard of three neighboring houses, and the water views were truly spectacular.

The bride had her hair and makeup done on-site and got ready with her seven bridesmaids. For the ceremony, there were 130 guests in attendance, with wild flowers in mason jars hung on shepherd hooks placed along the aisle. Following the ceremony, guests made their way to the cocktail hour area where they enjoyed fruit & cheese, vegetables & dip, mini bruschetta, mini crab cakes, and fried clams.

The reception tent had lights strung throughout the space, and the tables were topped with wild flowers in galvanized containers and L&M letters. All of the flowers for the wedding including bouquets were created by A Whole Bunch. Dinner started with a plated cranberry apple salad with walnuts and gorgonzola cheese, and a choice of New England clam chowder or vegetarian soup. Then, guests went through a buffet of cucumber salad, lobster rolls, grilled steak tips, scallops, marinated vegetables, and red bliss potatoes. It was quite a feast, with catering provided by Ipswich Clambake, and bartending by Premier Bartending. For dessert, La Cascia’s Bakery made a three tiered wedding cake along with 200 pastries such as mini fruit tarts and éclairs for guests to enjoy.

After dinner, everyone danced to music from The Po Boyz band until the early hours of the morning. This was actually the first wedding that I've ever coordinated where I really had no idea when it was going to end. I left around 1AM because the bride and groom said that the party might go until 4AM and they were all set to go =) The bride and groom flew out Sheila Garvey Photography from California to capture their wedding, but for now, here are some photos that I took!

Leslie and Matt, it was a pleasure working with you both on your wedding, and I hope you enjoyed your honeymoon to New Zealand and Tahiti!!


Monday, October 31, 2011

Maressa and Ben's Goethe-Institut Boston Wedding

On Saturday, August 27th, I was the coordinator for Maressa and Ben's cocktail style wedding at the Goethe-Institut Boston. The bride got her hair styled at the Will Charles Salon on Newbury Street, and carried a simple bouquet of yellow calla lilies. This August weekend was the weekend of Hurricane Irene, and even though the ceremony and reception were both held indoors, the weather impacted travel plans to the Boston area, and unfortunately a few people out of an intimate 75 person guest count could not make it. But, after hearing about other weddings that had to be completely cancelled due to power outages or mandatory evacuations, I think we were pretty lucky!

As guests walked in for the ceremony, they were greeted with Prosecco and sparking water. The bride and groom really wanted people to feel like they were part of a cocktail party even before the ceremony started! The groom's sister officiated the ceremony, and it was short and sweet. A pianist and bassist filled the room with jazz music as hors d'oeuvres were passed and the bar opened with beer, wine, and two signature drinks: the Old Fashioned & the Gimlet. There was also a delicious raw bar for guests that included a selection of New England Oysters and shrimp.

For dinner, the cocktail style reception continued with small plates that were served on side tables: sake poached salmon, wild mushroom and fontina arancini, summer salad, and cormal crusted snapper on a spicy corn and pineapple salsa. All of the food was catered by MAX Ultimate Food, including the wedding cake, which was a yellow cake with chocolate fudge frosting, served with fresh berries.

Not having a sit-down dinner with seating for everyone really make it great for guests to be able to mingle with each other, and work their way around the room. There were lots of high and low cocktail tables in the room covered with grey dupioni and pearl grey bengaline linens. Each table was topped with candles and yellow floral centerpieces that were created by the bride's mother.

Toasts were announced by just a simple clinking of a glass, and instead of a DJ or band for dancing in the evening, the bride & groom pre-selected songs on an ipod to play. It was officially my first ipod wedding, and it worked out great! Jen Ing of Jen Ing photography was their wedding photographer, and here are some photos that I took of the night.

Maressa and Ben, it was so nice to get to know you both through the planning process, and I hope you had an amazing honeymoon in Italy!!