Ali & Andrew’s Wedding at The Rock’s Estate

Ali & Andrew were married this past August at The Rock’s Estate,in nearby Bethlehem, New Hampshire. My lovely assistants and I sourced antique compote dishes from local antique shops for the centerpiece designs. Each piece was one of a kind, and included lots of colored Depression glass. This wedding had its own special feel, and getting to be a part of the antique treasure hunt made it especially memorable for us!

Thank you to Juan Maclean Photography for sharing these images. You can check out his post about the event here!

Flowers Used:
Olive branches (a special nod to Ali’s west coast roots), seeded eucalyptus, ferns, “Blushing Bride” protea, garden roses galore (“Patience”, “Romantic Antique”, “Juliet”) ranunculus, jasmine vine, clematis vine, anemones, dusty miller, astilbee, cosmos (local).

Contributor Credits:
Photography: Jaun Maclean Photography
Coordination: Emily St. Piere of All the Fuss Events
Catering: Chef Joe’s Catering

Ice Castle Inspiration for WellWed and Vermont Vows Magazines

Last winter, Meg Hamilton of Rodeo & Co Photography approached me with her idea to stage a photo shoot at the Ice Castles— an amazing life-size ice sculpture created by Ice Castles Inc. Meg’s inspiration was prompted by a family visit to the Ice Castles with her family.  Before long we had a whole ensemble of event professionals on board to help create a totally unique and inspired photo shoot. We’ve had the pleasure of working with WellWed and Vermont Vows before, and were really happy that they wanted to use the images for both publications. WellWed consistently features inspiring work from truly talented people, so getting on the cover is a huge compliment!

Sourcing props for photo shoots and themed events is my favorite treasure hunt- I wanted a grand look for this location, so was thrilled to track down pieces like the clear acrylic chairs and fluffy linens. Collaborating with fellow event professionals for a specific inspirational theme is such a blast! The incredibly kind and generous people from Vera Wang in NYC sent us 2 amazing dresses that fit Meg’s vision of a pale pink gown perfectly. I am especially thrilled with the frosted glass invitation created by Karen Bartolomei of Grapevine Paperie, whom I met at a photo shoot for Grace Ormonde Weddings back in 2008. Our gorgeous model, Cecily, handled the sub-zero temperature with aplomb, even smiling as she ate the ice cream (brrr!)

Speaking of ice cream, so much gorgeous, mouth-watering food went into the project— we had two cake designers: Wild Orchid Baking for the WellWed NH/ME issue, and Caketopia for the Vermont Vows issue. Not included in the magazine are the amazing talents of food stylist and restaurateur Emishika Alberini Chang Thai Café, who just so happens to be my sister in law!

Check out the Press Gallery for more about the WellWed Maine and New Hampshire and Vermont Vows features.

If you missed the Ice Castles last year, not to worry- they’ll be reconstructed this year in Lincoln, NH.

Flowers Used for this Shoot:
Ranunculus, Amaryllis, Hellebore, Sweet Peas, Solomon’s Seal, Nerine, Garden Spray Roses, Jasmine Vine, Silver Dollar Eucalyptus, Hyacinth, Peony, Scabiosa pods, Pussy Willow, Lisianthus.

Contributor Credits:
Photography: Rodeo & Co. Photography
Dress: Vera Wang
Model: Cecily Yarosh
Catering: Emshika Alberini of Chang Thai Café  
Invitations: Grapevine Paperie
Cake (WellWed NH/ME issue): Wild Orchid Baking Co
Cake (Vermont Vows issue): Caketopia
Rentals: Be Our Guest
Hair & Make-up: Fresh Salon
Ice Cream: Jenis Ice Cream
Jewelry: Ari Handmade

Tom and Katie’s Vermont Destination Wedding

This wedding was such a blast! Tom and Katie cleverly chose the Alerin Barn in St. Johnsbury, Vermont for their destination wedding as it is smack dab between their respective home towns. Tom hails from England, while Katie is a California native (though she was living in Sweden leading up to the wedding). Despite the long distance, Katie proved to be an amazing planner, creating all the charming DIY paper decorations herself. Her hand-made seating chart was strung up with little pink clothes pins above the reception table, and guests threw petals from paper cones in assorted colors and patterns.

Check out more photos of the real wedding on our site.

Photos by Meg Hamilton of Rodeo & Co Photography

Flowers Used for this Vermont Wedding:
Garden roses, Anemones, locally grown Astilbee, locally grown Dahlias, locally grown Peonies, Scabiosa, Hypericum Berry, Jasmine Vine, Clematis Vine, Dusty Miller, Scabiosa Pods, Scabiosa Flower, Sweet Peas, Ranunculus, Tweedia

Fall Flower Inspiration

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It’s a fun (and busy!) time of year, with some of my biggest weddings of the season going on right now.   Autumn is such a romantic time of year in New Hampshire, with the leaves at their colorful peak, and the warm golden sunlight that somehow feels both nostalgic and new at the same time.

Last week gave me an opportunity to play with some autumn flower arrangements (like the one pictured above) for a stylized inspiration shoot with Meg Hamilton of Rodeo & Co Photography.  The shoot took place outside at the Carlisle Place Day Spa, and included several exceptional vendors and participants.

Check out Meg’s gallery  for more images from the shoot, and a big dose of Fall Wedding Inspiration.

On top of all the the weddings and photo shoots, some days it seems my inbox and voice mail are overflowing (in a good way!)  Lots of inquiries are coming in from eager brides and their planners for 2015 weddings. It’s just one more reason I love this time of year- all the excitement and possibility of the early wedding planning stage is like a big blank floral canvas, just waiting for me to create something new and undiscovered.  I do get so much inspiration from the lovely brides and other people I get to work with.

Have a fantastic weekend, and don’t forget to take a peek at Meg’s gallery for some Fall Wedding Style inspiration!

Autumn Wedding on Lake Winnipesaukee

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As fall approaches, we are reminded of past autumn weddings. Early October in New Hampshire may not be as obvious of a an outdoor-wedding location as some.  But with the leaves turning and the temperatures cooling off from the heat of summer, it really is a lovely setting.

If you’re planning an autumn wedding, keep in mind that you can still enjoy a wide range of colors for your fall wedding flowers.  The color scheme for this autumn wedding was full of warm pinks, bright blues, and warm neutral whites. (Speaking of blue, check out the amazing bridesmaid’s dresses!)

Trish and Ryan were married at the First Congregational Church in Meredith, NH, followed by both outdoor and indoor festivities at Church Landing on Lake Winnipesaukee.

Many thanks to Katie and Max over at Dreamlove Photography for sharing these images!

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