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Happy Anniversary Joanna and Bryan!

It’s Wedding Wednesday and while we can’t believe this lovely wedding is already a year behind us, we are still basking in it’s beauty!  Set at a gorgeous private estate, we brought some amazing vendors together to create the perfect wedding day for Joanna and Bryan on September 21, 2013.  They wanted a classic wedding, with elegant, romantic touches. It started with an outdoor ceremony (perfect weather), cocktails in the house (lots of bubbly), then dinner and dancing (Moroccan spiced lamb, yum!).  Happy Anniversary, you two!

We leave you now to enjoy the beauty of it all from the start of the day to the end – courtesy of Sarah Bastille Photography!

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Flowers by the talented Benjamin Newbold at Winston Flowers

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Joanna made such a beautiful bride!!!

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The Happy Couple! Congratulations all over again!

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Alternative to a traditional guest book – hand typed (or written) notes from guests offering “wishes and wisdom”.

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Many thanks to the vendors that made this wedding possible:

Photographer: Sarah Bastille Photography ¦ Flowers: Winston Flowers ¦ Linens & Rentals: Be Our Guest ¦ Audio & Lighting: High Output ¦ Tenting: Peterson Party Center ¦ Catering: Max Ultimate Food ¦ Videographer: Heirloom Pictures


#8 – Simple and Affordable Ways To Make Your Wedding Stand Out

As you know, we’ve been following the adventures of our in-house bride, Elizabeth as she plans her wedding next Spring.  This week she shares with us some of her struggles with DIY projects and what she’s learned thus far.

In a bride’s world of Pinterest and endless DIY projects floating around out there, it’s easy to get carried away with ideas you’d like to incorporate into your big day. But it can be a potential nightmare: you find yourself a few days away from the wedding, running errands and staying up till all hours of the night with your (reluctant) bridesmaids, making hundreds of paper flowers or gluing lace onto dozens of mason jars instead of getting your nails done at the spa and relaxing!  So where do those of us, determined to make our own wedding stand out with personal touches, draw the line?

Fear not!  Here are 10 simple and affordable ways to make your day memorable and give your wedding that extra personal touch… And my guests may just see some of these ideas on our big day next year!

1) Outdoor Amenities – Having been a guest at many weddings, I can say from experience that it really stands out when a couple shows that they have thought about their guests experience.  One small way to do that if you’re having an outdoor wedding or reception is to create a small basket of amenities to ward off sunburn and bug bites.  Similar to an amenities basket typically provided in the restroom, you don’t need to spend a lot and you can even stick to travel sizes from your local drugstore.  Just throw a few SPF 30’s and OFF bug spray’s into a cute basket that matches your theme and you’re all set. If you want to take things to the next level, give your guests a break from the sun with a few parasol’s lining the ceremony aisle (you can find them online for as low as $8 each) or go with a basket of pashmina’s for when the sun goes down (which can also be found at low cost when purchased in bulk online).

2) Something To Stand On – …for those standing up for you. Bridesmaids’ lives were made easier with the invention of the “heel protector” which stops the stiletto from slipping into the grass all day. Highly recommended for the bride and your bridesmaids will love you for getting them a pair too.  I personally like the SoulMates brand – they’re affordable and have different heel sizing options.  If your ceremony is outside on the grass (like mine) you can also purchase small cement stepping stones for your girls to stand on during the ceremony.  These can be found at Home Depot for as little as $2 each.

50e5c1cd2e079c3449b6b2d243e42afb3) Wish Toss Bar – I stumbled upon this awesome idea from wedding extraordinaire Mindy Weiss. Instead of having guests shower the happy couple with the same thing (like rice), let guests chose from different options such as rose petals, confetti, feathers and other toss-able items. Take it one step further and re-create Mindy’s vision with vintage drawers to store the different items — perfect for a rustic, outdoor wedding.

4) Personalized Bathroom Signs – If you’re at a unique venue such as an estate or farmhouse, you may find the bathroom situation to be a bit drab.  In addition to the usual bathroom amenities basket that most people create you can also spruce up the bathroom door, by hanging cute “MEN” and “WOMEN” signs, complete with a picture of each of you as a child in the background (because who doesn’t love baby pictures?).  Even better, find that super embarrassing (but super cute) photo of you wearing a diaper or tangled up in a toilet paper mess.

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5) Advice for the married couple – I love all the different ideas I’ve seen people come up with for their “Advice for the Bride and Groom” element… my favorite though was at a friends wedding where they offered “Mad Libs” cards at the bar, customized with a story that included the bride and groom. You’re bound to get some fun answers once the champagne starts flowing and I’m sure the couple had some great laughs when reading through them over the next few days.

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6) A New Spin On Old Photos – I absolutely love when couples display pictures of their parents and grandparents weddings, or honor a loved one who is no longer with us.  For a new spin on it, however, consider inserting black and white versions of the pictures into different sized glass hurricane vases.  Simply print the pictures onto vellum paper and then mod podge to the inside of the vase.  Once dry, add one or two tea lights at the bottom and place on a mantle, piano top, bar or anywhere else that needs some décor.

 

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7) Spice Up Your Ice  – This one works particularly well if you plan on having chilled champagne or wine displayed by the bars or any of the tables. Flower buds and petals can be purchased from a flower market or online distributer and then frozen into ice cubes. Boil water and let it cool to room temperate before filling the ice tray to allow for the most clear ice cubes.  And if you’d like to include the ice cubes in actual drinks, make sure to wash the petals thoroughly before adding them to the ice tray.

 

 

 

8) Engagement Photobook as a Guestbook – If you’re sick of the traditional and sometimes boring guestbook – which I honestly don’t think anyone even signs anymore – consider this alternative.  Create a high quality photo book of your engagement photos (or even your own photos of you both as a couple) to have guests sign instead.  Guests will want to look through it at the wedding, guaranteeing you more signatures and you also end up with something you can actually put on a coffee table at home to look through frequently!  Snapfish and Shutterfly are two great and affordable online resources but don’t forget that the photo department at your local drugstore can usually do them too now!

 

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9) Table Numbers – As a fellow dog lover – I had to include the cutest idea we saw from our bride and groom this weekend: Annie and Matt took pictures of their beloved dog Lucky, each one with a different number hanging around her neck, and then inserted the pictures into pretty white frames for their table numbers. It was easy, affordable, and gave a personal (and adorable) touch to each table! (Photo Credit: Stacey Hedman Photography)

 

 

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10) Traditional Wedding Cake With A Twist – Hate to break it to you ladies, but it’s just as much his day as it is yours! (See, I’m getting better honey!) So, surprise your groom with something he likes (sports mascot, band logo, Yoda, anything really) at the bottom of the cake and show him how special he is to you!

 

 

Join us next month when Elizabeth fills us in on her upcoming Engagement shoot and hopefully a sneak peak at the pictures!


WAKE UP, IT’S SEPTEMBER!

“Wake me up when September ends.” Green Day

Ah, the joy of fall in New England!  The revival of traffic!  The rattle and roar of Ryder and UHaul!  And let us not forget the return of crowded inboxes as we all leave behind our beloved beaches and march full force into the autumn season.  As a friend said yesterday, we’re back in the world of the “OMG, it’s September!”.

Once my annual mourning of summer is over, I manage to find inspiration.  There is revved-up energy in our city everywhere you turn…especially seen in the young minds flooding into our hallowed halls of learning, and in the work of the dynamic thought leaders working in our midst.  A great example of this is right at my doorstep…our fall conference in partnership with the Harvard Medical School’s Center for Primary Care.

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The purpose of the annual Innovations Conference is, simply stated, transformation.  Speakers take the stage to tunes by Imagine Dragons and MGMT, and attendees know from the outset that this is no ordinary day.  Every general session, every breakout, and every shred of content is created to promote the forward-thinking approach and creative dialogue that is shaking the foundation of primary care.

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From the seven-minute lightning round TED-style talks that feature the Center’s Innovations Fellows …to interactive workshops engaging attendees in “serious gaming” for health reform…to the signature “Smoky Cape Cod” dry ice cocktail that always has guests talking and laughing at the closing celebration, this event is truly catalyzing real change.Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care - Innovations Conference

Now there’s something to “fall” for!
-Jana