A Boho Glamour Private Estate Wedding {Weston, Massachusetts}

This wedding was perhaps the private estate wedding to end all private estate weddings. Truly, if there ever was a wedding that combined couture glamour and bohemian flair flawlessly, it would be Laura and Avery's remarkable celebration hosted in Weston, Massachusetts this past July. With the excitement of L+A's wedding feature on Style Me Pretty today, I wanted to be sure to share the beauty of the day here on the AYE Blog as well! I'm thrilled to be able to share with you all this ethereal wedding design and the luxury wedding that it was in all it's glory, captured by the beyond talented Jenny Moloney of Jenny Moloney Photography.

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Last Autumn I had the pleasure of meeting Laura and Avery at their gorgeous private estate and restored colonial farmhouse on Love Lane in Weston, Massachusetts to chat about their upcoming wedding over a cup of tea. Sitting in their living room laughing together with their sweet pup, Chance, I immediately felt as though we instantly became friends. L+A shared with me their wedding day vision -- a gorgeous celebration taking place in a huge clear top tent in their backyard at their breathtaking home, filled with details that combine a bohemian vibe with sophisticated elegance and glamour. And I ran with this distinctive and exciting vision, knowing it would be one of the most magical weddings AYE would take part in!

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Avery proposed to Laura with a stunning emerald engagement ring, so perfectly fitting and sentimental since he had given Laura an emerald "promise" ring when they had first started dating years prior. When they began the planning journey, they both agreed that their home would be the perfect backdrop for this remarkable celebration. The house on Love Lane was originally built in 1850 by Avery's great great grandfather, and Laura and Avery moved back to the home after college to restore the farmhouse together. As they shared with me their family history while we walked out into the expansive meadow just beyond their patio, I could tell that this wedding was not only going to be a beauty, but also magical in more ways than one.

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This sweet couple hosted 260 of their family and friends in their backyard under a clear top tent strewn with bistro lights and stunning foraged privet bush greenery chandeliers. The entire design of the wedding was very much inspired by the couple's farmhouse (which we had drawn and used on all of the stationery) and Laura's stunning, couture Inbal Dror gown. Laura's gown was a showstopper with it's delicate draping sleeves, an open back and plunging illusion neckline. The bride instantly fell in love with the dress at Mark Ingram Atelier during a trip to NYC, as it reminded her of a bit of 1970s glamour, which then inspired the boho chic theme of the wedding design.

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The color palette for the wedding was comprised of shades of mid tone greens, whites, charcoal gray and matte gold with pops of jewel tones including navy, forest green and mustard. The bridesmaids and flower girls all wore Jenny Yoo floral gowns with delicate floral crowns made of wax flower and smilax and bouquets of wildflowers hand tied by Molly at Fleur Events, which complimented the design of the wedding so beautifully.

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Laura and Avery were married under a birch chuppah covered with wildflowers and strewn with smilax vines by Fleur Events, and topped with custom macrame. The ceremony was sweet and sentimental, and filled with the most gorgeous personal touches as every turn, from custom embossed ceremony programs tied with macrame to greenery adorned antique Crossback chairs.

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Under the clear top, guests danced on a reclaimed wood dance floor and dined at handcrafted farm tables covered in custom macrame runners by Elizabeth at Fiber and Threads, and curated details such Love Lane honey bottle favors filled with the honey Avery cultivated from the beehives on the property. Guests enjoyed the honey signature cocktail bar featuring his and hers cocktails made with Love Lane Honey, to lounge vignettes filled with jewel tone vintage furniture from Kadeema Rentals, to the photobooth wall made entirely of greenery and waxflower (another stunning design by Fleur Events) and complete with white balloons teathered with smilax vines.

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The Chaplins were such a pleasure to plan a wedding for, and their wedding planning journey was just as incredible as the wedding day itself. Every moment of Laura and Avery's wedding was dreamy and ethereal, and two months after we are all wishing to go back to that gorgeous day. 

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Laura and Avery, you two are forever favorites. Thank you for entrusting AYE with this joyous celebration.

xoxo, Keri

Wedding Planning + Design: Always Yours Events, @alwaysyoursevents || Fine Art Photography: Jenny Moloney Photography, @jennymoloney + @jennymoloneyweddings || Floral Design: Fleur Events, @fleurevent || Venue: The Chaplin Private Estate at Love Lane || Catering: Russell Morin Fine Catering, @morinscatering || Wedding Gown Designer: Inbal Dror, @inbaldrorofficial || Wedding Gown Salon: Mark Ingram Atelier, @markingrambride || Bridesmaids Dresses: Jenny Yoo, @jennyyoonyc || Beauty + Hairstyling: Jennifer Tawa, @jentawahairdesign || Beauty + Makeup Artistry: Natalie Lelless, @nattylmua || Macrame Runners: Fiber and Threads, @fiberandthreads || Honey Favors: Love Lane Honey, @lovelanehoney || Stationery: The Printery, @printeryoysterbay || Entertainment: Red Hook Orchestra || Tent Rental: Chase Canopy, @chasecanopy || Lighting: Lightworks Productions || Rentals: True North Event Rentals, @truenortheventrentals || Rentals: Rentals Unlimited, @rentalsunlimited || Rentals: New England Country Rentals, @necrentals || Lounge Furniture Rentals: Kadeema Rentals, @kadeemarentals || Ceremony Confetti: The Confetti Cone Company, @theconfetticonecompany

 

A Nautical Chic AYE Wedding {Brittany and Casey}

Drumroll please. Brittany and Casey's wedding photos have arrived, and guys, they are gorgeous. When Brittany and I had our first consultation, she had plans for a much larger wedding. But as the planning process began, the couple decided that an intimate affair of just close family and close friends on the ocean at Wequasset Resort and Golf Club was truly their cup of tea.

"Subtle Nautical Chic," is how Brittany described her vision for her wedding day. While that might sound a wordy, I knew exactly what she meant. On Cape Cod, couples can sometimes feel like they need to have the quintessential Cape Cod wedding with hurricane lanterns and beachy elements, blue hydrangeas and a beachside ceremony. But Brittany and Casey preferred Cape Cod as the backdrop, and less the central theme.

We selected the Wequasset Resort and Golf Club to host their 60 close family and friends for the rehearsal dinner, ceremony and reception. The weather on May 30th was absolutely gorgeous, with just the appropriate amount of clouds and sun, which were the makings for some truly stunning photos. 

The ceremony was held at the cozy Lawn Cove nestled in the center of Wequasset and against the harbor which served as the most gorgeous backdrop. Brittany and Casey read their own written vows to each other, focusing on the growth of their love throughout the years. 

One of the major focal points of Brittany and Casey's weddings were the florals. With May being the season of peonies, Coral Charms and Tree Peonies made an appearance in all of the bouquets and guest table centerpieces. In an effort to tie in nautical hints throughout the design, we selected navy and white striped ribbon wraps for the bouquets, and pops of creamy white Dutch hydrangea (the iconic Cape Cod bloom). The guest tables featured navy and gold menu cards snuggly tucked into navy napkins and the centerpieces were comprised of hydrangea, peonies and coral roses in hammered gold vessels, which played perfectly into the navy, coral, white and gold color palette.

And the newlyweds spent the rest of their evening dancing the night away with their friends and family on a reclaimed wood dance floor on a deck that overlooked the ocean. You cannot top that!

Congratulations to the newlyweds, and cheers to the Bretts! 

XOXO

Planning and Design by Always Yours Events, Photography by Tico and Red Photography, Ceremony and Reception Venue is Wequasset Resort and Golf Club, Florals by Jacqueline Albanese Floral, Cake Design by Montilio's Bakery, Hair by Brenda Wilson, Makeup by Mae Michienzie

Anthropologie Inspired Wedding {Wedding Design Inspiration}

Do not quench your inspiration and imagination; do not become the slave of your model.
— Vincent van Gogh

In the recent few weeks, I have had the pleasure of delving into Anthroplogie-inspired designs for some of AYE's upcoming 2015 weddings, and I have to say that I am over the moon incorporating the gorgeous look and feel into the scope of these weddings. Vintage mismatched china, gold dipped accents, soft shades punctuated with bold colors, watercolor, lots of textures including velvet and natural linen, reclaimed wood, indie upholstery and a plethora of unique pieces that complete the big picture. As a creative wedding designer, what I love so much about the Anthropologie-look is that every little mismatched, unconventional piece actually impeccably contributes to a perfectly chic overall look and design.

Brides, once you establish that this is the wedding style and aesthetic you are leaning towards, a great way to start on the right foot is by defining a color palette. For an Anthropologie-inspired wedding, you will want to pick approximately four to five colors that range from soft hues to eye-catching colors. Substitute stark and true white shades with ivory, cream, ecru or even champagne. Add in a soft hue such as mauve, blush, butter, taupe, etc. Add one or two colors that pack an impact, such as indigo, burnt orange, emerald, marigold or even fuchsia. Finally, add a metallic accent, such as gold, antique gold, platinum, etc. This color palette will create a guide for you to continually use as you place your rental orders, work with your floral designer to create floral recipes, select china, silver, glassware, linens, and purchase additional decor and accent pieces.

The overall aesthetic for an Anthropologie-inspired wedding is a combination of al fresco, vintage, a touch of boho chic and whimsy. When speaking with your floral designer, consider designs that have a "wave" to the shape of the arrangement, featuring greens and big colorful blooms with some whimsical blooms "popping out" of the arrangement in certain areas. Think of hand-tied bouquets filled with natural greens and statement blooms with textured wraps such as velvet, lace, raw silk, etc (think opposite of grosgrain). For table decor, consider skipping the linen and selecting a rustic walnut farm table with cross back napa chairs. Think mismatched china or china rimmed with the metallic you have selected for your color palette. Selecting a napkin in the bold hue from your color palette can create an statement and pull all of the elements of the table together. For place cards and escort cards, consider watercolor in the softer shades of your color palette.

Finally, no Anthropologie-inspired wedding would be complete without a chic, completely styled lounge area that feels like that "spot" where everyone wants to relax with a fun cocktail. Think vintage rental furniture such as tufted couches and chairs, colorful moroccan poufs, an indie tapestry rug or even a white shag area rug, a wide and long wood coffee table, lots of votives in various styles, a plethora of textured, colorful throw pillows and fun metallic accent pieces for the table. 

What do you think, lovelies? Are you feeling inspired to begin applying some of these ideas to your wedding design plans? If you do, I would LOVE to see what you create. Upload your photograph on IG and tag @alwaysyoursevents so that we can see all the prettiness you have created! 

XOXO, Keri


Photo Sources: Colin Cowie Weddings, Style Me Pretty, Burnett's Boards, Casa de Perrin 




Over Sunday Morning Coffee: Lovely Client Gifts

Almost everything ever written on the subject of love indicates that at the heart of love is the spirit of giving.
— Dr. Gary Chapman, The Five Love Languages

Gifting is a love language.  It is a way to express thoughtfulness, that there is a special place in your heart for someone, and even more simply… that you care.  And it just so happens that gifting is my primary love language.  Is it your birthday?  Great, I got you a gift!  You're having a baby?  Perfect, because I found this onesie that coordinates with your mint green nursery!  It's your second anniversary?  Here is a cotton blossom wreath for your new home! You're having a bad day?  These sprinkle donuts I baked you will definitely be the cure.  You just booked me as your wedding planner?  Just you wait and see all the lovely pretties in store.

The Always Yours Events business model truly emphasizes the client experience.  It is our differentiation factor.  It is what makes what we do so personal.  And one of the ways we enhance the client experience is through gifting. I absolutely love giving gifts as a part of the Always Yours client experience, and as 2015 approaches I am looking for some really thoughtful pretties to gift to each of my brides throughout our planning journey together.  

I already have a few goodies up my sleeve, but I thought maybe our readers might have a little bit of insight too! If you were an AYE bride, what little gift would you be over-the-moon to open from us?  If you have a spare moment, I would love for you to comment below and share your thoughts!

xoxo
Keri


Ring boxes from The Mrs. Box, floral arrangement from Hey Gorgeous Events, cotton voille robe from Plum Pretty Sugar and rose pate de fruits from Cupcakes and Cashmere.