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

 

Newly Engaged? Here’s How to Start Planning Your Wedding

Hooray, Gorgeous! You're getting married. You've made the announcement, you’ve posted a photo of your beautiful ring on Instagram, and you’re receiving hundreds of phone calls, texts and Facebook notifications with sweet messages from your family and friends congratulating you! And already a curious relative has asked you, "so, when's the wedding?" Cue the planning anxiety. 

Megan Braemore Photography

Megan Braemore Photography

To get you on the right track towards your big day, I have put together a short guide featuring the “First Six Wedding Planning Steps” to begin your wedding planning journey. And, if you're interested in a little more wedding assistance from Always Yours Events, read through to the bottom of the post for access to another planning tool from AYE!

At AYE, my intention during a couple’s initial consultation is to essentially start them off on the right foot, lay down a good foundation and, most importantly, prevent stress. Many of my brides tell me that the first thing they do after they get engaged is hop onto Google and Pinterest, beginning the endless search for venues, caterers, photographers, stationers, etc.  And every one of them says that within a few days, they are completely overwhelmed. So when a bride books with me, my goal is to skip the overwhelm and get her on the right track towards a gorgeous wedding. Below is my “First Six Wedding Planning Steps” guide, outlining touch points I use during my initial consultations to help my couples start from scratch.

Megan Braemore Photography

Megan Braemore Photography

1. HAVE A LITTLE REVERIE

You’ve been dreaming about this day since you were seven, so don’t stop now! Have a little reverie about the aspects you hope to incorporate into your Wedding Day. Jot down these ideas and take a good look. I’ll bet my bottom dollar that you will see the makings of a wedding style/theme starting to form. Farm tables, flower crowns and floral garland -- you might be dreaming of a botanical, rustic affair! Pink peonies, gold rimmed glassware, black and white striped linens -- you’re on the Kate Spade chic track!

2. THE “WHERE”

Do you have a general location in mind? Will you get married in your hometown? Or maybe your fiance’s hometown? What about where you spent the Summer as a child? Or are you are you dreaming about jetsetting for an intimate destination wedding in Bora Bora? You don’t have to specifically pick your venue at this point. Just hone in on your ideal location.

3. DEFINE YOUR BUDGET

I know, this is the scary conversation. But trust me, you want to do this now. This is going to allow you to set parameters, which, believe it or not, will actually make the journey easier and wedding-related decisions less daunting. If you haven’t already, speak with both sides of the family about whether or not they feel comfortable contributing to your Wedding Day budget. Then sit down together and come up with an estimated figure. Here is one of my favorite resources that will help you generate a budget: http://theeverylastdetail.com/first-things-first-setting-a-wedding-budget/

4. CREATE YOUR GUEST LIST

You’re thinking, “this is going to be tough” (cue Steve Martin in Father of the Bride ruthlessly cutting names from his daughter’s guest list). But it doesn’t have to be! Create your list with your fiancé by working from the core outwards. Start in this order: immediate family, close relatives (first aunts, uncles and cousins), best friends, distant relatives, family friends, work friends and colleagues. You can refine later, but at this point you will have a pretty good handle on your estimated guest count.

5. NARROW YOUR VENUE OPTIONS DOWN (THEN BOOK!)

Now take your dreams, general location, budget and guest count and do a little research. Go to review websites such as thevenuereport.com or theknot.com and review venues in your ideal location that will work with your guest count and overall wedding vision. Call all of your venue options and set up a time to chat with your venue representative about potential dates. Set up site visits with each venue that has availability. And once you find one that you love, consider booking immediately so the date you desire is 100% yours!

6. BOOK YOUR WEDDING PLANNER

This step can come before booking a venue OR after. Some brides book a wedding planner before reserving their venue, therefore their wedding planner will be very actively venue scouting with them. When looking for a wedding planner, look for experience, good recommendations and take a gander at his or her portfolio. Most importantly try to find someone that you connect with immediately. A personal connection with you planner will make the experience that much more enjoyable.

Megan Braemore Photography

Megan Braemore Photography

And there you have it! AYE’s six "next steps" that will help you jumpstart the wedding planning journey and lay down a fantastic foundation for your the big day. I hope you found this guide helpful, and I hope you feel more confident moving forward with this very exciting experience! 

In the comments below, share with me ideas for posts you would like to see in the near future! And for more gorgeous wedding inspiration, design ideas, tips and tricks straight to your inbox each month, sign up for the AYE Monthly Newsletter here!

xoxo, Keri

Photography by Briana Moore Photography

Wedding Planning by Always Yours Events