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Whimsical Glam Londonderry, Vermont Wedding in the Woods

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A boho glam wedding dress, tons of eco-friendly DIY projects, and a reception pie table are just a few of the many whimsical details at Ashley and George’s Vermont wedding! Once the couple committed to their wedding’s woodsy boho theme, they were off to the races to complete as many DIY projects as possible! Ashley and George designed bird house centerpieces, a birch branch seating chart, steel cut oatmeal favors, and the wedding’s full floral design in the full year leading up to their special day. We love how Martina Micko Photography captured every gorgeous moment, including the couple’s special visitor during their first dance!

The Couple:

Ashley and George

The Wedding:

Private Residence, Londonderry, Vermont

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Our happy place has always been Londonderry, Vermont. George and I are New Jersey natives but Vermont is where we fell in love with nature and deeply with one another. It is also where George proposed to me on Lover’s Lane with his great grandmother’s ring. It seemed only right that we share this magical place with our closest family and friends.

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George and I chose to do first looks at Lowell Lake State Park to shake off any pre-wedding jitters. I was afraid of (happy) crying the entire ceremony! It was so renewing being outside by the lake and walking barefoot in the woods with our bridal party…what an amazing beginning to the best day of our lives.

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I came across an image of a model wearing an ivory Chanel dress with billowing sleeves and a soft floral print. There were marigolds in her long, wavy hair and I thought to myself, “This bohemian look is what I want to convey on my wedding day.” When I found my Free People dress, I knew it would fully articulate my inspiration. However, I took a more glamorous approach. Bright lips, bold bouquet. Boho glam. I wanted those pops of color to whimsy up the mood!

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There was an incredible project gifted to us by our officiant. She had some of George’s younger cousins paint reclaimed pallet wood signs of all the cities/miles our guests were traveling from. This was assembled in our high pole tent and was an incredibly fun focal point.

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George’s most memorable part was when I was walking down the aisle towards him, he said it was a beautiful moment he can’t quite put into words.

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We incorporated many personal elements into our outdoor ceremony. For starters, George and I were wed by his aunt who brought to life the script we wrote. Together, we exchanged hand written vows and included our parents in a Unity Planting Ceremony. Before our wedding, we gathered dirt from our hometowns that we brought to Vermont. With our parents holding the dirt and water, we added them to our plant to symbolize the joining of our lives together and growth of our love.

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Working with our photographer was a dream! Martina connected with us immediately. She is a chic, creative, professional that has an aura of positivity around her. From the beginning, we were completely at ease as she captured every fleeting moment of our joyful day.

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Ultimately, we wanted the beauty of our love and the natural surroundings to shine as we shared our unique point of view. For us this meant writing the ceremony script, the vows, the toast, being our own wedding designers and making the centerpieces, signage, etc. The year leading up to our wedding was a DIY extravaganza and we enjoyed every moment of it! Our seating chart was made from found birch branches, jute twine, tags and assorted décor like robin’s eggs and paper flowers from Recollections.

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We constructed centerpieces with painted birdhouses, moss and foliage. From Joann’s Craft Store, we gathered paint, pre-constructed bird houses and assorted greenery from Bloom Room and The Moss Collection. Everything was painted and fashioned together with glue and jute twine.

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Our advice: A DIY wedding is an enormous amount of work! That being said, we really honored the planning process and loved being able to design each detail. We recommend writing a month by month agenda that outlines each project leading up to your wedding with your time frames. Lastly, you may want to hire a coordinator to do things you may not initially think of like receive deliveries, guide your catering staff, direct wedding guests to your first dance, etc.

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My most memorable part of the day happened during our first dance as husband and wife. As soon as we joined together and our song began, a butterfly flew overhead, swooped down and landed on my arm. The entire audience burst into tears! George and I just looked on in amazement as it stayed through the entire song.

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Processional: Tom Waits – Picture In A Frame
Recessional: Barry Louis Polisar – All I Want Is You
First Dance: Bob Dylan – Can’t Help Falling In Love With You

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We tried to keep it “green” by incorporating compostable flatware, dinnerware and beverage cups, using upcycled wood for all of our projects and gifting reusable wedding favors. For our favors, we joked that we “treated our guests to breakfast.” Everyone was traveling from out of state so they left our wedding with a superfood packed mason jar of steel cut oats, golden berries and coconut. We wanted to make their trips home a tiny bit easier.

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The Wedding Team:

Photography – Martina Micko Photography
First Look Venue – Lowell Lake State Park
Ceremony & Reception Venue – Private Residence, Londonberry, Vermont
Catering – Bromley Market
Dessert – Grandma Miller’s Pies
Officiant – Heidi Scripture
Invitations – Wedding Paper Divas
Wedding Dress – Free People
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – Light In The Box
Groom’s Apparel – J. Crew
Groomsmen’s Apparel – Uniqlo
Rings – e-Wedding Bands
Rentals – Green Mountain Tent Rentals

 

Congratulations to Ashley and George, and a huge thanks to Martina Micko Photography for sharing this wedding with us! Can’t get enough of this wedding’s boho glam vibe? Then you’ve got to see this lush bohemian Australian wedding!

xoxoGabby

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Sweet Vintage-Inspired Irish Wedding at Springfort Hall

July 24, 2016 | gabby

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This incredibly sweet Springfort Hall wedding had the perfect balance of vintage style and heartfelt moments! Treasa wore a powder blue vintage tea-length dress and pulled her hair into a voluminous up-do to complete her 1950s inspired bridal look. The couple’s décor included tons of personal DIY projects, including vinyl record invitations and a wine box time capsule. We love how photography team The Lou’s captured every single moment of this wedding so perfectly!

The Couple:

Treasa and Ronan

The Wedding:

St. Michael’s ChurchSpringfort Hall, Mallow, Ireland

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Treasa made our invitations from scratch using old 7 inch vinyl records. We did our best to choose appropriate singles for each guest and it was so exciting when we got messages from friends who were shocked that they actually played! They took so much time but we were really proud of them and the reactions of our guests made them worth all the effort.

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Ronan was quite nervous about “being on show” for the day. It got to a point where we were both worried it would end up ruining the day for him and I suggested we meet up before the ceremony on our own to try and calm the nerves and allow us our own bit of time together.

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The First Look idea is a relatively new concept in Ireland and as such, it was a massive break with tradition. In fact we had numerous people telling us not to do it with many suggesting we would regret doing it… How INCREDIBLY wrong they all were. 

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If we were to repeat the day all over again, our first look and subsequent time together alone was by far entirely the best part of our wedding day. I will always remember walking up to Ronan hidden behind a mass of balloons trying to force the tears of excitement back so as not to ruin my makeup!

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Of course that went out the window when Ronan released the balloons and I saw him shaking nervously but with an enormous grin on his face. I was so extremely glad that we went against the superstitions and traditions as nothing could have matched up to the feelings we experienced together as a couple.

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We made our own wine-box capsule using buttons and the date of our wedding. Inside we had a record explaining what each bottle was for and when it was to be opened. We both wrote letters to each other to be opened when we had our first fight and then we opened the bottle of wine. The bottle of bubbles was for our first anniversary so we’re looking forward to popping that open soon!

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Treasa made all the bouquets for the bridal party using flowers from her parents’ garden and friends. Treasa’s grandfather passed away in March at the age of 99 and it was lovely to have a cutting from on of his apple trees and roses hidden in the bride’s bouquet. She attached a photograph of “Grandad Fla” to the apple which meant he got to spend the whole day by her side.

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We love music. We love vintage. We often spend afternoons just browsing through vintage shops and flea markets. We have a great vinyl record collection at home and it’s a favourite thing of ours to sit over a nice meal with a glass of wine listening to Eartha Kitt, The Beatles or Pink Floyd. The theme for our wedding stemmed from this and I think we achieved what we were hoping for. It was fun, relaxed and very much go with the flow on the day which was just what we had hoped for.

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Having a religious ceremony was important to Treasa but we wanted to make it a relaxed and fun part of the day rather than a strict structured element. We were so lucky to have a family friend agree to marry us on the day and this made it very personal and lighthearted.

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While we had the religious aspect, the entire service was focused around family and friendship which made it very special. Throughout our planning and particularly on the days where things went wrong, we decided that so long as we were married to each other by the end of the day, anything else would be a bonus.

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Our photographers The Lou’s were quite simply incredible. Their fun and enthusiasm made our day. In fact our guests all thought they were friends attending the wedding. They were discreet but really made us feel at ease and in all honesty, we were gutted when they told us they were leaving at the end of the night. They made us feel as though they were old friends and I don’t think any other supplier affects your day so much as your photographer.

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The rain had just started and we were disappointed we would be unable to have our drinks on the lawn but the second we stepped inside the door of Springfort Hall we were greeted with laughter, singing and guests dancing and thoroughly enjoying themselves. It was worth any amount of sun on the lawn to walk into that on the day.

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Initially we hadn’t intended on giving favors and instead chose to make a charitable donation to two charities. However, a family member very kindly gave us a wedding gift of small chocolate bars which we used on the day. We wrote out personalised notes for each guest on the day and it was one thing that all our guests commented on. It took us HOURS to complete but it really was worth it.

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We wanted a cake made from cheese for our wedding cake. We have a tradition of attending The Milk Market in Limerick City every Christmas Eve. We also buy bucket loads of cheese there and we wanted to incorporate this tradition into our wedding day. We ordered our wheels of cheese from Pam and David at The Flying Cheese Brigade and then stacked them together with our beautiful wedding mice on top! Our guests loved it!

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Processional Song: Forrest Gump Soundtrack – The Feather Theme performed by Jack O’Rourke
Recessional Song: The Beach Boys – God Only Knows

First Dance Song: Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here

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The Wedding Team:

Photography – The Lou’s
Ceremony Venue – St. Michael’s Church
Reception Venue & Catering – Springfort Hall
Cakes – The Flying Cheese BrigadeAoife’s Cupcakes
Officiant – Fr. James O’Donoghue
Live Music – Jack O’Rourke, Bobby Noonan, Manila StringsThank Funk
Videography – Diga Video Production
Makeup Artist – Annie Finnan
Hair Styling – Hair Passion
Wedding Dress – Bella Bleu
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – Coast
Groom’s Apparel – Alterations by Kate
Groomsmen’s Apparel – Morley’s Formal Hire
Donation Favors – Tracie Lawlor TrustThe Irish Hospice Foundation

 

Congratulations to Treasa and Ronan on your nuptials, and a huge thanks to The Lou’s for sharing this gorgeous wedding with us! Love this wedding’s vintage style? Take a look at this vintage rustic Asheville wedding!

xoxoGabby

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This Reading Art Works Wedding Takes Modern Minimalism to the Next Level

July 23, 2016 | gabby

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If you love modern minimalist wedding inspiration as much as we do, then you’ll adore this industrial Reading Art Works wedding! When choosing their wedding’s décor, Jen and Dan decided to keep their style clean and modern with splashes of copper, tons of greenery, and plenty of interesting architectural shapes. Since Dan is a graphic designer, he DIYed the entire stationary suite and even handcrafted all of the wooden signs and table runners seen around the venue! Photographer Marisa Albrecht captured this modern Pennsylvania wedding’s amazing natural light and spirit.

The Couple:

Jen and Dan

The Wedding:

Reading Art Works, Reading, Pennsylvania

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The most important aspect of wedding planning was making sure the wedding felt really unique to us and our personal style and interests. We really wanted to put our own touches onto everything and make it feel more like a casual party with great music and food, while including all the people we love.

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We chose our venue because we really wanted a blank slate that we could use for both the ceremony and reception. We were looking for an industrial space with big windows and lots of natural light. It was in Pennsylvania, where we both grew up. It was the perfect space for us!

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Dan designed all of the paper items (invitations, menus/name cards, seating chart, table numbers, signs) and made wooden signs, table runners, etc. that really pulled everything together with the look of the venue. There were also numerous cans of copper spray paint used throughout planning!

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My insanely talented bridesmaid and florist Lindsay went into my brain and made it come to life better than we could have ever imagined, with lots of ferns, white flowers and cacti. She also made an amazing circle backdrop behind us for the ceremony, which was one of our favorite things.

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My uncle officiated our ceremony which was really amazing. We all sat down and wrote the ceremony a couple weeks before and kept it short and sweet. My sister in law and Dan‘s best friend also read readings that we both chose. We lit a unity candle and had our Mom’s come up and light the first candles, which we loved.

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Working with our photographers Marisa and her husband Eric was so awesome! Since we met in Brooklyn one day for brunch and then shooting our engagement photos in Lancaster, we have become friends. They are some of the most genuine and sweet people and make you feel 100% relaxed on your wedding day. Shooting the first look on a parking garage roof and then driving around to a park to take photos with just them is one of our best memories from the day.

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Our advice: Let go of any traditions that don’t apply to you personally or feelings you have about what a wedding should be. Once we focused on trying to make it feel more like a big party more than a wedding, things came easier for us! Also DIY some things together if you can because it’s fun! And let people help you! We couldn’t have done it without help from our friends and family.

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We have a similar aesthetic when it comes to decorating our apartment, so planning a wedding was the same! We both really like copper accents, so we decided early on that would be the only real “color” surrounded by lots of white and greenery all over.

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We both really loved our first dance. It was the moment when everything was sort of calming down and we could really focus on each other and relax & all the nerves washed away.

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Processional: Paul McCartney & Wings – My Love
Bridal Processional: The Beatles – Here, There, Everywhere
Recessional: Paul McCartney & Wings – Jet
First Dance: Sam Cooke – Nothing Can Change This Love

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The Wedding Team:

Photography – Marisa Albrecht
Venue – Reading Art Works
Floral Design – Lindsay Lucas
Catering – Viva Catering
Cake – The Baker’s Table
DJ – No Macarena
Invitations – Rudy Graphic Design
Makeup & Hair Artists – Annie Hauser, Hair & Makeup by NikkiUnfading Beauty by Kristen
Wedding Dress – Lakum
Bridal Accessories – CatbirdASOS
Groom’s Apparel – J. Crew
Rings – Satomi Kawakita
Rentals – Maggpie Vintage RentalsNot-A-Booth
Transportation – Nationwide Parking & Valet

 

Congratulations to Jen and Dan, and a huge thanks to Marisa Albrecht for sharing this stunning wedding with us! Love this wedding’s modern style? Then you’ve got to see this casual minimalist wedding at Sky Gallery!

xoxoGabby

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