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WEDDING BLOG

Rustic Free-Spirited Maine Coast Wedding at The Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm

October 17, 2018 | juliette

Set near the coast of Maine, Heather and Chris’ wedding at The Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm was the epitome of romance with a healthy dose of rustic charm. For a free-spirited vibe, the couple chose organic florals arranged by Emily Herzig Floral Studio, set up their ceremony outdoors, and opted for a soft palette of pink, ivory, and sage combined with hints of autumnal orange, red, and brown. Their rustic-inspired reception took place inside a tent that was decked out with twinkle lights, grapevine balls, farm tables, garlands, and cozy seating. In keeping with the free-spirited vibe, Heather wore a stunning and non-traditional beaded BHLDN gown, which looked beautiful not only with the feel of the wedding but against the natural landscape in all of these photos captured by Emily Delamater Photography.

The Couple:

Heather and Chris

The Wedding:

The Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm, Wells, Maine

Our venue, The Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm, was a place that I could walk to from my parents’ house growing up. It was a place that we could go on nature walks to, sled rides to and from, and even look out from the property and see where I grew up. It is a place that is so special and near and dear to myself and my family. Recently after Chris and I got engaged, I took him up to Lauldholm Farm for a nature walk and we emerged out of the woods and he looked at me and said, “We should get married here.” I had always had Laudholm on my mind as a venue and knew at that moment that it was meant to be.

We not only wanted our wedding to be a reflection of who we are as individuals and as a couple, but to focus it on our family and friends who helped shape us into who we are today. It was so important for us to ensure that our guests were having the best possible time and that they were able to come and fully enjoy the celebration. We really wanted to make sure the day was filled with our favorite things as well: special details, an abundance of flowers, great music, dancing, delicious desserts, and the coast.

Wedding Day advice: Be sure to take a moment for just you and your husband to be together and be in love just the two of you on this wildly exciting day. Also, take a moment to look around at all the wonderful, loving people who are there to celebrate you!

The best planning advice I can give is to enjoy every moment! Don’t get overwhelmed by the small (or big) things, because at the end of the day, the most important thing is that you are marrying your best friend surrounded by all your loved ones. And make sure your rain plan is as good as your good weather plan!

I love a good DIY project and am constantly creating, so I was so excited to really put my own personal touches on our big day. I had some help from my mom, dad, and wonderful sister-in-law to create some of my favorite personalized moments. My mom helped me create our seating charts which were made from old frames backed with a vintage map of the coast of Maine. Another favorite moment was our two “directional” signs. One consisted of important locations to Chris and me; places we had grown up, lived together, even a popular fishing spot.

Chris‘ younger brother, Ben, our Best Man, had been in the middle of a courageous fight with brain cancer at the time of our wedding. He delivered the most outstanding, belly laughing, tears streaming speech and had the whole crowd nearly falling out of their chairs. He recently passed away, and this continues to be one of our happiest and most favorite memories of him ever. Luckily a family member thought to catch the whole toast on video, so we can watch it and reminisce on that treasured moment forever.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Emily Delamater Photography
Event Planning and Catering – Blue Elephant
Venue – The Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm
Floral Design – Emily Herzig Floral Studio
Cake – Cakes for All Seasons
Bar Service – Dogfish Bar and Grill
Live Music – Bob Charest Band
Stationery – Gus & Ruby Letterpress
Makeup Artist – The Makeup Diva
Hair Styling – Goldie’s Arrow
Wedding Dress – BHLDN
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – BHLDN
Groom and Groomsmen’s Apparel – Men’s Wearhouse
Lighting – Event Lighting Concepts
Rentals – Exeter Events and Tents
Transportation – Molly Trolley Charters

 

Our biggest congratulations to Heather and Chris, and an extra special thanks to Junebug member Emily Delamater Photography for sharing this gorgeous wedding at The Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm! Want to see more magic captured by Emily? Take a peek at this Ipswich garden wedding at The Crane Estate in gorgeous neutral tones!

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The Best Dog Wedding Attire and Accessories on Etsy

October 16, 2018 | nicole

photos by Brittany Photographs

Having a ruff time tracking down a wedding outfit for your furriest of friends? Don’t leave your Best Mutt or Dane of Honor in the dog house! From floral collars and leashes to the doggone cutest little tuxedoes you’ve ever seen, we’re here to help by shedding light on the best dog wedding attire and accessories on Etsy!

Dog Wedding Attire

Rose Gold Sequin Dog Tuxedo by Anna Happydog

Dog Wedding Tuxedo Costume Bandana by Olivia’s Doggie Designs

Classic Black Tie Dog Tuxedo by Bark and Go

Tuxedo Wedding Dog Bandana by Vintage Pup Designs

Navy and Pink Tuxedo Bandana by Giddings Gifts

Royal Blue Dog Tuxedo with Gold Bow by Anna Happydog

2-Piece Navy Dog Tuxedo by Yvette’s Little Shop

Black Tuxedo Dog Harness by Bow Paw Tie

Dog Wedding Bow Ties

Teal and Gold Metallic Mini Dot Dog Collar Bow Tie Set by Danes and Divas

Maroon Dog Collar Bow Tie by Oh My Pawd

Champagne and Gold Bow Tie Dog Collar Set by Danes and Divas

Burgundy Swiss Dot Detachable Dog Collar Bow Tie Set by Danes and Divas

Yorkshire Plaid Dog Collar Bow Tie Set by Danes and Divas

Burgundy Floral Wedding Bow Tie by Boho Daisy Art

Black and White Linen Dog Collar Bow Tie Set by Danes and Divas

White and Blue Floral Dog Bow Tie by Boho Daisy Art

Navy Roses Dog Bow Tie by Boho Daisy Art

Dark Blue Shantung Bow Tie Dog Collar by Bow Paw Tie

Rifle Paper Co Inspired Floral Dog Bow Tie by Danes and Divas 

Metallic Pearl Dog Collar Bow Tie Set by Danes and Divas

Navy Blue Velvet Dog Bow Tie by Henry and Hound

Charcoal Grey Herringbone Wedding Dog Bow Tie by Angel and Lily

Dog Wedding Flower Collars

Bohemian Dog Floral Collar by Boho Mutts

Peony Floral Collar by Mars Dog Shop

I Do Too Floral Dog Collar by House of Fur Baby

Floral Dog Collar by Bella’s Bloom Studio 

Dog Flower Collar by Brielle Belle

Dog Wedding Leashes and Harnesses

Leather Floral Wedding Dog Leash by Mars Dog Shop

Pink Tassel Rope Dog Leash by the Atlantic Ocean

Metallic Pearl Wedding Dog Harness by Danes and Divas

Flower Leather Dog Leash with Silk Ribbon by Mars Dog Shop

I Do Too Wedding Dog Leash by House of Fur Baby

Bellini Metallic Wedding Dog Harness by Danes and Divas

Is it safe to say you’re pawsitively obsessed with this dog wedding attire? Check out more Etsy wedding fashion: the cutest flower girl baskets on Etsy and the 11 best Etsy wedding dress shops for handmade gowns.

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Unbelievably Romantic Botanical Garden Wedding at Eolia Mansion

October 16, 2018 | juliette

Melissa and Coury’s fairytale wedding at Eolia Mansion was timeless and elegant and featured the softest and dreamiest color palette. Their first look and ceremony were both set in the estate’s gardens, which were overflowing with lush foliage and pretty blooms to create a secret garden vibe that set the tone for a romantic day. Drawing on that natural beauty, Ashleigh’s Garden created bouquets and centerpieces in white and green hues that added a soft elegance and a minimalist feel to the decor. The bride, who glowed in a Sarah Seven ballgown, also put her artistic skills to use in creating all of the paper goods for the event. From the first look to golden-hour beach photos, this Connecticut wedding was as romantic as could be and Corey Lynn Tucker Photography captured it in stunning fashion!

The Couple:

Melissa and Coury

The Wedding:

Eolia Mansion, Waterford, Connecticut

We both felt very strongly about writing and sharing our own vows. We wanted to be able to put our own personal touch on the ceremony and share the story of our lives together thus far and the moments we look forward to sharing together in the future.

I’ve always enjoyed drawing + painting and worked as an illustrator for a few years so, naturally, I looked forward to creating our save the dates, invitations, menu cards, seating charts and other printed material for the day of. I illustrated and painted a few floral pieces inspired by the gorgeous botanical gardens at Eolia. For a soft palette, I worked in watercolor, specifically blushes and greens. I then laid out the designs and text in Illustrator and worked with a local printer to bring my vision to life!

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Corey Lynn Tucker Photography
Venue – Eolia Mansion
Floral Design – Ashleigh’s Garden
Catering and Cake – Culinary Concerts
Live Music – Flipside Band
Hair and Makeup Artist – Upstyle
Wedding Dress – Sarah Seven
Bridal Accessories – Anthropologie
Groom and Groomsmen’s Apparel – Men’s Wearhouse

 

Congratulations to Melissa and Coury, and a special thanks to Corey Lynn Tucker Photography for sharing this wedding at Eolia Mansion! To see more from this talented photographer, check out this oh-so-romantic blush and ivory Jonathan Edwards Winery wedding!

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