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We’re totally into the timeless quality of Shanleigh and Joe’s seaside wedding day in Mattapoisett, Massachusetts. There’s a quiet sophistication to the mix of genres—vintage, classic and relaxed with a dash of flower child. Add in a rainy day by the sea and you’ve got nuptial style magic. We love how Gabriella Riggieri captured the beautiful authenticity of Shanleigh and Joe’s day.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Our wedding party was composed of 11 groomsmen, 8 bridesmaids, 3 flower girls, and 1 ring bearer. Go big or go home, right? What made the occasion so special was that there were no introductions. Joe and I shared the same group of friends, and family members in the wedding party had been well-acquainted for years. It was a party from the start.

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Tell us more about the gown and where/how you found it!

I always knew I wanted a lace gown. One of the first things I did after we got engaged was start the hunt for the perfect dress. I spent a lot of time looking online and found a few that I wanted to try on. The dress had to be the perfect mix of elegance and class with an antique flair. When I put my dress on, the first thing I noticed was how light it was. We were having a summer wedding and I knew I didn’t want to be too hot or feel too weighed down. There was another dress that I was going back-and-forth on, but I couldn’t get over the lace on my dress. It was like nothing I had ever seen before. It was thick and had almost a crochet look to it. It made the dress have a hint of 70’s flower child, while still maintaining a subtle sophistication that wasn’t overpowering. Some brides try on hundreds of dresses. For me, it only took five. Sometimes you just have to trust your gut.

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What were some touches added to make it personal?

Our wedding was full of unique elements that made the celebration as a whole more personal for our family and friends. Joe’s uncle, whom we are very close with, is a deacon and was able to help officiate the wedding and read us our vows. He also delivered an excellent homily that was so much more meaningful having witnessed first-hand the type of relationship Joe and I have. At the reception, I tried to add small details that our guests could relate to. The guestbook was on a table that also displayed wedding pictures of three generations of brides and grooms on both Joe’s side and mine. Instead of having table numbers for a guest to report to, the tables were named after an exciting place that each person had likely spent time with me and Joe together. Table names included family vacation locations, skiing destinations, and spectacular beaches or hikes that our family and friends experienced with the two of us.

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

Everyone tells you that your wedding day will fly by. I couldn’t disagree more. I soaked in and enjoyed every second of it. Every girl dreams of a bright and sunny, rain free wedding day. Well it didn’t rain on August 2; it poured. What I’ll never forget is how we didn’t let it ruin any of our fun. As a designer, the one thing that I wanted to be able to gush over in later days was my pictures. And let me tell you, we had an angel with us that day. The second we came out of the church, the rain halted. We all rushed to the venue to try and get a few pictures in before the skies opened up again. We were able to take every single picture that I had envisioned, and once we were done, it started pouring again. It literally stopped raining for 1 hour that day; the 1 hour that started from the time they opened the doors to the church to the beginning of happy hour at the reception. If that doesn’t give you goose bumps, I don’t know what will.

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Joe and I have known each other since the 2nd grade. We grew up in Lunenburg, a really small town in Massachusetts (and an even smaller school) where everyone knew everybody. We started dating our senior year of high school and haven’t looked back since. We love to spend our time outdoors whenever possible. Joe proposed to me on the summit of Mount Osceola in New Hampshire on our five year dating anniversary. We were scouting out the area for the ideal place to eat lunch. Joe brought me to a small alcove off to the side and popped the question after some delicious PB & J’s. What is cooler than telling your family and friends that you got engaged on the top of a mountain? I spent the entire climb down gazing at the new rock on my finger, in disbelief that I was 22 years old and engaged to my best friend.

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August 2 from Shanleigh Heelan on Vimeo.

Vendors: Photography: Gabriella Riggieri // Stationery: August & Osceola // Dress: Allure Bridal // Bride’s Ring: Penny Preville // Venue: Shining Tides, Mattapoisett, MA // Flowers: Always in Bloom, Marion, MA // Bridesmaid Dresses: Banana Republic // Groom’s Suit: 9 Tailors // DJ: Tom Cooney // Catering: Russell Morin // Hair: Sisters Hair & Skin Care

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Christina and Trey chose Celebrations at the Reservoir, a scenic waterfront location in Richmond, for their rustic wedding. In true “The Notebook” style, these on-again high school sweethearts rekindled the flame after six years without any contact—like, they weren’t even facebook friends! We really love how Andrea Pesce Photography captured the laid-back elegance of their event and we’re thrilled to share their images with you.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

At the beginning of our engagement I lived in Chattanooga, Tennessee. I was planning a was planning a wedding 8 hours away and I would drive to Richmond for short weekends to attend bridal shows and to shop for venues. After a lot of back and forth we decided on a completely outdoor wedding in the azalea gardens at Celebrations at the Reservoir. It was right on the water and would fit our rustic chic vision for the wedding.
One week before the wedding we went to visit the coordinator and do one more walk through before the big day. We went down to the gardens and the water was extremely low. The water level changed the whole look of the venue and was not at all what we had in pictured. Just a week away from the wedding, invitations already sent, and months of planning for this specific location, we decided to move location sites! Still at Celebrations at the Reservoir, but at the pool house instead of the azalea gardens. We had to do very little re-planning for the new site and everything fell beautifully into place. It was such a blessing and we definitely should have chosen it to begin with.

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Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!

I am normally the girl that goes to try on dresses and always ends up buying the very first one I try on. I had been to a couple different bridal shops with no luck. My next appointment was at Bridal Elegance. It was late in the appointment and I hadn’t found “the one” yet. I didn’t want to settle on a dress that I didn’t love but with just a few short months until the wedding, I was running out of options. I had one more dress in the dressing room to try on. The dress fit like a glove. It was perfectly tailored to me and not one single alteration was needed. It was flirty, sexy and still timeless. I walked out of the dressing room and everyone else was ecstatic. As I stood there in the mirror, I knew it was the one when I didn’t want to take it off. Trey definitely approved!

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What were some touches added to make it personal?

My amazing (now) husband and his friend Tom made the most incredible Mason Jar Chandeliers to go over to the dance floor. I told him my vision and he figured out the rest. I later found out that they used wheel and rotor templates to cut the wood for the frame. Go with what you know!
As a gift to my gramma and in memory of my grampa, we had a heart sewn inside my dress from my late grampa’s handkerchief. He meant so much to me and I wanted to make a way to still have him there.

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

I should first start out by saying that I was incredibly skeptical of the “first look” idea. We already weren’t incorporating a lot of traditions in the wedding but one tradition I knew I wanted to keep was not seeing the groom before the ceremony. Once Trey found out that we could get to the party quicker, there was no talking him out of it! Since he was so excited about it I decided to let him win this battle.

The closer it got to the first look the more excited I became. I couldn’t wait to see him. Walking towards him I became so overwhelmed with emotion. All the butterflies and nervousness of the day completely vanished. In that moment we forgot about everything else. It was just him and me in the most perfect moment that I will never forget.

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Trey and I were high school sweethearts. He was my very first love. We drifted apart when we went to different colleges and decided long distance was just not going to work for us. After 6 years of absolutely no contact Trey “accidentally” friended me on Facebook. During a brief conversation he told me to call him the next time I was in town. I was intrigued, but told everyone I was going on a “bury the hatchet” date. I went into the evening thinking we were going to make amends and leave as friends, but the moment I stepped out of the car all the feelings rushed back. After an incredible evening, I returned to Tennessee hoping that we wouldn’t lose touch again. This time we decided that no matter how many miles were between us, we both wanted to make it work. I later found out that after the date he said to his mom “Now, I could marry that girl”. I guess he was right!

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Vendors: Photography: Andrea Pesce Photography // Reception Venue: Celebrations at the Reservoir // Floral Designer: Black Creek Flowers & Sweets // Dress Store: Bridal Elegance

Love was in the air—along with some crazy-beautiful blooming trees—at Minh and Matt’s springtime wedding celebration. The couple let the incredibly stunning estate gardens of Glen Magna Farms influence the theme of their day, while Casey of Hello Love Photography captured each special moment (not to mention each beautiful bloom.) We’re super excited to share images from this gorgeous spring celebration.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Having all our family and friends in one place to celebrate with us was what made our wedding truly special. Our families had not met until our wedding weekend so it was such a treat for us to see all our loved ones bonding and having such a great time together at our wedding!

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Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!

I must have dragged my wonderful (and very patient) best friend to every bridal boutique in the greater Boston area before we finally found my dress at our very last appointment. My dress was the most comfortable dress out of the dozens I tried on and I loved that it made me feel like myself. I felt like a bride, but also still me

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What were some touches added to make it personal?

Most of the details of our wedding were DIY. Matt’s Photoshop skills came in extra handy in designing our invitation suite, we printed the day-of signs and place cards ourselves, and even my simple drop veil was a last minute DIY with one of my bridesmaids.

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

The most memorable part of the day for me was our first look. The day itself was a bit of a blur once the ceremony got started so it was so nice to have those few quiet moments to just talk and be together before the celebration really got under way.

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Matt and I met as college students when I was a freshman and he was an orientation leader. We reconnected the following year when we lived in adjacent dorms and have been together ever since.

Matt knew my fear of public proposals and so opted for a private moment at home followed by a celebratory dinner at one of my favorite restaurants in the city. After dinner, I got another big surprise when we came home to a small engagement party with some of our closest friends!

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Minh + Matt // Wedding Highlight from Lucent Wedding Films on Vimeo.

Vendors: Photographer: Hello Love Photography // Venue: Glen Magna Farms // Floral Design: LauraJean Floral and Design // Videographer: Lucent Weddings // Cake and Desserts: Mayflour Confections // DJ: Ryan Durkin from White Label DJs // Hair and Makeup: Beauty by May Chin // Bride’s Dress: Reem Acra // Bride’s Shoes: Kelly & Katie from DSW // Bridesmaids’ Attire: Dessy // Groom and Groomsmen’s Attire: Bar III // Photobooth: Love by John Lee // Tent and Rentals: The Event Co.

Spring has definitely sprung, and with it comes plenty of fresh wedding inspiration that has us so excited to enjoy the new weather! Today’s feature shot by This Love of Yours at Villa Montalvo (which is a venue that looks like it is in Italy–but NO!–it is in California!) is none other than absolute romance, thanks to the styling genius of Honey & Twine, with florals by Tango & Foxtrot and gorgeous calligraphy by our very own Grey Collective member, Curlicue Design. We know you are are going to love!

Before we sign off, we thought we’d leave you with the words that Curlicue Designs etched onto the stationery:

I want to do with you what spring does with the cherry trees. – Pablo Neruda

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Vendors: Photographer: This Love of Yours // Styling: Honey & Twine // Venue: Villa Montalvo // Hair & Hakeup: Miche Makeup & Hair Boutique // Rentals: Pieces by Violet // Calligraphy: Curlicue Designs // Florals: Tango & Foxtrot // Cake: Maison Michelle // Attire: BoLee Bridal Couture

Today, we are inviting MaeMae & Co. to start the week off for us with a tutorial that we are crazy excited about: “How to use a mood board.” MaeMae is the queen of genius inspiration boards, and she’s getting down and dirty with us on how to utilize that inspiration to help your design process–think wedding design or invitation design–these tips are crazy helpful! Take it away, MaeMae!

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Creating a mood or inspiration board (both digitally and physically) is an important part of our design process at MaeMae & Co. It sets the tone for the entire project, and acts as a guide as we move through designing each element of the project. However, if you’ve never worked with a mood board before, we realize that the concept can be a bit confusing. Next time you work with a creative who is using a mood board (or next time you make one for yourself!), keep these two tips in mind:

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1. It’s all about the feeling: The point of an inspiration board is to create a visual vibe for your project. It is not a place to nail down specifics like exact fonts or images, but rather think of it as creating a world that your brand, website or wedding stationery would live in.

When making a mood board, we focus on defining the color scheme, texture and graphics that best represents the project’s world. Rather than copying those inspirational images exactly, we use them to guide our design choices and find or create similar graphics for your unique project. For example, if we include an photograph of roses and an etched wreath in a mood board – we may combine those two visuals and create a vintage wreath made of roses for the project’s monogram.

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2. But, you won’t get what you don’t see: While an inspiration board is about the vibe of the project, we do follow the visuals closely when designing. For example, if there are blocky fonts paired with a vintage script in a mood board – don’t expect to see modern calligraphy in the first design proof. We always encourage our clients to point out anything in the mood board that they feel is missing. So if they have their heart set on modern calligraphy, we always edit the inspiration board to include an image that represents their request. Similarly, if there is something on the mood board that a client isn’t digging, we’ll remove the image and replace it with one that better reflects their idea.

Check out our mood + method blog series, and follow us on instagram for more inspiration!