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Brianne & Kevin: A Fairlee Wedding Tale

23 Aug

For Brianne & Kevin, it was love at first sight. For me, it was love at first sight with their wedding venue.

Brianne & Kevin Murphy’s wedding took place on August 4, 2012 at Lake Morey in Fairlee, VT. The details were so beautifully rustic, I just had to share some of the highlights!

We were picked up by a pontoon boat to go to the wedding. We had a great view of the wedding grounds from the water, and an even better view from land!

    Homemade signage decorated the wedding grounds. Creative DIY chalkboards replaced the traditional programs and menus.  I LOVED how they looked and completely fit the theme of the wedding (& the bride and groom).

    The ceremony was incredibly beautiful.  The bride looked stunning in her ivory lace dress, and if you weren’t distracted by her beauty, you were distracted by the view behind the vows. The guests even sat on haystack seating. YEEHAW!

    On to the reception!  I absolutely adored their table assignments, which were hand written and clothes-pinned to an old window pane.  The centerpieces were flower arrangements in my favorite, Mason Jars. The reception was held on a tented tennis court, and to top it off, a delicious BBQ dinner.

                             A few other worthy details – the bride and groom’s handmade sign greeting all the guests was ADORABLE. Their guestbook was different than anything I’ve seen before – a picture of a bare tree, where guests could put their thumbprint on a branch and sign below. I mean… I might steal this.

                        The end of the night was perhaps the most special (after the exchanging of vows). Brianne put together “Wishing you S’more Love”  packages (thank you, Pinterest).  You can’t make S’mores without a bonfire, which they had. Obviously.  And to top it off, FIREWORKS! Man I loved this wedding!



A Grand Lucayan Proposal

17 Jul

I have no idea who this couple is (creepy), but had to share this picture!  The Grand Lucayan Bahamas posted it on their Facebook page, and it’s freaking cute!

Interested in tying the knot or honeymooning in this Bahamian Paradise?  Their wedding and honeymoon packages look amazing!  After this proposal, I wonder what this mystery couple’s wedding will be like.

Meet Melissa and Dave! Wedding Countdown: 5 days.

10 Jul

They’ve known each other their entire lives, have been dating since the summer after graduating from high school, have been engaged for a year and a half, and there are 5 days left until their wedding. All the planning is done, right? Wrong!

Meet Melissa and Dave!  They are getting married on Saturday, July 14, 2012 at the Portsmouth Country Club.

Let’s hear from the bride-to-be.

What has been your favorite part of planning your wedding?
The music!  We’ve spent nights drinking wine and listening to music we want the DJ to play.  We also took a dance class, which was so much fun!  We were laughing and stepping on each other’s feet, and had the best time!

What has been the most stressful part of the planning process?
The guest list.  As much as you want to have everyone there, you have to pick and choose when you are on a budget.  Not inviting children, who gets dates… there are so many things to consider and it can get very, very stressful.

You’re getting married in 5 days… is there anything left to do?
YES! I still need shoes and jewelry… and a guest book.

What piece of advice would you give to other brides-to-be?
Don’t get caught up in the little things and lose focus on what it’s all about!  You and your other half, being so in love that you want to spend the rest of your lives together.  At the end of the day, that’s all that matters.

The Proposal
Melissa thought they had dinner plans with another couple  in Portsmouth, NH. As Dave took the “scenic route” along the coast, he started reminiscing about the summer of 2002, when they used to go to the beach together almost every day. Melissa thought it was very cute, but very unlike him. Naturally, she started thinking… “this could be it!”

Then again, she had this thought every time he bent down to tie his shoe, and so she knew she had to remain calm.  They had been dating for 8 years, which meant a lot of false alarms.

While driving along Rye Beach, Dave pulled over and said that he wanted to take a picture of the sky, that it looked beautiful.  He asked Melissa to get the camera from the glove box and before she could say anything, he was outside of her car door.  She got the camera case out and it felt light.  She said “I think you forgot the camera.”  He said “I know I put it in there, check again.”  As she opened the case, she saw a little black box.  Realizing what was happening, Melissa started shaking and yelling “the camera is not in here!”  Dave got down on one knee, helped her open the box, and proposed.  They celebrated with champagne and strawberries on the beach, and dinner in Portsmouth.

Congratulations you two love birds!

Marriage is a Marathon

16 Apr

Today is the 116th Boston Marathon, and the best day of the year to live in Boston.  I wanted to connect this post with the marathon and as luck would have it, an amazing love story fell into my lap on Saturday night.  Drew and I were having dinner at City Bar in the Lenox Hotel when down sat another couple.  When she ordered a martini and he ordered a ginger ale, we could only assume he was running the marathon.  Turns out, he is running the marathon today, but this, is a love story.

The couple, Pattiann & Aaron met in 2005 on Shelter Island.  They were both there to run the annual Shelter Island 10K.  That night, they met at a party and clicked right away.  Running was one of the many things they had in common.  They had their first date at Cilantro in the Upper East Side, he spent a weekend at her house in Long Beach and before Pattiann knew it, she had fallen in love. 

They kept running races together, as that’s where it all began…

In 2006, they ran the NYC Marathon side by side.  With friends and family cheering them on, and a day of perfect weather, Pattiann finished the race at her personal best.  At the finish line, Aaron proposed.  He had carried the ring 26.2 miles in a Tylenol package in his pocket. 

Fast forward to the 111st running of the Boston Marathon: April 16, 2007. It was then that Aaron and Pattiann exchanged their wedding vows in a civil ceremony at the top of Heartbreak Hill while running the Boston Marathon.  They then continued to the finish line running the last 5 miles together as husband and wife! 

“Making up heartbreak hill together, is the best way to begin a life together.  We will climb many hills together and have many finish line moments.”

Watch the couple exchange vows during mile 20 of the 2007 Boston Marathon! 

Since their wedding day, Aaron is still running marathons.  In fact, today is his 15th year running the Boston Marathon.  Pattiann and their 3 little boys (“future heartbreakers”) will be right at the top Heartbreak cheering on dad.  Go Aaron!!

To read more about Pattiann & Aaron’s love story, visit Marriage is a Marathon.

Save the Date!

28 Mar

I currently have seven (7) Save the Dates hanging on my bulletin board in my kitchen.  Being in my late 20s, it’s the first big year of weddings for my friends, which I am all too excited for because I LOVE WEDDINGS.

Much thought goes into creating your Save the Date.  It’s the first introduction your guests will have to your wedding, and you’re excited about it! Whether you color coordinate your Save the Date with your wedding invitation, or include an image that references your wedding location, your Save the Date sets the tone for your wedding.

Once you choose your date, location and create your invite list, it’s now time to send your Save the Date.  Your Save the Date should be sent about 8 months in advance, so your guests can mark their calendars with plenty of time.  Save the Dates come in all different shapes and sizes.  Stationary, font, color, images… so many choices!  You want to make sure you’re including the right amount of information- this is not your wedding invitation.  But it is a chance to have fun, be creative, and announce the details of your wedding for the very first time!

Now let’s check out some ideas!

Traditionally, you mail your Save the Date.  But today’s technology allows you to be more creative than ever.  This video Save the Date is adorable- it was made by Drew’s best friend Joe, and his fiance Corrine .  You get a glimpse into their relationship and it definitely sets the tone for their wedding.  I’ve watched it a few times and can imagine how their close friends and family will react to watching it.  I have a feeling that video Save the Dates is a trend in the making, and who would have thought that Joe would be leading that bandwagon!

Joe from Joe Masiulis on Vimeo.

Questions on creating your Save the Date?  Check out the Knot’s “Save the Date Q & A” article.

What to Jimmy Choos…

5 Feb

For some brides, it’s the dress.  For others, it’s the bouquet.  For Amanda, it’s always been the shoes.

Since getting engaged, shoes have been what Amanda has been most excited for (second of course, to Kevin).  But, we’re not just talking shoes. We’re talking shoes and what a beautiful excuse to buy shoes. This was her moment.

After a pedicure and some liquid courage, anticipating the credit card bill that was to come, Amanda and I headed to Saks – both feeling out-of-place and excited.  After finding that the shoe section was on the second floor and seeing no escalator in sight, we hesitated for a moment, but not even the added exercise could stop us from reaching our goal.

Nervous, Amanda pre-maturely removed the plastic bags covering her newly painted toenails.  Slipping off her flats, feeling like Cinderella already, she found all ten toes had been smudged.  Not a great start to feeling like a princess.  But, after a quick lap around the shoe section pretending we were only browsing, we must have looked in need of help because in walked Jonathan…

Turns out, Jonathan was a personalized shopper who specialized in wedding shoes.  Here is a sneak peek of what happened next…

To see what she picked…well…you’ll have to wait until September.  Hint… we did find out that Saks gives you free champagne if you spend enough.

I love, love.

25 Jan

It’s true.  EF, 2008, public speaking training.  I was to tell a story about something I’m passionate about.  It was a no brainer.  I love, love…. and everything about relationships, engagements and weddings.  If you know me, this should come as no surprise.  I will talk engagements and weddings all day long. I will plan your wedding for you.  My boyfriend calls me a romantic monster and I refuse to believe Kim Kardashian’s wedding wasn’t real.  I am a sucker for all things love.

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