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A Friday Laugh..

1 Feb

I have received many wedding invitations over the past few years and frequent the Paper Source, so know the possibilities are endless. You don’t have to be planning a wedding to find this video hilarious! Happy Friday everyone:)

The Elegance of The Lord Thompson Manor

10 Oct

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Amanda Shutts & Kevin Robertson were married on September 15, 2012 at the The Lord Thompson Manor, in Thompson, CT. This is quite possibly the most beautiful wedding venue that CT has to offer. Hold on to your hats everyone.

The rehearsal dinner was gorgeous. Amanda & Kevin’s family and friends gathered around a table set for 30. The theme was green and white. Amanda’s dress was perfection and she rocked it, even better than Carrie Underwood did at the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  There was an ice cream sundae bar for dessert and a fireplace I could have sat in front of for the next 5 months straight. I felt like we were in the White House. Or Ralph Lauren’s house. I’ll take either.

          
All of the girls in the wedding party stayed in The Cottages down the road. They were shabby & chic and I wanted to live there forever. The rooms and spa were white, beachy and comfy cozy. The food was delicious and we had so much fun getting our hair and makeup done, and watching the bride-to-be get ready!

          
Now on to the big day. Words honestly cannot express the beauty and elegance of the Lord Thompson Manor. Everything was done to the nines and this venue encompasses the idea of a “one stop shop.” They thought of everything and I mean everything. There were cones filled with flower petals for the guests to throw in the aisle.  There were gold stones placed on everyone’s programs outside, which were collected and placed in a vase for the bride and groom to take home. One time I thought to myself, “I could really use a glass of wine,” and mere seconds later, the wedding planner appeared with a tray of Savignon Blanc. This place was magical.

The ceremony was on a beautiful fall day, the bride and groom looked like royalty, and the Reverend was equally as funny as she was sentimental.

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During the reception, we were seated in 4 intimate dining rooms, which felt like we were eating in a lovely home (mansion). The centerpieces alternated between tall and short bouquets of white roses. Each guest’s menu was personalized. The menu consisted of every delicious appetizer you could imagine (mac & cheese burger featured below), and a surf & turf placed on basil mashed potatoes was the main course. The cake was breath taking and we were lucky enough to watch the baker put this masterpiece together, placing each flower petal on the cake one.by.one. After the wedding guests left, the bridal party and family were left with two bars; one of alcohol and one of soft pretzels. How dare they!

                
I’m usually a paparazzi at my friends’ weddings but as a bridesmaid, felt it was tacky to be carrying my camera around. As it is, I usually get mad when the real photographer gets in my way, and I didn’t want to make a scene. I therefore give Drew Widger credit for capturing the details of this wedding, and thank Amanda & Kevin for letting me be part of such a beautiful weekend.

Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Robertson!

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!

    

Why Newport is the Perfect Bachelorette Destination

10 Aug

BEACHES. BARS. SHOPPING. RESTAURANTS. WINE VINEYARDS. MUSIC.

For these reasons and more, Newport is the perfect (and popular) Bachelor(ette) destination. I have been to Newport for 2 bachelorette parties this summer, both different from the other, but equally as FUN. Now let’s get to the good stuff!

Bachelorette Weekend # 1 – Christine Dunn (Longdon)

We drove to Newport bright and early on a Saturday morning, and were picked up by a driver at our very affordable (hard to do in Newport) hotel, Motel 6.

Our first stop was Sakonnet Vineyards, a great winery about 20 minutes from Newport.  At about 10 am, we were the first group there! Our second stop was the Newport Vineyards and Winery, which had a wonderful patio and a gorgeous view. Our third, final and best stop, was Greenvale Vineyards, 5 miles north of Newport. After our tasting, we had a nice little picnic of wine & cheese.

These are just 3 vineyards out of the many in RI surrounding Newport. Wherever we went, the tastings were great (and generous), the staff was helpful, and everyone was excited to be celebrating the bride-to-be!

We then took a water taxi downtown, had drinks on the patio of the Black Pearl, and then ended the night at One Pelham East where we danced and watched Christine forget the words of the song she was singing on stage.

We spent Sunday morning at Second Beach, and then made the trek back to Boston.  What a great weekend!

Bachelorette Weekend #2 – Amanda Shutts

We arrived on Friday night, and stayed at the beautiful Wellington Resort on Thames Street, in the heart of Newport.  It was so beautiful that we didn’t even go out that night!  Our room (suite) came equipped with a kitchen and balcony overlooking the bay, and we spent the night drinking wine, playing cards, making yummy apps, and eating pizza.  It was a perfect (and affordable) way to begin our weekend.

The next morning, we brunched at the swanky Forty 1 North, a waterfront hotel and marina.  There’s no better way to start your day than bloody mary’s and lobster sliders! We felt like royalty.

After laying in the sun (clouds) by the pool, we boarded the Dark and Stormy Sunset Sail.  It didn’t actually get dark and stormy until after our sail was over, but we made it back to our resort before the rain started!  We finished the night by dining at the Black Pearl, and having drinks at The Landing.

Another fantastic weekend!

If your wondering where to stay, eat, beach or go out, visit GoNewport for all the information you’ll need to make your stay just as enjoyable as mine were!

Very much looking forward to celebrating my dear friends Carolyn & Skip, as they get married next summer at the Ocean Cliff in Newport!

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