Let’s kick off the week with a gorgeous two-part feature from the incredible talented Jonathan Canlas! Molly and Thomas’s wedding three-day wedding weekend included a Friday night clambake dinner for all of their guests, held at the same venue in Newport Beach where the wedding took place the next day…

Says the bride: “Our rehearsal dinner (we didn’t call it that – we called it a welcome dinner) was a clambake and all of our 200 guests were invited to the Friday event. The theme was ‘Sweden Meets New England Clambake Celebration,’ and the invite was in both English and Swedish.”

“A great moment Friday night was the Swedish Snaps sing-a-long,” shares Molly. “Every one had a shot of snaps and had to sing together to ‘Hej Lang Gore’ – we had the phonetic, English version on screens which was quite humorous. Americans loved it.”

The clambake dinner was followed by ice cream novelties (ice cream sandwiches, Eskimo pies, fudgesicles, etc.), and a bonfire for s’mores.

The tables reflected the seaside location without being overtly nautical: blue and white runners with a coral-inspired pattern, blue water glasses, and simple bud vases filled with foliage.


Says the bride:  “Having a traditional New England Clambake was a wonderful experience for our overseas guests and a great way to showcase the best of New England. We had 100 overseas guests, mostly from Sweden and the UK. We worked with Compton Clambakes who were wonderful and gathered all of the guests around the pits to explain the tradition of this feast before we all sat down and ate.”

Photography: Jonathan Canlas / Venue: private estate in Middletown, Rhode Island / Event Planner: Stasia Anthony / Floral Design: Flowers by Semia / Bride’s Jumper: Emilia Wickstead / Music: Antoine Drye & Jazz Quartet / Catering: Compton Clambakes / Desserts: Plantation Catering / Wine, Spirits: Del’s Lemonade / Stationery: Paper Moss / Calligraphy, Maps: Daley Ann / Rentals: Rentals Unlimited / Farm Tables: John Orton Events / Historical Newport Trolleys / Hair: Hoa Thai / Makeup: Jane Sincere
  • New England Clambake Welcome Dinner

    10 March 2014
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    Photographer Jillian Mitchell is with us today with a two-part feature: first, Lisa and Benjamin’s fun summer rehearsal dinner, with their rockabilly wedding to come in just a bit. Lisa’s late father was an avid baseball player and fan, so the rehearsal dinner had a baseball theme to honor his love of the game.

    There was corn hole for the kids to play and a cooler full of PBR for the adults. Benjamin’s parents’ house was the backdrop and all of their antique memorabilia added to the Americana feel for the whole weekend.

    Hot dogs, popcorn, and baseball cookies were on the menu along with pulled pork sandwiches and cornbread muffins.

    Stop by in a bit for Lisa and Benjamin’s super fun wedding. And thanks to Jillian Mitchell for sending over these fun pics!


  • Summer Camp Rehearsal Dinner in Maine

    5 November 2013
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    Today we’re headed to Florida for a double feature! First up, this preppy rehearsal dinner from Melissa Schollaert, and then in a little while an intimate beach wedding from another one of our favorite photographers…

    When Kelly and John first met at the University of Notre Dame, they talked about a shared love for Florida’s Gulf Coast. Their first meeting also included joking with each other about how the two could never marry because then Kelly would become Kelly Kelly. Despite that initial conversation, nine years later they tied the knot! They chose the Gasparilla Inn Golf Club gazebo in Boca Grande for the rehearsal dinner, for its open air setting with views of the water, golf course, and sunset.

    Seashells and nautical stripes played up the waterfront setting.

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    Bright pink and peach roses and peonies were a playful contrast to the navy blue linens.

    Says the couple, “Throughout the rehearsal dinner, our friends and family toasted us with wonderful heartfelt speeches and an occasional roast. After dinner, all the guests were invited to a welcome party with cocktails and desserts. The evening ended with a surprise firework show that made the rehearsal dinner even more memorable!” 



    And make sure to stop by in a bit for part two of our trip to Florida with a dreamy beach wedding from KT Merry!

    Photography: Melissa Schollaert Photography / Event Planner: One Fine Day / Venue, Rentals & Catering: Gasparilla Inn in Boca Grande, Florida / Flowers:  Botanica / Stationery:  Karen’s Paperie / Fireworks:  Zambelli Fireworks
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    If this anniversary party had a theme it was family. The couple met in Seattle in 1968, and after Graduate School in 1972, they were off to California to get married with about 40 of their closest friends and family in attendance. Three children, seven grandchildren, and a few chapters later, they marked their 40th anniversary with an incredible celebration in the wine country.

    This party is one of those events with enough details for forty parties! From the custom table runners to the chalkboard seating chart to the kids craft station, there is plenty of inspiration to be found in this Alison Events production.

    Table numbers were created with salvaged wood and silver house numbers. Vibrant floral arrangements included red and orange dahlias, dark red scabiosa, pieris, red viburnum berries, fall color hydrangea and mokara orchids. Between the arrangements, potted herbs (parsley, basil and chives) were available for guests to snip and add to their meal! Table runners were embroidered with words like family, loyalty, joy, and love.

    Miniature clothespins attached favorite family photos to a photo wall made of vintage bed springs.

    This kids’ tent would be a dream come true for any young guests! Decorated with bunting and comfy floor seating, there were toys, a movie, and craft projects galore.

    Atelier Joya designed an oversized chalkboard wall with a “family tree” that the kids were invited to decorate.



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    Photographer: Lisa Lefkowitz / Event Design, Coordination: Alison Events / Venue: private estate in Cloverdale, California / Floral Designer: Atelier Joya / Catering: Betty Zlatchin Catering / Stationery: Chen Design Associates / Band: Lynne Jordan and the Shivers / Rentals: Blueprint Studios, Wine Country Party Rentals, Classic Party Rentals, La Tavola Linen /
  • Anniversary Party from Alison Events

    13 August 2013
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    Whether you’re dreaming of a rustic wedding reception, or looking for ideas for another event, Amanda and Philip’s lovely rehearsal dinner is just full of eye candy and inspiration…

    From the groom’s family: “Amanda and Philip’s rehearsal dinner served as an ode to the couple’s love of nature. When we first gathered ideas for the evening, we kept referencing the couple’s love for hiking and kayaking through the Blue Ridge Mountains. Inspiration came from the beautiful trails that traverse this area of the country. Ferns, queen anne’s lace, and orchids were gathered to accent the natural interior. We found a beautiful french grain sack linen for the head table and paired it with family china.”

    Escort cards were actually copper garden markers, “planted” in boxes of moss. Find similar markers from Gardener’s Supply Company.

    Signature drinks were bourbon and Coke and Prosecco garnished with blackberries. Blackberries also made an appearance in the favors. From the groom’s family: “Wild blackberries grow on our hunting property, and every year, for as long as we can remember, we have picked blackberries and made the most delicious blackberry jam. Shortly after Amanda and Philip’s engagement, we picked the berries and canned 80 small jars of jam for guests to take as they left the dinner.”


    See all of this rustic rehearsal dinner in the gallery.


    Why did you choose this location for your wedding weekend?  The mountains around the Chattooga River are a special area to us and Long Creek is particularly special as it’s where Philip took me for our first Valentine’s Day. The views of the mountains from Kingwood Resort, located just outside of Long Creek in Clayton, Georgia, are gorgeous and it offered up a variety of things for our guests to do while they spent the weekend with us.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the rehearsal dinner?  The toasts were my favorite part of the dinner! We have incredible family and friends who gave us really heartfelt toasts that night. It was unexpected and really wonderful.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  To enjoy every moment of the wedding and rehearsal dinner and not stress about what may have gone a little wrong. The wedding weekend will go by in a blur, so don’t worry about the little things that no one else would even notice.

    Photographer: Ashley Seawell / Event Planner, Floral Designer: Ashley Rhodes Events / Venue, Catering: The Lodge at Kingwood Country Club in Clayton, Georgia / Dress, Shoes: Kate Spade / Groom’s Attire: J. Crew / Stationery: Reaves Engraving / Rentals: All Star Tents and Events / Music: West End String Band / Cake: Holly’s Cakes / Stirrers: My Wedding Reception Ideas
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