Newport, Rhode Island was the perfect place for Katie and Aaron to tie the knot: not only is it where they fell in love, it’s also in between their respective home towns in Cape Cod and New Jersey. Plus it’s a beautiful place for a beautiful wedding!

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The Ceremony

“We planned the ceremony along with our officiant, John Stratton, who is Aaron’s cousin. We found an amazing resource called The Wedding Ceremony Planner by Judith Johnson that gave us traditional and non-traditional ideas and a solid framework. And we loved incorporating our personal story and personalities into our ceremony.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words. Open, Personal, Simple.

Did you include any traditions?  Yes, many old and new traditional elements including a candle lighting to honor Katie’s late father, and Christian ceremony readings.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  The moment we heard the words “I now pronounce you man and wife.” And the immediate cheers, applause and shouts of support that followed!

Ceremony Music:
Processional: Harvest Moon, by Neil Young
Brides Entrance: Holocene, by Bon Iver
Recessional: All You Need is Love, The Beatles

 

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The Reception

“The inspiration for our entire wedding came from the profound relationships we have with our family, friends and each other. Our intention was to celebrate the union of our two worlds, by throwing our very first dinner party as a married couple. With an emphasis on the word party! While we are a modern couple, we have deeply rooted heritage and tradition in both sides of our lives, so our wedding combined both modern and traditional romantic elements.”

 

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Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  Both of us grew up in beach communities – Katie on the Jersey Shore and Aaron in Cape Cod – so it was important to us to be married in a seaside community. We choose Newport because we took our very first vacation there as a couple and it’s where we first fell in love. And since Newport is located between New Jersey and Cape Cod, it seemed like the perfect place to start our lives together as husband and wife.

Please tell us about any special details from your wedding:  The big hits: Champagne served upon guest arrival for the ceremony, a live percussionist that played alongside the DJ, a cigar roller, and late night snacks (chicken and waffles and s’mores!).

Menu  
First Course: Butter Lettuce Watercress Salad / Moscatel Poached Peaches with Marcona Almonds, Manchego, Sherry Dressing // Entrees: 10 oz. Pepper Crusted Aged Sirloin with Garlicky French Beans, Watercress-Shallot Salad, Crispy Potatoes Vincotto / Roasted Atlantic Salmon with Stewed Beluga Lentils, Braised Heirloom Carrots, English Peas in Mint Butter, Pea Shoots // Stuffed Eggplant Rollatini with Quinoa, Smoked Tomatoes, Broccoli Rabe and Sweet Pepper Oil // Dessert: Carrot Cake

 

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What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Take a moment to really look at all the people in the room on your wedding day (including your husband!). Every single person that matters in both of your lives, all there to celebrate your love. Coming together as one happy family – laughing, smiling, dancing and spending time with each other. It was breathtaking.

What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Que sera! Control what you can control, and let the rest go. The unexpected makes for the best stories. And don’t look at the weather. Ever! You most certainly can’t control that, so close the weather app.

First Dance Song: Wonderwall, Ryan Adams

 

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Photography: Erin McGinn / Event Planning: Jubilee Events / Venue: Belle Mer in Newport, Rhode Island / Floral Design: Greenlion Design / Dress: Mori Lee via RK Bridal / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Clutch: Stewart Weitzman / Suit: Jos A Bank / Tie: Brooks Brothers / Shoes: Johnston & Murphy / Program, Monogram: Jar of Ideas Design / Seating Chart, Table Numbers: The Perfect Table Cape Cod / Invitations: By Invitations Only Designs / Hair, Makeup: Jennie Kay / Cake: Fatulli’s / Transportation: Newport Limousine Service / DJ: Max Baun, C-Zone Entertainment / Guitarist: Chris Phillips / Photobooth: Photobooth Planet / Cigar Rollers: Boston Cigar Factory
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  • Rhode Island Wedding from Erin McGinn

    26 August 2014
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    We’re so pleased to celebrate Select vendor Jesse Leake‘s new website, and to share his photos from Susanne and Ed’s lovely wedding with you today! Susanne and Ed let the beauty of their venue in springtime set the tone for their lovely wedding day, from the flowers to the menu, and their team of all star vendors made sure the day was exactly what they’d hoped for.

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    The Ceremony

    “The best thing about our wedding ceremony was having everyone we love and care about in one spot, to support our love and our new journey as husband and wife. It was a beautiful day.”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words.  Traditional, non-religious, short and sweet.

    How did you go about planning your wedding ceremony?  We met with our officiant The Right Reverend Dave (David Graves, co-owner and winemaker at Saintsbury Winery), and he gave us a book of wedding poetry and ceremonial readings, from religious to New Age, to Buddhist. We picked a traditional, non-denominational ceremony.

    What was your favorite part of the day?  There are so many favorite moments from that day, but by far the best moment of the day is when I saw my husband for the first time waiting for me at the end of the aisle. He started crying when he saw me and I was just concentrating on getting to him. When I got to him he was still crying and I leaned over and whispered to him, “Please stop crying or you are going to make me cry and I don’t want to ruin my make up.” He laughed, wiped away his tears, and before I knew it we were married!

    Ceremony music, played by Entire Productions (string quartet): 
    Bridal Party Processional
    : “Heart of Gold” by Neil Young
    Bridal Processional:  “Crazy Love” by Van Morrison
    Recessional: “Into the Mystic” by Van Morrison

     

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    The Reception

    “We were inspired by spring time, new life, new beginnings, fertile ground abundant with wild flowers, bright green fields and mountains. Spring is filled with hopes and promises for a prosperous, happy, love-filled future. In planning our wedding we drew inspiration from our surroundings and the land. We wanted to bring the outdoors inside with an effortless, casual elegance, nothing overproduced, with everyone dressed in black tie.”

     

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    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We got married at Hudson Vineyards, this is my husband’s family ranch located in Napa Valley where he grew up.  The Ranch is a special place to both of us, and I think my husband always wanted to get married there. We have created a lot of special memories there together over the years, so it was an easy choice. Plus, no site fee which was a major bonus!

    Tell us about your wedding decor.   To create the abundant springtime look that we wanted, our florist used only flowers that were in season and California grown, as well as lichen and Spanish moss, branches and some wild flowers found on Hudson Ranch. Alison Events created this feeling inside three different tents: cocktail, dinner and dancing. We used ivory, flax and slate blue gray and let the flowers and greenery add the color. We had green water glasses and vintage wine glasses, with fine china and wood handled flatware.

    What did you serve?  We wanted a menu that would reflect our tastes and have the feeling of something we would serve at an intimate dinner party at home, and our caterer did a fantastic job. The seasonal menu included an asparagus and artichoke salad, followed by lamb osso buco, and an Italian café wedding cake for dessert, made by Alexis Baking Company. The wines were from producers who used Hudson Vineyards grapes to make their wine.

     

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    Please tell us about any special details from your wedding.  We had a “speakeasy” lounge tent for after dinner, and Rye on the Road served a range of cocktails: Pisco Sour, Girl Next Door, Aviator, Old Fashioned and many more. // We did a traditional first dance, father/ daughter, and mother/son dance, and then the Monophonics came on and rocked the house for about two hours! They were amazing and had everyone on the dance floor the entire time they played. After the band finished, our close friend, DJ Dukes of Boutique Wedding DJs, had people dancing non-stop until the early morning hours. I danced all night! // Our photographer Jesse Leake, was so easy and fun to work with. He was able to capture the many special moments of the evening without hovering. I loved that!

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  If anything goes wrong, chances are you will be the only one who notices, so let it go. Don’t draw attention to it and nobody will be the wiser. Also, make sure to steal away with your husband for a few minutes and be present in the moment.

    What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Be patient with each other, follow your hearts and your vision. Be flexible and if one of you really doesn’t like something, let it go.

     

    Photography: Jesse Leake / Event Planning & Design: Alison Events / Venue: Private Estate in Napa, California / Dress: Carolina Herrera / Shoes: Rene Caovilla, Jimmy Choo / Tuxedo: Brioni Tuxedo / Bridesmaid Dresses: Dessy / Floral Design: The Monkey Flower Group / Stationery: Olive Route / Videography: Lola Video / Cake: Alexis Baking Company / Photobooth: Magnolia Photobooth / Rentals: Hartmann Studios, One True Love Vintage, Frances Lane, Zephyr Tents, Royal Restrooms / Hair: Stella Rickett / Makeup: Darcy Hunt / Valet: Soiree Valet / Transportation: Pure Luxury Transportation / DJ: Boutique Wedding DJs / Ceremony, Cocktail Music: Synchonicity Strings Quartet via Entire Productions / Band: Monophonics / Catering: Tasha De Serio / Lighting, Sound: Got Light

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  • California Ranch Wedding from Jesse Leake

    25 August 2014
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    From the lace details on Rachel’s gown to Alex’s stylish tuxedo, this wedding is full of classic elegance. And I love the use of gold accents! Such a perfectly glamorous touch!

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    The Ceremony

    “It was important to both of our families that we get married with Jewish traditions, and Jewish weddings are very scheduled as far as the ceremony goes. We sat down with the rabbi several times, and he went over it step by step.”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words.  Jewish, Russian, Simple.

    What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  The fact that your whole family gives you away and stands with you under the chuppah.

    What music did you choose for the ceremony?  We hired a husband and wife violinist and pianist to play renditions of Pachelbel’s Canon in D (the bridal party), traditional music from a Russian ballet (Alex’s parents), and “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri (the bride) for the processional. The recessional was to “Siman Tov, Mazel Tov.”

     

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    The Reception

    “Alex is Russian, so we needed to find a Russian venue that would allow vodka bottles on the table – needless to say our signature drink was Grey Goose vodka.”

     

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    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Simple: I wanted no drama. I had my brothers as my “bridesmaids,” which was really special for me and made life easy – black tuxedos, no dresses or extra flowers or jewelry.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  Being with my family in the morning was wonderful. I was able to spend time with my mother and my brothers. Besides that I really liked our time taking pictures around Chicago. I got to enjoy time with just my husband.

    What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Talk with each other about what you guys want in a wedding before bringing your parents or family into the discussion, otherwise you might get lost in trying to please others. We were lucky in that everyone just wanted us to be happy, but sometimes parents expect certain things you might not have really wanted.

    Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  It’s easy to get lost in the details, so take some time at the beginning and write down the three most important things you want at your wedding. We didn’t care about linens, dinnerware, and glasses; but we made sure we filled the glasses with top liquor, the plates with great food and sat the people we truly loved in all the seats.

    First Dance: “Sway” by Dean Martin. We didn’t want to choose something trendy now. We both love oldies. We wanted something that would be appropriate to dance to when we were old and gray.

    Anything else?  Alex was a DJ before medical school, and it was nice to have the last hour of music be a mix that he made.

     

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    Photography: Clary Pfeiffer / Venue, Catering: La Mirage in Rolling Meadows, Illinois / Dress: Vera Wang / Shoes: Brian Atwood / Earrings: Tiffany / Suit: George Zaharoff / Shoes: Prada / Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas / Floral Design: Yoni Design / Music: La Mirage Band
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  • Timeless Chicago Wedding from Clary Pfeiffer

    20 August 2014
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    I cannot get over Trent Bailey‘s photos of Lauren and Jason’s wedding – autumn in New York never looked so romantic! The glow of candlelight, the bride’s jaw-dropping ensemble, the intimate interfaith ceremony… beautiful!

    SEE THE FULL GALLERY FOR ALL THE IMAGES FROM THIS GORGEOUS NEW YORK CITY WEDDING BY TRENT BAILEY.

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    The Ceremony

    “Our ceremony was by far the best part of our day. It was so intimate – dimly lit, with only the warm glow of candles and the string light curtain. Our family and friends tell me that Jason shed tears (which is not like him at all!) when he first saw me walking down the aisle. There was a moment during our vows where I had to collect myself, too. It was a lot of raw emotion. The true love we have for one another was captured under our chuppah that day – it just felt magical. It’s hard to articulate just how special it was. I felt extremely present – like everyone melted away and it was just Jason and me promising the rest of our lives to one another. I hate to be such a sap, but like our love, the memories of our ceremony won’t ever fade.”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words.  Intimate, Natural, and True.

    How did you go about planning your wedding ceremony?  It was important to us to incorporate both Jewish and Catholic traditions. We had a difficult time finding officiants who would share the stage. The wedding was getting closer and closer and we felt we were going to have to go with a non-denominational ceremony, but we finally made a connection through a friend. We had coffee at a diner in Queens with Rabbi Berman, and after chatting for a couple of hours, we knew we had found what we were looking for. He’s conducted interfaith wedding ceremonies with his friend, Father Brennan, for years. They made our ceremony feel extremely special. Both Rabbi Berman and Father Brennan made suggestions of readings and overall order of ceremonies.

    Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony?  We also had a short ketubah/marriage certificate signing in the speakeasy prior to our ceremony. It was special because Jason’s 94-year-old grandmother signed our ketubuh, as well as Jason’s brother, and two of our best friends signed our marriage certificate. After the ceremony, we followed the Jewish tradition of yichud – spending time alone together in the speakeasy.

    Would you be willing to share the order of your wedding ceremony? 

    Processional: “Hallelujah” by Jeff Buckley, “Crazy Love” by Van Morrison
    Greeting
    Reading: 1 Corinthians 12.31 – 13.8
    Words of Encouragement
    Exchange of Vows
    Blessing of Rings
    Blessing over Wine
    Nuptial Blessing
    Words of Encouragement
    Three Fold Blessing
    Pronouncement
    Breaking of Glass
    Kiss of Love
    Recessional: “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green

     

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    The Reception

    “When we first started to think about venue options, I was drawn to the whole barn trend that was happening. I knew I wanted a blank slate, something different, and something undone. A friend of ours had walked by The Green Building – at the time it was barely a wedding venue at all – and suggested we check it out. It was the only venue we visited and we knew right away it was the place. The floor hadn’t even been painted yet and there was just an old leather couch in the speakeasy, but the owner painted his vision for us. We trusted him and over the next year and a half The Green Building blossomed into the fabulous space that it is today. There was something quite lovely about getting married in our own neighborhood. I stopped by The Green Building often throughout our engagement and got to know all of the familiar faces. The space and the wonderful people behind it played a pivotal role in making our wedding what it became.”

     

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    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  I wanted to weave black and white throughout the event. Throughout the planning process, I realized that less really is always more. It was important that our wedding was simple, elegant, and cohesive.

    Did you incorporate and DIY elements?  We handmade around 500 glass magnets for favors. I originally saw the idea on Pinterest. Swiss Cottage Designs whipped us up four classic patterns in black and ivory. It was a lot of trial and error!

     

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    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  To just let go and enjoy the experience with my husband. It becomes such a whirlwind and it’s hard to stick to that advice. I woke up the morning after our wedding thinking, Was so and so there? Did I talk to him? Did we do this? Did that happen the way it was supposed to? – and none of that is important. What’s important is letting go of all the planning and responsibilities and just basking in love of your new husband and all of your friends and family.

    Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Spend the money on a talented stationer, a superb photographer, a great band, and delicious food. We felt those things were the most important! With that being said, there are ways to cut corners in any area of wedding planning. Some examples: you can do a split plate instead of having two options; don’t have music at the cocktail hour, because trust me, no one even hears it playing; buy your own candles for your florist; only print enough programs for every other guest; don’t letterpress your entire invitation suite; don’t spend extra on fancy napkins or linens – no one knows the difference; go with a small kraft bag or box for hotel room gift bags; go for a small cake to cut and do the rest like a dessert bar. The list of corners to cut is truly endless – get creative!

     

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    Photography: Trent Bailey / Venue: The Green Building in New York, New York / Day-of Planner: Brooke Rasheed / Dress: Reem Acra / Shoes: Dior / Veil: Vera Wang / Clutch: Judith Leiber / Suit, Shirt: Alton Lane / Tie: Preston & Olivia / Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew / Stationery: Swiss Cottage Designs / Floral Design: Fox Fodder Farm / Rentals: Broadway Party Rentals / Music: The Dreamteam Band / Catering: Real Food Catering / Cake: Baked NYC / String Light Curtain: Solid Angle / Hair, Makeup: Facetime Beauty Concierge

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  • Autumn NYC Wedding from Trent Bailey

    18 August 2014
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    I always say that if I’d gotten married during warmer months, I would have had a picnic wedding – they’re just so perfectly laid back and charming! Promise, once you see Jen and Jesse’s wedding you’ll start dreaming of a picnic celebration, too.

    SEE THE FULL GALLERY FOR ALL THE IMAGES FROM THIS DIY PICNIC WEDDING IN RHODE ISLAND.

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    The Ceremony

    “Our marriage counselors helped a lot with outlining our ceremony and deciding what and who to include,” says Jen. “Jesse and I then spent hours writing the actual script of the ceremony including our own custom vows and declarations. We were inspired by the wedding ceremonies of family members and friends as well as the values and ideas we learned from the Bible through our counseling. It was important to us to have a simple ceremony: one that conveyed the seriousness of the promise being made, while still being filled with joy.”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words.  Relaxed. Thoughtful. Personal.

    What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  Jesse and I picked two readings from the Bible that represented our values when it comes to marriage. Our favorite part of the ceremony was having our moms do those readings. For a moment, it allowed us to relax and focus on something other than ourselves.

    Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  We finished the ceremony with a unity tree planting. We planted a tree together with soil from the home I grew up in and water from the house Jesse grew up in.

    Anything else?  Jesse’s brother played acoustic guitar for the ceremony music. // The backdrop to the wedding ceremony was magical. It was set inside of an ivy-covered cedar grove that was made even more green by the brief rain that fell just before the ceremony.

     

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    The Reception

    “As Jesse and I arrived at the Eliot Hotel in Boston on our wedding night, we could not think of a single thing we would change about the day. And a month later we still feel the same way. As we planned our tiny wedding over the span of nine months, we knew we wanted to stray away from a lot of wedding traditions that people seem to do simply because tradition compels them. We didn’t have a giant wedding party, dancing, a DJ, or a bar. Instead we modeled our wedding after our first date: a picnic with sandwiches, cheeses, fruit salad, lawn games, and chatting on a blanket for hours. We really did not discuss any other options when it came to the theme of our wedding; it was such an obvious decision for us. ”

     

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    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  From the time we got engaged, we had planned on having our wedding at Jesse’s family home. But 6 weeks before the wedding those plans fell through and we had to scramble to find a new venue. We were blessed to have Jesse’s family friends offer their beautiful property to us. We were able to pick up our wedding plans and move them to the King’s Cottage with almost no changes. Jesse and I always pictured having a backyard wedding and the King’s Cottage gave us just that: the backyard of all backyards. The result was even better than we’d planned.

    Tell us about your reception!  We invited our 60 guests to be adventurous and picnic with us. We all sat on blankets or picnic tables while munching on sandwiches from our favorite bakery, Flour. Afterwards we broke open a piñata and played lawn games together - Jesse and I have always enjoyed playing lawn games at events in the past, so we asked a few friends to bring their favorite games with them, like croquet, bocce, and kubb. The soundtrack of the day was a giant playlist created by Jesse and me with a lot of our favorite artists like Iron & Wine, Matt Pond PA, Fleet Foxes, and Elijah Wyman. For our guest book we set out an iPad and asked everyone the take videos of themselves for us, the end result was amazing and hilarious. As it got cooler later in the day, everyone was able to sit by the fire and roast marshmallows for s’mores, ending our wedding on a low-key note.

    Are there any other special details we should know about?  One of my favorite details from the wedding were the plants; the florals were one thing I knew I wanted to do myself. I planted tons of succulents in pots that my mother and I painted. I made the bouquets myself with flowers from Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. // My other favorite detail was the weather — as New Englanders we were so thankful for 60/70 degree weather. There was a light drizzle just before I finished getting ready and it poured as we drove into Boston at the end of the day, but otherwise the weather was absolutely perfect.

    Menu:  Sandwiches (Herbed Tuna, Grilled Chicken, Hummus & Veggie) // Chips, Fruit Salad // Watermelon, Earl Grey Cookies, Almond Cake with Vanilla Buttercream

     

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    What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  Our favorite moment was getting to smash the piñata with the rest of our wedding party.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Some of the best advice that I received from my mom while planning (and feeling stressed) was that we are just planning a party, to celebrate love with people we love, and that no one is coming to our wedding to point out imperfections.

    What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  I think something that we can’t mention too many times to couples planning a wedding is that it’s okay to take a break from planning. Have a date night where you don’t talk about the wedding. Jesse and I also recommend pre-marital counseling to any couple planning to get married. For us counseling brought us closer together and allowed us to talk about difficult topics in the right environment.

    Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Use your skills and the skills and generosity of your family and friends. Some examples: Jesse’s brother played acoustic guitar for our ceremony music; our venue is the home of a family friend; our marriage counselor coordinated our reception; I did all of the florals and decorations myself; and Jesse did all of the music preparation and vendor coordinating. We felt that we should only pay for things that we couldn’t do ourselves or with the help of family and friends. Jesse and I spent countless hours designing, making and setting up everything, but it all came together with the help and support of our friends and family — I could write a novel about all of the people who helped with absolutely everything.

     

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    Photography: Firm Anchor / Venue: private residence in Providence, Rhode Island / Bride’s Dress: Beatriz, J.Crew / Shoes: Latigo via Anthropologie / Cuff: Alkemie / Earrings: Fossil / Headpiece: Whichgoose / Groom’s Suit: Proper Suit / Shirt: Proper Cloth / Shoes: Allen Edmonds / Calligraphy: Cindy Pendergast / Rentals: Sunshine Tent Rentals / Catering: Flour Bakery / Cake: Cake Monstah / Hair: Maddie Harkins, The Beauty Lounge at Magnolia
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