Lisa and Benjamin’s wedding looks like it was just as fun as their rehearsal dinner! So much personal style and laid back fun, plus gorgeous photos from Jillian Mitchell

Says the bride, “We knew that we wanted a simple, outdoor, family-oriented wedding that was suitable for all ages from the much loved children in our family to our grandparents. Our folks, who enjoy bringing family together at their home, knew we were on a budget, so after our engagement they offered to let us use their beautiful backyard as our venue. We were so excited about this venue, because it had a sentimental family feel in a beautiful mid coast Maine town that we were happy to invite our friends and loved ones to share with us.”

“We were surprised to find that we were more traditional than we thought when it came to rings and vows, and even the first dance and cake cutting. Yet everyone remarked to us that although there were elements of tradition in our ceremony, no one knew what to expect next. Everything was very off the cuff and unrehearsed.”

A bicycle built for two!

Bridesmaids wore dresses in every style and color.

Lawn games added to the relaxed, playful vibe of the summer wedding. Centerpieces were assembled from the groom’s father’s antique collection. Almost every element in the wedding was a collective effort of friends and family, from the picket fence ceremony backdrop to the tablecloths and bunting to the fireworks.

The signature cocktail was a Vodka Raspberry Lime Rickey. Cupcakes were white buttermilk cake with pineapple filling, cream cheese frosting and a cherry on top.



What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We were inspired by the venue itself being a beautiful old farm house in the Camden Hills. We were excited to throw a party to celebrate our love and to bring our families and friends together, but we did not want to get wrapped up in pointless details and did not want to feel on our special day as though it was something outside of us. We wanted it to represent our own unique styles.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  The ceremony. Marrying my best friend in front of our families and friends, in a symbolic ceremony was the most that any bride could ask for.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  The best advice that anyone gave me came from my sister. While planning the wedding she reminded me to let others help with the details, to not be afraid to delegate tasks. Let go of the worry that you are burdening your loves ones and realize that they truly want to help make your day special, and in return it truly will be.

What advice do you have for other brides?  For us we decided to make a list of details we’d like at our wedding before looking at Pinterest. That way the ideas were all personal and meaningful to us rather then just randomly picked from someone else’s dream wedding. It was really important for our day to reflect us. Also, don’t be too particular or obsessive about the way it all ‘must’ be.  We  had so many particular ideas at first and planned on doing them all ourselves. When others wanted to help, we realized that these ideas may turn out different from what we originally imagined. This may have made me nervous at first being one who likes to be in control.  Then you realize that although the details may not look the way you first arranged them in your mind, everything has much more meaning and is more perfect being a mix of the tastes and talents of everyone who loves you.

Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  The groom’s pocket watch was custom engraved with a Tom Waits quote: “Champagne for my real friends and real pain for my sham friends,”

Photographer: Jillian Mitchell / Venue: private residence in Lincolnville, Maine / Dress designer: Ann Phaneuf / Reception dress: Anthropologie / Shoes: Koi Couture / Jewelry: J.Crew / Ring: Mona Lisa Jewelers Boston / Veil: Gracefully Girly / Apron: Pretty Little Pearl / Makeup: Boston Vintage Factory / Hair: Kimberly Riposta of Glow / Shirt, pants: American Apparel / Tie: Olivia Paige Clothing / Shoes: Rokit Vintage / Hat: Coal / Pocket watch engraving: Danger!Awesome / Bridesmaid dresses: Alfred Sung / Floral Designer: Kate Hall-Roy, flowers from Millie & Bemp’s organic farm / Rentals: Wallace Tents / Music: Steve Jinx / Caterer: Sandy Boddomer / Cake: Bunny’s Warm Oven

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    Abby Jiu and Rex and Regina are here to help us kick of the week in style with a beautiful Washington D.C. wedding!

    I love the special story of how Oxon Hill Manor became Tess and Marcus’s wedding venue: “I fell in love with Oxon Hill Manor when I helped out at the wedding of my boss. When we got engaged and my mother asked where we might like to be married it immediately came to mind. I was convinced that just one year out we wouldn’t be able to find an available date in the month of June. Unbeknownst to me, a few weeks prior, my mother had asked my then boyfriend (who she knew was about to propose) where he thought we would like to be married and the two of them surreptitiously booked the last date available the following June. They surprised me with the booked date the morning after we got engaged!”

    The bride’s sister was her maid of honor, and “was in charge of coming up with something old, something new…” says Tess. “We ended up pinning fabric taken from my mother’s wedding dress, and from items of clothing from my maternal grandparents (who are no longer with us) into the inside of my dress as the something old and borrowed so that they could all be with me on my special day.”

    Says the bride, “My family is Jewish so I was very happy to have both my mother and my father accompany me down the aisle. We also had our floral designer create a beautiful birch wood chuppah for us.”

    Located just outside of Washington D.C., the property includes a beautiful Georgian manor and formal English gardens with a view of the Potomac River in the distance. The cocktail hour took place around the reflecting pool, then the reception moved to the tented brick patio for dinner and dancing.

    As a nod to the groom’s Brazilian background, says Tess, “We asked Sarah Gallo from Design Cuisine to create a Latin inspired menu complete with caipirinhas as our signature cocktail. We continued to embrace Marcus’s Brazilian heritage by having my father give his toast in both English and Portuguese (which he had practiced for months). The best man, Marcus’s brother Ramon, also gave his speech in both English and Portuguese. It was a wonderful way to include all of the non-English speaking guests who had traveled from Brazil.”

    The bride describes her decor inspiration: “Although our aesthetic would normally be more urban, we liked the rustic look of numerous and varied containers with loosely arranged flowers and lots of beautiful antique mercury glass votives. We were able to combine the beautiful and formal Oxon Hill Manor with uncovered farmhouse tables and lush and overflowing flowers to create the perfect blend of rustic elegance.”



    What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  After a year of planning, I was ready to just let go and enjoy myself once our wedding day finally arrived.  it was such a pleasure to finally see everything come together and simply spend the day with my best friends and family.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  The best advice I received was from my former supervisor, who also worked in the event industry. She shared with me the importance of finding vendors who are both good at their jobs and enjoyable to work with. Wedding planning can be a long process and it makes all the difference to work with fun and friendly people.

    What advice do you have for other brides?  Pick a few aspects that you really care about to focus on during the planning process. If you try to perfect every detail, you will quickly burn out. I found it was better for my happiness and sanity in the months leading up to the wedding to identify those few aspects (food and flowers, in my case) and let my team handle the rest.

    Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  My parents surprised us with a vintage Rolls Royce as our getaway car. It was gorgeous and great fun for our photographer to use in our photos. It looked fabulous parked in the driveway outside the front door as the guests arrived. It made for a perfect ending to a perfect evening. We gathered together black and white wedding photos from our parents and grandparents, framed them is beautiful silver frames, and displayed them in the foyer of the mansion. We selected one particular photo of my grandparents and their parents on a set of steps from their wedding and had our photographer replicate the same staging of our families for a photo to match.

    Photographer: Abby Jiu / Event Planner: Teresa Lee of Rex and Regina / Venue: Oxon Hill Manor in Oxon Hill, Maryland / Dress Designer: Paloma Blanca via Robinson Bridal / Shoes: Manolo Blahnik / Suit: Hugo Boss / Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew / Stationery: Paper Source / Floral Designer, Rentals: Shawn Cosette of Beehive Events / DJ: Les Talusan / Catering: Design Cuisine / Cake: Maggie Austin Cake / Cake stand: Sarah’s Stands
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    I love how Krista Turner‘s photos of Catherine and Tom’s New Orleans wedding make you feel like you were there – they really convey a sense of the place and the energy and the experience of this celebration. From the unique bridge location to the hot dog stand to the second line… well, you’ll see what I mean!

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    Catherine describes the significance of their choice of the Magnolia Bridge for the ceremony: “The Magnolia Bridge is the oldest bridge in New Orleans. It’s a footbridge that crosses Bayou St. John, which runs through our neighborhood. The bridge is a sacred place in our community, the spot of so many formal and informal gatherings over the years. People have gotten married there, held memorials and birthdays and anniversaries, as well as canoe races, baby showers, Voodoo ceremonies, and pyrotechnic New Years’ celebrations, all centered around the bridge. We never really had to think about where we would get married. The bridge is such a special part of our lives; it was the natural decision.”

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    After the ceremony, the couple made a quick stop for some photos and so that the bride could change into a short dancing dress. Then everyone joined in a second line!

    What’s a wedding without hot dogs and snow cones?

    Guests enjoyed two signature punches: an “Afternoon Punch” of grapefruit, pomegranate, orange, and basil and a “Green Citrus Cooler” of vodka, soda, lime, mint, and tarragon. In a New Orleans tradition, the bridesmaids pulled charms from the cake before it was cut.



    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We are both parts of so many diverse communities of people, and we wanted to create an environment where everyone, from my 88-year-old Southern grandmother to all of our artist and social justice friends, would feel not only comfortable but honored and welcomed. We decided to optimize the natural beauty of our surroundings while also highlighting our love of the food, music and culture of New Orleans.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  Catherine: Walking at the front of our second line with Tom and three of my brothers and looking back to see everyone we loved dancing in the street together!  Tom: Our first dance when we finally got to talk to each other!

    Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  My cousins and I are all very close, and all of my female cousins wore our great-grandmother’s wedding earrings on their wedding days, so I wore them too. That felt very special.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  So much! I don’t know how I could have done it without all the help and support of so many friends and family, most of whom had been married already. Some of the best was: use your bridal party. They really want to be there for you. My bridesmaids did everything including tracking down a microphone cable minutes before the wedding, taking Tom to urgent care when he got food poisoning hours before our rehearsal dinner gracefully extricating me from long conversations so I could talk to our guests, and fixing me a plate and making sure I ate. The other thing that helped us a lot was being reminded to figure out early on what was really important to us, and what we would be willing to compromise. That helped us a lot when making hard budget visions, or having different visions with family.

    What advice do you have for other brides?  It’s potentially really stressful, expensive and emotionally charged. Keep it in perspective. This is an amazing time that will only happen once.

    Photographer: Krista Turner Photography / Ceremony Venue: Magnolia Bridge in New Orleans, Louisiana / Reception venue: Pitot House / Dress: Yvonne LaFleur / Suit, Shirt, Tie: Stein-Mart / Stationery: Scriptura /  Music: Harry Hardin Trio, T’Monde Cajun Band, Young PinStripe Brass Band / Caterer: Martin Wine Cellar / Food Trucks: Dat Dog Hot Dogs, SnoDat Snowballs / Cake: Haydel Bakery


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    Let’s make summer last just a little longer with this romantic botanical wedding from Love Me Do Photography. Seersucker suits, cascading vines, homemade limoncello, all in the country’s oldest botanical garden tucked away in the city of Philadelphia…

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    Trailing vines add drama to Celeste’s cascading bouquet of clematis, peonies, roses. Bridesmaids carried smaller versions of the bride’s all-white bouquet.

    The bride sourced a vintage church candle stand for ceremony. Escorted by her father, she walked down the aisle to Here Comes the Bride played by a solo trumpet.

    Groomsmen wore seersucker slacks with navy blue blazers. Bridesmaids wore ivory dresses of their choosing.

    Perseverance Jazz Band played during the cocktail hour through dinner.

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    Bottles of homemade limoncello did double duty as favors and escort cards.

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    Centerpieces were a mix of bud vases and rustic wood planter boxes filled with white flowers, ivy, and other foliage. The flower boxes were one of the couple’s DIY projects, as were lace table runners and all of the stationery.

    How’s this for a totally unique and super fun idea? At the end of the reception, guests danced with white parasols, echoing the Philadelphia tradition of the Mummers Parade.



    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We picked Bartram’s Garden because of the rustic garden setting and its close proximity to Center City. We were also surprised and happy to discover that it is the oldest botanical garden in the country!

    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We wanted a romantic rustic, country wedding tucked away in the city. Our colors were ivory, and greens and browns. I was inspired by lace, seersucker, twine, burlap, candlelight.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  Hearing the wedding vows that we wrote for one another.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  It sounds simple, but enjoy the wedding day! Stop worrying about all the details and moving pieces, and cherish all the little moments.

    What advice do you have for other brides?  You can’t start planning soon enough, particularly if you want to have your first choice of venue and vendors!

    Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  If you start early enough in the process, certainly try to DIY as much as you can – though don’t leave too much to do towards the end, and make sure you don’t have any responsibilities on the wedding day itself.

    Photographer: Love Me Do / Venue: Bartram’s Garden in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania / Dress: Addie by Monique Lhuillier / Shoes: Auroral Vapor Heels by Something Bleu / Veil: Debra Moreland is Paris / Suit: Pincord Seersucker by Haspel / Shoes: Cole Haan / Floral Designer: Sullivan Owen Floral / Rentals: Ocean Tent and Party Rentals / Jazz band: Perseverance Jazz Band / DJ: Hi Society Productions / Catering: Diverse Catering / Dessert: Isgro Pasticceria / Transportation: Great American Trolley Co. 
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    The rain may have forced Emily and Raymond to change some of their wedding day plans at the last minute, but their celebration was no less beautiful or special because of it. And photographer Jessica Lorren was there to capture it all on film…

    The bride used a DIY tutorial by Antiquaria to create her watercolor invitation suite. Other DIY elements included Emily’s sash, the photo booth backdrop, and photo booth props.

    Bride, Emily, on the weather: “Initially we had every intention to be on the dock, closest to that lake to say our ‘I do’s’ if not for the rain or the unpredictable wind that day. My friend, Will, had spent months building an outside structure hung with glass bubbles for us to stand under and it was inconceivable we would be anywhere else. We waited to the last minute, but eventually the rain won out, so on that unusually cold late evening in May, we stood in front of the elegant white French doors of the charming boathouse and proceeded on, as if it had been our plan all along. It wasn’t the golden al fresco ceremony we had envisioned, but in the end, it didn’t matter. Down that aisle still stood my gorgeous groom and we were getting married! In hindsight, having the ceremony inside was a blessing in disguise. The minister dropped Ray’s ring during our exchange and I could only imagine the picture of our wedding party simultaneously jumping into that lake after that ring. My girlfriends, dressed in gold sequined Aidan Mattox dresses, would have sunk straight to the bottom!”

    Says the bride, “I worked with Amy of Seaport Flowers for weeks as she meticulously perfected all my incomplete thoughts and ideas. Mercury glass vases, frosted goblets, and glass tumblers spilling with charm peonies and garden roses set the tone for our unbelievably intimate and romantic reception.”

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    For dessert there were two types of wedding cake: chocolate cake with layers of chocolate ganache and fresh strawberries, and pistachio cake with layers of rosewater buttercream and fresh raspberries with a vanilla buttercream frosting finish.



    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  Emily: We loved everything about our venue. I’m pretty sure it was love at first sight for me. I thought the boathouse was incredibly charming with all its French doors, high arches, and sweeping staircase. I couldn’t envision anything more perfect for our day. // Raymond: When I saw the venue in person for the first time, I just knew it was right. Sometimes you have a feeling that this is the right place.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  Emily: For me, it was definitely our first look. Ray is usually pretty collected when it comes to his emotions, but he completely came undone when he turned around and saw me for the first time. Of course I thought my groom was gorgeous as well, but Ray’s emotional response really took me for surprise. It really was a special start to our day.  //  Raymond: There are two moments. The first is our first look before the wedding when Emily tapped my shoulder and I turned around and saw the most beautiful woman in my life. I was taken aback and lost it for a moment. The second is when the I heard the drums starting to play as our recessional song came on. My wife, the moment, my emotional tears, the song, it is forever etched in memory.

    Did you include any traditions in your wedding? Ray is Chinese and I’m Korean and that could have proven to be a very lengthy and exhausting day if we had chosen to acknowledge all our customs and traditions. We wanted to respect what was important to our families, but asked that they also embrace the new Western traditions we grew up with as well. We agreed to a Chinese Tea Ceremony with our rehearsal dinner the night before our wedding for Ray’s side, but we nervously insisted on our “first dance” with our usually reserved Asian parents on the day of. Ray and I danced with our parents to Laura Fygi’s version of “I Love You For Sentimental Reasons.” It was the first time either of us had been in such close physical proximity to our parents for any lengthy measurable amounts of time, but it was probably one of the fondest memories of the night!

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Don’t get stuck making the details perfect. You’ll have many more perfect days with your man so don’t focus on the one.

    What advice do you have for other brides? Anything can go wrong, but everything will be all right! No, really, it will.

    Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Splurge on what’s important to you; don’t get lost in what isn’t. I think as a bride you can get overwhelmed at what’s available to you. In the beginning you might think that you need it all and that can be really misleading, not to mention very costly. I focused on my must haves and questioned them frequently along my timeline to see if they still remained just as important.

    Photographer: Jessica Lorren / Venue: Prospect Park Boathouse in Brooklyn, New York / Bride’s dress: Enzoani Dakota / Shoes: Glint / Earrings: Adriana Orsini / Groom’s suit: Hugo Boss / Shirt: Burberry / Bow Tie: Brooks Brothers / Shoes: To Boot New York / Socks: Happy Socks / Bridesmaid Dresses: Aidan Mattox, ASOS / Floral Designer: Amy Gardella of Seaport Flowers / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / DJ: DJ Duane Harriott of 74 Events / Catering: Moveable Feast / Cake: Betsy Thorleifson of Nine Cakes / Makeup: Nam Vo / Hair: Kristen with La Sorella Bridal
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