Real wedding: Marissa + Matt

lobster bake rehearsal dinner on beach

It’s not often I get shots of the rehearsal dinner included with a wedding submission, but when its a cool lobster bake out in the Hamptons, its a total treat!  And seriously, check out the gorgeous bridesmaids dresses…I’m in love with the texture!

For our wedding, we wanted a relaxed and casual atmosphere and as our friends and family flew in from all around the world, we hosted a few events throughout the weekend so my California friends and family could meet my husband’s British-based friends and family.  For the rehearsal dinner, we invited everyone to a private beach in Southampton for a Lobster Bake.  Our friends and family had the opportunity to relax on the beach in the summer sun and later in the evening we all roasted marshmallows under the stars.  It was wonderful to work with Kelly Guenther throughout the weekend – she captured the entire weekend so beautifully – the photos really reflect the emotion and intimacy of the weekend.  Our wedding ceremony and reception was hosted at Wolffer Estates in Sagaponack.  Sag Harbour florists designed a beautiful chuppa for our ceremony, my highschool friend Amy Claire designed my bridesmaid dresses and my dear friend Alexa Rodulfo did my hair and makeup.  Fresh Flavours served us local Long Island Duck and The Engagements played great music so we all danced the night away.

hamptons wedding

hamptons wedding

Vendors:

Dress: Philippa Lepley Couture
Photos: Kelly Guenther
Catering: Fresh Flavours
Flowers:  Sag Harbour Florists
Venue: Wolffer Estates
Bridesmaid Dresses: Amy Claire (amyclaire.com)
Music: The Engagements
Invitations: Wren Press

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Real wedding: Jenny + Patrick

Its kinda fun that the whole jumping off point for this wedding was the groom’s love of biking!  Jenny can tell you the rest…

The two things Patrick and I knew we wanted for our wedding was a photo booth and macaroni and cheese.  Beyond that, our inspiration came from fun, down-to-earth wedding blogs and our own person style — which is  something along the lines of a mid-century mash-up with contemporary flair. Ha! We wanted it to feel vintage  inspired, without being overdone. Like a big family meal, with simple decorations and flowers. What we ended  up with was beyond our imagination. The evening was beautiful.

Patrick & Jenny: In Motion from Aaron Hawes on Vimeo.

Vendors:

Venue: Les Bourgeois Vineyards
Cake: Cakes with a Personal Touch
Wedding dress: Nicole Miller
Bridesmaids dresses: JCrew
Groom’s tie: Cyberoptix Tie Lab
Flowers: Kent’s Floral Gallery
Photobooth: Photobooth StL
DJ: Aaron Rose
Hair: The Marc

[images from Hawes Photography]

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Studio tour: Merriment Events

Name: Courtney Spencer
Location:
Richmond, Virginia
Company:
Merriment

What do you do? Event planning & design

What is your aesthetic? funky elegant/tradition with a twist

How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? I love mixing old + new. My desk is a antique piece I found for a bargain at West End Antiques (hello heaven). The paint is chipping and its edges are worn…I LOVE that. It means it’s had a life before me…it’s full of history and story. There’s something too easy about just going out and buying a room full of new pieces. That so totally isn’t me. I like the thrill of the hunt…finding that one piece that’s just so interesting you can’t leave it behind. 🙂 And, I abhor officey looking spaces, so instead of leaving my new filing cabinet office park black, I spray painted it ivory and used ribbon as drawer pulls. Pretty + functional. I hope the events I design are full of details that convey story & meaning, just like the pieces in my office.

Favorite part of your studio? My dogs, Zoe and Spain. I love that I can be with them everyday when I work.

Where do you go for inspiration? I usually go to antique stores & fabric shops. If I’m really needing to get out of the way, I drive out to the country…Virginia is so beautiful.

What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? My hands.

Is there anything you’d upgrade to? More hands.

[images from Katie Stoops Photography]

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