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New England Weddings – Bohemian Wedding Inspiration

I’m always excited when a vendor asks to collaborate on a styled shoot, so when my friend Nancy of Makeup by Nancy reached out to ask if I was interested in collaborating on a styled shoot, of course I said yes! It’s always a pleasure to work with some of my friends to create a bohemian inspiration wedding styled shoot that was featured in Seacoast Wedding Magazine.

If you don’t know me {yet} I like to beat to my own drum and do things a wee-bit differently. So, when Nancy approached me to help design this styled shoot, she wanted me to put my stamp on it. I did my research on what this style represented and how I can add my twist to it.

The traditional bohemian theme focuses mostly on neutral, cream and pink color palettes. During my research and diving deeper into it, I found descriptions such as “eclectic mix of hippie, nomad & gypsy lifestyle with an artistic flair”, whimsical, mix and match flowers and dish-ware. Now, we’re talking about what speaks to me. I decided to go with the artistic flair and brought in that pop of color to the natural element.

I went with a purple, white and cranberry color palette. For the decor, I wanted to focus on arrows, wood, vintage and soft, romantic feel. All images are courtesy of the amazingly, talented, fun guys at Black Thumb Studio.

I absolutely fell in love with the purple ‘leafy’ and textured linens from Peterson Party Rentals when I saw them, so when I spoke with my new found friends at Free Range Floral about what I was envisioning for the florals, they fit right in. I told them I wanted a woodsy, colorful and flowy feel…boy, they did not disappoint and captured what I was looking for.

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I did the stationery in-house since my one of my assistants, Maureen is super talented with graphic design!

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We had to have a gorgeous bouquet to go with the stunning dress from Pure Bliss

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..and a little something for him too!

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When the florists mentioned they wanted to “try” out a floral wall as a nice background, who am I to say no?!

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And it looks so pretty with the hairpiece….and check out Makeup by Nancy’s amazing job on the makeup!

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Can’t have a styled shoot without a pretty venue to show off. We had the pleasure of the Ferncroft Country Club allowing us the use of their newly renovated space to capture these details! It was such a gorgeous venue and the grounds were absolutely stunning for pictures!

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You can’t have a styled shoot without some yummy dessert. The cupcakes were graciously made by Nicole Locke at Bucciarelli’s Butcher Shop & Deli. Yes, they are more than just a butcher shop!

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Lastly, when you think of “hippie”, you instantly think of a VW Bus. So, when Nancy found out that one of her past clients had just restored one, she immediately called Bud at Salem Five to see if we could use it! He graciously said yes….

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OH WAIT, there’s one more thing….as with the weddings I am part of, I’m always about it being personalized. Nancy & I both wanted to use our family china to bring in the personal element.

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I had a blast working with my vendor friends before the craziness of wedding season began and it’s always a good way to get the creative juices flowing! Allow all of us to be part of your wedding and you won’t be disappointed either!

Want to see what else we’ve done? Check out some of our work in our gallery.

Cheers,
~Tracy

Top 5 Wedding Planner Checklist

Hello there!

Trust me, when I tell you there will be many items on the wedding checklist you will be checking off throughout your planning process. In my experience, I find the ones below are the 5 most important on my wedding planner checklist.

Top 5

1. Set your wedding date

Honestly, you would think this would be the easy part and for some it is, but it also could be very daunting to a newly engaged couple. No need to fret over it, there are a few ways to help you determine the perfect date. Do you have a favorite month or number? Do you have an anniversary date of when you starting dating? Those are at least a good starting points.

A little story about when I was picking my own wedding date, I knew I wanted to get married on a Saturday and wanted to make it an “anniversary” weekend. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get the actual date we started dating that fell on a Saturday for a few years, so I went for the next best thing, the following day! Both dates have a special meaning to me in different ways and now every year, I honor both and have an anniversary weekend.

Don’t be afraid to allow a number or month that has a special meaning to the two of you to be a factor.

2. Set a budget

Money is always hard to talk about, but this by far is the most important item on the wedding planner checklist. Determine what you can afford and how much you want to spend on your wedding. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to have the wedding of your dreams and there are many ways to have the wedding of your dreams without the huge price tag.

Also, during the budget discussion, I’d advise to make priorities on certain areas and items that are important to you where you couldn’t imagine getting married without them. It will help you know where you want to spend higher and lower amounts of your budget.

3. Determine who’s paying what

After you’ve determined the budget, you need to decide whether any family members will be helping you out paying for the wedding. In this day and age, most couples are paying for the majority of the wedding themselves, but their parents do want to contribute something to help.

If the parents are making any type of contribution towards your wedding, its best to ask them what the specific amount is. The reason being, it will help you know the best areas to allocate that money towards. It’s always easier to know an exact amount you’re able to work with than wonder how much you have to spend.

4. Decide on what type of wedding you want

You’ve set the date, determined your budget and even who’s helping out, now let the planning fun begin! I’m sure you’ve looked at countless Pinterest boards for inspiration {it can be wonderful, but also overwhelming!} and now the time has come to decide what type of wedding you’re envisioning.

By deciding this, it will help set the tone of your wedding and will let you know which direction to go in. There are many options to consider, so do what makes you happy and works for you and your budget.

  • Do you want a traditional, non-traditional, outdoor/indoor ceremony and reception?
  • Do you want formal, semi-formal, backyard or laid back kind of wedding?
  • What type of year feels right to you: fall, summer, spring or maybe even in winter {nothing wrong with a little snow for a New England wedding}.

I promise once you decide what type of wedding you want, it will ease your mind and let you determine whether you want a specific theme and color palette.

5. Select and book your vendors

The date and budget is set, you’ve set priorities based on what is important to you and your fiancé, now I would highly recommend you start looking at vendors that fit your budget, style and personality. There are vendors that do book out at least a year {or more} in advance, especially the ones who are incredibly talented at their craft. By setting priorities, it will help you determine where you want to spend more or less of your budget for those particular vendors.

During your research, keep a few thoughts in mind: do you admire their work, understand what value they bring to the table and most importantly, when you meet or talk with them, do you have a connection with them. Listen to your gut feeling. Trust me, you will be spending a lot of time with certain vendors, so you want to make sure you have a good connection with them.

I hope my Top 5 most important wedding planner checklist items helped you prioritized things. I leave you with a few parting words…
Have fun planning your wedding & make it your own!

Are you feeling overwhelmed with your wedding planning? Check out our services to see how we can help elevate some of that anxiety. I can’t wait to hear from you and talk weddings! 🙂

Cheers!
~Tracy