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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

Vendor Love — Tara Lynn Bridal

Happy Wednesday!

I just love it when a vendor reaches out to me and they tell me they love what I’m all about & how different I am! Always puts a smile on my face & I’ll be honest, I never get tired of hearing it. Anyway, enough of me being on my soapbox, I wanted to tell you about one of those vendors who did just that.

The fabulously talented Tara Lynn Bridal! Tara Lynn is a custom, handmade, eco-friendly wedding dress designer. Her philosophy is she “creates natural fiber wedding gowns because she cares just as much about the women who wear the dresses as she does about her creation. Every one of Tara Lynn’s brides is exalted in a natural-fiber, wearable-art gown that is as sublime as the bride herself.” 

OK, so let me show you some of my favorites….

Isn’t the red in that dress just so unique & stunning!

I just love how that one is just so fun & dainty at the same time!

That one just reminds of me a Greek goddess & who doesn’t want to embrace THAT on they’re wedding day!

I’m always in awe of talents like this, especially since I can only do the bare minimum when it comes to sewing! 
So, if you’re looking for a unique wedding dress that you design yourself, Tara Lynn Bridal is right up your alley! And, as Tara Lynn states right on her home page, “The woman who chooses Tara Lynn Bridal does so because, surrounded by the elements and people she loves most, she wants to enrobe herself in a gown that asserts her intrinsic spirit and compliments her best features.”

Tara Lynn Bridal is located in Sutton, Vermont, but ships throughout the US, Canada & Internationally. Check out her full site here for more information & other fabulous dresses! Than call me for you’re Coordinating needs, so I can see your one of a kind dress too!

~Cheers!


TGIF Signature Cocktail

Happy Spring!

For some of us, it’s been a long time coming!  We’ve just experienced yet another snowstorm here in the Northeast a few days ago, and while I’m perfectly fine with the white stuff, some are definitely not. It’s New England, after all.

Anyway, I was thinking “spring” when I searched out a signature cocktail idea.  So, as I typed in “spring cocktails” into my search engine a few different ideas came up. The others I’ll be sure to feature and definitely try, but….

…This one, however, stuck out the most to me….

English Rose Martini

…why you might ask?…after reading the description, I couldn’t wait for spring to arrive!

“Enjoy this fruity variation of the martini as your roses come into bloom. Apricot brandy is perfect for the spring cocktails and in the English Rose it is accented with sweet lemon and pomegranate flavors.”

“An English Rose is a delightful variation of the classic martini. It’s sweeter, using apricot brandy, grenadine and lemon for flavor but it is still a great before dinner drink.”

Thanks to Colleen Graham at about.com for providing this fabulous idea, recipe and opinion for a spring cocktail!

 Ingredients:
  • 2 oz gin
  • 1 oz dry vermouth
  • 1 oz brandy
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • 1 tsp grenadine
  • maraschino cherry
 Preparation:
  • Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes
  • Shake well
  • Strain into a chilled glass
  • Garnish with the maraschino cherry
I do see one in my future! Want to join me to taste it for you’re wedding signature cocktail, call or email me to set up an appointment!
~Cheers!