Therese & Ryan's Rustic New England B&B Wedding

Event Date: September 5, 2015

Services Provided: Vendor Research/Coordination, Planning Support, Day-Of Coordination

Therese and Ryan had one of those weddings where you could just feel the love. 

Set just outside of Boston at a rustic and historic B&B, their wedding day was perfectly them: laid back, silly, and full of sentiment. We adored the details, including the cute succulent guest favors and their custom cake topper. Enjoy these photos by the talented Madeline Barr

Congrats, Therese and Ryan!

Photography: Madeline Barr Photography 

Venue: Samuel Fitch House, Westford, MA

Catering: Redbones BBQ

Tent Rental: Above All Tent & Party Rental

Hair & Makeup: Adore Styling

 Photo Credit:  Madeline Barr

Photo Credit: Madeline Barr

 Photo Credit:  Madeline Barr

Photo Credit: Madeline Barr

 Photo Credit:  Madeline Barr

Photo Credit: Madeline Barr

 Photo Credit:  Madeline Barr

Photo Credit: Madeline Barr

 Photo Credit:  Madeline Barr

Photo Credit: Madeline Barr

 Photo Credit:  Madeline Barr

Photo Credit: Madeline Barr

 Photo Credit:  Madeline Barr

Photo Credit: Madeline Barr

 Photo Credit:  Madeline Barr

Photo Credit: Madeline Barr

 Photo Credit:  Madeline Barr

Photo Credit: Madeline Barr

 Photo Credit:  Madeline Barr

Photo Credit: Madeline Barr

 Photo Credit:  Madeline Barr

Photo Credit: Madeline Barr

 Photo Credit:  Madeline Barr

Photo Credit: Madeline Barr

 Photo Credit:  Madeline Barr

Photo Credit: Madeline Barr

 Photo Credit:  Madeline Barr

Photo Credit: Madeline Barr

 Photo Credit:  Madeline Barr

Photo Credit: Madeline Barr

 Photo Credit:  Madeline Barr

Photo Credit: Madeline Barr

 Photo Credit:  Madeline Barr

Photo Credit: Madeline Barr

 Photo Credit:  Madeline Barr

Photo Credit: Madeline Barr

 Photo Credit:  Madeline Barr

Photo Credit: Madeline Barr

Romantic Spring Wedding Inspiration

Romantic Roses, 3 Ways

We recently teamed up with Fiftyflowers.com to craft a romantic, feminine shoot to showcase these pink and peach wholesale roses. We used the roses in three different ways, each of which would be perfect for a spring wedding or bridal shower. We hope you enjoy these images captured by the talented Boston wedding photographer Lara Kimmerer. 

1. Bouquet

Roses offer such depth and variety in color, size and texture. We wanted to create a simple bouquet that really highlighted the peony-like blooms of the Cabbage Garden Roses, the frilly petals of the Peachy Cantaloupe Garden Roses, and the delicate blooms of the Perfumela Peach Spray Roses. The roses are offset by just a few sprigs of leaves.

2. Flower Crown

We love the flower crown trend, especially for spring weddings. The large roses and asymmetrical arrangement created a dramatic flower crown in vibrant pinks and soft shades of peach.

3. Tablescape

On the table, we again wanted to let the roses shine, this time with stems in a collection of glass vases, arranged from dark pink to peach to soft pink, creating a subtle ombre effect. We constructed a three-tier fresh flower chandelier to give additional drama overhead. Finally, the pink and peach roses were complemented with minty greens in the antique plates, votives and tablecloth.

Find out how to make these yourself; our easy DIY instructions were recently featured on Wedding Chicks

Romantic Spring Wedding Inspiration by Blue Jar Events
Romantic Spring Wedding Inspiration by Blue Jar Events
Romantic Spring Wedding Inspiration by Blue Jar Events
Romantic Spring Wedding Inspiration by Blue Jar Events
Romantic Spring Wedding Inspiration by Blue Jar Events
Romantic Spring Wedding Inspiration by Blue Jar Events
  Vendor Credits:   Event Styling & Floral Design:  Blue Jar Events   Photography:  Lara Kimmerer   Wholesale Flowers:  Fiftyflowers.com

Vendor Credits:

Event Styling & Floral Design: Blue Jar Events

Photography: Lara Kimmerer

Wholesale Flowers: Fiftyflowers.com

Lavender & Rosemary Winter Wedding Inspiration

Styled Shoot

For this inspiration shoot, we wanted to create a romantic, soft, rustic winter wedding with a touch of vintage glam that offered an alternative to silvery, glittery winter weddings (which we also love). We were inspired by lavender and rosemary, and incorporated both throughout the shoot, from the overall color palette to the drink and menu selections to the invitation design. We love the symbolism behind both - lavender is a representation of peace and tranquility, while rosemary is often associated with love and remembrance. Perfect for a winter wedding. 

We shot mostly outside on a very cold day (like 19 degrees cold). We loved the isolated feeling and natural beauty of the rustic landscape. The stunning blush "Faith" gown by Karen Willis Holmes from Ceremony Boston added just the right amount of color against the fresh dusting of snow, and the vintage furs rounded out the bride's elegant look while keeping her surprisingly warm. For the groom, we chose a classic look with a navy jacket from 9tailors and topped it off (pun intended) with a fun fedora. We're obsessed with the bride's headband - it glittered so beautifully in the sunlight and added unique vintage-inspired flair. 

We used wholesale flowers from FiftyFlowers.com to create simple arrangements, with deliciously fragrant roses, as well as a stunning greens garland that we used both on the tablescape and as a festive ceremony backdrop. 

We hope you enjoy our work, and huge thanks to Jenn Bakos for capturing it all so beautifully. 

 

VENDOR LIST 

Photography: Jennifer Bakos Photography 

Event Design + Styling: Blue Jar Events  

Invitation + Menu Design: Blue Jar Events 

Bridal Shop: Ceremony Boston / Dress: Faith by Karen Willis Holmes 

Wholesale Flowers: FiftyFlowers.com 

Macarons: 'Cuz it's Good 

Hair + Make-up: Station 8 Salon 

Groom's Jacket: 9tailors  

Groom's Hat, Tie + Pocket Scarf: Salmagundi Boston  

Bride's Headpiece + Jewelry: Salmagundi Boston  

Chalkboard Art: Cut.Paste.Love  

Fur Stole + Muff: Vintage

Location: Antrim, New Hampshire 

 

Leah & Dan's Rustic Massachusetts Wedding

Services Provided: Day-of Coordination, Place Card and Table Number Design

Date of Event: September 22, 2013

We had such a fun time at Leah and Dan's rustic, hippy, Jewish wedding in September, held at Woolman Hill in Western Massachusetts. The whole weekend was filled with family, friends, potlucks, and DIY touches, as many guests stayed in cute little cabins on the venue property. We arrived the night before the wedding to serve as day-of coordinators for the big day. 

In addition to day-of coordination, we also created custom place cards and table numbers, based on artwork Leah had created herself for the wedding invitations. 

Congrats again to Leah and Dan! 

 Photo Credit: Kelly Benvenuto Photography 

Photo Credit: Kelly Benvenuto Photography 

 Photo Credit: Blue Jar Events 

Photo Credit: Blue Jar Events 

 Photo Credit: Kelly Benvenuto Photography 

Photo Credit: Kelly Benvenuto Photography 

 Photo Credit: Kelly Benvenuto Photography 

Photo Credit: Kelly Benvenuto Photography 

 Photo Credit: Kelly Benvenuto Photography

Photo Credit: Kelly Benvenuto Photography

 Photo Credit: Kelly Benvenuto Photography 

Photo Credit: Kelly Benvenuto Photography 

See more from Leah and Dan's wedding here, through the lens of Kelly Benvenuto Photography. 

Ashley & Sherry's Massachusetts Barn Wedding

Services Provided: Complete Planning and Event Design, Paper Goods, Day of Coordination

Date of Event: June 30, 2013

For Sherry and Ashley, it was important that their wedding be fun, personal, and full of love. And was it ever. 

They're both from the Midwest and really wanted a farm wedding that could be both lowkey and elegant. They decided on the Smith Barn at Brooksby Farm as soon as they saw it. They loved the natural beauty of the apple orchard and the vibrancy of the restored red barn. Plus, the big lawn overlooking the orchard would be perfect for lawn games! 

 Photo Credit: Solare Wedding Photography | www.solareweddingphotography.com

Photo Credit: Solare Wedding Photography | www.solareweddingphotography.com

 Photo Credit: Solare Wedding Photography | www.solareweddingphotography.com

Photo Credit: Solare Wedding Photography | www.solareweddingphotography.com

The ceremony was held in a garden across the street from the barn. The goal for the ceremony space was to keep it simple and focused on the reason we were all there: Ashley and Sherry vowing to love and support each other forever! We lined the aisle with shepherds hooks and hung jars of freshly picked flowers from them (some of which we picked ourselves the day before). Then we hung white paper flower garland from the arbor, creating a backdrop for the ceremony. 

 Photo Credit: Solare Wedding Photography | www.solareweddingphotography.com

Photo Credit: Solare Wedding Photography | www.solareweddingphotography.com

 Photo Credit: Solare Wedding Photography | www.solareweddingphotography.com

Photo Credit: Solare Wedding Photography | www.solareweddingphotography.com

Ashley's Aunt Sue makes delicious pepper jelly in MIchigan so they decided to use that as the guest favors. We cut out three different floral fabrics to secure under the jar lids and then tied a raffia bow around the jar for the final touch. The escort cards were kraft paper tags strung from antique picture frames.  

 Photo Credit: Solare Wedding Photography | www.solareweddingphotography.com

Photo Credit: Solare Wedding Photography | www.solareweddingphotography.com

 Photo Credit: Solare Wedding Photography | www.solareweddingphotography.com

Photo Credit: Solare Wedding Photography | www.solareweddingphotography.com

In choosing decorations for inside the barn, the couple wanted the styling to be colorful with a rustic and vintage flair, incorporating antiques and homemade decorations as much as possible. 

For the centerpieces, we collected vintage apothecary bottles and sugar and creamer sets, and arranged them with tree cookies, votives, white pots with succulents,  and blue Ball jars filled with wildflowers. We hung fabric bunting made by Ashley's mom across the barn dance floor for another splash of color. 

 Photo Credit: Solare Wedding Photography | www.solareweddingphotography.com

Photo Credit: Solare Wedding Photography | www.solareweddingphotography.com

 Photo Credit: Solare Wedding Photography | www.solareweddingphotography.com

Photo Credit: Solare Wedding Photography | www.solareweddingphotography.com

 Photo Credit: Solare Wedding Photography | www.solareweddingphotography.com

Photo Credit: Solare Wedding Photography | www.solareweddingphotography.com

For dinner Sherry and Ashley chose a tasty BBQ buffet (the steak tips were amazing). They aren't really cake people and wanted to do something unique for the dessert option so we set up a whoopie pie bar! We offered six varieties and decorated them with tiny bunting and little flags with celebratory phrases. The guests loved the whoopies!

 Photo Credit: Solare Wedding Photography | www.solareweddingphotography.com

Photo Credit: Solare Wedding Photography | www.solareweddingphotography.com

 Photo Credit: Solare Wedding Photography | www.solareweddingphotography.com

Photo Credit: Solare Wedding Photography | www.solareweddingphotography.com

 Photo Credit: Solare Wedding Photography | www.solareweddingphotography.com

Photo Credit: Solare Wedding Photography | www.solareweddingphotography.com

We all love the photobooth trend so we created a backdrop using ribbon curtain and paper bunting, and included fun props for guests, like mustaches, glasses, and chalkboard signs to write the couple messages.

    Photo Credit: Solare Wedding Photography | www.solareweddingphotography.com

 Photo Credit: Solare Wedding Photography | www.solareweddingphotography.com

It was certainly a fun, love-filled wedding. 

Words of advice from Ashley & Sherry: Really think about your choices. You don't have to do anything. Fill your day with as many personal touches as you can. It was so special having our friends and family involved in almost every aspect of our day (in a way that wasn't stressful). And then just remember to breathe and enjoy every moment. 

 Photo Credit: Solare Wedding Photography | www.solareweddingphotography.com

Photo Credit: Solare Wedding Photography | www.solareweddingphotography.com

Vendors: 

Venue: Smith Barn, Peabody, MA

Event design and planning: Blue Jar Events

Invitation design: Blue Jar Events 

Flowers: Picked at Blue Heron Organic Farms in Lincoln, MA; Whole Foods Market; Russo's Market

DJ: Soundchoice Events

Photographers: Nora & Troy, Solare Wedding Photography

Catering: Cloverleaf Catering

Dessert: 'Cuz it's Good Whoopie Pies 

Ashley's dress: Mikaella Bridal, purchased from VOWS in Watertown, MA

Sherry's suit: Black Lapel

Ashley's hair & makeup: Station 8 Salon, Jamaica Plain, MA

 

Kelsie & Doug's New Hampshire Farm Wedding

Services Provided: Complete Planning and Event Design, Paper Goods, Day of Coordination

Event date: June 23, 2012

Doug and Kelsie wanted to plan a very intimate, detailed outdoor wedding, and decided to get married at Doug's aunt and uncle's maple syrup farm in New Hampshire, Sugar Hill Farm. Getting married at a family member's farm where they, along with many of their friends and family, had devoted time and energy to getting the space ready made it a very personal experience.

 Photo Credit: Dreamlove Photography | www.dreamlovephotography.com/

Photo Credit: Dreamlove Photography | www.dreamlovephotography.com/

Sugar Hill Farm has several intimate gardens that flow naturally into one another - perfect spaces for the ceremony, cocktail hour, and dinner. Once the barn was cleaned out and draped with curtains, strings of lights, and vintage-style chandeliers, it was the perfect place for dessert and dancing. They even found an antique cast iron stove in one of the rooms, which we incorporated in our display of tea cups for the coffee served with dessert.

 Photo Credit: Dreamlove Photography | www.dreamlovephotography.com

Photo Credit: Dreamlove Photography | www.dreamlovephotography.com

Little did they know, the barn would also become the ceremony space. It started raining just before the ceremony was scheduled to start, and the couple was married in the middle of the barn instead. Luckily, the skies cleared during cocktail hour, and guests were able to wander and enjoy the gardens. 

 Photo Credit: Dreamlove Photography | www.dreamlovephotography.com

Photo Credit: Dreamlove Photography | www.dreamlovephotography.com

In styling the wedding, we were inspired by some of the rustic wedding trends, with our own personal touches. For place settings, we used a collection of mismatched antique china that has been passed from friend to friend - this was the fourth wedding in which the china was featured! Hand-picked flowers were arranged in a collection of vintage vases on burlap table runners.

 Photo Credit: Dreamlove Photography | www.dreamlovephotography.com

Photo Credit: Dreamlove Photography | www.dreamlovephotography.com

We also picked a vintage-style font and incorporated soft, botanical images in our table numbers and programs.  For escort cards, we used 16th century botanical illustrations and made personalized seed packets for each guest. The flower image on the seed packet corresponded with the botanical illustration on each table. Since Sugar Hill Farm makes maple syrup every winter, the favors were small bottles of syrup made from the sap of the surrounding maple trees!  

 Photo Credit: Dreamlove Photography | www.dreamlovephotography.com

Photo Credit: Dreamlove Photography | www.dreamlovephotography.com

Food was very important to Doug and Kelsie. We found a great caterer who specialized in locally sourced ingredients who was willing to do a vegetarian wedding. Kelsie really wanted the meal to feel like it would if you were coming to eat at their house, so it was all served family-style at each table. Doug and Kelsie homebrewed all the beers, and their two signature drinks (a rosemary and cucumber infused gin and tonic, and a French 75 with St. Germaine) were named after family members. And, as Kelsie doesn't love cake, her grandma (known in the family for her pie-making skills) made all of the pies from scratch!

 Photo Credit: Dreamlove Photography | www.dreamlovephotography.com

Photo Credit: Dreamlove Photography | www.dreamlovephotography.com

Words of Advice from Kelsie & Doug:

The most important advice we can give couples planning an outdoor wedding is to never lose sight of what you're doing and why you're doing it.  Remember: you're marrying the love of your life! If you spend your wedding day inconsolable because your perfectly styled ceremony garden is turning into a mud puddle, you might just miss your own wedding, and you'll regret that way more than you'll ever regret the fact that no one got to see your cute parasol display.  Hopefully you get a beautiful, sunny day with perfect white clouds, but if you need to go to Plan B, go to Plan B with a smile.  If you're radiating joy and love, your guests will see that and will also relax and enjoy themselves. We know this from experience: right before the ceremony was supposed to start, it rained. And I mean it poured. We rushed everyone to the barn and held the ceremony there. The beautifully landscaped gardens, all the details we thought would unfold according to plan - they all went right out the window. And it didn't matter one bit. Our guests bonded over the shared experience of braving the terrible weather, and we had people telling us all night that it was the best wedding they'd ever been to...or at least the most memorable!

 Photo Credit: Dreamlove Photography | www.dreamlovephotography.com

Photo Credit: Dreamlove Photography | www.dreamlovephotography.com

Vendors:

Venue: Sugar Hill Farm, Antrim, New Hampshire

Event design and planning: Blue Jar Events

Catering: Inn and Out Hospitality, Denise Meadows

DJ: Avid Entertainment

Photography: Dreamlove Photography

Pies: Made by Kelsie's grandmother

Flowers: Locally picked from Vera Flora Farm, NH

Kelsie's dress: Melissa Sweet Celerie (sample dress from Priscilla of Boston)

Kelsie's hair and makeup: Station 8 Salon, Jamaica Plain, MA