April 2018

April 26, 2018

Photo by Benjaminrobyn Jespersen on Unsplash

A new year brings with it new ideas, fresh inspiration, and an influx of trends that may or may not stick around. But the great thing about trends is that you can use them as a springboard to create unique styles and themes, which is exactly what couples want for their weddings. More than anything else, brides and grooms want a wedding that expresses their personality and offers quality over quantity.

There are several 2018 wedding theme ideas to get excited about. Whether you go all out with one, mix and match a few, or incorporate a couple of details from a specific theme, I think you’ll find these ideas inspiring and flexible enough to adapt to whatever creative and personal wedding theme you choose.

Ethereal Romance

Photo by Lawrence Green on Unsplash

Romance is timeless, elegant, and has always held its place in the wedding world. Soft, feminine details express its beauty. To expand on the classical romantic look, add ethereal details to create a Midsummer Night’s Dream mood. Other elements that make up this theme:

  • Modern marble or transparent invitations combined with calligraphy
  • Candles, twinkling lights, light-up walkways
  • Floral ceilings and over-the-top floral arrangements
  • Gold, mauve, rose gold, blush
  • Billowing fabrics



Via Whipped Bake Shop

The new age/bohemian theme replaces rustic chic. It’s still relaxed and casual, but not as “down home.” Ditch the mason jars and burlap for macrame and feathers. Other things to include:

  • Geometry
  • Geodes and crystals
  • Floral patterns
  • Pink, white, lavender, violet



Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Natural reigns in this theme, so it’s the perfect excuse to plan an outdoor wedding. Whether it’s a summer destination wedding at the beach or a casual backyard reception, you’ll want to make Mother Nature the main focus. Serve local and in-season food, decorate with farm fresh flowers, and give gifts that guests can use during and after the wedding, like these personalized sunglasses. Other theme details include:

  • Abundance of greenery and oversized arrangements
  • Hanging foliage
  • Seeds and pods
  • Edible elements like flowers and herbs
  • Green, neutrals, earth tones



Photo by Shari Sirotnak on Unsplash

An interactive wedding theme is all about the guest experience. Couples who choose this theme will focus on creating memorable moments their guests will talk about for years to come. Exciting entertainment (flame eaters and hoop dancers, anyone?), choreographed dances, and mingling spots are only a few ways couples can engage their guests. Other ideas include:


  • Interactive buffet stations
  • Video guest books or having guests add to a work of art
  • Airstream food stations
  • GIF photo booths



Photo by Laura Radniecki

Industrial style has a sort of simplicity to it, but a unique one, and can be easily expanded upon to create a personal look. Wedding Wire says, “Often infusing vintage and rustic elements itself, the trend expertly blends modern with the old.” Couples interested in this theme can look to lofts, old factories, and warehouses for inspiration and as possible venues. Consider these elements for an industrial theme as well:


  • Black paired with nude or metallic
  • Mixed metals
  • Exposed piping, concrete, and brick
  • String lighting
  • Copper and marble
  • Minimalism


Fine Art

Photo by The Barefoot Brunettes via B.Loved Blog

What makes a wedding “fine art”? Think soft, dreamy, and light-filled. Think oil on canvas and pastoral scenes. Beauty is the focus. Other details include:


  • Unusual venues like historical site, boutique hotels, libraries, and museums
  • Elaborate installations
  • Romantic florals
  • Handmade and torn paper
  • Silk chiffon on tabletops
  • Gold, white, clear, pops of color



Via International Luxury Weddings

With the maximalism theme, couples will want to go big or go home. This kind of wedding will give guests a luxury experience. Divine ideas for a maximalist wedding include:


  • Dramatic, theatrical
  • Lavish tablescapes
  • Arches, floral ceilings and walkways
  • Soft furnishings, large ottomans, rugs, chill out areas
  • Oversized bouquets
  • Exaggerated elements
  • Moody color palettes


Finally, the overarching theme for 2018 is individuality. As noted above, couples want a wedding that is completely unique to them and expresses their personalities. 2018 weddings are less about formality and traditions and more about experience, creating memorable moments, and celebrating love in a way that is intimate, personal, and fun.


Article by Stacey Smith

Stacey Smith is a freelance writer who, after planning her own wedding last year, loves to share tips and ideas for creating the perfect day. She specializes in new and unique wedding ideas with a flair for the DIY. 

April 7, 2018

September 4, 2016
Ceremony: Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul, Providence, Rhode Island
Reception: Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA

Jodi Ricci worked as Michael Mota’s assistant at a large marketing company in Rhode Island. It would be an understatement to say that they enjoyed working together. The two of them became best friends and wanted to spend every second together. Jodi was the captain of the New England Patriots Cheerleaders, and the team was in the Dominican Republic on their annual swimsuit calendar trip. The couple had been dating for a couple of years at that time. Michael decided that it was time to propose, so he surprised Jodi by flying down with a yellow canary diamond. The entire squad looked on as Michael got down on one knee and popped the question.

Michael and Jodi gave themselves a year to plan the wedding. The first event of the wedding was an engagement photo session at Walt Disney World. The couple chose to have the reception at Gillette Stadium because of Jodi’s involvement with the Patriots, and because they had lots of great memories there. They wanted an over-the-top wedding and Gillette is truly a grand location. Excitement remained high during the planning process. In fact, when they were having the food tasting at the stadium, Michael fainted in Tom Brady’s suite. On the big day, September 4, 2016, they had a beautiful ceremony at the Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul in Providence. And then the fun really began... A live video streamed on the jumbotron as the newlyweds took the field at Gillette Stadium, entering through the inflatable helmet arch as they were announced over the loudspeaker.

Optum Field Lounge was transformed into a fairytale locale with thousands of pale yellow garden roses, white hydrangeas, candlelight, beautiful linens, chandeliers, and white fabrics. The six-tier cake was covered in roses as well. Fairytale accents included Alice in Wonderland chairs for the bride and groom. Guests were served a three-course dinner, and the band Radiance played all night long. To keep the party going, a Game Day Buffet was rolled out at 11:00 pm. A large fiber optic tree was placed in the middle of the dessert room where guests could help themselves to treats at the candy bar, as well as hundreds of mini pastries and Italian cookies. One of the highlights of the reception was when the Patriots Cheerleaders performed for the groom.

The best advice Jodi and Michael have to give to a bride and groom is to enjoy the planning process and the days leading up to the wedding. Even though it may be stressful at times, it’s one of the most exciting events you will ever plan in your life.

Ceremony: Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, Providence, RI

Reception: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA

Wedding Planner: I Do Just Weddings, Providence, RI

Event Design: Exquisite Events Details & Decor, Newport, RI

Florist: Stoneblossom Floral & Event Design, Warren, RI

Bridal Gown and Veil: Galia Lahav

Bridal Salon: Bridal Reflections, New York, NY

Bride’s Headpiece: April Soderstrom

Cake: Wrights Dairy Farm & Bakery, Woonsocket, RI

Photographer: DB Photography, Lincoln, RI

April 1, 2018

Most of the time, happily ever after begins with some kind of adventure. To some, that could mean an exotic honeymoon to Bora Bora. To the clients of Jay and Vicki Philbrick’s, it could mean a mesmerizing post-wedding photo shoot atop the stunning Cathedral Ledge in North Conway, New Hampshire.

Would you climb a mountain for your spouse—literally?

Jay and Vicki have been working together as portrait and wedding photographers at Philbrick Photography in New Hampshire for the past fifteen years, yet it wasn’t until 2008 that they decided to take their services to the next level (or higher).

Jay, a former climbing guide, has admired Cathedral Ledge for years, and something told him it had more of a purpose than just looking pretty. “I’ve always had this idea of getting a couple on that one ledge,” Jay said. “I just thought, it’s such an improbable place to have a bride and groom standing.” He decided to suggest a day-after cliffside shoot to a couple he was currently working with—and to Jay’s delight, they were on board.

After several shoots on the ledge, the stunning photos started to get famous on the Internet. While the response is mostly positive, “some people immediately thought the photos were fake or edited in Photoshop,” Jay said. But actually, there’s no editing done to the photos; everything you see is what he sees through his lens. “No harnesses, no ropes, no anchors—nothing. It’s all hidden,” Jay said.

Other immediate reactions to the photos are that it seems irresponsible or unsafe. Jay has an answer to that, too: “Statistically, we’re all at much more risk driving to and from the cliff than we are on [that cliff]. It’s really quite safe.”

So how does this extreme wedding photography actually go down (or up)?

Photo shoots start super early in the morning—or late at night depending on how you look at it. Between 2:30 and 3:00 am, Jay and his professional partner, mountain guide Marc Chauvin, begin setting up the ropes, anchors, and everything they need to make the photo shoot happen. Vicki, who takes behind-the-scenes photos during the shoot, comes by as well.

“The goal is to have the couple securely anchored before sunrise,” Jay said. The team always goes for two different shots: one before sunrise and another after sunrise, both of which have completely different vibes. “We go the extra mile to get something unique for our couples,” he said.

Once everything is set up and the bride and groom arrive, the two are lowered down in harnesses onto the ledge. While the groom can don his pants, shirt, and tie before being lowered, the bride is told to wear baggy clothes or something she can hide under her wedding dress. Once securely on the ledge, Marc will dangle down with the gown, veil, and any other accessories. Nothing like a wardrobe change hundreds of feet off the ground!

The bride transitions out of her harness and into a slimmer harness that can fit under her dress, and a small hole is made in the back of the dress to feed the rope through. The best kind of dress for this type of shoot? “Ones with a corset back—you can easily fit the rope through it,” Jay said.

More often than not, Jay and Vicki are working with couples who aren’t professional climbers. But out of twenty photo shoots, they’ve never had anyone bail out. “We love that couples are always very excited to go through with it—it’s something they’ll never forget for the rest of their lives,” Jay said.

Whether you aren’t a fan of your wedding photos or just want to do something unique (an anniversary celebration, anyone?), Jay and Vicki Philbrick offer something truly unique and magical. Each session costs $1,500 (though the memories are priceless). To learn more and see photos of past photo shoots, visit philbrickphoto.com and philbrickphotography.pixieset.com/cliffsidephotos.

Written by: Diana Whelan

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