June 2018

June 21, 2018

photo: Anthony Tran on Unsplash

Hello summer! Here are our favorite, easy ideas to incorporate in to your perfect beach wedding.

The benefits of having a beach wedding are endless; the beautiful backdrops, the stunning natural elements, the relaxing sounds of the tide, and the list goes on. Here are a few of our favorite ideas that are trending now:

photo: Kirsten Taylor & Tiffany Von

Include beachy items in your wedding decor and floral arrangements. Items like driftwood or shells right from the beach can be simple, yet stunning. Make a statement and pair them with light, flowing scarves and bright greenery.

Photo by Josh Applegate on Unsplash

Loose, messy hairstyles are all the rage right now, especially for beach weddings. Tousled waves, loose braids, and messy buns work great on the beach. No need to worry about that ocean breeze blowing a hair out of place!

Placecards: Dulcepress   Photo: Arielle Donoson

Bring a little bit of the beach in to your wedding reception. We love how these cute placecard holders gave a nod to the bride and groom's favorite drink of choice, and were filled with sand from the beach right outside.

Gown by Pronovias at Nordstrom

Flowy, boho bridal gowns work well for beach weddings because of their soft, whimsical appearance. They flow well in the seabreeze, and are more comfortable in warm weather than stiff, heavy gowns.

Sandals: Badgley Mischka at Nordstrom

Sandals: Shayne sandal at David's Bridal

Sandals are the obvious shoe choice for beach weddings. While still looking chic, they offer more comfort and sea-side style for the bride and bridal party.

Suit by Men's Wearhouse

A linen suit is the perfect selection for beach weddings because they're much lighter than traditional suits, while still looking polished. Skipping the jacket and opting for a shirt and vest is a fun way to look trendy while also staying cool in the summer sun.

Photo by Daria Shevtsova

Light and fruity wedding cakes are a good dessert choice for beach weddings. The trendy "naked" cake, strawberry shortcake, and key lime cake are great, summery choices, especially paired with a scoop of nice cold gelato.

Photo by Ibrahim Asad

Don't be afraid to go over the top and ultra luxury for your waterfront wedding. Bright tropical florals, oversized party tents, chandeliers, and bold, hanging florals all make a big statement while still complimenting the beauty of the beach.

June 19, 2018

“Candle lighting is a primal element; we are all drawn it,” says event designer Andrew Rubenoff. “The soft light produced by a flickering candle is not only pretty and romantic, but it’s the most flattering of all light sources." With more than thirty-three years of lighting experience, Rubenoff, “approaches wedding design in the same way” as he does a theatrical production. He ranks candles on the top of his list for inspiring creativity.

Create pretty and romantic lighting at your wedding with candlelight.

(photo courtesy of Boston Harbor Hotel)

Unlike cut flowers, candles and their containers can be reused and repurposed, and they don’t come with a hefty price tag. “Whether it’s a twenty-five-cent votive or twenty-five-dollar candle, it generates the same brightness,” Rubenoff maintains. “The only difference is a torch or bucket candle, which, due to its size, has a bigger, brighter flame and is ideal for outdoor/patio weddings.”

Candlelight infuses a magical glow to into just about any venue—when used safely. Local and state-mandated fire safety ordinances pertaining to candle sizes, designs, assemblies, placement, and usages can be found online, but if you have any questions, please ask your wedding coordinator or banquet manager for exact guidelines.

Year-round, indoors and out, there are two factors that affect candles: heat and wind. “Candles put out a lot of heat,” cautions Rubenoff. Wind, blowing through A/C vents, as well as unpredictable New England wind gusts can fan flames. All candles should be surrounded by fire-proof hurricane shades or straight cylinders and set apart from flammable items.

“Here in Rhode Island, we can only use candles in glass containers; there cannot be an open flame,” says Erica Trombetti, owner and lead event specialist of Infinite Events. A candle enthusiast, Trombetti, “loves using them everywhere! On the tables, mantels, your escort table, cake table, gift table, etc. Candlelight sets the tone for a romantic ambiance, and it can be used for any type of event—for daytime weddings as well.” To achieve that wow effect, she likes to combine different sizes, shapes, and colors that complement the decor. “I would consult your florist for the best option for your specific event and design, as there are many variables that go into it.”

“Erica took the dream we had and made it come to life,” shares Rachel Orabone Boulware about her October 2015 wedding held at [Carolyn’s] Sakonnet Vineyard in Little Compton, RI. During the church ceremony, Erica and her groom Jason lit a unity candle. “It was a special, symbolic way for us to show that we two had become one,” she recalls “to live a shared life together forever. At our reception, all our tables were brimming with traditional candles—a mix of small clear glass and mercury glass votives were sprinkled around the floral centerpieces. The soft light radiating from the candles just oozed romance and elegance, providing an ethereal ambience and the perfect glow for pictures.”

If using real candles is prohibited at your venue, LEDs are an excellent alternative. Placed up and down the aisle floor, set on banisters, altars or columns, LEDs can safely and beautifully illuminate your wedding. “A LED will not light on fire if one gets knocked over accidently,” Trombetti points out. Rubenoff is also impressed with the recent selection of “vastly improved, competitively priced LEDs that look very convincing.” Since some varieties, “may appear too amber and not as bright,” he suggests buying a few for a test run before ordering dozens.

Both Trombetti and Rubenoff are not in favor of using scented candles in centerpieces, where the overbearing odor may mix with food smells. Trombetti also points out that some guests might be allergic to the smell. Instead, reserve those spice, floral, fruit, or ocean-scented candles for entry foyers, powder rooms, or as wedding favors.

“There’s a formal quality to candlelight and it can really add warmth to an overcast, rainy, gloomy day or dark-paneled room,” says Rubenoff. For optimal effect, he makes certain that dining staff are instructed, “to go around and light candles at weddings as the sun sets, at the last minute. Part of the drama of having candles is seeing them being lit. And the more candles, the better!”

Written by: Cindy Papish Gerber


Andrew Rubenoff

Erica Trombetti

Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyard

June 14, 2018

Chefs Dish about Scrumptious New England Seafood Selections For Your Wedding

Couples who want their menu to reflect their passion for seafood have plenty of options in New England. Surrounded by coastal waters brimming with under-the-sea delicacies, New England offers a unique opportunity to create a menu brimming with local and fresh seafood. We fished around for some creative advice from area chefs.

Sean Dutson, chef at Revere Hotel Boston Common, believes couples should embrace seafood on their wedding menu, especially in New England where fresh seafood is abundant. "Seafood selections add to the elegance of the party and give those guests focusing on healthy eating a great choice," says Chef Dutson.

Boston Harbor Hotel chef Daniel Bruce always recommends that couples select fish as a great alternative to beef as the entree for wedding guests. Born and raised in New England, Chef Bruce loves being located on the water and using fresh local ingredients whenever possible.

Charlie Foster, chef at Woods Hill Table, likes to get creative. Swordfish Belly Pastrami is a favorite and is currently paired with, trout roe, lemon creme fraiche, radishes, and crispy rye on top of a bed of baby lettuce. Made from rotating sustainable ingredients to celebrate each season sourced from the restaurant's own farm—The Farm at Woods Hill—and other small-scale purveyors, the various textures and flavors create an unforgettable dish.

Kimpton Marlowe Hotel's executive chef, David Bazirgan, notes that one of the more popular items on wedding cocktail menus right now is locally sourced oysters on the half shell passed with artisanal accompaniments made onsite at Bambara Kitchen and Bar. "I think the oysters are playful and an unexpected appetizer for couples and their wedding guests," he says.

Executive chef Robert Bruce at the Ritz-Carlton, Boston, recently planned a wedding that was framed around a New England Style Seafood Boil in the newly redesigned Grand Ballroom. "The contrast between our sleek new design and the couple's favorite childhood comfort seafoods suited both them and our new space perfectly," says Bruce. "For cocktail receptions, one of our most popular items is our Mini Lobster Tacos, which are made with fresh lobster meat mixed with creme fraiche, tarragon, and citrus, and served on a dollop of fresh guacamole. They're a winning choice, not only for their fresh, bold flavor, but also because they're simple enough to eat while balancing a drink or greeting guests during cocktail hour," says Bruce.

And for those fish fanatics who want to make a seafood statement, Peter Papegelis, general manager of Mastro's Ocean Club, advises, "Custom building a seafood tower of their favorites and sharing oysters instead of a cake makes a great photo opportunity. And to make the night even more luxe, split a bottle of Veuve Cliquot champagne."

Written by: Stacey Marcus

June 10, 2018

STYLE D2387 by Essence Designs

Here are ten of our favorite wedding looks that we're loving right now. From boho to art deco, there's a gown for any style or budget. What's your favorite?

Bridal Gown Style 9453 by Allure Bridals

This gorgeous wedding gown features a form fit, and long, sheer sleeves. Sleek charmeuse is topped with lace at the bodice, echoing the illusion back with sheer paneling along the train.

Melissa Sweet Trumpet Lace Gown at David's Bridal

This romantic, vintage-inspired wedding gown features a figure flattering trumpet design. We love the cap-sleeves, floral pattern lace, vintage style, and sweep train.

Sequin Art Deco Petite Gown at David's Bridal

Perfect for the petite bride, this gown has a simple silhouette and over 5,000 hand-sewn crystals. The scalloped pattern gleams with iridescent sequins, which also adorn the waistband. The back features a low scoop, and a sweep train.

Monica Gown by BHLDN

Femme and sophisticated, this short-sleeve bridal gown features allover graphic embroidery with the softest sequin and bead sparkle. Demure from the front, the open back and sheer side cut-outs offer a dramatic twist.

Ashton Plunge gown by Jenny Yoo

Hello pockets! This luminous A-line gown has a high neckline, plunging back, and illusion insets at the sides to highlight the smallest part of your figure.

Adonia Gown from Sophia Tolli

A two-piece beauty that offers two looks in one! This tulle A-line gown has a deep sweetheart neckline with a sheer modesty panel. Beaded lace appliques generously adorn the dropped waist bodice, flowing down the skirt to a clean tulle hem finish. It also includes a removable sheer tulle halter shoulder piece with beaded lace, so you can wear it as a halter or a strapless gown.

Rachel Gown by Morilee

Sleek, sexy, and simple, this gown features a high, halter neckline and an open V-back. A chapel length train completes this gorgeous look.

15632 By Christina Wu

A timeless beauty. This stunning wedding gown features pleated tulle, and a flattering fit that is complimented with a sweetheart neckline. It also includes a beautifully encrusted belt, and a skirt made of layers of tulle to add the perfect amount of drama. Covered buttons cover the center back zipper on the bodice.

Efigie by Pronovias

Boho beauty! Romantic, feminine, and whimsical, this wedding gown features an evase skirt with a fitted waist, a v-neck bodice and a deep V-back tied with a chiffon ribbon.

EK1164 by Eddy K

This tea lenght bridal gown is cute, feminine, and unique. It features delicate lace, a flowing skirt, and a scooped, button-down back.

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