REAL WEDDING: Fall in Love

Congratulations to the beautiful newly married couple, Joann & Jim Tantillo!

“We were introduced to each other through mutual friends. We hit it off right away, finding out we had a lot in common. In just 6 months we were living together. In just a year and one month we were engaged. Jim proposed just five minutes after midnight on New Year’s, surrounded by the very same friends who introduced us. It was the perfect way to kick off 2017!”

Bridal Shop

Joann actually asked a family friend, Marney Grimes, to make her ideal dress from scratch! We are breathtaking on how elegant this beaded satin dress is, great job, Marney! Her bridesmaids looked stunning in their floor-length maroon dresses. While the men kept it simple on the outside with their grey suits and brought out their inner superheroes on the inside!

Photos are thanks to Suzanna March Photography

Flowers

The newly pronounced Mr. and Mrs. Tantillo had their beautifully arranged flowers by Hollyhock Flowers, located right here in Henniker, NH!

Photos are thanks to Suzanna March Photography

Cake

Joann & Jim purchased their simple and deliciously crafted wedding cake and wedding cupcakes from a local favorite, Jacques Pastries.

 

Photos are thanks to Suzanna March Photography

Hair & Makeup

Joann looked stunning with her hair and makeup styling by Mr. T’s Styling Salon in Claremont, NH. Her long lashes and pulled back hair showcases her bright eyes!

Photos are thanks to Suzanna March Photography

DJ

The guests were able to dance all night thanks to the musical talents of Pat Messina from Get Down Tonight. Look at all of those good moves!

Photos are thanks to Suzanna March Photography

Photography

Joann & Jim were able to capture each moment of their wedding by the beautifully talented, Suzanna March Photography.

“My style is a laid back mix between photojournalism and casually posed portraiture. Especially when shooting weddings there are certain times of day where one style or approach might be more beneficial or appropriate than another. My clients trust me with some of the most important moments of their lives. This allows me to be relaxed and creative while shooting and deliver images that capture their style, personality, and love authentically.”

Photos are thanks to Suzanna March Photography
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REAL WEDDING: Rustic Elegance

Congratulations to the beautiful newly married couple, Kellie and Adam Moore!

“Adam and I met when we were both working part time at a restaurant. Even though I didn’t want much to do with him (which he pointed out to everyone in his vows to me ūüėä), he continued to get my attention and once we started hanging out I quickly fell in love with him. It was clear we were meant to be together and less than 2 years after dating we are happily married.”

Are you ready for some #Pinspiration? Kellie and Adam had a beautiful wedding with a rustic elegance theme with a focus on succulents.

Bridal Shop

Kellie¬†purchased her stunning sweetheart neckline gown with a beaded corset and ruffled skirt from I Do, Again in Milford, NH. Her bridesmaids¬†glowed in their knee-length dresses that matched the subtle blue colors of the bride’s bouquet as the men, looking handsome, matched with the same blue in their ties.

Flowers

Mr. & Mrs. Moore had their flowers perfectly crafted by the experts at Curious Floral. Each bouquet and corsage was handcrafted and the attention to detail is exquisite!

Cake

The beautiful couple purchased their simple but elegant wedding cake from Sam’s Club. The addition of the¬†succulents and the dinosaur cake topper brought a little extra light into the beauty of its simplicity.

 

Hair & Makeup

Brooke Yonge from Paul Edward SalonSpa did a remarkable job showcasing Kellie’s natural beauty with a half-updo and elegant makeup.

DJ

Their gusts danced the night away with the help of Chris Brunelle and Party Time Productions!

Photography

Kellie and Adam were able to capture each moment of their wedding by the talented, Teri Lynn Photography! Teri Lynn will be the perfect photographer to capture your special day!

Your Guide to a Local Wedding

We are big supporters of supporting local businesses! We love our small community of Henniker, NH and we know the rest of the country relies on their small businesses just as much as we do! Many of our couples will go out of their way to support their local companies when planning their wedding.

Most brides choose to have their wedding located in or near the city they live. However, if you are having a wedding elsewhere, you can still incorporate your local businesses and the local businesses of your destination!

Having the perfect local centered wedding can be easy by asking these questions:

1. Who owns the business I am shopping in?

Finding the owner of the business should be easy enough as going to their “About Me” page on their website. However, sometimes we can’t find the information, or we are unsure, this is when we should send them an email or pick up the phone and ask them! Let the business know you are curious about working with them on your wedding but want to know more about them to see if it’s a good fit!

Also be aware that some businesses may be franchised. This means that the owner has purchased the rights to run the business under the branded name. The franchised business owner is typically local and may very well be a great local business to shop from!

2. Who manages the store I am shopping in?

Even if you choose to purchase from a corporation and not a small business, the money you are spending could still stay local. Look into the employees working for the company at the location you are interested in buying from! Those employees are from your community and shopping in that store does support them.

3. What does this business do to support the community?

If you are interested¬†in working with local businesses, you are probably doing so to support your community! That’s why looking at what the business does for the community¬†can be a great idea of knowing who shares your same values. During your first few meetings, ask them about what they are doing in their community and check your local news source for any leads on locally centered businesses.

Where to Find Local Businesses:

You know you want to work with a local business but how exactly do we find the perfect shops? This comes from looking at a couple sources to find leads. After you find your leads, always make sure to do your own research on the company, this allows you to understand more about their values and if they are the right fit for your wedding!

The Knot

The Knot is one of the most well-known wedding sources for brides today. They are a surplus of information on their site including local vendors. All you need to do is view the local vendor marketplace page to find a list of leads for your search!

Wedding Wire

Wedding Wire is one of our brides top go-to wedding sites! They have lots of fantastic vendors listed on their website to help with any wedding inquiry you can think of!

Your Venue

One the best sources of information if from your venue itself! Most venues have a running list of the most highly rated services their brides have used! We highly suggest using that list above any other because those services have already worked with the venue and will be well aware of the necessities of your wedding!

 

Authentically New Hampshire Rustic

It’s no secret¬†that our brides have typically gone for the more rustic themes on their wedding day, and we can’t blame them! We are located in beautiful New Hampshire surrounded by the mountains, the foliage, and the ideal country life. That’s why we find it important to showcase all the ways we can celebrate love while appreciating the beauty that surrounds us.

Wedding Venue

Each couple always needs to take into consideration where they want their wedding to be. Start thinking about your guest count, your wedding theme, the policy for unpredictable weather, the food choices, and if your date is available. You may have a couple locations that will work so make sure you are looking at venues in those areas.

If you even spend just a few hours here in New Hampshire, you’ll start to see the many options to choose from if you are looking for that rustic style! From our mountain ranges to our lakes, you will have the perfect backdrop for all of your photos! We even have several venues (including us,¬†Pats Peak Banquet Center!) that are positioned on a mountain and offer summit weddings.¬†What’s not to love about feeling like you’re on top of the world as you look out beyond yourself?

Wedding Decor

Having a rustic wedding doesn’t always mean burlap and mason jars, even though we will always love them! You can utilize¬†everything that reminds you of sitting outside at a bonfire on a summer evening, the smell of s’mores roasting in the fire and leaves falling all¬†around.

Think about utilizing that small tree that needs to come down on your property and all those gorgeous maple leaves and pine cones falling around you and turning them into the perfect wedding favors!

Taking a look at our real New Hampshire brides, they have unique rustic weddings ideas that fit them perfectly!

Food & Drink

The food and drink you choose for your wedding should be what you want to eat and drink! Think about creating a seasonal menu and suggestions from the chef, but ultimately choose based off of your pallet. You should also consider creating a customized cocktail or drink for both the bride and the groom!

Start by thinking what is your go-to drink along with what’s trending or in-season and make it your own!¬†Put a spin on old favorites; instead of just a Jack and Ginger, take a nice bottle of Jack Daniels, add in half teaspoon of honey with some fresh ginger and top the drink off with soda water.

Wedding Traditions: Luck of the Irish

With St. Patrick’s¬†Day only two days away, we wanted to spread some Irish luck with a post on Irish wedding traditions! We all know that one person who will be attending our wedding that thinks they are the Lord of … Continue reading