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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Our 5 Favorite Fall Wedding Ideas

The air is starting a become crisp and the leaves are starting to change. That means the start of Fall is right around the corner and the autumn colors will be a focal point of many weddings moving forward. We couldn’t be more excited to see all of these Fall wedding ideas!

Bridal Cover-ups and Jackets

From a button-up flannel to a gorgeous knitted sweater, covering up on a cool wedding day will showcase your personal style while keeping you warm all night! You could even wear your favorite leather jacket or incorporate lace shelves.

Taste of the Season

Fall Drinks

We are lucky to live in a state with amazing apple orchards that make the best apple cider. So, it’s no surprise that many of our brides incorporate apple cider bowls, spiked and unspiked, for their guests to enjoy. A hot chocolate bar is another great option that kids and adults will love! The kids can add in peppermint sticks and the adults can head to the bar to add peppermint schnapps!

Fall Desserts

Cranberries, plums, apples, pumpkin, cinnamon, blackberries, all of the best Fall dessert flavors! You can incorporate these flavors in the different layers of your cake or by choosing cupcakes with multiple flavors! One idea we’ve seen that was jam-packed with flavor was a pie bar! They had apple, blueberry, pumpkin, chocolate cream, you name it!

Fall Favors

You can have your guests leaving with the taste of Fall! Some of the best maple syrup is next door to us at the Intervale Farm Pancake House. You could also gift jams or honey, from NH Honey Bee and Apple Hill Farm.

Fall Flowers

Picking the right flowers can take a lot of thought and effort. What color, what smell, what price? It can all be overwhelming at times! That’s why we suggest looking at seasonal flowers, it will be good for your budget and you automatically eliminate choices from your list! Sunflowers, gardenias, and French tulips are some of our favorites we’ve been seeing!

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

Colder Wedding Must Haves

With the weather temperature dropping early during fall wedding season, some brides are nervous about having their perfect wedding in this colder weather. Our New Hampshire foliage and these 10 gorgeous colder weather wedding ideas will make your wedding everything you’ve wanted!

1. Caramel Apple Bar

Who doesn’t love caramel apples? You can purchase decadent caramel apples dipped in chocolate from Van Otis Chocolates right here in New Hampshire! Another idea is to have a bar setup with fresh apples, caramel, chocolate, and all your favorite candies!

2. Hot Chocolate Bar

Nothing beats hot chocolate on a cool Autumn day, so how about incorporating that into your wedding? You could have different hot chocolate flavors, marshmallows, and candy canes! You could even add an option at the bar to have a little Kalua or Amaretto for the adults.

3. S’mores Bar

These are always a big hit at any wedding! Give your guests the warmth of a freshly roasted marshmallow! You can even have different chocolate candy choices to pair it with. We offer a s’mores bar with all the fixings, just look!

4. Apple Cider

We found these adorable cored apples with fresh apple cider and cinnamon sticks! This could also be delicious with some Fireball whiskey! Here at Pats Peak, we offer a warm cider bowl for adults and kids!

5. Maple Syrup

Nothing says New Hampshire more than maple syrup! You could even have a waffle bar with fresh fruit and whipped cream!

6. Autumn Colors

The Knot has compiled a list of the 12 Fall Wedding Colors to Steal! This eggplant, lavender, white, iris, & fern combination is our favorite this season!

7. Complementary Coats

We know you spent hours picking out your gorgeous gown but pair it with the perfect coat for beautiful photos!

8. A Touch of Nature

Use nature in your decorations for a rustic look that warms up the room and atmosphere!

9. The Cake

Everything from the birch styled cake to naked cakes! This gorgeous cake is from Jacques Pastries here in New Hampshire!

10. Keeping a Memory

If it happens to rain or snow on your wedding day, take a vial of the water and place it in an ornament to hang in your home as a married couple!

 

The Tastiest Rivalry: Wedding Cake VS Cupcakes

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Just like you, we have a hard time deciding what type of cake we want at our weddings! Do we go traditional and buy a beautifully piped wedding cake or do we go with the latest trend with multiple cupcake flavors? Let’s discuss both options!

Wedding Cakes:

How many times in your life are you able to design a beautifully crafted, perfectly piped wedding cake? Wedding cakes are gorgeous and designed exactly to your specific liking! Have you ever watched Cake Boss or Ace of Cakes and thought to yourself how fun it would be to talk to the baker about your love story and for them to design your perfect cake? Let’s look at a few cakes from local bakers that we at Pats Peak love!

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See more about Christopher’s Creative Cakes

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See more about Jacques Fine European Pastries 

Cupcakes:

We all have had cupcake fever these past few years and we see the newest most delicious cupcake flavors on Pinterest and Cupcake Wars. Cupcakes are easy to eat, delicious, mix and match capable wedding desserts. They are also a much more affordable dessert option so you don’t have to go over your budget! You are able to have multiple flavors that allow your guest to find a flavor they love while you and your sweetheart can enjoy your favorite flavors! Let’s look at some awesome local cupcake bakers we love!

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See more about Triolo’s Bakery

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See more about Jacques Fine European Pastries and Christopher’s Creative Cakes

Our winner for each category…

Look: Cake

Price: Cupcakes

Taste: Tie

Trending: Cupcakes

Tradition: Cake

 

Don’t Want a Cake or Cupcakes? No Problem!

Here are some other great ideas to enhance your day and make it truly one of a kind! Love ice cream? Who doesn’t?! You can have an ice cream sundae station, a brownie sundae bar or even a one of a kind roast-your-own s’mores bar.

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(Photos by the Expose the Moment)

Wow your guests by letting them chose their favorite ice cream toppings or roast a tasty marshmallow treat!

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When it comes down to cakes vs. cupcakes we are torn, so we need your help! Tell us what you think is the best option and why! Don’t want either? Tell us what special dessert you’ll be having!