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!

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.

Creating a Seating Chart that makes Everyone Happy

So you’ve invited all of your friends and family to your wedding, how exciting! Now, with all of the RSVP’s swarming into your mailbox, it’s time to get organized and find everyone a spot to sit!

To Number or Not to Number

We typically see that tables are numbered, and for good reason, it helps everyone understand the layout of the room, and you can easily find people when they say they’re at a particular table. However, you may want to consider not numbering your table and use cities, mountains, colors, or something special between the two of you¬†instead.

Here’s why, when you number tables people automatically assume the lower the number, the better friends you are with the couple. This isn’t true! Sometimes, finding people seats with other people they like or would like means you’re seated at a higher numbered table. This can be especially hard if your parents are divorced and would prefer to sit in separate locations, what parents get the lower numbered table?

Family Tables

Typically the parents of the couple would sit opposite each other with the grandparents and other close relatives (the officiant too). However, as we mentioned earlier, some parents may be divorced so consider the option of each parent and their spouse to host their own table close to the front of the room to defuse any awkwardness that could have arisen otherwise.

Don’t Over Think Friends

Your wedding venue will typically tell you the table sizes they are using and the¬†amount of people that can be seated at each table. Also, remember that people will only be sitting for a short while during dinner at the reception. Everyone will want to mingle during cocktail hour, and then it’s on your feet to dance the night away!

You just need to make sure that the people at the table will get along for that short window of sitting time. Most of your friends¬†will get along with your other friends, that’s why you’re¬†friends with them in the first place! Just don’t sit the two political talkers from each side at the same table for everyone else’s sake.

No need to stress though that every table has the perfect mix of people, just remember that people are most comfortable when they know some of their seated companions. Not even your most sociable friend will want to sit at a table full of complete strangers, so put acquaintances together when you can.

If you have a friend¬†that may not know anyone else, that childhood friend from a different state that hasn’t met any of your buddies; then you could think of allowing them a plus one (even if you aren’t allowing them across the board) and seat them near guests with similar interests.

Don’t Forget the Kids!

If you’re allowing children at your wedding, try to put all kids 5 and up at a table of their own. If the child is under 5, consider placing them with their parents as they might not be comfortable at a table without them.¬†If your flower girl and ring bearer are the only children present, most definitely seat them with their parents.

 

Spring into Wedding Season

The snow is starting to melt, and the warm air is starting to stream, that means Spring is ready to bloom and so are the flowers! Spring weddings kick off our season, and we couldn’t be more excited! From spring flowers, fresh produce, to bright colors, here is your guide to getting hitched in the Spring!

Spring Flowers

We have created a list of flowers that are in-season during the Spring months (in the United States). We have also organized them by name, color, scent, and price thanks to The Knot. You can organize the chart by each category by clicking on the header name.

Fresh Food

The winter is finally over and with the flowers starting to bloom, so is some of the most delicious food! Our chef always incorporates the freshest ingredients in each meal, but you can also look through the menus of your banquet facility to see what choices would be best for your wedding date. Thanks to She Knows, we can know exactly what to eat in the Spring!

Spring Fruits

  • Apricots
  • Avocados
  • Blueberries
  • Cherimoya
  • Grapefruit¬†
  • Kiwi
  • Lemons
  • Pineapple¬†
  • Strawberries
  • Tomatoes

Spring Vegetables 

  • Artichokes
  • Arugula
  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Fava beans
  • Fiddlehead ferns
  • New potatoes
  • Ramps
  • Rhubarb
  • Spinach
  • Sugar snap peas
  • Vidalia onions
  • Zucchini

Spring Colors

The color experts over at Pantone have declared the top ten Spring colors for the 2017 season!

Colors this season transcend cultural and gender norms. Vivid brights give way to excitement and optimism, though quiet stability prevails in this season’s palette.

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