Victoria + Will’s Elegant-Industrial Warehouse XI Wedding

Call me a hopeless romantic, but Victoria and Will’s wedding day was one I’ll never forget. Over the course of our time working together, we laid the plans for their elegant-meets-industrial-chic celebration and had so much fun along the way. I even got to know their sweet pup, Scout, who often joined us for venue visits and planning meetings!

The big day began with a ceremony at Stone Place Park in Somerville featuring a breathtaking floral arch filled with lush, garden-style greenery. As they walked down the aisle, viola music by Jeremy Green filled the air and Victoria and Will exchanged their vows with an intimate ceremony officiated by a dear friend.

The festivities continued next door at Warehouse XI, which served as the perfect blank palette and industrial setting to create an intimate ambiance through the lighting and tablescapes. We worked closely with Jimmy of JNG Event Consulting on floral design, incorporating shades of blush, lavender, ivory, and greenery alongside rose gold accents for an incredibly romantic look.

Mixed foliage garlands lined each grey-washed farm table with distressed white Chiavari chairs pulling in an element of rustic elegance. One of very my favorite details from the day was a custom structure built by a local artist, Melanie Rose Peterson, that served as their guest book. The wooden structure hung on the wall, allowing guests to take a piece and sign or write a note. After the wedding, it was formed into an artwork for them to cherish forever.

During our first meetings it didn’t take long to learn that V+W have excellent taste in wine, so naturally, our tasting at the Urban Grape was a highlight of the planning process. Their perfectly curated bar menu included selections from Chile, France, Argentina, and a sparkling wine from England as a nod to Will’s home country. To complement their drink selections, Forklift Catering created a flavorful menu featuring dishes like risotto arancini with parmesan and roasted squash, roasted brussels sprouts with pine nuts and golden raisins, and steak "frites" on a homemade gaufrette with truffle aioli, just to name a few.

Gimme 5, a local band of Berklee students, kept everyone dancing throughout the evening and guests were treated to Union Square donut holes and grilled cheese bites as the ultimate late-night snack.

V+W, your wedding day was absolutely one for the books and I’m wishing you a lifetime of love and happiness as you celebrate your first anniversary!

xo, Renee


VENDORS:

venue // @warehouse_xi

coordination + styling // @urban_soiree

catering + bartending // @forkliftcatering

floral design // @jngeventconsulting

specialty lighting // @ryandesignsri

rentals // @peakeventservices

lounge + specialty rentals // @kadeemarentals

photography // @katemcelweephoto

beverages // @urbangrape

cake // @jennysweddingcakes

donut holes // @unionsquaredonuts

band // @gimme5band @hankagency

ceremony + cocktail hour strings // @jeremyxgreen

uplighting // @entertainmentspecialists

hair stylist // @salonmoshiek

makeup artist // @janalamasartist

custom art structure // Melanie Rose Peterson

printed materials // @minted @mintedweddings

Janelle + Max’s Rustic Elegant Birch Wood Vineyards Wedding

When people think of the perfect fall wedding, there are a few things that come straight to mind. Crisp air, gorgeous leaves, rustic details, and an autumn-inspired color palette, just to name a few. So when Janelle and Max first shared their vision for an October wedding which included all of the above, I immediately knew their big day would be a dream to plan.  

Janelle and Max own a custom apparel company so, no surprise, their eye for design was on point from the get-go. They chose Birch Wood Vineyards as the backdrop for their celebration and incorporated the prettiest shade of deep burgundy alongside ivory and blush as a nod to the fall season. From the florals to the bridesmaid dresses to the satin chair covers by BBJ Linen, their color palette worked to complement the venue’s rustic design for a truly romantic feel.

The ceremony was held outdoors on the vineyard's patio in front of a beautiful pergola, complete with a string quartet which played Home Is Wherever I’m With You as Janelle walked down the aisle. Once the vows were exchanged, guests headed in for the reception and were greeted with the coziest candlelit scene. We tied in their rustic elegant aesthetic with custom calligraphy wood signage, lush florals, a cigar bar, and wine corks as escort card holders.

As a surprise for his bride, Max planned a big reveal of their honeymoon destinations (Australia and Bora Bora!) which were illustrated on the back side of their cake. As you can imagine, Janelle’s reaction was everything.

Looking back on the wedding images one year later, I’m reminded of all the love and warmth felt on that special October day. Happy anniversary to you, Janelle and Max, and may this next year bring even more love as you welcome your first sweet baby!

xo, Renee


VENDORS:

coordination + styling // @urban_soiree

venue + catering // @birchwoodvineyards

floral // Britton Floral Design

rentals // @bbjlinen, @chasecanopy

photo // @dandokephotography

video // @iwedfilms

ceremony music // Boston String Quartet

entertainment // @mattybentertainment

calligraphy // @haleytysondesigns

transportation // @blacktielimousineinc

cake // Jacques Fine European Pastries

SANDY + STEPHEN’S BOHO-CHIC WAREHOUSE XI WEDDING

Simply put, Sandy and Stephen planned the kind of wedding that everyone wants to attend. I’m talking about an incredible setting with great food, lots of dancing, and meaningful details incorporated from start to finish. They celebrated their love with the party of a lifetime and helping plan and design their day was every bit as fun as you’d imagine.

The day began with a ceremony in the Boston Public Garden at the historic Japanese Lantern right by the edge of the lagoon. A dear friend officiated while Sandy and Stephen exchanged vows on top of a beautiful colored tapestry they’d picked up while traveling in Argentina. Even their sweet pup, Sebbie joined in on the ceremony fun!

Once the I-Do’s we’re said, guests headed over to their industrial-chic reception at Warehouse XI in Somerville. True to their vision, we made sure the vibe was anything but traditional with long wooden farm tables, twinkling cafe lights, and a decidedly cool lounge area for guests to mix and mingle throughout the night. To truly personalize the space, we added a heritage wall of family photos and gifted mini maple syrup favors from Stephen’s uncle’s syrup business.

Food and drink were certainly not an afterthought, and the pros at Sensational Paella served up a delicious spread of Spanish-inspired dishes alongside specialty craft cocktails from Wanderlush. Guests sipped on a mixture of whiskey, fresh lemon juice, demerara, and seasonal blackberry jam, known as “You’re been jammed!” and another fun cocktail made up of muddled cucumber and lavender syrup labeled “The Amalia B."

Stephen happens to work as a professional podcaster and the pair decided to record snippets of their wedding planning journey for their own special project. Their thoughtful documentation of key meetings and vendor interviews made the process of working together all the more special. Needless to say, I can’t wait to see what they create down the line!

Cheers to you on your first anniversary, S + S. May you have the happiest day celebrating and wishing you many more to come!

xo, Renee

VENDORS:

coordination + styling // @urban_soiree

ceremony // Boston Public Garden

reception // @warehouse_xi

photo // @fergiemphoto

floral // @flouer_specialtyevents

catering // @sensationalpaella

bar service // @wanderlushboston

coffee service // @espresso_dave

pie bar // @petsipies

entertainment // @djelsid

lounge rentals // @kadeemarentals

rentals // @bostonrustic

twinkle lighting // @cidspecialevents

hair + makeup // @thedollfaceduo

transportation // @rockstar_limo

gown // @verawanggang “Liesel” gown via @vows_bridepower

ceremony musician // @lindseygsampson

 

The School of Styling | July 2018

 
This past July we attended the The School of Styling for their #TSOSNorthCarolina workshop, a dream of mine for years! I have been following Kaitlin Holland, TSOS’s founder, on instagram for some time and in awe of the tribe she’s created and the inspiring education that she was offering at The School of Styling! I decided 2018 was my year and I was going to make the investment in education to better grow myself and my small business with their workshop program for creatives.

On our first day of the workshop, we were asked to write down one word. One word that was our ‘Why’ for attending the workshop. It may of seemed a bit cliché at first, but I wrote down: ‘Inspire’. And I didn’t just mean, I want to create pretty florals and feel inspired with design (although, yes - yes I did want that too!), but what I meant was I needed to feel inspired again.

Prior to arriving to the workshop in July, I was spending 12 hours a day with my head in a growing email inbox, stressing over my upcoming weddings and honestly, just not feeling like I was enough. Enough for my clients, enough for the job of being a business owner, enough for my husband and even to our little rambunctious dachshund. Every day felt heavy because I was letting the stress of being a business owner take over my life and not setting myself up for success. I wanted to leave the workshop feeling inspired again and remember the reasons I started my business: and that’s because I absolutely love being a wedding planner.

It’s hard to put into words just how amazing my experience was but to put it simply, it was absolutely magical. I left with even more motivation that I could have ever imagined! It was everything I needed and more to re-group, grow and focus on the future of not only my business, but also my journey as a creative entrepreneur and what that looks like for the future.

I had the opportunity to learn from some incredibly talented entrepreneurs who are making huge strides and changing the entrepreneurship game to new heights. A few of my favorite sessions was “Cultivating longevity & growth in a constantly evolving industry,” with Laura Hooper and Alyssa Law of Laura Hooper Calligraphy,  “Creative Tabletop Styling,” & “Sales for Creative Businesses” with Becca Atchison of Rebecca Rose Events, as well as “Lucrative Learning, Part I: Identifying Alternative Revenue Streams & Creating & Launching Your Program in 90 Days,” with Jeannie Sullivan. Honestly though, I felt every session felt so inspiring and useful as a creative entrepreneur!!

It was truly a life-changing three days that I will forever cherish. There is nothing quite comparable to the education that I learned and the long-lasting connections I formed with our intimate group of 20 creative ladies and workshop speakers & partners — who to my surprise and relief struggle with the SAME stress and worries as I do. I found SO much value in going to The School of Styling, that I have even decided to attend next year!! I can’t wait to continue to grow and see what next year’s workshop has in store.

Below is a glimpse into the experience and our very own styled table and floral arrangement that we created during the workshop! For my fellow creatives wondering if The School of Styling is worth the investment to go, I can only sum it up in one sentence: You will not regret it.

(First 8 images above from the lovely Shalyn Nelson! The rest are straight from my iPhone!)

Thank you to all of the TSOS Partners and Staff who made it such an incredible week:

Professional Photos: Shalyn Nelson of Love, The Nelsons // @shalynnelson

Workshop: The School of Styling // @theschoolofstyling

Venue: McAlister Leftwich House // @mcalisterleftwich

Table Top Styling Linens: Wolf and Irving // @wolfandirving (generally all printed linens) + Party Makers Event Rentals // @partymakerseventrental (generally all solid/traditional)

Rentals: Greenhouse Picker Sisters // @greenhousepickersisters 

Hair and Makeup Team: Lauren Taylor Hair Studio // @laurentaylorhairstudio

Workshop Florals: Flora // @flora.andraya 

Floral Education + Demonstration: True Vine Studio // @truevinestudio

Workshop Linens: Nuage Designs Inc //  @nuagedesignsinc

Welcome Boxes: Avenue Twenty One // @avenuetwentyone

Calligraphy: LH Calligraphy // @lhcalligraphy

Hope you all enjoy this blog post - comment below with any questions on TSOS or fun feedback on our very own centerpiece & styled table!

xo,

Renee

Vanessa + Dustin's Romantic City Wedding at The Four Seasons Boston Hotel

On a lovely August evening, Vanessa & Dustin tied the knot in front of 28 of their closest family and friends. It was a truly magical day starting with a beautiful full catholic mass at St. Mary – St. Catherine of Siena Parish Church in Charlestown to their romantic couple's portraits in the Boston Public Gardens to their luxurious and intimate reception held at the Four Seasons Boston. Guests' experienced exquisite cuisine over romantic candlelight and lush florals by talented Carrie Chang of Floral Lab and danced the night away with DJ Michael Pardi of First Class Weddings. It was truly a celebration for the books and we're so grateful to have been apart of their special day!

To our special couple - we love you, V + D!  

The incredible vendor team is listed below:

photography // @carlymphotography 
venue // @fsboston 
floral design // @carriechang_fl 
rentals // @peakeventservices 
video // @shutterandsound 
entertainment // @firstclassweddings 
hair // @celhair 
makeup // @camachomakeup 
day of coordination // @urban_soiree

Organic + Elegant Dusty Blue Styled Shoot

Organic + Elegant Dusty Blue Styled Shoot

We are thrilled to share the news of our recent print publication in the 2018 Southern New England Wedding's Magazine! The design for this styled shoot was inspired by our love for timelessly romantic and organic florals and the charm of historic architecture at Willowdale Estate. Our shoot was beautifully captured by the talented and creative, Angelina Rose Photography.