Sunday, December 19, 2010

Ashley & Guy Married 6.19.10

Just in time for their six month anniversary!  I know, this one’s a little late, but it’s here now. Pam gets all the credit for this one.  It’s an anomaly that only one of us does a wedding, but I was off on my honeymoon and she took care of every last detail. 

Ashley and Guy were married on a beautiful piece of private property right on the Piscataqua River in New Boston.  They had a wonderfully sunny day, perfect weather to showcase their vibrant wedding colors.  Bright pinks, yellows and greens punctuated their outdoor ceremony.

June19 2010 BoardPhotos by Marsha of Harper Point Photography (Amherst, NH)

Ashley adores Tulips, Gerbers and Carnations, all of which made of a beautiful bouquet when accented with green Bells of Ireland and Hypericum Berries.  Green, pink and yellow votives filled with blooms hung from shepherd's hooks down the aisle where an arbor full of flowers waited, flanked by various planters. 

The groom’s boutonniere included a few sprigs of Rosemary as a nod to his profession – chef!  In fact, the wedding was held just down the lane (yes, there are lanes in New Boston) from their restaurant, The Northeast Cafe.  Pretty convenient considering Guy did all the prep for their wedding feast!

20570_1207890484897_1457754239_30520558_2399427_nThe cute couple in the Cafe (photo pilfered from the Cafe’s Facebook page – taken by Monica)

Such a beautiful wedding for this enterprising couple!  If you are ever in New Boston, be sure to stop into the Cafe for a sandwich, one of their delicious specials, or a cozy dinner with a romantic river view.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Spotlight…On Us!



The ladies over at Prepare to Wed (another website you should add to your list of “must visits”) were nice enough to write up a neat little feature on us.  Check it out!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Pantone Reveals Color of the Year for 2011

Pantone created a flurry of tweets and online buzz today by announcing the new “it” color of 2011.  Drum roll please…Honeysuckle!  Or as I call it, pink.  

“In times of stress, we need something to lift our spirits. Honeysuckle is a captivating, stimulating color that gets the adrenaline going – perfect to ward off the blues,” explains Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “Honeysuckle derives its positive qualities from a powerful bond to its mother color red, the most physical, viscerally alive hue in the spectrum.”

Eiseman continues, “The intensity of this festive reddish pink allures and engages. In fact, this color, not the sweet fragrance of the flower blossoms for which it was named, is what attracts hummingbirds to nectar. Honeysuckle may also bring a wave of nostalgia for its associated delicious scent reminiscent of the carefree days of spring and summer.”

Instead of joining the online banter (my current favorite quip: @socalgecko Pantone announces Color of the Year for 2011. They should've named it "Pepto" since the economy's still causing ulcers), or point out to Pantone that I was totally ahead of the curve on this one with my own 2010 wedding, I decided to harness all that festive and uplifting power Eiseman highlighted and create an inspiration board.  A little something simple and fun with accents of orange and yellow…


Dresses - The White Dress By The Shore, Invitation - Wedding Paper Divas, Candy Spread - Amy Atlas Events, Cake - The Knot

For more about the newly minted hot color of 2011 click here for the full press release.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Candlelight Stroll


Looking for a festive holiday activity?  Strawbery Banke in Portsmouth is hosting their annual Candlelight Stroll (weekends through December 19th.) 

Hundreds of candles and strings of twinkling lights lead you through the beautifully preserved homes and workshops filled with 350 years of winter traditions.


What amazed me the most was the abundance of local materials used to create the decor.  Every wreath, swag and arrangement was made in the tradition of the period.   They featured an assortment of berries, barks, seed pods, greens and dried flowers harvested locally, just as the original occupants would have done.  I even saw a perfectly preserved daffodil tucked into a spray on a mantle.  How they managed that I’ll never know!


Walking through the glowing candlelit grounds was truly magical.  I can’t help but think of what a spectacular wedding site it would be.  Turns out the unique space is available for rental!  I’ve been daydreaming of the beautiful vintage bouquets perfect for such a space ever since…