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Published! Tricia and Phil’s Vintage-Inspired Wedding on Style Me Pretty

I am so so so so SO thrilled that Tricia and Phil’s wedding is up on Style Me Pretty today! These two are the biggest sweethearts and put so much into their wedding day – everyone deserves to share in the love! Enjoy!

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Vintage Wedding: Tricia and Phil at Smolak Farms, North Andover

Pure magic. That is how I would describe Tricia and Phil’s vintage wedding at the beautiful Smolak Farms in North Andover, styled by the genius Jillian at New England Vintage Rentals. Pure magic.

When I met Tricia and Phil last year, we hit it off instantly. I’m a vintage-loving girl myself, and it just so happened that the red and white Swiss dot dress I was wearing matched Tricia’s red and white Swiss dot top! We were meant to work together! I was enchanted by Tricia and Phil together – their love is so palpable, it is a joy to be around them. They are two genuinely happy people and I knew their wedding would be a celebration to remember!

Let’s start with the bride’s incredible details: her grandmother’s wedding hat from the ’40s and her lovely pink shoes, sitting atop a dress her grandmother wore to her daughter’s (Tricia’s mother’s) wedding in the ’70s (which Tricia’s worn on several occasions). I love the family history!

Tricia chose a fresh flower corsage to pin to her dress – such a lovely idea! She’s talented, too – she did her own hair and it looked absolutely amazing!

Smolak Farms was a fabulous venue for this fĂȘte – beautiful orchards and woodlands abound. I can’t wait to show you the portraits, so without further ado, here are Tricia and Phil in their newlywed glory!

Swoon! Tricia and Phil were a pleasure to photograph. They are so incredibly sweet together! I could have taken portraits of them all day long. But, there was a lot of other gorgeous stuff to photograph, too, including all of the beautiful rustic details – take a look …

And just look at the cake, fashioned like a vintage hat box, and the delicious pies! Yummers!

Tricia and Phil’s ceremony was as joyful as they are; I go to a lot of these things, and these two made me cry! A good friend and her husband sang the Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros song “Home” and I just couldn’t stop myself from tearing up.

After the wonderful “I Do”s, we did some group photographs, all of the lovely couple photos, and then it was on to cocktail hour! With mason jars filled with signature cocktails, mustache cookies and temporary tattoos for a do-it-yourself mustache photobooth, and artisan jellos shots, it was a great kickoff to the evening!

The evening continued with delicious food, heartfelt speeches (including a tearful one from the bride’s sister – adorable!), and very sweet dances:

After dinner, the fun went on and on and on with contra dancing! Music was provided by a great folk band and a wonderful man taught all the guests the steps, then called them out. What a kick!

Amid all this, we managed to fit in a mini maternity shoot for Tricia’s sister! Isn’t she gorgeous? Congratulations, Christie and Brandon! I can’t wait to hear about your new arrival soon!

Before we knew it, it was time for Tricia and Phil’s magical exit in a 1939 burgundy Cadillac limo. The style never ends with these two!

Congratulations, Tricia and Phil! It was a night to remember and I am so grateful that I could be a part of it.

And a special thanks goes out to my dear friend and second shooter for the day, Tara Lynn Sen. I couldn’t have done it without you, girl!

Venue: Smolak Farms

Flowers and Styling: New England Vintage Rentals

Catering: Little Neck Clambake Company

Cake: Donna’s Cakes

Artisan Jello Shots & Specialty Desserts: Gelology

Musician: Owen Morrison

Videographer: Well Spun Weddings

Dress: Sabella Couture

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Thomas at 7 Months

When I got a message from a former coworker with the request to photograph her seven-month-old son, I was ecstatic! I couldn’t wait to spend the day with all the cuteness, and I was not disappointed. Thomas is a happily babbling baby with the most adorable fat cheeks and we had a blast. Who could resist those big blue eyes?

I couldn’t get enough of Thomas and his chubby cheeks! He was an absolute delight. I hope I get to see you again soon!

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Boudoir Beauty: Isa

Are you all ready for a spectacular boudoir beauty? Isa snuck away for a secret boudoir session at a local Boston estate a few weeks before her wedding, and boy was her groom happy that she did! Who wouldn’t be ecstatic with a gift like this?

But a boudoir session is not just for a lucky partner to enjoy … it is a celebration of being a glamorous, sexy woman! I love seeing how empowered my girls feel after a shoot. It is amazing how a boudoir experience brings out the very best in a lady.

We had the best time shooting these – Isa, you are just gorgeous. Thanks for coming out and having a fun day of hair, makeup, lingerie, and general sexiness! It was beyond a blast.

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Sneak Peek: Cynthia and Patrick

Hurricane Irene did her darndest to stop this wedding, but never fear, she did not succeed! A change of plan (including venue, catering, and pretty much everything except me and the cake) and Cynthia and Patrick managed to make it work. You guys are awesome! I am so happy for you. This was a wedding to remember…

More to come soon! Stay tuned…

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My First Modeling Job (for The Velvet Fly and New England Finery Magazine), Courtesy of Liz Wertz

On a chilly day in April, my friend Nicole and I got the opportunity to model for an amazing vintage boutique in the North End, The Velvet Fly. Since I’m usually behind the camera, I thought this would be a good chance to face the other side of the lens for a bit!

Our photographer was the wonderful and talented Elizabeth Wertz. Check out her stuff, and you’ll see exactly what I mean: she is beyond fantastic.

AND, the most fun part, the photoshoot was published in New England Finery Magazine! You can see it HERE starting on page 36.

What could be better than a day of dress-up in beautiful clothing? As you can see for yourself in the article, The Velvet Fly is incredible. I would buy all of my outfits there if only I could (and maybe one day I will!)!

Liz took a lot of photos of me that did not make it into the magazine, but I’d love to share them here (I just know all my fans are dying for photos of me – hahahaha!). All photos in this post are courtesy of Elizabeth Wertz – thank you so much, Liz! You were a blast to work with!

I have a new respect for models; I always knew that you have to photograph summer clothes in the winter and vice versa, but this took it to a whole new level: outside, in the North End, in forty degrees, in dresses. Brrrrrr!

I could not have loved my dresses more, though, however cold I was. I kept it together, shivering in a jacket until go-time, then shrugging off the coat and posing as needed. It was quite a production! We got a lot of attention, mostly unwanted, but very amusing, while we strolled the North End. Much like this:

He was one of the friendlier ones, actually!

The Velvet Fly is one of the most beautiful stores I’ve ever seen; it’s perfectly styled and colorful and light. The article has tons of photos of it, but here’s one on set with me and Nicole in the background:

Nicole and I got our duo shots, too. The laughter is 100% natural, I promise!

The North End was the perfect setting for this shoot: historic, urban, great light, lots of character, and more. We had so much fun traipsing around its brick and cobblestone streets, hauling a vintage couch into an alleyway and everything!

Altogether, it was an enlightening experience, and a girly-girl’s dream. Thank you so much to Liz, The Velvet Fly, and New England Finery, for giving us such a fun afternoon!

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