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3 Reasons to have an Unplugged Ceremony

 
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Thinking about having an unplugged ceremony? Make sure to consider these three reasons why you should opt for an unplugged ceremony before you say "I do!"

1) Your guests can be present in the moment

I bet you hear of lots of photographers complaining about people getting in their shots. Yup, that happens more than we’d like it to. However, I personally think the saddest thing about a wedding day is watching the couples’ closest friends, family, moms, dads, and siblings watch the event through their phone screens.

With an unplugged ceremony, the most intimate and anticipated part of the day can be enjoyed by everyone in the moment. Your mother can look you in the eyes when she tears up, and you can wink at your best friend and actually see her unobstructed face.

 
 

2) Your photographer can get the best photos

This is almost as important as your guests being free to be present. Everyone wants the perfect shot… and in doing so, many people lean into the aisle at all parts of the ceremony - especially when the bride is making her way down the aisle. I have had a LOT of close calls when guests jump out of their seats and block the precious moments the professional was hired to capture. During the ceremony, I like to photograph the guests reactions - which is impossible when their face is covered by a Samsung Galaxy. If you don’t want to jeopardize your professional photographs, have an unplugged ceremony.

 
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3) No distractions

Have you ever been at a wedding where someone’s embarrassing ringtone goes off during the vows? I have. Get rid of all accidents and distractions by banning phones altogether.

 
 

WORTH NOTING:

If you’re having an unplugged ceremony, put out a sign AND have the officiant make an announcement. Some guests may miss the sign or blissfully ignore it, so a verbal announcement works like a charm. After all, it's only for the 20 minute ceremony - they can go camera crazy for the rest of the night!

XOXO, Lena

 
 

Published: Spring 2017 Roundup

Here is the spring roundup of wedding blog features! Thank you to all the amazing editors and all the vendors that made these kickass wedding days happen :)

Katie & Roger on Borrowed & Blue

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A spring, oceanside elopement in New England

Emma & Greg's oceanside wedding in South Dartmouth was one of the most unique days I've ever had the honor of photographing. On this misty, rainy day, Emma got ready in the colorful church daycare with her mother, father, and brother by her side. She slipped on her stunning BHLDN dress and glittery pair of Bagdley Mischka's before heading downstairs to the ceremony. Greg's family joined Emma's family in the pews, and in front of all eleven guests, they shared their vows and made their marriage official. 

A few raindrops came down as Emma & Greg walked down the dock to the waterfront. They kissed, hugged, and laughed before heading to dinner with their families. They're traveling to Korea in May for a traditional ceremony overseas. Wishing this sweet couple all the love and happiness in their marriage <3

Thank you to all the amazing vendors!

Hair & makeup: Yin Tom Studio
Dress: BHLDN
Shoes: Bagdley Mischka
Flowers: Groom's mother

A rustic Ruddy Turnstone Inn wedding on Cape Cod

"Crazy, he calls me, sure I'm crazy... crazy in love, you see"

On a 75 degree Saturday, light clouds rolled in and out of the harbor as the seabreeze filled our noses with the sweet smell of salt. Cape Cod is a magical place, as everyone who has vacationed there can attest to. Laura & Alex grew up on the Cape, and first met going to local music shows. After losing touch and moving to Boston after a few years, fate brought them back together, and a romance blossomed. Alex asked Laura to be his wife while they were vacationing on Captiva Island in Florida, and finally, the day had come.

Everything about the day was true to the personalities of Laura & Alex - Laura’s dazzling shoes with Dutch dolls for heels, macarons flown in from France, a natural pine wood ceremony arch, rustic barrels filled with flowers, mini succulent escort cards, family style reception seating, watercolor and lace bridesmaids dresses, vintage decor, and more. Wrapped around Laura’s colorful bouquet was her grandmother’s jewelry and a swatch of fabric from her grandfather’s shirt. Laura met Alex at the ceremony, both shedding tears. The love was overwhelming.

The reception was wonderfully laid back, with guests gathering to hang out in Adirondack chairs on the lawn, dancing with the family, eating cake and salt water taffy from Laura’s mother’s 1856 Country Store in Centerville, and socializing with all their friends and family. The couple headed off to an afterparty before jetting off to their Bermudan honeymoon!

Laura & Alex - I hope your love continues to grow deeper every day, that you lift each other up when you are down, and that you let those famous giggles ring through your house until you’re old and grey.

Thank you to all the amazing vendors!

Venue: The Ruddy Turnstone Inn
Catering: Pennypacker's Fine Foods
Planning: Kathy Collings
Invitations: Minted
Hair/Makeup: Salon Justine
Dress: Truvelle from Your Dream Bridal
Menswear: Men’s Wearhouse
Rentals: Be Our Guest, Undercover Tents, True North
DJ: Casey from White Label DJs
Flowers: Designer's Touch
Cake: Cakes Cakes Cakes

A summer sunrise Crane Beach engagement in Ipswich, MA

When you think of your favorite high school sweethearts, you immediately have to think of Alexsis & Keith. As Alexsis explained, “We officially met in English class senior year. We went to prom together and then went to separate colleges that fall. Two months into school Keith called me via Skype to tell me that he loved me and wanted to be together. We have never looked back since.”

Keith popped the question at a winery in Ontario, and they have been celebrating every day.

Watching their older siblings get married has them so excited for their own wedding at Crane Estate. Alexsis & Keith knew that they might not have enough time to make it down to Crane Beach (especially in heels and tuxedos), so they opted to have their engagement session at sunrise on the beach instead. Add in some mimosas at 6:30am (sans OJ) and we called that a great morning!

Wedding wardrobe spotlight with Marry & Tux

My friends over at Marry and Tux Bridal Shoppe showcased Patrick & Dawn's fall Shaker Hills Country Club wedding on their blog!

Their team dressed the entire wedding party from head to toe and couldn't have done a better job <3 For wardrobe advice from the experts on your big day, head on over to read the article! http://www.marryandtuxbridal.com/blog/we-love-fall-weddings

An intimate backyard wedding in Westford, MA

On a warm Saturday in June, Sonia & Dave stood under a tree in the front lawn of their home and vowed to love each other forever. Their two families officially became one, and four boys became brothers. After meeting through work years ago, Dave popped the question on the last morning of their Hawaiian vacation. Sonia & Dave are active, outdoor-loving people who enjoy spending time with their kids. Family is paramount to these two, and it showed in their guest list: 30 of their closest friends, family, and their little ones. Everyone had a ball: there were lawn games, lemonade, dancing, bubbles, a live guitarist, and of course, their three dogs.

Sonia & Dave - Wishing you a marriage that outlasts time, elevates your happiness and soul in every way, and keeps you laughing until you both grow old.

Thank you to all the vendors!

Venue: Private home
Dress: Lord and Taylor
Suits: Men's Wearhouse
Flowers: Floral Arts of Westford
Jewelry: Na Hoku
Favors: Carpe Bee'm
Caterer: Via Lago
Cake: Whole Foods
Guitarist: RC Thomas