Laura and Don: Private Estate, North Andover, MA

Laura and Don had their ceremony at the beautiful Trinity Episcopal Church in Newton Centre, MA.

For details about their proposal and story visit their website.

A special thanks to Jim Canole of Jim Canole Photography for use of the photos.

Engagement photo on the left by Peggy Hogan of Peggy Hogan Photography.

Laura and Don got ready for the day at the church which provided some lovely backdrops for pictures.

Some pics of Don on the big day.

Laura’s dress was SaBelle by Maggie Sottero. She purchased the dress from La Reine Bridal Boutique in Waltham, MA.

Back detail.

I love this picture. It is so regal with the velvet couch.

Programs and Logo design by Shana Popyk. Since both of the couple’s last names began with an “S”, they incorporated that into a crest that was featured throughout the day.

The formal invitations were done by Elaine Baker from Paper Potpourri. I wish I had a better image to show. Elaine was so great to work with. Her experience and etiquette knowledge are stellar.

The inside of the church was very ornate. Here is the couple saying their vows.

And we’re married!!

The bridesmaid dresses were from Dessy Group – Style 2780 in African Violet. I think if Laura could, she would probably have had her wedding dress be purple. She loves the color that much.

The bridesmaids had a mixture of blues, and purples for flowers. Flowers by Sakina of Newton Floral Oasis. Sakina and her husband were a huge help during the set up for the reception. At one point, we needed extra tealights for some lanterns that Laura had us using for centerpieces. Sakina’s husband made a run to CVS to grab some quickly.

Laura’s flowers.

Some pics of Laura at the church.

Laura and Don exiting the church.

Off to the reception. I love the bunching of the dress here.

The couple had a tented reception at their friend’s house in North Andover, MA. The couple was so gracious and their children helped quite a bit in setting up the table centerpieces and other odds and ends.

Since this was at a private residence, everything needed to be rented. Tables, chairs, linens, tent. They rented items through Events for Rent. To save on costs, we only had them deliver the items and we set them up. While this is more labor intensive (perk of having a wedding planner or someone else that can do it), it can save you quite a bit. Some catering companies will assist or even take care of all the set up of rentals. So make sure to ask because you could be paying two sets of people to do the same job.

For the table, Laura’s mom created a runner made of burlap with the “S” design. The centerpieces consisted of wild flowers surrounded by metal lanterns of varying sizes.

Lanterns and other centerpiece items can often be found used for a very good price. Recycled Bride offers a venue for brides to sell and buy items. Sometimes it can actually be cheaper to buy linens new/used than it is to rent them. Depending on the color you are looking for, you might purchase fabric.

For table names, they used maps of varying towns. Many of them were towns of families and friends.

 Couple’s had guests select their entree ahead of time. This is pretty common. However, it is also pretty common for guests to forget what they selected. To save on catering costs, and to help the caterers plan, try to remind guests of their meal selections. Since the couple had a New England Clambake, and all food was prepped onsite, it was really important to know exactly how many lobster’s, etc were needed.

We came up with this idea. On the RSVP card, we had little images of the menu options. We made a small name card with the guest name and the symbol representing their meal.  Here is a chicken and star we used to represent child. What kid doesn’t love getting a star in any form? To hold the name card, Laura and Don cut wine corks in half lengthwise and cut a slit to hold the card.

Each guest also received a lobster sucker favor at their seat. The tags on the suckers were handmade by the Matron of Honor.

 Laura and Don made a bottle of wine for each of their guests to take home. I was lucky enough to get to take a bottle home myself and it was awesome! During the reception they used a vintage wine rack to display the wine. 

We made a wine label featuring the logo for the wine bottles. You can purchase designed labels from They have quite a selection of designs to choose from. Also, they have recommendations about text specific to weddings. They sent me a nice packet of samples as well.

You can save some money by designing the label yourself and printing it off on sticker paper. The texture of sticker paper which you can get at a local office supply store is actually the same material. So if you are creative…or know someone that is, in this case my sister, then you can save.

Catering was provided by Periwinkles Catering out of Essex, MA. The meal was a traditional New England Clambake. Tom cooks right on site, so you know it is fresh. While the food was amazing, Tom and his staff really outdid themselves in terms of event management. The staff helped with set up, last minute changes, and really was one of the key factors in the success of the reception. I would highly recommend them to anyone in the Boston area.

Apps for the cocktail hour.

Lobster!! Yum!!

Cake was done by Konditor Meister in Braintree, MA. It had three layers: tiramisu, carrot cake and white with butter cream frosting.

Had the logo also incorporated in the cake.

Laura also had a smaller cake of the same flavor for her and Don to cut into that was gluten-free. Something Sweet Without Wheat in Woburn provided this cake.

In addition to cake, they served Don’s favorite, Pecan Pie which was handmade by a friend.

Bar was provided by Boston’s Best. Diana was so great to work with. She customized a package for the couple and created some signature cocktails for guests. They served lemonade and sweet tea. Boston’s best provided the bar-tending, but we needed to purchase the alcohol wholesale. We went with Kappy’s On Call for the alcohol.

The DJ, Lee Wilson of Underground Sound Mobile DJ Service, was great! He was a friend and former co-worker of the bride.

More pics from the night.

The couple’s table.

The couple dancing under the lanterns. Perfect twirl Don.

 The couple rented Chinese lanterns through the rental company. They come pre-strung and go up with the tent. This is worth the extra money. If you were to purchase the lanterns and “attempt” to hang them yourself, it can be extremely tricky.

Laura and her sister preparing for some serious dancing.

View of the tent at night.

The couple really wanted to do sparklers. However, sparklers even at a private residence are illegal in MA. So we found these Sky Lanterns from I actually think they were more fun for people to use and since the house had a nice back yard, it was perfect to watch.

One warning about any sort of lantern/sparkler. Always check with the local fire department before using anything. At the time, I think these lanterns were fine for the town, but I recently saw something on the news about these. Always check to be sure.

The couple lit the last lantern together.

Off into the night.

The couple, signing off for the night as Mr. and Mrs.

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