Seasonal Autumn Wedding in New England

Oh dear readers, just wait until you catch a glimpse of the incredible floral design by Whim Events in this New England wedding that Nicole Baas Photography captured. Bride Audrena gave her florist a few key words to describe her vision, including lush, moody, and texture (perfect for fall or winter, right?).

Seasonal Autumn Wedding in New England - photo by Nicole Baas Photography http://ruffledblog.com/seasonal-autumn-wedding-in-new-england

From the bride, Audrena: The love story of Tim and I started fifteen years ago when I was fourteen and Tim was seventeen and we were both working together at the small local bakery. We both had very large teenage crushes but it wouldn’t be until about 10 years later that we reconnected and discovered we were living right down the street from one another in Boston! Our friendship blossomed into something more one day when I was sick and Tim came over with tons of goodies to fast forward my recovery and I just knew in that moment that he would always be the person by my side to do whatever he could to take care of me. One of the most surreal moments of our wedding day was cutting our beautiful cake that was provided by the same bakery where it all began! For our wedding I envisioned a romantic and elegant yet intimate and wildly fun night with the people we love and cherish. I am a hopeless romantic and am so in love with love and wanted to share those feelings with our guests and make them all leave our wedding wanting to go home and make babies!

glam wedding dress - photo by Nicole Baas Photography http://ruffledblog.com/seasonal-autumn-wedding-in-new-england

letterpress wedding invitations - photo by Nicole Baas Photography http://ruffledblog.com/seasonal-autumn-wedding-in-new-england

nude wedding shoes - photo by Nicole Baas Photography http://ruffledblog.com/seasonal-autumn-wedding-in-new-england

fuchsia boutonnieres - photo by Nicole Baas Photography http://ruffledblog.com/seasonal-autumn-wedding-in-new-england

fuchsia wedding bouquet - photo by Nicole Baas Photography http://ruffledblog.com/seasonal-autumn-wedding-in-new-england

Flower recipe: Florals were an extremely important aspect of the wedding decor to me. The wonderful women of Whim Events knew the key words for florals were “lush” and “moody” and “texture.” Roses, hanging amaranthus, Dahlias, Coxcomb, Protea, and even Pomegranates were use to create the most gorgeous flower arrangements of my dreams! When my bouquet was unveiled to me I couldn’t help but burst into tears, it was more beautiful than I could have ever imagined and I am still dreaming of the gorgeous floral arrangements Whim created throughout our ceremony and reception. One of my favorite moments was swaying in the middle of the room with my new husband and him leaning down and gushing into my ear about how beautiful everything looked.

autumn wedding bouquets - photo by Nicole Baas Photography http://ruffledblog.com/seasonal-autumn-wedding-in-new-england

sequin bridesmaid dresses - photo by Nicole Baas Photography http://ruffledblog.com/seasonal-autumn-wedding-in-new-england

boutonniere and wedding portrait - photo by Nicole Baas Photography http://ruffledblog.com/seasonal-autumn-wedding-in-new-england

ceremony recessionals - photo by Nicole Baas Photography http://ruffledblog.com/seasonal-autumn-wedding-in-new-england

bridal portraits - photo by Nicole Baas Photography http://ruffledblog.com/seasonal-autumn-wedding-in-new-england

Seasonal Autumn Wedding in New England - photo by Nicole Baas Photography http://ruffledblog.com/seasonal-autumn-wedding-in-new-england

I wanted our guests to feel surrounded by warmth and love and to feel as if they were dropped right into a page of a story book romance. We used warm reds, rich golds, lush greens and moody pinks to create our own enchanted world. My now husband, Tim, mounted frames I found at Crompton collective, a local antique market place, onto cork boards and the ladies of Whim Events added the moss and they became our escort card holders. I spent months collecting the vintage books and love themed magazines and vintage trays that were used throughout our venue. I typed love poems for each table to really keep the feeling of romance flowing throughout the night. My mom graciously gifted us her brightly colored vintage vase collection which were used during our cocktail hour.

Seasonal Autumn Wedding in New England - photo by Nicole Baas Photography http://ruffledblog.com/seasonal-autumn-wedding-in-new-england

moss seating chart - photo by Nicole Baas Photography http://ruffledblog.com/seasonal-autumn-wedding-in-new-england

elegant wedding accessories - photo by Nicole Baas Photography http://ruffledblog.com/seasonal-autumn-wedding-in-new-england

Seasonal Autumn Wedding in New England - photo by Nicole Baas Photography http://ruffledblog.com/seasonal-autumn-wedding-in-new-england

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Make sure when hiring vendors you create a dream team for yourself. Go with your gut and hire the people who get who you are as a couple and what envision for your big day. Natalie and Moira of Whim Events took every last detail I had floating around in my whimsical mind and using items I spent months and months collecting, helped create the gorgeous, moody and lush surroundings we wanted. I hired a photographer I knew I could trust capture the moments I would want to look back on which helped us really be in the moment with each other and our friends and family the day of the wedding. We knew we didn’t want a stuffy, boring ceremony and I was lucky to meet our officiant Amanda Brown at a small wedding fair and I am very grateful for it. Amanda brought our friends and family right into our love story through her engaging storytelling and she created a very personalized and touching ceremony. There was hardly a dry eye in the house in-between bouts of laughter! After dinner our DJ and old friend, Jon Strader got everyone up and dancing and kept them on that dance floor until the very end of the night! we knew we wanted a killer dance party with friends and family and that we certainly had! It is very easy to get consumed by all the aspects of wedding planning but having faith in my vendors allowed me to take the breathers I needed, trust that everything would come together, and refocus on what was truly important- marrying the love of my life and having a hell of a dance party after!

autumn centerpieces - photo by Nicole Baas Photography http://ruffledblog.com/seasonal-autumn-wedding-in-new-england

autumn wedding ideas - photo by Nicole Baas Photography http://ruffledblog.com/seasonal-autumn-wedding-in-new-england

reception accents - photo by Nicole Baas Photography http://ruffledblog.com/seasonal-autumn-wedding-in-new-england

bow tie wedding details - photo by Nicole Baas Photography http://ruffledblog.com/seasonal-autumn-wedding-in-new-england

cake cutting - photo by Nicole Baas Photography http://ruffledblog.com/seasonal-autumn-wedding-in-new-england

autumn centerpieces - photo by Nicole Baas Photography http://ruffledblog.com/seasonal-autumn-wedding-in-new-england


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Wedding Music:
Bridal Party Processional: “I’ll Stand By You,” Vitamin String Quartet
Bride’s Processional: “I Found a Reason,” Cat Power
Recessional: “Another One Bites the Dust,” Queen
Bridal Party Entrance: “Strangehold,” Ted Nugent
Newlywed Entrance: Bruins Goal Song (“Zombie Nation,” Kernkraft 400)
First Dance: “Waste,” Phish
Cake Cutting Song: “Love You Madly,” Cake
Couples’ Dance: “This Will be Our Year,” The Zombies
Parents’ Dance: “When You Need Me,” Bruce Springsteen
Last Dance: “It Was a Good Day,” Ice Cube


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Wedding Location: Worcester, MA / Photographer: Nicole Baas Photography / Event and Floral Design: Whim Events / Venue and Caterer: Beechwood Hotel / Wedding Dress: Jim Hjelm via Vows / Wedding Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Dancing Shoes: Zara / Alterations and Veil: Alterations by Hranush / Earrings: BHLDN / Hairpiece: Twigs And Honey / Rings: Joseph Gann Jewelers / Garter: TheLittleWhiteDress / Hair: Shag Salon / Makeup: NKD Waxing, Lashes And Makeup / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Sue Wong / Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse / Wedding Cake: Gerado’s Italian Bakery (it’s where we both worked together in high school!) / DJ: Jon Strader / Framed Program Mirror: Susan Dodge / Custom designed hash tag and welcome signs: Stephanie Love Design / Custom “Here comes your bride/Mr. and Mrs.” Sign: ArtsyQuotes / Sweetheart Table “Better Together” Sign: ZCreateDesign / Ribbon Wands: tiasdresses / Officiant: Amanda Brown / Wedding Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas / Calligraphy: Yennygrams

Find your Photographer with SnapKnot + Enter to Win a Wedding Gown!

We have introduced you to in the past, and talked about how this is a must-bookmark tool for anyone planning their wedding. It’s your direct line to finding the perfect wedding photographer for you, where you can search and filter by location and budget. SnapKnot actually lets brides get matched with photographers without having to do any work and searching. Simply put in your parameters and photographers who match their criteria will be notified and able to reach out directly through the site. Today, they are back to share with us their expert advice on finding THE photographer who will capture in photos your wedding day memories you will cherish for many years to come.


Snapknot suggests that your wedding photography should be around 15% of your total budget. There are many options out there, but don’t let the sheer volume of photographers overwhelm you. You can search Snapknot’s by budget and location, which filters down to photographers who are great matches. From there, you can narrow your list of options further by asking if your date is available even before digging further into a photographer’s portfolio. Treat this stage of your search like an interview by asking questions like, “How many weddings have you photographed?” and, “Can you share past client’s testimonials?”


By now you should feel pretty comfortable that your list is full of professional vendors. This is where the fun stuff happens! What kind of vibe are you looking for? If you find yourself pinning more classic wedding portraits than illustrative then now is the time to take a glance at the photographers available and slash through the ones who are not experts in the style you are searching for. Not entirely sure what style is for you? SnapKnot has a great post to help clarify the different out there! By now your list should really be narrowed down enough to where you can decide based on personal preferences and policies. For even more head over to SnapKnot’s blog where you’ll find a host of great ideas and useful advice.


SnapKnot is hosting a. Running from December 15 to February 28 this prize is open to US & Canada residents. The winner will choose any style dress from DaVinci bridal! Awesome, right? Enter , lovelies. Winner will announced on SnapKnot’s blog – good luck!

All photos by Your Dream Photo, also previously featured here.






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Bohemian Luxe Wedding Inspiration

Late fall/early winter is one of our favorite times of year for more reasons than we could ever begin to list here. Alyssa McElheny Photography and Horrocks Market put together this bohemian luxe inspired shoot in the woods, and it’s truly boho at its finest. Not only is this styled shoot a show-stopper in general, but the majority of it was handcrafted by the photographer herself, including the bride’s skirt, cakes, floral arrangements, and yarn murals.

bohemian bridesmaids - photo by Alyssa McElheny Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bohemian-luxe-wedding-inspiration

From the photographer, Alyssa McElheny: As a photographer, being able to dream of and whip up and tweak and construct my own shoot was absolutely incredible. I’m realizing that wedding styling and design are huge passions of mine. Lately, I’ve been feeling especially inspired by the darkness and colors and textures of this season (fall/winter) and I wanted to create a miniature wedding based around these ideas. I’m realizing more and more that fall weddings are my absolute favorite to shoot.

pink bridal ensembles - photo by Alyssa McElheny Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bohemian-luxe-wedding-inspiration

Bohemian Luxe Wedding Inspiration - photo by Alyssa McElheny Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bohemian-luxe-wedding-inspiration

colorful wedding invitations - photo by Alyssa McElheny Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bohemian-luxe-wedding-inspiration

wildflower bouquets - photo by Alyssa McElheny Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bohemian-luxe-wedding-inspiration

wild bohemian bouquets - photo by Alyssa McElheny Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bohemian-luxe-wedding-inspiration

Bohemian Luxe Wedding Inspiration - photo by Alyssa McElheny Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bohemian-luxe-wedding-inspiration

lush winter bouquet - photo by Alyssa McElheny Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bohemian-luxe-wedding-inspiration

Bohemian Luxe Wedding Inspiration - photo by Alyssa McElheny Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bohemian-luxe-wedding-inspiration

ceremony recessionals - photo by Alyssa McElheny Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bohemian-luxe-wedding-inspiration

ceremony recessionals - photo by Alyssa McElheny Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bohemian-luxe-wedding-inspiration

This styled shoot was dreamt up to be luxe and boho and dark (except, of course, for the blush skirt worn by the bride), with plenty of gold, rich and colorful foods, furs, and greens greens greens. I also loved hand crafting the bride’s ensemble, cakes, floral arrangements, and yarn murals.

Bohemian Luxe Wedding Inspiration - photo by Alyssa McElheny Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bohemian-luxe-wedding-inspiration

Bohemian Luxe Wedding Inspiration - photo by Alyssa McElheny Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bohemian-luxe-wedding-inspiration

winter wedding details - photo by Alyssa McElheny Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bohemian-luxe-wedding-inspiration

Bohemian Luxe Wedding Inspiration - photo by Alyssa McElheny Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bohemian-luxe-wedding-inspiration

bride and bridesmaids - photo by Alyssa McElheny Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bohemian-luxe-wedding-inspiration

reception tables - photo by Alyssa McElheny Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bohemian-luxe-wedding-inspiration

geometric escort cards - photo by Alyssa McElheny Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bohemian-luxe-wedding-inspiration

watercolor invitations - photo by Alyssa McElheny Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bohemian-luxe-wedding-inspiration

reception food ideas - photo by Alyssa McElheny Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bohemian-luxe-wedding-inspiration

cake tables - photo by Alyssa McElheny Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bohemian-luxe-wedding-inspiration

wedding cake tables - photo by Alyssa McElheny Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bohemian-luxe-wedding-inspiration

fruit topped cakes - photo by Alyssa McElheny Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bohemian-luxe-wedding-inspiration

Bohemian Luxe Wedding Inspiration - photo by Alyssa McElheny Photography http://ruffledblog.com/bohemian-luxe-wedding-inspiration


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Shoot Location: Grand Rapids, MI / Photographer: Alyssa McElheny Photography / Flowers: Horrocks Market / Top: Nasty Gal / Skirt: Handmade / Shoes: Missguided / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: ASOS / Caterer: Marie Catrib’s / Doughnuts: Propaganda Doughnuts / Calligraphy: Carlie Penning (penningc @ spu.edu)

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