Fall girls weekend in Portsmouth, NH

Girls weekend in the fall in Portsmouth, NH
My friends and I had a girls weekend trip this past weekend in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Just under one hour from Boston, Portsmouth is a charming small city with great shopping and restaurants. Everything is walking distance so it's ideal for a quick getaway.
Fall foliage in Portsmouth, NH

We arrived Saturday afternoon for manicures and pedicures (love the new Essie nail color I picked up) at a spa on Congress Street, Janegee. The pedicure was lovely with speciality essential oil scrub and lotion. They also have a store area with their own line plus products from RMS Beauty, Coyuchi and other natural brands.
Janegee natural spa in Portsmouth, NH

After, we checked into the hotel downtown and got ready for dinner at Moxy. It was my friends birthday too, so we had some pre-dinner bubbly to celebrate.
Girls weekend in the fall in Portsmouth, NH

We enjoyed cocktails and tapas to share then went off to Latchkey around the corner from our hotel for live music.
Girls weekend in the fall in Portsmouth, NH

Sunday morning, we filled up with breakfast at The Friendly Toast. A friendly tip: download their app to "put" yourself in line for a table and not actually have to wait in line! My friend and I split the Greek omelette and french toast with caramelized bananas - a little savory + a little sweet.
The Friendly Toast breakfast in Portsmouth, NH

We then shopped around our favorite spots: Gus & Ruby (with a Christmas display already!), Ramblers Way (love their sustainable clothing), Lively Kids (for my 2 friends with kiddos), and Bliss - there are so many shops on Congress Street and Market Street worth stopping in!
Gus & Ruby store in Portsmouth, NH
Shopping in downtown Portsmouth, NH

Thanks for the laughs + memories, Portsmouth!

Collage: Bee's Knees

Bees are having a moment! From Gucci to J.Crew and TOMS, bees are popping up on leather goods, jewelry, shoes and more. Outfit yourself or your home with a bee-autiful accent this fall.

The Bee's Knees

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One Year Married

One year ago, we walked down the aisle and became husband + wife. It seems a good a time as ever to share photos and details from our best day ever. :)

Getting ready... 
Arriving at the venue...
One of my favorite quotes greeted guests: "to me, you will be unique in all the world. To you, I shall be unique in all the world" - Antoine Saint-Exupery
First looks...
The ceremony...
I had string musicians create custom arrangements of our ceremony songs.
Processional: Where You Lead
Recessional: Cruise
Cocktails and kicking off the celebration...
Inside the tent...

Special details + favorite moments...
The color palette we chose was deep red/burgundy, eggplant, pink, white, + cream, evoking a romantic, old world feeling that was inspired by our love of Florence, Italy. Lanterns and cloches were part of the decor.

The signature drink was a blood orange gin + tonic. DC's favorite drink got an Italian twist with blood orange juice, also a nod to our alma mater Syracuse University!

One of my favorite details of the whole day was our escort card table. I had seen this idea on an Italian wedding blog of unique vessels with fruit + flowers and vertical cards displaying table numbers + guest names. My mom and I scoured Etsy for vintage Italian ceramic bowls. Wild Folk Studio and Posh + Prep executed the escort table vision perfectly with an array of fruits and burgundy calligraphy, respectively. The rented wooden table from Peterson Party Center was the finishing touch.

A favorite moment of the day was our first look in a small, private garden at the venue. I was so nervous and excited to see DC. Walking up to him, I felt like it had been forever since seeing him, when it was less than 24 hours! We both teared up seeing one another and it was such a special, serene moment with just the soundtrack of the wind blowing. Hello Love Photography captured DC's reaction perfectly; I cried when seeing the photo of him wiping his eyes!  

Another favorite moment was when I was about to walk out and head down the aisle. I started really tearing up and saying “oh my, I can’t believe this is happening!” My mom turned to me and said, “this is your big moment. Smile, look up, don’t cry, and enjoy it!”. Her and my dad both walked me down the aisle and when we got out in the field where everyone first saw us, a big gust of wind blew my veil over my head! We couldn’t help but laugh as we fixed it quickly and continued on. I couldn’t stop smiling at that point, especially when I saw my soon-to-be hubby at the end of the aisle.

My something old was a collection of crystal brooches from my grandmas that I put in my hair. Kevin Hadfield created my vision of soft waves and braided details with the brooches.

My something new was of course the dress. 

My something borrowed was my veil. It was my aunt’s when she married my uncle thirty years ago. He passed away suddenly the March before the wedding so it was a special way to have him there with us.

My something blue was the inside of a black clutch my mom got me to carry my lipstick, my maternal grandpa’s hanky with his initial, + a few other necessities.

For good memories, I had all my bridesmaids, my mom, my mother-in-law, + my step-mom initial the bottom of my shoes. 

For good luck, a “sixpence” was taped under my shoe, a tradition said to bring prosperity and suggested by my maid of honor.

I wrapped a piece of lace from my mom’s wedding dress around my bouquet.

When I think back on the day, I remember the look in Doug’s eyes when we said our vows, having fun with my favorite women getting ready that morning, the twinkle lights + smiling faces when we were announced in the tent, and the dance floor being packed with love. 💛

You can see more from our wedding planning here anperuse our #meetthecovals feed.

Photography: Hello Love Photography (all photos here)
Venue: The Estate at Moraine Farm in Beverly, MA
Dress: Liancarlo via L'elite Bridal 
Bridesmaids Dresses: each chose their own black dress
Florist: Wild Folk Studio
Make up: Kerri Herlihy
Hair: Kevin Hadfield
Invitation and Table Numbers: original painting by a friend, Stephanie Beach | printed by Smock Paper via Gus & Ruby Letterpress
Calligraphy: Posh + Prep
Logo design: Brenna Donovan
Catering: Fireside Catering
Rentals: Peterson Party Center
Cake: Montilio’s
DJ: Beat Train Productions
Other: custom corn-holecustom cake topper, personalized wooden chair signs, custom printed sunglasses