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Kevin and Michele had a beauuuutiful fall wedding this November, at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA.

We’ve had a weird weather year – in fact, we’re having weird weather right now – but with colors like these still on November 9th, maybe November is the new October?

I’ve known Kevin and Michele for a few years now, maybe camping in the pouring rain was our first date? These two are always up for adventure, including hiking and camping and even honeymooning in sleeping bags across Patagonia! They’ve found a beautiful historic home in Ipswich to settle in to (near their Crane Beach engagement session!), and have kicked off their life together beautifully. I was so happy and honored to be there to share this day with them!

willowdale-estate-wedding-photoThis adorable barn is on the couple’s own property – a perfect location for their “first look”, seeing each other for a snuggle before the wedding!

A little glimpse of life at this moment: Obama elected for his second term as President, and the packing process for a two-week trek in South America! (totally jealous)

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Michele’s girlfriends helped with creating the bouquets and boutonnieres, and were even still knitting shawls on the morning of the wedding!A chilly outdoor ceremony indeed, but everyone was smiling as they exchanged vows and Michele’s brother sang a song.willowdale-estate-wedding-photowoodsy wedding invitation photowillowdale-estate-wedding-photowillowdale-estate-wedding-photo

Willowdale is a beautiful estate property on Bradley Palmer State Park in Topsfield. There are so many nooks and pathways to walk along, making for great photos in the November air. Of course Michele and Kevin brought it many of their own special touches to the interior. For as long as I’ve known her, Michele is incredible at always sending handmade cards in the mail. I love that they named each table after species of trees!

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Congratulations on an truly amazing day, my friends! I’m so excited to follow along on your great big adventure of life together!

Venue: Willowdale Estate | Floral Design: Bride and Bridesmaids | Invitations: the Bride herself! | Acoustic: Good Time String Band | Catering: Willowdale Estate | Cake: Konditor Meister | Welcome Baskets: Itty Bitty Bake Shop | Band: Diane Blue Music | Dress: Ann Taylor | Suit: Men’s Warehouse | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab

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  • March 8, 2013 - 12:01 pm

    Karin - Such a beautiful, simple wedding. Loved the sign – come let me love you… brought me back to high school and one of my all time favorite John Denver songs – I miss him…

  • March 8, 2013 - 3:08 pm

    esther sun - so,so gorgeous, Stacey! beautiful work!!!

  • March 28, 2013 - 3:22 pm

    Michele - Thanks Stacey for your beautiful work! You truly captured the spirit of our day.

  • April 8, 2013 - 8:00 pm

    Loulena - It looks like an amazing wedding! I’m so impressed with all the thoughtful little details. Congrats!!!!

It was a gorgeous and long-lasting February. I’m loving all this snow we’ve had!

My first full “off-season” since leaving corporate life and other projects, I’ve been able to truly savor this winter. I wake up with Gary before 7am, and typically start the day walking our dogs on the beach or trails. Working from home is kinda unbearable if I haven’t exhausted them! I’ve been fortunate to squeeze in more time for the gym and yoga this time of year too, which has a direct correlation to how in shape I am for heavy camera bags come May!

A few of my favorite things this February!

Yes indeed, that’s a big box of film… wedding season kicked off with a winter wedding in Vermont, and a destination wedding next week in Mexico! Time to stock back up!

As it goes, most photos are from Vermont this time of year. We’re “seasons” people and love being back in the mountains when the snow falls! Alicia Swedenborg joined me for a Woodstock Inn wedding – Vermont being quite a bit different from our last travels to South Africa together! A couple weeks later, we skied with friends and snowshoed with dogs around Waitsfield and Sugarbush, VT!

I chopped my hair! Not that you guys would notice maybe, but gone are about five inches of gnarly hat-and-scarf tangle (sorry, maybe you didn’t need to know that part). One more from Vermont, cause heck, it’s a covered bridge. And a photo of my amazing friend Amy, a top eco-fashion writer, on our trip into Boston for an eco-event!

Bottom row includes me, freshening up on my Italian via the *free* and amazing language app, Duolingo (for your phone or web, any language)! Must study with wine. I leave April 1st for a month in Florence! A hard winter beach, and a discovery – McGillicuddy’s new vanilla flavor tastes like a creamy thick dream!

Thanks to a great February, and cheers to springing ahead!

Follow along behind-the-scenes on Instagram at @staceyhedman!

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Looking for fun ideas to gift your bridesmaids and groomsmen?

As we’re gearing up for another amazing wedding season, I thought I’d share some of the fun ideas coming out of New England these days! I love seeing the creativity, and of course photographing it too!

Personally, I’m in love with the idea of a gift bag or custom box for the day… include your own little details such as nail polish, a cute nail care kit, mints, a pretty cosmetic mirror, a wine bottle opener, maybe some homemade trail mix! Add some soothing bubble bath or a candle to help them relax after all their hard work! The guys could use a flask or a personalized money clip, snacks, mints, a beer coozie, and even a nail care kit of their own (you’re welcome, ladies)!

More common is to gift things your bridal party will wear on that day, such as cuff links, purses, jewelry, a tie, or shawl. But what else? Will the girls need matching wellies in case of rain? Maybe the guys need radically colorful socks or a cool hat that can be part of the day! Or some trendy sunglasses!

Another idea is local artwork, a print for the wall that will remind them of a great weekend they took part in. Many unique and custom styles can be found on Etsy. Have you checked out JHill Design, from right nearby in Boston but with prints from all over the world?

And DIY! These ladies were still knitting on the morning of Michele & Kevin’s wedding… love it!

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Some local companies in New England!

I’ve been curating a little collection of ideas on my Pinterest page too, come follow along for many more ideas! : Bridal Party Gift Ideas
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You know I love winter weddings… but I REALLY love snowy adventure Vermont weddings in the middle of a storm!

Craig and Sandy were married in Woodstock, Vermont this February, smack dab in the middle of Winter Storm Nemo! They held a welcome party at the Suicide Six base lodge on Friday night, and almost every one of their guests was able to make it – flights and long drives included!

More from their gorgeous – and chilly! – winter wedding soon, but below are some images from a sunshiney day after!

Congrats, Craig and Sandy! From the Vermont slopes to the beaches of Belize, your smiles warmed everyone around you!

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I’m so excited to finally be able to share my photo shoot from Cape Cod Lavender Farm for Bliss Celebrations magazine from this past summer!

The full theme was that of a farewell party among girlfriends, and the team pulled together an amazing group of vendors to share the day.

Pick up the magazine from stands now for a full spread, but here are some of my favorites!

You can also tune into some fantastic playlists that Bliss Celebrations put together to celebrate the new launch!

Event Coordination: The Perfect Plan | Floral Design: Patrice Milley Floral Designers | Table & China rentals: Be Our Guest | Chairs & Dessert China: New England Country Rentals | Linens: Table Toppers | Catering: Root Catered Events | Cakes & Cookies: Sin | Macarons: Sweet Indulgence | Calligraphy: Sharon Morgera | Event Styling: Claudia Seyffert

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  • February 20, 2013 - 10:36 am

    Lauren @ Every Last Detail - Oh my goodness… this is STUNNING!!!!! I can’t stop looking at it! :)

  • February 20, 2013 - 11:10 am

    Kina - Absolutely lovely in every way.

  • February 24, 2013 - 6:42 pm

    Meredith Sledge - You. Are. Amazing. Wow.