August 2015 Archive

Morgan and Rob | Married | The Oaks

Morgan and Rob were married on a gorgeous day in August. We started our day in Portsmouth, NH and then took a trolley to The Oaks in Somersworth where they were married.  All of the details of the day were perfectly coordinated with their soft, vintage color palate.  Morgan is an artist and designed her own gorgeous stationary and I am so in love with her beautiful designs. Everything from the invitations to the welcome bags to the ceremony programs were adorned and printed with the lovely motif.

Not only are Morgan and Rob the perfect pair, but these two have the BEST families! I always love when I get to photograph siblings and cousins etc of the same family and I have been with this one for many years. They are very dear to me and I am so honored to be a part of their special gatherings.

It has always been Morgan’s dream to have fireworks at her wedding and they had the most beautiful display! It was the perfect ending to a warm and wonderful day. Congratulations Morgan and Rob! I know your love and friendship will last many years to come.

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XO~Kate

Black Tie Styled Shoot | Aldworth Manor Wedding | Harrisville NH

Oh My Goodness! Do I have something wonderful to share with you today!!  I was lucky enough to be a part of an incredible group of wedding vendors  and together we created an amazing styled wedding shoot.

Sorrell, from Events by Sorrell, and I talked about collaborating on an inspiration shoot over coffee one day and were brainstorming about unique places to host it.  She had recently seen a video about a place called The Aldworth Manor in Harrisville, NH which was being lovingly restored by it’s new owner, Shane Long. We decided that it’s rustic elegance was the perfect venue for our vision and Shane was amazingly wonderful at accommodating our wishes! That was the beginning of this adventure and from there we contacted our favorite local vendors (and a few not so local) to help us complete our black tie vision.

The Aldworth Manor is now available to use as an event space as it continues to be restored. If you are looking for a very unique, grand, gorgeous, soul-filled space for your wedding or event, I would highly recommend looking into this place first!  Set in the quaint town of Harrisville, NH, it overlooks Mount Monadnock. The property is grand with it’s arches, European type details, and gardens lined with old granite walls.

Each artist brought their own unique and professional talent to the shoot and the results are so stunning. From the dresses to the cake, to the lovely stationary, to the ah-mazing flowers by Apotheca, I am head over heels in love with all aspects of this shoot!  Sorrell is an amazing detail person and pulled everything together to make this shoot so incredible! We asked a former bride and groom of mine (Danielle and Derrick) to be our lovely models and my little Bea got to be our flower girl in the most beautiful Fattie Pie dress.  Seriously, I want to wear one of these dresses!!  Sorrell’s son and girlfriend were our lovely bridesmaid and groomsman.  Megan from Inspirations Bridal provided the perfect Allure bridal gowns for the shoot, from the ball gowns to the oh so lovely gold sequined Sorella Vita bridesmaid’s gown. Gah!  Like all of our vendors, she was incredible at hearing our vision and choosing the perfect match!  Sarno and Sons dressed our groom so handsomely in Allure tuxes. Marsala, smoky blue, gold and chartreuse were the color palate. Alyssa from Apotheca Flowers and Tea Shoppe created truly remarkable floral arrangements with a stunning and contemporary palate of colors. And wait until you see the bouquet and Bea’s flower crown! I die! Celeste from Impress Me Designs made the exquisite stationary and Shara from Chickadee Hill Cakes blew us all away with the detail work in her striking cake.  Ava Marie Chocolates complimented our silhouette theme with delicious and unique chocolate favors.  Manhattan East  made our bride and bridesmaid’s hair gorgeous and Ellen from European Esthetics did the impeccable makeup on both girls.

I am so proud to be a part of this perfect team and would highly recommend all of them for your next event!

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Event Styling:  Events by Sorrell

Venue: The Aldworth Manor

Photography: Kate Preftakes Photography and Nadine Preftakes

Floral Arrangements: Apotheca Flower and Tea Chest

Bridal Gowns: Inspirations Bridal

Groom’s Attire: Sarno and Son’s

Flower Girl Dress: Fattie Pie

Invitations and Stationary: Impress Me Designs

Cake: Chickadee Hill Cakes

Chocolate Favors: Ava Marie Chocolates

Hair Design: Manhattan East Hair Design

Makeup: European Esthetics

XO~Kate

Miriam and Dan | Cape Cod Wedding

Miriam and Dan were married on a gorgeous, windy Cape Cod day.  Miriam had the perfect dress for the breezy beach weather on the beaches of the Sea Crest Beach Hotel (and those shoes!!). Brick Kiln Farm designed the gorgeous flowers and details that complimented the blue colors of the day.  Miriam and Dan were relaxed and happy all day and I loved being there with them.  Congratulations to a perfectly matched pair!

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XO~Kate

 

Heather and Allan | Married | Backyard Wedding

Heather and Allan were married on a beautiful day in the backyard of their Hanover, NH home.  Surrounded by family, friends, flowers, amazing food and great music, it was the perfect day! B & W Catering provided the most incredible food and A to Z Cakes made a gorgeous birch inspired wedding cake. Silver Arrow Band kept the party going all night and Art of Nature created the beautiful flowers.

It was festive and joyous and absolutely filled with love.  Congratulations Heather and Allan!

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XO~Kate

Home

Twelve years ago we bought our beautiful antique house. We weren’t yet married, we didn’t have kids, and we didn’t have a clue what fixing up an old house really meant. We thought we should rent a wallpaper steamer when in reality we had to rip entire walls out. Completely. As in, jack up the roof and demolish the room. We were starry-eyed dreamers and had no idea the journey we were about to take.

 Our house became a labor of love (and hate at times) and we worked tirelessly with the help of our family. Everyone pitched in over the six months it took to make our house habitable. My dad, in particular, guided us through the various projects and did much of the work himself. He wired, plumbed and renovated every room in the house and together we transformed this house into our home.

 So much of our family is here. From the hard work that my Dad did, to the beautiful antiques my mom collected, to the handprints of our children on just about everything. It is us. It is the home that we came to as newlyweds. Doug carried me up the stone steps through the weathered blue front door. The same front door that has opened itself to all four of our brand new babies and countless family members and guests. Doug’s Mom hosted our rehearsal wedding dinner here with just a roughed in kitchen and a garden hose. Because we were so proud of our new home.

 This house has seen it’s share of laughter, strife, joy and chaos. It has wrapped it’s old bones around us as we’ve announced pregnancies, celebrated birthdays, lost beloved pets, dressed up for Halloween, planned surprises, endured cuts and bruises, and danced our hearts out. Together.   We’ve had slumber parties, campfires, margaritas, tractor rides and s’mores on the patio. We’ve grilled a thousand dinners on the patio and raked a million leaves. We’ve weathered winter storms and watched the explosion of spring year after year. We’ve weeded the gardens, planted seeds, and mowed the lawn. We’ve watched our children take their first steps, learn to read and discover friendships.

 I remember the excitement we felt when assembling the crib in the nursery. And the sadness and tears I felt when we took it down ten years later after it cradled four babies. I remember marking every child’s celebratory height on the kitchen wall on their birthday. I smile when I think about all the first days of school, the chaotic bedtime routine, the crafts on the kitchen table and the forts that have come and gone in the living room.

 The tears, the laughter, the years. They’re all here. Which is why it is so hard to leave. It’s the only home we’ve ever known together as a family and we will mourn it’s loss. After much debate we have decided to sell our house. In just a few short days we will be leaving this home and starting over in a new place. As long as we are together I know we will be fine and we are all looking forward to our new adventure. But it is hard to go. My heart aches when I walk around and realize how familiar everything is. How every stonewall, and tree and blackberry bush has been ours. I wonder if the next people will feed the birds in the winter. I hope that they appreciate the garden flowers the way I have. I hope they find happiness and warmth here the way we did.

 I know that a house is what you make it and I know that we will love our new home. It will become ours and we will fill it with joy, chaos and life. In time we will forget the little nuances of this house and our time here will become a happy memory. But for now, I want to remember it all. I want to give it the respect that it deserves and I really don’t want to forget. Anything. I know that you can’t stop change. Try as I might, I can’t keep my kids from growing up and this is all part of life. It is good and it is right. But it is still hard.

 To all the childhood homes and memories held within. Thanks for everything. You will be missed.

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XO~Kate