Anne & Jacob - as featured in Newport Wedding Magazine
Anne Sullivan & Jacob Datz on March 11, 2017. Originally published in the 2018 issue of Newport Wedding Magazine. Timing is everything for Anne Sullivan of Nashua, New Hampshire and Jacob Datz of Brimfield, Mass. After exactly five years and seven months of romantic trips, including spending summers seaside in Newport and hitting the slopes in Vermont for the winter, Jacob decided their annual vacation to Killington on March 11, 2016 would hold a special surprise. On a snowy night, surrounded by 24 of their closest friends, Jacob began a toast that ended with a tear-inducing proposal. Exactly one year later, the wedding of their dreams took place in Newport. The coincidence that these meaningful dates fell on the 11th day of the month was one of many signs this marriage was meant to be. DIY Once the bride decided on the theme, she and her mother got to work crafting and assembling everything they could, including the gold manzanita tree centerpieces with hanging crystals. “90 percent of our decorations were DIY,” Anne explains. Almost Too Pretty To Eat The amazing confetti cake was filled with chocolate mousse, but the real wow-factor was its design. The top layer was adorned with the beautiful Newport Bridge, the middle layer was a representation of the majestic Killington mountain-scape, and finally the base was decorated with the Boston sky line. Outfit Change Anne was in love at first sight – with her dress! It was the first one she found at a trunk show, a Maggie Sottero with an A line, Swarovski crystals, and an illusion back. But one dress just wouldn’t do for such an occasion. Anne rented a second reception dress, a strapless, gold lace piece that was far easier for dancing and moving around all evening. Where Are They Now? After a three day mini-moon filled with skiing and nostalgia in Killington, VT, followed by a tropical getaway to St Maarten, the couple is now continuing their journey in South Boston where Anne works as the senior import and export advisor at Raytheon and Jacob is the senior manager of operations at athenahealth.
Featured Vendors Bridal Gown: Marry and Tux Bridal Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David’s Bridal Tuxedos/Suits: Men’s Wearhouse Rings: Made With Love Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas Rehearsal Dinner: 22 Bowen’s Wine Bar & Grille First Look: Ochre Court Ceremony, Reception, Caterer: The Atlantic Resort Hair: Sapphire Salon Makeup: Bella Beauty Bridal Flowers: Creative Ambiance Events Cake: Party Favors Transportation: Ocean State Transit Cocktail hour entertainment: Jeremy Green Reception Entertainment: Justin O’Halloran, B.A.S.S. DJ Entertainment Photographer: Brian Hepburn Videographer: Lollie Videography
Marry & Tux Bridal, as featured in New England Bride Magazine
Q: What are the essential items a bride should bring when trying on wedding dresses? A: “A bride should bring whatever will make her feel her best while trying on wedding gowns. Whether that be a strapless bra, a pair of heels, or a specialty undergarment. If you plan on wearing any of these items underneath your gown on your big day, you should certainly bring them along to your appointment!” Q: What tips do you have for brides who aren’t sure how to pick a dress? A: “Think about how you want to look and feel on your big day. Some brides view their wedding dress as an opportunity to step out of their comfort zone, and really go big. Others see it as a way to express themselves and choose a dress that really suits their personality. Choosing your desired wedding look will help you choose the dress that best suits your style.” Q: What is your favorite part about working with brides? A: “Seeing a bride’s wedding vision come to life in the perfect dress is absolutely the best part about working with brides. The look on a bride’s face when ‘the dress’ get zipped or laced for the very first time, at that very moment, the energy and happiness is nearly contagious.” Q: Which Maggie Sottero/Sottero & Midgley gown would you choose to wear for your wedding day? A: “The one is easy… Shauna by Sottero & Midgley. Otherwise lovingly referred to by our consultants as the “Gatsby Dress”. The styling, bead work, and feathers make this dress a show-stopper, and one that guests would be telling all their friends about. What bride doesn’t want that?!” Q: What’s your favorite bridal trend? A: “Our favorite bridal trend right now is a detailed back. There are so many variations within this trend, from lace backs to open backs to sheer backs. The possibilities are endless, as are the dresses that accompany the cool backs. Gone are the days of looking like everyone else. There are so many options now, brides are guaranteed to walk down the aisle looking timeless and memorable.” Q: If you could tell brides one thing, what would it be? A: “Don’t over think it. Often times, brides stress too much over making the decision… It should be easy and effortless. When he asked you to marry him, you had no doubts. Choosing your dress should be just as easy.”
Styled shoot featured in Seacoast Weddings Magazine
Once upon a time there used to be a “wedding season” such as the freshness of the June Bride or the vibrancy of the autumn leaves. I’m finding now there is no real wedding season now. Weddings are 12 months a year. Which is certainly good for the wedding professionals for sure! Lately there have been a barrage of winter weddings, photo’s done wearing a faux fur shawl or shrug outside with the winter snow falling on you or indoors next to a roaring fireplace.
A small group of New England wedding professionals got together to do a mini style shoot showing how you can bring a pop of vibrant color into a wedding while the temperature outside is bitter cold. But the day we planned to shoot, the temperature outside without the wind chill was 6 degrees, the florals wouldn’t have survived so wedding photographer Allison Sica of Kiss the Bride Photography called upon her friends at the Tuscan Kitchen in Salem New Hampshire. “Tuscan Kitchen is a photographer’s dream. Edwin Santana who is the private dining and catering manager at Tuscan Kitchen is one of my past clients and they graciously opened their doors for us. The setting has a classic elegance to it. With its frosted glass windows, the upstairs event room was a perfect backdrop. The sheer pink curtains and window brought in a natural, romantic light. Tuscan Kitchen is an intimate venue that photographs very well.”
Marry & Tux Bridal provided the fantastical gown that an up and coming model, Amber Markland, showcased and we were all blown away by its beauty. The florals were from Harrington Flowers, Brad Harrington describes this shoot as “A GORGEOUS dress, a beautiful model from Honolulu, some pineapple protea and a whole bunch of talented wedding vendors!” The florals were stunning and professional makeup artist Nancy Gorman of Makeup by Nancy provided Amber with a beautiful berry lip color to match the coloring of her bouquet. No one said you can’t make a winter wedding fun and vibrant. These professionals can make it happen! Photographer – Kiss the Bride Photography Wedding Planner – Fetching Events Gown – Marry & Tux Venue – Tuscan Kitchen Salem NH Florals – Harrington Flowers Makeup Artist – Makeup by Nancy Hair Stylist – Jenna Osberg HMUA Model – Amber Markland