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2017 Wedding Trends

As 2016 winds down…

It’s a chance to look back over an amazing year filled with love, romance, elegance and a whole lot of fun! 2016 was a transitional year from rustic to a more vintage and timeless look, but with a millennial twist! So contemporary vintage? Is that a thing? Well it should be!

We are keeping what we love from rustic like farm tables and less over the top floral arrangements but trading mason jars for old bottles. Burlap is making way for flowing fabric and lace. Color pallets are a bit more muted. Oh and CANDLES!! Yes, we know, many venues will only allow battery operated candles, but there is something super romantic about the real deal flickering of an actual flame.

I am in freaking love with personalizing weddings. I am not talking about monogramming everything in sight, but for the decor to be chosen thoughtfully and with meaning. I often have couples that will collect decor items by going to yard sales and antique shops through out the months leading up to their wedding which makes each item a bit more unique to them. Oh and keeping it fun for the guests! Lawn games during cocktail hour, yes please! And great music to dance the night away.

Let’s take a second to talk about food. In NH, we are so blessed to have an abundance of fresh, local, delicious foods at our finger tips. Farm to table is amazing. But unique is great too. Are you a fan of Asian food? Incorporate it! We are seeing food stations taking over the traditional buffet, whereas family style seems more popular than a plated meal. Whatever and however you decide to serve, quality ingredients is the key!

Cutting cakes and dessert buffets will continue to be a big hit, but maybe an interesting twist on fresh, made to order ice cream? Why not we say!


At Memorable Events, we are huge fans of tented weddings. You can make it your own, but it does create a bit more work (insert subtle hint to work with us to take care of it all for you!) but when done well, it is nothing short of spectacular. From sailcloth, to frame tents, pole tents and clear top tents…whichever you chose dress it up for your big day with what works for you.

2017 is going to be supremely amazing! We say bring it on!!

Adventure camp wedding

Summer camp is a fond memory of swimming, adventure, campfire and friends. What better place to have a wonderful, woodsie wedding? I am lucky enough to be involved with the weddings at Camp Takodah in Richmond, NH. It is a place to go and get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, where life is simpler and there are less distractions. It’s the perfect location for a destination wedding!

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If you are interested in having a weekend long wedding with your closest 150 friends and family (though the dining hall holds more than that!), they’ve got your covered. The cabins on the property are yours to use along with the fire pit, the walking trails, adventure courses, waterfront and more!

Dress it up, or dress it down but your guests will appreciate taking time to smell the roses, hear the birds sing and dip their toes in the water. When it comes to rustic, they’ve got it covered from rocking chairs on the front porch, exposed wood everywhere, fireplaces galore and acres and acres of property to explore. A gorgeous waterside ceremony site complete with log benches for your guests completes the package.

Camps are quietly replacing barns as the hot new wedding venue. Camp Takodah only hosts a few weddings a year, so each one is treated as special and you are given full attention! So bring back the memories of childhood, when catching fireflies and making smore’s was the hardest work you had to do.

These pictures are from a stylized photo shoot done in collaboration with so many awesome wedding professionals. First, I would like to thank K. Lenox Photography for capturing everything so stunningly. While Memorable Events styled the shoot, without Kris’s talent, it would have all been for not. Then there are the flowers! Holly at Naturally Elegant Designs did an awesome job.

Hair and make up was done by One Design Hair Salon in Keene, NH. The cake, as delicious as it was beautiful, was crafted by Simply Sweet Confections in Marlborough, NH. Our models Alexis and Gwen were decked out in gowns provided by Country Bridals in Jaffrey, NH and we were joined later in the day by Alexis’s beau John.

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Rustic Elegance

On 11/11/11 I was lucky enough to work with Beth and Rama on their gorgeous rusticly elegant wedding.

Enjoying the (albeit cool) break in the rain!

The day started off gray and misty, but just as the ceremony was about to begin the sun put in an appearance.

The sun broke just before the ceremony began!

The ceremony took place at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Keene, NH and the reception at Alyson’s Orchard. (

Over my years in business I have been lucky enough to work at Alyson’s Orchard dozens of times. It is a lovely venue for a rustic wedding. Beth was a wonderfully creative bride and was able to really transform the space into something extra special.

Sharing a quiet moment

Birch, which is the NH state tree, is often a popular choice for decor.  There were some really fun elements including this log we used for the escort cards.

By wood burning the table numbers into birch wood, the theme was continued.

However, real show stopper was this amazing cake with a three-dimensional birch tree climbing up the side. Beth worked extensively with Denise from Tastefully Wright Cakes  to bring her vision to life, and what a vision it was!

Lovely birch wedding cake

This birch style cake was as delicious as it was lovely!

Not only was the decor wonderful, but Beth and Rama were such a great couple to work with. Fun, enthusiastic and totally and completely in love. Their families were excited to be sharing the day with them and the wonderful team of wedding professionals that we assembled for this day brought everything together perfectly.

These lovely images were captured by Anne Skidmore Photography (

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Unique New England Weddings

Shabby chic, eclectic, vintage, rustic; these are all words we hear associated with weddings. What does it really mean though? It means making your wedding unique to you, with special touches that keep the celebration from being a “wedding in a box”.

Lovely antique blue jars give a nice touch to this table

New England is the perfect place with farms, orchards, barns, historic buildings or a lovely tent there are many options to create that perfect mix of rustic and elegant.  We are seeing some trends over the last few seasons that are continuing on now. Mixing and matching centerpieces is a great way to bring some fun to the decor. Why not shop around at garage sales and thrift stores for vases and containers that speak to you? Varying heights and widths can help make a space look more interesting.

 For the last few years cupcakes have been popular to serve as an alternative to traditional wedding cake, but how about individual cakes for each table that also serve as a centerpiece? Guests could have a fun time mingling at other tables to see what flavors are served there!

Unique wedding cake centerpieces


Keep your eyes open for pieces that speak to you and you’ll soon be on your way to creating a unique wedding theme that will reflect your tastes! Contact Memorable Events for a free consultation! or email

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