Enchanting Cape Cod Winter Wedding (10)

We love the serene vibe and tranquil beauty of today’s real wedding brought to us by Wedding Planner Jyl Deering of Chancey Charm Boston and Cape Cod! Here’s Jyl to tell us more:

Usually the beach and winter don’t go hand in hand when it comes to weddings, but we’re here to show you that a wonderful winter wedding is possible near the ocean! Norah and Matt dreamed of a snowy winter wedding, and amazingly, it started snowing at the conclusion of their reception! Even though the weather was chilly, this wedding was full of warm touches like the fur shawls for the bride and bridesmaids, soft lighting from chandeliers and lots of candlelight and nautical details reminiscent of the perfect Cape Cod wedding!

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Hey Foodies, today’s guest post from Jyl Deering of Chancey Charm is for you! We’ve got some scrumptious recipes courtesy of Forklift Catering, while Jyl shares some excellent tips for a perfect cocktail hour, a delectable sample menu and artfully some styled food photography. Enjoy:

7 Tips for a Perfect Wedding Cocktail Hour

  • Make sure the food isn’t messy. Nothing is worse than needing the photographer to dodge the giant stain on your husband’s white button-down shirt.
  • Keep it light + refreshing! Cocktail hour sets the mood for the rest of the evening. Don’t serve heavy foods, as you want your guests wanting more rather than leaving them feeling stuffed and unable to eat dinner or dance!
  • If you’re thinking of serving something a little different, like venison or lamb, try it during cocktail hour. A different protein can be hard to please at dinnertime, but one bite of it at cocktail hour might just be the perfect opportunity for your guests to try something different!
  • Stick with your theme. Consider your wedding theme when choosing, serving or displaying your food throughout the event. Remember, your theme should be present during cocktail hour. A beautiful garden wedding will best be remembered not only by the breathtaking scenery, but also by the fresh, light and seasonal food profiles that accompany it.

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8 Tips for Including Signature Cocktails at Your Wedding Reception (3)

a variety of signature cocktails

Jyl Deering of Chancey Charm Boston put together some great tips for creating signature drinks for your wedding! These lovely photos are by Melissa Schollaert Photography and the cocktails were crafted by Michael Searles, Beverage Manager of Old Edwards Inn in Highlands, NC. Enjoy!

1. Name your drinks after something fun and uniquely you to truly make them a signature drink. A favorite idea is naming a drink after each of your pets. Ordering a “Lucy” will make people smile, especially if they know your pets, and get the conversation going.

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Vintage Inspired Waterfront Wedding in Martha's Vineyard (2)

Today’s gorgeous real wedding brought to us by Jyl Deering of Chancey Charm Boston and Cape Cod is an elegant water-front soirée brimming with vintage details! Here’s Jyl to tell us more:

Kiwi and Lin wanted a 1920s Great Gatsby themed wedding, on the beautiful island of Martha’s Vineyard. Guests traveled from around the globe, and their closest family and friends – a group of about 60 – made the long journey on the beautiful fall day!

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© Alicia Petitti Photography www.aliciapetitti.com

Today’s lovely real wedding comes to us from wedding planner (and bride!) Sarah Basch of Without A Hitch, Boston, MA! Here’s Sarah to tell us more:

I started Without A Hitch in 2013 after seeing a niche that wasn’t being filled – competent day-of coordination services for couples that want to be hands-on in the planning process.  We quickly grew from 9 weddings the first year to more than 40 this year. We work with couples all over New England, but mostly in the greater Boston area, who have a distinct vision and want help in executing it.

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