Fall/Winter 2012 Issue

At First Blush

Your wedding day is a day like no other, so why not see it through rose-colored glasses? Set the scene with hues of pink, from breathtaking gowns and blooms to oh-so-refined stationery and cakes.

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Trendspotting

From pretty pleats to satin sheaths, this season's bridesmaid dresses come in all shades of stunning.

Real New England Weddings

Get inspired by these local couples' stylish celebrations.

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Real New England Weddings: Sandra Lewandowski & Robert Lavery

August 20, 2011, Lord Thompson Manor, Thompson, Connecticut

Real New England Weddings: Cindy Tung & Gi Soo Lee

October 1, 2011, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Massachusetts

Token Tipple

Looking for a unique cocktail to serve at your wedding? Try this rosy sparkler, dreamed up by master mixologist Jason Kilgore of Catalyst restaurant in Cambridge.

Destination Ahead: Island Elegance

Seaside charm, thy name is Nantucket. "It's a magical place," says Maggie Naylon of Unique Nantucket Events. "Once people experience it, there's always a strong desire to return."

Destination Ahead: Style in Stowe

"Rustic chic" is how Nancy Jeffries-Dwyer, owner of NJOY Event Planning, describes Vermont weddings, especially ones held in the Stowe Valley, which opens up to the pretty alpine peaks of the Green Mountains.

Destination Ahead: A White Mountains Getaway

Looking to escape the bustle of New England's bigger cities for a truly tranquil experience? "Being in New Hampshire's Mount Washington Valley makes you feel like you're a world away," says Melanie Voros, president and creative director of Portsmouth-based Blissful Beginnings. "It's always breathtaking."

Destination Ahead: Berkshires Brilliance

Natural beauty and culture meet in western Massachusetts, a mountainous, river-strewn region that's also known for its visual- and performing-arts scene. "I love its laid-back yet high-style nature," says Jessica Herberger, owner of Experience Events. "You can have world-class food and entertainment in a relaxed setting."

Destination Ahead: A Maine Event

While all coastal weddings share a breezy je ne sais quoi, the Pine Tree State's scenic and diverse shores attract couples from all over. "Think cliffs scented with pine trees and crashing surf," says Portland-based wedding coordinator Katherine Jameson. "It's nestled and very quaint."

A Cape Escape

For sand and sea close to home, look no further than the Cape. "It's so accessible," says Jennifer Chagnon, owner of Falmouth-based Pink Polka Dot Events.

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A Weekend in Woodstock

If your heart is set on an autumn celebration, consider the picturesque village of Woodstock. "Couples hosting events in the fall experience the best of Vermont," says Carrie MacMillan-Lane of Storied Events.

Destination Ahead

Ready to get out of town? We enlisted New England planners to craft itineraries for seven perfect wedding weekends.

Set for a Fete

Whether you want to exchange vows in a historical museum or dance with your guests under a starry sky, these fresh local venues will provide a breathtaking backdrop.

Experts, Fall/Winter 2012

Five wedding experts share their wisdom on how to set the scene, dress your best, and finance the big day.

Best Face Forward

Life before the wedding can wreak havoc on your complexion. Here, local experts recommend last-minute fixes for three common skin-care emergencies. by Kara Baskin

The Sweetest Thing

Put the icing on your cake with one of these charming toppers.

Well Heeled

Cold feet? Not in these vibrant shoes. Put your best foot forward with a jewel-tone pair you'll wear long after the wedding.