Ashley and Matt held their wedding at the picturesque Crane Estate, a storybook wedding venue just north of Boston. After years of vacationing in nearby Gloucester, MA, Ashley and Matt would often take their boat over to Crane Beach. It only made sense to check out the estate as a potential wedding venue after they got engaged, and I can’t imagine their wedding anywhere else! We couldn’t have been more thrilled as we are always excited to photograph Crane Estate weddings!
Francie with 42 North Weddings did a fantastic job of coordinating the day, and we were blown away by the colorful details at this wedding! From the hand dyed napkins to the overflowing floral arrangements, around every corner was something more beautiful than before. Scroll down to see all of our favorites from this storybook wedding, and congrats to Ashley and Matt!
More about this storybook wedding…
When Ashley and Matt first reached out to us about photographing their wedding weekend on the north shore of MA, we were super excited to chat with them. In addition to having the ceremony and reception at the Great House on the Crane Estate property, they mentioned that their wedding rehearsal dinner would be at the Gould Barn (a venue we have been admiring for a long time!). These two just seemed to happy to be getting married, they really wanted to throw a party where everyone would have a great time! I’d say their wedding was a definite success on that front. :)
Surrounded by salt marshes, Ashley and Matt started off the day with a first look on the porch of the Inn at Castle Hill. Matt’s smile was contagious, and we couldn’t get enough of the happy moments between these two. After a few more bride and groom portraits, along with their antique Rolls-Royce, guests began arriving for the ceremony. The ceremony was originally going to be on the rolling green lawn behind the Great House, but the lawn was a bit soggy from morning rainstorms. Ashley and Matt decided to move the ceremony to the terrace instead. Guests still had a stunning ocean view overlooking Crane Beach, and everyone appreciated having dry feet!
Ideas for Tented Wedding Reception Decor
One of our favorite things about this wedding was how warm and cozy the reception tent felt! Flowers by Ford Flower Co. literally draped every surface. Candles lined the raised patio, and greenery hung from the chandeliers! Ashley and Matt also had one of the most unique escort card ideas we’ve ever seen. They used geode slices and painted guest names and table numbers in gold! The table numbers were also sparkling geode gems. We loved the rich jewel tones of this September wedding, which seemed like the perfect compliment for fall.
After dinner, guests were invited into the ballroom for dancing. The Sweet Tooth and the Sugarbabies band knocked it out of the park! Their lead singer had such an incredible voice and energy… it was a joy to photograph both the band and guests getting their groove on! Thanks to Ashley and Matt for having such an optimistic and adventurous spirit. We had a wonderful weekend with you both and wish you all the best as husband and wife!
Vendors who contributed to this beautiful wedding:
Venue – The Crane Estate
Coordinator – 42 North Weddings
Florist – Ford Flower Co.
Catering – Fireside
Desserts – Jenny’s Wedding Cakes
Bride’s dress – Paloma Blanca
Shoes – Angela Nuran
Veil – Toni Federici
Headband – Heirloom from mother of the bride
Makeup – Alexa Palmisano
Hairstyling for bride and mother of bride – Gina Tammaro
Hairstyling for bridesmaids and mother of groom – Paula Avery Hair Studio
Bridesmaid dresses – Bill Levkoff
Bridesmaid jewelry – Lunar Skye Studio
Groom and groomsmen tuxedos – Giblees Menswear & Tuxedos
Groom’s cufflinks – Chart Metalworks
Bride’s wedding ring – Heirloom from mother of the bride
Groom’s wedding band – Long’s Jewelers
Ceremony arbor – KIT Rentals
Linens – La Tavola
Hand dipped napkins – 42 North Weddings
Farm dinner tables – The Event Co.
Chairs, Gold flatware, vintage glassware – PEAK
Wooden signage, geode escort cards – Paperweight Ink
Invitations – Cheer Dry Goods
Officiant – Father Mark Szymick
Cigar service – Boston Cigar Factory