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Mark Title_key Tyrone

Real Wedding
gallery Jun 28 2017
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Provincetown Grooms

From the couple:

The September 2016 wedding was a long time coming. Mark, the president of a 3rd generation family printing company and part-time yoga instructor, and Tyrone, an advertising executive, met on the yoga mat a decade earlier. The wedding took place on the beach overlooking Provincetown's Long Point on a sunny, late summer afternoon. A reception followed at the century-old Red Inn with dinner and dancing under a harvest moon sky. Following the wedding, the couple honeymooned in France and Italy.

From the Photographer:

The grooms took over the Red Inn in Provincetown…packing the deck with guests, spilling into their stunning guest suite for some extra comfy seating and a dessert buffet (I’m still saving the last chocolate lollipop for the perfect chance to eat it). Their ceremony was on the beach, right as the tide started to go out. Most folks watched from the deck as they quickly and quietly and beautifully exchanged their vows. Wine flowed, hor d’ouevres were passed…some speeches were made and a delicious dinner was served. As a beautiful Harvest Moon rose over the ocean, the dance floor opened up…there was laughter and love and tears of joy…a touching thank you from the gentlemen, followed by a sweet blessing from their aunt…it was truly a wonderful night. Thanks for sharing it with me!

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etiquette / q & a Jun 28 2017

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We are paying for our own wedding. How should we word the invitations?

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There are a few ways you can word your invitations in this situation. 

If you are having your ceremony in a place of worship, you would say:

The honor of your presence
is requested at the marriage of
James John Parker
to Mitchell Paul Jacobson
Saturday, the ninth of August
two thousand and fourteen
at half past four in the afternoon

If you are having a formal affair, but not in a place of worship, you would say:

The pleasure of your company
is requested at the marriage of
James John Parker
to Mitchell Paul Jacobson
Saturday, the ninth of August
two thousand and fourteen
at half past four in the afternoon

If you are having a more casual soirée, you can word your invites in a number of ways, but these are a couple of common examples:

James John Parker &
Mitchell Paul Jacobson
invite you to their wedding
Saturday, August 9, 2014
at 4:30 in the afternoon


OR 

James John Parker &
Mitchell Paul Jacobson
invite you to share and celebrate at their wedding
Saturday, August 9, 2014
at 4:30 in the afternoon

When going with a less formal option, feel free to get creative with the wording! Your friends and family will appreciate your unique invites and, if you say something along the lines of, "...invite you to shake your groove thing," the tone for a fun evening will be set before the guests arrive! 

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Sneak Peek
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Shannon Title_key Christy

Real Wedding
gallery Jun 26 2017
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Classic California Nuptials

When did you know you were meant to be together?

Besides falling in love, I think we both knew we were meant to be when we would talk about our values and beliefs. We both understand the importance and benefits of having a hard work ethic, we value having goals and accomplishing them, we love staying physically active whether it’s snowboarding, wake surfing, or running the stadium stairs, we want to raise our future kids without limitations and let them soar as high as their wings will take them.

Going into the wedding planning, what did you definitely know?

We definitely knew we wanted the ambience to be elegant and classy. We thought we knew exactly what we wanted for every detail… but in the end, it turned out to be so completely different, yet so completely perfect!

What surprised you during planning? What was easy and what was difficult?

We were both surprised out how time consuming it was! We thought we were responsible by starting a whole year prior to the wedding date, but it still crept up on us. Dealing with everybody’s opinion was difficult and it made us second guess a lot of the decisions that had been made. Also, budgeting along the way was difficult. But paying as you go definitely helped! The easiest part of planning was test tasting the food, haha! It was amazing!

Is there anything you wish you knew while planning your wedding?

I wish we had a better budget plan. We were very fortunate to have amazing friends and family in our lives that helped us put our wedding together. We would’ve loved to have been able to afford everything ourselves, but we owe our wedding to all of them.

Any advice for couples planning weddings?

Pick one or two things that really matter to you and do those things the way YOU want to. Everything else, just let it be how it turns out to be. Also, hire a professional photographer! Trust me, you will want the best of the best photos to capture your big day. Georgie Carlos was ours and she was absolutely amazing! And most importantly, your relationship comes first.

What was your favorite part of the wedding day?

Christy: My favorite part was the wedding itself! It was SO MUCH FUN! Also, having our first look before the ceremony began.

Shannon: I was prepared to walk down the aisle by myself and surprisingly it was my favorite part! It was the most empowering feeling knowing that that would be the last time I walked alone. Now I have my wife by my side.  

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H&H Sips
gallery Jun 24 2017
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Belle Fleur

Individual portions:

1.5 oz Vodka

.5 oz Pear Brandy

.5 oz Lemon Juice

.5 oz simple syrup

.25 oz Green Chartreuse

.5 oz Prosecco

Combine ingredients, except for the Prosecco, in a shaker, add ice and shake well to chill. Strain into a punch cup/coup glass. Top w/ Prosecco.

For batching the punch:

Combine the peels of 6 lemons with 12 oz white sugar. Muddle well and let macerate for 1 hour. After an hour, remove the peels and add:

24 oz Vodka

8 oz Pear Brandy

4 oz Green Chartreuse

Whisk together well. Add 12 oz cold tap water, then add large ice cubes and stir well to chill. Add Prosecco to taste. The punch will start strong and slowly dilute as it sits. Slice lemon wheels and add to the bowl. Ladle into individual cups of your liking. Yields: 12-16 portions.

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