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Wedding at The Publick House in Massachusetts

May 7, 2019

MARK + PAIGE
THE PUBLICK HOUSE | STURBRIDGE, MA

After Mark proposed to Paige, the two of them reached out to us to see if we would be willing to travel to Massachusetts for their wedding in Sturbridge at The Publick House. Listening to Paige describe the venue got us super excited to capture their wedding at the charming and historic space!

Pat and I truly immersed ourselves in the New England lifestyle by staying at the Inn so we were able to walk the grounds of the quaint destination. Paige and Mark invite their friends and family to join them in Massachusetts for their wedding day.

When we joined the girls in the morning they were getting ready at the salon at the wedding venue. I am obsessed with all of Paige’s bridal details and her soft blush and sage colors are totally timeless and perfectly paired with her vintage engagement ring! Before joining the girls in the bridal suite we headed over the grooms cottage to get photos of Mark and his guys getting ready and keeping him calm before his first look with Paige. Y’all are going to love their first look; yeah, they both totally got teary eyed!

With the New England weather being finicky, they opted to move their ceremony indoors. Afterwards,  as the guests enjoyed the cocktail hour & the family was bravely embracing the chilly outdoors for photos the wedding team at the venue flipped the room to allow for the reception to be in the same space. We had a wonderful time laughing alongside the couple during toasts, witnessing them cut the cake, and share dances with their parents.

They ended the night singing and dancing with their friends to Moana’s ‘You’re Welcome‘ – such a fun group! Thank you so much for having us come out to Boston for your wedding!

Early Spring Wedding in Sturbridge, MA at The Publick House featuring a blush and sage color palette

Early Spring Wedding in Sturbridge, MA at The Publick House with birdcage veil

Custom Wedding Hangers for bride and bridesmaids

Wedding Dress hanging in the Publick House bridal suite

Early Spring Wedding in Sturbridge, MA at The Publick House featuring a blush and sage colors

Getting ready portrait of bride and ring photo

Black and White image of brides birdcage veil being put on

Blush and Sage wedding bouquet

Makeup application for bride at the Publick House spa

Early Spring Wedding in Sturbridge, MA at The Publick House featuring a blush and sage color palatte, birdcage veil

Early Spring Wedding in Sturbridge, MA at The Publick House

Vintage Engagement ring for historic Massachusetts wedding

Bride Getting ready for her Massachusetts wedding

Mother of the Bride zipping up her daughters wedding dress

Groom getting ready in the grooms cottage at The Publick House

Groom getting ready in the grooms cottage at The Publick House

Groom and Groomsmen getting boutonnieres put on for wedding day.

Groom formal portraits at The Publick House in MA

Groomsmen outside of tiny red barn

Groom with groomsmen outside of the grooms quarters at The Publick House

Bride and bridesmaids together at The Publick House

Stunning bride featuring a blush and sage colors wearing a birdcage veil

Bridesmaids and bride outside of the Bake Shoppe

First look between bride and groom on their wedding day

Groom sees his fiance for the first time on their wedding day

Emotional first look between bride and groom on their wedding day.

Early Spring Wedding in Sturbridge, MA at The Publick House featuring a blush and sage color palatte, birdcage veil, indoor ceremony and reception.

Early Spring Wedding in Sturbridge, MA at The Publick House featuring a blush and sage color palatte, birdcage veil, indoor ceremony and reception.

Early Spring Wedding in Sturbridge, MA at The Publick House

Cute photo of bride and groom outside of the Publick House in MA

Cute photo of bride and groom outside of the Publick House in MA

Cute photo of bride and groom outside of the Publick House in MA

Romantic photo of bride and groom outside of the Publick House in MA

Couples portraits on wedding day outside of their MA Wedding Venue

Couples portraits on wedding day outside of their MA Wedding Venue

Couples portraits on wedding day outside of their MA Wedding Venue

Adorable candid Couples portraits on wedding day outside of their MA Wedding Venue

Early Spring Wedding in Sturbridge, MA at The Publick House featuring a blush and sage color palatte, birdcage veil, indoor ceremony and reception.

Joyful photo of wedding party outside of MA wedding venue

Early Spring Wedding in Sturbridge, MA at The Publick House featuring a blush and sage color palatte, birdcage veil, indoor ceremony and reception.

Bride walking down aisle for indoor ceremony at the Publick House.

Ring exchange during ceremony inside of the Publick House

Indoor ceremony and reception room flip of wedding venue in Sturbridge.

Early Spring Wedding in Sturbridge, MA at The Publick House featuring a blush and sage color palatte, birdcage veil, indoor ceremony and reception.

Newlyweds Recessional after vows

Early Spring Wedding in Sturbridge, MA at The Publick House

Early Spring Wedding in Sturbridge, MA at The Publick House

Romantic and Vintage vibes of MA Wedding

Wedding Reception details inside of historic Sturbridge Wedding Venue

Wedding Reception details inside of historic Sturbridge Wedding Venue

Thank you “Soap” much for coming wedding favors.

Wedding Reception grand entrance of bride and groom inside of historic Sturbridge Wedding Venue

Wedding Reception details inside of historic Sturbridge Wedding Venue

Bride and Groom laughing during maid of honors toast

Bride laughing with her bridesmaid during reception toasts.

Wedding Reception inside of Massachusetts wedding venue

Wedding Reception inside of Massachusetts wedding venue

First Dance during Wedding Reception inside of Massachusetts wedding venue

First Dance during Wedding Reception inside of Massachusetts wedding venue

Black and White Photo of Newlyweds dancing during their first dance

First Dance during Wedding Reception inside of Massachusetts wedding venue

Bride Dancing with her Father on her wedding day

Groom dancing with his mother on his wedding day.

Cake Cutting during Wedding Reception inside of Massachusetts event venue

Cake Cutting during Wedding Reception inside of Massachusetts event venue

Early Spring Wedding in Sturbridge, MA at The Publick House featuring a blush and sage color palatte, birdcage veil, indoor ceremony and reception.

Cake Cutting during Wedding Reception inside of Massachusetts event venue

Wedding Reception at The Publick House in Sturbridge, MA

Bride with her friends, Wedding Reception at The Publick House in Sturbridge, MA

Wedding Reception at The Publick House in Sturbridge, MA.

Romantic Couples photos on wedding day inside of the library at Sturbridge Wedding Venue, Publick House

Romantic Couples photos on wedding day inside of the library at Sturbridge Wedding Venue, Publick House

Romantic Couple portrait in Black and White on wedding day inside of the library at Sturbridge Wedding Venue, Publick House

If you adored their beautiful fall wedding, you’ll definitely adore their Franklin engagement session at Ravenswood Mansion!

WEDDING VENDORS: Venue, Catering, Cake – The Publick House| Bridal Gown David’s Bridal | Shoes – Journee Collection, Renzo flat, blush from DSW | Formalwear – Men’s Wearhouse | Guest Book – Etsy, GuestBookWeddings | Veil – GildedShadows | Return Stamp – HelloWorldStamps | DJ – Andrew Messenger | Florist: Michele Bernard | Hair & Makeup Artist – Wollaston Beauty Box | Honeymoon – Azores| Stationary – Minted | Officiant – Eric Hillegas | Lead Photographer – Ivory Door Studio

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