Anni works in design for a living and her sister, Elin Krouse, is a visual stylist for Anthropologie, so you had to expect that the entire affair was going to be a great time, and also truly beautiful. They surrounded themselves with friends and family, not just as their guests but also in the vendor team that they selected.
Anni and Rob’s wedding day story is presented below, with photos from the talented Gina Elizabeth Photography.
Anni and her gals got ready onsite in the morning, with makeup done by Lindsey Baptista and hair styled by Goldie’s Arrow. Anni opted for loose waves – perfect for her beach wedding. Her dress, as well as her sister and sister-in-law’s bridesmaid gowns, was from BHLDN, Anthropologie’s bridal division. In the Boston area, we have one in Chestnut Hill, and we always recommend checking it out for brides and their families who are dress shopping.
Anni met up with Rob for a first look on the marshes. They took some family photos before the school bus full of their guests rolled up to the venue. The beachfront access was right across the street from Hattie’s, about a 5 minute walk. While Anni & Rob took a few more photos, we put out a dozen chairs on the beach and cleared a space for the ceremony to take place, nestled in the dunes.
There was some maneuvering behind the scenes, as we drove the bride and bridesmaids across the street to the beach parking so that they could stay hidden. We lined up the rest of those processing down the aisle, including the adorable 2-year old flower girl and ring bearer. Just as Anni and her dad made their way over the dune and towards the wedding guests, two bright, beautiful rainbows came out. The father and daughter made their way down the aisle to the sounds of the steel drum band and with their shoes kicked off, toes in the sand.
Their ceremony included personal vows and was officiated by Susan from “I Do” Personal Ceremonies of Maine. It was short and sweet and so heartfelt, including a reading from the bride’s mother and a big kiss at the pronouncement of their marriage. Anni & Rob walked back down the aisle hand in hand, and led the way for all of their guests to follow them to Hattie’s for cocktail hour.
Inspired by indigo dyes and muscle shells, the vision for the event was built around the idea that the floral arrangements would pop against natural beauty of the marsh and tones of indigo blue textiles. The bride and her friends dip dyed two hundred napkins for the event. The bride’s dad and brother built 17 tables and the bar by hand, which perfectly filled the sailcloth tent. All the flowers were from the bride’s godmother, Anastasia Casale, in Sag Harbor, NY. The dahlias were grown on Anastasia & her partner Keith's flower farm, Pierpont Blossom Farm. The location was transformed into a curator’s dream, with help from the styling of East Olivia. It was filled with dip dyed accents, dreamy arrangements, batik table linens, and gold dipped muscle shells. The gold flatware and rimmed plates were rented through Savvy Event Rental.
At the cocktail hour, there were little “vignettes” or styled scenes everywhere you looked: an adorable seating area, an escort chart so guests knew their table assignment, a welcome table with the guestbook on it. And so many dahlias.
DJ Collin Spillane spun some music and introduced the bridal party, who all came in dancing, and that truly set the mood for the night. Anni & Rob shared a first dance, and then dinner was served, but guests could not be kept off the dance floor! Rob and Anni cut a small cake, which came from a friend of theirs, who also made some amazing Maine whoopie pies. The rest of the dessert table was filled with Rice Krispie treats in all flavors from Lady Krispie.
After dinner, we sat everyone down so that we could have a few toasts, including the bride’s father, the groom’s brother/best man, and the bride’s sister/maid of honor. Finally, Anni & Rob said a few words and made it clear that this was about to be a big dance party. Anni danced with her father and then Rob with his mom, and then once the guests joined them on the dance floor, there was no stopping the party until well after midnight.