Crane Estate wedding: Adam + Dave

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We are in love with Adam + Dave’s wedding. It may leave you day dreaming about saying ‘I do’ in a mansion along the coast though – which could be dangerous. The photos alone, shot by one of the talented members of The Wedding Collective, Josh Goleman, leave us in our tracks. But it’s the attention to detail that gets us. When a couple hits the mark on designing a beautiful invitation suite, uses the perfect typography to communicate where to dance, eat, and use the loo, and books an extraordinary venue to tie it all together (cue high fives), we get goosebumps.

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Talk about a mansion! This place is incredible, right? Here’s Adam on why they chose The Crane Estate in Ipswich MA: It was a place my family visited often growing up.When Dave and I first started dating I took him. It wasn’t until much later we both admitted that it was on that day we both fell in love, unbeknownced to the other. Years later we went back, and it’s where we got engaged. Sitting at the end of the rolling green that day, staring at the ocean feeling as happy as we ever had is when we decided we wanted to get married there. So the location, while it hosts many weddings a year, will always be a very meaningful place to us. It was the perfect setting and we customized it in ways that made it very personal to us.

crane wedding invites

Adam on designing their gorgeous suite: Being a graphic designer, I felt a tremendous amount of pressure to design our invitations. I used for printing the individual cards in lieu of traditional letterpress printing, printed the RSVP envelopes and mailing envelopes at home using my Epson printer, and assembled everything myself. 

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How Adam + Dave met: We met by chance in a bar one night, and felt an immediate connection. The connection evolved over the course of a 4 year courtship, until we both acknowledged that we were each interested in taking things to the next level. While we had very different life experiences, and shared very different points of views on things (Dave being practical and business oriented, Adam being a dreamer and creative), we found alignment morally. It became clear that our differences was what made our relationship so strong. While we are centered around a common set of core values, we each bring something completely different to the other’s life, and it continues to reveal new and interesting experiences together.

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bow-ties for grooms

crane estate wedding

crane estate wedding

Nice touch with the gold on teal personalized napkins.

pink and yellow florals

black and white signs

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stamped escort cards

The RSVP’s and escort cards were my favorite DIY project. I am a bit obsessed with vintage ephemera, especially anything involving typography. Given that we had people coming from different locations, I began collecting post cards from each place. We used the postcards as our RSVP cards. Then designed stickers that I adhered to the back of the postcards for people to fill in their names and check off if they’d be attending. They then mailed these back to us as their RSVP cards. Once collected, I re-used them for their escort card. I stamped each one to correspond with the table numbers. Guests enjoyed seeing the different postcards, and seeing their own handiwork incorporated to the overall design of the event.

terrarium centerpieces

Flawless centerpiece, don’t you think? You can never go wrong with terrariums.

electric dance reception

Perfect dance party room right here!

electric dance reception


Ok, these two have stolen our hearts and so has their venue, their invites, their flowers… it’s all perfect!

Congratulations Adam + Dave! You’ve left us so inspired!

Photography: Josh Goleman of The Wedding Artist Collective Design: Adam & Co. / Wedding Planner: Linnea Tangorra / Flowers: Table & Tulip / Venue: The Crane Estate, Ipswich, MA / Catering: The Catered Affair / Band (Ceremony/Cocktail/Dinner): Mighty Groove / DJ (Reception): Mark Loque / Dave wore: jacket: Armani, pants: Zegna, shirt: Zegna, shoes: Gucci / Adam Wore: jacket: ISAIA, pants: Zegna, shirt: Zegna, shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo

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Sascha on Apr 27, 2012

All of the weddings on this site are fabulous, but this is by far one of my favourites! What an amazing venue and I love the DIY for the seating plan with the RSVPs!

Christie O. {Hindsight Bride} on Apr 27, 2012

This is straight out of a Gilded Age novel! Who doesn't love a vintage travel themed wedding at a grand estate? Wowza!

invitation consultants on Apr 27, 2012

truly stunning venue

Desi on Apr 27, 2012

Lovely wedding. That RSVP/escort card idea is brilliant! Congratulations to the happy couple.

Heather Sanger on Apr 27, 2012

I had the great fortune of being at this wedding and it was, by far, the most gorgeous and stylish event I've ever attended. A simply beautiful affair from start to finish!

Simple Gestures Wedding Favors on Apr 27, 2012

Lovely Wedding. 2 in 1 RSVP and escort card, great DIY idea.

Kelli on Apr 27, 2012

This wedding is a DREAM. Welcome to my pinterest, Adam and Dave!

Simply Peachy on Apr 27, 2012

Wow. This wedding is amazing! Love all the details - the signs, seating cards, gorgeous colours, wonderful grounds and the vintage post cards are fantastic! Looked like a fabulous night.

Becca on Apr 27, 2012

Adore the whole affair!!! What a brilliant idea, the RSVP cards/escort cards. Thank you 1LC for not only showing beautiful weddings, but same sex weddings! Hooray for LOVE! xo

Koru Kate {Koru Wedding} on Apr 27, 2012

Gorgeous! LOVE the terrarium centerpieces!!

CN on Apr 27, 2012

Omg. These two are too cute. Too cute! Congrats!

Renee Kaminski on Apr 27, 2012

Being a wedding photographer & in love with a woman I find this post moving in many ways! The most moving pictures in here, for me, are the ones that show the crowd at the wedding! To see all of those people walking to their ceremony to support their marriage blows me away! I LOVE to see photographers and blogs that do not discriminate! Well done! Renee-The R2 Studio

dekalb wedding photography on Apr 27, 2012

Now this is a classy wedding!

Alex R. on Apr 28, 2012

LOVE!!! :)

Erica on Apr 28, 2012

What a beautiful wedding, it looks absolutely perfect! On a technical note, I'm looking to print envelopes for my wedding but have had trouble finding the right printer - what model Epson printer did you use? Thanks!

tech boy on Apr 29, 2012

Very nice place indeed! very relaxing

Lovella Bridal on May 9, 2012

What an EXQUISITE affair... just like a seaside estate wedding should be!

Hogan on May 21, 2012

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Hogan on May 21, 2012

Più di 10 anni dopo gli Stati Uniti rovesciato il regime talebano, la violenza sta continuando senza sosta in Afghanistan. Secondo i dati delle Nazioni Unite, il numero dei morti ha raggiunto un record di 3.031 nel 2011 - la Hogan grande maggioranza causati da militanti.All'inizio di questo mese, i talebani ha annunciato l'inizio della loro offensiva di primavera annuale. Sabato scorso, un attentatore suicida ha ucciso almeno 10 persone, un certo numero di questi bambini, a un checkpoint nella provincia orientale di Khost.La difesa missilistica

ocala wedding on Oct 17, 2012

"What a beautiful wedding, it looks absolutely perfect and photographs are like jewels to the wedding party! What an exquisite affair and truly stunning venue. This wedding is a dream for many grooms and brides.. Heartly congratulations to Adam and Dave! "

Anonymous on Jul 20, 2013

The most perfect invitations/table cards/RSVP card/wedding stationary I have ever seen. LOVE the typography and everything about them.

naomi on Oct 1, 2013

So sweet and wonderful!

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