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Crane Estate wedding: Adam + Dave

April 27, 2012

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.

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Adam on designing their gorgeous suite: Being a graphic designer, I felt a tremendous amount of pressure to design our invitations. I used Jakprints.com 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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Nice touch with the gold on teal personalized napkins.

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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!

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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