Real Wedding | Hannah + Griffin

Today’s featured wedding comes to us from Portsmouth, New Hampshire, complete with soft and airy charm and the most graceful Amy Kuschel gown made from French Chantilly lace.  With a history dating back to the 17th century, I love the grandeur and delicate detailing of the chapel where Hannah and Griffin tied the knot. Other things not to miss: the relaxed New England backdrop, the couples favorite coconut cupcakes and a bride who felt “Feminine, unique and beautiful” – I couldn’t agree more Hannah!

Hannah + Griffin | September 10, 2011 | Portsmouth, New Hampshire

The Ceremony
Portsmouth is so special to us because it was the first place we lived together as a couple.  The town has so much to offer and we knew it would be the perfect place to celebrate our wedding.  We chose South Church for the ceremony.  Built in 1636, it was Portsmouth first chapel.  The interior of the church was already so beautiful that we decided to keep our decorations minimal.  We chose a variety of simple green and purple floral arrangements, complimented by white bows, to decorate the pews, altars and doors.  It took our breath away when we saw the final results on our wedding day.

Reception Description
The classic New England hotel – Wentworth by the Sea, was exactly what we were looking for in a venue.  It was a place that our guests could relax and have fun, and still be treated to a little pampering.  We focused most of our attention on the food and drink, and let the stunning hotel take center stage.  Our guests enjoyed cocktail hour on the waterfront porch, before being escorted into the Grand Ballroom for the main event.  Tables were adorned with small tea lights and centerpieces featuring green flowers and topiary balls.  We enjoyed a delicious dinner and finished it off with our signature coconut cupcakes.  The DJ kicked up the music and we danced the night away.  It was the perfect end to a perfect day.

Hannah’s Dress Search
I had a pretty good idea of what I was looking for in a dress.  Instead of looking at EVERYTHING, I concentrated on styles that would complement my figure – mainly sheath silhouettes.  It was love at first sight when I came across the Amy Kuschel “Lauryn” gown online.  I tracked it down at a local bridal boutique and the rest is history!

How Hannah Felt In Her Dress
Feminine, Unique, and Beautiful

Why Hannah Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
After going back and forth about what to do with my dress, I decided that selling it made more sense than letting it sit in storage for the rest of my life.  I want someone to enjoy it as much as I did on my wedding day!

Hannah’s Dress | Amy Kuschel Lauryn / Photography | Susan Mullen Photography