In Love at Linden Place…Tricia and Jon 4.17.15

June 4th, 2015

Wedding Season 2015 is in full swing here at New Leaf Hair Studio. Our creative juices are flowing and are hands are busy pinning and painting faces. And we LOVE it.

All winter long, we feel like something is missing and then April arrives, weddings start happening, and we feel like all is right with the world again.

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We were in awe of Joseph Laurin Photographys images when he posted them on his Facebook page. We were blown away by Tricia’s beauty, the photography, and oh, this GOWN. It’s all perfection.

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Hair by Amanda * Make-up by Courtney Cyr

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Much thanks to Tricia for choosing New Leaf, to Joe Laurin for sharing his work, and to Linden Place for  being so lovely, always. As much as we loved seeing this little sneak peek, we have trouble staying patient. We can’t wait to see the rest of this wedding!

As always, stay tuned for MUCH more…

Style Me Pretty Splendor…Allison & Tim

March 26th, 2015

We say this ALL the time, but boy, we really do have the best brides. Our clients always want to hear these crazy bridezilla stories, and it must be awfully disappointing when we reply, “I don’t know, we have been really lucky.” (Okay, there may have been a few interesting stories over the last 14 years but a good stylist never reveals her secrets;-).

Imagine our glee when we received an email from our bride Allison:

Hello,
Hope you’ve been well and that business has been going great!  
 
Just wanted to reach out to let you know that our wedding was recently featured in the New England edition of Style Me Pretty.  We gave credits to all of the amazing vendors who helped make that day so special and included links to your website in the article.  You can see the feature here:  http://www.stylemepretty.com/rhode-island-weddings/bristol/2015/01/23/rustic-summer-wedding-at-mount-hope-farm/.
I adored my hair and makeup on my wedding day (and I know my bridal party and mother did as well).  You took such fantastic care of us that weekend!  I have so many great things to say about New Leaf Hair Studio!  Thank you again for helping to make our wedding so special. 
 
Best Regards, 
Allison.


Oh, Allison, the pleasure was ALL ours, trust us.

We checked out each and every incredible image on Style Me Pretty’s gallery from Rupert Whiteley Photography, a local Rhode Island photographer and friend to New Leaf.

Here is a sneak peek at a few favorites of Allison and Tim’s July wedding at Mount Hope Farm

Finishing touches for Allison.

*Allison’s hair and make-up by Amanda*

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Allison wanted a classically natural look. She wanted her make-up pretty, soft, clean and  simple. For hair, a smooth textured chignon fit her outdoor coastal wedding so perfectly. That weekend was one of the hottest and most humid  of the summer so the chignon choice was spot on. Humidity can wreak havoc on hair (and make-up). Bumble & Bumble, Oribe  and R + Co are some of the world’s best haircare lines and we use and love them.

However, if your hair is fine and doesn’t hold a curl well, a summertime upstyle might be for you. We hope you never have the misfortune of seeing a bride at her 90 degree July reception looking like her half-up style just endured a 60 minute Cross Fit class. It’s hair crime, and we get all panicky just visualizing it.

Fastening the beautiful buttons down Allison’s stunning gown…

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We love veils. We always discuss them on this blog, and there are so many reasons to wear one (Allison being one of them).

We also love a multi-tasking bride. Veil happening on one side, champagne on the other…

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Such an exciting few minutes before the “First Look”…

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This might be one of our all time favorite First Look expressions to date.

Pure joy. Pure happiness. Pure excitement.

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No better greeting than a kiss…

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My, my, my could there be any other reason to love a veil?

Yes. A groom holding it.

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***The ceremony at Mount Hope Farm***

A beautiful and sweet moment captured by Rupert Whitely of father and daughter walking arm and arm down the aisle.

Timeless.

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Hydrangeas, the Bay and a whole lot of love happening here…

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(Flowers by Conway Florals)

More beauty surrounds…Navy IS so New England.

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Another ‘favorite’ moment in our books. So much tenderness, it’s no mystery why people love weddings.

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Mr. & Mrs.

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Every bride and groom needs some quiet time alone as a brand new husband and wife. It’s the only advice we ever give (hair and make-up advice don’t count here). The day flies by, and the minutes you take to just be in that moment are unforgettable.

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Back with the gang. We think this crew has been practicing their model moves!

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“A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow. – William Shakespeare”

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What heat and humidity? Looks like a perfect billowy cloud kind of day from this view.

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The Cove Cabin at Mount Hope Farm  sits on the water’s edge of Mount Hope Bay, with breathtaking views of Seal Island, the Mount Hope Bridge, and Narragansett Bay.

Rustic, coastal and beautiful.

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Dad and daughter have their first dance.

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We love a great laugh, so naturally we really want to know what Tim is saying to make Allison light up.

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Allison and Tim’s sweet little flower girl out on the dance floor.

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The view of our favorite…The Mount Hope Bridge. Yes, this  super narrow 6,130 foot suspension bridge may strike fear driving over it and only the crazy brave bike over it (because walking is prohibited…enough said) but it’s view is magical. We love to look at it, we love the view from it, and we love that it always reminds us of HOME.

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Thank you Rupert Whiteley for capturing this image along with ALL the other incredible moments. You simply must check out Style Me Pretty’s full gallery of Allison and Tim’s special wedding.

http://www.stylemepretty.com/rhode-island-weddings/bristol/2015/01/23/rustic-summer-wedding-at-mount-hope-farm/

Thank you to Allison for taking the time to share this with us, and for choosing New Leaf to be a part of your important day.

 

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Who cares if we still see snow, New Leaf kicks off it’s wedding season in April so there are signs of spring and summer feels within reach! Stay tuned for more…

lovely at linden place…lauren & earle 8.30.14

February 3rd, 2015

It’s February. We are feeling cold. Snowed in. Sore from shoveling. It’s that time of year when we either need to board the next flight to any tropical destination (if it hasn’t already been cancelled…) OR search for any sign of warmth and sunshine.

 

Look no further. Lauren and Earle’s August Linden Place wedding has so many beautiful details that these images from the amazing Rebecca Arthurs Photography are truly warming our cold, bitter, New England hearts.

 

Say hello the drop-dead gorgeous Lauren.

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Her flawless skin. Her vintage inspired dress. Her pretty pout. Her fabulous faux-bob hairstyle. The list doesn’t stop here…

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At New Leaf, we love all things hair, make-up and fashion. Specifically, we are obsessed with amazing accessories.

Check out Lauren’s sparkly stunners…

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Okay, an entire blog post could be dedicated to how much we love these bridesmaid’s gowns. The gorgeous neckline, gold accents and color of these dresses make us wish someone would ask us to be bridesmaids. How many times can you say that in your lifetime? Because let’s be real, have you ever really worn a bridesmaid gown twice? We would wear this a dozen times.

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Lauren’s bridal party is not only {obviously} beautiful. They were kind and genuine, just like Lauren. You can always tell a lot about a woman by her friends.

The summery light, happy smiles and historic mansion as the backdrop is starting to melt away our snow-sorrow…

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Let’s talk make-up. Lauren has just a hint of coral blushing her lips and cheeks, ensuring that the color palette for the day is in sync. Glowy, smooth and ever-so-lightly bronzed skin with her dramatic, yet neutral eyes make everything feels so darn RIGHT.

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Lauren wanted a style that was super soft and undone, and this faux-bob feels so perfectly vintage and just right for the Linden Place venue. Her simple headband accents her hairstyle and works seamlessly.

{Hair} by Amanda {Make-up} by Courtney Cyr

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Every bride needs a bridesmaid who is on stand-by for touch-ups. Please, brides, listen up. We like to designate one bridesmaid who is the savviest with hair and make-up (there is usually always one) to keep an eye on you. You see, you are so busy being all in love with your groom, sipping champagne, mingling with guests and tearing up that dance floor that you sometimes forget to glance in the mirror. Enter the pseudo-stylist. She makes sure to pin the falling strand (Gasp! Our horror!!), blot the summer sweat, reapply the lip gloss, take off the veil, etc. You can thank her later when you get your photos back (and we thank her too:).

Lauren’s pseudo-stylist is just doing her job and looking gorgeous while she is at it.

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Now say hello to Earle, Lauren’s seriously dapper groom. Normally, we never comment on groom hair, but we just have to here! Earle’s Mad Men-esque styling has us quite impressed of how on trend he is.

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SO romantic.

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Just a few non-hair and make-up related images. Such incredible style…

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Check out these flowers from Always In Bloom. Gorgeous.

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1930 or 2014? Timeless.

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We want summer back. We want to sit in those wicker chairs and pretend we are guests at this wedding right now.

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Glorious gold cake by Cakes By Kim.

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It wouldn’t be a Bristol wedding without boats docked nearby.

Are you sad to say good-bye?

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Don’t fret. Check out the rest of Lauren and Earle’s big day on Rebecca Arthurs Photography blog:

http://rebeccaarthursblog.com/linden-place-vintage-rhode-island-wedding-lauren-earle/

There are sparklers, more smooching and a sassy dress change. You don’t want to miss these details!

A HUGE thanks to Lauren for choosing New Leaf, for being a joy to work with through the planning process and on the wedding day. Also, thank you to Nick and Rebecca from Rebecca Arthurs Photography for graciously sharing your awe-inspiring talents and images with us.

Planning for Wedding Season 2015 is in full swing, and we can’t contain our excitement! Warm weather awaits…

Romantic and Rustic…michelle + luke 9.6.14

January 6th, 2015

Happy 2015!!

We are sure it can’t possibly be the 17 degree temperatures today, but blogging Michelle and Luke’s gorgeous Mount Hope Farm wedding made us feel all warm and glowy inside. For one, the actual temperatures for this September day were in the upper 80s. And two, Ruth Eileen Photography made us fall in love with her. With Michelle and Luke. With Mount Hope Farm (we already were in love, but now we’re obsessed).

We always boast about Bristol’s coastal location so visitors often think nautical things…sailboats, Adirondack chairs, hydrangeas. But then we have this hidden gem…Mount Hope Farm. Rustic, yet waterfront, it has everything…an Inn, the Cove Cabin, the Barn, a ceremony site on the water. And perfect, we mean PERFECT places for wedding photos without ever having to use transportation.

Speaking of transportation, Michelle and her ladies really didn’t need it because we packed up our hair and make-up bags that afternoon and headed to the Farm. No one feels bad for us when we are ‘working’ weddings. And they shouldn’t…we can’t believe we call this ‘work’ either.

Thank you to Ruth Eileen Photography for generously sharing her amazing work with us. And without further adieu….

Michelle’s stunning gown. Oh, that lace detail.

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Michelle opted to schedule two styles during her trial because she wasn’t quite sure of the style she wanted. Smart bride….her seamlessly loose woven braid incorporated into soft waves was a perfect choice.

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It’s a little known fact that every person with a dimple is kind. Fine, we totally made that up but we just love Michelle, her kindness, her adorable expression here (and dimple).

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We also love her perfectly blushed cheekbones and soft pink lips. More on the pink later…

Let’s take a moment to focus on some bridesmaid details. Her textured side chignon? Love. Earrings? Right on. Creamy lace dress? Heck yes. And the shoes….No words.

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It takes a brave bridesmaid to wear heels on a soft ground aisle. She is a style champion.

Okay, now for the pink. The invitation often sets the tone for an event and, boy, did it. Romantic and rustic.

Michelle and Luke incorporated this beautiful tone throughout the day and it starts here.

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And here.

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Dahlias, dahlias, and dahlias. We wish they were in season all year long.

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Michelle clearly has incredible style.  She also has incredible trust in her bridesmaids for choosing our favorite bridal party dresses of 2014…

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The First Look…such a wise choice for the non-traditional brides out there. Although Mom might be aghast that you aren’t waiting until the walk down the aisle for your groom to first lay eyes on you, we think it is fantastic. You get to have a truly private moment with one another. It saves time during the cocktail hour. You did plan every detail of it, why not enjoy a drink or two with your guests? And our favorite…Your hair and make-up is fresh. If you would like us to try convincing Mom, have them call us 401.254.9333.

Luke and Michelle’s First Look…

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Every groom should look at his bride for the first time like this.

 

Yes, finally a flower crown. The mood has to be just right for a flower crown to work and it sure does it work here.

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Flower crowns can made by a talented floral artist, can be found on Etsy.com, or handmade (if your alter ego is Martha Stewart).

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Love.

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Love it all.

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Sorry, but we had to share this one. The bridal party was a little envious of all the smitten smooching going on between Michelle and Luke, and decided to get in on the love-fest.

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And not to be outshone by the beautiful bridesmaids, the guys working their manly modeling (jumping) skills.

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The hidden waterfront ceremony site at Mount Hope Farm…

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Michelle’s  pre-walk down the aisle with Dad…

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Another fabulous angle of these stunning dresses. Oh, and the hair, we love the rear view of the hair. As stylists, we spend so much time perfecting it and so pardon us while we get too excited when we see an image that shows it off.

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What?! A flower crown and a veil? This is a wedding detail dream.

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We could not be more in love with this moment.

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The reception in The Barn…

We know, we know…where are the hair and make-up images here? Truth be told, Michelle and Luke’s details are too pretty NOT to share on our blog so we don’t care, it’s happening.

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Goodness, this table design is just Pinterest worthy…

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Just wow.

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Kissing and dancing under some twinkly lights…

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And Michelle’s flower crown comes off for some all-night-long dancing. (Saving a very important one with Dad, of course.)

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We love Pinterest. We really, really do. But it sometimes gives a bride false hope that one of the ultra loose, bohemian up or down styles always ‘pinned’ will last all night. It’s so important to listen to your hair and make-up team when we advise about New England humidity versus hair texture, skin type, etc. We may be seasoned veterans at wedding styling but we are not magicians. Michelle’s supermodel hair was just right for this sort of style, and it lasted all night long. If you are sincerely worried about your hair and/or make-up longevity, we are available for touch-ups so feel free to ask!

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And we will leave you with one of our favorite images of Luke and Michelle from Ruth Eileen Photography.

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Michelle + Luke

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A HUGE thank you to Michelle for choosing New Leaf, for taking the time to share her images with us, and for being the beautiful, kind and  thoughtful bride she was. Another note of gratitude goes out to Ruth Eileen Photography for introducing us to her work. It is absolutely incredible and you could spend hours pouring over every image on her website and blog. It’s a must see…

http://rutheileenphotography.com/

As always, stay tuned for much more. The holidays are over, our 2014 wedding season was the BEST yet and we can’t wait to share it with you…is it really 2015 now?

Stonington Splendor…Molly & Eric 9.13.14

November 18th, 2014

Meet Molly and Eric, possibly the world’s most endearing couple.

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We’d like to start by thanking Molly and Eric for being quite obviously beautiful, but also for being ridiculously genuine and kind. SO much emailing happens with wedding vendors and clients before an event, and by the time the big day arrives, we feel like we know them!

When we saw these images, we really felt like we were at Stonington Vineyards in Connecticut with Molly and Eric. Photos can evoke such strong emotion, and these did just that….sweetness, happiness, and love…ness. We have Anna Sawin Photography to thank for making this blog posting look so darn good. These images are why having an amazing photographer is so crucial to a wedding day. After years have gone by, your children are born, the wedding dress has yellowed (and may or not fit;),  and the details have all blurred, you have these images.

You can dust off your photo album, and thank your photographer. And your hair and make-up team;-)

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Imagine us as wedding crashers. We promise we aren’t the creepy type. Just the this-wedding-looks-so-fun-we-just-want-to-pretend-we-are-guests type.

Here “we” are at the Ocean House in Westerly. This hotel is stunning. We can’t even begin to describe how beautiful it is, so you have to see it for yourself. Rachel, Amanda and Ashley were the lucky hair and make-up team to travel to beautify Molly’s entourage of 10 ladies, and boy, were the rest of us envious!

Hello Molly.

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We want to know what’s making Molly laugh.

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Well, we see where you got the big, bright smile. We love parents.

Natural. Flawless. Timeless. Hair and make-up by Rachel. This is a great example of how make-up can truly enhance a bride, not have to transform her. She looks polished and pretty, just as she envisioned.

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The bouquet is Pinterest-worthy.

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Meet Eric. Fortunately Molly called dibs on him first because we can tell just by these images that he is a keeper. And completely head over heels in love with Molly.

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The first look and crew.

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We love Molly’s whole look, but her hair just seems so RIGHT. Soft, natural and effortless, although we can assure you the seemingly simplest ‘dos are never ever effortless. It takes great skill to make an updo look ‘undone’ while making sure it lasts 8-10 hours.

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More snuggling…

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(and a great glimpse of the Molly’s hair rear view).

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The ceremony…

Please take note of Eric’s adorable glance at Molly in this shot. We are in love with Molly already but we are falling fast for Eric after seeing this look here…

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P.S. After wiping your happy tears, please look at all the phones in this shot. We know this is a photographer’s pet peeve, but it’s just so 2014, isn’t it?

A private moment…

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The vineyards…

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Eric, I think in the sports world, this would be considered “winning the championship.”

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The first dance.

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Kissing? Check.

Hugging? Check.

Dancing? Check.

Crying? Check.

Hair and make-up still in place? Check and CHECK.

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Okay, so we already wanted to crash Molly and Eric’s wedding. Then we saw this.anna

In addition to cake, they also treated their guests to a late night snack of milk and Munchkins from Dunkin Donuts, where Molly is a marketing executive. As a collective thank you from New Englanders everywhere, especially the New Leaf team, we salute you, Molly. Better yet, we give you a standing ovation for the coffee that quite possibly runs in our veins.

We shall {sadly} finish this post with one of the coolest bride and groom portraits we have ever seen…the brave couple play in the rain and Anna Sawin was there to catch this moment.

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Are you feeling sad, like you didn’t get to stay and enjoy the wedding as long as you would have liked? We understand. If so, you should REALLY see all of Molly and Eric’s most incredible day here:

http://www.annasawin.com/molly-eric-married-at-stonington-vineyards/

Thank you Anna Sawin for capturing this day so vividly and for sharing your talent with us.

And thank you to Molly and Eric for choosing New Leaf and for taking the time to write this glowing review on WeddingWire. Stop by if you are ever in Bristol!

“New Leaf Hair Studio is amazing! I don’t wear a lot of makeup and Rachel did an awesome job making sure I still looked like myself, but with that bridal umph! I got so many compliments on my hair and makeup from my wedding guests. I also had over 10 people getting a mix of hair and makeup done for my wedding, so there was a lot to coordinate and schedule. Courtney was so easy to work with and helped plan out the day perfectly. Especially when we had last minute additions and a change to the schedule. They also traveled to where we were getting ready with no complaints at all… even with the early morning start! I have nothing but good things to say about New Leaf Hair Studio!”

As always, stay tuned for more…