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…

Belle Mer Blues…Samantha & Rian 9.5.14

November 11th, 2014

Samantha is a very special bride. She has been a loyal New Leaf-er since her very first year at Roger Williams University Law here in Bristol (Yes, in addition to all the amazing wedding venues, there is also a university in town. Awesome, right?) Anyways, we would love Sam for her loyalty alone but she is also our New Leaf Supernanny! She somehow fit in babysitting some of our children while in law school, and little did she know that the only way we could ever thank her properly would be to beautify her 15, yes FIFTEEN, lovely bridesmaids, moms and grandma on her big day and, boy, we had a blast!

Samantha is this beautiful, smart, funny and incredibly outgoing person who was the most easy going bride we have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Typically, if a bride says she “doesn’t care” or “it’s up to you” when we ask if she has any ideas for wedding hair and make-up, our red flag flies high. Because no bride ever really means it, and nor do we expect that. Usually brides bring their images and ideas along and we love that too. But Sam said, “You are the professional” and let us doing our thing. We thought we had just woken up in heaven.

A textured ‘do for Samantha’s SUPER fine, thick and straighter than straight hair. No problem…

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Please excuse the iPhone photography here…

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This style would not be possible without the help of Bumble & bumble’s Thickening Spray for her curling iron set. Another updo MUST is Oribe’s Dry Texture Spray (also Samantha’s everyday can’t-live-without product) and B & b’s Classic Hairspray and Brilliantine for shine and separation.

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Samantha and Rian’s ceremony was not scheduled to start at Belle Mer in Newport until 6:30. Her party came to ‘party’ at New Leaf at 9 am. The obvious assumption for the early start time would be because she had a large bridal party and it would take all day. No way…it took just over 3 hours! For Sam, we pulled out all the stops (a.k.a stylists and make-up artists) and finished hair AND make-up for 15 by 12:30! Why? Because there were hours of first look and snapping away by  the amazing Heather Chick Photography ahead! Heather never disappoints with her images, she is incredible–talented, energetic, passionate, creative and fun to boot.

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We are just in love with this trend for bridesmaids dresses. We thought it was great when bridesmaids could choose their own style of dresses, but now color? Fantastic.

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A few sweet shots of Sam getting dressed at their condo in Newport…she looked simply stunning!

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Isn’t Sam just gorgeous? Love those beautiful blue eyes and big, bright smile!

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We used to play this game of “Celebrity Search” on our bridal blog. Let’s bring it back, shall we? It is shocking how much Samantha’s cousin-but-could-pass-for-little-sister, Addie, looks like a young Katherine Heigl. We told her she should start charging for autographs when people ask for them. She wasn’t a diva at all, very unlike the reputation of Ms. Heigl.

It was so fun to meet Samantha’s wonderfully warm family. They all hail from North Dakota, and apparently it is true that a.) Mid-Westerners are really that kind and b.) New Englanders are in fact a little slower to warm up…it caught Sam a little by surprise her first year in Rhode Island!

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We love this moment. Meet Lance, Samantha’s older could-be-twin brother. He was her “man of honor”, which we thought was beyond sweet. Every parent dreams that his or her children would remain this close into adulthood. I guess all those years of having a little sister bossing him around will teach a guy a thing or two on putting on jewelry. That’s not an easy task!

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Samantha and Rian’s first look at his parent’s home in Middletown. A perfect day (okay, maybe a little HOT…temps in the 90′s for their well intentioned “fall” wedding).

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The handsomely dapper Alto and beautiful Bella…not to upstage the bride and groom of course.

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The crew on the beaches of Newport…it sure doesn’t look like a North Dakota landscape!

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Every girl with a brother needs a fantastic best friend…meet Stacey.

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The trolley taking the party to all the ‘spots’…

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Rian is a baseball coach…how perfect is this shot?

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And just because we love Belle Mer so darn much…

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The bridal party…and Lance:)

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The “I dos”…

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The Mr. & Mrs.!! We always love this moment…

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Oh this sunset…this dreamy dress….this bridge…this location…this couple.

Love all of it.

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The dancing….and the hair and make-up lasting all night!

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A huge thanks to Heather Chick Photography, the incredible friend and photographer who has captured so many memories. If you want to see more of Sam and Rian’s day, check out Heather’s blog post…

http://www.heatherchickphotography.com/blog/?p=12808

As if we could not adore Samantha any more, she took the time to write this sweet review of New Leaf…

“I cannot even begin to describe how amazing it was to work with the team at New Leaf Hair Studio for my wedding day!! Everything from the service, the atmosphere at the salon, and the attention to detail was absolutely outstanding! I had a HUGE bridal party, and they had hair and makeup to do for about 15 people, and not once did they let all of the people and chaos stress them out. Rather, they were so extremely friendly, helpful, and accommodating at every single step along the way. Courtney, the bridal consultant, was always there to respond to my questions and calm my nerves, even when I booked my wedding with them a year ahead of time! I never felt like a burden when I had questions, like I did with some other vendors. We planned a September wedding so that it would be cooler, but instead we ended up with weather in the 90′s, and finished our hair and makeup by 1pm, and our ceremony was not until 6:30pm. Despite the warm temps and being outside all afternoon for photos, our hair and makeup still looked flawless for the ceremony! I cannot speak highly enough of the entire New Leaf team, and we were so lucky to have them be a part of our day, and help us look beautiful!”

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Another huge thank you to Samantha and her friends and family for choosing New Leaf to be part of the big day. You were all so much fun to work with, and we hope you enjoyed New England!

Just for fun… For all you brides out there who are dying to chop off all your long locks you have been painstakingly growing out for a year, get inspired by Samantha’s new ‘do less than one week after the wedding!

The Bride Sam (before): photo-4

The Lawyer Sam (after):

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Words can’t describe how fun this is for a hairstylist to cut 10 inches of hair off…makes our day!

As always, stay tuned for more….

Festive on the Fourth…Meagan & Curtis 7.3.14

October 14th, 2014

If you’ve spent any time at all in Bristol, you KNOW what a big deal the Fourth of July is around here.

If you don’t know, here are a few indicators….Bristol hosts the oldest 4th of July parade in the country. It’s televised….nationally. The lane lines are painted red, white and blue. The salutation of “Happy Fourth of July” flows from your lips as easily as “Happy Holidays” in December. Ladies plan their red, white and blue 4th outfits for weeks (sometimes months) in advance. True ‘Bristoleans’ claim the summer is over on July 5th. (Sad truth that us non-Bristoleans have come to realize is kind of reality.)

There are Little Miss and Miss Fourth of July pageants. There are incredible concerts every night for weeks preceding. There is a fancy ball. The official celebration begins on July 3rd with some spectacular fireworks and over indulging at the restaurants/bars downtown followed by the famous parade on the 4th. It happens in driving rain and over abundant sunshine (read: HEAT).

Imagine our glee when Meagan, a loyal New Leaf-er and Bristol resident, booked us with her wedding date…July 3rd! This is the equivalent to having your wedding on New Year’s Eve in this neck of the woods. It was sure to be a epic celebration!

So without further adieu, here is Erin McGinn Boutique Photography‘s incredible glimpse into Meagan and Curtis’ day at the stunning Glen Manor House in Portsmouth.

But first…let me take a selfie.

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So this dress is swoon worthy on it’s hanger, right? How could it get any more gorgeous? Hold on…

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Oh, right. With Meagan WEARING it.

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Glen Manor House, we just love you and all your amazing architecture, windows and doors and LIGHT.

A moment with mom. Can you see the strong (i.e. fantastic) gene pool at work here?

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We sure can.

We adore moms at New Leaf. We have a special place in our hearts for mothers of the brides (and grooms) for so many reasons. Sometimes, she can feel more nervous than the bride herself. Often, good ol’ mom has been planning, organizing and stressing right alongside her daughter or son during the months leading up to the wedding. She usually has her regular hairstylist who she has been faithful to for years, and now her daughter is asking her to sit in another chair (gasp!) for the biggest and most photographed day in her life. Mom is usually worried that her hair and/or make-up will not look natural and that it will be too much.

We promise to listen. And really, really hear what the moms want.
Sometimes mom might want to look exactly like she does on a Tuesday afternoon at the grocery store. Sometimes mom wants false lashes longer than a Jersey Shore Housewife (typically, no, but we’ve heard it). Sometimes the bride wants her mom to update her look, for Pete’s sake.

Whatever she wants, we promise to make her to feel comfortable in our New Leaf hands.

The classic staircase shot at Glen Manor…

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Meagan and Curtis…

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So much to love about this shot, but our favorite things are the dutiful maid of honor holding Meagan’s veil tight  and the groomsman sipping his drink while holding the bride’s flowers.

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If you do not know about Bristol’s Fourth of July hoopla, you must learn about Rhode Island’s obsession with Del’s Lemonade. At first glance, it seems like just a lemon slush but we promise that if you take one sip, you will be hooked like the rest of New England. We love it’s green and yellow stripes, it’s teeny bits of lemon and that is means summer has arrived.

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What a great looking group! Loving the soft pink and mint palette and how natural everyone looks…just right for the coastal venue.

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So in love and just so darn happy. Erin McGinn, you caught it!

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If you follow this blog at all, you might have noticed we heart headbands. Sparkly ones, flower crowns, lace ones, braided ones and more. We talk about them, tell you all how wonderful they are, how they are a big deal right now, blah, blah, blah…Meagan’s headband is our #1 favorite.
It’s detail fits perfectly with her soft, flowy dress and it gives her bridal look this easy, bohemian feel. It doesn’t overpower her textured chignon, and somehow complements her simple veil just right.

This shot shows nothing of hair or make-up, but it does say everything about how much we love this couple’s patriotic spirit and this huge holiday. Now just 262 more days until July 4th, 2015!

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Congratulations to Meagan and Curtis, thank you so much for choosing New Leaf to be part of your special day. Thank you AGAIN for sharing these amazing images from Erin McGinn Boutique Photography.

As always, stay tuned for much, much more…

Blushing at Blithewold….Jessica & Matthew 6.21.14

September 30th, 2014

Dreamy. That is the only way to describe Jessica and Matthew’s stunning wedding at Blithewold Mansion in June.  We must admit, we saw the best weather this summer. It seemed like every weekend was more gorgeous than the last, and Jessica’s day certainly was perfection.

You know what else was perfection? Jessica.

Our jaws dropped when we saw Rebecca Arthurs Photography’s sneak peek and later her blog post.

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Seriously? So Jessica is this kind, genuine, organized, gorgeous, blonde, porcelain-skinned beauty. Could any man possibly be worthy of a vision such as Jessica?

Um, apparently, yes….Exhibit A.

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Natural and flawless. If we are being honest here, Jessica wasn’t too much of a “transformation”….her beauty was simply enhanced. Hey, our make-up skills can give a bride her glow but we can’t take credit for this radiant smile.

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The New Leaf team traveled to Villa 120 in Middletown to beautify (okay, fine, enhance) these fabulous friends.

So much laughter. So much love for this special bride….

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So, we work pretty hard to make sure that our brides are in love with their hair, that every fly away is under control, and that every angle is flattering. We honestly don’t mind at all when brides wear veils that cover the ‘do because, well, we love veils! As we say, you only get to wear one (hopefully) once.

But the coastal breeze caught Jessica’s veil just right, showing off her classic chignon and we have Rebecca Arthurs to thank for capturing this perfect moment.

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Blithewold just cannot disappoint. Every space of this property is glorious.

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We often ask our brides what their color palette is for the wedding. While we do just love dishing about the big day, there is another reason. See how Jessica’s soft pink lip and cheeks blend seamlessly with her blush pink flowers? It just works here. Your flowers and wedding tones certainly do not dictate color choices for our make-up artists, but it is something to consider. When it all works together, it creates a feeling.

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This should be the stock photo for every wedding frame.

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It’s safe to say that the majority of our brides take off their veils at some point. We are often asked when it should be done. Sometimes brides just want to wear the veil for the ceremony, and then take it out immediately following for all the formal photos. (Sometimes 40 mph winds whipping a veil on the coast of Rhode Island can be a bit distracting while feeling/looking romantic.) And, sometimes brides wear the veil for the whole darn day because….well, they can! While there is no “right” time, we’d say it is most common to go ‘sans veil’ before the first dance.

A perfect reason why is this..

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P.S. When we finally get to see your professional images (which we can and do stalk you for), we always scope out this moment. For one, it’s fun to see. And two, since we are letting all the cats out of the bag in this post, we really want to make sure your hair and make-up is still perfect.

Because your hair and make-up has to withstand heat, humidity, hours of photography, smooching your new husband, beachy breezes (hurricane force wind at times), hundreds of hugs, kisses from Aunt Clara and this….

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Big thanks to Jessica and her friends and family for choosing New Leaf to be a part of this incredible day. You were all a joy! Much thanks to Rebecca Arthurs once again for leaving us in awe.

To check out Rebecca Arthurs full blog post, click the link:

http://rebeccaarthursblog.com/blithewold-mansion-bristol-rhode-island-wedding-jessica-matthew/

As always, stay tuned for MUCH more…

Beautiful at Blithewold…Sara 5.3.14

August 27th, 2014

We knew the minute we met Sara and her mom, Donna, that we were going to love them. Sweet, stylish and stunning would best describe this mother/daughter duo. They were both so easy to work with and SO much fun the day of the wedding…not even a gentle flutter of nervousness from them!

Donna took the time to immediately send this sweet note:

“I just wanted to say thank you very much for the wonderful time we had on Saturday, 5/3/14 at the salon. It was truly amazing and I can’t believe how beautiful the place is. I really enjoyed watching all the girls and myself getting makeup and hair done! It was great. I live close enough to start going there regularly, which I think I will be doing. We had a great time and the girls really enjoyed themselves, as well as myself!
Thanks again,
Donna”

Now imagine our glee when we opened an email a few months later from Sara to find it chock full of colorful images from local photographer Sabrina Scolari.

The ladies had some fun in the Bridal Lounge before heading off to Blithewold Mansion for the wedding…

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Love these beautiful blue robes.

Brides…this is a great idea. It’s important to wear something that is easy to slip off after hair and make-up. After all the time primping, you don’t want to ruin a pretty do’ or fabulous face with a shirt collar!

A simple rope detail for Sara’s half up style….

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The lovely mother, Donna…Sara and her mom share that genuine, gorgeous smile!

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A quiet moment in the Bridal Lounge….

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Heading over to Blithewold…

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The whole gang!

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The gorgeous bridal party…

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Much thanks to Sara and her mom for choosing New Leaf. We are so thankful to have gained a loyal New Leaf client, and this wedding is just one of the many reminders of why we love this business!

As always, stay tuned for more…