From a planning dream team to sustainable dresses, these vendors offer something new
The 4Luxure wedding collective brings together the skills and know-how of four local planners.
What’s better than a killer wedding planner? Four of them, with a total of 72 years in the business. That was the idea behind 4Luxure, a high-end wedding collective that brings together Gabrielle Stone of Stone Event Planning, Tasha Bracken of Tasha Bracken Events, Edna Dratch-Parker of EFD Creative Event Planning & Design, and Alexis Eliopoulos O’ Mara from Unique Weddings by Alexis (pictured above, left to right). “We wanted to make it easy for couples to find a collection of planners who really understand the market, who have been in the business for decades, and who understand the level of complexity of planning a luxury wedding because of it,” says Stone.
Each of the planners has their own area of expertise – for example, Bracken specializes in destination weddings, while Dratch-Parker is an expert in all things design and branding. So when couples contact 4Luxure, they’re matched with the planner that best matches their wedding style and specific needs. “You don’t need to shop on [marketplace] websites,” explains Eliopoulos O’Mara. “We’ll take care of putting you in touch with the right person.”
At the same time, no matter who they are paired with, couples will benefit from the knowledge of each planner in the collective. Eliopoulos O’Mara and Bracken even recently teamed up to speak with an Indian couple who are planning a wedding in Florida. “I know the Florida market, but I don’t have as much experience with Indian weddings as Alexis, so we got together and brought the two together [our] expertise,” says Bracken.
The collective, which launched earlier this year, is now booking for 2023. And overall, the new venture has felt like a breath of fresh air for the team. As Dratch-Parker says, “Having that camaraderie and being able to connect with people like that has been really powerful.”
Sustainable wedding day style has never looked so good thanks to Atelier Andrée Ciccarelli, a new eco-friendly bridal studio in Boston. The woman-owned brand makes bespoke modern dresses from American-sourced, biodegradable silk fabric, and brides can choose one from the designer’s collections or order a custom design. Take comfort in knowing that all garments are sewn locally and packaged with recyclable materials. And as if Atelier Andrée Ciccarelli wasn’t already doing enough for the planet, the label aims to become 100% zero waste by the end of this year.
back to nature
For outdoor couples looking to have a memorable wedding in the Maine wilderness, look no further than Terramor, a luxury glamping resort in Bar Harbor. The retreat, which recently started booking weddings, offers upscale tents, guided hikes in Acadia National Park, welcome campfire parties and blueberry pancake brunches. Terramor can accommodate intimate affairs of 30 or fewer attendees, as well as full buyouts for up to 225 guests, and provides food, beverage, and accommodation.
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