We loved the way Shannon and Marc tied in so many personal details, and still made their evening traditional and elegant at their beautiful summer Ipswich wedding at The Crane Estate. Their outdoor summer wedding incorporated classic colors of black and white throughout the decor, and included their love of books, reading, and particularly their favorite book — The Never Ending Story.

Shannon and her bridal party started the day at her mother’s home on the North Shore, with hair, makeup, and all the dresses for the day. Shannon’s strapless white wedding gown was paired with a cute pair of black heels, to match her bridesmaid’s adorable black dresses. Her beautiful bouquet of white calla lilies was accented with black fabric and pinned with small white pearls. We headed out to The Crane Estate on Castle Hill to meet up with Marc and the groomsmen, and the bride and groom had their first look in the beautiful gardens on the property.

We took some time with the bride, groom, and bridal party to get some formal shots all over The Crane Estate’s stunning property, before the outdoor ceremony on the Great Lawn. Shannon and Marc said their I dos under a beautiful white pillared altar, covered in soft green and white summer flowers designed by florist William Mizuta. Cocktails were set up outside on the patio, and an exquisite wooden library reference card cabinet served as the escort table inside the Great House. Shannon and Marc shared the same favorite book growing up — The Never Ending Story — and their love of books and reading was evident in their wedding. Guests could find their name and table number in the alphabetized reference card drawers, and beautiful decorative accents were carved out of the pages of books throughout the decor. A huge open book showing The Never Ending Story’s opening page was even displayed in The Great House, with elegant silver page decorations perfect for a wedding.

The outdoor tented reception was stunning and elegant, with towering white flower arrangements of roses and orchids on each table, and sheer white fabric covering the chairs. The table numbers were printed on actual pages from The Never Ending Story, and the symbol of two intertwined serpents from the book was printed on each menu card. After enjoying dinner, toasts, and some dancing outside in the tent — the happy newlyweds and their guests moved back into the Great House for their first dance and dessert service, including a make-your-own crepe bar! It was a perfect ending to a fantastic Ipswich wedding at The Crane Estate.

Congratulations Shannon and Marc on your beautiful evening, we were so happy to share these moments with you!

Vendors | Hair & Makeup: Sarah Ferolito; Dress: Monique Lhuillier from L’Elite on Newbury Street; Flowers: William Mizuta Private Florist; Cake: Jenny  Wedding Cakes; Linens: Table Toppers; Lighting: PSAV; Entertainment: Soho – Nightshift Entertainment; Justice of the Peace Barbara M. Kahn; Tables of Content Catering; Graphic design materials including save-the dates, custom invitation (which looked like a book) program, menu cards: Bonny Katzman of BK Design in Boston