Featured Vendor: AVR Photography & Video

Wedding Day Preparations

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Established in 1986, AVR Photography & Video is a full-time photography studio specializing in the wedding industry. AVR is truly a one-stop shop, covering your entire wedding day with photography, videography, DJ, photo booth, and up lighting.

Led by owner Paul Aronian, AVR’s experienced wedding team is there to cover your special day and can work with virtually any style of photography, including photo candids, photo journalism, portraiture, and more. Their services don’t just stop at weddings, either. As a full-time photography studio, they are also available to photograph high-school seniors, families, kids, head shots, portfolios, sporting events, and more.

You can visit AVR throughout the year at bridal shows and events in Boston, Cape Cod, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and many more. Stop by their booth to view video demos and look through their unbelievably priced wedding albums. AVR has the ability to fit YOUR budget. For more information, call, e-mail, visit their website, or make an appointment to stop into their Chelmsford, MA studio.

AVR Photography& Video

92 Chelmsford St

Chelmsford Ma


(978) 250-8117


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Long and Lovely: A round-up of long-sleeved wedding gowns

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Most brides aren’t afraid to show a little skin on their wedding day, so it’s no wonder that the majority of wedding dresses out there are strapless and sleeveless. Sure, shoulder-baring dresses are classic, elegant, and sexy, but who says long sleeves can’t be, too? Here’s a roundup of some truly gorgeous long-sleeved dresses:

 elie saab

“Crux” gown, Elie by Elie Saab



Claire Gown

“Claire” gown, Ruche



“Harper” gown, Amsale



Galina Signature

3/4 Sleeve Lace Trumpet Gown with Godet Skirt, Galina Signature




“Heirloom” gown, Monique Lhullier




“Lia” gown, Catherine Deane for BHLDN




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8 Outdoor Wedding Must-Haves

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Outdoor Wedding

Outdoor weddings can be beautiful and memorable, but without the proper forethought and preparation, they have the potential to be kind of miserable for everyone involved. Beautiful views and the sweet scent of flowers? Yes. Mosquito bites and melting makeup? No. Here are eight tips to help make sure that your al fresco wedding goes off without a hitch:

1. Timing is everything. Schedule your ceremony later in the day, if possible. An evening or nighttime wedding will bring sweet relief on a hot day.
2. Keep it short and sweet. There’s no time limit on love, right? Well, when it’s hot and steamy outside, there kind of is. Try to keep your ceremony to a reasonable length—15-20 minutes max.
3. Location, location, location. Try to have your ceremony in a shady area, like in a bank of trees or in the shadow of a building. If natural shade isn’t an option, consider renting a tent big enough for everyone to sit beneath. It will also come in handy in the event of rain. A lakeside or beach wedding is a great option, too. The breeze off of the water will help keep your guests cool.
4. Protect your neck. Nothing about sunburn is attractive, so be sure to provide various forms of sun protection for your guests. Set up a table near your ceremony site with sunscreen, paper parasols/umbrellas, sun hats, and extra pairs of sunglasses.
Keep your guests cool with fans

5. Be cool, man. Set up a hydration station and stock it with plenty of bottled water, lemonade, and/or iced tea. Buy some paper fans and spread them out around the table—they’re pretty AND useful. You may even want to hire an ice cream cart to hand out frosty treats.
6. Dress code. Try to let your guests know ahead of time that you will be having an outdoor wedding. That way they will know to break out the seersucker and linen instead of the polyester and taffeta.
7. Don’t bug me! You might not have sent them an invitation, but be prepared for some flying (and crawling) friends to show up to your wedding. To fight the bite, set up some citronella tiki torches around your ceremony site and keep a few bottles of insect repellent on hand. The paper fans from your hydration station will come in handy for keeping flies and gnats at bay.
8. Have a plan B. Above all, make sure you have a contingency plan for bad weather. You may have been dreaming of your perfect outdoor ceremony for years, but the truth is, you can’t control Mother Nature. Ask your venue if they have a last-minute indoor ceremony option, or, at the very least, rent a tent to protect guests from rain. Even if you don’t end up needing it you’ll rest easy knowing that there’s a back-up plan.

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