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Where do I even begin?! Let’s start from the beginning, Sarah and Chris modeled in one of my editorial shoots last August, August 20th to be exact! Little did I know that day was the beginning of not only a fabulous wedding planning process but a friendship! It was that editorial shoot that inspired Sarah and Chris’ wedding aesthetic.  We even replicated the sweetheart table in the shoot on their wedding day!

This was by far one of the most emotional weddings I have planned to this date because of the friendship I built with Sarah, Chris and her son Camden! All the happy tears, friends!!! It was such an honor to bring to life their dream wedding celebration at the Custom House – Maritime Museum in Newburyport! A setting that had so much meaning to couple – Sarah growing up on the water, sailing with her father and Chris’ passion for history. The Maritime Museum embraced them as a couple.

I couldn’t help but tear up as Sarah walked down the aisle with her father to marry her best friend, Chris! They were both surrounded by SO much love, love I have never felt or seen before! Sarah and Chris’ love is the kind of love that is magnetic, the kind you feel when you are around them. As I listened to their sweet vows, more tears fell from my eyes because it was my friends, getting married, taking that next step and starting a new chapter in their lives. And, then Chris got down on one knee and vowed to sweet Camden that he would be there for him forever and love him forever. I think everyone’s hearts were filled with love in that very moment.

It was honestly an incredible day full of personal details, love, endless dancing, fireworks and late night pizza because who doesn’t want late night snacks! There were so many memories of that night and it will forever hold a special place in my heart!

And, can we just talk about Camden for a sec – DJ Camden to be exact (that was his wedding day “role”)… He is one intelligent and funny kid and he definitely has some killer dance moves!!

Thanks to a more than wonderful team of vendors:

Planning & Design: Cristen & Co. | Photographer: Analog Wedding | Videographer: Well Spun | Venue: Custom House | Florist: Bloom Floral Design | Stationary: The Paper Perfectionist | Event Rentals: Special Events of New England and Peterson Party Center | Catering: Starboard Galley | DJ: Musicbox Entertainment | Hair: Callie Hefferan for Blush Boutique | Make-up: Make-up By Katelyn | Wedding Cake: Cakes for Occasions | Cookies: Baked Cohasset | Apple Cider Donuts: Cider Hill Farm | Cupcakes: Cupcakes by Jenna | Alcohol: Kappy’s Fine Wine & Spirits | Bridal Boutique: Pure Bliss Bridal | Bridal Shoes: Jack Rogers | Late Night Pizza: Anchor Stone Deck Pizza 



















































Happy Friday, Friends! Who’s ready for a Jägermeister Mule Cocktail?! We are incredibly honored and excited to have Jägermeister – Boston part of the Cristen & Co. clientele! We recently planned and designed their first Stammtisch Dinner Party at Catalyst Restaurant in Cambridge, Massachusetts to showcase the all new premium cocktail brand. It was such a fabulous event full of delicious custom Jägermeister cocktails carefully crafted by Curtis and a Jäger infused menu of smoke salmon and venison prepared by Chef Josh. We can’t wait until the next dinner party in May!

It has been amazing to see this brand turn into a super high end product and able to mentor local influential bartenders and restaurants on how to create some seriously creative and innovative cocktails that taste amazing. If you have been following along on social media, you know that I am quite the cocktail connoisseur and I am always eager to try something new.  I’m now mapping out the local restaurants and bars that have started using Jäger in a new light, I will keep you posted on my cocktail journey!!

We can’t wait to share more on Monday’s post!! So stay tuned! But, anyways let’s get back to the point… it’s Cocktail Friday and Jägermeister – Boston told us they have a signature Moscow Mule… You know I was on top of that! It’s definitely a new favorite infused mule of mine and I wanted to share the recipe with you!




30ml Jägermeister

100ml Goslings Ginger Beer

 ½ of a lime

2 sprig of fresh mint

1 copper mug, of course!


First, muddle your mint and lime in your copper mug until fragrant. Then, mix Jäger and Goslings Ginger Beer into your copper mug, fill with ice and give it a quick stir. Serve with a mint sprig and a straw!

Cheers, Friends!




Wedding Planner Myths — Don’t believe everything you hear or think because wedding planners are super beneficial to you and your wedding.

Here are a couple myths about wedding planners and I wanted to share a couple of them with you and explain why they are false:

  1. Wedding Planners take over your entire wedding and don’t involve you in the planning process! Absolutely not true! We take away all the pesky logistics so you won’t have to worry about a full inbox of vendor emails, we actually become your point-of contact. But, we always involve you in the process, we certainly give you advice on vendors to ensure you are making the best decisions but we will always consult with our clients before booking anything or anyone! And, we can’t forget about the all the fun meetings we have in store, crafting nights and signature drink tastings just to name a few! We make the planning fun and always expect our client’s involvement!
  2. The cost of hiring a wedding planner is too expensive. Not true, every planner is different with various packages you just have to consult with the right one! We actually save you money in the long run by keeping you on budget!! If you find one that is right they are worth every penny, in the grand scheme of things they are not that expensive for the overwhelming amount of things they do for you.

Alisha & Lucas definitely hold a special place in our hearts over here at Cristen & Co.. Alisha called me up on January 21, 2016 while I was going to pick up my birthday cake from Sweet Indulgence – yes, I remember the exact date and what I was doing. She told me they loved one another so much and they wanted to spend this year accomplishing life goals together as a married couple… And, then she told me they wanted to get married on Leap Day in just 5 weeks at Warehouse XI in Somerville, Massachusetts. YES, 5 weeks!!! Well, of course I said heck yes, let’s plan this fabulous wedding!

After planning a 7 week wedding, I knew I could handle it. I enjoyed my Skype calls with Alisha and Lucas almost every day (since they lived in Chicago) and I was able to get to know these two on such a personal level; they both are very intelligent, kind, generous and full of goofiness and laughter, I knew these two were perfect for one another.

They both met in Japan on study abroad so we decided to go with a Wabi Sabi Brunch Wedding tailored to their personalities and the Wabi Sabi aesthetic; calming, simple, natural and organic. And, their wedding day was full of love, laughter and fun! Their closest friends and families flew in from all over to Boston to celebrate the love these two have for each other. I am so thankful they allowed me to come into their lives and plan such a special day.

I couldn’t have pulled it off without a fabulous team of friends and wedding pros:

Photographer: Zac Wolf Photography | Planning & Design: Cristen & Co. | Floral Design: Nectar Venue: Warehouse XI | Caterers: Forklift Catering | Cocktails: Wanderlush | Wedding Cake: Sweet Indulgence | Rentals: Rentals Unlimited | Musicians: Speechless Music































There has been a lot of buzz around the new wedding and event venue, Warehouse XI in Somerville, MA! And, of course I wanted to see what this space had to offer… When I met with the ladies of Warehouse XI it was an instant friendship. In the past couple months we have planned and designed 2 styled shoots, hosted our New England Wedding Collective’s Engagement Bash and a 5 week, Leap Day Wedding. You can pretty much say we have been in and out of the space a lot lately!

What I LOVE about Warehouse XI is that it is a blank canvas!! You can literally create your dream wedding or event! You’re able to bring in all the fabulous vendors you truly love including food and beverage! And — the white walls… yes, please!

We have been pretty busy in the Cristen & Co. studio as you probably can tell from following us along on our Instagram (don’t forget to search our hashtag #CristenandCo). Our blog has been put on the back burner, sadly but, we are getting back on the bandwagon again! Here’s our fabulous Industrial Wedding editorial shoot at Warehouse XI that was featured on Style Me Pretty back in February.

With an all white color palette, pops of pewter and metallic antique gold we brought spring into the space with tons of greenery and a few white blooms hung on the gold diamond geo shapes above the wooden farm table.

Every detail was carefully curated from the light bulb calligraphy place cards, custom invitation suite with splatters of gold ink, sweet pea spring daiquiri, mini textured cakes adorned with fresh flowers and a hand torn chiffon ribbon ceremony backdrop.

We teamed up with a huge group of beyond talented friendors, I can’t thank them enough!!

Event Planning + Design: Cristen & Co | Photography: Kim Lyn Photography | Floral Design: Sweet Annie Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Astrid & Mercedes – Charming Gown | Cake: Sweet Indulgence | Invitations: The Paper Perfectionist | Bride’s Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes | Catering: Forklift Catering | Hair + Makeup: Ali Lomazzo Beauty | Calligraphy: Extras By Alaina | Groom’s Attire: Xedo | Venue: Warehouse XI | Bartending: Wanderlush | Capalet: Minaree Finery | Rentals: Peterson Party Center

Industrial Wedding, Warehouse XI

Industrial Wedding, Warehouse XI

Industrial Wedding, Warehouse XI

Industrial Wedding, Warehouse XI

Industrial Wedding, Warehouse XI

Industrial Wedding, Warehouse XI

Industrial Wedding, Warehouse XI

Industrial Wedding, Warehouse XI

Industrial Wedding, Warehouse XI

Industrial Wedding, Warehouse XI

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Wedding Photography

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  1. Adriana Tallman said:
    I am dying over this cake stand! Any idea where it came from?
    February 27, 2017  6:57 pm

Do you really know the benefits of hiring a wedding planner? You might be pleasantly surprised to know all the fabulous benefits of having a wedding planner by your side throughout the entire planning process. Wedding planners believe it is extremely important for couples to not only enjoy their engagement but also be stress-free and relaxed on their wedding day. Wouldn’t you want that too?

Here are some benefits of hiring a wedding planner:

  1. Wedding Planners take the stress away and create a seamless planning process for you! Weddings are extremely involved, especially tented weddings and they are highly detailed today that there is a lot more time and stress in organizing your big day. Wedding Planning is a full-time job; that is why there are wedding planners. I am sure you have thousands of other things to cross off your to-do list and meetings to attend at your own job that you don’t need to add another full time job on top of it. Every bride deserves a planner!!
  2. Wedding Planners are experts in this industry!! I personally have a Bachelor’s Degree in Event Management while many other planners do not. I know the in’s and out’s of this industry, all the rules and regulations for weddings and events. I will make sure you are making all the best decisions while maximizing your wedding budget.
  3. Wedding Planners have some amazing contacts in the industry! I have worked with some amazing vendors and creatives. These creativepreneurs are people I know, recommend, work well with and 100% trust to ensure you have the most fabulous wedding! These recommendations will help you be put at ease knowing that your wedding is in all the right hands.
  4. Another perk is Wedding Planners get some discounts! I extend those discounts to our clients especially from those event rental companies! And, I’m sure you didn’t know or realize that other planners, caterers and venues take those discounts as kickbacks… Having us set up and coordinate all of your rental orders we will make sure you receive the discount you deserve. I want you to put that extra money you saved into other wedding details that mean a lot to you!
  5. Wedding Planners can also be designers! I am not only a wedding planner but I have an eye for design and will be able to transform any blank canvas or create your dream ballroom estate wedding. Not only will your wedding be perfectly planned but also aesthetically beautiful!


  1. It really great post. I agree that hiring an occasion planner can assist you have got less stress to the touch upon. i will be able to see that finding someone trust and who has the connections to help build your event undefeated will take time and dedication.
    June 16, 2017  2:38 am

Creating your wedding design!


Are you a bride that just can’t put all your thoughts and wedding dreams into reality?

Are you indecisive when it comes to making decisions?

Are you a bride that thinks you can DIY everything but know you don’t have the creativity to do so?

Then you need to hire a Wedding Planner and Designer! We will take all your ideas and create an aesthetically perfect wedding design tailored to your personality and likes! And, help you make all the best design decisions that fit into your wedding budget.

Here’s a little bit about our process:

  1. We really dig deep and really get to know as individuals and as couples! We have you fill out a fun questionnaire asking you things like, where’s your favorite restaurant, what’s your favorite cocktail, your ideal color palette and much more. This helps us channel into your personalities and likes so we can start creating a wedding style that resembles you both as a couple.
  2. Based on many design discussions and brainstorming sessions with our clients we reveal your Inspiration Board and color scheme. During our design meeting we will be able to place with place settings and create mock-ups. We will also bring real-life ideas of what your wedding will look and feel like! And, we of course have an amazing collection of various décor and props that will create some show stopping and unique displays for your wedding. Our collection is solely rented to our Cristen & Co. couples only!
  3. We will always be the ones putting your designs into action on your wedding day, with each piece placed perfectly we can assure you that your dream wedding will become a reality. We truly care about where your dollar is spent and want to make sure that your wedding design is exactly how you imagined.
  1. I noticed your comment about Wanderlush and her amazing cocktails! I work For the distillery who makes the Cape Cod Great White Rum Crystal used to make the snow pea daiquiri at the recent photo shoot. We are hoping to be the choice for signature wedding cocktails for all Boston and Cape Cod lovers getting married.
    January 23, 2016  1:53 am

Wedding Planners vs. Venue Coordinators! Do you really know the difference between a Wedding Planner and a Venue Coordinator? I receive this question from brides all the time!! This is a subject I am super passionate about because wedding planners are SO much more than venue coordinators and brides are very confused about this subject! There is a reason why there are wedding planners and venue coordinators they are both completely different job descriptions. There are actually benefits to having both of us!

So, here’s the thing most venues have “planners” but the truth is wedding planners are NOT the same as venue coordinators! Many brides think that a venue coordinator is their wedding planner and some have even been told that. Wedding Planners are much more than you think and here’s the difference:

  1.  Venue coordinators are also sales people; they are there to sell you the space. They sometimes will tell you anything you want to hear so you will book the venue for your wedding day and some can earn a commission. Sometimes they will even tell you they can set up your decorations on the day of your wedding and then they won’t even set up your decorations after telling you that they will (I have been told many horror stories!!) or they will usually pass it off to their team which sometimes can be a range of part-time high school students to other employees that have no creative experience, your decorations may not be set up how you intended them to be. A wedding planner works closely with you to design your wedding and has the passion and experience to set up your wedding exactly how you planned for it. We are the heart behind your wedding because we truly care about our couples and all the money you have spent on creating your dream wedding.
  2. Venue Coordinators are getting paid by the venue and they are looking out for the best interest of the venue and sometimes not you. You are paying a wedding planner personally to be there for you through the entire planning/design process. We know the right questions to ask other vendors and venues to make sure it is the perfect fit for you and your wedding. Some things we do, but not limited to, are budget management, constant communication with your vendors, extremely detailed wedding timelines, design creation and guidance, ceremony rehearsals, on-site management and set-up of your entire wedding day and evening. We are there for our clients and always making sure we have their back!
  3. Venue coordinators are there typically to manage their in-house catering team and staff and they sometimes leave after the meal is served. On the other hand, wedding planners are there by your side the entire wedding day while checking-in vendors making sure they are on time, checking deliveries to ensure they are correct, keeping to the detailed wedding timeline that we created, checking in on our couples so they are relaxed and stress-free and problem solving the day-of your wedding and much more.

I have worked with many venue coordinators and some have been more than fabulous and others not so much (I have even caught a venue coordinator’s son stealing a bottle of alcohol from the client and was drinking on the job). This is just a general description of the differences between us and based on my past experiences, we both have different jobs and that’s what makes us all work well together. There is an added benefit of having an additional helping hand and a wedding planner at your wedding to ensure it is completely flawless.

Here’s a fabulous example why you should hire a wedding planner:

“We had our last dance then our DJ surprised my husband with a few James Brown songs because he loves him and I missed it! I missed the last songs at our wedding because I was handing out tip envelopes to vendors. My venue coordinator was handling end of shift with their catering staff.” – Industry Friend, Bride


Refined Industrial City Wedding at Warehouse XI. What are your thoughts when you hear those words?

We have some fun projects planned for the New Year and our first one is coming up in a couple weeks at Warehouse XI in Somerville, MA! Warehouse XI is a fairly new and upcoming industrial space in the Boston area and we can’t wait to take it over and design an amazing Refined Industrial City Wedding styled shoot! Imagine: lots of whites, neutrals and lots of greenery. This will be a very different shoot than I have done in the past because it is definitely a little modern and edgy and I can’t wait!!

We already have quite the team on board for this shoot!! I wanted to share our inspiration board and color palette to get you excited!!



Make sure you are following us on Instagram to see all the behind-the-scenes action!!

Let’s take a look back at Cristen & Co.’s Favorite Weddings and Styled Shoots of 2015! It has been quite a year and I can’t believe we are just hours away from 2016! This past year we not only planned a wedding in 7 weeks but we changed our business name and brand just a few weeks ago to Cristen & Co.! I have made some amazing new friends and creatives in this industry this past year and I finally feel like “I have found my tribe”, as Annmarie Swift Photography would say! I can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2016, we do know we have some fabulous 2016 weddings on the books!!

Lauren and Jack’s  7 week Rustic Cape Cod wedding was absolutely AMAZING!!! It was so hard to pick what images to share because they were all amazing!  Check out some of our favorite moments below:





Sarah and Chris are such an incredibly sweet and loving couple!! They modeled in our Northshore Coastal Seaside Wedding Shoot this past summer and now they are currently a Cristen & Co. Couple!! We are beyond excited we are in the midst of planning and designing their August 2016 Newburyport Coastal Wedding!!


Katelyn & Matt were the perfect couple for our Autumn Rustic Orchard Wedding Shoot in the Fall that was featured on Ruffled! Katelyn was gorgeous in this Jim Hjelm Wedding Gown, this shoot was all about autumn jewel tones with the perfect touch of rustic elegance!



Susan & David were the perfect fit for our Holiday Inspired Rustic Winter Vow Renewal! Susan was dressed in a beautiful flowing dusty blue chiffon skirt by Katherine Elizabeth Bridal! This amazing Wedding Shoot was featured on The Perfect Palette in December!



All Images By: Annmarie Swift Photography