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Birchbox Bride: Rustic Chic and Plenty of Wine

Between staffers getting engaged (and popping the question in creative ways) and subscribers seeking big-day beauty advice, every season is wedding season at Birchbox. That's why we created the Birchbox Wedding Planner. While we won't ring up vendors for you, we can help with bridesmaid and groomsman gifts (hint, hint: subscriptions!), makeup and hair ideas, and more. Plus, once a month, we'll be sharing real-life inspiration (read: pretty pictures) from brides in the Birchbox community. Happy scrolling!

The Wedding: Birchbox Senior Editor Cristina Tudino got married a little over a year ago at a small vineyard called Saltwater Farm in Stonington, Connecticut.

The Vibe: “Rustic yet elegant vibe, with meaningful touches that would honor our families,” says Cristina. “Also, lots of wine!”

Biggest Piece of Advice: "Pick and choose what is most important to you or else you'll drive yourself crazy."


The Makeup: “I was looking for a natural look that would still resonate in pictures, and Jennie Fresa (the crazy talented makeup artist I worked with) nailed it. I highly recommend using individual glued-on lashes, which make your eyes pop without being too obvious.”


The Savior: “That’s my amazing mom! She helped me iron out so many of the little details for the wedding, like finding the dozens of doilies for the tables. She also helped me pick out my dress, which I wish I could wear every single day.”


The Bouquet: “I wanted an undone look for my bouquet, so I asked the florist to use local wildflowers that were in season in July, and to weave in a few peonies, which you can’t see in this picture. I wore my late grandmother’s bracelet for the ceremony—we have the same initials.”

cocktail napkins

The Details: “To remember Alex’s late grandfather (who was a real character), we had some of his famous sayings printed on cocktail napkins.”

“I asked my cousin’s son to be the ring bearer, and had a custom bowtie made for him on Etsy (it is hard to find a purple one that is that small!). Isn’t he so cute?”

wine stoppers / ring bearer

The Favors: “I ordered wine stoppers engraved with our initials and the wedding date on Etsy. And then I put them in muslin bags and stamped them with 'Thank you' in the font from our invitations from Paper Source.”


The Bridesmaids: “My bridesmaids wore champagne-colored dresses from Weddington Way, which allows you to coordinate picking different styles, and tracks the delivery.”

backs, walking

Final Thoughts: “Don't sweat the forecast. It actually rained during our ceremony, and I’m here to tell you that’s okay! Everyone worries so much about the weather, but as long as you get to exchange vows in front of your family and friends, that’s all that matters. Thankfully it cleared up and we could take photos outside.”

Photos: Maggie Conley Photography

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