We're super excited to finally share some of the amazing photos and design inspiration behind this year's New England Friendsgiving (or Friendsorgiving as we’ve nicknamed it!)!

For the second year in a row, we’ve partnered with our friend and fellow industry pro, Kelly of Kelly Golia Events to host a celebration of thanks and community in honor of our wedding industry friends and colleagues.

The creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not the desire to beat others.
— Ayn Rand

The inspiration and focus of the our annual Friendsorgiving event is simple. Author and philosopher, Ayn Rand frames it up pretty nicely, “The creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not the desire to beat others.”

For Kelly and me, we think it’s incredibly important to take a moment (or day in this case) to reflect on the post-wedding season and to think of all of the fellow professionals who were integral to the achievement of each one of our own businesses.

One of the best ways to live out community over competition is to practice gratitude and this event has proven to be an easy way of seeing it come to fruition. When we’re thankful, we’re not fearful. And when we’re not fearful, we’re not insecure. When we’re thankful, we’re full, and we share that spirit of abundance with others.

Unlike other Friendsgiving celebrations, we opted to not have a potluck and kept the dinner to the professional (Paladar Kitchen catered our dinner and it was OUT of this world.) Instead, we had all of our participating friendors share their creative talents to create a beautiful day filled with florals, cocktails, some glam time and best of all- friendship.

Our day started with hair and makeup for each one of our vendors and was quickly followed by headshots and group shots. The day was also filled with some yummy artisanal cocktails from Willa and Little Bitte and a DIY flower crown bar from Alexa Gallishaw.

 K.Engel Photography

K.Engel Photography

 Jessica Feiden Photography

Jessica Feiden Photography

 Jessica Feiden Photography

Jessica Feiden Photography

 Jessica Feiden Photography

Jessica Feiden Photography

 Erin Kavanaugh Photography

Erin Kavanaugh Photography

 Erin Kavanaugh Photography

Erin Kavanaugh Photography

 Erica Pezente Photography

Erica Pezente Photography

 Erin Kavanaugh Photography

Erin Kavanaugh Photography

For dinner. we had each of our wedding planners and designers team up with a florist, a calligraphy and our tabletop rental provider to uniquely style and design a table. All of our teams were given free reign with design and as you can see below, all took such a beautiful and different take on their designs.

Table No. 1

Design+ Styling | Heather Dawn Events

Florist | Weatherlow Florals

Calligraphy | Black Tulip Calligraphy

Tabletop | Peak Events Services

 Ellysia Francovitch Photography

Ellysia Francovitch Photography

 Erica Pezente Photography

Erica Pezente Photography

Table No. 2

Design + Styling | Kate Murtaugh Events & Design

Florist | The Wild Dahlia

Calligraphy | Molly Grace Makes

Tabletop | Peak Events Services

 Erica Pezente Photography

Erica Pezente Photography

 K.Engel Photography

K.Engel Photography

Table No. 3

Design + Styling | Kelly Golia Events

Florist | Bloom 52

Calligraphy | Molly Grace Makes

Tabletop | Peak Events Services

 Erica Pezente Photography

Erica Pezente Photography

 Jessica Feiden Photography

Jessica Feiden Photography

Table No. 3

Design + Styling | Events by Carianne

Florist | Central Square Florist

Calligraphy |  Black Tulip Calligraphy

Tabletop | Peak Events Services

 Jessica Feiden Photography

Jessica Feiden Photography

 Erin Kavanaugh Photography

Erin Kavanaugh Photography

Our entire event team for 2018 included:

Event Hosts, Planning + Creative Direction | Kate Murtaugh Events & Design, Kelly Golia Events

Venue| Weatherlow Farms

Calligraphy, Stationery, + Signage | Molly Grace Makes, Black Tulip Calligraphy

Desserts | Lizzie’s Bakery

Florals | Alexa Gallishaw Florals, Central Square Florist, The Wild Dahlia, Bloom 52, Weatherlow Florals

Makeup | Making You Glow, Jenny Luu Hair & Makeup

Hair | Aline Sarkis Beauty, Tada

Photography | Ellysia Francovitch, K.Engel Photography, Erica Pezente, Erin Kavanaugh Photography, Jessica K. Feiden

Tabletop Rentals | Peak Event Services

Design | Heather Dawn Events, Events by Carianne, Kelly Golia Events, Kate Murtaugh Events & Design

Videography | Olive Ewe Productions

Catering | Paladar Kitchen

Cocktails | Little Bitte Artisanal Cocktails

Thank you so much for taking a look at our annual Friendsor-giving event. From our team to your family and friends, we hope you all have a happy and safe holiday this week. Happy Thanksgiving!

Interested in learning more about the services we provide? I'd love to chat with you. Email me at kate@katemurtaughevents.com so we can chat about all the above and lots more. I look forward to your email and meeting you!

About Kate Murtaugh Events & Design: Our main office is located in Boston, Massachusetts with a satellite office in Westerly, Rhode Island- allowing us to easily service all of New England. We happily travel across the United States and internationally for our clients’ celebrations near and far.

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