From the Bride... As a designer, photographer and general artist, I knew that I would design the look of my own wedding. Having been a bridesmaid times six , I knew a fair amount going into the planning! Having never planned a large event myself, I found this a little daunting at first. But once I had a sense of what I wanted, I worked with many talented vendors and artisans to create what you will see in these photographs. Thank Heavens for Etsy! It was so rewarding to work with the many artists and craftsmen who helped bring my vision to life.
The gorgeous photography you will see in this post is from the very talented Brooke Fitts. The photos speak for themselves, and she is a true gem. I must have had a hundred people ask me what I was going to do for a photographer for our wedding, as I am one. I knew immediately upon seeing her work that I wanted her to be our photographer. She was a sweetheart and a joy to share my wedding day with. This is important because your photographer is someone you will spend a lot of time with on the day of your wedding. Our second shooter was Ruth of Ruth Anne Photography who was equally as delightful. Thank you ladies for giving a fellow photographer images she will cherish for a lifetime!
The first design element I started with was our color palette, and how that would translate onto paper. As someone who used to work in Advertising, I was most comfortable starting with print design. Once I had the invitations layout, I moved onto design boards for the event. Thank you so much to my day-of wedding planner Eileen at An Affair to Remember! She gave me amazing recommendation after amazing recommendation. My florist, Michael at Jardiniere Fine Flowers was a magician.
Kyle and I opted to sit at a sweetheart table for dinner. I have to say, we were both really happy with the choice. There isn't a lot of alone time to be had on your wedding day. Having our own table allowed for some private conversation, but since we were situated near the door, our guests could come up to us at their leisure.
Although I like to think that Kyle and I are important, our band was really the main event of the whole wedding. The Hudson Project is based in NYC, and I cannot properly describe how insanely talented they are.
I loved every moment of planning our wedding. Probably because planning an event is a good fit for me. The actual wedding week was incredible as well. I met many of Kyle's family members that I hadn't known prior. It felt like a week enveloped in love. It was a dream really. Kyle and I took each moment as it came to us, and feel blessed to be joined with our best friend for life. I can only hope that other couples feel this kind of happiness. We are still floating!
Wedding Photography: Brookelyn Photography | Second Shooter : Ruth Powell from Ruth Anne Photography | Wedding Venue: Bonnet Island Estate in Long Beach, New York | Event Planner: An Affair to Remember | Floral Design: Jardiniere Fine Flowers | Caterer: MerryMakers | Wedding Cake: The Bake Works | Band: The Hudson Project | Wedding Invitations + Stationery: The Bride, Raquel Bianca Creative | Favor: Country Kettle Fudge | Favor Packaging: Whisker Graphics + Wedding Paper Divas | Shell Place Card Holders: Sweet Ingredients via Etsy | Wedding Dress: Alita Graham | Hair Flower: Twig & Honey | Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bride'sEarrings: Kenneth Jay Lane | Bride's Purse: Ruche | Bride’s Belt: Kirsten Kuehn | Wedding Rings: Amanda Keiden | Bridesmaids Attire: BHLDN, J.Crew, Nanette Lepore, Rebecca Taylor + BCBG | Bridesmaids' Jewelry: Kendra Scott | Flower Girl Attire: Sophias Style | Ring Bearer Attire: J.Crew Crewcuts + Janie and Jack | Groom + Groomsmen Attire: Bar III | Groom + Groomsmen Sunglasses: Ray-Ban | Hair + Makeup: Cosmo Bleu Salon