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Romantic Garden-Inspired Blue Hill at Stone Barns Wedding

I dare you not to fall in love with each and every detail of this upstate New York wedding. And how could you not with vendors like Daughter Of DesignBella FiguraJenny YooOnce Upon A BrideStacie Ford Weddings and Jarrell Entertainment. Head to THE VAULT to see all the pretty details (that Monique Lhuillier gown for one) captured by Christian Oth Studio, and don’t say we didn’t warn you!

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From The Bride…We got engaged at sunset. On a beautiful evening in Bagan, Myanmar, the ancient temple city. The engagement was a destination, and as we were initially discussing potential wedding locations, so at first I thought the wedding would be as well. What we soon realized, though, was that the logistics of a destination wedding would be too challenging to many of our nearest and dearest. So we decided to search for something that felt like the European countryside, but happened to be on the northeast corridor line. We were fortunate enough to get the last summer date available at Blue Hill at Stone Barns. Even when we went to visit the venue on a wet, chilly day in the dead of winter, we fell in love with the location. My mother grew up on a chicken farm, so having the wedding take place on a working farm had special meaning to us. Our goal: was to have a fun, casual elegant wedding with great food, great music, and great people, and we thought this venue would be the prefect perfect setting.

The day before the wedding, we went with our close family and wedding party for a tour of Blue Hill. We learned all about the sustainable practices of the farm and got and gave us and our guests a special opportunity to really get to know the farm, the mission, and have further appreciation for the food we would be eating the next day after. One of the part was especially most meaningful: parts of this was that Justin helped arrange a gift that would go towards a 2016 Oak Tree planting in the memory of the father – it was really meaningful that we were able to let us honor him and have him be part of this our special event, seeing and be able to see the sight spot where the tree will soon be planted.

Rather than use our names or initials, we had the talented team at Bella Figura design a “goose/swan” logo for the wedding. It (representing our avian nicknames for each other, and we used it ) that we would use on the invitation and throughout the wedding, on everything from the yarmulkes to the napkins. I wanted to do something personal for the wedding. I’ve always loved to draw, so thought it would be fun to design the escort cards. Justin and I brainstormed and decided that rather than use table numbers, everyone would be assigned an herb, and a spring of that particular herb could would be found at their each table setting. We also wanted the flexibility of making adjusting last- minute table assignments, so we included drawings of all the herbs on each escort card, and the Daughter of Design team only waited until the wedding weekend to circled the appropriate herb that weekend for each guest.

Aesthetic was a very important component to me. My dress was a Monique Lhuillier, as and I thought it fit me and the venue to a tee. It was a combination of vintage classic with some modern touches.

As a pre-wedding gift for Justin, I got him a pair of cufflinks from Etsy – one with a goose and one with a swan –, made of vintage stamps. and he got me an eternity band that I’d been was eyeing (but wasn’t expecting to receive for some time). I chose a gray Jenny Yoo gown for the bridesmaids – they color was flattering on all of the girls, and each one was styled to flatter her figure. I also got the girls matching Eberjey PJ sets. I was inspired by another Blue Hill bride who had suggested them. It was fun to wear the matching sets for the sleepover the night before the wedding, and also proved an easy way to stay comfy through all the morning-of wedding prep.

For the aesthetic design, we worked with the talented Matthew Robbins. We chose a palette of lots of greens with peach, white, and pops of pink. We also wanted to play off the stone barns so we used hurricane lanterns. We wanted a “market table” feel for the escort card table, and leading up to the main hall were rows of live rosemary and lavender, which smelled rich and delicious, creating a subtle experience as guests walked through. He Matthew also incorporated each table’s particular herb into the table’s décor.

We were very fortunate with the weather and were able to have the ceremony outdoors under a large tree in the Blue Hill courtyard. Matthew and his team designed a beautiful leafy huppah with beautiful pops of flowers. The birds were chirping as we were under the huppah and – it felt magical. The cocktail reception took place in the nearby apple menagerie were guests drank signature cocktails and nibbled on delicious passed hors d’oeuvres. To our knowledge, the snacks were so good that nobody felt tempted to pluck a ripe apple off the trees surrounding us.

Music was a very important component of the wedding for the two of us. We had a talented flutist/violin duet from Julliard for our ceremony and reception. Our band, Sound House, was incredible and had all the guests on the dance floor. Justin grew up playing music with his “family band” and we thought it would be fun to incorporate that into the wedding. As the family band started playing some classic rock, Justin interrupted the song to announced that they “needed more
cowbell.” Fortunately, I had one hidden under my seat! and I got up from my seat (cowbell in hand) and joined the family band for a few classic rock songs, and it its own right was my full initiation into the Kosslyn family.

Food and drink were also important to us. We only found finalized out about our menu two weeks prior to the event, because it is so seasonal and dependent on what is fresh from the farm. We had a four- course tasting menu with wine pairings for our guests and there were no leftovers in sight! It really was delicious – quite a few of our guests told us it was one of the best meals they have ever had.

After we cut the cake (a delicious seasonal cake with blue berry, peach and vanilla), guests kept the party going downstairs with DJ Stephen. Guests nibbled on more small bites and partied on the dance floor. At that time I changed from my wedding gown to a white sequined J Crew Wedding Romper.

As a farewell treat, guests received jars of blue hill’s very own honey, thanking them for being part of the “sweetest day of our lives.” We hosted brunch the next morning at the historic Tarrytown House and Estate. It was a lovely sendoff to a perfect weekend.

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Photography: Christian Oth Studio | Cinematography: NST Pictures | Coordination: Daughter Of Design | Event Design: Matthew Robbins | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Invitations: Bella Figura | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Makeup: Stacie Ford Weddings | Hair: Once Upon A Bride | Lighting: Pegasus Lighting | Band: Sound House/Elan Artists | Venue: Blue Hill At Stone Barns | After-Party DJ: Jarrell Entertainment | Ceremony + Cocktail Music: Juilliard Jazz Ensemble | Getting Ready Venue: Ritz Carlton Westchester | Photo Booth: MVS Studio Inc.

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Colorful Shelter Island Summer Wedding

When the Bride’s from Australia , the Groom’s from Long Island, and friends and family are from around the world, where do you say “I do”!? That was the question for these two, and they settled on Shelter Island, complete with beautiful views and the summer sun. But even that beauty didn’t compare to their celebration, with the blushing Bride, and her ladies’ Jenny Yoo dresses blowing in the breeze. Ryon:Lockhart Photography captured it all, making our VAULT shine just as bright as that day.

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Summer
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InnOutdoor
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Al Fresco

From the Bride… When Chris proposed our first question was, “Where in the world should we get married?” He is from Long Island, and I had lived in England, New Zealand, Long Island and Australia at that point. We were both in the process of moving to Boston, after a year of a distance relationship between New York and Australia. We eventually decided that Long Island was the best place for us, because that is where we met and fell in love, where most of our mutual friends were, and it was a middle point between Europe and Oceania for my friends and family to travel to. We wanted to find a venue where our families and the wedding party would be able to stay together for a few days. I had always hoped to be married by the water, so the Ram’s Head Inn was perfect. When picking our photographers, we looked for someone who would be fun to have around on the day, and who would be able to take consistently amazing photographs in the changing light throughout the day and night. Sarah and Tim are two of the most wonderful people we have ever met, and their photographs captured the beauty and happiness that defined our wedding day.

The largest challenge of the wedding planning process was planning the wedding in New York from Boston. My mother was in Australia and my bridesmaids were scattered all over the world, so we had to utilize the internet in every way possible for planning. My mother Skyped in every time I went dress shopping, even if it was the middle of the night for her!

My vision was to keep the wedding design simple and elegant, and to enhance the natural beauty of the grounds at the Ram’s Head Inn. I love bright colors, but felt that keeping the bridesmaids’ dresses in a neutral palette and allowing the colors to be in the floral designs was the look that most suited my vision. This was also inspired by my grandparents’ house in the south of France – so many old stone buildings there are covered in beautiful flowers.

I found my dream dress, Penelope by Watters, which ticked off every one of my wishes – simple, low back, fun tulle skirt, and Jenny Yoo’s Annabelle dress in Cashmere was the perfect bridesmaids match. The versatility of the top half of these dresses allowed each bridesmaid to wear a look that they felt beautiful in. I found a picture online of flower girls wearing a leotard and a tutu, and loved it immediately. Seeing all the girls together in their dresses with their bouquets for the first time was a definite highlight on the day! The men went for a classic charcoal suit, and even though the looks were formal for an outdoor wedding, it came together beautifully.

When I walked down the aisle I could not stop smiling. I am quite an emotional person, and I expected to cry, but I was just so happy. Seeing Chris standing there made me realize how fulfilled I am in our relationship. Also, the scenery was so beautiful, the floral archway was exquisite, and the pianist playing “Can you feel the love tonight” was letting me embrace both my Disney and Elton John fandom! Most importantly, there were family and friends who had literally traveled from all over the country and the world to be there. It was so special, and we both feel such immense love and gratitude towards everyone who traveled from near and far to share this day with us. The ceremony included a speech by my grandfather: he and my grandmother were married sixty years in January. Chris and I had written very simple vows to share: to honor and respect one another, and to treat each other’s dreams as if they were our own. We performed a sand ceremony with sand from New Zealand and Long Island.

The reception was mostly outdoors under fairy lights. The food was local and delicious. We had a few personal touches – Chris had built a swing, and two groomsmen had built a fun photo frame for guests to take pictures in. We had a map where people pin where they had traveled from, and where they thought we should travel to one day. After dinner, we danced the night away. Dancing with people from all different parts of our lives is something I will never forget. The evening ended with toasting s’mores, made from Whittaker’s chocolate (a New Zealand specialty) to commemorate our first date, where Chris had tempted me to come to the beach with him to try this American delight. It was a magical day and is so special to re-live via all of these photographs!

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Photography: Ryon:Lockhart Photography | Cinematography: Ben Childs | Floral Design: Kim Jon Designs | Wedding Dress: Watters | Cake: Ram's Head Inn | Bride's Shoes: Stuart Weitzmen | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Ram's Head Inn | Makeup: Sonomi Obinata | Band: Silver Arrow Band | Groom's Attire: Bonobos | Venue: Ram's Head Inn | Hair Accessories: ArsiArt

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Woodsy + Romantic Wedding at Bedford Post Inn

Carissa and Daniel’s wedding is the perfect blend of the rustic chic and girly glamour. Marrying the magnificence of the outdoors with elegant indoor details, it’s moments like this that’ll steal your wedding loving heart. A day complete with Beat Train tunes and pretty pink gowns, READYLUCK captured every moment to share and we’ve got it all in THE VAULT!

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Fall
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InnOutdoor
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Al Fresco

From The Bride…We wanted our wedding to have a “home-y” feeling. Super cozy and romantic. Our color palette was a crisp and clean yet soft feeling. We went with a soft blush for the bridesmaids and a clean, sharp slate for the guys. The flowers were whites and greens, a fresh and clean and crisp feeling. I had this amazing half-flower crown that was so beautiful. The venue, Bedford Post Inn, is the most gorgeous place with every single detail thought out and perfectly decorated. The linens that were used, the furniture in the venue- the whole vibe was EXACTLY what we were looking for. We wanted all of our friends and family to feel right at home, yet still a formal event.

We were stuck on party favors- everyone always has little things that just get thrown away and it’s such a waste of money (in our eyes) so we saw this awesome idea on Pinterest. We bought succulents and terra-cotta pots. We dipped the pots in gold paint (just the bottoms) and stuck a flag with every guests name / table #. This was a great 2-in-1 idea for place cards & favors. I was happy with how they came out!

My favorite moment of the entire day was right before I walked down the aisle, I looked out of the window and saw Daniel, all ready, with the guys heading to the altar. It was such an unreal feeling to see him and feel this connection of stability and happiness. It was perfect.

My absolute favorite element of the wedding was the flowers. THEY WERE TO DIE FOR. Fleurish was fabulous. Understood and executed my vision exactly. Being a creative person, myself, my ideas are always flowing and all over the place. Somehow they figured me out and totally killed it.

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Photography: Shane Carpenter / READYLUCK | Floral Design: Fleurish Florals | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Cake: The Pastry Corner | Catering: Chef Michael White | Hair + Makeup: Entirely You | DJ: Beat Train | Groom's Attire: Theory | Officiant: Pastor Kevin Bordeaux Of Thrive Church | Transportation: Leros Limos | Venue: Bedford Post Inn | Photography - Assistance: Jacqueline Schlossman / READYLUCK

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