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5 Reasons Why Yacht Weddings are Awesome

Listen up, loves. We know choosing a wedding locale isn’t always easy (read: it’s insanely difficult), so today we’re teaming up with our friends over at The Duchess to make things a little bit simpler. Think of it as a gentle nudge in the right direction with our fave reasons why yacht weddings are so very, very awesome. Get ready to set sail for the day of your dreams and dive in below.


We all want to say “I do” in high style and the experts over at The Duchess will most definitely make that vision a reality with seriously stunning hardwood dance floors, full-service bars for cocktail sippin’ and beautiful contemporary decor at every corner.  I mean, this is the wedding of your dreams on the high seas and it should be all sorts of elegant.


You and your love aren’t like any other duo you know, so shouldn’t your wedding be as unique as you are? With a wedding on The Duchess, you’ll be treating your guests to a night unlike any they’ve EVER experienced, all while floating on the crystal blue ocean waters.  Think climate controlled interiors, a state-of-the-art sound system and outdoor furniture for lounging under the stars.  Treating your guests to a wedding of a lifetime has never been easier… or more fun.



One of the best ways to tie the knot? Surrounded by nature.  But that doesn’t mean you have to trek through the mountains with your loved ones to do it. With a wedding on The Duchess, you can breathe in the fresh air and surround yourself with beautiful blue waters, all while rockin’ those sky high heels you LOVE.  It’s a win-win, my friends… star gazin’ included.


And speaking of breathing in the fresh air… the views from The Duchess are insanely amazing.  Think the New York City skyline amazing, with 360 degrees of your fave city adding that extra touch of glamour to your evening.  Not to mention that The Duchess’ newly built second deck is MORE than perfect for soaking it all in.


Whether you’re planning on a small gathering of just your nearest and dearest or a larger affair of 400, setting sail on The Duchess guarantees an intimate celebration with no outside distractions allowed. Yep, no resort guests, tourists or other weddings will distract from your moment and, well… that’s just awesome.

Contact The Duchess TODAY to learn more about their fabulous wedding celebrations… and don’t forget to ask about hosting your rehearsal dinner or cocktail party at their sister property, Fish Bar.  Happy sailing, loves!

Photography: Allan Zepeda + I Do Weddings

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Coffee + Cherry Blossoms + Puppies?! The Most Romantic New York City Engagement Session Ever!

If I were to plan out my perfect day it would look a lot like this lovely engagement session from Matoli Keely Photography. From the cutest stroll in Central Park, to blossom covered kisses, to a casual coffee run with a pup in tow? It’s enough to daydream over. See it all in The Vault!

From The Bride To Be…I met my fiancé Josh while studying graphic design at Arizona State University. I kept seeing this cute boy pop up around campus and decided to ask if he would share his portfolio with me. Next thing I know, we are on a date over coffee and I couldn’t help but fall head over heels for him! Since then we have moved to New York City, became designers, got an adorable French bulldog, and travelled any chance we get.

Josh bought me tickets to Paris for Christmas last year and proposed in the gardens of Versailles. I asked a stranger to take our picture and when I turned around he was getting on one knee with a ring! I was so surprised, and so happy to finally say “yes”.

For our engagement photos I knew I wanted to shoot in New York. I thought it would be the perfect way to commemorate all the adventures we have had here. Our first apartment was close to Central Park, so that was our first choice. I found a tulle dress from one of my favorite brands, Needle & Thread, that was romantic and a little glam! As transplant New Yorkers we also love our fair share of rooftops, so we used the rooftop at Josh’s work for our second location. We are so happy with how it turned out!

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Photography: Matoli Keely Photography | Dress: ASOS | Film Processing: PhotoVision Prints | Location: Central Park

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This Bride’s DIY Gown is GENIUS

I’ve seen a lot of crafty brides in my day, but a beautiful bride who transformed her off the rack gown with a fabulous tulle skirt? That’s an awesome first.  Together with her handsome hubs, she celebrated their “I do’s” with the sweetest farm affair filled to the brim with rustic, DIY details.  See every moment captured amazingly by Cappy Hotchkiss Photography in THE VAULT right here.


From Cappy Hotchkiss Photography… Caitlinn is a wedding photographer in New York, a fabulous wedding photographer, and she met Brian, a handsome South African at a wedding that she was photographing in the Hudson Valley.

This was truly a DIY wedding. The bride did everything including creating her wedding dress from an off the rack strapless dress and then, with help from her grandmother, added a tulle over skirt.

She borrowed a 70-year-old jade and pearl necklace from her grandmother which she wore as a head band.

Her flowers were ordered from South Africa and mixed with local flowers and put together by a friend.

She and her friends made the flower crowns worn by the flower girls, made the flower petal cones, and her Mom and grandma made the adorable cakes which her friend decorated with wildflowers collected around the farm property.

The Guest book was a Leather handcrafted book with Map of South Africa created by “Maps on Leather” (based in Spain.)

The bouquet design was by Erin Peterson Layumas. (Erin used to be a florist, she has Liver cancer and had to stop, she created my bouquets as a favor to me. Caitlinn shot her wedding for free in 2014 due to her illness and they have become very close friends ever since.)

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Photography: Cappy Hotchkiss | Cinematography: Nick DeCandio Productions | Floral Design: Adam's Fairacre Farms | Wedding Dress: BCBGMAXAZRIA | Invitations: Parcel Island (Etsy) | Necklace: Francesca's | Catering: Blooming Hill Farm | Hair + Makeup: Maria Vazquez | DJ: John Bryan | Band: Hudson Valley Bluegrass Boys | Groom's Attire: Men's Italy | Groomsmen Attire: Tates Menswear | Officiant: Reverend Marc Sabin | Ceremony Music: Shannon & Mike Townshend | Venue: Blooming Hill Farm | Earrings: Free People | Hand Fans: Couples On Cakes | Wedding Dress Belt: Billy Ella

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