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Elegant Outdoor Hudson Valley Wedding

We first fell in love with this gorgeous couple when we came across their charming Manhattan engagement shoot. If it’s even possible, we’re more in love with them now than ever after seeing their glamorous Hudson Valley wedding. But with gorgeous invitations from Bella Figura, music from Jarrell Entertainment and breathtaking photography from Gabe Aceves, can you really blame us? Swoon over all the stunning details in the gallery.

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Summer
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Golf Club

From the beautiful Bride… Brett and I live in New York City, but often spend our weekends seeking a break from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan. When searching for our wedding venue, we decided to look in the Hudson Valley, so that we could share the beauty we have admired during hikes together, with our friends and family. The day we decided to visit The Garrison was a logistical disaster; trains weren’t running, rental cars stopped working, and it was the middle of a heat wave. The moment we drove up to this venue we stopped arguing and stressing, looked at each other, and instantaneously knew this was the perfect venue for us.

In planning our wedding we tried to stay true to who we are as a couple. We both agreed that we wanted to focus on thanking our guests, and make the weekend a fun treat for all of them. We felt that this day was just as much a celebration of those people who have loved us, supported us, and been there throughout our seven years together, as it was about our love for each other. We decided to combine our new found love of crafting with that sentiment and ended up having such a fun year figuring out all the tiny details that went into the weekend.

Our first project was our save the dates. We wanted to break away from the traditional a little bit here, but also wanted something that was easy to display as a reminder of the big day. We eventually decided on custom screen printed kitchen towels. These were a huge hit with our guests, and it has been so very fun to see them displayed in everyone’s kitchens! From there, we continued to DIY little treats and goodies for our guests: dried lavender terra cotta escort cards, welcome totes, hangover kits, hotel door hangers, vintage handkerchiefs (for happy tears!), muslin bags with dried lavender, and personalized mason jar mug favors. Doing these things together was my favorite part of wedding planning. We spent so many weekends locked in our apartment in a mess of paper, lavender, and glue guns. In the end, the time spent doing it together, and the reactions from our guests made it all worth it.

When I went wedding dress shopping, I thought that I already knew the dress I wanted. When I went to try it on however, I didn’t feel that it was quite right. I spent some more time looking around until I found the most gorgeous beaded Manuel Mota for Pronovias dress. I immediately fell in love with the leaf beading that faded into the full tulle skirt with a chapel length train. The only problem was that this dress came with sheer long sleeves that didn’t feel right for me. Luckily after some brainstorming and expert tailoring the long sleeves were changed into shirred straps—the finished result was more beautiful than I had ever imagined it to be. I will forever cherish the smile on Brett’s face when he saw it on me for the first time during our private first look. My bridesmaids wore long chiffon dresses from Little Borrowed Dress in lavender (their choice) and ended up choosing different silhouettes and customizing their dresses to their taste and comfort. Their dresses were ethereal and looked gorgeous against the backdrop of the Hudson Valley.

Being in an interfaith relationship made our wedding a little bit complicated, but so much more interesting! It was very difficult to find two officiants that would represent both of our faiths, cultures, and families while also agreeing to work together during one ceremony. We were very lucky in finding our officiants, and the ceremony would not have been complete without both of them. After performing both Muslim and Jewish ceremonies, Brett and I read vows that we wrote to each other and walked down the aisle to a trio playing “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros while our guests showered us with dried lavender for good luck.

Our wedding day was perfect, and above all else so much fun. The both of us enjoyed every moment and woke up the next day exhausted from singing and dancing so hard with our loved ones. Every detail was a reflection of our love for each other as well as our families and friends.

Photography: Gabe Aceves Photography | Cinematography : Forged in the North | Floral Design: Petals by Alice | Wedding Dress: Elie Saab For Pronovias | Cake : The Pastry Garden | Invitations: Bella Figura | Bride's Shoes : Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Union Station | Makeup And Hair : My Makeup Artist Victoria | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss Red Label | Groomsmen Attire: Baldwin Formals | Venue: The Garrison | Bride's Jewlery : TEJANI | Bridesmaids' Robes : Z Create Design | Candy Bar : Sinfully Sweet Candy Buffet | DJ And Trio Musicians : Jarrell Entertainment | Groom's Shoes : Cole Haan | Logo: Starr Struck Studio | Photobooth : Modern Photo Booth | Screen Printing : Sincere Legends | Signage: Reasons2remember | Veil : Elie Saab For Pronovias | Vow Books: JottersandJournals

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Elegant Winter Wedding at Highlands Country Club

Born and raised in upstate New York, I know better than anyone that we are bombarded with dreadfully long winters, making it difficult to remember what the sun even looks like. But this elegant wedding at Highlands Country Club reminded me how downright stunning it can actually be. Kat Harris‘s photos made every moment shine, and from the Bride’s gown to these tables, this gallery captured my heart.

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Winter
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Country Club
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Elegant

From Kat Harris Photography… Natalie and Jim got married in Upstate New York; they have a special place in my heart. I cried multiple times throughout their wedding… so many beautiful moments. They have something rare, deep, and true, something that can only come throughout years of doing life together which they have.

Upstate New York is gorgeous in the fall and winter. Leaves falling, hot apple cider, and rich jewel tones created an intimate and cozy vibe for Natalie and Jim’s wedding. Erin Braun Design did a fabulous job bringing everything together, from old photos of the couple’s parents and grandparents weddings, to hot toddies, to berry accents throughout the reception.

Cheers to Natalie + Jim and to your beautiful journey… thank you for allowing me to be apart of it!

From Erin Braun Design… When the inspiration for a wedding starts with the most endearing engagement story set at the New York Public Library, then you are bound to have an incredibly heartfelt, romantic, and memorable event. Natalie and Jim’s wedding day was nothing short of magical!

When I first met Natalie she described her vision as glamorous, romantic, and sophisticated with a touch of Southern charm and Victorian influences. She wanted to infuse tons of meaningful details into an elegant, yet cozy atmosphere. The beautiful ballroom, chandeliers, rich mahogany tables, french double doors, an old world Tavern, and a light-filled Solarium at the Highlands Country Club in the breathtaking Hudson Valley was the absolute perfect setting for this wedding. It was one for the books with sparkly details, crisp fall weather, hot apple cider, and a delectable farm-to-table meal. We developed a color palette of rich berry tones – reds, burgundy, and wine with touches of blush, champagne, and gold. Garden roses, ranunculus, and the most beautiful New Zealand red peonies filled the bouquets and tablescapes along with accents of fresh blackberries, cherries, and cranberries. Family vintage candlesticks and books wrapped in handmade gold papers were just a few of the personal touches that helped to tell their story. Three wood burning fireplaces and literally hundreds of candles created the most perfect glow for this oh-so-glamourous wedding!

I will never forget the moment when I revealed the ballroom to Natalie and handed her the bouquet. She just burst into happy tears, hugged me countless times, and said that everything was better than she could have dreamed of and it was the perfect way to start her marriage. There were many more happy tears and moments of sheer joy throughout that day, which were perfectly captured by Kat Harris! It was such an honor to play a small part in Natalie and Jim’s happily ever after and I cannot thank this talented team enough for making it all possible.

From The Bride… A true romantic, Jim worked for months planning the perfect proposal. My favorite building is the New York Public Library, and Jim knew it would be the perfect location to pop the question. In order to get me into the building, Jim told me we were offered a private tour. As we wandered the halls and entered the last room in the building, Jim pulled a book out from the stacks. He had made a gorgeous custom book that told the story of how we met and how life had brought us together. I was in disbelief – and frankly, in shock – of what was happening! After reading the story I turned to the last page and saw a beautiful velvet ring box tucked into the book. When I looked up, Jim was on his knee and had a gorgeous vintage diamond ring in his hand. It was the most incredible day, and we knew we wanted to use this story to inspire our wedding day.

My dream was always to have a beautiful and romantic fall wedding. When we came across the Highlands Country Club in Garrison, NY, we knew we had found our perfect venue! It was everything we were looking for – intimate, cozy, romantic and elegant. Danielle West was our onsite venue coordinator extraordinaire. She was always responsive and attentive to our wedding needs. We couldn’t have asked for a better venue! The food was sublime and the staff were amazing and incredibly helpful. The Highlands Country Club is truly a gem!

To make our vision come to life, we hired the incredibly talented Erin Braun! Erin was the best wedding planner I could have imagined. She was super organized, taking special care with planning every wedding detail, and understood my wedding vision from the start. She knew how important it was for me to have a “detail-filled” wedding. She creatively incorporated the inspiration from our library engagement story and nothing went unnoticed. From the tablescapes, place settings, décor, signs, florals, and cake decor, Erin captured our vision through every meaningful detail and created the perfect day. She also curated the most incredible team of vendors. Through her we were able to secure the amazing Sean Marquand and Gary Hoffman from 74events. They kept our party going all night long! She also introduced us to the amazing duo at NY Ceremony Music. Randy and Topu did a beautiful job creating custom arrangements that set the stage for our ceremony and cocktail hour. Our wedding wouldn’t have come together if it weren’t for Erin. She is one of the most talented and sweetest people that I have ever met and a dream to work with!

We were also incredibly fortunate to work with Kat Harris, the world’s most spectacular photographer! Jim and I consider ourselves a little camera shy, but Kat was able to capture some amazing wedding and engagement photos. She made us feel comfortable and we had a blast with our photo sessions. She knows exactly how to capture the little tender moments between a couple, and she definitely captured ours! We couldn’t be happier with our experience with Kat… we love her!

I was so grateful for the unique save the dates and invitations created by the talented, Lisa Purcell from Art Paper Scissors. Lisa is probably the most patient person that I have ever met. Throughout the process, Lisa made sure to capture our exact wishes for our stationery pieces. We love that our invitation suite is truly unique to our wedding day.

James and I got married on the most beautifully crisp fall day that we could have ever asked for. It was truly a magically romantic day and one that we will treasure for the rest of our lives. Every time I think of our wedding day, I smile. We can’t thank Erin, Danielle, Kat, Lisa and our entire dream team of vendors enough.

Photography: Kat Harris Photography | Videography: Unique Visions Studio | Event Design: Erin Braun Design | Invitations: Art Paper Scissors | Makeup: Erica Gonzalez | Hair Stylist: Milexy Couture Hair Design | DJ: 74 Events | Ceremony Music: NY Ceremony Music | Cake + Cookies: The Pastry Garden | Country Club: Highlands Country Club | Library Cards: Katz Meow Creations | Linens: Nuage Designs | Rentals: Events Unlimited Party Rentals | Table Numbers: Laura Hooper Calligraphy

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Elegant Fall Wedding at The Garrison

This bride’s bouquet is the number one reason why I will forever pine over fall weddings. The beautiful burgundies and creams against nature’s fall foliage is a color combination that never gets old. Splendid Stems worked magic with these gorgeous bouquets and Carmen Santorelli captured it all. For anyone unsure of what season to say their “I do’s,” I’m pretty sure these pics will help you make that decision.

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Fall
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Inn
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Elegant

From The Bride… When Matt and I started planning our wedding, we knew we wanted something classic with a touch of whimsy. Some of the inspiration came from Style Me Pretty, of course. Once we settled on the venue, my main goal was to keep it simple, seasonal, and let the vendors do what they do best. After I aligned the perfect team, the rest fell into place. On our wedding day it rained all morning, but we truly embraced every aspect of our celebration. I didn’t hesitate to pack an umbrella and my rain boots to add some charm to our portraits, and the rain stopped just on time to enjoy an outdoor ceremony and the most beautiful view on a fall day.

Photography: Carmen Santorelli Photography | Floral Design: Splendid Stems | Wedding Dress: Lea-Ann Belter Bridal Flagship Boutique | Cake: The Pastry Garden | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Something Bleu Bridal | Makeup And Hair: Erica Does Makeup | DJ: Brian Lynch | Groomsmen's Attire: Vera Wang Black For Men's Warehouse | String Quartet: Sue Prutting Bethesda, MD sdprutting@ | Wedding Venue: The Garrison | Pastor: Robert Lee | Table Numbers: Sweet Carolina Collective

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