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Upstate New York Barn Wedding from Jillian Mitchell

Destination weddings aren’t always seaside, sipping fruity cocktails. Sometimes they’re right around the corner in the perfect rustic barn. This New York City couple chose to host a wedding weekend for friends and family in upstate New York, thus allowing everyone to extend the happy celebration for three whole days. True genius if you ask us. Because the only thing better than a wedding day is a big, whopping wedding weekend, especially when Jillian Mitchell is there to capture every last pretty second of it. See it here.


From Jillian Mitchell Photography… Tara and Eric opted for a close destination wedding in Hudson, NY so all of their friends and family could attend from the city, but still have a weekend of festivities together rather than one day. They stayed and got ready at the Route 66 farm house which is part of the Apple Barn Farm family and the ceremony and reception were held at Apple Barn Farm. A little rain in the morning wasn’t enough to slow anyone down and the sun cleared just in time for the ceremony. Mariachis serenaded the reception while guests may or may not have attempted to bribe the horses with gin and tonics. The bride’s father did a killer dance to ‘Shout’ so good in fact he just might have been posessed and the night ended with sparklers for all.

Wedding Photography: Jillian Mitchell Photography / Wedding Venue: Apple Barn Farm in Germantown, New York / Wedding Planning + Design: MaryBeth Barouta / Floral Design: The Rosery Flower Shop / Catering: Barbara Goldstein / DJ: Stephen Bell / Wedding Dress: Theia via Lovely Bridal Shop / Bride’s Shoes: Cole Haan / Bride’s Sash: Untamed Petals / Bride’s Headpiece: David’s Bridal / Bride’s Earrings: Macy’s / Bride’s Hair and Makeup: B Cohen Hair + Makeup / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J.Crew / Bridesmaids’ Hair: Sarah Capilli / Bridesmaids’ Makeup: B Cohen Hair + Makeup / Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss / Groomsmen’s Tuxes: DKNY / Groomsmen’s Shoe’s: Custom Converse

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Hudson Valley Wedding from Exquisite Affairs Productions Inc.

Warning: You’re about to lay your wedding-loving eyes on the most gorgeous gold cake you ever did see and it’s going to make you call your bakery and redo your own to be just.like.this.one It’s the perfect complement to this pretty wedding executed to perfection by Exquisite Affairs Productions Inc.. See it and so much more right here.

From the Bride… Steve and I met at Franklin and Marshall College in 2003, when I was a freshman and he was a junior. We actually began dating in 2004, and we have been together ever since. We both played lacrosse in college, which is how we originally met. Our teams often socialized on campus. After Steve graduated and moved on to law school, we began a long-distance relationship that lasted about five years. Our wedding date was almost nine years to the day from the night we first met in 2003. 

Some of the favorite moments of our wedding day were our ceremony, my father’s speech, the grandparents’ dance and the dance party that ended the wedding. The outdoor ceremony was perfect, the weather cooperated, and it was a lovely autumn evening with no wind, mild temperature, falling leaves and beautiful scenery. My dad’s speech was honest, and it made me both laugh and cry. We had a grandparents’ dance to honor Steve’s grandmother and my grandfather, who are 91 and 90 respectively. We were fortunate to be celebrating with them and wanted to show our appreciation for their support and love. The last hours of the wedding were an epic dance party thanks to our band, and they were exactly what Steve and I were hoping for. The band was amazing, and we had a full dance floor until the very end.

My advice to other couples planning weddings is to hire a wedding planner, or at least a coordinator. Your wedding planner will allow you to eat when the guests eat, dance when the guests dance, and be a guest, enjoying every single moment from beginning to end. Christine kept us on schedule the entire day and without that, we wouldn’t have been able to cherish all the special memories we’ve created with our family and friends.

Wedding Photography: CLY Creation / Wedding Venue: Sleepy Hollow Country Club in Scarborough, New York / Wedding Planning: Christine Viola of Exquisite Affairs Productions Inc. / Floral Design: Lisa of Hudson Valley Florist, Antiques & Gifts (914-734-1222) / Officiant: Rev. Marc Sabin / Wedding Cinematography: Rambling Rose Video / Wedding Cake: Deborah Lauren of City Sweets & Confections / Save-the-Dates: Type and Love Paperie / Ceremony Musicians: NY Ceremony Music / Band: 45 Riots / Rentals: Party Rental Ltd. / Transportation: Brownin Transportation Inc. / Wedding Dress: Lazaro / Bride’s Short Dress: Tara Keely / Hair: Sally Perez of Styles on B / Makeup: Nicole Sievers

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Matthew Robbins Engagement Session from Christian Oth Studio

Matthew Robbins is like the Bieber of the Wedding World. Adorable, crazy talented and he has a way of making the ladies swoon. We are definitely Team Matthew around these parts and fell even more in love when we got our hot little hands on his book, Inspired Weddings; a must read for all you Brides-to-be. Now enter this dapper, straight-out-of-a-movie-set engagement captured by another crazy talent, Christian Oth. When these boys meet up, it is indeed sheer magic and the result is a gallery bursting at the seems with beauty, love and some incredibly cute pups too.

From Matthew Robbins… When my friend Christian Oth suggested we do an “engagement” shoot I was definitely a little hesitant. I was overwhelmed with an insanely busy work schedule and I just thought we should skip this photo session knowing there would be so many great photos from the wedding day. After some back and forth about the shoot we finally agreed on a date to make it happen. Wow, I’m so very grateful and thrilled we did!! I’m in love with so many of the images as they really capture the spirit of who we are as a couple. 

 Most of the images were shot at nearby Glenmere Farm in the Hudson Valley which is also where we go every Friday to pick up our seasonal, farm fresh produce. The winding country road leading to the CSA pickup every weekend was something we both looked forward to as signal to unwind, take in the scenery and enjoy our time away from our busy lives in the city. Our home is maybe ten minutes away so the farm was a perfect setting for the shoot. The landscape represents so much about why we enjoy our time in the beautiful Hudson Valley. 
 
I first met Jack in Tennessee which is filled with rolling green hills, horses, barns and a laid back sensibility. Years later our time together in Northern California was always highlighted by our magical trips to the Napa, Sonoma and many of the coastal towns heading North from San Francisco. We enjoyed stopping for fresh produce in the summer months and taking in the dreamy scenery of the wine country. The farm we chose for our engagement shoot is a wonderful combination of our past and present as a couple. Our favorite summer moments are always centered around spending time in our garden.
 
We were both very sure about our desire to maintain our personal style for the shoot. Jackie from Merci NY did an incredible job of mixing some of our own pieces with wonderful things she pulled for our shoot. One of my favorite shots Christian captured features our two wonderful poodles, Ollie and Bruno framed by the large wooden gate. I couldn’t resist nestling little Ollie into the leather bag. He spent many years running around NYC and on airplanes as my quiet little sidekick and he always fits perfectly into any bag I’m carrying! 

Photography: Christian Oth of Christian Oth Studio / Styling: Jackie of Merci NY

Hudson Valley Wedding at The Belvedere Mansion from Cappy Hotchkiss

We’re totally smitten with this wedding and are just going to warn you now that it may indeed charm your pants right off. It’s the perfect mix of timeless elegance and whimsy, and the groom just so happens to have been in the movie Braveheart, so you know it’s authentically Scottish and wonderful. Our favorite detail? In their response cards, guests were given an escort card to draw a self portrait, which was then displayed at the reception. Adorable! Cappy Hotchkiss caught it all perfectly and you can see even more here.

Don’t miss seeing this gorgeous wedding come to life in this film by Kiss the Bride Films:

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From the Bride… Andrew and I were married at the spectacular Belvedere Mansion overlooking the Hudson River and the Catskills. With its jewel-toned, old-world ambiance and panoramic views, this historic American home served as the perfect venue for our American and Scottish wedding. Andrew (who, with one of his groomsmen, was in Braveheart) hails from Scotland, so his culture was a key element in our wedding day aesthetic. Groomsmen, pageboys and guests wore the kilts, sporrans and brogues — and the waitstaff wore tartan bow ties. Not to be outdone, our bridesmaids all wore clean, warm white. Rather than a traditional veil, I accented my alencon lace gown with a feathered fascinator blusher. Prior to the ceremony, guests sipped champagne on the lawn and toyed with whimsical pinwheels while a bagpiper played nearby. During the ceremony, they watched the heartfelt vows shielded from the sun by parasols. Guests were ushered into the reception by escort cards with real personality — each one was decorated with a self-portrait they’d provided with their reply card. For the celebration, the bridesmaids added handmade fascinators in bright, beautiful peacock blues. Instead of a single, larger cake, we chose a few charming and lovely deserts (one complete with Scottish bride and groom bird cake topper). Our flowers perfectly registered a rustic romantic sentiment by combining peonies, clematis and anemone with touches of scabiosa and thistle. The flowers arranged uniquely along custom-made wood farmhouse tables gave our reception space an air of highland country elegance. The perfect finishing touch was the bright American sunshine that lit up every happy little moment Andrew and I had that day.

Wedding Photography: Cappy Hotchkiss / Wedding Venue: The Belvedere Mansion in Staatsburg, New York / Wedding Planning: Laura Kral / Floral Design: Stems Inc. / Officiant: Reverend Jim Rooney / Wedding Cinematography Kiss the Bride Films / Food Truck: Big D’s Grub Truck / Wedding Cakes: The Pastry Garden / Cake Topper: Clootielugs / Wedding Invitations: Custom by Spark Letterpress via The Village Invites / Menus, Programs + Rehearsal Dinner Invites: The Village Invites / Ceremony Bag Piper: Lorne Cousin / Other Ceremony Music: Amante Strings / Band: City Rhythm / Photo Booth: The Majestic Photobooth Co. / Tables: Custom by Rhinebeck Rentals / Wedding Dress: Jenny Lee / Wedding Dress Sash: Lela Rose / Bride’s After Party Dress: Carol Hannah / Bride’s Ceremony + Reception Necklace: J.Crew / Bride’s After Party Necklace: Kenneth Jay Lane / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo + Jerome C. Rousseau / Bride’s Locket Bracelet: Brooklyn Charm / Bride’s Earrings: Family Heirlooms / Bride’s Veil: Erica Koesler via Lovely Bridal Shop / Bride’s After Party Clutch: BHLDN / Hair: Khris Wilson (khriswilson68@gmail.com) / Makeup: Megan of La Tua Bella Beauty Bar / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J.Crew / Fascinators: Lisa Dininger of Lovecraft / Flower Girl’s Dress, Shoes + Accessories: J.Crew Crewcuts / Groom’s Kilt: Lochcarron via Debonair / Groom’s Jacket, Vest + Shirt: Custom by Doyle + Mueser / Groom’s Cufflinks: Billy Reid / Bride’s Father’s Suit: Alton Lane

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Hudson Valley Wedding at Ham House from Jen Huang

Jen Huang is the photographer behind some of our all time favorite pretties. There was this Brooklyn wedding and this crazy gorgeous garden inspired shoot. Jen also has two weddings in our soon-to-debut book that will blow your wedding loving mind. So clearly, we wear the #1 Fan button for all things Jen Huang and we’re absolutely beside ourselves with this next little number she sent our way. But before we let you lose to devour every last inch of it, we want to remind you to click through the gallery because there is so much goodness tucked inside.

From the Bride… My fiancé, Greg, and I were engaged for a year before we set the date. We had trouble finding a location and venue that made us excited and ready to dive into the planning process. When we discovered Ham House in the Hudson Valley, we were finally inspired and felt that it matched up perfectly with our vision of an intimate and timeless celebration with our closest family and friends. 

We loved the fact that we were able to hand pick and bring in every vendor, which allowed us to completely customize every element of our wedding. We chose our venue because there wasn’t much we needed to do to it; it was beautiful all on its own. The style of the house was sophisticated and elegant in an understated way, so we stayed true to that and carried it through to the styling of the event with the rentals, florals and décor. There is nothing like live music to create a unique ambience, so we hired an amazing band for the ceremony, cocktail hour and dinner service. Greg and I are foodies, so we designed a fantastic and diverse menu of all of our favorite food items, i.e. raw kumamoto oysters, grilled baby lamb chops and octopus, braised short ribs and pan-seared cod. We even came up with the actual recipes for our specialty cocktail drinks, which involved infusing an obscene amount of tequila with habanero peppers. Other DIY projects included: replacing the lining of my lace dress with a blush-colored silk charmeuse; creating the chalkboard signs, which took me hours upon hours to hand-draw with actual chalk; the mirrored seating plan; our wedding website; and all of the designs for our wedding stationery.

Planning our wedding together as a team was just as important as the vows we recited to one another. We made every important decision together, put in equal effort and enjoyed every minute of it — it was a real partnership. Thus, the result was a magical, memorable event that was uniquely us and focused more on elegance than extravagance, quality over quantity, and more importantly, our union as husband and wife.  It is truly a day that we will remember and cherish forever.

Wedding Photography: Jen Huang Photography / Wedding Venue: Ham House in Tivoli, New York / Event Design + Planning: The Bride & Groom / Floral Design: CocoRosie / Catering: Swoon Kitchenbar / Wedding Cake: Butter Brown Baking Co. / Wedding Invitations: Vera Wang via Lion in the Sun / Calligraphy: DIY by the Bride / Band: Oh La La! featuring Marie Davy / Chalk Signs: DIY by the Bride / Rentals: Columbia Tent / Wedding Dress: Custom by Cymbeline Paris / Bride’s Shoes: Valentino / Bride’s Belt: Venust Bridal Design / Bride’s Veil: Emily Rohm via Etsy / Bride’s Robe: Oscar de la Renta / Bride’s Earrings: Rodrigo Otazu / Bride’s Bracelet: Kenneth Jay Lane / Hair + Makeup: Amy Park / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Halston Heritage / Groom’s Suit: Martin Greenfield Clothiers/ Groom’s Shoes: Allen Edmonds / Image Processing: Richard Photo Lab

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Garrison Wedding from Sara Wight Photography

Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think it can get more elegant than this wedding from Sara Wight Photography. Take one glance through that gallery and you’ll know exactly what I mean, because each moment is dripping in refinement and subtle glamour. Exhibit A is that amazing photograph of this Bride and Groom dancing hand in hand under the gorgeous chandelier at the Highlands Country Club. Wrapped in candlelight and surrounded by grace, everything about this celebration is pure love. And you can see it all right here.

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From the Bride… Daniel and I knew that we wanted to get married in the Hudson Valley after we got engaged. Daniel grew up in upstate New York and after I visited the area several times — with all of its trees and natural beauty — I knew it was the perfect place for a September wedding. Although I had not dreamed of my perfect wedding since I was a little girl, I have always known that I wanted to be married in September. A mixture of both the summer and fall, a bit unpredictable, the feeling of a fresh, new start in the air … September is my favorite month (and Daniel’s second-favorite month). After visiting several wineries in the area, our last visit was Highlands Country Club. We knew as soon as we arrived that this would be our wedding venue — a rustic, intimate country club nestled in the Hudson Valley. The vision I had for our wedding was timeless elegance, with a bit of rustic mixed in, and we wanted it to feel intimate. Highlands proved to be the perfect backdrop.

We enlisted the help of Roey Mizrahi, our event coordinator, to bring our vision to life. She helped us find the amazing vendors that made our day what we hoped for. I had a very strong vision of how to accomplish “timeless elegance” — from the tablescapes and the cocktail music to the chuppah we used for the ceremony. We wanted a clean, fresh palette and chose green and white as our main theme. Down to the very last detail, our day wouldn’t have been as amazing without Roey. She thought of things we never would have imagined and anticipated needs that we didn’t even know we had. We cannot thank her enough!

Orchids are our favorite flowering plants, and we love the juxtaposition of the delicate orchid with succulents and hydrangeas. We wanted the space to feel intimate and allow guests to see and talk to each other freely. I envisioned orchids cascading out of moss-filled pillars of varying heights, coupled with low centerpieces filled with white hydrangeas and succulents. And candlelight — our favorite — from lots and lots of candles. I set out to find mercury glass votives and accents, as well as different-sized glass hurricanes and tall pillar candles. Anne from Blade Floral Design perfectly executed this vision. She also created our chuppah, which we were so happy with. All of the guests could not stop talking about how gorgeous the flower arrangements and accents were.

Photography was a big deal to us, and after just one meeting with Sara, we knew she was perfect! We did our engagement session with her, and from the beginning, it was very relaxed and easy. Once we received our engagement session photos and were blown away, we knew our wedding photos would be even more amazing. Sara really knows how to capture a couple’s spirit while magnifying the setting to create these magnificent photos — works of art, really. We are avid music lovers and have an eclectic, but specific taste. Owen from Aria Melody was great to work with, and even after we gave him some very specific “do not plays” and “must Plays,” he was still able to combine our set list with his own twist. We received so many compliments on his style, and every song he played really drew our guests to the dance floor … and kept them there! Our wedding was a dream come true! 

Wedding Photography: Sara Wight Photography / Wedding Venue + Catering: Highlands Country Club in Garrison, New York / Event Planning: Roey Mizrahi Events / Floral Design: Blade Floral and Event Designs / Officiant: Rabbi Roger Ross / Ceremony Music: Dolce Vita Strings / Cocktail Music: David Galvez / DJ: Aria Melody / Wedding Dress: Lazaro / Bride’s Belt: Custom Designed by the Bride / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Hair: Vanessa Fernandez / Makeup: Sally Duvall

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