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Florals + Creative Cuisine Come Together for this Rustic Wedding

Blue Hill at Stone Farms has been on my “must visit” list since the day I was first introduced to this foodie haven and the idea of saying “I do” there gets my taste buds buzzing immediately. But add in all the floral beauty created by The Little Glass Slipper and it upgrades to one fabulously rustic wedding wonderland. Tory Williams captured it allflowers and food – for our gallery right this way!

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Summer
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Al Fresco

From the Bride… Matt and I first met during a night out in downtown Charleston. We were both in college and met through a mutual friend. We talked, danced, and eventually exchanged phone numbers. We had our first date a couple of days later. It was the first and last time that Matt cooked for me. While the meal itself wasn’t quite memorable, this shy, cute, intelligent and sweet boy was. We have had almost seven amazing years together sharing our love for travel, sports and food. We are currently living in Boston until Matt finishes grad school in May of ’16.

The proposal happened on the night of May 8, 2015. We had tickets to go to a concert, “Of Monsters and Men,” in Boston. I was coming from work, running a bit late, so we hurried right into the venue. The night seemed nothing from the ordinary as we casually got dinner and then grabbed a night cap at a local hotel bar. As we decided to call it a night, Matt suggested that we take the elevator down. As we stepped in, Matt pressed the #17 button and dropped on one knee. I think we actually rode up and down a couple of times during the emotion and excitement, but once we finally got out he had a room booked with champagne waiting on ice. It was the best night of my life.

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Photography: Tory Williams Photography | Event Planning: The Wedding Library | Floral Design: The Little Glass Slipper | Wedding Dress: Berta | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Calligraphy: Belles Lettres Calligraphy | Lighting: Pegasus Productions | Officiant: Valerie Coleman | Ceremony Music: Devonshire Players | Venue: Blue Hill At Stone Barns | Bride's Hair + Makeup: Jennifer Leigh Beauty | Bridesmaids' Hair: Hair By Brittany | Rentals: Great neck games and productions

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Learn What Danish Word Inspired This Black Tie Wedding

Lesson of the day, inspiration can literally come from anywhere. Ask this beautiful bride who used the Danish word “hyggeligt” to plan this entire affair. Loosely translated, she wanted an intimate celebration complete with flickering candlelight surrounded by loved ones and boy oh boy did she nail it. Captured by Clayton Austin we’ve got every cozy moment waiting for you to fall for via The Vault!

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Fall
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Barn
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Classic

From the Bride…My vision for our wedding was to create an atmosphere and experience for our family and friends of hyggeligt (a Danish idea that is hard to translate in English). I studied in Copenhagen during my junior year abroad and that was the first time I was exposed to hyggeligt, which is loosely understood as comfort, intimacy, flickering candlelight, and the joy of sharing time with loved ones. We wanted the evening to have three stages: a romantic sunset ceremony, an elegant dinner party with great food and lots of wine, and then a wild dance party under the stars.  

Peach and blush are my two favorite colors so we began our color palette there. For the ceremony, our florist Ariella incorporated coral for a pop of color to keep the bridesmaids’ bouquets bright and festive in contrast to my lighter and whiter bouquet. As the last weekend of summer, we wanted the color palette to transition from more summery colors for the ceremony to fall tones for the dining room arrangements, so we incorporated darker reds and plums in our centerpieces as well. Dan is colorblind so creating contrast in our palette was a priority! To honor the harvest season, we used figs and plums and vegetables to augment our flowers. The style I imagined was a secret garden that our guests happened upon where there was a formal dinner party underway. With that image in mind, it was important to me that the flowers breathe and look natural and airy. Ariella was the perfect choice as a florist to create a chuppah and centerpieces that were elegant but captured the feeling of a garden coming to life. She also created a stunning panel of ferns and moss to add greenery and texture to our family portraits.

We were blessed with perfect weather and so our ceremony was set up outside in the courtyard at Blue Hill. Our florist, Ariella, had suggested arranging the ceremony in the round to take advantage of the expanse of the courtyard. Dan and I loved being surrounded by our bridal party seated on fabric ottomans and then our extended family and friends encircling the bridal party. For us, having the ceremony in the round brought to life the tradition of the chuppah being open and welcoming on all sides. Dan and I wrote our own vows in part based on the text of a letter my high school English teacher wrote me. I’ve kept this letter since high school because the message he conveyed in it has meant more to me over the years than I can say. We combined some of Mr. Mellonig’s words with the other pledges we wanted to make to each other. Finally, Rabbi Darcie Crystal chanted the traditional Seven Marriage Blessings in Hebrew, but we also had members of our bridal party read a modern interpretation of the blessings, coming up one at a time to read to us.  

After we signed our marriage license and ketubah, the bridal party walked through Blue Hill’s kitchen to avoid being seen by our guests who were already seated in the courtyard for the ceremony. Blue Hill has a beautiful tradition that everyone in the kitchen stops to salute the bride and groom as they walk through by banging their pots and pans and cheering. The noise was profound and carried such enthusiasm and encouragement. Dan and I were incredibly touched by this gesture made by complete strangers who were already working so hard to make our day special. Of all the crafted details, Dan and I really enjoyed the process of designing our wedding invitations and other wedding paper created for us by Bianca of Little Miss Press. Our save-the-date featured Blue Hill’s flower cart and Bianca helped us create ceremony fans to serve as programs. I love texture and ribbon and even spied some on Bianca’s Instagram that I loved, so our program fans and our escort cards were tied with different types of textured metallic ribbon, which for me added that special touch.

My mother selected my gown and I selected hers. With almost all of the other details for the wedding, I had a very clear vision of what I wanted, but when it came to my dress I really struggled to make my selection. In the end, I chose my gown because I loved the thin layers of the tulle, the lightness of the dress, and the tone on tone beading. The dress was appliqued and beautifully beaded with pearls so the dress sparkled without having any sequins. I still look at my dress and the matching veil all the time! Dan and I also spent quite a bit of time deciding on the flavors for our wedding cake. I think the cake tasting was the absolute highlight of the wedding planning experience for Dan and he spent much time and energy on it, even organizing a cake tasting 30th birthday party for me so our close friends could come to our apartment to taste cake and vote on their favorite flavor combinations. Of course, our friends all went rogue and wrote in their own combinations, so we did not have much help in making our final selection, but we did have fun!

My best advice is to rely on people who you know are reliable. Be honest with yourself in identifying who among your friends and family are interested and well suited to helping you on your big day. If there are little details that are incredibly important to you (a specific photograph or retrieving the broken glass), but that can be easily forgotten by you in all of the excitement, communicate them ahead of time to your most trusted bridesmaids, friends, or family members. Those individuals really want to be helpful and it will take the pressure off you to remember every little last thing and just enjoy the moment, because it goes by so fast and there are no do-overs!

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Photography: Clayton Austin | Cinematography: Phil Wall Productions | Event Planning: Soraya Weddings | Floral Design: Ariella Chezar Design | Wedding Dress: Carolina Herrera | Cake: Sugar Flower Cake Shop | Invitations: Little Miss Press | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Rings: Marisa Perry | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Plum Pretty Sugar | Band: Elan Artists | Venue: Blue Hill At Stone Barns

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Surprise Wedding at Blue Hill Farm

With all the details that go into planning a wedding, we can’t imagine pulling together a day this beautiful in just 4 months. But that’s not the only remarkable thing this couple did, they also managed to keep it a secret! These guests were in for quite a treat when they arrived at New York’s Blue Hill Farm. With stunning florals from Rountree Flowers and Erik Ekroth capturing every lovely detail, we are in love with this surprise affair!

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Fall

From the Bride … Surprise! When our small group of friends and family arrived in the silo area of Blue Hill at Stone Barns on September 26, 2014 to celebrate our engagement over an intimate dinner (and wine, lots of wine), however, they had no idea that in less than 30 minutes, they would bear witness to the most memorable moment of our lives: the moment we said “I do!” Our experience shows that you really can plan a dream wedding in 3 months … while moving across the country, starting a new full time job, and keeping it all a big secret!

Ever since Dave planned our first “mystery date” we have taken every opportunity to surprise each other with fun dates ranging from special dinners, to baseball games, to road trips out to the lavender fields in Long Island. We’ve had so much fun surprising each other (and getting surprised!), that it was only fitting to turn the tables and work together to surprise our friends and family. Further, by keeping it a surprise, Dave and I could make our special day entirely our own, not worrying about the well-meaning friends and family members who many times want to insert their own opinions into the planning process.

Only my mother and father knew! They both did a great job of keeping mum and, to be honest, I never could have pulled off such a magical wedding without everything my mom did to help. She even had a few surprises for us up her sleeve in terms of décor, but stayed very true to keeping everything in line with what we had envisioned. The wedding was a surprise to everyone else, even my brother, my closest girlfriends, and Dave’s family and friends.

While Dave and my father welcomed our guests, I “hid” upstairs in the HayLoft bridal suite, which had a little window from which to see everyone getting off the shuttle. Somehow Dave managed to play it cool (it was my exceptionally emotional father about whom we worried the most!), saying hellos and making introductions before leading everyone outside. A surprise to us, my mom worked with a calligrapher in North Carolina to design a special font for our big day, using that design to create chalkboards welcoming our guests and letting them know what was about to take place! Looking back, they really made the wedding. Beyond letting guests know what was coming, the font and style set the mood for the evening – rustic and laidback, but at the same time adding a level of detail that demonstrated that, despite being a surprise and taking place only 4 months after getting engaged, our wedding was by no means thrown together as an afterthought.

Photography: Erik Ekroth | Floral Design: Rountree Flowers | Wedding Dress: Olia Zavozina | Ceremony Venue: Blue Hill At Stone Barns | Reception Venue: Blue Hill At Stone Barns | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Boots: Frye Boots | Hair / Makeup: Margie Bresciani | Music: Venus Ensembles | Programs: The Paper Source | Wooden "Surprise" Signs: Country Outfitter

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