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Rustic, Elegant + Bohemian Upstate New York Wedding

How do you turn a rustic barn in the middle of a hayfield into the perfect setting for your rustic-meets-glam wedding? All you need is a vision like this gorgeous couple did. That, and, lots of crystal chandeliers and candles, lush flowers that exude romance, and vintage French-inspired furnishings. Head to The Vault to see the beautiful transformation, captured to perfection by Charlotte Jenks Lewis Photography.

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From The Bride…Dan and I met through mutual friends in college. He asked for my number and I said no, twice, but the third request was the charm. Luckily, the proposal went more smoothly!

When Dan and I decided to get married, we knew that we wanted our wedding to be something unique; Dan prefers it when things are a bit “outside the box”, while I am inclined toward a slightly more classic approach. Although we live on the Lower East Side, we both grew up outside of the City and wanted to get married in the Hudson River Valley, giving our guests the feeling of a true countryside getaway without having to travel too far.

We fell in love with the first barn we saw; it was a completely blank space in the middle of a hayfield and we loved the idea of being able to make it our own. With the help of La Maison Fête, Matthew Robbins and lots and lots of chandeliers, we were able to transform the barn into our dream space. We wanted to amp up the glam while never losing the rustic charm of the barn. The romantic softness of candles and light furniture contrasted perfectly with the stone walls and the rough hewn beams of the barn. We were able to choose every last detail from the lighting, the chairs, to the silverware, and even the “Luxury Loos”. Based upon our guests’ enthusiasm, every last detail was noticed and appreciated.

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Photography: Charlotte Jenks Lewis Photography | Event Planning: La Maison Fête | Floral Design: Matthew Robbins | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Invitations: Social Alchemy | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Rings: Goshwara | Catering: The Xaviars Restaurant Group | Makeup: All About Face Cosmetics | Band: Faze 4 Orchestras | Bow Tie: Tom Ford | Groom's Attire: Tom James | Venue: Grasmere Farm | Getting Ready Venue: Beekman Arms And Delamater Inn | Groom's Cufflinks: Tiffany | Groom's Shoes: Del Toro | Hair Accessories: Monique Lhuillier | Signage: Matthew Robbins

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Rhinecliff Hotel Hudson Valley Wedding

This wedding is pure romance.  That type of romance that you only find in classic novels (shout out to Jane Austen) and black and white films playing on tv on a rainy Sunday.  You know what I am talking about… it’s the kind of day that just bursts at the seams with awesome and features beautiful blooms from Catskill Flower Shop and sooo much pretty from Amy Rae Photography.  See it all here.

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From Amy Rae Photography… I first met these two at a local pub over a yummy pumpkin brew. They shared with me their love for music. Jaclyn works for VH1 Save the Music and Bryan is a conductor with the New Jersey Youth Symphony. They have a passion for love and life and are not afraid to have a good time. Even if that means acting a little goofy and busting out a jig! I love them for this!

Their wedding was set above the Hudson river in Rhinebeck, NY at the Rhinecliff Hotel under a beautiful blue sky. I have never witnessed so much happiness as there was a permanent smile on everyone’s face. What an exciting day filled with love and laughter.

The couple, along with their family, got ready for the day at the inn. Jaclyn wore an Enzoani dress, while Bryan had a custom tailored suit by Decarlos Bespoke. The bouquet was exquisite with my favorite white anemone flowers, designed by Catskill Flower Shop. Their first look was set on the hotel balcony with family close by to witness their first moments together on their wedding day.

The ceremony was held in the small garden overlooking the Hudson river valley. Pashminas were available for guests on their chairs and the aisle was lined with beautiful rose arrangements. Bryan wrote a special music piece for Jaclyn that was played as a surprise for her during the ceremony.

Guests were asked to make a wish for the newly married couple and add it to their wishing tree which they would plant later to watch grow over the years. Jaclyn and Bryan stepped away for a quiet moment after the ceremony while guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the garden. The reception followed inside where everyone enjoyed dinner, a scalloped-lace cake by Calico Bakery, and a view of the perfect sunset. Jaclyn and Bryan really wanted photos on the train bridge while the sun was setting. It was the perfect ending to their day.

Photography: Amy Rae Photography | Florist: Catskill Flower Shop | Dress: Blue by Enzoani | Cake: Calico Bakery | Stationery: A Printable Press | Ceremony: Rhinecliff Hotel | Reception: Rhinecliff Hotel | DJ: DJ Domenic | Bridal Boutique: The White Gown | Custom Tailor: Decarlos Bespoke | MUA: The Dream Bride | Second Shooter: Alicia Swedenborg

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Rhinebeck, New York Wedding from Caroline Frost Photography

If there’s one thing I l-o-v-e about barn weddings, it’s the mix of the old and the new. The expected and the unexpected; the classic design with the handcrafted touches woven in along the way. And if there were ever a barn wedding to swoon, it’d be this Upstate New York affair from Caroline Frost Photography. One part cozy and another part chic, this DIYed wedding is worth a sweet, long look. See soooo much more right over here.

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From the Bride… Matt and I met at Fairfield University in September of 2002 when we were just freshmen in college. We shared mutual friends and always seemed to find each other at the beach or various parties. Towards the end of college in 2006 we began dating and our love saga began. Matt claims that I told one of my friends that he resembled the ‘hot brother’ on “The O.C.” which is what prompted him to put the moves on me. I can neither confirm nor deny that I said that but I’m glad he thought I did!

Shortly after graduating college, I moved to Thailand for a six-month stint of adventure- Matt was my rock. Two years after returning we moved in together in New York City and have never looked back – we have two crazy dogs, one lucky fish, and countless memories we share. On January 28, 2012 Matt asked me to go for a walk through Central Park, not something completely out of the ordinary for a beautiful Saturday. As we walked across the Great Lawn, he recounted the many triumphs and obstacles our relationship has endured and without even noticing we had found ourselves in the Shakespeare Garden. He got down on one knee, asked, and I said yes (exuberantly).

When we envisioned our wedding we knew that it had to be a reflection of our personalities as not only individuals, but also as a couple. We knew we wanted it to feel like a weekend of festivities so it was easy to decide on the Hudson Valley. My cousin happens to be from Rhinebeck so I already knew that was a lovely town and destination.
We immediately got to work on the invitations. I loved the idea of adding vintage stamps to our save the dates as well as handmade lace bands to our invitations that I tirelessly constructed in our miniature apartment. My dear friend Maegan even hand wrote each and every envelope for our save the dates. We wanted our invitations, and wedding-weekend experience to bring forth our style, by blending both modern and rustic touches.

It was easy to decide that our ceremony would take place in Good Shepherd Church, a charming and quaint Roman Catholic Church in the center of town. The ceremony consisted of a mass where we were able to incorporate my family’s Cuban tradition of the ‘mantilla’ as well as include our closest friends and family throughout the mass, from ushers, to readers and gift bearers.
When we stumbled across Grasmere Farm for our reception space – it took our breath away in such a manner that we knew this was where we would celebrate our marriage. Being the raw space that it is, I knew that our personalities would come through in the personalized details. We wanted the barns to shine on their own and for the view to serve as the centerpiece. Anemones and succulents served as my primary inspiration and I strived to highlight them against a gray palette of linens and subtle touches of purple. I worked very closely with Hugh Piney, Catering Director at Terrapin Restaurant in Rhinebeck to develop a farm-to-table family style menu where our friends and family would literally “break bread” together and enjoy the day. We heard many guests say “this doesn’t feel like New York” and it really didn’t! Between the romantic Spanish guitarists during the cocktail hour to the spinning of vinyl records and unlimited Motown during the reception one did feel transported to another time and place.

We loved that we were able to share our special day with all of our closest family and friends and are completely overwhelmed with the outpouring of love and support we continue to receive. The smiles are genuine and the love is real – it was the best first day of the rest of our lives.

Wedding Photography: Caroline Frost Photography | Assisant Photographers: Jaine KershnerJulieanne Prevete | Wedding Venue: Stone Barns at Grasmere Farm in Rhinebeck, New York | Floral Design: Cottage Gate Flowers | Catering: Terrapin Restaurant | Cake: Calico Restaurant and Patisserie | Stationery: LittleOwl Letterpress | Save the Dates: Minted | Invitation Calligraphy: Kathryn Murray Calligraphy | Event Rentals: Events Unlimited | Lighting: Linda Baldwin Flowers & Events | Favors, Invitation Accents, Card Table Runner, Cake Topper and Platter, Welcome Bags: DIY by the Bride + Mother of the Bride | Ceremony Music: David Albert Temple | Cocktail Hour Guitarists: Jason and Elysa Hochman | DJ: Ali Gruber | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier via Mark Ingram Bridal Atelier | Veil: Vera Wang via The Bridal Garden | Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bride’s Jewelry: Heirloom, Great Grandmother of the Bride | Bridesmaids Dresses: Joanna August | Makeup + Hair: La Tua Bella | Groom’s Suit: Louis Purple | Groom’s Shoes: Gucci | Groomsmen’s Suits: Tommy Hilfiger via Men’s Wearhouse

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