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Tarrytown, New York Wedding from Erik Ekroth

This bride lives and breathes Manhattan every day, so for her most special day, she wanted something a little more organic. Something fresh and alive. She got just that. With a floral design that almost lives and a venue so perfectly natural, the day was absolutely gorgeous, especially when offset by the almost architectural Peter Langner gown. Captured by Erik Ekroth, it’s a wedding that fills a gallery in the best way possible. Click here to see it!


From the gorgeous bride … Taka proposed on our third “First Date Anniversary” at our home. He gave me a placement ring on the day of proposal and the real gift was for me to design (I have BFA in Oil painting) my engagement ring with the jewelry artist from scratch! It was fun looking for the right stone and sketching the designs. Truly a one and only design.

Because I work and live in Manhattan, I wanted to be out of the city and breathe. Lyndhurst had everything that Manhattan couldn’t offer. Serenity, smell and feel of nature. The venue was a blank green canvas that stimulated my inspiration.

Early on in the planning, I got lost in the information and lost sight. So I had to find my vision by creating a collage of magazine cutouts. It resulted in a beautiful collage of different yet similarly themed objects and colors. I used that collage when I communicated with the vendors because often times, it’s hard to convey exactly what you are looking for through words. It really helped to convey what vision I had.

Since Taka and I are both from Japan, we wanted to incorporate Japanese touches to the wedding. We invited the Japanese drum group for opening stunt and later, we did the traditional ‘kagami-biraki’ ritual which is to crack open the lid of the wooden sake barrel (wishing prosperity). We gave our guests the custom made wooden cup as their take home favor. Guests loved the entertainment and the ritual!

I was tired of seeing flower arrangement styles that were unnatural and abusive to flowers. Then, I came across my flower artist, Ariel Dearie’s, flower design which was so airy and “alive” in all arrangements. The style that worked with the innate beauty of the flowers. I loved it, and it was elegant.

I then looked for the cake that will have the same natural feel and settled with Ron Ben-Israel after seeing tons of his creations that were just speechless and moreover, elegant. Ron created intricate sugar flowers for the cake that matched Ariel’s selection of flowers and shades of flowers used at our wedding to give entire reception the consistent theme. The cake was gorgeous.

When it came to the dessert choice, Taka and I are opposite. While I enjoy cheese or anything savory, he loves anything sweet and sugary. So, reflecting our personality, we set up farm tables for both sweets and savory items. We gathered our favorite sweets from all over NYC. We also created a lounge area next to the farm tables so that the guests could mingle with guests from different tables and enjoy the sweets and cheeses.

Photography: Erik Ekroth | Flowers: Ariel Dearie | Catering: Le Moulin | Band: 747 Orchestra | Event Design + Planning: bride | Day of Coordinator: NY Engagements Inc. | Venue: Lyndhurst | Invitations: Elum Designs | Cake: Ron Ben-Israel | Sake: Hakutsuru Sake | Dress Designer: Peter Langner, Mark Ingram Atlier | Shoes: BCBG | Makeup & hair: Atsuko.Shimizu from Dlala Salon | Bridesmaid Dress: Vera Wang White | Men’s Fashion: John Varvatos | Men’s ties: Brioni | Officiant: Rev. Ron Sheppard | Sweets & Cheeses: Levain BakeryBluebird Coffee ShopMomofuku Milk Bar, La Maison du Macaron, Dessert Club by ChikaLicious, Murray’s Cheese

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Castle on the Hudson Wedding from Carmen Santorelli Photography

No doubt about it – you are going to love this wedding.  You’ll love the breathtaking Tarrytown setting, the glorious blooms crafted by Monica Chimes Floral and the intimate outdoor ceremony.  You’ll love the completely beautiful, seriously to-die-for Nicole Miller gown… and the bride and groom who are the epitome of stunning.  And most of all, you’ll love the sweet, sweet emotion literally bursting from each and every moment captured by Carmen Santorelli Photography.  Because, well.  It’s just that amazing. Click here for sooo much more.

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From the Bride… Everything started with a very random event. A friend of ours, who we never thought would set us up with anyone special, decided to play matchmaker. Two years later we found ourselves at The Castle on the Hudson surrounded by the people we love most, committing uncompromisingly to each other. In front of us was our officiant, someone we cared about and trusted, the person who started it all — our matchmaker. Behind us were our closest family and friends, who made us feel at ease as we started our new life together.

From the moment we were engaged, we both knew that we wanted a very intimate wedding that represented the two of us. We had toyed with the idea of a destination wedding, but in the end, we realized that the best destination would be in New York, where we first met. It was very important to us to find a location with lots of natural light, an outdoor space for the ceremony and a setting that evoked a feeling of intimacy. After quite a bit of searching, we finally found the perfect space at The Castle of the Hudson. We wanted a to create a balance of simplicity and understated elegance with a fun, laid-back, comfortable atmosphere for our family and friends. Luckily, all the vendors we chose helped us to create this vision. It was because of them that everything came together so well. We chose not to plan every last detail but instead allowed the night to happen naturally. We had not planned for speeches or dancing, but they spontaneously happened, making the night all the more perfect. Due to the rain during the day, we thought that our ceremony would have to be moved inside, but even the weather cooperated that day, and by the time our ceremony started, it was a beautiful and sunny. We felt truly lucky that everything ended up working out perfectly. Everything ended up so much better than we had envisioned it.

Due to the small size of our party, we were really able to fully enjoy the day, eat the wonderful food and celebrate with our family and friends. We had so much fun celebrating our wedding! We thank everyone involved, from our guests to our vendors, for making our wedding day so special.

Photography: Carmen Santorelli Photography / Wedding Venue: Castle on the Hudson in Tarrytown, New York / Floral Design: Monica Chimes Floral / Wedding Cake: Castle on the Hudson / Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller / Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade / Groom’s Suit: Burberry / Rings: Kwiat / Hair: Aurora / Makeup: Morgan Gates

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Tarrytown Wedding at Lyndhurst Castle from Ulysses Photography

Oh, you guys. You know JUST how to make my little heart swell up with pure glee and giddiness. Obviously, an almost entirely white – which is (surprise surprise) my absolute favorite color – wedding with the prettiest of peonies from Xquisite Design is sure to put a grin on my face, but a CASTLE too?? Ulysses Photography, you’ve really outdone yourselves. One look through this gallery and you lovelies will feel like you’ve been transported into a real life fairytale. See all the magic right here.

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From Ulysses PhotographyThis stylish wedding had an all-white theme with just a touch of blue, which blended perfectly with the deep blue skies that served as a backdrop to their fairytale castle wedding. Their florals were overflowing with several varieties of huge white flowers, and the bridal bouquet was especially lovely in its simplicity with its sweet white peonies. The rose garden adjacent to the castle was at the height of blooming and was the perfect setting for romantic photos. Their sunny, outdoor wedding on this perfect summer day was followed by cocktail hour on the porch of the castle, then hours of dancing under the tent. We enjoyed every moment with this darling couple!

Wedding Photography: Ulysses Photography / Wedding Venue: Lyndhurst Castle in Tarrytown, New York / Event Planning: Debra Thompson / Floral Design: Xquisite Events / Catering: CulinArt / Wedding Cake: Lulu’s Cake Boutique / Wedding Paper Goods: Papyrus / Band: Perrone Bros. Entertainment / Lighting + Tent: Party Line / Wedding Dress: Augusta Jones / Bride’s Shoes: Stuart Weitzman / Hair: Carmen Caramihai / Makeup: Linda Gallo / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jenny Yoo + Ann Taylor

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