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Wifey for Lifey: This Castle Wedding Defines Happily Ever After

This celebration is easily a new favorite. For starters? Look at those shoes! Oh, but the beauty doesn’t end there. From the outdoor sunlit ceremony to the Bride’s insanely gorgeous locks a la Once Upon A BrideHeather Waraksa and Kiss The Bride Films captured it all to share. See every second of beauty in The Vault!

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Summer
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Al Fresco

From The Bride…From the beginning, I envisioned throwing an enchanted garden party at a spectacular venue with thoughtful details strewn throughout the day. Andy and I wanted our wedding to be an intimate weekend affair for our closest friends and family; A little getaway at a venue that offered it all. The Castle Hotel in charming Tarrytown, NY had a spacious, vintage-inspired bridal suite, accommodations for guests, a poolside lounge area for our rehearsal dinner, and various outdoor and indoor spaces for the ceremony, reception and cocktail hour. We got married in a beautifully manicured flower garden overlooking the Hudson River.

I imagined lots of dark greenery with little pops of light pink, cream and gold. Our florist, Juli Vaughn, really helped this vision come to life. I told her I wanted the arrangements to look freeform and organic with a waterfall of greens down the sides. She brought long strands of ivy and draped them over chairs, balconies and tables. Our sweetheart table was magical with rose gold candelabras and hand-painted floral details.

Andy and I bought a bag of Palo Santo chips and tied together little bundles with twine to give as favors. Palo Santo is a natural, aromatic wood incense said to have special healing properties. It offered our guests a little peek inside our world, and they came with a little description of how to use.

My favorite moment was walking up the aisle with Andy, our first moments officially married as a couple while the band played Stevie Wonder’s Signed, Sealed, Delivered. Friends and family were cheering and there was champagne waiting for us at the end.

Choosing what jewelry to wear was the hardest decision for me. I went with my favorite Jacquie Aiche Diamond Shaker Necklace, Moonstone Double Pyramid Ring and Moonstone Hoops as well as an Ariel Gordon Diamond Tennis Bracelet, Diamond Droplet Bracelet and Signet Bangle with my initials. My Sophia Webster Jojo Heels said “Wifey for Lifey” on the soles. I’m a sucker for those sorts of whimsical details.

My advice is to very thoroughly research your vendors. Take time to meet with many of them and narrow it down based on the right teams that suit your needs. Make a list of what day-of details are the most important and allow for a bigger budget. Our must-have vendor was photographer Heather Waraksa who captured every moment of our day in such ethereal, dreamy detail. The photos we have from our wedding are priceless; We get to relive our momentous day any time we pull them out.

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Photography: Heather Waraksa | Cinematography: Kiss the Bride Films | Event Planning: New York Wedding Consultant | Floral Design: Juli Vaughn Designs | Wedding Dress: JLM Couture, Inc | Jewelry: Ariel Gordon | Jewelry: Jacquie Aiche | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jarlo | Hair + Makeup: Once Upon A Bride | Band: 45 Riots | Groom's Attire: Guabello | Venue: Castle Hotel & Spa | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab

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Romantic Garden-Inspired Blue Hill at Stone Barns Wedding

I dare you not to fall in love with each and every detail of this upstate New York wedding. And how could you not with vendors like Daughter Of DesignBella FiguraJenny YooOnce Upon A BrideStacie Ford Weddings and Jarrell Entertainment. Head to THE VAULT to see all the pretty details (that Monique Lhuillier gown for one) captured by Christian Oth Studio, and don’t say we didn’t warn you!

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Summer

From The Bride…We got engaged at sunset. On a beautiful evening in Bagan, Myanmar, the ancient temple city. The engagement was a destination, and as we were initially discussing potential wedding locations, so at first I thought the wedding would be as well. What we soon realized, though, was that the logistics of a destination wedding would be too challenging to many of our nearest and dearest. So we decided to search for something that felt like the European countryside, but happened to be on the northeast corridor line. We were fortunate enough to get the last summer date available at Blue Hill at Stone Barns. Even when we went to visit the venue on a wet, chilly day in the dead of winter, we fell in love with the location. My mother grew up on a chicken farm, so having the wedding take place on a working farm had special meaning to us. Our goal: was to have a fun, casual elegant wedding with great food, great music, and great people, and we thought this venue would be the prefect perfect setting.

The day before the wedding, we went with our close family and wedding party for a tour of Blue Hill. We learned all about the sustainable practices of the farm and got and gave us and our guests a special opportunity to really get to know the farm, the mission, and have further appreciation for the food we would be eating the next day after. One of the part was especially most meaningful: parts of this was that Justin helped arrange a gift that would go towards a 2016 Oak Tree planting in the memory of the father – it was really meaningful that we were able to let us honor him and have him be part of this our special event, seeing and be able to see the sight spot where the tree will soon be planted.

Rather than use our names or initials, we had the talented team at Bella Figura design a “goose/swan” logo for the wedding. It (representing our avian nicknames for each other, and we used it ) that we would use on the invitation and throughout the wedding, on everything from the yarmulkes to the napkins. I wanted to do something personal for the wedding. I’ve always loved to draw, so thought it would be fun to design the escort cards. Justin and I brainstormed and decided that rather than use table numbers, everyone would be assigned an herb, and a spring of that particular herb could would be found at their each table setting. We also wanted the flexibility of making adjusting last- minute table assignments, so we included drawings of all the herbs on each escort card, and the Daughter of Design team only waited until the wedding weekend to circled the appropriate herb that weekend for each guest.

Aesthetic was a very important component to me. My dress was a Monique Lhuillier, as and I thought it fit me and the venue to a tee. It was a combination of vintage classic with some modern touches.

As a pre-wedding gift for Justin, I got him a pair of cufflinks from Etsy – one with a goose and one with a swan –, made of vintage stamps. and he got me an eternity band that I’d been was eyeing (but wasn’t expecting to receive for some time). I chose a gray Jenny Yoo gown for the bridesmaids – they color was flattering on all of the girls, and each one was styled to flatter her figure. I also got the girls matching Eberjey PJ sets. I was inspired by another Blue Hill bride who had suggested them. It was fun to wear the matching sets for the sleepover the night before the wedding, and also proved an easy way to stay comfy through all the morning-of wedding prep.

For the aesthetic design, we worked with the talented Matthew Robbins. We chose a palette of lots of greens with peach, white, and pops of pink. We also wanted to play off the stone barns so we used hurricane lanterns. We wanted a “market table” feel for the escort card table, and leading up to the main hall were rows of live rosemary and lavender, which smelled rich and delicious, creating a subtle experience as guests walked through. He Matthew also incorporated each table’s particular herb into the table’s décor.

We were very fortunate with the weather and were able to have the ceremony outdoors under a large tree in the Blue Hill courtyard. Matthew and his team designed a beautiful leafy huppah with beautiful pops of flowers. The birds were chirping as we were under the huppah and – it felt magical. The cocktail reception took place in the nearby apple menagerie were guests drank signature cocktails and nibbled on delicious passed hors d’oeuvres. To our knowledge, the snacks were so good that nobody felt tempted to pluck a ripe apple off the trees surrounding us.

Music was a very important component of the wedding for the two of us. We had a talented flutist/violin duet from Julliard for our ceremony and reception. Our band, Sound House, was incredible and had all the guests on the dance floor. Justin grew up playing music with his “family band” and we thought it would be fun to incorporate that into the wedding. As the family band started playing some classic rock, Justin interrupted the song to announced that they “needed more
cowbell.” Fortunately, I had one hidden under my seat! and I got up from my seat (cowbell in hand) and joined the family band for a few classic rock songs, and it its own right was my full initiation into the Kosslyn family.

Food and drink were also important to us. We only found finalized out about our menu two weeks prior to the event, because it is so seasonal and dependent on what is fresh from the farm. We had a four- course tasting menu with wine pairings for our guests and there were no leftovers in sight! It really was delicious – quite a few of our guests told us it was one of the best meals they have ever had.

After we cut the cake (a delicious seasonal cake with blue berry, peach and vanilla), guests kept the party going downstairs with DJ Stephen. Guests nibbled on more small bites and partied on the dance floor. At that time I changed from my wedding gown to a white sequined J Crew Wedding Romper.

As a farewell treat, guests received jars of blue hill’s very own honey, thanking them for being part of the “sweetest day of our lives.” We hosted brunch the next morning at the historic Tarrytown House and Estate. It was a lovely sendoff to a perfect weekend.

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Photography: Christian Oth Studio | Cinematography: NST Pictures | Coordination: Daughter of Design | Event Design: Matthew Robbins | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Invitations: Bella Figura | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Makeup: Stacie Ford Weddings | Hair: Once Upon A Bride | Lighting: Pegasus Lighting | Band: Elan Artists | Venue: Blue Hill At Stone Barns | After-Party DJ: Jarrell Entertainment | Ceremony + Cocktail Music: Julliard Music School | Getting Ready Venue: Test Vendor | Photo Booth: MVS Studio

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Modern Barn Wedding with Chic Egg Invites

You see, I kinda have this major love affair for all things paper and I’ve seen my fair share. So it’s safe to say that in order to seriously WOW me, it needs to be pretty fabulous. And well, Gourmet Invitations did just that with this beyond creative invitation – complete with an egg to open! But this was just the beginning to a full blown chic and modern bash, captured by Brian Dorsey Studios and Love In Progress. See the invite that has hold of my heart and every other delightful detail in our VAULT right this way!

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Fall
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From Gourmet Invitations… Diana and Parag are foodies and loved the restaurant Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocatino Hills, New York. Although they are city through and through, this location reflected their unique personalities. From the Blue Hill website: Sourcing from the surrounding fields and pasture, as well as other local farms, Blue Hill at Stone Barns highlights the abundant resources of the Hudson Valley. There are no menus at Blue Hill at Stone Barns. Instead, guests are offered the multi-taste Grazing, Rooting, Pecking menu featuring the best offerings from the field and market.”

Modern is Diana and Parag’s style. We had the challenge of creating pieces that reflected their style and personality but combining the rustic location of the wedding and reception. For their Save the Dates, they had received a mirror invitation and they loved the idea of doing something similar. We designed a clover quatrefoil motif and combined this with a very modern and clean text. Ivory ink was used on the large square mirror. Each Save the Date was mailed in a tone on tone foil printed sleeve and just hinted at the invitations that were to come next.

Diana had the idea to send personal notes inside of blown out chicken eggs. We took this idea and ran with it. Custom made boxes were the only way to send eggs and we designed a quatrefoil pattern and printed it with silver foil. When the boxes were opened, the guest immediately found the ultra-thick invitation that was embossed with silver foil. But the really surprise was underneath the invitation. The box was divided into two sections – one that held the RSVP card and envelope, and the other that held a nest. We handmade each nest and then put personal handwritten notes to the guest inside hollowed out blue chicken eggs! A small trifold note was printed in silver with the instructions to “Crack Open” and gave a little explanation about the numerous chickens and other animals that are raised at Stone Barns. We attached it to the nest with a white head stick pin.

For the reception, all of the paper was designed with the very modern look and style of the invitations. Tiny lanterns served as escort cards for the guests to carry after sundown to the reception. Custom gift boxes were made with their quatrefoil pattern. Even custom milk and donut holders were made as a good night gift for the guests. One of our favorite pieces to design was their 10 page book-style program with sketches of their two dogs – Bentley and Coco.But the surprises didn’t stop there for all of the guests. The thank you cards were actually gifts of custom acrylic magnetic frames printed with their silver pattern and thank you messages from Bentley and Coco!

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Photography: Brian Dorsey Studios | Cinematography: LOVE in PROGRESS video productions | Event Planning: Lily Fink Harrington | Floral Design: Belle Fleur | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang, Beverly Hills | Cake: A White Cake | Invitations: Gourmet Invitations | Makeup: Wei Lang | Band: Elan Artists | Venue: Blue Hill At Stone Barns

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