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Whimsical Upstate New York Wedding from Dutton + James Photography

From this moment on, this sweet fête will forever define whimsical backyard weddings for me. Why you ask? Well because it’s just everything. Everything that makes me adore backyard weddings mixed with a seriously talented (and handy) couple who helped make it all come to life. And when we get to see it all come to life via the gorgeous images from Dutton + James? That’s when I’m a goner, and I will officially proclaim this wedding as a must see. Do so here. 

From the Bride… There was never a question on where we would get married. We caretake a house on 180 acres in Upstate New York and the owner gave us his blessing on using the land, so that was a no brainer. It was so important to us to give our guests an experience. We wanted an “adult camp” vibe. We built a bar from old windows and cedar posts, had a BB gun range made from pallets and lots and lots of consumed beer bottles, a fire pit, a teepee, and lots of fireworks.

Our wedding day is a blur. The level of emotion and adrenalin on your wedding day is indescribable. Just imagine that everyone you know are there: from your childhood best friend that you haven’t seen in a decade, to your parent’s friends who have known you all your whole life, plus your family, friends, and coworkers. And there is so much love and energy directed your way, it’s just amazing!

Jeff and I both work in set production so we spend a lot of time building, sourcing and shopping for jobs. That came in very handy for our hodge podge aesthetic. Everything about our wedding was for us, by us, so we had creative free rein. We also had time to make it happen since we were living at the venue. We rented the tent, tables, chairs and dancefloor from Sav On Party Rental in Kingston, New York. Everything else was a mix of estate sales, thrift stores, yard sales and found objects. Our friends were very generous with their time and resources. For catering we hired Hickory BBQ Smokehouse in Kingston, New York. They were unbelievably helpful and delicious and happy to accomodate me with my provided vintage platters. The beer came from Brooklyn Brewery and Keegan Ales. Wine and Liquor from Astor Place Wines (who accept returns on unopened liquor!)

Wedding Photography + Photo Booth: Dutton + James | Ceremony Location: Hunting Lodge near New Paltz, Upstate New York | Flowers: Wildflowers picked by our friends from the neighboring fields | Catering:  Hickory BBQ Smokehouse  | Wine + Spirits: Astor Place Wines | Beer: Brooklyn Brewery + Keegan Ales | Tent + Chairs + Tables: Sav On Party Rental | Wedding + Dress: Vintage

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Catskill Mountain Wedding from Alison Mish Photography

It’s so secret that I love winter. I super love winter. Almost as much as I love weddings in a barn. Put those two together, and it’s over, as far as I’m concerned. It’s over in a super gorgeous gallery from Alison Mish Photography, filled with lovebirds in sweaters and boots, snowy upstate New York, and sweet, pink cheeks. Make sure to see it all, right here!

From the Bride… We wanted to get married somewhere in “upstate” New York as this is where our relationship began. Seeing as Phil’s family and friends were from Ohio, mine from Pennsylvania, and our current location across the country in Oregon, we figured this was as good a place as any. My aunt found Full Moon Resort, and we fell in love with it.

Picturesque in and of itself, Full Moon provided us with ample opportunity to add in details of ourselves throughout the entirety of our wedding weekend. As a mini “destination” wedding, we wanted the weekend to provide the perfect atmosphere for friends and families to reunite.

Our ceremony was one of my favorite parts of the day as we had spent much time thinking out what we wanted our overall message to be. We desired it to be simple yet personal and perhaps a little different than the normal ceremony. The soft lights and the multitude of lit candles in front of a backdrop of burlap and lace made for a quiet, romantic feel. At the start of the ceremony, my oldest sister and Phil’s older brother carried each of our rings down the aisle with them and placed them inside a small wooden box that Phil had carved for me one summer while I was in Africa. Our rings themselves carried special meaning to us as they were made from Phil’s grandmother’s and grandfather’s rings. Phil’s ring was his grandfather’s, hammered and brushed for a softer look that would match my set, and my wedding band was created using the stones from Phil’s grandmother’s ring.

Guests then moved to the renovated barn on property where strands of lights were hung across the opening from the loft to the inner edge. Each table was decorated by a different centerpiece, each representing an aspect of Phil and I as a couple or individually. The evening took off—dancing helped along by one of Phil’s friends who played impromptu deejay and activities for guests such as thumb-printing and signing our guestbook tree and leaving us notes of advice in our Bible. The dessert table was full of “secret-kiss” cookies made by my sisters, spiced nuts made by my grandma, and our wedding cake—complete with apple and berry pies hidden within!

The weekend was beautiful and relaxed, and we wouldn’t have had it any other way. The months of gathering decorations from different stores finally paid off as the seemingly random pieces came together to create the perfect setting. Throughout the planning it felt as if the wedding was turning into something more extravagant than Phil and I ever wanted or could have imagined, however, when all was said and done, each guest told us how every detail of the weekend shone with Phil’s and my personalities. This was what we had wanted—time with friends and family, a celebration uniquely us, and a weekend to remember!

Wedding Photography: Alison Mish Photography | Wedding Venue: Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, New York | Event Planning: LeighAnn Sharon + Ashley Slovensky from Full Moon Resort | Floral Design: New Hampshire Woods Creations | Catering: Full Moon Resort | Wedding Dress: Wtoo via Ania Bridal | Bride’s Shoes: Frye Boots via Nordstrom | Bridesmaids’ Attire: BHLDN, Watters + David’s Bridal | Groom’s Attire: Jones New York | Hair + Makeup: Whitney Baur, family

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Buttermilk Falls Inn Engagement Session from Cly Creation

I think we can all agree – high school sweethearts are the cutest.  And high school sweethearts that have been together for eleven years and were engaged on a romantic trip to Italy, like these two lovebirds? Well, that’s a special kind of cuteness that we just love to see.  So, to celebrate these two sweeties and their serious adorability, we’re spending our Thursday basking in their breathtaking e-session captured by Cly Creation.  And let me be the first to tell you… it’s amazing.  Click here for all of the pretty.


From the Bride… David and I met about 13 years ago in high school. We became good friends and he eventually asked me out our Junior year. Fast forward 11 years while on our first trip to Italy he proposed to me in front of the Coliseum at night with one of his “famous” haikus. (We in Italy… There’s no place I’d rather be… Will you Marry me?) While in Tuscany I fell in love with the rustic elements the countryside embodied. My dream wedding would be an outdoor barn wedding in the rolling hills somewhere. However, living in New York City all that surrounded us were tall buildings, crowds of people and lights. I scoured the internet for weeks hoping to find an engagement shoot location that reflected the rustic elements I had fallen in love with. As soon as I clicked on the Buttermilk Falls Inn website I knew I had found it. The Inn is set on 75 acres of beautiful grounds filled with wild flower fields, lush gardens, ponds and the Hudson River as the backdrop. Matthew from Cly Creation knew exactly what my vision was and he captured the day beautifully. My husband and I couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day to showcase the simplistic and comfortable love that we have for one another. 

Wedding Photography: Matthew from Cly Creation | Location: Buttermilk Falls Inn in Milton, New York | Bride’s Attire: J.Crew + Forever 21 + Anthropologie | Groom’s Attire: J.Crew

Upstate New York Wedding from Redfield Photography

A stunning Bride in a vintage-inspired gown, the brightest, happiest bouquet  and a gorgeous upstate New York locale like the Floating Farmhouse: that is this wedding in a nutshell. In other words, the imagery by Redfield Photography will have you at first glance, and second, and third… you get the drift. See all the goodness in one spot, right here.

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From the Bride… I suppose the day was inspired by the Floating Farmhouse in Eldred.  Initially, we thought a rustic barn would be the venue to showcase the feel of upstate New York and after viewing a few of them, we realized all the bells and whistles weren’t necessary to enhance the rural appeal.  Instead, we took a gamble on a rental property in Eldred and walked into this calming, light-filled kitchen with a facade of windows facing the backyard and creek.  The Floating Farmhouse, designed by Tom Givone had all the details we wanted to set the tone of our wedding;  a sense of history, modest details, designed to contrast the perfect balance of old and new surfaces.  Most importantly, it was designed just enough that we could insert ourselves into the space.  This allowed us to incorporate photographs of family wedding portraits around the house so people could happen upon them while walking around. Although decoration was minimal, the guests were each given handmade ceramic pots I made in studio back in Philadelphia planted with succulents.  Brendan and I typed everyone’s name to place on a bamboo skewer so the pots doubled as place markers for the reception seating.  The best part about these gifts is getting to see them in their homes when we visit our friends and family and noticing how much bigger each one gets.  

From Redfield PhotographyThe wedding of our friends Julianne and Brendan was one of the most special and incredible weekends of the season. I originally met Julie at my first job, post college, where she was one of my many boss-like figures. Her officiant (and my life-long best friend) Robin, met at the same job and had worked together for a few years prior. When we were asked to photograph and Robin was asked to officiate, I knew this wedding was going to be special in ways I’ve never experienced. Julianne and Brendan are two of the most talented, genuine and all around good people we know. Their wedding was intimate and emotional, filled with their closest friends and family who traveled from all over the country to celebrate. Their reception was the perfect blend of a dinner and dance party. The entire day, from start to finish, was filled with so much love.

Wedding Photography: Redfield Photography  | Wedding Venue: Floating Farmhouse | Floral Design: Michael’s House of Flowers  | Wedding Cake: Brandenburg Pastry | Catering: Fresh Company | Ceramics: Bride’s Studio, Object & Totem | Wedding Dress: Suno | Bride’s Shoes: Dieppa Restrepo | Groom’s Tie: “Hillside” via Hickoree’s

Upstate Wedding at The Belvedere Mansion by Jillian Modern Photography

There are stunning brides and then there is this beautiful Mrs., who will take your breath away from the very moment you spot her beyond gorgeous hair, too-good-to-be-true Christina Kara gown and downright happiness jumping from your computer screen.  I’m telling you – she’s amazing.  As is her dapper groom, who worked with her to create a day that was simply mesmerizing – from the sweet Belvedere Mansion location to the lush blooms by Linda Baldwin Flowers to an entire gallery of love-filled pretty captured by Jillian Modern Photography.  Don’t miss a minute in the full gallery.

From the Bride… The most memorable moment was the I do’s!! We exchanged our own vows and it was so amazing and special. There wasn’t a dry eye in the crowd. My one piece of advice is to love each other through the entire process. It can bring out the differences in people, so if you remember why you are marrying each other it is always a good thing. 

Wedding Photography: Jillian Modern Photography / Venue: The Belvedere Mansion in Staatsburg, New York / Floral Design: Linda Baldwin Flowers / Wedding Cake: The Pastry Garden / Entertainment: Turntable Events / Wedding Dress: Christina Kara via Blue / Shoes: Giuseppe Zanotti /  Hair: Bumble and Bumble / Makeup: Lindsay (

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Upstate New York Farm Wedding from Tracey Buyce Photography

The tale of two screenwriters falling in love and then tying the knot on a family farm? It sounds magical before you even get to take a look at all the imagery below. But one little peek at the pretty captured by Tracey Buyce Photography, and I can guarantee you’ll be obsessed with their rustic farm wedding. It has all the fixings for one amazing full gallery, with a rooster or two thrown in for good measure. Farm chic simply just doesn’t get better. See it all here!

From the Bride… We are both screenwriters. I started as a playwright and Zack comes from a family of writers, three generations of TV writers. Zack and I met writing on a show called “Rubicon” on AMC. It lasted one season, but obviously some exciting stuff came out of it. Our officiant, Richard Robbins, was also a writer on the show. Zack, who is very quiet, used to come and stand in the doorway to my office for long periods of time and I would be like, “Yes?” and he would have nothing. When we finally confessed our feelings to one another, it was electric.

I came home from a meeting on the Friday of July 4th weekend and the minute I walked in the door, Zack announced that he needed Pinkberry. It was weird how badly he seemed to need it. I mean, I like Pinkberry as much as the next girl, but it was like he would die if he didn’t have it. We hopped in the car and drove for about 45 minutes in holiday weekend traffic before I said something like, “Where is this Pinkberry?” At that moment, it became clear that we weren’t getting yogurt but he wouldn’t tell me where we were going or why. I started to get suspicious when I tried to touch his leg (apparently the ring was in his pocket) and he shuddered away. He barely spoke to me during the entire three hour drive up the coast. And when he looked at me he started smiling and laughing. His poker face is terrible. He took me to a resort in Santa Barbara and proposed the minute we got into the room. The next day, two of our best friends showed up at the restaurant where we were eating breakfast – he had planned it with them in advance – and we spent the rest of the weekend together celebrating.

I think the theme was Rustic Vintage Farm Chic. We wanted simple elegance and above all, fun. We wanted our friends and family to feel like they were having a family dinner at our home. We got married at Zack’s family’s farmhouse in Upstate New York. I have always wanted to get married on a hill or in a field. My grandparents have a farmhouse in Vermont and I have spent many a summer and Christmas around that place, climbing trees, sledding, building forts. I always thought I would get married there. When it came time to really think about details, it became clear that the remoteness of our family’s home in Vermont would make it difficult to travel to and accommodate the large crowd we were looking at. Zack’s family home is a parallel magical place, it’s a beautiful house on almost a hundred acres of land and Zack’s oldest brother, Sam, and his girlfriend, Jane, live there. I had never been before we were engaged but the minute we visited, we knew it was the perfect place to get married. Sam and Jane did so much in the year before our wedding to get the place ready for almost 250 guests, and then the week before the wedding a huge group of us – friends and family – pulled together and finished off the details. My mom, Zack’s mom, and Jane planted hundreds of flowers all around the property. Sam and a group of guys built a stone walkway leading to the house. Zack and his brother, Jed, bushwhacked and hauled trash and built paths. My sister-in-law, Maurissa, assembled welcome bags. My brother and my dad built wood bars. It felt like an old-fashioned barn raising. Zack and I have never felt so loved in our lives.

Wedding Photography: Tracey Buyce Photography / Wedding Venue: Groom’s Family Farmhouse in Cobleskill, New York / Wedding Planning: Christine Wheat Special Events Firm / Floral Design: Renaissance Floral Design / Wedding Catering: Mansion Catering / Rehearsal Dinner: Howe’s Caverns / Accommodations: Best Western Inn of Cobleskill / Wedding Stationery: Urbanic Paper Boutique / Rentals + Tent: Clifton Park Rental Center / Welcome Bags: Made by Bride’s Mother / Wedding Dress: Christos via Saks Fifth Avenue / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Anthropologie / Makeup: Amy Elizabeth Makeup Designs / Groom’s Suit: Klein Epstein & Parker

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