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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