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Cozy Hudson, NY Barn Wedding

It’s kind of a blogger cliché, but I’m one of those girls who completely geeks out over fall. The leather boots and pumpkin lattes, cozy sweaters and nutmeg candles – it’s everything I love rolled into one perfect time of year, and this berry colored wedding is yet another reason why. Pickles And Pies brought the romantic barn vision to life and Rebecca Yale has all the goodies here.


From Erin Crosby of Pickles and PiesAs a wedding planner and stylist I come across many kinds of weddings. All weddings are special, but others rise above that and become something truly memorable. Andrew and Gretchen are two of the kindest and lovliest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. Because Gretchen was off in Boston getting her degree from Harvard Business and Andrew had just opened up his first restaurant, Untamed Sandwiches here in NYC, Getting together and planning a wedding was not going to be easy. We relied on lots of emails and the use of Pinterest.

Gretchen being able to pin pictures that inspired her, and get ideas out of her head and into board gave me a peek into her wants and hopes for this wedding. What I came away with was a rustic, sweet, and romantic barn wedding. She chose jewel tones and deep purples for her colors, and let me fill in the blanks. I loved using lace and wooden boxes for floral centerpieces, and the use of craft paper for all our paper goods. We had custom chalkboards for the program and shuttle schedule. For the ceremony, we filled wood cones with dried lavender for the guests to throw, and had personal wood fans for the heat.

The entire day was filled with personal touches. The love of their lives is their dog Revis, who couldn’t be at the wedding. We created the special cocktail for the day called The Revis Island, to have him be a part of the celebration. The “guest book” was actually a polaroid camera. Guests took fun pictures of themselves then glued them into a custom book with a little note to our happy couple. One of my favorite touches to the wedding was the “table numbers”. They chose places/restaurants that had special meaning or importance in their relationship and told the story of why on the back of the cards. Every guest came away knowing a bit more about them as a couple. One of the big things that makes Andrew and Gretchen so wonderful, is that they are people who give. Helping others is part of who they are, and they are passionate about it. So instead of giving their guests a traditional gift, they let their guests choose what charity of three that were important to them to donate to. We made cards that were placed on each table setting, then set up a display of 3 jars for guests to put their cards in. They chose North Shore Animal League, Minds Matter, and Root & Rebound. The most beautiful thing to see was people not only putting their cards in, but dipping into their pockets and putting cash into the bowls.

This wedding ended up helping three organizations in need. The food was served family style by Cucina out of Woodstock. The day was captured by the wonderful Rebecca Yale. And the 45 Riots kept everyone dancing all night. We ended the night with a grand sparkler exit towards their after party, where we had a bonfire and late night drinks and snacks waiting for everyone. It was a beautiful day, for a wonderful couple.

From The Bride…Our wedding day was everything we could have hoped for and more. In the morning, I had so much fun getting ready with my bridesmaids – admiring the hair stylists’ and the makeup artists’ work; popping champagne and lots of laughter. I was so lucky to be surrounded by such inspiring women who were also my closest friends, and it helped distract me from the butterflies in my stomach. I only learned later that my soon-to-be husband was experiencing the same butterflies while watching World Cup games with his groomsmen, even though I assumed he’d be the calm and collected one!

Seeing my husband for the first time for our First Look was probably my favorite moment of the day. Us being together (forever!) was the whole reason everyone had gathered in Hudson that day, and so seeing each other in our wedding-finery was both exhilarating and calming at once. My husband told me his favorite moment was later on seeing me walk down the aisle, but I was concentrating so hard on not crying at the time that I barely remember it.

Our officiant was a mutual friend who got ordained for the occasion and led a moving and personal interfaith ceremony. Despite an iffy forecast earlier in the week, the weather was perfect, and we got to enjoy the beautiful grounds of our venue for our ceremony and cocktail hour. We moved into the barn for the reception, which had a natural beauty without any adornment, but really took my breath away when I saw how our planner had set everything up – from the hanging twinkle lights, to the table runners, to the floral centerpieces, to the dance floor…no detail was overlooked!

We enjoyed a delicious family-style feast from Cucina and then a rocking dance party care of 45 Riots. And of course, through all the craziness, our incredible photographer was there to capture the special moments that were over in the blink of an eye. She was the best vendor decision we made for our wedding, and I will relive the day for years to come through her gorgeous images. Now that it’s all over, I’m just so excited to be married to the love of my life, and we’re so lucky to have celebrated our love with our nearest and dearest in the most wonderful way possible!

Photography: Rebecca Yale Portraits | Videography: NST Pictures | Planner: Pickles And Pies | Floral Design: Erin Crosby Of Pickles And Pies | Wedding Gown: Jenny Lee Bridal | Invitations: Paperless Post | Bride's Shoes: Loeffler Randall | Catering: Cucina | Band: 45 Riots | Groom's Suit: Brooklyn Tailors | Bouquets And Bouttonnieres: Christa Stosiek Of Markristo Farms | Earrings: Margaret Elizabeth Jewelry Purchased At Charm & Chain | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Groom's And Groomsmen Ties: John Varvatos | Hair Stylist : Jackie K. Styles | Ketubah: Paper Cuts By Oren | Makeup: FACE Stockholm | Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Second Shooter: Monika Photography | Venue: The Hill

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Brooklyn Neighborhood Engagement Session

We see lots and lots of engagement sessions on this little ol’ blog, and that’s a good thing, because I adore them. I love seeing the raw love between the bride and groom-to-be, like these two snapped up by Pezz Photo, lovin’ in their very own neighborhood. Get a taste of their sweet love right here in the galley.

From Pezz PhotoFor Vanessa and Jon’s engagement session, we decided to explore the Brooklyn neighborhood where they live. Since the bride-to-be worked at New York Public Library, we were delighted to stumble upon a local library featuring fun artist scrapbooks. This shoot highlights a summer of love in NYC, as the couple enjoys all the sights and tastes of the city before traveling to Tampa, Florida for their wedding.

Photography: Pezz Photo | Venue: Brooklyn Neighborhood

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Library Inspired Wedding in New York

Here at SMP, we’re firm believers that inspiration is everywhere, and for these two lovebirds, a passion for reading had them hitting the library for some creative ideas. With help from Hatch Creative Studio, the unique design incorporated fun pieces (like a card catalog to hold the escort cards!) throughout the decor. Loli Events made sure everything ran perfectly and according to plan, and Photo Pink captured each magical moment.


From The Bride… My husband really wanted the farmhouse look, but I wanted something a little more upscale. We chose the Foundry because the greenhouse space offered something very spiritual and meditative with its ivy, water, and glass roof. The Foundry also offered lots of different spaces– I wanted my guests to have a different experience in every room, so there was always something to discover. I wasn’t too concerned with continuity of design.

Barb Salzman from Hatch Creative Studio was instrumental into turning our wedding into an experience, not simply an event. I didn’t want anything too tight or structured, lighter was better, but I also love installations. Barb spent hours with us helping me find just the right mix of yellow flowers, just the right heaviness and sparsity for the vases and the arch, and also located us a card catalog to pack our escort cards. She also listened to my less than conventional opinions about my bouquet. Our sample meeting was magical– I felt like I got to walk through my own wedding at her studio!

Finally, we were absolutely THRILLED with our PhotoPink pictures. We still think we have the best pictures we’ve seen.

My husband is not religious, but I am, so I modeled our ceremony after a Catholic wedding rite. We used the traditional “in sickness and in health” vows and also wrote our own surprise vows– Alex promised to always keep me at an external body temperature of 72 degrees (because I am always cold). I wrote the ceremony, and we really made sure that the focus was on the sanctity of marriage and union, rather than on our love.

We had choreographed our first dance using swing steps and had a lot of cool side by side steps. However, we hadn’t counted on the fact that my dress was about 4 feet+ in diameter and covered both our feet! No one could see our fancy moves.

At the reception, Alex sang for me and accompanied himself on guitar, Jack Johnson’s “Banana Pancakes” to hearken back to our lazy college days together, and Bruce Springsteen’s version of “Fire.” He made everyone swoon.

Photography: Photo Pink | Event Design: Hatch Creative Studio | Wedding Dress: Enzoani | Cake: Radish | Reception Venue: The Foundry | Catering: Radish | Hair: Styles On B | Grooms Attire: Armani | Cake Topper: Yellow Bird | Coordination: Loli Events

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