If there was ever a wedding that would have me begging for a vow renewal, it would be this piece of pretty captured by Blaine Siesser. A day complete with the sweetest pups, a decadent cake a la Sweet Heather Anne, one stunning floral arch, and a few bottles of bubbly, it’s enough to have any and every Bride inspired and/or asking for a reception re-do. See it all for yourself in The Vault!
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From Blaine Siesser… Andrea & Brandon celebrated their nuptials at Meadowbrook Mansion. It was a beautiful event designed and styled by Kehoe Designs. Sharing her favorite wedding memory she said: “Walking down the aisle. Seeing my groom looking at me like I was the only person in the world. Seeing our parents beaming, our friends hysterical. We both always felt everyone was always rooting for us, but at that moment we felt it.” Surprisingly, getting ready at her home was one of her favorite parts of the day. She said, “Getting ready in our home was very important to me. It felt so special to be close to all the memories that Brandon and I have shared there; to be with my sister, friends, and of course our dogs. It was the most serene wedding morning I could ever have imagined.” Her favorite photos where of “…. Us on the bridge in front of the mansion. These three photos exude exactly how we both felt about planning a big wedding. Of course we enjoyed some parts of the planning process, but in our case we actually didn’t expect all of the heightened emotions, compromises, and tensions that a big wedding could create. At the end of the day, all that mattered was that we loved each other and that was all that mattered to us. These photographs remind me of that.“
Photography: Blaine Siesser Photography | Event Coordination: Party Assurance | Event Design: Kehoe Designs | Floral Design: Kehoe Designs | Wedding Dress: Elie Saab | Wedding Cake: Sweet Heather Anne | Invitations: Lee's Specialty | Rings: Cartier | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Elle Zeitoune | Makeup: MarioMax Salon | Hair: Michael Maxim | DJ: DJ Matt | Band: Your Generation in Concert | Tuxedo: Sam Michael | Officiant: Temple Israel | Wedding Venue: Meadowbrook Hall | Bride's Veil: Elie Saab | Linens: Luxe Linen | Transporation: Rochester Limousine
Estate venues bring gravity and opulence to your special day. Especially if it’s the 110-room mansion of Matilda Dodge Wilson whose husband, yes, founded Dodge. The automotive industry is etched into the fabric of Detroit, so if you’re going to incorporate it, this is one classy way to do it. There’s a full gallery of lavish details like florals from Flourish Event Design, all through the lens of Blaine Siesser Photography.
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From Blaine Siesser Photography… Open air ceremony; Natural ivy chuppah; flowers in stained mason jars; Succulent boutonnieres bound in rustic rope twine; antique books on table as center pieces; classic glass bottle sodas; guest book: well wishes written on polaroid selfies, clothes-pinned to rope; vintage suitcase holds guest place cards on flowers – another for “dancing shoes”; all African-American Jazz band, afternoon in classic tuxedos, evening in fun, sequined shirts and dresses; burlap table coverings and “love” pennant; hora, breaking the glass, chuppah.
Flourish event design did all print work, floral work (including chuppah), and general design work.
Photography: Blaine Siesser Photography | Videography: 3rd Street Films | Bakery: Pinwheel Bakery | Ceremony Venue: Meadowbrook Hall | Make-up: Nars | Hair: Jackie Hill | Band: Gentlemen Of Leisure | Band: Gentlemen Of Leisure | Officiant: Miriam Jerris | Transportation: Aristocat Transportation | Event Design, Florals, Print Work: Flourish Event Design | Hotel - Getting Ready Shots: The Royal Park Hotel | Rentals: Special Events Rental
Every detail counts…And that’s obvious in this wedding by T&S Hughes Photography. My favorite weddings are all about the delicate, personal touches that embody the story of the bride and groom. With prohibition style mason jars, vintage fabrics from the bride’s great grandparent’s collection, splashes of lace and so many more … my heart could literally burst! Thankfully, there are even more details to swoon over in the gallery.
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From the Bride… I loved the bouquets! My mom made them herself out of old fabrics from the Great Depression era that my great grandparents had given her, fabric from my baby room and fabrics from a flower girl dress I wore in a wedding when I was younger. There was also lace from my mother’s wedding dress, as well as the finishing touch — my “something borrowed,” which was a brooch my grandmother wore to my mom’s wedding.
I was so pleased with both venues, as I felt they really worked for our day and created the relaxed and vintage tone we were hoping for. The church is a little local church in Pittsford, New York, called St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran church. It was old clapboard with white picket fences and big red doors — very typical American for our English visitors to enjoy! The church also hosted our “English Cream Tea” reception. Our evening reception was in Harro East Ballroom in the city of Rochester, New York. It was a lovely old theater auditorium from the 1920-30s with big tall ceilings and huge windows! The reception hostess there is lovely to work with as well, and everyone has commented on how delicious the buffet was! Alex and I would highly recommend them both.
My main hope was to go with a feel for our day that truly represented Alex and I as a couple. Alex and I wanted a relaxed and unique wedding day. We both really like eclectic and vintage style things and really enjoy going to antique shops! The typewriter, birdcage and old picture frame with our photos pinned in were all ideas that I found on Pinterest. The suitcases were pieces that I had used in my room growing up and are something that very much represents Alex and I, as we like to travel and are living abroad in England. The heart-shaped map cutouts were a tiny detail that I really loved, as I spent time picking out maps of places we’d both been to. The centerpieces were a work in progress and developed over time out of old wine bottles, jars and swirly, feather pieces. I felt that I really wanted to display details of Alex and me in our wedding decor, which we used with the American and English themes running throughout the day as well. We enjoyed putting it all together, and it was never work — it was fun and so many people helped us out along the way!
Wedding Photography: T & S Hughes Photography / Ceremony: St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Pittsford, New York / Reception: Harro East Ballroom in Rochester, New York / Fabric Rose Bouquets: DIY by the Mother of the Bride / Wedding Dress: Tusneem Bridal / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Various of Their Own Choosing / Men’s Suits: T.M. Lewin / Rings + Necklace: Tiffany & Co.