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Classic Fall Lakeside Wedding

This fall wedding is everything. From the striking, burgundy bridesmaid gowns and styled florals to the to-die-for lakeside venue, this fête defines autumnal beauty. Get your fall fix browsing the images by Amy Rizzuto Photography and Mekina Saylor, right this way

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Seasons
Fall
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Country Club
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Classic

From the Bride… Eric and I met a little over six years ago at Queens College in New York, where we both attended graduate school for teaching. Although we met in early September when Eric kindly offered to set up my television in my dorm room (but was unsuccessful since “I made him nervous!”), it took a few months of exchanging smiles in the elevator until we began dating in March of the following year when the timing was right. In the very beginning of our relationship, Eric would slip his favorite DVDs under my door late at night and stop by after class with some frozen yogurt – not just for me, but for all of my suite-mates, too. It didn’t take long for me to fall head over heels for this chivalrous, handsome, fun-loving, and charismatic man. In just a few short months of dating, we realized our strong connection, our shared love of popcorn and adventures, and knew we had found a rare and beautiful love that was meant to last.

Eric proposed on Christmas Eve (which is also my birthday) in front of our closest family, since he knew how important family is to me. Before the proposal, Eric asked me to open my birthday present from him, which was a Polaroid camera – a gift that I had told him I wanted! Eric whispered, “Save this camera for the special moments.” Seconds later, chords from a guitar began to play a song that Eric knew I loved, “I Choose You” by Sara Bareilles. Then, in walked a mutual friend from school who began to serenade us. Eric got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. Of course I said yes, and the first picture of us taken after the engagement was captured on my new Polaroid camera, since it was truly a special moment! On our wedding day, our engagement song was played during the ceremony, right before I walked down the aisle to become Eric’s wife, to let him know that I choose him too!

Before beginning to plan our wedding, I was under the false impression that all we would have to worry about choosing would be the venue, the vendors, and the food! That definitely was not the case. Never in my life have I had to make so many decisions for one event, and if you ask any of my family or friends, they will tell you that I can’t make a decision even if my life depends on it. Thankfully, our engagement was almost two years long, so I had more than enough time to make the million decisions I needed to make for our wedding, and, although my husband fully trusted me to make any and all decisions, he let me know that whenever or however I needed him, he would help too.

We knew that the first decisions that needed to be made were choosing a wedding style and establishing our budget. We both shared the same vision of a rustic, lakefront wedding with vibrant colors, so that definitely helped to narrow down our venue search. Lucky for us, after visiting only a handful of venues, we chose the venue that perfectly matched our vision. And what better season to incorporate vibrant colors than fall? We decided on an October wedding, and it was a bonus that our venue happened to be a hidden gem that none of our friends or family had ever heard of before and which guests are still raving about! We then sat down and decided what aspect of the wedding was most important to each of us. For me, it was the photography, and for Eric, it was the music. Naturally, these two elements were what we decided to splurge on, and they were absolutely worth every penny. We ended up with a crazy and fun dance party that lasted all night long, which became the best night of our lives, and unbelievably breathtaking, raw, and timeless photos that we will look back on for years to come, if by chance our memory of the details of the night begins to fade. All of the details and fall-themed DIY projects were decided on and created as we got closer to the wedding day. Pumpkins and fall leaves to complement the foliage for our outdoor ceremony and picture-perfect setting, were a must! Therefore, most of the details – including the DIY menus, programs, table signs, and place cards – included fall colors of wine, orange, and yellow. All of the details and decisions, both big and small, helped to create the perfect blend for the most unforgettable day and surpassed all of our expectations and hopes for a dream wedding.

I spent hours upon hours searching online for the perfect wedding dress and finally narrowed it down to my five favorites. Soon after, I went to local bridal shops to try each of the dresses on. I fell in love with the very first dress, but I decided to keep looking, just in case. Other dresses were beautiful but I found myself comparing all others to the first David Tutera by Mon Cheri dress. Finally, I realized that there was no need to keep looking for different dresses because I had already found the perfect one for me. It had everything I pictured in my wedding dress: embroidered lace beautifully beaded throughout, a sweetheart neckline, and a gorgeous chapel-length train with scalloped edges. I chose a simple but elegant veil with beading on the trim to compliment the beading on my wedding dress.

Although we loved nearly every single detail and memory from our wedding day, Eric and I both agree that our favorite part of our wedding day was when we exchanged our personal vows to each other. Among other things, Eric promised to always show me love, to display kindness and compassion, and to never let me face any obstacle alone. I vowed to cherish and honor him, to be his life-long confidant and number one supporter, and to keep my love as pure as it was in that moment. While we were exchanging our vows, it felt like time had stood still, and for those few minutes, all we could see was each other.

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Photography: Amy Rizzuto Photography | Cinematography: Enchanted Celebrations | Floral Design: Ken Norman- Colony Florist | Wedding Dress: David Tutera | Cakes: Le Petit Gateau | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: David's Bridal | Hair and Makeup: Melissa D'Aloia & Co. | DJ: DDM Entertainment | Venue: Indian Trail Club | Photography Assistance: Mekina Saylor Weddings

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5 Bridesmaid Dress Trends Your Besties Will Actually Love

When it comes to choosing the perfect bridesmaids dresses, keeping your besties happy is priority number one. Which means finding gowns that are chic, show off all of their best features AND bring the bride’s vision to life. That’s where Brideside and their lineup of designer dresses comes in to play. From romantic Jenny Yoo frocks to glam Sorella Vita numbers, they’ve got you sooo covered. Scroll for five trends we’re all about in 2017.

HUES OF BLUES

Remember when mixing and matching bridesmaid gowns meant your bridal party had to wear the exact same dress, but each chose a different neckline? Yep, those days are gone. Now you can mix it up with color to add dimension to your ladies, all while keeping the look completely cohesive. We love playing with the many blue options available from Brideside, from seaglass to sapphire to that gorgeous hue of navy that is everything you’ve ever wanted.

Photo Credit: (Top to Bottom): Joanna August + Wtoo

BOHEMIAN FLAIR

You and your love are definitely more Coachella than ballroom, so your wedding day look should totally reflect that. And that includes your bridal party. With Brideside, you can peruse their lineup of dreamy gowns that are so, so perfect for your one-of-a-kind besties, whether that’s an ulta-boho look with flowy chiffon overlays or an off-the-shoulder number that is the epitome of romance with a dash of bohemian flair.

Photo Credit: Joanna August

FLORAL TAKEOVER

Beautiful blooms aren’t just for those centerpieces and bouquets… they’re also an awesome way to make your besties stand out. Think drop-dead gorgeous floral prints in amazing textures like chiffon and embroidered tulle and you are sooo on the right track. Jump right in and have all of your besties rock stunning floral numbers from Brideside… or mix it up with a few florals and a few solid prints. It’s also a perfect way to have your Maid of Honor stand out. All in all, it’s beautiful, my friends.

Photo Credit: Jenny Yoo

ROSE GOLD ROMANCE

You know we never say “no” to a metallic anything. But rose gold? We love it a little extra special. This beautiful hue is the perfect way to add a little modern romance to your festivities and we’re totally on board with the glitzy and glamorous sequin options available at Brideside. Want to add just a touch of shine, but not go overboard with the bling? Mix and match the sparkle with solid blush hues for a subtler look that is just as special.

Photo Credit: Watters

SLEEK AND SEXY

Your ladies aren’t your average besties, so shouldn’t their dresses match their crazy cool personalities? With Brideside, you can dive head first into looks that are sleek, sexy AND sophisticated… just like your loves. Which means saying “goodbye” to full skirts and “hello” to slim silhouettes and flat-front shapes that are flattering and hip-hugging and so, so easy to re-wear. It’s ultra-modern and completely versatile and, well… we love.

Photo Credit: Watters

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Ready to find those gowns of your besties’ dreams? Visit Brideside today and talk to a complimentary style consultant about their amazing designer assortment of gowns, new showrooms opening this spring and their Try at Home program, which makes your life beyond easy. Oh, and if you sign up with Brideside by April 30, 2017, every member of your bridal party will receive $25 off their bridesmaid dresses. Just another reason to love them, you guys. Happy shopping!

Bridesmaid Gowns: Wtoo | Bridesmaid Gowns: Jenny Yoo | Bridesmaid Gowns: Watters | Bridesmaid Gowns: Joanna August


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Pinks + Purples Make This Summer Celebration a True Treat for the Eyes

When one of Love and Light Photographs’ weddings come across my desk, I settle in with a fresh cup of coffee and get comfy – because there is no doubt I’m in for a treat. And sure enough, we’ve got quite the gem right here. Full of beyond beautiful shades of lavender and pinks, this summer wedding is everything you could want – and more. NST Pictures joined in capturing the live action and their film and all the pics can be found in our Vault right this way!

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Seasons
Summer
Settings
Country Club
Styles
Romantic

From the Bride… As avid lovers of the outdoors, Gregg and I knew from the moment we got engaged that we wanted to get married outside. We had our hearts set on finding a place that brought us peace and happiness; a place that was just as beautiful as it was welcoming. After searching high and low in the Tri-State area, we were fortunate enough to select a venue where we had already created special memories. Fiddler’s Elbow was elegant and romantic while also making our guests feel right at home. Drawing inspiration from the outdoors, we incorporated stone escort cards, votive candles, café lights, metallics, soft florals, tall branches, and lemon leaves throughout the ballroom and patio space to evoke an ethereal, garden chic party. As a talented interior decorator and now wedding DYI’er, my mom created our home-made moss table numbers and grey linen table runners to complete the look. The soft colored bridesmaids’ dresses and dark blue groomsmen’s suits tied in our floral arrangements seamlessly. Since Gregg and I met and started our lives together in NYC, we also wove in New York inspired details; including our specialty cocktails named after the Brooklyn Bridge (where we got engaged) and a New York Knick. Our guests danced the night away to a nine-piece band, posed for hilarious photos in our photo booth, and enjoyed delicious summer-inspired food such as Maine lobster tail, s’mores, and Funfetti wedding cake.

My dad passed away when I was in my mid-20’s, and I would have given anything for him to have been there. We honored him in a number of special ways throughout the day: I wore his gold wedding band, Gregg carried his handkerchief, and I danced with his childhood best friend/ my godfather during my “father-daughter” dance. I also walked down the aisle to Sting’s “Fields of Gold”, as this was a song close to my heart that both my dad and Gregg would sing to me. It had rained the week leading up to our wedding; and yet the morning of our wedding day we were greeted with blue skies and a summer breeze. It was as if my dad was looking down on us smiling.

Everything about our special day far exceeded our expectations, which we can thank our loving friends and family and incredible vendors for.

My two pieces of advice to a bride-to-be would be: One, select vendors who you can really connect with. Communication is key for everything to run smoothly. We worked with some of the best, most supportive people, and it made the wedding planning process that much more enjoyable. Two, take a moment for yourselves. When you and your spouse are in the midst of dancing, catching up with a relative, or trying to make time to eat; simply stop whatever you’re doing, take a few steps back, and breathe it all in. After months and months of planning, it’s easy to forget this one important step, but I promise you… when you see everyone smiling, laughing, and celebrating your happiness; it will all be worth it.

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Photography: Love & Light Photographs | Cinematography: NST Pictures | Floral Design: Blue Jasmine | Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham | Invitations: Kleinfeld Paper | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Hair + Makeup: Gianna Giacona | Calligraphy: Belles Lettres Calligraphy | Band: Hank Lane Music | Wedding Venue: Fiddler's Elbow Country Club | Photobooth: We Love Photobooths

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