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Art Deco Inspired Wedding

It’s hard to imagine anything better than a gorgeous fall wedding, but throw in some crazy cool art deco-inspired stylings and a Anna Maier Ulla-Maija Couture gown (via the amazing Gabriella New York Bridal Salon) and, well… awesomeness ensues, lovelies.  I’m talking vibrant florals from Janet Rosann Terman and all kinds of beautiful moments captured by Kate Ignatowski. See them all here. 

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From Kate Ignatowski B+B perfected elegance without going over the top – even in the way everyone felt – happy and excited, yet effortlessly relaxed. And I loved the touches of deco elegance in her invites, menu, and signage. It’s a perfect example of tying in a specific style without going overboard.

From the Bride… When we were looking at venues, it was really about capturing the perfect balance of outdoors and indoors – including having the indoor space feel almost like it was outdoors. When a friend, who is one of the club’s founding members, showed us around the property, the decision was basically made for us. We loved the classic, elegant design of the space as it wasn’t too flashy or showy. We loved the outdoor ceremony space and the grounds of the property, and then the indoor travertine room, which is all glass, brought the outside in for the reception. Ben and I both love a mix of modern and classic, soft elegance, so combining modernity in our clothing and in our choices for flowers (in picking low arrangements featuring vandas and lots of candlelight) with a nod to deco elegance it all came together to reflect what the two of us love – and those qualities are reflected in each other. Finally, we really focused on a palette of crimsons and burnt oranges to reflect the beautiful fall elements surrounding us – the colors of the season are something we absolutely love.

Photography: Kate Ignatowski | Wedding Coordinator: LeeAnn DeKalb | Florist: Janet Rosann Terman | Bridesmaid Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Makeup Artist: Stacie Ford | Hair Stylist: Sally Perez Of Styles On B | DJ: JVC | Rabbi: Ruth Gais | Ceremony Music: International Strings | Cake Artist: Lady M's | Groom's Tuxedo: Ralph Lauren | Groomsmen Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Venue: TPC Jasna Polana | Wedding Dress Designer: Anna Maier Ulla-Maija Couture | Wedding Dress Shop: Gabriella New York Bridal Salon

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Gatsby Inspired Garden Wedding

It doesn’t get more gorgeous than a garden wedding in my book, and when you take a peek at all the pretty captured by Britt Croft Photography you’ll know exactly what I mean. It’s sweet yet sophisticated, and filled with personality-packed details, so this gallery? It’s divine. See it all here.

From the Bride…Gary and I are born on the same day and are soul mates in every way. We both find peace in the great outdoors and stumbled upon Mountain Lakes House while on a bike ride through the forest paths surrounding the property. On our first tour as bride and groom to-be, I remember walking out onto the stone terrace, beautiful wooden beams overhead, looking out over the lake and meeting Garys eyes this was the place we would be married we both knew in that moment. The sound of lapping water, sunlight through the trees, and a warm gentle breeze giving way to a moonlit dance party amongst the fireflies of JuneI could just picture it.

Classic, like the legendary Great Gatsby garden parties, with pure white and crisp navy blue accents against a natural backdrop was my vision. Made homey and personal by elements like a treasured old postcard from Colorado, our matching Riverside Shakespeare volumes, and an antique tea cup borrowed from our mantel at home. A photo of our sweet dog Blake accompanied each table number and rested up against pewter lanterns outside and birch tree candles inside. I added fabric to an old suitcase we found near our favorite artsy town in PA to hold our cards and had our guests sign a beautiful photography book of the Canadian Rockies, where we spent our honeymoon. Pitchers of fresh fruit and champagne Wedding Bliss Champagne Punch was an ode to our newly shared last name, Bliss, as well as representative of something wed serve at our home on a summer evening.

It was a year and a half of wonderful days, leading up to that one extra special day. I discovered my wedding dress in the vintage themed spread of a two year old wedding magazine and immediately called my mom to describe each petal and pleat before hunting it down online and ordering the last one from a boutique in LA. I would make countless trips to the home of my lovely seamstress where my two Matrons of Honor, my mom, and I would squeeze into her upstairs room to move flowers on the dress – creating a train, a headpiece, and unique belt accent. I laughed with my mom as we glued white feathers and white beads to little white ribbons that would eventually hang from the trees at our ceremony and cocktail hour and only laughed harder as our breath sent feathers flying into the air. There were countless gatherings where blue bottled wines were shared, striped of their labels, and filled with pussy willows (reminiscent of my childhood and growing up on acres of land, surrounded by woods and horse farms) to decorate the window sills at our wedding. Painstakingly cutting, gluing, and stamping program pieces in an assembly line consisting of my Dad, my husband-to-be, and me is a memory I will not soon forget. Listening to the newest iteration of our wedding playlist as Gary described the perfect bend between each song he had selected made my heart swell; the finished product was played during our cocktail hour and made into CDs by Gary (with a beautiful mountain vista on the cover) for our parents and bridal party. One evening close to our big day, Gary and I listened to our song, Jersey Girl by Tom Waits, over and over to practice our first dance moves; Gary is my all time favorite dance partner, but getting to dance with him in our tiny living room, imagining that first dance as husband and wife, was a true moment in time.

The beautiful relationships I built with our caterer, Emily of Emilys Catering, and our photographer, Britt Croft, were an added gift. As my wedding binder grew and grew I remember tearing up over (yet another) coffee with Emily as she said, Ill take care of all of those details, not to worry and bonding with Britt over her love for light, the romantic moments she knew so well, and her true understanding of the mind of a bride (she was counting down the days to her own wedding when we first spoke). Despite my attempts to imagine every detail nothing could prepare me for the pure joy of having the people closest to us fill the space or the emotion of walking down the aisle (a moment I had dreamed over and over throughout my whole life) to the real man of my dreams, my soul mate, my Gary.

Photography: Britt Croft Photography | Videographer: Simply Shire | Florist: Bloomers & Things To Do | Dress: Tadashi Shoji | Bridesmaid Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Catering: Emilys Cafe & Catering | Hair: Di Moda Salon & Spa | Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Music: Sound Choice Disc Jockeys, Inc. | Paper Goods: Etsy Seller Wedding Sundae | Rentals: Brillmans Rental Barn | Venue: Mountain Lakes House

New Jersey Wedding from Susan Baker, JZ Events + Matthew Robbins Design

This wedding gave me chills. From the moment I set sight on the images from Susan Baker Photography to the last line of the sweet description from the Mother of the Bride – chills. Because it’s beautiful defined, and with Matthew Robbins Design at the design helm and JZ Events planning every last moment to perfection, it’s a level of beautiful that simply can’t be matched. It’s understated elegance perfectly executed complete with a timelessly stunning Monique Lhuiller gown, and you can see every last gorgeous detail right here.

Hart Pictures keeps the gorgeous going with their oh so lovely film of this stunning soiree…

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From The Bride’s Mother… From the moment they became engaged Woodney and John were adamant-they did not want a fancy wedding. They were quite terrified about the bells and whistles that weddings tend to come with. Both appreciate tradition but some things about some weddings just seemed “over the top”. The challenge for the bride’s parents was how to plan a wedding that was within the couples comfort zone while also being gracious, fun and memorable for the guests and the couple. Initially, John offered to prepare the wedding meal himself-an idea that was gently rebuffed by all involved.

One aspect of her wedding day that had long captured Woodney’s imagination was her bridal attire. She thoroughly enjoyed shopping for the perfect dress and the Monique Llhuiller dress that she chose was just what she had envisioned. To really make the dress her very own, a very old linen hankie with pale blue embroidery around the border, once belonging to her late paternal grandfather, was monogrammed with the bride’s initials and the wedding date and sewn into the lining of the dress, This touch went unnoticed by others but was a special part of Woodney’s day.

After searching for their wedding venue for months, Woodney and John realized that the perfect place was right in front of their eyes all along- a lovely open field bordered by leafy trees at her parent’s home. It seemed a perfect spot for a 3 peaked tent to shelter their guests. It was a personal place to Woodney and seemed to have the right feel. Having the wedding at home also allowed them more control over the wedding dinner menu, something that they were very excited about. They were eager to serve some of their favorite comfort foods. After some research and recommendations, they found their ideal collaboration with Mary Guiliani and her catering company in New York City.

Woodney and John were also eager to find the right person to help them realize and refine their vision of the decor for the reception. They wanted the feel to be one of comfort, elegant simplicity, and softness with an abundance of summer colors- a gracious yet subtly sophisticated pastoral meal.

They found the ideal designer to achieve their dream in Matthew Robbins. Matthew seemed to understand and share their vision from the start. With his expertise, all of the many details of the reception were realized and fine tuned. An abundance of summer blooms in various shades of blues, purples and greens in assorted vessels created beautiful landscapes on each of the rectangular tables. The rough-hewn farm tables with bentwood chairs were left to be admired with cut lace table runners down the centers. Candles in copper lanterns and cut glass holders softly lit the scene. Old chalkboards provided the signage for the evening. The table numbers were calligraphed in white paint on slate slabs. Similarly, small slate pieces served as the escort cards painted with each guests name and table assignment and tied with cording to vintage skeleton keys. The look was one of warmth and welcome, as hoped for by Woodney and John to share with family and friends on their very special day!

Wedding Photography: Susan Baker & Francesco Mastalia from Susan Baker Photography | Ceremony Venue: Princeton University Chapel in Princeton, New Jersey | Reception Venue: Bride’s Family Home in Short Hills, New Jersey | Event Planner: Jennifer Zabinski from JZ Events | Floral Design + Decor: Matthew Robbins Design | Wedding Cinematography: Hart Pictures | Catering + Wedding Cake: Mary Guiliani Catering | Reception Tent: Sperry Tents | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuiller | Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridesmaids’ Attire: Amsale | Groom + Groomsmen Attire: Brooks Brothers

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