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Eclectic + Vintage-Inspired Industrial Wedding at The Pocketbook Factory

This Bride and Groom are the very definition of “cool.” For starters, they’re the duo behind The Local Branch, a traveling boutique selling American-made apparel, leather goods, accessories, and more. Then, there’s this wedding full of eclectic, vintage-inspired touches including a gorgeous wedding dress made by the Bride’s mother, floral arrangements by the Bride and her ‘maids, and personalized favors for each guest. See every special moment photographed by Elena Wolfe and assisted by Robyn Blasi in The Vault!

Colors
Seasons
Summer
Styles
Classic

From The Bride…Blaine and I met when we were just kids and started dating when we were seniors in high school. We had a few years apart for college and then after school we headed out west to California where we lived in San Francisco for about 5 years. We started a small clothing line together and we renovated a vintage Airstream trailer to be a mobile workshop, which allows us the ability to travel full-time with our business. We got engaged on the road while on the Appalachian Trail in October – and then had a late summer wedding in the Hudson Valley, NY – a place near and dear to our hearts.

We initially wanted an outdoor wedding, but all of the logistics became too overwhelming – and when we discovered The Pocketbook Factory in Hudson, NY we knew this was the ideal mix of everything we were hoping for. The large industrial windows flooded the space with natural light, and the quirky vintage furniture provided a touch of charm that we both love. The venue also allowed us the whole week to slowly transform the space, so with the help of a few close family members, we turned this blank canvas into the wedding of our imaginations!

We are both innately creative people, so we had a lot of fun dreaming, planning and executing all of the many details. We definitely had a vision and wanted our wedding to be a mix of vintage and eclectic, sentimental and authentic with a lot of charm. We loved the juxtaposition of hosting a fancy event inside of an old industrial sewing factory. We knew with a dreamy color palette, the glimmer of hundreds of candles, the big white summer flowers, an amazing family style meal, a wide assortment of whiskey and old fashioned gypsy jazz band, the mood would be set and the party would be one for the books!

We chose whites, ivories, soft pinks, golds, coppers and brass for our colors, which felt really romantic against the men’s black suits and the factory’s dark wooden floors and brick walls.

I really wanted to do the flowers myself, so when our caterer told us about the flower party option at Flower Blossom Farm, I was beyond excited. Since we travel full-time, we were able to collect dozens of vintage brass candlesticks and antique copper vessels from all over the country, which we used to adorn the tables. My mom, sister and best friends/bridesmaids went with me to the farm a few days before the wedding, where we made all of the table arrangements and bouquets. The farm hosted us with fancy quiches, coffee and pastries and taught us the tricks of the trade. The flower party was a lovely kickoff and one of my fondest memories of the weekend.

We were trying to think of something sweet and personal for our favors. We stumbled into a cute little shop in Brooklyn where we discovered little books packed full with quotes and sayings. During our road trips we’d read through the phrases, selecting the best fit for each and every guest. We tied the little quote pages around napkins with baker’s twine and a rosemary sprig at each person’s seat. The favors were really special and everyone could tell that it chosen specifically for them.

Throughout our wedding it was all of the little details which were really important to us – not necessarily that they be grand or elaborate, but more that they were sentimental and authentic with meaning behind each choice, and that was especially true with my dress.

I tried on lots and lots of dresses with my mom and sister, and although there were so many beauties out there, I just knew that it would mean a thousand times more to me if I could make make my own gown with my mom. She made her own wedding dress, and after a little bit of coaxing she finally agreed. We visited a quaint fabric store in Manhattan’s fashion district and within seconds the most beautiful lace fabric caught my eye. Just like that, my mind was made and my mom and I were toasting with the store owner to my soon-to-be wedding gown! We worked on it together a little bit at a time over the length of my engagement. When it was finally complete, she added my “something blue” to the dress – a little blue tag reading “Mom”. Making my gown with my mom was such a beautiful memory for me.

Our cake was a Tuscan Lemon Wedding Cake, which was the most delicious wedding cake I have ever eaten! It was a rich olive oil and citrus cake with a lemon buttercream frosting. The same bakery also made a few varieties of French Macarons and three different types of pies (with really gorgeous latticed tops). My mom made her famous Chocolate Bon Bons and a good family friend made darling tea cookies with jam. We also had a few assorted flavors of gelato and a french press coffee bar!

There was a moment when everyone was sitting and eating the amazing family style meal – chatting and laughing and toasting their cocktails, and then the sun began to set and warm sunlight made the entire room glow. Blaine and I noticed the lighting and this tender moment at the same time, so we just stopped and held hands and soaked it all in.

A lady told me this – “I hope your day is lovely and I hope that it goes by in slow motion”. I took that with me throughout the day, because the day flies by, and you can so easily get caught up, so just try to stay in the moment and take time to pause and breath and reflect and have fun.

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Photography: Elena Wolfe | Floral Design: Flower Blossom Farm | Ceremony Venue: Church Of St Mary - Holy Trinity Parish | Reception Venue: The Pocketbook Factory | Catering: Jeff Loshinsky Catering | DJ: DJ Taro of Sugartown Industries | Band: The Hot Club of Flatbush | Cake + Dessert: Crisan Bakery | Letterpress: Camille Robles of Ramble & Ride | Photography - Assistance: Robyn Blasi

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Spring 2016 Collection from Lovely + A Galentine’s Day Party + A Giveaway!

In the off chance you aren’t completely obsessed with all things Lovely (read: you totally should be), today we’re giving you THREE big reasons to fan girl out immediately.  I’m talking a debut collection of seriously stunning bridesmaid + party dresses from Lovely’s sister site, shoplovely.com, a “Galentine’s Day” celebration with Bow & Drape AND a fab giveaway.  Happy Monday?  Yes, indeed.

Crazy gorgeous dutch floral maxis, chic + structured bridesmaids’ dresses and beyond flattering silhouettes… shoplovely.com’s new playful collection of bridesmaid + party dresses is EXACTLY what all of you fashion-forward SMPers are looking for.  Think crazy cool crop tops, open back dresses and hi-low hems ready to party the night away at every event in your Big Day lineup… from your wedding (your besties will love you) to your engagement party to your rehearsal dinner and beyond.

Continuing the fun in their NYC location, Lovely is hosting a “Galentine’s Day” party on February 11th from 6:30-8:30 pm with Bow & Drape.  It’s a fabulous evening of dancing, bubbly and crafting your very own sweatshirt using only sparkly letters and your very clever imaginations.  RSVP today at hello@lovelybride.com and prepare to have some major FUN.  (All sweatshirts retail for under $100.)

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What: Lovely is giving away a Bow & Drape sweatshirt with your own custom theme at each Lovely location!

How: Simply visit one of Lovely’s fabulous locales in NYC, Washington DC, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Los Angeles or Rochester, NY to enter with your name and email.

Who: Six lucky winners (one per locale) will be announced on Lovely’s Instagram on February 12th! Good luck, loves! xo

Photography: Brooke & Sam Photography | Co-Sponsor: Bow & Drape

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Marriage Matters: Central Park Anniversary

Can I just say – after 12 years of marriage, 3 kids and life’s ups and downs thrown their way, these two still got it. I’m talking about that madly-in-love glow you only get when you’re with the one who makes your heart full. They planned an anniversary session in New York City with one beautiful Nha Khanh tulle gown to celebrate the love, and Julie Paisley came along to capture. Read their amazing love story and go peek through every image inside THE VAULT!

It’s probably not common to actually end up with the boy whose name you wrote on your high school notebooks, but I did. Michael and I dated through high school and college, and six years later we got married. Michael proposed to me in November in the middle of an empty field with candles and flowers, but, the best detail of all was a propane heater. That’s one of many things I love about this man, his biggest concern was always taking care of me, but now after twelve years of marriage and eighteen years together, it’s taking care of me and our three children. 

Michael was in an accident a few years ago, and after a stint in ICU and a couple of surgeries, perspectives changed for both of us. We both realized that this person that we had by our side for so long could someday not be there. We started to travel more, and do more of the things that we didn’t make time to do.

We traveled to NYC so that we could have a vacation to date each other. We had not planned on this shoot with Julie Paisley. In fact, part of the trip was for me to attend her photography workshop because I’m a photographer. At the time it seemed like a strange turn of events, that we became the subjects of her photography, but now I know it was because there was something so much better waiting for us. As soon as we found out that Julie would be photographing us, I enlisted stylist Krissi Farrimond to style us, and she arranged for Kiara Hargrove to do my hair and make-up.

So, here we were in New York City, one of my favorite places, and I am literally about to live out a fairy tale after twelve years of marriage with this gorgeous man. A few kinks came in the timeline, and we were in a mad dash to get to Central Park for the shoot. We sprinted through Central Park, dressed as if we just fell right out of a Disney princess movie where the prince wears J.Crew and the fairy godmother is a talented stylist. I tiptoed through falling leaves in Central Park while my husband, dressed ever so handsomely, held my hand. We had just experienced one of my favorite memories of us together.

Our wedding, the three amazing births of our children, there are so many special memories, and that night we created a new memory for just the two of us that we could share with our children. After the shoot we went to dinner at one of our favorite NYC restaurants. I will never forget the feeling of that night. Even after we got home from New York City, I still couldn’t believe it happened!

There’s just no way to write a love story that you’ve lived because words could never adequately describe the heart break of him being hurt and the joy of him being okay. I could just never even tell you what is invested in the years we have together. If I started from the beginning, eighteen years ago when we started dating, I couldn’t bring your heart to feel what we do now. I can’t paint that picture with words, but man I feel like Julie captured it with film.

And now our children and grandchildren can have these images to remember our love story! My advice to brides and grooms, is don’t overlook this. After the wedding is long over, still get dressed up with your spouse, hire a fantastic photographer, document this time in your life, and go to dinner. Date each other, because daily life isn’t a fairy tale, it’s kids and work and everything else begging for your attention. You have to make time to have a fairy tale. You have to put effort into a fairy tale. I dreamed about marrying him back when I was writing his name on my notebooks, but there was something so much better waiting for me. It’s so worth the effort!

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Photography: Julie Paisley | Event Design: Krissi Farrimond | Dress: Rent The Runway | Hair + Makeup: IndiVidualized Beauty | Groom's Attire: JCrew | Venue: Central Park

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