If we were giving away an award for “Sweetest and Most Creative Venue,” it would most definitely go to this darling duo and their gorgeous Trinity Pawling affair. Yep, they transformed a boarding school (where the groom once attended and his parents are both teachers) into a literal wedding wonderland, with cocktails in the Headmaster’s garden and photo ops on the football field. How seriously cute is that?!? And when you add to all of that sweetness some brilliant images by CLY CREATION, a plethora of sweet vintage touches and uber-gorgeous blooms by Quatre Coeur (check out those bouquets!), it all equals one SERIOUSLY swoon-worthy affair. Click here for more!
From the Bride… David and I searched high and low for the perfect wedding venue. It wasn’t until months of searching that we realized it was right under our noses. David grew up on the campus of an all boys’ boarding school, Trinity Pawling. Since David’s parents are both teachers there and David was raised on the campus, it was like having our wedding right in their own backyard. We used the school’s catering services, headed by Mark Barone of Culinart Caterers. Mark was amazing to work with, allowing us to create and personalize our menu from each item of the cocktail hour all the way through dessert. We wanted our wedding have cozy and romantic feel with some vintage flare. We loved the thought of an outdoor cocktail hour and held ours in the beautiful garden of the headmaster’s house. The school campus is absolutely gorgeous and was a great backdrop for our photos.
Our ceremony was held in the church that David grew up going to and his parents are still members of. We had a receiving line because we think it is important to thank every single person that comes to see you get married. Our friend Matt, also the matron of honor’s husband, played the wedding procession on his acoustic guitar. When it came time for me to walk down the aisle he switched to “Here, There and Everywhere” by The Beatles. I could not have imagined a more beautiful entrance and song. It was very important to us that the details of our wedding reflected our lighthearted and goofy personalities. I had a bobble head cake topper made to look like us. David was wearing a NY Giants “Manning” jersey and spinning a basketball, the sport which he played through college. I wanted to incorporate his love of sports and surprised him with the cake topper on our wedding day. David’s father is also the head football coach at the school, and David’s family LOVES football. So we took some pictures of the bridal party out in the football field, which look great. We also wanted to pay tribute to our parents and grandparents’ marriages and had their wedding photos on the escort table when guests walked in. David put together an awesome slideshow of different photos of us as a couple that played continuously on the flat screen TV above the escort card table. We knew we had fun and crazy crowd, so we set up a “makeshift” photo booth. We had some cheesy props, fiesta hats, boas and big glasses and had a photographer take photos of them. The pictures are hilarious. I am sending them to everyone in their thank you cards.
We could not be happier with how our wedding turned out. Since it was not a typical wedding venue, there was a lot of DIY work. From screwing in light bulbs and hanging lights to making table numbers and adding some decorative touches; the work seemed endless. But, with the help of David’s family we got it all done and everything turned out beautifully. Our flowers were stunning — it was such a pleasure working with Amanda and Ruth. The day of our wedding ran smooth as pie thanks to Debra from Weddings by Debra and her staff. They were on top of everything, and we did not have to worry about a single thing. Every day, I wish I could do it all over again!
Wedding Photography: Jason & Eric from CLY CREATION / Event Planner: Weddings By Debra / Floral Design: Quatre Coeur / Wedding Venue: Trinity Pawling / Catering: Culinary Caterers / DJ: Aria Melody / Wedding Cake: Plaza Sweets / Wedding Invitations + Small Paper Goods: Spark Letterpress / Menus: Designed by Paula DiGioia / Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew + Priscilla of Boston / Hair: Maria Licari / Makeup: DIY / Groom’s Suit: Frank Stella
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