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Sweet Rustic Engagement Session at Bluefield Farm

Well isn’t this just the cutest duo ever? These New Yorkers escaped the city and headed to a family farm where they played with chickens and goats, all while wearing some perfectly on par ensembles (thanks to the styling talents of Allison Koehler). Ashley Caroline captured it all and our VAULT is now full of this engagement sweetness to inspire us all – more this way!

From the Bride-to-be… For our engagement photos we knew we wanted to go somewhere outside of the city with lots of greenery while also picking somewhere meaningful to us. We picked my aunt and uncle’s farm, Bluefield Farm, a very special place to me where we have spent countless Thanksgivings with the whole family. The farm is located just a short drive outside of NYC and the beautiful flowers and stone walls surrounding the property were the perfect backdrop for our photos.

We wanted to keep our outfits casual and simple, like us. We decided on two different looks with help from Allie who picked out our outfits and brought our vision to life. Our first look was a bit more bohemian and dressed up. My dress was from Anthropologie and Logan wore a button down from J.Crew. Our second look was more casual with me in overalls and a crop top with No. 6 clogs while Logan wore jeans and a tee.

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Photography: Ashley Caroline Photography | Styling: Allison Koehler | Dress: Anthropologie | Makeup: Bobbi Brown | Hair: Dry Bar | Venue: Bluefield Farm | Clogs: No. 6

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Hong Kong Couple’s New York City Pre-Wedding Photo Shoot

This gorgeous pre-wedding photo shoot could not have came across my desk at a more serendipitous time. At a time where I’m too cowardly to leave my cozy apartment in Jonas’ snowy aftermath, Cynthia Chung Weddings‘ photos are transporting me to the sunny cobblestone streets of the West Village and onto the scenic High Line, and reminding me why I love this city. Fall in love for yourself in THE VAULT!

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From Cynthia Chung WeddingsIt was a pleasure photographing Karen and John around in such an awesome area of NYC in their wedding outfits. In Asia, doing “pre-wedding” photo sessions are very common. It’s when the bride and groom wear their wedding attire to do amazing portraits before the wedding day so they could showcase the photos at the wedding! Karen’s dress was amazing and having their classic and elegant black tie look amidst such an industrial and raw part of New York City was really unique and made for some amazing photographs. It also helped that we peaked in the High Line and some parts of the West Village.

From The Bride…New York was an obvious choice for us to take pre-wedding photos – Jon is a native New Yorker and I really enjoyed visiting Jon there from Hong Kong during our two year long distance relationship (thankfully we are together in one place now). The challenging part for us was where exactly in NYC to do the shoot. Jon and I have pretty similar taste – when we thought about what we like, cobble stone streets, brown stone townhouses and tree lined streets came to mind. One of our favorite neighborhoods in the city is the West Village and the High Line also has meaning for us since it’s one of the first places we visited together in Manhattan.

The pre-wedding photo shoot couldn’t have gone any better. It was very natural for us to work with Cynthia; her laid back style, knack for finding unique locations / angles to snap our pictures and positive attitude made the session really fun for us. We are extremely happy with the results and have been actively sharing her photos with our family and friends (with lots of compliments!).

For all of you out there contemplating whether to do your shoot in NYC, we would highly recommend it because believe it or not New Yorkers are very friendly – we received so many congratulations and compliments (probably because I was wearing a full on wedding gown which apparently is more of a Hong Kong thing than something common for the U.S.).

All-in-all NYC was an easy choice for us and we were extremely happy with the West Village / High Line and how our photos came out!

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Photography: Cynthia Chung Weddings | Wedding Dress: Kitty Chen | Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Hair + Makeup: VickyC5 | Venue: West Village | Venue: High Line | Bow Tie + Pocket Square: Hacketts Of Harpenden | Groom's Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo

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Romantic Garden-Inspired Blue Hill at Stone Barns Wedding

I dare you not to fall in love with each and every detail of this upstate New York wedding. And how could you not with vendors like Daughter Of DesignBella FiguraJenny YooOnce Upon A BrideStacie Ford Weddings and Jarrell Entertainment. Head to THE VAULT to see all the pretty details (that Monique Lhuillier gown for one) captured by Christian Oth Studio, and don’t say we didn’t warn you!

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From The Bride…We got engaged at sunset. On a beautiful evening in Bagan, Myanmar, the ancient temple city. The engagement was a destination, and as we were initially discussing potential wedding locations, so at first I thought the wedding would be as well. What we soon realized, though, was that the logistics of a destination wedding would be too challenging to many of our nearest and dearest. So we decided to search for something that felt like the European countryside, but happened to be on the northeast corridor line. We were fortunate enough to get the last summer date available at Blue Hill at Stone Barns. Even when we went to visit the venue on a wet, chilly day in the dead of winter, we fell in love with the location. My mother grew up on a chicken farm, so having the wedding take place on a working farm had special meaning to us. Our goal: was to have a fun, casual elegant wedding with great food, great music, and great people, and we thought this venue would be the prefect perfect setting.

The day before the wedding, we went with our close family and wedding party for a tour of Blue Hill. We learned all about the sustainable practices of the farm and got and gave us and our guests a special opportunity to really get to know the farm, the mission, and have further appreciation for the food we would be eating the next day after. One of the part was especially most meaningful: parts of this was that Justin helped arrange a gift that would go towards a 2016 Oak Tree planting in the memory of the father – it was really meaningful that we were able to let us honor him and have him be part of this our special event, seeing and be able to see the sight spot where the tree will soon be planted.

Rather than use our names or initials, we had the talented team at Bella Figura design a “goose/swan” logo for the wedding. It (representing our avian nicknames for each other, and we used it ) that we would use on the invitation and throughout the wedding, on everything from the yarmulkes to the napkins. I wanted to do something personal for the wedding. I’ve always loved to draw, so thought it would be fun to design the escort cards. Justin and I brainstormed and decided that rather than use table numbers, everyone would be assigned an herb, and a spring of that particular herb could would be found at their each table setting. We also wanted the flexibility of making adjusting last- minute table assignments, so we included drawings of all the herbs on each escort card, and the Daughter of Design team only waited until the wedding weekend to circled the appropriate herb that weekend for each guest.

Aesthetic was a very important component to me. My dress was a Monique Lhuillier, as and I thought it fit me and the venue to a tee. It was a combination of vintage classic with some modern touches.

As a pre-wedding gift for Justin, I got him a pair of cufflinks from Etsy – one with a goose and one with a swan –, made of vintage stamps. and he got me an eternity band that I’d been was eyeing (but wasn’t expecting to receive for some time). I chose a gray Jenny Yoo gown for the bridesmaids – they color was flattering on all of the girls, and each one was styled to flatter her figure. I also got the girls matching Eberjey PJ sets. I was inspired by another Blue Hill bride who had suggested them. It was fun to wear the matching sets for the sleepover the night before the wedding, and also proved an easy way to stay comfy through all the morning-of wedding prep.

For the aesthetic design, we worked with the talented Matthew Robbins. We chose a palette of lots of greens with peach, white, and pops of pink. We also wanted to play off the stone barns so we used hurricane lanterns. We wanted a “market table” feel for the escort card table, and leading up to the main hall were rows of live rosemary and lavender, which smelled rich and delicious, creating a subtle experience as guests walked through. He Matthew also incorporated each table’s particular herb into the table’s décor.

We were very fortunate with the weather and were able to have the ceremony outdoors under a large tree in the Blue Hill courtyard. Matthew and his team designed a beautiful leafy huppah with beautiful pops of flowers. The birds were chirping as we were under the huppah and – it felt magical. The cocktail reception took place in the nearby apple menagerie were guests drank signature cocktails and nibbled on delicious passed hors d’oeuvres. To our knowledge, the snacks were so good that nobody felt tempted to pluck a ripe apple off the trees surrounding us.

Music was a very important component of the wedding for the two of us. We had a talented flutist/violin duet from Julliard for our ceremony and reception. Our band, Sound House, was incredible and had all the guests on the dance floor. Justin grew up playing music with his “family band” and we thought it would be fun to incorporate that into the wedding. As the family band started playing some classic rock, Justin interrupted the song to announced that they “needed more
cowbell.” Fortunately, I had one hidden under my seat! and I got up from my seat (cowbell in hand) and joined the family band for a few classic rock songs, and it its own right was my full initiation into the Kosslyn family.

Food and drink were also important to us. We only found finalized out about our menu two weeks prior to the event, because it is so seasonal and dependent on what is fresh from the farm. We had a four- course tasting menu with wine pairings for our guests and there were no leftovers in sight! It really was delicious – quite a few of our guests told us it was one of the best meals they have ever had.

After we cut the cake (a delicious seasonal cake with blue berry, peach and vanilla), guests kept the party going downstairs with DJ Stephen. Guests nibbled on more small bites and partied on the dance floor. At that time I changed from my wedding gown to a white sequined J Crew Wedding Romper.

As a farewell treat, guests received jars of blue hill’s very own honey, thanking them for being part of the “sweetest day of our lives.” We hosted brunch the next morning at the historic Tarrytown House and Estate. It was a lovely sendoff to a perfect weekend.

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Photography: Christian Oth Studio | Cinematography: NST Pictures | Coordination: Daughter Of Design | Event Design: Matthew Robbins | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Invitations: Bella Figura | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Makeup: Stacie Ford Weddings | Hair: Once Upon A Bride | Lighting: Pegasus Lighting | Band: Sound House/Elan Artists | Venue: Blue Hill At Stone Barns | After-Party DJ: Jarrell Entertainment | Ceremony + Cocktail Music: Juilliard Jazz Ensemble | Getting Ready Venue: Ritz Carlton Westchester | Photo Booth: MVS Studio Inc.

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