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Colorful Shelter Island Summer Wedding

When the Bride’s from Australia , the Groom’s from Long Island, and friends and family are from around the world, where do you say “I do”!? That was the question for these two, and they settled on Shelter Island, complete with beautiful views and the summer sun. But even that beauty didn’t compare to their celebration, with the blushing Bride, and her ladies’ Jenny Yoo dresses blowing in the breeze. Ryon:Lockhart Photography captured it all, making our VAULT shine just as bright as that day.

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Summer
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InnOutdoor
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Al Fresco

From the Bride… When Chris proposed our first question was, “Where in the world should we get married?” He is from Long Island, and I had lived in England, New Zealand, Long Island and Australia at that point. We were both in the process of moving to Boston, after a year of a distance relationship between New York and Australia. We eventually decided that Long Island was the best place for us, because that is where we met and fell in love, where most of our mutual friends were, and it was a middle point between Europe and Oceania for my friends and family to travel to. We wanted to find a venue where our families and the wedding party would be able to stay together for a few days. I had always hoped to be married by the water, so the Ram’s Head Inn was perfect. When picking our photographers, we looked for someone who would be fun to have around on the day, and who would be able to take consistently amazing photographs in the changing light throughout the day and night. Sarah and Tim are two of the most wonderful people we have ever met, and their photographs captured the beauty and happiness that defined our wedding day.

The largest challenge of the wedding planning process was planning the wedding in New York from Boston. My mother was in Australia and my bridesmaids were scattered all over the world, so we had to utilize the internet in every way possible for planning. My mother Skyped in every time I went dress shopping, even if it was the middle of the night for her!

My vision was to keep the wedding design simple and elegant, and to enhance the natural beauty of the grounds at the Ram’s Head Inn. I love bright colors, but felt that keeping the bridesmaids’ dresses in a neutral palette and allowing the colors to be in the floral designs was the look that most suited my vision. This was also inspired by my grandparents’ house in the south of France – so many old stone buildings there are covered in beautiful flowers.

I found my dream dress, Penelope by Watters, which ticked off every one of my wishes – simple, low back, fun tulle skirt, and Jenny Yoo’s Annabelle dress in Cashmere was the perfect bridesmaids match. The versatility of the top half of these dresses allowed each bridesmaid to wear a look that they felt beautiful in. I found a picture online of flower girls wearing a leotard and a tutu, and loved it immediately. Seeing all the girls together in their dresses with their bouquets for the first time was a definite highlight on the day! The men went for a classic charcoal suit, and even though the looks were formal for an outdoor wedding, it came together beautifully.

When I walked down the aisle I could not stop smiling. I am quite an emotional person, and I expected to cry, but I was just so happy. Seeing Chris standing there made me realize how fulfilled I am in our relationship. Also, the scenery was so beautiful, the floral archway was exquisite, and the pianist playing “Can you feel the love tonight” was letting me embrace both my Disney and Elton John fandom! Most importantly, there were family and friends who had literally traveled from all over the country and the world to be there. It was so special, and we both feel such immense love and gratitude towards everyone who traveled from near and far to share this day with us. The ceremony included a speech by my grandfather: he and my grandmother were married sixty years in January. Chris and I had written very simple vows to share: to honor and respect one another, and to treat each other’s dreams as if they were our own. We performed a sand ceremony with sand from New Zealand and Long Island.

The reception was mostly outdoors under fairy lights. The food was local and delicious. We had a few personal touches – Chris had built a swing, and two groomsmen had built a fun photo frame for guests to take pictures in. We had a map where people pin where they had traveled from, and where they thought we should travel to one day. After dinner, we danced the night away. Dancing with people from all different parts of our lives is something I will never forget. The evening ended with toasting s’mores, made from Whittaker’s chocolate (a New Zealand specialty) to commemorate our first date, where Chris had tempted me to come to the beach with him to try this American delight. It was a magical day and is so special to re-live via all of these photographs!

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Photography: Ryon:Lockhart Photography | Cinematography: Ben Childs | Floral Design: Kim Jon Designs | Wedding Dress: Watters | Cake: Ram's Head Inn | Bride's Shoes: Stuart Weitzmen | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Ram's Head Inn | Makeup: Sonomi Obinata | Band: Silver Arrow Band | Groom's Attire: Bonobos | Venue: Ram's Head Inn | Hair Accessories: ArsiArt

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Woodsy + Romantic Wedding at Bedford Post Inn

Carissa and Daniel’s wedding is the perfect blend of the rustic chic and girly glamour. Marrying the magnificence of the outdoors with elegant indoor details, it’s moments like this that’ll steal your wedding loving heart. A day complete with Beat Train tunes and pretty pink gowns, READYLUCK captured every moment to share and we’ve got it all in THE VAULT!

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Fall
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InnOutdoor
Styles
Al Fresco

From The Bride…We wanted our wedding to have a “home-y” feeling. Super cozy and romantic. Our color palette was a crisp and clean yet soft feeling. We went with a soft blush for the bridesmaids and a clean, sharp slate for the guys. The flowers were whites and greens, a fresh and clean and crisp feeling. I had this amazing half-flower crown that was so beautiful. The venue, Bedford Post Inn, is the most gorgeous place with every single detail thought out and perfectly decorated. The linens that were used, the furniture in the venue- the whole vibe was EXACTLY what we were looking for. We wanted all of our friends and family to feel right at home, yet still a formal event.

We were stuck on party favors- everyone always has little things that just get thrown away and it’s such a waste of money (in our eyes) so we saw this awesome idea on Pinterest. We bought succulents and terra-cotta pots. We dipped the pots in gold paint (just the bottoms) and stuck a flag with every guests name / table #. This was a great 2-in-1 idea for place cards & favors. I was happy with how they came out!

My favorite moment of the entire day was right before I walked down the aisle, I looked out of the window and saw Daniel, all ready, with the guys heading to the altar. It was such an unreal feeling to see him and feel this connection of stability and happiness. It was perfect.

My absolute favorite element of the wedding was the flowers. THEY WERE TO DIE FOR. Fleurish was fabulous. Understood and executed my vision exactly. Being a creative person, myself, my ideas are always flowing and all over the place. Somehow they figured me out and totally killed it.

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Photography: Shane Carpenter / READYLUCK | Floral Design: Fleurish Florals | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Cake: The Pastry Corner | Catering: Chef Michael White | Hair + Makeup: Entirely You | DJ: Beat Train | Groom's Attire: Theory | Officiant: Pastor Kevin Bordeaux Of Thrive Church | Transportation: Leros Limos | Venue: Bedford Post Inn | Photography - Assistance: Jacqueline Schlossman / READYLUCK

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Wedding Photographer Says “I do” in New York City

What you are about to witness (albeit, virtually) is classy NYC affair, complete with bowties and lace, with modern touches to boot (hello, lucite seating!). But my takeaway? Is that uber-stunning photographer-turned-Bride who steals the show in her Pronovias number. Captured by Katie Kett, if you adore that city-kind-of-lovin’ then THE VAULT gallery is where you’ll want to spend your morning.

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Fall
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Classic

From The Bride…I have been capturing wedding stories for 7 years and this past September it was my turn to be the bride. My husband JR proposed in Central Park in July 2014 and we took 14 months to plan our big day. We knew two things when we started our planning process, we wanted our wedding to feel like Manhattan, the wonderful city where we live and fell in love, and that we would need the best photographer to tell our story for us. When we found our venue we knew right away it was what we were searching for. It was a public atrium and walk way during the day and is gated at 7pm. The ceiling is a 4 story high arch of glass and is open air on either end. It runs the length of a city block and gave us the ability to create the look we wanted. The food is catered by the delicious Italian Restaurant adjacent, Remi.

Most people assumed, including myself, that this process would be simpler because I have seen so many weddings, so many beautiful ideas and venues. To my surprise, I found myself picking things that were unlike any wedding I had photographed, to ensure our day did not remind me of a past wedding. I first realized this when I was very sure I wanted a blush pink dress. I had not photographed a bride in a blush dress and I fell in love with one at a Pronovias Trunk Show.

We hired the amazing Katie Kett to document our day. It was one of the best things we picked, our final images as you see here, are absolute perfection. Our cinematographer was also amazing, watching our day in our highlight video takes us back to each moment of the day and we feel so blessed to have our wedding so beautifully portrayed by these amazing artists.

JR and I had heard so many times that the day would go so quickly and to try to stay in each moment. I was not really sure what this meant until the day had arrived and I realized it meant letting the little things go, enjoying each moment however it unfolds, and taking small moments to think about how you feel in each part of the day. Two of my most favorite moments of the day are when I was jumping on the bed with my most favorite little girls, we were all on cloud nine and it will forever hold a special place in my heart, the second is when JR and I walked into the reception to the band playing Cheerleader and we could see all of our friends and family smiling and cheering for us. This often plays in my head and I find myself smiling from ear to ear each time I think of it.

One part of the day that had significant influence from my career as a wedding photographer, was the unplugged wedding ceremony. As a professional, it is always been a challenge to do my job properly with so many guests in the aisle using their smart phones and ipads to capture these special moments. We knew we wanted to leave this to our professional team of artists and to give our guests the chance to be fully present as witnesses to our vows. We loved how the poster turned out that we had our Calligrapher create for us.

The details for our day we tried to keep personal and classic. I had the lace from JR’s Mothers dress and the lace from my Grandmother & Mom’s dress sewn to the edges of a vintage handkerchief with my new last initial embroidered on it. Our most cherished detail of the day was the large mirror that sat in cocktail hour with all of our guests names and table numbers. This large mirror is now in our home and we love seeing all of the names of who came to celebrate with us.

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Photography: Katie Kett Photography | Cinematography: Rewind Documentaries | Event Planning: Hold Your Hand Events | Floral Design: Bride And Blossom | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Invitations: Lovely Letters Shop | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Makeup: Eshani Santiago | Hair: Nancy Caroline | Band: Hank Lane Music- Marc Koslowe Band | Groom's Attire: Ralph Lauren - Black Label | Venue: Remi Atrium | Bridal Boutique: Wedding Atelier | Bride's Clutch: Reiss | Getting Ready Venue: The New York Palace | Location: Central Park | Mirror Decal: Stan's Sign Design- Indianapolis | Photo Booth: We Love Photobooths | Photography Assistance: Emma McDonald | Photography Assistance: Priscilla DeCastro

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