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Elegant Pale Pink Upstate New York Wedding

Want in on a little secret? The Big Apple may claim most of New York’s glory but head north a few hours and there’s a whole other wonderous world. And these pics by Greg Finck are all the pretty proof you need. This rustic yet elegant affair, planned by Bella & Co., showcases beautiful Skaneateles Lake and these lovebirds that just can’t stop smiling. Fall in love with them – and all of NY – in our Vault here!



From Greg Finck… Sydney and Brian both live in New York City but have spent most of their childhood holidays around Skaneateles Lake, in upstate New York. It was natural that they decided to organize their wedding in this wonderful area, where amazing historical mansions are around the Lake. This is the first time I traveled to upstate New York, but I must say I have been totally seduced by the beauty of the landscapes and backdrops.

Sydney and Brian’s elegant day was perfectly organized and designed by Jenna, from Bella & Co. She was the sweetest person to work with, and she kept a huge smile on her face all day despite strong rain that came to change some of the organization during the summer day. Sassafras Flowers did an amazing job for flowers, especially for the bride’s and bridesmaid’s bouquets. As a photographer, shooting such nuances of pastels were just a dream. Maureen Higgins designed an amazing suite of stationery, totally matching the floral design and color palette of the day.

Even though it rained hard, the sweet couple still decided to keep their ceremony outdoor, behind that giant tree, sheltering them and their guests from that moody weather. After braving the mud for couple pictures, we all headed to Angela’s Vineyard to end the day with a wonderful dinner!

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Photography: Greg Finck Photography | Videography: LeNovel Photography & Videography | Event Planning: Bella and Co | Floral Design: Sassafras Flowers | Wedding Dress: Lela Rose | Stationery: Maureen Higgins | Ceremony Venue: Hobbit Hollow Farm | Reception Venue: Anyela's Vineyard & Winery | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Photography - Assistance: Jean-Laurent Gaudy

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Rustic + Glam Finger Lakes Wedding

Outfitting a venue from top to bottom is no easy task, but the payoff? So. worth. it. Just ask these engineers who formulating the perfect party. From the sewn programs, to the vintage pews, to local olive oil favors – they vowed their forever underneath a gorgeous oak tree while longtime friend of the Bride and photographer Elizabeth LaDuca captured it all in The Vault!


From Elizabeth LaDucaAllie and Steve were married under a gorgeous old oak tree earlier this month, as loved ones looked on from vintage pews. I’ve known Allie and Steve for nearly 10 years, and can say their wedding day was truly a labor of love! They are both engineers, and very detail-oriented, and each element incorporated into their celebration demonstrates this! They worked closely with friends and family to bring their vision to life – starting with their invitations!

Allie wanted something that spoke to the elegance and organic nature they were looking to incorporate into their day. I painted the watercolor laurel wreath, as well as some other leaf elements, that provided a beautiful visual link through the all of the paper elements of the day.

The venue they selected was really a blank canvas, and they worked hard to bring many special touches into the space. The pews were Allie’s first big purchase – and really set the tone for the ceremony. She and her father worked closely on transporting, refinishing and creating custom cushions for the vintage pews, and bringing them back to their former glory.

Every detail spoke to Allie’s vision – from the sewn programs that housed tissues for the guests, to the handmade bridesmaid gift bags, to local olive oil favors and the gorgeous dessert bar – it was amazing to see how their venue was transformed.

It was an honor to work with the wonderful vendors who helped bring their vision to life!

When I asked Allie about her favorite part of the day, and to describe her inspiration, she provided me with the following:

From The Bride…Steve and I got engaged on Christmas Eve on the grounds of the place where we first fell in love, RIT. To no surprise, Steve was really passionate about having a wedding to celebrate with family and friends, whereas I wanted the much simpler approach, elope. He won that battle.

We looked for a venue that would represent us the best. We are very low-key people so an outdoor wedding seemed the most appropriate, but we also wanted it to feel a bit “upscale”.

Frog Pond was the perfect fit! Right away the character of the stone carriage house and ruins gave us that bit of elegance we were searching for. Its beauty masked the hardships we knew we would have to go through in order to transform this venue into a place where a celebration could occur. With an empty carriage house and beautifully manicured grounds, this location was a quaint, serene, magnificent blank slate. Every aspect of this wedding had to be hand chosen down to the most minute detail.

Not only was this venue a challenge because it literally came with nothing (ie: no running water, no bathrooms, no tables, no chairs) we also had to “decorate” and fill three spaces on a budget: ceremony, barn and reception under the tent. We used lots of leaves to soften up areas within the barn and as centerpieces on the tables. We ran loose garland (Italian ruscus and seeded eucalyptus) along the tables with red, ox blood and blush flowers throughout.

We kept things classy by incorporating a lot of neutral colors, rustic wood and a mix of metals such as bronze and gold. The outfits for our bridal party were simple champagne dresses for the girls, and navy suits with champagne ties for the guys. A very classic, timeless look.

Our pops of color were used very sparingly like in the napkins, straws and flowers. We added flowers to soften the dessert table, and I just fell in love with the idea of a “naked” cake. It looked almost white washed and was so beautiful. Providing mini bite sized pieces of a variety of desserts made it possible for people to try a little bit of everything if they wanted to. People love options!

I would have to say that the ceremony was my favorite part, and I think Steve would agree. The vision for the ceremony first came when I saw some beautiful southern outdoor weddings on Pinterest that had pews for seating. I thought it was so unique and I just needed to have them at our wedding. I asked every rental place in the Rochester and Syracuse area if they had pews, and they said no. In a stroke of luck, I found them on Craigslist and purchased the whole set.

I loved the idea of incorporating free-standing doors to aid in the “build up” of waiting for the bride. A co-worker helped custom-build white washed doors exactly like what I had envisioned. Steve had also mentioned that he would love it if I sang to him on our wedding day. I didn’t feel confident that I could sing without crying, so I had a friend record me and it played as I walked down the asile. We also said our own vows, signifying the importance of family, friends and God through the unity tree ceremony and communion.

Our friend Beth (who also was our wonderful photographer) impressively helped design our invitation so that it was an accurate representation of what our guests would experience. She helped incorporate the soft romantic elements by using water colored olive leaves, and using kraft and cotton paper for organic elements. We inserted fine details of gold using bakers twine and gold calligraphy. She even took the time to design a map so that people had a visual aid of where this venue was in relation to Skaneateles lake. Just a beautiful invitation!

Everything about this wedding turned out exactly how we had envisioned it! At 72 degrees and cloudy, we couldn’t have asked for better weather. Everywhere we turned we saw smiling faces and people truly enjoying themselves. We got so many compliments with many people pointing out a lot of the little details. It made all that hard work seem soo worth it! Some people even went as far as saying it was one of the best weddings they had ever been to. For two engineers, it was quite the compliment! However, this wedding wouldn’t have been anywhere close to as perfect had it not been for the help of our closest friends and family. They came through when Steve and I needed them the most! I’m happy to finally be Mrs. Cramb!

Photography: Elizabeth LaDuca | Coordination: Jennifer Bell | Floral Design: In Bloom | Wedding Dress: Watters | Cake: La Dolce Vita Bake Shop | Invitations: Elizabeth LaDuca | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Catering: Daniel's Grill | Makeup: Glam Vanity | Hair: Salon Allure | DJ: DJ Chris Sweet | Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Venue: Frog Pond Bed And Breakfast

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Intimate Peach + Navy Stripes Skaneateles Wedding

Planning a wedding from the other side of the country while keeping in mind a budget is definitely a challenge. But, this DIY bride rose to the occasion and created the wedding of her dreams. From the personalized cornhole board to the hand-drawn signage, this gorgeous bride did it all (with the help of friends and family, of course!). The result is a truly one-of-a-kind affair captured by Mary Dougherty Photography. See all the proof that DIY details are a major wedding “Do” in the gallery.


From the beautiful Bride… Having spent my summers on Skaneateles Lake since childhood and seeing all the beautiful weddings in the quaint village as we would dock our boat and get our ice cream, I knew then, as a little girl, that I would someday be that Bride with her Groom having their wedding portraits taken in that perfect, picturesque village on the lake.

When my husband proposed, we were on the water (surprise!) but on the other side of the country in Seattle, Washington. We knew without a doubt that we both wanted a summertime Skaneateles wedding. Planning a budget-friendly New York wedding from Seattle, I knew was going to be a challenge, but one that I was excited to do! My husband and I are both pretty laid-back and fun-loving, so we envisioned our wedding to be a reflection of that. We knew that we wanted an indoor-outdoor reception that was somewhat like a back yard party, that wasn’t too rustic and had a touch of elegance to it. After an extensive Google search in our initial planning stages, we stumbled upon the Frog Pond Bed and Breakfast and we both knew right away it was going to be the perfect setting. Besides its beautiful carriage house, gardens and sprawling lawns, the Frog Pond was a blank canvas. We were able to bring in all the vendors of our choice and it allowed me to have the creative freedom in designing a wedding that was truly personal and “ours”.

When designing and dreaming up the feel and decoration for our wedding, I was most inspired by the lake and wanted it to have a hint of a nautical feel (without being too “theme-y”) paired with soft touches of coral, peach and blush pink. Since we were on a pretty tight budget, I knew that I was going to be doing a lot of the do-it-yourself decor myself. From the coral ombre pillow covers on the lawn, to hand drawn signage and paper fans on the walls, it was all done by yours truly.

My husband and I are both from New York, but we fell in love and currently live in Seattle, so incorporating some personal touches from our new home was very important to us. The table numbers were postcards from a favorite vendor in Pike Place Market. The driftwood that held the watercolor ombre place cards was gathered from Discovery Park Beach where my husband proposed to me. And of course we had so serve all of our guests craft beer and wine that was local to Seattle and the pacific northwest.

Since I was planning our wedding long distance and most of it was DIY, it required the help from a lot of family and friends. My crafty mom took on the challenge and made all the striped tablecloths on the patio and the runners that lined the head table in the tent and the dessert tables in the carriage house since I could not find a navy and white striped table cloth from any rental company in the area. My best friend’s fiance made the awesome cornhole boards from which we applied custom vinyl decals I had made from a shop on Etsy. My good friend who is an event planner in New York City offered to design and arrange all of the flowers and bouquets. From the assortment of bud vases overflowing with huge dahlia blossoms to my bridesmaids’ perfect coral bouquets tied up with navy and white grosgrain ribbon, she took my vision and blew away all of my expectations. Last but not least, my talented girlfriend that I went to design school with designed all of our invitations, logo, menus and programs. We loved that so many of our family and friends came together to make our wedding day so personal and special, along with the help of our month-of coordinator, we would not have been able to pull it off without them!

The morning of our wedding day, my girls and I relaxed and sipped mimosas as we got our makeup applied and hair done at my parents’ cottage on the lake, while my Groom and his Groomsmen buttoned up their suits and chilled out before the ceremony at the historic Sherwood Inn in the village of Skaneateles.

We arrived to the small Catholic church that I had grown up going to every summer, and while I was nervous and excited to have my Groom see me for the first time, I could feel the energy and love from all of our family and friends that filled the little church and I had a sense of calm while I waited with my dad before the doors opened to walk down the aisle. Our ceremony was personal and intimate and filled with laughter here and there, but what made it even more special was that my cousin was able to marry us and bless us as we became Husband and Wife.

As we arrived to the Frog Pond I remember gasping with excited and happiness as I saw all of the details that I had planned come to life. It was everything that I had envisioned and more. As guests arrived, we mingled, played corn hole and drank the signature cocktails on patio under the trees strung with cafe lights and bunting banners. Dinner was held under the tent in the back lawn where my husband and I were introduced for the first time as Mr. and Mrs! We toasted champagne and ate delicious seasonal food made by a local cafe that had catered many weddings at the Frog Pond before us (which was very helpful!).

Following dinner, we were interrupted with the most beautiful, golden sunset where our amazing photographer, Mary Dougherty, and videographer,  Zach Cullen, ushered us to the front lawn for some impromptu and very special portraits. In that moment, my new Husband and I were able to take a breath, be present and just enjoy each other. The pictures and footage they captured are some of our favorites from the day and a moment we will never forget. We were then introduced for a second time as we entered the carriage house to have our first dance as Mr. and Mrs., enjoy dessert and cocktails with our guests and dance the night away with our family and closest friends.

Our wedding was all we had hoped for and more. Even with the unpredictable weather upstate NY experienced that summer (and it was forecasted to be storming all day!), it did not rain a drop and we were blessed with the most perfect day and and even more perfect sunset. I couldn’t have asked for anything else on the day we became Husband and Wife.

Photography: Mary Dougherty Photography | Videography: Cullen Wedding Studio | Event Planning and Design: The Bride | Floral Design: Emily Reid Driscoll Events | Wedding Dress: Heart To Heart Bridal | Invitations: Courtney Nader | Ceremony Venue: St. Ann's Church | Reception Venue: Frog Pond Bed And Breakfast | Shoes: J.Crew | Jewelry: Nadri | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Catering: Kendra's Cafe | Makeup: Erica Abdo | Hair: Bijou Salon | Ties: The Tie Bar | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Groomsmen Attire: Express | Bridemaids' Clutches: Oatmeal Lace Design | Month-of Coordination: Danielle Fleck Events

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