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Elegant Tappan Hill Mansion Wedding

Speaking from experience, I can 100% relate to this Bride in her admission of having a tough time finding the perfect venue. We too struggled in finding our beautiful spot. But once you do, all the hard work and time spent searching, pays off—and this Tappan Hill Mansion soiree is proof. With a handful of fab vendors including Stacie FordDiana Gould Ltd. and Village Invites, we’ve got a whole lotta pretty to feast our eyes on from Tory Williams.

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From the beautiful Bride…Mike and I met our very first week at Colgate University, when we moved into the same freshman dorm, and were almost instantly an item. After years of mixers, tailgates, a semester abroad, and one brief break, we both found ourselves living in New York City. Three years later, Mike proposed one Saturday in April while watching the sun set on a pier overlooking the Hudson River. After a romantic dinner, Mike led me to a nearby bar to find our friends waiting to surprise me and celebrate our engagement!

I admittedly had a very difficult time with finding the perfect wedding venue. We searched near and far, from beach locales to rustic upstate sites. We ended up choosing one of the very first venues we visited: Tappan Hill Mansion in Tarrytown, New York. The former summer home of Mark Twain, the stone mansion is stately and elegant within a natural, picturesque setting overlooking the Hudson River. With a fabric-draped ceiling, the stone-walled ballroom felt intimate within the grand estate, and the large terrace provided the perfect spot for the ceremony and cocktail hour. It was also fitting that the venue was located exactly in between each of our hometowns, mine in Connecticut and Mike’s in New Jersey – a perfect site for the joining of our families.

And so the planning began for our August wedding the following summer. As luck would have it, the day was sunny and unseasonably cool, allowing for the perfect outdoor ceremony. An indoor-outdoor cocktail hour followed, with guests spilling out onto the terrace to watch the sunset with our signature cocktail in hand, while an acoustic guitar player provided background music. The reception was in the mansion’s indoor ballroom with Hank Lane’s Marcus Reid Band playing until the end of the night. A sparkler send-off gave us the picture-perfect ending to the most beautiful day!

I chose a color scheme of soft blush pink, grey and gold, which our florist Diana Gould carried through the bouquets, ceremony décor, and centerpieces. The flowers included peach Juliet garden roses, white roses, dahlias and hydrangeas, and seeded eucalyptus. The ceremony aisle was lined with polished nickel lanterns in various sizes, with two matching floral arrangements in large urns flanking us at the end. We wanted to keep the ceremony décor simple so that the view was the focal point! In the ballroom, we alternated high and low centerpieces on each table, accented with mercury glass vases and votives. The bridesmaids’ light peach chiffon dresses perfectly matched the Juliet garden roses and added to the soft garden vibe. Touches of grey were carried throughout all of the paper products, provided by Village Invites. Our invitations, menus, programs and welcome cards were all printed on white paper with charcoal grey text, some with a subtle floral motif in the corners to add a bit of whimsy.

We are forever indebted to our incredible team of vendors, including Tory Williams who beautifully captured the day with her photographs. Her images are both timeless and candid, and she captured a joyous timeline of the day that will allow us to relive our wedding for years to come! To all of those future brides-to-be, make sure not to sweat the minor details. In the end, the day is about your marriage and that is where the focus should be. As my now-husband had told me during my most hectic days of planning, the day will be perfect no matter what – and he was right!

Photography: Tory Williams | Floral Design: Diana Gould Ltd. | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Invitations: Village Invites | Reception Venue: Tappan Hill Mansion | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J Crew | Catering: Abigail Kirsch | Hair: Styles On B | Band: Marcus Reid Band From Hank Lane Music | Decor: Better Off Wed | Makeup: Stacie Ford | Photo Booth: Hank Lane Music | Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar

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Traditional Hudson Valley Wedding

You should know by now that Judy Pak weddings are our everything.  So starting off the week with a stunning traditional affair captured by the master herself?  Pretty amazing, if you ask me.  Especially when it’s a day that is one part lovely, one part romantic and all parts fabulous with gorgeous blooms from Barbara Flowers and the prettiest bridesmaids frock from Jenny Yoo.  See it all here.

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From The Bride… Sam and I had a year and half to plan our wedding which really made it stress free and actually enjoyable. The hardest part for us was finding our venue, but after scoping out 10 other places, when we visted Tappan Hill Mansion, we immediately fell in love with the beautiful scenery of the Hudson Valley. We were both used to the crowded hustle and bustle of city life, but when we saw the plush greens overlooking the Hudson River, nature won us over. Our wedding was really a joint effort; I chose the colors, he chose the flowers. He chose the band, I picked the song list. We were looking for muted elegance so that every aspect and decor (including our guests!) could paint the perfect picture for us which it did beyond our imagination and we have the pictures to prove it!

Photography: Judy Pak | Wedding Coordinator: Caitlin Russotti | Florist: Barbara Flowers | Shoes: –Miu Miu Via Bergdorf Goodman | Caterer: Abigail Kirsch | Hair & Makeup: JAC Beauty | Bride's Dress: Ines Di Santos Via Bergdorf Goodman | Bridemaids Dresses: Jenny Yoo | DJ/Band: Hank Lane | Second Photographer: Rowa Lee | Venue: Tappan Hill Mansion

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Traditional Hudson River Wedding

You know what makes me happy?  A day like this.  A classic meets awesome affair dripping in gold and pink details and traditional stylings that are soon to be your everything (trust me).  It’s the sort of fairytale affair that you can’t stop dreaming about… if you’re in to dreaming about the world’s prettiest weddings.  See it all captured by Clay Austin in the full gallery.

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From Clay Austin Photography… This fantastic couple could not be any cuter together and they just radiate love.  Their day started getting ready at the beautiful Double Tree Hotel in Tarrytown and then continued on to the magnificent Church of the Magdalene for the ceremony. After which the bridal party hopped on a bus and headed off to the gorgeous Blue Hill Farm for a few photos and then back on the bus to Tappan Hill Mansion for a perfect reception overlooking the Hudson River.

Photography: Clay Austin Photography | Event Planning: Cait & Jules | Floral Design: Carlos Rivas | Wedding Dress: Paloma Blanca | Invitations: Everly Calligraphy | Ceremony Venue: Church of the Magdalene | Reception Venue: Tappan Hill Mansion | Rings: J. Albert Jewelers | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Coren Moore | Catering: Abigail Kirsh | Hair: Eclipse Hair Salon | Band: Groove Authority | Grooms Attire: Vera Wang | Hairpeice: Sara Gabriel | Photo Booth: Photo Booth Lounge

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