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Boho Backyard New York Wedding

Everything about this New York backyard wedding, from the Bride’s pretty flower crown to the mouthwatering tower of donuts, is such a delight! It’s a laidback affair with lawn games, DIY centerpieces and string lights, yet stays chic with accents inspired by the Italian coast. Daniel Cruz captures all the wonderful details in the full gallery right here.

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From Daniel CruzFilled with the love of all their family and friends, it truly was a wonderful night, and this couple is absolutely adorable and such kind humans. Their day was complete with a surprise live performance from the groom himself, set up lawn games for family and friends, and the setting of the most gorgeous New York backyard in a neighborhood built in the 1940s for WWII veterans! For portraits, I took the Bride and Groom to the historic Wantagh Train Museum and post office, which was perfect for such an adorable couple like Jacqui and Rob.

From the beautiful Bride… He’s a musician, and I’m a teacher. We met in college and were friends for 10 years before we started dating long distance. After 6 months, I moved to Portland, Oregon to be with him, and 2 years later we were engaged. We moved back to NYC a month before the wedding (which was crazy!) to be closer to our families.

We wanted a very laid back, non-structured day where our friends and families could relax and mingle. I used Pinterest for inspiration and tried to save money wherever I could. Instead of flowers, we had wood planks, lemons, and herbs potted by my sister on the table. We made the arbor with plant hooks and old lace curtains. I ordered the cocktail hour antipasto from an Italian deli; a family friend cut us a deal on the barbecue; and instead of a wedding cake, we had a tower of donuts, pie, and Junior’s mini cheesecake.

Our inspiration for the day was a trip we took to Tuscany and Sorrento in Italy. The wine we ordered was from the small medieval town of San Gimignano (only $10 a bottle!). The lemons and herbs on the table brought in the sights and smells of the Amalfi coast. The laid back feel of the Italian coast was reinforced by the strings of lights and the natural green setting of my aunt’s backyard.

The most special part of the wedding was that everyone came together to help us create a casual yet beautiful setting.

My husband would have been happy to elope, since he is not a fan of anything traditional or ceremonial. However, it was his idea to write our own vows- and when he read his to me, he cried! Everyone was moved- he’s usually a pretty stoic guy.

One of my absolute favorite parts was when Rob serenaded me with our first dance song, and even had his brother and friends set up instruments and accompany him. It was a total surprise! Rob says his favorite moment was the look on my face when he surprised me with singing.

Our ceremony was performed by our friend Tony and included a poem read by my sister and a Carl Sagan reading by his brother. We aren’t religious, so the ceremony was focused on the theme of friendship, togetherness, and the wonder of finding love in the midst of an immense universe.

Instead of bridesmaids or groomsmen standing up with us, we had friends and family play other important roles in our day, like taking video and helping us get ready. I had my sisters, cousin and friends pick their own dresses in shades of yellow, gold, blush, and silver, and I didn’t even see their choices until the day of.

Fellow brides, you will think that having a low budget wedding means less planning. It doesn’t. An expensive wedding and a backyard wedding both still mean the same number of decisions: music, decor, invites, food, tent, rentals, down to the dessert utensils. So be ready to spend some energy and time, and stay organized! I used an excel spreadsheet for everyone’s address, response, gift, and to keep track of thank-yous sent, as well as a separate online list of vendors, budget, actual money spent, and payment dates.

Be budget-conscious, but one splurge that’s worth it is your photographer. Your pictures will last forever, and when you spend money on looking great, you want the pictures to show it. I couldn’t be happier with my photos—they are so “us” and really show who we are as a couple.”

Photography: Daniel Cruz | Wedding Dress: Elizabeth Dye | Bride's Shoes: Miss L-Fire | Catering: Ace Caterers | DJ: Crowd Control Entertainment | Groom's Attire: Collier Clothier of Portland, OR | Venue: Private Residence | Cake & Dessert: Sugar Mountain Catering | Wedding Ring: Catbird

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Modern Summer Wedding at the Wilton Riding Club

With linens from La Tavola, a gorgeous skylight tent from Stamford Tents, and, a private equestrian show at the Wilton Riding School, all brought together by True Event, you know you’re in for a real wedding treat! Photographed beautifully by Bruce Plotkin, click through the gallery here for some plum-infused pretty, and some serious love!

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From the Bride… Most people think the fact that we share a name (Jaime and Jamie) or that we were set up by two famous Wall Street deal makers (Jamie Lee’s father, Jimmy Lee of JP Morgan and Jaime Foster’s friends Tracy and Frank Bisignano formerly of PS 41 and JP Morgan) is what makes our “story” unique but anyone who knows us, knows that it’s the way we clicked from day one that really set us apart.

We met on a blind date at the Jane Street Hotel in New York’s West Village and the date lasted close to 7 hours! After drinks, we continued our fluent and easy conversation over dinner at Del ‘Anima (also a favorite West Village spot) and then moved to Art Bar on 8th Ave for after dinner drinks. From the first conversation we felt totally at ease with each other. We have always been able to easily make each other laugh and fell in love within weeks of our first date.

After a surprise engagement in our apartment in SoHo, we celebrated with our families across the street at Galli Restaurant and flew to Hawaii the next day for a trip that turned out to be our “engagement-moon”!

When it came to planning the wedding we wanted to “marry” our love of the country with our respect for modern design. Having both been raised in historic homes in Fairfield County (Jamie Lee grew up in Darien CT, Jaime Foster Lee is from Wilton CT) we wanted to have a home-town wedding with a modern glamorous feel.

We chose the Lee’s new home on Contentment Island in the Tokeneke section of Darien as a perfect location for the Rehearsal Dinner and we selected the Wilton Riding Club for the wedding reception for its close proximity to the church (Sacred Heart Church in Georgetown CT) and because the location held so many childhood memories for the Foster family.

Once we decided on a rustic barn and horse-ring setting, we knew we needed help designing a look that would juxtapose vintage with modern and would make it feel elegant and beautiful. That’s where Sarah True and the True Event Team came in. We had chosen to use The Schoolhouse Restaurant in Cannondale as the caterer almost immediately (we have known Tim LaBant, the chef and owner since he played little league with the Foster girls in Wilton as a child) and Stamford Tents was a slam-dunk as we knew Ian Rangel and his team would be a perfect fit for us. We also chose the florist without contest as we have worked with Banchet at Banchet Flowers on many family weddings and events in the past and we knew her talent was unparalleled. Lastly we needed to secure the most important player of the Foster-Lee wedding team, the Priest. We were fortunate enough to find out after a funny email exchange or two that a friend of the Lees, Msgr. Robert Ritchie, the Rector of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City had agreed to officiate our wedding mass.

Over the next few months we planned the wedding, picked out china and did all the things couples do leading up to their wedding day-but most importantly Jamie Lee met weekly with Msgr. Ritchie and a month before the wedding he received the sacraments of Communion, Confirmation and Confession. As June 21st approached we were ready for our Big Day!

With the team in place True Event did an amazing job of bringing our vision to life! The clear Navi-Trac tent and the mix of mirrored bars and gold and silver accents on the chairs and tables brought a modern feel to a rustic setting! Banchet created a chandelier of orchids for the barn and each table was decorated with purple and white orchids, hydrangea and more! The final look was stunning.

For us, the most beautiful part of the wedding was how it turned into such a giant love-fest! Everyone was crying and laughing, singing and dancing together. From the Bridesmaid’s Luncheon at the Philip Johnson Glass house in New Canaan, CT to the Rehearsal Dinner on the water in Tokeneke to the wedding reception at the Wilton Riding Club-every moment and detail exceeded our expectations! The weather was gorgeous and looking back on it we wouldn’t change a thing!

Photography: Bruce Plotkin Photography | Floral Design: Banchet Flowers | Invitations: Saltbox Press | Catering: Tim LaBant Events | Lighting: Social Decor | Cocktail Hour Band: Ragga Lox | Event Coordination And Design: True Event | Hair And Make-up: Lena And Andrew Sotomayor | Linens: La Tavola | Linens: Nuage Designs | Party Rentals: Party Rental Ltd. | Reception Band: David Foster Band | Tent Rental: Stamford Tent

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Abby Capalbo

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Elegant Summer Wedding at River Cafe

If you need me, I’ll be over here starting a little Judy Pak fan club. First we had an adorable e-shoot in Union Square this morning, and now we’re wrapped up in this effortlessly elegant summer celebration in Brooklyn with breathtaking Blush Design florals. These photos have me swooning but don’t miss the beautiful Bride and Groom’s story below either, reflecting on their special day. See it all right here!

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From the Bride and Groom… As we walked toward the River Café, and the gently setting sun peered down upon satin white chairs arranged neatly around the venue’s landscaped garden, it was evident our weeks’ worth of praying for good weather had paid off. Our all-star team – Michael Justin, Jeeyun Kim, Judy Pak, and Kimberly Pilson bustled around us with seamless professionalism, wearing smiles only topped by that of ours and of the wedding party. As sequences occurred to disbelieving perfection, the last strands of day gave way to the twinkling lights of Manhattan; tears started drying, hands rising – we thank everyone involved, again, for those few special hours that would last a lifetime.

Photography: Judy Pak | Videography: Michael Justin | Wedding Coordinator: Kimberly Pilson | Floral Design: Blush Designs | Wedding Dress: Henry Roth | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | DJ: Scratch Weddings | Groom's Attire: Ralph Lauren | Wedding Venue: River Cafe

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Casual NYC Fall Engagement Session

As a fellow bride-to-be whose relationship has a major focus on food, I thoroughly appreciate this couple’s love for their weekly farmers market trips, and can’t think of a more personal and adorable idea for an engagement shoot. Judy Pak trailed along through Union Square Greenmarket and all the way to Gramercy Park, capturing every smile and we’re just smitten with these postcard-worthy pics.

From the Bride-to-be… James and I met in New York City when we were both new lawyers working at the same law firm. We lived only a few blocks away from each other in the Union Square area and would go to the Union Square Greenmarket every Saturday morning. We still go almost every weekend and love walking through, seeing what has been grown nearby and picking out what to cook each weekend.

Our shared love for food and cooking has been a huge part of our relationship. James proposed at Blue Hill at Stone Barns out in a field on the farm (before having an amazing meal!), and we are getting married in a barn in the Berkshires. But, at heart, we are still New Yorkers and since we aren’t getting married here, we wanted to take engagement pictures that would capture our true home.

We mentioned the Greenmarket idea to Judy, wondering if she thought it would work, and she was super enthusiastic to give it a try. We were also lucky to be able to borrow a key to Gramercy Park from a friend of James’s family, so we walked from the market, down Irving Place (one of our favorite blocks in the city) and ended in the park. It was a perfect fall day and we had the best time getting to know Judy and practicing our smiles for the wedding!

Photography: Judy Pak | Hair and Makeup: Michiko Boorberg | Location: Gramercy Park | Location: Union Square Greenmarket

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