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This Hudson Valley Wedding Had Us at Engagement Ring

Elena Wolfe snapped sooo many beautiful scenes during this Hudson Valley wedding day, but I just HAD to open with this beauty. Can you even handle it’s heirloom goodness? And this stunning Bride rocked it beautifully, along with her Katie May dress. Oh, and then there are captures like this that make me love logging on to Style Me Pretty every day. Thank you, Elena. There’s more right this way in The Vault and it’s all equally as dreamy.

From Elena WolfeJillian and Jordan picked a wedding venue nestled between the trees and valleys in Hudon Valley. With abundant and lush greens and dusty pinks, the day was surrounded by delicate blooms. The Groom and Groomsmen wore rich navy suits and the Bridesmaid’s mismatched pink dresses.

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Photography: Elena Wolfe Photography | Floral Design: Floral Cottage Weddings | Wedding Dress: Katie May | Cake: Elliegant Cakes | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | DJ: Victor Vargas | Groom's Attire: Jos. A Banks | Wedding Venue: MountainView Manor | Crown: Avigail Adam | Dress Boutique: And Something Blue | Photobooth: Pfotobooth | Photography - Assistance: Collen Macmillan | Photography - Assistance: Jennifer | Wedding Ring: Lang Antiques

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Glamorous Wedding Set at a 1920’s Mansion

If old-world glamour speaks to your wedding love language, this collection of images by Cadence Kennedy and film from BETSI EWING STUDIO will be just for you. Beginning with black and gold stationery by Momental Designs and ending with an epic sparklers send-off, there’s no better spot to kick off your Friday than the gallery right here.

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From the Bride… John and I met at a party in SOHO on my favorite day of the year; April 1st. As we laughed and danced to the band that was playing, I began to realize that this may be my April Fool! Our subsequent dates took us all over Manhattan, exploring restaurants and cityscapes with a relaxed vibe that came to define our relationship.

As we looked for a wedding venue, we both instantly fell in love with the easy elegance of the de Seversky Mansion on Long Island. It had the flair and history of a mansion built in the 1920’s with an intimacy in which our guests could unwind and have fun. Momental Designs captured its essence with hand-painted, gold accented invitations in the likeness of our venue’s grand foyer and chandelier. I found a gown by Berta Bridal with a scalloped, pearl design and deep V-neck, showcasing both old-world glamour and a modern, playful cut. The de Seversky staff did an amazing job accommodating a special timeline of events that lent itself to the type of evening we envisioned.

Following our church ceremony, we hosted a sprawling cocktail hour then gathered our guests for a formal sit-down dinner in the ballroom, with a pianist playing softly in the background so that our guests could enjoy each other’s company over a great meal, while we reveled in our first hours as husband and wife. After dinner, guests were welcomed into the glass garden room to enjoy our favorite band in the world, Atomic Funk Project, who brought down the house while interacting with the crowd for the rest of the night. The dance party spilled out onto the patio, where guests enjoyed fire pits and a cigar bar under the moonlight.

The whole day felt unreal, but Cadence Kennedy Photography proved it was with her magical imagery captured from start to finish. We knew that Cadence’s airy and whimsy photography style, teamed with Betsi Ewing Studio’s artistic videography would bring to life the special moments as we felt them; like we were in a dream! Our favorite photos reflect the greatest small moment of our special day when we snuck outside to witness the sunset and to take it all in.

We wound up practicing our first dance (that we made up only 3 nights prior!) and laughed through our stumbles. John and I spent most of our wedding night laughing and dancing to the band that was playing, which is exactly the way that we started, as April fools in love.

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Photography: Cadence Kennedy Photography Collection | Videography: BETSI EWING STUDIO | Flowers: Petals Party & Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Berta | Wedding Cake: J’aime Les Bon Bons | Wedding Invitations: Momental Designs | Reception Venue: NYIT de Seversky Mansion | Shoes: Sergio Rossi | Makeup : Julissa Lopez | Hair : Jennifer Lyn | Calligraphy: Carmel French | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Wedding Band: Band- Atomic Funk Project

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Mixing Romance and Greenery with a Stunning Rustic Backdrop

Whether you fall firmly in the romance category, love a great organic infusion or lean towards all things vintage and old-world, this wedding has all of the above. Greenery and blooms crafted by Dark & Diamond gussied up the gorgeous brick wall backdrop of the Roundhouse At Beacon Falls and Brian Hatton Photography captured all the beautiful moments.

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From the Bride… Andy and I both love upstate New York and the Hudson River Valley. Our shared love of nature is a central part of our relationship and the Hudson River Valley has both sentimental and aesthetic value for us. So we knew we wanted a venue that was somewhere along the Hudson, easy for friends and family to get to, with a cute town that was close to nature.

When we visited The Roundhouse we fell in love with the industrial feel in an adorable town right next to some awesome hikes. The Roundhouse’s sleek design and decor mixed with the beautiful waterfall on one side and mountains on the other were a perfect mix. We loved the rustic setting paired with the convenience of amenities, hotel rooms, and all inclusive catering. The combination of indoor and outdoor space gave us comfort in knowing we had a great back up rainy day option. The floor to ceiling windows, exposed brick, wood beam ceiling, and open dance floor made the venue a truly unique space. It was also easily accessible for elderly family members, which was incredibly important to us.

Our floral designers, Dark and Diamond, helped us to accentuate the natural beauty of the venue by adding flowing greenery and flowers, romantic candles, and small details throughout. They had worked at the Roundhouse many times before and helped us bring our vision to life. Not to mention, they were probably the coolest couple we’ve ever met. We got married on July 3rd, 2016 and our friends and family all got to take advantage of the beautiful town of Beacon, delicious food options, cozy bars, awesome hikes, and even got a glimpse of local fireworks during our party!

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Photography: Brian Hatton Photography | Videography: 15 Minutes of Frame | Floral Design: Dark & Diamond | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Stationery: Minted | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Rings: S H Zell & Sons | Makeup: The Blushery | Hair: Giannetta Salon & Spa | DJ: Nestor Marsh From MD Music & Entertainment | Groom's Attire: Reiss | Officiant: Rabbi Lester Bronstein | Transportation: JTR Charters | Wedding Venue: Roundhouse At Beacon Falls | Klezmer Band: Shirim

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This is How You Do a Wedding at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

It may only be mid-January, but this Brooklyn fete has me daydreaming of warmer spring days to come. Planned by Viva Max Weddings and featuring some pretty fab LBBers (including Wythe Hotel, Jackie Schneider Beauty and 74 Events) it’s a fete that is absolutely bursting at the seams with blooms by Rebecca Shepherd Floral Design and dotted with city skyline views like this. Thanks to a guy + a girl photography‘s stunning work behind the lens, we can soak in the warmer season to come in The Vault!

From Viva Max WeddingsBefore throwing themselves into wedding planning, Taylor and Dan prioritized two things: to have a wedding that was uniquely theirs – true to their style, their relationship, and the things they love – and to throw a killer party for their friends and family. The level of personalization for their wedding was intense – from a bee motif used throughout their décor items from molded butter to stationery, R2D2 cake toppers (a nod to their love of Star Wars), and a monogrammed corn hole board (a homage to their college football tailgating days at Boston College)!

The couple had a full schedule packed for their wedding weekend, as Dan’s family flew in from Minnesota. Rehearsal dinner was at Tavern on the Green in Central Park, and the Minnesotans had a special Hudson River tour on a historic boat the morning of the wedding for the ultimate New York experience. Taylor started her day at the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg, with her bridesmaids (and a bridesman!) getting back massages from a masseuse throughout the morning. Dan and his guys were at the Brooklyn Bridge Marriott, where their gifts from the couple were funky socks that matched each groomsman’s personalities.

Taylor and Dan tied the knot at the Brooklyn Botanic, with their friend Brennan Carley officiating. Guests sipped signature cocktails with bee-motif’d cocktail stirrers as they signed in on Jenga blocks with advice for the couple. The color palette was also super complex – mint, grey, ivory, black, and gold throughout, with pops of color in light pink champagne glasses, contrasting brights in bouquets, and deep hues of purple and burgundy in the centerpieces. Taylor and Dan’s attention to detail and creativity came together for a spectacular and unique wedding that nobody is sure to forget!

From the Bride… Prior planning the wedding, before I got immersed in all the amazing, fun decor details and vendor choices, my two biggest priorities in my vision were that Dan and I had a wedding that was uniquely ours – true to our style, our relationship and the things we love, and that we threw a killer party for our friends and family. I wanted people to walk in and think – this could only be Dan and Taylor’s wedding.

My color palette was a bit all over the place. I incorporated soft greens, and mints, grey, and ivory with black and gold details at the reception, through our table top decor, alongside various pops of color throughout the event that primarily came from the flowers, which truly were a focal point of the wedding. The flowers pulled in deep purples and reds, grey roses and even some flowers that were truly almost black. The bridesmaids bouquets incorporated yellow and orange hues, with funky feathers, which were one of my favorite details! I never envisioned having such a colorful wedding (I basically have an entirely black and grey wardrobe), but once I started picking decor and flowers, I realized that’s what really felt right! We also had beautiful light pink glass champagne glasses that were served with champagne or mint / cucumber seltzer water, given to guests as a welcome cocktail before the ceremony – we got a lot of compliments on that fun color detail!

We had a lot of unique and DIY details. R2D2 cake toppers (Dan and I both love Star Wars), a bee motif that was present throughout the wedding (a bee was on our monogram that we used on napkins, invitation suite, etc) and we also used bee butter molds alongside honey comb at each table for guests to eat with their bread! We had two games of corn hole at the cocktail hour to pay homage to our college football tailgating days at Boston College and fun signature cocktails!

My favorite moment (other than marrying my best friend) was cutting the cake. Even though people were watching, it felt like a more intimate, fun moment that Dan and I enjoyed together during an evening that’s filled with a lot of mingling and chatting with guests!

My flowers were absolutely out of this world. I still gush about them and day dream about them. I knew that flowers were going to be extremely important to me during the planning process, and my florist really delivered. They set the tone for the decor and vibe that I wanted – a true mix of elegant and whimsical. When I first walked into the room before the ceremony, they took my breath away. I wanted texture and color to be paired together in a way that was truly unique – and I think the flowers definitely accomplished that! Throughout the cocktail hour there were beautiful smaller arrangements and lanterns scattered around the space, the escort table arrangement was stunning, and all the bouquets were absolutely stunning alongside the sea foam-y color of the bridesmaids dresses. The groomsmen boutonnieres were so unique and fun! Our floral ombre on the cake is probably another favorite detail of mine. It was totally dreamy…

The gown I ended up buying was the 3rd dress out of 8 that I tried on. I immediately fell in love with it – I knew right away that it was my dress. I wanted something classic, with a bit of sexiness. I went into my dress appointment at Kleinfelds with an open mind and I couldn’t have imagined a better dress for me!

Our wedding favors were mini bottles of mango habanero jelly from Shelbourne Farms in Burlington, Vermont. Dan and I took a long weekend trip to Burlington last year to celebrate our anniversary we visited Shelbourne Farms on a beautiful, chilly sunny day. We ended up in the gift shop stuffing our faces with their home made mango habanero jelly on crackers for about 15 minutes, and bought a ton to bring home. We loved it, and thought it would be a fun, unique gift that people would actually want! I wanted our favors to be useful – or edible.

One piece of advice that I would give brides-to-be: Take in every moment of your special day – from the minute you wake up until the minute you go to sleep. Take it all in!

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Photography: a guy + a girl photography | Event Planning: Viva Max Weddings | Floral Design: Rebecca Shepherd Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Pnina Tornai | Cake: Patina Catering | Invitations: GubbaGumma Studio | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Hair & Makeup: JACKIE SCHNEIDER BEAUTY | Calligraphy: maggie burdge | DJ: 74 Events | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss Red Label | Hotel: Wythe Hotel | Wedding Venue: Brooklyn Botanic Garden | Hair Piece: jennifer behr | Rentals: Octavia & Brown | Wedding rings: Peter Germano

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