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The New York Botanical Garden Wedding by Erin Hearts Court
December 19, 2011
Tri State

If I could crawl into a wedding and live there for the rest of the day today, this gorgeous floral-filled fête at the The New York Botanical Garden captured by Erin Hearts Court would be my first pick. Folks, I just don't think it gets any lovelier than this. Overflowing with images of the gorgeous florals by Bowman Dahl that make my heart leap and a couple so cute I want to pinch their cheeks, the gallery is THE place to be this afternoon!

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From the Bride...Kerry and I wanted our wedding to be timeless and romantic with a naturally beautiful backdrop. As a child, my family took frequent trips to the New York Botanical Garden. It is full of great memories, many of which include my grandparents who passed away some years ago. On almost every trip we made there we would have lunch at the Stone Mill, outside next to the rushing stream. As luck would have it, we discovered that the Stone Mill had just finished renovations and was now a private event venue. It was of course the perfect choice.

When I found my dress the theme of the wedding really fell into place. It was classic with vintage flare and the skirt was a lovely concoction of silk organza cut in strips reminiscent of feathers. I paired it with a feather headpiece by Erica Koesler. We placed sterling silver pheasant sculptures and birds nests on the tables and used feathered calligraphy to embellish our invitations, menus and programs. Kerry sported a pair of winged cuff links.

Two of my bridesmaids were in their third trimester of pregnancy on the day of the wedding, so we went with Two Birds dresses for their flexibility and to avoid last minute tailoring.

We chose peonies as the dominant flower for their beauty, practicality, and symbolism. They embody romance and prosperity and are considered an omen of good fortune and a happy marriage. Their lush layered blooms seemed to compliment the delicate feather motif. Bowman Dahl did a beautiful job with the arrangements, using exotic varieties of peonies, berries, orchids, and sweetpeas in mercury glass footed bowls.

On that perfect June day with our nearest and dearest, we were married under a beautiful arbor (made by Kerry's good friend Sebastian Vikkelsoe) draped with fruit laden passionflower vines. Our officiant Susanna Macomb conducted an incredibly personal and intimate ceremony, and as one of my friends said, "There wasn't a dry eye in the house."

Ceremony + Reception Venue: The Stone Mill at The New York Botanical Garden / Caterer: Abigail Kirsch / Wedding Photography: Erin Hearts Court / Floral Design: Bowman Dahl / Officiant: Susanna Macomb / Hair: StylesOnB / Hairpiece: Erica Koesler / Make-up: Sally Duvall / Wedding Dress: Lazaro / Bridesmaid Dresses: twobirds Bridesmaid / Groom's Tux: Ralph Lauren / Groomsmen Attire: Ralph Lauren / Paper Goods: Gourmet Invitations