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An Organic Lakeside Celebration in New York for the Sweetest Couple

For Nick and Kevin, an elegant tented celebration at their family’s lake house was the perfect recipe for their special day. And thanks to the planning wizards at Simply Beautiful Events, their wedding dreams became reality. Arena’s decorated their day in plum and evergreen blooms complete with two breathtaking living chandeliers, completely transforming their tented reception. Head on over to the full gallery captured by Alexandra Elise Photography for all the inspiration, and don’t miss the groom’s write-up below for the best wedding planning advice.

From the Photographer… I met Nick & Kevin in Washington D. C. For their engagement session in the city that they call home. I love getting to know my couples personally but also in front of the camera before wedding day. Nick & Kevin’s wedding day was focused so much on their closest family and friends and I loved the inside scoop of hearing all of their stories before wedding day. Kelli, owner & lead designer at Simply Beautiful Events has planned weddings multiple times during this same first weekend in August for the same family at the lake, making Nick & Kevin’s wedding extra special. Building relationships is so important in the wedding industry. We want to create the most personal and beautiful day specifically for you and your loved ones and building a relationship strengthens that personal bond and brings in a trust factor. This was so evident on Nick & Kevin’s wedding day. Living in DC, they were planning from afar, but they had all their trust in Simply Beautiful events and the rest of their carefully selected vendor team. 

From Nick… We met on an online dating app in December of 2015 (Like all good millennials do haha). Originally we talked about just hanging out together as friends because we both liked the other but thought of it as more of a “he’s a cool guy that would be a great friend”. After chatting for a week we planned on hanging out. On our first “date” we went out for tacos and played Super Smash Brothers! We dated 2 years before I popped the question. I planned to propose on my birthday weekend when we were spending the weekend up in Rochester with some of our closest friends. After getting all of our friends together, I decided to wake Kevin up from his nap to come out and hang out with us.

Our friend group is very into “Icing” each other with Smirnoff Ices, so as soon as he came out I Iced him. Everyone had a good laugh and Kev was about to be a good sport and drink the Smirnoff but before he could I said “It’s only fair that if you are going to get down and take a Knee that I will too” and then popped the question! Our engagement lasted a little over a year. I didn’t really have a vision of our wedding day but I knew that I wanted the color scheme to be dark purples and evergreens and that I didn’t want a lot of flowers but wanted more greenery. Kev was great because he was happy with what I was envisioning for our wedding. We ended up having about 130 guests which I think was the perfect size for us! We both agreed on our lake house for a few reasons. 1 – The lake has always been really important to my family and when I think of going home I think of going to the lake

2 – The majority of both our families live in NY so it just made sense to have a centralized location. Some of our favorite wedding day moments were spending the morning together with the wedding party getting ready, it was a great time to just hang out and enjoy each other’s company. Another favorite moment was having our family portraits done. It’s rare that we get to have both families in their entirety (since many live all over). I also loved the best man speeches. My best man Bob has been my best friend since the 6th grade so it meant so much to me that he was there and did a trip down memory lane. I know both Kev and I agree that our Mother-Son dances were important to both of us. And although the dancing was so much fun, I think getting to go out on the boat at sunset to get pictures done and being able to see the whole tent and party really made it special and gave us a moment to appreciate it all. I think the best advice I could give to couples that are planning now is to make sure you are listening to advice/suggestions, however at the end of the day, this is supposed to be about what you two want and how you want to celebrate.

Photography: Alexandra Elise Photography | Event Planning & Design: Simply Beautiful Events | Florist: Arenas | Bakery: Premier Pastry | Bakery: Rochester Wedding Cakes | Catering: Root Catering | Makeup: Sonja George | Hair: Jason Wieland | DJ: DJ Chris Sweet | Officiant: Stuart Mitchell | Fine China Rentals: Petunia Rose | Invitations & Paper Goods: Louelle Design Studio | Luxury Event Rentals: Simply Beautiful Events | Photo Booth: Hype Booth | Private Residence: in Livonia, NY | Rentals: McCarthy Tents & Events | Sineage: MeNu

A Breathtaking Mountain Top Summer Wedding at Cedar Lakes Estate

The elevated camp setting of Cedar Lakes Estate in New York proved to be the perfect place for Sam and Billy’s romantic summer nuptials. The two married under a rustic arbor adorned in blush blooms and greenery from Faye and Renee Floral and Event Design. Kaleidoscope Weddings left no detail unturned, read on for all the special touches and don’t miss out on the full gallery for all the can’t-miss moments from their day, including the sweetest four-legged wedding guest – all taken by Emily Wren Photography!

From Emily Wren PhotographySam and Billy’s romantic, early August wedding took place at the breathtaking Cedar Lakes Estate. For years, I’d been hearing about how Cedar Lakes has elevated the rustic, invigorating appeal of summer camp with its elegant and thoughtful design, but stepping on-site is like entering an enchanted world! Cedar Lakes Estate’s sprawling pastoral campus makes even a weekend getaway feel like a true retreat and Sam and Billy planned a weekend of wedding activities to take advantage of the venue’s many charms. On Friday, they capped off their rehearsal dinner with s’mores around a fire pit and a luxe, cozy lounge created by Faye & Renee perfect for enjoying the late summer air in style. On the day of the ceremony, Sam and Billy took portraits down by the lake.

The afternoon light fell softly through the tall pines that border the lake, resulting in a tranquility that complemented the beaming bridal party and family. Meanwhile, on the Mountain Top (a grass clearing with stunning mountain views) Faye+Renee laid down a carpet of petals leading up to a rustic floral arch where Sam and Billy were married. The effect was pure magic. When Sam walked down the flower-strewn aisle toward the arch, I thought of the fairy huts I used to build as a child. We made them as beautiful as possible in the hopes that the fairies would come down at night and have parties.

Radiant and ethereal in her sparkling gown, Sam absolutely looked like an envoi from another world. And the couple’s handsome dog Reese had a star turn walking up the aisle and back again with his newly married humans! After a joyful and moving ceremony, guests headed down to the open air Pavilion for cocktail hour. Two trees outside the Pavillion were decked in a gorgeous swath of greenery and dusky florals, cleverly pinned with escort cards where guests could find their seating assignments. Inside the barn, Faye & Renee brought the robust romance of August indoors, with generous tabletop blooms, candles that glittered like stars, and a jaw-dropping arrangement suspended from the barn’s high ceilings.

Heartwarming speeches, delicious family-style meals, and live music by Cafe Wha contributed to the exuberant mood that filled the spacious barn. A colorful classic layer cake from Milk Bar put a grown up spin on favorite childhood dessert–perfect for the elevated sleepaway camp vibes of Cedar Lakes Estate!

Congratulations, Sam & Billy, thank you for having us shoot your magical wedding weekend!

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Photography: Emily Wren Photography | Floral Design: Faye and Renee Floral and Event Design | Cake: Momofuku Milk Bar | Makeup : Manes by Mia | Hair: Bridget Lembo | hair: Manes by Mia | Invitations & Calligraphy: Art Paper Scissors | Band: Cafe Wha Band | Wedding Venue: Cedar Lakes Estate | Bridal Salon: Spina Bride | Planning: Kaleidoscope

An Undeniably Romantic yet Rustic Indoor Wedding at Topping Rose House

This gorgeous wedding day planned by Camryn Brook Events has us day dreaming of long weekends spent out East! From a rustic, indoor barn ceremony to a reception in an art gallery – today’s romantic fête is quickly bringing Topping Rose House, a boutique hotel in the Hamptons, to the top of our list of fave wedding venues. AvaFlora did an incredible job at keeping the floral design refined yet luxurious, in a classic color palette of dusty rose, grey and gold accents. See the full gallery of pretty right here, all captured by the always amazing Lauren Fair Photography!

From Lauren Fair PhotographyAlexa and Justin’s wedding fell on a beautiful sunny, autumn day. The two ultimately decided to tie the knot at Topping Rose House, an intimate hotel in the Hamptons since they spend much of their time out East when not in the city. 

The ceremony took place in the Barn where AvaFlora created lush floral arch and aisle designs. Alexa’s uncle officiated the wedding making for a heartfelt ceremony leaving many guests teary-eyed. 

Cocktail hour followed poolside as the sun began to set and guests then made their way to the Studio, the modern all-white space for a farm-to-table dinner. The rest of the evening involved dancing in the Barn and a late night snack from Dreesen’s donut truck

When conceptualizing their design concept, the creative team and couple decided to mimic the property’s modern feel with charming rustic touches. “It was important to us that the wedding fit the Hamptons setting without feeling stuffy! We designed the day to feel luxurious while also remaining intimate and personalized”, said the bride. 

Overall the design was refined and clean as seen through the stationery design and tablescape, with romantic moments through the floral design. Their color palette consisted of shades of dusty rose, grey and accents of gold. To personalize their wedding, we incorporated their two beloved dogs, Riley and Olive in many of the details, including their save the dates, cocktail napkins, doggie bags and of course the ceremony. We love how these small details made their wedding feel unique to Alexa and Justin.

Photography: Lauren Fair Photography | Videography: Birdhouse Productions | Event Planning: Topping Rose House | Event Planning: Camryn Brook Events | Floral Design: AvaFlora | Catering: Jean Georges | DJ: 74 Events | Groomsmen's Attire: Suitsupply | Venue: Topping Rose House | Beauty: Erica Does Makeup | Donut Truck: Dreesens Doughnuts | Invitations & Day-of Stationery: C3 Design Co, | Photobooth: The Bosco | Rentals: Party Rental LTD | Save the Dates: On Three

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Watch The Outdoors Come Inside At This New York Botanical Garden Wedding

Hidden away in one of the world’s largest cities sits The New York Botanical Gardens, an urban oasis filled with lush flowers and greenery. Deanna and Matthew knew it was the perfect place to celebrate their love as it was right across the street from where they first met. For their elegant reception, they brought the outdoors in and transformed the ballroom into a luxurious garden beautifully photographed by Bashful Captures. Natural and wild floral arrangements took life on tables, while the dance floor itself was wrapped in golden vines. The full gallery is a must-see for all the pretty little details.

From the bride… We got married in the Fordham University Church. Fordham will forever hold a special place in our hearts. It’s the place where we first met almost ten years ago, and the place where we became husband and wife.

Matt proposed to me in a garden, so it was only fitting that our reception, too, took place in a garden. The New York Botanical Garden sits across the street from Fordham University – a sanctuary of flowers and greenery in the middle of the Bronx.

We wanted the reception ballroom to be an extension of the surrounding garden: our dance floor was wrapped in gold vines, and our flower arrangements were natural and wild, comprised of trailing greenery, garden roses, ranunculus, anemone, and pampas grass. Our wedding day was the best day of our lives.

Photography: Bashful Captures | Videography: Joseph Minasi Weddings | Videography: The Candi Project | Coordination: Vision Entertainment | Floral Design: One Flower by L | Wedding Dress: Marchesa | Cake: Lulu Cake Boutique | Invitations: Minted | Ceremony Venue: Fordham University Church | Reception Venue: New York Botanical Garden | Bride's Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Bridesmaid dresses: Dessy Collection By Vivian Diamond | Band: Sterling Band | Groom's Attire: Enzo Custom | Dress Shop: Mark Ingram Atelier | Hair & Make up: Face the Day NY: Makeup and Hair Services

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This Stunning “En Plein Air” French Countryside Elopement Is for the Romantics

A chic bridal hat, a knockout gown and breathtaking florals from Flowerwell– we’re in heaven over here admiring this gorgeous shoot designed by Stone Fruit. It’s elopement inspiration like this that makes me rethink my entire wedding and why in the world I didn’t just elope somewhere dreamy in the French Countryside, at least there’s always vow renewals, right? ;) Head on over to the full gallery captured by Alexandra Elise Photography to see all the details. Trust us when we say every image is S.T.U.N.N.I.N.G!

From Alexandra Elise Photography… Monet, Manet, Renoir, Matisse and Seurat all painted picnics on the lawn and we, too, as wedding artists found inspiration for our French elopement editorial “en plein air.”

For this early Autumn wedding, Maureen of Stone Fruit envisioned two artists eloping in the French countryside and celebrating with a picnic on the lawn, the groom marking the occasion with a painting of his bride. Elegant and welcoming are the two words we hear so many of our clients use to describe the feeling of their wedding, and the vision of a couple dressed in their wedding best enjoying cheese, fruit, and champagne outside on a blanket fully captured this feeling.

A modern, gardenesque-twist on the classic fall color palette (one that doesn’t scream pumpkin spice) inspired the flowers and stationery details. Jenny Rae of Flowerwell says, “I’ve found that in several years of fall weddings, brides are nervous to open their wedding to fall foliage. I think when most people think of fall foliage, the instantly go to bright orange (say it ain’t so!). But no, fall foliage can be amazing and rich, perfect earthy tones of reds, apricots, golden yellows, and fading greens.”

Maureen of Stone Fruit Studio created a laser-etched artist’s palette that served as a cheese board for our picnic. This custom cheese board not only marked the occasion splendidly but will serve as a special keepsake. Including hand-painted watercolors and lots of beautiful textures in the paper goods was important to creating an invitation that two artists would send. The wedding announcement, created on handmade paper, is designed with little artist’s details in watercolor and an organic wax seal.

The scene is set on Flowewell Farm’s land and we styled the picnic with vintage finds from her farmhouse collection. Warehouse 127 completed the picnic with the most incredible French vintage picnic baskets. The bride wears a Marchesa Notte gown from Silk Bridal Boutique and a sinamay saucer hat embellished with hand-dyed silk ribbon and a distant drum rose from the garden. The Marchesa gown had the perfect French-inspired feel with a horizontal striped texture, little bow, and flutter sleeves. Special Occasion Hair Design styled the bride in warm, natural, romantic makeup and an effortless updo. Her groom is dapper in a burgundy suit and a beard à la Monet himself. Alexandra Elise Photography captured the whole day beautifully on medium format film. It’s such a joy to see what Ali sees through her lens. Our lovely models are a couple in love who will pose for Alexandra Elise Photography again this December when she captures their real wedding. This editorial shoot was an opportunity for a few wedding pros to truly collaborate. The day was relaxed and every element came together to achieve the goal of creating an elegant and inviting example of our most creative work.

Photography: Alexandra Elise Photography | Design & Styling: stone fruit studio | Floral Design: Jenny Rae- Flower Well | Stationery: stone fruit studio | Hair & Makeup: Special Occasions Hair & Design | Venue: Jenny Rae- Flower Well | Bridal Gown: Silk Bridal Boutique | Models: Molly Sacheli and Zack Weissman | Vintage Picnic Baskets: Warehouse 127 | Wedding Dress Designer: Marchesa

After Looking At Over 20 Venues, This Couple Found The Best Venue In Upstate New York!

When it came time to planning for this bride and groom, the couple knew they wanted to get married in Upstate NY, but had no idea where! After looking at over 20 venues, they landed on Onteora Mountain House as soon as they saw it with its stunning views of the Catskills! Wanting to be fully involved in the planning process, bride and groom worked together to pick out vendors like Athabold Flowers to create tree-like centerpieces and elegant bouquets and Kelsey Combe Photography to capture all of the love AND views! Take a look below and be sure to check out the full gallery here!

From the Bride…After dating for 5 years, one of which involved us spending a year backpacking around the world, John and I always knew we were going to get married, but it was just a matter of when. On a summer holiday in Portugal, John surprised me while we were on a hike atop two beautiful lakes in the Azores and asked me to marry him. As soon as we got engaged, I realized I had no idea what I wanted my wedding to look like – so planning started immediately even though I promised we could enjoy being engaged for a while before we started thinking about a wedding!

The biggest challenge for us in the wedding planning process was finding a venue. We knew we wanted to get married in the late summer / early fall in upstate New York and make a weekend out of our wedding, but had no idea what type of venue we wanted. We looked at everything from estates to barns to farms, but were challenged to find a location that had lots of natural beauty, outdoor spaces for the ceremony and cocktail hour and a reception space that also retained the elegance we knew we wanted for our special day.

We are also rather type A and not ones to go with the flow, so we were very focused on having a solid backup plans in case a late summer rainstorm rolled in and we wanted to find a place that would be equally beautiful even if the weather did not cooperate. After looking at over 20 venues across the Catskill / Hudson Valley Area, we drove up a windy mountain path to find Onteora Mountain House and as soon as we walked on the property, we knew it was the one. With panoramic views of the Catskills Forest Preserve, a beautiful landscaped patio, a charming old house with lots of character, and an amazing wooded pavilion with a wrap-around porch, John and I knew we had found the perfect venue for our wedding.

Finding a dress was definitely the next hardest decision after finding a venue. Living in NYC, there are endless wedding boutiques to visit. I had tried on a handful of dresses with friends when I first got engaged, but found my dress when my mom flew in to go dress shopping with me. The Jenny Yoo showroom was our first stop and as soon as I put the dress on, I didn’t want to take it off. No matter how many other beautiful dresses I tried on (it was a lot!), I kept coming back to how great I felt in the Connor dress. I knew it was “the one” because I felt as if I had to get married the next day, the dress would be perfect and I felt amazing even in the sample dress. However, I also knew if I chose a fuller a-line dress, I wanted to have a second party dress and found a fitted high neck dress at BHLDN which was perfect for dancing in at the end of the night.

A good friend of ours had Kelsey Combe as her wedding photographer and we had contacted her even before we had found a venue or a date. After a few calls to discuss her approach and looking through her portfolio, we knew she was the photographer we wanted to capture our wedding. She was amazing during the entire wedding planning process, answering every question I had and made sure our pictures were a perfect representation of our day. Her expertise was also critical in figuring out our timeline and on the day, we could totally relax knowing she would get all the shots we needed.

When discussing what we wanted in our wedding, we wanted it to feel elegant, but relaxed and really take advantage of the outdoor beauty of the Catskills. After finding our venue, the theme “elegant garden party” kept popping into my head and it quickly became the filter for all our wedding planning decisions. We kept the color palette simple – navy, slate gray, and cream with hints of gold and light blush as to not overpower the stunning views of the late summer lush greenery of the Catskills.

We found Athabold Flowers on Instagram and after scrolling through her pictures, we knew we could trust her to deliver the elegant, yet organic feeling we wanted from our florals. We shared with her our vision and trusted her to do the rest and the flowers turned out absolutely perfect. From gorgeous bouquets to elegant “tree-like” centerpieces, Athabold created the flowers of my dreams while also tying them into the beauty of our venue. Athabold also allowed us to do a floral mock up a few weeks before the event. If your florist offers this, I would highly recommend taking advantage of it – it was super helpful to see what our flowers would look like given what was available at that time of year and make any adjustments after seeing it all together.

John and I both wanted to be involved in the wedding planning process and we each had a role in crafting all of the details of the day – whether it was spending a Friday night filling glass tubes of lavender, to working with a good friend to design our day of wedding stationery, all of the details were personal to us. It’s hard to choose one favorite day of detail since everything came together in such a special way, but two favorites were the Bequet sea salt caramels favors my mom brought from my home state of Montana or the s’mores bar and fire pit at the end of the night. I love any and all desert and it was fun to share that passion with our guests on our wedding day.

The entire day was truly magical, but highlights included reading the card John wrote to me before our first look. I remember the anticipation and feeling so excited to get to marry him (and we both basically wrote the same thing which was so sweet). Taking a minute before we saw each other to reflect on our relationship and what the future would hold was really special. And I loved our ceremony, where my cousin officiated and we had close family give readings we had chosen that truly represented us. We planned our own ceremony so every aspect was thought out and each reading meant something to us and our relationship. I also got to a do an unplanned first look with my dad which was such a special moment – the pride was radiating off of his face when he saw me in my dress.

My biggest piece of advice for all brides and what I tell my friends who are getting married is to focus on what matters to you. Everyone has an opinion (and are always willing to share it) when it comes to planning a wedding, but only you know what’s important and what will make you happy. Being a part of all the decision making made our entire day a complete representation of what’s important to the both of us and made the day so special.

About Kelsey Combe PhotographyI shoot weddings both in the NY tri-state area and in Southern California! My style is all about being authentic and REAL. I want a clients’ wedding photos to look exactly how the day felt- so when they look back in 50 years, it’s like being there again. Much more into the romantic and elegant than into the corny and staged. I love candid moments, and bringing a wedding day to life through photos. And most importantly, I like to have fun and laugh with couples. I’m a very in charge, get it done photographer, but also laid back and behind the scenes when I should be, if that makes sense!

Photography: Kelsey Combe Photography | Cinematography: Joyful Video | Floral Design: Athabold | Wedding Dress: Jenny Yoo | Invitations: Minted | Reception Venue: Onteora Mountain House | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Dessy Collection By Vivian Diamond | Catering: Blue Mountain Bistro | Hair & Makeup: Tara Pross of Bella Trucco | DJ: Paris Creative | Favors: Bequet Confections | Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux | Ceremony Music: Will the Cellist | Bride Reception Dress: BHLDN | Bride Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Photobooth: Ebabil | Veil: Eskay Bridal

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Scandinavian Inspired Holiday Décor Shoot with a Wreath Making Tutorial

This dreamy Scandinavian-inspired styled Christmas shoot is simple, elegant and everything our neutral loving hearts could ever desire! Take a look and be sure to check out the tutorial on how to make a wreath of your own!

The shoot centered around creating beautiful and simple holiday décor, inspired by Scandinavian design, using lots of foraged natural elements like fresh greenery and berries.

Wreath Tutorial

Create a simple fresh foraged holiday wreath:

1. Gather your materials: you’ll need a sharp floral clipper, floral wire, and a wire wreath frame. Snip the evergreen branches.

2. Cedar is a favorite of mine because the soft silvery-blue berries add even more texture to the design. Other evergreens such as pine, spruce or fir will work perfectly too.

3. Start by placing a branch or small bunch of the evergreen on the frame and attach it by tightly wrapping the wire around three or four times.

4. Don’t cut the wire; continue by adding the next bunch of greenery on top of the first.

5. Overlap the starting bunch by a couple of inches and keep all the stems going in the same direction, then wrap the wire around three or four times.

6. Continue this until you have made it all the way around to the starting point, then snip the wire and wrap it tightly around the wreath frame until it is secure.

7. To add more interest to the wreath I love to add a cluster of colorful berries, pine cones, or dried flowers. Bright red holly and nandina berries are a couple of my favorites. Shiny green and brown magnolia leaves are also a fun choice and add a contrasting texture to your wreath. Dried flowers like strawflower or celosia could also add a vibrant pop of color to your design. You can nestle these into the branches of the wreath and attach to the wire frame with a small piece of floral wire if needed.

8. My favorite way to finish off a wreath is by tying on a pretty silk or velvet ribbon in a loose bow with long tails.

Photography: Darcy Benincosa Photography | Styling: Emma Natter | Floral Design: Wild Fleurette

This Former Campground Wedding Venue Just Outside of New York City Is a Nature-Lover’s Paradise

New York locals, this (ridiculously adorable) couple wanted the feel of a destination wedding weekend while keeping the travel as easy as possible for their friends and family – enter Cedar Lakes Estate! This gorgeous venue is popping up everywhere all thanks so it’s gorgeous property and endless amenities in the heart of Hudson Valley. Guests enjoyed a weekend of yoga, canoeing, swimming in the lake… it’s the perfect little escape outside of the city. Amanda Savory Events brought the bride and groom’s romantic wedding dreams to life while Tin Can Studios completely wow’d us with their floral instillations. The lovely Rebecca Yale was there to capture every moment – including the sweetest father-daughter first look reaction ever! See it all at the full gallery!

From Rebecca Yale Photography… Britt and Brian were married on a beautiful September weekend at Cedar Lakes Estate, a former camp just a couple hours outside of New York City.  They found the venue early on in their search- in fact it was the very first venue they looked at! It came highly recommended from Brian’s mom’s best friend and they knew right away that it would be perfect for them.  They wanted to plan a destination wedding weekend, but since they’re both local to NY they wanted to make the travel easy on their guests and CLE delivered on exactly that.

With the help of Amanda Savory Events, the couple planned an incredible weekend of fun events for their friends and family, who mostly stayed onsite in the beautifully renovated cabins.  Activities included: color wars, canoeing, jumping onto the blob into the lake, yoga and an incredible welcome party on Friday night for all of their guests. Britt says “It was nice to spend time with everyone in a more relaxed setting and to allow guests from each side to get to know each other. I think it really set the tone for the rest of the weekend.”  Guests dined on farm to table fare and sipped flights of tequila at the bar. The tables were decked out in beautiful tequila bottles that they spent a year leading up to the wedding collecting for decoration.  Guests ended the evening making s’mores over the fire pit and then dancing the night away.

Britt used instagram to help her plan the day and select her vendors, using review sites and recommendations from friends and family to help vet them. She picked elements that she loved from various weddings on instagram and then as she put it “completely trusted the experts (i.e., our planner, florist, photographer, etc.) to take all the disparate elements and make them into something coherent. I wasn’t too tied to any one detail, so I mostly let them run with it. I think the final product was absolutely incredible and it was fun to be a little bit surprised at how it came together at various moments throughout the weekend.”  

Tin Can Studios created the most incredible surprise moments first by creating a soft organic feel in the cathedral of trees for the ceremony where the bride and groom said their I Do’s on a dock as the sun streamed in behind them.  Then later the big surprise was the reveal in the barn where the reception took place, which was decked out with large floral hoop installations strung up all over the dance floor, creating a fun and festive mood for the guests when they entered and gasped at the vibrant colors and fun atmosphere.  

Britt said, “the ceremony was undoubtedly the most special part of the wedding day for both of us. It was amazing to be standing up there together surrounded by all of our friends and family. We wrote our own ceremony, so every word of it was meaningful to us. The ceremony was what I was most looking forward to, and it was exactly as beautiful and surreal as I had imagined.” Her advice to other brides and grooms? “During your ceremony, take a moment to turn around and look out at all of your guests who are there to celebrate your love. It’s an incredible sight. Your wedding should be all joy because it really is this amazing opportunity to express yourselves as a couple. The entire celebration should just be so authentically you and all of your loved ones should see your values and tastes woven throughout the weekend.”

Photography: Rebecca Yale Photography | Videographer: Elysium Productions | Planner : Amanda Savory Events | Florist: Tin Can Studios | Stationery: Robinson Press | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Fame And Partners | Makeup: Kimara Ahnert | Hair: Styles On B | Lighting : Event Lights | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Venue : Cedar Lakes Estate | Bride's Dress Store: Mark Ingram Atelier | Dress designer: Mira Zwillinger | Entertainment- After Party DJ: Dash Speaks | Groomsmen: The Black Tux | Rentals: Patina | Vow Books: Wedding Story Writer | Wedding Day Band: 45 Riots | Welcome Party Entertainment: Imperfections

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Style, Fun & An Ever-Flowing Champagne Tower Complete This Brooklyn Wedding!

I LOVE a fun, modern wedding…especially when it takes place in Brooklyn and at one of THE coolest boutique hotels, The Wythe. But when the bride and groom shared their one request with DM Events, an ever-flowing champagne tower, I love it even more! DM Events got to work to keep the champagne flowing and the florals overflowing with the help of Ivie Joy Flowers, creating one of the most gorgeous ceremony backdrops with an array of soft blooms against a contrasting brick wall. Take a peek at all of the style and fun, captured stunningly by Samm Blake Photography!

From DM EventsFrom the instant we met Misoo and Damien, we knew that their wedding would be as special an event as they are a couple. With their innate sense of style guiding the design process, it was an amazing collaboration from the start. The minute Misoo shared with us her only request – an ever-flowing champagne tower- it was instant love!

When you have a couple who embody style and fun, the Wythe Hotel is the only choice to host their wedding. Located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the Wythe is a true boutique hotel housed in a meticulously restored 100-year old textile factory. The space features tons of exposed bricks, wooden beams, and steel columns. While the natural aesthetic of the hotel is industrial and masculine, it is also romantic and charming. In order to highlight these features, we focused on a delicate ambiance to balance the industrial feel and soften the architectural design. We worked with the talented Ivie Joy Flowers layering the beautiful spring wedding details with soft white and blush blooms, tons of candlelight, and beautiful linen runners.

Misoo’s stunning wedding dress from Berta was followed by a playful reception dress by Kalmanovich. Damien opted for a custom tux from Michael Andrews Bespoke paired with Louboutin velvet loafers. Also, in true Damien form, a barber was onsite for fresh shaves and cuts for him and the groomsmen. Who says it has to be all about the bride?!

Photography is always a place we tell clients to splurge because it’s so incredibly important! Samm Blake from The Wedding Artists Co. was such a pleasure to work with and captured all of the details so beautifully! We didn’t want to give Samm all the fun, though, so we also had Neeko Booths on-site to make sure all of the guests were enjoying the floral-lined photo booth and the dance floor Boomerang booth!

The night ended with our one must-have: the champagne tower! The bubbly was, indeed, flowing! There’s something so special about having a natural connection to a couple. Misoo and Damien were a dream to work with and we know their life together will flow with as much excitement as that ever-flowing champagne tower!

Photography: Samm Blake | Florist: Ivie Joy Flowers | Reception Venue: Wythe Hotel | DJ: Mon Amie Events | Groom's Attire: Michael Andrews Bespoke | Officiant: Jeffrey Kaufman | Ceremony Music: Fleur Seule | Barber: Cassie Kurtz | Bridal Dress: Berta | Bridal Salon: L'Fay Bridal | Bridal Shoes: Nicholas Kirkwood | Groom's Shoes: Louboutin | Hair and Make-up: Beautini | Photo Booth: Neeko Booths | Planning & Design: Dm Events

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A 19th Century NYC Treasure That’s the Perfect Mix of Industrial Chic and Garden Dreams

If you ask us, a truly unique and personalized wedding starts with the color palette. It’s so important for your wedding hues to represent your personality as a couple. Are you moody and romantic? Fun and playful? Or classic and traditional? Allow today’s stunning wedding planned by Ashley Chamblin Events to inspire! This darling couple brought so much joy and color to the industrial walls of The Foundry and the end result is breathtaking. Take a look at the full gallery captured by Brklyn View Photography for all the sweet details!

From Brklyn View PhotographyWhen you find your dream venue, that is already pretty perfect on it’s own, how do you make it even better? You use a lot of dreamy colors to bring the iconic Foundry to life and that’s just what Katie & Harry did! 

The couple worked closely with Ashley Chamblin Events to create this inspiring color palette to create a one of a kind wedding. They incorporated fresh fruit in their centerpieces, bright yellow and pink flowers in their floral arrangements, and even different colored coral and pink bridesmaid dresses for their intimate bridal party. It all worked seamlessly to create a cohesive and totally unique wedding for the couple. 

On a near-perfect day in July, Katie and Harry stud under the bright floral Chuppah in front of their closest family and friends and became husband and wife. Katie wore an elegant dress from Rebecca Schoneveld with a hairpin and veil from Hushed Commotion. The groom’s blue suit played off on the couple’s color palette down to matching the blue in their invitation suite which I dried oranges for the night before. It was the perfect touch to tell their story. The open-air cocktail hour led to a seated reception inside the stunning wedding venue. Guest dined on three levels before heading into the greenhouse for dancing and cake. It was an incredible day for a wonderful couple and I’m so honored I could be there with them on their special day!

Photography: Jainé Kershner Photography | Planner: Ashley Chamblin Events | Floral Design: Mimosa Floral Design Studio | Wedding Invitations: My Darlin' | Reception Venue: The Foundry | Brides Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Azazie | Hair and Makeup: Beautini | Band: Mod Society | Men's Attire: Indochino | Brides Dress: Rebecca Schoneveld | Brides Earrings: Hushed Commotion | Hair Pin: Hushed Commotion | Rentals: Broadway Party Rentals

Soft & Romantic Photography Mixed With the City of Brooklyn Make For A Modern Urban Fairytale

This morning’s inspiration shoot will have you booking your next trip to Brooklyn…we promise you! Planned by Wildflower Events + Design, they combined the perfect amount of urban, city life with a soft, romantic vibe with blooms of baby’s breath as the ceremony backdrop by Buds of Brooklyn against the industrial setting at The Wythe Hotel. Take a look below and check out the full gallery here, to see how Joanna Fisher Photography captured the real-life happy couple, as they made their way through the Brooklyn streets!

From Wildflower Events + DesignThe inspiration for this wedding styled shoot all started with this special, authentic, diverse borough, everything this team of vendors wanted to represent for this wedding styled shoot. Joanna Fisher, the talented photographer, based out of Fairfield, CT wanted to bring her soft and romantic edit to the hard streets of Brooklyn. With a simple Instastory shout out, she connected with Lindsey and Dara, the team behind Wildflower Events + Design to rally a rad and creative team, down for an adventure, up for major collaboration and lastly, teamwork!

Brooklyn has experienced its own metamorphosis from gritty to glam. Once seen as one of the nation’s preeminent industrial cities, characterized by factories and working-class families, it has now undergone this cultural shift defined by hipsters mixed with local Brooklynites who’ve clung to the remaining pieces of ungentrified blocks, young families and creative types, who all live peacefully amongst one another. The Wythe Hotel, situated in the heart of Williamsburg, the epicenter of hipsterness, embodies the perfect combination of the old and new Brooklyn. Once the home to a sugar factory, the Wythe leans into those cool industrial vibes by showcasing its original exposed brick walls, old wood beams and cast-iron columns, yet still radiates cool and trendy with its beautiful rooms and its numerous event and restaurant spaces.

The cool industrial feel of The Wythe Hotel was the perfect juxtaposition against the soft, romantic and ethereal vibes designed by Wildflower Events + Design. Highlighting the hotel’s Garden Terrace, the ceremony set up, which was effortlessly created by Buds of Brooklyn was an effervescent cloud explosion of soft pink baby’s breath climbing up the exposed brick walls. Incorporating Borrowed Blu’s modern, yet soft ceramic tableware perfectly complemented Wildflower and Bud’s collaborative design. Truly emulating Brookyln’s no-nonsense attitude, Cat Wilcox, the boss lady behind Cat Wilcox Designs created the most fitting invitation suite for this occasion (check that invitation liner)! Adding a much-needed pop of forest green to the tablescape, Cat tied all the table decor together perfectly with her beautifully designed place cards and menus! Everthine Bridal, located in the quaint town of Madison, CT, styled the two beautiful brides. Continuing the hard and soft theme, Brit wore a romantic bohemian-inspired dress, from dress designer, Flora Bridal, while her wife Bethany wore a cool, sleek and trendy Alexandra Grecco pant set that highlighted her amazingly sculpted arms and back. Michelle and Chelsey from Willow House Beauty completed the elegant, yet romantic bridal look, nailing those 1920s inspired romantic soft curls and gorgeous dewy makeup.

Just like Brooklyn’s authentic vibes, the shoot required a real-life, open, no BS couple to emulate those similar feelings. Brit, a social media influencer and writer behind Lively Co. Blog and wife of 2 years, Bethany, founder of Outlay Apparel Co. absolutely radiated on and off-screen! Their love is described as honest and open is totally evident. Every single vendor was swooning over their cute and flirty energy and stunning beauty! These ladies were game for anything! Despite their long drive into Brooklyn (they live in CT), these gals didn’t hesitate to jump on a ferry to Dumbo, take over an ice cream truck or run through the streets to get the shot! Their game time attitude kept the team inspired and moving despite the hot humid August weather! It’s days like these that keep wedding vendors inspired! With none of the vendors working together prior to this shoot, an instant community was created. It showed the power of creativity and love! We all came together to show how all love is beautiful and worth celebrating. As Brit eloquently said, “My passion is sharing my story and I’ll never stray away from doing that, as long as there are people out there who need to hear it.” It can be confidently said that the entire team of vendors truly feels that way about their own passions. We love to help couples celebrate and share their stories and love!

Photography: Joanna Fisher Photography | Event Planning: Wildflower Events and Design | Floral Design: Buds of Brooklyn | Wedding Dress: Everthine Bridal Boutique | Wedding Dress: Eli By Flora | Wedding Dress: Alexandra Grecco | Invitations: Cat Wilcox Watercolor and Calligraphy | Hair and Makeup: Willow House Beauty | Hotel: Wythe Hotel | Table: borrowed BLU

This Is What a “Luxury Camp” Wedding Looks like and It’s Safe to Say We’re Obsessed.

When we heard the theme was “luxury camp”, we had no idea what to expect… but with a dream team like Loli Events and Oleander Curated, there was no doubt about it – it was going to be good. There couldn’t have been a more beautiful place for this adorable couple to tie the knot than Cedar Lakes Estate. Think a romantic first look by the lake, a hillside ceremony and a cozy covered reception. Lauren Fair Photography worked her magic yet again and graced us with this stunning full gallery of details – don’t miss out on all the heavenly details (plus the cutest petal bar you’ll 100% want to steal)

From the bride… As someone who plans and executes events for a living, I was eager to start putting together my wedding mood board and color palette the moment Tarek proposed! It was such a surreal experience dreaming the day up, but I knew I wouldn’t be able to do it alone. Finding my wedding vendors was a task I took very seriously and took my time doing the research. Every vendor I selected was carefully thought out and added a very special element to our wedding. I knew that I had to create the perfect dream team for the big day and am so lucky to say that I did. I had been a huge fan of Lauren Fair and Oleander Curated for a while – I could just see through their work how much chemistry they had working together. With Lauren Fair’s dreamy aesthetic and Oleander’s exquisite attention to detail, they were able to create a fairytale wedding that I am forever grateful for. 

Rachel from Loli Events was always a step ahead of each task the entire weekend – I didn’t have to worry about a single detail. Our videographer, Em Rehm is a dear friend of mine who I worked with for years in my professional career – it was really cool having her there to film something so personal. One of my most special vendors was my hairstylist, Steven Picciano. Steven has been my best friend since the 2nd grade and has been part of every milestone in my life – but this by far was my most favorite yet. Having him by my side the entire day from prepping my hair to placing the veil on my head was just so special and something I’ll never forget. Cedar Lakes Estate was the first venue Tarek and I looked at and we just knew the second we pulled up to the property – this was it! Owners, Stephanie and Lisa Karvellas from the start made us feel as though we were family. Their team went above and beyond throughout the entire process and couldn’t imagine having our wedding anywhere else. 

Throughout the weekend, the high level of service, the guest-centric experience, and the excellent food and beverages were amazing. Since Cedar Lakes Estate is a venue that allows guests to stay on property – the entire weekend felt like one big vacation with our closest family and friends who traveled all over the world to celebrate our marriage. We hosted all of our events on property – rehearsal dinner, welcome drinks, ceremony, cocktail hour, reception, after party and farewell brunch. Many of our guests would would say “This is the best weekend of my life!” which is exactly what Tarek and I wanted to achieve. 

On Saturday, our guests woke up and had breakfast in the pavilion and later joined for a workout class hosted by the bride’s Maid of honor by the lake. For those who wanted to retox instead of detox, the bride and groom hosted a Bloody Mary and mimosas bar by the pool which kicked off the lawn games and blob. Later in the afternoon guests enjoyed a pop up beer garden that was set up inside Cedar Lakes Estates vintage Ford truck. 

I had been very nervous about reciting my personalized vows to Tarek in front of all our family and friends – however the moment my dad and I locked arms, walked down the aisle and I saw Tarek standing there – I knew I’d be able to tackle my fears. After the ceremony was over, we were able to sneak a peek of the barn before all of our guests arrive. It was one of the moments I was waiting for after a year and 8 months of planning. Cynthia and David from Oleander Curated truly took my breath away – and flawlessly brought every single vision and detail to life. 

Photography: Lauren Fair Photography | Videography: Emily Rehm / InspireByEm | Event Planning: Loli Events | Cake: Momofuku Milk Bar | Invitations: Wide Eyes Paper Co | Reception Venue: Cedar Lakes Estate | Catering: Cedar Lakes Estate | Lighting: Event Lights | Band: Around Town Entertainment | A/V: Legato Av | Bridal Party Hair + MU: True Beauty Marks | Bride Hair: Steven Picciano | Bride Makeup: Willow House Beauty | Creative Direction, Styling + Florals: Oleander | Day of Paper Goods: Wide Eyes Paper Co | Specialty Event Rentals: Oleander

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This Bride Had Not One, But Two Designer Wedding Gowns!

Montauk, an East Coast favorite for Summer vaca’s but what about absolutely romantic Spring weddings, like today’s soiree at Gurney’s Montauk Resort?! All Who Wander Event Design planned a fully packed wedding weekend from an intimate rehearsal dinner to a farewell brunch, and of course the big day which incorporated fully bloomed cherry blossoms and stunning hanging floral chandeliers crafted by Designs By Ahn. Head on over to the full gallery and check out all of the dreamy beach photos by Brklyn View Photography!

From Brkyln View PhotographyIs there anything more romantic than getting married in one of the most beautiful places on earth? I didn’t think so either. Jing and Bob fell in love with Montauk and when they got engaged, they knew it was the perfect location for their magical wedding. The couple chose the luxurious Gurney’s Montauk Seawater Resort & Spa to host their weekend celebration!

The couple brought on All Who Wander Events to design, plan, and coordinate their wedding. It was a full weekend away in the Hamptons that started with an intimate rehearsal dinner, followed by their wedding day, and concluding with a goodbye brunch. Nicole, from All Who Wander Events, has incredible style and it was a thrill to be working together again for another spectacular wedding in the Hamptons. The cherry blossoms had just begun to bloom out east and we were lucky enough to have a few trees on the waterfront property to use in their wedding photos.

The bride wore a stunning wedding gown from Pronovias with a long lace train and changed into a second wedding dress during the reception by Berta. Designs by Ahn created the most beautiful, take your breath away, pink, blush, and muted mauve floral arch for the couple’s wedding ceremony. It was a show stopper! The couple was married on the Forward Deck at Gurney’s which overlooks the ocean officiated by one of their closest friends. It was a moving and meaningful ceremony for the newlyweds! After the ceremony and before cocktail hour began, we went down to the beach for a few sunset photos with our toes in the sand. How gorgeous is Jing’s Berta dress? Stunning!

Guests enjoyed cocktail hour outside before entering the white tented reception space. Silver Arrow Band lit up the dance floor! The couple’s initials were on display on the dance floor in a gold monogram under a hanging flower and light installation from Designs by Ahn. Jing and Bob danced the night away with their closest family and friends. It was so much fun being with them for their wedding weekend and honored to capture this incredible moment in their lives.

Photography: Jainé Kershner Photography | Videographer: Frank Ahn Films | Wedding Planner: All Who Wander Event Design | Floral Design: DESIGNS BY AHN | Cake: Sugar Sugar Custom Cakes | Invitations: Whimsy B Paperie | Reception Venue: Gurneys Resort Spa | Brides Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Band: Silver Arrow Band | Groomsmen's Attire: Enzo Custom | Brides Dress: Pronovias | Brides Second Dress: Berta | Hair & Makeup Artist: Sarah Ahn | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental

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You’re Going to Want to Steal This Touching and Adorable Escort Card Idea!

Take one look at the towering trees, green grass and lush gardens surrounding this gorgeous venue and you’d never guess it’s located in the heart of Brooklyn, NY. The bride’s regal cape, their creative lantern escort cards and the jaw-droppingly beautiful reception are just a few of our favorite things about this wedding day planned to perfection by Details by Gina. Get your pinning fingers ready and head to the full gallery captured by Merari Teruel Photography for s major dose of inspo.

From Merari Teruel PhotographyLindsay and Jay had a very specific vision for their wedding day: beautiful, classic and natural. They chose to host their big day at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden and opted for a fresh, greenery-filled vibe to compliment the venue. 

Despite having an outdoor garden wedding, Lindsay and Jay still wanted to keep the event sophisticated. Lindsay’s gorgeous Pronovias gown and cape helped them do just that! They also brought in a swing band that played classic crooner and swing music throughout cocktail hour and the reception.

Designs by Ahn helped them keep the event fresh and elegant into the reception at the Palm House by infusing clean and crisp white linens and chairs with complimentary white, ivory and green centerpieces of varying heights and shapes. 

Their escort card was placed in the middle of the dance floor and each guest had a designated lantern that guided them into their table, named after a particular city that was close to Jay and Lindsay’s hearts. 

With just their siblings as their wedding party, they exchanged vows in front of a gorgeous tree and then spent the night dancing the night away with their loved ones. Exactly what they had wanted all along!

Photography: Merari Photography | Event Planning: Details Wedding Coordination | Florist: DESIGNS BY AHN | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Invitations: Minted | Ceremony Venue: Brooklyn Botanic Garden | Catering: Patina Events at Brooklyn Botanic Garden | Band: New York City Swing | Photo Booth: Mir Mir | Video: Reel Feels Production

This NYC Venue Is the Perfect Industrial Chic Space You’ve Been Searching For!

When industrial-chic meets enchanted garden – the results are truly breathtaking, and this wedding is proof of just that! If you’re in NYC, you know there’s no better place than The Foundry to pull off this timeless look, thanks to its charming exposed brick walls and climbing ivy at every turn. Vision Event Co. brought the bride and groom’s dream to life by bringing the outdoors in, with a little help from Ivie Joy Flowers who transformed the space with spectacular hanging installations and a wow-worthy arbor. Head on over to the full gallery to see the magic unfold – all captured by CLY BY MATTHEW!

From CLY BY MATTHEW… The couple met in the med school, started dating and finally tied the knot at the Foundry in Long Island City, NY. The industrial yet modern flare with lots of ivy, cobble stone, exposed red brick charm added so many layers of beauty to this wedding celebration.

The bride wanted to make a whimsical greenhouse-like setting by putting hanging greens and flowers and a beautiful arch at the ceremony site. Later on it became a gate for the reception where they walked through for the entrance.

Transforming from NY industrial chic to enchanting greenhouse with garden style offered an amazing atmosphere throughout the day. The bride and groom’s mothers wore a Korean traditional outfit, called Hanbok, to represent their cultural background.

Photography: Cly By Matthew | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Cake: Lucky Bird Bakes | Bride's shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Pronovias | Catering: Bartleby & Sage | Hair and Makeup: VickyC5 | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Wedding Venue: The Foundry | Flower: Ivie Joy Flowers | Photo Booth: Cly Booth | Planning: Vision Entertainment

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A Floral Escort Card Display Unlike Any We’ve Seen Before!

A little bit of rustic romance mixed with a bit of sophisticated style made for the perfect wedding day for this music-loving couple! Held at The Full Moon Resort, Bride and Groom adorned the venue with a variety of stunning floral displays by Faye and Renee! From a jaw-dropping ceremony setup, allowing the bride to walk through a set of doors (while being completely outside,) to one of our favorite escort card display’s we’ve seen! Top off the day with the sounds of live band, Cafe Wha? Band and you have a wedding day full of all of the love and all of the dancing! Take a peek below, and see how Emily Wren Photography brought this couples whimsical day to life!

From Emily Wren PhotographyMarli and Zach brought a sophisticated sense of style and love of live music to their wedding weekend at the Full Moon Resort. The rustic romance of the Catskills provided an idyllic backdrop for this glowing couple, along with family and friends, to celebrate from the rehearsal dinner on Friday night to the farewell brunch on Sunday morning! 

The Full Moon Resort is situated in the heart of the Catskill Forest Preserve and offers both in-house catering and an array of accommodations and venues, making it the perfect destination for a summer wedding!

The floral design, courtesy of Faye & Renee, augmented the Full Moon Resort’s grounds, bringing heavenly floral arches (and dreamy french doors!) to the lush green lawns and decking the handsome golden barn in rosy sprays of summer blooms! While there were so many major moments of floral inspiration in this wedding, I was struck by the escort cards, nestled in the baskets of yellow and white wildflowers outside of the Wedding Barn. It was the sweetest way to transition from the cocktail hour in the garden to the reception indoors.

Music plays an important part in Zach and Marli’s relationship–Zach, who used to be a music blogger, actually met Marli at a concert– so getting a world-class wedding band was a must! They booked New York’s legendary Cafe Wha? band, who were absolutely amazing! The spirits were high in the Wedding Barn, and the golden lights hanging from the ceiling like full moons lit up the equally beaming crowd! Cafe Wha? read the energy of the room and kept the dance floor rocking until the end of the night, when Zach and Marli joined their guests for an after-party at the Roadhouse–a late-night bar on the premises!

Photography: Emily Wren Photography | Videography: Luxe Reel | Floral Design: Faye and Renee Floral and Event Design | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Invitations: Minted | Reception Venue: Full Moon Resort | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Catering: Full Moon Resort | Makeup & Hair: Tara Pross of Bella Trucco | Band: Cafe Wha Band | Groom's Suit: Enzo Custom | Groom's Wedding Band: Chris Ploof | Ring Box: Alwedo | Wedding Ring: Jemma Wynne

A Hampton Wedding that Will Most Definitely Put You in a Summer State of Mind

Four years ago this month I was preparing for my own Big Day—just one month out. A summer-lover at heart, a July wedding was always in the cards for me and one by the ocean, of course. Today’s nautical Montauk fete from Brklyn View Photography is taking me back big time with it’s seaside views and east coast vibes. I don’t doubt it’ll get you in the summer state of mind too!

From Brklyn View Photography… Fall is one of my favorite seasons in New York. I love when the weather gets a bit cooler, the leaves start to change, and it’s the perfect time of year for a wedding. Margaret and Phil love Montauk. They spend many Summer’s together growing their relationship out in the Hamptons so it was the only place to have their wedding. The held their wedding ceremony and reception at the stunning Gurneys Star Island Resort.

The bride wore a stunning wedding gown from Pronovias and her grandmother’s wedding ring in her honor. Her bridesmaids wore blush peach dresses and held delicate bouquets from AvaFloral. Margaret’s all white wedding bouquet is one of my favorites ever! So simple and so stunning. The groom wore a light blue suit and his best men were a mix of the bride’s brother and his childhood best friend. Margaret and Phil had their wedding ceremony outside in front of the cottages with the lake view at Gurneys Star Island Resort. The stood under the beautiful floral arch that framed the couple perfectly.

As the couple exchanged their vows and became husband and wife, everyone was overcome with emotion and celebrated the newlyweds as they walked down the aisle arm and arm. The Farmhouse Ballroom was decorated with white and pops of greenery. Margaret and Phil love to dance and A Sterling Band kept the dance floor packed the entire reception. It was such an honor to be with Margaret and Phil on their wedding day and I can’t wait to see what life has in store for this amazing, sweet, and lovable couple!

Photography: Jainé Kershner Photography | Floral Design: AvaFlora | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Wedding Cake: Montauk Bake Shoppe | Invitations: Pixie Chicago | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Hair & Makeup: Cherise Loren Beauty | Groom's Attire: My Suit | Wedding Venue: Gurney's Newport | Wedding Band: Sterling Band

This Shoot Is Giving Us Major Chuck and Blair Vibes and Every Gossip Girl Fan Needs to See Why

Any Gossip Girl fans in the house? Because this gorgeous wedding inspiration from Ulvia Mammadova is giving us major Chuck Bass and Blair Waldorf vibes. Every inch of this shoot is romantic beyond words. The bride’s Galia Lahav dress looked like a fairytale against the dramatic fountain at Bethesda Terrace. Precious Flowers created an ethereal blue and white bouquet that made our hearts skip a beat. It’s truly the most perfect “classic New York” wedding inspiration we’ve ever laid eyes on. See it all for yourself at the full gallery!

From Ulvia Mammadova4 years ago my own wedding in Azerbaijan got published on Style Me Pretty, and now I would like to share an editorial shoot how it would be look like if it was in New York.. This is a story of two young people who fell in love with each other in the magical city New York: Anna, a model and contemporary artist, and Ryan – professional latin dancer.

In order to create clean and intimate shots in the most touristic spot – Central Park we’ve been ready and all set up by early dawn. And here it is – time stops and fairy tale starts right here on Bethesda Terrace, free of people. Though it was an inspirational shoot, I enjoyed how it turned out so real and true emotionally! I wanted to make something alive, free and effortless, just like the New York city itself, something more than just beautifully styled shoot, to show the beauty of youth and spontaneous love.. That chemistry and connection, how they were looking at each other, I was getting inspired by them during the shoot!

Oh, and Galia Lahav wedding dress.. – an endless inspiration for every bride to be! Sparkly gown with an embellished corset, embroidered with silk flowers and crystal accents – was love at first sight. When we were choosing the dress together with Bridal Reflections team, I was so lucky to see and to talk with Galia Lahav head designer – Sharon Sever, who creates these pure pieces of art.. Thanks to an incredible team of very talented people, who stand behind this shoot. Nude and glowy makeup done by Liza Ray. Unique and timeless rings from Victor Barbone, which always has a history behind of every piece.. Jennifer Behr earrings in the shape of leaves were nothing but the perfect match with petals on the dress, completing the look inspired by the grace of nature..

Photographer: Ulvia Mammadova | Florals : Precious Flowers Houston | Wedding Dress : Bridal Reflections | Stationery : Chavelli | Groom : Ryan Raffloer | Bride : Ariel @ New York Models | Creative Director: Ulvia Mammadova | Earrings : jennifer behr | MUAH: Liza Ray | Wedding Rings: Victor Barbone Jewelry

A Rustic Fall Wedding at Hayfield Catskill Alive with Vibrant Color

It may be on the cusp of Summer, but it’s a crisp Fall day in our minds thanks to this gorgeous wedding captured by Elena Wolfe Photography. The beautiful bride and her handsome hub chose a bright color scheme rich with orange, pink and burgundy hues complimenting the Fall foliage surrounding their venue, Hayfield Catskill, in upstate New York. The lucky bridesmaids were able to choose their very own dream dress for the special day, allowing their unique personalities to shine through! Oh, and prepare to be wow-ed by the colorful arrangements from Heart and Soil Flowers. Keep on reading to step inside this charming day, planned to perfection by Modern Kicks.

From the Bride… We got engaged in Camden, Maine over July 4 weekend when we were there on a family trip. I always wanted an emerald engagement ring however my husband would not let me be part of any ring design. All I was able to share was what stone I wanted and my ring size and he insisted on doing everything else, which meant I knew nothing about the ring until the moment he pulled it out and proposed. The emerald stone had been set in a man’s ring that belonged to my husband’s late grandfather. Before we got engaged, when my husband told his grandmother he wanted to propose and I wanted an emerald, she got the ring and gave it to him and he had the stone reset in a new design. It is truly one of my most treasured possessions and incredibly special to have a part of his grandparents with us all the time.

When we got engaged we already knew we wanted a fall wedding with the backdrop of the outdoors and the foliage at its peak. Hayfield truly embodied everything we were looking for and the barns and the beautiful surroundings laid the foundation for the aesthetic direction we went in – especially the colorful leaves which inspired the colors that were featured in the floral arrangements by Heart and Soil Flowers, the bridal bouquet and the color palette I gave my bridesmaids so they could choose their dresses. Overall we wanted our wedding to be a fun celebration where our guests could enjoy themselves, enjoy the natural beauty of the Catskills and have a memorable time.

My dress was one of my most favorite parts of the wedding. Going dress shopping I really had no idea what I wanted and therefore I tried lots and lots of different shapes, fabrics, cuts, etc. This Halfpenny London top and skirt combination really embodied our wedding for me, a beautiful shape – the satin top bringing a classic touch and the fringe skirt adding playfulness and ease which felt appropriate given the barn and outdoor setting. It was important to me that each bridesmaid be able to choose their dress – color, style, everything – as I wanted everyone to be comfortable and feel their best.

I love the mismatch look and encouraged each of them to choose dresses with embellishments, prints, different textures and fabrics, etc. I loved each dress they chose, I loved how they really fit each bridesmaid’s personality and the way they looked all together at the wedding was exactly what I envisioned. We wrote the table assignments on vintage window frames we rented from Hudson Valley Vintage Rentals. The look and feel of that display fit perfectly with the rustic beauty of the barns and gave a nice, no frill touch to the seating.

My sister in law designed the wedding invitations and we worked very closely with her on all elements of the aesthetic direction. She then painted the leaves in watercolor before scanning them digitally to create the invitations. Those motifs were utilized throughout the invitation suite as well as the programs, menu, table settings, etc. At the wedding. We had a short non-denominational ceremony officiated by a dear friend of ours which made the experience incredibly special. Having someone so close to us, who knows us both really well and therefore was able to bring a very personal touch to the celebration and then be the one to pronounce us husband and wife was one of our favorite moments.

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Photography: Elena Wolfe Photography | Cinematography: Hello Super Studios | Coordination: Modern Kicks | Floral Design: Heart & Soil Flowers | Wedding Dress: Halfpenny London | Catering: 121 Restaurant & Catering | Makeup: Kim Misner | Hair: Kyra Hair | Calligrapher: Ella Romero, Farebella | Band: Kazz Music Orchestra | Barn: Hayfield Catskills | Accomodations: Eastwind Hotel | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Photo Booth: Hudson Trailer Co. | Rentals: Party Rental LTD | Vintage Rentals: Hudson Valley Vintage Rentals | Wedding Dress Boutique: The One Bridal

A Light and Romantic Wedding Inspiration Shoot at The Adelphi Hotel

I’ve always had a ‘thing’ for Saratoga Springs, NY…I visited once a few years ago and fell in love with the city from the tradition of horse racing to the charm throughout the downtown streets. It is no wonder Michelle Lange Photography teamed up with Kelly Strong Events for this classic and romantic inspiration shoot at The Adelphi Hotel, located in the heart of Downtown Saratoga Springs. The soft color palette paired perfectly with the overflowing amount of windows and the natural light in the event space. Add in a stunning bouquet and floral displays by Olive and June and you feel like you’ve stepped into a dream. Now, I am left asking myself…when am I heading back to Saratoga Springs?!

From Kelly Strong Events

The Location

The Adelphi Hotel is a new luxury hotel and wedding venue in the heart of Saratoga Springs, New York. Located on Broadway, you can’t find a more central location for your guests to enjoy everything that downtown has to offer. Within in the Adelphi Hotel is Blue Hen – a stunning atrium inspired restaurant and event space. An incredibly unique space, overflowing with natural light, we knew this is where we wanted to be.

The Design

Seeking a romantic, classic feel we designed the day to allow for beauty to lie in the subtle details. The design plan was built around this space that is so bright and airy with stunning blue chairs. Because of everything the venue has to offer, we wanted to compliment the surroundings rather than compete with them. Choosing a subdued color palate allowed us to build a beautiful table design with thoughtful details that didn’t detract from the stunning venue. Layers of fabric were used to create a runner that laid on top of a dusty rose, matte linen. The beautifully textured paper goods were done in neutral tones and brought to life by the blush florals and gold accents. The main centerpiece was accented by unique blooms – like flowers floating in a bowl of water – that created a beautiful visual statement. Finally, a romantic, ruffled design cake accented with blush blooms tied the classic feel to the dessert table.

The Destination

Saratoga Springs is rich with horse racing tradition. It is such a special part of the destination, so we wanted to include a subtle nod to its history without over-theming the day. The simple white horses, created by Ink Revival, were added to each menu for the hint that we were looking for.

The Team

The team of partners that worked together on this day are local to Saratoga Springs but bring a breadth of experience to the table. Each partner has recently relocated to the area from cities across the United States and abroad. With this experience, the team was able to create something completely unique and not yet seen at the Adelphi Hotel.

Photography: Michelle Lange Photography | Event Design and Planning: Kelly Strong Events | Floral Design: Olive and June | Cake: Austin Bayliss Cakes | Stationery: Ink Revival | Wedding Venue: The Adelphi Hotel | Beauty: True Beauty | Bridal Shop: Lily Saratoga | Model: Bohemian Bulldog | Rentals: Total Events

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