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Airy Summer Estate Wedding In The New York Countryside

Come inside this secret garden summer wedding.  Inspired by the natural beauty of The Mansion at Knox FarmEVL Events planned and designed a day that stuns.  Blooms by Beck & Forth have us swooning, from the ceremony in an open field designed with florals that seemed as if they were growing straight from the ground to the tented reception which continued the enchanted garden theme. Each artful image captured by Nicole Gatto Photography is more beautiful than the last, visit the full gallery to see them all.

Gina and Greg’s wedding reminds us all to be open to each experience as it finds you. The two met for the first time while working for a country club in New York. They remember feeling sparks from the very beginning. A few months later, they had their first date, and they’ve been laughing together ever since. Greg planned an elaborate scavenger hunt proposal around Buffalo.

The entire day was filled with stops at meaningful locations around the city, like where they shared their first kiss. The final stop, at one of their favorite hiking trails, ended in a picnic, a proposal, and a celebration with their closest family. Inspired by summertime and the natural beauty of The Mansion at Knox Farm, this wedding offered a romantic and welcoming space for their guests. The circular altar of white and green florals was set in front of a field grown wild with grasses and gentle forests.

Filled with a bounty of blooms, the gorgeous marquee-style white tent set a crisp and summery backdrop for the reception. Indoors, the mansion was decked in more florals, cascading down the staircase. For dessert, the couple pulled out all the stops for their guests with a table filled with chic and tasty treats.

Photography: Nicole Gatto Photography | Floral Design: Beck and Forth Co | Cake: Muscoreils | Stationery: Graphic Poetry Invitation | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Birdy Grey | Catering: Oliver's | Makeup: Brianna Ronan Beauty | Hair: Studio 2000 | Entertainment: H&H Entertainment | Men's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Wedding Venue: Knox Farm State Park | Desserts: B Sweet Designs | Dress Store: Dahlia's | Lounge Rentals: Quaint | Planning and Design: Ellicottville Events | Rentals: Tesoro Event Rentals | Rentals: McCarthy Tents & Events | Signage: Beck and Forth Co

A Floral Filled Wedding At Oheka Castle Fit For The Princess Bride

Calling all princess brides, your search is over! This fairytale come to life at Oheka Castle is absolutely epic.  Janna Brown Design Co. planned, designed, and photographed the dreamy day and it’s safe to say we can’t get enough.  From the lush and romantic bridal bouquet to tables lined with blooms, the fabulous floral designs bring the love story to life.  The dreamy details shine in artful imagery all on display inside the full gallery.

From … The dappled light set our bride aglow as she stunned in her exquisite lace gown and cathedral veil from Reem Acra. Florals in shades of taupe, blush, and cream danced in the wind as Oheka Castle towered in the background.

Our groom donned a fitted tuxedo as the couple made their way through the gardens for sun-soaked portraits in one of New York’s most prominent properties.

With a garden-inspired design, the couple indulged in a luxurious aesthetic to pair with the opulent venue.

Photography: Janna Brown Design Co. | Event Design: Janna Brown Design Co. | Event Planning: Janna Brown Design Co. | Floral Design: Janna Brown Design Co. | Gown: Reem Acra | Beauty: Bespoke Beauty | Bridal Boutique: Alexias Bridals | Paper Goods: The Vintage Inkwell | Rentals: BBJ La Tavola

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Swoon Worthy Florals Turn This Summer Wedding At The Groom’s Family Home Into A Fairytale

For a bride that loves whimsy, this elevated backyard wedding is an absolute must-see.  From the textural bouquet to the cutest flower girl in floral sunglasses, every inch of this wedding has us falling in love.  AaB Creates planned the dreamy day and N.T. Designs filled it with breathtaking blooms.  McSween Photography perfectly captured the joy and fun of the day in timeless imagery.  You’ll love every moment, including the gelato truck! See it all inside the full gallery.

From McSween PhotographyHarry and I arrived in New York a day before Shannon and Phil’s Long Island wedding. Making a pit stop in Oyster Bay at the florist shop we decided we should look since their Planting Fields ArboretumWedding portraits would be there the next day. Seriously, if I lived in Oyster Bay I would be at Planting Fields all the time. It’s so gorgeous, everywhere you turn it’s like a dream. Especially now that it is summer and everything is in bloom. We went by to scout the venue and I am so glad we did because it is quite sprawling. We first went to the Italian garden and oh my heavens it is stunning. There is a hobbit-like house called the Tea House that sits adjacent to a crystal blue fountain surrounded by a plethora of flowers in bloom. We made our way around the estate visiting the Rose Arbors, and greenhouses. The next day for Shannon and Phil’s wedding day we arrived for their first look and start in front of the Tea House. An utterly perfect moment between Phil and Shannon. After a first look, we took a spin through the garden and then over to the Camellia House for family and bridal party photos. The Camellia House has exquisite architecture, perfect for Phil and Shannon’s family photos and bridal party pictures. Shannon and Phil’s Planting Fields Arboretum Wedding portraits will forever be some of my favorites.

When I used to think of backyard weddings, luxury is not something that came to mind. However, wait until you see this one, it is amazing. Shannon and Phil married a few weeks ago on a mild summer day in July. And when I say it was mild, a mere 82 degrees made for the perfect day! Literally, it’s normally so hot, but their day was amazing. Leaving this Long Island New York Wedding a must-see event. A sailcloth tent was set up behind the pool for an amazing wedding reception. And a gorgeous ceremony with an aisle flanked on both ends with gorgeous flower arches. Shannon walked down the aisle in a gorgeous Berta gown to Phil, who was crying tears of joy. They shared the most precious vows and shared rings and a kiss to seal their love. Exiting through guests tossing flower petals and another kiss at the end of the aisle, their forever together started. Their wedding reception started with a cocktail hour around the pool with a mixologist and three custom cocktails to choose from.

From cocktail-hour guests entered the gorgeous sail cloth tent to their seats for a delicious meal. Friends and family toasting the couple’s happiness, first dances, and special songs were all part of the celebration, followed by a fun party of dancing! We adore Phil and Shannon and the love they share. From the very first phone call, we knew these two were going to be an unstoppable force together. We love their day and the love they share. It is such a great honor to be a part of their magical day.

Photography: McSween Photography | Videography: Brady Weddings | Bakery: Dortoni Bakery | Brides Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: SHow Me Your Mumu | Catering: Culinary Sensations LI | Entertainment: On The Move Entertainment | Beauty: Juliana Fink - JFink Beauty | Bridal Gown: Berta | Flor: N.T. Designs | Gelato: Dolce & Gelato Catering | Headpiece: Christie Lauren | Linens: The Finishing Touch | Mixology: ssquared mixology | Planning: AaB Creates | Pre-wedding Portraits: Planting Fields Arboretum | Rentals: At Your Service Party Rentals | Rentals: A rustic Affair

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You Need to See This “Coastal Grandmother” Approved Southampton Wedding

Today’s stunning tented wedding in Southampton planned by All Who Wander Event Design is really getting us in the Summer spirit! From the modern color palette of dark green, tan, and neutrals to the organic arrangements by AvaFlora – every detail of Michaela and Michael’s day exuded out-east elegance. Don’t miss out on the full gallery for a serious dose of “coastal grandmother” wedding inspo (oh… and if you’re not already obsessed with the trending “coastal grandmother” aesthetic like we are, just know it’s a high compliment okay?!) — all captured by Jaine Kershner Photography!

From Jaine Kershner Photography… With two reschedules, a venue and date change, and a little bit of luck, they were able to throw one heck of a party. It was a dream team of vendors who helped bring their modern yet romantic vision to life including All Who Wander Events for planning and design, AvaFlora for florals and decor, and Ink and Nibs from their invitations to paper goods.

Their wedding reflects the couple’s personal modern aesthetic and by using a mix of dark green, tan, and neutrals, they were able to completely transform the tented event space at The Seabonack Golf Course in Southampton, NY. On their original wedding date in May, it snowed so imagine how excited they were to have 80-degree weather in October just a few months later. Everything works out for a reason!

Michaela and Michael opted to forgo the traditional bridal party and decided to renew their vows before Sunset. They held a small micro wedding the year before so they were very excited to have their bigger celebration with all of their closest family and friends actually happen. Yay!

More from the Bride… This wedding was incredibly special to us, for so many reasons! After postponing and re-postponing due to Covid, it felt almost surreal to wake up on the morning of the wedding and realize the day had finally arrived.

We are so grateful that we had a small, family-only ceremony in 2020 during the height of Covid, and will always cherish that intimate day when we were officially married. But, we had been looking forward to this larger celebration for a long time, so being able to have all of our friends, family, and loved ones together after almost two years was truly a blessing.

We wanted our guests to feel like they were a part of the day, and our story, so we showed a video from our 2020 ceremony before moving into our vow renewal. The vow renewal ceremony was a beautiful reminder of why we gathered that day – even though we were already married – and how grateful we were to our loved ones for being there with us to celebrate.

After the vow renewal, it was time to hit the dance floor! Mike and I met for the first time at Cafe Wha, and I knew that having the Cafe Wha band play at our wedding was a must. Hearing the band kick off and watching all of our guests pour into the tent was an emotional moment for me – it was really what we had been waiting for! We just wanted everyone to let loose, dance, and enjoy each others’ company after so many months of isolation, and it was so amazing to see the night come to life as the party started.

The day was more perfect than I could have imagined. The weather was gorgeous, and our vendors nailed every single detail. I wanted the wedding to feel like a big, family dinner party – laid-back but elegant, cozy but charming – and that’s exactly how it came together. I feel so lucky to have worked with the best vendors, and that the day was calm, no-stress and so much fun! The best part was, we were able to have our four-month-old daughter there. A beautiful blessing during uncertain times, this is a day we will be telling her about for years to come!

Photography: Jainé Kershner Photography | videography: The Brothers Gorman | Event Design: All Who Wander Event Design | Event Planning: All Who Wander Event Design | Floral Design: AvaFlora | Invitations: Ink And Nibs | Reception Venue: Sebonack Golf Club | Brides Shoes: Sam Edelman | Hair: Martin Kiss | Lighting: Matt Murphy Event Lighting | Band: Cafe Wha Band | Beauty: Elite Bridal Beauty | Brides Dress: Daalarna Couture | Brides Second Dress: Bronx and Banco | Rentals: Patina | Rentals: Party Rental LTD | Tenting: Sperry Tents Hamptons

This Lush ‘Springtime in the City’ Editorial Beautifully Captures The Universal Feeling of Love!

Love is for everyone! With iconic Central Park locations and a breathtaking skyline view, Jacqueline Denise planned a ‘Spring in the City’ editorial that exquisitely captures the universal feeling of love. From the light & airy color palette and bright floral displays by DESIGNS BY AHN to the cherry blossom trees scattered throughout Central Park, every detail exuded the blissful effervescence of the season — AND love! This shoot celebrated the real-life couple with a classic & elegant aesthetic that sprinkled in whimsical hints with the most adorable macarons by We The Birds and rosy-hued table settings. Inquisited blew us away with her heavenly stationery suite, per usual. Stop by the full gallery to see all the springtime magic that By Halie shot on this lush day! 

From InquisitedWhen Jacqueline Denise of Jacqueline Denise Events started planning this editorial it was early January, 2021. The pandemic was still a very real way of life and it was the day after the riots in the US capital. Standing in the center of Central Park collecting her own thoughts about what 2021 was going to bring the world, there was a moment where she looked around her and realized that no matter what was going on in the world, one thing was still and always will be true – Love is universal. It’s unconditional, and it deserves to be celebrated. With the idea that love is universal, Jacqueline Denise began creating the design board for the springtime Central Park Shoot with the overall goal of showing people how beautiful something small and intimate can be as well as celebrate all forms of love. To celebrate all forms of love, she chose to highlight a lesbian wedding with brides of different races and sizes. 

With so many gorgeous couples out there it was important to Jacqueline Denise, that Jacqueline Denise Events clearly show that weddings are for everyone. Jacqueline Denise pulled inspiration from springtime in Central Park to create the feelings of classic, elegant and just a hint of whimsical. The colors therefore were all bright, light and airy to reflect the refreshing feeling spring gifts us. Jacqueline thought about Bow Bridge, the Boathouse, yellow taxi cabs, and cherry blossom trees for the color palette. For the final locations and set up of the shoot, Jacqueline Denise took it one step further and loved the idea of having the first look in Central Park and then the Ceremony and Reception in a private park along the hudson in West New York, NJ, so that the NYC skyline could be highlighted and celebrated as well. Fun fact – it was just a 20 minute drive between both locations! The paper, designed by Inquisited, was romantic and the perfect compliment to the soft pink and gold scalloped plates from Uniquely Chic Vintage Rentals. Uniquely Chic Vintage Rentals also provided all of the tablescape pieces, arch support, table and chairs. We purposefully chose a love seat on one side of the table and 3 chairs on the other so that a couple could see they had options and could sit apart or cozied up! 

To add a fun whimsical surprise to the table, custom macarons flown in from Dallas, made by We the Birds, were used in place of place cards. The names chosen were all mentors that encouraged Jacqueline Denise Events to be created. In weddings it’s always fun to see something unexpected and reimagining the place cards was a great opportunity for that. One of the best parts of the day was watching Victoria and her team at Victoria Ahn Designs, create the most gorgeous floral arrangements for the Arch, bridal bouquets and tablescape. Using a mix of peonies, and other fresh spring flowers, every petal of every flower was thoughtfully considered and their work was absolutely exquisite. For the dresses and the models, Bridal Reflections absolutely nailed it and chose gowns for both bride models that were stunning on their own and complemented each other beautifully when together. Mayumi, who was born and raised in Brazil, looked stunning in the Ghalia Lahav gown. And Stephanie, a New York local and major model in the plus size modeling world looked spectacular in the Calla Blanche gown. Hair and make-up was completed by Jade Kai, Marylou Liriano and Glam by Alexandria. Overall, the editorial was truly a labor of love, and so much fun! As a team we are all so pleased with how beautifully it was designed by Jacqueline Denise Events and captured and photographed by the lovely By Halie.

Photography: By Halie | Floral Design: DESIGNS BY AHN | Wedding Dress: Galia Lahav | Wedding Dress: Calla Blanche | Stationery: Inquisited | Hair: Jade Kai | Hair: Glam Alexandria | Bridal Shop: Bridal Reflections | MUA: Marylou Liriano | Macarons: We the Birds | Model: Stephanie | Model: Mayumi | Planning: Jacqueline Denise Events | Rentals: Uniquely Chic Vintage Rentals

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A Romantic Spring Shower Helps Highlight The Beauty Of The Season

Proof that rain doesn’t have to ruin the day, we’re swooning over this April Showers-inspired editorial. Highlighting a beautifully authentic and romantic spring shower, this styled shoot represents the best that spring has to offer no matter the circumstances. Rachael Ellen Events created a day that told the story of the season through color with touches of sunny yellow for warmer days, pops of deep purple for the days that pull us back into winter, and the bright promise of May flowers with touches of whites and pinks. Featuring all of spring’s most beautiful blooms, NYC meets spring garden in the most beautiful of ways. Gracie Byrd Jones artfully captured the romance of the day in her imagery. Visit the full gallery to get inspired.

From Rachael Ellen EventsOur April Showers editorial was inspired by the changing of seasons and the nebulous weather that comes with it. After the past year, we are no stranger to a “plan B” when it comes to weddings and I wanted to highlight the beauty of just that!

We styled the ceremony under the 620 Loft & Garden clear tent – arguably the most beautiful rain plan in NYC. It felt like we were under one big bubble umbrella. Organic pedestal arrangements featuring spring Fritillaria, tulips, and Forsentia flanked each side of the couple. The drops of dew added just that much more romance to the organic design.

The tablescape was created to feel like May flowers were starting to peak out of the garden, or table in this case, surrounded by dozens of pastel-colored taper candles. We balanced a mod lilac linen with classic gold and white china, flatware, and crystal glassware. It was the perfect spring soiree for 16 of their lucky “guests.”

Photography: Gracie Byrd Jones | Event Design: Rachael Ellen Events | Event Planning: Rachael Ellen Events | Floral Design: Rachael Ellen Events | Invitations: Ink & Press Co. | Reception Venue: 620 LOFT AND GARDEN | Engagement Ring: Victor Barbone Jewelry | Makeup: Stacie Ford | Hair: Marissa Molnar | Tux: The Black Tux | Bridal Designer: Eisen Stein Bridal | Bridal Shop: Mark Ingram Atelier | Linens: BBJ La Tavola | Reception Gown: Alexia Maria | Rentals: Broadway Party Rentals

Summer In Upstate New York Has Never Looked So Sweet And Sophisticated

Raquel and Michael’s Berkshire Mountains wedding captured the very best of summer in upstate New York. A tranquil and restrained palette of exquisite white and gentle blush tones enhanced the idyllic grounds of James & Hudson Farm. From a stunning pondside ceremony to a tented reception filled with organic flowers, Faye and Renee Floral and Event Design created a day worthy of your wildest wedding dreams. You’ll fall in love with every fabulous detail in the artful imagery by Emily Wren Photography. Watch all the magic of the day unfold in the full gallery.

From Emily Wren PhotographyRaquel and Michael greeted their guests with a cocktail hour in the gardens. A duo of strings played lilting classical music from the porch, as everyone mingled through the sun-soaked afternoon enjoying crisp beverages and a tantalizing array of hors d’oeuvres.

Guests made their way across the green lawns towards the floral-laden chuppah that Faye + Renee created at the edge of the pond. The columns of supple blooms and deep greenery were so lush that the structure appeared to have grown from the earth for this very occasion. Beneath that magical canopy, Raquel and Michael exchanged vows and were pronounced married just as the sun slipped out of view and the sky shifted into twilight shades of pink and purple.

Beneath a canopy of greens in the reception tent, long tables draped in French linen, set with gold-rimmed glass chargers and classic gold flatware, dressed with candlelight and soft, organic florals, awaited the couple and their guests. After an elegant meal and sweet first dance, Raquel changed into a show-stopping, modern jumpsuit and she and Michael danced the night away with their loved ones.

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Photography: Emily Wren Photography | Videography: Emily Wren Photography | Floral & Event Design: Faye and Renee Floral and Event Design | Wedding Dress: Eisen Stein Bridal | Reception Venue: James & Hudson Farm | Rings: Sammy Dopelt | Catering: Main Events | Makeup: Courtney Kerns | Hair: Manes by Mia | DJ: Highline Productions | Band: Curtis Music and Entertainment | Venue: James & Hudson Farm | Getting Ready Venue: 250 Long Pond | Paper Goods: Ruth Cohen

Subtle, Sustainable Details Bring This Inspiration Shoot To Life From The Brides Jumpsuit To The Barware!

Sustainability isn’t always top of mind when it comes to wedding planning, but why not?! There are plenty of sustainable vendors out there that you can incorporate into your wedding day, and Katharine Phillips Event & Design shows you how with this beautiful inspiration shoot. Taking place at 500 Pearl, a repurposed venue with subtle details like home grown florals by Wild Blossom Hollow and biodegradable straws by Little Green Panda at the bar, Matt Genders Photography captured every little detail that can make you feel like you’re saving the world, even as you say ‘I Do!’

From Katharine Phillips Event & DesignWhile planning this styled shoot in Buffalo, New York, my intention was to showcase how to incorporate subtle yet sustainable details into a wedding. Now more than ever, there has been a large call to be ‘living more sustainably.’ Becoming a conscious consumer is something that takes time and research— which can also feel overwhelming. However, big change doesn’t happen overnight and our aim was to show that the small steps are worth celebrating!

One of the centering pieces of this shoot was the bride’s jumpsuit from Tangerine Rentals, which offers designer bridal rentals at a fraction of the cost. Not only is it more budget-friendly option, but there is also something to be said about a piece that will receive more than one use. She is matched by her partner who is wearing a tie from Repreve– a brand of recycled fiber used for various types of apparel.

The table is adorned by arrangements from local floral designer Christy Muck of Wild Blossom Hollow who is not only a talented designer but farmer as well. She takes pride in growing her flowers as naturally as possible not relying on toxic chemicals, synthetic fertilizers or wholesale distributors for her designs. This allows her to offer a unique experience for her clients who get to visit her fields to hand-pick their flowers two weeks prior to any event.

Our venue, 500 Pearl, was recently repurposed from the old Buffalo Christian Center and is part of Buffalo’s larger community revitalization, giving life to a historic building in an area where many have either been abandoned or torn down.

Finally, the couple grabs drinks at the bar where the mixologists can provide the couple and their guest’s drinks with 100% biodegradable wheat straws made by Australian brand Little Green Panda. All these small choices truly begin to add up and can help make couples feel more satisfied with the positive impact their wedding can have!

There were so many other talented vendors who contributed to this shoot that was expertly captured by Matt Genders Photography. Overall, I couldn’t be more pleased with how it turned out and hope it inspires couples to take those small steps towards sustainability.

Photography: Matt Genders Photography | Event Planning & Design: Katharine Phillips Event & Design | Floral Design: Wild Blossom Hollow | Cake: Sweet Dreams 716 | Invitations: Rust Belt Love | Makeup Artist: Glam Chair of Krista Lou | Hair Stylist: Rachel Rizzo Hair and Makeup | Groom's Attire: Zara | Groom's Attire: Repreve | Wedding Venue: 500 Pearl | Biodegradable Straws: Little Green Panda | Bride's Jewelry: Pegs Hardware | Hand Dyed Silk Ribbon: Honey Silks And Company | Linens: BBJ La Tavola | Rentals: Hank Parker's Tent & Event Rentals | Tableware: Anthropologie | Wedding Jumpsuit: Tangerine Rentals

Love Meets Art At This Modern Inspiration Shoot

Love is in the air at this Hamptons styled shoot at the Parrish Art Museum. With inspired style and an eye for detail DM Events & Design created inspiration that every bride will fall in love with. Porcelain Vine Floral Design played with texture and subtle hues to create eye-catching florals at every turn. Just wait until you see the reception table with flowers that seem to grow straight out of the center! You can feel the magic of the day in the imagery by Stephanie Brauer. Visit the full gallery for tons of timeless touches.

From DM Events & DesignLocated in the fabled Hamptons, Parrish Art Museum is a force of limitless beauty. Between the perfectly executed structure and lush, overgrown landscape, it’s an absolute dream for the couple who wants a showstopper venue.

Dawn Goldsmith of DM Events & Design teamed up with wedding photographer Stephanie Brauer and Marta Prachar of Porcelain Vine Floral Design to curate an understated design to complement the venue itself. Playing with subtle hues, textures, and prints, the concept quickly soared from minimalist to timeless, much like the art hanging on its walls.

With the venue being a cultural destination, it was so important to the team to honor that by having a bride and groom from two different backgrounds celebrating what matters most: love.

Photography: Stephanie Brauer Photography | Floral Design: Porcelain Vine Floral | Cake: Sarah & Simon Cake Design | Stationery: Paperfinger | Reception Venue: Parrish Art Museum | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Acrylic Sticks: Acrylic Sticks | Bridal Dresses: Amsale | Bridal Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Groom's Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Hair & Make-up: Willow House Beauty | Linens: BBJ La Tavola | Lounge Rentals: The Event Bird | Masks: Tracy N Collection | Models: New Icon NY | Planning & Design: DM Events & Design | Rentals: Elite Tent Party Rental | Welcome Bags: The Giftwell

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You’ll Never Believe This Dreamy Montauk Micro Wedding Was Planned in Just a Few Weeks!

Ahhh, Montauk in the summer – I mean really is there anything better?! I think not. We’ll be sitting here daydreaming all week long about today’s swoon-worthy summer soirée, reminding us that warmth on the East Coast is actually a thing (while it sure feels impossible to conceive of right now!) With planning help from All Who Wander Events, these two pulled off their dream elegant wedding  at a private estate out east – all in a matter of weeks! Just wait until you see how gorgeous it is. Bring a bit of sunshine to your life and check out the full gallery, all taken by Jaine Kershner Photography!

From the Bride… After a year plus of planning the “dream” wedding we had always imagined, it was hard to wrap our heads around the idea that that dream might just have to wait. But, while Covid threw a wrench in our original plans, it presented us with an opportunity that is now one of our fondest, and most cherished, memories. 

Once it became clear that the large wedding we were planning wasn’t going to take place anytime soon, all we could focus on was just getting married. In a few short weeks, we pulled together the things that were most important to making that happen – finding a church, coordinating with our immediate families, and getting the dress and suit tailored in record time ;)

All of the vendors that we still have booked for the big day totally rallied around us and jumped at the opportunity to make this “mini-mony” as special as it could be. When it came to design, simple was the name of the game. I wanted a no-fuss, no-stress day and, luckily I already had a vision of what I wanted the design elements to look like. We followed the general design plan that we are still hoping to use one day at a large reception, but ultimately we were blessed with a beautiful, sunny, July day in Montauk and that is truly what made the day so perfect. Looking back, I now can’t imagine getting married any other way.

Photography: Jainé Kershner Photography | Videographer: On Philm Productions | Event Planning: All Who Wander Event Design | Floral Design: AvaFlora | Reception Venue: Private Estate, Montauk NY | Brides Shoes: Sam Edelman | Makeup: Elite Bridal Beauty | Hair: Xavier Silva | Band: Cafe Wha Band | Bride's Dress: The One Bridal

It’s Official – This Is the Most Epic Rooftop You Can Get Married at in New York City

Attention all NYC couples: In case you weren’t already aware, 620 Loft and Garden is an absolute must to consider for your big day in the Big Apple! With unbeatable views of the historic St. Patrick Church and Saks Fifth Avenue, this is a NYC rooftop locale unlike any other. Today’s gorgeous couple tied the knot under a lush “un-finished” arbor from Studio Imbue (we’re still obsessed with this trend) and later danced the night away inside the loft made beautiful by Blooming Wed’s timeless designs. To see it all come to life, check out the full gallery – taken by Allen Tsai Photography!

From Blooming Wed… After proposing under the Eiffel tower in Paris, Sissi and Feiran decided to get married at the city where they first met each other – New York City. When Sissi wanted me to help her plan and design their wedding, our team immediately got on board. After 10 months of preparation, the wedding turned out to be what the bride and groom have envisioned: romantic, elegant, and touching. The wedding venue is located at 620 loft and garden, the most beautiful rooftop venue in the heart of the city. When we designed the wedding for this couple, we took into consideration of the venue–its style, the surrounding buildings, the main color. The backdrop is the historical St. Patrick Church alongside Saks Fifth Avenue. The Saks building has clean and straight lines, so to make the ceremony décor look more cohesive, we didn’t choose traditional arch. 

Instead, we designed an asymmetrical altar arch with an unconnected top. The two lush and tall arrangements look like they’re growing directly from the ground. Guests can appreciate the stunning backdrop through the arch without any points blocking their view. The arch is composed of green foliage with light and airy blooms like distant drum garden roses, dahlia and Japanese anemone. We opted for white Chiavari chairs that echo the wedding color palette. The shape of the chair also mimics the clean lines and the windows of the Saks building. Considering the narrowness of the aisle, we placed the aisle runner decorations at the entrance. Like the ceremony altar, these flower arrangements look like they are growing from the ground, welcoming the bridal party and guests. The reception was held inside the loft. The extraordinary, yet classic interior loft is entirely customizable, brightened by wall-to-wall windows flooding the indoor space with natural light. As Sissi wanted a classic and timeless wedding, we designed the reception to reflect that aesthetic. 

The base color of the design is white. We had a medium-size pink centerpiece with two ikebana style arrangements to add a light and airy look to the table. We chose a pink color napkin to add a pop of color to the table and imbue it with romance. A gold-trimmed charger paired with gold flatware added elegance. Their custom menus also followed the NYC theme. We had a calligrapher from Ink and Honey write the guests’ names directly on the menu to add a personal and thoughtful touch. The table number has iconic NYC buildings on it. The name of the building and the table number are printed with dusty blue ink and held up by a marble card holder. Sissi’s bouquet was loosely arranged with wonderfully soft and feminine flowers such as Distant Drum garden roses, Pink Foxglove, Cafe au Lait Dahlia, Autumn Anemone, and Butterfly Ranunculus. They feature pinks and creamy whites, white snowberry, and clematis seed pods that add texture and dimension while jasmine vine created this beautiful wispy shape. 

At Blooming Wed, we believe a wedding is not only an event to celebrate a couple’s new beginning, but also a good chance for the guests to learn more about them. Sissi and Feiran have been together for over 5 years. After hearing their love story, I thought a love journey map with dates marking the important moments in their relationship would be a great way to showcase their love story. We like personalizing the wedding design to create unique and memorable experiences for the couple and guests. Everyone enjoyed the wedding. The bride shared some special memories with us. The first was giving thankfulness to the parents during the ceremony. Before exchanging the vows, the couple gave their parents a small bouquet and big hug which was a sweet surprise to the parents. Another sweet memory was created by the groom: he created a video of their love journey and showcased it as a surprise to Sissi and their guests who absolutely loved it.

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Photography: Allen Tsai Photography | videographer : Haseok Chung Studio | Event Design: Blooming Wed | Floral Design: Studio Imbue | Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: Anntremet Cake | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Engagement ring : Tiffany & Co. | Catering: Creative Foods Caterings | Makeup Artist: Belinda Ni | Calligraphy: Ink & Honey | DJ: Top Sound Entertainment | Getting ready Hotel : New York Palace | Musician : Sweet Harmony | Rooftop: 620 LOFT AND GARDEN | Wedding designer and planner: Blooming Wed

Two Broadway Actors Tie The Knot At The Coolest Brooklyn Venue!

Inspired by their travel, this Broadway couple chose to say I Do at the Greenpoint Loft, an industrial Brooklyn venue with the coolest vibe! “Raw and untamed, married with soft and romantic,” was how wedding planner Callista & Co. described their day and we couldn’t have said it better! With a large installation of stunning greenery by Kristen Griffith-VanderYacht, the bride and groom tied the knot and danced the night away! Check out all of Rebecca Yale Photography‘s magical photos (as always) and read all about how they met below!

From the Bride…How and when did you meet? December 25th, 2012. Hannah’s mom was doing a show called White Christmas with Shane. On Christmas Day Hannah was skyping with her Mom and met Shane over Skype. They met for the first time in person at an audition in September of 2013. Then another year later Shane messaged Hannah on Facebook to congratulate her on her show, SideShow, that was about to open on Broadway. The two ended up messaging and then texting all night until Hannah asked Shane to go on a date the next night. Shane agreed. The two met the next night Black and White Bar in the East Village. Shane said he almost got off the train twice because he was so nervous, but he made it there, and thank goodness he did. The two said they knew almost instantly that there was something really special between them. 

What was your vision for your wedding?…We wanted it to feel like us. We are always surprising each other, traveling and exploring cities across the globe. So that was where the raw and industrial vibe came from. We mixed that with our romanticism and vulnerability we both allow ourselves to feel when we are together and it created this perfect expression of our relationship.

From Callista & CompanyIn the beginning, it’s my goal to gather as much information about the bride and groom as possible so that I can narrow planning and design decisions for them and make the right suggestions all along the way. We met early on to get to know each other and explore high-level ideas, then we delved into the design with venue walkthroughs, rental showroom visits, and countless conference calls. Our design transformed along the way, but we ended up with a beautiful balance of raw and untamed, married with soft and romantic.

It was a collaborative effort with Hannah and Shane’s friend and ultra-talented florist, Kristen Griffith-VanderYacht of Wild Bloom. Kristen captured Hannah and Shane’s vision so perfectly and completely elevated the Greenpoint Loft space. We chose our tablescape rentals carefully to create a perfectly refined yet stylish setting. Romantic gold-rimmed charger plates were accented by sleek black flatware and stemless glassware. A handmade paper place card with contemporary calligraphy adorned each plate along with a sprig of greenery that felt plucked from the dinner table arrangements. The flowers were lush and textural in the most gorgeous palette, and nude tapers glimmered for guests to dine in candlelight.

From Kristen Griffith-VanderYachtFor Hannah and Shane we wanted to create a floral installation that was as arresting as it was beautiful. Hannah loves greenery so we created a 40-foot long canopy of hanging vines and branches. We then added a suspended arch of crafted of vines to frame Hannah and Shane for the ceremony and then the sweetheart table at the reception.

Photography: Rebecca Yale Photography | Videographer: Love + Brain Films | Videographer: Sasithon Photography of The Wedding Artists Co. | Event Planning & Design: Callista & Company | Floral Design: Wild Bloom Floral | Wedding Dress: Inbal Dror | Cake: Wild Flour Bakery | Invitations: Callista & Company | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Engagement Ring: Facets Park Slope | Jewelry: Cat Bird | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Catering: Naturally Delicious | Hair and Makeup: Rob Harmon | Calligraphy: Libby Tipton | DJ: Scratch Weddings | Favors: Broadway Cares | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux | Transportation: Luxor Limo | Wedding Venue: Greenpoint Loft | Getting Ready & Accommodations: Wythe Hotel | Linen: BBJ La Tavola | Mother of the Bride Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Paper Goods: Libby Tipton | Photo Booth: The Bosco | Rentals: Universal Light And Sound | Rentals: Patina | Rentals: Broadway Party Rentals

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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

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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