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Beautiful Blues + Stunning Watercolors Makes This Summer Wedding Shine

Just because your celebration is by the shore doesn’t mean you have to go all out classic nautical. This wedding right here took their locale and used it as inspiration in a whole other wondrous way… we’re talking stunning watercolor stationery and the most beautiful shades of blue we ever did see. Kelsey Combe captured our new favorite blue hues and more, creating a gallery that makes us downright jealous that we weren’t at this summer celebration ourselves. See it all right this way!

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From the Bride… My family spends practically every weekend of the summer at Shenorock Shore Club in Rye, New York, and it’s one of my husband and I’s absolute favorite places, so when we got engaged in April of 2016, choosing our venue was a no-brainer. We booked Shenorock the very next day.

Though the venue is right on the water – which would normally inspire a reception with a beachy, nautical vibe – we really wanted to create a more formal, sophisticated atmosphere, with a few casual and unexpected touches throughout.

After meeting with our florist Diana at Petals, we knew that she would be the perfect partner to help us execute our vision, and boy did she deliver! At cocktail hour, blue and white ginger jars and lanterns of various sizes were surrounded in florals. In the ballroom, vintage crystal candlesticks holding tall tapers were offset by rustic farm tables and lush white and ivory florals popped next to blue watercolor table numbers and menus.

The entire wedding had a very personal touch, as my mom and I imagined and sourced every detail ourselves. My mom even tracked down every single candlestick, lantern, and ginger jar used throughout the space. In the end, everything turned out even more beautiful than we could have ever imagined, and Jake and I were able to laugh, cry and dance the night away in a place that means so much to both of us.

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Photography: Kelsey Combe Photography | Cinematography: Lucid Lens | Event Planning: Jack & Grace Events | Floral Design: Petals Party & Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Sachin And Babi | Cake: Artuso | Invitations: Morgan Holliday Designs | Ceremony Venue: Church Of The Resurrection | Reception Venue: Shenorock Shore Club | Bride's Shoes: Stuart Weitzmen | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Lulu's | Hair + Makeup: Beauty Bar and Salon | Calligraphy: Val Cole | Lighting: Fabrico Events | Transportation: County Coach | Earrings: Sachin And Babi | Rentals: Party Line Rentals

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A Romantic Seaside Wedding for University Sweethearts

My favorite kind of wedding doesn’t rest on one style, one detail, intimate or grand… no, it’s a setting. And that setting is seaside time and again (I’m a little biased, yes). That’s exactly why this coastal fete from Charlotte Jenks Lewis gets my heart a racing. The tented reception thanks to Stamford Tent & Event Services is something out of a dream and when you’ve got portrait backdrops like this and a sweet film from eMotion Pictures, nothing can compare.

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From the Bride… Our love story began when we met at Miami University of Ohio, at the age of 20. The relationship blossomed, visiting each other over the summers, getting to know our respective close knit families and friends from home, and even included a romantic Paris trip during Pat’s junior semester abroad. I grew up in New York, and Pat in Michigan. With graduation approaching, he took a job in Manhattan while I lined up a job in the area, and we were ecstatic about the beginning the next phase in our relationship. Looking back, I think it was really a turning point. Seven years after our first meeting, Pat proposed at my family’s lake house in New Hampshire with both sets of our parents there to celebrate.

Planning a wedding is an exciting time but it can also be stressful while working, navigating expectations, communicating combined family members, while all the while working through multiple decisions and logistics. My advice to all the brides-to-be is to enjoy every moment, keeping the little things in perspective and making the important decisions in a fun, flexible and collaborative way. I enjoyed the special expeditions with my mom, the times celebrating with friends and the comical dance lessons with my soon-to-be husband. There is a point when all the parts start to come together and you realize the real purpose of the planning. It goes very quickly, but it’s all part of building a life together.

When planning our wedding, we wanted something that reflected our personalities. We chose to get married on the water in Rye, a place where I spent many of my summers and Pat quickly developed a connection to. We chose natural but elegant décor. Lots of greens, whites, and pastels filled our wedding tent set on the Long Island Sound. We were lucky to have one of the most spectacular days of the summer for the wedding day. The water was sparkling, the breezes were gentle and the sun was glistening. Pat and I shared our first dance, touched by a sense that the perfect weather was a special marriage blessing and beloved friends and family encircled us with a breathtaking sunset in the backdrop.

Everyone always says that your wedding day is the most amazing day of your life, and trust me, it exceeded all expectations. Our favorite part of the day was having everyone we loved in one room. It is so overwhelming to see that many people come together, from different stages of your lives, and know that they are there to support you in your marriage journey for many years to come.

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Photography: Charlotte Jenks Lewis Photography | Floral Design: Diana Gould | Cake: Sweet Lisa's | Invitations: Alpine Creative Group | Ceremony: Rye Presbyterian Church | Reception Venue: American Yacht Club | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Makeup Artist: Frankie LoPriore | Hair Stylist: J Guerra | Lighting : Frost | DJ: DJ's @ Work | Band: Hank Lane Music | Groom's Suit: Suitsupply | Tent: Stamford Tent & Event Services | Bride's Gown: Bustle | Bridesmaid's Robes: Etsy | End of Night Cookies: Sweet Lisa's | Groom's Tie: The Tie Bar | Hanging Orbs: Diana Gould | Photobooth: Peekaboo Photo Booth | Planning: carats and cake | Table Numbers: Rye Stationer | Video: eMotion Pictures - Wedding Films

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This Hometown Affair is the Definition of Dreamy

It’s not every day you meet the love of your life while waiting out a hurricane, but for cuties Caitlin and Thomas, that’s exactly what happened. It was a movie-like beginning that all lead to a stunning hometown affair that can only be described as classic with a big ol’ side of romance. Think lush florals from Quatre Coeur, pretty paper goods from Wedding Paper Divas and a VAULT of gorgeous moments all captured by the amazing Kelsey Combe. See you there.

From the Bride… TJ and I met at a bar on the Upper East Side of Manhattan during Hurricane Sandy and after two and a half years of dating, he proposed to me on the street corner where we first kissed. Almost immediately after the proposal I began envisioning what I wanted our wedding to be like. As a couple, the thing we value most is the people in our lives and I knew our main priority was to have all of our family and friends there with us, and to throw an awesome, memorable party to celebrate. We also sought to have sentimental touches weaved in throughout the day which captured us as a couple.

I grew up in a small square mile town in Westchester and knew that I wanted our wedding to be in the place where I grew up. Right away we knew we wanted the ceremony to be a Catholic mass and I quickly landed on the perfect place for our ceremony – at the Catholic Church in my hometown. My parents also still live in the home where I grew up and early on I decided that I wanted to get dressed there. I also knew that I wanted my dad to see me for the first time in our front yard that I spent countless hours playing as a child.

In terms of the reception, the one place I could not get out of my head was Shenorock Shore Club, the beach club I grew up going to. The Club has absolutely beautiful views, delicious food, and amazing facilities and staff. More importantly, it meant a lot to me to be able to share a place where some of my fondest memories were made with all our family and friends. So it was a no brainer, and within two weeks of the proposal we booked it.

Once the venue was squared away, photography was my next biggest priority. I wanted photographs that we could look back on and would truly feel transported back to our wedding day. I ended up only talking with one photographer, Kelsey Combe, and immediately knew she was the person for me. From her website I knew that her photos were beautiful and seemed to capture natural, organic wedding moments, but once we met I knew right away that she was such a genuinely nice person that I enjoyed talking to. She told me she never forgot any of her couples and could recall names and wedding dates for everyone she shot and I knew that this was the type of person I wanted with me on the day of my wedding. She truly captured what being at our wedding was like and made us look our best; her eye for natural lighting is absolutely unbelievable and she made me feel confident and beautiful the entire day!

In terms of flowers, I knew that I wanted something that had a soft, romantic vibe that would make the space feel intimate despite the fact we had almost 200 guests. The reception room was essentially a blank canvas so we knew we wanted something that would totally transform it. My floral designer Ruth was beyond patient with working with an unartistic person like myself and helped me refine my vision over many in person meetings and emails. Did I mention I basically knew nothing about flowers before this process, except that peonies were my favorite? I quickly learned those would not be in season for my September wedding and would need to be open minded to the hundreds of other beautiful florals that would be in season. Early on we decided to do a mix of round and long tables to make the room feel not overly uniform which would require different types of arrangements.

I loved the overall aesthetic of the flower arrangements we chose but my favorite aspect by far was the escort card table installation. In lieu of place cards we had each person’s table assignment written on a collection of antique mirrors. Then Ruth constructed a “flower frame” above the table with beautiful greens and an array of flowers including dahlias, ranunculus, hydrangeas, and garden roses in ivory, blush and lavender hues. Bubble candles, like the ones in the round table centerpieces, hung from the top of the installation which made the table seem to glow off the reflection of the mirrors.

Cocktail hour was on the deck of the club house which is right on the beach and looks over the Long Island Sound. As guests walked in they were greeted by steel drum music and signature cocktails (the groom’s drink was a Dark and Stormy and the bride’s drink was called Cool as a Cucumber; a vodka lemonade with muddled cucumber) with custom stirring straws. We also decided to an array of passed hor d’oeuvres, including a bite sized grilled cheese with a shot of tomato bisque and lobster mac and cheese served on a spoon. We also had a raw bar, which fit in perfectly with being right on the water.

My favorite memory of the day was getting to see TJ before the ceremony. It was amazing to get a few moments alone before the craziness of the day started. The photos from that part of the day are probably my favorite to look at, as it was the first moments when we really felt like the wedding was actually real.

Photography: Kelsey Combe Photography | Event Planning: Blush Events | Floral Design: Quatre Coeur | Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige | Cake: Magnolia Bakery | Invitations: Cheree Berry Paper | Ceremony Venue: Church of St. Joseph | Reception Venue: Shenorock Shore Club | Bride's Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Watters | Makeup: Maison Rouge | Hair: Continental 109 in Bronxville, NY | Lighting: Fabrico Events | Band: Cafe Wha Band | Favors: MarieBelle Chocolates | Groom's Attire: Brooks Brothers | Transportation: Silver Star Limousine | Bride's Reception Dress: Anne Barge | Earrings: Erica Koesler | Getting Ready Robes: Love Ophelia | Menus: Wedding Paper Divas | Photo Booth: The Bosco | Programs: Wedding Paper Divas | Signage + Escort Table: Quatre Coeur | Table Cloths: Nuage Designs | Top Of Dress: BHLDN | Veil: Erica Koesler

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Local + Seasonal Summer Wedding on the Waterfront

There are weddings, and then there are weddings. The latter? A stunning celebration captured by the incomparable Kathi Littwin Photography with second shooter Miana Jun. Complete with mismatched bridesmaid dresses and incredible florals, we’ve got it all waiting for you in The Vault!

From Kathi Littwin PhotographyI loved the simple approach that the couple had, never over the top but stunning when it all came together. The floral design was gorgeous. The individual bridesmaid dresses were striking as was the bride’s Oscar De La Renta gown, with an amazing train. It was a beautiful wedding, with a delicious menu, that felt true to the couple.

From The Bride…The girls used all different designers. My only request to the girls was to choose a long grey gown. I wanted to make sure they each felt comfortable in what they were wearing and that the dress reflected their own personal style.

For a story, this isn’t necessarily my strong suit. Jeremy and I are not the type to “over theme” anything- he wanted a great band and I wanted amazing flowers. Given that we met in Manhattan and both love nature, we thought the Wainwright House would be the perfect venue to reflect our love for city culture as well as the outdoors. We wanted to focus around local and seasonal- everything from the vendors we used to the summer themed menu and floral varietals. The most important part of the day was for our guests to feel at home and to enjoy an evening together with a delicious summer themed menu and great music in a warm, inviting ambiance. Having our families all together made for the most perfect wedding day. We truly felt so blessed to have everyone together for our special day!

Photography: Kathi Littwin Photography | Photography Second Shooter: Miana Jun | Floral Design: Ariella Chezar Design | Wedding Dress: Oscar De La Renta | Invitations: Lion in the Sun | Reception Catering: Cornerstone Caterers | Makeup: Meredith Hayman, Makeup Artist | Hair: Melissa Scrofani | Band: Hank Lane Music | Groom's Attire: Vera Wang | Venue: Wainwright House

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Nautical Seaside Wedding

Wonderfully classic with the perfect nod to all things nautical, this Coveleigh Club wedding captured by Melani Lust Photography is seaside wedding perfection. It’s the perfect example of why timeless weddings will always win, and you can see all the reasons why right here in the gallery. See even more in the VAULT.

From Melani Lust PhotographyLiz and Chris wanted a classic wedding with a chic and classic nautical feel, a simple color palette of green and white, with navy and gold accents, without being over the top. Keeping everything simple and elegant drove their entire planning process, so that decades from now, their wedding would still look timeless.

In case of sea breezes, they had a wicker basket painted by the Bride’s mom, which she filled with gold, white and navy shawls to give out to guests for their outdoor ceremony. They also had Koozies that had a nautical wheel on them with Chris and Liz and the date of their wedding. Chris’s tie was custom made by Vineyard Vines and it had bull riders on them…Chris rode bulls out in Wyoming for 2.5yrs while he was in College. He also turned his regular tie into the bow tie, to make himself stand out from the groomsmen.

From The Bride…My favorite moment by far was the first look…seeing Chris’s face was so exciting and something that I will remember forever. While planning the wedding I went back and forth about doing a first look, but in the end, I am so happy that we did!

All the vendors we used for the wedding contributed to making our day as perfect as possible. Melani Lust knew our style and found such creative ways to use the grounds at Coveleigh Club to capture the most amazing pictures. I still go through the pictures today and I’m amazed at how they came out. Frank, from House of flowers, created beautiful centerpieces and bouquets and listened to everything I had to say (and I had to say a lot when it came to the flowers!). The Anne Barge wedding dress I chose was certainly different than the dress I originally pictured myself wearing, but as soon as I stepped out of the dressing room we all knew that was the one. Looking back on the day, I couldn’t imagine wearing anything else and the amount of wonderful comments I got from people about the dress only confirmed my decision! Finding the perfect cake was actually harder than I thought it was going to be. I knew I wanted a funfetti cake from the start and I had a hard time finding a bakery that would make it the way I wanted. In the end we had this beautiful cake that was so elegant from the outside and fun in the middle! Our band, Live Wire Entertainment made the night a blast! I have never been to a wedding where people danced so much, and I’m glad it was mine! The singers were amazing and the choice of songs couldn’t have been any better to get the mood going all night long. Linda Gallo, the makeup artist, was also amazing. Lastly, Coveleigh Club did an amazing job with everything…I couldn’t have picked a better venue, it was absolutely beautiful inside and out, the food was delicious, and the Managers Ted and George were so easy to work with and made sure everything went smoothly. I couldn’t have done it without them!!

My advice for future brides is “Don’t worry about what other people are going to think….this is your day, make it perfect for you!”

Photography: Melani Lust Photography | Floral Design: House Of Flowers | Wedding Dress: Anne Barge | Cake: Cornerstone Caterers | Invitations: Inklinations | Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Makeup: Linda Gallo | Band: Live Wire | Groom's Attire: Mens USA | Venue: Coveleigh Club | Tie: Vineyard Vines

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