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Bohemian Upstate New York Farm Wedding

This rustic wedding was the perfect merger of the Bride and Groom’s backgrounds, coming together in one beautiful, bohemian bash. Held at the Bride’s childhood home, guests were treated to a family-focused fete, with touches of lavender paying homage to the Groom’s French heritage. This gallery, captured by Cappy Hotchkiss, has all of us crossing our fingers that we’ll get an invite to their next party.

From the beautiful Bride… When my fiance and I were thinking about where we wanted to get married, no place seemed more perfect then Sanctuary Farm – the beautiful 200-acre farm I grew up on right outside of Cooperstown, NY. We wanted every detail of the ceremony and event to feel “like us” – bohemian, relaxed and family-oriented, with great food, wine and music and a party that lasted all night.

We got married by our family pastor at “The Family Tree” – a huge solitary oak tree overlooking fields of wheat and sunflowers. The ceremony was the most special part of the whole day – we wrote our own vows, surrounded by family and closest friends, and walked up the aisle to local fiddlers.

It was really important to both of us to incorporate aspects of our personalities and histories. Austin has a French heritage so we imported the linens from Provence and guests tossed lavender at us down the aisle. We both love design so every detail of the table settings and decor were hand selected to represent our aesthetic. Most importantly we wanted our guests to feel at home at Sanctuary Farm – to be able to relax and celebrate.

The event was truly a family affair – and the statement “it takes a village” could not have been more appropriate. My beautiful sister Sedona designed and crafted the bouquets, boutonnieres and flower arrangements. My brother Joe edited and produced the wedding video. My sisters Eden and Avalon and cousin Justine designed the signs around the property. My maid of honor, my sister Ruby, ran point, planned my bridal shower and bachelorette party and made sure everything was perfect. My dad designed the amazing “corn bar” and with the help of my brother William architected the lighting, design and structure. My mom, shoe designer Susan Bennis, laid her design aesthetic on the whole day and coordinated everything.

Thank you, thank you to everyone who made this possible! So much love permeated every aspect of this day!

From Cappy Hotchkiss PhotographyIsis works as the Director of Apparel at Nike and Austin is the Marketing Director at Tiny Rebellion, an ad agency. The venue was at the Bride’s family home, Sanctuary Farm, outside of Cooperstown, NY, soon to be available for event rental!

I’d like to note that Isis wore the most stunning pair of shoes that I have ever seen. Flats because of the terrain, designed by her mother, shoe designer Susan Bennis, formerly of Susan Bennis/Warren Edwards. Grecian and wrappy and sexy and fabulous.

Her sister, Sedona Rose Ward, arranged all the flowers, which were home grown and picked on the family’s property at Sanctuary Farm. The Lawton Sisters, Nicole and Stephanie, true originals and truly gifted in all things wedding, did the day-of coordination.

The food was all locally and organically grown and prepared by Origins Cafe. The veil was a vintage, heritage family heirloom from Belgium. The bridesmaids, flower girl, and ring bearer all wore their own clothes. The ceremony music were the wonderful Joe Pfeiffer and Kit Clark out of Oneonta, NY.

Cocktail hour featured great lawn games out on the property: “Golf and Scotch” over the pond, petanque, corn hole, badminton. Pastis and Pimm’s Cup were flowing. The couple exited the ceremony as a row of their family and friends pelted them with lavender. The lavender thrown as the couple exited was imported from Provence by the Groom’s mom! Her company is Spirit of Provence.

And I can’t forget their dogs, Bogart and Brando.

Photography: Cappy Hotchkiss | Floral Design: Sedona Rose Ward | Wedding Dress: Carolina Herrera | Bride's Shoes: Susan Bennis Wedding Sandals | Catering: Origins Cafe | Groomsmen's Ties: Rag & Bone | Groom's Attire: Burberry | Officiant: Pastor Rob Kazinsky | Wedding Venue: Sanctuary Farm | Cocktail And Dance Music: The Greg Smith Group | Girls' Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Groom's Shoes: Aldo | Groom's Tie: Rag & Bone | Groomsmen's Chambray Shirts: J.Crew | Lavender: Ensoleillade | Linens And Tableclothes: Ensoleillade | Signage Around The Property: Justine Hudak, Sage And Indie | Sunglasses: Ray Ban Wayfarer | Vintage Tableware And Props: Hudson Valley Vintage Rentals

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Upstate New York Al Fresco Engagement Session

One bit from this couple’s sweet writeup really stuck with me: “Making each other laugh, pushing each other to be better and remembering to enjoy every moment together is a big part of our daily job.” Every inch of that statement is what a relationship and marriage should encompass, and it’s absolutely radiates from this duo’s gallery of gorgeous from Judy Pak.

From The Couple…Brought together by the love of family, food and travel we have spent the last 5 years discovering the world together. In search of adventure, we packed our things and made the 3,000 mile journey from Seattle to our new home in the Big Apple. In New York, while struggling to establish ourselves, we fell in love all over again. Making each other laugh, pushing each other to be better and remembering to enjoy every moment together is a big part of our daily job. In the spring of 2014 we were engaged in Central Park with our family and friends there to celebrate with us. We will be married at the Metropolitan Building in Long Island City on September 13th. We are so excited to spend our lives with each other. Together, everyday is a new adventure.

Photography: Judy Pak Studio

Rustic Upstate New York Farm Wedding

If I could, I would fill my entire home with one breathtaking image after another from Trent Bailey Photography.  I seriously would.  Because the moments of pure love and awesomeness they capture are, well… amazing.  An amazing that starts with an adorable duo saying “I do” and ends with some of the most beautiful details you will ever see.  See the perfect example right here in the full gallery.

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From Trent Bailey Photography… Emily and David were married in Cooperstown at the Farmers’ Museum and had a beautiful reception at The Barn at Hog’s Hollow. It was a beautiful day.

Photography: Trent Bailey Studio | Floral Design: Tin Can Studios | Ceremony Venue: The Farmers Museum | Reception Venue: The Barn At Hog's Hollow | Catering: LM Townsend Catering | DJ: Love Of Music, Chris Johnson | Groom's Suit: Massimo Dutti | Hotel: The Inn At Cooperstown | Bride's Dress: Sarah Seven | Bride's Makeup: Face Time Beauty Concierge | Day Of Coordination: SL Events

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Glamping-Inspired Wedding at Cedar Lakes Estate

There are about a million and one reasons that I believe camping is the most awesome thing ever, so hand me a weekend with a crazy gorgeous glamping-inspired affair and I am about as happy as you’ll ever see me.  Especially when that affair is chock-full of vibrant blooms from That Time Events and a gallery of beautiful images from Tory Williams Photography.  See them all right here in the full gallery.  

From the Bride… We are couple that was East Coast born and raised, that now resides in California; we really wanted to capture our roots. Both of us (as typical East coast Jews) attended summer camp for years. We always have been outdoorsy and love camp activities. Our ultimate goal was to have a destination feel wedding without asking too much of our guests. If we were traveling for our own wedding, we wanted it to last longer then one night, we wanted an entire weekend that was affordable for all. Cedar Lakes Estate was the perfect venue to capture that getaway feeling while only having majority of our guests travel about an hour. The rustic yet chic cabins, activities and grounds inspired us to tap into our camp attitude and approach our wedding with a “Glamping” feel (Glamorous Camping). Glamorous being the venue and decor-adding hand made dream-catchers throughout the venues, handmade decor from every member of our family and the Camping was the sleeping accommodations in addition to the weekend long activities of Zip lining & Blobbing all weekend long .

In California I made life size dream catchers to fill the barn.  I also wrapped 20 bottles with twine, showed my mom and she had “Twine wrapping parties” in NJ so we would save on shipping and time. After three parties of her friends coming to help, we had over 200+ recycled bottles beautifully wrapped in twine we used for the reception tables.  Another favorite detail was our painting guest canvas – rather then a signing book, we now have a piece of art from everyone who painted on a canvas.

We stood on a beautiful Persian rug that was a gift from my Sister and Brother-in-Law. Underneath the rug are our vows. The most special gift we received.

Rather then having a first dance where people awkwardly watch you slow dance, we decided we wanted to be dancing when people arrived to the reception. As you walk into this massive lit up barn, we were already dancing as people started to arrive from Cocktail hour. It was a great moment to watch every single friend and family enter. Everyone immediately felt the energy and began dancing with us as we first danced with everyone and began the rest of the night dancing until 2am. It was amazing to get to see every guest as they walked in and began dancing. This was a unique first dance we can’t ever forget. 

Something always goes wrong and that’s something I KNEW I had to accept. A few things did, aside from raining 30 minutes before I walked down the aisle, the men’s suits not only arrived the DAY OF the wedding, but none fit. When the suits arrived, none of them fit. No jackets could close and no belt was needed. However, we embraced it and laughed at the fact that “slim was in” for guys.

Photographer: Tory Williams Photography | Caterer: Cedar Lakes Estate | Makeup: Jessa Blades | DJ: Lifetime Entertainments | Band: Live Wire | Venue: Cedar Lakes Estate | Floral: That Time Events

Upstate Wedding from Carolina Rivera Photography

I liken my love for this beautiful Fall affair to that first cup of coffee on a lovely Monday morning.  It’s pure, unadulterated bliss… a feeling that, given the chance, I would happily relive time and time again. This wedding is that first tasty sip, a rush of happiness all in one sitting with a color palette that will knock your socks off, an adorable bride and groom and one devastatingly gorgeous image after another captured by Carolina Rivera Photography.  See them all in the full gallery.

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From Carolina Rivera Photography… Andrea and Pat are the perfect match for each other – both have that spunk in their personalities, love to just have fun and enjoy life.  In fact, their honeymoon was a camping trip up into the mountains of Canada, which comes as no surprise that their wedding was a super fun event, on the property of Pat’s parent’s in Old Chatham, NY (upstate) with fall-themed and barn-themed details to go along with the rustic charm of this small town wedding.

Their ceremony ran into a bit of rain, so it had to be tented, but shortly after the sun made it’s glorious appearance during our portrait session, which I couldn’t get enough of!  Afterwards, soaked shoes and all, we all headed up to the tented reception with a gorgeous mountain and lake view!

The goal of this wedding was simple and unpretentious: no dances or formalities, just straight up fun, local caterers who brought food from their farms, and prepared it right on the farm.  Two cakes, one homemade gluten-free for the bride, and locally brewed beer with lots of dancing and a surprise fireworks display at the end of the night.

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Photography: Carolina Rivera Photography | Location: Private Residence, Old Chatham, New York,  | Event Planner: Debbie McNairy

Whimsical Upstate New York Wedding from Dutton + James Photography

From this moment on, this sweet fête will forever define whimsical backyard weddings for me. Why you ask? Well because it’s just everything. Everything that makes me adore backyard weddings mixed with a seriously talented (and handy) couple who helped make it all come to life. And when we get to see it all come to life via the gorgeous images from Dutton + James? That’s when I’m a goner, and I will officially proclaim this wedding as a must see. Do so here. 

From the Bride… There was never a question on where we would get married. We caretake a house on 180 acres in Upstate New York and the owner gave us his blessing on using the land, so that was a no brainer. It was so important to us to give our guests an experience. We wanted an “adult camp” vibe. We built a bar from old windows and cedar posts, had a BB gun range made from pallets and lots and lots of consumed beer bottles, a fire pit, a teepee, and lots of fireworks.

Our wedding day is a blur. The level of emotion and adrenalin on your wedding day is indescribable. Just imagine that everyone you know are there: from your childhood best friend that you haven’t seen in a decade, to your parent’s friends who have known you all your whole life, plus your family, friends, and coworkers. And there is so much love and energy directed your way, it’s just amazing!

Jeff and I both work in set production so we spend a lot of time building, sourcing and shopping for jobs. That came in very handy for our hodge podge aesthetic. Everything about our wedding was for us, by us, so we had creative free rein. We also had time to make it happen since we were living at the venue. We rented the tent, tables, chairs and dancefloor from Sav On Party Rental in Kingston, New York. Everything else was a mix of estate sales, thrift stores, yard sales and found objects. Our friends were very generous with their time and resources. For catering we hired Hickory BBQ Smokehouse in Kingston, New York. They were unbelievably helpful and delicious and happy to accomodate me with my provided vintage platters. The beer came from Brooklyn Brewery and Keegan Ales. Wine and Liquor from Astor Place Wines (who accept returns on unopened liquor!)

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Wedding Photography + Photo Booth: Dutton + James | Ceremony Location: Hunting Lodge near New Paltz, Upstate New York | Flowers: Wildflowers picked by our friends from the neighboring fields | Catering:  Hickory BBQ Smokehouse  | Wine + Spirits: Astor Place Wines | Beer: Brooklyn Brewery + Keegan Ales | Tent + Chairs + Tables: Sav On Party Rental | Wedding + Dress: Vintage

Catskill Mountain Wedding from Alison Mish Photography

It’s so secret that I love winter. I super love winter. Almost as much as I love weddings in a barn. Put those two together, and it’s over, as far as I’m concerned. It’s over in a super gorgeous gallery from Alison Mish Photography, filled with lovebirds in sweaters and boots, snowy upstate New York, and sweet, pink cheeks. Make sure to see it all, right here!

From the Bride… We wanted to get married somewhere in “upstate” New York as this is where our relationship began. Seeing as Phil’s family and friends were from Ohio, mine from Pennsylvania, and our current location across the country in Oregon, we figured this was as good a place as any. My aunt found Full Moon Resort, and we fell in love with it.

Picturesque in and of itself, Full Moon provided us with ample opportunity to add in details of ourselves throughout the entirety of our wedding weekend. As a mini “destination” wedding, we wanted the weekend to provide the perfect atmosphere for friends and families to reunite.

Our ceremony was one of my favorite parts of the day as we had spent much time thinking out what we wanted our overall message to be. We desired it to be simple yet personal and perhaps a little different than the normal ceremony. The soft lights and the multitude of lit candles in front of a backdrop of burlap and lace made for a quiet, romantic feel. At the start of the ceremony, my oldest sister and Phil’s older brother carried each of our rings down the aisle with them and placed them inside a small wooden box that Phil had carved for me one summer while I was in Africa. Our rings themselves carried special meaning to us as they were made from Phil’s grandmother’s and grandfather’s rings. Phil’s ring was his grandfather’s, hammered and brushed for a softer look that would match my set, and my wedding band was created using the stones from Phil’s grandmother’s ring.

Guests then moved to the renovated barn on property where strands of lights were hung across the opening from the loft to the inner edge. Each table was decorated by a different centerpiece, each representing an aspect of Phil and I as a couple or individually. The evening took off—dancing helped along by one of Phil’s friends who played impromptu deejay and activities for guests such as thumb-printing and signing our guestbook tree and leaving us notes of advice in our Bible. The dessert table was full of “secret-kiss” cookies made by my sisters, spiced nuts made by my grandma, and our wedding cake—complete with apple and berry pies hidden within!

The weekend was beautiful and relaxed, and we wouldn’t have had it any other way. The months of gathering decorations from different stores finally paid off as the seemingly random pieces came together to create the perfect setting. Throughout the planning it felt as if the wedding was turning into something more extravagant than Phil and I ever wanted or could have imagined, however, when all was said and done, each guest told us how every detail of the weekend shone with Phil’s and my personalities. This was what we had wanted—time with friends and family, a celebration uniquely us, and a weekend to remember!

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Wedding Photography: Alison Mish Photography | Wedding Venue: Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, New York | Event Planning: LeighAnn Sharon + Ashley Slovensky from Full Moon Resort | Floral Design: New Hampshire Woods Creations | Catering: Full Moon Resort | Wedding Dress: Wtoo via Ania Bridal | Bride’s Shoes: Frye Boots via Nordstrom | Bridesmaids’ Attire: BHLDN, Watters + David’s Bridal | Groom’s Attire: Jones New York | Hair + Makeup: Whitney Baur, family

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Buttermilk Falls Inn Engagement Session from Cly Creation

I think we can all agree – high school sweethearts are the cutest.  And high school sweethearts that have been together for eleven years and were engaged on a romantic trip to Italy, like these two lovebirds? Well, that’s a special kind of cuteness that we just love to see.  So, to celebrate these two sweeties and their serious adorability, we’re spending our Thursday basking in their breathtaking e-session captured by Cly Creation.  And let me be the first to tell you… it’s amazing.  Click here for all of the pretty.

From the Bride… David and I met about 13 years ago in high school. We became good friends and he eventually asked me out our Junior year. Fast forward 11 years while on our first trip to Italy he proposed to me in front of the Coliseum at night with one of his “famous” haikus. (We in Italy… There’s no place I’d rather be… Will you Marry me?) While in Tuscany I fell in love with the rustic elements the countryside embodied. My dream wedding would be an outdoor barn wedding in the rolling hills somewhere. However, living in New York City all that surrounded us were tall buildings, crowds of people and lights. I scoured the internet for weeks hoping to find an engagement shoot location that reflected the rustic elements I had fallen in love with. As soon as I clicked on the Buttermilk Falls Inn website I knew I had found it. The Inn is set on 75 acres of beautiful grounds filled with wild flower fields, lush gardens, ponds and the Hudson River as the backdrop. Matthew from Cly Creation knew exactly what my vision was and he captured the day beautifully. My husband and I couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day to showcase the simplistic and comfortable love that we have for one another. 

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Wedding Photography: Matthew from Cly Creation | Location: Buttermilk Falls Inn in Milton, New York | Bride’s Attire: J.Crew + Forever 21 + Anthropologie | Groom’s Attire: J.Crew

Upstate New York Wedding from Redfield Photography

A stunning Bride in a vintage-inspired gown, the brightest, happiest bouquet  and a gorgeous upstate New York locale like the Floating Farmhouse: that is this wedding in a nutshell. In other words, the imagery by Redfield Photography will have you at first glance, and second, and third… you get the drift. See all the goodness in one spot, right here.

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From the Bride… I suppose the day was inspired by the Floating Farmhouse in Eldred.  Initially, we thought a rustic barn would be the venue to showcase the feel of upstate New York and after viewing a few of them, we realized all the bells and whistles weren’t necessary to enhance the rural appeal.  Instead, we took a gamble on a rental property in Eldred and walked into this calming, light-filled kitchen with a facade of windows facing the backyard and creek.  The Floating Farmhouse, designed by Tom Givone had all the details we wanted to set the tone of our wedding;  a sense of history, modest details, designed to contrast the perfect balance of old and new surfaces.  Most importantly, it was designed just enough that we could insert ourselves into the space.  This allowed us to incorporate photographs of family wedding portraits around the house so people could happen upon them while walking around. Although decoration was minimal, the guests were each given handmade ceramic pots I made in studio back in Philadelphia planted with succulents.  Brendan and I typed everyone’s name to place on a bamboo skewer so the pots doubled as place markers for the reception seating.  The best part about these gifts is getting to see them in their homes when we visit our friends and family and noticing how much bigger each one gets.  

From Redfield PhotographyThe wedding of our friends Julianne and Brendan was one of the most special and incredible weekends of the season. I originally met Julie at my first job, post college, where she was one of my many boss-like figures. Her officiant (and my life-long best friend) Robin, met at the same job and had worked together for a few years prior. When we were asked to photograph and Robin was asked to officiate, I knew this wedding was going to be special in ways I’ve never experienced. Julianne and Brendan are two of the most talented, genuine and all around good people we know. Their wedding was intimate and emotional, filled with their closest friends and family who traveled from all over the country to celebrate. Their reception was the perfect blend of a dinner and dance party. The entire day, from start to finish, was filled with so much love.

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Wedding Photography: Redfield Photography  | Wedding Venue: Floating Farmhouse | Floral Design: Michael’s House of Flowers  | Wedding Cake: Brandenburg Pastry | Catering: Fresh Company | Ceramics: Bride’s Studio, Object & Totem | Wedding Dress: Suno | Bride’s Shoes: Dieppa Restrepo | Groom’s Tie: “Hillside” via Hickoree’s

Upstate Wedding at The Belvedere Mansion by Jillian Modern Photography

There are stunning brides and then there is this beautiful Mrs., who will take your breath away from the very moment you spot her beyond gorgeous hair, too-good-to-be-true Christina Kara gown and downright happiness jumping from your computer screen.  I’m telling you – she’s amazing.  As is her dapper groom, who worked with her to create a day that was simply mesmerizing – from the sweet Belvedere Mansion location to the lush blooms by Linda Baldwin Flowers to an entire gallery of love-filled pretty captured by Jillian Modern Photography.  Don’t miss a minute in the full gallery.

From the Bride… The most memorable moment was the I do’s!! We exchanged our own vows and it was so amazing and special. There wasn’t a dry eye in the crowd. My one piece of advice is to love each other through the entire process. It can bring out the differences in people, so if you remember why you are marrying each other it is always a good thing. 

Wedding Photography: Jillian Modern Photography / Venue: The Belvedere Mansion in Staatsburg, New York / Floral Design: Linda Baldwin Flowers / Wedding Cake: The Pastry Garden / Entertainment: Turntable Events / Wedding Dress: Christina Kara via Blue / Shoes: Giuseppe Zanotti /  Hair: Bumble and Bumble / Makeup: Lindsay (lindslee47@gmail.com)

Upstate New York Farm Wedding from Tracey Buyce Photography

The tale of two screenwriters falling in love and then tying the knot on a family farm? It sounds magical before you even get to take a look at all the imagery below. But one little peek at the pretty captured by Tracey Buyce Photography, and I can guarantee you’ll be obsessed with their rustic farm wedding. It has all the fixings for one amazing full gallery, with a rooster or two thrown in for good measure. Farm chic simply just doesn’t get better. See it all here!

From the Bride… We are both screenwriters. I started as a playwright and Zack comes from a family of writers, three generations of TV writers. Zack and I met writing on a show called “Rubicon” on AMC. It lasted one season, but obviously some exciting stuff came out of it. Our officiant, Richard Robbins, was also a writer on the show. Zack, who is very quiet, used to come and stand in the doorway to my office for long periods of time and I would be like, “Yes?” and he would have nothing. When we finally confessed our feelings to one another, it was electric.

I came home from a meeting on the Friday of July 4th weekend and the minute I walked in the door, Zack announced that he needed Pinkberry. It was weird how badly he seemed to need it. I mean, I like Pinkberry as much as the next girl, but it was like he would die if he didn’t have it. We hopped in the car and drove for about 45 minutes in holiday weekend traffic before I said something like, “Where is this Pinkberry?” At that moment, it became clear that we weren’t getting yogurt but he wouldn’t tell me where we were going or why. I started to get suspicious when I tried to touch his leg (apparently the ring was in his pocket) and he shuddered away. He barely spoke to me during the entire three hour drive up the coast. And when he looked at me he started smiling and laughing. His poker face is terrible. He took me to a resort in Santa Barbara and proposed the minute we got into the room. The next day, two of our best friends showed up at the restaurant where we were eating breakfast – he had planned it with them in advance – and we spent the rest of the weekend together celebrating.

I think the theme was Rustic Vintage Farm Chic. We wanted simple elegance and above all, fun. We wanted our friends and family to feel like they were having a family dinner at our home. We got married at Zack’s family’s farmhouse in Upstate New York. I have always wanted to get married on a hill or in a field. My grandparents have a farmhouse in Vermont and I have spent many a summer and Christmas around that place, climbing trees, sledding, building forts. I always thought I would get married there. When it came time to really think about details, it became clear that the remoteness of our family’s home in Vermont would make it difficult to travel to and accommodate the large crowd we were looking at. Zack’s family home is a parallel magical place, it’s a beautiful house on almost a hundred acres of land and Zack’s oldest brother, Sam, and his girlfriend, Jane, live there. I had never been before we were engaged but the minute we visited, we knew it was the perfect place to get married. Sam and Jane did so much in the year before our wedding to get the place ready for almost 250 guests, and then the week before the wedding a huge group of us – friends and family – pulled together and finished off the details. My mom, Zack’s mom, and Jane planted hundreds of flowers all around the property. Sam and a group of guys built a stone walkway leading to the house. Zack and his brother, Jed, bushwhacked and hauled trash and built paths. My sister-in-law, Maurissa, assembled welcome bags. My brother and my dad built wood bars. It felt like an old-fashioned barn raising. Zack and I have never felt so loved in our lives.

Wedding Photography: Tracey Buyce Photography / Wedding Venue: Groom’s Family Farmhouse in Cobleskill, New York / Wedding Planning: Christine Wheat Special Events Firm / Floral Design: Renaissance Floral Design / Wedding Catering: Mansion Catering / Rehearsal Dinner: Howe’s Caverns / Accommodations: Best Western Inn of Cobleskill / Wedding Stationery: Urbanic Paper Boutique / Rentals + Tent: Clifton Park Rental Center / Welcome Bags: Made by Bride’s Mother / Wedding Dress: Christos via Saks Fifth Avenue / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Anthropologie / Makeup: Amy Elizabeth Makeup Designs / Groom’s Suit: Klein Epstein & Parker

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Lake Placid Wedding from Ampersand Wedding Photography

It was love at first sight with this perfectly simple Lake Placid wedding. The moment I read that the stunning bride not only made the seasonal bouquets + boutonnieres, but also wore (and altered herself!) her mother’s wedding dress, well, I was head-over-heels. Ampersand Wedding Photography captured the High Peaks Resort soiree beautifully and lucky for us, there’s a gallery full of even more!

From Ampersand Wedding Photography… Meg and Andy had a super-simple yet beautiful Lake Placid wedding. No frills about it; they just allowed the natural beauty of the landscape to decorate. The bride did literally everything herself: dress alterations (on her mother’s dress), bouquets and boutonnieres. They didn’t have a cake, instead choosing a cookie bar, and they only hired a guitar player, Dwight Phetteplace. The church is Adirondack Community Church, and the reception was held at the High Peaks Resort.

Wedding Photography: Ampersand Wedding Photography / Ceremony: Adirondack Community Church in Lake Placid, New York / Reception: High Peaks Resort in Lake Placid, New York / Bouquets + Boutonnieres: DIY by the Bride / Guitar: Dwight Phetteplace / Wedding Dress: The Bride’s Mother’s / Alterations: DIY by the Bride

Finger Lakes Wedding from Glass Jar Photography

It’s been my experience that when I fall in love with a wedding gown, I fall in love in a big, big way. (Think screen savers galore and days upon days of never-ending pinning.)  So, the moment I saw this uber-gorgeous bride rockin’ the Jenny Packham “Eden” gown, I was absolutely smitten.  Because, not only is this dress what I would call a wedding gown masterpiece, it also happens to be the oh-so-perfect compliment to a day that is literally overflowing with beauty.  Glass Jar Photography snapped up every magical moment and it’s making for one amazing day in the gallery.  Join me there for more.

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From the Bride… In planning our wedding, I wanted to invite the people we love into a fantasy land with us for one day. I wanted them to feel as though they literally stepped into another world – a world from a much simpler time, where the beauty of nature itself would trump any grandiose attempts of man. I described my vision to my photographer as something like “the shire” but with a lot of little personal touches.

As we love wine, my husband and I originally set out to find a vineyard where we would be married. We live in NJ, but far more reasonable prices brought us to the Finger Lakes wine country in upstate New York to look for a venue. Initially, we did book a local winery up there, but due to conflicts with the owner, we ended up moving our wedding to Seneca Springs Resort, a B&B with 100 acres of incredible grounds overlooking the wineries and Seneca Lake. In addition to the abundance of natural beauty, they also had a solid wood barn-like structure up on the hill where we could hold the reception. I knew that I wanted the décor to be mostly DIY pieces mixed with random vintage items. I collected about 20 hand-picked vintage bottles over six months to put flowers in. I saw no need for a traditional florist, so we went with a one-woman show (Plenty of Posies) out of the Ithaca Farmer’s Market — her choices of wild flowers were stunning. She even created the flower halos my nieces wore. We also splurged on solid wood farm tables to really drive home that rustic, lost-in-time feel.

The more I learned about what I needed to be done, the more I wanted to do myself.  I designed and printed my own invitations, menu cards and programs. The venue was bare bones, so absolutely everything had to brought in (including water and electricity). This turned out to be a bit of a challenge for a lot of logistical/functional items, but at the same time it was a blank canvas, which was so exciting for me to work with. I became enchanted by old doors and keys, and I ended up using antique door knobs and barn wood to create table numbers. I also made all the escort tags and attached each to a unique vintage skeleton key, which served as favors for all the guests. Just so there was no confusion on what to do with the keys, I wrote a poem about them which I put in the display box that held all the keys. (I completely fell in love with the process of bringing this all to life, and as a result, actually ended up opening my own Etsy store after my wedding!) My husband and I love blue grass and folk music, which also went with the theme, so we hired a local band we knew from Astoria, NY (2/3 Goat) to come up and play our wedding. We also had a DJ for a couple hours to do the more traditional dancing. We may like the country, but we take our food every bit as seriously as any sophisticated city-folk. We ended up having an authentic Viennese-Austrian restaurant called Dano’s cater the wedding, serving foodie-approved delights made with all local ingredients. When the day finally came, it turned out to be everything I had hoped for, and we felt so blessed to get to share our love, and our dreams brought to life, with all our closest family and friends!

Wedding Photography: Glass Jar Photography / Wedding Venue: Seneca Springs Resort in Hector, New York / Wedding Planning: Lovewell Celebration Design / Floral Design: Plenty of Posies / Wedding Design + Decor: Doorknobs & Broomsticks (Owned by the Bride) / Catering: Dano’s Heuriger on Seneca / Band: 2/3 Goat / Rentals: McCarthy Tents & Events / Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham “Eden”

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Upstate New York Wedding from Stylish and Hip Weddings

The fact that the groom picked out this venue on a bike trip, months before he even popped the big question, makes this pretty much the most romantic wedding ever. This adorable English couple knew they wanted something that reminded them of home. Something rustic, yet elegant, and totally DIY. And judging by these gorgeous images from Stylish and Hip Weddings, it looks like they got everything they wanted and then some. See all the pretty details right here!

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From the Bride… Ben discovered our venue, Croton-On-Hudson in Upstate New York, on a bike ride months before were even engaged. Once we were engaged, he took me up there to see the place, and I knew straight away it was perfect. We wanted something rustic and outdoors, and the place reminded me a little of England (we are both English). So we got the venue nailed down pretty quickly. Then we had seven months to get the rest together. We did everything ourselves as the venue was literally just that — the venue — whether it was making our own invitations, hand-stamping paper beer cups or designing and printing the menus. I did have a moment about five months before the wedding when we went up the venue and I just thought we had bitten off more than we could chew — it was cold, damp and dirty, and I think my parents thought we were mad! I did all the flowers (even attending a flower arranging class as research) and my own hair and makeup. We just wanted the whole effect to be our ideas and our style. My mum made the bunting and the table runners. We also had to bring in a little of our heritage in the Union Jack napkins and wall hanging. I loved how everything turned out. Getting married in a state park in a full sequin gown and gold stilettos did seem a little crazy, but I really loved the idea of mixing everything together — rustic yet glamorous. Everything fell into place on the day. The food was delicious (they smoked the meat overnight in a 15-foot smoker!), the drinks flowed all night, and the band was amazing. We love how the photos turned out.

Wedding Photography: Loreto of Stylish and Hip Weddings / Wedding Venue: Croton Point Park in Croton-on-Hudson, New York / Flowers: DIY by the Bride / Food + Catering: High Country Que / Band: The Bandulos / Wedding Dress: Rachel Gilbert / Bride’s Shoes: Yves Saint Laurent

Wine Tasting Bridal Shower from Alyse French Photography

If I could make every meal look exactly like this shower spread, I would maybe give up my first born which I don’t have yet but that’s beside the point. The point is this porch-side wine party is perfection; an intimate gathering with the Bride-to-Be’s nearest and dearest and a surprise to boot. Alyse French Photography captured the cutest first look from the soon to Mrs. as well as the full delicious spread of wine, cheese and gorgeous florals by Hannah Elissa Floral Design & Event Styling. See so much more right here.

From Alyse French PhotographyAs a wedding photographer on first-time maid of honor duty, I suddenly found myself planning my sister Lorae’s bachelorette shower! We (me, my sister and five of my sister’s closest friends) would be gifting all sorts of pretty lingerie while drinking a variety of wines from all over the world and eating more cheese than we ever thought possible. :) First, we secured the location — my aunt allowed us to use her beautiful wrap-around porch at her home in upstate New York. I worked very closely with Hannah Elissa Floral Design & Event Styling to execute a shower that we felt fancy, rustic and glamorous! We used my aunt’s dining room chairs, antique side table, and whatever pieces of china/silver we could find. Thank goodness for family! Working with Leslie of Felicity Paper Custom Stationery Studio for invitations was a dream. The mint green chevron and beautiful calligraphy added a modern yet whimsical touch. Alongside these invites, you’ll see Hannah’s real masterpieces — mini floral arrangements of zinnias and amnesia roses. Hannah also had the vision of cocktail tables establishing the space as a sweet hang-out. And all our linens were rented from Cooperstown Event Rentals! The antique side table mentioned above provided the perfect surface to display our reds, our white, and our Prosecco for toasting (all from Empire Wine in Albany)! We borrowed my father’s carafes to show off the libations in the prettiest way. And we used melted tapers in antique hurricane globes to add a little ambient light.

I knew that family-style was the way to go for the food! It would dress up our table AND be efficient for eating all sorts of yumminess. We had a great array of wine pair-able foods — table water crackers, melba toasts, grapes, prosciutto, Brie, goat cheese, Havarti, Ghiradelli and Lindt chocolates, perfectly red cherries, oven-roasted almonds, an olive medley, a French baguette and mustard and horseradish spreads. Hannah and I wanted the table florals to look wild. We wanted our centerpiece to add drama with plums and greens that compliment the colors of our wines. We also wanted to create a sense of movement. Hannah did just that with dahlias, roses, zinnias, lisianthus, godetia, scabiosa and astilbe arranged in an antique vessel. She also used angel vine to make our claret colored napkins even prettier. Every part of this shower was a surprise to Lorae. And I think it’s safe to say she enjoyed herself. Mission accomplished!

Photography: Alyse French Photography / Party Venue: The Home of the Bride’s Aunt in Upstate New York / Floral Design: Hannah Elissa Floral Design & Event Styling / Stationery: Leslie of Felicity Paper Custom Stationery Studio / Linens + Napkins: Cooperstown Event Rentals / Wine: Empire Wine

Adirondack Wedding at The Sagamore by Tracey Buyce Photography

As I was looking through all of the in.cred.ib.le images of this wedding from Tracey Buyce Photography, I literally had my hand to my chest, a look of awe on my face and sighing from each click to the next. It sounds like I’m lying, but I promise that I’m not! This wedding is just that beautiful. Every inch of this wedding is overflowing with the most gorgeous of flowers from Finishing Touches and glows with the utter sophistication and effortless style of this stunning couple. Click here for the gallery for more breathtaking images of this beautiful wedding.

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From Cristina, The Bride + Owner of Cristina V.On May 26th, 2012, I married my soul mate and long-time best friend. Wes and I met at Boston College and dated for eight years before getting engaged. As soon as Wes and I were engaged, we knew that we didn’t want to celebrate our marriage at a typical wedding venue. Instead, we wanted a place that all of our guests would be able to stay at, drop their bags and enjoy a full weekend of events and activities. Having grown up in different areas (Wes in Chapel Hill and I on Long Island), it was important to me that our wedding venue served as a reflection of “us” and not of “you” or “me.” When we stumbled upon The Sagamore, we knew we had found our spot. Located on its own little island in the center of Lake George, The Sagamore had everything we had hoped for: a beautiful and formal setting, an abundance of activities and, most importantly, the space for all of our guests to stay and enjoy themselves. We booked Memorial Day weekend, and the planning had begun!

While the Adirondacks are five hours north of where we live, the planning was made easy by the wonderful wedding vendors we hired. I can honestly say that the time leading up to our wedding was never stressful and always enjoyable (mostly, thanks to how easy-going both of our parents happen to be — we are so fortunate!). Yet, while we were relaxed during the planning, we also knew what we wanted: a traditional and classic wedding done in an unexpected way. Being a jewelry designer, I wanted our wedding day to reflect my particular sense of style: simple and soft, yet also unique. This basic formula dictated all of our decision-making, and we had so much fun along the way! For invitations, we stayed simple with six-ply ecru card stock and navy blue engraving, but we made them stand out with beveled edges, gold accents and hand-written, gold calligraphy. For flowers, we decided on only whites and creams and pulled out soft hues of gold with crinkled silk table clothes and gold chiavari chairs. For the bridesmaids, I selected matching, long, yellow dresses but designed (and made!) a different pair of earrings for each girl, all in rutilated quartz (an absolute must-know-about stone!). For photography, we knew The Sagamore was beautiful, but since we were having so many other events there that same weekend, we wanted something “extra special.” So we arranged for a bridal party/family photo shoot at a local boathouse and also had the boat take Wes and me to our cocktail hour. And finally, my dress reflected this same kind of “effortless chic” style as it simply spoke for itself — no beading, no belts, just taffeta. I made sure not to choose any accessories that would take away from my dress (well, besides my Dorothy-like heels — oops!).

Saturday was the wedding, and we couldn’t have asked for better weather — I believe Tracey’s pictures tell that story! For Sunday, we wanted to do something different than the typical “farewell brunch” and give our guests a day to themselves (to golf, go hiking, canoeing, etc.). After all, most guests were staying until Monday. So, for Sunday night we kicked off with a casual picnic and tennis tournament. When I look through all of the pictures that Tracey so wonderfully captured, I can’t help but feel fortunate, and it has nothing to do with cabbage roses or chiavari chairs. Instead, to have had an entire weekend wedding, surrounded by family and friends, and to know that it was only the very beginning of a wonderful adventure ahead…

Wedding Photography: Tracey Buyce Photography / Ceremony: Sacred Heart Church in Lake George, New York / Ceremony Contact: Father Tom Berardi (fathertomlg@gmail.com) / Reception: The Sagamore in Bolton Landing, New York / Floral Design: Susan Cady of Finishing Touches / Wedding Coordination: Christine A. Wheat Special Events Firm / Draping + Decor: Rich + Melissa Carrier of Total Events, LLC / Band: The Stardust Band / Family Photo Shoot Venue + Boat: The Boathouse / Wedding Dress: Anna Maier Ulla-Maija / Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade / Makeup by Mia Silverio + Hair by Caroline Mitgang of Paul Labrecque Salon & Spa / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jenny Yoo / Bridesmaids’ Jewelry + Groomsmen’s Cuff Links: Cristina V. (The Bride)

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Finger Lakes Wedding by Leila Brewster Photography

Looking to be inspired by a wedding chock-full of personality?  Well, look no further than this darling Lourdes Camp affair captured by the ever-amazing Leila Brewster Photography.  Set against a gorgeous rustic background, this Skaneateles Lake paradise was easily transformed into a wedding wonderland by the uber-gorgeous Mr. and Mrs. – and their seriously devoted family and friends.  A breathtaking chapel ceremony, cabins for guests and a fabulous bonfire, s’mores included…. it’s a four day extravaganza overflowing with F.U.N.  See it all here.

From the Bride… I had always dreamed of having my wedding on Skaneateles Lake, where I spent my summers growing up. Brian and I had met and made a life out in Colorado, but we both agreed we had to get married on Skaneateles Lake. The problem was there weren’t too many venues right on the lake. There was the country club, which wasn’t quite the feel we wanted for our wedding day. And fortunately, there was Lourdes Summer Camp, which was exactly what we wanted. There was a small rustic chapel, lots of cabins for guests to spend the night and a lots of beautiful views. It was perfect! We wanted to throw a fun summer party for our closest friends and family. We were worried about getting the venue for the summer since they had kids in camp until the middle of August and knew that it would be a popular location. But after some luck we were able to get the venue for four days and have the wedding on a Thursday evening. We invited our guests to come enjoy the property during the days leading up to the wedding. We had our rehearsal dinner under the pavilion and then had our wedding the next evening.

On the day of the wedding, we began our mornings with our closest friends. Brian and the guys got to enjoy the lake, and the girls and I had a little brunch while we got our hair and makeup done. The ceremony began in the late afternoon, and our guests were served our lemonade upon their arrival. We entered the rustic chapel under a simple arch that was made by my dad, and we walked down the aisle to our favorite songs. The ceremony was short and sweet. Brian and I were surprisingly greeted with a “just married” golf cart, which had been decorated  by my uncle and cousin. We proceeded down to the tent nestled on the edge of the water and danced the night away under a perfect summer evening. We had a bonfire and s’mores to cap the night off, and my parents surprised us with fireworks to end our perfect day! It was such a special experience to be surrounded by all the people you love and don’t get to see all the time. And all the special details our families surprised us with made the day even more special!

Wedding Photography: Leila Brewster Photography / Wedding Venue: Lourdes Camp on Skaneateles Lake in Skaneateles, New York / Event Design: The Bride + Her Mother / Event Planning: Danielle Fleckenstein / Floral Design: Adrianne of Julie’s Flowers / Wedding Invitations: DIY by the Bride / Wedding Dress: Watters “Sahara” / Shoes: Anthropologie + Urban Outfitters

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Rochester Wedding from Erich Camping + Stacy K Floral

Good floral design can stop me in my tracks. A pretty peony, a romantic garden rose, when pulled together in the most fabulous way, can fill your wedding with amazing smells and photographs pretty enough to hang on anyones wall. When Stacy K Floral teams up with Erich Camping, the images are so stunning, I’m dying to hang a few on MY wall. The gallery is one of the sweetest we’ve smelled in a while, so you WON’T want to miss it!

Alex and I met during our freshman year of college on a night-time stroll through the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. Alex appealed to my love of everything international by telling me about his Austrian upbringing and we started dating shortly afterward. Six years later, he proposed in the gardens of an Austrian castle near where he grew up.

I picked out my wedding colors almost immediately, coral and robin’s egg blue. However, it took me a while to find a style. One snowy day in New York City, I walked into a Pottery Barn and spotted a table full of apothecary jars, filled with robin’s eggs, mosses, and flowers. The woodsy feel meshed perfectly with the reception venue’s interior and I loved the idea of incorporating actual robins’ eggs into the decor. The robins’ egg theme carried through to the cupcakes which were decorated with eggs and nests, and our invitations, which featured blue love birds.

I am lucky to have a fashion designer as an uncle and he made my wedding dress, as well as my bridesmaids’. It felt so special to wear a beautiful creation designed by someone I love. Everything I wore on my wedding day was given to me by someone special to me from dress, to shoes, to jewelry. I even used my grandmother’s wedding dress as my bouquet wrap. 

One of my most vivid memories from the wedding day is waking up to torrential rain. I was disappointed, but soon we turned it into an opportunity to take great photos with umbrellas. Later that day, the rain cleared and for the actual wedding we were graced with blue skies. It was the best of both worlds.

Alex and I took dance lessons for two months before our wedding to prepare for our first dance. We had the moves down, including a fabulous grand finale. When the time came, we were so nervous that we almost forgot the grand finale and the result was a totally botched version that our dance instructor would have scolded us for. But it didn’t matter- we had a great time.

Instead of a guest book, my mom created a wish tree. It was inspired by Yoko Ono’s Wish Tree at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC. Each guest wrote down their wishes for the bride and groom on wishtags that they then hung on the tree. It was fun to see the tree “grow” with wishes as the night went on.

We ended the night with bowling! At midnight, the band announced that the party was over upstairs, but would continue in the bowling alley downstairs. We led the remaining guests to the alley and bowled the night away. We have great photos of us bowling in our wedding attire!

Photographer: Erich Camping / Floral + Decor Design: Stacy K Floral / Bride’s Gown, Bridesmaids’ Dresses, Mother’s dresses: Carmen Marc Valvo / Band: Nik Lite / Cupcakes: Donna Marie’s Gluten Free Bakery / Wedding Coordination: Events by Jen / Transportation: LeGault Limousine / Linens and Chairs: Hank Parker’s / Up Lighting: Balloon Effects/High Wire Lighting, Ed Huffsmith / Venue: Oak Hill Country Club / Ceremony Music: Irerra Music / Hair and make up: Spa at the Delmonte / Invitations: Laura Campbell / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Men’s Fashion: Paul Smith / Custom bottle-cap cufflinks: Mann Made Designs

Classic Staatsburg, New York Wedding from Gulnara Studio

We saw their rehearsal dinner this morning, and I am completely convinced if you were newly engaged today, and stumbled across our little blog in your frantic Google search of all things chic in the wide wedding world, this little soiree on the Hudson River would be the reason you would keep coming back to us. It’s Farmyard Chic if I’ve ever seen it, and seen through the lens of Gulnara Studio, it is an unbelievable mix of chickens and chignons, pigs and pretty, soft cheese cakes and sweet and scrumptious love. All I can say is – you better get your gallery on.

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As we started to plan our wedding, we knew we didn’t want a New York City wedding as much as we loved living there.  We were hoping to find a place that was available in late summer that would provide our guests a bit of a getaway but that wasn’t a particularly far drive for our tri-state family and friends.  After narrowing it down to a few areas outside of NYC, the search began!  We toured many different places but none seemed to have the right feel.  Then, on our way home from a friend’s wedding in Lake George, we stopped to see a private estate.  We knew immediately it was everything we were looking for!  It was elegant, it was rustic, and the view over the Hudson River was breathtaking.  Combined with the working farm that spoke to the foodie in both of us, it all came together in such a unique and wonderful way.  It was the exact vision we were looking for yet were struggling to find.  We had hoped we could also find a place where we and our bridal party could stay the entire weekend given our top choice of late summer weekends was the Labor Day holiday.  The different houses on the estate provided us with the option to have everyone stay in one place and celebrate all weekend.  It ticked every box and we couldn’t stop grinning at each other as we toured the property, we knew this was it! 

The estate provided us so much natural beauty and inspiration to work with.  The windows on the barn were so lovely and Nicola at Lettuce Paper masterfully helped me turn them into a pattern that we used throughout all the stationary for the wedding – envelope liners, custom stamps, menus, and even as a single flourish at times.  As I explored the colors that both Greg and I loved, a peacock theme emerged.  I loved the idea of the vibrant peacock palate against the neutral and natural colors of the estate, especially at that time of year.  Peacocks have a natural elegance which was the perfect complement to the estate.  My goal was to incorporate the colors and feather in various different ways so that it didn’t become monotonous or overwhelming.  Linda Baldwin, our amazing florist, was able to help me achieve this.  The colors in the flowers were stunning.  I loved the way the arrangements all came together yet remained unique as we did something slightly different for the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception.  I particularly loved the mint which we used in the bridesmaids bouquets.   As we moved into the evening, the amazing lanterns that lined the path to the tent and also surrounded the pool provided a wonderful ambiance for a late summer wedding. 

Overall, we wanted our wedding to capture the warmth and beauty around us – from both the setting and our family and friends – and to be a reflection of who we were.  As an interfaith couple, we worked to ensure our ceremony and the events of the day reflected each of our backgrounds.  We wanted our guests to feel relaxed and enjoy the entire day, so our goal was to have an evening that effortlessly flowed from start to finish, which it did thanks to our stellar wedding planner and caterer!  I can’t say enough about them both.  Most of all, we wanted our guests to feel as if they were all part of our new extended family!  So after a family style dinner that reflected our love of food and the region, the band took over and it was time to party….and that we did well into the evening, admittedly taking advantage of the pool for the after party!  It was the perfect day and every time I look at my favorite photo of us in front of the wall to wall dart board, I’m reminded of this!!

Photography: Gulnara Studio / Wedding Planner: Carrie Wycoff, Events That Matter / Florist: Linda Baldwin Flowers & Event Design / Stationary: Lettuce Paper / Gown: Monique Lhuillier from Mark Ingram Atelier / Hair & Make-up: Sandra Downie Event Design / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Videographer: Fred Marcus / Music: Hank Lane Music & Julie Berman Quartet / Catering & Cake: Oliver Kita Fine Catering / Envelopes, Escort Cards & Table Numbers: Love Jenna Calligraphy / Tables & Chairs: Party Rentals Ltd. / Tent: Sperry Tents

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Upstate New York Wedding from Dave Robbins Photography

You know we love when all the details line up in a pretty little row, so you better believe we L-O-V-E this Upstate New York Wedding. Our bride describes her wedding as rustic chic, and that it is. All the sweet little flea market finds work so well with the venue, the bridal party, and the color palette. And speaking of color palettes, how great is it that the colors they chose tie in SO well with our own little blog? It’s a match made in matrimonial heaven. Prepared to be smitten with Dave Robbins Photography‘s style… it goes so well with all the other charming elements of this fête. Click here for even more!

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The concept for our wedding began with a dream of whisking our family and friends away from the city and holding them hostage in the country for a long weekend. We hoped to find a venue which would afford us the freedom to create a fully customizable experience all our own. The Hill, a privately owned estate in Livingston, New York offered the perfect setting – a magnificent barn on an idyllic estate complete with the requisite rolling hills, grazing horses, and stunning 360-degree views of the Catskill and Berkshire mountains.

We had great fun assembling the details. I may have been a little old lady in another lifetime because I derived a surprising amount of pleasure from stockpiling lace runners, dusty suitcases, Mason jars, and other vintage miscellany for our tablescape and decor. Since no “rustic chic” wedding is complete without a typewriter-guestbook, we were thrilled to discover the perfect specimen at the local flea market. In fact, one of my proudest wedding planning accomplishments was changing the typewriter’s ink ribbon with the help of an instructional YouTube video!

We created escort cards by affixing Japanese Washi tape to shipping tags – a quick and easy project that came out great. All of these items were displayed on the beautiful wooden wagon that the owners of the property were gracious enough to let us borrow for the occasion.

Lest our Brooklyn guests get homesick, we served a signature cocktail called the Brooklyn Ginger, a concoction of Absolut Brooklyn, ginger ale, and a squeeze of lime. The menu featured a seasonal selection of local meats and produce. We also served seltzer in original glass bottles, which functioned as both decoration and drink. From the moment we arrived at our Rehearsal Dinner Square Dance, to the time we waved goodbye to the last school bus shuttling our family and friends home, the weekend was truly a dream come true.

Photography: Dave Robbins Photography / Invitations: Design by Paperfinger & Letterpress by Coeur Noir / Video: Joshua Brown Photography / Event  Coordination & Floral Design: Destiation Bride / Rentals: Columbia Tent Rentals / Catering: Apogee Catering / Lighting: BearFly Designs / Venue: The Hill