I LOVE working in Montuak. It’s one of my favorite places in the world and Barbara + Rory are one of my favorite couples. They put together the best team of vendors in Lauren Fair, The Bonafide Ginger, Oleander Curated, and of course The Surf Lodge. They decided on a casual affair with no assigned seating, lots of dancing, and epic floral vignettes surrounding the deck. Surf Lodge turned the ceremony space into an amazing fire pit during the reception and it was such a beautiful spot when the sun went down. The best way to explain how wonderful the night was? Barb + Rory’s first dance turned into an epic sing along and there wasn’t a dry eye in the place!
I love a fall wedding in the Hudson Valley. It also helps when the couple is one of the coolest you’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. Allison + Matt wanted a laid-back fall celebration filled with good food and cozy decor. The weather was absolutely perfect and provided the most amazing backdrop for their ceremony and cocktail hour. Katie Osgood snapped all of these epic photos, Hunt + Harvest catered the most beautiful fall meal, and Days of May provided all of the epic floral.
Very high on the list of reasons why Southwood is amazing are the sunsets. No matter the weather during the day you can always count on an epic sunset over the Hudson River. Allison + Matt’s mid-October wedding date meant that cocktail hour paired up perfectly with golden hour. Take a look at the amazing photos Katie captured while the guests were enjoying the epic charcuterie and passed goodies…
Planning + Design | All Who Wander Event Design
Photography | Katie Osgood
Catering | Hunt + Harvest Events
Tent + Rentals | Events Unlimited
Florals | Days of May
Hair + Makeup | Facetime Beauty
Linens | La Tavola Linen
Band | 45 Riots
Lounge Furniture | Hudson Valley Vintage
I was especially excited about Shirley + Geoff’s wedding because I worked with Shirley years ago in the fashion industry! Shirley was interning with the marketing department and we bonded immediately. She moved on to some really great opportunities (hello, Chanel) and has since started her own bridal accessory line, Shirley + Audrey. You can see some Shirley + Audrey pieces in this photos below. Trust me, you need one for your big day! Shirley has always had impeccable taste, and I think her wedding proves that. It was such a fun collaboration between Shirley and her mom, myself, and Michaela from Days of May. Thank goodness Carmen Santorelli was there to capture all the goodness. If you’re wanting more, check out the BRIDES feature!
Photography | Carmen Santorelli
Rentals | Party Rental Limited
Catering | Great Performances
Florist | Days of May
DJ | Beatrain Productions
Hair + Makeup | FaceTime Beauty
Cake | Nine Cakes
There are regular weddings and there are cool weddings- this is a cool wedding. Starting on a Thursday of a holiday weekend the wedding kicked off with a beach party in Santa Monica. Then there was an epic rehearsal dinner in a hotel courtyard under twinkle lights filed with succulents (and an awesome band). The big day followed on a cliff in Malibu on a super hot, we’re talking NYC humidity, but beautiful sunny day. Gary Ashley Photo was with us capturing it all.
This is one of my favorite photos of the night. Chris Brugler Catering totally killed it with food service and I love this photo showing all of the servers ready for guests!
There are so many beautiful elements from this wedding that I’m excited to share. Sleepy Hollow Country Club is such a special place with (I’m convinced) the world’s greenest grass. Lauren Fair Photography shot this wedding for us and Days of May did all of the gorgeous flowers. I really loved all of the pretty gold tones that were sprinkled throughout the wedding, especially the wax seals!
We worked with Jessie + Matt for almost two years on their NYC wedding. They wanted to give their guests the NYC experience while adding a bit of playfulness into the design. Their love for Totoro and Studio Ghibli films made designing this wedding so fun. We made customized dust bunnies that we hid around the venue, and created a guestbook that was Kiki's Delivery Service themed. We don't do many themed wedding so this was a welcome challenge adding just a bit of whimsy to an otherwise very put together and gorgeous day (and venue). Eileen Meny captured the day perfectly, we are swooning over these images!
I loved that Jessie + Matt chose to have their wedding at Daniel. They are foodies and they were able to craft the perfect menu for their guests to have a genuine NYC (TWO!!) Michelin Star dining experience. The ambiance and decor at Daniel is beautiful to begin with, so we enlisted Ivie Joy to add to that working with the in-house florist. That partnership led to a beautiful arrangement of various roses, magnolia leaves, and orchids!
Every time I go to The Metropolitan Building in Long Island City, the design plan is TOTALLY different. I love venues that can take on any design and color scheme, and between the two floors TMB is one of those for sure. When Danielle told me she loved purple but didn't want to take it too overboard, I knew that Days of May would be the perfect match for her floral design. Michaela has a way of making sure every color palette suites the enviroment its put in.
I was so excited to start our 2017 season with Danielle and John, who are quite possibly two of the sweetest people I've ever met! We wanted to make sure that their April wedding wasn't "too spring" just in case the weather was frigid, so we had two escort card plans. When it turned out to be a day on the warmer side, I had Michaela grab me a few bundles of white cherry blossom to use for the escort card display. We wanted it to feel like you were walking into the first bloom of the season, and I think it worked perfectly!
Some of my favorite elements from this wedding were from the reception. Danielle had her parent's vintage cake topper on top of their cake from Nine Cakes. The cake actually mimicked the design from the invitation suite and it was AMAZING! We also transitioned the escort card table + cherry blossoms to the favor table with mini cans of Sophie champagne and Fancy Girl Catering made the prettiest dessert table using the venue's vintage rentals we chose!
Venue | The Metropolitan Building, Photography | Katie Osgood, Floral | Days of May, Catering | Fancy Girl Catering, Rentals | Party Rental Ltd, Cake | Nine Cakes, Tabletop Rental | Borrowed Blu
I have a soft spot for Southwood Estate. I've always loved this venue, since I first started this business, and I'm so lucky that I've been able to work there multiple times a year since then. Dana + Hart, the owners, are amazing and really let you take over the property for the weekend. It really allows each couple to feel like they are having their wedding at a family home. So it's natural that I'd want to do another blog post with more photos of this amazing day.
Emily + Ryan know Dana and Hart really well, and their son actually officiated the wedding! We setup a beautiful ceremony down a hill on property with the best view of the Hudson. The light was so perfect at this time of day, and by the time they said "I do" it was casting the prettiest warm glow over the whole ceremony site.
Now, let's get to the best part. Ryan is a chef, and we worked with Jim Gop over at Heirloom Fire to create the most amazing meal. It started with an epic charcuterie board at cocktail hour. Jim had one of his guys live cutting all of the dried meats. I love the way he styles his cocktail hour tables, no one does it better than Jim!
The reception was in a peaked tidewater tent and Michaela from Days of May along with Larry from Stortz Lighting created the coolest hanging chandeliers in different sizes over the dancefloor. All of them had hanging Edison bulbs inside so that they would glow the whole night. Emily's good friend is an illustrator and we worked with her and Sara from Ink Revival to pull together amazing menus with little illustrations of pizza, fish, and meat. Because we needed to fit so many platters on the table for Ryan's dream meal (more about that later), Michaela and I had to be really creative with florals. We decided on vines running down the length of the tables and one larger floral centerpiece every two tables. I custom built wooden tray stands so that some of the platters would be elevated, making it easier to fit everything on the tables.
Jim cooks everything over an open fire, so directly across from the reception tent we had the kitchen setup so that guests could take a look. Sometimes catering tents can be an eyesore, so it's great to have something styled outdoors so the guests can see exactly where their food is coming from! Ryan was really specific about the menu, and we ended up with an amazing coursed out meal that started with bread + olive oil, moved into flatbread pizzas, then large family style salads + finally all of the meats.
Here are some of my favorite photos of the night...
We work on a few styled shoots per year, and we always jump at the chance to work with Lauren Fair Photography as often as we can! Cue this fall shoot up in Port Jervis, New York with the awesome team at Cedar Lakes Estate. It was the first really cold day, 20 degrees to be exact, of the fall/winter but we were so excited to get up there and create something beautiful!
Wildflowers by Design created the gorgeous florals, Claire Pettibone designed the dress, Susie Saltzman leant us the beautiful ring, and Ink Revival did all of the calligraphy. We knew that it would be full fall at Cedar Lakes, and we wanted to mix those colors with the brights of Spring to create an awesome crossover season color palette. Blush pinks, oranges, creams, greenery, and a touch of gray. Absolutely my new favorite color scheme!
We worked with Borrowed Blu and chose some really amazing tabletop rentals that consisted of vintage pressed glassware and dinner plates, cement chargers, vintage silver, and champagne coupes. We decided to place the table at my favorite spot at Cedar Lakes... under the string lights and on top of the cobblestones in the garden. Then, we took our amazing models up to the hilltop for some golden hour photos that have the prettiest light!
We're back to share more of Teresa + Christian's amazing wedding weekend. You saw how great their rehearsal dinner was, and now we move onto the actual big day! Michaela from Days of May worked with us for the whole weekend, and we changed it up big time for the wedding day so that both events, although at the same location, would feel totally different. The color palette switched from wood tones and all greenery to a mixture of brass, deep reds, pinks, and hints of dove grey to tie everything in and really ground the look of the all wood barn.
Teresa and her sister's dresses were some of my favorites of 2016. There's something about all white that makes a summer wedding really pop. Jacob from Brumley + Wells took some really amazing photos of the girls and of Teresa + Christian's first look. One of my favorite photos is of Teresa, her sisters, Christian, and his twin brother! The perfect family photo.
This wedding was truly a labor of love for all of the vendors involved. Our team built this escort card wall from reclaimed wood meant to stand outside of the bar and created dreamcatchers by hand for each of the guests. A Fabulous Fete made the tags to attach to the catchers and the laser cut "Dream With Us" that we carried back on a plane from Los Angeles! We worked with Tom and Jeremy at Fire Roasted catering to put together an amazing customized menu, including a white gazpacho soup at every place setting when guests arrived. We hand stamped the soup recipe onto kraft paper so that guests could take it home (and they ALL did)! The soup went into vintage pressed glass mini-bowls that our team sourced from various flea markets and antique shops. We mixed round and rectangular tables to give the barn a lot of texture. Michaela made beautiful garlands for the rectangles and tall bud vases in varying heights filled with tons of color for the rounds. Let's not forget the huge chandelier she installed with the help of Julie Seitel!
Another amazing part of this wedding is the German tradition of the bride and groom cutting out a heart and the groom carrying the bride through it. The heart was about three feet high at the most and our 6 foot 7 inch groom carried Teresa through it like a champ!
It's not often that we get the opportunity to have a professional photographer around for a rehearsal dinner, so when we booked Jacob from Brumley + Wells for Friday AND Saturday we knew that we'd have gorgeous images to share from both nights. This was the first time we had ever worked at Stonover Farm in Great Barrington, MA and we loved every second of it. The property is amazing, as are the owners Sookie + Tom. We can't wait to be back there for another wedding!
We worked with Days of May for florals for the entire weekend, and Hunt + Harvest catered this amazing family style meal. I was so blown away by their food that we've booked him for FOUR weddings in 2017! I couldn't have been more thrilled with the grouping of vendors that made this rehearsal dinner, and the entire weekend, and wonderful as it was. We threw three events on the same property, all for all 106 wedding guests. Phew!!
The 1896 is one of our all-time favorite wedding venues. We love working at spaces that allow you to have creative freedom! We've hung huge installations from the ceiling, we've left it as-is, and we've done beautiful white sheer drapes from the metal beams. Peartree Flowers worked with us to pull off the most beautiful fall color palette that worked with all of the amazing textures in the space. Although it was a gloomy (so, so, so rainy) October day outside, it was perfect and bright and beautiful on the inside.
Stortz Lighting worked with us to create the draping on the ceiling and we pushed white lighting up towards it to create a really romantic feel while not overwhelming the guests light pouring down on them. Party Rental Limited and La Tavola Linen provided the tabletop and chair rentals to make our design come together seamlessly.
Kori + Dave came to us needing help with the design of their wedding at Glasserie in Brooklyn. Glasserie has a beautiful restaurant and courtyard in the front of their space, but there is a long and very dark hallway leading into the back area that needed a little TLC. Talk about a raw, but amazing, opportunity for a wedding reception. With the 200 person guest list, we used the entire galley and back room to make an amazing lush and green wedding for them. We lined the hallway with lanterns, hurricane vases, and votives to warm up the areas we could while the guests passed through.
October in New York is always a roll of the dice when it comes to the weather. We just so happened to get the coldest day of October on this particular Saturday! We had to keep the back door looking out to the skyline closed, but luckily we worked on creating a garden feel inside the room. We chose to use both high and low florals to bring the ceiling down a bit and make the space feel as intimate as possible. The mixture of rectangular and circular tables also helped to create more of a dinner party vibe for this over 200 person wedding!
Lizzy + Max met us through her amazing florist, Lori from Ava Flora. We knew from the start that this was going to be a good one! Think Beauty & The Beast meets Brooklyn. One of my favorite elements of this wedding was the chuppah. I loved that they didn't go with the traditional draping but kept a modern structure and fun greenery in varying textures. When the lights went down for their ceremony everything glowed in a gorgeous amber wash.
Calligraphy was done on mirrors throughout the space by Ink Revival who came to the space to write our escort card mirror on site. It's always amazing when vendors are willing to collaborate on larger installs for weddings like these!
Ah, The Roxbury Barn. We have a special place in our hearts for this venue because this is where Nicole was married almost three years ago! We had the pleasure of working with Erica from Clean Plate Pictures, Mari + Karen from Crown Street Productions, and Michelle from Oriole 9 Catering once again to make Kathleen + Matt's wedding a reality. Michaela from Days of May created the amazing florals for this wedding, including flower crowns for all of the bridesmaids.
Kathleen's son Conor ran up to his mom after the first look and it was the sweetest moment!
Mary Kate Moon did all of the calligraphy for us and made the most amazing escort cards in the prettiest gray color for us. They hung up on a tree on wreaths that Michaela made of greenery and blooms that matched the colors of the rest of the wedding. They also ran a flower crown bar at cocktail hour so that everyone could join in on the fun and create their own!
Threat of rain up in the Catskills all day forced our hand in having the reception setup inside the barn, but it provided a really beautiful and intimate setting for Kathleen and Matt. We had multiple arrangements in small square boxes so that we could still fit the family style meal platters. Borrowed Blu provided the most amazing copper flatware, pressed glass chargers, and light dove gray plates topped with the most amazing square menus!
If you've been reading this blog for a while you know that we love working in The Hamptons. Jessica + John got married on a beautiful September day at the Montauk Yacht Club. It was our first time working there and we loved assembling this awesome group of vendors to make this gorgeous nautical wedding come to life without being too over-the-top.
The ceremony site at MYC is amazing. It's right on the marina and there are boats and American flags behind you as you tie the knot, can it get any more Montauk?! One of my favorite floral elements were the little greenery ties on the folding ceremony chairs and the driftwood hashtag signs. It was also our favorite hashtag of the year, #JlovesJinMTK. Cute, right?
Ah Los Angeles, my all-time favorite city. I loved traveling and spending time with my in-laws who live in West Hollywood while I was working on Sarah + Max's wedding. Being able to spend a couple of winter months in the 80 degree weather was VERY welcome! Then came Sarah + Max's wedding day, when it was 102 degrees at ceremony time and we had to wipe down the metal chairs with wet towels! Millwick was the perfect indoor/outdoor space that ensured the guests weren't sweltering the entire evening. Thank goodness for that!
We had some budget constraints to work through, so Sarah provided potted succulents for all of the tables at Millwick, and I hired Twig + Twine to create Sarah's gorgeous bouquet and headpiece. I couldn't believe when I saw how gorgeous the bouquet was! Other vendors that I was so happy to work with included Fiore Beauty for hair + makeup, DJ Lady Sinclair, and the amazing Westlund Photography.
The Dream Team...
Is there anything better than summer in the Hamptons? We vote no. Hannah + Andrew were married at Gansett Green Manor in Amagansett in early June. Gansett Green is one of our favorite venues because you get a backyard feel right in the middle of it all. Your close to the beach, the shopping, the jitney, everything! Hannah wanted a tented wedding that felt nautical without being so blatantly obvious. So, we got rid of the anchors and opted for driftwood and a more subtle washed linen stripe to bring in the touches of navy blue.