Skylar + Adam’s Winter Wonderland Wedding

Tell us your story… 

Adam and I met at the start of our senior year at Franklin & Marshall College in 2011. We locked eyes across a smoky bar, smiled, and looked away. We both couldn’t help stealing one more glance of each other at the same time, and then Adam came over to introduce himself. We talked until the next morning, and I texted my sister saying I had met “either my future husband or my new best friend.” We’ve been together ever since!

Where did you two tie the knot? 

We held our ceremony and reception at Highlands Country Club in Garrison, NY. We loved this venue because of its balance between rustic and elegant. The chandelier in the ballroom is stunning, but the working fireplaces and the tavern area give it a homey feel, as well. We could picture the twinkle lights in the solarium giving a romantic vibe to the ceremony, and we loved picturing our friends and family gathered around the hearths throughout the evening. We wanted the wedding to feel less like a production, and more like an intimate dinner party.

Spill the details about your wedding! 

I had always dreamed of having a December wedding, and almost couldn’t believe that my dream came true. The holiday season is my favorite time of year, and I wanted to bring that cheer to our wedding without having it scream Christmas.

We chose a rich pine green as the central color, with accents of navy, ivory, burgundy, and gold. These colors all came together especially nicely in our bridesmaids’ and groomsmens’ outfits. The girls got to choose their own style within a line from Alfred Sung, and the guys all wore their own navy blue suits. The girls’ navy pashminas and the guys’ plaid ties from Tie Bar brought the looks together perfectly!

For flowers, we wanted lots of greenery with white and pops of red. My very talented aunt did all of the flowers for our ceremony space, including the stunning arbor. Florist Edwina Sylvester created bouquets and centerpieces beyond our wildest dreams.

The one thing we couldn’t plan for was having the first snowfall of the season in the Hudson Valley bless us on December 9th. It created a snowglobe within our little venue, and really added a magical element to the whole day.

It was a true winter wonderland wedding!

I had a lot of fun DIY-ing many elements of our wedding. I practiced my hand lettering for months, and actually addressed all the Save the Dates and invitations, as well as the place cards. I handmade all of the signage. I also stood over a hot stove in the summer months melting wax with rosemary fragrance oil to make almost 150 candles as our favors. I may be crazy, but it meant so much for me to add that personal touch for our guests!

I reached out to Alyson because I wanted a beaded comb for my hair that would match a specific pair of earrings. My grandmother’s brothers gave her a pair of pearl and diamond earrings as a wedding gift, and my mom wore those earrings for her wedding. I was so touched when my mom suggested that I wear them for my wedding, too. I sent Alyson photos of the earrings and my dress, and she went to work creating the most gorgeous head piece. Now I have another treasure to pass down to future brides in my family!

What was your favorite moment?

There are so many moments to choose from! It was the happiest 24-hour blur of my whole life. The ceremony was particularly special to both of us. With the sun setting and the snow falling around us, it felt like we were in our own little world. We wrote statements of our love to one another, followed by traditional vows. I think hearing what each other had to say, and then repeating the promises that men and women have made for centuries, then actually getting to say “I do”, was just totally surreal and blissful for both of us!

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Vendors:

Ceremony/Reception Venue: Highlands Country Club 
Entertainment (DJ/Band): DJ Relentliss (Greg Lissauer) 
Hair Stylist: Elyssa Michaels 
Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander
Bespoke Beaded Hair Adornment: Alyson Nicole
Engagement ring and diamond wedding band: Studio1040 
Gold wedding bands: Bario Neal
Fur coat: last minute on Etsy!

A Sunny, Lakeside Dream Come True Wedding

A Sunny, Lakeside Dream Come True Wedding
A Sunny, Lakeside Dream Come True Wedding
A Sunny, Lakeside Dream Come True Wedding

Tell us your story… Patrick and I first met through some mutual friends while we were both attending Cazenovia College. As fate would have it, we were actually from neighboring towns, but it took going away to college for us to actually meet!

Where did you two tie the knot? The Otesaga Resort in Cooperstown, NY. The very first time I had ever been there was in 2008 with my cousin and a high school friend. I fell in love with the location and thought to myself, “This is where I would want to get married.” Fortunately, Patrick and I both love historical buildings, and small town charm. The Otesaga was the perfect combination of both. It was the first venue we looked at in person during our search, and we knew right then and there that we had to search no more. 9 years after the fact, my wish came true- the weather cooperated like it never does in Central New York and we had a magical ceremony by the lake.

Spill the details about your wedding! I am very much into the whole shabby chic look. I pulled ideas from here and there (Pinterest mostly) which resulted in a mix of new and old. Quite a few of the details were hand made by me- from the table numbers to the hand painted backdrop banner. The end result was what I called “The Secret Garden” look. Peonies and greens decorated the tables, candelabras with greenery wrapped around the stems were scattered throughout, and vintage books and brass candle holders were the perfect addition. Our “place cards” were little honey jars filled with local honey from a family friend’s beehives. My bridesmaids were in varying pastel hues of the same dress while the groomsmen provided the perfect contrast in their navy pants, bow ties and suspenders. Patrick somehow managed to tolerate the heat in a three piece suit from Suit Supply, and I felt like a million bucks in my bespoke wedding gown. It was a family affair in every way- my sister was my Maid of Honor, and my cousin and Patrick’s sister were my two other Bridesmaids. Patrick’s cousin was his Best Man, and my two brothers were his Groomsmen. My baby brother was my ring bearer, and my niece and nephew played the roles of Flower Girl and Junior Ring Bearer. To top it all off- my cousin helped to design and decorate my dream wedding, while another cousin was our MC! The ceremony was held outdoors under a decorated arbor that Patrick made for our day. It was a gorgeous, sunny, 80-something early summer afternoon. Our reception was filled with laughter and wonderful memories- complete with a poem my cousins dug up that my eleven-year old self wrote about love. We were surrounded by family and friends- it was the perfect day. Patrick and I continued to remark how we couldn’t believe that this was our wedding. After all the hard work- we had pulled it off!

It was truly a dream come true wedding!

What was your favorite moment? Patrick and I took the traditional route of not seeing each other AT ALL the morning of the wedding. We even exchanged wedding gifts and letters at the corner of the building so as not to get a glance of one another. By the time I was waiting to walk the aisle with my father I was such an emotional mess, but it made that moment all the more memborable. Having my father by my side as I walked (okay, maybe speed walked) to my future husband’s side left my heart swelling with so much emotion I thought it would burst.

Vendors:

Photographer – Nicolette Media
Bespoke Wedding Dress – Alyson Nicole
Groom’s Attire – Suit Supply
Venue & Caterer – Otesaga Resort hotel
Florist & Wedding Planner – Snezhana Vahtin
MUA & Hair Stylist – Lidiya Brishchuk

Donna & Joseph’s Rustic Inspired Wedding

Tell us your story… We met in high school [Boyertown Area Senior High], during band practice back in 2005…. many moons ago!

Where did you two tie the knot? Lake of Isles Golf Club Resort at Foxwood Casino in North Stonington, CT. I  [Donna] chose the location due to the casino being convenient for out of town guests (half of the people who came to celebrate were from out of state!) and due to the beautiful deck that overlooked the lake and gorgeous scenery.

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Spill the details about your wedding! We decided to go with a rustic-inspired wedding theme using grey and mint green as our main colors. We used burlap and lace accents along with crystal brooches to embellish all of our decor.  Table centerpieces were wooden crates that were handpainted & handmade (by the bride’s Aunt & Uncle) with floral arrangements that consisted of beautiful white hydrangeas with succulents and other greenery.  All bridesmaids wore mint green dresses in the style they prefered, matching hair clips & earrings. Groomsmen wore grey suits from David’s Warehouse with mint accents, and super hero socks & pocket squares which was made by the mother of the bride. I wore a beautiful beaded embellished strapless sweetheart a-line gown with matching jewelry & a bespoke rustic inspired wedding garter set made by Alyson Nicole. My bouquet was handmade by myself with burlap hydrangeas, an assortment of gorgeous brooches, and lace accents.

It was the perfect accent to our rustic inspired wedding theme!

What was your favorite moment? Announcing when we became man and wife. The excitement of finally becoming legally joined in front of all of our family and friends- them accepting, appreciating, acknowledging our love- was definitely the best part of our entire rustic-inspired wedding!

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Vendors:

Photographer – Lillie Fortino
Bridal Garter Set- Alyson Nicole
Florist – Beachwood Florist
Hair & Make-up – Samantha D. 
Bakery- J-Cakes

A Charming Summertime Barn Wedding

Tell us your story…  We met in late December in Philadelphia through mutual friends.  Maggie was fresh out of a relationship, and Ally was trying to set her up with her best friend…that last part never happened.  After a cross country road trip, followed by more than two years of long distance love, we made things final at the top of Observation Point in Zion National Park.

Where did you two tie the knot?  Our wedding was at Tinicum Park Barn in Erwinna, PA.  We looked at millions of places, from upstate New York to Virginia.  We wanted to be surrounded by beautiful scenery and Tinicum Park was just that.  There was a beautiful fern bed that we instantly fell in love with, and the surrounding land was perfect for pictures.  The venue was reasonably priced and everyone was more than accommodating during the process.   We really lucked out in finding this venue, and snagging the last weekend available for the year!

It was the perfect place for a outdoor barn wedding!

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Barn Wedding
Barn Wedding

Spill the details about your wedding!  We tried to shoot for simple and laid back, just like us.  The colors of our wedding seemed like a no brainer to us.  Orange and gray, our favorite colors! The orange bridal party dresses made a wonderful pop of color along side the bright green of the grass and ferns, and gray was the perfect compliment.   The aisle,  lined with single stem orange flowers in bright blue wine bottles hanging from the end of a branch stake, led up to the oriental rug that we stood on next to the barn  To bring the ceremony together, we hung large ferns in the barn windows, Maggie’s favorite plant.

We feasted outside under the trees at the wooden picnic tables covered with off white runners.  Our center pieces were clear wine bottles filled with beach glass we had collected from the spot that I had proposed to Maggie.  We danced inside the barn, under large white lights strung along the rafters. Decorations included framed pictures from our many adventures, and each table had either a  large glass vases filled with branches wrapped in fairy light or a gray coffee can filled with ferns.

Our bridal party wore orange wrap dresses with navy sandals, which they accompanied with a silver mountain necklace given to them by the brides.  The other members of the party wore gray pants, white collared shirts, gray suspenders, an orange bow tie and navy shoes. They accompanied their ensemble with a bamboo wrist watch, also from  the brides.

 

What was your favorite moment? I think we can both agree without a doubt that it was the ceremony.  They were predicting severe thunderstorms and hail during the day, but we decided to risk it and hold the ceremony just outside the barn.  We had each written our vows to each other in a small leather bound journal.  Just as Ally was beginning to read hers, the sun broke over the barn and cleared away the dark clouds.  We stood there, in the bright sun, in front of family and friends and read our vows to one another for the first time. Through all the stresses of planning, and getting ready that morning, it was truly a moment in which everything around us melted away.  We laughed and cried our way through, along with everyone else.  You could feel the love and energy in the air, it was truly a magical moment, and we would do it again in a heartbeat.

Barn Wedding
Barn Wedding
Barn Wedding
Barn Wedding

Vendors:

Photographer – Brian & Jessica Patton
Wedding Dress & Bridal Accessories- Alyson Nicole
Bridesmaid’s dresses – Staysi Lee
Caterers – CD’s Place

A Tropical Wedding On Long Island

Tell us your story… We met at Harrah’s pool party in Atlantic City! I (Ali) was there for a bachelorette party and Jeff was actually there for a bachelor party. I saw him dancing and went right up to him and said “How is it that you’re a red head AND can dance?” He responded by saying “Yeah kid!”, and kept going.

Where did you two tie the knot? We had our wedding at the Chateau Briand in Carle Place, Long Island. The outdoor area, where we ended up having our cocktail hour, had palm trees, fountains, and fire pits which reminded us so much of being on a tropical vacation. At that moment, we were sold!

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Tropical Wedding on LI
Tropical Wedding on LI
Tropical Wedding on LI
Tropical Wedding on LI
Tropical Wedding on LI
Tropical Wedding on LI
Tropical Wedding on LI

Spill the details about your wedding! We kept with the tropical-inspired theme of the outdoor patio and went with cobalt blue, jade green, and white with hints of Bermuda blue for our color palette. The men wore a traditional black tux with bow ties and suspenders. The ladies complemented the groomsmen by wearing either a jade green or cobalt blue dress with Bermuda blue Swarovski jewelry. Beautiful flower bouquets and arrangements consisted of white calla lilies and roses with pops of blue orchids. For our music we had a flutist playing Metallica during the ceremony, a live reggae band at cocktail hour, and a DJ/band combo for our reception.

It truly felt like a Tropical Wedding!

What was your favorite moment? Besides becoming Jeff’s wife, I’d have to say that having everyone you love from all around the world in one room at the same time smiling and enjoying themselves was our favorite part. Nothing will ever top that!

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Tropical Wedding on LI
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Tropical Wedding on LI
Tropical Wedding on LI
Tropical Wedding on LI
Tropical Wedding on LI
Tropical Wedding on LI
Tropical Wedding on LI
Tropical Wedding on LI
Tropical Wedding on LI
Tropical Wedding on LI
Tropical Wedding on LI
Tropical Wedding on LI
Tropical Wedding on LI
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Tropical Wedding on LI
Tropical Wedding on LI
Tropical Wedding on LI
Tropical Wedding on LI
Tropical Wedding on LI
Tropical Wedding on LI
Tropical Wedding on LI
Tropical Wedding on LI
Tropical Wedding on LI
Tropical Wedding on LI
Tropical Wedding on LI
Tropical Wedding on LI
Tropical Wedding on LI

Vendors:

Photographer – Radiance Photos
Dress – Maggie Sottero from RK Bridal
Bridesmaids’ Jewelry Sets – Alyson Nicole
MUA & Hair Stylist – Danielle Schanel
Venue & Caterers – Chateau Briand
Florist – Susan Goodwin
Officiant – Rev Kenneth Corbin
Videographer – Studio 27

Nika and Emeka’s Woodland Fairy Tale Wedding

Tell us your story… I met my husband on a dating app called OK Cupid! I was in a season of my life where I felt very ready to be in a long-term relationship. Living in New York City, I found it very difficult to make a deep connection with someone I felt chemistry with (especially with similar faith and values). I decided to go online because several of my friends recommended it as a great way to meet people! I had been a member of the app for only one week when I met my future husband!

Where did you two tie the knot? Our wedding venue was Poetry Springs in Texas. We chose that venue because both of us have family that live in that area and we figured it would be easier for everyone to get together. Also having a wedding in Texas would be a lot less expensive than having it in New York.

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Spill the details about your wedding!  The theme was ‘Woodland Fairy Tale Wedding’. I was very inspired by the deep jewel tone color scheme of the Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda runway show. There were plenty of flowers and greenery… So romantic!

What was your favorite moment?  Saying I do to the man of my dreams.

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Read more about Nika and Emeka’s beautiful wedding here:  “I WAS LOVED BEFORE I MET YOU”, “MY FINAL MOMENTS AS A SINGLE LADY”“BEYONCÉ SHOWED UP TO MY WEDDING”, “THE PARTY TO THE MAIN COURSE”“EVERYTHING ELSE I FORGOT ON MY WEDDING DAY”.

Vendors:

Photographer –  Brant Smith Photography
Dress –  Alvina Valenta
Bridal Jumpsuit- Alyson Nicole
Pearl Tiara & Flower Crown- Alyson Nicole
MUA & Hair Stylist – Rocelyn Citzman
Venue – Poetry Springs
Caterers – Cheryl Reyes Catering
DJ – Ugonna Onyekwe