Erin and Alicia
June 22, 2018
Planner: Sandra O’Connell, Hudson Valley Ceremonies
Photographer: Paige Nelson Photography
Catering: Black Eyed Susie’s
Desserts: Kosiner Brothers Dohnut Shop and 221 Bakery
Lighting and Sound: Bearfly Designs
Florist: Wades Florist
Hair and Makeup: Denim and Diamond Hair Salon
Rentals: Morris Tent Rentals
JENNIFER & JIMMY
Wedding Location: GLEN ISLAND HARBOUR CLUB, NEW ROCHELLE, NY
Ceremony Officiant: REVEREND KEVIN COOK, HUDSON VALLEY CEREMONIES
Photographer: JBM WEDDINGS
Videographer: MINT WEDDING CINEMATOGRAPHY
Musicians: CHRIS PHILLIPPS (PIANIST, VIA GIGMASTERS.COM)
Florist: ARCADIA FLORAL CO. & CUSTOM MADE SILK BOUQUETS FROM MORGAN HILL DESIGNS (VIA ETSY.COM)
Bridal Attire: ANNAIS BRIDAL (VIA MODCLOTH.COM) & AN ETSY CUSTOM MADE WEDDING DRESS
Men’s Attire: ALFANI SLIM-FIT SUITS
Rings/Jewelry: BLUE NILE (HERS), HELZBERG DIAMONDS (HIS) & ETSY (BRIDE’S EARRINGS)
Hair/Makeup: LILY WONG (IMPERIAL WEDDING STUDIO, FLUSHING, NY)
Invitations: WEDDING PAPER DIVAS
ADVICE: The day is going to fly by really fast, and it is going to be a truly amazing experience! Don’t sweat the small stuff, instead, hire really good vendors so that all the important parts of your special day are handled by true professionals, which will put your mind at ease. Then, make sure to enjoy every second of your wedding day. Always be in the moment. Write your own vows and dance as much as you can with all your guests!
Lara & Chris Miller
Wedding Location: Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa in Milton, NY
Ceremony Officiant: Reverend Stuart
Photographer: Betsi Ewing Studio
Videographer: Betsi Ewing Studio
Limos/Buses: Mahogany Ridge
Florist: Kamilla’s Florist in Millerton NY
Coordinator/Planner: Jeanne Stark
Bridal Attire: Reem Acra
Men’s Attire: Calvin Klein suit, Brooks Brothers shirt and tie
Rings/Jewelry: Ultimate Jewelers in NYC
Hair/Makeup: La Tua Bella
Favors: ASPCA donation
Save the Dates and Rehearsal dinner: Minted
Bridesmaids dresses: Jenny Yoo
Advice from the happy couple:
Not only did I hire my vendors based on their incredible work, I hired them because of the feeling I got after speaking to them. They all had this calming energy about them and after each conversation, I felt more and more at ease with the crazy idea of planning a wedding. I felt confident that they understood my vision and that they would execute it beautifully (which they did). Let your vendors do their job, don’t micromanage them! Show them some ideas so they get your vibe but after that, let them be creative and do their thing!
Also, I’m sure you’ve heard this before but live in the moment. Enjoy the late nights stuffing envelopes and the excited texts of your friends receiving the save the dates. It goes by so quickly, especially your wedding night!! Take a second to look around and really appreciate how many people are there, supporting and loving you as a new couple – its pretty amazing!
Congratulations to Jess & Chip Desjardins!
Wedding Location – Brotherhood, America’s Oldest Winery
Ceremony Officiant – Reverend Kevin Cook
Photographer – Natalie Hedley, George Street Photo
Videographer – A Train Productions
DJ/Band – DJ Aux, Scratch Music
Musicians – Set3 Jazz
Limos/Buses – Leprechaun Lines
Florist – August, Sage, & Violet
Coordinator/Planner – Rebecca Shenkman, Pink Bowtie Events
Bridal Attire – David’s Bridal
Men’s Attire – Vera Wang Black
Rings– Bride: Danhov, Groom: Benchmark
Bridal Accessories- Kate Spade New York
Hair– Salon on the Hudson
Makeup – Jennifer Matteo
Invitations/Favors – Customized Stemless Wine Glasses, Exclusively Weddings
Advice from the happy couple: Enjoy getting to spend the time together planning the wedding – it is 99% of the experience and so rewarding day of to see your joint creation come to life on your wedding day.
Congratulations to Sioux and Paul who were married at The Saugerties Lighthouse on June 27th!
Wedding Location: Saugerties Lighthouse
Ceremony Officiant: Debra Romano
Band: Bash Bish Bluegrass Band
Florist: Dancing Tulips
Bridal Attire: Anthopologie
Do-it-yourself weddings do not have to stop at favors, bouquets and gifts. If you are planning a wedding in a non-traditional setting, think about the ceremony decor, including the ceremony backdrop or chuppah. It can create the stage and photo backdrop for the wedding, as well as making the space for the ceremony and reinforcing the theme.
The first thing someone may think of is a twig and flower chuppah or some other floral arrangement.
Also consider using paper or silk flowers for the backdrop. Giant paper flowers would add whimsy and fun to a wedding.
There are many other materials to use for the ceremony backdrop, besides flowers, though.
Reclaimed building materials, such as windows or doors
Crepe paper or streamers
Handwritten words displayed on butcher paper
Whatever you choose for your wedding ceremony decor, enjoy yourself. Blend it into the ceremony and the theme. Staying in a budget is easy for someone with creativity and cleverness. Think of what will go best in the wedding setting and be easy for set up and take down.
It was so wonderful to work with Laurie and Tom from Platinum Party Events at Twin Lakes in Hurley NY this past October for Amanda & James’ wedding.
A special Thanks to Laurie for the wonderful write up on their blog! Head on over and see what she had to say.
Here are a few pictures we captured of the amazing fall theme and decor Amanda & James had.
Venue: Twin Lakes
Coordinator: Hudson Valley Ceremonies (Sage)
DJ: Platinum Party Events
Officiant: Hudson Valley Ceremonies (Mike)
Photographer: Family Friend