Summertime Anniversary Session at Longwood Gardens • Lisa Hornak Photography

 

The perfect end to this week: Sarah + Andrew's gorgeous anniversary session from Lisa Hornak Photography. What we love even more than their incredible photos, is their advice for newlyweds: "Some days that could mean traveling the world and other days that could mean cuddling on the couch at home while watching a movie. But whatever you're doing remember to enjoy every second together"


From Lisa: During the 4th of July holiday weekend I had the complete honor of photographing Sarah and Andrew’s first wedding anniversary session. I knew from the very first email with Sarah that this session was going to be magical! They are so completely in love and not afraid to show it. Longwood Gardens provided the most lush and colorful scenery that complimented Sarah’s Nordstrom Rack dress perfectly!

From Sarah + Andrew: We've been together for 5 years since we met in college and just celebrated our first wedding anniversary. We both feel like the other one is truly our other half. We compliment each other and bring out the very best in one another. We make each other better and stronger. We laugh together, cry together, and will happily go through any adventure in life together.

Our best advice for newlyweds would be to try to experience as much as you can together. Create memories that you'll look back on once you're much older. Experiences can bond you. Try to live every day to its fullest. Some days that could mean traveling the world and other days that could mean cuddling on the couch at home while watching a movie. But whatever you're doing remember to enjoy every second together.

During our first year of marriage we've enjoyed every second of being an official Mr. and Mrs. We still get butterflies each time we hear "husband" or "wife". It's amazing to know that you have a partner in life no matter what comes your way, and that there's someone who knows all the good and bad about you and chooses to love you every day forever. Out of the 7 billion people in the world we chose each other. It's a very special feeling that will never get old!


Blogger Bride • Kristen from Maid of Henry

 

We're SO incredibly excited to be introducing Red Oak Wedding's very first Blogger Bride, Kristen Henry! Kristen and her fiancé Kevin, will be married next summer, and their wedding will be their 20th wedding as a couple. TWENTY weddings...that pretty much makes them professional wedding guests, and also means they've seen it all. Kristen shares all of her best wedding tips, tricks and inspiration over at @maidofhenry, and we're so honored to have her here sharing her story. Kristen will be back each month sharing everything from planning advice to wedding registry picks, and of course, all the beautiful events (photographed by our very own Nicole DeTone!) leading up to their big day! 


Introducing our first Blogger Bride, Kristen of Maid of Henry! Photos by Nicole Detone Photography
“And that was the moment. That's when I fell in love with weddings. I knew that I had helped someone on the most important day of their life and I couldn't wait for my own special day.” -Jane Nichols, 27 Dresses

When I’m asked where my passion for weddings comes from, it’s easiest for everyone if I begin by referencing Jane Nichols in 27 Dresses. When I watched the romantic-comedy for the first time as a teenager, I of course adored Katherine Heigl’s role (and wardrobe). But never could I have foreseen that my life would soon become nearly identical to hers…minus the secret love she had for her boss, the beautiful but crazy ‘zilla sister, and the hideous bridesmaid dresses she was forced to wear. Jane and I are detailed planners at heart, share an unconditional love for our extensive group of family and friends, and both marry blue-eyed sweethearts named Kevin in the end.

Introducing our first Blogger Bride, Kristen of Maid of Henry! Photos by Nicole Detone Photography

I began my wedding experience as a greeter and reader and quickly climbed the garland-wrapped ladder to become a bridesmaid and witness. Last year, I was the maid of honor in three of my close friends’ weddings, which all happened to fall in a five-month span. Amongst all of these wonderful weddings, Kevin and I have happily spent most of our other weekends…. at weddings! At this point, it's almost comical and we proudly consider ourselves professional wedding attendees. In between "Shout" and “Don’t Stop Believing” on the dance-floor, you can surely find me floating around the venue taking in every little and last wedding-day detail. Kevin and I are happy to say that our wedding will be the 20th one we’ve attended together in our 10th year of dating!

Introducing our first Blogger Bride, Kristen of Maid of Henry! Photos by Nicole Detone Photography
Introducing our first Blogger Bride, Kristen of Maid of Henry! Photos by Nicole Detone Photography

I can’t tell you how many late-night convos I’ve had with with my girl-friends that ended with them telling me: “Seriously though, you need to be doing something wedding-related, either a wedding planner or maybe a bridesmaid-for-hire. I don’t know what, but you need to be doing something with weddings”. Immediately, I had a startling vision of myself dressed as J-Lo from “The Wedding Planner” with the slicked-back hair, head-set, and powder blue skirt-suit. Let’s just say, I didn’t wear it as well as she did, nor would I ever. I gave the “bridesmaid-for-hire” a few seconds of consideration but quickly became overwhelmed at the thought of taking on more friends. Then, I really thought about it: what could I be doing right now? Having been a part of so many beautiful, one-of-a-kind weddings, where I’ve seen the best of it all, I decided to create a wedding-exclusive Instagram account to share it: On @maidofhenry, I share my best tips, planning secrets, wedding inspiration, and of course some wedding humor!

Introducing our first Blogger Bride, Kristen of Maid of Henry! Photos by Nicole Detone Photography

I know better than anyone that it takes a village to throw a wedding and Kevin and I couldn’t be more blessed with the village we have. Cheers to the festivities ahead!

photography by Nicole DeTone

Romantic Wedding Inspiration • Cinnamon Wolfe and Deborah Ann Photography

 

We love styled shoots for so many reasons, and at the very top of that list is the endless inspiration that happens when a group of talented and creative wedding vendors dream big. This Rustic Romantic styled shoot from TWO of our Vendor Guide Members, Cinnamon Wolfe and DeborahAnn Photography, is overflowing with beauty, style and incredible vision. 


From Cinnamon: Having two photographers plan and prepare a styled wedding shoot is no easy task! But thanks to an amazing team of vendors, Debbie and I were able to pull it off and everything came together so beautifully!

We wanted to highlight a very romantic and rustic barn wedding in the Spring at the amazingly beautiful Sterlingbrook Farm and Events. This venue is to die for! A gorgeous, rustic barn settled in between fields of soft green grass with rustic fences and grand trees. Sterlingbrook is also an equine center so there are plenty of majestic horses to greet you as you come in and look on as you do your first look or bridal portraits!

We loved that our models were a real life couple and wanted to incorporate their two children as a flower girl and ring bearer. They stole the show! How cute are those suspenders? 

We were pleasantly surprised the day of our shoot to have some hot air balloons make an appearance! From the custom calligraphy, perfect naked cake, to the out of this world organic and loose florals...everything about this came together just as envisioned! 

Vendors: Photography | Cinnamon Wolfe Photography and Deborahann Photography | Venue: Sterlingbrook Farm and Events | Dress: European Bridal NJ | Florals: Kerry Patel Designs | Styling: Style Concierge by Jennifer | Invitation Suite: Bella Carta Boutique | Cake: Love Bites by Erika | Hair and Makeup: Make up by Dana Marie | Calligraphy: Lovely Scribe | Table Design: Gayle Ahers Design | Macarons: Le Mignon Macaron | Models: Alyssa and Chris