Romantic Summer Wedding at Blue Hill at Stone Barns • Laura Lee Photography

Romantic Summer Wedding at Blue Hill at Stone Barns • Laura Lee Photography

Oh friends, we will never tire of weddings at Blue Hill, and this gorgeous wedding from Laura Lee Photography is a wonderful reminder why! Jaclyn and Colin's wedding was the perfect blend of rustic elegance, with high-end, sophisticated details set against the wood and stone backdrops of the farm. From Jaclyn's almost-backless Nicole Miller gown to the bridesmaids dresses in a bold blue and stunning summer florals, every detail is more beautiful than the next. Our favorite part though? The way these two glow when they're looking at each other. Absolute perfection. 

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Ethereal Black-Tie Wedding at The Kimmel Center • Asya Photography

Ethereal Black-Tie Wedding at The Kimmel Center • Asya Photography

Oh friends, we're in LOVE. Just wait until you see today's wedding from Asya Photography. It's more than beautiful. It's breathtakingly beautiful. It's classic and elegant and timeless and FULL of love and emotion. Monica + Andrew's fall wedding is one for the books, and we know you'll love it as much as we do. From her dress and her bold red lipstick, to the allll the fall floral goodness and the cutest sparkler exit, we have major wedding envy. Go ahead, grab a second cup of coffee and get ready to swoon right along with us. 

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Bohemian Wedding at Tall Timber Barn • Redfield Photo

 

One search for "weddings" on Pinterest and you're sure to find lists and lists of "wedding must-haves" or "mistakes not to make"... and while some of the advice is genuinely helpful, any reference to the wedding "rules" would send some couples running in the other direction. We LOVE weddings that break the rules, embrace history and exude personality, and this Poconos wedding from Redfield Photo certainly fits the bill. Jane + Brandon's Wedding at Tall Timber Barn was made up of meaningful, thoughtful details that told their love story from start to finish. Full of laughter, tears (and an astronaut helmet!), this day is one we won't forget. 


From the bride: Brandon and I both come from creative stock (his mom's a dancer, my parents are both classical musicians), so the little details and what they represented really mattered to us. We started out wanting to keep it simple, but ended up making pretty much everything and dragging our best friends and family into it, too. I learned to do a lot of things I didn't know how to do before (Wood carving? No big deal!). A few days before the wedding, it basically became a craft fair in the woods - a few days of summer camp full of DIY, painting, tying, punctuated by karaoke and beer pong and family chats. It was a blast. It helped that the owners of the barn, Mia and Ralph, were awesome and game for making the day what we envisioned. We really just wanted a big ol' party in the woods with all the people we love, and as many of the things we like, as possible.

We wanted to avoid lavish, honor our family and friends, and make it fun and romantic and special for everyone. When we found Tall Timber Barn in the Poconos amongst all the beautiful tall trees, next to an old abandoned resort rumored to be haunted, 15 minutes bus ride from a local casino for an after party, we were sold. We wanted a family dinner outside in the clearing with eclectic table settings, lots of flowers and vases, games, and sunshine, followed by a dance party in the barn with glow sticks and animal masks, lots of things to see and eat, and lots of laughter and bourbon.

Brandon and I both wanted to honor our families' journeys. Brandon's family hails from Hawaii, and my parents and I are from China, so we wanted to make sure we took pieces of our cultures we loved and brought them into our wedding. Both our families have gone through a lot to get to celebrate together and we felt so deeply grateful. That was probably the best thing about the wedding - the realization that whatever was in the past and whatever will be in the future, we were together to celebrate all the great things in life - love, friendship, laughter. We had a traditional Hawaiian lei ceremony officiated by Brandon's uncle Juan, who came all the way from Honolulu to join us. During the ceremony Juan talked about the how we can find the divine in our love for each other and the serendipity of the day, and it was beautiful.

My parents are both musicians, and my brother and I were forced as children of musicians to learn (albeit rather poorly in my case). Growing up, we used to perform as a family together at retirement homes, so we brought the band back together for a big show, my parents and I on violin and my brother on piano. My dad also plays a host of Chinese folk instruments, and he busted out some mean solos on the Er Hu, a 2 stringed instrument traditionally used in Chinese theatre. Everyone started stomping the floor on the beat and hollering - it was awesome.

Vendors: Venue: Tall Timber Barn | Florist: Bloominous | Videographer: Mint Wedding Cinematography | Rentals: Forget-Me-Not Vintage  | Hair and Makeup: True Beauty Marks | DJ: Joe O'Malley DJ | Caterer: 14 Acre Farm | Wedding Dress Designer: Sarah Seven | Brides Shoes: Chelsea Crew | Bridesmaid Dresses: Badgley Mischka | Groom's Suit: Bonobos chinos, Pronto Blue vest, Tie Bar tie | Paper goods: DIY | Photography: Redfield Photography

Timeless Blush Wedding at Centenary College • Deborah Ann Photography

 

There really aren't words to adequately describe how much we love this wedding from Deborah Ann Photography. Classic and timeless, elegant and refined, perfectly intimate and decidedly minimalist. Rachel and Luke knew exactly what they wanted for their wedding day, and brought it to life beautifully. Go get lost in the details and the love these two have for each other... we know you'll love this one as much as we do! 


From Deborah Ann: Rachel was best friends with Luke's brother Johnny when she was 16. I guess you could say that Rachel was close to the whole Timoldi family except Luke. Actually Luke was away at college so they really never got to meet until Luke just happened to see Rachel's picture on Johnny's facebook page. He totally wanted to get in touch with her to meet but soon realized she was only 16! Several years passed and he finally realized that he wanted to meet her so he got up the nerve to ask her out. She said yes and the rest is history.
Now onto the wedding details! Their family and friends were so incredible throughout the whole process of planning their wedding. Rachel grew up right across the street from Centenary College located in Hackettstown NJ. It was the perfect choice for their wedding ceremony and reception and quite convenient. The beauty of the college is like stepping into a southern living room filled with much history.


Their wedding was homegrown in almost every possible detail. From the bouquets to the food and all the pretty little details scattered all around the college. Their friend Susanne took charge of the catering from calculating how much of everything they would need for the reception to the ordering of the food. Colette (another friend) spent hours helping to make all of the food. Their menu consisted of chicken tort, scones, honey baked hams, croissants with yummy jams and a wonderful grain free blueberry torte. Mama's Restaurant and Cafe Baci gifted Rachel and Luke a delicious tray of fresh mozzerella, tomato and basil. Alongside of the blueberry torte sat a very lovely strawberry crumble pie. The main course was a wonderful ham prepared by Rachel's dad. He got up especially early to prepare and cook for the dinner. Rachel's mom Wendy did so much of the beautiful decorations and floral arrangements accompanied by a whole group of very talented friends. The flowers were purchased at Little Big Farms in Blairstown, and Trader Joe's. Many of the flowers were actually foraged by the bride and bridesmaids.

The cake was adorned with purple thistles and white peonies. It was so pretty to look at that I was almost hoping they would not have to cut the cake, but once they did and I tasted it, I was so glad they did. Their friends, Joyce and Joe Perkins baked their beautiful wedding cake and it was decorated by Rebecca (who was also the amazing event planner). Rachel actually made 250 scones herself!

Their music was provided by a very talented up and coming group called Sleepy Man. Their voices blend so beautifully and they play the banjo, violin and guitar.

Rachel shared a little bit about her feelings on her wedding day. Her first and happiest moment was when she entered the church and saw all of her friends and family sitting and waiting for her to arrive. When she looked up and saw Luke she knew everything had come together so perfectly as she dreamed it would be.

I was overwhelmed by the outpouring of love that this family is blessed to be surrounded by. It was such a fresh way to celebrate a wedding and I really loved the intimacy of the day.

Vendors: Photographer: Deborahannphotography | Bridal Dress: Oleg Cassini  | Grooms Suit: Bonobos  | Grooms Shoes: Johnston and Murphy  | Bride’s Shoes: INC.com
Venue: Centenary College

Rustic Elegance at Red Maple Vineyards • Cassi Claire Photography

 

This wedding from Cassi Claire Photography will absolutely put a smile on your face this morning. Cassi captured Iliza and Alan's rustic wedding at Red Maple Vineyards last fall, and the entire day was full of emotion, personal touches and FUN. Iliza and Alan define what joy looks like on your wedding day, and are absolutely adorable. 


From the Bride: Alan and I planned our wedding together, and we both felt so much ownership and excitement for the day. More than anything, we wanted our wedding to feel like a true representation of us and the things we love—the outdoors, lots of seafood and lots of dancing! It was so important to us that we enjoyed our wedding, and so we adapted or threw out traditions that didn’t fit that vision. My favorite choice we made was doing our first look many hours before the ceremony: we actually got to be together for most of our wedding day, which just felt right. The day was for us and we could not wait to live in the moment together. We also took all of the family photos and portraits before the ceremony, and so we didn’t miss a second of our cocktail hour or time on the dance floor.

Alan described our wedding style as “farm formal”—a term that our friends like to joke about because, really, what does that mean?! But it works, and Red Maple Vineyard was the perfect backdrop for a comfortable, rustic celebration with hints of fancy. We were especially drawn to the gorgeous ceremony site overlooking the Hudson River. Leading up to the wedding, the weather report was terrible: 60% chance of thunderstorms! But just an hour before the ceremony we decided to chance it and get married on that amazing hill. We are so glad we did! We were married by Alan’s minister from growing up which made the moment so personal, and we wrote our own vows together. The weather held out for the ceremony and cocktail hour, and it didn’t start to rain until just minutes after all of our guests were safely seated for dinner under the tent.

Our vendors did an amazing job making our vision come to life, and because of them, the reception was magical, delicious and an absolute dance PARTY! We also wanted to incorporate personal touches to make the day our own. We both carried family heirlooms: Alan a handkerchief that his great-grandmother and his mom each had at their weddings, and I wrapped lace from my mom’s wedding dress around my bouquet. I learned calligraphy for the invitations and escort cards, and my mom made the runners for the bridal table and the escort card display. We labeled the tables with sea creatures instead of numbers—just another reminder of our love of the ocean and diving—and we incorporated a whale tail on our invitations, as whales hold extra special meaning to us. But by far the biggest undertaking was the favors! Alan and I made 200 jars of pickles which were set at each place setting. It was the most time-consuming project we did, but we were really excited that our guests walked away with something that truly felt like a piece of us. 

Vendors: Photography & FUNbooth: Cassi Claire | Ceremony & Reception Site: Red Maple Vineyard  | Catering: Cornerstone Catering  | Officiant: Rev. Paul Whitmore | Flowers: The Green Cottage  | Bride's Dress: Augusta Jones via Rana Bridal | Bride's Shoes: Sperry Topsider | The Rings: Klim Jewelry (Elena) | Veil:  Rana Bridal | Hairpin family heirloom | Groom's Attire: Canali from Ed Mitchells | Groomsmen's Attire: Bonobos  | Ties: Vineyard Vines  | Hair Stylist: Studio One Hair Design (Amanda) | Make-Up Artist: Kathy Genchi | Invitations, Programs, Menu Cards, Welcome Cards: AMG Design Co.  | Table Numbers, Escort Cards, Guestbook, Favors: DIY | Entertainment: Silver Arrow Band  | Coffee: Between Friends Roasting