Bold Winter Micro-Wedding at HollyHedge Estate • Nina Lily Photography

Bold Winter Micro-Wedding at HollyHedge Estate • Nina Lily Photography

If I could name one thing that makes my heart swell when I think about this little blog and how far we've come the last two years, it's that we've welcomed every and any type of wedding you can have in the tri-state area, and somehow, they all fit. Our favorite saying here is "you do you", and this bold winter micro-wedding from the talented team from Nina Lily Photography is proof that no matter what your story, how how you choose to say "I do", it's all beautiful. Katherine and Ross (from the band Summer Scouts) chose HollyHedge Estate as the backdrop to their intimate wedding, and it couldn't be more gorgeous. Bold floral design, two incredibly gorgeous gowns, heirloom jewelry and of course, music as the cornerstone to the entire day.

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Whimsical Spring Wedding at The Hotel at Lafayette • Ayres Photography

Whimsical Spring Wedding at The Hotel at Lafayette • Ayres Photography

This gorgeous Buffalo wedding from Ayres Photography is the perfect blend of classic and whimsy, and we know that all of you are going to love it as much as we do. Mary and Nate chose a gorgeous spring day to affirm their love, and carefully crafted the wedding of their dreams. Picking our favorite part is almost impossible... from Mary's stunning blush wedding dress, to their incredible portraits in Silo City, to the effortless romance at Hotel at Lafayette... it is all beautiful. Brides + Grooms, be sure to take notes. This one is full of details you'll want to remember! 

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Romantic and Chic Philadelphia Wedding • Asya Photography

Romantic and Chic Philadelphia Wedding • Asya Photography

Oh friends, we're so excited to share this wedding with you today! Both romantic and chic, this Philadelphia wedding from Asya Photography is stunning in every way! Inspired by their time abroad in Sweden for the last two years, Kelly and Jeff chose an intimate wedding at The Powel House with their closest family and friends. Full of lush greenery, thoughtful details and decor that was part of their story, these two certainly had a wedding to remember. Classic, elegant and perfectly sophisticated, Kelly + Jeff's wedding day is absolutely one of our favorites! 

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Rainy Fall Wedding at Handsome Hollow • Monika Photography


Complete proof that a little rain doesn't stop the endless joy on your wedding day! Marianne and Seth's fall wedding at Handsome Hollow in the Catskills was all about love, and these incredible photos from Monika Photography document the day perfectly. A gorgeous lace dress, bold fall blooms and a picturesque backdrop all add up to a gorgeous wedding day. 

From Monika: Fall weddings are some of my favorites to photograph. Beautiful and rich colors are always perfect setting to celebrate love. Marianne and Seth chose Handsome Hollow in Catskills Mountains for their special day . Even though it was raining the day was filled with love and happy tears. Everything from the personal vows to dancing made this day magical. Handsome Hollow wedding was one of a kind celebration. And I felt honored to be invited and Marianne and Seth to document their beautiful story. Marianne and Seth thank you for trusting me and letting me capture your memories.

Vendors: Venue: Handsome Hollow | Cater: Harvest Real Food Catering | Video: Silvia Foz | Flowers and design: Bride and Groom | Wedding Gown: Allure Bridals | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Groom's attire: J. Crew | Photographer: Monika Phtoography 

Classic Spring Wedding at The New York Athletic Club • Rick Messina Photography


Oh gosh, there are just not enough ways to say "we love this wedding". We could look through this one 100 times and never tire of it, it's that good! Maggie + Patrick's wedding day is full of everything that a classic New York City wedding should be: a stunning lace dress, the most perfect shade of dusty pink bridesmaids dresses, men in bowties and the sophisticated backdrop of the New York Athletic Club. Every smile, kiss and stolen moment was captured perfectly by Rick Messina

From Rick: Maggie is intelligent and kind. Patrick is a classic gentleman of the rarest kind. She is known for her selflessness in helping others. Patrick is also well loved. Patrick is best know for his acts of kindness toward others. It's no wonder these two found one another and fell in love....

Maggie and a group of friends used to watch "The Office" together every Thursday night, starting her freshman year at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. During her sophomore year, one member of the group invited a friend from high school who had just transferred - Patrick. They became close friends, and stayed so all throughout college. After a school dance, just before graduation, something changed and their friendship turned into what would become a beautiful romance.

Sometime later on a typical trip to visit Patrick’s family and their alma mater, Holy Cross, on one of the most beautiful spots on campus, Patrick proposed. Maggie says, “I was shocked, and forgot to say yes. The first question I asked after I realized what was happening was, “do my parents know?!" Yes, Patrick had gone to speak with them the Sunday before. My second question was, "do your parents know?" The answer? "Nope, we're going to tell them right now!" The only question that remained to be answered was an obvious yes from Maggie. 

Maggie and Patrick decided to get married at the church she grew up going to two blocks from her parents house where she got ready the day of her wedding. “It was so special to have that time walking from the house to the Church with my parents -- bridesmaids up ahead and a group of neighbors tailing behind.” says Maggie.Patrick surprised her with two captains chairs from Holy Cross with their names and class year carved on them. They were waiting on the altar for them to sit in. Maggie says, " I saw them before I walked down the aisle and knew exactly what they were, and I was so happy I cried.""The reception was just what we wanted -- a big party. We still smile about how so many of our loved ones traveled from near and far to celebrate with us. Everyone ate, drank, danced, and had a great time." explains Maggie.

Maggie and Patrick had a small table at the entrance when you walked in to their reception-- you could say it was a Holy Cross table. They had the school's banner that is necessary for every HC wedding for the school picture, plus a drawing of Fenwick Porch her parents had gotten her as a graduation gift (the same spot where they got engaged 4 years later), and two blow ups of they college ID cards that her maid of honor had given to me for Christmas. They wedding is full of NYC vibes, great lavender and citrus colors in beautiful gladiolas and hypericum berries in her bridal bouquet as well as mauve bridesmaid dresses and bouquets. 

Photographer:  Rick Messina Photography | Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Brooks Brothers | Dress Store: J. Crew | Dress Designer:Maggie Sottero | Floral Designer: mc kenna's florist | Band: Bud Maltin Metropolitan Music | Makeup Artist: J.R.S. Makeup Artistry, LLC | Reception Venue: The New York Athletic Club

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Family Cottage Wedding on Cayuga Lake • Tiffany Wayne Photography


It seems only fitting that after a weekend of scorching temperatures, we'd share a wedding that reminds us that fall is just around the corner. This Cayuga Lake Wedding from Tiffany Wayne Photography is one of our faves: full of emotion, thoughtful details and a couple completely in love! We're saving these favors for the future - what's more appropriate than copper Moscow Mule mugs engraved with your wedding date that also double as escort cards? Absolute perfection! 

From Tiffany: This wedding took place at a very special location…the family Cottage on Cayuga Lake. I drove up the night before to make sure I got my beauty rest before the big day! On the morning of the wedding, I was so excited to see what everything looked like!! I remember pulling into the driveway and instantly thinking, “Wow this is picture perfect!!” I met up with the girls in the main cottage (yes, there are several) and they were sitting around laughing and chatting…..see! Good vibes!!! The girls gifted beautiful bride Katie a scrapbook of memories and personally written letters…. What a sweet gift! The weather was looking great, but then suddenly a couple gray clouds rolled over us-and it began to rain! BUT! It stopped. Thank God for that! After Katie got in her gorgeous dress, we brought in her Father… that made my heart swell. Then the girls handed Katie her gift from Tim. When she opened up the first envelope, Tim had a card inside for each bridesmaid. Major props, Tim, for thinking of your (soon-to-be) Wifey’s besties! I loved how Katie’s card was in the shape of a heart… that just made it even more adorable! Oh but just wait. So there was this gorgeous Tiffany’s bracelet (which I loved)….but THEN she opened up a journal. A journal that Tim wrote in every day since they were engaged. ONE YEAR. Every. Day. I was choking back a major ugly cry. Then! Katie pointed out in the first entry Tim wrote, “We got our wedding photographer, Tiffany- awesome!” I felt so cool in that moment. LOL. But enough about me. It was time for the first look!!! What a moment! Family and friends watched from a distance and I’m pretty sure there wasn’t a dry eye in the house!

We took the bride and groom around this gorgeous property …The love these two share is off the charts. After portraits it was time to get these two hitched! The ceremony was sweet and intimate- and you can’t beat a setting on the lake! Following the ceremony, there was a champagne toast on the lawn and then guests were escorted to cocktail hour. The reception tent was like a dream! Chandeliers, foliage, farm style tables, copper Moscow mule mugs (that were made custom from Mexico with the date and fingers lakes engraved), candles. etc… I could go on and on! It was gorgeous!!! So maybe I should just let the photos take it away from here! Katie and Tim, thank you from the bottom of my heart for choosing me to capture such an incredible time in your life! May you be surrounded by so much love and joy now and always!

Vendors: Hair: HAUTE HOUSE | Makeup: MIEL BEAUTY BAR | Coordination: Heather Davidson, INNS OF AURORA | Dress: Lea-Ann Belter, SOMETHING BLEU BRIDAL | Formalwear: JCREW | Flowers: STACY K FLORAL DESIGN | Catering: SKILLET AND EMBERS | Music: PRIME TIME HORNS | Stationery:TERRA-ROSA (Invitation only), DEESIGNS BY DEE | Cake: CHROMA BAKERY | Event Rentals: SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL EVENTS | Photography: Tiffany Wayne Photography

Magical Greenhouse Wedding at Philadelphia Horticulture Center • M2 Photo


It's absolutely impossible not to smile while looking at the photos from this wedding. Kiley + Graham's Wedding from M2 Photo is full of raw emotion, personality and thoughtful details. Weddings like this are such a wonderful reminder of what that day is really all about. Best friends, the details that make up your relationship and celebrating strong, everlasting marriages. 

From M2 Photo: We love Kiley and Graham for so many reasons. Their kind, fun, and so easy to be around. They are also plant lovers, which is like music to my ears. Being the plant lovers that they are, it only made sense that their wedding was held at the Horticulture center in Philadelphia. This was a magical greenhouse wedding. For the favors, they themselves grew over a hundred succulents for their guests.

Enjoy this beautiful late May wedding!

Venue: Philadelphia Horticulture Center | Caterer: Star Events | Photographer: M2 Photography | Planner: LJ Events | Florist: A Garden Party | Band: Jack Faulkner Orchestra | Hair: Mirror and Mantel | Makeup: Bombshell Hair Salon | Dress designer: Madison James | Bridesmaid dress: J Crew | Tux: Jos A. Bank

Rustic Outdoor Wedding at Valley Stream Farm • Divine Light Photography


Wedding blogger confession: when you're surrounded by weddings every day, it's hard not to wonder what you'd do if you had to do it all again - to the same person, of course! Tim + Lizbeth's Wedding from Divine Light Photography has us thinking this is exactly what we'd want. A wedding on your family farm, full of sweet, intimate details and personal touches is pretty much a perfect way to start your happily-ever-after. 

From Divine Light: Lizbeth & Tim’s wedding day was an amazing example of how great making your wedding day personal can be. The wedding was held at Lizbeth’s family farm, in the middle of acres of corn planted specially for her. The backdrop was the rolling hills of the Hudson Valley: A perfect setting if there ever was one. Being in the middle of surroundings you love and with people you love are the two key ingredients to a wedding that feels like this. It was a truly special day and one we are so honored to have shared with them.

Vendors: Reception: Valley Stream Farm | Florist: Thorn Hill Flower Shop | DJ: Wyld Nightz Band | Bridal Gown: Sarah Janks | Grooms Suit: J.Crew | Bridesmaid Attire: J.Crew | Catering: Crooked Rooster | Baker: Kelly's Sweet Rewards | Accessories:  Ellen Couture | Photography: Divine Light Photography

Romantic Summer Wedding at The View • Alison Dunn Photography


Stephen + Alyssa's Wedding from Alison Dunn Photography is a perfect example of truly sweet, garden-inspired hometown affair. Touches of lace, letterpress invitations, stunning florals (from an urban flower farm!) and nods to their love of Philadelphia made their day perfect and personal. The sweetest part though, has to be that Alyssa's grandfather sang their first dance song... it doesn't any get cuter than that. 

From Alison: Stephen & Alyssa met at the University of Pennsylvania, where they fell in love with the city of brotherly love! They wanted to reflect their affection for Philly to their out-of-town wedding guests, and I think they did such a lovely job of it! Their letterpressed invitations included a map of the city, highlighting significant locations to their relationship, while their cake topper borrowed from Philly's iconic LOVE statue. They were married in a beautiful Center City church, took portraits in Rittenhouse Square and in iconic Old City, and celebrated with friends and family at The View, which allowed guests a beautiful view of Philly's skyline at sunset. Stephen and Alyssa also opted to use Chicory Florals, a Philly-local urban flower farm that grows its flowers in once-abandoned Philly lots. Using their flowers, Alyssa designed and handcrafted her own centerpieces!

Vendors: Ceremony: Liberti Center City | Reception + Catering: The View | DJ: Brougher Pro Sound | Florist: Chicory Florals | Hair + Makeup: Parlour | Shoes: Kenneth Cole | Suits: The Black Tux | Favors: DIY | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J. Crew | Paper: Meryl Arnold Photo & Design | Dress: Mori Lee | Photography: Alison Dunn Photography

Classic and Sophisticated Fall Wedding at Brotherhood Winery • Michelle Lange


It seemed appropriate that with the unseasonably cool weather we had this weekend, we'd share this stunning fall wedding from Michelle Lange. Sophisticated and utterly timeless, everything from Nicole + Matt's day was deliberately chosen and perfectly executed. The muted fall colors, Nicole's classic dress, and the rustic elegance of Brotherhood Winery - every element is pure perfection. 

From the Bride, Nicole: Matt and I wanted to find ways that we could incorporate autumn and the feelings our favorite season bring to mind, to create a day that reflected who we were as a couple and that made our closest friends and family feel welcome and comfortable. Instead of going with the traditional colors of fall, we wanted to do a softer color palette and let the scenery and background be the pops of color. Overall we incorporated blushes, gold and champagne in the floral arrangements, décor and attire. We put so much of ourselves into the details of the day so we truly felt that we had created exactly what we wanted: a beautiful venue surrounded by the people we really love. The months leading up to the wedding were an all-out effort from our families, bridal party and vendors to make everything come together – from the caterer executing a beautiful seasonal menu, to the florist incorporating soft fall florals throughout the venue, our vision really came to life. We served warm apple cider, had pashminas for guests to keep warm, acorns scattered on tables, warm apple pie and fall desserts instead of a large wedding cake.

Vendors: NY Wedding Photographer: Michelle Lange | Venue: Brotherhood Winery | Catering: Pamela’s Traveling Feast | Wedding Gown: Caroline DeVillo | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids: Assorted Jenny Yoo | Groom: Brooks Brothers Suit; Ties & Socks from J.Crew | Florist: Coco & Bailey | DJ: DjMD Entertainment | Hair & Makeup: Yes I Do! (Up & Out Hoboken) | Cinematography: Digital Memories Event Videography