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FALL/WINTER 2015 | ISSUE NO. 5 thewestchesterweddingplanner.com


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14 THE WEDDING PLANNER TIMELINE Our 12-month organizer eliminates guesswork.

25 TRENDING Adorn your wedding with Silk & Tincture’s beautiful hand-dyed silk ribbon.

112 TWWP EXPENSE TRACKER Plan smart and keep track of your expenses.

INSPIRATION 10 EDITOR'S PICKS Fresh ideas to make your wedding truly yours. 18 WEDDING REGISTRY INSPIRATION 11 items you should put on your wedding registry.

26 A Goddess in Athens - Photo Shoot Discover your inner goddess through a Classic Grecian Holiday Wedding. Author/Photographer: Andie Freeman 30 EQUESTRIAN GLAMOUR - Photo Shoot Make your night lush and elegant with a chic Equestrian Glamour wedding. Author/Photographer: Pepper Nix

Photo by Nicole DeTone Photography

34 MARSALA: PANTONE COLOR OF THE YEAR - Photo Shoot Find the perfect way to incorporate Pantone’s color of the year–Marsala–into every aspect of your wedding. Author/Photographer: Rachel Girouard 38 OLD WORLD GRACE - Photo Shoot Create the most romantic destination wedding. Author/Photographer: Fotografa Matrimonio 82 FIND IT ON ETSY Add a unique and handmade twist to any wedding, with the help of Etsy vendors.

20 DRESS FOR THE WEDDING Stumped on how to accessorize a flower girl or bridesmaid? Find inspiration here on how to create a stylish wedding party.



Designer Spotlight 44 BRIDAL ACCESSORY Make any veil sparkle with gorgeous head ornaments hand-crafted by Erica Elizabeth Designs.

Letter from the Publisher

Bumps in the road... Planning a wedding is a microcosm of life. You have to choose a venue, negotiate with a lot of people, organize an infinite number of details, mind your budget, and decide what aspect of your personality you want to highlight. Most of all, you have to remember that love is always the most important guest at the party. But no matter how hard you strive for perfection, inevitably there are some bumps in the road. Publishing a niche magazine like TWWP is an amazing adventure, and we’ve overcome a lot of obstacles along our way to bring you this, our biggest and first all-digital issue ever. We’ve evolved to find new ways to keep up with the fastpaced world of wedding style, and going all-digital means that we can pour every ounce of our energy into developing great content. In this Fall 2015 edition, you’ll see more real weddings, more great vendors and venues, and now more international inspiration, too, with spectacular features from Italy and Guatemala. Here at TWWP we work pretty hard to bring you the best wedding trends and ideas. We are thankful to our readers, our contributing brides, photographers, and vendors and to our wonderful advertisers. But like a good marriage, it’s not all work: from start to finish, our main inspiration is love. Thank you for joining us on this wonderful journey. Yours in beauty,

Aida Aida Krgin Publisher

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Casey Hendrickson Photography


Designer Spotlight


46 BRIDAL LINGERIE Feel sophisticated and sexy in Else’s luxury designer lingerie hand-crafted from Istanbul.

76 UNDER THE TUSCAN SKY - Destination Wedding at Podere Spedalone Photographer: Angelica Braccini Photography

49 INTERVIEW An exclusive chat with New York based wedding gown designer, Sareh Nouri.

Directory 116 TWWP VENDOR DIRECTORY A curated list of wedding professionals.

REAL WEDDINGS 56 EFFORTLESSLY ORGANIC at Highlands Country Club Photographer: Kelly Vasami Photography 60 ONCE UPON A HILL at Hudson Valley Weddings at the Hill Photographer: Rebecca Yale Portraits 64 RUSTIC LUXE at Basilica Hudson Photographer: Sarah Tew Photography 68 HIGHLAND LOVE at Highlands Country Club Photographer: Nicole DeTone Photography 72 LOVE ON THE SOUND at Wainwright House Photographer: Kathi Littwin Photography

79 NEW ROMANCE IN HISTORIC ANTIGUA - Destination Wedding at Hotel Casa Santo Domingo Photographer: Fine Art Studio Photography


LOOKBOOKS Sample the latest bridal collections from some of our favorite designers.

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PLANNER Magazine Founder | Publisher Aida Krgin

Photo by Shelley Taylor Photography


Dorothy Potter Snyder


Jasmin Waisburd Sophie Eng

Staff Photographers

Aida Krgin Photography Nicole Taylor Photography

Other Contributors Dress For The Wedding

Graphic Design Aida Krgin Sophie Eng

On the Cover “Greta” gown by Sareh Nouri Photo by Laura Gordon Photography Complete credits on page 53

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Pretty things to covet.

It’s every girl’s dream to have a wedding that sparkles. With a subtle hint of gold, every detail will glimmer, making your magical night even more special.

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1. Autumn Oak Leaf Wedding Crown by Erica Elizabeth Designs, www.ericaelizabeth.com, $585.00 | 2. White & Gold Wedding Cake, Lulu Cake Boutique, www.everythinglulu.com | 3. Gold Confetti Wedding Sign, Remember November Inc., www.etsy.com/shop/RememberNovemberInc, $15.00+ | 4. Gold Foil Wedding Invitations by Design House of Moira, www.designhouseofmoira.com | 5. “Gilded Age” Place Cards, Dot&Bo, www.dotandbo.com, $7.99/Set of 8 | 6. Boutonniere, Logan Walker Photography, www.loganwalkerphoto.com | 7. Gold Table Numbers, ZCreate Design, www.zcreatedesign.com, $30.00+ | 8. ”Mia Gown” by Jenny Yoo for 2015 Bridal Collection | 9. Badgley Mischka Evening Sandals, Bloomingdale’s, www.bloomingdales.com, $235.00 | 10. Mr. & Mrs. Gold Wedding ChairSigns, ZCreate Design, ww.zcreatedesign.com, $40.00+ | 11. Alabaster Lace Romper, Flora Nickrooz, BHLDN, www.bhldn.com, $88.00 | 12. Burberry for Men Eau De Toilette, $74.00; My Burberry Eau de Parfum Spray, $125.00, Bloomingdale’s, www.bloomingdales.com







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Bring together the glitz of gold and the beauty of blush to create your fairytale wedding.


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1. You & Me Wedding Cake Topper, Chicago Factory Design, www.etsy.com/shop/chicagofactorydesign, $25.00 | 2. Blush Satin & Point D’Esprit Peep Toe Sandals, Oscar de la Renta, $995 | 3. Mr. & Mrs. Wedding Chair Signs as seen on Style Me Pretty, Our Hobby to Your Home & Wedding, www.etsy/shop/OurHobbyToYourHome, Jamie Dimitry Photography, Bride & Groom: Ashley & Alex, $44.95 | 4. Bouquet, Oldani Photography, www.oldaniphotography.com | 5. Gold Foil Menus & Save the Date Cards, Wedding Paper Divas, www.weddingpaperdivas.com, $49.60/10 menus, $39.90/10 cards | 6. Gold Glitter Mason Jar, Romantic Southern, www.etsy.com/shop/RomanticSouthern, Priscilla Thomas Photography, www.priscillathomas.com | 7. Blush & Gold Cake, Lulu Cake Boutique, www.everythinglulu.com | 8. Willa Tap Shorts, Love Ophelia, BHLDN, www.bhldn.com, $60.00 | 9. Chloé Perfume, $130; Narciso Rodriguez, $96; Emozione by Salvatore Ferragamo, $95, Bloomingdale’s | 10. Coral Paisley Tie, Manzini NYC, www.etsy.com/shop/ManziniCollection, $20.00 | 11. Boutonniere, Jo Photo, www.jophotoonline.com | 12. Blush Wedding Dress by Watters | 13. Gold Foil Letter Press Coasters, Laura Hooper Calligraphy, www.lhcalligraphy.etsy.com, $20/set of 25 | 14. Wedding Sign, Nella Designs, www.nelladesigns.com. $20.00+, Photo by Leigh Webber Photography, www.leighwebber.com


Photo by Shelley Taylor Photography




He proposed, you said yes, and now you're both flying high! So how do you maintain that delicious bridal buzz and avoid freaking out? They say the devil is in the details. Our 12-month wedding planner will make sure that you don't miss a single one as you plan your own one-of-a-kind wedding. 14


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10 to 12 Months to Go

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Start shopping for your dress. It can take several months to order, receive, and fit your dress. Begin looking at photographers, DJs, bands, videographers because they book early. Gather referrals from friends and family. Begin your search for a florist, rental companies, transportation, and your invitations. Start planning your honeymoon. Make sure that your passports are up to date. Your passport needs to be valid at least six months after your scheduled return trip. Also, remember to update vaccinations if necessary. For Jewish weddings, you need to order your Ketubah. Register for engagement gifts.

Photo by Shelley Taylor Photography

Plan your engagement party. You may want to consider setting up a wedding website. Research marriage license and residency requirements if you are getting married abroad. Look into hotel accommodations for out-of-town guests. Find a hair stylist and makeup artist and have a trial run. Once you find a hair stylist and makeup artist you like, book your appointments. Make appointments for the bridal party. Be sure to get your hair cut and colored at least two months prior to the wedding.

7 to 9 Months to Go

Announce your engagement and introduce the families if they haven’t yet met. Set a tentative date, as this may change based on the availability of the venue and other vendors you are interested in.

Consider hiring a wedding planner to help you plan. Choose your wedding style, approximate number of guests, location, time of day, etc. Start collecting inspiration and ideas from magazines, wedding websites, and blogs. Also, start thinking of your color palette. Draft a preliminary guest list: a list for the bride’s family, a list for the groom’s family, and a list of friends. Book your venue. If catering is available through your venue you may want to have a tasting before securing the venue. Also, make sure that the chef preparing your food for the tasting is the same one as for your wedding. Choose a caterer if your venue doesn’t have one available. Be sure to have a tasting. Select the members of your bridal party. Decide on a ceremony site, and choose and reserve your officiant.

Photo by Sweet Tea Studios

Work on a wedding budget. Your budget will depend on the venue you book, as it will be about 50% of your total budget.

Start looking for a wedding invitation designer. Finalize your guest list and start gathering addresses. Choose a bridal registry and register for your wedding gifts. Start shopping for groom’s and groomsmen attire. You must decide whether to buy or rent. Schedule fittings and pick-up or delivery.


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Submit photos to newspapers to announce your engagement and marriage. Finalize honeymoon plans. Shop for bridesmaids dresses. Start up a wedding website for your guests.

5 to 6 Months to Go

3 to 4 Months to Go

Photo by Alexandra Photography

Secure the photographer, DJ, videographer, and any other vendor you want by putting down a deposit. Once you’ve secured a photographer, schedule an engagement session.


Order wedding rings. Arrange for the final dress fitting. Purchase a wedding guest book. Order bridal party gifts, wedding favors, champagne glasses, ring bearer pillow, cake knife, etc. Purchase shoes and start dress fitting. Photo by Pepper Nix Photography

2 Months to Go

Address and mail your wedding invitations including maps and directions. Also, mail information regarding guests' accommodations. Make appointments for your manicure, pedicure, massage, spa treatments, etc. Finalize dates for your last-minute fittings. Purchase bridal party gifts and a gift for your fiancé. Finalize your wedding invitations and order them. Send save-the-date cards.

Schedule wedding ceremony rehearsal.

Prepare maps and directions for the ceremony and the reception. Finalize flower arrangements for the ceremony and reception, as well as the bridal bouquet and bridesmaids bouquets. Choose your music selections for the ceremony and the reception. Meet with or check in with all vendors to finalize any orders and reservations. Research for the marriage license and any blood tests. Order your wedding cake if your caterer does not provide one.


Photo by Cherie Hogan Photography

Design and order your place cards for the reception if you’re doing assigned seating.

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1 Month to Go

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Timeline=u Make a wedding day schedule, make copies, and distribute to anyone who needs it. Confirm all vendors and appointments. Arrange for your wedding gifts to be transferred to your home.

Get your marriage license. If you are changing your name, order several copies. Start taking care of name changes, address changes, etc.

Photo by Something Blue Wedding Photography

Photo by Logan Walker Photography

Break in your wedding shoes.

Finalize and confirm all ceremony and reception plans. Finalize rehearsal dinner details. Go over songs lists and requests with your band or DJ.

1 to 2 Days to Go

Get a manicure and pedicure.

Confirm when final payments need to be made to vendors.

Rehearse the ceremony with the wedding party. Assemble a bridal emergency kit that includes safety pins, sewing kit, toiletries, aspirin, etc.

Draft a seating chart. Find something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue.

Compile a list of all vendors and telephone numbers.

Call guests who have not responded.

Arrange for transportation after the reception.

Have a “practice� session with the hairstylist and makeup artist you have booked for the wedding day.

Get plenty of rest and drink lots of water so that your skin looks its best in photos.

Buy a gift for your groom.

2 to 3 Weeks to Go

Write your wedding vows.

Give caterer the final guest count. Confirm arrangements for your honeymoon. Pack for your honeymoon. Take time for a facial, a manicure/pedicure, and a massage. Deliver guest room gifts to the hotel.

Photo by Kelly Vasami Photography

Pick up your wedding rings.



Wedding Gifts...


...that couples should put on their registry, but don't.



Keep warm on your patio with a firepit table––fit for both entertaining guests and lounging under the stars.

Alderwood Fire Pit Table by Real Flame, www.wayfair.com, $449.00



Wall art and decor items in your registry can add a much-needed twist of style to your new home, and become beautiful daily reminders of the loving thoughts of your guests. Framed Ikat Designs, www.potterybarn.com, $159.00-$949.00


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A lawn mower isn’t something everyone dreams about. But then again, it’s a high-ticket item that newlyweds might not want to spend their money on! Leave it to your wellwishers to provide this homeowner’s necessity.

Honda Mo 217K5VKA www.hom $599.00

From your honeymoon, to your first Christmas at the in-law’s, quality luggage will be a welcome amenity. How about monogramming for that extra touch of personalization? So book your flights, pack your brandnew luggage set, and set sail into the journey of life!



There’s no better way to claim a house as your own than by having a barbecue. Invite over your friends and family, and celebrate your new marriage with a few burgers and dogs straight off the grill. Weber Original Kettle Premium 22”, www.weber.com, $149.00

L.L. Bean Sportsman’s Expandable L www.llbean.com



Master the art of mixology with your very own monogrammed set of bar tools. With this set you’ll have the proper equipment to create inventive concoctions for friends and family.


They say pictures are worth a thousand words––shoot the story of your new life together! A quality digital camera should always be at the ready to capture your first months and years of wedded bliss.

odel # HRXA, medepot.com,

Canon PowerShot ELPH-135 16.0-Megapixel Digital Camera Red, www.bestbuy.com, $119.99

Hoover Air Steerable Bagless Upright Vacuum, www.hoover.com, $189.99


What newlyweds want to spend money on cleaning supplies? Put this sleek Hoover upright vacuum on your wish list, and let your guests help you clean up after the wedding day’s a memory.



How about a tranquil little getaway for just the two of you? With marriage, the adventure is just beginning! Register this fabulous cabin-tent that will shelter the two of you under the night sky.

It’s the little things that make a house a home. The messages on these soft, beachy pillow covers will remind you every day of what’s important in life. They also offer your guests a less expensive option to choose from your registry.



Luggage Set, m, $529.00

Monogrammed Stainless Steel Bar Tools Set, www.williams-sonoma.com, $34.95



Home Word Pillow Cover Collection, www.birchlane.com, $27.00


Cabela’s Hybrid Cabin Tent, www.cabelas.com, $499.99

Gold Foil Cocktail Glasses, www.artsymodern.com, $28.00

Serve those cocktails with a little bling! These gold-foil tumblers are the perfect party set to complement your monogrammed bar tools. Show your guests that you take your entertainment accoutrements seriously. 19


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Fitzgerald Fit Saxxon® Wool Sharkskin 1818 Suit (Grey) from Brooks Brothers. Available at Brooksbrothers.com | Smoked Mother-of-Pearl Square Cuff Links from Brooks Brothers. Available at Brooksbrothers.com | London Eaton Dot Classic Tie by Burberry from Bloomingdale’s. Available at Bloomingdales.com | Cotton Bird’s Eye Crew Socks from Brooks Brothers. Available at Brooksbrothers.com | Peal & Co. Wingtips from Brooks Brothers. Available at Brooksbrothers.com | Gingham Pocket Square from Brooks Brothers. Available at Brooksbrothers.com









‘Seaton’ Gown Style 8028B by Watters Brides. Available at Watters.com | Bead + Crystal Comb by Wedding Belles New York from Nordstrom. Available at Shop.Nordstrom.com | Circle Link Bracelet by Judith Jack from Nordstrom. Available at Shop.Nordstrom.com | Gilded Branches Foil-Pressed Wedding Invitations, designed by Laura Hankins from Minted. Available at Minted.com | ‘Vintage Stone’ Clutch by Natasha Couture from Nordstrom. Available at Shop.Nordstrom.com | ‘Pia’ Ankle-Strap d’Orsay Pumps in Silver by Badgley Mischka from Nordstrom. Available at Shop.Nordstrom.com





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‘Blake’ Gown in Whipped Apricot by Jenny Yoo. Available at Jennyyoo.com. Photo by JJ Ignotz. | Teardrop Gypsy Earrings by Carolee from Bloomingdale’s. Available at Bloomingdales.com | Stone Checkerboard Minaudière by Sondra Roberts from Bloomingdale’s. Available at Bloomingdales.com | ‘Selena’ Open Toe High Heel Evening Sandals by Sam Edelman from Bloomingdale’s. Available at Bloomingdales.com | Carmel Hairpin by Nina Bridal. Available at Ninashoes.com | Peony Bracelet by Nina Bridal. Available at Ninashoes.com | Bouquet. Photo by Sarah Tew Photography



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‘Crystal’ Dress by Seahorse for Watters Brides. Available at Watters.com | Girls’ 14k Yellow Gold & Cultures Pearl Earrings by Mignonette from Nordstrom. Available at Shop.Nordstrom.com | ‘Wendy’ Shoes by Nina Bridal. Available at Ninashoes.com | ‘Prim” Bow Tige Boule Barrette (Pale Pink) by L. Erickson from Nordstrom. Available at Shop.Nordstrom.com | Flower Girl Garden Basket from BHLDN. Available at bhldn.com




Silk & Tincture Looking for something blue? Written by Dorothy Potter Snyder Photos Copyright: Silk & Tincture

E smé Jones, founder of Silk & Tincture based in Knoxville,

Tennessee, loves history so much that she made it part of her business. “Since the first handprints on a cave wall, tinctures have been part of human expression and experience,” she says. A florist – she also owns The Fleurella in Knoxville – Esmé started dying her handcrafted silk ribbons to add a special touch to arrangements for her clients. She uses silk exclusively for her made-in-America product: “Silk is a superior, luxurious fiber, one that drapes and ties beautifully, dyes beautifully, and it’s as strong as it is soft.”

All Silk & Tincture dyes are naturally-derived. Esmé harvests some of the plants she uses for her dyes herself, and sources additional natural extracts from her native Tennessee and environs to conjure up the uniquely rich and nuanced tones that are the hallmark of her ribbons. Hand-dying makes every ribbon unique, and pleasing inconsistencies abound. Order a few hand-turned wooden spools of silk ribbon, and add some matching silk pocket squares and handkerchiefs for the gentlemen in your wedding party. Bespoke colors can be created to match your own color design, and Esmé is happy to send you free samples by mail.


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A Goddess In Athens Classic Grecian Holiday Wedding Inspiration Photo Shoot Written and Photographed by Andie Freeman


e drew our classical inspiration for this shoot from two places. The first was the fabulous dress, and the second was the name of the city in which we live and work: Athens, Georgia. Shail K designed the beautiful gown, a premium stretch polyester fabric with a bodice is made of illusion fabric adorned with lace appliquĂŠs, and showcasing an illusion neckline. Dramatic handsewn bead-work dazzles and is stunningly photogenic on the bodice and hemline. Our bride complements the gown with glittering golden platform pumps. The dress


has a moderately long train with strategic stonework appliquĂŠs that echo the bodice. We draw our ideas from classical Athens, Greece after which our fair city is named. Our own Athena, Goddess of Wisdom, is the centerpiece in her golden dress. The setting for the shoot, the University of



the cake table. The main seating area is a beautiful golden couch that can seat up to five. An 8-foot gold picture frame can serve as an elegant photo booth for guests, and is set off by columns draped in golden fabric and topped off with white rose and lily arrangements to match the reception table decorations. An antique table displays a stack of vintage books along with an hourglass, and a white birdcage containing an arrangement of white lilies and roses.

Georgia, architecturally embodies the classical feel, from the Ionic capitals atop the columns of the Department of Theatre and Film Studies building, to the priceless Jean Charlot fresco on the exterior wall. Event Designer, Greg Hall, and Company, assembled the inspiration pieces. The reception features an antique hardwood table with place settings for four guests. Each end of the table has tall gold vases with arrangements of white roses and lilies, and in the center is a smaller arrangement, also of white roses and lilies, flanked by two tall, gold taper candles. On either side of the centerpiece are two tall, gold pillar candle holders with golden, beaded candles. Each place setting consists of a gold charger with a gold napkin, gold-plated tableware, elegant white china with gold rims, and arrangements of white roses and greenery in golden vases. Golden Chiavari chairs cluster around the table, and all sits atop a cozy rug for a comfortable and luxurious feel. The cake is four-tiered and adorned with golden accents with white roses as a topper and is flanked by extra-tall white taper candles and a sumptuous fresh rose and lily garland. Grecian columns draped in golden fabric and topped with ferns frame


Photographer: Andie Freeman Photography | Makeup Artist: Elijana Cosmetics | Event Designer: Greg Hall and Company | Tuxedos & Men’s Attire: High Maintenance | Cake Designer: Holly’s Cakes | Cinema & Video: Image Media Works | Model: Nickie Black | Invitation Designer: Plainjane Designs | Dress Designer: Shail K | Beauty: Tella to You | Other Location: The University of Georgia | Jewelry: TK Anderson Designs


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Equestrian Glamour Equestrian Chic Wedding Inspiration Photo Shoot Written and Photographed by Pepper Nix


ur concept for this equestrian Utah ranch shoot is lush and glamorous, using pink and red tones complemented by gold and black for a formal mood. Many of our Utah mountain ranch weddings have a rustic look but, this isn’t the perfect fit for every bride seeking our Rocky Mountains Majesty, so “Gold N’ Glam” was born. Cabernet and Gold lead the visual direction, with gold lace, ivory damask, and ivory chair tassels. Gold is back, and gold is big: from the flatware to goblets, it is our accent color of choice. To set the stage, a lace and silk swag drape the stable doors. A simple white porcelain bowl makes the golden butternut soup shine on red and gold place settings. A small, ornate gold wedding cake is the centerpiece of the dessert table. Our petite espresso and Marjolaine cakes with edible gold glitter add a dash of dramatic contrast to the dessert table.


In the bridal bouquet, we used soft blossoms in light tones with a layered fan of blush-colored dahlia and a hint of white and pink ranunculus. The slightly smaller Matilda and Freedom roses add a classic element, and the smaller ranunculus blossoms in pink and red lend an innocent charm. Maidenhair fern, viburnum berry, smilax vine, and a touch of golden magnolia leaf wrapped in gold antique satin add a rustic appeal. The groom’s boutonnière echoes the bride’s bouquet. er of lace to soften the look. The menu hair bands. Washington Millinery ivory echoes the invitation. gloves add a bit of sophistication with a length that’s not overly-dramatic. The mermaid gown ‘Michelle,’ by Junko Yoshioka, is a happy combination of el- Bree Woolstenhulme, of Avenia Bridal, egant ivory cotton and silk twill fabric, a gave our bride big soft curls cascadtrending mix of textures that’s well-suit- ing down her back and smaller near The rich, decadent feel and look of leath- ed for fall weddings. We love the unique her face. A wide braid around the back er inspires the invitations. Leather lac- fluted bodice detail and flounced train. sweeps the curls to one side, pinning es wrap around the main invitation, and The Richards Design headband has the hair up to accentuate the top of the leather square over the laces introduce a birdcage veil and a floral and feath- dress. The eyes are soft shades of gold the horse head monogram, with a lay- ered fascinator accented with horse- and pink, with dark brown in the corners In the tablescape of our equestrian wedding, we use a rustic gold urn to hold our contrasting ensemble of flowers. Small antique golden glass cylinders and bowls with small arrangements are satellites around the main centerpiece.



and a touch of black in the crease for definition. We used airbrush foundation and a bronzer, red rouge and highlighter for cheek contour. Bold red lipstick and black mascara with individual false lashes complete this subtle yet glamorous look. Crystal Mitchell of Signature BridesGroom Fashion outfitted our groom in the Genesis Fitted Tuxedo, style 901, a one-button, single-breasted style, with a side-vented back, satin notch lapel, and satin double besom pockets. Her ring from Goldsmith Jewelers and created by Makur Designs is white and rose gold, with a pink emerald in the center surrounded by diamond side stones. She also wears a rare rose pearl necklace wrapped around her wrist to create a layered bracelet look.


Photographer: Pepper Nix Photography | Invitation Designer: Ann Elizabeth Custom Graphic Design and Printing | Dress Designer: Avenia Bridal | Caterer: Culinary Crafts | Equipment Rentals: Diamond Rental | Cake Designer: Layers Cake Company | Tuxedos & Men’s Attire: Mr. Mac | Reception Venue: Red Cliff Ranch | Cinema and Video: Ryan Hinman Films | Makeup Artist: Signaturebrides | Floral Designer: Studio Stems


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Pantone Color of the Year Written and Photographed by Rachel Girouard



he inspiration for this shoot is Pantone color of the year, Marsala. This bold, modern color is inspired by juicy pomegranates, rich, deep red wines, berries and autumn leaves. We wanted to showcase the color’s transitional tones by featuring lush flowers in shades ranging from soft pink to deep burgundy, and we chose watercolor as the best way to bring this vision to life. Farmington Gardens in Farmington, CT was the perfect venue for the shoot. The wall of windows that wrap around this

immaculately restored greenhouse provide perfect natural lighting that our photographer, Rachel Girouard, captures beautifully. “When I began thinking about locations, I knew I wanted one that was rustic but still bright and inviting,” says Lauren O’Brien of Lauren O Events. “Farmington Gardens did such a beautiful job restoring the greenhouse and keeping many of its original elements, so it’s very accepting of a variety of styles and color palettes.” For this greenhouse setting, the flowers are the stars of the shoot. Noreen Saska of Earth Blossoms created lush floral arrangements that we distributed throughout the space. The centerpiece is a stunning floral chandelier that hangs from the ceiling of the structure and serves as an

altar. A range of flowers, from soft pinks to deep burgundy, evoke our watercolor theme. For the table, Earth Blossoms made a floral runner that mimics the palette of soft pinks and deep burgundy, and pairs beautifully with our suite of stationery created by Barbara Caruso of Avant Garde Design. The soft romantic tones of the watercolor, and the graceful digital calligraphy both on the farm tables and nestled among the succulents on the escort card table, convey the essence of the shoot. We wanted to put a spin on rustic to show brides that you can have a wedding with country touches, but still keep the aesthetic fresh and modern. That was the inspiration behind pairing super modern acrylic ghost chairs from Pink

Phoenix Events and handmade farm tables from Durkin. The soft pink napkins look elegant and romantic against the china provided by Abbey Rentals. We placed a personal fresh-baked pie nestled on a bed of fresh moss at each place setting. Along with a flute of pink champagne topped with a berry garnish. In addition to the sweets on the table, Kelly’s Sweet Rewards created three cakes, including a ravishing hand-painted watercolor cake that was inspired by the stationery. Megan Dumaine of The Wedding Embassy chose the bride’s Sottero and Midgley dress for its subtle pink tone, delicate detailing on the front, and layers of romantic tulle. We added a modern, bold touch of Marsala with the calf hair shoes, and a touch of glamour with the jewels.



The Groom’s tuxedo is a deep shade of navy and complements the natural earth tones used throughout the design. Ashley Stone of Beauty Entourage gave our bride a modern updo that showcases her stunning jewelry and adds texture to her hair without leaving it with an over-structured look. Kyle Samolik of Beauty Entourage used shades of pink and burgundy to create her gorgeous smoky eyes that dissolve to a deep shade of Marsala.


Photographer: Rachel Girouard | Invitation Designer: Avant Garde Design | Dress Designer: Sottero and Midgley | Dress Store: The Wedding Embassy | Chair Rentals: Pink Pheonix Events | Table Rentals: Durkin | China Rental: Abbey Rentals | Cake Designer: Kelly’s Sweet Rewards | Reception Venue: Farmington Gardens | Makeup Artist & Hair Stylist: Beauty Entourage | Floral Designer: Earth Blossoms | Event Planner: Lauren O Events


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Old World Grace Vintage Italian Elopement Inspiration Photo Shoot Photography by Fotografa Matrimonio

his photo shoot was inspired by Villa Muggia, the elegant villa in Stresa, Italy, a famous and historic town overlooking the shores of Lake Maggiore on the Borromeo Gulf. The scenic beauty, the architectural riches, and the mild climate that characterize it make Villa Muggia one of the top destinations for exclusive weddings in Italy. The villa was once home to powerful Italian and German industrialists, and now it dedicates its beautiful grounds to weddings and special events. Every element of the villa, from the small architectural details to the terrace with its breathtaking view of the gardens and water, fascinated me. It suggested the story of a romantic girl who is intrigued by the elegance of the past and wants to have the



wedding day of a royal princess. I proposed the royal theme once to my staff, and they were immediately enthusiastic and brought my idea to life beautifully. Oh, the dress! I focused on our slender model with her lace bodice, which the Couture Hayez Atelier designed and tailored especially for this shoot. I could not believe my eyes, because it was exactly what I had imagined, but had been unable to describe in words. Couture Hayez interpreted and brought to life the dress of my dreams. I was so honored that this gown, which is now part of the atelier’s newest collection, is named Ella, after my daughter. Formidable created the floral arrangements on the tables and the terrace: they feature a typically romantic array of blossoms that evoke a soft, natural, fresh and feminine feeling. Some of the flowers features in the arrangements are garden roses, pale pink roses, peonies, white stock, and fragrant jasmine. The accessories for the silverware and plate service arranged by Flormidable are valuable services from private collections. Note in particular the unique plates of Laveno ceramic, a ceramic that has been produced locally in Lake Maggiore since 1856.


Monica Intodesign created the invitations and the menu. She was inspired by the Muggia family, an important family that inhabited the villa and from which it takes its name. A delicate crown adorns the response card, and the closure of the invitation has the romantically elegant look of a real brooch and is in perfect harmony with the theme and colors. Make up and hair is by Nicha and projects a soft look and a beautiful up-do that reveals the model’s graceful neck and shoulders, and the remarkable lace work on the gown’s bodice, drawing the eye to the demure line of tiny buttons down her back. Finally, a pure white canopied bridal bed is overseen by a golden cherub who eagerly awaits our princess bride and her prince charming.


Photographer: Fotografa Matrimonio | Venue: Villa Muggia | Dress Designer: Couture Hayez | Invitation Designer: Monica Intodesign | Floral Designer: Flormidable | Chocolaterie: La Chocolaterie Des Iles | Makeup Artist & Hair Stylist: Nicha | Shoes: Rizieri




Bridal Accessory Spotlight

k Erica Elizabeth Designs Photos by Caroline Tran Gowns by Claire Pettibone

Head ornaments crafted in layers of delicate metal florals, hand-fabricated flowers and leaves paired with softer organic materials, such as French laces, touched with freshwater pearls and gemstones.


k Bohemian Desert Princess Bridal Hair Jewelry Swarovski crystal rhinestones and Freshwater pearls are hand wire wrapped along 14kt gold fill chains. $320

Alchemy Medieval Wedding Circlet A full open-end medieval style circlet of enameled branches highlighted with brilliant rhinestone flowers. $500

Wood Nymph Crystal Pearl Leaf Wedding Crown Scrolling delicate leaves highlighted with rhinestones flowers & lush freshwater pearls, wind their way around a thin band. $435

Halley’s Comet Rhinestone Wedding Headpiece Fashioned after the most famous comet in the heavens, my Halley’s Comet headpiece appears to be shooting many brilliant rhinestones from every angle. $355

Erica Elizabeth Designs . www.ericaelizabethdesigns.com


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Else Lingerie Luxury, sophisticated hand crafted designer lingerie from Istanbul. www.elselingerie.com


Petunia Triangle Long Line Bra & Cut Out Brief

Signature bra sized chemise and matching robe in garnet colored silk.

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Dress Designer Spotlight Exclusive interview with New York Bridal Dress Designer

By Dorothy Potter Snyder Photographs by Laura Gordon


hey’re swooning for Sareh! Aisle Perfect says that the Sareh Nouri spring 2016 collection is “one of the strongest line of gowns from Bridal Fashion Week.” The Wedding Chicks love the “jaw- dropping wedding gowns and veils from the Sareh Nouri 2016 Bridal Collection.” Ultra-feminine shapes, dramatic veils, traditional elegance and timeless glamour are hallmark of a Sareh Nouri gown. We asked this young designer what inspires her.

Photo by Millie B. Photography

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TWWP: Please tell us how you became a wedding gown designer. SN: I’ve always loved wedding dresses. In fact, you might say I was obsessed with them! I designed my own dress for my wedding in 2009, and after that, I began my career as a Marketing and Director of Sales for a high-end wedding salon. I got a few years of experience under my belt, and then I started my own line of dresses and sashes. TWWP: Your Spring 2016 collection is timeless and has an ethereal feel. What inspires you? SN: I uncover inspiration in so many different things, most of the time when I’m not even looking for it. Persian art from my Middle Eastern heritage, early bridal fashion, nature, and the soft, luxurious lace and fabrics used in my collections are all my muses. Certainly, the needs and wishes of my customers also enter into the creative decisions I make. In the

tulle for high-end couturiers all over the less woman, inside and out. That said, we don’t create gowns for just one speworld since 1887. cific kind of bride. We have classic lace TWWP: Can you talk to us about your gowns as well as gowns that are still very demure, but with a modern twist. classic, long veils? A woman’s wedding dress should be a SN: I love veils! They’re meant to cover garment that will “keep” with time, someup demurely until that magic moment thing she can look back on years from when the groom unveils his bride. The now and still love. veil gives you a surprise element that is theatrical and symbolic, and it also allows the design of the dress to be revealed in TWWP: Do you have any advice for brides shopping for the perfect dress? two stages. TWWP: Who is the Sareh Nouri bride? SN: She’s a confident, alluring and effort-

SN: A wedding gown is an emotional and very personal purchase. I always tell brides to do their research, but to stay


Spring 2016 collection I used different laces, fabrics, and softer silhouettes. TWWP: What are your favorite materials to work with and where do they come from? SN: I love working with soft, luxurious lace and fabrics, from all over the world, but French laces are among my favorite. We source our lace from the Sophie Hallette atelier in France: their lace is hand-embroidered and handmade on looms that have been turning out gorgeous lace and


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open-minded. We must remember that just because the gowns look gorgeous in a magazine doesn’t mean that we will fall head over heels in love with them when we try them on. Pick elements that you like – sleeves or no sleeves, full or slim-fitting, traditional or more modern. But remember that those preferences might change once you actually try them on. It’s also important to be honest with your consultant regarding budget. Stay sincere and open to ideas, and in the end you will benefit by finding “the one.” TWWP: Where can we find Sareh Nouri gowns? SN: In New York City, Sareh Nouri is available at Kleinfeld at 110 West 20th Street. Our gowns can also be found at select highend boutiques throughout the world. Check out our website www.sarehnouri.com/stores for specific locations.

Dorothy Bridal Gowns and Veils: SAREH NOURI, www.sarehnouri.com | Select Laces: HOUSE OF sophie hallette, www.sophiehallette.com | Photographer: Laura Gordon, www.lauragordonphotography.com | Headpieces: JENNIFER BEHR, www.jenniferbehr.com | MARIA ELENA, www.mariaelenaheadpieces.com | ERICA ELIZABETH DESIGNS, www.ericaelizabeth.com | Floral: Holly Carlisle for Rosegolden Flowers, www.rosegoldenflowers.com | Makeup: Nicck Townsend, ww.niccktownsend.com | Hair: Alison Sileo & Mark Sileo, www.alisonsileohair.com


LCR Events

by Lauren Malang Stanco Telephone: 914.646.4514 Website: lcrevents.com E-mail: info@lcrevents.com


Photo by Rebecca Yale Portraits

Real Weddings Scenes from seven stunning Real Weddings.


Effortlessly Organic MARGARET + COLIN


From the Bride:

I chose the Highlands Country Club because I grew up down the road from it, and I always loved the unusual, historic old main clubhouse building. Built in the 19th century, it’s an elegant, romantic building with high ceilings, big fireplaces, and a great layout for a party. It was exactly what we were looking for.


The inspiration for our wedding evolved organically. I wanted it to look and feel as effortless and as beautiful as possible, right down to my makeup. I didn’t want to look so different that Colin wouldn’t recognize me when I got to the altar, and I wanted the event to reflect our style: natural, thoughtful, romantic, and simple. Effortlessness takes work, though! Thankfully my mother, Broadway producer, Carolyn Rossi Copeland, was there to help me create an event that flowed and sparkled with unique and thoughtful touches throughout. We started with my love for the thistle, one of the symbols of Scotland, and developed the look of the wedding from that. Everything worked according to plan–I think. Let’s just say that if something went awry, nobody told me. The best man’s


speech went longer than expected, so the timing of some events changed, but that’s show business! Always be true to yourself when making plans for your wedding, while still honoring the ideas of the people who are helping you plan. If you do, your choices will be easier, you will feel comfortable in the setting you’ve created, and you won’t second guess your choices. Don’t try to have a big over-the-top wedding if your budget and taste don’t allow it or match that level of spending. Don’t try to copy someone else’s hippie wedding just because you saw a bunch of photos of flower crowns on Instagram. You want to feel like you belong in every part of your wedding, and not like you are dressing up in a theatre costume. That includes your make up: don’t over-do the makeup! You should look like your best self on the day and in your pictures, not like somebody else.



Photographer: Kelly Vasami Photography | Caterer: Highlands Country Club | Dress Designer: Judd Waddell | Floral Designer: Barbara Scuccimarra | Tuxedos & Men’s Attire: Alton Lane | Makeup Artist: Jessica Plumber | Invitation Designer: Designed by the Bride | Band: Silver Arrow Band | Hair Stylist: Christopher Ferber | Bridesmaid Dresses: J Crew Bridal | Cake Designer: Pastry Garden | Reception Venue: Highlands Country Club | Church: St. Philips Church in the Highlands


Once Upon a Hill


From the Bride:

Our wedding day was everything we could have hoped for, and more. That morning, I had so much fun getting ready with my bridesmaids–admiring the hair stylists’ and the makeup artists’ work, popping champagne corks, and sharing lots of laughter. I was so lucky to be accompanied by these inspiring women who are also my closest friends, and their presence helped distract me from the butterflies in my stomach. I learned later that my fiancé was experiencing the same butterflies I was,


and was calming down by watching World Cup game with his groomsmen: and I thought he’d be the calm one! Seeing my fiancé dressed for the ceremony for our First Look was my favorite moment of the day. Our togetherness was the reason everyone had gathered in Hudson that day, and so seeing each other in our wedding finery was both exhilarating

and wonderfully reassuring, all at once. Later, he told me his favorite moment was watching me walk down the aisle, but I was concentrating so hard on not weeping from emotion at the time that I barely remember it. Our officiant was a mutual friend who was ordained just for the occasion, and who led a moving and personal interfaith ceremony. Despite an uncertain weather forecast earlier in the week, the weather was perfect, and we were able to enjoy the beautiful outdoor grounds of our venue for our ceremony

and cocktail hour. We moved into the barn for the reception. The wonderful old barn had a natural beauty without any adornment, but it took my breath away when I saw how our planner had decorated the space: from the hanging twinkle lights, to the table runners, to the floral centerpieces, to the dance floor. Every detail was perfection. After the ceremony, we enjoyed a delicious family-style feast from Cucina and then a rocking dance party, care of the band 45 Riots. Through all the excitement, our on-the-spot photographer was there to capture every special moment for us to keep forever. She was the best vendor decision we made


for our wedding, and we will be able to relive our magical day for years to come because of her gorgeous images. Now that the event is over, I’m so excited to be married to the love of my life, and we feel so lucky to have celebrated our love with our nearest and dearest in the most wonderful way possible!

From Erin Crosby of Pickles and Pies–Event Planner:

As a wedding planner and stylist, I encounter many different kinds of weddings. All weddings are special, but some rise above that to become something remarkably memorable. Andrew and Gretchen are two of the kindest and loveliest people with whom I’ve ever had the pleasure of working. Because Gretchen was off in Boston getting her degree from Harvard Business School, and Andrew had just opened up his first restaurant, Untamed Sandwiches here in NYC, getting together to plan the wedding was not going to be easy. We relied on lots of emails and Pinterest. Gretchen “pinned” pictures that inspired her, and got her ideas out onto the board, which gave me insight about her wants and hopes for the wedding. What I learned from her “pins” was that she wanted a rustic, sweet, and romantic barn wedding. For her colors, Gretchen chose jewel tones and deep purples, and she let me fill in the blanks. I used lace and wooden boxes for the floral centerpieces, and craft paper for all our paper goods. We created custom chalkboards for the program and shuttle schedule. We gave the guests wood cones filled with dried lavender to throw after the ceremony, and each guest had a personal wood fan to give them relief from the summer heat.


The entire day was filled with personal touches. The couple’s dog Revis is the love of their lives, but he couldn’t be at the wedding: so we created a special cocktail for the day called The Revis Island, to include him in the celebration. The “guest book” was actually a Polaroid camera. Guests took fun ”selfies” and then glued them into a custom book with a little note to the happy couple. One of my favorite personal touches in the wedding were the “table numbers”: The couple chose places and restaurants that had special meaning in their relationship,

and told the story of the place on the back of the cards, so every guest left knowing a little bit more about them as a couple.

One of the big things that makes Andrew and Gretchen so wonderful is that they are generous: helping others is part of who they are, and they are passionate about it. So in lieu of traditional gifts, they asked their guests to choose from three charities to donate to: we made cards that were placed on each table setting, then set up a display of 3 jars for guests to put their cards–and their money–into. Andrew and Gretchen chose North Shore Animal League, Minds Matter, and Root & Rebound as their charities, and the wedding ended up donating a significant sum to three organizations in need.


The food was served family style by Cucina from Woodstock. The images of the day were captured photographically by the wonderful Rebecca Yale, and the 45 Riots kept everyone dancing all night. We ended the wedding party with a grand sparkler exit towards their after-party event, where a bonfire and late night drinks and snacks awaited the guests. It was a glorious and happy wedding day for a wonderful couple.

Photographer: Rebecca Yale Portraits | Planner, Floral, & Event Designer: Erin Crosby of Pickles and Pies | Caterer: Cucina | Dress Designer: Jenny Lee Bridal | Bouquets & Bouttonieres: Christa Stosiek of Markristo Farms | Bride’s Shoes: Loffler Randall | Groom’s Suit: Brooklyn Tailors | Makeup Artist: FACE Stockholm | Invitation Designer: Paperless Post | Band: 45 Riots | Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Earrings: Margaret Elizabeth Jewelry | Groom & Groomsmen Ties: John Varvatos | Ketubah: Paper Cuts by Oren | Hair: Jackie K Styles | Equipment Rentals: Rhinebeck Rentals | Reception Venue: Hudson Valley at the Hill




From the Bride:

We chose our venue because it was a unique setting, and because the location would allow us to have a weekend away with family and friends in beautiful Hudson, NY. We didn’t necessarily have a place like Basilica Hudson in mind beforehand, but as soon as we saw it, we both knew we didn’t want to get married anywhere else.


The inspiration for our wedding décor was a desire for a setting that was both simple and had an ethereal feeling. That describes the Basilica perfectly, despite its beginnings as a 19th century railway forge and foundry. The industrial interior is simplicity itself, with towering ceilings, steel trusswork and a grand view of the breathtaking Catskill mountains.

Our wedding planner Tammy had so many contacts that she was able to offer some great choices that would have taken forever to find on our own. Tammy and my parents really took over the “heavy lifting” of planning the wedding. All the vendors I met with were lovely people, and they did everything they could to make our special day perfect. Our invitations were designed by Paper Trail in Rhinebeck, NY, and we bought hair accessories at M&J Trimmings in the Garment District in Manhattan. Catering was by Main Street



Catering of New Paltz, NY, who also created our cake. Our music was by the versatile band One Love Music (with Elán Artists). Tammy laid out the table formation, and Keith, my parents and I worked out the seating chart. Letting knowledgeable vendors and family take care of some of the details for your wedding can be a great decision. It was for us!


Photographer: Sarah Tew Photography | Reception Venue: Basilica Hudson | Tuxedos & Men’s Attire: Givenchy | Event Designer & Equipment Rentals: Hudson Valley Vintage Rentals | Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaid Dresses: Lord & Taylor | Dress Designer: Monique Lhullier | Hair Stylist: Pretty Bird Bridal | Floral Designer: Steven Bruce Designs | Hotel Accomadations: The Barlow Hotel, Hudson, NY


Highland Love ERIN + CHRIS


From the Bride:

By now, we’ve all been to a lot of weddings in a lot of “wedding factory” venues that all seem to look alike. We were looking for a venue that would be unique, and provide an experience for us and our guests that was something fun and new. We didn’t want our guests to feel that they were attending “just another wedding”.


We fell in love with Highlands Country Club when we first saw it We had a challenge finding a space that felt cosy and warm with a relatively small wedding of only 80 guests, but Highlands was

a perfect fit. Highlands Country Club has such a special, historic feel, and it has three distinct indoor spaces and three beautiful outdoor space for photography. Huge windows, high ceilings and a beautiful dÊcor make it a very gracious setting. One of our favorite spots at Highlands was the solarium, a glass-enclosed room, that offered an outdoor feel in an indoor space, while the old barn with its pre-Revolutionary war history offers a fantastic backdrop for photos. We had heard nothing but good things about the food and service at Highlands, and both were absolutely impeccable.


on Match.com, so we created personalized matches to tie in with how we met, and to use to light the candles, fire pits and fire places. Because I hadn’t seen it at a wedding before, I chose all different flowers and colors instead of a singular color or flower. Instead of a card box, we painted a mailbox for our wedding cards, and instead of a wedding guest book, we had a jar where our guests could leave their “loving thoughts” to us on wooden hearts, which we’ve now asThe venue actually provided a lot of in- sembled into a decorative piece that we spiration for our decor. Highlands is so treasure. Pinterest was my best friend beautiful on its own, without any decora- during the wedding planing process, and tion at all, and many of our decorations gave me so many amazing ideas. were inspired by Highlands itself. The bookcases in the tavern inspired our ta- For the most part, we enjoyed planning ble numbers shaped like “heart books”. our wedding. Of course certain moments We loved letting the gleaming hardwood were stressful, but that’s how things go. of the oval-shaped tables show through You can only plan so much, and then you the simple lace runners that matched my have to trust and let the experts you have wedding gown. The fireplaces and fire hired do what you have paid them to do. pits inspired the candle sticks and our We were extremely lucky as we had such wedding favors. My husband and I met a supportive family and wedding party, When we were looking for venues, a friend of the groom’s mother gave use some very good advice: she advised us to be sure that we love the inside of our venue, because in the case of bad weather, that’s where the ceremony, photos and cocktails will all take place. If you have the luck to have nice weather, then being able to go outside is a bonus, but don’t count on Mother Nature cooperating.


and they were there for us each step of the way. We kept an open mind and were flexible about whatever obstacles might occur, and we wouldn’t have been able to do that if it weren’t for our amazing “team of vendors, family and friends. I’m also a planner, so I knew to make sure that every detail was discussed prior to the wedding day. Remembering to communicate with the team was probably the hardest part to juggle, as well as making sure everyone knew where they needed to be at what time. Our wedding day was everything we wanted it to be.. We relaxed, enjoyed the company of each other, and remained fully present to accept all the love our family and friends gave us that day. It helped a lot that we didn’t create such high expectations that they could not be met. Ultimately our day was all about celebrating our love, and dancing the night away!


Photographer: Nicole DeTone Photography | Reception Venue: Highlands Country Club | Tuxedos & Men’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Cake Designer: The Pastry Garden | Floral Designer: The Flower Basket | DJ: Ricardo & Company | Makeup Artist & Hair Stylist: LA Monroe Hair Studio | Dress Designer: Blue by Enzoani | Dress Shop: Be Unique Boutique | Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal


Love on the Sound DANA + BEN



From the Bride:

I grew up on a horse farm and I love the outdoors, but now I live in New York City and work in the hustle and bustle of the fashion industry. So when my college sweetheart and I got engaged and the wedding planning process began, I knew I wanted a wedding that reflected my country upbringing, and that also combined a beautiful outdoor setting with a romantic, stylish and timeless feel.


Wainwright House, a Gatsby-esque stone mansion with extensive manicured grounds and a remarkable view of the Long Island Sound, was the place where we wanted to say our vows. We loved that it wasn’t the typical wedding venue, but rather a healing and learning center that radiates a peaceful, healthy, positive energy. We were blessed with good w

eather, but if it had rained we could have moved inside to one of the elegant rooms. Wainwright House also boasts a lovely guesthouse, which can be rented if you want. Our photographer loved the venue because the light on the sound makes everyone look their best. I didn’t have a specific theme in mind

for the wedding, but my key words concepts were romantic, lots of lace, flowers, candles, and soft hues. Since I’m an organized, detailed-oriented, and creative person, I took on task of planning the wedding all by myself. The planning process, contrary to what some brides experience, was a fun and creative project for me, and I actually enjoyed choos-


ing all of our wonderful vendors and sharing my vision for our big day with them. Every second of watching the day unfold was delightful: seeing my beautiful bridesmaids and family all dressed up


for the occasion, the intimate first look with my husband-to-be, the walk down the aisle and feeling the happiness and love radiated by all our family and guests, and of course the amazing party that followed.

Our wedding was all about love, and for me it was a happy labor of love to plan it. In the end, all the hard work paid off, and our day was more perfect than I ever could have imagined.


Photographer: Kathi Littwin Photography | Reception Venue: Wainwright House | Caterer: Cornerstone Catering | Floral Designer: Carolyn Dempsey Design | Musicians: Hank Lane Music | Hair Stylist: Styles on B | Dress Designer: Pronovias | Bridesmaid Dresses: Joanna August


Destination Weddings

Under the

Tuscan Sky Photography by Angelica Braccini Photography, Florence, Italy


The style of our wedding was “country chic”, Tuscan-style. Most of the decorations were provided by a local florist recommended to us by our wedding planners, Martina and Francesca of Il Canto di Imeneo. We requested simple flowers for the pews at the church, and they complied with hydrangea and baby’s breath. My bouquet was a soft cloud of pale pink peonies. We arranged the dinner tables as one long, single table like a typical Italian family table, and they were decorated with simple bouquets of peach-colored climbing roses, baby’s breath, and fragrant bunches of fresh rosemary and sage arranged artfully in simple bottles. The coordinating white table linens, white dishes, silver cutlery and iron patio-style chairs were all arranged by our event planner. Martina and Francesca were fantastic in interpreting our tastes and in delicately guiding us. They provided us with an excellent selection of vendors who cared


about our needs and let us know that all was under control. They are both young women, but they demonstrated their experience and savvy with their excellent vendor list, and their ability to accommodate our requests. The venue was Podere Spedalone, located in the Tuscan countryside near Pienza, with beautiful country-style rooms and large, photogenic gardens. During our three day stay, we were tenderly cared for by the manager, Alessandro, as well as the chef and other support staff. We selected Podere for it’s astonishing views of Val d’Orcia, and the spectacular sunsets and dawns. We felt right at home in this beautiful and authentic place. Simo and I, and all our guests will remember this wedding forever. It was a very special three days for all of us, both because we were all together, and also because Martina and Francesca, the florist, Alessandro and his team, Giuliana, Angelica and her staff were all very so good to us. And we will always have these beautiful memories to keep thanks to photographer Angelica Braccini and her staff. Thank you, Angelica!


Main Photographer: Angelica Braccini Photography | Second Photographer: Ilaria Costanzo Photographer | Reception Venue: Podere Spedalone | Event Planner: Il Canto di Imeneo | Dress Designer: Monique Lhuillier | Wines: Monte Pulciano


Destination Weddings

New Romance in Historic Antigua Guatemala

Photography by Fine Art Studio Photography, Mexico


Antigua, Guatemala, the capital of the former Kingdom of Guatemala and UNESCO World Heritage site, is perhaps the most breathtaking and well-preserved Hispanic colonial towns in Central America. It is also one of the best-kept secrets for fabulous destination weddings. Nestled at the foot of majestic sleeping volcanoes and beneath the brilliant blue Caribbean sky, Antigua’s historic buildings and natural setting is all classic beauty and history. Here, we sense the Spaniard and Mayan ancestors co-mingling with lively crowds of native residents and visitors from all over the world. Here, hospitality is king, and colorful streets and fresh highland air enliven the spirit and inspire romance. Maria and Luis invited 700 friends and family to celebrate their love in this most


beautiful and historic place. The two young people met in Río Dulce, a popular cruise and sailboat destination in Guatemala, and he quickly fell in love with her. The young caballero did not have an easy time of it, though, as he had to woo María for a while to finally conquering her heart!

sage and succulents. “It was very important for the bride that our floral arrangements not interfere with the natural ambience of the chapel or the family garden, each of which have their natural beauty and design,” say the planners.

The couple’s traditional Catholic ceremony was performed at the 454-year-old Patricia de Olivero and Elizabeth Boll- Capilla de Nuestra Señora del Rosario mann of Pati and Lisi Wedding Planners (The Chapel of Our Lady of the Rosaworked with the bride’s inspiration for ry) at Casa Santo Domingo. María was the wedding: a romantic and elegant regal in her lace gown with long, caafternoon. To that end, they kept dec- thedral veil, and the groom’s face was orations simple and architectural in the speechless love and awe when he saw historic chapel and worked to integrate her walk down the aisle. Solemn vows floral arrangements at the reception to were exchanged, tears of joy flowed, and complement rather than compete with laughter and applause accompanied the the existent garden scape. Choices for newlyweds’ joyous recessional down the arrangements on the reception tables in- central aisle, lined with giant white calla cluded white flowers, pale roses, green lilies arranged in elegant clear glass col-

umns set simply on the tiled floor. The reception was held in the magnificent garden of María’s family home. Five different types of flower arrangements graced the tables, featuring plenty of roses everywhere, carnations, gladioli, orchids, succulents, fresh herbs and a variety of other mixed flowers and greenery. Guests enjoyed a formal sit-down meal in this Guatemalan paradise.

Pastry chef Sofía Cobian had a big job Despite the occasional earthquake, Anon her hands, because the couple didn’t tigua has stood the test of time. So, we want the regular multi-layer wedding imagine, will Luis and María’s love. cake. Instead they asked for a different cake for each year they had been together! So Cobian designed a series of cakes in various styles and sizes to represent the years of their courtship. The lacy details on the cake were created to match the design of the lace on the bride’s gown.


Photographer: Fine Art Studio Photography, Mexico | Reception Venue: Hotel Casa Santo Domingo | Church: Casa Santo Domingo Historic Altar


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Isabelle Armstrong Visit www.isabellearmstrongny.com to see the complete collection.







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Jenny Packham Visit www.jennypackham.com To see the complete collection.







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PPS COUTURE by Plum Pretty Sugar www.plumprettysugar.com/couture-collection Photos by Jose Villa









Fleur by Quilaree

BHLDN Visit www.bhldn.com to see the complete collection.


Quinn by Watters

Celestina by Yoana Baraschi Ginger by twobirds Bridesmaids





Jenny Yoo Collection Visit www.jennyyoo.com to see the complete collection. Photos by JJ Ignotz Photography









Bari Jay Bridesmaids Visit www.barijay.com to see the complete collection. Photos by JJ Ignotz Photography


All sequin dresses will be available as of September of 2015. The entire Bari Jay bridsmaids dress collection will be available in stores starting in December of 2015. Visit www.barijay.com to locate a retail store near you.


Expense Tracker The most successful weddings start with true love—and a good budget.

We bet there are some items on our list that you haven't even thought of! Remember: spending wildly won't make your big day more memorable, but spending smart will.

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Bride’s Dress Bride’s Headpiece Jewelry Shoes Other Accessories Hair Makeup Groom’s Tux Groom’s Shoes Groom’s Accessories Miscellaneous

Subtotal Ceremony & Reception

Ceremony Location Fee Officiant Fee Other Ceremony Misc. Venue Catering & Service Beverages Cake Rentals Lighting Attendants & Bartenders Miscellaneous

Subtotal Photography & Video

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Reception Music Ceremony Music Cocktail Hour Music After Party Music Miscellaneous



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Bridal Bouquet Bridesmaids Bouquets Corsages Boutonnières Chuppah Flower Girl Flowers Ceremony Flowers Reception Flowers Miscellaneous

Subtotal Stationery

Invitations Save-The-Dates Menus Programs Placecards Postage Thank You Cards Miscellaneous Subtotal Transportation

Limo Guest Transportation Parking Miscellaneous Subtotal Gifts & Favors

Bridal Party Gifts Groomsmen Gifts Bride/Groom Gifts Miscellaneous Subtotal Other




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Bridal Boutiques Be Unique Boutique Mount Kisco, NY 914.241.2410 www.bubmtk.com

Photo by Oldani Photography

Elephants Trunk Mount Kisco, NY 914.666.7666 www.elephantstrunk.com Exclusive Bridal Shoppe Greenwich, CT 203.869.6515 Ever After Bridal Westchester, NY www.eabridal.com Jenny Yoo Collection New York, NY www.jennyyoo.com Ridge Squire - Tuxedo & Fine Menswear Rye Brook, NY 914.939.4613 www.ridgesquiretuxedo.com Siren Boutique Mamaroneck, NY 914.777.2122 www.sirenboutique.com The Dessy Group New York, NY 646.638.9600 www.dessy.com

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Catering Chartwells Catering Purchase, NY 914.323.5396 www.reidcastleevents.com Corner Stone Caterers Rye, NY 914.967.0035 www.cornerstonecaterers.com


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F.E.A.S.T. Caterers Whashingtonville, NY 845.497.7476 www.feastcaterers.com Good Life Gourmet Irvington, NY 914.478.8080 www.good-lifegourmet.com

Scarsdale, NY 914.722.8300 www.everythinglulu.com Pastry Garden Hopewell Junction, NY

Kaos Productions Harrison, NY 914.494.9245 www.kaosproduction.com

La Panetière Rye, NY 914.967.8140 www.lapanetiere.com

Stolen Moments Dobbs Ferry, NY 914.693.2309 www.stolenmoments.com

Le Moulin, Irvington, NY 914.469.6762 www.lemoulincatering.com


Ana Parzych Cakes Greenwich, CT 203.439.7979 www.anaparzychcakes.com Beascakes Bakery Armonk, NY 914.273.3612 www.beascakes.com Carb Coma New Jersey 201.704.5032 www.carbcomallc.com Homestyle Desserts Bakery Peekskill, NY 914.737.4659 www.homestyledessertsbakery.com Lulu Cake Boutique


Hal Prince Mount Kisco, NY 914.241.3300 www.halprince.com Karen Colin Larchmont, NY 914.282.7452 914.834.1009 www.learnharpnow.com

Jean-Jacques' Culinary Creations Pleasantville, NY 914.747.8191 www.jean-jacques.com

Wandering Dago Food Truck & Catering Schenectady, NY 720.271.9728 www.wanderingdago.com

914.591.2100 www.dancetimedj.com

Event Planners

845.473.5220 www.thepastrygarden.com Sogi’s Honey Bakeshop Brooklyn, NY www.sogoalzolghadri.com Sun-Rise Baking Rye Brook, NY 914.262.3195 www.sun-risebaking.net Sweetooth Katonah Katonah, NY 914.232.7700 www.sweetoothkatonah.com Sweet & Social Cupcakes Larchmont, NY 914.630.4834 www.sweetandsocial.com


Dance Time Entertainment Rye, NY

Beauty & the Details New York, NY 201.993.0123 www.beautyandthedetails.com Coordinated To Perfection Queens, NY 646.651.0177 www.coordinatedtoperfection.com Cristina Verger New York, NY 212.715.0590 www.cristinaverger.com Events by Missy Westchester, NY 914.426.5650 www.eventsbymissyco.com Faith Ferguson Productions New York, NY 201.408.0114 www.faithferguson.com James Abel Events New York, NY 917.399.4552

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www.jamesabelevents.com LCR Events by Lauren Stanco Westchester, NY 914.646.4514 www.lcrevents.com The Spark Group, LLC Katonah, NY 914.603.3485 www.sparkgroupllc.com


Blooming Buds Harrison, NY 917.381.0333 www.bloomingbudsflowers.com Joseph Richard Florals, LLC Armonk, NY 914.273.3361 www.josephrichardflorals.com Lucy Nancy Designs New York, NY 212.206.1109 www.theloveofflowersnyc.com Scarsdale Village Flower Shop Scarsdale, NY 914.723.0852 www.scarsdaleflowershops.com The Flower Bar Scarsdale, NY 914.834.4900 www.the-flower-bar.com

Tryforos & Pernice Florist Bronxville, NY 914.337.2525 www.tryforosflorist.com Westchester Floral Decorators Pelham, NY 914.633.1900 www.westchesterfloral.com Whispering Pines of Chappaqua Chappaqua, NY 914.238.5661


Hair + Makeup

Beauty by Daniela Larchmont, NY 914.329.9476 www.beautybydaniela.com Hair & Beyond Harrison, NY 914.835.1350 www.hairandbeyondsalon.com Makeup by Linda Gallo Westchester, NY 914.473.7657 www.lindagalloartist.com Meredith Hayman Makeup Artist Yorktown Heights, NY 646.418.5445 www.meredithhayman.com VG Hair Design Studio

Rye, NY 914.222.4415 www.vghairdesignstudio.com Westchester Hair Stylist Westchester, NY 914.924.2011 www.westchesterhairstylist.com

Health and Fitness

Center for Therapeutic Massage Mamaroneck, NY Mary Smith 914.381.5999 Eiluj - Eyebrow / Threading Expert Katonah, NY 914.232.2227 www.eilujbeauty.com JDS Home Training Jason Scrofani Westchester, NY 914.409.2566 www.jdshometraining.com

Jewelry Hanni Fine Jewelry Rye, NY 914-925-2800 www.hannifinejewelry.com Medallion Jewelers Larchmont, NY 914.833.9394 www.medallionjewelers.net Landsberg Jewelers Rye Brook, NY 914.510.8920 www.landsbergjewelers.com Royal Jewels of Rye Rye, NY 914.967.6633 Woodrow Jewelers Rye, NY 914.967.0464 www.woodrowjewelers.com


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Zaltas Gallery Mamaroneck, NY 914.777.7304 www.zaltasgallery.com

Online Services

MissNowMrs Marriage Lisence, Name Change www.missnowmrs.com Dress for the Wedding Fashion www.dressforthewedding.com Top Table Planner Seating Charts www.toptableplanner.com

Photo Booth

Tap Snap Photo Booth Westchester, NY 877.577.0566 www.tapsnap.net


Aida Krgin Photography Harrison, NY 914.830.4474 www.aidakrginphotography.com Andie Freeman Photography Comer, GA 706.296.7753 www.andiefreemanphotography.com Angelica Braccini Photography Florence, Italy www.angelicabraccini.com DIDEO Films Photography Larchmont, NY 646.245.0087 www.dideofilmsphotography.com


www.fineartstudioweddings.com Fotografa Matrimonio Milan, Italy Erika Di Vito www.fotografamatrimonio.it JJ Ignotz Photography New York, NY 678.770.1517 www.jjignotz.com Julie Skarratt Photography New York, NY 212.877.2604 www.julieskarratt.com Kathi Littwin Photography Brooklyn, NY 212.924.4205 www.kathilittwin.com Kelly Vasami Photography Scarsdale, NY 914.262.2893 www.kellyvasami.com Lovely Valentine Photo + Film Somerville, MA 617.575.9693 www.lovelyvalentine.com

Nicole DeTone Photography Westchester, NY 914.361.9299 www.nicoledetonephotography.com Nicole Taylor Photography Stamford, CT 917.886.2174 www.nicoletaylorboudoir.com Pepper Nix Photography Salt Lake City, UT 801.834.0404 www.pepper-nix.com Photography by Leandra New York, NY 540-842-3374 www.photographybyleandra.com Poppy Studio - Eve Prime Irvington, NY 914.231.5371 www.poppystudio.com Rachel Girouard Photography Colchester, CT (860) 908-6145 www. rachelgirouard.com Rebecca Yale Photography New York, NY 310.562.8377 www.rebeccayalephotography.com Sarah Tew Photography Long Island City, NY 917.374.4346 www.sarahtewphotography.com Turnquist Photography Hudson, NY 845.544.3007 www.turnquistphotography.com


Donna Cheung Photography Greenwich, CT 203.918.4791 www.donnacheung.com

Bloomingdale’s Bridal Registry White Plains, NY 914.684.6300 www.bloomingdales.com

Fine Art Studio Photography Cancun, Mexico

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White Plains, NY www.crateandbarrel.com/stores

646.201.5509 www.christinadasaro.com


Unique Products + Gifts

Design House of Moira www.designhouseofmoira.com

Kensico Soap Bar Thornwood, NY 914.579.2033 www.kensicosoapbar.com

Borrowed, A Vintage Inspired Company Norwalk, CT 203.858.9429 www.borrowedvintagestyle.com Cartwright & Daughters Tent & Party Rentals Carmel, NY 845.225.9200 www.rentaparty.com Durants Party Rentals Georgetown, CT 845.298.0011 www.durantsparty.com

Dolce Press Long Island, NY 631.319.6639 www.dolcepress.com Fine Lines Katonah 914.232.4856 www.finelinesstationery.com Kelli & Company Chappaqua, NY 914.234.6405 www.kellincompany.com Minted www.minted.com Phillips Designs Connecticut 860.922.5473 www.jennaphillipsdesigns.com Umama Westchester, NY www.umamaonline.com

Party Line Tent Rental New Rochelle, NY 914.592.1200 www.partylinerentals.com Rent Vintage China White Plains, NY 914.610.5965 www.rentvintagechina.com


Carol Pessin Art Cards White Plains, NY 914.262.4492 www.carolpessinartcards.com Christina D’Asaro Design New York, NY

Wedding Paper Divas www.weddingpaperdivas.com Write On! Larchmont, NY 914.834.1770 www.writeonlarchmont.com

Black Label Decor - Etsy Custom Hangers www.blacklabeldecor.com Better Off Wed - Etsy Cake Toppers www.etsy.com/shop/BetterOffWed Silk & Tincture Hand Dyed Silk Ribbon www.silkandtincture.com

Video + Film

DIDEO Films Photography Larchmont, NY 646.245.0087 www.dideofilmsphotography.com Lovely Valentine Photo + Film Somerville, MA 617.575.9693 www.lovelyvalentine.com The Light Mill New York, NY 800.729.0414 www.thelightmill.com


Leros Point to Point Westchester, NY 914.747.2300 www.leroslimo.com Top Class Limousine Westchester, NY 914.423.5466 www.topclasslimo.com


Makeup by Linda Gallo 914.473.7657

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