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Just like any good wedding, this issue got a lot of help from these talented people, who lent their creativity and dedication to shaping a terrific issue!

Photographer Alyson Beth’s exceptional talent and assiduous attention to her clients' needs ensures that the memories of your special day will last a lifetime. Kris Ann Blanchette knows that floral design and décor set the tone for any event. Her boutique, Fleurtacious Designs, is renowned for creating stunning arrangements and delightful designs. Susan Cady, owner of Finishing Touches, has been creating award-winning floral arrangements for wedding, corporate, and celebrity clients for over 20 years. Joe and J.P. Elario of Joe Elario Photography have more than 35 years of experience capturing picture-perfect wedding moments. The duo immortalizes real moments, not staged shots, with stunning results. Marion Cardwell-Ferrer, owner of Sincredible Pastries, is renowned for her made-from-scratch delights. The handmade fillings and frostings of her cakes make them both irresistibly delicious and (almost) too pretty to eat. Hank Parker's Party & Tent Rental is family owned and operated and takes customer service seriously. With more than 40 years in the rental business, they offer unparalleled service and the largest inventory in western New York. Nanette Hayner and Kim Hayes of Whistlestop Florist are the wedding wizards of all things floral. From sim ple b ou quet s to awe -inspiring arrangements, whatever your flower fancy, this duo can bring it to life. Two years ago, Sarah Keefe and Cora Burns opened a lovely paper shop, PaperDolls, in Saratoga, New York. From cards to wrapping papers to exquisite custom invitations, the shop is full of adorable and warm modern designs. Stacey Kellogg, the owner of Stacy K. Floral, has more than a decade of experience as a floral designer. A bevy of satisfied brides will happily attest to her ability to produce showstopping masterpieces. For more than a decade, Kim Klopstock, owner and head chef of catering company The Lily and The Rose, has been creating inspired dishes that delight a crowd. Linda Laestadius of Sweet Nothings has more than 20 years of experience working in some of New York's finest restaurants. For custom wedding cakes, handmade chocolates, or full catering, she has you covered.

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For faux flowers so beautiful you (almost) won't want to eat them, look no further than the Sugar Flower Shop. Owner-artisan Amy DeGiulio has been featured in Martha Stewart Weddings and The Style Network’s The Art of Cakes II. Visit sugarflowershop.com for more.

Sayonara, tacky plastic bride and groom; hello, beautiful maple leaves!

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Scandinavian kitchen goddess Linda Laestadius will soon conquer the U.S. with her sophisticated confections, thanks to her forthcoming (and very hush-hush) series on Food Network, currently in production. For more information and showtimes, visit sweetnothingsny.com

Girl Wonder New York–based A Little Indulgence makes dresses and accessories for the wedding party’s smallest members. Designer and owner Tracy Young has added “author” to her credits with “A Little Guide to Flower Girl Etiquette” — required reading for any attendant-in-training. Available at amazon.com or alittleindulgence.us

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Twice As Nice Hank Parker’s Party & Tent Rental, western New York’s premier event rental company, debuts a two-story tent with hardwood flooring, an interior staircase, and optional balconies for the second floor. Visit hankparkersrental.com

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CAPTURE THE MOMENT A surprise proposal story doesn’t get much better than this: Photographer Joe Elario was asked by wedding event planner Kristin Follette of Lake Placid’s The Whiteface Club to take engagement pictures of her brother and his fiancée. Little did Kristin know that her boyfriend, Adam, was planning to pop the question himself and had arranged for Joe to capture the whole thing. Congratulations, Kristin and Adam! For more behind the scenes visit: joeelariophotography.com


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Make an entrance that will take your guests’ breath away. Top bridal designer Claire Pettibone (clairepettibone.com) has launched a collection of handmade veils with vintageinspired touches like intricate embroidery and complete with pearl and sequin accents.

“There is something magical about that whisper of tulle as the bride makes her entrance...”

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For couples searching to stylishly express their undying affection for one another, David Yurman’s (davidyurman.com) new exclusive bridal collection marries the designer’s sought-after signature craftsmanship with a modern twist.

how to wear white Whether you’re curious as to how the tradition of the white dress began or want to see your favorite starlet in her bridal best, you’ll take inspiration from Harriet Parsley’s “The White Dress: Fashion Inspiration for Brides.” Order at amazon.com

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GOING GREEN “Happily ever after” is a very long time (thank goodness), but all of your guests traveling to and from your celebration can leave a nasty carbon footprint. But don’t scrap your soirée; now there’s a solution. By purchasing Planet Shares from brighterplanet.com, you will invest in clean-energy projects all over the nation. It’s one small step to offset your wedding’s impact and a wonderful way to express your love for each other and the planet.


spotlight {on new york's finest }

Louise McManus, owner of Louise

M. Jewelry in Clifton Park, New York, has been fashioning bridal jewelry for close to a decade. For the past three years, Louise has turned her attention to creating custom pieces for brides-to-be, and her genuine passion for designing distinctive jewelry shines through. McManus notes, “I think it’s important to wear something unique on your wedding day, and most women are surprised to find that custom jewelry costs about the same as mass-produced pieces you’d find in a department store. Many brides find that handmade jewelry that they helped design is a meaningful gift for their bridesmaids.” Photography EMMA DODGE HANSON

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Unlike off-the-shelf pieces, McManus’ work features only the finest semiprecious stones, 14k gold or silver wire, and Swarovski crystals to ensure exceptional quality. She meticulously sketches out designs for her clients, working closely with them in person or via e-mail, before she creates each one-ofa-kind piece. In addition to her jewelry business, McManus also works at Lily Saratoga, a bridal boutique in Saratoga Springs, New York. It’s a position she loves, and her work keeps her abreast of all of the bridal industry’s latest trends. On most mornings you can find McManus with a steaming cup of coffee in hand, perusing

bridal blogs online. The images she comes across offer inspiration that she’ll later put to good use working one-on-one with brides to turn their dream necklace or earrings into a sparkling reality.

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Jim, a Massachusetts native, had fond memories of his first place in Mission Beach, California, and stopped by one day after he’d moved out to meet the home’s new inhabitants. Maie, who’d been a year behind Jim moving from the East Coast to the West, immediately recognized the cute guy from the end of the street who was always outside fixing surfboards when she pedaled by on her bike. The attraction was pretty much instant, and soon Maie and Jim were moving back and forth across the country together, first to a place in the Sierra Nevada near Lake Tahoe, then to Massachusetts, and finally back to San Diego. “You really know you can spend the rest of your life with someone after all those moves!” says Maie. Speci a In 2006, Maie and Jim were camping in Northern Maie’s l Touch: m om , a California among the giant redwoods at Sequoia d e s i g ner, pu f loral National Park. They were scruffy and none too ll e d a ll t h e fresh but totally delighted with life when they st o ps w i o ut th th e stopped for a riverside picnic. Maie sprawled on a arrange m e nts . boulder to soak up the sun while Jim hunted in the river for a rock to add to Maie’s collection. The water was so cold Jim had to catch his breath, but he reached down into it, saying he’d found the perfect rock for Maie… and brought out a ring. Maie was so overwhelmed with emotion that she didn’t even register what he was saying. She was totally surprised — and even more surprised when Jim told her that he’d secretly flown to visit Maie’s dad in New Jersey to ask for his permission to propose to Maie and that he’d conspired with Maie’s best friend, a jewelry designer, to create a ring using a diamond that had been Maie’s great-grandmother’s. Choosing a location for the wedding was easy. As much as they loved California, Maie and Jim had grown up in the Northeast and missed the change of seasons. The site they chose in Upstate New York — positioned almost exactly three hours from Jim’s family

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tent; and Maie herself made the invitations and other paper goods. The wedding was intentionally eclectic: Maie likes the combination of traditional elements with more unexpected ones. Maie’s peach dress and the rich orange dresses of her bridesmaids were balanced by Jim’s chocolate-brown velvet suit and his groomsmen’s ties in various shades of orange.

“It was an opportunity for all of us to live in that moment together. I feel like weddings really bring out the The day itself was such a whirl that Maie didn’t stop until after love for everyone.” Maie’s parents’ friends, the Popovics, generously volunteered their Windham home for the wedding celebration. Maie and Jim’s friends and family jumped in to contribute to the wedding: Maie’s uncle, a pastor, performed the ceremony; Maie’s mom, a floral designer, pulled out all the stops with arrangements for both the ceremony and the reception; a friend played the music; another friend, Noral Farrell, made all the wedding jewelry; Maie’s grandmother contributed two Polish statues and antique cut-glass vases for the décor; Jim and his groomsmen found vivid birch trees to decorate the

midnight. “I put my dress on at 11 in the morning, and I didn’t go to the bathroom again until 2 the next morning,” she says. “I just forgot with everything going on! Once the day starts, it doesn’t stop — I didn’t stop for anything.” For Maie and Jim, celebrating their love surrounded by friends and family was a beautiful experience. “You never know what the future holds,” says Maie. “It was an opportunity for all of us to live in that moment together. I feel like weddings really bring out the love for everyone.”

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“To this day, I have still not actually said ‘yes,’” says Grace. “I just stuck out my left hand and let Chris slip the ring on my finger.” It’s become a running joke that when Grace wants a new piece of jewelry, she suggests another seaglass-hunting trip to Ocean City, Maryland.

“The only bad part was that we had to hike and bike the whole way back home to tell our families,” says Grace. “The adrenaline helped — that, and the fact that the wind was at our backs!” Chris was from Pennsylvania and Grace from Maine, but after eight years of living there, Rochester felt like home. It was where they had met, where they’d fallen in love, where they’d built a life together — and it was where they wanted to get married. They immediately knew that the Inn at the Old University Club was the perfect setting — intimate and welcoming and connected to their alma mater, which had been such an important part of their lives.

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When it came to planning the wedding, Grace took a relaxed approach, finding a planner who understood the kind of ceremony she and Chris wanted and trusting her to bring their vision to reality. That gave Chris and Grace the opportunity to focus on the little things that would make their day special. Grace had the idea to use her great-grandmother’s recipe for sugar cookies to make leaf-shaped cookie favors, and carried her bouquet with one of her grandmother’s old handkerchiefs wrapped around it. Grace had been named for her great-grandmother, so those touches had special meaning for her. Chris and Grace chose “J” wine for the reception, both for its symbolic meaning as their new, shared name as well as for its flavor.

“she ended up with two wedding dresses: a flowing Vera Wang for the ceremony and a dance-perfect number by Reem Acra for the reception.”

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Grace opted to rent everything, from the reception tables to the china, instead of going with the venue’s party stock, to give the wedding a truly one-of-a-kind feeling. And because she couldn’t choose between them, she ended up with two wedding dresses: a flowing Vera Wang for the ceremony and a dance-perfect number by Reem Acra for the reception. The couple and their friends and family kept the dance floor packed all night, except for when two of Chris’s goofy high school buddies took the stage to serenade the newly married couple with a hilarious rendition of a romantic tune. Having a wedding planner helped Grace and Chris enjoy everything about the wedding without having to stress about the details. And the right vendors made all the difference, Grace says, because she knew she could relax and let them do what they did best while she and Chris soaked in the experience.

{OTHER PROFESSIONALS} Cake: Premier Pastry | floral design: Arena’s florist HAir & Make up: Jason Ripple / joan lincoln | Reception Site: Inn on Broadway | Transportation: Park Place Limo

Event Rentals: Hank Parker’s party & tent Rental rentrightnow.com (Page 7) Invitations: Bella Carta Studio bellacartastudio.com (Page 188) Linens & China: Simply Beautiful Weddings & Events simplybeautiful-events.com (Page 88) Photography: Gary Ventura garyventura.com

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Cate Ellison to Jake Mills

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New York City’s West Village, the attraction was instant. Cate walked right up to where Jake was standing at the bar, and the two spent the next three hours talking. That conversation kept going strong for a full year and a half, and was still keeping them busy one weekend when they took a sailing trip off Long Island with friends. Jake thought it would be fun to spend the night on the shore and enjoy the beach for another day, and Cate, who can’t get enough of the beach, enthusiastically agreed. They woke up early for a morning walk and had the long stretch of shoreline to themselves. As they watched the sunlight sparkling on the crashing waves, Jake asked Cate to marry him. They’d talked about marriage before, but Cate had no idea that Jake was going to pop the question and was shocked to discover c h: that he’d managed to find the perfect ring without her Specia l Tou knowing about it.

O ne of Jake’s t groomsmen brough a vintage Polaroid otos camera to snap ph of th e bridal party.

Determined to start their married life as soon as possible, Cate and Jake ended up with just four months to plan the wedding. The location was easy: Jake’s home in Saratoga Springs was one of their favorite spots, and much of their relationship had been spent there. A wedding was the perfect opportunity to bring family and friends to the town they loved. Cate, who hails from Connecticut and has called New York City home for the past decade, and Jake, who grew up near Saratoga before moving to New York, also liked that the location was convenient for their New England–area families. The venue was a cinch, too: As soon as Cate and Jake saw the glorious Victorian Canfield Casino, they fell in love with the elegant historic space. “There were very few available dates, so we decided to take a chance and risk the weather,” says Cate.

The chance paid off. It was a perfect winter day as Cate walked down the aisle to a guitar arrangement created by her uncle, an accomplished musician. Cate and Jake wrote their own vows and wedding ceremony the morning before the wedding, giving the event a sweetness and spontaneity. They chose two special readings for the ceremony: an E.E. Cummings poem and a work by Pablo Neruda. Cate’s uncle did all the music for the ceremony, including a beautiful arrangement of

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The Beatles song “I Will.” Soft silvers, grays, and ivories punctuated by vivid red pomegranates set off the Victorian opulence of the space, and candles gleamed and twinkled on every surface. “The space is so beautiful and grand, we didn’t need much else,” Cate says. Guests snuggled under silver pashminas draped thoughtfully over their chair backs to enjoy a selection of wines handpicked by Jake. Instead of serving a wedding cake, Cate and Jake cut into a tiny cake while their guests enjoyed individual chocolate mousse domes. Originally, Cate intended to plan the wedding on her own, but with the short timeline and her busy life, she reached out to a wedding planner, and is so glad she did. “I cannot say enough about how great our wedding planners were and how stress-free they made our wedding day,” says Cate, who says the day itself was totally smooth sailing.

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Cate and Jake wrote their own vows and wedding ceremony the morning before the wedding, giving the event a sweetness and spontaneity. Cate was touched that her mom chose one of her late grandmother’s dresses to wear for the ceremony, linking past and present. And everyone was delighted when the groom jumped up to grab the microphone and serenaded his new bride with the band. As snow fell softly beneath a glowing full moon, Cate and Jake reveled in the love of their friends and family around them. “It was exhilarating and so full of joy,” Cate says.

{OTHER PROFESSIONALS} cake: Mrs. Londons | Entertainment: Sultans of Swing hair & makeup: style on location | Menu & Place cards: Documents and Designs | REception Site: Canfield Casino

Coordination: Lisa Light, Ltd. lisalightltd.com (Page 12) floral design: Ariella Chezar ariellaflowers.com (Page 6) Invitations: PaperDolls of Saratoga paperdollsofsaratoga.com (Page 98) Photography: Erin Kiernan from BK & Co. bkandco.com Rentals: Clifton Park Rental cliftonparkrental.com (Page 176)

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Courtney Storti to Corey Fountain

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boy for her — but 16-year-old Corey wasn’t too impressed with the 13-year-old cousin of his pal John. Over the following years, Corey and Courtney ran into each other now and again at parties, but it wasn’t until John’s wedding that they really clicked. Even then, nothing really came of it, since Courtney and Corey were living in different states. But when they both ended up in their hometown of Rochester, New York, Corey wrangled Courtney’s number from John and asked her out. Courtney didn’t actually realize it was a date until well into the evening, but by then it didn’t matter — it was clear that there was something there. After a few years of dating, they moved in together. Just before heading out of town on business, Corey made a special dinner for the two of them and joined Courtney on the back deck, where they were enjoying a fire in the fire pit. He presented Courtney with a small silver box… with a c h: Specia l Tou flipbook inside. As an art director, Corey frequently ey surprised Courtney with his creative gestures, so Courtney and Cor she started flipping the pages eagerly, laughing at asked th eir friend the illustrated history of their relationship Corey ced John , wh o introdu t had created and titled “Corey and Courtney in a th em , to of ficiate ‘Bullseye’: A very short film written for Courtney by Corey.” Near the end, the pictures showed Corey th eir wedding. getting pelted with arrows until one pierces his heart, making him grin. The final scene showed Corey on one knee, opening a box with a sparkling ring, and when Courtney looked up, the real Corey was doing the exact same thing. Overcome by emotion, Courtney said yes. Because they wanted to be married close to home, Corey suggested Canandaigua Lake, where he’d spent summers with his family as a boy. Courtney was undecided, but then they discovered the perfect cottage and knew they’d found their spot. The place was ideal for the fun, nontraditional celebration they had in mind. “We didn’t want people sitting around waiting for stuff to happen,” says Courtney. So instead of dinner and dancing, they planned a party that would let guests enjoy every inch of the charming cottage. The party started on the top deck, where they had food, drinks, and music, then meandered down the stairs to the second landing,

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with a candy bar and gorgeous lake view. Another 40 steps brought guests to a third landing, where Courtney and Corey had set up a station with disposable cameras for impromptu photos. At the end of the stairs was a dock, with comfortable chairs and drinks. The idea was for guests to gradually migrate to the dock, enjoying the little adventures along the way.

“We didn’t want people sitting around waiting for stuff to happen,” says Courtney. So instead of dinner and dancing, they planned a party that would let guests enjoy every inch of the charming cottage. Courtney and Corey created a lot of the wedding details themselves, including the invitations, which Corey designed and they both assembled by hand (“We were thankful it was a small wedding!”

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says Courtney). Corey built the wooden pedestals that held the ceremony’s flowers, and family and friends chipped in to help with other details, including the décor and cake. Corey’s stepmother spearheaded the decorating committee, designing and creating all the décor for the reception, including swags of organza and white satin bows, sleek tube vases full of lime green and black objects to reflect their lime, black, and white palette, and white paper bag luminaries tied with green ribbon. Even the rainy weather couldn’t dampen their celebration. Courtney was adamant that it wasn’t going to rain for their wedding day; Corey was convinced it would. But after two days of heavy rain and a very wet night for the rehearsal dinner, Courtney acknowledged the inevitable and decided to relax. They had tents and umbrellas, and a rainy wedding day is supposed to be lucky, after all. The weather held for the ceremony; when the rain started during the photos, it was already a perfect day.

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Catering: Fiddlehead Concepts desserts: rochester riverside favors: Sunshine Bakery

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The earthy colors of a wintertime wood inspire a palette that’s sophisticated and richly nuanced, perfect for an eco-minded wedding. ABOVE:

Soft green flowers are grounded by white blooms in this bouquet by Rena's Fine Flowers.

Ladurée’s almond body cream {laduree.fr}.

Revel in the indulgent fragrance of almonds with

Lime-green and chocolate motifs enliven this elegant letterpress invitation by Hello Lucky {hellolucky.com}.

The scent of Christian Lacroix’s Absynthe is as intoxicating as the woods after a rain {avon.com}. Munder bangle has primitive polish {lauramunder.com}.

Extraordinarily elegant, this diamond-studded Laura

A vivid green gown from Oscar de le Renta’s resort collection is a bold choice {oscardelarenta.com}.

Alluring copper sandals by Charles David are the perfect flirty finish to a classic gown {charlesdavid.com}. Renta is ideal for stashing lipstick {oscardelarenta.com}.

A playfully jeweled cork clutch by Oscar de la


The Table Hints of lime green bring preppy charm to this rustic, woodland-inspired table setting designed by Finishing Touches. A mix of snowberries, sweet peas, tulips, and pine cones is rural and romantic at the same time.

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Clockwise from top right: Tiny green hydrangeas and brown fiddleheads add woodland charm to a bouquet of anemone and freesia, by Renaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fine Flowers. Small menu books in chocolate with lime accents, by PaperDolls of Saratoga, await guests. Copperstudded birch boxes are charming bases for floating candles. A wooden veneer menu by Bella Carta Studio.

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Inspiration Hints of the outdoors, like winter branches or green moss, are the perfect way to bring the inspiration for your palette into your celebration details.

Opposite: Flax and grosgrain ribbons finish off a sweet bouquet of snowberries, sweet peas, and hydrangeas, by Finishing Touches. This page, clockwise from top: Subtle colors , bold st yle s (From lef t ): A graphic checkerboard-faceted quartz, by Chimento; rose-cut lemon citrine in engraved yellow gold, by Marco Bicego; a flower-shaped ring is studded with white , yellow, and brown diamonds, by Aura; a stunning green a m e t h ys t. A l l fr o m P e rry wi n k l e ' s F i n e Jewelry. A letterpress invitation in gold ink sets a tone that suits both town and country, by Bella Figura. A Moss wreath adds a su btle elegance to a tree at an outdoor celebration.

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The Cake

Softly draped in rich chocolate fondant and studded with sugar-paste leaves and acorns, this dark chocolate pound cake layered with cinnamon-infused white chocolate ganache waits on a birch stand, by Gio Culinary Studio.

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Clockwise from top right: Homemade jam is an old-fashioned wedding favor that feels new again, especially presented in a moss-lined birch box. Caramelized onions and creamy chèvre in a rustic tart. A handmade sign of copper wire and collected twigs. Smoked salmon mousse topped with tobiko caviar is served in new potatoes. Hors d’oeuvres by Let’s Pretend Catering.

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The WhiteFace Club & Resort, (page 87), on the western shore of Lake Placid, offers a perfect Adirondack setting for destination weddings.

Featured PROFESSIONALS

For elegant celebrations or more casual affairs, Allerdice Rent-all (page 97) offers a broad spectrum of linens, china, glassware, flatware, and more. Bella Carta Studio (page 188) works with each bride individually to create unique, custom-designed invitations and wedding stationery. Gio Culinary Studio (Page 119) in Albany is Upstate New York's premier cake-design studio. Paperdolls of Saratoga (Page 98) offers unique invitations, sav e-t h e- dat e c a r d s , m e n us , p r o g r a m s , a n d ot h e r w e d d i n g stationery. Perrywinkle's Fine Jewelry (page 16) creates custom pieces and carries some of the most respected and popular jewelry brands. Renaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fine Flowers (page 118) creates unique ceremony and reception arrangements with beautiful flowers from around the world. Finishing Touches (page 189) has been combining exquisite taste with impeccable attention to detail for more than two decades of Adirondack weddings.

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wedding color Palette silver.

White. pewter.

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Look back to the elegant opulence of the Gilded Age with a palette in snow-inspired hues of silver, white, and pewter. ABOVE:

A bouquet of white and cream blooms, by Stems Inc., suits a vintage wedding.

are positively posh {lauramunder.com}.

this â&#x20AC;&#x153;Castilleâ&#x20AC;? by Cymbelline epitomizes quiet elegance {cymbelineusa.com}. ring {davidyurman.com}.

A starkly simple dress like

Crisscross platinum bands hold an oval diamond in this David Yurman engagement

A chandelier-crested invitation by Hello Lucky is minimalist in color, rich in texture {hellolucky.com}.

blends a sparkling cocktail of citrus and floral scents {avon.com}. chic {davidyurman.com}.

Shoulder-brushing pearl tassels on earrings from Laura Munder

A silver-washed lizard clutch by Kara Ross is both modern and dreamy {kararossny.com}.

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Two simple platinum bands studded with diamonds, by David Yurman, are the essence of


The Table A rich pewter cloth grounds a sparkling tabletop of antique glittered accessories, luminous white and silver floral arrangements, and glowing candles, creating a whimsical snowbound landscape, designed by Stems Inc.

Design Stems Inc Event Rentals & linens classic tent & party rental Location Osborn Castle Photography David Seaver

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Clockwise, from top right: A glittering clothespin holds a platinum place card to a beribboned chair. Antique buttons bound with luxe velvet ribbon are charming napkin rings. A simple silver and white invitation by Page Stationery, from Lemons and Limes, is elegant rendered in letterpress. White anemones and glitter-dusted votives echo the sparkle of moonlit snow.

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Inspiration Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your time to shine, so bring on the sparkle with details as dazzling as new snow. Hints of vintage crystal and generous glitter make everything glow.

Opposite: Propped prettily on a crystalbedecked pewter candlestick, this handtied bouquet of calla lilies and orchids is mixed with pussy willow and feathers and secured with satin ribbon and a sparkling pewter buckle, by Steven Bruce Design. This page, clockwise from top: An antique silver frame turns a wintry bouquet into art: Gardenias, ranunculus, lil ac s, and anemones are fastened with an embossed pa p e r p e n da n t i n a g l i t t e r e d f r a m e (de tail b elow), de signed by Stems Inc . A w h i m s i c a l b o w l f l a n k e d by g l i t t e r e d candlesticks mixes white orchids and ranunculus with pussy willows, by Steven Bruce Design. A detail of the monogrammed embossed paper pendant.

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The Cake A sparkling cake hints of New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s celebrations: This Belgian mint chocolate mousse cake is detailed with silver dragĂŠes and topped with an exquisite, glittering silver bird, designed by Sweet Nothings.

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Clockwise, from top right: A tiny Russian blini topped with crème fraiche and caviar epitomizes holiday elegance. Silver dragées shape a sparkly snowflake. Pan-seared shrimp gets a spicy bite from jalapeño and honey. A silvered bowl of Jordan almonds is charming on the cake table. Savories by F.e.a.s.t. at round hill; sweets by Sweet Nothings.

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About the location

Your vision is our specialty

The natural woodlands, elegant gardens, and panoramic views of the Hudson River make the Hilltop Estate at Osborn Castle (page 13) an ideal reception site.

Featured PROFESSIONALS

F.e.a.s.t. at Round Hill (page 25) create modern, eclectic cuisine with a global accent and country charm. Linda Laestadius of Sweet Nothings (page 156) makes fresh, inventive food and classically elegant wedding cakes. Stems Inc. (page 43) creates boutique floral arrangements for one-of-a-kind events.

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wedding color Palette orange.

Blue. gold.

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There’s a flirty 50’s chic in this vivid color combination of eye-popping blue, bright orange, and warm gold that manages to be retro and modern at the same time. ABOVE:

Playfully sophisticated, this letterpress invitation by Hello Lucky is called “Architecture” {hellolucky.com}.

this turquoise strapless gown by Monique Lhuillier {moniquelhuillier.com}. memorable {lulufrost.com}.

This lizard clutch by Kara Ross is worthy of an orange crush {kararossny.com}.

sleek ring by Laura Munder {lauramunder.com}. stage in a bouquet by Whistlestop Florist.

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A collage of art deco pieces and brass chains makes this necklace by LuLu Frost Diamonds curve around an aquamarine in this

Give nails a golden glow with O.P.I.’s “Curry Up Don’t Be Late” {opi.com}.

Bold orange blooms take center

A dazzling orange garnet is flanked by aquamarines and framed by diamonds, by Laura Munder {lauramunder.com}.


The Table Tiered layers of bright ruched linens and an eclectic mix of orchids, roses, kumquat branches, and thistle teamed with orange kumquats in turquoise glass bowls combine for a look thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pure bohemian rhapsody, by Stacy K. Floral.

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Clockwise, from top right: A bold bow adds style to this invitation by Bella Carta Studio. A fanciful feather and other found objects make one-of-a-kind holders for gold hemstitched napkins. Muslin potpourri bags get theme treatment with colorful thank-you tags. A blue glass bowl blooms with orchids and bittersweet, by Stacy K. Floral.

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Inspiration Channel the eye-popping brilliance of autumn’s color explosion of leaves and intense blue skies with bold hues that dare to demand everyone’s full attention.

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The Cake Oversized paisleys etched into blue fondant add bohemian charm to this two-tier tiramisu cake sandwiched with mascarpone and KahlĂşa filling, from Sincredible Pastries.

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Tantalizing nibbles, clockwise from top right: Roasted beets topped with seductively silky smoked salmon and ricotta salata, by Heights CafĂŠ & Grill. A trio of mashed potatoes, peas, and sweet potatoes, by Spice of Life catering. Grilled shrimp intriguingly topped with lingonberry and dried figs, from Heights CafĂŠ & Grill. filets wrapped in bacon topped with bleu cheese, by Spice of Life catering.

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the largest inventory in western New York. Sincredible Pastries (page 19) brings boutique style to customdesigned cakes, pastries, and wedding favors for Upstate New York weddings. Table Toppers of Rochester (page 182) is one of the region's premier luxury-linen rental companies, showcasing a variety of options from simply casual to ornately elegant. Whistlestop Florist (page 106) is obsessed with weddings and creating the perfect arrangements for every bride.

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wedding color Palette red.

Purple. lavender.

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The rich, vivid colors of this palette, inspired by the shades of a winter sunset, are feminine without being fluffy, and sophisticated without a hint of stuffiness. ABOVE:

The spicy citrus scent of Christian Lacroix’s Rouge is sheer seduction {avon.com}.

and matching coaster by Hello Lucky stand out {hellolucky.com}. {moniquelhuillier.com}.

Purple letterpress peacocks make this invitation

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A whimsical orchid pin by Laura Munder is set with rubies, pink sapphires, and diamonds {lauramunder.com}.

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Clockwise, from top right: A handmade tag with a hint of glitter, by Tinsel Trading. An elegant place card, by The Pink Orange, perches on the back of a chair. An artful cluster includes a tiny vase of ranunculus, a lavender paisley-print votive, and a striped votive. A custom-designed invitation gets dramatic with deep purples and rich reds, also by The Pink Orange.

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Couture print papers and sophisticated fillings help cupcakes serve as whimsical stand-ins for a traditional cake. This vanilla version is filled with raspberry truffle and topped with buttercream and a dark-chocolatedipped raspberry, by Fischer's Fancies.

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TOP NOTE. This sleek organza drift of a dress by Melissa Sweet is dreamy on its own. Paired with a necklace dripping with pearls from Louise M. Jewelry and topped with a flapper’s feathered cloche, it’s the kind of gown you wish you’ d inherited from your grandmother. Vintage pearl-studded clutch. BARRIE FISHER

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B O H E M I A N R H A P S O D Y. Prim and peek-a-boo, this embroidered champagne blouse by Claire Pettibone makes a strapless gown feel like an heirloom and hearkens back to the days of the Gibson Girls, when nothing was more seductive than a hint of exposed wrist. An oversized cameo-style Duchess ring by Samantha Wills is just a little bit cheeky. Shoes by Filippa Scott. JOE ELARIO

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F L I G H T S O F FA N C Y. A dainty, pleated bodice of vintage cotton tulle is a sweet counterpoint to layers of vintage English lace in this strapless gown by The Cotton Bride. Instead of a traditional veil, a fanciful concoction of bleached peacock, goose, and ostrich feathers mixed with vintage fabrics by Lo Boheme is both charming and sophisticated. Bracelet by Bel Canto Designs. Vintage brooch. BARRIE FISHER

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B U S T L E A N D F L O W. Opposite (and page 120): A sleek column of embroidered ivory silk channels Coco Chanel in this “Monica” gown by Melissa Sweet. Teamed with a feathered and sparkling headpiece by Lo Boheme and a vintage fur shawl, it’s part of a distinctive look for a bride who doesn’t mind all eyes on her. This page: The billowy skirt on this cotton batiste drop-waist gown from The Cotton Bride demands plenty of time on the dance floor. Hairpiece by CW Creations. Earrings by Louise M. Jewelry. BARRIE FISHER

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N O W V O YA G E R . A beaded tulle and lace cummerbund transforms this silk crepe bateau-neck â&#x20AC;&#x153;Museâ&#x20AC;? dress by Amy Kuschel into an effortlessly elegant gown. The crisp dolman sleeves are a refreshing change from strapless styles. The oversized silver and pearl bracelet by Bel Canto Designs adds just the right hint of modern edge. Necklace by Louise M. Jewelry. Hairpiece by Lo Boheme. Shoes by Filippa Scott. BARRIE FISHER

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FLAIR GAME. This retro-style â&#x20AC;&#x2122;50s confection by Renella De Fina Couture spills from a sleek strapless bodice to a frothy lace skirt. The vintage ivory gloves are the perfect proper touch. Earrings by Tejani. Bracelet by Christina McCluskey Designs.

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G O W N A N D O U T. Opposite: Find your inner Anna Karenina in a lean strapless bodice rich with ivory embroidery over a blushing spill of skirt by Cymbeline. A vintage fur hat and cameo-style necklace by Samantha Wills make it clear who the heroine of this story is. This Page: Layers of dainty tulle embroidered with spring blooms ruffled dreamily over cotton voile make this gown, by Claire Pettibone, perfect for todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Renaissance woman. Necklace, bracelet, earrings, and hairpiece by Louise M. Jewelry. BARRIE FISHER

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C H I C PA S S A G E . The high ruffled collar, peek-a-boo petticoat and bell sleeves make this Victorian-inspired gown by Cymbeline a classic; the full, knee-length skirt makes the classic plainly modern. Earrings by Tejani.

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Gown guide To get the vintage-inspired look on the previous pages, pay a visit to these local wedding purveyors.

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“Felice” by Melissa Sweet, from Susan Deborah Bridal & Formals {susandeborahbridal.com} Necklace by Louise M. Jewelry {louisemjewelry.com} Shoes by Filippa Scott {filippascott.com} Hat & clutch bag are vintage

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“Dawn” by Claire Pettibone, from Kleinfeld {kleinfeldbridal.com} Ring by Samantha Wills {samanthawills.com} “Bridget” shoe by Filippa Scott {filippascott.com}

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from Susan Deborah Bridal & Formals {susandeborahbridal.com} Hair Fascinator by Lo Boheme (etsy.com} Shawl & clutch bag are vintage “Muse” by Amy Kuschel, from Gabriella New York {gabriellanewyork.com} Hair Fascinator by Lo Boheme {etsy.com} Necklace by Louise M. Jewelry {louisemjewelry.com} Bracelet by Bel Canto Designs {etsy.com} Pages 130-131:

“Jessica” by Renella de Fina Couture, from Lily Sarat0ga {lilysaratoga.com} Earrings by Tejani {tejani.com} Bracelet by Christina McCluskey {christinamccluskey.com}

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Gown by The Cotton Bride, from Kleinfeld {kleinfeldbridal.com} Hat by Lo Boheme {etsy.com} Bracelet by Bel Canto Designs {etsy.com} Brooch is vintage

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Pages 128: “Checkered Cotton Batiste Gown” from Kleinfeld {kleinfeldbridal.com} Earrings by Louise M. Jewelry {louisemjewelry.com} Hair Fascinator by CW Creations {cwcreationsvt.com}

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“Flora” shoe by Filippa Scott {filippascott.com}

“Cristina” by Cymbeline Paris, from Something Bleu {somethingbleubridal.com} Necklace by Samantha Wills {samanthawills.com}

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“Princess” by Claire Pettibone, from Kleinfeld {kleinfeldbridal.com} Necklace, bracelet, earrings & hairpiece all by Louise M. Jewelry {louisemjewelry.com} Page 137:

“Capucine” by Cymbeline Paris, from Something Bleu {somethingbleubridal.com} Earrings by Tejani {tejani.com}

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A R T F U L A R R A N G E M E N T. Dainty flowers lend old-fashioned charm to wedding dĂŠcor. A sweet bouquet of roses, petunias, begonias, and hellebores from Ariella Chezar is knotted with heirloom ribbons from Hyman Hendler for a turn-of-the-century look.

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This page: A modern cake topper gets vintage style when it’s handcrafted of millinery flowers, paper scraps, and German glass glitter. Both by Goldbug Studio. A flea market collection of mismatched china in muted tones is both lovely and affordable. Effortlessly elegant, a hand-penned “Just Married” sign by Jane Aiken is a perfect reception accent. This 1920’s-inspired postcard invitation evokes the best of a bygone era. Vintage handkerchiefs are a sophisticated and whimsical stand-in for traditional save-the-date cards. Both by Lucky Luxe Couture Correspondence A dainty bouquet of vintage jewelry, brooches and buttons from Vintage Magpie is visually stunning and truly one-of-a-kind. Opposite: Antique lace jars swathed in vintage doilies light the way for nighttime strolls. S P E C I A L F E AT U R E

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