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Relaxed Mountainside Summer Inn Wedding in New York

Posted by Caitlin on Feb 19, 2014

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Lisa and Chris were married at the Inn at West Settlement in Roxbury, N.Y. on August 17. “The view was stunning in every direction,” Lisa said. Especially of the Catskill Mountain peaks and spring-fed pond! As guests arrived to the ceremony, they were asked to “Today, two families become one, pick a seat not a side.” The bride walked down the aisle wearing a v-neck wedding gown, accessorized with an ivory sash, while the groom stood waiting next to the fabric-draped chuppah wearing a dark gray suit, accessorized with no tie. “The sound of everyone we love laughing and cheering” was the newlyweds’ favorite moment. The reception followed inside the barn lit with paper lanterns. Tables were decorated with vintage vessels and vases filled with wildflower bouquets and even every chair was different. A do-it-yourself photo booth was setup for Instagram. Of course, the hashtag was #lisaandchris4eva. In lieu of a guest book, names and messages were written on hearts and dropped into a frame to hang in their home.

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Photography: Jen Yuson Photography | Second Shooter: Shawn Bauguess | Venue: Inn at West Settlement | Caterer: Sweet Nothings | Graphic Designer: Jesse Pascarella | Dress Designer: Saja Wedding | Groom’s Attire: J. Hilburn | DJ: Kabir de Leeuw and Ted Barron | Cake: Meredith’s Bread | Officiant: Frank Siringo | Equipment Rentals: Events Unlimited

Scenic Mountainside Park Wedding in Colorado

Posted by Caitlin on Aug 14, 2013

Breanna & Jack

June 22 

Estes Park, Colorado 

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Q & A with the Bride:

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

Estes Park is in the base of the Rocky Mountain National Park (one of our favorite places in Colorado), and the ceremony location is breathtaking. The moment we walked underneath the pavilion,we just knew it was the place.

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. Beer growlers instead of table numbers

2. Hanging flowers behind our sweetheart table

3. Bridesmaid’s bouquets

3. Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about. 

Jack and I did our “first look” in the Rocky Mountain National Park (same place we got engaged). Seeing him for the first time, while being in the mountains, was my favorite moment of the day. Also, I didn’t walk down the aisle to any music. Last minute, I realized I hadn’t chose a song to walk to (crazy, I know), so I let nature choose my music for me. It was completely peaceful and quiet, and I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. Many of our guests approached me after the ceremony and commented about how wonderful they thought it was that I didn’t play music because you could hear the rain in the distance over the mountains, the wind in the trees, and the birds singing to each other. It was truly calming and beautiful.

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Ashley & Scott

April 6

Andrews, North Carolina 

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Q & A with the Bride & Groom:

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

It offered a unique, weekend-long destination for our friends and family where we could relax in a beautiful mountainside location and celebrate our big day.  It allowed us to devote cherished time with each guest and that was the most important thing we wanted to accomplish.

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. The lovely bunting my sister made for us.  My sister, Olivia, lives abroad and spent hours sewing lace and burlap together for yards and yards of gorgeous bunting.  It was so beautiful around our reception site!

2. The homemade cookies our mothers baked, including personalized stamps.  My mother made shortbread dough at home and transported it all the way to North Carolina.  She and my little sister then baked, stamped and packaged all of the delicious cookies in their cabin on-site.  They were stamped with one of my husband’s favorite things, a robot, as well as our names and our wedding date.  Michelle and Carl with Keepsake Memories Photography took one of my favorite pictures with our rings on the cookies.  Scott’s mom is also known among friends and family for her chocolate chip cookies.  Sharon was nice enough to take the time to bake these delectable treats for our dessert table.

3. The wedding ceremony was officiated by Scott’s father, who worked closely with us to personalize every aspect of the service.  As someone who knew us and our guests so well, he made an otherwise intimate moment between a bride and groom much more meaningful for all of our attendees.

3. Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

Scott: Seeing Ashley walking down the long path toward me with her father as the ceremony began.  It had been a whirlwind of a day working out last minute details and making sure everything was perfect for her, but to see her in her wedding dress for the first time with such a gorgeous smile on her face was a moment I’ll remember forever.   Either that or the food.

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Scenic Mountainside Summer Wedding in California

Posted by Caitlin on Jul 31, 2013

Lillian & Ross

June 1

Simi Valley, California 

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Q & A with the Bride & Groom:

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

When we started looking at venues, we really didn’t know what we wanted. We knew we wanted an outdoor reception but wanted to be mindful of the comfort of our guests. When we got to Lost Canyons, we knew it was perfect for us. We both grew up watching (and loving) shows like “Little House on the Prairie” and “Bonanza.” Both shows had been filmed on the property and brought us right back to our childhood fantasies of running around like a cowboy/pioneer. The hills were absolutely gorgeous and made it feel like we were tucked away in the country. Even though it felt like we were secluded, we were still close enough to our ceremony site and hotels for our guests.

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. Our six ring bearers and two flower girls, all of whom are nieces and nephews. We loved having our family and friends be part of our wedding. The ring bearers all wore khakis and navy blazers with bowties and cowboy boots. The flower girls had custom-made tutu dresses with cowboy boots as well!

2. We had bins of sunglasses at the French doors leading out to the reception with a note to “Take a pair and enjoy the sunset.” It was fun to see all guests, from toddlers to our grandparents, wearing the sunglasses and rocking out on the dance floor.

3. Lillian: When we met in law school, I bribed Ross to come over for a study break by saying I had made Andes Mint Chocolate Cookies (my roommates actually made them and left me home to study while they went out). He didn’t find out I conned him into thinking I was such a great baker until years after we started dating. At the wedding, each guest had an Andes Mint Chocolate Cookie at their table setting. Ross and our mutual best friend from law school explained the relevance of the cookies during dinner. Everyone had a good laugh and shared in our “sweet beginning.”

3. Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

Ross: Right when the doors opened and Lillian walked down the aisle, the light poured in from the church doors behind her. It was the happiest moment of my life.

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Preppy Pink and Navy Mountainside Wedding in Vermont

Posted by Caitlin on Oct 03, 2012

Jessica & Jack

July 16

East Fairfield, Vermont 

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Q & A with the Bride: 

1. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

I loved them all! The sailcloth tents, the lighting, the flowers, the stationary, the photobooth Jack made, my dress and shoes, the sky lanterns, the fireworks–everything just came together so perfectly. I couldn’t have asked for more.

2. If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?

As a floral designer, I always tell brides to pick one theme and stick with it. Once you’ve settled on an idea, you shouldn’t look at or tag anything that doesn’t fit with your vision. Also, offer your guests something to do in addition to dancing, so they don’t leave early. We had tables set up in the lounge tent with a box of board games and cards so that guests, who didn’t want to dance, would have something fun to do instead. 

3. Give us one moment from your wedding day that you can’t stop thinking about. 

When Jack and I talk about our wedding, two things we always mention are how truly happy and in love we both were that day and still are, and how amazing it was to watch 40 sky lanterns (lit by our guests) float away into a sky of fireworks after the sun had set.

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