Bottles & Blooms

I saw this fun DIY and “green” decor idea on http://www.perpetuallyengaged.com/2011/03/spring-blooms-and-floating-glass.html and loved the casual, whimsical look. Try it with different types of recyled glass wine or water bottles with your favorite seasonal flowers. Cluster them together for a centerpiece, hang them down the aisle from hooks or create a unique backdrop like the one pictured here!

Hudson Valley Barn Wedding

Apple Farms (pictured above) http://www.applebarnfarm.com/AppleBarnFarm/Weddings.html is one of the few venues in NYs beautiful Hudson Valley that offers that rustic barn feeling that is on many bride to be’s wish list. In fact, when I was getting married about 7.5 years ago that was on the top of my very own wish list! Truth be told my mother was just not that into it. She couldn’t wrap her head around “rustic elegance” and the thought of a barn, DIY decor and coordinating all the key elements such as tables, chairs,  flowers, catering, etc. while I was away on location filming “While You Were Out”. It was just way too overwhelming for her and I could completely understand why. But, it can be done if you have the right location and coordinators to make you special day a success.  I absolutely love the look and hope you do too!

An Indian Summer Soiree

It’s hard to believe we are already into August bringing it’s blazing hot sun and oh so lovely humidity . Very soon I will be seeing many of my Fall 2011 clients to review their decor and set up samples of what their centerpieces, tablescapes and bouquets will look like. We’ll finalize color schemes, look at the flowers that are in season and dream up fabulous looks for my absolute favorite wedding season. Fall is a magical season in the NY metropolitan area and has steadily grown in popularity becoming one of the busiest times of the entire year. It starts with Indian Summer when the humidity leaves the air, the sun casts an almost ethereal glow onto everything it’s rays seem to touch and that subtle sound of rustling leaves starts to travel through the air.  It’s a time of year when I often bridge the hot pops of summer colors like orange and yellow with deeper Fall tones such as green and burgundy. Textured tropical flowers like protea combined with orchids, calla lilies , berries, and leaves are a great way to capture this beautiful time of year when our hearts are still clinging to endless summer days but our cool, crisp evenings let us know that Fall right around the corner!

Abbie +Doug

I  was thrilled to come upon this blog post of two of my favorite clients and pictures of my design and decor from their big day on  www.athousandmasonjars.com


the pretty bride…i love those waves

i have to say one of my favorite moments in wedding planning was dress shopping! how could i not go to kleinfelds and check out all this “say yes to the dress” business?! i had brought a few pictures and had an idea of what i was looking for.  when the sales consultant asked me to describe what i wanted the only adjective i could think of was “show stopping”! when i put on the lazaro dress i ended up purchasing, i knew it was the one! it fit my body type perfectly and i just lit up when i put it on!

first glimpse before the vows

check out the eye-catching, yet subtle, beading
the happy couple just before tying the knot
this bouquet makes me drool

besides marrying my best friend and having all our family and friends there to celebrate, the other two most important things to us were the reception location and the band!  i wanted a place that exuded elegance and class.  when we walked into the westchester country club in rye, ny, i turned to my parents and doug and said…. “this is where we are getting married.” i fell in love with it the moment we pulled up. it reminded me of a french chateau on the countryside.  my dad told me not to get ahead of myself. we hadn’t even met with the people there and had no idea of pricing or what was included, but i had already started envisioning the day in my head here and there was no turning back!

ready to walk down the aisle
see what i mean? they can’t stop smiling…
sealed with a kiss!

he is from the city of brotherly love

the bride & her beautiful ladies

after the band and location came the photographer, the florist, the invitations and the dress! i had met bruce plotkin in 2005 when he photographed my best friend and matron of honor, jaime’s, wedding. his photographs were simply incredible and there really was no question that he was our man! he caught all the special moments from the day and you didn’t even know he was there! pictures are the memories you have from the wedding and i feel so fortunate to have had him photograph our wedding.

the exquisite westchester country club
cute AND fancy place card holders
you’ll want to steal this idea!
postcards replaced the guestbook & were sent to the bride & groom after the big day
delectable chocolate covered cranberries from nantucket,
packaged in personalized bags as favors
we worked with ALI BARONE from diana gould florist who did a breath-taking job with all the flowers! when i walked in the room for the first time after it was all set up i had a huge smile on my face. this was exactly what i had envisioned!

pretty pretty centerpiece
the groom’s cake! apparently not a yankees fan : )

the wedding cake…just a tad fancier than the groom’s

i really want to know what he’s laughing about…
for those of you who don’t know my husband, he is a phenomenal dancer (i’m not half bad myself).  we wanted a band that would get the party started and keep everyone dancing all night long and that was exactly what we got!  the jay prince band exceeded our expectations. the band played the best combination of music, from lady gaga to all the great michael jackson hits. they had something for everyone. one highlight from the night was when doug and i were lifted onto a few of the groomsmen’s shoulders, i remember looking down and seeing what a blast everyone was having & could not have been happier.
here come the moves
good ol’ fashioned shoulder dance
sweet, true lovethanks to the these lovebirds for sharing their day!

looking back on our wedding day and seeing all of our hard work and planning come to fruition puts a smile on my face! not only did i marry the most wonderful guy… we had a pretty damn good party that i hope our family and friends enjoyed as much as we did!

vendors:
location: westchester country club rye, ny
photographer: bruce plotkin
florist/event design: ali barone from diana gould ltd
dress: lazarokleinfelds
invitations: east six
hair: giulia heiman
bridesmaid dresses: melissa sweet from bella bridesmaid in westport, ct
engagement and wedding rings: fischer diamonds
minister: jim covington (unitarian minister)
rehearsal dinner: c.v. rich mansion in white plains, ny
accommodations: hilton rye town
videographer: best of times productions