The Palm House at Brooklyn Botanical Gardens

Miller & Bloomgarden Wedding by Ali Barone Events

6.29.13

The sun was out with not a cloud in the sky, a perfect day for a wedding. Our wonderful couple, Lauren and Zach, stood side by side all day through their photographs, to the chuppah and even as they shared their delicious treat at the end of the night—a true sign of their love and devotion.

The Brooklyn Botanical Gardens served as a beautiful background for their ceremony in “the meadows,” giving a secret garden feel. It was a magical moment when it all came together, from Pedestals floral décor to Laurens graceful walk down the aisle. It truly was a sight to see and photographer, Shari of Brett Matthews photography and her brilliant team, captured every moment.

We also loved how Lacey, the family dog, got to walk down the aisle as flower girl, too cute!As the heartfelt ceremony came to an end, the ABE team dried their eyes and prepared for the rest of the evening’s festivities.  Luckily, as the sun went down so did the temperature and everyone was finally able to cool off with a refreshing drink from cocktail hour by the serene reflecting pool and fountain.

Finally, for the first time, Lauren and Zach were introduced as man and wife and the Dylan Mathews Band of Hank Lane kicked off the night with a bang! The transition from cocktail hour to the reception blew the guests away with the gorgeous floral centerpieces, the romantic glow from all the candles and the blend of light pinks and ivories even tied into the 5 tiered cake!

The crowd was lively and by the end of the night they weren’t ready to end the celebration. Fortunately, Zach and Lauren knew their guests well and set up a surprise treat outside for everyone on their way out. They all loved the Wafels & Dinges truck! It was a delicious, personal touch that everyone enjoyed and a memorable conclusion to an extraordinary evening.

It was a pleasure collaborating with everyone involved in this production process. We all worked hard to give Lauren and Zach their dream wedding.

Another flawless day with a beautiful couple and their families.

Mozel Tov!

Event Planning: Ali Barone Eventswww.nyweddingmaven.com

Photography:Shari of Brett Matthews Photography www.brettmatthews.com

Flowers: Robert of Pedestals Floral Decorations www.pedestalsflorist.com

Band: Hank Lane (Dylan Mathews Band) www.hanklane.com

Catering/Venue: The Palm House at Brooklyn Botanical Gardens www.palmhouse.com

Specialty: Wafels & Dinges www.wafelsanddinges.com

Backyard Wedding Bliss

Looking for a intimate setting for your wedding day? A backyard can be the perfect location!  It offers a special place for the bride and groom to say “I do” and allows flexibility in an environment you control.

Keep in mind that the amount of people on your guest list will depend on the size of your backyard space as well.  You don’t want your guests to feel confined or restricted.

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If you have the room, we suggest you rent an elegant tent so that there is somewhere to go if it begins to rain. You don’t want your guests running to your house for shelter!

Image from colettesevents.com and indulgy.com

Long tables work perfectly for a larger guest list and they really bring everyone together for a traditional, “family style” celebration. We also recommend using the outdoors to your advantage. Use the trees to string up bistro lights to set a romantic ambiance for your guests.

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Have a swimming pool? Dress it up with floating candles or flower petals.

Since you saved your money by using your backyard as the wedding venue, consider spending on a fantastic live band and delicious catering. A great party should always have excellent music to dance to and food good enough to ask for seconds.

Image from rootweddings.com and weddingelation.com

When it comes time to consider where your wedding will take place, remember that a backyard wedding doesn’t always have to be casual or rustic. Depending on the decor, any theme can be pulled off. With the flexibility of a backyard wedding, you don’t have to add too much because nature serves as a beautiful backdrop.

DIY: Bird Cage Veil

Want to go for that vintage feel on your wedding day? A bird cage veil would be the perfect touch. Instead of spending your money on a custom made veil, we suggest you make it! Its a simple, inexpensive project that has a stunning finished look.

What you’ll need:

  1. A metal hair comb
  2. Needle and white thread
  3. Scissors
  4. Measuring tape
  5. Fine mesh tulle cut 1×28″ (or lace ribbon)
  6. French netting 9×25″ or more to be safe!

Once you’ve gathered all your supplies, it’s time to get started.

Step 1:

To measure how much french netting you’ll need, simply wrap it around your head and pinch where the two sides meet and cut. Then, lay the netting flat and fold over so both sides meet. Measure up 5 inches and cut inward on a diagonal.

Step 2:

Open the netting up and lay it flat. Thread your needle (make sure you give yourself enough thread) and make a nice knot at the end. Starting from the bottom corner and thread the needle through each “diamond” shaped dot on the netting all the way to the other side.

Step 3:

Once you get to the end, pull all the netting down to the end where you started. All the netting should be gathered and you should have the extra thread off to the side.

Step 4:

Put the netting to the side for now. Take the 1×28′ tulle and make a knot around the top part of the metal hair comb. Begin to wrap the tulle around the top between each comb “tooth.” At the end, make a knot.

Step 5:

Almost done! Now, take the needle and start a simple stitch (over and under) through the tulle you attached to the comb. Make sure when you begin stitching, the comb is facing the correct way (netting on the bottom and the comb placed on top, lined up with the gathered part and curved side down). Go back and forth with the stitching as many times as you want to make it secure.

Step 6:

Make another knot when you’re done sewing, cut off all the loose threads and you’re finished!

With six easy steps, you have yourself a vintage inspired bird cage veil! To make it more unique, we suggest clipping in a beautiful white flower by the comb.

*Note: If you choose a fancy, detailed hair comb it will become more difficult when wrapping the tulle, but it’s still doable.

Good Luck!

Dreaming of a White Wedding

Yesterday we avoided the roaring blizzard by drifting off to a beautiful vision of a beach front wedding. Now that snow has landed and we’re all safely snuggled by the fire let’s embrace the beautiful white wonderland and talk about the weddings that welcome the snowflakes and winter setting.

 

Snowy, winter weddings are great for incorporating natural elements because there are so many ways to include decor from good ol’ mother nature.  Evergreen branches, rustic wood touches, and adorable pine cone bouquets create an enchanting atmosphere for guests while they sip hot cocoa and inhale the warming scents of winter.

These weddings are great for winter sport lovers or for those who simply appreciate the cozy feelings winter can bring. They can be created with elegance and sophistication or tailored to be quirky and fun. The decision is up to you!

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!

Sweet & Crafty: DIY Mason Jar Luminaries

I found these country chic luminaries at http://www.sparkleandhay.com/diy-mason-jar-doily-luminaries-by-crafts-by-amanda and am in LOVE with them and this blog in general! It’s a simple easy DIY project that anyone can do with just a few  inexpenzive supplies and steps! Plus it’s a great way to recycle. You can use any type of thick glass jar for a similar look and feel. If lace doily’s aren’t your thing than try  interesting ribbons, or bands of scrap fabric in your color scheme  for a personalized touch.