Real wedding: Amanda + Jeremy

I caught glimpses of Amanda’s wedding on Facebook, so when she sent me the pictures to post, I jumped at the chance!  Its so sweet and simple, and I love that she did all her own florals, and thought about the personality of each bridesmaid for their bouquets.

What is special about a wedding is that it allows every detail and choice to reflect your personality. When Jeremy and I began the planning process we knew right away that we wanted to keep our guest list small and have a relaxed and informal wedding. We call Brooklyn home and we wanted our out-of-town family and friends to experience the best of Brooklyn as they celebrated with us.

A neighborhood garden on Bergen Street served as the perfect location for our ceremony and a pre-ceremony cocktail hour. We served fresh fruit and cold drinks and Jeremy and I were able to greet each person as they arrived. After everyone arrived we invited them to stand near us for the short ceremony. Afterwards everyone walked over to the Flatbush Farm for an amazing meal.

As a florist, I love so many different flowers and it was tough to decide what I wanted to use for the bouquets and centerpieces. My personal style tends to be very clean and simple, and I don’t like too many flowers mixed together. My bridesmaids carried bouquets of all one type of flower that I thought fit their personality. Jeremy wanted his boutonniere to be a dark flower– so I used a great summer flower called scabiosa. My bouquet was a bunch of white astilbe. For the centerpieces I filled mason jars with hosta leaves, fern, chamomile and millet grass.

Vendors:

Brides’ ring: St. Kilda
Grooms’ ring: Fly Rite Tattoo
Favors: black & white cookies from Mazzola Bakery
Officiant: Rev. Charles Gilmore
Photographer: Marisela Vargas
Flowers: QuatreCoeur
Reception dinner: Flatbush Farm

[iages from Marisela Vargas]

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Real wedding: Marissa + Matt

lobster bake rehearsal dinner on beach

It’s not often I get shots of the rehearsal dinner included with a wedding submission, but when its a cool lobster bake out in the Hamptons, its a total treat!  And seriously, check out the gorgeous bridesmaids dresses…I’m in love with the texture!

For our wedding, we wanted a relaxed and casual atmosphere and as our friends and family flew in from all around the world, we hosted a few events throughout the weekend so my California friends and family could meet my husband’s British-based friends and family.  For the rehearsal dinner, we invited everyone to a private beach in Southampton for a Lobster Bake.  Our friends and family had the opportunity to relax on the beach in the summer sun and later in the evening we all roasted marshmallows under the stars.  It was wonderful to work with Kelly Guenther throughout the weekend – she captured the entire weekend so beautifully – the photos really reflect the emotion and intimacy of the weekend.  Our wedding ceremony and reception was hosted at Wolffer Estates in Sagaponack.  Sag Harbour florists designed a beautiful chuppa for our ceremony, my highschool friend Amy Claire designed my bridesmaid dresses and my dear friend Alexa Rodulfo did my hair and makeup.  Fresh Flavours served us local Long Island Duck and The Engagements played great music so we all danced the night away.

hamptons wedding

hamptons wedding

Vendors:

Dress: Philippa Lepley Couture
Photos: Kelly Guenther
Catering: Fresh Flavours
Flowers:  Sag Harbour Florists
Venue: Wolffer Estates
Bridesmaid Dresses: Amy Claire (amyclaire.com)
Music: The Engagements
Invitations: Wren Press

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Real wedding: Jenny + Patrick

Its kinda fun that the whole jumping off point for this wedding was the groom’s love of biking!  Jenny can tell you the rest…

The two things Patrick and I knew we wanted for our wedding was a photo booth and macaroni and cheese.  Beyond that, our inspiration came from fun, down-to-earth wedding blogs and our own person style — which is  something along the lines of a mid-century mash-up with contemporary flair. Ha! We wanted it to feel vintage  inspired, without being overdone. Like a big family meal, with simple decorations and flowers. What we ended  up with was beyond our imagination. The evening was beautiful.

Patrick & Jenny: In Motion from Aaron Hawes on Vimeo.

Vendors:

Venue: Les Bourgeois Vineyards
Cake: Cakes with a Personal Touch
Wedding dress: Nicole Miller
Bridesmaids dresses: JCrew
Groom’s tie: Cyberoptix Tie Lab
Flowers: Kent’s Floral Gallery
Photobooth: Photobooth StL
DJ: Aaron Rose
Hair: The Marc

[images from Hawes Photography]

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