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A Wine Country-Inspired Wedding at Vine Hill House in Sebastopol, California

 Badgley MIschka, California, Garden, J.Crew, Real Weddings, Romantic, Summer  Comments Off on A Wine Country-Inspired Wedding at Vine Hill House in Sebastopol, California
Dec 172013
 

Is there anything more gorgeous than the rolling hills of a vineyard in California's wine country? If there is, we can't think of it, and Jonathan and Renee agree. The couple took to Sebastopol, CA, for their August 17, 2012, wedding, where the venue's natural beauty was allowed to speak for itself.

Renee and Jonathan are proof that it never hurts to seek out the single bridesmaid or groomsman at a friend's wedding. That's just how they met—serving as members of the wedding party when their dear friends got married in 2010. They'd never met before, but began dating soon after their friends tied the knot. And the same friends that brought them together played a key role in Renee and Jonathan's engagement, too. "It was very unassuming," says Renee. "We were getting dinner with the friends who'd introduced us and, when dinner was over, Jonathan got down on one knee and proposed."

For their wedding, the couple sought out California's beautiful weather and endless rows of vines. With most of their guests flying in from the East Coast, this quasi-destination wedding embraced family traditions (as well as the couple's love of the kitchen) and let Vine Hill House's scenery shine through.

White and Orange Wedding Invitation Suite

Oversized calligraphy in a bright, punchy hue gives Renee and Jonathan's fairly traditional invitation suite a playful touch. The eye-catching orange envelope seals the deal.

Renee's vintage-style engagement ring is surrounded by an intricate hexagon setting.

Blush by Hayley Paige Wedding Dress

"I wanted something that didn't scream 'I'm a bride!' and was a little more unique than most bridal gowns," says Renee of her scoop-neck ball gown from Blush by Hayley Paige. The box-pleated skirt adds an extra touch of crisp volume. Bejeweled Badgley Mischka pumps peeked out from beneath the ivory silk.

Bride in Blush by Hayley Paige

A fabric flower accentuated the neckline of Renee's gown. She and her bridesmaids carried hand-tied bouquets in soft, sweet colors. Garden roses, dahlias, parrot tulips, hydrangeas, and pops of yellow from billy balls were ideal for the late-summer celebration.

The flower girl and junior bridesmaid are the couple's nieces, daughters of Jonathan's late brother. "We used diamonds from their father's wedding band to have earrings made for the girls, then used the remaining stones to make a necklace for Jonathan's mom," says Renee. The flower girl carried a flower wand decorated with billy balls, ribbon and tulle.

Groom with Custom Map Cufflinks

Jonathan's map cufflinks featured the locations of where the couple met, and where they were getting married.

The wedding party wore gray, a light sage green, and soft purple, tying into the natural, pastel hues of the wedding's décor. "Their suits were dressed up, but not stuffy or uncomfortable," Renee explains.

Vintage Frames with Escort Cards

Antique frames hanging from the property's oak tree displayed the guests' escort cards. Tiny clothespins held the cards to stretches of tulle ribbon. A chalkboard featured the evening's menu.

Pastel-hued mason jars and milk bottles appeared throughout the reception. Colorful paper straws were on-hand for the couple's signature white sangria, which was made using Jonathan's recipe.

Homemade Jam Wedding Favors
Homemade Wine Jam Wedding Favors

A vintage suitcase was the ideal receptacle for cards. "We both love being in the kitchen," says Renee, "so we decided to create something edible and homemade to share with our guests. We made Hot Pepper and Berry Wine Jellies, tying in to the vineyard venue." The guestbook was a unique take on the wine bottle guest book. Guests wrote notes to the couple and slipped them into empty bottles, which Renee and Jonathan will crack open so they can read the notes inside.

Outdoor California Wedding Reception

The simple, muted color scheme let Vine Hill House's landscape really shine. Neutral tables were arranged under large umbrellas, while heat-lamps were at the ready for when the sun set. Garden roses, dahlias, tulips, and hydrangeas in ivory, pink, peach, and yellow were used for the low centerpieces.

White Wedding Cake with Fresh Flowers

The three-tiered cake was decorated with fresh roses, dusty miller leaves, and hydrangeas to match the reception décor. In honor of the couple's grandmothers, who were "avid and wonderful pie makers," Renee and Jonathan served a selection of pies along with the cake.

Lights, strung from the branches, cast a whimsical glow over the reception.

Jonathan and Renee honeymooned in Maui three months after their wedding. "It was nice to have something to look forward to once the wedding was over," says Renee. But before the wedding has come and gone? "Don't procrastinate!" says the bride. "And don't be afraid to stay on top of your vendors. More than anything, though, enjoy every minute. Don't get caught up in the snafus that may happen. None of your guests will remember!"

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Vine Hill House || Day-Of Coordinator: Elsa Vera || Bride's Wedding Dress: Blush by Hayley Paige || Shoes: Badgley Mischka || Jewelry: Janene's Bridal Boutique || Hair & Makeup: It's a Date at the Powder Room || Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew || Groom and Groomsmen's Suits: Perry Ellis from Men's Wearhouse || Wedding Bands: Seelenbacher Jewelers || Florist: PoppyStone Floral Design || Invitations & Paper Goods: New England Invitations || Music: Ceremony - Golden Gate Strings, Reception - Denon & Doyle || Catering: Park Avenue Catering || Cake: Fleur de Lisa || Photography: Janae Shields Photography

—Jaimie Schoen

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A Rustic-Meets-Urban Wedding at The Green Building in Brooklyn, New York

 Glamorous, J.Crew, New York, Real Weddings, Romantic, Rustic, Summer, Watters  Comments Off on A Rustic-Meets-Urban Wedding at The Green Building in Brooklyn, New York
Dec 112013
 

New York may be a big city, but you never know who may be living next door or be stopping into your bar on a weekly basis. For Cara, that person was Fitz. As she was finishing her masters degree, she took a bartending job. Fitz had just begun working after graduating from the French Culinary Institute, and he and the other cooks used to stop into her bar throughout the week to chat. The duo discovered they were neighbors, and became close friends. Nearly three years into their friendship, Fitz worked up the courage to ask Cara out on a date, and they've been together ever since.

On Cara's birthday in 2008, the couple spent the day celebrating, going around the city to eat at their favorite places. After dinner, they got caught in the rain and were completely drenched by the time they arrived home at their Alphabet City apartment. Once inside, Fitz announced that it was time for him to give Cara her gift, and got down on one knee. "It was perfect," says Cara.

The New York City couple kept it local when planning their June 8th, 2013 wedding. The ceremony took place at Trinity Church on Wall Street, then headed out to the raw space of Brooklyn's The Green Building. "Our vision for the wedding was to throw the best party we could," Cara says.

Allen Edmonds and Christian Louboutin Shoes

It's all about the accessories. Fitz wore detailed derby shoes from Allen Edmonds, while Cara donned a pair of shimmering Christian Louboutin pumps. She chose an elegant diamond band to complement her engagement ring.

The couple sent out a blackboard-inspired Save The Date card, then followed up with simple invitations featuring a hand-tooled motif.

Bride and her Father at Trinity Church on Wall Street

Cara's father escorted her down the aisle of Trinity Church. "We actually picked Trinity Church by accident," says the bride. "There's another Trinity Church in the city, but through some loophole we managed to get onto the calendar at Trinity Church Wall Street. It's so beautiful, so we went with it!"

Cara wore a drop-waisted lace gown by Watters. "I thought lace would be too conventional for me, but my mother and mother-in-law pushed for me to try it on," she says. "Once it was on, I could see myself getting married in the dress. Everyone agreed, and I had my dress by the end of our first day of shopping!" Fitz wore a gray suit with a playful purple tie.

An oversized chalkboard directed guests to their tables at The Green Building. Because both the bride and groom work in the culinary industry, food and cocktails were a priority. Cara's specialty cocktail was a cucumber-lime gin fizz, while Fitz's was a Meyer lemon and Bulleit bourbon cocktail.

Wedding Reception at the Green Building in Brooklyn

Chandeliers lit the exposed brick walls at the reception. Cara's maid of honor did all of the calligraphy for the table numbers and escort cards. Guests dined on a wide variety of bites during cocktail hour, from deviled quail eggs to mini lobster rolls. The highlight of dinner, served family-style, was Fitz's personal fried chicken recipe.

Instead of a traditional cake, the couple served a huge variety of pies in all different shapes and sizes.

"I can't recommend a wedding planner enough," says Cara. "They can offer invaluable advice and really keep you on track with planning and budgeting. Our planner was so great at telling us when we had to let things go and make a final decision."

Ceremony Venue: Trinity Wall Street || Reception Venue: The Green Building || Wedding Planner: Michelle Newson of Onederland Events || Bride's Wedding Dress: Watters, purchased at Lovely || Shoes: Christian LouboutinTiffany & Co. || Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew || Groom's Suit: Family Britches || Bride's Wedding Band: Diamonds by Diana || Music: DJ Joe Ballance || Catering & Pies: Mary Giuliani Catering & Events || Rentals: Broadway Party Rentals || Transportation: New York Checker || Photography: Joshua Zuckerman Photography

—Jaimie Schoen

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A Summer Wedding with DIY Details at Local Roots Farm in Washington

 Casual, DIY, J.Crew, Pronovias, Real Weddings, Romantic, Rustic, Summer, Washington  Comments Off on A Summer Wedding with DIY Details at Local Roots Farm in Washington
Dec 102013
 

Etiquette advises against dating your boss so, even though Jesse was merely an older student working at Peri's college's calling center, it took the couple six years, two graduations and many ski trips to move from coworkers to friends to something more.

In July of 2011, Jesse was in Europe for work, so Peri hopped on a plane to visit him for a vacation in Provence. They rented a VW bus and drove around the region, tasting wine and enjoying the scenery. On their last day, they had a picnic lunch in a lavender field, where Jesse proposed. Unbeknownst to Peri, a few weeks earlier he had flown from Washington to San Diego and back (all in one day!) to pick up the engagement ring.

This Northwest couple took the farm theme a step further, planning a wedding on a real working farm near Seattle that belongs to Peri's sister. Their authentic, natural wedding on August 11th, 2012, featured local vendors, a late-night bonfire, and lots of help from family and friends.

The invitations featured hand-drawn plants and leaves found around the farm.

Peri dressed up her lace Pronovias gown with her diamond engagement ring and a sparkling floral necklace from J.Crew "to add some glamour to our rustic-chic wedding," she says.

Bridesmaids in Mismatched Coral Dresses

Both the bridesmaids and groomsmen were mismatched. The girls chose their own coral dresses, while the guys wore gray suits. "It looked more organic than having everyone in the exact same color," says Peri.

Peri and one of her bridesmaids hand-made the bouquets using white, pink and coral flowers like hydrangeas and cabbage roses. She wrapped them in pieces of tulle from her wedding gown. The groom and groomsmen's boutonnieres featured flowers and berries from around the farm. "Making the bouquets was fun, but in retrospect I'd rather have spent the day before the wedding at the spa!" Peri says. "I'd recommend doing as little as possible the day before your wedding so you can really kick back and enjoy the ride, rather than worrying about last-minute projects."

The ceremony took place beneath an old maple tree in the center of the farm. The couple had an open bar before the ceremony and were out greeting guests as they arrived. A few minutes before the ceremony, the coordinator had guests take a seat while the wedding party hid in Peri's sister's house. The entire group walked down the aisle together.

Peri and Jesse exchanged vows that they'd written together. "We started each line with 'Let's...', listing things like living in France and having a family," she says.

Blue Window Place Card Display

Jesse assembled a free-standing window and shutters, which were painted blue like the ones they'd seen in Provence when they got engaged. They used the shutters to display their guests' place cards. Strands of light and streamers decorated the open-air reception area.

White and Coral Reception Table

Vegetable Table Names at a Farm Wedding

The focus was really on the food, so table decorations were kept very simple. White linens were topped with brightly-hued bouquets of daisies. Table names were hand-made signs that the couple found laying around the farm. The menu incorporated one of the drawings used on Jesse and Peri's invitations.

Forgoing a traditional guest book, Jesse made a wooden jigsaw puzzle that Peri's mother painted. Guests were asked to leave messages for the bride and groom on the puzzle pieces, then put them in a box handmade by Jesse's father. On their first anniversary, the couple assembled the puzzle and read all of the messages their guests had left.

Almond and Stone Fruit Wedding Cake

The wedding cake was made by a friend of Peri's. Almond cake was layered with fresh stone fruits and créme fraîche. "Unfortunately I didn't take the time to stop and eat much of the cake that night, so I had Abby make us another one a month later for my husband's birthday," says Peri.

Strings of lighting hung from the barn roof, lighting the reception as the sun set.

Peri was so glad that she and Jesse were able to marry on her sister's farm. "We had full access to the venue for months leading up to the wedding. The whole family pitched in to help get the farm ready," she says. "And we could stay up partying as late as we wanted! Several of our friends camped out under the stars after it was all over."

The couple's advice is to really identify what is important to you, and stick with that. She also recommends hiring someone to help. "I think hiring a professional to assist with planning and logistics, as well as day-of coordination, is a good idea and would have been worth the money. But we did alright without one!"

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Local Roots Farm || Day-Of Coordinator: A Friend of the Family || Bride's Wedding Dress: Pronovias, from A Princess Bride || Jewelry: J.Crew, and Kate Spade || Hair: Tonic Salon || Groom's Suit: Indochino || Engagement Ring: Custom Design by Robbins Brothers || Wedding Bands: Bride: Beverley K., Groom: His Grandfather || Florist: Flowers from Marigold and Mint || Invitations & Paper Goods: DIY || Music: The Rolling Retreads || Catering: Foraged & Found || Cake: Abby's Hot Buns Bakery || Rentals: AA Party Rentals || Photography: O'Malley Photographers

—Jaimie Schoen

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A Classic Summer Wedding at New Jersey’s Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club

 BHLDN, Classic, Formal, Glamorous, J.Crew, New Jersey, Pnina Tornai, Real Weddings, Retro, Traditional  Comments Off on A Classic Summer Wedding at New Jersey’s Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club
Nov 262013
 
Bride and groom at a wedding in New Jersey.

Photo: Kate Connolly of OffBeet Productions

Though Lindsey, 28, and Matt, 32, met in 2003, when she was a freshman and he was a senior at Bucknell, it wasn't until a Homecoming weekend after she'd graduated that their friendship (and her self-described "huge crush") turned into something more.

When Matt knew it was time to propose, he'd planned to pop the question on top of Table Mountain during the couple's trip to South Africa. However, concerns about bringing the ring through airport security (and thereby blowing the surprise) prompted him to propose before they left. So, after a broken-down car pushed his plan back yet another day, Matt got down on one knee in the couple's dining room and asked Lindsey to be his wife.

The couple, who'd originally wanted a backyard BBQ before Lindsey's father talked them into a country club reception, combined shades of white and green, burlap runners and lots of candlelight to bring the outdoors in. With help from family and friends–and a few DIY projects–on July 27th, 2012, they had the simple, sweet wedding they'd dreamed of, with an elegant twist.

Pnina Tornai lace wedding gown and corc Via Spiga pumps. Engagement ring and wedding bands with the couple's initials.

Photo: Kate Connolly of OffBeet Productions

A college friend of Lindsey's works at Kleinfeld's in New York City, so choosing a place to go dress shopping was a no-brainer. Lindsey's friend knew exactly what the bride wanted, entering the fitting room with a backless lace gown by Pnina Tornai. Cork peep-toe pumps gave her bridal ensemble a natural flair.

Bridal bouquet of baby's breath wrapped in lace.

Photo: Kate Connolly of OffBeet Productions

Lindsey carried a simple bouquet of soft baby's breath. She wrapped the stems with a piece of fabric from her dress.

Groom and groomsmen wearing Vans sneakers.

Photo: Kate Connolly of OffBeet Productions

Matt and his groomsmen all wore Vans sneakers. His were plain white, while his groomsmen were in the classic checkered pattern.

Bridesmaid in a taupe J.Crew dress with a bouquet of hydrangeas.

Photo: Kate Connolly of OffBeet Productions

Lindsey's bridesmaids wore J.Crew dresses in a soft taupe hue. They carried bouquets of white and green hydrangeas, wrapped in twine.

Groom in a Black by Vera Wang tuxedo, bride in Pnina Tornai. Bride in a lace Pnina Tornai wedding dress with an open back.

Photo: Kate Connolly of OffBeet Productions

The simple silhouette of Lindsey's lace gown was accentuated by the dramatic keyhole back. Her loose up-do let the dress's details speak for themselves. Matt's Black by Vera Wang tuxedo was a classic, timeless choice, while his white Vans gave his outfit a dose of personality.

Wedding ceremony programs with unique typography. Two of the bride's friends served as

Photo: Kate Connolly of OffBeet Productions

Printed programs outlined all of the details for Lindsey and Matt's ceremony. Instead of flower girls, Lindsey's two best guy friends served as "flower boys." At 6'5" and 6', they were hard to miss as they tossed petals on their way down the aisle!

A classic Catholic wedding ceremony at Church of Christ the King in New Jersey. Classic Catholic wedding ceremony in New Jersey.

Photo: Kate Connolly of OffBeet Productions

The church's soft blue walls, vaulted ceiling and checkered tile floor created a light, airy backdrop for the couple's traditional Catholic ceremony. Buckets overflowing with baby's breath were the only things Matt and Lindsey added to the church's décor.

A vintage Rolls Royce getaway car with a

Photo: Kate Connolly of OffBeet Productions

A vintage Rolls Royce with a burlap "just married" sign brought the bride and groom from the ceremony to the reception. Says Lindsey, "People beeped at us and waved our entire drive to the reception and I can whole heartedly say that that was our favorite moment of the night." She also loved that their private ride gave her a few minutes alone with her new husband.

Place cards in grass.

Photo: Kate Connolly of OffBeet Productions

In keeping with the fresh, vibrant color scheme, place cards were displayed in burlap-wrapped trays of fresh grass.

Burlap runners with baby's breath centerpieces at country club wedding.

1Wooden table numbers with white and green hydrangeas. Wedding reception decorated with burlap, daisies, hydrangeas, and candles.

Photo: Kate Connolly of OffBeet Productions

Burlap runners, arrangements of baby's breath, votive candles and mason jars full of hydrangeas and daisies transformed the reception space, bringing touches of the outdoors in.

Bride and groom releasing a wish lantern.

Photo: Kate Connolly of OffBeet Productions

At the end of the evening, Lindsey and Matt released a wish lantern. "It was the best day of our lives. Words cannot describe how amazing that day was," says Lindsey. "It meant so much to be with my mom and mother-in-law, and to dance with my dad. It made Matt and me both realize that weddings are just as important to the family as they are to the couple."

Ceremony Venue: Church of Christ the King || Reception Venue: Fiddler's Elbow Country Club || Bride's Wedding Dress: Pnina Tornai from Kleinfeld Bridal || Veil: Kleinfeld Bridal || Shoes: Via Spiga || Jewelry: BHLDN || Hair: Gail Ortuso || Makeup: House of Luciano || Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew || Groom and Groomsmen's Tuxedos: Black by Vera Wang || Wedding Bands: Jared || Florist: Fiddler's Elbow Country Club || Invitations & Paper Goods: Papyrus, BHLDN || Music: Sounds to Go DJs || Catering: Fiddler's Elbow Country Club || Favors: Donation to Team for Kids || Photography: Kate Connolly of OffBeet Productions

—Jaimie Schoen

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A Remote Mountain Wedding in Dunton Hot Springs, Colorado

 BHLDN, Classic, Colorado, DIY, Glamorous, Green, J.Crew, Outdoor, Preppy, Real Weddings, Romantic, Rustic  Comments Off on A Remote Mountain Wedding in Dunton Hot Springs, Colorado
Nov 112013
 

With family coming from across the country and around the world, this couple had a hard time deciding where to say "I Do." But once they picked the Dunton Hot Springs in Colorado, they had merely two months to plan a wedding to celebrate all of the people who got them to this point in their lives.

Karine, 27, a sales analyst, and Carl, 29, a product distribution manager, met through friends in 2010. The pair bonded as they trained for an upcoming half marathon–their evening runs were a perfect opportunity to chat and get to know one another. "I have never run so fast in my life," says Karine, "which Carl picked up on when he finished the half marathon an hour before me. The things you do to impress a man!" Well, whatever she did worked. Two years later, after a romantic dinner at their favorite Houston restaurant, Carl proposed on the couple's walk home to their new house. They had a whirlwind six-month engagement, but didn't choose a venue until four months in. In only two months, Karine and Carl planned an adventure for 43 friends and family members in the remote Colorado town of Dunton for their wedding on May 5, 2013.

"We booked the venue sight unseen," says Karine. Dunton is a restored ghost town-turned-resort nestled in the mountains an hour from Telluride.

Because everyone was from out of town, Karine and Carl gave each guest a welcome box complete with water, traditional Scottish treats, and an illustrated map of Dunton.

With a rustic mountain venue, Karine chose to go simple with her wedding dress. She got her cream-colored dress with a lace overlay from BHLDN. Says Karine of her gown, "While not very traditional, I couldn't have been more comfortable."

Weather in the mountains can be unpredictable, and temperatures dropped into the 30s on Karine and Carl's wedding day–even though it was the first week of May. The bride borrowed a fur stole from a friend of her mother's to fight off the chill.

Karine's all-white bouquet featured roses and scabiosas. The loose, natural feel of the bouquet was completed with twine wrapped around the stems.

Bridesmaids wore the J.Crew dresses of their choice in cream. When the temperature began to drop the week before the wedding, Karine ordered peach pashminas to keep her sisters, sisters-in-law and maid of honor warm.

One of the few things Karine was adamant about was the inclusion of her Scottish heritage in the wedding. Carl obliged, wearing a kilt of his family's tartan, with all of the traditional accoutrements. The groomsmen rented kilts for the weekend and, says Karine, "we were a bit concerned they would be wearing them home!"

The intimate ceremony was performed outdoors, with Karine's mom doing a reading in honor of all she did during the wedding planning process. Thick wool blankets were provided to keep guests warm as the bride and groom exchanged their personalized vows.

"Because Dunton is so remote, we were limited in what we could bring in without large costs," says the bride. This allowed the couple to simplify the planning process and focus on enhancing the inherent beauty of their location.

Having the wedding at Dunton allowed the couple to spend the entire weekend with their family and friends, sharing communal meals and playing lawn games. "We were incredibly lucky that we had so many of our family and friends join us on such short notice. They made the weekend so special," says Karine.

The barn reception was cozy and casual. The couple served a gluten-free meal that included prime rib and ruby trout.

With only 43 guests, Karine and Carl seated everyone at a U-shaped table, perfect for conversations and lots of laughter! Their signature cocktails were a Manhattan for the groom and a French 75 for the bride. As she says, "I don't think I drank anything but champagne all weekend!"

Flowers were kept loose and natural, playing off the forest green and gold color scheme. White hydrangeas and ranunculus were beautifully accented by the aspen bark vases.

The décor was simple and clean, giving the wedding a luxury camping vibe. Gold flatware and gold-rimmed plates elevated the natural wood tables.

Karine's mother made the couple's wedding cake, as Carl is gluten-intolerant. Cutting the cake was a memorable moment, but for an unexpected reason. "Mum still doesn't quite know what went wrong with the icing," says Karine, "but we couldn't cut through it–it was rock solid." It was an unexpected test of teamwork only hours into Karine and Carl's marriage.

After dinner, guests joined the couple outside for a fireworks display against the pitch black sky, a dramatic ending to a beautifully simple celebration. With the added challenge of planning a wedding at such a remote venue, Karine's advice is for couples to "learn early on how each person handles communication and work with that when planning; most people don't pick their partner based on how well they work together in these types of situations." What's up next for the duo? A Thanksgiving honeymoon road trip from DC to Charlottesville, then on to Nashville and Louisville. Says Karine, "It's going to be an amazing trip of local food, drinks, and exploring." Bon voyage!

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Dunton Hot Springs || Planner: Jessica McTaggart of Pink Champagne Events || Bride's Wedding Dress: BHLDN || Hair & Makeup: Angie of Sahaira's Salon || Wedding Bands: Jannie Bean Designs || Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew || Groom's Kilt: Tailor-made in Scotland || Florist: Tess Jordan of Jordan Design Consulting || Invitations: Paperless Post || Paper Goods: Rocket Ink || Catering: Dunton Hot Springs || Cake: Made by the Bride's Mother || Photography: Laura Murray Photography

—Jaimie Schoen

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A Romantic Elopement at New York City’s Gramercy Park Hotel

 Classic, J.Crew, New York, Real Brides, Real Grooms, Real Weddings, Romantic, Vera Wang, Whimsical  Comments Off on A Romantic Elopement at New York City’s Gramercy Park Hotel
Sep 112013
 

Adam had grand plans when it came to proposing to Molly—and he abandoned each and every one of them the second he picked up her engagement ring. "He ran the mile and a half home from work, burst open the door and—sweating and out of breath—got down on one knee and proposed," Molly says.

The couple wed with the same enviable spontaneity, taking just 10 weeks to plan their August elopement at the iconic Gramercy Park Hotel. "The hotel is in our neighborhood, and has always been one of our favorite, local spots. It has a look and feel that we have always loved," Molly says.

"We wanted something very New York, but also something romantic and peaceful," Molly says. The couple's vision may seem at odds with their big city location—but with the help of their wedding planner, Tracy Taylor Ward of Tracy Taylor Ward Design, the couple and Ward created an event that was at once cosmopolitan and serene.

With no guests and their planner and photographer as their only witnesses, the couple exchanged vows at noon beneath the hotel's famous light bulb ceiling. The ceiling did the bulk of the decorating work, but the couple added a framed photo of their beloved dog to a mantle "because we wanted our ceremony to be peaceful and comfortable," Molly says.

Paper With Benefits designed folding wedding announcements complete with custom illustrations of the couple, their East Village neighborhood and their Colorado roots "in order to tell our story," the bride says.

Molly accessorized her embroidered lace Vera Wang gown with a beaded headband by the same designer. "I knew I wanted something classic so my pictures could be timeless," the bride explains. Silver Jimmy Choo heels completed her look.

Adam chose a J. Crew tuxedo, and kept his look classic with a Turnbull & Asser bow tie.

Clusters of dahlia, lisianthus, garden roses, blushing bride, dusty miller and silver brunia comprised the bride's soft white bouquet by Blossom And Branch. Pale blue ribbons fell from the stems, adding a pop of color to the couple's otherwise monochromatic color scheme. Adam's boutonniere was made from the same beautiful blooms, but was tied with a cream-colored ribbon.

"One of my favorite moments was when Adam surprised me with a vintage checker taxicab waiting outside the hotel," Molly says. Scrolled across the back of the Film Cars' cab were the words just married.

Adam and Molly took portraits in Gramercy Park before leaving for their honeymoon along Italy's Almafi Coast. "Although we didn't have a reception after the ceremony because we eloped, we did want to have a lot of romantic and fun photo-ops around the hotel and neighborhood," Molly says. The most-fun photo-op at the park? Perhaps "randomly helping [Devil Wears Prada actor] Adrian Grenier sneak in for some relaxation of his own!"

Wedding Planner: Tracy Taylor Ward Design || Ceremony Venue: Gramercy Park Hotel || Wedding Officiant: Rev. Jeddah Vailakis || Bride's Wedding Dress: Vera Wang || Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo || Groom's Tux: J. Crew || Hair and Makeup: SB Beauty || Florist: Blossom And Branch || Stationery: Paper With Benefits || Photography: Trent Bailey Photography || Vintage Taxi: Film Cars

—Jillian Kramer

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Aug 232013
 
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Photo: Katy Gray

They met on the set of The Loop nearly seven years ago—and it was clear to everyone that actor Eric Christian Olsen was smitten with Sarah Wright from the start. "We had been together for four years, and everyone knew that it was coming," Eric said. But the NCIS: Los Angeles star couldn't stand the thought of Sarah sniffing out his proposal and so, he threw her off his scent. "I spent the three months kind of talking about how I didn't know if I wanted to get married," he said. Finally, after a perfect day in Punta Mita, Mexico, Eric got down on both knees and proposed. And Sarah was completely surprised.

Nearly two years later, the couple wed in front of 75 guests at their property just outside of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The couple wanted a "simple, classic style that would not take away from the beauty of the Teton Mountains that was already the backdrop for our wedding," Sarah said.

rustic wedding decor ceremony signrustic wedding ideas for flowers

Photos: Katy Gray

Sarah described their wedding as "rustic, classic, homegrown and vintage." The couple used mason jar and antiqued crates throughout their decor.

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Reception tables were draped in white linens and accented with burlap table runners. Mason jars filled with candles and wildflowers—including rosemary, lavender, daisies and Billy balls—dotted the table tops.

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The bride used scraps of wood stamped with mason jars as the canvas for the couple's escort cards, pressing each guest's name and table number onto the wood with her own typewriter-style stamps.

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A country-inspired sign led guests past the couple's barn and toward the cocktail hour and reception tent.

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The bride's bouquet was a mixture of white and blush blooms—including lysimachia, tweedia, chamomile, asclepias and Queen Anne's lace—with just a hint of green foliage. "I wanted to use local flowers that were in season and wildflowers," she said.

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Paul Olsen, the groom's father, married the couple. The pair exchanged their own unique vows, which included the laughter-inducing "I vow to be nicer when I am hungry."

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Guests sat on hay bales covered with fabric and tied in place with twine. Jugs of wildflowers marked the beginning and end of the aisle. Shepherd's hooks hung beside each row, suspending floating candles in the air.


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The couple's 8-year-old Akita carried the rings down the aisle beside the ring bearer, 2-year-old Ever Rogel. He wore a J. Crew seersucker vest and pants paired with TOMS shoes.

Sarah wore J. Crew's tulipe bustier dress. 'I loved the light, airy feel," she said. 'It was timeless and had a beautiful sweetheart neckline." Around her forehead, the bride wore a crystal headpiece by Cecile Boccara, which she bought at BHLDN. Her soon-to-be husband also donned J. Crew—but he also added TOMS' loafers to his attire.


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The couple chose their country property as the site for their wedding because "we wanted to be married in a place that means something to us," the bride said. The site also gave Sarah the perfect excuse to know her new family better. "Eric, his mom, dad, brother and I turned the barn into a livable space. I had the chance to get to know his family while working side by side on this project."

The couple kept things casual—their eight groomsmen wore white slacks and blue collared shirts rolled up to their elbows.


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Six bridesmaids wore knee-length Monique Lhuillier and Ivy & Aster gowns, each their own shade of soft white or pale pink. They carried nosegays of white and blush blooms that popped with clematis—the perfect flower to match their magenta shoes.

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Eric worked with jewelry designer Jennifer Meyer to craft a custom engagement ring of yellow gold and diamonds for Sarah. The designer also made Eric's ring, a shiny rose gold band.

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Guests found spicy margaritas, lemonade spiked with vodka, and Leffe and Stella Artois beers at cocktail hour. The couple also served a smorgasbord of barbeque from Big Hole BBQ in Victor, Idaho. The restaurant "set up their smoker behind the tent and made their amazing BBQ served hot on a buffet for our guests," the bride said.


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A white tent covered guests from the cloudless mountain sky. Just beyond its edges, the couple set up games for guests to play—bean bag toss, horse shoe toss and Frisbee.

The couple asked local blue grass band Steam Powered Airplane to play Ray Lamontagne's "Hold You In My Arms" for their first dance. Guests especially enjoyed dancing to "I'm Going to Jackson" and "Sweet Home Alabama."

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After guests indulged on a buffet of beef brisket, fish tacos and pulled pork, they were treated to the couple's favorite ice cream—Whitney's Ice Cream, which had to be shipped in especially for the event. The couple also served gluten-free macaroons and s'mores by the fire pit.


Venue: The couple's property outside of Jackson Hole, Wyoming || Event planning: Jackson Hole Event Company || Stationery: Minted || Flowers: Lily and Co. || Rentals: Canvas Unlimited || Catering: Big Hole BBQ || Ice Cream: Whitney's Ice Cream || Macaroons: Persephone Bakery || Band: Steam Powered Airplane || Transportation: Grand Targhee || Photography: Katy Gray Photography || Videography: Jenny Tunberg || Gown: J. Crew || Headpiece: BHLDN || Shoes: J. Crew || Bridesmaids: Monique Lhuillier and Ivy & Aster || Men's Formalwear: J. Crew || Ring Bearer Attire: J. Crew


—Jillian Kramer

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Adam had grand plans when it came to proposing to Molly—and he abandoned each and every one of them the second he picked up her engagement ring. "He ran the mile and a half home from work, burst open the door and—sweating and out of breath—got down on one knee and proposed," Molly says.

The couple wed with the same enviable spontaneity, taking just 10 weeks to plan their August elopement at the iconic Gramercy Park Hotel. "The hotel is in our neighborhood, and has always been one of our favorite, local spots. It has a look and feel that we have always loved," Molly says.

"We wanted something very New York, but also something romantic and peaceful," Molly says. The couple's vision may seem at odds with their big city location—but with the help of their wedding planner, Tracy Taylor Ward of Tracy Taylor Ward Design, the couple and Ward created an event that was at once cosmopolitan and serene.

With no guests and their planner and photographer as their only witnesses, the couple exchanged vows at noon beneath the hotel's famous light bulb ceiling. The ceiling did the bulk of the decorating work, but the couple added a framed photo of their beloved dog to a mantle "because we wanted our ceremony to be peaceful and comfortable," Molly says.

Paper With Benefits designed folding wedding announcements complete with custom illustrations of the couple, their East Village neighborhood and their Colorado roots "in order to tell our story," the bride says.

Molly accessorized her embroidered lace Vera Wang gown with a beaded headband by the same designer. "I knew I wanted something classic so my pictures could be timeless," the bride explains. Silver Jimmy Choo heels completed her look.

Adam chose a J. Crew tuxedo, and kept his look classic with a Turnbull & Asser bow tie.

Clusters of dahlia, lisianthus, garden roses, blushing bride, dusty miller and silver brunia comprised the bride's soft white bouquet by Blossom And Branch. Pale blue ribbons fell from the stems, adding a pop of color to the couple's otherwise monochromatic color scheme. Adam's boutonniere was made from the same beautiful blooms, but was tied with a cream-colored ribbon.

"One of my favorite moments was when Adam surprised me with a vintage checker taxicab waiting outside the hotel," Molly says. Scrolled across the back of the Film Cars' cab were the words just married.

Adam and Molly took portraits in Gramercy Park before leaving for their honeymoon along Italy's Almafi Coast. "Although we didn't have a reception after the ceremony because we eloped, we did want to have a lot of romantic and fun photo-ops around the hotel and neighborhood," Molly says. The most-fun photo-op at the park? Perhaps "randomly helping [Devil Wears Prada actor] Adrian Grenier sneak in for some relaxation of his own!"

Wedding Planner: Tracy Taylor Ward Design || Ceremony Venue: Gramercy Park Hotel || Wedding Officiant: Rev. Jeddah Vailakis || Bride's Wedding Dress: Vera Wang || Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo || Groom's Tux: J. Crew || Hair and Makeup: SB Beauty || Florist: Blossom And Branch || Stationery: Paper With Benefits || Photography: Trent Bailey Photography || Vintage Taxi: Film Cars

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Adam had grand plans when it came to proposing to Molly—and he abandoned each and every one of them the second he picked up her engagement ring. "He ran the mile and a half home from work, burst open the door and—sweating and out of breath—got down on one knee and proposed," Molly says.

The couple wed with the same enviable spontaneity, taking just 10 weeks to plan their August elopement at the iconic Gramercy Park Hotel. "The hotel is in our neighborhood, and has always been one of our favorite, local spots. It has a look and feel that we have always loved," Molly says.

"We wanted something very New York, but also something romantic and peaceful," Molly says. The couple's vision may seem at odds with their big city location—but with the help of their wedding planner, Tracy Taylor Ward of Tracy Taylor Ward Design, the couple and Ward created an event that was at once cosmopolitan and serene.

With no guests and their planner and photographer as their only witnesses, the couple exchanged vows at noon beneath the hotel's famous light bulb ceiling. The ceiling did the bulk of the decorating work, but the couple added a framed photo of their beloved dog to a mantle "because we wanted our ceremony to be peaceful and comfortable," Molly says.

Paper With Benefits designed folding wedding announcements complete with custom illustrations of the couple, their East Village neighborhood and their Colorado roots "in order to tell our story," the bride says.

Molly accessorized her embroidered lace Vera Wang gown with a beaded headband by the same designer. "I knew I wanted something classic so my pictures could be timeless," the bride explains. Silver Jimmy Choo heels completed her look.

Adam chose a J. Crew tuxedo, and kept his look classic with a Turnbull & Asser bow tie.

Clusters of dahlia, lisianthus, garden roses, blushing bride, dusty miller and silver brunia comprised the bride's soft white bouquet by Blossom And Branch. Pale blue ribbons fell from the stems, adding a pop of color to the couple's otherwise monochromatic color scheme. Adam's boutonniere was made from the same beautiful blooms, but was tied with a cream-colored ribbon.

"One of my favorite moments was when Adam surprised me with a vintage checker taxicab waiting outside the hotel," Molly says. Scrolled across the back of the Film Cars' cab were the words just married.

Adam and Molly took portraits in Gramercy Park before leaving for their honeymoon along Italy's Almafi Coast. "Although we didn't have a reception after the ceremony because we eloped, we did want to have a lot of romantic and fun photo-ops around the hotel and neighborhood," Molly says. The most-fun photo-op at the park? Perhaps "randomly helping [Devil Wears Prada actor] Adrian Grenier sneak in for some relaxation of his own!"

Wedding Planner: Tracy Taylor Ward Design || Ceremony Venue: Gramercy Park Hotel || Wedding Officiant: Rev. Jeddah Vailakis || Bride's Wedding Dress: Vera Wang || Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo || Groom's Tux: J. Crew || Hair and Makeup: SB Beauty || Florist: Blossom And Branch || Stationery: Paper With Benefits || Photography: Trent Bailey Photography || Vintage Taxi: Film Cars

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When Will, a graphic artist with a penchant for photography, proposed to Rachel, he didn't just ask that all-important question—he spelled it out in images he captured of billboards and signs from the couple's travels. "He created a book," Rachel explains, "each page spelling out, 'Will you marry me, Rachel?'"

The couple planned their April wedding with the same creative zest, dividing wedding planning duties to design a fete at the Metropolitan Building that appears both effortless and organic.

After Rachel and Will discovered Long Island's Metropolitan Building, "it felt as if it was our space," the bride says. Its open—and even hidden—rooms, distressed wood floors, wall-to-ceiling bookshelves and ornate crystal chandeliers "created a grand and romantic space" for their wedding, Rachel says.

Before she slipped into her gown, Rachel swept her loosely-curled hair to the side, accenting the casual bun with two small, white blooms. The bride also wore a pair of diamond earrings her father brought from Singapore and a pearl bracelet purchased by her aunt. "Both were perfect," she says.

A textile designer by trade, the bride "decided to design the wedding dress, you know, being a designer and all," she says. Inspired by a piece of lace from her grandmother, Rachel created a layered gown with buttons that trailed down her back.

Rachel's bouquet overflowed with peachy-pink peonies, yellow tea roses and large tropical leaves.

Bridesmaids chose their own black dresses "so that they could wear them on another occasion," the bride says. "You can never have too many little black dresses."

Their bouquets mimicked the bride's, a mix of vibrant peonies, tea roses, ranunculus and greens.

Boutonnieres were made from single roses. Groomsmen also donned an engraved tie clip, a gift from the groom.

The bride describes their wedding ceremony, held in one of the Metropolitan Building's many rooms decorated with leafy garlands for the occasion, as "simple, personal and tranquil."

Will's brother, who served as the couple's best man, played the acoustic guitar during the ceremony. "We don't remember a moment where people weren't dancing or the atmosphere was not enhanced by the music playing," Rachel recalls.

The couple's reception decoration "centered around the space," the bride says. "Once we found that, it evolved."

Florist Poppies & Posies placed "large tropical foliage juxtaposed with soft, pastel ranunculus, peonies and tea roses" in antique containers to created an eclectic look with touches of vintage whimsy, Rachel says.

Scattered among the centerpieces were books, adding height to the small arrangements.

The couple offered a full bar alongside a dinner menu that included grilled flank steak, marinated chicken breast, pasta and vegetables. Dessert? A choice of lavender, red velvet or carrot cupcakes.

Rachel and Will's small, white lavender wedding cake was inspired by the groom's love of LEGOs.

In lieu of more traditional favors, the couple opted for a photo booth, where guests could pop in and snap silly photos of themselves. The booth gave two copies of each image, and Rachel and Will asked guests to leave one copy with them as an extra-special wedding keepsake.

Asked to choose her favorite wedding memory, Rachel couldn't. "They were all wonderful," she says.

—Jillian Kramer

Ceremony Venue: Metropolitan Building || Reception Venue: Metropolitan Building || Bride's Wedding Dress: Rachel Rose || Bride's Wedding Ring: Rebecka Froberg || Groom's Tux: J. Crew || Groom's Wedding Ring: Rebecka Froberg || Groomsmen Attire: J. Crew || Mother of the Bride's Dress: Made by aunt of the bride || Florist: Poppies & Posies || Caterer: The Raging Skillet || Cake Baker: Pinisi Cafe & Bakery || Favors: Classic Photo Booth || Entertainment: Play Something Good || Photography: Shannen Norman Photography

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