real wedding | paul + krista
“Krista and Paul truly created an elegant affair in the heart of a gorgeous location, the Bedell Cellars. This was a dream wedding to photograph. Not only was every detail completely thought through, but Krista and Paul were a pleasure to work with. They were as loving to their family and guests as they are to each other, making images of this kind of authentic connection is a beautiful experience to be part of.” – Roberto Falck Photography
I love that Krista knows her strengths. She knew she wanted the feeling of a crafty and welcoming wedding – so she looked to the crafty wedding pros and purchased specific items from Etsy sellers and other online wedding shops. She did a wonderful job of creating a classy and personal theme that drenched the guests with comfort and celebration…
It is hard to narrow down my favorite wedding day memory as it was all so very special to me. If I had to choose one moment aside from walking down the aisle to my future husband Paul, it was walking into the pavilion at Bedell Cellars, being surrounded by all of our family and friends and knowing we had several hours to celebrate our marriage with them all in one place. In that moment we both felt so blessed, not only for all of the loving contributions they have made to each of our lives over the years, but that our friends and family would take the time and travel distances to be there for the occasion. I also felt extremely lucky for having the great vendors that we did. We felt very strongly that we wanted to have a wedding celebration and setting that showed how special everyone in the room was to us, and seeing the room, the table settings and the care and attention that each vendor had spent on the small details of the day was very gratifying and humbling. We were and are very appreciative.
Fortunately for all involved I did not use my very lacking arts and crafts skills for the event, but we did want the wedding and the day to have a comfortable and fun feel for all of the guests. It is a celebration after all! Bedell is such a beautiful venue, we also wanted the natural beauty of the winery and Long Island to shine through, so we tried to keep our touches simple. We added a welcome sign that we purchased from Etsy on the drink table as guests approached the lawn for the ceremony and a second Mr. and Mrs. Sign for the backs of mine and Paul’s chairs. The chairs were situated just above the steps to the pavilion and we thought that was a nice soft touch. We also had wraps and flip flops available for the women. The basket for the flip flops was actually part of one of my shower gifts we were able to reuse and I found the oval shaped holder for the wraps at Pier One Imports. For the men, we made arrangements to purchase cigars from a local producer on Long Island and had them situated in a cigar box I also found at Pier One. The cordial bar featured a variety of scotches since that is the drink of choice for my husband and his friends along with other spirits you may typically expect to find. The signage for all of the extras was provided by Cheree Berry save for the flip flops sign, which was a late personal addition, so a talented friend prepared that sign! Our cocktail hour was celebrated out on the lawn at Bedell Cellars overlooking the vineyards. To help set the tone for a fun evening, we added a croquet set on the side of the lawn as well as a corn hole game. To provide a bit of a personal touch, we had the two pieces of the corn hole game painted with the colors from our respective colleges. It was a bit chillier than expected on our wedding day, so the wraps were a big hit. We also found a number of our friends enjoying participating in the games which we think helped send the message that we wanted everyone to relax and enjoy the evening. And, of course, our wonderful photographer Roberto, caught it all!
Brides receive so much advice when they are planning their weddings, I think the best advice I can possibly give someone is to decide with their significant other what type of an event they want and then build on that idea. For Paul and I we were focused on providing an elegant yet fun evening for our guests. We also wanted to show why we chose Bedell Cellars and why we love the North Fork of Long Island. For us that meant working really closely with our wonderful caterers, John and Nikki at A Small Affair, to produce a menu that was locally sourced and a selection of foods and beverages that would appeal to a variety of tastes. Karen, our florist, also understood our vision and made sure the flowers would complement the look and feel of the evening. A number of our guests stayed locally in Greenport, New York for the weekend. We added to the local feel of the weekend by using sailor utility bags as the gift bag and stuffing them with snacks and beverages from local producers and restaurants and a local guide that included a schedule of events for the weekend, things to do in town and some historical information about Greenport to help familiarize the guests with the area. For the bridesmaids I was also able to find some great tote bags through Wm J. Mills and Co. located in Greenport to give them as a gift. We included personalized handbags from Etsy for the wedding in the tote along with a bottle of wine from Bedell Cellars. We think everyone really enjoyed the local touches and it made them feel more a part of the weekend, which was what we were looking for.
photography: New York Wedding Photography Studio, Roberto Falck Photography // venue: Bedell Cellars Winery // dress: Amsale // Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Bill Levkoff // Junior Bridesmaid Dresses: Dessy // Flower Girl Dress: US Angels // Ring Bearer Outfit: Brooks Brothers // Catering: A Small Affair, East Quogue, NY // Flowers: Karen Lenahan Designs, Sag Harbor, NY // Hair and Make-up: Emir Pehilj, New York, NY // Groom’s Suit: Tom James, New York, NY // Invitations: William Arthur // Day-of-Stationary: Cheree Berry Paper // Cake: Junda’s Pastry Shop, St. James, New York // Band: Eric Nicholas and One Love, Elan Artists, New York, NY // Flip-Flops: Old Navy (on sale in the fall!) // Cigars: Little Cigar Factory, Greenport, New York