April 14, 2014

Amy and Rocky’s wedding was elegance personified. Their day began in the enchanting rooms under the Mountain Winery’s Banquet Hall. The girls got ready in different colored kimono robes while the guys had clips of their favorite comedies projecting on the wall. There were libations, traditions, flowers and tons of laughter. The family and wedding party congregated in the Mountain Winery’s amphitheater for portraits – the same place where great musicians such as Ella Fitzgerald, Ringo Starr, Stevie Wonder, ZZ Top, and so many other famous artists have performed through the decades. As the day progressed and the couple said their vows, the light slowly receded behind the Saratoga hills. It made for incredible ambiance as the couple strolled through the winter grapevines. Even with all the excitement from the day, photographing the couple’s first moments as husband and wife had a quiet peace to it. I felt grateful to be witness to this sacred time, because soon after they were rushed into their reception with the kind of wild crowd that only a rock-n-roll venue can inspire.” – Evan Chung Photography

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“After having spent so many months planning and preparing for our wedding, it’s difficult to chose just one memory to call my favorite! There were so many special moments in the day that I cherished, which included the anticipation of walking down the aisle with my father as all of our guests were seated, watching, and waiting. Among some other cherished memories was seeing how happy my mother was, my soon to be husband and I exchanging our vows with each other, watching our precious flower girl, who was too young to understand her task, picking up the flower petals instead of dropping them, or my very soon to be husband accidentally saying “I do” before the officiate finished his speech. Other fond memories included, feeling so beautiful in my wedding gown and Chinese dress, taking pictures with my soon to be husband was another favorite one as it was one of the few times as we were able to have time alone as husband and wife.  Also, my dance with my father and my first dance with my husband. Lastly, one of my fondest wedding day memory was the end of the night when my husband and I could finally take our shoes off to relax and reflect over the day that had passed, while feeling overjoyed with contentment that we are now married to each other!

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..We DIY-ed many things, both in the interest of saving money and in adding a personal touch to the decorations for our wedding day. My sister and I actually spent 12 hours in the day before the wedding arranging all of the flowers that were used for the wedding. That and the weeks of work in buying and assembling the other decorations and components of the wedding gave us a great sense of accomplishment in knowing that I had a personal touch in creating a beautiful memory and environment for our guests!

We created the:

Table Center piece
Bouquets
Aisle flower arrangement
Boutonniere
Goodie bags for the kids
Name and table cards
Flower girl basket
Ring pillow
Garter
Bird cage for our wedding cards

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..Spend time with the wedding party and savor every moment of the wedding day as the day goes by so quickly.

Try to enjoy the planning phase and have fun with your fiancé as you two are in this together. It is an extremely stressful time involving ideas, deadlines, and budgets, so remember to take time out to enjoy each other and remember why you are getting married in the first place! Don’t be uptight and too rigid about the little things and embrace the unexpected and each other’s opinions – compromise!

Even after months of planning, something will go wrong as it always does, so roll with the punches and go with the flow.  Realize that everyone involved is eager to help, so be sure to ask for that help. Ultimately, realize that everyone who shows up will be so wowed and happy to be there, that fine details and missteps probably won’t even be noticed!

Remember that the day is about you and your fiancé or fiancée. Many friends and families will undoubtedly lend advice, opinions, and objections to your decisions, but go with what your heart tells you. The day is a celebration of your love and future together so the choices should be yours alone. 

Lastly, make sure you take some time to eat on the day of your wedding or request the waiters to pack your food to go. In the rush and excitement of the day, my husband did not have time to eat his much of the delicious meal or the beautiful cakes that we had planned for the evening!” – Amy, the bride

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photography: Evan Chung Photography // venue: Mountain Winery // wedding dress and alterations: Novella Bridal, Casablanca 2072 // men’s attire: Tuxedo Fashions // wedding coordinator: Kendra Stapp // hair & makeup: Chau Nguyen of A-list Makeup // invitations: Wedding Paper Divas // cake: Satura // photobooth: Say Ya! Photo Booth // DJ: Blaze Wave Entertainment

April 7, 2014

“Rachel and Bradley’s wedding was one of my favorites of the year! It was a beautiful outdoor event held at a lovely vineyard in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, which is also where I grew up. I knew Rachel as a little girl and our families are close friends so Rachel’s wedding was extra special to me. Rachel, who is an artist, was involved in planning every single detail of her wedding and it definitely showed. I loved her creative style, and the fact that she and her family handmade so many of the lovely details made the day extra special. I was honored to be a part of this lovely wedding.” – Gayle Driver Photography

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“It is so hard to pick one moment. Some of my favorite moments were getting ready with my friends and spending the whole morning doing hair and makeup and drinking mimosas. I also loved the conversation my dad and I had while he walked me down the aisle. He is such a tender hearted man and he told me he proud he was of me and the life I was about to start with Brad, I couldn’t help but tear up. I loved walking down the aisle and seeing Brad’s face light up. We didn’t do a first look, so those moments before I got to him, were so sweet to see his reaction…

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..What didn’t I make?! I am a self described DIY fanatic. I get all kinds of crazy ideas from Pinterest and try to figure out how to make them happen. I spent a lot of time with family and friends crafting before the wedding. We got married at a vineyard and so I made lots of things including a big “T” (for Tenny our last name) out of wine corks. I worked with my dad routing & painting the signs that were displayed throughout the reception out of old barnwood. My bridesmaids helped me make all of the favors that also acted as the escort cards,  which were S’more packets with a tag that said “sending S’more Love”. I grew up at a camp and loved making them as a child. I learned a little bit of calligraphy (I definitely have a lot more to learn!) so I could letter all of the tags and signs throughout the reception. It was so much fun for me to have that quality time making them with my family and friends. I am sure they got tired of my ideas, but I loved the process and being able to see all that we had done come together on the big day…

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..I love this tradition. My something borrowed and blue was a broach (carried on my bouquet) that was a gift from my grandfather to my grandmother. They have both passed away and it really felt like I was carrying them with me through that day. My something new was the beautiful earrings and bracelet I wore that were given to me by my mother-in-law. My something old was the lace in the hair piece I wore that was made by Amelia of AMD and put together by my mom and I.

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..I loved planning our wedding. I spent hours and hours reading blogs and putting together ideas. I designed most everything from the centerpiece idea to the lanterns and place settings. I was actually kind of sad once the wedding was over, that the planning was over too.  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE being married, I just so enjoyed the planning process. My advice is something that most brides say, but I truly mean it… Enjoy every single moment of being a bride, from the showers to the wedding. You will only get these precious moments once, so be present in all of them AND get a wonderful photographer to capture them. So much of the day seems like a blur, but I am so thankful to have great photographs to look back at and remember the details. Take it all in and don’t stress yourself out. Nobody else will care or notice the tiny things that go wrong.” – Rachel, the bride

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Photographer: Gayle Driver Photography // Event Designer: Ameiia Marie Designs // Venue: Bluestone Vineyard // Caterer: Hank’s Smokehouse & Southern Grillery // Cake Designer: Sue Dean // Flowers: The Weekend Florist // calligraphy chalkboard signs: Diamond Designs

June 26, 2013

We have an absolutely gorgeous, vineyard wedding from Anna Sawin Photography for you today! Paul and Marci were married at the beautiful Chamard Vineyards… flanked by romantic diy details, this couple truly planned a wedding that reflected their personalities!

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“Stopping for a moment and taking in the sight of everyone dancing and singing with the band to the Humpty Dance while holding their cotton candy… and our second favorite memory happened a month after the wedding. Someone sent me a video of the bus ride back from the vineyard to the hotels where the whole bus full of people; family & friends who were strangers at the beginning, singing the whole way home “99 bottles of beer” and shouting congratulatory messages to us!

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..We DIY-ed lots of things… the burlap table clothes, the ribbons and initials for the reception chairs, the table numbers, the galvanized buckets for the s’mores & blankets, the wine bottle favor tags, the place cards, and the chalkboards! I got lots of inspiration from Pinterest, Martha Stewart Weddings, Southern Brides, Bliss Celebrations, and Paper Source. I knew that I wanted things to be shabby chic, relaxed and with a twist of fun. It was also important for us to source locally. My dress was created by a designer in Woodbridge CT, all the food was sourced locally and in season, we had local beer/wine, etc. The best piece of advice I have is to really define the look you are going for and always check back to see if the projects you are considering fit with that one single minded look/feel (the venue, the dress, the favors, the food, the music). It is easy to get caught up in all of the different ideas that you see everywhere and want to do it all, but there is a fine line between making an event look elegant vs. a tacky mish mash of fad accents ..or a seamless thread carried throughout all elements of the event.

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Something Old: my great grandmothers ring and handkerchief

Something New: my parents bought me a necklace that symbolizes marriage and the joining of 2 lives

Something Borrowed: our borrowed was Paul’s late grandfather’s tack hammer to close the wine box at the ceremony (we put a bottle of Chamard wine and notes to each other in the box and sealed it – we will open it up on our first anniversary, then we will put another bottle in and new notes for next year!

Something Blue: this really cute light blue Hanky Pankey thong with rhinestones that said “I do.” My friend Cindy gave them to me at my shower, she always thinks of the best little gifts!

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..My advice would be to decide what is really important for you and focus on those few things. Families start to get really involved because they are excited to help, so if you can throw a few low risk activities their way – they will feel like they’ve done something special and the things you really want to do your way you can manage by yourself. The day of, it all falls into place somehow and you will wonder why you ever worried. No matter what happens it will be your day, of special memories & unforgettable moments. OH… and stop to look around!” -Marci, the bride

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Wedding Photography: Anna Sawin + Nicki Griffith for Anna Sawin Photography // Wedding Venue: Chamard Vineyards // Officiant: Victoria Burdick // Event Coordination: TRUE Event // Floral Design: Flourescent, Milford, Connecticut // Catering: Gourmet Galley // Cakes: Gourmet Galley + J Cakes // Lighting + Tent Rental: Sperry Tents // Music: O’Brien Strings + The Nerds // Hair + Makeup: Lindsay of Jennie Fresa Makeup & Skincare Boutiquerie + Timothy Pamment Salon // Transportation: STA Transportation + Post Road Limo // Accommodations: Saybrook Point Inn + Comfort Inn, Old Saybrook // Wedding Dress: Modern Trousseau via The White Dress by the Shore // Shoes: Something Bleu // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Coren Moore via The White Dress by the Shore // Save the Dates: Pear Tree Greetings // Calligraphy (Escort Cards, Table Numbers, Chalkboard Menu): Kristen Henderson Calligraphy

January 23, 2013

“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

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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…

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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.

Did you DIY anything for your wedding

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!

What is your advice for brides currently in the planning process

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.

wedding event credits

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

June 21, 2012

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Ben and Christine love eating at Mandolas, so Christine saw this as the perfect opportunity to come to Duchman Family Winery (Mandola’s winery) and Trattoria Lisina. It was a beautiful place, and once the sun set, the lighting was amazing. It was such a nice change to get out of the urban Austin background and have some nice country settings! Ben and Christine were such an awesome couple to work with, and you can tell from these photos that they really love each other! – Sean of Day 7 Photography

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