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March 20, 2017

The Ritual, Meaning, and Joy of the Jewish Wedding Ceremony

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Working weddings in New York City means you’re lucky enough to be surrounded by multiple cultures and a variety of fabulous wedding traditions. Bride & Blossom has been lucky enough to work with brides whose weddings celebrate the many cultures and religions that make this city one of the greatest in the world! With each ceremony comes the opportunity to translate unique traditions into a wonderful expression of a couple’s love. A beautiful example of this is the Jewish wedding ceremony, which is full of meaningful rituals symbolizing the union between a husband and wife and their bond to the Jewish community.

 

Ceremony / Melanie and Graig / Tribeca Rooftop / Brett Matthews Photography

Ceremony / Melanie and Graig / Tribeca Rooftop / Brett Matthews Photography

 

Highlighting the history, meaning, and joy of Jewish marriage rituals that join the chatan (Hebrew for groom) and kallah (bride) for life. From the chuppah and breaking of the glass to the yihud, here’s your guide to a traditional Jewish ceremony.

 

Kabbalat Panim
On their wedding day, the bride and groom are considered royalty. The Jewish wedding begins with the kabbalat panim, which translates to ‘the receiving of faces.’ Just like a queen and king, the couple receives their guests in two separate events – the Hachnasat Kallah for the bride and Chosen’s Tish for the groom. The bride is seated on a throne-like chair where she is usually greeted by the female guests who are there to provide her needs. During the Chosen’s Tish, which means ‘groom’s table,’ the male guests gather around the groom and drink toasts. The groom tries to read a passage from Torah while guests interrupt him by shouting song. It is intended to keep the mood light and good-spirited.

 

Jewish Traditions - The Kabbalat Panim - via Jewish Wedding 101

Jewish Traditions – The Kabbalat Panim – via Jewish Wedding 101

 

Badeken
The couple sees each other for the first time during the Badeken, or veiling of the bride. A symbol of modesty, the veil expresses the idea that above physical appearance, the groom is drawn to his bride’s inner beauty. The male guests lead the groom to the bride’s room where she is surrounded by her female guests. He looks at his bride before lowering the veil over her face. The custom comes from the biblical story of Jacob’s love for Rachel – Jacob did not see his bride’s face before the ceremony and was tricked into marrying the wrong sister.

 

Chuppah
The wedding takes place under the chuppah, a canopy that is open on all sides and symbolizes the home of the soon-to-be-married couple. Dating back to when the Jewish people roamed the dessert, the structure recalls the tent of Abraham and Sarah, which was open and welcoming to others. There are no formal requirements regarding the chuppah’s appearance. We’ve had the privilege of working with brides on the design and floral decoration, and love watching how the chuppah becomes a beautiful expression of a woman’s personality and style.

 

 

Circling
The bride and groom are escorted into the chuppah by their respective set of parents. Next, the bride circles the groom seven times symbolizing the seven days of creation and the building of the walls of their new world together. The number seven is also significant because it symbolizes wholeness and completion.

 

Kiddushin
Kiddushin means Blessings of Betrothal and takes place under the chuppah. After the Rabbi recites the betrothal blessings, the bride and groom take a sip from a ceremonial cup of wine.

 

The Kiddushin - Betrothal - Jewish Wedding Traditions - Avi & Eleana - photo by Twin Lens Images - via Little Black Book

The Kiddushin – Betrothal – Jewish Wedding Traditions – Avi & Eleana – photo by Twin Lens Images – via Little Black Book

 

Giving of the Ring
The groom places a ring on the bride’s right index finger in clear view of two witnesses while reciting an ancient Aramaic phrase. Jewish law requires the ring to be made of precious metal and without decoration or stones, which symbolizes a marriage of simple beauty. Not permitted in some Orthodox weddings, the double-ring ceremony continues with the bride sliding a ring on the groom’s index finger.

 

Ketubah (Marriage Contract)
The Ketubah, marriage contract, is read aloud in Aramaic and English. It is signed by two witnesses and stands as a legally binding agreement. This is the point in the ceremony when the first part Kiddushan (betrothal) ends, and the latter part called Nissuin (marriage) begins.

 

Ketubah - Jewish Traditions - Jewish Wedding. Contract - via Inside Weddings

Ketubah – Jewish Traditions – Jewish Wedding. Contract – via Inside Weddings

 

Sheva Brachot (The Seven Blessings)
The theme of the sheva brachot, or The Seven Blessings, links the couple to our faith in God as Creator of the world, Bestower of joy and love, and the ultimate Redeemer of our people. The blessings are recited by the Rabbi, chosen friends and family members, or all guests in attendance.

 

Breaking of the Glass
The best-known Jewish wedding tradition is the breaking of the glass. Traditionally, the groom shatters a wineglass under his foot. But it is perfectly acceptable for the bride to get in on the fun these days. Reasoning behind the ritual varies: a symbol of the destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem; a reminder to the couple that life is full of sorrow and joy; a symbol of the fragility of relationships. For wedding guests, the sound of breaking glass means it time to shout “Mazel Tov!” and get the party started.

 

 

The Yihud
It’s been a whirlwind day for the couple. The Yihud, which means seclusion, is a ritual during which the couple retreats to a private room where they can have a moment together to reflect on their new partnership as husband and wife.

As you can see, there are many symbolic rituals make up the Jewish ceremony, creating a day filled with meaning, love, and joy that celebrates the union of husband and wife.

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March 8, 2017

Jenna + Matthew: Enchanting Romance at the Museum of Jewish Heritage

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Jenna & Matthew Rubin were married this past fall in a breathtaking ceremony and fantastical celebration at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Downtown Manhattan.

 

Chuppah / Jenna & Matthew / Jewish Heritage Museum / Cody Raisig Photography

Chuppah / Jenna & Matthew / Jewish Heritage Museum / Cody Raisig Photography

 

After years of disappointment with the New York dating scene and countless attempts to put herself out there and find Mr. Right, Jenna set up an online dating profile.  Her co-worker had encouraged her to try OKCupid after finding her husband there unexpectedly. “You have to weed through some super crazy messages,” she admitted, “but there are some hidden gems if you take the time to really look.”

At first no one stood out to Jenna, but a week in she stumbled on Matthew [aka Gotham360].  She thought he was cute and was delighted by an excerpt from his profile describing his diet.  “I’m a pescatarian,” he wrote,  “which is like a vegetarian but you also eat fish. Now that I’m writing this, I think it might sound a little ridiculous…hope you still like me.” Jenna, also a pescatarian, liked him all the more and sent him a message right away.

 

Jenna & Matthew / Museum of Jewish Heritage / Cody Raisig Photography Jenna & Matthew / Museum of Jewish Heritage / Cody Raisig Photography

 

Jenna and Matthew agreed to meet at Corkbuzz Wine Studio in Union Square, where they’ve returned the past two years on the anniversary of their first meeting.  The two connected immediately and proceeded to go on three dates the first week.

On Jenna’s dad’s 60th birthday, the couple flew down to New Orleans to celebrate. After a festive evening of wonderful food, wine and music with family and friends, the lights dimmed and a cake was carried out. To Jenna’s surprise, it was placed right in front of her and when she looked down, instead of saying “Happy Birthday” the cake said “Jenna, will you marry me?”  She turned to find Matthew on one knee with a ring. Her answer was “Yes!” and the rest is history.

 

Suspended Blooms / Jenna & Matthew / Jewish Heritage Museum / Cody Raisig Photography

Suspended Blooms / Jenna & Matthew / Jewish Heritage Museum / Cody Raisig Photography

 

Jenna and Matthew had discussed having a fall wedding before getting engaged, but it wasn’t until Jenna found her dress that she started to hone in on style and design. “Once I tried on my Mira gown, I knew immediately it was exactly what I was looking for and I used my dress as inspiration for styling the entire wedding,” she explains, “It felt very ethereal, whimsical and unique, and I wanted to evoke the same feeling I had when looking at my dress throughout the entire design of the wedding.”

 

Bridal Bouquet / Jenna & Matthew / Jewish Heritage Museum / Cody Raisig Photography

Bridal Bouquet / Jenna & Matthew / Jewish Heritage Museum / Cody Raisig Photography

 

Jenna carried a magical, modern bouquet of white ranunculus, dahlias, lavender early grey roses, scabiosa, astilbe, purple succulent blooms, and jasmine vines.  White rose petals led up to the altar, where a stunning chuppah of wisteria branches and white delphinium awaited in a glow of hanging votive candles.

 

 

Romantic whites carried into the reception, where guests were greeted by a spray of birch branches adorned with hydrangeas, roses, and cascading Dendrobium orchids. Lavender earl gray roses and purple amnesia roses made the arrangement whimsical with violet hues.

 

Card Table / Jenna & Matthew / Jewish Heritage Museum / Cody Raisig Photography

Card Table / Jenna & Matthew / Jewish Heritage Museum / Cody Raisig Photography

 

A wide range of designs transformed the reception into an enchanting wonderland of lush garlands, suspended branches, hints of moss and intertwining blooms.

 

 

White and purple blooms were suspended over the dance floor, hanging at varied levels to create a magnificent floral ceiling.

 

Suspended Blooms / Jenna & Matthew / Jewish Heritage Museum / Cody Raisig Photography

 

We asked Jenna about her favorite moment of the day to look back on. “The best moment of the day for me was right after we were married and walking off the stage hand in hand. There are some photos of us walking out of the auditorium and they’re our favorites from the day. You can see how truly happy and excited we were to be married in the moment and both of us reflecting back have talked about how it was such a perfect moment.”

 

Jenna & Matthew / Museum of Jewish Heritage / Cody Raisig Photography

Jenna & Matthew / Museum of Jewish Heritage / Cody Raisig Photography

 

Congratulations, Jenna and Matthew!

 

Venue: Museum of Jewish Heritage
Planner: Lindsey M Events
Photography: Cody Raisig Photography
Videography: 15 Minutes of Frame
Caterer + Cake : Above and Beyond
Bride’s Gown: Mira Zwillinger
Groom’s Tuxedo: Zegna
Bride’s Shoes: Stuart Weitzman
Bridesmaids Dresses: Rooey Knots
Beauty: Beauty With Grace + Fox & Jane
Music: Erik Marshall Band of Hank Lane
Invitations: Kleinfeld + Minted

 

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March 3, 2017

Joann + Michael at The Mandarin Oriental

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Joann & Michael / Mandarin Oriental / Ryan Brenizer Photography

Joann & Michael / Mandarin Oriental / Ryan Brenizer Photography

 

“Michael is an anesthesiologist and I am a gastroenterologist and yes, it’s a little cliched, but we are two doctors who met at work in the hospital!”

Joann recalls the particular day she and Michael connected for the first time, after almost a year of seeing one another here and there. “I remember seeing him for the first time and thinking he was so handsome, but we are not in the same department so my interactions with him were always a bit random.”  However, one fateful Friday, Michael and Joann were paired to work together for the entire day. It was a slow day of work, so the two had a chance to chat and get to know each other. “I just remember laughing a lot and enjoying the day,” recalls Joann, “Shortly after that he asked me out and I was so excited to spend more time with him outside of work.”

 

Joann & Michael / Mandarin Oriental / Ryan Brenizer Photography

Joann & Michael / Mandarin Oriental / Ryan Brenizer Photography

 

They laughed so hard and talked so naturally on their first date out to Japanese food, neither of them even realized when the restaurant was starting to close. “I don’t think it took us long after that to realize that we were meant for each other,” says Joann,  “Michael has always felt like home to me. He makes me feel so comfortable to be myself. I feel like I’ve known him all my life. I feel very lucky to have found him!”

When it came down to planning, neither Michael nor Joann had a set idea for what kind of wedding they wanted. “All we knew was that we wanted to plan an event for our close friends and family that was filled with lots of warmth and love and wanted it to be a memorable night for everyone, not just us.”  The couple began by compiling a list of vendors and venues that interested them based on research and reviews, and then set up a series of meetings.  When we asked Joanna about the process of finding the right venue and vendors, the in-person meetings were crucial to determining what they wanted and who they trusted.  “The meetings were probably the most important part of our planning process because as great as reviews can be, the in-person meeting or site visit really helped us realize what we wanted in the end of it all,” she explains, “This was especially important for our vendors – if we were trusting them with one of the most important days of our lives, we needed to know that we would connect with them to trust them completely.”

Plus, taking the time to find vendors they trusted only led to more connections. “Once we established relationships with vendors, we also found them to be a rich resource for referrals to other vendors, because who better to ask for advice and referrals then from vendors who you already trust!”

 

Joann & Michael / Mandarin Oriental / Ryan Brenizer Photography

Joann & Michael / Mandarin Oriental / Ryan Brenizer Photography

 

“After we secured our venue, we began to look at flowers to figure out our plan.  When we saw pictures of bright, jewel-toned flowers, it was undeniable that it evoked the emotions consistent with what we wanted for our wedding, as opposed to whites or pastels,” explains Joann.  “When we spoke with Rachel about this, she took our ideas and put together the most stunning arrangements.”

Joann carried a one-of-a-kind bouquet of eggplant calla lilies, plum ranunculus, purple and fuchsia roses, and burgundy anemones. Tall arrangements in similar tones with raspberry spray roses and purple hydrangeas stood at the aisle entrance and the altar with votive candles clustered at the base, creating a mesmerizing, romantic ceremony.

 

 

Jewel-toned blooms carried into the ceremony, with a card table arrangement of manzanita branches dotted with iridescent purples and pinks.

 

 

Centerpieces ranged from soaring sprays of Hawaiian orchids to low, lush collections of hydrangeas and roses.

 

 

In the glow of candlelight, these stunning, rich colors transformed The Mandarin Oriental into a fantastic, welcoming wonderland that was completely unique.  “The rich colors of the flowers were so beautiful and expressive, they brought warmth to the wedding and I could not stop smiling, I felt like it perfectly brought out the mood of the night.”

 

Joann & Michael / Mandarin Oriental / Ryan Brenizer Photography

Joann & Michael / Mandarin Oriental / Ryan Brenizer Photography

 

We asked Joann her advice for letting go and enjoying the big day. “We both made sure to take moments to soak it all in.  Our guests had a blast, the venue was amazing and the flowers and lighting were beyond words….we felt so grateful for it all.  We wanted to get married again the following weekend!”

 

Congratulations, Joann and Michael!

 

Venue: Mandarin Oriental New York
Planned by: Jessica Jordan Events
Photography: The Brenizers
Videography: Love in Progress
Cake: Madison Lee’s Cakes
Bride’s Gown: Vera Wang
Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade
Groom’s Tux + Shoes: Giorgio Armani
Rings: Tiffany & Co.
Beauty: JAC Beauty
Ceremony/Cocktail Hour Music: Juilliard Musicians
Reception Music: DJ David Medina
Invitations: Minted
Photobooth : Sweet Booths

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February 15, 2017

Flower Feature – Hydrangea

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One of the most beautiful and well-known species in the flower kingdom, is hydrangea. Hydrangea originated in many regions of the world, including North and South America, Europe and Asia. Now worldwide, they are very famous and a popular flower grown in gardens, while also being used at special occasions and weddings. Offering a variety of species in the kingdom, it is most famous for its hydrangea and Dutch hydrangea variety. The hydrangea species is famous for its large soft clusters and overwhelming beauty in its natural state. The hydrangea flower is grown on a hydrangea bush in single clusters containing multiple little flowers and blooms. Though each individual flower is very small, hydrangea’s florets are known for coming in full round clusters at the top of a single stem.

 

White Hydrangea Bouquet - A Modern Style - via Martha Stewart Weddings

White Hydrangea Bouquet-A Modern Style- via Martha Stewart Weddings

 

Hydrangea are most popular and known for their pure white petals, yet they are also grown in a variety of colors including purple, blue and pink. A small fact that many don’t know about hydrangea is that the color of the hydrangea flowers depends on the acidity of the soil they are grown in. This can determine whether they will produce, for example, blue or white flowers. Offering a complete range of colors, Dutch hydrangea bloom in a little more variety of colors than the average hydrangea, including white, green, and all shades of pink, blue and purple.

 

 

Hydrangea, though grown in many parts of the world,  thrive in moist soil with partial shade and die instantly when exposed to direct sunlight and heat. Another fact about the hydrangea is that they are the ‘camel’ of the flower world,  meaning they require and flourish off a huge amount of water. Hydrangea need to drink excessive amounts of water a day to stay crisp, fresh and silky. They get their name from the Greek word ‘hydro’, which means water, and ‘angeion’ which stands for vessel. This symbolic name is very fitting, since this species requires a lot of water to grow and lasts a long time.

 

Blue Hydrangea - Haute Hydrangea - photo by Hamptons Hostess

Blue Hydrangea – Haute Hydrangea – photo by Hamptons Hostess

 

Representing honesty, gratitude and the thought of giving, hydrangea makes for the perfect package for many occasions. Another aspect of this species is that its unique look can adapt to many wedding styles. From classic, romantic, modern, colorful or even neutral styles, hydrangea can modify and complement their surroundings beautifully. Hydrangea are a staple flower in the summer and spring, but are also used for special occasions during the other seasons. As we mentioned earlier, hydrangea are offered in blooms of white, purple, blue and pink, making them the perfect statement piece that complements both arrangements and brides. These flowers look beautiful and delicate, yet are very strong and have a long vase life with plenty of water. They are a classic choice, and one that complements each and every occasion.

 

 

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January 18, 2017

Alyson + Gary – Bohemian Bliss on Long Island’s North Shore

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Alyson & Gary / The Estate at East Wind / Kate Neal Photography

Alyson & Gary / The Estate at East Wind / Kate Neal Photography

 

Cancun, Mexico. Spring Break, 2008.  It was Alyson’s senior year of college, and this was her last hurrah before graduation.  One night, she and her girlfriends were out at the hotel bar when Gary and his friends approached and asked if they could sit together. Alyson offered to share her seat with Gary, who was celebrating being in preseason for Major League Soccer with the rest of the team.  The gang shared in a wild night of partying, and Alyson and Gary said goodbye assuming they’d never see each other again.

But all week, they continued to run into each other again and again, soon discovering their rooms were side by side!  After a few more days of heavy partying, Alyson and Gary decided to take a night off and go on a date. Gary slipped a note under her door to verify their plans, and she did the same to confirm.  The two saw “Juno” with subtitles and spent a lovely evening together.

The dreamy days of Cancun were coming to an end all too soon. Alyson and her friends, and Gary and his team all went out for a final night of celebration, and the next morning said their goodbyes, thinking for sure this time they’d reached the end of their correspondence.  “After he left, I was down by the pool and my girlfriend came running over telling me I had to go up to our room,” Alyson recalls,  “When I opened the door, there were rose petals on the bed and a note on my pillow. It said that he didn’t expect to meet anyone in Cancun of all places, but would like to see where this could go and asked that we get in touch once I was back in NY.”

Gary called Alyson the next day while she was waiting for her layover, and asked if he could come visit her in Syracuse on Sunday (The next day!) Alyson’s girlfriends urged her to say yes, and Gary drove from Boston, MA to Syracuse, NY the next morning after a huge snowstorm, just so they could spend one day together.

“I knew by the end of that summer he was going to be the man I married,” says Alyson, “The definition of serendipity is finding something good when you’re not looking for it and that is our story and why I love it so.”

Alyson & Gary / The Estate at East Wind / Kate Neal Photography

Alyson & Gary / The Estate at East Wind / Kate Neal Photography

 

Alyson and Gary were married this past October, in a magical ceremony and celebration at the stunning Estate at East Wind on the North Shore of Long Island.

The couple said their vows before a beautiful floral archway accented with curly willow branches, ivory and cream roses, Italian ruscus and silver dollar eucalyptus.  A whimsical walkway lined with roses led up to the altar with additional branches and greenery.

Ceremony / Alyson and Gary / The Estate at Eastwind / Kate Neal Photography

Ceremony / Alyson and Gary / The Estate at Eastwind / Kate Neal Photography

 

The bountiful garden setting was perfect for what Alyson envisioned for her floral design.  “What I really wanted for our wedding was to have this dreamy, bohemian, garden-y look rather than a more traditional ‘put together’ type of floral design,” explains Alyson, “I wanted the floral design to be airy, but lush with cascading flowers and lots of greenery.”

Alyson carried a rounded bouquet of dusty rose amnesia roses, ivory garden roses, cream vendela roses and ivory spray roses, with accents of dusty miller and silver dollar eucalyptus arranged with texture and dimension, and gathered with an ivory satin ribbon.  She wore a beautiful long-sleeved gown by Lihi Hod, from the designer’s amazing 2016 collection of Boho-inspired gowns and two-pieces.  “Gary said he envisioned me wearing a dress similar to the one I wore, but what totally threw him off was the way I wore my hair – he loved it!” remembers Alyson, who wore a fantastic fishtail braid.

 

Walking down the aisle and exchanging vows were some of Alyson’s most cherished memories of the whole day. “I just remember locking eyes with Gary and never letting go,” she says, “And our vow exchange.  I absolutely loved the personal touch it added to our wedding; he is quite the poet and had me and a few others in tears!”

The wedding party looked dashing, with Gary’s groomsmen in dapper charcoal suits from Robbie & Co and a single Amnesia rose in each lapel.  Alyson’s best girlfriends wore ethereal Rose Water gowns by Two Birds and carried gorgeous, pastel bouquets to complement the bride’s.

Groomsmen / Alyson & Gary / The Estate at East Wind / Kate Neal Photography

Groomsmen / Alyson & Gary / The Estate at East Wind / Kate Neal Photography

 

Bridesmaids / Alyson & Gary / The Estate at East Wind / Kate Neal Photography

Bridesmaids / Alyson & Gary / The Estate at East Wind / Kate Neal Photography

 

Dusty rose was at the core of Alyson’s dreamy, elegant color palette. “I was going to go with a trendier color scheme – heather grey and a deep purple. However, after I got to playing around on Pinterest and looking at floral arrangements and color schemes, I realized how classic and romantic pink hues looked, but I still wanted something different from the often used (but pretty!) blush color.”

 

“I stumbled across this antique, dusty rose color that reminded me of rose gold, which I’ve always been a fan of, and just fell in love with it! The color would pair perfectly with neutrals and it was a done deal.”

The reception was held at East Wind’s Estate, a breathtaking, modern hall with skylights, exposed brick, and brass chandeliers. Guests were greeted by two sandblasted manzanita trees rooted in a bed of fresh blooms and illuminated by floating glass votive candles.

 

Creating a magical, Bohemian vibe in alignment with their serendipitous meeting , Alyson and Gary’s décor struck the perfect balance between wild and polished, subtle and bold.  Tables were decked out in both high and low arrangements of roses, hydrangeas, dahlias, and tulips, with gold glass-stemmed candle holders bringing a romantic glow to the room. A floral garland was strewn across the couple’s sweetheart table, and adorable signs accented with fresh blooms and greens hung on the newlywed’s chairs.

 

 

Who knew spring break in Cancun would kickstart such an amazing, timeless, romantic union?  Congratulations, Alyson & Gary!

 

Wedding Cake / Alyson & Gary / The Estate at East Wind / Kate Neal Photography

Wedding Cake / Alyson & Gary / The Estate at East Wind / Kate Neal Photography

 

Venue: The Estate at East Wind
Photography: Kate Neal Photo
Videography: Mackler Studios
Cake: Francesco’s
Bride’s Gown: Lihi Hod
Bride’s Shoes: Valentino
Groom’s / Groomsmen Tuxedo: Robbie & Co
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Two Birds
Beauty: The Spa at East Wind
Music: Hank Lane Band
Invitations / Place Cards / Table Cards : Ceci New York
Officiant: David Conway

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January 3, 2017

Ryan + Darren: Rustic Elegance at Crabtree’s Kittle House

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On the East bank of the Hudson River, thirty miles north of New York City, lies the beautiful historic settlement of Chappaqua. Founded by the Quakers in the 1780s, Chappaqua is home to a multitude of stunning historical buildings, including the timelessly elegant Crabtree’s Kittle House, where Ryan and Darren Mooney were married in impeccable style this past November.

Ryan & Darren / Crabtree Kittle House / Meg Miller Photography

Ryan & Darren / Crabtree’s Kittle House / Meg Miller Photography

 

Ryan and Darren reside in Boston, where they met during their second year of law school.  “We were both at a mutual friend’s birthday party where I learned Darren was moving not far from where I lived,” recalls Ryan, “I must have had liquid courage because I jumped at the opportunity to show him the neighborhood.  It was very awkward, to say the least…we went to the gym and then Trader Joe’s! It stuck though, and we’ve been together ever since!”

Four years later, Darren proposed on the infamous Acorn Street tucked away in Boston’s Beacon Hill neighborhood. “I thought we were on our way to a Christmas party, but soon learned Darren had other plans. He even had a photographer hiding in an alley to capture everything.”

 

 

The next morning, Darren surprised Ryan with a trip to Newport, RI, their favorite getaway, where they stayed on the water at the Castle Hill Inn.  “It was warm for early December (el nino/global warming), so we got to walk along the beach barefoot while drinking champagne. It was my kind of weekend!”

Because Darren proposed in December, the couple went into their venue search knowing they wanted a winter wedding that reflected the holiday vibes surrounding their engagement. On the weekend following New Year’s Eve, the couple set off from Boston to tour a handful of venues in the New York area where Ryan grew up. Crabtree’s Kittle House was their first stop.  

“We drove up and immediately fell in the love with the huge wreath hanging outside,” says Ryan, “It got better when we stepped in to find garland running along the staircases, rustic touches here and there, and an overall homey and welcoming feel throughout.”

 

Wedding Party / Ryan & Darren / Crabtree's Kittle House / Meg Miller Photography

Wedding Party / Ryan & Darren / Crabtree’s Kittle House / Meg Miller Photography

 

While they still looked at a few other venues, the couple kept thinking back to the Kittle House and eventually cut their search short. “What ultimately sold us was the people who worked there. Everyone was genuinely nice, caring and accommodating. We felt comfortable and we felt valued.”

The Kittle House began as a humble barn when its timber frame was first built in the 1790s, and it was important to Ryan that their wedding décor reflect the venue’s history.  Deep greens and rose gold served as a base color scheme, while accents of deep pink and violet opened up the décor to a more free, rustic feel.  The reception featured a combination of long, lush garlands and low centerpieces in an English garden style.

 

 

“Bride and Blossom scattered dim candles throughout the centerpieces that added warmth and a soft glow to the Kittle House. It was perfection!”

Ryan carried a stunning, textured bouquet of burgundy bacarra roses, pale blush quicksand roses, ivory spray roses, burgundy ranunculus, cream garden roses, parvifolia eucalyptus, and seeded eucalyptus with accents of Italian ruscus vines and hints of natural greenery

 

Bridal Bouquet / Ryan & Darren / Crabtree Kittle House / Meg Miller Photography

Bridal Bouquet / Ryan & Darren / Crabtree’s Kittle House / Meg Miller Photography

 

She wore a gorgeous gown by Eve of Milady and her magnificent “something old” – a fur stole given to her grandmother by her late grandfather, his dedication stitched right into the lining.

 

 

“It was so special to literally be wrapped up in a message of love from my grandfather, and my grandmother felt like he was there that day with us all to celebrate.”

When asked what advice she would give to brides-to-be going through the process of planning, Ryan emphasized trusting your gut about little details that matter to you.  “Brides are constantly told to relax and that no one will remember x, y or z. I hated hearing that because I’ll remember at the end of the day! If you have the time and the resources, focus on what matters to you and ignore the naysayers. Plus, I had many guests comment on some of those ‘small’ details and how they loved them, which made my day even better!”

 

Bridesmaids Bouquets / Ryan & Darren / Crabtree Kittle House / Meg Miller Photography

Bridesmaids Bouquets / Ryan & Darren / Crabtree’s Kittle House / Meg Miller Photography

 

Congratulations, Ryan & Darren!

 

Venue: Crabtree’s Kittle House
Planner: Susan Knapik – The Wedding Assistant on the Hudson
Photography: Meg Miller Photography
Videography: Michael Joseph Films
Cake: Lulu Cake Boutique
Bride’s Gown: Eve of Milady via Allegria Bridal Boston 
Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Groom’s Tuxedo: 9tailors
Groom’s Shoes: The Black Tux
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale via Allegria Bridal Boston
Groomsmen’s Tuxedos: The Black Tux
Rings: Orly Diamonds
Makeup: JK Flashy
Hair: Beauty by Nicole
Music: Maura & Co (ceremony), BOK Music (reception),
Officiant: Reverend Timothy Wiggins

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