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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 17, 2017

Winter is the New White

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Alexandra & Edmond / Tribeca Rooftop / Natural Expressions NY

Alexandra & Edmond / Tribeca Rooftop / Natural Expressions NY

 

As a bride-to-be, you’ve spent your life dreaming of the perfect gown for your special day.  Some of us have known forever exactly what we want to walk down the aisle in. But when the time comes to find that dream dress, it can be overwhelming to take in just how many options are out there. So many details go into picking the right dress for your style, body, season and theme, to find the one that  will bring your whole wedding day look together.

For many brides, the first step is choosing the right white.  From snow-white to ivory to champagne, the tone you choose can reflect undertones that align with your color scheme to bring your dress and décor together.

Imagining what their train looks like from the back as they walk to the altar is what brings many brides’ visions to life, so finding the precise silhouette you’ve always fantasized of is an important next step. Winter bridal gowns and summer gowns have a very different feel to them. Winter gowns tend to be grand and elaborate, while summer gowns tend towards a sleek and airy feel. Take the time to browse through fabrics to see what best suits your aesthetic. While fibrous fabrics like silk, organza, and cotton breathe better than blends and finishes like satin, tulle and lace, they also wrinkle more easily, so take this into consideration as you explore.

As we know, the dress steals the show, but as a winter bride, you have many options to accessorize your overall look to complete your fabulous winter theme.  Even with an elaborate dress, incorporating these modest additions won’t overpower the look, but rather accent it seamlessly.

 

 

Bridal gloves are a classic accessory for winter brides, and there are a wide range of styles you can wear to accentuate your dress and embrace the season.

If your ceremony is outdoors, you might consider delicate wool gloves or even a chic fur muff to protect you from the cold.

 

 

If braving the elements isn’t your style, evening gloves never fail to portray elegance and romance.  Evening gloves come in a wide range of lengths and fabrics, though typically fall just past the elbow and are made of satin, silk, or lace. Famously worn by the likes of Jackie Kennedy and Audrey Hepburn on their wedding days, evening gloves are a great way to channel timeless class and old Hollywood glamour. Vintage evening gloves are not difficult to find, and can make a wonderful “something borrowed” if you happen to have a pair in the family.

 

Bridal fur is another fabulous option for winter brides. Not only will fur bring your winter wedding flair to the next level, it will keep you glowing and warm no matter the temperature.  There are many things to consider when choosing a fur but the good news is, unlike your dress, you can wear this accessory again and again!

 

Winter Bride / Alexandra & Edmond / Tribeca Rooftop / Natural Expressions NY

Winter Bride / Alexandra & Edmond / Tribeca Rooftop / Natural Expressions NY

 

When one thinks of bridal fur, the first image that comes to mind is typically a traditional white stole.  Stoles are an ideal way to cover up your shoulders without hiding your gown and make a stunning statement piece. But in recent years, bridal fur has expanded to capes, shawls, hairpieces, shoe and dress accents, so you’re free to incorporate fur as subtly or boldly as you please.

 

 

The color of fur you choose presents a wide range of styles, from all-white modern to rustic brown, to adventurous greys, blues, and burgundies.  If you’re taking pictures outdoors, introducing natural fur is a beautiful way to contrast a snowy backdrop and bring out surrounding earth tones. If fur is just not your thing, cashmere or wool shawls are also a lovely way to provide you with light warmth and punctuate your seasonal style.

 

 

Winter white may come in and out of fashion over the years, but in the wedding world, it has always been a well-embraced statement. With these tips and trends, we are excited to offer a new twist on an old classic.

 

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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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November 28, 2016

Flower Feature: Anemones

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These charming, vibrant blooms with their signature black center derive their name from the same Greek word meaning “the wind’s daughter.”

Anemones / Kristen & Dave / New York Botanical Gardens / Chad David Kraus Photography

Anemones / Kristen & Dave / New York Botanical Garden / Chad David Kraus Photography

 

Anemones open in the day and close up at night, a unique trait that played a symbolic role in the Greek myth of Aphrodite and her lover Adonis, a mortal.  The story goes that the two lovers would go hunting together in the woods, Adonis chasing game on foot and Aphrodite trailing behind him in her swan-driven chariot. Aphrodite’s ex-lover Aries soon grew jealous of their bond, and while Adonis was out hunting alone, his rival disguised himself as a boar and brutally attacked Adonis with his tusks.  While Adonis fought for his life, he was no match for a god and fell to his death on the forest floor.

Aphrodite rushed to his side, but it was too late.  In mourning, she sprinkled ceremonial nectar on her lover’s wounds and carried him out of the forest.  Turning back, she saw crimson anemones had sprouted out of the ground where each drop of blood had fallen.  The wind blowing the flowers open or closing them in stillness is said to represent the gain and loss of love.

There are over 150 varieties of anemones in a wide range of colors and shapes, bearing one to three blooms per stem.  Anemones’ petals are extremely delicate, but beautiful to watch furl and unfurl around their black or yellow fringed centers as they burst open towards the light, creating beautiful gestural lines.

 

 

Anemones make a stunning statement in bouquets and arrangements, thanks to their wide, deep centers and pastel or jewel-toned petals.  If you’re looking into a black-and-white wedding, anemones are one of the few flowers with true black centers that bring an impactful pop to a white bouquet or arrangement.

No matter your style or color scheme, incorporating anemones into your décor will bring drama, detail, and elegance to any ceremony or reception.

 

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November 22, 2016

The Best Blooms for Winter Weddings

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Alexandra & Jason / Tribeca Rooftop / Natural Expressions Photography

Alexandra & Jason / Tribeca Rooftop / Natural Expressions Photography

 

When we think of winter wedding flowers, we often jump to an all-white color scheme, while in fact there is a wide range of flowers in many colors available in winter to suit any floral design vision.  Amaryllis, Anemones, Orchids, Hydrangeas, and Peonies are some of the most popular winter blooms, as well as many varieties of Roses.

Even if you’re committed to an all-white winter wedding, mixing and matching shades of white can make for a stunning array of tones, textures and shapes, from antique ivories to soft creams to classic white-as-snow.  Silvery accents of Dusty Miller or Silver Brunia make for beautiful finishes for a monochrome winter wonderland look.

 

 

Many winter brides also choose to go for deep reds and greens in the spirit of the holidays, and winter weddings are perfect for bringing the outside in by highlighting berries, garlands, and branches.  This can instantly enliven an indoor ceremony or reception, and fill the space with warmth and cheer.

 

 

Of course, there’s no reason to feel limited by classic styles.  Here are four brightly colored blooms widely available in the winter months that you can use to build a one-of-a-kind color scheme.

Amaryllis
Nov-April

 

These beautiful, rare flowers feature several blooms at the top of a long, thick stalk.  Most commonly seen in shades of pink, coral,  yellow, and pale green, the amaryllis is dramatic, bold, and sure to transform any bouquet or arrangement.

 

Daffodils 
Nov-April

Daffodils via Gardenia

Daffodils via Gardenia

 

Many of us know this happy yellow flower as the first to arrive come spring.  Luckily, daffodils are available throughout the world all winter long, and come in a wide variety of sizes and tones.  In classic yellow, or in tones of apricot, white, and orange, daffodils are sure to bring a touch of springtime to any winter ceremony.

 

Hyacinth
Nov-May

Hyacinth via Flower Meaning

Hyacinth via Flower Meaning

 

These stocky flowers are known for their strong, delicious scent and clusters of little flowers along one stem.  With its unusual shape, Hyacinth is great for adding structure to an arrangement or bouquet.

 

Ranunculus
Nov-April

Ranunculus via Sakita Flowers

Ranunculus via Sakita Flowers

 

A sister of the buttercup, ranunculus are many-petaled and compact, making them a great alternative to roses or peonies.  Ranunculus are available in almost any color, and these petit blooms are perfect for boutonnieres or to add texture to a bouquet.

 

Winter weddings open up all kinds of creative design options, and allow brides to choose vendors and venues with a little more flexibility than during the busy summer season.  Whether you choose to go traditional or defy the norm, ’tis the season of cheer, charm, and gorgeous décor.

 

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November 14, 2016

A Rose By Any Other Name

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With their versatility, deep-rooted symbolism and timeless appeal, roses are the perfect emblem of love to grace any wedding décor.  Our obsession with roses dates back to Ancient Rome, when roses were used to symbolize devotion to Venus, the goddess of love, beauty, and desire.  The rose is the official flower of the United States, the United Kingdom, and even New York.  Fossil evidence teaches us roses are over 35 million years old, with 150 species naturally growing across the Northern Hemisphere.  It wasn’t until the late eighteenth century that we began to breed roses and create thousands of hybrids in a wide range of colors and shapes.

To give you an idea of the range of roses available, we outlined a few of the most commonly used species, each with their unique set of strengths.

 

Spray Roses

Spray Roses via Interplant Roses

Spray Roses via Interplant Roses

 

Spray roses feature short, individual stems of small blooms. With 3-5 flowers coming together on a single thicker stem, spray roses are a great way to fill in a bouquet or centerpiece with clusters of little blooms without overpowering the piece. Each flower on a stem of spray roses grows at its own pace, adding variety and detail to any arrangement.

 

Standard Roses

Standard Roses via Dewilde

Standard Roses via Dewilde

 

Standard roses are the hearty single bloom flowers we’ve come to know so well.  Standard roses are perfect if you’re going for a simple, classic look, or to fill in a bouquet without distracting from more adventurous blooms.  Standard roses are also known for their long life, and can last up to two weeks looking fresh and fabulous.

 

Garden Roses 

Garden Rose via Alexandra Farms

Garden Rose via Alexandra Farms

 

Garden roses are known for their amazing scent and their abundant whirls of ruffled petals coming together in a “cup” shape.  With their dense delicate layers, garden roses are often used as a substitute for peonies when peonies are out of season.  While the cut stems don’t last as long as Standard Roses, when planted in the garden, they’re known for their hardy resilience to winter and disease.

 

Sweetheart Roses

Sweetheart Roses via Deviant Art

Sweetheart Roses via Deviant Art

 

Sweetheart Rose refers to a range of petite roses, measuring 2-3 inches wide.  These adorable blooms are perfect for boutonnieres or flower crowns. They’re also a great way fill in a bouquet or arrangement with a variety of complimentary colors.

 

With more and more roses being developed every year, new varieties are always coming into style   The following are sub-varieties of roses we see trending with modern brides:

 

Tibet Roses 

Tibet Roses via Fifty Fleurs

Tibet Roses via Fifty Fleurs

 

The Tibet rose is a classic cream-white rose with smooth petals coming together in a symmetrical bloom. Tibet roses are beautiful on their own in their perfect simplicity, or to counterbalance a colorful arrangement.

 

Juliet Roses

Juliet Rose via Susan Rushton

Juliet Rose via Susan Rushton

 

This stunning, apricot-colored bloom was developed by famed rose breeder David Austin. It cost him nearly $3M to perfect the Juliet rose over the course of 15 years, before it debuted at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2006.  Soft, romantic, and voluminous, Juliet roses feature an intricate rosette shape within a ring of larger petals.

 

Free Spirit Roses

Free Spirit Rose via Virgin Farms

Free Spirit Rose via Virgin Farms

 

These large blooms are true to their name, with many layers of unique, ruffled petals in golden, pink, and orange tones that add a pop of energy and zest to any design.

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