Lauren and Jordan were married on a lovely day in June at Blue Hill at Stone Barns.
It’s not too often these days that we meet a bride who is marrying her high school sweetheart. Lauren and Jordan’s story goes back even further to when they met during childhood. Lauren recalls, “We ran in the same circles growing up but never really took an interest in each other until we were about 17. We never parted ways after that and the rest is history!”
After five years of dating, Lauren had a feeling that Jordan was going to propose. But as weekend after weekend past with nothing, Lauren put the thought on the back burner. So after a busy ‘girls’ day’ in the city with her sister, she expected nothing more than to enjoy a quiet summer’s evening at home. Lauren opened the gates to the backyard and was met with a great surprise. Candles and scattered rose petals set the scene with Jordan waiting for her at the end of the walkway. Turns out he had been spending all those weekends planning the ultimate proposal. “It was so perfect and special,” Lauren remembers. “And after Jordan proposed, our families popped out from behind the bushes. They had been hiding there the whole time and I had no idea! We all celebrated the night away. It was amazing!”
The first venue Lauren and Jordan looked at was Blue Hill at Stone Barns. They were immediately taken by the picturesque grounds and reception space housed in a restored barn. “It was love at first site,” Lauren recalls. “But the icing on the cake was the staff. They were amazing and unbelievably accommodating from the very beginning.” The promise of an incredible wedding feast appealed to the food and wine-loving duo. Executive chef Dan Barber’s kitchen philosophy has made Blue Hill at Stone Barns a benchmark for farm-to-table restaurants, garnering praise from foodies and culinary professionals alike. From the hors d’oeuvres to the cake, the venue catered the menu to perfection. The couple agreed, “It was definitely the best wedding food we ever had.”
Finding a wedding dress was just as effortless as deciding on a venue. At her first appointment, Lauren was presented with an Ersa Atelier gown. “It was the second dress I tried on that day. I had never laid my eyes on a more stunning gown. But I left the appointment empty handed thinking ‘I can’t say yes to the dress on my very first go.’ Three appointments later and nothing compared to the Ersa Atelier gown. And that was when I knew it was the one for me.” Perfect for a young summer bride, the design showcased a sweetheart neckline, fitted silhouette, and exquisite beaded detail. Lauren personalized her look by switching it up as the day went on. “I added a tulle skirt for the ceremony, which let me have my ‘princess moment.’ I slipped it off for the reception and comfortably danced the night away!”
When it came time to choose floral décor, Lauren knew she wanted a soft palette with pops of color for the reception. This translated to ceremonial blooms of pale lavender, peach, blush, and white hues. Accents of vibrant pink and coral were incorporated into the reception flowers. An initial stance against greenery changed after hours on Pinterest when Lauren realized it was needed to get the lush, dreamy look she envisioned. “I was so happy we added greenery. It added dimension and texture, making the floral arrangements absolutely beautiful.”
The ceremony took place in Blue Hill’s enchanted courtyard. Lauren carried a lovely hand-tied bouquet of blush and white peonies. Jordan wore a stylish blue tuxedo by My Suit, which matched wonderfully with his bride’s captivating attire. The couple said “I do” before an alter adorned with breathtaking arrangements on each side, featuring pale hued roses, peonies, hydrangea, and larkspur complemented by olive greens, eucalyptus, and hanging amaranthus.
After the ceremony, guests headed to the barn reception where they were welcomed by an atmosphere that radiated romantic splendor. Colorful, textured blooms looked absolutely striking against the exposed stone and wood interior. Emanating an inviting mood, the tablescape featured flourishing low centerpieces in a mix of gold and silver vases illuminated by votive candles.
It’s a complete delight for us to see a bride’s wedding vision come to life. “We really enjoyed the process of getting to know Lauren and her mother who was also involved in florals and décor. Lauren has a great attention to detail and a sharp eye for design. There were a lot of elements that were important to her. We worked together, fine-tuning those elements until we achieved the perfect balance. When our brides are passionate about flowers, it brings out the best of us,” said Ellianna Phelps, our Event Director at Bride & Blossom
In a day overflowing with love and excitement, there were a few moments that Lauren remembers with extra fondness. “Our first look was so special with all of our family watching.” She continues, “I will always remember dancing in the kitchen with the Blue Hill staff. It was so much fun and spur of the moment!” For this couple, the saying “family means everything” rings especially true. After a year of wedding planning, Lauren was thrilled to share the big day with those she loves most. “Seeing our guests just enjoy themselves to the fullest was a feeling I will never forget. The dance floor was never empty, everyone was so happy!”
Congratulations, Lauren and Jordan!
Venue, Catering, and Cake: Blue Hill at Stone Barns
Photographer: Craig Paulson Studio
Planner: Paula Clemente Woods
Videographer: Cord 3 Films
Bride’s Dress: Ersa Atelier
Groom’s Tux: My Suit
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Miss Hayley Paige
Hair and Makeup: Stephanie Duell
Music: Martin D’Arce
Invitations & Paper: Momental
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