Cumberland Island is possibly one of the most romantic places I can think of – an undeveloped barrier island with just one inn, moss-covered oaks, and wild horses! – and it’s where Kristie and George chose to tie the knot with 46 of their nearest and dearest in attendance.

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Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  Although we live in New York, we wanted to have our ceremony somewhere along the romantic Southern coast. We drove from the southern tip of Florida to Charleston, South Carolina in search of wedding venues, and the Greyfield Inn on Cumberland Island absolutely took our breath away. It is the only hotel on a remote barrier island surrounded by spectacular untouched coast and inhabited by wild horses and moss-covered oak trees. The stroll from the inn to the beach is one of the most beautiful we have ever taken – past ponies grazing in fields, underneath a canopy of giant oak trees, over huge white sand dunes, and arriving at miles of unspoiled beach. The inn itself is both elegant and totally down-to-earth – porch swings, fireplaces, clawfoot tubs, bonfires, endless lemonade, oyster roasts – and the wonderful staff treated us like family. The place is just magical.

 

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The Ceremony

“Holding hands under an old oak tree and surrounded by our closest friends and family, was certainly our favorite thing about the ceremony. The sun was setting as we exchanged our vows, and there was still enough light to see all the beautiful faces of the people who have played incredibly important roles in our lives. We wouldn’t have changed that for the world.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words.  Intimate, natural, heartfelt.

Who officiated your ceremony?  We chose a dear family friend, Anne Swallow, to conduct the ceremony. She had previously married several friends and family members. She did a wonderful job and will be carrying on the tradition by officiating the wedding of Kristie’s sister and her fiance next fall.

What was your ceremony music?  We both love The Lumineers, so we chose the song “Classy Girls” for the procession of the flower girl, ring bearer, maid of honor, best men and groom. After they all walked, our dear friend Andy Goldman played “Harvest Moon” by Neil Young on his guitar for Kristie’s procession (she still cries whenever she hears it). After we were announced as husband and wife, the DJ played “Best Day of My Life” by the American Authors.

What were your vows like?  We wrote our own vows together. It was important to us to communicate the same sacred words to each other, so that we committed ourselves to the same ideals. It took a long time to draft language that resonated with both of us, but we ended up sharing meaningful promises that came from the heart.

Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony?  To get to our wedding, our guests had to fly to Jacksonville, Florida, take a 35 minute taxi ride to Fernandina Beach, Florida (adorable little town) and then hop on a 40 minute boat ride to Cumberland Island, Georgia. We are VERY grateful to all our dearest loved ones for spending the time and money to share this experience with us. It was truly magical!

 

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The Reception

“Our wedding reception was so fun! After the ceremony, guests strolled up the front staircase and into the living room of the main house. They were greeted with a signature drink and passed hors d’oeuvres. After cocktail hour, guests were seated in the side yard, around a roaring fire pit, where we feasted on the chef’s many creations (much of them made from ingredients grown on the island). We had an intimate first dance, listened to moving speeches from our parents and siblings, and cut our delicious wedding cake. Soon, everyone was out of their seats laughing and dancing under the stars (there was even a dance-off).”

 

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How did you go about planning your wedding ceremony?  We wanted to be the “planners” of our wedding. Together, we selected the venue, invitations, flowers and DJ (it was a helpful lesson in collaboration!). Kristie asked her eight bridesmaids to choose their own dresses and make their own bouquets, and she decorated much of the reception space. George assembled the menu and weekend itinerary and asked his ten groomsmen to choose their own suits. We really wanted our wedding to feel like “us,” so that it meaningfully reflected our feelings and values while still retaining core traditions.

Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about?  Throughout the wedding, there were several handmade details that made the decor particularly special. Kristie’s mom created a fabric swag that hung above the candy table. She also made fifty ribbon and bell “wands” that were supposed to be rung after the first kiss (but we forgot to hand them out!). All of the bridesmaids helped make the floral centerpieces, and several members of the bridal party hung the Ball jars in trees with led candles. The basket carried by the flower girl contained a fabric butterfly that had belonged to Kristie’s grandmother, who passed earlier that spring, and Kristie carried the same blue handkerchief that her mother did when she married her husband five years prior. Every aspect of our wedding was a tribute to how much our friends and families love us and how much we love them.

 

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What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  The Greyfield Inn provided us with a three tiered vanilla cake with strawberries. It turned out to be the best cake we’ve ever had. It was so good, in fact, that the top layer never made it home – we ate it in the airport!

Did you have a signature cocktail?  Our signature cocktail was a vodka-based Southern style lemonade (complete with old-fashioned paper straws!).

 

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What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Don’t miss a moment. Schedule in several minutes, multiple times that day, to take it all in. My husband and I were lucky enough to have an entire weekend, and even that flew by…

What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Make it yours. Don’t worry too much about what tradition tells you to do. If, when the day is over, you’ve married you’re favorite person in the world – then you did it right.

Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  DIY flowers. I think that probably saved us at least $2,500. Also, garden roses are a great alternative to peonies. (DIY advice – the roses were the most beautiful and opened on the third day we had them.)

 

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What was your first dance song?  Our first dance song was “I’m So Glad” by Royal Wood. We chose this song because it felt particularly honest and loving.

What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  It sounds so cliché, but one of our favorite moments was our first dance. The whole world seemed to disappear. We both remember looking up when the song finished and suddenly remembering that we were surrounded by 46 people. We will never forget the intimacy of that moment.

Is there anything else that helps tell the story of your wedding?  Our wedding wasn’t just one evening from a wonderful weekend with our closest friends and family. We took bike trips to marshes, we jumped into the cold ocean, we had picnics on the lawn, we roasted marshmallows over a fire, and we laughed and laughed together on the porch.

 

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Photography: Amy Arrington / Venue, Event Planning & Design, Rentals, Catering, Cake: Greyfield Inn, Cumberland Island, Georgia / Bride’s Dress: Liancarlo / Suit: Ted Baker / Stationery: Minted / Floral Design: DIY via Globalrose / Hair, Makeup: Paulina Perez / Guitar: Andy Goldman / DJ: DJ Skip / Videographer: Brent Nicholaysen
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  • Cumberland Island Wedding by Amy Arrington

    2 February 2015
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    Every wedding has those moments or details that are the most memorable, and I can only imagine how much fun it must have been for Caitlin and Peter’s guests to ride a chairlift to the wedding site! Definitely memorable! Looking out over the mountains, their celebration was breathtaking from start to finish…

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    The Ceremony

    “We moved to Utah from Minneapolis four years ago for our love of the mountains. As avid skiers and mountain bikers, we are constantly exploring the mountain ranges around our home in Park City. When it was time to look for places to have our wedding, we thought there was no better place to do it than in the mountains we’ve grown to love so much. We contacted Canyons Resort, where we often ski, and were excited to find out they use Lookout Cabin as a wedding venue. Located on top of the mountain, with some of the best views and food in Park City, we knew it would be the perfect venue.”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words.  Intimate, personal, unforgettable.

    Who officiated your ceremony?  We wanted it to be someone who knew us well, so we asked my younger brother, Frank, to officiate the wedding. Having him marry us was very special and something we will always cherish.  His witty sense of humor definitely brought value to the ceremony.

    How did you go about planning your ceremony?  We had Frank put together the ceremony. We gave him a few ideas and gave him a time frame to work with. We asked for it to be short and sweet. He did a great job.

    What was your ceremony music?  My older brother, Rusty, played the acoustic guitar. I walked down the aisle to Pachelbel’s “Canon in D” and Cold Play’s “Paradise” for the recessional.

    What were your ceremony readings?  My brother read a poem titled, “Why Marriage” by Mari Nichols-Haining.

    What were your vows like?  We spent several hours researching vows on the internet, and pieced together our vows with words we thought embodied our relationship and commitment to each other.

     

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    What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  Getting married on top of the mountain with all of our closest family and friends – we couldn’t have pictured a better backdrop and group of people to share our day.

    Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony?  Our guests were greeted with a glass of champagne as they took the chairlift up to our wedding location. Having most of our guests come from the Midwest, it was a real neat and unique experience for them. Months later, our family and friends are still talking about it.

     

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    The Reception

    “We wanted our wedding to be rustic yet elegant, with a casual vibe. To say we are casual is an understatement. We wanted our guests to be comfortable, wear whatever they want and just have a good time. One of our friends even wore a piano tie…that has got to be a first! After an amazing cocktail hour on the deck and a fabulous meal, we spent the night dancing and mingling with our closest family and friends under the stars. It was quite the party!”

     

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    First dance song: “This Years Love” by David Gray
    Father/daughter and mother/son dance: “You’ll Be In My Heart” by Phil Collins

    Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  I wore my mom’s diamond watch that was given to her by my grandparents to wear on her wedding day. Peter wore his late grandfather’s silver cufflinks.

    Please tell us about any special details or moments from your reception.  We had our dog, Sam, walk down the aisle with Peter (in a matching tie, of course!) and the venue allowed us to have him there the whole night. He even sat on the floor next to us at dinner. I think he was more tired than we were the next day! Our favorite details was our coasters, which had a picture of him printed on them. Also, in lieu of wedding favors, we made a donation to the animal shelter where we found Sam, in our guests’ names.

     

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    What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  We highly recommend getting a day-of wedding coordinator. It was so nice not having to worry about anything. We were able to enjoy the day with our family and closest friends. It was definitely one of the best decisions we made. Also, if you are doing a destination wedding, we suggest doing a welcome get-together before the wedding.  Although we weren’t traveling, most of our guests were traveling to us. We hosted a barbecue at our house the night before the wedding – it was great to be able to catch up with all of our family and friends before the big day. It was very important to us to spend time with every guest so having the BBQ definitely made it less stressful during the wedding itself.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  Where do we begin?! After dinner, we were able to see one of the most beautiful sunsets. The pictures of us with the sunset in the background are definitely some of our favorites. Another highlight was taking the chairlift down together at the end of the night. It was our first time alone as husband and wife, and it was so nice to recap the day together and take it all in. I remember Peter saying to me, “Can you believe we’re married?” After 7 years of dating, we were so happy to officially become family.

    If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently? We actually asked ourselves this very question after the wedding was over and we honestly couldn’t think of one thing.

     

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    Photography: Erin Kate / Venue, Catering: Lookout Cabin at Canyons Resort in Park City, Utah / Event Planning & Design: Harvest Moon Events / Dress: Legends by Romona Keveza via L’atelier Couture / Shoes: Stewart Weitzman / Jewelry: L’atelier Couture / Bridesmaid Dresses: Zara / Suit: Ted Baker via Nordstrom / Floral Design: Lilac Floral / Hair: Gina Ellen Cooper, Spectrum Salon / Makeup: Ashley Lynne Basmoen / Ceremony Music: Rusty Thayer / DJ: DJ Jake Russell / Cake: Sweet Tooth Fairy / Videography: Grit Visual / Lodging: Waldorf Astoria Park City

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  • Canyons Resort Wedding in Park City by Erin Kate

    29 January 2015
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    This Austin wedding from Select vendor Caplan Miller Events is winter elegance at its best! Glowing candlelight, cozy textures and materials, white and gold details – just beautiful!

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    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  With over 300 guests, we still wanted our wedding to feel as intimate as possible. Brazos Hall’s style aligns with ours as a couple, yet it is also a blank slate that allowed us to create our experience from scratch.

     

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    The Ceremony

    “Everyone expressed to us how much the ceremony represented us as a couple. This really warmed our hearts, as we put a lot of thought into the ceremony, and wanted it to feel intimate and heartfelt.”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words.  Personal, romantic, unique.

    Who officiated your ceremony?  Rabbi Neil Blumofe officiated our ceremony. The ceremony included many Jewish traditions, as well as personal touches, such as four couples participating by doing readings: Love is by Susan Polis Schutz, The Art Of A Good Marriage by Wilferd Arlan Peterson, and The Apache Wedding Blessing from Broken Arrow.

    What were your vows like?  I wrote three private letters to Adam that he opened Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of our wedding weekend. Adam read a heartfelt letter in the ceremony about our relationship, love, and future.

     

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    The Reception

    “Our reception was romantic, warm, upbeat, elegant. We love the feel and look of Brazos Hall and the infinite possibilities that the blank slate allowed. It was the only venue in Austin that we considered. The downtown location and indoor/outdoor aspects were also great benefits. We kept colors neutral and warm. We also wanted it to feel as intimate as possible, which greatly influenced that layout of our ceremony, dinner, and party.”

     

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    Menu:  I have been eating vegan my entire life, so it was very important that the wedding menu be completely vegan as well. Kurant Events did an amazing job, putting together a delicious menu that encompassed some of our favorite foods from local restaurants:

    Passed Hors d’Oeuvres: Adam’s Tofu Spring Rolls with Sriracha-Peanut Sauce / Crispy Eggplant Fries with Clover Honey and Sea Salt / Rosemary Focaccia Toasts with Walnut Mushroom Pate / Grilled Blue Corn Grit Cakes with Braised Red Cabbage and Plum Gastrique // First Course: Thai Curried Butternut Squash Soup with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds and Micro Cilantro / Sea Salt Focaccia / Alex’s Favorite Salad with Baby Romaine and Edamame-Jalapeno Dressing // Entree:  Japanese Mushroom Ravioli with Braised Pistachios, Shiso Foam, Pickled Sunchokes and Radishes // Late-Night Menu: Crispy Quinoa Sliders Black Bean Sliders // Truffled Yukon Gold Fries Sweet Potato Fries Ketchup

     

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    What was your first dance song?  “You are the Best Thing” by Ray Lamontagne

    What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  The cake and desserts were all vegan as well. Along with our wedding cake, we also included several of our favorite local vegan desserts including our favorite Big John Chocolate Chip cookies from Whole Foods.

     

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    Did you include any other traditions in your wedding?  We included our wedding toasts at our reception, rather than the evening before so that all guests could be present. We borrowed champagne glasses from the groom’s mom and used a Jewish tallit that belonged to the groom’s father in the ceremony. The chuppah also belonged to the groom’s family. These personal touches and traditions meant the world to us.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  We absolutely loved our wedding band, Blind Date. People were on the dance floor having a wonderful time – mission accomplished!

     

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    Photography: SMS Photography / Venue: Brazos Hall in Austin Texas / Event Production and Design: Caplan Miller Events / Suit: Zegna / Stationery: Meldeen / Floral Design: Wendee Sawran Petals + Decor / Hair: Sarah Garner / Makeup: Avery Allen / Rentals and Decor: Marquee Event Group, La Tavola Linen, Townsley Designs, Loot Vintage Rentals, Ilios Lighting / Ceremony Music: The Good Nights / Reception Music: Blind Date, DJ Johnny Bravvo / Catering: Kurant Events / Cake, Dessert: Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop, Whole Foods Market, Sugar Circus / Second Shooter Diana M. Lott Photography

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  • Brazos Hall Wedding by Caplan Miller and SMS Photography

    28 January 2015
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    There’s nothing quite like a beach wedding in the middle of February! Cheryl and David opted to escape the winter cold with a destination wedding to Tulum, Mexico. Friends and family joined them for time on the beach, tequila tasting, and a churros cart. What a perfect way to celebrate tying the knot!

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    “We knew we wanted a destination wedding so that we could spend time with our guests over a few days, instead of trying to pack it into one night. We visited a bunch of locations but both of us loved Tulum from the start.”

     

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    The Ceremony

    “We knew we wanted a destination wedding to make it more of an ‘event’ and be sure to have enough time to spend with out guests over a few days, instead of trying to pack it into one night. We visited a bunch of locations but both of us loved Tulum from the start. For our ceremony we wanted to include traditional elements, but not make it feel too rigid or processional. We didn’t follow a template, we just talked about it as a couple and kept things we both agreed on.”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words. Relaxed. Brief. Genuine.

    Who officiated your ceremony?  Our friend Rachel. She’s both a wise soul and a great friend, and we deeply appreciate her marriage and thought she was a great example to follow. She also helped introduce us!

    Did you include any traditions in your ceremony?  We included “tradition-lite” – a stripped down tea ceremony and part of traditional Jewish weddings so that both our backgrounds would be represented.

     

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    What was your ceremony music?  Dave chose all of our music, since he’s picky about that kind of thing.
    Gathering Music: “Your Hand in Mine” by Explosions in the Sky,  “The Luckiest Guy on the Lower East Side” by Magnetic Fields, “I Need My Girl” by The National
    Processional, groom and parents: “I Hear the Bells” by Mike Doughtry
    Processional, bridesmaids: “First Day of my Life” by Bright Eyes
    Processional, bride: “You Belong To Me” by Bob Dylan
    Recessional: “Let my Love Open The Door” by Sondre Lerche

    What were your ceremony readings?  A Blessing for a Journey: A Buddhist Prayer.

    What were your vows like?  Our vows we intentionally kept traditional – to have and to hold, sickness and death – all that good stuff. There was something comforting in knowing that although this is our journey, we were also following countless people who have done this before.

    What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  This is kind of cliche, but in all honesty it was being able to celebrate the moment with our friends and loved ones.

    Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony?  Beaches are awesome places to get married.

     

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    The Reception

    “Wanted to create an experience that our friends and family could share together. We just looked at the favorite parts of weddings we’ve attended and tried to include as many of them as possible.”

     

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    How would you describe your reception?  Intimate and romantic. Also, a whole lot of people got to leave the East Coast in the middle of a polar vortex and come drink with us in Mexico. They did not disappoint.

    What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  We had a small cake, a churro stand and a popsicle stand.

    Did you have a signature cocktail?  We had a tequila tasting, and waiters on the dance floor pouring tequila into our guests mouths as they danced. That helped the party a lot.

    First dance:  “My Love is Your Love” by Whitney Houston
    Father/Daughter, Mother/Son:  “Unforgettable” by Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole

     

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    What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Just remember that in the end people want to be there – they aren’t sweating all the little details and neither should you.

    Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  I would be prepared with what your bottom line is before you choose your venue. It will put you into a stronger negotiating position.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? Dancing!

    Is there anything else that helps tell the story of your wedding?  I think the pictures definitely capture the spirit and essence of it – it was the time of our lives!

     

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    Photography: Jillian Mitchell / Venue, Catering: Jashita in Tulum, Mexico / Event Planning & Design, Floral Design, Rentals, Music: Destination Wedding Tulum / Dress: Lusan Mandagas / Shoes: Calypso / Earrings J.Crew / Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo / Groom’s Suit: Custom Suit by Ramon / Stationery: Smock

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  • Destination Wedding in Tulum, Mexico by Jillian Mitchell

    27 January 2015
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    Snippet & Ink Select vendor Britt Chudleigh shared this laid back lakeside wedding with us, and I absolutely love what bride Ashley had to say about Britt’s photos: “When we received our pictures we relived the day through them – they somehow captured not only the feel of the event, but exactly how Chris and I felt that day. From the laughter and smiles at the ceremony, to adorable candids of our cousins, to sweet quiet moments with my grandmother, we love each and every one.”

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    Did you have “something old, new, borrowed, and blue”?  I wore blue shoes from Brian Atwood, an heirloom emerald and diamond ring that was my great-great-aunt’s (old and borrowed from my mom), and amazing earrings from my friend’s company Charm & Chain (new). Another “tradition” was having my friend Asya do my makeup – she always did all of our friends’ makeup in college and has now done all of ours for our weddings! It’s so special to have someone so close to you help you get ready and keep everyone calm and relaxed.

     

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    The Ceremony

    “The mountaintop is picturesque and took our breath away when we toured Cedar Lakes. We knew right away it was where we wanted to get married. It was important to us to have the ceremony and reception in one location for convenience of our guests and to make the day a seamless event.”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words.  Personalized, laid back, joyful.

    How did you go about planning your wedding ceremony?  Chris and I both grew up with religion in our lives, but wouldn’t say we actively practice anymore – Chris is Catholic and I am Lutheran, so we wanted to have a traditional feel without it being overly religious, and it was important to us to find an officiant that we felt really understood us as a couple, as we’ve been together nearly a decade. As soon as I contacted Reverend Lisa Zaro, I could tell she understood where we were coming from, and would make the ceremony personal to us. She took the reins from there, getting to know us, suggesting readings, and vetting her plans with us every step along the way. Our guests could not believe that Rev. Zaro wasn’t someone who we’d grown up knowing – she perfectly captured our personalities and our relationship and it resonated with all of our loved ones there. Choosing an officiant that you don’t have a background with can be daunting, and she far exceeded our expectations in every way!

     

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    Did you include any traditions in your ceremony?  Nothing in particular, but it followed a traditional format with my dad giving me away, some readings and declarations of support from family and friends before exchanging our vows.

    What was your ceremony music?  We chose songs that we connected with and were non-traditional. They were played by a keyboardist without vocals.
    Processional, bridal party: “American Honey” by Lady Antebellum
    Processional, bride: “Thank You” by Jennifer Nettles
    Recessional: “Bonfire Heart” by James Blunt

    READ ASHLEY AND CHRIS’S FULL WEDDING CEREMONY RIGHT HERE.

    What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  Rev. Zaro really captured our relationship and shared stories and anecdotes that kept it light, funny and energized for both Chris and me and our guests. My face hurt by the end from smiling so much!

    Is there anything else you’d like to share about your ceremony?  For the ceremony, both Chris’s grandmother and my grandmother processed down the aisle ahead of our parents and the bridal party – we are extremely close with our families and wanted to honor the role they have played in our lives.

     

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    Why did you choose this location for your reception?  Chris and I originally wanted to get married in Jackson Hole, Wyoming because that is where we got engaged and go skiing nearly every winter. We love the outdoors and knew we wanted it to be somewhere that captured some of the scenery we love most. After talking with our families though, we realized it would likely exclude some family and close friends, since it’s not the easiest place to get to from the East Coast. Once we decided against a true destination wedding, we still wanted to create that ‘weekend away’ feel and invite our guests not to just celebrate with us for one day, but for the whole weekend.

     

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    The Reception

    “Cedar Lakes Estate had accommodations for all our guests to stay, and we had over 65 people join us for the whole weekend: blobbing, ziplining into the lake, athletic fields for a Crossfit morning workout, fire pits, etc. We loved every minute of the weekend, and by the time the wedding itself began, it just felt like a continuation of the party! The reception was held in their beautiful barn with its reclaimed wood interior and string lights. It was exactly the look we were going for – rustic and elegant.”

     

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    What did you serve at cocktail hour?  Passed hors d’ouevres of fresh ricotta toasts with local honey drizzle, mini franks in homemade buns, melted brie and fig grilled cheese (Beyond a hit! People were swarming the servers to be the first to the trays!) and sirloin sliders with smoked ketchup and sweet pickles.

     

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    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Rustic but elegant weddings that incorporated beautiful locations and a laid back feel. This is probably the right spot to bring up our designer, Meg Low from That Time Events. Words cannot express how talented she is! I always joke that I’m missing the creativity and artist genes, so finding someone who could make sense of the disparate ideas I threw her way was very impressive!

    First Dance: “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds
    Father/Daughter dance: “I Loved Her First” by Heartland
    Mother/Son dance: “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts

    What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  Chris and I are not big sweets people so we went back and forth on whether to do a traditional cake. We eventually decided against it and went with milkshakes and ice cream sundaes in our favorite flavors: peppermint, chocolate peanut butter, and vanilla. Cedar Lakes staff made them to order so you could mix in any of your favorite toppings and mix and match any flavors you wanted. To finish the night, we gave out favors of pre-made s’mores with homemade marshmallows from Cedar Lakes. Everyone walked with us out to the fire pit and kept the party going!

    Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about?  As I mentioned, I am not the craftiest or most creative bride out there, however my sisters both are! We hand wrote the table cards using an embossing pen and gold embossing powder. It definitely wasn’t something I would have tackled on my own, but I loved how personal it came out. My sisters also put together toiletries baskets for the restrooms and for the guests who chose to stay in the more rustic camper cabins, stuffed the welcome bags, and made the s’mores favors with the homemade marshmallows.

     

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    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  To make sure to take time as a couple to step back and reflect during the day. It really is such an amazing once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have nearly all of your closest family and friends in one room, there to celebrate you and the life you are starting together. Chris and I chose to have a sweetheart table for that reason and we were so happy we did. It allowed us to talk with one another, to really watch things from the outside a few times and to soak in how special it was.

    What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Remember what matters most and stay organized. Thankfully both Chris and I were pretty low key about the whole thing, but it’s an expensive endeavor and tensions will inevitably come up. Don’t let the little molehills turn into mountains, and put your effort into just a few elements that really matter to you both. For us that was a great band, amazing food, and creating a fun relaxed vibe for the weekend.

    If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently? Take my own advice (see above) when I initially got completely overwhelmed! Chris and I paid for the majority of the wedding ourselves and had initial sticker shock when pricing options. At the end of the day, we stepped back, decided what was really most important to us and that helped bring it all down to earth.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  How could I possibly choose just one?! Honestly, the entire night felt like a fairytale – like we were living in a dream state. I think my favorite memories though are of being on the dance floor. Every guest was out there almost the entire night! From my young cousins, to my grandma in her wheelchair, our band perfectly felt out our crowd and kept everyone up and dancing which was what we really wanted. To end the night, we asked the band to play “Africa” by Toto which was always the last song played at our favorite college bar – all of our Cornell friends (which was the vast majority of our friends there) went wild!

     

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    Photography: Chudleigh Weddings / Venue, Catering, Cake: Cedar Lakes Estate in Port Jervis, New York / Event Planning & Design, Floral Design: That Time Events / Officiant: Reverend Lisa Zaro / Dress: Jim Hjelm via Kleinfeld’s / Hairpiece : J.Crew / Shoes: Brian Atwood / Earrings: Kenneth Jay Lane, Bounkit / Bracelet: Ben-Amun / Bridesmaid Dresses: Ann Taylor, J.Crew , Herve Leger / Suit: Paul Stuart / Ties: Vineyard Vines / Shoes: Gucci / Cufflinks: Tiffany / Stationery: Minted / Hair: Karmela Lozina / Rentals: White Plains Linen / Keyboardist: Times Square Orchestra / Reception Music: eight-piece band, Times Square Orchestra / Devine Photo Booths / Golf Carts: Tri-State Golf Carts, / Transportation: Rolling V Transportation / Welcome Bags: CheapTotes.com / Bell Jars with handles: The Knot

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  • Lakeside Wedding at Cedar Lakes Resort by Britt Chudleigh

    22 January 2015
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