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Mallie and Gifford’s black tie wedding at the Chattooga Club was elegant and a touch rustic, and utterly timeless. And I love how their planner describes the venue: “A beautiful, traditional ambience that is a style so specific to the Highlands/Cashiers areas of the North Carolina mountains: historic and authentic to the natural surroundings, at once woodsy and reminiscent of classic English countryside, romantic, a polished Southern mountain style, both lush and luxurious.” Read on to see it for yourself!

Photography by Mandy Busby. 

 

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The ladies’ bouquets including white peonies, pale pink roses, and a mix of foliage.

 

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Mallie wore an elegant sheath lace dress and paired it with a stunning heirloom veil. Gifford looked dapper in his tuxedo.

 

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The Ceremony

“We chose the church for our ceremony because it was beautiful, it was large enough to hold the large guest count of friends and family coming from Alabama, Virginia, California, and places in between, and they were willing to work with us in designing our own ceremony.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words. Reverent, sacred, exultant.

Who officiated your ceremony? A very dear friend and mentor for both of us, Minister Stephen Phelan, came from San Diego, where he is the lead pastor at Bridge Church. I interned with Stephan’s church, and both of us attended while we lived in San Diego so it was so special to have him marry us.

What was your ceremony music? “Praise to the Lord Almighty”, “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us” “Jesus I am Resting, Resting” “Be Thou My Vision” and “Before the Throne”.

What were your ceremony readings? Yes, Psalm 34 and several other scripture readings.

What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? That it was so filled with faith and spirit; we never wavered in focusing on the meaning of the day.

 

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The Reception

“The Chattooga Club is stunningly beautiful, unique, and located in the Cashiers/Highlands area of the mountains which is very important to my family (my grandmother and grandfather, Gammy and Lala, have had a mountain home in the area for many years), and it was a wonderful mix of rustic and elegant that perfectly suited our aesthetic.”

 

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How would you describe your reception? Romantic, enchanting, beautiful, fun, and full of love and celebration.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? Vintage touches, clean, elegant details, lots of candlelight, a rustic yet elegant feel that permeated throughout.

 

 

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What was your wedding menu? It was a dynamic menu with lots of stations and passed hors d’oeuvres, to keep everyone moving and exploring the expansive space. We wanted to offer delicious crowd pleasers, and comfort food favorites. Some highlights included candied bacon on a stick, peel and eat shrimp, carving station with beef tenderloin and herbed biscuits, pimento burger sliders, chilled peach soup, and pecan crusted chicken tenders.

 

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Did you have a signature cocktail? Yes, the bride and groom settled on a refreshing and summery cocktail they called the “Mint to Be” – their favorite Trader Joe’s pomegranate limeade + vodka cocktail, garnished with a slice of lime on the rim and a small sprig of mint dropped into the glass.

 

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Please tell us about any other special details or moments from your reception. Two highlights: everyone crowding the dance floor to dance the night away to amazing Atlanta band, Mo Sol, including a dance and sing-off to Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off.” Both grandparents, kids, and college students and 20-somethings alike were having such a blast. Also, at the very end of the night, after all the trolleys and the busses departed, and the newlyweds had gone off into the night in their vintage convertible, the rest of the family (both Mallie and Gifford’s parents, their aunts and uncles, and siblings – several generations) all pulled up adirondacks onto the grassy terrace lawn bordering the croquet field, and chatted and reminisced and laughed about the beautiful weekend and all their favorite memories, late into the night, under the stars and the twinkling cafe lights. There was so much love between the group of old friends and newly acquainted friends who had been instrumental in raising the bride and the groom and contributing to the big wedding weekend! It was a special way to reflect upon and end a wonderful weekend that I’m sure they’ll never forget!

Everything Else

Did you include any other traditions in your wedding? Mallie wore her mother Tricia’s blue garter and incorporated this with Gifford ending the evening with a garter toss. Mallie also tossed her bouquet.

 

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Special dances: 
First Dance: You Are the Best Thing, Ray LaMontagne
Father/daughter, Mother/Son: Isn’t She Lovely, Stevie Wonder

 

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What type of cake or dessert did you serve? We had a beautiful wedding cake from Artista Cakes – it was a beautiful, simple design, 4 tiers, with vanilla bean cake and salted caramel buttercream and American buttercream fillings. We also had a mallard cake for the groom’s cake in a nod to Gifford’s hunting hobby, plus a selection of mini pies and other delicious pastries and desserts from Chattooga Club’s pastry chef.

From Mallie and Gifford’s planner, Asheville Event Co.: “Guests danced the night away to the Atlanta-based classic soul band, Mo’ Sol. They had everyone on their feet and the dance floor was absolutely packed all night long! We handed out glow glasses, necklaces, and light-up tambourines to help add to the festive air. What a party it was! The guests packed the dance floor and spilled out onto the lawn – people of all ages from 8 to 80 were boogying – it was such a joy-filled event!”

 

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Photography: Mandy Busby / Event Planning & Design: Asheville Event Co. / Reception Venue, Catering, Dessert: Chattooga Club in Cashiers, North Carolina / Ceremony Venue: Community Bible Church / Floral Design: Floressence / Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid / Suit, Tie, Shirt, Accessories, Groomsmen Attire: Mitchell’s Tuxedos / Hair, Makeup: French Twist Salon / Rentals: Professional Party Rentals / Ceremony Music: Elizabeth Jobson String Trio / Reception Music: Mo’Sol Band, (678) 852-2608 / Cake: Artista Cakes / Transportation: Elite Limousines
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Door County, Wisconsin is one of the most beautiful places to be in the summer, which is why it was the perfect choice for Lainie and Rob’s wedding. Says the bride, “Growing up, my family and I traveled to Egg Harbor in Door County for a week every August. We played mini golf, cooked out, went bike-riding, hunted for old books in the antique stores, and swam in the lake. It was always my favorite place, and I was excited to share it with Rob, who ultimately proposed in a little park overlooking the water there.”

Photography by Molly Michel

 

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The Ceremony

“Neither of us enjoys being center stage, so we loved how informal and laid-back our ceremony was.”

 

 

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Your ceremony in three words. Personal, simple, casual.

How did you go about planning your ceremony? We tried to keep it simple and personal to us.

Who officiated your ceremony?  We asked the father of one of my best childhood friends. We love his way of being in the world—calm but humorous—and wanted someone we knew up there with us. My family always used to meet up with his family in Door County as well.

 

 

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What was your ceremony music? My uncle and cousin played The Beatles on acoustic guitars, then we switched to a recording of “The Way Back Home” by Larry Unger and Ginny Snowe for the bride.

What were your ceremony readings? We had one reading from The History of Love by Nicole Krauss and then we asked two of our friends to write their own pieces. One friend wrote about marriage, while the other focused on friendship.

What were your vows like?  We wrote our own vows.

Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony? We’re both very close to our families and kept the wedding party to just family members.

 

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  Our niece / flower girl kept dropping flowers from her basket on the ground and saying, “Uh oh.” It made us laugh and is one of our favorite memories.

 

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The Reception

 

 

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Guests were asked to write notes on vintage post cards in lieu of a traditional guest book. Seating cards were pinned to twine with miniature clothespins.

 

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Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about? My mom was a saint and searched every corner of Wisconsin for vintage plates. My husband’s family went to the farmer’s market in the morning and set up an amazing vegetable table for the cocktail hour.

What type of cake or dessert did you serve? We served cookies and individual cherry pies, which is the dessert Door County is known for.

Did you have a signature cocktail? We served Dark and Stormies during cocktail hour and made sure to have rosé available all night.

 

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What was your first dance song? Rather than do a first dance just us, we asked all our family members to join us on the dance floor for Sam Cooke’s “Bring It On Home to Me.”

What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? I’m sure every couple says this, but our family members gave amazing speeches. People still come up to us (months later) to mention that.

 

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Photography: M Three Studio / Venue: Woodwalk Gallery in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin / Event Planning & Design: Door County Event Planners / Flowers: Flora of Door County / Dress Designer: Amy Kuschel / Save The Date: Printable Press / Stationery: Page Stationery / Hair, Makeup: Kari Pudlo / Reception Music: Hip Pocket / Catering: 136 Restaurant / Individual Cherry Pies: Sweetie Pies

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The internet is full of gorgeous, rustic, outdoor weddings… farms, vineyards, English gardens… and we love them all! But there is something uniquely beautiful about a wedding in New York City, and this black tie celebration at The Bowery Hotel exemplifies just that. From the Lucy and Alex’s elegant attire, to the candlelit dinner reception, this wedding is timeless from tip to toe.

 

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What was the best advice you received as a bride? Stay calm – it will all come together!

What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? Same advice – Stay calm – It will all come together!

 

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If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently? Not a thing!

Do you have any other tips for other brides? Find three vendors you like for each service, get quotes and go with the one with the best pricing. Don’t drive yourself crazy searching for the best deal – the internet is vast and there is only so much you can do!

 

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Lucy and Alex made time for plenty of timeless portraits throughout the city.

 

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The Ceremony

How did you go about planning your ceremony?  We worked with our officiant, Reverend Roberta Finkelstein, on the readings for the ceremony and our planners Daughter of Design for the logistics. It was important to us that the ceremony use traditional vows, but still feel modern and personal.

 

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Your ceremony in three words. Romantic, personal, meaningful

Who officiated your ceremony?  Reverend Roberta Finkelstein. Roberta was my grandparent’s Minister at the Unitarian Church in Westport Connecticut. The Church has been very important in my grandparent’s lives and, although Alex and I are not personally religious, we identify with the values of the Unitarian Church

 

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What was your ceremony music? Processional: Sheep May Safely Graze, Bach / Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, Bach / Air on G, Bach (Bride) // Recessional: Spring, Vivaldi

What were your ceremony readings? We opened with a quote by George Eliot:
“What greater thing is there for two human souls than to feel that they are joined for life, to strengthen each other in all labor, to rest on each other in all sorrow, to minister to each other in all pain, share with each other in all gladness, to be one with each other in silent unspeakable memories at the moment of the last parting?”

What were your vows like? We chose traditional vows, but selected the versions that seemed the most modern to us.

Did you include any traditions in your ceremony? We included a brief wine ceremony.

What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? The warmth of the ceremony and personal connection to our story as a couple.

 

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The Reception

“We always wanted to have a chic downtown wedding, and fell in love with the unique look and feel of the Bowery Hotel.”

 

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Momofuku wedding cake with bear and bunny topper | photo by Karen Hill | Snippet & Ink Momofuku wedding cake with bear and bunny topper | photo by Karen Hill | Snippet & Ink

 

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How would you describe your reception? Romantic, elegant, and a little whimsical.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? We were inspired by the hotel itself – we incorporated the terra cotta colored tiles and green velvet curtains into our color scheme, and the overall medieval feel of the space inspired our long tables and romantic table settings.

What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? We loved every moment, but I think our favorite was after dinner when everyone hit the dance floor– the energy was amazing!

 

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Menu:  FIRST COURSE: FIOR DI LATTE creamy mozzarella with grape tomatoes and basil / BABY BEET SALAD baby beets with mizuna, goat cheese and pistachios // MAIN COURSE: PENNE ALLA NORMA in a rich tomato sauce with roasted eggplant and ricotta salata / POLLO AL MATTONE chicken cooked under a brick served with sautéed Brussels sprouts / GRIGLIATA grilled Burgundy Pastures grassfed hanger steak served with sautéed broccoli rabe // DESSERT: Chocolate Fudge Brownie Squares with a Fresh Raspberry / Chewy Chocolate Chip Sandwiches filled with Cream Cheese / Lemon Bars / Pignoli / Momofuku Wedding Cake

What type of cake did you serve? Tier 1 was Malted Chocolate, Tier 2 was Chocolate Chip Passion Fruit, and Tier 3 was Pistachio Lemon.

 

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Did you have a signature cocktail? Yes, the Regalo Verde: Jalepeno Tequila, Chartreuse, St. Germaine, Lime, Basil.

 

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What was your first dance song?
First Dance: This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody) by The Talking Heads
Father/ Daughter: Scarlet Begonias by The Grateful Dead
Mother / Son: Hey Jude, by The Beatles

 

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Photography: Karen Hill / Venue, Catering: The Bowery Hotel in New York, New York / Event Planning & Design: Daughter of Design / Floral Design: Sprout Home / Dress, Veil, Bridesmaid Dresses: Monique Lhuillier / Shoes: Lanvin / Suit, Tie: Theory / Shirt: Eton / Shoes: Calvin Klein / Stationery: Paper by Paperless Post / Calligraphy: Shalini Carbone / Hair: Jennifer Nast / Makeup: Gloss and Glam / Rentals: Broadway Party Rental / Officiant: Reverend Roberta Finkelstein / Ceremony Music: Hire Juilliard / Reception Music: Silver Arrow Band / Cake, Dessert: Momofuku Milk Bar

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A Charlottesville wedding on a rustic yet elegant farm is about as good as it gets. Couple Anna-Catherine and Teddy’s celebration was full of southern and summer touches like a fresh green and white color palette with hints of lavender, a delicious southern menu, and a flowing romantic Watters dress.

Photography by Katie Stoops.

 

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Did you include any other traditions in your wedding? I carried my grandmother’s handkerchief wrapped around my bouquet with my new initials and wedding date, old and new. A family friend, and one of our readers, gave me a six pence piece to place in my shoe for good luck, borrowed. My wedding band was diamonds and sapphires, blue.

I had a label with my new initials and wedding date sewn into my dress and my husband’s suit has his initials and wedding date as well. We worked with Haute Papier to create a custom monogram with our three first initials for the invitations. They did a beautiful job and brought my vision to life. We used the same joint monogram on cocktail napkins used during our private cocktail hour and slicing the cheese.

 

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What was the best advice you received as a bride? Spend the day together so you have the same shared experience of your wedding which we did. It makes reminiscing more enjoyable. We started talking about it as soon as we were in our getaway car.

 

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What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? It is easy to be focused on the details and the enormity of your to do list but it’s just one day out of your lives. I tried to keep some perspective. My husband was key in helping me gain perspective. He started a unique and sometimes stressful exercise whenever we were driving to wedding related tasks or events to casually throw out examples of possible things that could go wrong — my dress ripping or rain preventing our outdoor ceremony, cocktail hour, and dinner. Over time we worked through these many scenarios and we realized we were prepared to handle anything that may happen.

 

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The Ceremony

“We met in college while at the University of Virginia and both fell in love with Charlottesville during our time there. We frequently went back to celebrate special occasions as well as visit with friends in the years after college. Many of our friends have also been married in picturesque Charlottesville so we were looking for a new to us venue with both an indoor and outdoor option. We loved the grass lawn surrounded by mature boxwoods in the front of the home.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words.  Brief, intimate, casual

How did you go about planning your ceremony?  We selected a template provided by our officiant. We made an effort to keep the ceremony personal yet shorter due to the end of June heat during our outdoor ceremony. We greeted our guests with a beverage bar featuring beer, rosé, rosemary lemonade, and water before finding their seats. Our caterer surprised me by including my favorite rosé, Crosè rosé, from King Family Vineyard outside Charlottesville.

 

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What was your ceremony music? Two bluegrass musicians provided the ceremony music:

Processional: “Across the Universe” by the Beatles
Bride’s Processional: “All You Need is Love” by the Beatles. Both songs were tributes to my late father. My father and I frequently listened to his Beatles’ records growing up.
Recessional: “I’ll Fly Away”

Ceremony Music by Dennis Elliott.

 

Virginia Wedding at Fat Cat Farm, Ceremony on Lawn Virginia Wedding at Fat Cat Farm, Ceremony on Lawn

 

Virginia Wedding at Fat Cat Farm, Ceremony on Lawn Virginia Wedding at Fat Cat Farm, Ceremony on Lawn

 

What were your ceremony readings? Foundations of Marriage” by Regina Hill read by a family friend. And a poem by Taylor Mali titled “How Falling in Love is Like Owning a Dog”, edited, and read by Teddy’s family friend.

What were your vows like? We exchanged traditional vows.

 

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? We were so happy to be able to include two long time family friends as our readers. It was fitting that one of the readings was about a dog since ours, Jackson, was present.

It was important to us for him to be included in the festivities. He made us into the family we are today. Jackson greeted guests as they found their seats while wearing a beautiful floral collar by Beehive Events. During our ceremony, he decided to steal the show by rolling around in the grass on his back in the middle of the aisle. 

 

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Virginia Wedding at Fat Cat Farm, Watters Dress Virginia Wedding at Fat Cat Farm, Watters Dress

 

The Reception

“The old barn on the property provided a rustic backdrop for cocktail hour and separated cocktail hour from the back event spaces. Dinner was served al fresco and we watched the sunset over the fields before moving into the newer barn for dancing and dessert. We were drawn to the separate spaces and the transitions throughout the evening.”

 

Virginia Wedding at Fat Cat Farm, Barn Reception and Cocktail Hour Virginia Wedding at Fat Cat Farm, Barn Reception and Cocktail Hour

 

Virginia Wedding at Fat Cat Farm, Barn Reception and Cocktail Hour Virginia Wedding at Fat Cat Farm, Barn Reception and Cocktail Hour

 

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How would you describe your reception? Rustic barn and green fields created a beautiful backdrop for out relaxed dinner party.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? I envisioned an outdoor dinner party similar to others we have hosted but on a larger scale and focused on guest comfort. I hoped everyone would feel taken care of and relaxed.

 

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Did you have a signature cocktail? Jalapeño Margarita with a half salt rim and a Dark and Stormy, both of which we love to make at home.

Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about? I assembled a twenty-four inch lighted W that hung behind our reception bar out of a paper mâché letter, spray paint, and globe string lights. It was a fun yet challenging project due to the fragile paper mâché and glass bulbs. I found two glass panned windows at a salvage yard and after a good cleaning traced our custom monogram and wedding date as well as lettering our seating chart.  I was relieved when both fragile projects safely made the trip from our home to Charlottesville.

The simplest project was our ceremony programs. Paper Source provides the appropriate dimensions and test sheets for more unusually shaped paper and we glued wooden sticks to make them into a fan. My siblings helped us assemble our welcome bags when we arrived in Charlottesville. They contained  personalized water and a few of our favorite snacks including barbecue and Chesapeake crab Route 11 chips, kettle corn, mini Snickers and Heath bars with customized itineraries based on recipients wedding weekend involvement. Quite a few required labels to ensure correct recipient delivery. 

 

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Virginia Wedding at Fat Cat Farm, Farm Tables, White and Green Centerpiece with Roses, Blue Napkins Virginia Wedding at Fat Cat Farm, Farm Tables, White and Green Centerpiece with Roses, Blue Napkins

 

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What was your wedding menu? Passed appetizers: Cucumber, Lump Crab, Crème Fraiche / Fried Green Tomato topped with Pimento Cheese / Buttermilk Biscuit, Country Ham, Light Honey with Heavy Mustard Sauce / Prosciutto and Phyllo Wrapped Asparagus // Family style dinner service started with a plated Salad of Arugula, Beets, Chèvre, Candied Pecans, and White Balsamic Vinaigrette. Followed by Grilled Chicken Breast with Grain Mustard Beurre Blanc / Pulled Pork with Carolina BBQ Sauce / Roasted Poblano Grits with Creamy White Cheddar and Charred Tomatoes / Summer Succotash Salad with Early Corn, Lima Beans, Picked Okra, Cherry Tomatoes, and a Bacon Thyme Sherry Vinaigrette / Rosemary and Roasted Garlic Corn Muffins with Honey Butter.

Catering by Harvest Moon Catering.

 

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What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? We enjoyed watching the sun set over the farm fields while eating dinner with our siblings and wedding party.

 

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What type of cake or dessert did you serve? We love cheese and opted to cut and serve cheese rounds stacked like a five tiered cake. We enjoyed selecting the cheese so much we had two tastings. I recreated our cheese cake this year for our first anniversary. We also served my family apple crisp recipe as a more traditional dessert.

Cake and dessert by Harvest Moon Catering.

 

Virginia Wedding at Fat Cat Farm, First Dance, Watters Dress Virginia Wedding at Fat Cat Farm, First Dance, Watters Dress

 

Virginia Wedding at Fat Cat Farm, First Dance, Watters Dress Virginia Wedding at Fat Cat Farm, First Dance, Watters Dress

 

What was your first dance song?
First dance: “Crazy Love” by Van Morrison
Brother/sister dance: “Dancing In The Moonlight” by Van Morrison
Mother/son dance: “In my Life” by the Beatles

Reception music provided by the band, The Castaways.

Please tell us about any other special details or moments from your reception. My brothers gave a joint speech welcoming everyone to dinner. I was so impressed by their thoughtfulness and eloquence at 20 and 22 respectively. The older of my two younger brothers gave me away which he took very seriously. My youngest brother and I danced during the first dances. We did not practice and I was about nervous but he kept me smiling the whole time with his running commentary.

My husband stunned me with his speech in which he thanked our guests on my behalf and then proceeded to thank me.  His comments were well thought out and articulate. I saved his outline since a lot of it he crafted as he was speaking. Clearly he is the public speaker of  the two of us.

 

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Virginia Wedding at Fat Cat Farm, Watters Dress, Sparkler Exit Virginia Wedding at Fat Cat Farm, Watters Dress, Sparkler Exit
Photography: Katie Stoops / Venue: Fat Cat Farm in Charlottesville, Virginia / Floral Design: Beehive Events / Month of Coordination: White Birch Events / Dress: Watters / Shoes: J. Crew / Suit, Shirt: Alton Lane / Tie: Hermes / Shoes: Cole Haan / Stationery: Haute Papier, Minted / Hair: Top Knot Studio / Makeup: Sanja, Charlottesville Bobbi Brown / Rentals: Ambassador TransportationVirginia Tent Rental / Officiant: Phillip Gates / Ceremony Music: Dennis Elliott / Band: The Castaways / Catering, Dessert: Harvest Moon Catering

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New York City Hall Wedding, Nicole Miller Dress New York City Hall Wedding, Nicole Miller Dress

 

We love couples who aren’t afraid to be completely true to themselves while planning a wedding. Bride, Lori, says “Having met each other in a coffee shop in New York, we wanted an authentic ceremony. You can’t get more New York than getting married at City Hall.” Their intimate ceremony followed by an upbeat reception with panoramic views of the city was quintessentially New York, and we are so excited to share it with you.

Photography by Lord Ashbury.

 

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New York City Hall Wedding, Nicole Miller Dress New York City Hall Wedding, Nicole Miller Dress

 

Your ceremony in three words. Official, genuine, animated

Who officiated your ceremony? A lovely city officiant with blue hair and cowboy boots was assigned to us.

Did you include any traditions in your ceremony? My engagement ring was the John’s grandmother’s ring. I decided to wear it as both the engagement and wedding ring, as putting a wedding band with it did less rather than add more.

 

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New York City Hall Wedding, Nicole Miller Dress, New York Bridge New York City Hall Wedding, Nicole Miller Dress, New York Bridge

 

How did you go about planning your ceremony?  Other than getting the marriage license, there was no planning required for City Hall. You show up, grab a number, and get hitched! We did have a chance to say some personal, unplanned vows which made it extra special.

What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? Having family present truly made City Hall such a special ceremony. Only our parents and siblings attended the ceremony, so it was a unique circle of the most important people in our lives witnessing us get married in one of the greatest cities on Earth.

Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony? After the ceremony, we walked to the Brooklyn Bridge near City Hall. It was an incredible setting to celebrate the first minutes as husband and wife. Making history surrounded by history.

 

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We had a family-style Sunday Supper at the restaurant Root & Bone the night before our wedding. Both growing up in the south from Charleston and Baton Rouge, it was a southern feast to be proud of.”

 

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Is there anything that helps tell the story of your wedding? There was a major hurricane heading to New York City just in time for our wedding day! As if planning a wedding isn’t stressful enough, now we had to think about how Hurricane Joaquin may impact our wedding weekend. Luckily, the hurricane pushed out to shore at the last minute, and we avoided having Joaquin as an unexpected wedding guest!

What was the best advice you received as a bride? Follow your heart and don’t let social pressures, traditions or other influences dictate what matters to you as a couple.

 

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“Our wedding reception was focused on passed hors d’oeuvres with stations for heavier food. Created by Chef John Fraser at Narcissa, menu items included lobster rolls, baked oysters, tuna tartar, duck cigars, pork tenderloin, beets and fried artichokes. Open bar was also a must with their crew!”

 

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New York City Hall Wedding, Sunday Supper at Root&Bone, Floral Dress New York City Hall Wedding, Sunday Supper at Root&Bone, Floral Dress

 

What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? Nail down a few key things that are must-haves for your dream wedding then let the experts do the rest. That is why you hire them! Also, you can plan a magnificent wedding in a short time frame. We were engaged in June and married by October.

 

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The Reception

“Our reception was literally on top of the world! The Standard Hotel East Village penthouse has 360 skyline views of New York City. With food and drinks flowing, a rocking Cuban salsa band, and family and friends letting loose — it was so magical.”

 

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Why did you choose this location for your reception? We had visited the penthouse of The Standard Hotel East Village for a small concert one night and fell in love with the venue right away. Once we got engaged, it was our top choice for a venue as we knew it would take our guests’ breath away. In addition, we wanted to keep as much of the wedding and vendors local to our East Village neighborhood.

 

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New York City Wedding, Bride and Groom First Look New York City Wedding, Bride and Groom First Look

 

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What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? Our favorite moment of the reception is what our photographer called The Golden Hour. Right when the sun was setting over the Hudson River creating a stunning glow, we were having our first look as a couple and then later watched our guests’ mouths drop at the venue and views. After seeing everyone dressed to the nines with smiles ear to ear, we knew it was going to be a night to remember.

Do you have any budget tips for other brides? Focus the budget on your must-haves then be flexible with budget options on the rest. Think outside the box whether it is DIY or vendors that don’t typically service weddings.

 

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What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? The amazing talent of people that support weddings was so inspiring, and how much they cared about making our day special was unforgettable. Whether it was meeting with Nicole Miller’s team in her showroom selecting the perfect wedding dress, planning out the ice sculpture design with frozen flowers and strawberries with Okamtoto Studio, or doing trial runs with our photographer, Lord Ashbury, and make-up artist, Eric Holt from NARS, everyone brought their best ideas and skills to make our wedding truly wonderful.

 

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New York City Wedding Reception, Latin Band New York City Wedding Reception, Latin Band

 

Did you include any other traditions in your wedding? Since I’m from Louisiana, we had a Mardi Gras second line dance where guests paraded around the room waving napkins in the air to traditional New Orleans music. It’s always a crowd pleaser.

 

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New York City Wedding Reception, Latin Band, Bride and Groom's First Dance New York City Wedding Reception, Latin Band, Bride and Groom’s First Dance

 

What was your first dance song? Our first dance was to “La Vie en Rose” by Louis Armstrong. We got engaged in the Place des Vosges, the first planned park in Paris, so the French themed song was a gentle nod to that memorable day. The song puts you in such a good mood with a trumpeted build up towards the end which led John to give me a fancy, dramatic dip at the end!

Reception music performed by Cuban Salsa Band, Groupo Irek.

 

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New York City Wedding, Custom Illustrations for Guests New York City Wedding, Custom Illustrations for Guests

 

What type of cake or dessert did you serve? The wedding cake was an exposed strawberry-lemon layer cake from Momufuku Milk Bar. (We dream about it all the time.) We also had s’mores for guests to enjoy.

Cake by Milk Bar.

Please tell us about any other special details or moments from your reception. One of the huge hits of the reception was the wedding favors. We hired an illustrator to capture each guest’s portrait in colored ink. Mara Cespon, the talented illustrator, is a friend of mine, and she created portraits each under four minutes with every last detail captured. Guests took home their illustrations — many of which have been framed. You can’t say that most wedding favors end up hanging on your guests walls!

If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently? Not a single thing — it was perfection!

 

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Photography: Lord Ashbury / Venue: The Standard Hotel, East Village in New York, New York / Floral Design: Adore Floral / Dress: Nicole Miller / Jewelry: Dannijo / Alterations: Selene New York / Tuxedo: Bottega Veneta / Shoes: Calvin Klein / Stationery: Minted / Ice Sculptor: Okamoto Studio / Illustrator: Mara Cespon / Hair: Glamsquad / Makeup: Eric Holt – NARS / Cuban Salsa Band: Groupo Irek / Catering: Narcissa / Cake, Dessert: Milk Bar

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