There’s nothing quite like a beautiful location to set the tone for a magical event like this charming, low-key wedding, sent to us by photographer Cappy Hotchkiss

Don’t you love the bride’s tea-length dress?!

Mismatched china patterns added a touch of elegant whimsy to the tables.

Instead of a traditional wedding cake, guests enjoyed a variety of fruit pies and tarts.

The bride and groom’s favorite part of the day? “While the band was taking a break, we set off about 250 paper lanterns from the beach. Right as the last one was floating out of sight, it started to rain. It was pretty magical.”

Details from the bride!

Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We’ve spent so many wonderful and memorable holiday weekends at my parents’ house on Lake Ontario that it just seemed totally natural to do it there. The setting was so beautiful and perfect for a wedding…where we had the ceremony is like a natural amphitheater. And for late night we had the beach for bonfires and roasting marshmallows.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Our inspiration was an elegant picnic where all the china, flatware, glassware, platters, vases were mix-and-match.

Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  In England (where the groom is from), weddings are much more casual, lo-fi affairs than they are here, so we went for a look that was more elegant and easy rather than glamorous. The groom’s mother also made bunting for the rehearsal dinner and wedding, which is very common in England.

What advice do you have for other brides?  Have fun! Relax! Eat! Dance! There is so much more to life and love than the wedding day, and honestly all that talk about “It’s your day” is junk. It’s everyone’s day! Weddings are about family, friendship, fun and celebration. They are about ushering in a new chapter of life and anything that causes you stress about a wedding should be thrown right out the window – it’s not worth it. Go with the flow!


See more from this beautiful wedding over on Cappy’s blog.



Photography: Cappy Hotchkiss / Planner: Ellie Clapp, Celebrated Events / Venue: private home on Lake Ontario, New York / Bride’s dress: Stephanie James Couture / Bride’s shoes: Prada / Groom’s custom suit: Mr. Ned / Flowers: Arena’s / Band: Nik and the Nice Guys / Tent, table rentals: Hank Parker / China, flatware, glassware rentals: Party Rental Ltd.

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This June, floral goddess Ariella Chezar is giving a 3-day workshop in Sonoma, covering everything from flowers for the table to bridal bouquets to creating an overall look for an event. I’ve been looking forward to this for months, and wouldn’t miss it for the world – I hope to see you there!

To enroll, or for additional details, contact Kristi Amoroso at


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If you need a little extra dose of spring, we’ve got just the thing for you: a beautiful couple (who both happen to be models) in an orchard full of blooming trees. Oh, and did I mention the groom’s fabulously preppy attire?

See lots more from this shoot over on David Newkirk’s blog!



Photography: David Newkirk / Gowns: Monique Lhuillier from Alta Moda Bridal / Bowtie: Beckett & Robb / Flowers: Orchid Dynasty / Hair, makeup: Gabby Gabbitas / Glasses: Tom Ford

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I recently went out and purchased some painting supplies (gouache and paper and cheapo brushes, nothing fancy), and am going to put them to use this weekend. Spring feels like the perfect time to pick up a hobby like painting, don’t you think? I haven’t painted since high school, so we’ll see how it goes, but mostly I’m looking for new ways to exercise creativity (simultaneously bringing a little more color into my life). What are you up to this weekend?

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Another nearly royal wedding: Jackie & JFK.

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I’ll be using OnTheWay app next time I plan a road trip.

Pop-up glamping sounds awesome.

New designs from Pretty Plum Sugar.

Owl in super slow motion – look at those wings!

Loving the minimalist style of this tumblr blog, via Caitlin Flemming’s Pinterest.

Hello Brazilian dream house.

Meet KatieRose, the quirky new calligraphy font from Trial by Cupcakes.

Loving this branding for The Snow Man (and I seriously miss sno cones).

These vegetable babies would be so sweet for a garden or farm wedding.

The Complete Official Bride’s Kit for Getting Hitched without a Hitch.

Beautiful black and white artist studio.

Have a happy weekend, lovelies!


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