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The couple were inspired by their travel experiences: “Being that we met living in London and have both traveled and lived all over the world, we wanted to incorporate that element into our wedding theme,” says the bride. “Our save the dates were sent to guests in elegant leather, monogrammed luggage tags. From there, we weaved this travel element into all aspects, from the invitation itself (which included a stamped passport book indicating all of the cities that we’ve lived in) to ceremony signage (there was a sign post with the exact distances to the cities where guests came from, all around the world). We felt very honored that our friends and family flew from overseas to join us and wanted to pay tribute to this.”
With an intimate guest list – just 50 of their closest friends and family – the couple wanted to make sure everyone was looked after. To maintain a personalized feel of the entire experience Rebecca Johnson of Kristi Amoroso Special Events had individual SUVs pick up guests from their hotels and transport them directly to the ceremony location.
“We made sure to incorporate little elements/details that tied into our travels together Our signature drink was a Pimm’s cup, which was a favorite summertime drink for us in London where we met.” The cocktail hour also included a raw oyster bar.
The dinner menu – from The Girl and the Fig CATERS! – included fig and arugula salad, beef filet and ricotta gnocchi, and a late night snack of mini burgers with brie and caramelized onions. In addition to a two tiered wedding cake (brown butter cake with salted caramel filling, and chocolate cake with chocolate mousse filling), there was a late night dessert buffet with butterscotch pots de crème, lemon tartlets and chocolate sea salt tortes.
Why did you choose this location for your wedding? We both grew up in wine regions (the groom in Australia, and the bride in Canada) and wanted to choose a landscape to represent this. Napa Valley and Sonoma is one of our favorite areas. We have always had an interest in wineries, and it is our pipe dream to have our own vineyard one day. We fell in love with the property (and owner of the property!) the moment we laid eyes on it. A beautifully designed modern home in the midst of rolling vineyards – what’s not to love.
What was your favorite moment or part of the day? Seeing each other for the first time. We took our photos prior to the ceremony so that we would be able to join our guests during the cocktail hour. We couldn’t stop smiling and laughing with each other while pictures were being taken, and this came through in the photos. We felt very relaxed and did our very best to make sure that we took time to enjoy every single moment.
￼￼ What was the best advice you received as a bride? It was from my husband – he took my hand on the dance floor and told me to stop and take a moment to look around at our friends and family enjoying themselves.
“I’ve always had a love affair with the city, and the Brooklyn waterfront, particularly near Dumbo, felt romantic to me, so when looking for a venue, I really wanted something on the Brooklyn waterfront that faced Manhattan,” says Sarah. “A friend of a friend mentioned Liberty Warehouse which we had never heard of, nor did we come across it in any of our research, but we loved the rustic feel of the space and warehouse, that it was right on the water facing the the Statue of Liberty and lower Manhattan, and that it was catered by The River Cafe. We really wanted to take advantage of the outdoor space, so having the wedding in a warm month was key. We lucked out that there was one date still available – it was a complete coincidence that we got married on July 4th facing the Statue of Liberty!”
Sarah kindly shared details of the wedding ceremony:
“I come from a practicing Jewish family where many on my side are quite religious. Additionally, my grandmother who was present, is a Holocaust survivor, so Jewish traditions were important to me and my family. However Bobby is not Jewish and although he was OK with us having a Jewish wedding, it was important to him that he and his family felt included and that everything wasn’t in Hebrew. Our officiant, Rabbi Gloria Milner, was great about explaining the ceremony to guests as we went through it and anytime there was Hebrew, we countered it with English. Additionally, we tried to find a more egalitarian, contemporary/modern version of the traditional Sheva Brachot (seven wedding blessings), and instead of the bride circling the groom seven times to protect him, we changed it up and I walked around Bobby three times, he walked around me three times, and then we walked together in a circle once. We also involved our family in the traditions of the ceremony instead of having the rabbi read everything which was a nice touch.
“A great touch that Rabbi Gloria thought of was to talk about how our two families with very different backgrounds were uniting together. It was even more poignant that it was happening on July 4th with the Statue of Liberty in the background. My grandparents were all immigrants and Holocaust survivors and my grandmother, who immigrated to this country after the war was with us that day. Bobby’s family on both sides had been in this country for a very long time. His father’s side first came here in 1684 and a relative on his mother’s side signed the Declaration of Independence. She did a great job of weaving our stories together.
“Another thing we did which was not traditional at all but was really well received was, in addition to writing our own vows, we each wrote a bio about one another that we read to our guests. As is often the case, the officiant will say something about the bride and groom but Rabbi Gloria suggested that this come from us instead. It was great advice and though at first I was reluctant to do it (I’m not a fan of public speaking), it was one of the best parts of the ceremony. What we both wrote was really from the heart, funny, and even people who’ve known us for years learned something about us. One of the many compliments we got after the wedding was about our ceremony and how it was the best ceremony they’d been to. People said it was beautiful, from the heart, and I couldn’t believe how many people told us they teared up including many men! One good friend who has been to many weddings said it was the only time he actually paid attention to an entire wedding ceremony!”
The bride tells us about her escort cards: “Since it was the Fourth of July, we decided to give out sparklers to our guests and thought it would be cute to incorporate them with the escort cards. I researched a ton of tags as I was trying to find something with a vintage feel. I finally found tags that worked on Etsy. To keep the look consistent with our invitations, programs, and menus, Judy Paulen Designs was able to print machine calligraphy on the tags. I then tied the sparklers to all the tags.”
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? To take advantage of the warmth and feel of the warehouse, we wanted everything – from the lighting and candles, to the vintage garden inspired floral arrangements – to have a similar feel and accent the space without taking away from the location and views.
What was your favorite moment or part of the day? Our first look was the most memorable moment. Though a close second would have to be shortly after the ceremony when we walked out together into the cocktail hour which was outside on the patio with the most ridiculous beautiful sunset as a backdrop. Everything looked amazing – the tables, flowers, food, and the guests!
What was the best advice you received as a bride? I was told by numerous people that no matter how much you prepare, something will go wrong or not as planned and to expect it and just roll with it. It was great advice and a good reality check. Luckily, nothing of any importance went wrong!
What advice do you have for other brides? Even though I knew how stressful planning a wedding can be, I was not prepared for just how stressful it was and this is coming from someone who works in a similar line of business. The best thing I did was hire a month-of coordinator. I strongly suggest that if it’s in your budget, to hire a coordinator of some sort – even if it’s just for the day – to handle all the wedding day logistics. If you can’t or don’t want to hire someone, ask a friend or family member that you know is organized and won’t mind dealing with the details on the day of the wedding. Go over these details ahead of time so they know what needs to get done and plan out a detailed timeline. The last thing you want to do on your wedding day is deal with the logistics of load-in times with vendors, making sure everyone is on time, that buses are picking people up and are not lost, and that everything and everyone is in it’s proper place, etc. You’ve been planning this day for months and this is supposed to be one of the best days of your life so enjoy it!
Lavender fields, candy-colored palette, a ferris wheel… all captured on camera by the talented Lisa Lefkowitz! I can think of no better way to spend the morning than with this whimsical wedding at Bear Flag Farm.
This might be my favorite mismatched bridesmaid collection I’ve ever seen! The shades of blue and coral work so perfectly together, and with the rest of the wedding decor. The ladies carried bouquets of peonies, roses, irises, and other blooms in shades of pink and cream.
What inspired the bride and groom in their wedding planning? “The earliest inspirations for our celebration were the lavender fields of Provence, a nighttime carnival, and a Michelin-starred restaurant. Thanks to the farm’s natural beauty, it’s natural bounty, and Tina’s ingenuity, we were able to create a sort of romantic carnival in the French countryside feel, complete with lavender fields, a French quartet, a gourmet ice cream truck, a ferris wheel, and amazingly delicious food prepared with seasonal ingredients grown right on the farm. The farm itself was a source of constant inspiration. We were married among fruit trees under arches of flowers against a backdrop of greenery, enjoyed our cocktail hour under a dreamy star-filled tent, frolicked through the gorgeous lavender fields and rode the ferris wheel at sunset, and dined and danced the night away under hanging lanterns on a sunken lawn surrounded by sycamore trees.”
Dinner was held on a sunken lawn, surrounded by sycamore trees. Large white lanterns hung over the tables and dance floor. Low centerpieces of hot pink peonies in turquoise vases added pops of color to the tables.
Why did you choose this location for your wedding? After visiting several other potential venues, Bear Flag Farm just felt like “home.” We were enchanted by the serene and beautiful farm, whose lavender fields, orchards, vineyards, and sycamore trees are the stuff of paradise, and we were equally impressed by owner Tina Reikes, a wonder of a person who we would come to know as an all-around wedding-planning magician. We could see immediately that the farm would provide a spectacularly beautiful backdrop on which we would have the flexibility to bring to life our vision for our wedding day.
What was your favorite moment or part of the day? Toward the end of our celebration, the band performed a wonderful, French-English duet version of La Vie en Rose for our last dance. Part way through, we realized that our guests had begun to link arms and were slowly bobbing about us in a circle, creating an incredible moment in which the support of our family and friends was visually instantiated. Moments later, everyone treated us to a marvelously ridiculous kazoo send-off as we floated to our getaway car and made our escape together into the starry night.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? On a very practical note, more than one person suggested scuffing up the bottoms of my new shoes, which probably saved me from making an unintentionally grand entrance onto the dance floor.
What advice do you have for other brides? Planning a wedding ourselves made us see other people’s weddings through an entirely new lens; attending other weddings is a wonderful way to identify things to incorporate (or avoid!) that might not otherwise come to mind. Also, as much as possible, surround yourself with vendors who know weddings inside and out; thanks to ours, we were able to simply enjoy our wedding day to the fullest – one of the best gifts we received!
Do you have any budget tips for other brides? Consider non-wedding-specific sources for bridesmaid dresses. Designers often require orders many months in advance and can be absurdly expensive, but we were pleasantly surprised that, with a bit of detective work, it was possible to find dresses we liked even better from other sources.
No matter how many times I visit Bario-Neal‘s website, I always fall in love with their beautifully unique designs all over again! I’m reminded of personal favorites (hubby take note: I have a soft spot for the Aldine band…), and I find new styles to adore. And I love to imagine which engagement ring I’d pair with which band…
Which Bario-Neal rings would you wear together? I’d love to know! And if you already have your rings, how about one of Bario-Neal’s gorgeous enamel bangles for something blue you can wear again and again:
The Philadelphia-based studio also offers custom jewelry, so if you love their style but want to make some changes, or if you have something totally new in mind, they can bring your vision to life. Not to mention, Bario-Neal is also known for their commitment to environmental responsibility, ethical sourcing, and marriage equality, so you can feel good about your purchase in every way!