Another Halloween-inspired wedding board for you today, though again I tried to keep it from being too obvious. The palette is elegantly whimsical – fitting for both a black tie affair and a Halloween soiree. Silver jack-o-lanterns set the mood, though nothing overly shiny and new – mercury glass has a tarnished look to it that’s just perfect here. Black polka dots on a white backdrop are wonderfully fun. Make table numbers key players in centerpieces, by creating number collections under a bell jar: glittered numbers, dominoes, playing cards all let guests know where to sit. I couldn’t find any great images for this, but I think that silver glittered spider webs could be a nice touch – maybe as favors for your guests.

Mood: elegantly eerie whimsy
Palette: cool white, jet black, mercury glass

Top row from left: Tim Walker polka dot room via Oh Joy!, silver jack-o-lanterns by Carolyne Roehm, black swiss dot veil via Perfect Bound
Row 2: Elie Saab dress with butterfly sleeves from Brides, mercury glass candlesticks via Vintage Weave
Row 3: black and white cupcake photo by Victoria Pearson, silver glass glitter table number, anemone centerpieces from The Knot, silver leaf staircase via Willow Decor
Row 4: mercury glass pots via Lobster & Swan, commedia letterpress via Moontree, black and white groom suiting photo by Millie Holloman

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The playfulness and whimsy in today’s real wedding is absolutely irresistible! Jennifer is an art director and graphic designer for Nickelodeon, and Manny, formerly a comic book illustrator and cartoonist, is creative director at an ad agency, and their wedding was chock full of wonderful details. Proof that an intimate dinner party doesn’t have to be stuffy – it can still be totally playful and fun!

As a graphic designer, Jennifer really got into designing the invitation suite. Each piece incorporated illustrations from vintage children’s books, as well as Betsy Dunlap‘s wonderfully whimsical calligraphy. The pale pink, dusty blue, and cream color scheme was perfectly light-hearted.

Jennifer made orange bow ties for the boys, as well as boutonnieres from vintage wooden toys – what a great alternative to a flower!

Though they didn’t have a cake, Jennifer and Manny had a cake topper custom made by The Small Object

Children’s book illustrations made an appearance again as table “numbers,” and the littler guests were greeted at their seats by various stuffed animals.

Guests danced the night away to music from the couple’s iPod.

Here, some details about the day from Jennifer:

How did your creative jobs come into play when planning?  You can imagine the spinning wheels going on for us when creating an event. We really didn’t want to make it an epic project. I have a huge appreciation for such things and I’m extremely detail oriented, but we wanted to focus on relaxing and not being stressed out. I had to restrain myself a bit, but I’m grateful – less was more!

Why did you opt for such an intimate wedding?  Manny and I were both previously married, and wanted to focus on different things this time around, so we chose to have a very small and intimate wedding, with just 40 guests. We wanted to invite those who were close to us and to offer a really special experience for our guests. Food was definitely a priority and that’s why we chose this venue. We loved the idea that a farm could be laid back, yet elegant. Also, the venue was beautiful on its own – it didn’t need a lot of prep work, which was something we wanted to avoid.

Tell us about including children in your wedding:  Not having a bridal party was special for us because it was myself and Manny and his two boys. Jacen (age 10) was Manny’s best man, and Logan (age 6) walked me down the aisle. One of my favorite moments was being walked down the aisle by Logan. He was so proud and took it sooo seriously and wanted to do the best job! And he did! It was special that our new family was the focus – it was a great bonding experience.



Black Currant Cosmopolitan // Greenhouse Greens and Herbs Salad with Asparagus, Apricots and This Morning’s Farm Egg // Stinging Nettle Cavatelli with Mushrooms and Asparagus // Loin of Beef with Cracked Wheat, Quinoa and Parsnips // Crunchy Chocolate Hazelnut Brownie with Maple Ice Cream



Photographer: Erik Ekroth / Ceremony Venue: Union Church of Pocantico Hills / Reception Venue: Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, New York / Bride’s Dress: Carmela Sutera / Groom’s Suit: Ralph Lauren

  • Whimsical Wedding at Blue Hill at Stone Barns

    20 October 2009
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    Inspiration boards are back! If you want to give a bit of Halloween flair to your October wedding, without going all the way with jack-o-lanterns and candy corn, black-and-white stripes, checks, and silhouettes are the right color and add a certain whimsy. Just the smallest touches of orange make it a truly Halloween palette. But not a pumpkin in sight!

    Mood: October whimsy
    Palette: black, white, hints of caramel and orange

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    Top row from left: bridesmaid with black cardigan photo by Jose Villa, gourmet candied apples from Michelle Rago, black candle holders from Wedding Style Guide, JM Flora anemone bouquet with black and white ribbon photo by Kate Headley
    Row 2: s’mores from Brides, favors wrapped in black gingham photo by Gabriel Ryan via Green Wedding Shoes, fabric envelope photo by Marie Labbancz
    Row 3: carnation boutonniere from Martha Stewart Weddings, strapless gown with black sash photo by Bonnie Tsang, silhouette garland photo by Leigh Miller

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