Erin & Dave | Purple Garden Wedding in New York

With springtime everywhere you turn, it’s a perfect day to share Erin and Dave’s classic garden wedding with you! Photos by the always wonderful Cappy Hotchkiss.

Every wedding should have a “Say Anything” moment, don’t you think?!

Guests went home with homemade bottles of vanilla extract – yum!

Some details from the bride and groom!

Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We wanted something close enough to the city to be convenient for everyone, but far enough to feel special and not “everyday.” We liked the backyard wedding idea, but when we started thinking about all the catering costs and hassle, Round Hill was the perfect solution. They had beautiful gardens for the ceremony, a lovely old mansion with character for the reception, a professional and warm staff that took care of everything. We fell in love with the place and would do it all over again there in a heartbeat.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Blogs! And our love for each other of course. And blogs!

Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Doing the all-in-one catering/venue really helped us out. A friend of a friend DJed (and was great). We got a lot of things from Etsy and generally didn’t “add on” lots of things. But we got everything we really cared about (a great photographer, venue, flowers, and all the guests we wanted).

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  The entire ceremony was so much more touching than I could have anticipated. I knew it would be special with our two best friends serving as officiants, but there were birds and crickets, and the weather and the wind, and all the guests singing “59th Street Bridge,” and Dave’s vows and… it was all just really perfect and amazing. Then we had a great time dancing and dancing and dancing…

Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  We sort of took the “we’ll keep the tradition unless we don’t like it and then we’ll change it” approach. So my dad walked me down the aisle, but he didn’t give me away. That kind of thing. Everyone says this, but we wanted our wedding to be a celebration of love, not just our love, but the idea of love, all the love our guests have for us and each other. I guess that’s traditional, we embraced that.

What advice do you have for other brides?  Enjoy the process. It is only one day, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be a truly magical, unforgettable, wonderful day.



Photography: Cappy Hotchkiss / Venue: Round Hill in Hudson Valley, New York / Invitations: Medley Invitation Designs / Bride’s dress: Liancarlo / Bridesmaid dresses: J.Crew / Groom’s suit: My.Suit / Flowers: Stem / Catering: FEAST Caterers / Cake: The Pastry Garden / Music: Dan Sterling DJ Entertainment, 917-763-7536

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