Real wedding: Katie + Michael

I really dont know how to top a wedding with a buttercup yellow wedding dress!  This Vera Wang confection was absolute perfection, and the whole affair is one I would have loved to have seen in person!  Katie speaks more about it below…

The truth is, I really wanted to elope, but my husband-to-be wouldn’t let me! we started the process of compromise. The ceremony was most important to us, as we wanted to write our own vows, so we decided that an intimate guest count of 50 would feel right, and thought about a restaurant as a possible venue. Being totally devoted to all things food and wine, we instantly remembered our favorite New York meals being at Blue Hill at Stone Barns. Having both grown up in Los Angeles, the idea of a beautiful farm setting was a bit foreign, but how could we resist the food and the incredible backdrop (cows!)

I have to admit, I got a bit carried away at the beginning with bridal magazines and a list of “must-dos”. But slowly, I organized my thoughts and priorities. I booked Di Bezi as our photographers right away!! Diana and Jeff shot my best friend’s wedding and I was obsessed with the pictures. I knew they would capture the day perfectly, and they did. We found an amazing man to marry us (recommended by Blue Hill) and started building our ceremony. After sitting in a Barnes and Nobles for an afternoon looking at “wedding” poetry, we decided to go with lots of fun readings from children’s books (my husband and I went to elementary school together) and song lyrics from our first dance (Talking Heads “This Must Be the Place”). I knew that Blue Hill would create a memorable and stellar menu, so I didn’t have to worry about the food or accompanying wines. I also used Blue Hill’s florist for our bouquets and center pieces. Other little fun details included using farm animals instead of table numbers and an adorable bride and groom pig cake topper I found on Etsy.

As for the dress…I knew from the beginning I didn’t want to wear white. A while ago I saw a pink dress in J. Crew’s bridal section and thought, Oh! What a good idea…After a trip to J. Crew, I realized that pink dress wasn’t for me, and though a tad discouraged, I did what all girls know is the answer. I called Vera Wang. When I got there, they were flustered to hear my wedding date was only 4 months away (we opted for a short engagement- why wait!?) I told them I was open to all dresses, white or otherwise, that they would have ready in time. And the lady helping me brought the yellow dress. I’ve never worn yellow, but I thought it’d be worth a shot. It was the first dress I tried. And it was my dress! It came with a russet brown sash that I toyed with wearing, but ultimately decided the simplicity of yellow was just what I wanted. I still felt entirely bridal and had so much fun in yellow.

Ultimately, after endless anxieties and a crazy roller coaster of emotions while planning the wedding (no one tells you about the roller coaster!), the day was perfect. My husband and I had all our hopes fulfilled. And I’m glad I didn’t elope…

more pictures after the jump!

Venue: Blue Hill at Stone Barns
Photography: Di Bezi
Florist: Sandy Clothier
Dress: Vera Wang
Bridesmaids: J. Crew
Groom: John Varvatos suit, J. Crew tie
Stationery: Judy Paulen at Bloomingdale’s NYC
Cake Topper: Romancing Juliet on
Hair & Make-up: Sheree Lunn

[images from DiBezi Photography]

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30 Comments to “Real wedding: Katie + Michael”

  1. Olivia Leigh Says:

    Amazing dress!!!

  2. Kathryn Says:

    Really, how do you top a buttercup yellow dress? Stunning!

  3. Miss Parker Says:

    Wow, that dress is incredible.

  4. Jamie Says:

    omg AMAZING choice for the first dance!! Talking Heads is one of my most favorite bands of all time, i love them, grew up on them, and love you guys for choosing one of their tunes for your dance. awesome!!

  5. Jamie Says:

    p.s. the dress rocks too lol!

  6. Tessa @ Utah Bride and Groom Says:

    Swoon! Love a yellow wedding dress!

  7. chelsea Says:

    Gorgeous and incredibly sweet. I adore the color combos.

  8. Are We Wed Yet? Says:

    This dress is amazing! I kind of want it now! I love yellow in general, but this just takes the proverbial cake. <3

  9. Jennifer Says:

    Finally! A dress that isn’t white! I love it!!!

  10. April Says:

    I love all the photos,well captured natural happy moments!But I adore her yellow wedding dress above all!!!

  11. Amberdawn Says:

    The yellow dress and grey suit look so good together :)

  12. Elaine Says:

    What a beautiful wedding. Congratulations!

  13. Karyn Says:

    That is the most beautiful dress. Congratulations!!

  14. seesaw Says:

    oh my goodness!

  15. cara Says:

    Love.the.dress!! Seriously, just stunning + soft = perfection! The details and photography are simply beautiful, too :) — good find!

  16. Elena Says:

    please please can you tell me the alias of your dress???
    I’m searching for 2 days now!!!!!
    have you bought it?????

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  18. Shelby Says:

    I wish i could find a place to get that dress…

  19. Audra Says:

    Isabell: Since it’s in the nastiest possible spirit that you could call someone’s wedding day dress, hair, and makeup (makeup, really?) “hideous” in a public forum where she or her loved ones might see it, I can only imagine that you are suffering from some bitter misery and feel the need to spread it around. I hope life will be kinder to you so that you could call forth a little compassion and consideration.

  20. Wedding Photographer NYC Says:

    Wow! How cool is the yellow dress. Love everything about this entry!

  21. sweet buffet Says:

    wow a yellow dress- this is a first for me- looks amazing but not sure if i would have the guts to pull it off!
    but looks good on kate.

  22. vogue Says:

    I really love your dress. I hope to wear my unique wedding dresses on my big day.

  23. aodaochina Says:

    How beautil the wedding gown is! I like it!

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  27. Brandee Says:

    Love the yellow! I too had a yellow wedding dress and think it just couldn’t have been any better :)

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  30. Lucy Chuang Says:

    I’m getting married this October!!

    I’m finding a yellow wedding dress right now..
    I saw this dress and I know this is exactly what I want for a long time!!

    Are you confider selling this dress or if there is anyway I could buy this dress from you??

    Lucy Chuang

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