Now this is my kinda wedding! A modern take on the vineyard wedding that was relaxed and full of color…not a pastel in sight! It doesn’t hurt when your sister-in-law is the fabulous Denise Fasanello and you’re super crafty…lots of inspiration in this one so scroll down for more.
From the bride:
We wanted a fun, relaxed wedding where everyone could enjoy themselves, especially us. For decor, we wanted tons and tons of color, as we aren’t really pastel people. Luckily my sister-in-law just happens to be a flower designer. Her name is Denise Fasanello, and she is a flower genius. She knew exactly what I was talking about when I said lush and colorful, and was able to take my vague ideas and make them into gorgeous table arrangements and a bouquet to die for. We also had an incredible photographer, Sasithon Pooviriyakul, who was able to capture so many beautiful moments, and kept us relaxed and having fun the whole day.
I did a lot of crafts — it was a great way to relax and put my energy into something creative, fun and personal. I made large paper flowers, composition book name cards, a cork heart, map table numbers, and even learned how to emboss to make tags for the honey bear favors we gave everyone. My sister-in-law and my mom help me gather and/or paint all different kinds of turquoise vases for the tables.
We also decided not to hire a DJ and instead planned all the music ourselves (Paul is a musician so he was excited at the excuse to purchase the speakers and subwoofer!) It was a wonderful way to bond during the wedding planning process and it felt like we were creating a special mix tape for our guests. Also, that way we didn’t run the risk of hearing any songs we didn’t love.It’s funny how things we didn’t plan for made the day so much better. For example, we were going to have a freestanding chuppah but it was so windy we had to have four of our friends hold it for us. It made our ceremony that much more personal and celebratory.
Venue: Laurel Lake Vineyards, Laurel, NY
Photography: Sasithon Photography
Flowers: Denise Fasanello Flowers
Caterer: Russ Moran Catering
Dress: Suzanne Neville, purchased at Wedding Atelier
Groom’s Suit: Ted Baker London
Rings: Elleven Jewelry
Earrings: Kate Spade
Hair: Eileen Sheppard
Makeup: Stacie Ford
Invitations: Love vs. Design
[images from Sasithon Photography]
VENUE: Once we got engaged in Scotland, the next challenge was figuring out where to get married. While London offered us a lot of opportunities, we decided to go for New York, my home town. We love going to concerts and saw that the Music Hall of Williamsburg was available for private events. We had a look around the space when it was empty and saw how much potential the venue offered us. We could have the ceremony and reception in the same place and still have enough room for a cocktail hour. It was perfect! We wanted the wedding to be an extension of us, an opportunity to share the music, food and place we love, and the Music Hall let us do all this. We were lucky to have an amazing space to start with and the flexibility to give it the look we wanted with our own chuppah (made by James and friends), string lights and bunting/flags. Little did we know, we had a vision for the space but didn’t fully appreciate it until the day. I was almost crying when I walked into the space on the wedding day and saw how beautifully James and his groomsmen transformed the space. Glen Miller was being played on the loud speaker and I truly felt like I had stepped into a Music Hall from another era.
INVITATIONS: James knew about them as he use to live around the corner from their workshop in London, which is tall and slender and chock full of printing presses. We loved the typography work they did with initials and quickly were able to design a simple but bold invitation for our wedding. The green we used in the invite would reappear throughout our wedding.
FOOD: Elizabeth, owner of Betty Brooklyn, was recommended to us by our DJs and we instantly liked her and her approach to food. She sources locally and cooks seasonally. We didn’t know what the weather would be like but thought comfort food, that lines your belly, was the way to go. She was also incredibly accommodating to make our menu accessible to the various family member’s food allergies including a mini gluten free, dairy free red velvet cake! The drinks were provided by the venue and they were kind to have cocktails of our choice, Blacks Russians and White Ladies, ready for guests after the ceremony.
DRESS: I did not have any vision in my mind as to what my dream wedding dress would look like. I found my wedding dress on my first day of looking. The girls at The White Gown take such good care of you. They understand your response/taste and find dresses to match this. They also have a great selection of dresses. The were also incredibly accommodating to fit my fittings in/around my dates in NYC and did some last minute alterations.
SHOES: I wanted to have pretty shoes that I could dance in. Couldn’t look much further than Repetto! Althought I was greatful to have some white sparkly Tom’s to change into at the end of the night.
HEADPIECE: I knew I didn’t want to wear a veil but wanted something to complete my outfit for the day. I thought I would wear my headpiece for the ceremony and then lose it but I ended wearing it the whole night!
BRIDESMAID: The had dresses in the exact green we used in our invitations so it felt like the right place to go for the dresses. The variety was great and could accommodate everyone’s style.
SUIT: While James didn’t wear a traditional morning suit, he did kit himself out like a proper English gentleman and got his suit, shoes and waistcoat all on Jermyn Street
RINGS: There’s an amazing antiques market near Bond Street in London called Grey’s Antiques Market. Both James and I found our wedding rings there in the same day.
MUSIC: Have a dance party with our friends and family was a number one priority. The enthusiasm from Abby and Tom for our space and vision was exactly what we wanted for the night.
FLOWERS: Saw Taylor’s designs in NY Magazine and found her arrangements playful but delicate at the same time, with an amazing eye for detail. She was great at sourcing the quirky flowers we were after and worked with the layout of the tables to fill the long ones with apothecary glass vases. The brown glass really played off the metal and industrial feel of the space.
FAVORS: We kept trying to find ways of combining the UK and NYC together and our favors offered a great opportunity. Found the ‘We are Happy to Serve You’ Greek coffee cups online (so NYC!) and then filled it with our favorite candy and tea from the UK. We used the favors to double as table cards using initial badges on shipping tags.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Sas was recommended to us and we could quickly see from her portfolio that she could capture truly amazing moments in time. We were keen to have a photographer who would capture everything but without us knowing they were there. She was exactly what we wanted. We look back at our photos from the night and feel like we are able to relive all the fun and happiness through her work. She also did an amazing job of tracking down some great spaces for our photos – mere minutes from the venue. I can’t speaking highly enough of her work, from portraits to action shots. She makes every photo unique and special.
Venue: Music Hall of Williamsburg
Invitations: Harrington and Squires
Food: Betty Brooklyn
Dress: The White Gown
Hairpiece: Colette Malouf
Bridesmaids: J Crew
Suit: Jermyn Street
Rings: Grey’s Antiques Market
Flowers: Fox Fodder Farm
Photography: Sasithon Photography
Portrait location: The Jungle
[images from Sasithon Photography]