This Brooklyn based couple came back to their roots in the stunning Berkshires to tie the knot on the grounds of Roeliff Jansen Park in Hillsdale, NY this past June. The wedding combined elements made by both myself and the couple including the unique cement vases they created. Local food meant a lot to Cecelia and Ben and so they choose Red Apple Butchers who created a delicious wood fired meal. Photographer Amber Bauhoff captured the couple's day.
I'm so excited to share a glimpse into a beautiful wedding I helped design and coordinate this past August. Jess and Tristan were one of the most easy going couples! When asked what type of flowers she wanted, Jess only required sunflowers be present in some way. Their wedding took place at Blooming Hill Farm with an outdoor ceremony under a large tree and reception under a tent with dancing in the barn. The farm was absolutely lush with vegetation and flowers blooming. The talented photographer Alicia King captured the photos you see below. I'm so proud and honored to have been a part of their day!
I hand painted several ceremony signs since the ceremony took place far off in a field. We wanted to make sure guests would easily be able to find their way around the farm. I thought seed packets would be a lovely favor for the couple to give to their guests since the wedding was on a working farm. The Kirk Estate provided wildflower seeds and I designed and illustrated seed packets with a drawing of the farm's barn.
Since both Jess and Tristan are cyclists and do triathlons, I thought incorporating bicycle wheels into their wedding would be a good personal touch. I spray painted some rims gold and hung the escort cards from them. I created over 100 feet of ivory and gold fabric garland for the wedding too which we hung with cafe lights over the reception tables.
Jess wanted to do some DIY projects herself too. She glittered these table numbers and dipped votive candles in gold paint!
Another hand painted sign I created was for the bar with his and her cocktails using fresh herbs. His: Bourbon, rosemary, and orange bitters. Hers: White rum, lavender, mint, and lime.
This shoot was inspired by a little vintage book; a handbook for girl scouts from the 1920s. Photographer Laura Andrea Harris, florist Flower Scout, and I then sat down and brainstormed what a wedding inspired by girl scouts might look like. We each pulled in additional vendors to round out our team and make the inspiration come to life including stylist Alyssa Hardy, hair and make up artists from Make Me Fabulous, rentals from North Country Vintage Rentals, and mobile caterer Classic Crust. Graphic Designer Emily Jahn created the invitation suite using a vintage postcard I found with two bears I found hilarious. We found the perfect venue through the Kirk Estate, whose rich history is felt in all the photographs.
For the shoot, I really wanted to showcase what an upstate New York backyard wedding could look like with all NYS vendors. Field guide booklets and flasks were bought from local retailer Fort Orange General Store as vow booklets and groomsmen gifts. All the bar items featured NYS spirits, beer, and cider with my favorites Nine Pin Cider, Utica Club beer, and Hudson Whiskey. The men's attire was sourced from downtown Troy retailer Enigma Co. and neckties from Baconwear.
I created the hand painted wood arrows with paper feathers which I suspended in the lush arbor. I collected old tennis rackets to create a backdrop to the table setting and old suitcases which I paired with my grandfather's quiver of arrows. Amongst the tablescape you'll see topographic inspired napkins I hand painted along with a macrame table runner my mother (the expert macramer) made. I sewed both silk sashes for the bridesmaids and fluffy geometric print pillows for the couple's cozy tent fort. If that wasn't enough, I baked the two tier carrot cake. My mom, who gifted me with the same talent for baking, helped me out by making a plum galette and strawberry peach iron skillet pie! After styling for hours in the hot sun creating this shoot, Flower Scout and I ate forkfuls of this pie straight from the skillet and it tasted like the best thing to cross my lips.
We are all so proud to have the shoot featured on Green Wedding Shoes.
Recently I braved some rain to meet with the lovely local family who own the Classic Crust, a new mobile catering service. They've taken a vintage 1946 Chevorlet truck and added a wood fire pizza oven and three beer taps! The design choices they've made drew my eye to them immediately. The styling is just perfect for both vintage inspired and urban modern weddings. Their pizza truck could be your main caterer or you can book them in addition as a late night dance snack at your reception! They would also make a unique choice for a rehearsal dinner. Their menu has my mouth watering with topping choices like caramelized onions and figs or for you meat eaters: spicy fennel sausage. Their beer taps showcase local area beers like Paradox Brewery and C.H Evans Brewery as well as Nine Pin Cider.
I can't wait to work with Classic Crust on my next photo shoot situated on a beautiful farm, the Kirk Estate, along with the talented team of Flower Scout and Laura Andrea Harris Photography!
And you can get a chance to check them out yourself at Nine Pin Cider's Dine'n at Nine Pin on May 14th.
This weekend I took a drive south and met with one of my lovely couples to do a site visit of their venue, Blooming Hill Farm in Monroe, NY. It was a picturesque day and the farm was truly delightful to walk around with all the roaming cat friends to keep us company. On the weekends, the farm turns into a shop in the window filled barn with fresh produce and an outdoor cafe serving rustic pizzas. When booked for a wedding, the tables filled with produce get replaced with a dance floor lit with twinkling lights and a bonfire out back for socializing. Blooming Hill also provides full farm to table catering for all events.
Check out their website to learn more and maybe go attend one of their farm dinners. Gaze on below at my day on the farm!