What a great day today has been! We beat the rain at today’s engagement session, and Jenna + Brendan’s wedding has been featured on Every Last Detail! Thank you so much to the fabulous Lauren Grove for the feature!! Congratulations to this super fun couple for having some serious planning skills! Jenna gave some great planning tips in this featured post – check it out!
If I could photograph only farm weddings from now until eternity, I’d have a life of bliss! The beauty of nature, the adorable animals, and the golden sunlight keep me swooning! Matt and Heather hosted their wedding at the Inn at Westwood Farm in Orange, VA. We couldn’t have dreamed of a more perfect day! Plus, it was a super fun reunion for Chris and I! We both used to work with the bride Heather and her bridesmaid Kerri at CAMP-of-the-WOODS in the Adirondack mountains of NY! Kerri and I were actually pen-pals for a long time and then roomies for a couple years. I loved getting to celebrate with them all day, and witness the love between Heather and her new husband Matt. I couldn’t imagine a more perfect partner in crime for Heather!
Meet Giselle – the most adorable donkey I’ve ever seen! We’ll see more of her later! :)
How cute are these little Toms the ring bearer wore? Uh-dorable!
Love all the girls reactions to seeing Heather in her wedding dress!
Heather’s dad was looking so stylish with his bowtie!
So sweet and beautiful!
Matt and his groomsmen spent the morning at the Inn on Poplar Hill, which had the perfect southern front porch!
These short cotton bridesmaids’ dresses were perfect for a farm wedding!
This sail cloth tent was amazing! It feels so grand yet still so inviting…
Guests hanging out with Giselle before the ceremony! Also, the groom’s parents built that arbor themselves – isn’t it amazing?! I could never do that!
Matt and Heather chose to plant a tree to symbolize their unity. Like a tree, a marriage must have strong roots and resilience against all weather and storms. You can read more about it here!
It was like the sun was waiting all day just for this moment!
Looooooooove this perfect moment! Donkey, sunset, couple in love…check, check, check!
Guests enjoyed cocktails at the barn, games of corn-hole and croquet, and a magical sunset!
We were spoiled by this fantastic blue grass band all night long!
The couple exited through a tunnel of sparklers and cheers! Heather and Matt, thank you so much for inviting me into this time in your lives! May your marriage be full of love and adventure! :)
Credits // Ceremony & Reception Site: Inn at Westwood Farms // Catering: Harvest Moon // Groom Prep Location: Inn on Poplar Hill // Officiant: Joseph Cole // Flowers: Earl Price (grown by Fishers) // Ceremony Arbore: Mitch and Marty Fisher (Groom’s parents) // Hair & Make-Up: Carrie Coffin // Bride’s Dress: Casablanca Bridal via Belle Bridal // Bride’s Shoes: Zigi Soho // Engagement Ring: Helzberg Diamonds // Wedding Rings: Reed’s Jewelers // Ring carrier: DIY Bobby Phillips // Necklace: Cutterstone // Earrings: GemsbyKelley // Bracelet: Lizix26 // Bridesmaids’ Shoes: Sseko Sandals // Groom’s Attire: Joseph A Bank // Invitations: Michael’s // Table Numbers & Escort Cards: DIY // Favors: Blue Sky Oil and Vinegar // Reception Entertainment: Bellevue Rhythmaires // Wedding Cupcakes: Pearl’s Bake Shop // Photography: Cassi Claire // The End!
Oh Red Maple Vineyard…you might just be my new favorite wedding venue! Alan and Iliza, you guys found one of the dreamiest Hudson Valley wedding locations! It was the perfect place to celebrate your dreamy love! (cue love song) Chris and I were so moved by how emotional this wedding day was. From Iliza’s mom’s toast during the getting ready time to Alan + Iliza’s private First Look to the moment Alan watched his bride walk down the aisle into his arms. But we’ll get to all that! :)
We were greeted by chickens the moment we entered the farm, so I knew this was going to be a good day!
I’m in love with all of Alan and Iliza’s paper goods from AMG Design Co! I especially love how they incorporated their love of whales into their wedding logo and even the envelope liner!
Iliza wore gold Sperry’s – perfect for a farm and vineyard wedding!
“I hope it fits, I hope it fits!”
Two snapshots of two beautiful people almost ready to see each other!
Alan waiting nervously for his bride…
I can’t stop smiling when looking at the photo below! Iliza, you are pure joy!!
What a perfect day on the Hudson!
What a good lookin’ wedding party!! I love the perfectly bright and beautiful colors!
These ombre bridesmaids dresses are amaaaazing!
A wedding is the perfect occasion for a new profile pic with each bestie!
Their guests were greeted with iced tea and lemonade before the ceremony…
Can’t. Stop. Tearing. Up.
We could not have had a more picturesque ceremony overlooking the Hudson valley!
I love catching reactions from parents! So beautiful!
After the ceremony, guests enjoyed a cocktail hour full of seafood to match the couple’s understated “sea” theme!
Inside the escort cards, guests found a drawing of a sea creature which corresponded with their table assignment.
Isn’t this the most gorgeous table setting?!
Alan and Iliza spent hours and hours making 200 jars of homemade pickles as favors for their guests! They were easily the best pickles I’ve ever eaten, and I loooove pickles!
Love this Time Capsule idea in lieu of a traditional guestbook! Wish I had thought of that! :)
Iliza surprised her mom with a mother-daughter dance in remembrance of her father. I tear up reliving this moment!
Coffee and cigars? The party never ends!
Alan and Iliza, you two are perfection! Thank you for choosing me to be a part of your lives and wedding day! Hugs to you both! <3
Oh, and of course! How about a few of my favorite FUNbooth photos to conclude this post?!?!
Credits // Ceremony & Reception Site: Red Maple Vineyard // Catering: Cornerstone Catering // Officiant: Rev. Paul Whitmore // Floral Artist: The Green Cottage // Bride’s Dress: Augusta Jones via Rana Bridal // Bride’s Shoes: Sperry Topsider // The Rings: Klim Jewelry (Elena) // Groom’s Attire: Canali via Ed Mitchells // Groomsmen’s Attire: Bonobos // Ties: Vineyard Vines // Hair Stylist: Studio One Hair Design (Amanda) // Make-Up Artist: Kathy Genchi // Invitations, Programs, Menu Cards, Welcome Cards: AMG Design Co. // Table Numbers, Escort Cards, Guestbook, Favors: DIY // Entertainment: Silver Arrow Band // Coffee: Between Friends Roasting // Photography & FUNbooth: Cassi Claire // The End!
Cassi Claire is a New Jersey & New York based wedding photographer that would love to capture your wedded bliss in the United States and beyond! For more information visit www.cassiclaire.com! :)
I absolutely LOVED photographing this gorgeous Prospect Park Boathouse wedding in Brooklyn, NY. When people ask me why I love weddings so much, I immediately think of couples like Steph and Vance. We met almost exactly a year ago and had an instant connection! We’ve bonded over many emails, phone calls, and even a hibachi double date. Nothing says “let’s be friends” like sake and a man throwing shrimp at you! All of this plus their super fun engagement session in Union Square, meant Chris and I were able to show up as both professionals and friends on the wedding day. I felt Steph’s nerves as we experienced that dreadful 10% chance of rain and teared up watching Vance as his bride walked down the aisle. It was a day full of love, emotions, beauty, and FUN! :)
Steph’s BHLDN dress could not have been more perfect for her!
Steph and Vance both wrote letters to each other to be opened on the wedding day – so sweet!
Vance chose to get a professional shave at Tomcats Barbershop the morning of the big day! He was pampered from start to end with hot towels, face massages, or more!
In the days before the wedding, we were all stalking the Weather Channel religiously. Much to our delight, the percentage chance of rain lowered each day until it finally called for only 10% chance! Normally, 10% chance of rain means you likely won’t see a single drop…this time, we definitely saw all 10% of that chance and we saw it during the couple’s First Look & portraits. Sad? No, no I don’t think so at all! The rain forced us to shoot in locations I never would have noticed if it weren’t raining – locations that I fell in looove with! Steph and I got there early and found this gorgeous lush spot in which the trees acted as a large umbrella and the ground as a large reflector – it was perfect!
And, um, HELLO! How amazing is this?!
Thankfully the rain cleared up just in time for the wedding party photos and ceremony!
I almost can’t even handle how beautiful all of their decor was! Steph created the vision and then called in Rock Paper Scissors Events to help execute it on the day of!
Each table was “numbered” with a large postcard with a historic Brooklyn location from the Boathouse itself to the Brooklyn Bridge and City Hall!
The cutest flower girl!
Isn’t this the most passionate kiss you’ve ever seen!? I think it rivals the famous V-J Day kiss!
Guests took their escort cards out of this library-style card holder. Just like the ones seen on the tables only smaller, the postcards are a beautiful Brooklyn token that double as a favor.
The Prospect Park Boathouse at night is simply magical!
Vance and his mom had one of the funniest mother-son dances I’ve ever seen!
Guests left the party with their choice of vintage milk glass ice cream bowls! We can’t wait to use ours!
Guests were also spoiled with a local favorite – Blue Marble Ice Cream! The girls at Blue Marble have a simple goal to “make tastebuds happy and hearts feel good.” Their organic ice cream certainly made our tastebuds happy!
Every wedding should end with the groom being tossed in the air!
And of course, I’ll end with a few of my favorite Cassi Claire FUNbooth photos! Vance and Steph, thank you so much for inviting me into your lives! You are both so wonderful and I look forward to many double-dates to come! :)
CREDITS // Ceremony & Reception Venue: Prospect Park Boathouse // Caterer: Movable Feast Catering // Wedding Planner: Ara of Rock Paper Scissors // Officiant: Vince Anderson // Flowers: Alley Scott (friend) // Hair & Make-Up: Parlor Brooklyn // Reception Entertainment: 74 Events – Duane Harriott // Ice Cream Cart: Blue Marble Ice Cream // Photography & FUNbooth: Cassi Claire // Bride Morning Location: Nu Hotel // Groom Morning Location: Tomcats Barber Shop // Bride’s Dress: BHLDN // Bride’s Shoes: Betsey Johnson via BHLDN // Bride’s Wedding Ring: Doyle & Doyle // Groom’s Wedding Ring: Swede’s Jewelers // Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Black Lapel // Transportation: Romantique Diamond Limo // Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas // Menu Cards, Table Signs, Stickers: love, m. // Table Numbers, Escort Cards, Guestbook, Favors, Cake Topper: DIY // The End!
Whenever I think of Jackie and Mike, all I can think is YAYYYYY! They are two of the cutest and most hysterically funny individuals…and together they could rule the world! You might recognize Jackie from her sister Christie’s wedding earlier this year – now it’s her turn! To celebrate, we walked the streets of Saratoga Springs, NY surrounded by sunshine and laughter! This was especially fun and meaningful to me as just a few years ago, I used to spend almost every day off in Saratoga! I lived and worked in the ADKs, and Saratoga was one of the closest and most BEAUTIFUL towns to visit. So, thank you Jackie and Mike for helping me check this scenic location off my “photo bucket list!”
We started the session off in the historic Congress Park, just steps from Canfield Casino – where the couple will wed next October!
How stinkin’ cute is their pup Rusty?!?! I LOVE when couples bring their pets to sessions!
D’awwww family photo!
I’m kind of obsessed with Jackie’s dress!
Yup, that’s a real mannequin! I dare you not to laugh…or cry…triple dog dare ya!
Saratoga Race Course is a main attraction, so the streets are full of incredible statues and artwork dedicated to horses.
THAT RING. Mike, you can buy me jewelry anytime! :)
Jackie and Mike, I am so beyond excited for your Canfield Casino wedding next year! And the countdown begins!! <3
College is good for many things – education, excessive ramen noodle eating, learning that sometimes sleeping on the floor can be just a good as a bed, and in Dan and Mary’s case…falling in love! The two met in college and have been together for 10 years! Their meet-cute was so special to them that Dan even proposed during their college reunion! It was so beautiful to see a couple surrounded by so many of their alma mater alumni in addition to their family. Mary and Dan are both so kind and sweet and full of love! It was an honor to photograph their gorgeous wedding at the Garden City Country Club in Garden City, NY! We started the day at Mary’s childhood home – which just so happened to perfect match her wedding colors!
I really really want this soft green couch and matching floral pillows to magically appear in my home!
These girls were bow tying professionals! Mary, your dress was simply divine!
Dan enjoyed a relaxing morning with his groomsmen at the Garden City Hotel. Love those brown shoes!
The two were wed at St. Joseph’s Church, also in Garden City, NY!
Bubble exits are my favorite!
Such beautiful ladies! Sister sandwich!
We were all REALLY excited about these giant balloons!
Mary, you are angelic! Such beauty!
This cake blew me away! Love the soft pink & green floral arrangements!
There are some of those college friends I was telling you about! :)
It was the perfect wedding day! Thank you so much Mary and Dan for inviting me into your lives! Hugs to you both! <3
Credits // Ceremony Site: St. Joseph Church // Reception Site: Garden City Country Club // Groom Prep Location: Garden City Hotel // Flowers: Tula at Theo Hengstenberg’s Son, Inc. // Bride’s Dress: Watters & Watters via RK Bridal // Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Rings: AS Diamonds // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J.Crew // Transportation: North Fork Trolley Co. // Paper Goods: Joan Print Custom Invitations // Favors: DIY // Reception Entertainment: Jerry Kravat’s Manhattan Rhythm Machine // Wedding Cake: Molly’s Cupcakes // Photography: Cassi Claire // The End!
Congratulations to Stephanie and Steve on their engagement! Words cannot describe how excited I was to hear from Stephanie like immediately after she got engaged! Steph was a bridesmaid in Donna and Oleg’s wedding last year, and I knew I adored her from the minute I met her! She is so sweet and fun and full of energy! It’s no wonder Steve fell head over heels for her! Steve and Stephanie met on Match.com about 6 years ago. They are the perfect yin and yang! He’s 6’4″ and she’s 5’2″. He’s the sensitive teddy bear and she’s the sassy bull (in their words of course!). She’s the graphic designer and he’s the sports enthusiast! In Steph’s words, “These are the things that make us love each other even more. We both get to show each other other a world that we would have never have thought about on our own.”
To celebrate their love, we spent the evening walking around DUMBO, enjoying some vintage Coca-Cola, and watching the sun set over the Brooklyn Bridge! :)
How fun are these adorable vintage Coca-Cola bottles they brought?! Love them!
Steph, you are INSANELY gorgeous! Your eyes sparkle!
And so does your gorgeous ring! :)
Brooklyn Bridge at sunset is simply magical!
We ended the session as the sun disappeared behind the skyline! Steve and Steph, I seriously cannot wait until the big day next October! We’re going to have so much fun! :)
On my website, there is a cute little contact form that encourages couples to tell me something fun about them and their wedding when inquiring for information. There are certain key words that, when used, make my heart happy because I know we’ll get along well! Jodi used almost all of those words/phrases in her first note – “we are a fun-loving couple…not cookie cutter…not traditional…want to have fun with our family and friends.” OH, and she even concluded with a smiley face! Which we all know means she’s instantly awesome in my book! Naturally, Jared proved to be just as awesome! Although, I can’t say much about his smiley face usage! We’re working on that! :)
We had so much fun exploring the streets of the East Village for their engagement session! That’s where Jared was living when they first started dating, and where they first moved in together. They have spent countless hours wandering through the neighborhood, and one of their favorite spots ended up being the perfect place to start their engagement session – Tompkins Square Park! After the park, we adventured down various streets and found beautiful pockets of swoon-worthy light!
How fun is this striped yellow wall we found?!
Jodi, you are sooo gorgeous! :)
I’m obsessed with Jodi’s Shoshanna dress! Doesn’t this color make you swoon?!
Love love love!
You two are too cute! I can’t wait for the wedding! It’s going to be an amazing day, and I’m so happy I get to be a part of it! <3
YAY, Patrick and Katie are married!!! You may remember this couple from their super popular nerdy engagement session in Central Park! That session was just a tiny taste of the couple’s creativity! Their wedding day included some of the most original DIY details I’ve ever seen, from their THREE different invitation suites to THIRTEEN uniquely themed centerpieces. I could go on and on, but I think Patrick’s words are much more meaningful than mine! I’ve asked Patrick to share some of his thoughts on the planning and execution of their wedding dream-come-true!
“As I sit at my desk looking back at a day that in reality is only a few weeks past but feels like a lifetime ago, I can’t help but feel like Bilbo Baggins penning the first lines of his own tale; “Where to begin?” Katie and I knew from the beginning we wanted our wedding to be undeniably us, however I’m not really sure at what point we decided just how far we would go with it. We knew we wanted this to be a wedding of Stormtroopers and superheroes. Our relationship has deep roots in nerd culture and so it was never a question to us or our families that we would be having a nerd themed wedding. I guess it all began with our little Save the Dates. Katie found a cool idea on Pinterest for using old floppy disks as the method for reminding our guests to [Ctrl + S] the date. We designed personalized decals, stuck them on, and mailed them out. It was at that point that we caught the DIY bug and every detail after that, from the invitations to the favors, was lovingly crafted with our own little twists and signatures.
The day itself was a dream come true. We’re still big kids at heart so Katie and I had our first look in a park on a swing set. Our ceremony was held on site at Casa Bianca in Oak Ridge and our officiant was a dear friend from high school who agreed to become ordained to perform our ceremony. Our groomsmen wore origami comic book boutonnieres and our bridesmaids carried purple and white bouquets tied with comic book patterned ribbon. Our processional was “All You Need is Love” and our unity ceremony consisted of building a heart and a TriForce made of Legos. What truly made our wedding so special to us was how easily and enthusiastically our friends and family embraced all of these ideas, no matter how unorthodox. We spent so much time preparing and when the day finally arrived, it was not us but our friends, our families, and our professional magic makers that brought the day to life. Seeing the reactions and hearing the laughter from everyone was the motivation for building thirteen unique centerpieces and writing a ceremony that had Klingon in it. We started out creating a day about us, but the truth is, it was actually a day about our lives and the people who make our lives possible.” -Patrick, the groom
Love the “To infinity…and beyond” inscription on their rings!
The couple mastered an X-Acto knife and a paintbrush in order to bring their Lord of the Rings invitation suite to life! The “Realm of New Jersey” map and the real wax seal still amaze me! This invitation went out to all of Patrick’s family.
Their second invite is insanely creative! The couple created a combo Daily Planet and Comic book with a coherent story! This suite went out to all of Patrick and Katie’s close friends!
And the final invitation suite was themed around Titanic – Katie’s favorite movie! Katie’s family members were given a Boarding Pass to the White Star Line’s Titanic!
Strips of comic book themed fabric were wrapped around the bouquets!
Katie, all I can think looking at this picture is “SECRET TUNNEL!”
Patrick made these incredible comic book origami boutonnieres for all his groomsmen!
The swing set was the perfect location for their emotional First Look!
Ahhh the centerpieces!! I couldn’t even fit them all into this blog post! Here are some of my favorite P+K creations! First up, the Pixar table…I’m obsessed! How amazing is their recreation of the house from Up?! The house flies above Andy’s toys, Boo’s door, and Mr. Incredible’s trophy room, and Woody’s boot displays their initials and wedding date!
They even replicated Carl and Ellie’s mailbox!
I thought it fitting to show their “I Love Lucy” centerpiece in black & white! They created a working TV (using a digital photo frame) which played screenshots of some of the most popular “I Love Lucy” episodes! Surrounding the TV is a mock conveyer belt with chocolates, a bottle of Vitameatavegamin, Ricky’s bongo, and Lucy and Ethel’s chef hats from the chocolate episode. Finally, the famous heart logo proudly sits atop the TV in the form of a satin pillow.
Their “Classic Hollywood” centerpiece symbolizes their love for timeless films such as Casablanca, Singin’ in the Rain, Wizard of Oz, and Gone with the Wind. In Patrick’s words…
“It seemed fitting to use the Empire State Building as the foundation for this piece considering our personal connection with this iconic landmark. It’s no coincidence that I proposed to Katie in a place that evokes powerfully romantic images and memories from films like An Affair to Remember and of course King Kong. Starting from the base which is several old film reels stacked upon one another, a piece of film wraps itself around the building and it is adorned with movie posters, mostly the great romances. Finally, the tragic monster Kong perches atop the piece, an homage to the great films of Golden Age Hollywood.”
A Lord of the Rings table was a must considering it is Patrick’s favorite book and movie series!
And of course, Titanic for Katie! Their sweetheart table was Nintendo themed to represent their shared love of games.
The Star Wars saga is kind of like the mecca for nerds. They wanted to fit all three movies into ONE centerpiece…and succeeded!
“The core of this piece is three lightsabers that actually glow red, blue and green. Looming above is the mighty Death Star from the first film. In the middle, a diorama of the battle of Hoth from the second film complete with AT-ATs, snow speeders, Wampas. At the bottom, Ewoks vs Stormtroopers from the third film. Surrounding the base is a little love story between a Stormtrooper and an exotic alien dancer.” -Patrick
Their ceremony was just as unique as the rest of the wedding day! Patrick, if you haven’t noticed by now, is a phenomenal writer. He penned a nerdy, beautiful, and eloquent ceremony performed by their dear friend Arci. To give you a tiny taste…here is how the ceremony opened…
“Friends and family, welcome! Lords and ladies, hail and good tidings! Klingon warriors, Ba-tlah Meb-Nukh Nekhh! Jedi knights, this evening welcome you are. We are gathered here today to witness and celebrate a union between two people many years in the making and I think it’s safe to say that we can agree in all the tongues of elves, men and orcs, that it’s about time! Before proceeding any further in this most joyous of occasions, we invite you to participate in an ancient greeting ritual originating in a galaxy far, far away. Today is a day of community, love, and lightsabers and in that spirit we ask that you turn to those around you and recite the universal greeting of nerds everywhere: ‘May the force be with you.'”
Their wedding party fully embraced the theme and even read their toasts off of ancient scrolls!
Guests were surprised when they were told one person from each table would be going home with a special gift from the couple! Under one seat at each table was a Wonka’s Golden Ticket!
Patrick and Katie cut their Wall-E topped wedding cake with the sword from their Lord of the Rings table!
Congratulations to one of the most true-to-self couples I’ve ever met! May a long marriage be with you! Er, does that work? I’m not really too up to snuff on my nerd-lingo! ;)
Credits // Ceremony & Reception Site: Casa Bianca // Officiant: friend Danielle Arci // Flowers: The Bloomery // Bride’s & Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David’s Bridal // Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse // Wedding Rings: Zales // Hair Stylist: Sibel Koyas // Invitations, Table Numbers, Centerpieces, etc.: DIY // Entertainment: Danny C Entertainment // Videography: Camfisto Entertainment // Wedding Cake: Casa Bianca // Photography: Cassi Claire // The End!