Orange + Grey NYC Destination Wedding

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Lauren and Adam had a domestic destination wedding in the Big Apple, where the bride had many ties.  Their wedding photographer, Carly Fuller shared a little insight into this fun-loving couple.  “These two met through work and fell for each others values, playful qualities, laughter, and adventurous spirits while meeting in different cities across the cross country.”

But no distance could keep this couple apart! Lauren moved from New York City to San Francisco to be with Adam. And the two would later return to NY to tie the knot with this fashion-forward, fabulous fete!

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In the spirit of their destination wedding, airline tickets acted as the “boarding passes to the wedding reception.”

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The colors the couple selected were bright and bold – pops of oranges, yellows, and reds paired with these stunning bridesmaid dresses in shades of grey.

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We love that each maid rocked her own signature look and each one looked amazing in their gowns.

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Orange heels tied the party together, as did coordinating bouquets.  What a great look!  We just can’t get enough of the fabulous fashion from this big day!

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Even the ring bearer got in on the fashion action with his orange bow tie and suspenders!

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The traditional Jewish wedding took place at the India House Club in Manhattan.

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And when saying “I do” in the city, a photo session in the streets is certainly on the schedule!

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It’s the personal, little details that are often most remembered by guests and this cake topper is no exception.  With two airplanes going back and forth from SFO and JFK airports, Lauren and Adam’s love story was told at every turn.

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer:  Carly Fuller Photography

Wedding Vendors: Wedding Venue: India House Club, Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Hugo Boss, Floral Designer: JR Floral Designs, Caterer: Masterpiece Caterers, Shoes: Stuart Weitzman, Bridal Jewelry: Heirlooms, Rings: Ritz Jewelers of San Francisco, CA, Hair + Makeup Artist: Radiance NY, by Amy Klewitz Beauty, Band: Bud Maltin Metropolitan Music, Hotel Accommodation: Wall Street Inn


A Rustic Outdoor I Do in High Falls, New York

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Jessica and Edward knew what they were looking for when they began their destination wedding location search and when they landed in High Falls, NY – they knew they were home for the big day.  Jessica shared with us their story.  “We spent a lot of time researching places. I actually don’t remember how I stumbled upon Shadowlawn. But we were looking for a barn wedding close to NYC without being too close. They were such a pleasure to work with and the location was simply gorgeous. We couldn’t have asked for more.”

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“Our favorite moment was going to take photos in the field after our ceremony and our first dance.”

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We took 9 months to plan this wedding and it was pretty easy going. I would definitely recommend trying to add something personal to the day so your guests feel loved and thought about. We added the lawn games just for that! We had family flying in from the UK and Canada and wanted them to feel at home.”

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Advice for others?  “Stay focused on what the day is about. Everything else will fall into place if the only priority you have is marrying your fiance with all your family and friends there.”

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For the favors, this couple got really creative (and personal)!  “Our friends have a rooftop hive in Brooklyn, so we jarred it from them! We felt it matched the theme of the day and was a little more personal.”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Reminisce Photography

Wedding Vendors: Wedding Location: Shadow Lawn, Wedding Dress: Jim Hjelm, Bridesmaid Dresses + Men’s Suits: J. Crew, Shoes: Coach, Hair: La Rousse Hair and Nails, Caterer: BBQ Food truck: Miss Lucy’s Kitchen, DIY: flowers, boutineers, invitations, Bunting: Etsy, Paper Lanterns: Save on Crafts, Lace tablecloths: grandmother made, Officiant: Bride’s brother


When a Destination Wedding Planner Plans Her Birthday Party

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Wedding planners plan parties for their personal lives too and today’s event is just that – the birthday party of one very talented destination wedding planner, Michelle Rago.  Michelle’s home base is New York City so this swanky daytime affair took place at the Norwood Club where she and friends took over the perfect indoor-outdoor space.

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The balloon and flower filled party was an intimate gathering of friends and loved ones with a French theme to welcome them for treats of cheese, french fries, and fabulous desserts!

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The bright pink palette popped with peonies at every turn – perfect for the springtime date!

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Menus were shared via chalkboard, a la a French cafe!

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Pink drinks were served up both with and without bubbly.

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Custom cocktail napkins printed with Michelle’s logo graphics and monogram were seen throughout the event.

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Meanwhile, guests danced and enjoyed tunes by the talented artists at Elan Artists.

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Even the mini pancakes had pink paper details atop them!

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And at the end of the day, cake of course, and even some milk and cookies for her guests!

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Happy Birthday Michelle!  We hope this is another banner year hitting all the far reaching points of the globe!

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All Photos by: Allan Zepeda 

Party Vendors: Location + Food + Beverage: Norwood, Balloons: NYC Balloons, Cheese Monger: Murray’s Cheese, Videography: Films by Francesco, Band: Carte Blanche / Elan Artists, Flowers: Stone Kelley


Travel Themed Destination Wedding in Maine

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Lindy and Dave wed in York Beach, Maine with a travel themed destination wedding in the oh-so color appropriate blue and white palette.  With a ceremony overlooking the ocean, the happy couple enjoyed lots of intimate moments with loved ones with a beautiful New England backdrop behind them.

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The bride’s something blue was her new initials sewn into the inside of her dress!  Great idea!

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The bridesmaids wore navy chiffon that flowed perfectly in the wind.

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At the couple’s first look, the groom was overheard saying, “you’re an angel!” when he saw his bride.

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This wedding was all about the little moments.  Photographers, Bethany and Dan Photography shared one such sweet moment with us.  “The wedding party and I were standing on a balcony that overlooked the ceremony site. Guests were walking in and waving up at us, everyone excited about the coming ceremony. Dave and Lindy pulled away and looked down at their family and friends, the PERFECT weather day, the ocean and then at one another. I heard her tell Dave, “It’s finally happening, just like we planned. I’m just so happy.” Then she covered her face with her hand and laid her head on his chest and he snuggled her close and said “I know, I love you so much.” It was so so so SO sweet and I was so happy in the moment that we were there to photograph these two people commit the rest of their lives to one another. It truly felt like we were watching our close friends get married.”

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After the sweet ceremony, the newlyweds decided to have a little fun at a local arcade.

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Back at the reception, the blue and white travel theme continued right down to the hotel-named tables.

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Their wedding cake even had a couple who had packed their bags to see the world atop of it!

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The fun pair planned a perfected coordinated first dance that the crowd loved!

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Then the music lovers gifted guests with a CD for a wedding favor, complete with a monogram travel stamp of course!

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer:  Bethany & Dan Photography

 Wedding Vendors: Wedding Location: The Union Bluff Meeting House, Floral Designer:  Brenda’ s Bloomers Inc, Cake Designer:  Popovers on the Square, DJ:  DJ Fred


A White Wedding in Vermont

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Lindsay and Patrick chose Morrisville, Vermont for their white wedding set to the backdrop of snow.  As we head into spring, this may be our last chance for a snowy reception!  Lindsay and Patrick shared with us their story.

Lindsay and I met in college and have spent much time in Vermont over the past eight years.  We chose to have the reception at the Maple House Inn which is located in the quaint little town of Morrisville, just outside of Stowe, VT.  The owners of the inn, Rick and Lynn, worked extremely hard to make the celebration as amazing as it was.”

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For the sake of accommodating all of our friends and family, we decided to split the celebration into two nights: the ceremony was open-invitation which was followed by a reception for family; the following day was a New Year’s Eve party.  We wanted to create an experience for our friends beyond the traditional wedding reception because they had supported us for so many years.  The choice, however, wasn’t entirely selfless, as they also tend to cultivate a hell of a good time wherever they are.  We couldn’t think of a better way to bring in the New Year than with these friends and family, and directly on the heels of getting married.”

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“The unique layout of the Maple House Inn helped us plan the event and disperse the amount of guests on both nights.  The cocktail hour was held in the indoor pool room which is adorned with a fiber-optic display of the milky way across the ceiling.  The movie theatre, which is reminiscent of an opera house with its vaulted ceiling, gold textured wallpaper and velvet seating, hosted a looped slideshow of friends and family.  The main room of the house provided a simplistic, yet elegant, setting for the seated dinner with its lit, coffered ceiling, snow-covered windows, an immense stone fireplace, and a centralized foyer of glass doors which housed the delicious cake made by a family friend.” 

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 “After a delicious meal from Rick’s Catering, everyone pitched in to change the room into a dance floor.  This little project brought the families together in a unique way, and it got people up and moving.  Lindsay’s brother, Colby, passed around apple cider moonshine and rye whiskey, which was a great help in motivating people to the dance floor.”

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“New Year’s Eve, on the other hand, became a celebration unto itself with family and friends, ice luge and dancing, conversation and gliding across the pool on inflatable swans.  We feel blessed to have had a wedding celebration extend two nights to include everyone we love and are thankful to so many people for helping to make it happen and for supporting us.”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer:  Erica Camille

Wedding Vendors: Wedding Dress: Bliss by Monique Lhuillier, Bride’s Lace Jacket: Sewly Yours Bridal, Caterer: Rick’s Catering, DJ: Elite Entertainment, Flowers: Howard’s The Flower Shop, Location: Maple House Inn, Maple Syrup Favors: Butternut Mountain Farm