Classic NYC Winter Anniversary Session: Lindsey + Nate

NYC Winter anniversary

If you caught this morning’s vow renewal, you’ll recognize the theme for today is making sure to celebrate your life even after the big day has passed. Lindsey + Nate (the incredible photographers behind BellaLu Photography) already had a trip planned in NYC when it dawned upon them that it would be the perfect time to schedule an anniversary session with the lovely Rebecca Yale. According to Rebecca, the shoot just happened to land on the coldest day of the season, with freezing temps along the Brooklyn waterfront. She tells us, You wouldn’t know how cold it was by looking at the steamy photos between this gorgeous couple! We walked all around DUMBO and Brooklyn Heights capturing the beautiful NYC skyline and some classic city streets while Nate and Lindsey bundled up and snuggled together to keep warm as the sun set around us giving the streets a beautiful golden glow.

NYC Winter anniversary

NYC Winter anniversary

NYC Winter anniversary

NYC Winter anniversary

Aren’t these two so cute? We love Lindsey’s beautiful red coat!

NYC Winter anniversary

NYC Winter anniversary

NYC Winter anniversary

NYC Winter anniversary

NYC Winter anniversary

NYC Winter anniversary

NYC Winter anniversary

NYC Winter anniversary

NYC Winter anniversary

NYC Winter anniversary

NYC Winter anniversary

Oh NYC, you’re just the best backdrop, always!

NYC Winter anniversary

NYC Winter anniversary

Congrats to Lindsey + Nate on their anniversary! Are any other couples planning a sweet anniversary session?

photography: Rebecca Yale Portraits // film processing: Richard Photo Lab

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Stylish Backyard Vow Renewal: Tina + Brian

vow renewal

In 2009, Tina + Brian tied the knot with a beautiful celebration in Taipei, Taiwan, followed by a stateside reception in Los Angeles – all planned by the lovely Angel of Love & Splendor. These two always knew they wanted to renew their vows on the 5-year anniversary of their actual wedding date, so it was a given to reach back out to Angel to have her plan a magical evening to celebrate with family + friends in the comfort of their beautiful Los Angeles backyard. Angel teamed up with the very talented Tori of Sitting in a Tree Events and the scene they created together was nothing short of incredible. Thank goodness Braedon Photography was there to perfectly capture it all on camera! Let’s hear a bit about the design direction for the night, as told by Angel:

The event was drenched in rich colors and textures, embracing a jewel-toned palette including sapphire, emerald green, richest purple, oxblood, onyx and metallic accents. Texture played a part in the overall event design, and elements such as leather, ponyhair hide, herringbone tweed and velvet all made their way into the look of the day.

geode cut stone invitation

How amazing is that invite above?!?! A bit about it from Tina, “I started dreaming up our invitations a year before we even began officially planning.  My background is in gemology and graphic design, and I have my own calligraphy and hand lettering business, so I knew I wanted to incorporate gemstones with my own calligraphy into the design.  I hand-selected specific agate slices for the invitation and crystals for the “jewelry box” depending on the recipient.  Each invitation was unique, just like our friends are unique.  The invitations set the entire theme of our vow renewal: the jewel tone colours, the layers of luxurious details, the magical energy that crystals exude.”

boutonnieres

Though the celebration was intimately sized, the details were larger than life and styled for maximum impact. Female guests were greeted with an array of floral crowns to adorn themselves, while men chose from a selection of tasteful boutonnieres.

flower swing

vintage door floral archway

geode garlands

Tina + Brian walked into the ceremony together, hand-in-hand, to XO by John Mayer.

vow renewal

vow renewal

vow renewal

vow renewal

vow renewal

To say we’re obsessed with Tina’s Rachel Gilbert would be the biggest understatement! Such a perfect fit for her. And wait til you see the other Rachel Gilbert gown she changed into a bit later on in the evening. Spoiler alert: it’s long-sleeved, emerald green + covered in shimmery sequins!

vow renewal

vow renwal

Rachel Gilbert wedding dress

Siren Floral Co. knocked it out of the park with the gorgeous florals for the evening. That bouquet is totally killing it + an all astilbe crown for Tina was such a fun + unique choice!

vow renwal

loose bouquet

vow renwal

flower crown

vow renwal

vintage bar cart

cocktail foods

The reception included all vegetarian eats by Heirloom LA, a fun bar by Please & Thank You Bar and featured a slew of the most gorgeous rentals around: Found Vintage RentalsCasa de PerrinThe Hostess Haven + La Tavola.

rustic bar

flower crown cocktail hour

vow renewal reception

vintage bottle vases

black candles

black candles

More from Angel, Each table featured a unique color story and design details. One table featured ponyhair, succulents, airplants, cement, clear glass, jadeite, zinc and wood. A second table was topped with black leather placemats, sapphire blue glassware and milkglass budvases filled with bursts of berry-colored florals. The third table showcased emerald green glass demijohns from Found, filled with bougainvillea. Black taper candles in brass candlesticks completed the moody look.

diamond plate setting

milk glass vases

rustic tablescape

free cut menu

Tina and Brian, both vegetarians, were excited to share an inventive meatless-meal with their guests. Creative courses included beet greens ravioli, coddled eggs and potatoes served in miniature mason jars, and the tiniest casserole dishes filled with vegetarian bibimbap, a spicy and savory Korean rice dish. YUM!

cocktail foods

succulent table dcor

succulent table dcor

succulent table dcor

succulent table dcor

pelt table runner

diamond plate setting

geode table decor

geode table decor

diamond decor

For a passed dessert – macaron ice cream sandwiches Sweet & Saucy Shop + Sweet Lucie’s!

ice cream macaroon sandwiches

emerald sequin dress

blushing protea boutonniere

Isn’t this gown equally gorgeous?! We love.

emerald sequin dress

bistro lighting

More desserts included an array of cakes + sweets by The Scootabaker.

dessert cart

cookie cake

cake cutting

Some closing words from T + B, We knew our vow renewal would be intimate, and the guest count was small enough so we could laugh and share moments with each person there. We had our original wedding in Taipei, Taiwan and while we loved every moment of it, the 800 guest count was so crazy that we missed out on being able to spend time with many of our friends and family. We chose our backyard as the venue because we put so much love into our home, and we wanted all of our favorite people to share that magical day in a place that was so meaningful to us.

Congrats, you lovebirds! Here’s to many more years of loving life together!

photography: Braedon Photography // wedding planning + design: Love & Splendor // venue: The couple’s home in Los Angeles, California // wedding design + styling: Sitting in a Tree Events // florals: Siren Floral Co. // videography: Elysium Productions // invitations, favors + calligraphy: bride, Miss Multee // printing studio: Copper Willow Paper Studio // makeup: e2beauty // hair: 1011 Makeup // furniture rentals: Found Vintage Rentals // tabletop rentals: Casa de Perrin // welcome drinks + dessert bar rentals: The Hostess Haven // table linens: La Tavola // geodes, agates + crystals: All sourced by bride // concrete planters: Concrete Geometric // bar: Please & Thank You Bar // catering: Heirloom LA // desserts: The Scootabaker // macaron ice cream sandwiches: Sweet & Saucy Shop + Sweet Lucie’s // bride’s gowns: Rachel Gilbert // bride’s shoes: Valentino, Stella McCartney // bride’s headpieces: Twigs & Honey // groom’s suit: Club Monaco // shirts: Club Monaco, (multee)project // shoes: Cole Haan // watch: Rolex // live musician: Kevin Miso // succulent wall hanging: Chaparral Studio

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GallerySitting in a Tree, Found Vintage Rentals, Twigs & Honey, Casa de Perrin, Sweet and Saucy Shop, and Heirloom LA are all Featured Vendors in the GWS Vendor Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Guide.

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Bohemian Catskills Wedding: Alexandra + Thomas

Catskills Farm Wedding

Alexandra + Thomas (guitarist and producer for the Dap-Kings) are such a cool duo and exude so much style, so of course their rad Catskills barn wedding was one for the books! With music being key for these two, it was one detail that helped set a fun tone for the whole celebration. Their guest list included almost every musician affiliated with Daptone Records in Brooklyn + the music for the evening was rare soul and funk 45s being spun by various friends + DJs in attendance. Alexandra + her mom were the brains behind the design + they went with a pretty rustic, bohemian feel for the farmstead setting. Perfect inspiration for fellow DIY brides! Let’s hear a bit more about the day from the beautiful bride:

We spent a lot of time in the Catskill region of upstate New York over the past few years and it really became a special place for us. We just couldn’t imagine getting married anywhere else. We wanted our wedding to capture the natural beauty and serenity of the area which is why we chose the Maple Shade Farm. For decor and flowers I wanted a vintage/bohemian look with a romantic and rustic feel. Having our loved ones, great music, and delicious food in the Catskill setting really made our wedding the magical and beautiful day that it was.

Thanks so much to Lev Kuperman for the gorgeous photos and big congrats to Alexandra + Thomas!

Catskills Farm Wedding

Catskills Farm Wedding

Wedding Dress hanging on a Tree

groom getting ready

wedding invitations

bridesmaids in robes

writing vows

bridesmaids toasting

We’re loving the bridesmaids’ blush pink BHLDN dresses!

bridesmaids and bouquets

groom before the ceremony

first look

Catskills Farm Wedding

Catskills Farm Wedding

Catskills Farm Wedding

Such great portraits of these two captured by Lev :)

wedding portrait in a field

wedding portrait

white bouquet

lace wedding dress

For brides-to-be hoping to find the perfect lace dress, be sure to check out OLVI’S The Lace Collection who designed the beautiful dress Alexandra wore. Aren’t those sleeves just the prettiest?!

wedding portrait

groomsmen

Catskills Farm Wedding

Catskills Farm Wedding

wedding invitation

ring bearer pulling a tiny ring bearer in wagon

Processional: The Makings of You – Curtis Mayfield (Performed love by Joey Crispiano + Alex Chakour)

Recessional: You Send Me – Sam Cooke (Sung live by Naomi Shelton)

First Dance: I Only Have Eyes for You – The Flamingos (Sung live by Bill Schalda)

walking down the aisle

waiting for his bride

Catskills Farm Wedding

Catskills Farm Wedding

Catskills Farm Wedding

Catskills Farm Wedding

The moment after we were married, our officiant Naomi Shelton, who is also an amazing gospel singer, tied our hands together and sang Sam Cooke's "you send me". We were supposed to walk back down the aisle but she just held our hands and sang the entire song. It was just beautiful, I'll remember that moment forever.

wedding exit

wedding guests

Catskills Farm Wedding

pretty farm wedding details

marriage kiss

barn dance banner

reception details for a barn wedding

Catskills Farm Wedding

Catskills Farm Wedding

eat drink and be married sign

Alexandra and her mom worked with a few of their talented vendors (Lydia Palmer from Morris Tent Rentals + floral designer, Gail Peachin) to pull off such a fun reception setting! We love the vintage, romantic feel.

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Catskills Farm Wedding

vintage inspired wedding cake

first dance

Catskills Farm Wedding

It's so easy to get caught up in the stress of planning a wedding, but just always remember that your wedding day is about the celebration of your love for one another. It will be one of the most joyous and beautiful of days no matter what.

photography: Lev Kuperman // second photographer: Stacey Conant // event planner: Lydia Palmer from Morris Tent Rentals // floral design: Gail Peachin // event design: Alexandra and her mother Vivian with help from Lydia Palmer + Gail Peachin // venue: Maple Shade Farm in Delhi, New York // wedding dress: OLVI’S The Lace Collection // hairpieces: BHLDN // shoes: Blue // bridesmaid dresses: BHLDN // hair + makeup: Gina Lowry // groom suit: Paul Smith // invitations + paper goods: Bella Figura // catering: Jonah Shaw, Quarter Moon Cafe //  cake: Cakes by Maryan // rentals: Morris Tent Rentals // officiant: Mrs. Naomi Shelton // music: We had three of our friends dj throughout the night

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