Rocker-Chic New York Farm Wedding: Karen + Steve

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Karen + Steve had one of those whimsical, one-of-a-kind weddings that we wish we could have attended ourselves! Their main goal for the day, hosted at Ruffland’s Farm in upstate New York, was for it to feel really intimate + personal, down to the littlest detail, and for their guests to sense that it truly captured + reflected their unique personalities. We’d say they pulled that off like a couple of pros! Much of the decor for the day was brought in from their home or hand-crafted by the two of them, which helped them achieve the fun + personal vibe they were really going for. Here’s a little bit more about the day’s design elements from K + S’ talented photogs, Michael + Lauren from A Guy + A Girl Photography:

Karen + Steve celebrated their love for each other alongside their love of nature at a working farm in upstate New York. Karen, (design/artistic genius) conceptualized the entire wedding weekend, which was an explosion of creativity through paper mache faux farm animal taxidermy, a custom hand-made field guide, re-purposed glassware, thousands and thousands of shimmering hand-twisted tassels, framed original water colors by Steve, golden animal figurines sitting in for the typical escort cards, etc. So many beautiful, one-of-a-kind personal touches on this joy-filled celebration of love.

upstate new york wedding

gold animals and rings

flower hair piece

Seeing each other for the first time. Leading up to the wedding it felt like we hardly had time with each other. We were so busy decorating, we never seemed to be in the same place at the same time. Taking the time before the ceremony to do first looks gave us a moment to be with each other and reconnect before we joined everyone else.

upstate new york wedding

upstate new york wedding

upstate new york wedding

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Majorly loving these beautiful boat shots!



upstate new york wedding

upstate new york wedding

anemone and veronica bouquet


hanging bunting

Processional: Lovely Tonight – Joshua Radin

Recessional: Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life – Monty Python

First Dance: The Girl – City + Colour

tissue tassels


cake cutting

Karen’s stunning Mara Hoffman gown was the perfect way to add a touch of boho-glam to the wedding + her adorable Dolce Vita frock couldn’t have been better for the end-of-the-night sparkler send-off!


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photography: A Guy + A Girl Photography // venue: Ruffland’s Farm Kingston, New York // event design + planning: The Bride // florals + hairpieces: Flower Nest // wedding dress: Mara Hoffman // reception dress: Dolce Vita // shoes: Valentino // bridesmaid dresses: Red from Mara Hoffman, Blush from Calypso, Blue from Jim Hjelm // hair: Marc Mazzuca // makeup: Helen Andersson from Face Stockholm // groom suit: J.Crew // paper goods: Karen Lee Design, Box was made by Napa Wooden Box Company // illustrations: Stephen Oakey and Traci Morris // tote bag illustration: Rich Oakey // catering: Renner’s Creative Celebrations // cake: Bread Alone // music: DJ James Lucius Gray

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  1. Love the photo of them on the bales of hay! And both of her dresses are beautiful!

  2. This wedding radiates great vibes so awesome!

  3. omg **where** did you find the dress?! i’ve been searching for MONTHS for the all-seeing gown by mara hoffman. i can’t believe you’re wearing it! stunning!

  4. I love love love Karen’s dress and have been looking for it everywhere to no avail – if she would be willing to give it a second life, I’d love to buy or even just borrow it!


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