Veronica + Shawn are wedding photographers by trade, which made them dream clients for Jenn and Derrek of Flora + Fauna. Fellow shutterbugs seem to have an intuitive way of understanding the importance of the little details and, of course, giving their wedding photographers lots of face time for stunning portraits!
Although they had a bit of a struggle finding a location at first, Veronica + Shawn knew they wanted to tie the knot in a rustic, wooded outdoor setting that would feel representative of their collective love for crisp autumn air, the smell of burning firewood, being outdoors and the Catskills mountains. When they stumbled upon Copake Country Club, in New York’s Hudson Valley, they knew they’d found just the spot. So with the help of Paige with Gilded Lily Events, they got to work crafting their cozy fall celebration…
Veronica’s pink tiered BHLDN dress is a big A+ in our book!
The ceremony was beyond emotional. Up until the day before, I was on a serious hunt for an old ford pick up truck for my father to drive me to the ceremony with. I had envisioned it for months, and every person who I had been in touch with fell through. The day before my wedding, my mother received a call from someone from my town, who had the PERFECT truck for me. It was just meant to be. He flat bedded it up (3
hours away!) and it arrived 20 minutes before my ceremony.
Once my father pulled up to the site, and I heard my song begin to play, it became very real and I somehow lost my breath and the tears became nonstop. I had listened to that song while driving, picturing the moment my father would walk me down the aisle, and now it was happening, and it was me in the dress, not with a camera, walking down to see Shawn. It is a very surreal feeling to be in that spot, where I have photographed it hundreds of times before. I walked down the aisle, on a chilly October day, overlooking the mountains, the smell of burning firewood in the air, with my favorite people in the world, to the man that has been my heart for over 10 years. I thought of every struggle we overcame to be there, how much growing we each did, and how now we had made it. I hope every bride feels that magnificent on their wedding day. I hope every bride becomes that overwhelmed with emotion. It's truly unforgettable.
Processional: Bridesmaids: You'll Never Walk Alone – Gerry + The Pacemakers; Bride: Big Red Machine – Justin Vernon + Aaron Dessner
Recessional: Postcards From Italy – Beirut
First Dance: I want to know your plans – Say Anything
From Veronica, We wanted rustic, birch, hot spiced apple cider, warm quilts + roaring fires. Food was so important: We envisioned local, organic and seasonal dishes, and they were executed perfectly by the chefs at our venue. There was good wine, the beautiful backdrop of the Catskills and a few fire pits to keep our guests cozy.
Favors were mini jars of dulce de leche, as a nod to Veronica’s Argentinean decent.
Be sure to check out Veronica + Shawn’s wedding film, also by Flora + Fauna. It’s just the sweetest!
Be yourselves. It's so easy to get caught up in Pinterest and dozens of wedding blogs, but stay true to who you both are as a couple. Planning will be much easier once you conquer that. And enjoy it! It is so easy to say, because it was said to me, while I was up all night trying to decide if I wanted burlap or ivory table cloths, but in the end, it doesn't matter. We kept our wedding small, and I am so happy we did. I got to enjoy everyone and didn't feel like I had to spend my night talking to my old boss's wife's cousin's aunt. Or whatever. Invite the people who matter the most. Hire amazing professionals. Oh, and hire a planner. Seriously. Best decision I ever made.
photography: Flora + Fauna // venue name: Copake Country Club, Copake Lake, New York // event design: Paige with Gilded Lily Events // planning: Paige with Gilded Lily Events // florals: Solflower Farm // wedding dress: BHLDN // bride's shoes: Fendi // makeup artist: Daria Debiak // groom attire: Martin Greenfield // videography: Flora + Fauna // cake: Momofuku Milk Bar // hair Pieces: Veil from Twigs & Honey, Floral Head Wreath from Solflower Farm // groom's bow tie: General Knot & Co. // vintage rentals: Trunk Vintage Rentals // desserts: Macaron Cafe NYC, Cutie Pies BK