Handmade New York Wedding: Lindsay + Stephen

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Being a graphic designer at heart, I just fell in love with all the gorgeous design details Lindsay + Stephen incorporated in their day. Stephen works as a book cover designer for Penguin Books and Lindsay works as a digital photo retoucher for Victoria’s Secret, as well as a freelance photographer, so naturally they wanted to convey their passion for the arts throughout their wedding. All the artwork for the wedding was designed by Stephen including the amazing anagram he designed using both their names (seen below – how amazing, right?!).

I love that both of Lindsay + Stephen’s father’s played important roles in their day. Stephen’s ring was handcrafted by Lindsay’s father. Lindsay’s father also helped craft the centerpieces which were pieces of driftwood they found in the Hudson river where Stephen proposed and he played an original song he wrote at the ceremony! Stephen’s father is a pastor and also served as their officiant making the ceremony even more special.

Thanks so much to Simply Bloom Photography for the gorgeous photos and congrats to Lindsay + Stephen!

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outdoor ceremony

Our Favorite Memory From The Wedding

Lindsay: I'll never forget the doors opening and stepping out with my father. It was a long walk, and as I got closer and closer, seeing all our guests there, knowing they came for us, and seeing Stephen for the first time was just so overwhelming. All the work and heart we put into this wedding and seeing it all come together was amazing. I felt so loved and deeply grateful.

It had also been rainy and cloudy all morning and the forecast for the start of the ceremony didn't look good. But the moment I stepped into my dress, miraculously, the sun came out and STAYED out for the entire wedding! It was unbelievable.

Stephen: For months I had built up in my head a huge, dramatic entrance by Lindsay after she chose one of our favorite songs to walk in to, "Glósóli" by Sigur Ros. But there was no way I could have prepared for how dramatic it actually was, as the music got louder and more powerful and Lindsay got closer and closer to me.

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Our Musical Choices

Processional: Glósóli – Sigur Ros

Recessional: Right Now – Van Halen

First Dance: Love, Love, Love (Love, Love) – As Tall As Lions

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bride flower hair piece

i do frames

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bride holding globe

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ceremony programs

Each “passport” invitation guests received included a CD with the song Stephen wrote and proposed with. It was a personal invitation to travel together, so it seemed only natural to use it as the centerpiece for the whole event.

chalkboard seating chart

tent wedding

old suitcase and doors

with this wing i thee wed card

place cards

i heart lb card

beige table runners

keep calm and marry on

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personalized signs

first dance

Our Advice To Those Planning Now

Stephen and I were constantly challenging each other as we thought of ideas for the wedding. We let our ideas evolve around a central theme which helped keep our vision focused and consistent. But through all this we wanted to have fun and enjoy the planning process. This is your time to display your love for each other and what you are both passionate about to the most important people in your lives! So work hard at making it special but don't lose sight of how much fun it can be together.

photography: Simply Bloom Photography // venue: Boscobel House and Gardens (Hudson Valley – Garrison, NY) // event design: bride and groom // floral design: A Simple Start // wedding dress: White by Vera Wang // hairpiece: Mignonne Handmade // shoes: Holly Shoes – clips by Nestina Accessories // bridesmaid dresses: ModCloth, Sue Wong, Lily Boutique, Alfred Angelo, Express, Donna Morgan // hair + makeup: Beauty By Nicole // groom suit: H&M // paper goods : (The groom!) Stephen Brayda // catering: Pamela’s Traveling Feast // music : Party Time Productions