Jane and James were married at Stone Manor, a charming Bed and Breakfast, in Loudoun County, Virginia.
Jane shares, “James and I really wanted to elope. I’d never fantasized about my ‘dream’ wedding (aside from coveting the custom M&M’s that a friend had at her wedding almost 10 years prior), and the stress of planning had gotten pretty overwhelming early on. But, we weren’t sure if we would really feel married unless we made our promises to each other in front of our community. I was especially wary of getting married without my sister, Ann. I had been her maid of honor and I knew I wanted her by my side when I got married. James and I looked around at different options near and far and started seeing packages where, oddly, you could elope, but still have a small number of guests. That seemed like a nice compromise. We kept finding packages with larger and larger numbers of guests until it was no longer an ‘elopement’, but an ‘intimate’ wedding with 30 guests. My sister was my maid of honor and her three children were all in our ceremony, too.”
The rooms were filled with wonderful antique treasures.
Guests received handmade lavender sachets. Jane shares, “There were so many projects for the wedding that James and I collaborated on – the monogram that we used throughout, the invitations and programs (that were also fans!) that we designed, printed, and assembled, the favors, the playlists. It was fun being crafty together and good practice working together as a team.”
The intimate ceremony took place in the garden in the early evening. It was performed by Matthew Hunt, a friend of James from their Peace Corps days.
There was some rain in the afternoon, but Jane says, “We were lucky and it was sunny and clear for the ceremony.”
Jane and James met in 2005. The beginning of their love story had its twists and turns, and a very happy ending with a beautiful wedding. I had the pleasure of taking Jane and James’ engagement photos in Washington, D.C. in June.
After the ceremony everyone headed inside Stone Manor for a delicious dinner.
After dinner, Jane changed into a beautiful party dress by BHLDN. So pretty!
James shares some of this favorite moments from the day, “I really liked our first dance – not too formal at all or even announced. We just went for it and had our own fun. It was basically the same with the cake cutting. Oh, and one word: mini-pies. After that it was nice to be able to wander around from table to table, catching up and just chatting with folks.”
James continues, “The s’mores-makin’ in the fire box on the back patio was also a really nice way to wrap up the evening; even after the kids had gone to bed. Turns out that s’mores go great with a nice tempranillo.”
“And that wasn’t the end of the celebration – we hopped a plane a couple of days later for Minnesota to party again with a corn feed, skeet shooting, volleyball, hayrides, and a bonfire.
When we started the planning for the wedding, we said that we wanted something fun, irreverent, simple, meaningful, laid-back, and elegant but rustic, and I think we really pulled off a wedding that fit that.”
Congratulations Jane and James!
Check out more photos in the slideshow:
Special thanks to all the vendors:
Venue and Catering: Stone Manor Bed & Breakfast
Coordinator: Simplicity Events by Johanna
Florist: Buttercups Floral Design
Cake: Pastries by Randolph
Pies: Grassroots Gourmet
Invitations and programs: Paper Source and Jane and James
Ring bearer pillow: Made by the bride’s mother
Hair & Makeup: Christine Hunter from Makeup Artistry by Tracie
Rings: Jane’s wedding ring from Quest Jewelers
Veil: Made by the bride’s mother
Bride’s Shoes: Cole Haan, Jewelry: Swarovski
Bridesmaid Dress: Anthropologie
Groom’s Tie: J Crew
Photography: Jessica Schmitt Photography
Rachel and David had a beautiful Jewish Orthodox wedding in New Rochelle.
The Tisch (Hebrew for table) is the first large ceremony of the day. The bride and groom each have a separate Tisch where they sit at a table with family and friends and sing, pray, sign various official forms, and make a siyum, a celebration of completion.
After the Tisch, the bride is led into a room where she sits on a chair surrounded by loved ones and waits for the groom to enter for the celebration of the Bedeken.
Bedeken, which translates as “veiling,” is when the groom puts the veil over his bride before the ceremony. The custom is based upon a Biblical story in which Jacob, intending to marry Rachel, accidentally marries her older sister Leah, who wore a veil.
This moment is also really special because it is the first time the bride and groom see each other. Rachel shares, “David and I didn’t see each other for the week before the wedding so all the excitement leading up to the wedding culminated in this one moment where I sat surrounded by my mother, mother-in-law, sisters and grandmothers, and David was brought in by my father, his father and our grandfathers. All our friends surrounded us singing traditional Jewish wedding songs. It was an incredibly emotional moment.”
Rachel and David both agreed their favorite part of the day was the Chuppah. Although it was raining, it made for a very memorable wedding ceremony.
David shares, “We had originally counted on the weather being clear and sunny, and so were obviously disappointed when it started raining. The circumstance was made funnier by my mom and Rachel’s grandmothers, who did a brief rendition of Singing in the Rain before proceeding to walk down. But we worked to capitalize on the inclement weather (since it would have taken over an hour to move the ceremony inside). All of our friends and family not only made the best of the situation, but really made it into something unique and fun and beautiful. We never would have counted on our friends applauding Rachel as she walked down the aisle in a white dress and poncho, or dancing with us while providing shelter with a cabana umbrella. We couldn’t have been happier.”
David continues, “The love, support and humor of our friends and family was what really made the ceremony beautiful, no matter the weather.”
The evening was full of joyful and exuberant dancing!
Congratulations Rachel and David!
Check out more photos in the slideshow:
Special thanks to the team:
Dress: Bridal Direct, 2000 Coney Island Ave, Brooklyn, NY
Hair: Esther Joseph
Groom’s Tux: Tommy Hilfiger
Band: Neshoma Orchestra
Invitations: Designed by a friend and printed by Village Invites
Sara and Eric had a beautiful, colorful, traditional Cambodian wedding. The celebration began at the Hong Family home.
There is a blessing by the monks and then the hair cutting ceremony meant to prepare the bride and groom for their life as a married couple, their hair is symbolically cut, representing a fresh start to their new relationship together as husband and wife.
Next is the chinese tea ceremony. Traditionally, after the wedding ceremony, the newlyweds serve tea and invite the groom’s elders to drink tea by addressing them by formal title. In return, the newlyweds receive lucky red envelopes (“lai see,” which means “lucky”) stuffed with money or jewelry.
In the final and most memorable stage of the wedding, family members and friends tie the bride and groom’s left and right wrists with red blessing strings. The praises and well-wishes of happiness, good health, success, prosperity, and long-lasting love are acknowledged and witnessed by the loud sound of the gong and joyful cheer. The ceremony concludes with a shower of palm flowers thrown over the new couple.
Wedding portraits were taken in Central Park at Cop Cot in Sara’s beautiful Chinese tea dress.
Sara and Eric met in the Peace Corps. She shares, “Eric was in the volunteer group leading a discussion about Special Education in Jordan and I was sleepily listening. After the discussion, he sat next to me and we chatted. We started texting each other and he told me that he thought my eyes were pretty when they were open, since I was falling asleep during his session.” Although they lived in different villages they stayed in touch and shared their first date at an internet cafe in Irbid, the only place they could find open during Ramadan. They took trips together throughout Jordan, then eventually to Jerusalem, Turkey, Thailand, and Cambodia. When they returned to the US, it was only 9 months before Sara moved to NY and they no longer had any distance between them.
Eric shares the proposal story, “A week before I was set to propose to Sara, I realized that I would be doing it on Friday the 13th. The night before, in all my subtlety, I asked: “Are we superstitious?” After getting a chuckle, a no, and a “Why do you ask?”, I proceeded to change the topic and plan for the day.
We spent the day at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and then enjoyed a picnic in Central Park. We found a nice spot, I took out a blanket and pretended to not know how to unfold it. After Sara graciously offered to do the unfolding, it gave me the chance to take out the ring. The joke is that whenever anyone asked how long we’ve dated, I would joke and always say 6 months–even after four years. I started my proposal with, “We’ve been dating for 4 years, 8 months and 18 days.” She knew right away what I was doing. She teared up, I opened the ring box, popped the question, and without any hesitation, she said yes!”
The reception took place at the Dae Dong Manor in Flushing.
Congratulations Sara and Eric!
For more photos, check out the slideshow:
Thanks to the team:
Venue: The Hong Family House & Dae Dong Manor
Monks: Khmer Buddhist Society
DJ: Denet Samreth
Hair and Makeup: The Bride
Bride’s Dress: Fine Chinese Clothing, David’s Bridal
Amazing things happen when a group of talented people come together to share a vision.
Throughout the year I get to work with wonderful couples to help them carryout the vision for their wedding day. But, with a styled shoot the vision is ours–the coordinator’s, the florist’s, the team’s. Rarely do I get to be a part of such a collaborative effort. It makes me super excited and so honored to work with some of NYC finest wedding pros.
Yesterday I photographed a styled wedding shoot at the gorgeous garden-restaurant, Acqua Santa, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Designer and planner, Jove Meyer Events, created a style that combined the Italian garden with a fun hipster Brooklyn vibe. The Wild Ivy brought in florals with bursts of color and unique dramatic pieces including an arch of blooms and an ombre petal aisle.
This is just a sneak peek, but I am so, so, SO excited to share more of the amazing work from the whole team including, stationery by Fourteen-Forty, wedding cake by Sugar Flower Cake Shop, cake cups by Alana Jones-Mann, cinematography by Valerie Barnes, hair styling by Once Upon A Bride, make-up by Sally Duvall, and fashions from Brooklyn Tailors, Hushed Commotion, Catbird, Chromatic Gallerie, and Comfy Clothing. Also, a big thanks to our models, real couple, Lilian and Kayden. You guys are awesome!
You may be wondering, What is a styled shoot? Styled wedding shoots have become very popular as a way for professionals to showcase their work, try new and interesting things that they want to share with their clients, update their portfolio, get press, and network. The team comes together with the plan to trade their services and products for photos and press. This is not a real wedding, but we hope it give couples inspiration. It is a lot of hard work, but it is very rewarding and a lot of fun. The last styled shoot I did had a whimsical retro theme. Check it out here!
I’m looking forward to sharing many more photos from this garden shoot soon!
I am so excited to announce that my photographs from Caitlin and Timothy’s wedding at Bluemont Vineyard have been published on a blog. Check out the full post at Wedding Chicks!
Check out my original post of wedding photography at Bluemont Vineyard here.