Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Round Hill Rendezvous

Location-- F.E.A.S.T at Round Hill, Washingtonville, NY
Emily's Dress: Jenny Packham (Eden)
Frank's suit & tie: Black by Vera Wang
Shoes: Kate Spade
Officiant: The Rev. Garry Koch (Frank's high school teacher)
Flowers: Lavender & Leaf Designs, Lagrangeville, NY
Getting Ready Inn: The Caldwell House, Salisbury Mills, NY
Music: Julie Jakolat (DJ)
Car company: Perfect Limo Service, Montvale, NJ
Bridesmaids' dresses: BHLDN 
Handmade Quilled Table Letters: Dominque Garcia (her Etsy shop is DominiqueHandmade) Emily contacted her out of the blue and asked her if she could quill 18 table letters for us. She was really game to try something new and was absolutely great to work with. 

In Their Words:
While we were planning the wedding, people inevitably asked us if we were stressed about it. Happily we could (usually...) truthfully respond that we were not. That was thanks in large part to our family and friends, who are decidedly non-dramatic and were so excited to help us have the perfect wedding day. It was also in part thanks to our mutual desire to make the wedding day both a great party for all of our guests, yet still reflective of our personalities.
 We were lucky enough to have friends that were willing to drive and fly in to the Hudson Valley from all over the world to be there with us on our wedding day, so we spent a lot of time trying to ensure that everything would be as fun and easy as possible for them. 
There were a few times, though, that we  focused just on ourselves as a couple and I'm so thankful we did. 
For example, most of the decorations and colors were inspired by the gorgeous art nouveau-influenced Oz books (the series was a favorite of mine growing up and Frank has always loved the movie), our guest book was essentially a plain notebook (reminiscent of the customer complaint journal from the student-run grocery store where we both worked in college), and our first dance was "The Constant" (an instrumental song from the decidedly un-romantic TV show Lost). 
We were a bit worried that some of these references would be strange or confusing for large portions of our guests who wouldn't recognize them, but in the end we kept them all and I'm so glad we did. The day was absolutely the happiest blur!

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