there were two things i was certain of when i got engaged
the guy i was going to marry
and that there would be mason jars at my wedding
lots of them
everything else seemed to fall into place
around all the mason jars of course
...and then came baby...



Wednesday, August 25, 2010

spotlight on abbie + doug: real wedding

brace yourself friends. we have a stunning real wedding to share with you, loaded with love & amazing details. abbie & doug exchanged vows and partied the night away at the swanky westchester country club last september. it was impossible to find a photo where the two of them weren't smiling. their love for each other is so genuine & their happiness is contagious. these amazing photos were captured & provided by the talented
bruce plotkin. enjoy!

from the bride:
i can’t say that i was the bride that had been dreaming of her wedding day since she was a little girl…… but when doug popped the question at grand central station on march 22, 2008 i was suddenly immersed into full wedding planning mode!

the pretty bride...i love those waves

i have to say one of my favorite moments in wedding planning was dress shopping! how could i not go to kleinfelds and check out all this "say yes to the dress" business?! i had brought a few pictures and had an idea of what i was looking for. when the sales consultant asked me to describe what i wanted the only adjective i could think of was “show stopping”! when i put on the lazaro dress i ended up purchasing, i knew it was the one! it fit my body type perfectly and i just lit up when i put it on!

first glimpse before the vows

check out the eye-catching, yet subtle, beading

the happy couple just before tying the knot

this bouquet makes me drool
besides marrying my best friend and having all our family and friends there to celebrate, the other two most important things to us were the reception location and the band! i wanted a place that exuded elegance and class. when we walked into the westchester country club in rye, ny, i turned to my parents and doug and said…. "this is where we are getting married." i fell in love with it the moment we pulled up. it reminded me of a french chateau on the countryside. my dad told me not to get ahead of myself. we hadn’t even met with the people there and had no idea of pricing or what was included, but i had already started envisioning the day in my head here and there was no turning back!

ready to walk down the aisle

see what i mean? they can't stop smiling...

sealed with a kiss!

he is from the city of brotherly love

the bride & her beautiful ladies

after the band and location came the photographer, the florist, the invitations and the dress! i had met bruce plotkin in 2005 when he photographed my best friend and matron of honor, jaime’s, wedding. his photographs were simply incredible and there really was no question that he was our man! he caught all the special moments from the day and you didn’t even know he was there! pictures are the memories you have from the wedding and i feel so fortunate to have had him photograph our wedding.

the exquisite westchester country club

cute AND fancy place card holders

you'll want to steal this idea!
postcards replaced the guestbook & were sent to the bride & groom after the big day

delectable chocolate covered cranberries from nantucket,
packaged in personalized bags as favors

we worked with ali barone from diana gould florist who did a breath-taking job with all the flowers! when i walked in the room for the first time after it was all set up i had a huge smile on my face. this was exactly what i had envisioned!

pretty pretty centerpiece

the groom's cake! apparently not a yankees fan : )

the wedding cake...just a tad fancier than the groom's


i really want to know what he's laughing about...

for those of you who don’t know my husband, he is a phenomenal dancer (i’m not half bad myself). we wanted a band that would get the party started and keep everyone dancing all night long and that was exactly what we got! the jay prince band exceeded our expectations. the band played the best combination of music, from lady gaga to all the great michael jackson hits. they had something for everyone. one highlight from the night was when doug and i were lifted onto a few of the groomsmen’s shoulders, i remember looking down and seeing what a blast everyone was having & could not have been happier.

here come the moves

good ol' fashioned shoulder dance

sweet, true lovethanks to the these lovebirds for sharing their day!

looking back on our wedding day and seeing all of our hard work and planning come to fruition puts a smile on my face! not only did i marry the most wonderful guy… we had a pretty damn good party that i hope our family and friends enjoyed as much as we did!

vendors:

location: westchester country club rye, ny
photographer: bruce plotkin
florist: ali barone from diana gould florist
dress: lazarokleinfelds
invitations: east six
hair: giulia heiman
bridesmaid dresses: melissa sweet from bella bridesmaid in westport, ct
engagement and wedding rings: fischer diamonds
minister: jim covington (unitarian minister)
rehearsal dinner: c.v. rich mansion in white plains, ny
accommodations: hilton rye town
videographer: best of times productions

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1 comment:

Dana Adrian said...

Beautiful! Really was an amazing wedding and a great way to celebrate two wonderful people. I am hooked on this blog! Nice job Morgan!