This Long Island fete Golden Hour Studios is not at all what you think of a NY wedding. Relaxed and woodsy. With a little bit of rustic, and a little bit beachy. Everything was handmade, including their gorgeous wedding invites that Emily designed herself.
From the bride, Emily: Our wedding was a cross between a garden party and a Kentucky Derby soiree with lots of handmade touches, a vintage twist and a rustic farm feel. We wanted to infuse the festivities with a sense of romance and whimsy, while creating a glow of warmth and intimacy for our guests to let loose and dance the night away.
I didn’t want to stick with a specific color theme, especially since the wedding and reception were outside, so I settled on pastels for my bridesmaids and ended up using a lot of pinks. This wedding was such a team-effort, which made it all the more special. Family and friends worked with me to make it so perfect and beautiful. My brother made the arch we were married under out of tree branches, and my mom decorated it with cut flowers from my grandma’s garden. My grandpa gave me an old Harper’s Weekly, which I cut apart and wrapped around cans and planted flowers in for the tables. We collected branches and cut them up, tied them in groups and added succulents and candles to them for the centerpieces. We got fruit and vegetables from the local farm stand to put in baskets as part of the table décor.
My best friend Sorae made 1000 cranes, which we strung in trees in the yard. She and I also made tassels for the backs of Blayne and my chairs. We used wooden letterpress type attached to dowels as the table “letters” and I wrote out all the seating cards and cut out large letters to string up for the seating chart. We even glittered the heels of my shoes. I designed the invitation suite and our wedding website. I love to use illustration whenever possible, so I used the opportunity to create something special and uniquely us. I used the invitation style as inspiration when making the cake topper. One of my absolute favorite pieces was the guest book. We had Fuji instamax cameras and asked our guests to take a photo of themselves, washi tape them into the book and leave us a note. It is such a wonderful keepsake to remember our special day.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? I’d say to couples planning their weddings now to be as organized as possible up front, you’ll thank yourselves later. Don’t sweat the small stuff, it all comes together nicely in the end. Most importantly get a fabulous photographer that makes you feel like a rock star on your day. Our photographers, Jesse and Brian, were unbelievable. I thought I would feel awkward in front of the camera, but they made the experience easy, comfortable and most importantly so much fun!
We went traditional for the processional, but walked out to the Star Wars theme… we also got kazoos for the wedding party to kazoo us out ;-) Our first dance was “God Only Knows” by the Beach Boys.
Location: Orient, NY / Photographer: Golden Hour Studios / Florist: Ivy League Flowers / Wedding Venue: Private Residence / Wedding Dress: Liancarlo via Elizabeth Johns / Wedding Shoes: Seychelles / Headband: Twigs and Honey / Bride’s Earrings: J. Crew / Rings: Lang Antiques and Erie Basin / Hair: Debbie Schade / Caterer: Lost and Found Catering / Wedding Cake: flourgirls / Band: Full House / Tent and Dance Floor: Wine Country Tent & Party Rental / Tables, Chairs, Dishes, Glasses, Silverware: New England Country Rental / Wedding Invitations: Emily Caufield