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Skaneateles Lake Wedding

What’s a better fairytale than a couple who marries on the same dock where they first met? Bride Whitney set to work planning her dream wedding day, using her talents to craft the perfect floral arrangements, paper goods, and so much more to set the perfect scene for Love Me Do Photography to photograph.

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From the bride, Whitney: Michael and I met nearly fifteen years ago at his family’s cottage on Skaneateles Lake in Upstate NY. My dad and I were out on our old wooden boat and we stopped by for a quick hello (our fathers worked together at the time). A handful of years later we met again, at a Christmas party, where Mike made me a promise: to go explore the world on my own and when I was ready, to come back to our small town and he would marry me. A handful of years went by but I eventually made it back to NY… and I held him to his promise this summer, where we had a beautiful wedding on the same dock we met at.

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From the start, we wanted our day to feel like a fun, relaxed “day at the lake.” I was inspired by antique wooden boats (coincidentally, the annual antique wooden boat show was held in Skaneateles village the same weekend of our wedding!), refreshing dips in the lake, family heirlooms, Americana, and the soft textures and colors that often found in cozy east-coast cottages. As an artist, it was important to me that care was given to every detail…right down to the color of ribbon used to tie the invitations and book favors (when he was in the Army, Mike would tie his letters to home in a yellow ribbon). I spent many hours planing down, cutting, sanding, staining, and (eventually!) assembling the benches used for the ceremony, and a handful of our guests ended up bringing them home as a wedding souvenir. We did happen to snag one for our own patio! Everything was created with a true DIY fashion- the floral centerpieces, bouquet, cake décor, event styling, paper goods, hair, and makeup were all done by myself with the idea that our wedding was (as I believe all should be!) a true labor of love.

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Skaneateles Lake Wedding - photo by Love Me Do Photography http://ruffledblog.com/skaneateles-lake-wedding

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Our wedding day was wonderful in every sense of the word… it was exactly what we wanted from the start. Even the weather cooperated! For a month leading up to the wedding day, every single weather forecast I could find online predicted thunderstorms, high winds, and showers all day long. But when I woke up the morning of our wedding, it rained for a quick minute (long enough to satisfy the whole “good luck on your wedding day” omen) but the rest of the day was clear blue skies and warm, beautiful weather. Walking down to Michael was the most amazing part of the day. Seeing him standing on the dock waiting for me…it was such an intimate, tender, nerve-wracking, soul-shaking, I-can’t-believe-this-is-happening moment! During our ceremony, our rings (which were his parents’ rings, too) were passed along all the guests, who prayed over them for us. We had two wonderful singers, Chris Merkley & Jackie Columbo, play acoustic during the reception and their voices added such an earthy and soulful backdrop to the day. We served hor’douvres and desserts for our guests, which really gave it a picnic vibe…there was no pressure to stick to a dinner timeline… everyone came and went as they pleased. As a special send off, my dad took us out for a cruise on the same antique wooden boat we were on when Mike and I first met. We all released white lanterns from the shore and in true lake fashion, got into our swimsuits for an evening dip in the lake. It really was a big romantic blur (which is great!)- but we were lucky enough to have such wonderful photographers capture our day with still imagery and video (the video is so neat!!!). By having something tangible to remind us of our wedding… it gives us the chance to relive our favorite day, every day.

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Skaneateles Lake Wedding - photo by Love Me Do Photography http://ruffledblog.com/skaneateles-lake-wedding


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Wedding Music:
Bride’s Processional: “That’s My Kind of Woman,” George Strait; “Like Jesus Does,” Eric Church
First Dance: “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s,” Tim McGraw

Wedding Location: Skaneateles Lake, NY / Photographer: Carina of Love Me Do Photography / Paper Goods, Floral Design, Styling, and Planning: Bride, Whitney Nichols / Venue: Private Residence / Wedding Dress: BHLDN “Tia” / Caterer: M&D Deli / Wedding Cake: Frosted Bakery / Music: Chris Merkley with Jackie Columbo / Tents: Hillside Tent Rental / Linens: Ames Linens / Officiant: Diane Ferri / Videographer: Danfredo Photography

Punk Rock Bridal Shower

If you love weddings, parties, and events with a bit of edge in them, then you’ve come to the right spot. NJ + NY team Jessica Oh Photography, Color Pop Events, and Gilded Lily Events recently put together a styled bridal shower inspired by punk rock meets prim & proper. From the bridesmaids’ styling to the paper goods to the cake studded with metallic sugar beads, you’ll get plenty of alternative ideas here for you own un-bridal shower!

Punk Rock wedding theme - photo by Jessica Oh Photography http://ruffledblog.com/punk-rock-bridal-shower

From the event stylists, Color Pop Events: I came up with the idea for this shoot after seeing a photo of Emerson’s fashion collection for Spring 2014, which was themed a “Punk Rock Garden Party.” Taking that idea one step further, I added the tea party element to incorporate some Alice in Wonderland whimsy. The overall vision for the shoot was to create a beautiful setting with girls in designer clothes, but to give everything a bit of an edge to it. I wanted people to look at these girls having an amazing time and think “I want to be them!” even if the clothes, accessories, hair, and make-up might be a little bit out of their comfort zone. This shoot was definitely meant to inspire.

Punk Rock wedding theme - photo by Jessica Oh Photography http://ruffledblog.com/punk-rock-bridal-shower

Punk Rock wedding theme - photo by Jessica Oh Photography http://ruffledblog.com/punk-rock-bridal-shower

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tea party place setting - photo by Jessica Oh Photography http://ruffledblog.com/punk-rock-bridal-shower

The garden space at 501 Union proved to be the perfect venue for the shoot, and we were able to use the other rooms to set up the dessert table and bar cart. Gilded Lily Events created multiple floral arrangements with garden roses in a variety of vivid colors and through their in-house rental company, Dovetail Vintage Rentals, provided all of the tabletop items along with the bar cart and vintage pink chair. All of the paper goods, from the invites to the rock posters to the custom coasters were cleverly created by Mia Maria Design. The dynamic paper goods duo also handmade the darling escort cards, tea bags that were emptied of the original tea leaves and then stuffed with confetti. The custom studded cake and bright pink and yellow macarons came courtesy of Hudson Cakery. Three of the four dresses (Red Valentino, Monique Lhuillier and ML Monique Lhuillier) were rented from Rent the Runway, which is where we also got some killer punky jewelry pieces by Sarah Magid. The models’ hair and make-up was done by SB Beauty, who captured the vision of the shoot perfectly. The highlight of the shoot was definitely the floral backdrop created by Gina Paola Design, which she made by hand out of dyed coffee filters. The result was stunning. And we were fortunate to have Jessica Oh Photography there to capture every minute of the day.

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Punk Rock Bridal Shower - photo by Jessica Oh Photography http://ruffledblog.com/punk-rock-bridal-shower

concert poster backdrop ideas - photo by Jessica Oh Photography http://ruffledblog.com/punk-rock-bridal-shower

Punk Rock wedding theme - photo by Jessica Oh Photography http://ruffledblog.com/punk-rock-bridal-shower
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metallic wedding cake - photo by Jessica Oh Photography http://ruffledblog.com/punk-rock-bridal-shower

metallic wedding cake - photo by Jessica Oh Photography http://ruffledblog.com/punk-rock-bridal-shower

Punk Rock Bridal Shower - photo by Jessica Oh Photography http://ruffledblog.com/punk-rock-bridal-shower


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Shoot Location: Brooklyn, NY / Photographer: Jessica Oh Photography / Coordination and Design: Color Pop Events / Flowers: Gilded Lily Events / Venue: 501 Union / Dresses and Sarah Magid Jewelry: Rent the Runway / Hair and Makeup: Patrick Kyle and Pearl Xu for SB Beauty / Wedding Cake and Macarons: Hudson Cakery / Backdrop: Gina Paola Design / Tabletop Items, Bar Cart, and Pink Chair: Dovetail Vintage Rentals / Farm Table and Gold Ballroom Chairs: Starling on Bond / Wedding Invitations and Paper Goods: Mia Maria Design






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Century House Wedding

Photos By: Danielle Poff

Summer is finally starting to wind down a bit, which makes us appreciate relaxed, backyard celebrations like this one from Danielle Poff all the more. After some searching, Alexa and Eric were able to find the perfect venues for the backyard wedding feel they sought, topping the day off with impeccable floral arrangements from The Petal Co..

Century House wedding - photo by Danielle Poff http://ruffledblog.com/century-house-wedding

From the bride, Alexa: We envisioned a backyard wedding feel for our big day but did not have an actual yard to use, so our venue locations were the closest to “backyard” that we could get! We also wanted it to be really relaxed and laid back, more of a party atmosphere. To keep with the summer wedding and light fresh feel we had an adorable lemonade stand as well!

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Century House wedding - photo by Danielle Poff http://ruffledblog.com/century-house-wedding

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bohemian bridal party - photo by Danielle Poff http://ruffledblog.com/century-house-wedding

wildflower wedding bouquet - photo by Danielle Poff http://ruffledblog.com/century-house-wedding
Flower recipe: For the bouquets the flowers used were gardenia branches, feverfew, garden roses, silver brunia and dusty miller. For the hanging macrame pots there were blackberry branches, seeded eucalyptus, garden roses, lemon leaf and mint. Centerpieces at the reception had feverfew, garden roses, mint, seeded eucalyptus, and dusty miller.

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Century House wedding - photo by Danielle Poff http://ruffledblog.com/century-house-wedding

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ceremony recessionals - photo by Danielle Poff http://ruffledblog.com/century-house-wedding

We had a color scheme that was mainly used for the bridal party attire and in some of the linens and floral arrangements. Yellow and gray have always been two of my favorite colors so I wanted those to be present in our big day! I wanted my girls to be comfortable so I let them chose any gray dress that they felt the best in! For the guys we kept it casual as well with yellow gingham shirts with cuffed sleeves and loose ties. Summers in Pleasanton are hot so I wanted everyone to feel comfortable! As far as DIY projects go there was quite a few! All of the invitation pats were hand stamped by my husband and me. One of my friends designed the stamps for us and we hand stamped them all! She also designed the program which we turned into a stamp and added a Popsicle stick, and an engagement photo to make a cute fan for guests while they were at the ceremony. The chalkboards at the reception were all done by me and our lotto scratcher favors were in tiny envelopes designed by my friend also.

Century House wedding - photo by Danielle Poff http://ruffledblog.com/century-house-wedding

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Century House wedding - photo by Danielle Poff http://ruffledblog.com/century-house-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? It sounds cliche but go with your gut! If it’s something you and your fiance want then go for it! at the end of the day, you don’t want to have regrets about things you should have done! I got some flack for my very casual feel of the whole thing including my dress, open seating plan, and laid back approach. Once the wedding day was here though no ones opinions matter! all of our guest had a fabulous time and I couldn’t be more happy about our day! Some advice for the day of, again cliche, but don’t sweat the small stuff! Yes, little things will come up (for example we had flowers that were supposed to go around our cake tiers and the bakery just put them next to the cake) which could have been a problem I stressed about, but know one knew how it was supposed to be anyways and it still looked super cute! Another advice is DO A CAKE SMASH!! I have to say these are some of my favorite pics of our day. Since we did a First Look (also recommended) before the ceremony we already had so many nice and pretty pics so it was really fun to have the crazy pictures with cake on our face!

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illustrated cake toppers - photo by Danielle Poff http://ruffledblog.com/century-house-wedding

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Wedding Music:
Parents’ Processional: “What a Wonderful World”
Bridal Party Processional: “Heartbeats,” Jose Gonzales
Bridal Processional: Pachelbel’s Canon in D
Recessional: “I Do,” Colbie Caillat
First Dance: For our first dance we did something special. The best man had wrote an original song for us and him and the maid of honor (my sister) sang it to us live for our first song. Something I will treasure forever!
Father/Daughter Dance: “Isn’t She Lovely,” Stevie Wonder
Mother/Son Dance: “Over the Rainbow,” Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

Wedding Location: Pleasanton, CA / Photographer: Danielle Poff / Florist: The Petal Co. / Ceremony Venue: The Century House / Reception Venue and Caterer: Handles Gastropub / Wedding Dress: For Love and Lemons / Wedding Shoes: Free People / Bangles: Styles For Less / Gift from Groom: Kate Spade Bangle / Hair and Makeup: Cambrie Littlefield / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Target, Forever 21, J. Crew, ModCloth, Revolve / Groom’s Outfit: Top- Banana Republic, Pants- H&M, Tie- Me & Matilda / Gift from Bride: Fossil Watch, Socks from Express / Wedding Cake: Noland’s Cake Shop / Cake Plates: Paula Lidberg (handmade by bride’s mother) with candy from Sweden to tie into her Swedish roots / Cake Topper: ThePixelette / Ceremony Guitarist: Thomas Baker / DJ: DJ Pete of Eastwood Entertainment / Wedding Invitations: Adriane Harcourt / Film Processing: Little Film Lab / Videographer: CH Productions / Transportation: Vintage Fire truck from Livermore Pleasanton Fire Department (father is a retired Firefighter)

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