Kelly & David were married in mid-June on a gorgeous spring day with rain looming in the forecast at the magical and historic Brotherhood Winery. Other than a few sprinkles before their ceremony – that rain never did come! Their wedding vibe and aesthetic in a few words :
Enchanting, Thoughtful, Inflorescent, Heartfelt, and Relaxed.
They were poised but nervous before seeing each other and when they finally did – it was one of the most moving first look’s we have ever witnessed. The love these two have for each other is vast and extraordinary. A true honor to photograph and be present with.
She wore a delightful BLUSH gown by Ivy & Aster which had such an ethereal neckline and silhouette – that I (Caitlinn) was obsessed with. His custom gray suit was the perfect compliment to it and the historic moss covered stone surroundings. Kelly’s bridesmaids wore a mix of blue dresses in different silhouettes and textures. Their florals were evocative of spring with luscious pink & white peonies, greens, and sweet pea. Sensuous peonies were a staple throughout the wedding – adorning tabletops and centerpieces. The florals were hand picked blossoms from Gloria B. Collins’ very own garden and reminiscent of the wild abandon of this time of year.
Kelly & David had a heartfelt interfaith ceremony that was inclusive to their faiths and them as a couple. Their cocktail hour was a seamless mingling of their family and friends all enjoying each others company and their unique surroundings. They opted out of the traditional seated dinner & had zero seating arrangements altogether. Instead they chose for farm style dining, a leather sofa & trunk lounge area, cocktail tables, and picnic table style seating made up of center tables and benches places throughout the venue inside and out. They had endless board and card games for those who were not dancing and a true total freedom during their reception for their guests to eat as much as they wanted, drink wine as they pleased, and have fun in whatever way that they desired. It was positively refreshing and everyone had a wondrous experience. Kelly & David hold a truly special places in our hearts and we are so thankful to have met them and documented the most important day of their lives thus far.
In their words:
- How he proposed
“I hate surprises, so David knew to drop a few hints in the days leading up to the proposal so I had an idea it was coming. We went out to dinner at one of our favorite restaurants – I was sure he’d do it there, but he didn’t. We walked 12 blocks home – still nothing. We got to our apartment and he said he had a present for me – I was 100% sure at this point! – and then he handed me an Anthropologie gift card. He said my reaction was priceless – completely unable to recover an excited reaction because I was so surprised that it wasn’t a proposal. And then… he said “I thought you might want to get yourself a new dress to celebrate.” And he got down on one knee – pretty sure he never actually asked me anything, but I said yes anyway – and we celebrated with champagne and two of our best friends who were hiding in our spare bedroom. The next day, I got a new dress and we toasted with friends at the Standard Hotel.”
- Wedding day priorities
“We started out our planning process using the “A Practical Wedding” book to make a list of the things we wanted our wedding day to feel like. We decided on laid-back, authentic (to who we are as a couple), inclusive, thoughtful and full of love. This was a really great way to start because it helped us make sure every decision we made throughout the planning process was going to help the day feel the way we wanted it to – like a big party with something for everyone. We ditched the seated dinner, had board games and trivia cards for people who didn’t feel like dancing, and lots of good food and wine. I love doing calligraphy, so I made a bunch of signs for the venue as well.”
- Best memories from the day
“We both really, really loved our ceremony. David grew up Jewish and Kelly grew up Presbyterian, so we had an interfaith ceremony with Rabbi Ari Fridkis, who we met through one of Kelly’s bridesmaids, and Rev. Dan Love, who was Kelly’s minister while she was growing up and active at church. We haven’t been to a wedding where more people commented on the ceremony – they made such a great pair and really worked well together to make sure the ceremony was very personal and inclusive for our families.
David’s favorite memory is from the ceremony – when he was trying to say his vows and Kelly started holding his hands.
Kelly’s favorite memory is her dad singing “The Way You Look Tonight” – he practiced a lot and it’s the only thing that got Kelly – who hardly ever cries – to (almost) shed a tear. She also loved seeing the venue for the first time once it was all set up. Kelly had a vision for the garden-y floral arrangements and our florist and day-of-coordinator really nailed it.”
- Why we chose our honeymoon location
“We’re fortunate to have had the chance to travel a lot for work internationally, so we decided to visit a part of the U.S. we’d never gotten to visit but is known for its scenery, good food and wine – the Pacific Northwest. We started off in Alaska where we spent a lot of time outdoors hiking and fishing, and then spent a few days visiting Vancouver, Seattle and Portland. We had such a great time doing our own thing!”
Since we tell stories through our images – see them below to truly get a grasp on their romantic and sublime day.
Location : Brotherhood Winery
Dress : Ivy & Aster
Dress Shop : Lovely Bride NYC
Veil : Lea-Ann Belter “Abby”
Flowers : Gloria B. Collins – GBC Style
Shoes : Ted Baker
Hair : Stephanie Diaz – Hair Cult – Hoboken, NJ
Make Up : Christine at Color Make-Up Studios
Bridesmaids Hair : Salon Lucere – Chester, NY
Suit : Generation Tux
Caterer : InnCredible Caterers
Cake : Homestyle Desserts – Peekskill, NY
Instrumentals : Beledo – A Starry Night Music & Carrie Furman (cousin of the bride)
Stationery : A+P Design Co. – Alicia Rohan
Rings : Ultimate Jewelry Designs – NYC
Jewelry : Rent the Runway