Charissa & Josh’s Sweet and Free-Spirited Wedding

This wedding. Oh, this wedding. Charissa and Josh have made it incredibly hard to narrow down the images from their wedding into a manageable gallery. There are so many lovely details here – plus a wonderfully happy and adorable couple – that I had no other choice than to pack this post to the brim with tons of pics from their fun-filled DIY day in New York.

Photographer, andres valenzuela tells us:

This beautiful wedding is so fitting for these two individuals- whimsical, unpretentious, full of community, and full of love! This day would not have been possible without help from their many dear friends- none were spared! Their friend, Chris Smith, helped with the wedding planning. Their reception was held in the backyard of beloved friends, Tim and Sarah. Hair and Makeup were graciously and beautifully done by another friend, Jules. Invitations were executed by a friend, Jessica. And the music at their reception was provided by two friends of the couple, Bill and Jon. And lastly, their friend Sara made the cake.



Photographer:  andres valenzuela photography//Catering: Tarantella’s in Nyack, NY//Flowers: Shoprite//Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Cristina & James’ Playful-Yet-Traditional Wedding

Whenever I mention “traditional” weddings in the bridalsphere, there seems to be a collective groan – which is a pity! I’m not sure when “traditional” became code for outdated or frumpy but, goodness, can I attest that tradition can be just as stylish and modern as any other wedding style. Just take this bright and vibrant wedding of Cristina and James, for example.

Cristina and Jim, middle school sweethearts, finally (per family and friends) got hitched last year in a beautiful church and had a festive barn reception. As you can see, Cristina is a fan of color from her shoes to her bouquet. The couple grew all the flowers for the wedding and arranged them all the day of. Wow!

According to photographers, Bethany & Dan Photography, “the decor was all DIY, made lovingly by friends and family. Did I mention it was colorful? I haven’t even mentioned the awesome clothing choices this girl made. Check out those Kate Spade shoes and designer dress by Francesca Miranda. Swoon. We loved being there to witness this wedding and share the day with everyone. It was one of a kind.”

Cristina & James
Event Date: August, 2013

Photographer:  Bethany & Dan Photography//Caterer:Curt’s Caterers//Makeup Artist:Danielle Greenstein//Dress Designer: Francesca Miranda//Cake Designer: Jacques Pastries//Reception Venue:Longlook Farm and Lodge//Band:Red Line//

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Sarah & Mike’s Relaxed Waterfront Wedding

Sometimes it’s best just to let our couples tell us about their big day because we just can’t do it justice. This is one of those times.  So, let’s hear all about this stunning (and fun!) waterfront wedding.

From Mike & Sarah:

We could not have asked for a better week and a better wedding. We were so lucky and blessed with countless moments of generosity and good fortune. The Location has been apart of the Potts family for over a 100 years. It has been past down from generation to generation and been used as a place of rest and relaxation for friends and family of all ages. Oddly enough, no one has ever been married there but is a place so dear to us, our families and our friends. There is so much history and memories there that no overwhelming decorations were needed to make it our own. Oh, and not to mention, the weather was insanely perfect the entire week, not a single hurricane. Hands on. Looking back and knowing our friends and family I am not surprised, but the amount of help, crafting, baking, organizing, moving of plants, making of drinks and energy of enthusiasm throughout the week was unbelievable.

Sarah’s mom made our wedding cake, catered our rehearsal dinner and helped coordinate all food arrangements (amongst other things)! Sarah’s Aunt made 57 dozen cookies, Mike’s mom helped all week and crafted the rehearsal dinner flowers while Sarah’s girlfriends crafted all the flowers and arrangements for our wedding. People moved tables and plants, set up bars and after parties, and made sure a good time was had for all!

Our ceremony. We wanted something short and sweet and personal. Sarah always said she wanted people to leave our wedding knowing more about us. We asked our two dear friends to official out wedding without any guidance or knowledge of their plans. They turned something we hadn’t focused on throughout the process into one of the most special and intimate moments of out wedding. There were laughs and cries and everyone walked away knowing more about us, including ourselves! DANCE! We were recommended the Josh Dion Band. We got to the week of our wedding realizing that in the chaos of things we never listened to them once. Hands down, the best surprise of the wedding. The energy and skills Josh has is undeniable and unstoppable. From the moment he sat down at his drum set and microphone to the moment he left, the dance floor was filled. It was everything we hoped for.

Flashmob. It’s silly, I know. The idea of a flashmob at my wedding is not something I would have desired or planned for BUT it happened. It was incredible. Oddly, for me, it summed up so many things about our wedding, our family and friends and our lives. At first it was a few close LA friends dancing, then our siblings, then old friends and new ones, parents and Aunts and Uncles. So many people that never should have been in contact from different parts of our lives dancing together. I realized that it was the summation of my favorite things, people I loved, doing something together. In the end, it was truly an unforgettable week and one of the best moments of our lives. We are so happy to have had it captured beautifully by Levi and his team.

Sarah & Mike
Event Date: Sep 14, 2013

Photographer: Levi Stolove Photography

Danielle & Matthew’s Vintage Glam Fall Wedding

We love Danielle and Matthew’s vintage-with-a-touch-of-glam wedding! First, it’s a fall wedding and, dang, do we love us some autumnal soirees. Second, just look at the gorgeous details Danielle created for the big day. And, last: look how happy these two are! What’s not to love?

The details from photographer, Zen Photography:

Danielle and Matthew have known each other since they were 10 and stayed good friends throughout high school and college years. On Matthew’s 23rd birthday they reunited and have been together ever since. Matthew proposed while they were on vacation in Long Island while relaxing in the backyard and while standing in the shade under a big oak tree.

Their beautiful wedding was on November 2nd, 2013 at Hollow Brook Golf Club.

Danielle’s unique, DIY decorations made for a warm and touching day. She personally made her backdrop for the ceremony from dollar table covers cut and tied onto string. Each place setting was hand painted gold. The seating table decoration was also created by Danielle. Each jar that was used as the centerpieces was hand painted or hand glittered as well. The style could not be anymore unique, from the blue sparkle heels to the blush pink wedding dress.

Danielle & Matt
Event Date: Nov, 2013

Photographer:  Zen Photography//Makeup Artist: COLOR Make-Up Studio//DJ:Dieter Jenich at DJ Sounds Unlimited//Reception Venue: Hollow Brook Golf Club//Hair Stylist:The Cosmpolitan Salon//

Submitted via Two Bright Lights