Ryan and I have 9 years between us and have actually been around each other for many years and didn’t even know it! Our families used to go on vacations together and back then he was just an annoying little blonde boy running around the place and for him it was the “girls have cooties” stage. We met in our adult years at a clam bake we had both been attending annually (but never noticed each other). Neither of us were looking for a relationship at the time. We “high five’d” to that shared notion and then it was just a series of coincidences in the weeks that followed that just kept us “running in to” each other. It always felt like we were best friends from the very beginning and as we became closer it was amazing to see how many things we have in common or places we have been that we didn’t know the other was there. We think it’s rare to find that the person you were meant to share your life with was really with you all that time, sort of sharing it already and you didn’t even know it.
I’m a “less is more” kind of person. I knew I really wanted lots of candles, cherry blossoms and long family style tables. I didn’t want to clutter the center of the tables with too much and I didn’t need all the tables to match. I wanted a comfortable feel, kind of like everyone is just sitting down to a very large family dinner. We grew up in two tight knit families and it was important for us to keep that the focus. Family comes first and we wanted all of our closest family and friends to feel that. I like hand made things, I feel it takes something that could be ordinary and gives it a sentimental meaning. It makes it “one of a kind”. I think I’m some what crafty and so early on I decided I wanted to make as many things as I could to add that personal touch or hand made feel. We were so grateful for everyone taking the time out of their busy lives to celebrate us, we just wanted to show our appreciation by hopefully making everyone feel a little special that day. The favors I made were a real testament to that and came from a very personal place. To anyone else it may have just seemed like dice game, but if you read the card that we put with each favor, I think it really described how much the game means to us.
I love things that are older and used, I appreciate the rusty candlestick, warped old wood or worn silver platter, for me it shows character, a past, some history…. I do a lot of “pickers” shopping and that is how I found most of the items on the tables. I kind of just walked around estate sales and if I saw something I liked, I picked it up! That is also how I got the shutters and window. For the card box, I knew I wanted to use some sort of an old makeup suitcase. I found one on eBay for $20 and just ripped out the stained cloth in the inside and re-upholstered it.
Long story short, I think my inspiration comes from my family. A place of love and togetherness, it’s very important to me, to us.
Venue: West Hills Country Club, Middletown, NY
Wedding Dress: Galina Signature (David’s Bridal)
Shoe Brand: Steve Madden
DJ: Corey Gips (Party Master)
Jewelry: Swarovski Earrings, Ritani Rings
Flowers: Jamie Ferriero (Monticello Greenhouse)
West Hills Country Club, Middletown, NY Wedding Photographer