A little rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of Lauren and Robert on their wedding day at the lovely Bedell Cellars in Cutchogue, New York! The theme of the day was “refined rustic.” A clean color palette of green, white, and ivory brought out the natural beauty of the surroundings. Lauren’s father officiated their ceremony, held under a large tree within the orchard. The rain let up for a few precious moments, allowing for the outdoor celebration! Paying tribute to their locale, the couple’s favors were baked apple cider donuts from the nearby Wickham’s Fruit Farm and created a “North Fork Iced Tea” for their signature cocktail. House of Flowers created beautiful arrangements of anemones, succulents, peonies, hydrangea and wildflowers, and set next to iron lanterns the result was classic and sophisticated. Lauren is a vision in a lace Marchesa gown from Mark Ingram Atelier, with the perfect Tiffany blue Badgley Mischka heels as her something blue! Every image from Lindsay Madden Photography is absolute perfection.
Our flowers were by far the most beautiful element of our wedding day, aside from the spectacular setting. Like our wedding venue, they were what I would call ‘refined rustic.’ The elegant, muted color palette of green, white and ivory was subtle and did not distract from the natural beauty of the vineyard. The striking and graphic look of the anemones were offset by the softness of the peonies, hydrangea and wildflowers. They looked classic in urns, next to black iron lanterns but were modernized by the various succulents in moss covered containers scattered around the tables.
When we saw the venue for the first time, we knew for certain that we wanted to have our ceremony under the large tree in the orchard. This was why, when were were surprised by the rain, we waited until the last second to decide where we wanted our ceremony to be. We were so glad that the rain held up long enough to have our ceremony out there. It literally started down pouring the second the ceremony was over and everyone was inside! We asked that our florist decorate the tree in a way that made it look really special but also in a way that the natural beauty of the tree was not diminished. I was so pleasantly surprised to see what he created as I walked down the aisle. Peonies and glass bulbs hung from white petal covered ‘vines’ in an arch like shape to frame the two of us on the ‘altar.’ The vines blew around lightly in the breeze.
My mother passed away in 2008. A big goal of ours was to honor her in a way that would evoke happy memories rather than be a sad focus of the day. My sister/maid of honor surprised me with a small locket with two pictures of our mother in it. It was pinned to my bouquet, which was also wrapped with a small piece of lace cut from our mother’s wedding gown. It was so special to be able to have her so close to me all day. We also had a ‘heritage table’ in the reception space featuring the wedding pictures of our two sets of parents and grandparents. Additionally, Bobby and I danced to my parents wedding song for our first dance – I Only Have Eyes for You by the Flamingos and my maternal grandmother said a blessing before dinner.
The setting could not have been more beautiful, ‘refined rustic’ is how we like to describe it, and the food, drinks and dancing kept us and our guests happy and smiling from beginning to end!
Photography – Lindsay Madden Photography | Venue – Bedell Cellars | Floral – House of Flowers | Day-of Coordination – Chi Chi Life Events | Stationery – Fine Lines of Katonah | Calligraphy – Calligraphic Creations | Favors – Wickham’s Fruit Farm | Videography – Michael Justin Films | Catering and Linens – Irish Coffee Pub | Bakery – Rolling Pin Bakery | Rentals – American Tent Company | Band – 45 Riots | Lighting – Karen Lenahan Designs | Transportation – North Fork Express | Hair and Makeup – Oscar Blandi Salon | Bridesmaids Dresses – Jenny Yoo | Bridesmaids Shoes – J.Crew | Gown – Marchesa from Mark Ingram Atelier | Bride’s Shoes – Badgley Mischka for BHLDN | Suits – Indochino | Groom’s Shoes – Ferragamo | Groomsmen Ties – Charles Tyrwhitt | Clutches – Moyna Bags