A Pastel Vintage Formal Wedding Outdoors in New York
Jolene and Brad
For Jolene and Brad, two schoolteachers from Glen Falls, New York, it was fitting to hold their wedding on their favorite day of the week, Sunday -- the day they reserve for spending time together and relaxing.
On a sunny summer Sunday (July 11, 2010, to be precise), the duo -- well versed in the lessons of love -- became husband and wife near their home in Saratoga Springs.
Jolene and Brad
Their outdoor wedding was held at the Mansion Of Saratoga. Its beautiful interiors and picturesque grounds won over Jolene and Brad when they first saw it.
The father of the bride borrowed a vintage car from a friend to transport the couple on their wedding day.
Jolene accented her updo (courtesy of Make Me Fabulous Hair and Makeup Salon) with a feathered headpiece.
A Pair to Remember
Jolene wore J. Crew peep-toe shoes.
Florist Ariella Chezar created a bouquet of garden roses, fuchsias, hydrangea, phalaenopsis orchids, and foxglove. Its mix of blooms and various cascading ribbons brought together the Marie Antoinette-inspired pastel palette and feminine vibe. Jolene knew that she needed to involve the florist in order to pull off her dream wedding: "I kept telling everyone at the wedding that I believed Ariella knows what heaven looks like, and she brought it down to Earth just for our special occasion," said Jolene.
Jolene's bridesmaid and maid of honor wore silk chiffon dresses from J. Crew.
The Bridesmaids' Bouquets
The attendants carried small bouquets of hydrangea, garden roses, and smoke bush.
A Shared Necklace
Because all three girls owned the same necklace, "The Secret" design by Shana Lee, the bridal party wore it on the wedding day. (Jolene found it first, then Linda loved it and bought her own, and finally Erin was given it as a bridesmaid gift).
Brad and his groomsmen donned boutonnieres of rosebuds with beige rose hips.
A Sweet Note
Jolene gave handkerchiefs embroidered by Etsy.com vendor EmbroideryByLinda to her parents.
Etsy vendor Baumbirdy backed the programs with a floral paper and added a wooden handle so they could double as fans.
The Bride's Entrance
Jolene's father, Neil, walked her down the aisle to "At Last" by Etta James. The bridal party preceded her, accompanied by Billie Holiday's "How Deep Is the Ocean (How High Is the Sky)."
The Ceremony Location
With a nod to their engagement day -- Brad proposed in front of the Forsyth Fountain in Savannah, Georgia -- the couple chose the area in front of the mansion's fountain for their ceremony.
The poem "Looking for Your Face" by Rumi was read during the ceremony. A friend read a series of Rainer Maria Rilke quotes.
The early evening wedding included just 32 guests. Bishop Mark Stewart, a friend of the bride's family, officiated.
Jolene and her mother assembled small sachets of lavender -- one of the bride's favorite scents -- for guests to toss as the newlyweds walked back up the aisle at the ceremony's conclusion.
During cocktail hour, guests nibbled on the following: spring rolls two ways; house-made Saratoga chips topped with seared beef, caramelized shallots, and horseradish cream; spring pea guacamole on crostini with Parmesan cheese; and strawberry and goat cheese bruschetta.
The Guest Book
The bride made the guest book using supplies from her local crafts store and set it out with a feather pen.
Everyone sat at one long table on the deck of the mansion. Strings of clear bistro lighting hung overhead.
Seats of Honor
The bride's and groom's chairs were decorated with simple bundles of ribbon.
Potted plants were scattered down the table.
Peaches were used in the centerpieces as well.
The Mansion Inn prepared a dinner that began with a classic caprese salad and fresh gazpacho. A trio of entree options followed: steak tagliata with garlic potatoes and seasonal vegetables; stuffed chicken with sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, and mozzarella topped with garlic sauce and served with wild rice; and braised sea bass with spicy tomato chorizo broth served over wilted spinach and Israeli couscous.
French macarons from MadMac were given as favors.
Lounge furniture on one side of the deck invited guests to relax for a cocktail following dinner.
The First Dance
Jolene and Brad danced to Etta James's "Sunday Kind of Love." DJ Greg Frasier played classic jazz throughout the reception.
The couple chose a vanilla bean cake adorned with buttercream piped on in a basketweave pattern. Made by the bride's aunts, it was served with chocolate-covered strawberries and fruit-shaped ice cream and sorbet from St. Clair Ice Cream.