I know what you’re thinking: these two look like something out of the picture frame before you can put your own picture in. What’s more, their entire wedding is that gorgeous, too! Perfectly coordinated shades of magenta, blush and rosy-red are the perfect accents to this incredibly romantic affair (chandeliers hanging from the trees, anyone??). Their stunning wedding venue at Orchard Valli Golf Club wedding venue in LaFayette, NY was stunning. It’s days like today when I feel extra lucky to have the “gallery” feature at the bottom of this post. Make sure you take a look! Thankfully Amanda McMahon Photography, a Southern Maryland wedding photographer was there to capture the big day!
Can you give us an overview of the event? The wedding was in early June in upstate NY. We had a private ceremony under a tree before everything got started. Then we got married in an amazing church in front of our friends and family. The reception was at Orchard Vali Golf Club and was a blast!
Was there a specific theme or style? My wedding style was a combination of romantic, vintage and shabby chic. My colors were blush pink, white, and accented with a soft grey. I wanted everything to feel beautiful, soft, and very romantic. For centerpieces I collected items from thrift stores, antique stores, and my own collection. I laid pearls, lockets, and petals across. Each table was unique and different.
What were the playful twists that made your event unique? We wanted to have the wedding ceremony outside but the weather in New York during June is so unreliable! I really had a vision of getting married under a tree with a large chandelier hanging in front of us. We ended up finding a gorgeous church near the venue. However I couldn’t let my dream die. So we decided to do something totally unique. We decided to do the first look at a private ceremony before the church ceremony. So we had our first look underneath a tree with a chandelier. Then we had a private ceremony with our pastors and our parents. It was so intimate and unique- we loved it! Also it really took the pressure off of the church ceremony.
Did you DIY any of the details? Honestly we did almost everything ourselves! We didn’t have a lot of money but I had so many ideas that we wanted to do. I made chiffon hairpieces for the bridesmaids to match their dress and also for myself. To match I made the boutonnieres from chiffon for the groomsman. I thrifted a few old suit jackets to make the leaves! Our flowers were bought at a local farmers market and a very talented friend made our bouquets. The cake was made by a family friend and the flowers on the cake are also from the farmers market. I made the candy bar and the photobooth myself using mostly thrifted items. Instead of a DJ we had a friend play music from the playlist that we made. Most of the decorations for the church and reception were also made by hand!
What was the most memorable moment? I loved the intimate ceremony before everything started. But I think the best moment was during the reception on the dance floor when I was laughing out loud. I honestly had the best day of my life and I realized that I was having a blast! All the pressure and planning was worth it in the end.
Tell us about the food and desserts: The food was delicious and was very affordable! The cake was better than I could have imagined and was made by a family friend!
If there was one thing you could change about the day, what would it be? Few things went wrong during the day but I was expecting it. There really is nothing I would change. It was a magical day and better than I expected.
Tell us how you met? Micah saw me at church. He called up his best friend and told him that he had just seen the most beautiful girl in the entire world. He says he knew he wanted to marry me. However, at first, I was not as sure. He pursued me for an entire year before I finally agreed to date him. I have never looked back!
Now for the proposal, details! My birthday is on Halloween. At the time we were long distance of 8 hours. I thought I was planning a birthday party with my friends. Little did I know the whole idea was Micah’s and he was planning an engagement/birthday party with my friends. We planned an extravagant masquerade party with everyone wearing black except me. We decked our house out with decorations and made a dance floor in our basement. Micah told me that he had to work because it was a holiday and I believed him. During the party my friends and I were down in the basement. Micah drove 8 hours to surprise me. While I was downstairs he made a pathway of rose petals, flowers, and candles. When it was time for birthday cake I came upstairs and there was Micah also dressed in white at the end of the pathway! He also had filled up the whole wall behind him with pictures from our childhood all the way to when we were dating and an empty picture frame for the future. He got on one knee and proposed in front of all my friends!
What’s the best wedding advice your received? Everything is not going to go perfect but just enjoy the day no matter what happens! If you have that attitude then nothing can spoil your day.