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I cannot believe our one year anniversary was this weekend, and also that I never posted the photos from my wedding here on Love Toast. I guess I kept waiting for some down time but with our crazy lives that never happens. Our big day turned out better than we could’ve imagined and our first year of marriage has continued to be a fun ride. Our wedding was a 3 day event based around a “fun and games” theme with elegant rustic decor to match the setting. We wanted to keep the vibe laid back and for everyone to get a chance to mingle, and of course, most to all to just have fun! You can read more about our wedding below!


Wedding Songs:
Processional: “I Do,” Colbie Caillat
First Dance: “Swept Away,” The Avett Brothers
Father/Daughter Dance: “Thank You,” Natalie Merchant
Mother/Son Dance: “Days Like This,” Van Morrison

Wedding Location: Cedar Lakes Estate, Port Jervis, NY // Photographer: Clayton Austin // Wedding Planner: Kelly Heyn of SociaLife Events // Wedding Design and Flowers: Faye + Renee // Wedding Venue and Caterer: Cedar Lake Estates // Wedding Dress: Badgley Mischka “Kiki” // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Free People // Groom’s Jacket: Ted Baker // Groom’s Shoes: Bed STU // Groom’s Pants: AG // Bow Tie: Vintage Thriftshop find // Watch: WeWOOD // Cake Pops: Sugarush // DJ: DJ Mr. NiceNess // Wedding Invitations: Made by Bride // Videographer: NY Filmworks

From the bride: For our wedding we envisioned a “fun and games theme” with an elegant rustic decor. We wanted to have a wedding weekend where our guests would have a fun and memorable experience and not take anything to seriously.

We planned a 3 day event that started with a bonfire on Wednesday night. We then had what we called “The Wedding Games” the following day. This event was all about acting like a kid and having fun — glorified adult picnic games. We started the event by picking teams at random. We thought this would be a great icebreaker and a great way for people to get to know one another. Once the teams were picked we started the games. They consisted of potato sack races, water balloon toss, an obstacle course, a three legged race, a pickle eating contest, and a scavenger hunt. The following evening, we had a dinner for all of our guests including a bonfire and an acoustic duo. For the wedding day we had an outdoor ceremony overlooking a lake. We wrote our own vows, and my husband actually sang his vows to me while he played his cigar box ukelele. At the reception we just had one big dance party!

Our theme was “fun + games” with rustic decor. We used a lot of game elements and XOXOs (hugs and kisses and tic tac toe…) We did not have a set color scheme, simply muted earth tones with different shades of blue. Everything about our wedding was DIY. For the escort cards, I wrote all of our guests names (or nicknames to keep the silly and casual vibe) out in scrabble letters and photographed them and printed them. We made custom table runners out of photographic prints that we glued together. The photographic prints were a collection of abstract images created by the bride of different scrabble words and game pieces. For our favors we boxed up wind up toys (an inside joke between the bride + groom). Each box had a custom made tag on it with a quote about not taking anything to seriously on the back.

A lot of our decor was made from things we took right from our own home. We figured what better reflects our style than things we have decorated our home with! I did not want real flowers for the wedding so the planners custom made us all of the bouquets out of paper flowers, wood flowers, and game pieces. They also crafted the boutonnieres out of paper and game pieces as well. They created custom centerpieces out of wood that were simply amazing. (Note: wood was from Hurricane Sandy.) They hung lightbulbs filled with baby’s breath, tea lights, and X’s and O’s that they handcrafted out of wood.

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Fiona and Manuel came to NYC from Spain to have an intimate elopement. They made special postcards to send to their family back home and Fiona was on Skype with her mom while she was getting ready. They had a simple ceremony in Central Park with just an officiant present. It started to rain about 5 minutes after the ceremony so they took cover under the stairs in Central Park. There, a violinist was playing so they requested the song “Moon River” and that is where they had their first dance, just the two of them alone amongst a crowd of strangers. They continued their day being driven around by a vintage checkered cab and stopped at NYC staples like Magnolia’s Bakery, Tiffany’s, Times Square, and Brooklyn Bridge. We are overloading on romance over here!

Photographer: Kate Connolly Photography with Off BEET Productions
Location: New York City

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Pooja and Ben met while Ben was in town visiting a mutual friend and they say, “It was one of those ‘the crowd parted’ moments,” minus the cheesy rom-com to follow. For their engagement session, they wandered around Brooklyn and the Brooklyn Bridge, where Ben proposed. With such a cool setting, these photos look so effortless.

Photographer: Studio Finch
Location: DUMBO, Brooklyn

From their Photographer: Pooja and Ben met while Ben was visiting a mutual friend. It was one of those “the crowd parted” moments- but without the cheesy 90′s Romance Comedy where the guy has to win the girls heart at the end.

We went all over in the Brooklyn area, starting off in DUMBO, Brooklyn Bridge Park, just before heading to Brooklyn Bridge, where Ben Proposed to Pooja. Pooja even included a DIY LOVE banner for the photos. :) From there, we headed off to their favorite ice cream shop- Farmacy Soda Fountain, and finished the day at Brooklyn Pub- BP= Ben and Pooja. :)

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Natalie and Adam met during a study abroad in Spain, where the courtship began, kept in touch from different coasts when they returned, and rekindled the relationship when Natalie’s job landed her in LA with Adam. Their wedding was a combination of their style and taste, and the result was a “classic, city winter wedding with a rustic look and feel.” Their entire day was absolutely gorgeous from top to bottom. We’re in love with the lace Augusta Jones gown, Joanna August bridesmaid dresses paired with gloves and winter fur, vintage NY taxi cab limo, and succulent bouquets, to name a few highlights, but we promise you’re gonna swoon over this entire wedding.

Photographer: Kate Connolly Photography with Off BEET Productions | Dress: Original Augusta Jones Ali Dress purchased at Mon Amie Bridal in Costa Mesa, CA (“However, it was custom made from the original dress by Shin Bu Bridal in Los Angeles, CA (Koreatown). He reworked the fit of the dress from A-line to fitted. He’s amazing!”) | Shoes: Badgeley Mischka | Bridesmaid Dresses/Attire: Joanna August Newbury Long Style in All Tomorrow’s Parties purchased at Bella Bridesmaid | Getting Ready Robes: Etsy | Getting Ready Slippers: Old Navy | Groom: Hugo Boss Tuxedo from Hugo Boss, Cole Haan Nike Air Dress Shoes, Black Skinny Tie | Groomsmen: Calvin Klein Tuxedos from Men’s Wearhouse, Black Skinny Ties, Feather Boutonnieres | Ceremony Venue: St. John the Baptist Church, Jersey City NJ | Reception Venue: The Liberty House Restaurant, Jersey City NJ | Cake: Chocolate cake with chocolate mousse and chocolate fondant icing from Cake Boss, Hoboken NJ | Hair: Kim Kaos, Deal, NJ | Makeup: Perfect Faces by Nina, Deal, NJ | Invites & Programs: Chalkboard style menus and programs were designed and made by the bride | Flowers: Succulent bouquets, with feathers and “woodsy theme” garnishes and wood blocks by Debbie’s Designs, East Hanover NJ | Music: The “A” Band of Middletown, NJ | Transportation for Bridal Party: Taxi Cab limo, DJs Limo, Roselle Park, NJ | Guest Transportation: School Bus, Villani Bus Company, Linden NJ