Martha Stewart Weddings: "Something Old" Ideas

"Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue" for good luck.  I shared my favourite "something old" idea with Martha Stewart Weddings!  Thank you for including me in this article.  

Photography by Sue Kessler at  Christian Oth Studio

Photography by Sue Kessler at Christian Oth Studio


Copper and Navy Fall Wedding at Blue Hill at Stone Barns

Sara and Chris were looking for a bucolic venue not too far from the city, and they found that at Blue Hill at Stone Barns.  They were able to host a wedding that felt elegant, seasonal, wild and autumnal.  Sara was 6 months pregnant and wore an elegant silk gown with flower appliques from Elisabeth Fillmore.  Chris wore a bespoke navy blue Martin Greenfield tuxedo.  I loved the flower girl dresses from Isabel Garreton with the navy details.  They looked so cute with their crowns incorporating porcelain berries!  

For the florals, Sara wanted something that was wild and unfussy.  Saipua was the perfect choice.  Creating arrangements like a beautiful Dutch still-life.  The colour palette for the ceremony was lighter, incorporating blush and warm peach tones.  Going into cocktails and dinner, the colours evolved into deeper and more saturated tones, purple, gold and deep chocolate.  Permissions (a staple of Sara's childhood and something that signified the coming of winter) were incorporated into the arrangements.  Katie Fischer Design created an invitation suite with modern and marble elements, complete with copper calligraphy by Mary Ellen on dark navy envelopes.  

Chris is a production designer and created a neon sign for the cocktail hour.  Sara is a writer/director, and edited together a compilation of scenes from their favourite films, which was projected over the bar and played like a silent film.  Colourful streamer panels from Color Condition and luxe lounge pieces from Patina made for a fun cocktail hour atmosphere! 

The seasonal food from Blue Hill at Stone Barns was incredible.  We started with a beet salad with fresh yoghurt and pine nut butter, then had a second course of lobster and brussels sprouts, and finished with lamb loin, butternut squash and a risotto of grains.  Each course with a thoughtful wine paring.  During dinner a New Orleans jazz band Roamin' Jasmine played and later we transitioned to a DJ from 74 Events for dancing with lots of soul and old hip hop.  Thank you to Judy Pak for documenting their celebration so beautifully!  One of my all time favourite weddings I was so delighted and honoured to have been a part of.  

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Photography: Judy Pak | Event Planning: Ang Weddings and Events | Venue: Blue Hill at Stone Barns | Florist: Saipua | DJ: 74 Events | Band: Roamin' Jasmine | Lighting: Pegasus | Hair and Makeup: Face Time Beauty | Photobooth: We Love Photobooths | Linens: La Tavola | Rentals: Patina | Invitations and Day of Paperie: Katie Fischer Design | Calligraphy: Mary Ellen |  Gown: Elisabeth Fillmore via Gabriella Bridal Salon | Bridesmaids: Amsale | Tuxedo: Martin Greenfield | Neon Sign: Manhattan Neon | Favours: Blue Hill Market, Parker's Maple Barn, Mast Brothers Chocolate

Stephanie & David at Blue Hill at Stone Barns

Stephanie knew she wanted to get married at Blue Hill at Stone Barns before she had even seen it in person.  When she visited with her then fiance David, they knew it was the perfect spot for them to say their vows and celebrate with their friends and family.  It is such a romantic and beautiful place.  Treating your guests to a gastronomic experience like this makes it really special!  The grey clouds were really challenging us that day, but we kept all our fingers crossed, and managed to keep the ceremony and cocktail outdoors without a drop of rain!  They were married in the courtyard in front of the grand oak tree under a chuppah covered in wisteria, hydrangea and amaranth.  Guests were invited to the garden for cocktails and into the Hayloft for dinner.  One of my favourite things that day were the tiny gold farm animals used for the escort cards.  For their favours, Stephanie and David infused olive oil with rosemary or chili flakes and bottled them individually themselves.  A truly delightful summer wedding at the farm.  


Venue: Blue Hill at Stone Barns / Photography: Ryan Brenizer / Event Planning: Ang Weddings and Events / String Quartet: Venus Ensembles / Florist: Bride and Blossom / DJ: Scratch / Photobooth: Magbooth / Makeup: Meredith Hayman / Hair: Scarlett Thornton / Dress: Badgley Mischka / Escort Farm Animals: Klepac & Co via Etsy

Bridgewaters Wedding in South Street Seaport

I am so happy to be able to share these images from Julia Newman Photography here on the blog.  This wedding was recently featured on Style Me Pretty, where the groom wrote a memorable and humourous description of the wedding day.Johan and Meghan are the sweetest couple and I feel so blessed to have met them and been part of their special day.  Funnily enough I met Meghan while getting my hair cut by the lovely Nercy of Alchemy Space Salon.   She was next in the chair after me and we struck up a conversation thanks to Nercy's introduction.  For Meghan and Johan, the wedding day was all about a celebration with friends and family.  They both come from large families and it was so lovely to see how close they are and how much they mean to their friends.  All together a very sweet and meaningful day.

They chose a quintessentially New York City inspired letter-pressed invitation suite by the ever stylish Ceci New York.

These first look images that Julia took just outside the Andaz Hotel are priceless.

The weather was glorious that day and the bridal party took advantage of that by taking portraits around South Street Seaport.  At this point I was at the church setting things up and greeting the musicians and officiant.  It was so lovely when I received these images and could see the magic that Julia was weaving.  Meghan was not even going to try on this gown at her Amsale appointment, but with some urging from her little niece, she tried on "the sparkly one" and ended up getting it!  I think it look fabulous on her.  So elegant, and with interesting details to make it really special.

....and they're married!

The reception took place at Bridgewaters, which has incredible views of the water, ships and bridges.  The weather was nice enough for guests to enjoy the terrace and the view.  Their band The Touch kept the dance floor packed the entire night.  It was the flower girl, Meghan's niece's birthday, so during the speeches, they brought out a birthday cake especially for her.  Inspired by halloween, we set up a table covered with glass bowls and different types of candy for guests to take home as favours.

Ceci New York also created the paperie for the wedding, with an apple motif to represent New York City.

One of the sweetest moments was when Meghan surprised Johan with this personalized cake topper, with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background and Johan wearing an SF Giants hat.

Julia Newman Photography also provided a photo booth that the guests never stopped using throughout the reception.  It being three days before halloween gave everyone the incentive to really dress up and have fun!

I had a blast working with Meghan and Johan.  Congratulations again!

Link to Style Me Pretty feature

Link to video by Kiss the Bride Films

Wedding Photography: Julia Newman + Terence Law of Julia Newman Photography / Ceremony: Church of St. Andrew / Reception: Bridgewaters / Event Planning: Ang Weddings and Events / Floral Design: Garden Shop / Cinematography: Kiss the Bride Films / Wedding Invitations: Ceci New York / Band: The Touch / Trumpet Player: Max Morden / Organist: Cynthia Weinrich / Singer: Nina Riley / Officiant: Father Anthony Azzarto / Hotel: Andaz Wall Street / Wedding Dress, Veil + Hair Piece: Amsale / Bride’s Shoes: Stuart Weitzman / Hair: Alchemy Space Salon / Makeup: Lindsey Jones

Featured on Style Me Pretty - Bridgewaters Wedding

I was delighted to see that Style Me Pretty New York has featured one of our weddings from October last year.  The reception took place at Bridgewaters in South Street Seaport.  A fantastic location to allow for portraits along the cobblestone streets.  Thank you to Julia of Julia Newman Photography for her beautiful images and Leslie of Kiss The Bride Films for a sweet video of the wedding day.

Johan wrote such a memorable account of the wedding, so head on over to Style Me Pretty New York and have a read.  Congratulations to Meghan and Johan!

Photography by Julia Newman Photography