A favorite customer of mine came to me last year and said, “I need your help!” She explained that her daughter was engaged and wanted her date to be 9-10-11. By the end of the week, we decided to host the event at the family’s country club, Schuyler Meadows in Loudonville, NY. I selected a planner for them, Lisa Light of Destination Bride, and I gave them a list of a few area photographers that I think are amazing. They chose Tracey Buyce; it was a perfect fit, the bride adored her.
The colors for the wedding were HOT PINK, GREEN, and BROWN … not easy colors … Seriously! When you take three strong colors it can easily twist in the wrong direction. I tried to soften the palette by offering pastel tones, but Lindsey said, ” NO, Na-Au! — Hot Pink, Granny Smith Green and Chocolate Brown — make it work!” She loves Lily Pulitzer. Also, we took inspiration from the final scene in the first Nanny McFee movie … the wedding scene with the little Bo Peep outfits and the lambs dyed hot pink and lime green … so animated and fantastical.
Every time I called Linda (mom) to give her my ideas, she said, “I want it to be nice.” Well, if i do say so myself, it was better than nice — it was off the hook!
I special ordered the tents from Maine. Made of canvas with full pine supports, there’s no metal, no plastic walls, no vinyl. Both tents have full, wide-board pine plank flooring systems. My boys from Clifton Park Rental came in and saved the day by tweaking tents and flooring to function well. Then they gave us light!
The LED system and pin spots made it all work as the sun dropped, we linked the LED’s on the Veranda and the Dancing tent so as the colors changed, the color of entire property changed. They also helped me hang the lanterns in the dancing tent and the 30 hand-painted parasols. All the crystal, china, tables, and silver-plate flatware came from them as well.
The table linens were custom dyed in California Irish Green. The overlays were pink cotton-candy colored silk. Cocktail hour linen was shipped in from Chicago. I draped all the poles on the tent with swags of fabric so the guests would not enter until after cocktail hour. The swags also prevented them from rolling down the hill during the fireworks (a surprise from the groom for is new beautiful bride). Our new glass chargers were used with cotton, waffle-weave napkins bound in a double layer of pink on brown ribbon with a menu tucked inside finished the setting. Fruitwood chaivari chairs from CPRC connected the chocolate flavor.
The Lily Pulitzer place cards were hung on a frame with hot pink pearl pins. I painted these the night before the wedding. The table numbers were printed in Naples Florida at Lily Pulitzer, where the custom stickers for the candy bags were created.
The candy bar was a combination of containers from Lisa Light, the family and our Vintage Twirl Bubble Canisters. I had the bags for the candy and the ribbon detail on the napkins customized for the event. Lisa ordered all the candy as well as the scoops, and helped put it together.
The flowers were a combination of local and Holland-based products — hot princess roses, magenta hydrangea, gomphrena, ladies mantle, citrus cymbidium orchids, candy apple amaryllis, gerbera daisy, lime hydrangea, nirine lily, and a little something call “the secret brew.” The flowers were all designed in wooden candy compotes that were stained chocolate brown.
I also created two signature cocktails for the couple that everyone tasted and loved! The Lindsey-Tini and the Justin-Pucker. YUM!
The Cows??? Well, it started as a bit of a joke, but once I got the idea in my head, I could not let it go. We had torrential rain for two weeks so as the wedding grew closer, the cows were still black and white. I finally moved them to my garage and … four days later … still wet with paint, they were loaded onto the truck. I’m pretty sure they made a bit of a spectacle as they were moved from Voorheesville to the club in Loudonville. Little did I know, there would be a cow-riding extravaganza later in the evening by most of the guests AND the parents of the bride. Yeh … I HAVE pictures people!
Lindsey and Justin, I’m so happy for you! This one is going in our Feature Wedding section. It was flawless and one I am VERY proud of. Thank you for letting me do my thing.
For MY pics of all the detail on this event check out Lindsey & Justin.
For the real pics from a pro, check out Tracey Buyce L&J