Happy Friday! Stacey & Brendan's joyful wedding is the perfect send-off for the week. The love between these two radiates through each and every photo, from the intimate neighborhood first look to dancing under the romantic lighting at their stunning reception venue. Stacey is a truly a striking bride in our RM6325 dress from Sash & Bustle Boutique, so much so that she became the newest member of their stylist team! Thank you so much to Scarlet O'Neil for capturing all of the stunning details and loving energy of the day- it feels like we can hear Stacey's laughter throughout the whole album! Many congratulations to a lovely couple, we wish you all the very best~
Justina Bilodeau is one of our favorite photographers to work with. From the staging to the amazing team of vendors (whom we now refer to as "friendors",) her work is truly special. For this beautiful Fall Friday, we have a seasonally inspired styled shoot with some details for the equestrian lover too. The soft sleeves and embroidery work on our RM6325 gown blend so beautifully with the changing leaves, autumnal arrangements by Minka Flowers and our favorite Bella Belle Shoes. The striking shots with the backdrop and equestrian companion will truly take your breathe away... Enjoy!
Once in a while we come across a wedding that is so special, it truly touches our hearts. Carolyn and her bridal party were a very special bunch. The love and support they shared were limitless. The bride wore our RM6325 and her bridesmaids wore our HB6622 in Dawn. The wedding took place at the groom's grandparents' farm in Hassla Sweden. Needless to say it's a magical place... We thank Carolyn and David for sharing their wedding pictures with us and their talented photographer Sara Lejon for capturing the moments. We wish them many magical moments like those shared on their wedding day, for years to come...
Saja: How did you meet?
Carolyn: We met at Printed Matter, NY’s oldest nonprofit dedicated to artists’ publications. I was working there and we were having a book launch for one of the many books David has published. One of the only rules about book launches was no red wine and David walked in carry a case of red wine. I thought he was so cute and was so afraid to tell him he had to return it. He then added me to his mailing list and I followed (stalked) his art career for years. Then finally after many missed chances, a few years later we started dating.
Saja: How did he propose?
Carolyn: We were visiting David’s family in Sweden and he took me on a long ferry ride through the Archipelago to the most beautiful island called Sandhamn. I was laying on the rocks looking out at the water/closing my eyes and taking it all in, and David asked me if I wanted a Starburst (the candy!). I said no and then I opened my eyes and my mom’s/great grandmother’s engagement ring was in front of me. I turned around and he asked me to marry him while chewing his strawberry Starburst. It was perfect! And to this day the smell of strawberry candy makes me think of his proposal.
Saja: Where did the wedding take place? What made you choose there?
Carolyn: The wedding took place on his grandparents’ farm, Hassla in Sweden. We did it in their backyard and it was a nice small, intimate affair. Hassla has always been a special place for David ever since he was a small child. He even named his publishing press after it. We also really wanted his grandparents to be able to be there so it just made perfect sense that we do it on their farm.
Saja: What was your favorite part of the day? Why?
Carolyn: My favorite part of the day was our first dance. I am a ballet dancer and we danced to Bill Withers, Lovely Day. It was just a ton of fun and also romantic. He has goofy moves that I adore.
Saja: Is there anything you can point out about your pictures that we might not have noticed?
Carolyn: Is there anything you can point out about your pictures that we might not have noticed?I entrusted the most amazing wedding planner who was able to figure out my vision from my babbling emails and plan the whole wedding from across the ocean. She picked just the right people for hair/makeup, photography, food. I didn’t meet anyone until we arrived and it just all felt right.
Saja: Which of the photos is your favorite?
Carolyn: All of them. But I really love the one where he is feeding me cake.
Saja: Thanks so much, Carolyn! Is there anything else you would like to share?
Carolyn: The farm was the starting point for everything to take off and when I saw my dress on your website I just knew it was the one. It was my first dress to ever try on and I wish I could still wear it every day. I felt like a bohemian princess in it. It was perfect. So perfect that David, who said he wouldn’t cry, cried as soon as he saw it. It was a dream!
We knew that Mandy at Little Vintage Rentals styling with one of our favorite photographers, Kate Ignatowski would be good, but the outcome of this photo shoot seriously blew us away! RM6325 is such a delicate design, with sheer illusion sleeves and embroidery that lends itself so well alongside the olive details throughout this shoot. Such perfect inspiration for the earthy bride! Thanks again to such a talented team! Make sure to check out this feature in the latest issue of Trendy Bride Magazine!
Photography: Kate Ignatowski
Styling + Floral Design: Mandy Forlenza Sticos
Make Up: Anny Chow
Hair: Andy Tseng
Crown + Hair pins: Lietofiore
Veil: Saja Wedding
Invitation Suite + Calligraphy: Kelsey Cronkhite for Pinegate Road
Linen: Lost in Linen
Vintage Tabletop Pieces + Props: Little Vintage Rentals
Flowers Supplied By: Blooms by the Box
Ribbon: Of The Earth
Saja: How did he propose?
Christina: He took me to the beautiful Untermyer Park in Yonkers for my 30th birthday. We walked into a lovely gazebo overlooking the hudson river, coincidentally named the temple of love! I had a hunch something was brewing throughout the day but was still so surprised when he popped the question. Best birthday ever.
Saja: How did you meet?
Christina: We met at work over 9 years ago and have been together (and still working together!) for over 8.5 years.
Christina and Alec's woodland wedding is so sweet and full of love. The two met nearly a decade ago at work and we are so thrilled to see their special day with family and friends come to life so beautifully. We love the way Christina paired the softness of our RM6325 gown with a rich bouquet and hair flowers, and the look on Alec's face when he sees the deep v on the back of the dress is priceless! Thank you so much to the bride's friend, Josh of JBW Photography for capturing it and the rest of this truly elegant day! Congratulations again to this lovely couple~
Saja: What was your favorite part of the day?
Christina: The ceremony was my favorite part of the day. We had a very short and sweet ceremony but it was truly the most powerful part of the experience. I almost couldn’t get through my vows because I was so emotional but I wouldn’t change anything. A close second to my favorite part of the day would be the bonfire we held after the reception. It was great to kick back and relax after all that dancing!
Saja: Which of the photos is your favorite? Why?
Christina: My favorite photo is a group portrait with my parents, his mom and my brother and sister in law. It just screams happy to me. Family is really important to us both and this photo means a lot to us.
Saja: Is there anything in the photos you want to point out that we might not have noticed?
Christina: There’s one great moment captured after we had our big reveal. As we were walking down the steps he got a look at the back of my dress for the first time and his expression is priceless. I wasn’t even aware of that moment until I saw the photo.
Saja: Where did the wedding take place?
Christina: The wedding took place at Arrow Park Lake and Lodge in Monroe, NY. It was the perfect woodsy setting that we were hoping for. The landscape was stunning and the house overlooked a beautiful lake.
Christina said, " I’m so lucky that one of my closest college friends happens to be a wedding photographer! His name is Josh Williams and he traveled all the way from California to photograph our big day. He was so much fun to work with and I could not be happier with the photos. Check him out on the Knot!"
The Saja Wedding Collection offers ethereal, non-traditional gowns at an obtainable price point. Based out of New York, we happily serve brides who share our similar point of view.