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Sometimes it’s not about the amount of people, a giant venue, or the expense of the day. Sometimes it’s simply about the joy of two people coming together to become one. Jessica and Manny didn’t want a big affair. They simply wanted to be married and have their closest family and friends surrounding them. Their day was quiet, sweet, and so so so special. Though they’re both rather camera shy, they were brave enough to trust me for some epic shots up on top of Highland Forest (and it totally paid off)! Instead of your typical wedding reception, Jessica and Manny just did the things they loved, a little dancing, a little photo booth crazy, and a little Karaoke! It was such a lovely and quiet day, the perfect reflection of such a lovely and beautiful couple! Thank you so much Jessica and Manny, it was so wonderful to be part of your beautiful day!
Photo by Emily Elizabeth Photography
How did your fiance propose? After spending a whole day trying to get each of my parents alone to ask for my hand in marriage, he couldn’t wait any longer and proposed while we were pulled over on the side of the road. I though he “forgot something,” and he popped the question instead. 🙂 He’s horrible at keeping surprises a secret (which was also displayed at Christmas, my birthday, etc. lol)
Tell me a bit about the planning process for your wedding (how did you pick the venue, colors, funny stories, etc..): Wedding planning stressed me out from day one, so it was low key from the beginning. My mom heard about Highland Forest and I fell in love with the view, intimate setting, and Melanie from Orchard Vali (the lodge’s caterer) was AMAZING I can’t rave about her enough. Our colors were gray, yellow, and ivory: he loves gray, I love white, and yellow is always a happy color. I’m a dork so I liked the number theme of 10-11-12 so that was actually the first thing decided. We’ve both done a lot of moving around separately (we were young when we met in college, so a lot of “soul searching still had to take place), and we loved the idea of finally getting to spend EVERY holiday together, with our wedding anniversary to start it all off.
What was the most memorable moment(s) of your day? The releasing of the doves was a pretty cool moment- we love the symbolism and they looked beautiful too (even though it was FREEZING!)
Funniest memory from your wedding day? Manny’s little nephew, Noah, playing photographer throughout the day…he was so serious about his duties and it was really cute.
If you had to do it all over again would you change anything? Maybe less last minute planning (sure you’ve heard that one once or twice before!)
Any advice for future bride & grooms? It’s your day, do what’s in your heart.
What was your favorite part about working with Mabyn Ludke Photography? I like how laid back everything was, like I said the “wedding” concept has always overwhelmed me (we are both camera shy HA) but it was a good time, and I appreciate you working with us stiff boards 😉 Thank you again!
Dress Designer & Store Location: David’s Bridal//Jewelry: Kay Jeweler’s//Grooms Attire: Lord and Taylor//Ceremony Venue: Skyline Lodge at Highland Forest//Reception Venue: Skyline Lodge at Highland Forest//Caterer: Orchard Vali Caterer//Cake: 83 and Company
I still sigh wonderful sighs when I think of this wedding! It was just so beautiful! Grace is a serious DIY bride! Every detail was hand picked & created by herself & her family! From the home grown flower arrangements to the beautiful cake made my her very talented sister! Everything had such a personal touch! I loved how unique the boutonnieres were and the hand made wooden signs Grace’s father created for them! There was no doubt that this wedding was all Grace & Chad!
The day it’self was perfect! Not too hot and not too cold, with a very slight breeze! The sun was shining, the light was DELICIOUS, and the couple was extremely in love! Really? I couldn’t have asked for better conditions! There ceremony was full of family and friends supporting them and giving beautiful readings. The formals I could have shot forever! I LOVE LOVE LOVE fall light!!! And of course the party was rockin! The Dave Matthews heavy play list was right up my alley. What a fantastic celebration! Thank you Grace & Chad! I LOVED being part of your day!
Hair: My sister, Willa
Makeup Artist: My sister, Hana
Dress: David’s Bridal
Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal
Tuxes: No tuxes, the guys picked out matching linen pants and white shirts. All the ties were bought from TieBar
Venue: Chenango Valley State Park
Florist: My family grew most of the flowers and my mom and bridesmaids and mother in law helped put everything together.
Transportation: Our ceremony and reception were within walking distance, so we didn’t need any.
Caterer: J & B Custom Catering out of Oneonta, NY
Cake: My sister Hana made our cakes. One was carrot cake with a cream cheese filling and frosting. The other was a white cake with raspberry and pastry cream filling and buttercream frosting. They were delicious
Wedding Planner: We planned everything ourselves with lots of help from friends and family.
First Dance: Up and Away by Dave Matthews
Father/Daughter: Ripple by Grateful Dead
Mother/Son: The Man You’ve Become by Molly Pasutti
Introductions: Our parents and the bridal party came out to Good Night by Black Eyed Peas and we came out to Say Hey (I Love You) by Michael Franti
About the day:
Bride & Groom:
What was the most memorable moment of your day?
Can we say everything? The day turned out perfect and we truly wouldn’t have changed anything (unless we could have extended it a couple more days). Chad picked dancing all night long. I think for me it was having so many people we loved all in one place at the same time.
What was you favorite detail?
Everything meant so much to us because almost all of it was made by us or our family. We loved the centerpieces and boutonnieres but I think our favorite was the handmade wooden signs that my dad made for us.
Any advice for future bride & grooms?
Don’t try to do it all yourself and enjoy every minute because it goes by so fast.
Funniest memory from you wedding day?
When I looked over and saw Chad up in the air playing the air guitar.
If you had to do it all over, would you change anything?
Everything was perfect !
What was your favorite wedding purchase?
My dress, it took me three tries but I definitely got it right.
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
We have a vacation to Vieques planned for February.
I was drooling over the flowers! Can you believe they were DIY bouquets?
Grace’s Mom was so wonderfully expressive!
The camera loved this serious little girl! She reminds me of an angel with her silvery blonde hair and her white dress!
taking a moment <3
My favorite of the day!
That’s one gooooood lookin’ wedding party!
There were so many details, I can’t believe I narrowed it down to this many!
Everyone loves Dave!