Announcing Mother's Day Styled Sessions

Mother's Day is coming up and we want to celebrate all the beautiful mamas out there!  It's time for us to get out from behind the camera and capture these moments with our littles.  We want to make you feel beautiful and special, so I have teamed up with my friend, Anika, of A. Fatouros Photography to do just that and offer styled Mother's Day photos.  I have pulled some beauties in the way of dresses, I'll be making up fresh flower crowns, and styling you up pretty.  That coupled with hair and make-up services will make you feel ready to get in front of Anika's magic camera to capture the love of you and your babes.  Just look at these gorgeous mama's and their beautiful babes!  

And dads, if you've found your way to this post, a PSA that this package would be an EXCELLENT mother's day gift.  

We will be booking for April 22nd and 23rd in Ossining, NY.  

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The session includes:

  • professional hair & make-up
  • beautiful wardrobe provided & styled by me
  • fresh flower crowns
  • styled bedroom set
  • refreshments
  • play area for littles while you are pampered
  • 15 magical images 
Mother's Day Session
Mother's Day Session
Mother's Day Session
Mother's Day Session
Mother's Day Session
Mother's Day Session
Mother's Day Session

email info@afatourosphotography.com for info and to book.

images: A. Fatouros Photography

5 Hudson Valley Florists to Follow on Instagram

The Hudson Valley is rich with beautiful botanicals, and some very talented designers waiting to turn natures most beautiful decor into pieces for your perfect wedding day.  Here are our five favorite Hudson Valley based floral designers to follow on instagram.  


DARK AND DIAMOND

Dark and Diamond

@dark_and_diamond is an AMAZING husband and wife floral design team with cutting edge ideas and a perfectly curated feed!


HOPS PETUNIA

Hops Petunia

@Hopspetunia -Kelli turned her designer's eye to floral arranging when she noticed herself bringing botanicals more and more to the forefront of her work.  She has an eye for photography and styling and is always looking for something new to work on.   


JARITA'S FLORIST

Jarita's Florist

@jaritasflorist - another husband and wife team who have been in the industry a combined 40 years!  Beautiful arrangements and exquisite and special pieces perfect for your event.  


HENRY AND PHEOBE

Henry and Phoebe

@henryandpheobe - Kelly is a little social media shy, she doesn't post often, but when she does her work is exquisite.  I've seen Kelly do her thing on the spot and it's magic! 


MOLLY J. MARQUAND FLOWERS

Molly J. Marquand Flowers

@boblinkflowers - Hailing from England, and growing up in New York's Hudson Valley, inspired by some of the most beautiful gardens and landscapes in the world. Molly has a Masters of Science degree in Botany, and a professional background in plant conservation, she makes beautifully curated pieces.  Plus, glimpses of farm life. 

Need more recommendations?  Reach out and lets work together! lauren@iloveloveevents.com

We Love Love Betsy Wise Bridal

I'd like to introduce you to a talented woman, fellow Hudson Valley resident, and friend, Betsy Wise.  Betsy is an amazing designer and maker of custom wedding gowns for Betsy Wise Bridal.  She has mastered the timeless art of dress making and brought it into the modern world, along with the vintage and heirloom gowns she makes new again.  She works with each bride to help conceptualize and and bring to life their dream gown.  I asked Betsy to answer a few questions about her craft and the wedding industry at large.  

Betsy Wise Bridal

How long have you been running Betsy Wise Bridal and how did you get started? 

I have been sewing and designing for as long as I can remember, but I have been making wedding dresses specifically since 2011. I was working in a bridal boutique at that time, when a friend asked me to make her wedding dress. She had a really cool story. She had been backpacking through Southeast Asia with her (then) boyfriend, and they got engaged on the trip. While in India, she purchased some beautiful colorful silk that I made into her wedding dress. The light bulb in my head turned on at that moment. I realized that finding a wedding dress is not a process that fits into a box or an episode of Say Yes to the Dress. It can be an incredibly unique and personal experience. So I quit the bridal shop, and Betsy Wise Bridal was born. 

Betsy Wise Bridal

What is your speciality?  

When it comes to custom, I can really make anything a bride can possibly dream up, but my true passion and specialty lies in Vintage Reconstruction. A bride will bring me a vintage family heirloom gown, and we will use it as fabric and inspiration for a completely new, modern, one of a kind gown. Its such a fun process for me because not only is it an amazing piece of family history that deserves to be honored, but its also like a puzzle trying to figure out how to utilize the materials in a way that looks fresh. 

Before and After: Vintage Reconstruction from her mothers 1975 wedding gown

Before and After: Vintage Reconstruction from her mothers 1975 wedding gown

Did you find your niche immediately?  If not, what was the process like to get there?

It took me a couple years to find my niche. I always want to be open to anyone and any request that comes my way. That is what keeps my job interesting, I'm never doing the same thing twice. But at a certain point you do have to hone your skills. I ended up doing my first Vintage Reconstruction for my sister from the wedding dress worn by my mom and my grandmother. I fell in love with the process. Once I posted that one dress on my website, other people started seeking me out specifically for reconstructions. I realized that was the thing setting me apart from other bespoke designers out there. 

Betsy Wise Bridal

What is your day-to-day like?  and what is your favorite part of the process? 

Weekdays are generally my studio days. Those are the days I spend designing and creating. Weekends are usually dedicated to clients for fittings and consultations. 

My favorite part of the design process is seeing my ideas come to life in fabric on the dress form. That moment when a sketch becomes reality. 

Before and After: Vintage Reconstruction from her grandmother's 1955 wedding gown 

Before and After: Vintage Reconstruction from her grandmother's 1955 wedding gown 

Do you do custom requests?  

Absolutely! Everything I do is custom, and I really welcome ideas that are outside of the box. Thats what keeps it fun and exciting. 

What is your favorite thing about working in the wedding industry?

I have had the chance to work with some of the most incredible brides. It is such a pleasure and an honor to work so closely with people and get to know them, and their families. Making a woman feel happy and beautiful on the most important day of her life is so incredibly rewarding. It's what gets me up in the morning. 

Betsy Wise Bridal

Any trends you you are seeing in gowns?  Any trends you notice clients are asking for?

The latest trend that I love is the bohemian look. I love the easy feel, and the soft flowing fabrics. I have had a lot more requests for flowing fabrics and no train. With the bohemian trend I have definitely seen an increase in outdoor field or lakeside weddings, so the dress has to fit the setting. 

Do you have any advice for brides looking for a gown?  

  • You don't have to follow trends, just be true to yourself. 
  • No matter what you should look like you, not like you're dressed up in a costume. 
  • Less is always more. 
  • Imagine yourself looking at your wedding pictures in 20 years. You want to choose something timeless. 
  • If you don't have any idea what you want, the best thing to do is just go try a bunch of silhouettes on and see what works best on your body. 

And one more fun wedding question, in your opinion, what makes a good wedding great?  

The best weddings are a true reflection of the couple's unique personalities. There are no rules anymore when it comes to weddings. Your can make your day whatever you want it to be, and I love that!

Thank you so much, Betsy for taking the time.  Your work is truly amazing!!  Make sure you visit her site and follow on instagram.  

5 Hudson Valley Farm to Table Caterers

When I ask couples what is most important to them for their big day, time and time again I hear requests for great food.  Beyond great food, they want it to be local, seasonal and a unique, memorable experience.  Lucky for us, New York City and the surrounding areas have such a great food culture that that request is not too hard to come by.  Plus living in the Hudson Valley, we have so many farms and artisans that make amazing food.  Below are five Hudson Valley caterers that use locally sourced food, to create personalized farm-to-table menus for any type of event.   

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HUNT & HARVEST

Hunt & Harvest is built on a very simple premise, to bring the best of our region’s farms to your wedding, event or gathering. Every menu is custom created for you, guided by the seasons and your personal taste. This custom approach sets us apart from the rest of the field, and delivers a unique and fresh perspective to everything we do.

They work hand in hand with our regional farms, orchards, and food producers to bring a piece of the rich farming tradition of the Hudson Valley and surrounds to your table. The farm’s bounty is the star of the show and we work hard to enhance it all the more, while allowing it’s natural perfection to shine.

Hunt and Harvest Catering

GROUNDED

Based in Kingston, Grounded Catering creates unique and delicious cuisine for events and celebrations in the Hudson Valley area.  Led by Chef Linda Laestadius, Grounded Catering is dedicated to providing the freshest food, based on local, organic and bio dynamic ingredients and a commitment to sustainability.  They work with their clients to craft the perfect menu for each event, drawing on a broad range of culinary options, from cutting edge cuisine to comfort food.

Grounded Catering

BRIDGE CREEK

Bridge Creek Catering uses the "farm-to-table" philosophy to provide memorable, handcrafted, seasonal cuisine.  Their culinary expertise along with their friendly personalized service and experience in executing seamless events, allows them to translate your vision into a reality.

Bridge Creek Catering

HARVEST

As a Farm-to-Table caterer in the Hudson Valley and leader in the local sustainable food movement for over 20 years, they are passionate about food from concept to table, creating customized menus showcasing the seasonal bounty of the Hudson Valley!  They use local Hudson Valley Farms and purveyors, selecting the best ingredients available as we craft customized menus that celebrate your unique individuality. 

Harvest Catering

INN CREDIBLE CATERERS

Local flavors abound in the Hudson Valley – produce, meats, cheeses, breads, wine and spirits. Their chefs take advantage of all the area has to offer to create cuisine that is fresh, imaginative, and artfully plated. Whether you prefer a sit down dinner or station style, comfort food or a more sophisticated palette, we will work with you to create a menu that suits your personal taste and style, as well as, compliments your venue. We also have a fully insured liquor license, so we can provide the perfect pairing of wine and spirits.

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Looking for more help planning your Hudson Valley wedding?  email us! 

Woodsy Bohemian Elopement // Styled Shoot

You guys, I am so so excited because the styled shoot we did a few months back is finally live on one of my very favorite blogs, Inspired By This!  I've shared a few photos of this epic elopement shoot, but I've saved some of my favorites for right now!  

The inspiration for this elopement came from the beautiful, scenic backdrop.  I wanted to contrast that with bright pops of color so the table and flowers really stand out.  I love the idea of an enchanted picnic in the middle of the forest, like you walked into a well-styled episode of "The Bachelor."  I recently travel to Morocco and while the look isn't overly Moroccan, I brought back some stunning textiles that all make an appearance in the shoot and prove that bohemian can be bright and colorful.

Caitlinn Ramsden captured my vision better than I imagined in my head.  And Kelly from Beaurust Flowers nailed it!  That bouquet is out of this world!!!!  And, can we talk about the floral chandler!? 

The Rue de Seine gown from Lovely Bridal could not have been more perfect.  The exquisite metallic hand beading was just the right amount of edge.

The leather elopement sign and custom backdrop are all available in my Etsy shop.   

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woodsy waterfall elopement
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woodsy elopement ceremony
bright pink bouquet
woodsy elopement picnic
woodsy elopement picnic
Rue De Seine Jasmine Gown
Rice Krispy treat cake
woodsy elopement
woodsy elopement picnic
Rue De Seine Jasmine Gown
woodsy elopement picnic
woodsy elopement picnic
Rice Krispy Treat Cake
scenic upstate elopement
honeymoon suite tent
honeymoon suite tent
honeymoon suite tent

Thank you thank you to all the amazing vendors who made this vision come to life!!!

photographer: The Ramsdens / design & coordination: I Love Love Events / florals: Beaurust Florals / hair: Annaliese and Company / make-up: Marriessa Tatulli / gown and veil: Rue de Seine Jasmine from Lovely Bride / suit: H&M / props: Stylwed