In the Garden: An Intimate Farm to Table Shabbat Welcome Dinner
Nathalie and Hugo’s Shabbat Welcome Dinner was held in an abundantly brimming vegetable garden at the Cedar Lakes Estate. Shabbat is the Jewish tradition of spending Friday night sharing a meal with friends and family to give thanks and rest, which I think is a perfect way to begin a wedding weekend! Guests ate at one long classic farm table at the center of a serene camping preserve. It was an idyllic summer meal, among their closest friends and family under the stars the night before their lakeside jewish wedding.
Elegant, Natural Styling
The vegetable garden made for a beautiful setting all on its own, but the decor and florals created by Social Life Planning and Faye and Renee really created a dinner table from a dream. Minimal lighting woven into lush summer greenery and multicolored floral arrangements (many of which included fruits) really called to mind an abundance of love, which is particularly evident in the summertime.
Family Is Everything
The final touches to this scene were the many smiles and the beaming moonlight. The sounds of the gathering were pleasant and joyful: clinking of wine glasses and laughter from stories and toasts. The most extraordinary part for the couple was to have Nathalie’s grandmother in attendance all the way from Israel. The emotions were grand and sweet, so loving, so happy!
Planner: Social Life Wedding and Event Planning http://www.socialifenj.com
Florist: Faye and Renee http://www.fayeandrenee.com
Venue: Cedar Lakes Estate http://cedarlakesestate.com
Welcome Dinner Gallery: Garden Farm to Table Shabbat at Cedar Lakes Estate:
Marisa and Josh’s Marble House Rehearsal Dinner
First of all, I have a thing for old mansions. Probably because they are mysterious and steeped in history, stories of fortunes, privilege and glamour. The Marble House in Newport, RI, is no exception. It was designed by the society architect Richard Morris Hunt as a summer cottage for the Vanderbilts. Therefore, it is an exceptional example of a Gilded Age mansion. As a result of the location perhaps, Marisa and Josh’s Marble House rehearsal dinner was definitely over the top. A true homage to the era of opulence. It was the opposite of a simple. Rather than choosing one or two of their great ideas, Marisa and Josh went for almost all of them!
Nothing Short of Exceptional
Due to the grand scale of the event, Elan Artists provided all kinds of immersive entertainment. A live “marble” statue greeted guests as they arrived. After dinner, for dessert there were “marble” cakes. To drink, everyone enjoyed a champagne tower. A live painter recorded the beauty as a painting. Most notably, everyone enjoyed in awe a Chinese Dragon and an opera singer! In addition, the florist’s choice of deep purple blooms made the flowers pop against the gold and black background of the Gold Room where dinner was held. It was an amazing evening and the perfect start to their wedding weekend.
Planner, Claudia Hanlin’s The Wedding Library http://www.theweddinglibrary.com/
Venue, The Marble House http://www.newportmansions.org/explore/marble-house
Video, Valerie Barnes Film https://www.valeriebarnesfilm.com/
Baker, Confectionery Designs http://confectionerydesigns.net/
Music and Immersive Entertainment, Elan Artists http://elanartists.com/
Umbrellas and Gold Bars, The Wedding Library http://www.theweddinglibrary.com/
Florist, Fleurs NYC http://www.fleursnyc.com/
Living Marble Statue, Ten 31 https://www.ten31productions.com/
Stationery, Sue Corral http://suecorral.com/
Linen Rentals, La Tavola Fine Linen https://latavolalinen.com/
Film Scans, Richard Photo Lab http://www.richardphotolab.com/
Gallery: Marble House Rehearsal Dinner
Sunsets and Salty Breezes
Leigh and Marin’s East Hampton rehearsal dinner was held at the Maidstone Club, right on the beach. The historic country club boasts a charming beach club and that’s where Leigh and Marin chose to spend the evening with their friends and family the night before their wedding. The steel drum duo, along with the blue and yellow decor, and cheerful yellow sunflowers gave the occasion a summery, island charm. It was so romantic. The toasts were incredibly heartfelt and I think it shows in Leigh and Marin’s faces. Perhaps most notably, one guest played a special song for the couple on her guitar. Finally, s’mores were available to roast over the beach fires, a classic summer touch to the evening. I couldn’t wait for the wedding the next day.
Gallery: East Hampton Rehearsal Dinner