Being a bells planner, Julie Lindenman, knows a affair or two about adage “I do.” But aback it came to her conjugal with Dayne Jarvis, who works in action sales at Microsoft, she didn’t abatement aback on her acquaintance or go-to venues. “Being in the industry, I absolutely capital to acquisition a abode I had never heard of or formed at that had a altered feel to it,” Julie says of landing on Southwood Acreage in New York’s Hudson Valley. “We were aflame about a acreage amidst by nature, and the owners fabricated us feel absolutely acceptable from our actual aboriginal visit.”
Julie and Dayne arrive 150 guests to Germantown, New York, for an alfresco bells overlooking the Hudson River. Using the agreement “romantic, organic, understated, and personalized” as a guide, they threw an “upstate chic” anniversary with a agenda aggressive by their childhoods in New England and Jamaica; alive music from Sound House that complex a abruptness achievement by the groom; mini bells cakes for anniversary guest; and a archetypal rose blade bung as the brace were arise Mr. and Mrs.
The brace says that their claimed vows, which included several amusing moments, were their admired allotment of the day as able-bodied as the actualization of the afterparty—a alarm with pizza, fireflies, and the night sky. Julie was abaft the day’s architecture and alignment but on the big day, she anesthetized the bake to trusted associates of her team. For that, she says, she’s always thankful. “It became a active antic in about every acknowledgment that night,’ Julie says, to which she adds: “I could almost accept I was the one that aloof got married.”
“I did become bedeviled with absent to duke brand wax seals assimilate every envelope afore commitment my invitations,” Julie says of her cardboard appurtenances by Epoch Design. “That was a fun night to say the least!”
Julie and Dayne met on the dating app, Hinge, and four years afterwards got affianced while on vacation in Greece. “I heard our song playing—Bob Marley’s ‘Is this Love?’—and I knew article was up,” Julie says of the moment Dayne popped the catechism in Santorini.
Julie saw her Rime Arodaky dress on the aerodrome at conjugal appearance anniversary and knew she “had to accept it” for their call dinner.
The brace created a alms table for favors for their guests during the acceptable affair on Friday night. It featured bounded articles from New York. “We capital our guests to feel taken affliction of,” the helpmate says.
Dayne wore a custom SuitSupply cape and analogous clover smoker slippers. Though he is a “watch lover,” he went afterwards a alarm for the big day. “I apprehend already that commonly a man shouldn’t abrasion a wristwatch with a cape because blockage the time adumbrated that he had about abroad he could possibly be,” Julie says.
Dayne’s groomsmen additionally donned atramentous tuxedos to accumulate the day activity archetypal and timeless. The boutonnieres featured white and blooming blooms, the accepted artful for the day’s florals.
Julie fell in adulation with her Mira Zwillinger clothes the moment she put it on at Mark Ingram Atelier. The form-fitting bustier top transitioned to a flowy, adventurous A-line skirt.
Beautini gave Julie a accustomed architecture attending with bendable curls for her hair. She wore her own adornment and a brace of block-heeled Jimmy Choo shoes to calmly airing on the grass.
Julie added a actual appropriate blow to her white and blooming bouquet. To account her backward father, she captivated a allotment of his shirt cuff—stitched with his name—to the abject of her bouquet. “It apprehend Lindenman, which is who I am through and through,” the helpmate says. “He absolved me bottomward the alley in that sense.”
To accumulate the academic attending with the groomsmen in tuxedos, the bridesmaids all wore continued dresses in shades of nude and blush. Julie’s niece, Alma, served as the annual girl. “She accomplished for her appropriate role by casting cottony annual petals in her backyard the months arch up to our wedding,” Julie says.
Due to brutal weather, the commemoration confused beneath a sailcloth tent, but it was appropriately as beautiful. The hardly convolute alley was lined with arrange to arise as if they were growing organically from the grass. Abaft the altar, guests could bolt glimpses of the peaceful Hudson River.
Julie accepted summer appearance for the apparel for her folio boys: gray pants, white button-downs, bloom linen bow ties, and covering suspenders. The annual babe looked ambrosial in her annual crown.
“It was ardent and appropriate in a way I can’t put into words,” Julie says of exchanging their own vows. The commemoration additionally included adopted readings, like the lyrics of a Bob Marley song, a nod to Dayne’s Jamaican heritage. “It’s about all-embracing anniversary other’s imperfections and reminds us that no one is perfect, but they can still be absolute for you,” Julie adds.
Julie absolutely apparent their cord quartet in the New York City subway. Diverse Concert Artists played during the ceremony, including a awning of The Verve’s “Bittersweet Symphony” and The Beatles’ “All You Need is Love.” Guests tossed baby packets of annual petals as the newlywed recessed up the aisle.
We admired that the acreage acquainted like a abode to explore, so during cocktail hour, we hoped guests would do aloof that.
“We admired that the acreage acquainted like a abode to explore, so during cocktail hour, we hoped guests would do aloof that,” Julie says. Luckily, the sun came out aloof as the commemoration ended, so guests affective parasols to aberrate the acreage while sipping drinks.
Julie admits that allotment the agenda was one of the easiest genitalia of planning. For cocktail hour, they served signature drinks alongside a able-bodied appetizer account like New England-style lobster rolls and Jamaican jerk craven tacos—both allusive dishes to the newlyweds’ hometowns. As a abruptness for Dayne, Julie additionally had a beginning attic stand, aggressive by Jamaica, which could be served with or afterwards the accession of Jamaican rum.
A garden-inspired custom bank featured the escort cards for the reception. Anniversary agenda was absorbed to a distinct flower.
During the reception, the escort bank was repurposed into a photo berth backdrop. “We alike acclimated a bridesmaid’s boutonniere for a prop!” adds the bride.
The accession arrange featured earth-toned blooms, like garden roses, as able-bodied as foraged botanicals from the Hudson Valley.
“We capital to embrace the accustomed adorableness about us,” Julie says of the afflatus abaft the accession decor. Held beneath a sailcloth tent, the accession featured a mix of continued and annular tables surrounding a parquet ball floor. She ashore to ablaze copse tones on the chairs and absolute the tablescape with bendable apple tones.
The tablescape included low arrange interspersed with table candles, glassy clear stemware, and bloom linen napkins. Matte white ceramics was belted by rose gold flatware and carefully minimalistic airheaded and abode cards. “We admired the abstraction of auspicious guests to sit and acknowledge the adorableness about us,” Julie says.
The couple’s song is Bob Marley’s “Is This Love?” so there was no catechism it would be the soundtrack for their aboriginal dance.
The speeches were additionally an amazing anamnesis and one of our admired genitalia of the day.
“The speeches were additionally an amazing anamnesis and one of our admired genitalia of the day,” Julie says. “I can’t delay for our video to appear in so I can bethink them all, but the best man’s accent had the absolute covering in stitches.”
Hanging alehouse lights created a adventurous affection beneath the covering as the sun set. The annual arrange from the commemoration were repurposed as the blooms for the date area the couple’s alive bandage would bang off the ball party.
Instead of a large, tiered bells cake, Julie autonomous for mini bells boilerplate cakes by Block Hero to be served to anniversary guest. “It’s a abstraction I’ve had in my arch for years,” Julie says. “So abounding times the bells block is an reconsideration and it gets broken and again alone afterwards actuality served. I capital article that fabricated it added about the bedfellow experience.”
“Having to accept from so abounding acceptable options was tough,” Julie says of the planning process. “I could accept gone so abounding admonition with the invitations, dress, cake, absolutely everything—the hardest allotment was creating limits. The accomplished ‘once in a lifetime’ mentality absolutely weighs on you! It helped us to accent what was best important and again hone in on those things.”
After the celebration, the brace jetted to the Mediterranean for a few weeks, including a appointment to an island off the bank of Corsica for “much-needed” bank time.