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They met in America despite being from totally different countries; Jie’s from China and Diana from Russia. Love conquered all – distance and languages – and brought them together, through years of great memories and traveling as a couple, to such a joyous occasion. Their family and friends flew in from all over the world to help them celebrate at Crabtree’s Kittle House, just outside of New York City.
I loved seeing the details come together. I was extra excited to see Diana’s wedding gown because….drumroll…her mother created it! Isn’t that incredible? She spent hours and hours sewing it and beading each bead on the bodice. It looked wonderful on Diana. Her feminine pink scalloped and silver studded flats were a great choice for ease of walking around the venue.
Diana’s mother and bridesmaid were busy at work with Jie’s cherry blossom pink and grey bow tie from Etsy, helping him prepare for the day as well.
Diana’s pink pearl and rhinestone hair comb were the perfect finishing touch for her blonde pixie haircut! And I just had to post a photo of Jie’s socks because the pink and blue stripes are awesome!
Everyone headed to the garden where I ensured Jie was set up for a first look with his bride in the shade to shield from the summer heat! Afterwards we happily walked around the property for photos of the two of them (and all their wonderful smiles and giggles) before having the four wedding party members join us.
Jie and Diana had two best friends each by their side. I liked that they all wore what looked best on them and chose their own dresses and suits! One of Jie’s groomsman’s suit had a decorative floral label to match his bow tie. All of the groom’s boutonnieres were awesome – including spray roses and yellow brunia, and an orchid orchid for Jie – and the two bridesmaids wore dainty floral bracelets. Diana carried a beautiful bouquet of white and blush flowers. It included pink spray roses, scabiosa pods, dahlias, peach hypericum berries, white veronica flowers, yellow brunia and dusty miller.
Isn’t their summer ceremony picturesque?! Their friend performed a beautiful ceremony before guests enjoyed an outdoor cocktail hour.
The reception setup included round and ellipse tables with light peach linens. Centerpieces included gold table numbers, mason jar vases with wildflowers, a piece of rustic weathered wood and votive candles in mercury glass holders. Guests found their seats with floral escort cards with green writing and were able to choose from a variety of entrees to enjoy for their meal. I indulged in a delicious piece of salmon adorned with edible flowers as I watched the sunset from inside (and then photographed it!). I love how considerate Crabtree’s Kittle House is of their vendors!
Their parents and friends recited wonderful, heartfelt toasts and a few other guests spoke to say kind words to the bride and groom. Their sweetheart table was reserved for a perfect party of six – Diana, Jie and their parents – that was placed front and center for dinner and speeches. Everyone participated in dancing and enjoying a delicious S’mores dessert bar for the rest of the night to celebrate with the newlyweds!
That’s a sweet beginning to a wonderful marriage! Cheers to the new Mr. and Mrs.!
Venue: Crabtree’s Kittle House / Invitations: Paperless Post / Desserts: Hong Kong Bakery of Albany / Makeup: Jaime Fanelli Makeup / Wedding shoes: Steve Madden / Bow tie: Dragonfly Bow Ties, Etsy / Pianist: BOK Music / Wedding gown: designed and created by bride’s mother / Rings: Shane & Co. / Hair comb: BHLDN / Florist: Whispering Pines of Chappaqua