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Last Monday marked the conclusion of fall Bridal Fashion Week in New York City but not before some gorgeous gowns hit the runway showcasing the season’s latest trends. Even though the runway can be filled with dramatic and over the top looks (maybe a little too much for a real wedding day), here are my favorites from fashion week that have just enough drama and elegance for a beautiful real wedding day!

So many designers had dramatic open backs this season. Here’s one of my favorites from Ines Di Santo. (Open back pictures above)

Intricate beading and embroidery, unique neck lines and deep sweetheart silhouettes – BFW had it all! I love this heavy beading on the bodice with sparkle cascading into the skirt from Naeem Kahn. Blush tones have been seen on the runways for a few seasons now with growing popularity. This season, a new palette of neutrals debuted, especially shades of champagne. Monique L’Huiller’s colorful runway show was right on trend, but this champagne ballgown stunned with intricate lace embellishments. I also loved this cascading ruffle horsehair skirt under the trumpet length beaded bodice from Liancarlo in creamy blush.
 I don’t think lace will ever not be on trend – but soft romantic lace was everywhere. I couldn’t get enough!
* Images credit –  full image left from The Huffington Post, gown by Ines de Santo, all images on the right from blog.theknot.com, gown top right by Naeem Kahn, middle right by Liancarlo, bottom right by Monique L’Huillier

Pumpkin Patch, New England Fall, Wilkens Farm

Fall in New York is definitely one of my favorite parts about living in the northeast… the leaves are turning colors, the air is crisp… it’s kind of a magical time of year out here. In order to fully soak in all that fall has to offer… Dave and I took Cam up to the Wilkens Farm in Yorktown Heights this week to pick out our Halloween pumpkins. Going on a weekday definitely avoided the massive crowds that flood the farm on Saturday and Sunday so Cam was free to run through the rows of pumpkins. He was pretty cute… I can’t help sharing a few of my favorites from the pumpkin patch… aaah to be 2 years old again… ha ha!

Pumpkin Patch, New England Fall, Wilkens Farm

I like this one mommy… it weighs more than me!

Pumpkin Patch, New England Fall, Wilkens Farm
Pumpkin Patch, New England Fall, Wilkens Farm

He had a blast running the little pumpkins into our wagon…

Pumpkin Patch, New England Fall, Wilkens Farm
Pumpkin Patch, New England Fall, Wilkens Farm
Pumpkin Patch, New England Fall, Wilkens Farm
Pumpkin Patch, New England Fall, Wilkens Farm
Pumpkin Patch, New England Fall, Wilkens Farm
Pumpkin Patch, New England Fall, Wilkens Farm
Pumpkin Patch, New England Fall, Wilkens Farm
Pumpkin Patch, New England Fall, Wilkens Farm
Pumpkin Patch, New England Fall, Wilkens Farm
Pumpkin Patch, New England Fall, Wilkens Farm
Pumpkin Patch, New England Fall, Wilkens Farm
Pumpkin Patch, New England Fall, Wilkens Farm
Pumpkin Patch, New England Fall, Wilkens Farm
Pumpkin Patch, New England Fall, Wilkens Farm

Happy Friday!!

 

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Donna Morgan Bridesmaids, Floral Print Bridesmaids

I’m so excited to FINALLY share the photographs Haley and I shot for The Donna Morgan Collection’s 2014 editorial campaign last month in the Hamptons. Their new collection debuted at Bridal Fashion Week in New York City this weekend. Susan and Heather from Gifts for the Good Life, the genius duo who put together all the creative swag at the Engage! Luxury Wedding Business Summits, styled the Donna Morgan display at The Knot Couture Show at fashion week as well as the printed lookbook from the shoot. Jacqueline Weppner from Merci New York  drove the creative styling for the shoot along with the Good Life Girls and all of the Donna Morgan team.

Check out the completed display at the Couture Show this weekend… I about died seeing my images lining the walls at the show! So grateful for this amazing opportunity!!

Donna Morgan Bridesmaids, Bridal Fashion Week

Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton provided a stunning backdrop to get the day started… We photographed here for the first half of the shoot. The main house reminds me of an old southern plantation house.. so charming!

Look one – the long chiffon dresses worn in Lemon and Sterling – the Julie, Laura, Rachel, Stephanie and Audrey gowns.

Topping Rose House Bridgehampton Wedding Venue
Donna Morgan Bridesmaids, Lemon Chiffon Bridesmaids, Yellow Wedding, Topping Rose House Bridgehampton
Donna Morgan Bridesmaids, Lemon Chiffon Bridesmaids, Yellow Wedding, Topping Rose House Bridgehampton
Donna Morgan Bridesmaids, Lemon Chiffon Bridesmaids, Yellow Wedding, Topping Rose House Bridgehampton
Donna Morgan Bridesmaids, Lemon Chiffon Bridesmaids, Yellow Wedding, Topping Rose House Bridgehampton
Donna Morgan Bridesmaids, Lemon Chiffon Bridesmaids, Yellow Wedding, Topping Rose House Bridgehampton
Donna Morgan Bridesmaids, Sterling Chiffon Bridesmaids, Grey Wedding, Topping Rose House Bridgehampton
Donna Morgan Bridesmaids, Sterling Chiffon Bridesmaids, Grey Wedding, Topping Rose House Bridgehampton

Look two – the short chiffon dresses worn in Garden Floral – the Jessica, Sarah, Ruby and Greta gowns.

Donna Morgan Bridesmaids, Floral Print Bridesmaids
Donna Morgan Bridesmaids, Floral Print Bridesmaids

It’s hard to believe this modern pool sits beside the main house at Topping Rose. Its graphic lines and bright colors set the perfect stage for the modern shantung collection.

Look three – the colorful short shantung dresses – the Olive, Madison, Trish, & Gillian gowns.

Donna Morgan Bridesmaids, Mordern Shantung Bridesmaids, Mod Wedding, Retro Wedding
Donna Morgan Bridesmaids, Mordern Shantung Bridesmaids, Mod Wedding, Retro Wedding
Donna Morgan Bridesmaids, Mordern Shantung Bridesmaids, Mod Wedding, Retro Wedding

The production shifted to the Villa des Amis, a private garden filled estate in Sag Harbor. These sprawling properties are what make the Hamptons such a unique part of the country.

Look four – the short chiffon dresses worn in coral – the Sarah, Jessie, Morgan and Rhea gowns and the Reese gown in ivory lace.

Donna Morgan Bridesmaids, Coral Chiffon Bridesmaids, Coral Wedding, Hampton Wedding
Donna Morgan Bridesmaids, Coral Chiffon Bridesmaids, Coral Wedding, Hampton Wedding

The Chantilly Chiffon was my favorite look of the day… this color looks tame on the rack but the way it made everyone’s skin glow was just stunning!

Look five – the Julie, Laura, Rachel, Stephanie and Audrey gowns in Chantilly.

Donna Morgan Bridesmaids, Chantilly Chiffon Bridesmaids, Neutral Wedding, Hampton Wedding, Blush Pink Wedding
Donna Morgan Bridesmaids, Chantilly Chiffon Bridesmaids, Neutral Wedding, Hampton Wedding, Blush Pink Wedding
Donna Morgan Bridesmaids, Chantilly Chiffon Bridesmaids, Neutral Wedding, Hampton Wedding, Blush Pink Wedding
Donna Morgan Bridesmaids, Chantilly Chiffon Bridesmaids, Neutral Wedding, Hampton Wedding, Blush Pink Wedding
Donna Morgan Bridesmaids, Chantilly Chiffon Bridesmaids, Neutral Wedding, Hampton Wedding, Blush Pink Wedding
Donna Morgan Bridesmaids, Chantilly Chiffon Bridesmaids, Neutral Wedding, Hampton Wedding, Blush Pink Wedding
Donna Morgan Bridesmaids, Chantilly Chiffon Bridesmaids, Neutral Wedding, Hampton Wedding, Blush Pink Wedding
Donna Morgan Bridesmaids, Chantilly Chiffon Bridesmaids, Neutral Wedding, Hampton Wedding, Blush Pink Wedding
Donna Morgan Bridesmaids, Chantilly Chiffon Bridesmaids, Neutral Wedding, Hampton Wedding, Blush Pink Wedding

Look six – the Georgina gown worn in graphite – a modern and romantic choice!

Donna Morgan Bridesmaids, Graphite Shantung Bridesmaids, Grey Wedding, Garden Wedding, Hamptons
Donna Morgan Bridesmaids, Graphite Shantung Bridesmaids, Grey Wedding, Garden Wedding, Hamptons, Georgina Dress
Donna Morgan Bridesmaids, Graphite Shantung Bridesmaids, Grey Wedding, Garden Wedding, Hamptons
Donna Morgan Bridesmaids, Graphite Shantung Bridesmaids, Grey Wedding, Garden Wedding, Hamptons
Donna Morgan Bridesmaids, Graphite Shantung Bridesmaids, Grey Wedding, Garden Wedding, Hamptons

The girls got back into the long chiffon dresses in Petal Pink, Watercolor Taffy and Hint of Mint.

Donna Morgan Bridesmaids, Mint Chiffon Bridesmaids, Neutral Wedding, Hampton Wedding, Mint Green Wedding
Donna Morgan Bridesmaids, Mint & Blush Chiffon Bridesmaids, Neutral Wedding, Hampton Wedding, Mint & Blush Wedding, Watercolor Print Bridesmaids
Donna Morgan Bridesmaids, Mint & Blush Chiffon Bridesmaids, Neutral Wedding, Hampton Wedding, Mint & Blush Wedding
Donna Morgan Bridesmaids, Mint & Blush Chiffon Bridesmaids, Neutral Wedding, Hampton Wedding, Mint & Blush Wedding
Donna Morgan Bridesmaids, Mint & Blush Chiffon Bridesmaids, Neutral Wedding, Hampton Wedding, Mint & Blush Wedding, Watercolor Print Bridesmaids

The Taffy pattern is a great choice for a colorful wedding or to pack for a tropical honeymoon!

Donna Morgan Bridesmaids, Chiffon Bridesmaids, Hampton Wedding, Colorful Wedding, Watercolor Print Bridesmaids
Donna Morgan Bridesmaids, Chiffon Bridesmaids, Hampton Wedding, Colorful Wedding, Watercolor Print Bridesmaids

I had to grab a shot of the girls on this long driveway up to the estate…

Look eight – the Morgan chiffon gown worn in Regal.

Donna Morgan Bridesmaids, Blue Chiffon Bridesmaids, Cobalt Wedding, Hampton Wedding, Royal Blue Wedding, Blue & Yellow Wedding
Donna Morgan Bridesmaids, Blue Chiffon Bridesmaids, Cobalt Wedding, Hampton Wedding, Royal Blue Wedding, Blue & Yellow Wedding
Donna Morgan Bridesmaids, Blue Chiffon Bridesmaids, Cobalt Wedding, Hampton Wedding, Royal Blue Wedding, Blue & Yellow Wedding

Last but not least – the pleated chiffon Gisele dress worn in Gulfstream and Beachglass – I love this look!

Donna Morgan Bridesmaids, Pleated Chiffon Bridesmaids, Hampton Wedding, Sea Green Wedding
Donna Morgan Bridesmaids, Pleated Chiffon Bridesmaids, Hampton Wedding, Sea Green Wedding
Donna Morgan Bridesmaids, Pleated Chiffon Bridesmaids, Hampton Wedding, Sea Green Wedding
Hydrangea Convertible, Donna Morgan Collection

Wish I was getting away in a car like this at my wedding… overflowing with hydrangeas of course!

The creative team: The Donna Morgan Collection / Styling: Jacqueline Weppner of Merci New York / Floral Design: Sag Harbor Florist / Makeup: Sally Duvall and Yona Corbett for Sally Duvall Makeup Artistry / Hair: Andreas Schonagel at UtopiaNYC / Accessories: Ben-Amun by Issac Manevitz, Madame Mathilde / Magazine Concept & Design: Gifts for the Good Life /

Photography: Jessica Haley Photography

Central Park Wedding, NYC Wedding, Harmonie Club, #nycwedding

I know I’ve said it before but I have a soft spot for college sweethearts! Marie and Brian met on a medical service trip to Belize while both were students at the College of William and Mary and endured years of long distance dating while each pursued their medical degree postgrad, Marie in Boston and Brian in Philadelphia. They are finally moving to the same city after celebrating their Brooklyn and New York City wedding in the bride’s hometown last weekend on a gorgeous September Saturday. After their Catholic ceremony at Marie’s home church in Brooklyn, we headed toward Brooklyn Bridge Park for the bridal party pictures before whisking the newlyweds up to Central Park for portraits before their upper east side reception at The Harmonie Club. Enjoy this quintessential New York affair!

Click to see Marie and Brian’s Brooklyn Bridge sunrise engagement session here!

 

Brooklyn Wedding, I Do Bridal Shoes, New York City Bride

Badgley Mischka makes the best wedding day heels! I wore a pair in blue for my own walk down the aisle…

Brooklyn Wedding, I Do Bridal Shoes, New York City Bride, Badgley Mishka Bridal Shoes
Brooklyn Wedding, New York City Bride, New York Wedding

Obsessed with Marie’s Ines de Santo Elisavet lace illusion gown is a massive understatement… I couldn’t stop photographing this stunning dress!!

Ines de Santo Elisavet Lace Illusion Gown

Brooklyn Wedding, New York City Bride, New York Wedding
Brooklyn Wedding, New York City Bride, New York Wedding, Ines de Santo Lace Illusion Gown
Brooklyn Wedding, New York City Bride, New York Wedding, Ines de Santo Lace Illusion Gown
Brooklyn Wedding, New York City Bride, New York Wedding, Ines de Santo Lace Illusion Gown

No wedding day is complete without a daddy-daughter first look before the day gets started!

Brooklyn Wedding, New York City Bride, New York Wedding, Ines de Santo Lace Illusion Gown
Brooklyn Wedding, New York City Bride, New York Wedding, Ines de Santo Lace Illusion Gown
Brooklyn Wedding, New York City Bride, New York Wedding, Ines de Santo Lace Illusion Gown
Brooklyn Wedding, New York City Bride, New York Wedding, Ines de Santo Lace Illusion Gown

After getting ready at her parents Brooklyn home, the ceremony began at St. Ephrem’s Church.

Brooklyn Wedding, New York City Bride, New York Wedding, Catholic Wedding
Brooklyn Wedding, New York City Bride, New York Wedding, Catholic Wedding
Brooklyn Wedding, New York City Bride, New York Wedding, Catholic Wedding
Brooklyn Wedding, New York City Bride, New York Wedding, Catholic Wedding
Brooklyn Wedding, New York City Bride, New York Wedding, Catholic Wedding

The gorgeous bride!!

Brooklyn Wedding, New York City Bride, New York Wedding, Catholic Wedding
Brooklyn Wedding, New York City Bride, New York Wedding, Catholic Wedding
Brooklyn Wedding, New York City Bride, New York Wedding, Catholic Wedding
Brooklyn Wedding, New York City Bride, New York Wedding, Catholic Wedding
Brooklyn Wedding, New York City Bride, New York Wedding, Catholic Wedding

We braved the crowds in Brooklyn Bridge Park to grab a few shots with the bridal party…. my first Manhattan apartment is hiding in the skyline backdrop across the water!

Brooklyn Bridge Bridal Party, Cranberry Bridesmaids, Jim Hjelm Bridal Party
Brooklyn Bridge Bridal Party, Cranberry Bridesmaids, Jim Hjelm Bridal Party
Brooklyn Bridge Bridal Party, Cranberry Bridesmaids, Jim Hjelm Bridal Party
Brooklyn Bridge Bridal Party, Cranberry Bridesmaids, Jim Hjelm Bridal Party
Brooklyn Bridge Bridal Party, Cranberry Bridesmaids, Jim Hjelm Bridal Party
Brooklyn Bridge Bridal Party, Cranberry Bridesmaids, Jim Hjelm Bridal Party
Brooklyn Bridge Bridal Party, Cranberry Bridesmaids, Jim Hjelm Bridal Party
Brooklyn Bridge Bridal Party, Cranberry Bridesmaids, Jim Hjelm Bridal Party
Brooklyn Bridge Bridal Party, Cranberry Bridesmaids, Jim Hjelm Bridal Party
Brooklyn Bridge Bridal Party, Cranberry Bridesmaids, Jim Hjelm Bridal Party
Brooklyn Bridge Bridal Party, Cranberry Bridesmaids, Jim Hjelm Bridal Party
Brooklyn Bridge Bride and Groom, Brooklyn Wedding Photography

From one iconic New York location to the next…. Central Park at dusk made a perfect portrait location. I love these!

Central Park Wedding, NYC Wedding, Harmonie Club, #nycwedding

That dress… that veil… aaah!! Marie, you made such a gorgeous bride!!

Central Park Wedding, NYC Wedding, Harmonie Club, #nycwedding
Central Park Wedding, NYC Wedding, Harmonie Club, #nycwedding
Central Park Wedding, NYC Wedding, Harmonie Club, #nycwedding
Central Park Wedding, NYC Wedding, Harmonie Club, #nycwedding
Central Park Wedding, NYC Wedding, Harmonie Club, #nycwedding
Central Park Wedding, NYC Wedding, Harmonie Club, #nycwedding
Central Park Wedding, NYC Wedding, Harmonie Club, #nycwedding
Central Park Wedding, NYC Wedding, Harmonie Club, #nycwedding
Central Park Wedding, NYC Wedding, Harmonie Club, #nycwedding
Central Park Wedding, NYC Wedding, Harmonie Club, #nycwedding
Central Park Wedding, NYC Wedding, Harmonie Club, #nycwedding
Central Park Wedding, NYC Wedding, Harmonie Club, #nycwedding
Central Park Wedding, NYC Wedding, Harmonie Club, #nycwedding

The upper east side reception at the Harmonie Club… The ceilings and chandeliers in this venue are so detailed and impressive, it’s one of my favorite spaces to photograph!

Harmonie Club Wedding, New York City Wedding
Harmonie Club Wedding, New York City Wedding
Harmonie Club Wedding, New York City Wedding
Harmonie Club Wedding, New York City Wedding
Harmonie Club Wedding, New York City Wedding
Harmonie Club Wedding, New York City Wedding
Harmonie Club Wedding, New York City Wedding
Harmonie Club Wedding, New York City Wedding
Harmonie Club Wedding, New York City Wedding
Harmonie Club Wedding, New York City Wedding
Harmonie Club Wedding, New York City Wedding
Harmonie Club Wedding, New York City Wedding
Harmonie Club Wedding, New York City Wedding

Marie and Brian surprised their guests with an outfit change for a latin number on the dance floor… it was amazing!

Harmonie Club Wedding, New York City Wedding
Harmonie Club Wedding, New York City Wedding
Harmonie Club Wedding, New York City Wedding
Harmonie Club Wedding, New York City Wedding

Those ceilings…

Harmonie Club Wedding, New York City Wedding
Harmonie Club Wedding, New York City Wedding

Congrats you guys!!

Church: St. Ephrem’s Church / Officiant: Monsignor Peter V. Kain / Reception Venue: Harmonie Club / Reception Band: Around Town Entertainment (A-List Band) / Floral: Floral Fantasy / Videographer: JL Productions / Photo Booth: A George Design / Cake: A Simple Cake (Baker: Lauren Bohl-White) / Invitations: Wedding Works / Bridesmaid Dresses: Jim Hjelm Occasions / Dress Designer: Ines Di Santo / Hair and Makeup: Salon DaNoi / Photography : Jessica Haley Photography

Baby Girl Reveal

We’ve kept a piece of exciting news to ourselves over the past few months but, let’s just say, it’s getting harder and harder to hide! So without further adieu, I’m finally announcing that this party of 3 is about to expand to 4… we’re having a baby girl! By the end of January there will be a little more estrogen in the house. Cameron won’t know what hit him!

So I come from a family dominated by females… I have two sisters… my dad has a sister… my mom has FOUR sisters… so I should have expected that we’d have a girl at some point but this was a big surprise. I’m excited to be having a girl but honestly, a lot more nervous than when I knew I was having a boy. I just assumed when we had Cam that we’d probably just have all boys… and I was totally ok with that… boys are so sweet to their moms. And maybe because I know what drama lies ahead.. middle school anyone? I’m a little more nervous this time around but we could not be more thrilled!

In honor of our upcoming addition… we’re getting away for a little baby moon sans toddler this weekend. It will be our first vacation as a couple without Cam so I’m a little nervous to be away for so many days but super excited for the trip. I’m flying on tonight’s red eye to meet Dave in London where he’s on a business trip and then we’re taking the train to Paris for an extended weekend together. So if anyone has any good recommendations for restaurants and must-see’s in the French capital… please leave them in the comments! I haven’t been to France since I was a backpacker in college so I’m excited to visit the city again as an adult. And of course… eat lots of crêpes on the streets of Paris.. they’re my favorite!!

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