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Jessica & Matthew

Real Weddings



Photography by Christopher Duggan

Call it kismet. Jessica always said that 7 was her lucky number, and when she and Matthew went on their first date on the seventh of October luck and love were on their side.

Three years later the couple got engaged on July 4th, but maybe because it wasn’t the seventh day of the seventh month Mother Nature interfered with his romantic plans. With the weather changing for the worse he quickly changed from a proposal on the beach to an engagement at home after the two of them watched Game of Thrones. While the rain prevented a romantic stroll, Jessica looks on their proposal date as a wonderful gift. “I love that I’ll see fireworks as a gift each year on our proposal anniversary,” she tells Twirl New York.

And while their proposal was in the summer, they chose to have an autumnal affair at Blue Hill at Stone Barns. “Fall is our favorite time of year, partially driven by the beautiful foliage,” says the bride.

The rustic yet modern wedding was driven by the location. “We love the stonework and grounds, and the hayloft where dinner was. It has a nice blend of both rustic and modern elegance,” Jessica explains. “We wanted our wedding to be elegant and impeccable, but also tasteful and understated. The food at Blue Hill is and should be the centerpiece and we didn’t want to outshine it.”

And while the weather didn’t cooperate on the day Matthew proposed, luckily it did for their wedding. “The weather provided the most amazing backdrop for photos, and the flowers were unreal,” shares the couple’s month-of wedding planner, Elizabeth Leath of Just About Married.

For the flowers, Vanessa from Verde Flowers focused on using seasonal blooms, while also including the bride’s favorites flowers hydrangeas, roses, orchids. “She worked them in wonderfully,” says Jessica. “Matthew and I wanted our flowers to reflect the colors of the season, but not be too traditional. Both of our favorite colors, purple for me and red for him, were reflected in our final color palette.”

With a beautiful backdrop, their ceremony was led by the bride’s cousin, and according to the bride it was the coldest Saturday of the Fall, but that didn’t stop the ceremony from happening outdoors. To keep the chill away women were given pashminas to enjoy the nuptials. The groom walked down the aisle to a song from Game of Thrones, and several other personal and thoughtful touches, driven by the couple’s love of wine, made this wedding unique and special.

“This wedding was possibly the most detailed and personalized wedding I have ever been a part of,” shares Elizabeth, the planner. “The couple was extremely organized and focused on ensuring that everyone really felt like they were a part of their day and their new life. The setting was totally perfect for Matt & Jess, who were so excited to serve amazing food and have an awesome dance party.”

We realize the day is ultimately a snapshot in time, a reflection of who we are at one given point. —Jessica

With a delicious seasonal menu suggested by Blue Hill, it was selecting a wedding cake that was a bit of a headache. “I frequently miss cake altogether at weddings because I can’t get myself to leave the dance floor,” explains Jessica, “however, I remember when Momofuku Milk Bar first opened in the East Village it was a tiny slice of heaven around the corner from my apartment, so having a Momofuku cake at our wedding is a bit of a New York moment for me.” To help make their wedding cake decision, Matthew surprised Jessica one night by having a cake sampler delivered to their apartment so they could cake test over champagne. “We ended up with four layers – birthday cake on top, followed by chocolate chip, mint cookies ‘n cream, and salted pretzel.”

For their wedding favor the couple took advantage of the bride’s family’s business, a wine and beer making store. A year before the wedding, the couple and their families gathered to crush grapes and make their own wine. “We love that our families helped us create the wine together, and the wine is quite delicious too!” says Jessica.

In addition to wine wedding favors, Matthew selected six bottles from their favorite winery, Hall, and had guests sign them, and the couple would open enjoy them on future anniversaries: 1st, 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th and 25th. For those who wanted to write longer notes, “Message in a Bottle” paper and pens were made available.

To complete the oenophile theme, the couple saved corks from bottles of wine they had enjoyed with friends to use as place card holders.

With few regrets, Jessica and Matthew learned that wedding planning, though hard, if reflection of the couple, is certainly personal, always special. “We realize that the day is ultimately a snapshot in time, a reflection of who we are at one given point, but hopefully the thought and detail we put into it will continue to reflect who we are throughout the future.”

Photography Christopher Duggan
Wedding Planning Elizabeth Leath, Just About Married
Venue, Ceremony and Reception, and Catering Blue Hill at Stone Barns
Floral Design Verde Flowers
Wedding Dress Designer Anna Maier ~ Ulla-Maija Couture
Bridal Salon Gabriella New York Bridal Salon
Invitations Minted
Wedding Cake Milk Bar
Music Starlight Orchestras
Hotel for Guests Castle Hotel and Tarrytown Hilton
Jewelry, Bride’s earrings and hairpiece BHLDN
Transportation MTC Limousine
Groom’s Attire made from Loro Piana wool by Adam Dooley of Frank Rostron
Hair Karen Bozak