One evening in the spring of 2017 I received a call from Breanna, a bride who was getting married within a few weeks. With a relatively short engagement of 6 months and some unexpected life events, the wedding planning had reached a point of overwhelming. An added factor was that Breanna and her fiance Patrick were planning from a distance while dealing with the rest of life’s busyness. We took some time to discuss the wedding plans that were in place and devising a strategy for organizing them to achieve a successful conclusion in a beautiful day. Patrick and Breanna had the advantage of many willing hands of friends and family working to help with all the details; the disadvantage being that organizing all the people and details became a spread of spreadsheets that wasn’t for the faint of heart. Over the next few weeks, we worked on prioritizing the to dos and crossing them off our lists.

The wedding took place at the beautiful Gilbertsville Farmhouse in the Catskills Mountains. Our plan was to hold the ceremony in a clearing in the woods. We held our breath a bit because rain was a high possibility, but only got a sprinkle right before the ceremony was to begin. Breanna is a girl who loves some glam so we played on a boho glam theme. With a little splurge on gold sequin tablecloths, the reception was a shining success. One concern was procuring the floral concept that Breanna envisioned. To achieve this, we ordered flowers in bulk from a local florist in Penn Yan, The Flower Cart & Gift Shoppe. Out of this selection of flowers we created loosely tied bouquets & boutonnieres, utilized a few in the bridal hairstyles, and used the remaining to assemble a flower bar that the guests used to create their own floral headbands and accessories.

My involvement was officially day of coordination with some added assistance preceding the day of coordination. Onsite time was Friday and Saturday, assisting with set up-break down. It was a pleasure working with Patrick, Breanna, and their friends and family to coordinate a day that was not only visually beautiful, but also filled with genuine joy and love.

Happy Anniversary, Patrick & Breanna!

Photos Courtesy of Larisa Shorina Photography

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