The words that come to mind when looking through these gorgeous photos from Keira Lemonis is “rustic glamour”. Look through, learn about their story and fall in love.




Tell us about your love story? 

Brian and I met in 2011 on  This was a little bit before meeting a significant other online was a common thing to do. At the time, we were both busy, successful professionals and online dating was the easiest way to meet a like-minded person who wanted the same things in life. 

How involved was Brian in the planning of your wedding?

Our wedding took place over an entire weekend at Full Moon Resort.  The weekend format is what drew us to the venue, but it also added a lot of planning to the event because we had to coordinate sleeping arrangements and meals for all of our guests for the entire weekend.  We also had to plan a Welcome BBQ, an after party and daytime activities for our guests.  Luckily, Brian is really organized and helped out tremendously with this part of the planning.   

Regarding the rest of the planning, there were some things he cared about more than others and was more involved in.  For example, Brian to choose the band on his own and hired them without much input from me.  He is really musically inclined and having a band (not a DJ) was super important to him, so I let him take care of all of those details himself.  Other aspects, like the décor, he didnâ??t care too much about and let me do what I wanted.  He was always there to listen and bounce ideas off of though – he is a great listener and acts really invested even when he probably isnâ??t.  Haha.  Iâ??m pretty sure only a bride can care about place cards with a passion!

How did you approach the design of the day/experience?

I knew that I wanted the wedding to be glamorous but I also wanted it to fit the woodsy, rustic appeal of the venue.  It was a balancing act that I tried really hard to maintain throughout the planning process.  I wanted to stay away from typical fall wedding décor like pumpkins and mason jars and felt like most vendors I came across relied heavily on those clichés for fall weddings.  Because of this, and the fact that I am very particular and detail oriented, I ended up doing almost everything décor related myself.  I used Pinterest heavily during the initial planning/discovery stages, but ended up having to stop using it once I made a decision because it was so easy to second guess myself and my choices.  I bought all of my lace runners from vintage shops in the Hudson Valley.  I spray painted the store bought antlers gold.  I spray painted the cute little animal place cards gold and hand wrote the names and table numbers.  Brian built our head table sign (The Smithâ??s) himself and then we spray painted it.  We stuffed the lavender throw envelopes for the ceremony ourselves.  We even built the table numbers ourselves.

Looking back, would you have done anything differently? 

If I had to point out one thing, I would say that I would have hired a videographer for the day.  One of my bridesmaids told me I should splurge on one and I went against her advice and didnâ??t do it. I often feel like I would like to go back and view some live footage from the day.



Down-the-aisle song |  Ella Goulding â??How Long Will I Love Youâ?

Recessional |  Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroâ??s â??Homeâ?

First Dance |  Ray LaMontagne â??s â??Shelterâ?

Photographer | Keira Lemonis Photography

Location | Full Moon Resort

Florist | Wildflowers Florist

Bridal Gown | Town Shop Bridal

MUA | Laura Shoemaker Makeup

About The Author


Aray Montalvan-Till is a jill-of-all-trades when it comes to creativity. She joined the NYC advertising industry while getting her education at Pratt Institute. She returned to the area where she worked as the Art Director and Social Media Specialist at one of the best known entertainment venues. Every position she has worked at, whether it was as a copywriter for award winning hispanic pharma campaign. art director of the 2010 U.S. Census. communication specialist for a local downtown BID or campaign manager for a politician has served as a stepping stone to the launch of Save the Date in the 518 Magazine.

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