When New York hands you 75 degree sunny weather in October, make the perfect fall wedding and run with it. Knowing an fall wedding in NY would look beyond gorgeous, Allison + Kevin lined up their venue first, the Deer Hill B&B Inn, then let everything else fall into place. They kept their theme pretty loose – going for a colorful, welcoming, rustic, DIY feel with a mix of Southern hospitality and Northern warmth. In doing so, they kept things simple and heartfelt by reusing or repurposing things they already had access to – quilts, used furniture, signs and lanterns, yards of fabric, canning jars and the cheerful labor of many friends and family who pitched in and turned the wedding prep into almost a barn raising type of event.
Allison wanted a vintage dress but had no idea she’d find it so close to home. Like, in her grandmother’s attic close. Without thinking twice, Allison wore her grandmother’s party dress that her mother (Allison’s great grandmother) made for her. The shawl she wore during the ceremony belonged to her other grandmother’s grandmother, who wore it in her wedding in 1870 (wow!). All the other goods, leather belt, headpiece, petticoat crinoline, and their rings were found on Etsy.
The bridesmaids’ dresses were made by Louise of sohomode, who makes tea dresses out of vintage fabric. How cute are they?
Wooden apples, made by a friend who runs a wood shop in Buffalo using reclaimed wood from green demolition projects, were sweet favors that were also secretly fun bottle openers.
This is what generations of wedding bliss looks like. Congratulations Allison + Kevin!
Photography: Jessica Claire / Venue: Deer Hill B&B Inn / Florist: Flowers on Main Street (Cazenovia NY) / Catering: circa restaurant / Rentals: Ralston /Music: Joe Davoli / Favors and vases: Rusted Grain / Bride’s dress: vintage /Shoes: Vivien Westwood Anglomania + Melissa / Belt: Mano Bello /Petticoat: Dawn’s Atelier / Headpiece: Hair Bows Wonderworld / Necklace: Dannijo / Bridesmaid dresses: sohomade / Bridesmaid shoes: Toms / Groomsmen shillelaghs: eBay / Rings: Seababe Jewelry