DIY New York wedding: Jessica + Scott

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Carol Hannah beaded cap sleeve wedding dress

The story behind Jessica + Scott’s wedding is both beautiful and heartbreaking, but entirely full of love. You’d never believe their wedding was planned in just two months because of the amount of details, but it all goes to show the power of bringing family and talented friends together during a time of need and celebration. Jessica jumped out of bed early the morning of, pj’s and all to help her bridesmaids set up the lush tablescapes, a close friend stayed up the night before assembling every bridesmaid’s gorgeous floral necklace, and the beau’s lent their hand to set up the sail tent for the reception. It was a true tale of love captured in such a dreamy way by Michelle Heimerman.

Miu Miu pale pink and sparkle wedding shoes

Carol Hannah beaded and eyelet wedding dress

What a beautiful silk crepe dress designed by one of our Project Runway faves, Carol Hannah. The hand cut lace details and open back (you’ll see in a sec) are so romantic.

pastel pink, white and green bouquet

Jessica’s bridal bouquet recipe is a good one: Silver Brunia, Dahlia, Snowberry, Rice Flower, Peppergrass, and Hellebores.

custom bridesmaid leis

Caroline, who was my florist and also my bridesmaid, went straight to work after our Welcome Dinner Friday night to make seven floral necklaces. They were made of rice flower, silver brunia, succulents, orchids, and beautiful hot majolika roses tied off with varying collected silk ribbon from the garment district. She fashioned wire bind wire into the support structure and wired on the flowers. To tie up these beautiful necklaces layers of silky ribbon in eclectic patterns and finishes were added. I really wanted something fun, fashion forward, and since it was a impromptu casual affair, the typical bridesmaid bouquet wasn’t going to fit the bill! 

Cazenovia Lake outdoor wedding

Cazenovia Lake outdoor wedding

Carol Hannah cut-out back wedding dress

Cazenovia Lake outdoor wedding

balloon wedding portrait accessory

In late July, Scott and I found out that his mother, who had been battling Multiple Myeloma, a rare terminal form cancer, had decided to end treatment and was given only months to live. We had just gotten engaged, having been together 10 years now, and at the end of May set our sights on planning for a September 2013 wedding. After hearing the news, plus evaluating my own mother’s condition of moderate Alzheimer’s, we felt it was only right to put on the most spectacular wedding we could in just two months. So we buckled down and used all of our friends’ support, skills, and expertise to pull the wedding together. The wedding went perfectly and was everything we hoped. Scott’s mom passed away at the beginning of November and were so happy to have her be a part of our special day.

Upstate New York wedding portraits

lake side wedding party portrait

goofy bridal party portrait

dock-side groomsmen portrait

salt water taffy desserts

cocktail hour outdoor games\memories guest book

botanical garden and terrarium centerpieces

delicate peach and green color scheme

botanical garden and terrarium centerpieces

simple printed menus and green flourish

ribbon-covered bride and groom chair

1920s-themed cocktails

romantic wedding sunset

cocktail glass cake topper and waterfall confetti

framed kisses from bridesmaids

outdoor movie night

In the after hours, a 21′ movie theater screen was brought out to play their favorite movies. Sheepskin rugs were placed on the lawn, and Pendleton and Woolrich woolen blankets and dozens of pillows over Adirondack chairs made for a cozy outdoor living space to end the night.

amazing sunset wedding

Our warmest congratulations to Jessica + Scott!

Photographer: Michelle Heimerman / Florist: Caroline Jones / Venue: private home on Cazenovia LakeBride’s Dress: Carol Hannah purchased at Lovely Boutique NYC / Bride’s Lipstick: YSL Rouge Volupte / Bride’s Shoes: Miu Miu / Bridesmaid dresses: Joanna August / Groom’s Suit designer: Ermenegildo Zegna / Shirt: Custom bespoke by Sean Vokhshoor of Zohreh / Shoes: Bruno Magli Maioco Oxford / Tie: Brioni / Hair & Makeup: Stephanie Mesmer (Hair of the bride, bridesmaids, and mothers) and Amy Elderbroom (Makeup for the bride, bridesmaids, and mothers) / Cake: Gingersnap Bakery / Chef: Stephen Landon / Florescent cocktails sign: Lite Brite Neon / Invitation designer: Bella Figura / Chalkboard art: friend Jessica Allen / Rentals: McCarthy Tents and Events / Mixologist: Blair Frodelius of Good Spirits / Band and Orchestra: DeSantis band and Orchestra / After hours Music: Joe Lazarz

Social Love

@PerfectBridal on Jan 7, 2013

DIY New York wedding: Jess + Scott: The story behind Jess + Scott’s wedding is both beautiful and heartbreaking,...

Jamie on Jan 7, 2013

Beautiful wedding! Do you know where the bridesmaid dresses are from?

Keepsake Memories Photography on Jan 7, 2013

This wedding is so beautiful! I am in love with the bride's shoes.

@WeddingCakeBook on Jan 7, 2013

DIY New York wedding: Jess + Scott

chandra ~ oh lovely day on Jan 7, 2013

That gown...gorgeous! Those floral leis....genius!! The sweet couple & their of all. So in love with this wedding - huge congrats to the couple, and everyone who helped them bring it together.

Jessica on Jan 7, 2013

@ Jamie - the bridesmaid's dresses are CEREMONY by Joanna August from Bella Bridesmaid NYC.

@scribblesbya on Jan 7, 2013

gorgeous dress & location! RT @100LayerCake: This beautiful New York diy wedding was planned in just two months!

Sharon @ Red Poppy | Pink Peony on Jan 7, 2013

Gorgeous dress~ I love the way it fits and drapes, skimming the body. And what a cool cake, too!

Michelle on Jan 7, 2013

Hi! Where is that venue? It's beautiful!

100layercake on Jan 7, 2013

@Michelle It was the private home of one of their friends near Cazenovia Lake. We love it too!

mina on Jan 7, 2013

where is the ring dish from? so beautiful!

Lovella Bridal on Jan 7, 2013

Words can't describe the loveliness of this event! The dress, the florals, that cake... everything. Pure perfection.

Lovella Bridal on Jan 7, 2013

AND amazing story. How touching. We wish the best to the newlyweds and their families.

The NotWedding on Jan 7, 2013

Love the creativity of this wedding! Simply amazing! Wishing the absolute best to Jess, Scott, and their loved ones!

@LovellaBridal on Jan 7, 2013

We encourage you to hop over to @100LayerCake & read about this wedding; it's beyond touching: #love

Caroline Jones on Jan 7, 2013

Jess and Scott are two very special friends and it was a pleasure and an honor to create their florals especially after Jess did mine when I got married. Our love of flowers got us together and I'm lucky to have met her and have her in my life. Congratulations to you both!!!xoxo Caroline

Matt @ Best Wedding Venues on Jan 7, 2013

Some fantastic images. Personally love the simplicity of the aisle floral arrangements, contrasting starkly with the brides blingin shoulder pads! Outstanding!

Rob Dodsworth Photography on Jan 7, 2013

It's been said but that really is a stunning dress. The attention to the details is also quite spectacular...a visual feast!

@photosbyrhonda on Jan 7, 2013

Wow! amazing for just two months of planning! RT @100LayerCake: This beautiful New York diy wedding was planned in ...

@MagnetStreetWed on Jan 7, 2013

We're head-over-heels about this DIY New York Wedding on @100LayerCake: {Her dress, the decor... all perfection!}

@TimDuncanEvents on Jan 7, 2013

What a pretty #DIY #realwedding!

NYC Wedding Photographer on Jan 8, 2013

What a wonderful story and an amazing wedding for such little time! They did a great job, and their details are fab.

Julie Jones on Jan 8, 2013

The wedding was beautiful, the bride, the venue, flowers , people. What a unique wedding for two special people. I am very impressed with the dedication to your parents; I know they are proud!

Kristina Juarbe {Thirty Three and a Third} on Jan 8, 2013

Absolutely stunning!!!

Katherine on Jan 10, 2013

Stunning gown!!

Jenny on Aug 24, 2013

Her dress is breathtaking! Can I ask where the bride got her dress??

Simon Dewey Photography on Jan 5, 2015

What a stunning set of photos

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