for my brides / day of decor resources

favorites for 5 x 7 paper table numbers


favorites for tabletop signage


favorites for large signage

fitting for 16 x 20 and larger : wooden signs, chalkboards, foam core signs & framed signs


baby nac's jack and jill shower on the hudson river

If you know me, you know that any kind of shower isn’t really my “scene”. They go against two pretty defining points of my personality: I hate being the center of attention and I hate small talk. Plus those games… ugh. First world problems that my loved ones want to gather to give us presents, I know. Oh - by the way - notice how I said “us”. That’s a whole other point of contempt: why does only the mom get all the baby paraphernalia? Sorry, not in this house. Those diapers are definitely not just for me thank you very much.

So - what DID I want? Here’s the short list: I wanted Mike to be there. I wanted good food. I wanted our guests to actually have a good time and not be like ugh I have to go to a baby shower. Be honest, that’s what you think when you get a shower invitation. So while it may have been a Sunday afternoon - this was a cocktail party. This was an open bar. This was a ridiculous amount of food from the restaurant’s farm. As a reward for throwing a kick ass party, God graced us with the most perfect sunny Spring day.

jamie lefkowitz photography

jamie lefkowitz photography

Onto the fun details. For the florals I wanted a riverside / beachy Spring feeling so I went with thistle, bleached ruscus, silver dollar eucalyptus, and rye sprigs in mismatched bottles. Also couldn’t throw a party without a balloon garland (Yes I installed it myself. Yes everyone was yelling at me to get off the ladder. Talk about not being able to give up control 🙃). At the last minute I knew something was missing, enter: eucalyptus sprigs!


LET’S TALK ABOUT THE FOOD. Everyone raved about the menu from Hudson Farmer & The Fish. In case you feel like drooling here’s the full menu:

Welcome Stations / Seafood tower, farm fresh veggies & dips, charcuterie and cheese, wood oven pizza: escarole white pizza, red clam pizza, margherita pizza

Passed Appetizers / Clam fritters, tomato / mozzarella & greenhouse basil skewers, beef sliders, lobster roll sliders,

Small Plate Stations / fried chicken baskets with hot honey, beef carving with fingerling potatoes, spring hake and asparagus, farm beet salad

Dessert / fresh fried zeppoles, mini cupcakes

Last but not least: stationery. Call me biased but this is my favorite invitation project to date. Baby Nac’s nursery is Hudson River themed and I wanted to carry that throughout the shower. I knew I wanted to do a watercolor crest design for the main invitation, working in key illustrations that went along with the theme: a fishing canoe, oars, and fish. I used those illustrations throughout the signage along with watercolor lettering.

carrie & joe / timeless beauty at southwood estate

“social media guru carrie and financier joe, held their wedding on a beautiful june day at the sprawling grounds of southwood estate on the hudson river. carrie wore a stunning, iris floral gown by alexandra grecco. the intricate hand-embroidered floral appliqué is truly a work of art.

family members and friends gathered in germantown, ny. for a day filled with music, fun, laughs and tears. the whimsy, romantic affair décor was stunning; complete with an epic clear tent, creative industrial lighting, country vintage chic tablescapes and creative calligraphy signage. 

a showstopper of a wedding!” -kimberly coccagnia

Southwood Illustration by Coppola Creative

Southwood Illustration by Coppola Creative


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Photographer Kimberly Coccagnia / Event @monicarelyeaevents / Venue @southwoodproperty  / Beauty @ericatmartell &  / Florals @fuzzpetal / Calligraphy @coppolacreative / Lighting LNJ Lighting / Tents & Rentals Events Unlimited / Vintage Rentals North Country Vintage

dusty blue & gold / estate wedding inspiration

Tesora Photography

Tesora Photography

Stately stone manor? Yes. Perfect clear skies? Yes. Dusty blue & gold all over? Yaaaas.

Sharing such a sweet message from Carolyn of Tesora Photography about our sweet little wedding vendor world, and how collaborating is just as important as creating...

"When I first started in the photography business, I was worried that I would be lonley. After all, you don’t really have co-workers like you do in a traditional setting. However, I was quickly surprised at how wonderful other photographers and creatives are that I’ve met. They’ve become a rock for me in both my personal and professional life, and I don’t know what I would do without them. This positive environment really started when I joined my local chapter of the Rising Tide Society (with the motto, “A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats.”) Meaning, that we are all in this together; your success is my success. It makes perfect sense too, because I can’t photograph every wedding, engagement or portrait session, and one of my friends might just be the perfect fit. Each year, our group comes together to photograph a huge styled shoot. This year, I jumped on the planning and styling bandwagon with my dear friend, Kristina (Kristina Staal Photography) and my old pals at Jack & Grace Events (remember the styled shoot on the mountain in Beacon?). I was able to secure the stunning and historic Wainwright House for our Enchanted Dusty Blue wedding shoot and I’m still pinching myself to have been able to photograph such beauty.

Enter phenomenal vendors such as Gather and Lounge, Carrie Wilcox Floral Design, Coppola Creative, Meredith Hayman, Makeup Artist, Melissa Scrofani of Westchester Hair and Makeup, A Little Something White Bridal Couture featuring Kelly Faetanini’s Star gown in blue, vow books from Elmo Paperstories (donated by Jessica Haley Bridal) and a custom cake from Palmer’s Bakery.  Without them, this shoot literally could not have happened. I thank each and every one of them for donating their time and creativity,  adding to the beauty of this wonderful day."

Tesora Photography

Tesora Photography

Worst part of being a wedding vendor? Getting constantly inspired & wanting to be a bride again and again! I mean... why did I not wear a blue dress? 

Photography @tesoraphotography / Event @jackandgraceny@KristinaStaalPhotography  / Venue @wainwrighthouseinc / Florals @cwfloraldesign / Bridal Gown @alittlesomethingwhite / Calligraphy & Invitations @coppolacreative / Furniture & Decor gatherandlounge / Cake  @palmersbakery / Hair: @melissascrofani / MUA  @meredithmakeup / Vow Books @elmopaperstories


peace, love, & americana / a patriotic and vintage vow renewal :: featured on wedding chicks

"Joanna and Matt didn’t need to travel far and wide for their intimate 10 year anniversary. Their gorgeous home was the perfect location for their vintage Americana renewal in shades of red, white, and blue. Founders of North Country Vintage Rentals, these two enlisted the help of Monica Relyea Events and Dawn Honsky Photography to capture this special day with just them and their daughter.

The sense of nostalgia in their vintage Americana design is undeniable, and we love how they included a nod to Woodstock and some of their favorite musical artists. From their romantic vow renewal under the tall pines to Joanna’s boho-inspired dresses from Daughters of Simone and Elizabeth Dye, this day was styled to perfection. " -Wedding Chicks

Dawn Honsky Photography

Dawn Honsky Photography

“I ask you to pass through life at my side -- to be my second self and best earthly companion.” This excerpt from Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte was read at Joanna and Matt’s wedding at The Hill in Hudson, NY in the Summer of 2007. Last July, the founders of North Country Vintage Rentals, celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary. They marked the occasion on July 4th with an intimate vow renewal at their home in a hidden rural corner of the Hudson Valley.

An intimate meal, lounging, and dancing followed. Later, Joanna and Matt toasted their 10 years together in The Colonial, the shed they converted into an American bar. There is nothing like an at-home wedding celebration. We made use of a variety of spaces on the property to show that a couple can create a truly stylish and memorable event in their own backyard with a bit of creativity and support of the pros." -Wedding Chicks

Dawn Honsky Photo

Dawn Honsky Photo

Bridal Boutiques True North Bridal Studio

Cakes & Catering The Cakery

Coordinators & Stylists Monica Relyea Events

Flowers Flower Blossom Farm

Hair, Makeup & Beauty La Tua Bella

Jewelry Annette Ferdinan Design

Macrame Ohayo

Daughters Dress Posh Peanut

Long Sleeve Dress Elizabeth Dye

Off-Shoulder Dress Daughters of Simone

Paper Goods & Calligraphy Coppola Creative & Amber Maxfield Design

Photographers Dawn Honsky Photography

Rentals North Country Vintage Rentals