Wedding Planning

Mike and Nicole’s Southern Inspired New York Real Wedding by Brookelyn Photography

You know how everywhere you turn right now, there is some type of top 5 or top 10 list? I’m obsessed with them. I can’t stop (is there a 12 step program for this?).

You know how everywhere you turn right now, there is some type of top 5 or top 10 list? I’m obsessed with them. I can’t stop (is there a 12 step program for this?). And so, please pardon me if I tell you the top 5 things I love about Mike and Nicole’s wedding by the super awesome Brookelyn Photography:

1. The flowers. I mean, they are ah-mazing. From the bouquets to the centerpieces, I am just in awe.

2. The mason jar goblets. They are my new favorite thing. And I want them. Badly.

3. The bridesmaid dresses. I love gray. And the style was universally flattering. Way to go, Nicole!

4. The wreaths adorning the end of each pew. Love, love, love, love this. A lot.

5. The signage. Everything was super cute, witty, and stylish.

I encourage everyone to make their own top 5 list, because there are TONS o’ details to admire here!

I’d love to hear about any specific details, your vision for the day, any DIY projects you did herself or have special meaning….


Mike and I both have a love of the South. The most memorable trip we ever took together was a road trip to Nashville for a country music festival.  Southern elements and inspiration from country songs definitely played a big role in our inspiration for the day. From mason jar luminaries referencing Miranda Lambert’s ‘Me & Charlie Talkin” to our rustic venue’s exposed beams (which reminded me of an old barn), to our stationery inspired by Nashville’s famous Hatch Show Print.  I feel like we had at least a hand in making everything and every part of our day reflect us as people in some way. Mike designed all of the stationery while I painted the table numbers, sewed the runners and drew up designs for all of the florals (I gave the florist a 15 page booklet of inspiration & drawings which they nicknamed ‘the bible’). The whole wedding was really like a two year long DIY project & I loved every second of it!

Did your wedding location hold a specific significance to you?


One of Mike and my favorite things to do is to hop in the car on a nice day and drive out to the east end of Long Island.  The scenery out there is as if you’ve driven south instead of east.  We love the country atmosphere of the North Fork and knew we wanted a venue that reflected that on our wedding day, without the price tag that comes with actually getting married on the North Fork.  Long Island is full of cookie cutter catering halls.  We knew that was one thing that we did not want! When we found The Old Field Club we immediately fell in love with it; it has just the right amount of rustic charm!

What was the most meaningful part of your day?


Mike is a web designer, so I wasn’t surprised when my card was presented to me on my iPad, in the form of a website. It was so sweet in such a creative way and reminded me not to get caught up in all of the wedding day details that I painstakingly planned for the two years prior, but to enjoy the day where I get to marry my favorite person in the world.

Did anything funny or out of the ordinary happen?


For the entirety of our engagement I teased Mike (who is notorious for mumbling and jumbling up his words) that he would mix up his vows. When the time came, it ended up being me who jumbled up the vows. I cracked up right there on the altar of this beautiful and very traditional church. The moment was very indicative of our relationship.  We are constantly laughing at each other and ourselves.  One of my favorite photos from the day is of this moment.

Tell us details of the events surrounding the wedding.


My mom, sister, and best friend planned me a beautiful and intimate shower at a local wine bar called Barrique.  I didn’t want a traditional shower, and what they gave me was so unique. They printed photos of us through the years and used clothespins to attach them to twine around the room and had the guests sign fabric squares with advice for Mike and me.  They were all then sewn into a quilt by my maid of honor and her mother. It really was lovely.

How did you know your partner was ‘the one’?

I had to have had an inkling before this, but we spent 20 hours in the car together on the way to Tennessee.  I knew if we could be happy stuck in the car together, tired and cranky, then we had to be meant to be. He must have felt the same, he proposed a month later!

Any advice you’d give new brides who are just getting started?

Make it your own!  Your day should be all about you and your partner and your guests should feel like insiders into your own little world. Don’t plan an ‘insert bride & groom here’ kind of wedding, make it personal!



Photographer: Brookelyn Photography

Venue: The Old Field Club

Dress: Melissa Sweet

Shoes: Paris Hilton, Senorita

Accessories: Veil; Priscilla of Boston, Necklace; Cara Accessories from Nordstrom.

Groom & Groomsmen’s Attire: Formal Knight Tuxedo

Flowers: Flowers by Burton

DJ: Long Island Sound

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