Castle Wedding by Brett Mathews Photography
This is simply one of those beautiful weddings we can stare at for countless hours. It is elegant. It is romantic. It is a real Westchester wedding. Please take your time ogling over the images and reading Kerri and Justin’s story.
Written by Kerri and Justin: It was a perfect, warm, spring day May, 17th 2014, that Justin and I said our I dos at St. Augustines Church in Larchmont, New York. Following our classic church ceremony we took our Rolls Royce over to the Castle Hotel and Spa, in Tarrytown New York where we celebrated with an ever-so-romantic, elegant, French-style wedding.Justin and I met, on Match.com, March of 2012. I found him and sent him a wink first online, and from the day we met it was love at first sight and a beautiful romance! We were completely inseparable so after only 8 months we started to look into buying a home together in Westchester County. We couldn’t bear to be apart anymore and wanted to start our life together. Justin proposed on Valentine’s day in 2013, it wasn’t one of my favorite holidays so I was completely blown away! Shortly after we started planning our wedding for May of 2014 and moved into our beautiful home in Wykagyl, that we bought together in July of 2013.On the day of our wedding, I got ready at our home with my best friends and both our mothers. It was perfect to have all of the memories and photos of that morning captured at our home. I know looking back when we have a family of our own it will be so beautiful to share that part of our day with our kids. Having that be the starting foundation of the day was just perfect for us. That morning, looking at my dress for the first time that day was just magical. I had it designed, as a custom Lazaro gown and it couldn’t have been more perfect. It was everything I could have wanted in a wedding dress and it was my dream. The bridesmaids all wore different style gowns, that they loved all from the Jim Hjelm Collection in a beautiful blush color. My made of honor had a stunning blush tulle Monique Lhuillier dress, I had wanted everyone to have an original style that was unique to them, but have them all fit well like a perfect picture together. For gifts for my girls, I bought everyone unique pearl jewelry that worked well with the silhouette of their gown. They surprised me with a pearl Chanel bracelet for my special day too! My something blue was my mother that gave me away at our church. Her gown was a stunning sapphire trumpet lace piece. All of it was simply perfection!Once at the church, I was that blushing bride and I couldn’t wait to get down the isle to my groom! The church is exquisite on it’s own so we didn’t even need to dress it up at all. I felt that anything we did would take away from the stunning beauty that it was. All of the stain glass windows and the alter couldn’t have been more gorgeous. Especially, my gown paired with my husband’s blue camouflage socks at the alter, that was all the decor we needed! We exchanged our Tiffany rings and said I do, and then off to the Castle we went!For my wedding decor, I wanted an elegant color palette of neutrals, french gray, and blush notes. Texture was very important, from my damask bar monogram print (matched our invitations) to our furnishings throughout the different event spaces. I wanted it to be a unique wedding so we did a European Style Affair. Mixing old world classic beauty with trends that you see now complimented in. The cocktail hour was in the garden at the Castle, we had it all furnished with wood rustic tables, along with beautiful lanterns, peony, and white tufted chaise lounges. I love french country style and was able to mix in that design but still have it blend well with the high end glamour of the castle. It was a perfect blend of eclecticism. Our designers Perfect Surroundings International new exactly what to do!
Dinner was in the Great Hall with beautiful arrangements by Perfect Surroundings. There was stunning mercury glass assorted vases, candles everywhere, mixed lush arrangements with grays and blushes. It was the perfect french romantic table design. The high ceilings of that room and their beautiful windows made for such a dramatic experience. We also had musicians entertain our guests during dinner as well. We wanted to keep it classic and elegant and just create a beautiful dinner environment for our guests.The last experience of the evening was our dancing ballroom. I personally designed the room myself, with CORT Event Furnishings ( I work in the industry in NYC) and Perfect Surroundings complimented it with gorgeous topiaries, boxwood plants and lush florals. I wanted to create a romantic french garden inside and it really was done. Also, wanted to conclude the night how we started, with the beautiful Castle garden grounds. All of our furniture was tufted white leather with some illuminated subtle accent tables. Our damask monogram bar added such glam to the night as well. The room literally took everyone’s breath away and it was something that nobody had experienced before. It was there that we had our first dance to “Never Stop” by SafetySuit. It was a bit original but perfectly us. My favorite moment of the night was dancing with my husband, it was our moment together. We had a beautiful display of Viennese Desserts and our favorite style cake (simple red velvet!) Truly wanted it to be a one of a kind wedding that our guests, (not only us) would have the best night of their lives! Also, sent our guests home with “Vanilla Ever After,” mason jar candles that I put together myself. I believe we really did host the best event and I’m so glad we have such beautiful memories and photos that will be with us forever.Photographer: Brett Matthews Photography | Venue: Castle Hotel and Spa | Event Furnishings: CORT | Bride’s Dress: Lazaro | Bride’s Shoes: Yves Saint Laurent | Florist & Event Designer: Perfect Surroundings International | Music: Craig Scott Entertainment | Hair and Makeup: N.Y. Prostyle | Groom’s Attire: D’Agostino Clothiers & Tailors | Bridesmaids Dresses: Jim Hjelm Collection | Maid of Honor Dress: Monique Lhuillier