Red Maple Vineyard Wedding by Julia Jane Studios
Behind many brides on her wedding day is a very important person: her mom! But, for Jess + Jesse’s wedding it was a team effort to plan the wedding of their dream. With some living out of state, organization was essential and open and clear communication was crucial. From selecting the venue to arranging transportation to having every single detail on a timeline, it all worked out beautifully.
Wedding Planning Process: Jess & Jesse (mainly Jess) had a vision of what they wanted for their special day. Most important to Jesse was having a Jewish Groom’s tisch before the ceremony, where all the guests can sing, drink toasts and celebrate. Jesse planned that portion of the day while Jess worked on esthetics as that was important to her. Both the groom’s mother and I worked on logistics (bus transportation for guests, hotel arrangements, rehearsal dinner, etc.). The bride, groom and mother of the groom all lived in NY at the time; I am in Arizona, so we had lots of email communication, so we all knew how things were progressing.
What Worked/Didn’t Work as Planned: Preparing a time line was extremely helpful, so we knew when vendor payments were due when save-the-date/invitations needed to be ordered and mailed, etc. Knowing we had everything listed on a timeline, made us feel like things were under control!
Honestly cannot think of one thing that didn’t work as planned for the wedding. We even had the weather cooperate and didn’t need to use the backup plan for rain.
Why Did They Choose Red Maple Vineyard as Their Venue: The Bride & Groom’s vision was to have an outdoor, nature-inspired wedding with an entirely vegetarian menu. We looked at other venues near Long Island and didn’t find inspiration or menu flexibility, more like “cookie-cutter” weddings. After a Google search on the web, I found what sounded like a fairytale venue. After my daughter and her maid of honor had paid a visit to Red Maple, they confirmed we found the site! The scenery is breathtaking, the caterer is top notch, and they accommodated the Bride and Groom’s wishes for an entirely vegetarian menu. What Inspired the Decor? The Bride and Groom were inspired by nature and wanted the decor to feel natural and relaxed. That theme set the tone for the wedding, from the Bride’s gown to the flowers, which looked like they were plucked from a field that morning! Mother’s Words of Wisdom
To the brides: Try not to stress over every detail. In the end, it is the love between the two of you that will shine thru to your guests and that is what they will remember.
To the Mother of the brides: Remember that this is your daughter and son-in-law to-be’s wedding. Help them achieve their vision, not yours.
Photographer: Julia Jane Studios | Second Shooter: Adrienne Hofmann for Julia Jane Studios | Second Shooter: Jessica Haley | Beauty: Bella Trucco | Caterer: Cornerstone Catering | Invitation Designer: Egg Press | Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Indochino | Reception Venue: Red Maple Vineyards | Hair Stylist: Salon 52 Hair Studio | Shoes: Seychelles | Dress Designer: St. Patrick | Floral Designer: The Green Cottage | Dress Designer: The White Gown | Other: Woodland Papercuts | Submitted via Two Bright Lights