Natalie + Seth
I cannot tell you what an honor it was to be asked to shoot Natalie and Seth’s wedding. We have been working with Natalie for many years and her talent, creativity and style never cease to amaze us. So when we got the call that they wanted us to shoot the wedding, we knew we were in for an incredible experience. Thank you Natalie and Seth for allowing us to capture your day. I have to give a huge shout out to my second shooters, Nirav and Shipra for helping me capture the day. Many thanks Amy Nichols for the excellent job coordinating the day and a very special thanks to the ladies at 100 Layer Cake for the feature. Be sure to check the end of the post for all of the nitty gritty details on Natalie and Seth’s big day.
Venue(s) , Date and # of Guests
Poppy Cottage. Private home. June 18, 2011. 130 guests
What inspired you in planning the wedding?
The location was our number one inspiration. It was easy for us to chose to get married at Poppy Cottage since it is such a dear place to my family and to us as a couple. My sister was also married there and my Grandmother lived there for nearly fifty years. We both felt very strongly that the design of the wedding should reflect both of our design aesthetics and also the natural surrounding of the venue. We tried to keep things casual and polished. We wanted to celebrate the garden setting while pulling it together with our modern eye.
What were your favorite moments, surprises, traditions from the day?
The sunset! In the weeks leading up to the wedding the weather was very unpredictable and we were worried that it may rain. It ended up being a gorgeous day with perfect weather. Just as the reception was in full swing the sun went down and gave us a stunning sunset that went on for over an hour. It was magical and all our guests were in awe. It was something that we could not have planned and it was one of most special visual aspects of the day.
Dress designer, shoes, Jewelry, Etc. Groom’s suit, etc.
Dress skirt: Vera Wang
Dress Corset: Monique Lhuillier
Jewelry: Vintage tennis bracelet borrowed from my oldest girlfriend. (it was my something borrowed).
Suit: Black Fleece
Tie: custom by this humble abode
Flower boy’s tie’s also custom made by this humble abode
Wedding Planner, Stationer, Floral Designer, Rentals, Music, Videographer, etc.
Wedding Planner: Amy Nichols
Catering Manager: Megan Buser with the Hospitality Shoppe
Makeup and Hair: kerrie jordan
Stationer and all printed material: darlingville.com
Floral and Event Designer: Natalie Bowen Designs
Linens: La Tavola
Rentals: Wine Country Party Rental
Menu, Drinks, Dessert, Caterer, Baker, etc.
Oysters from Hog Island
Pig and Pizza from Rosso Pizzeria
Paella from Gerard’s Paella
10 cakes of six different varieties from www.downtownbakery.net
Summertime Sangria, Bubbles and wine.
Our idea of DIY was “Design It Yourself”. Being in the wedding industry, and Seth in the design community (He is an architect) we know a lot of talented people. We ended up hiring a lot of people to do some of potential DIY projects for us. We knew we didn’t have the time and they would do it better than us, anyway. We did have one DIY element that I loved. Rather than giving a favor, we sent flowers with a handwritten note to each of our guests the day before the wedding. It was a way of welcoming them to our wedding weekend and what better way to do that than with flowers!?
Favorite Blogs or Magazines used in planning the wedding
I avoided reading blogs and magazines for our wedding. Since that is such a part of my work already, I felt saturated in it. I also didn’t want to purposely follow current trends so I tried to use my experience as my inspiration. I’ve seen so many weddings that I’ve been able to collect ideas over the years.
Advice that you’d give to other Brides?
Hire a planner. This is my number one. Hire a great photographer. No matter what happens, they will make sure your photos show your day as looking amazing, and this is the moment that lasts longer than anything. Hire vendors you trust and then let them do what they do best. And, wear comfortable shoes.