Chloë + Adam | Mark Zunino Real Wedding From Ash Carr Photography


This New York wedding is brimming with amazingness.  You can feel the couple’s innate sense of style and fun (they started their vows with rock, paper scissors)! And the decor is beautiful and romantic. But the bride’s Mark Zunino dress is really the show-stopper.  Elegant, sophisticated and unique, you’ll fall in love with it the minute you see it.

Chloë +  Adam | August 14, 2016 | Hudson Valley, New York

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The Ceremony
Our Ceremony took place at Pioneer Farm, in Warwick, NY about 55 miles north of NYC.  Originally a dairy farm, it’s now grounds to several unique rentals, with rustic and modern details, and a pool! We had originally planned an outdoor ceremony under a tree on the property, but due to the crazy heat wave and rolling thunderstorms, everything was up in the air until the day before! We ended up using the front porch of the Main House, which was built in the 1800s, which worked out much better than our original plan!

Our ceremony was nonsecular with a hand fasting ceremony at it’s center.  After a quick Rock, Paper, Scissor to see who would go first, Adam and I opened the ceremony by sharing privately written “letters” relating what originally attracted us to each other, and how we knew we’d found our person.  Hearing Adam’s letter for the first time was by far one of my favorite memories.

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The Reception
Our reception was held at Blooming Hill Farm, a vegetable farm in Blooming Grove, NY.  They serve delicious farm-you’re-currently-standing-on-to-table-food, using all their own produce and locally sourced meat and fish. The cocktail hour was in their restored barn, complete with passed wood oven pizzas, pork sliders and Aperol Spritzes, with the dinner under a sail tent set up on their field, surrounded by rolling hills.

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Chloë’s Wedding Dress Search
I must have gone to 10 different bridal Salons, both in Michigan, where my family lives and in NYC where I live.  I cast a wide net, searching the whole gamut from sample sales and used dress shops, to independent Brooklyn designers, to higher end salons like Kleinfeld.  I definitely perused as well, but had a had time finding a dress that was both long enough and fit my style. It was on my third visit to Kleinfeld, specifically to see the recently released 2016 lines, that I finally found my dress.


How She Felt In Her Mark Zunino Gown
Unique, Regal, Stunning!

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Why She’s Selling Her Wedding Dress
I had so much trouble finding something that spoke to me and I’m so glad I was able to find something so unique.  I love the idea of providing the same opportunity to another like minded bride.


Weding Dress: Mark Zunino | Photographer: Ash Carr | Ceremony Venue: Pioneer Farm | Reception Venue & Food: Blooming Hill Farm  |  Florist: F.H. Corwin Florist & Greenhouse  | Dessert: Pie Lady & Son   | Event Planning: Bride

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10 Seriously Stunning Wedding Gowns

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Want to actually feel your heart skip a beat? It just might when you look at these breathtaking wedding dresses. Each dress is a work of art. Beautifully designed.  Meticulously crafted. And the kind of pretty that makes us lose track of time and dream about all things wedding.  Take a peek and see if you can narrow it down to your favorite (We can’t!)

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See more wedding dresses we love (and prepare to swoon).

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The Expertise Of The Association of Wedding Gown Specialists


Untitled-3We love everything about wedding dresses!  And we know that they need expert care when being cleaned and preserved in order to maintain their true beauty.  That’s why we recommend the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists. Their members (located worldwide) are trained to handle even the most intricately designed wedding dresses and their careful procedures provides your beloved gown with the attention it needs – and deserves!

When caring for a wedding dress, Association members follow a meticulous process:

Free Consultation
Take your gown to any Association member and they’ll give you a free consultation on what’s needed to clean, preserve and (if necessary) repair your gown.  They’ll answer any and all questions you have about your dress.

Each gown is carefully inspected by a trained expert to find any damaged threads or loose beading. Then the gown goes through a series of black light test to detect any invisible or obscure stains.

Hand Cleaning
Each wedding dress is hand treated and individually cleaned.  Every precaution is taken to ensure delicate beading, lace and embroidery is protected during the process. Association members know that different fibers need different chemicals and procedures and that not all stains can be treated the same.  Association members even know how to view stains under magnification to see how deeply the stain is embedded or whether the fiber under the stain is damaged.

Personal inspection 
If your gown is being preserved, you can personally view and inspect it before it is carefully layered, folded and stored into an acid free archival-quality wedding chest to protect to from exposure to light and air. Untitled-2

It’s always easier to remove a stain soon after wear, so if you’ve just said your I Do’s, it’s smart to have your dress cleaned within a few weeks.

Right now, the Association is offering a $35 savings on all of their cleaning and care (valid through 2017!)  Get it here!

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The Most Charming Mini Wedding Cakes Ever

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Delicious things come in small packages…even grand wedding cakes. Perfect for favors, a dessert and sweets bar or just beautiful for photos, mini wedding cakes are a beautiful alternative to the classic look. Miniature wedding cakes are also a nice touch at engagement parties and rehearsal dinners. Dainty and perfect, these mini wedding cakes will have you and your guests swooning.

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Art deco on a tiny scale for this miniature gilded wedding cake. Cake: Sweet and Saucy Shop, Photo: Mi Belle Photographers

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How about lilac colored buttercream miniature wedding cakes for a spring wedding? Cake: Tessa Huff Cake Design

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These white and gold beauties are white chocolate mousseline with wafer paper flowers. Nearly works of art. Cakes: Sugar Realm

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Intricate hand painted cakes were one of the biggest trends in weddings the past few years … shrink that trend down to refresh it. Cake: Kate Burt Cakes, Photo: WOOKIE Photography {Via SMP}

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A seven-layer wedding cake might be in your budget in minature form. Photo: Alicia Swedenborg, Cake: Holy Sweet

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Detailed florals touches adorn these miniature cakes. The design reminds us of intricate wedding dress embellishment. Photo: Kate Mathis {Via: The Knot}

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A little lace and a fondant finish will astonish guests for your vintage-inspired wedding theme. Cake: L’Arte Della Torta di Melanie Secciani, Photo: Modern Vintage Weddings

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Antiqued blue is another vintage-inspired wedding cake design that shrinks down wonderfully. Photo: Eddie Judd, Cake: Cakes by Krishanthi

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Cake stands elevate a grouping of minature wedding cakes wonderfully. Cake: Carrie’s Cakes Photo: Erin Kate

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Swirled buttercream with fresh florals make a non-fussy minature wedding cake. Cakes: Amy Cakes, Photo: Ryan Ray

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The beauty of naked cakes works well on tiny pastel ombre towers making them almost too pretty to eat. Cakes: Glorious Treats

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Impeccable style on these baroque inspired cakes. They’re so detailed, you can barely tell they’re minature. Cakes: Cotton and Crumbs

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A cake for each placesetting adds up to an incredible tablescape. Pearl-like dot details are a modern look. Photo: Chanelle Segerius Bruce, Cake: Janet Mohapi-Banks

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Drama isn’t reserved for large cakes. This collection of miniatures show that even small cakes can sport bold colors, embellishment and incredible detailing. Cakes: Sugary & Chic

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Anemone sugar flowers are just the right size for minature fondant wedding cakes. We love the purple shades. Photo: Eddie Judd, Cake: Cakes by Krishanthi

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Tiny tiered wedding cakes awaited each guest at their seat. The minature pennants are the perfect touch. Photo: Belathée Photography, Cakes: The Sweet Side

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