October, 2008

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Autumn is an exceptional time to marry on the East Coast. The cooler weather allows you wonderful opportunities to introduce color and texture. In doing a little research on autumnal accessories I came across twigs & honey and feel in love & just had to share. These one-of-a-kind hair adornments are inspired by nature, add a little vintage flair, and are truly for the style-savvy. Pieces start at $38.

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Currently residing in the Berkshires in Massachusetts, Jessica Erhardt grew up spending summers at her family's house in the Adirondacks. She wanted a wedding venue that reflected the rustic nature of the areas that she and fiance Joshua Herberger loved. As an event planner, she liked the idea of a barn to provide the backdrop for her wedding design. The Pruyn House offered exactly the setting the couple wanted, with a variety of buildings around the property to accommodate the needs of guests who included children, teenagers, friends, and elderly relatives.

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The landscape of upstate New York will always trigger romantic memories for Kara Graham and Austin Sparks—it’s where they shared their first date, where Austin proposed, and where they later tied the knot. The couple met while working summer restaurant jobs after college, not far from sparkling Canandaigua Lake, where Austin’s parents have a lake house. After just one date, they were inseparable. Five months later, Austin moved to Chicago to pursue his career and be closer to his family. The couple knew they wanted to stay together, and debated about how to make it work.

During the first year and a half of their romance, Alicia Mikoloski and Brian Kubeck found adventure together on trips to Vietnam, Cambodia, and the Philippines. Yet when it came time to get married, this New York City-based couple decided to get married in their home state’s beautiful backyard. “A true snow-white backdrop for our celebration was what we both pictured,” says Alicia. “We thought Lake Placid was the perfect place.”

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It only makes sense that Lisa Tassone fell for a man who could make an unforgettable dish of pappardelle with rabbit ragú—and that Thomas Giudice couldn’t resist a woman who dreamed of opening her own restaurant. After all, both hail from big Italian families where making great food is a proud tradition.

From their first meeting, Charles Cronin and Monika Kierach shared a storybook romance, so it seems only fitting that their wedding took place at a destination straight out of a fairytale—a picturesque stone ­castle on the edge of stunning Lake George. It’s rare that two ­people know they’re meant for each other, but this ­couple felt sparks immediately when their eyes met across a bar in New York City. That night, despite the fact that he lived in Albany, he agreed to travel to her hometown of Chicago for a second date the following weekend.