Real Wedding: Karolina & Mauricio

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Floral Design: 

Cake: Top Tiers, Catering: Elegant Affairs, Coordination: Elite Tent & Party Rentals, Stationery: Momental Designs, Photogprahy: Cousins Photography

In tandem with the recent trend of homespun weddings, Karolina & Mauricio remained true to the idea that beauty can be simple, understated. Married on the Round Bush estate of the Pennoyer Farm in Locust Valley, NY, Karolina & Mauricio celebrated their nuptials by incorporating their animals into the event, clearly retaining a sense of humor and affection for all during the ceremony. The estate is known for it's deeply rustic qualities and was an ideal location for the couple's desire to use nature and the countryside as a backdrop for their wedding. "We wanted to have a country wedding, a wedding where our three horses, Duke, Callahan and Sonia could be part of the celebration," says Karolina. "From the start we wanted the ceremony and the celebration all outdoors. My husband Mauricio drove up on a John Deere tractor and I drove up with my parents in a carriage pulled by Duke."

Initially the forecast projected rain but right before the ceremony began, the clouds parted and the sun began to shine down on Karolina & Mauricio. Dressed in a tea-length satin gown. Karolina chose to add an extra pop to her already beautiful ensemble: a cornflower blue colored necklace wrapped around her neck, a striking accessory that added to the simple elegance of the affair. Karolina & Mauricio kept their personal touch an integral part of the wedding as they gave each guest a horse ribbon with their wedding date, place of ceremony and the words "Perfect Pair" printed on them. Mauricio was escorted down the aisle by the couple's Jack Russell, Thomas and Dachshund, Houdini, keeping pace with four sets of paws and adding a sweet sense of humor to the day. Underneath a white tent pitched in front of the estate, the couple shared a perfect evening with friends, family and all creatures great and small.

Karolina, now married and a veteran of wedding planning, opted to share some advice with future brides-to-be. "You can plan, but there are something’s you cannot control like the weather. Always have a back up plan. Plan to tent the event if it’s to be outdoors. Try being creative with the favors, we had honey with a personalized label with two little bees and saying 'Meant to Bee'," she says.