Shannon and Dave wed in New York’s Hudson Valley at Bassinova on Hudson. The couple chose a color palette of neutral tones accented by natural greens and golds. Their open air tent reception featured long wooden tables outfitted with ethereal floral runner centerpieces created by Kelly Cleary Gersec at Beaurust Flowers. Shannon wore a Maggie Sottero gown with custom-made sleeves that made her look sing. / Images by The Melideos.
Says Shannon, “So the style of my wedding was what I would call vintage glam/vintage chic. I knew I wanted to create a vintage feel but with a glamorous twist. I really adore the French provincial style and tried to keep that in mind when picking my vintage finds. I knew I wanted to set up beautiful vintage seating areas and decided that I would spend the year before my wedding finding and refinishing all the furniture myself. I graduated with an art degree, work as a graphic designer and LOVE anything creative, so this was right up my alley! Plus, once I have a vision in my head, I will pretty much do anything I can to bring that vision to life. I bought the majority of my vintage furniture from Craigslist, including the long white couch, the server and the mantle (though we didn’t really ‘buy’ the mantle…but that’s another story) …and then sanded and refinished both the server and the mantle in my parents backyard. Me and my mom refinished and reupholstered our wedding chairs that me and Dave sat on, and my father hand spray painted 130 real apples, every one picked by me, to sit at each place setting. As for the mantle, I found it on Craigslist and contacted the owner who we met up with on a Saturday morning to check it out. The mantle was removed from an old Long Island estate and dates back to the 1800s!!! It is so beautiful! The couple asked why we wanted to buy the mantle and what we would be using it for and when we told them it would be the altar for our wedding ceremony they gave us the mantle as a wedding gift, it was unbelievable! It was such a beautiful gesture. At times during wedding planning, the cost really weighs on you, this couple renewed my faith that there are wonderful, generous people that aren’t just in it for the money, but to make someone else happy, and they were just happy to make our wedding day something special. From the way we received the mantle, to the hours and hours put in cleaning it up and refinishing it, to having to break it in two pieces to transport it from Long Island to upstate and then re-assembling it on site, to seeing it standing there with the insanely beautiful flowers that Kelly created for it. Needless to say it is so special to us, and we hope to put it in a home we are going to build one day.
As a surprise gift for Dave, my father and I built a three-tiered pretzel stand with dozens of hanging pretzels, since he is obsessed with soft pretzels and it’s by far his favorite food.”
Credits: Photography: The Melideos | Day of Coordinator: Adina Franconi at Hudson Valley Ceremonies | Venue: Bassinova on Hudson | Florist: Kelly Cleary Gersec at Beaurust Flowers | Band: LaBlanc Brothers | Catering: Bridge Creek Catering | Dress: Maggie Sottero with custom sleeves | Cake: Crisan Bakery | Suits: Tommy Hilfiger | Stationery: Jenifer Sirkus Designs