Aimee & Dan wed at the Interlaken Inn in Lakeville, Conn., a town close to Aimee’s heart as it’s where she grew up. Following the lakeside ceremony, guests enjoyed a tented reception fitted with chandeliers and romantic drapery. / Images by Julia Elizabeth.
Says Aimee, “There is something so special about a hometown wedding—I had always dreamed of getting married where I grew up. The area has also become an important place for us as a couple—we often escape NYC to spend weekends upstate and Dan even proposed at our small family lake house, also in the area. The Interlaken Inn allowed us to exchange vows by a lake that I grew up swimming in, host our cocktail hour outside in a garden, and have a tented reception complete with romantic sheer drapery and chandeliers.
We wanted our wedding to feel timeless and classic, yet relaxed and romantic–as if you were at an elegant garden party. Inspired by this vision, we kept our flowers simple and organic, with a variety of white flowers and different greenery to bring the outdoors in.
Both my mom and sister have a passion for flower arranging and did all of our flowers. The day before our wedding, they set up shop in my parents’ kitchen and spent the morning working their magic to decorate the birch arbor and create all the bouquets, boutonnieres, and floral arrangements. They came out better than I could have imagined and fit my vision perfectly!
Tell us about your dress. I had fallen in love with a tulle dress with beading and floral appliques. At our first bridal boutique, I tried on a dress similar to what I thought was my ‘dream dress’ and felt like a cupcake in it. Our consultant pulled a simple satin ball gown and the minute I put it on, I knew it was the ‘one.’ It was comfortable, flattering, I could move and twirl in it—plus it had pockets! I loved that the dress was a classic style but the sheer back panels added a playful, modern twist. It fit […] my personal style and felt like ‘me.’ I bought the dress on the spot and cancelled the other dress appointments I had scheduled.
Favorite memories? The whole day! It sounds cliché but I have been dreaming of my wedding since I was a little girl so the first time I put my dress [on] with my veil was so emotional. I had never felt more beautiful.
I knew we couldn’t wait until the ceremony to see each other so we decided to do a private first look. Seeing Dan’s face—and how he looked at me—is a moment I’ll always remember.
We incorporated several Jewish traditions into our day, including dancing the Hora. It was such a fun way to kick off the party part of the reception—everyone joined in which really helped set the tone for the rest of the night. The dance floor was packed right up until the very end.
Since we met and still currently live in NYC, we choose ‘New York, New York’ by Frank Sinatra as our last song of the night. At one point, everyone was around Dan and I in a circle, singing and swaying with the music. I felt so incredibly loved and grateful that our family and friends were there to celebrate with us.
Special touches/memories? My dad wasn’t able to be at my sister’s wedding, so I knew I wanted to share my father-daughter dance with her. My dad and I danced the first minute alone, then all fathers and daughters were invited to join us. My sister cut in and danced with our dad, giving me the opportunity to dance with my father-in-law. It was such a special, personal moment that my family will cherish forever.
In lieu of wedding favors, we gave a donation to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to honor my mom who is in remission from Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia. I’m so happy we were able to celebrate her strength in such a meaningful way.
Advice? The day will fly by so make sure to take a minute to step back and take everything in.
Over communicate with all of your vendors and think through all details—big and small—ahead of time so that you can truly enjoy your day. And try to stay true to your vision. Your wedding should be a reflection of you and your significant other so include whatever details feel most like you!
Photographer: Julia Elizabeth | Ceremony and reception venue: Interlaken Inn | Wedding Planner, Coordinator or Event Design Firm: The bride; day of Coordinator provided by Interlaken Inn | Florist: Bride’s mother and sister | Flowers & vases: AFLORAL | Wedding Gown: Jenny by Jenny Yoo | Groom’s Attire: Suit Supply | Shoes: Allen Edmonds | Bride’s Jewelry: Vintage and custom | Bride’s shoes: Stuart Weitzman | Bridesmaids’ attire: J. Crew | Wedding Stationery: Hepburn Design from Minted | Cake: Piece of Cake | Caterer: Interlaken Inn | Hair and make-up: Melissa Caul; On Caul Beauty | Ceremony Musicians: Hudson Pro Musica | Reception: DJ Doug Yoel from JTD Productions | Cinematographer: NST Picture