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Real Weddings Recap: An Intimate New York Wedding

First comes love, then comes the wedding planning! It takes time, but when the Big DayTM finally arrives, it’s amazing to see everything come to life. At Brideside, listening to wedding stories is one of our favorite activities, so we started asking brides about their special days. If you’ve got a #BridesideRealWedding story to share, let us know! We’d love to hear from you — and ugly-cry at your gorgeous wedding photos.

Brideside Bride Catherine Says ‘I Do’ in the Idyllic Hudson Valley

Catherine and her now husband, Jon, celebrated their spring wedding in style in Beacon, New York — a charming city in the Hudson Valley. Reflective of their old-meets-new style wedding venue, the couple added tons of great personal touches; incorporating Catherine’s Chinese culture and Jon’s love of snowboarding. Keep reading to find out how Catherine and Jon created a New York wedding experience that truly showcased their relationship and personalities!

new york wedding photo in front of waterfall
Don’t go chasing waterfalls, unless they happen to be a part of your wedding venue! Photo credit for all: Jay Lim Studio

What was the best thing about your wedding day?

Getting to celebrate our relationship with all of the people we care about and love the most. We also danced our butts off! We have never been to a wedding where there was literally dancing from beginning to end!

Your favorite part about working with Brideside?

The seamless communication among my stylist, bridesmaids and me. It made everything easier. My stylist totally understood my vision, and she made herself available to answer my questions.

New York Spring Wedding with brideside purple bridesmaid dresses
Catherine’s bridesmaid dresses are the ultimate mix and max! Re-create the look (from left to right) with After Six in ‘French Truffle,’ Jenny Yoo Claire in ‘Berry Vintage Iris’ Jenny Yoo Alanna Print in ‘Watercolor Lavender’ Alfred Sung in ‘Suede Rose’ and similar style Brideside Rachel in ‘Eggplant.’

Where did you have your ceremony and reception?

The Roundhouse in Beacon, New York

Beacon New York Wedding Ceremony
The couple said ‘I do’ under a floral canopy and beautiful red lanterns!

Give us your best advice for future brides.

Enjoy every single moment from the proposal to the wedding — it goes by so fast. There will always be things that don’t go exactly as planned on the day of but definitely don’t focus on the “if’s.” Also, fight for the things you want because there are always creative ways to accomplish them. When you do decide on something, STOP looking or else you will never be happy!

Which vendors did you use? Who was your favorite and why?

We used: 

I have literally nothing but good things to say about each and every one of our vendors. However, my specific shout out would be to Kerri Hurst (Wayfaring Beauty) and Brittany Weiss (BW Bridal) because I was most nervous about makeup and hair. When I’d been a bridesmaid in the past, I’d never been happy with how my professional hair and makeup turned out. Although I understood the main focus wasn’t on me, I never felt like their style was to my liking.

Working with Kerri and Brittany, they knew EXACTLY what I wanted in my day-of look, and my bridesmaids were also all extremely happy. They all felt like it was not “typical” wedding makeup or hair. We also spent so much time with them getting ready on such an important day and they were both super down-to-earth and nice.

How did you meet your partner?

It was the end of our sophomore year of college at Quinnipiac University. We met at a party two weeks before finals and started dating over summer break. We caught each other’s attention right away!

Couple’s first kiss at new york wedding
What a first kiss!

Describe your wedding style in three words.

Modern, romantic, cultural

table centerpieces at a New York wedding
Punch it up: Bright florals and gold accents bring a modern and romantic aesthetic!

Does your family have any wedding traditions? What are they?

We did a Chinese Tea Ceremony, where the bride and groom serve tea to their parents and elders. This was an important ritual from my side of the family, and the purpose is for each family to bless the marriage and for the families to come together as one.

Chinese Tea Ceremony for New York Wedding
Catherine and Jon honored her Chinese heritage with a tea ceremony before reciting their vows.

How did you ask your bridesmaids to be part of the bridal party?

I purchased personalized flower vases and wrote a card to each girl. It was a spring wedding, so figured flower vases would be a cute connection.

Spring Bridesmaid Dresses from Brideside
These Brideside bridesmaid dresses were perfect for a spring wedding! Ask your stylist about doing a mix and match look like this!

What did you do for your bachelorette party?

We did it in NYC. The location was easy for everyone, since most of the girls all live nearby. It was also super fun to spend time in a city we live in, but do things and go to places that were different than what we normally would do or go to.

brideside bridesmaids drinking champagne
Don’t forget to have a celebratory glass of champagne while getting ready!

What was your first dance song? First song that got everyone on the dance floor?

I think our first dance was a memorable one! Our first dance began more traditionally to “The Way I Am” by Ingrid Michaelson and then remixed into “You’re All I Need” by Method Man ft. Mary J. Blige, where we let loose and danced more freely before asking our guests to join us on the dance floor.

Anything fun or some great stories you want to add in? (We’re wedding obsessed.)

We had an outfit change after we cut the cake, changing into traditional Chinese outfits. We also did the Horah. Many of our guests were Jewish, and I grew up going to lots of Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, so it was finally my turn!

Couple celebrates their wedding in traditional Chinese outfits
Your wedding is the best time to be yourselves. Catherine and Jon went all out in traditional Chinese outfits and a Horah!

Jon LOVES to snowboard and is a certified snowboard instructor. To incorporate his passion, we got a snowboard with our names and wedding date on it and used it as our guest “board.” Each table number also had a name of a mountain that we snowboarded on together.

snowboard guest book for wedding
Unique and personal: Sign a snowboard instead of a guest book!

Get the full story in Catherine and Jon’s wedding video! (It’s ok if you tear up; we definitely did!)

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