If you’re looking for a wedding that’s as luxurious as it is filled with handmade touches – this is it! Amelia + Lawrence’s wedding at the George Weir Barn in Lloyd Harbor, NY was pure autumn magic. They embraced the season with their details – Amelia’s bouquet was even made from wood flowers… such a unique idea! We’re completely smitten with these two newlyweds and we’re so grateful we were there to capture the big moments and everything in between.
We could go on and on about their day but we’ll let Amelia take it away…
Tell us about your wedding! How would you describe the overall vibe/feeling of your day? Anything special that you planned and couldn’t wait to see come together?
Awe-inspiring: Awed at having all of our favorite people in one place at the same time
Personal: Details were personalized to make each of our guests feel welcomed
Humbling: To see both of our families interact and absolutely enjoy one another
Is there a moment that stands out above the rest, now that you’ve been married for a few weeks?
At the start of our ceremony, our officiant, Matthew Ricci, reminded everyone to be present and take a deep breath before we began. Throughout the ceremony, I reminded myself to take in everything around me—the sunshine, people’s faces and emotions, the words—which really helped the ceremony be memorable as a whole. A couple of different folks came up to us afterward and said that the air had been still during the entire ceremony, but right as we kissed after being announced husband and wife, a gentle breeze came through and rustled some leaves or petals out of a nearby tree making it a truly remarkable moment. Of course, our eyes were closed so we didn’t notice!
A second moment that I really enjoyed was after all the first dances were finished and the band began to play a song that my mom and her siblings used to dance to when they were young—Feuerfest Polka by Joseph Strauss, which I grew up referring to as “the bell song.” It took a lot of research—including listening to dozens of random symphony songs on YouTube—to find the correct song, which was all thanks to my mom. I was a little nervous since a symphony song was so out of place at our wedding, but as soon as it came on, the entire family recognized it, hopped on the dance floor, and made for the best kick-off a wedding could have.
What’s your favorite thing that you decided to include or spend money on?
Despite urgings by many family members to go with a traditional wedding caterer, we booked a BBQ caterer and ordered local pies. It not only saved us money, but was unique and allowed us to further personalize our wedding, which we loved (as did everyone else)!
What did you love most about working with OLAS?
From the second we spoke with an OLAS rep on the phone, Lawrence and I knew that if we were in the wedding business, this is how we’d want to run our company. As a micro-organizer, I was reluctant to just hand over responsibility to vendors, but I didn’t even hesitate with OLAS because it was clear from the start that everything would be taken care of in a timely and efficient manner. On top of that, our photographers—Jenna and Eddy— actively contributed to making the day even better for the bride, groom, and everyone in attendance, which is not something we expected! They molded right into the crowd like friends and family, quelled any nerves Lawrence or I had, and adjusted their schedule based on any issues that arose throughout the day without even blinking.
How, if at all, are you incorporating elements from your wedding into your home or everyday life? Anything special that you’re excited to keep for years to come?
Do our rings count? Just kidding! My bouquet, which is made out of wood flowers, is now a table centerpiece, and we kept a few of the gold candles from our centerpieces to use for décor throughout our apartment. I wore gold glitter sneakers for the wedding and Lawrence wore leopard socks, both of which we have worn a few times since. Of course, I fully intend to wear my dress for anniversaries to make the most use out of it!
What does it feel like to finally be married?
Although we were incredibly excited for the wedding, we were both more excited to be married than to get married. We felt relief after the wedding – that it had gone well and people enjoyed attending. Now, we feel excited about what the future holds and so grateful we get to spend the rest of our lives together, because it surely is not enough time!
Congratulations, Amelia + Lawrence!! xoxo, The OLAS Team