Real Wedding | Elissa + Brian

This fall wedding overlooking the Highland Mountains and the Hudson River in Garrison, New York is breathtaking.  I love the warm autumn hues and rich red accents throughout the ceremony and reception…so romantic and perfectly compliments Elissa and Brian’s main focus for their wedding: a day of celebration with friends and family as they begin their lives together.  Don’t miss the stunning archway where Elissa and Brian said “I do” or the creative use of wine bottles numbered for each dinner table.  Enjoy!

Elissa + Brian | November 5, 2011 | The Garrison, Garrison, NY

The Ceremony + Reception
Our ceremony was performed by a non-denominational minister outdoors overlooking the Highland Mountains and the Hudson River.  Our minister was great!  We were able to customize most of our ceremony so that it fit us. 

We didn’t include a lot of the traditional reception components.  We wanted the focus to be on celebrating the start of our lives together with our guests.   We had an incredible band and we wanted our guests to enjoy them and be up dancing/celebrating for most of the night. 

Elissa’s Dress Search
I started my dress search looking for a simple, classic dress.  My sister actually went into the back room with our sales consultant and came back with the dress I ended up buying.  I don’t think I would have ever even taken it off the rack – but once I had it on I loved it and knew it was going to be my wedding dress!

How Elissa Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Beautiful, Elegant and Natural

Why Elissa Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
After much thought and back and forth, I decided to sell my wedding dress because I absolutely loved it and I want someone else to feel the same way about it! 

Wedding Dress: Badgley Mischka | Photography: Ulysses Photography | Ceremony + Reception Venue: The Garrison | Floral Design: Pristine Events | Cake: The Pastry Garden