Locust Grove Wedding: Jillian and Jamie

The level of detail at Jillian and Jamie’s wedding at Locust Grove in Poughkeepsie, NY was absolutely astounding and lovely to behold!  No cookie-cutter elements here; it was overflowing with their personalities and style.

Jillian and Jamie had a sunset ceremony on the lawn.  The bride’s little brothers were the most adorable ring bearers, carrying a

Photo by Steph

moss-covered bird nest pillow.  The bridesmaids wore pewter dresses and carried gorgeous bouquets of peach and orange dahlias and roses, except for the Maid of Honor who wore a beautiful midnight blue.  Mums and lanterns lined the aisle for Jillian’s walk on her father’s arm, and she looked absolutely radiant in her gown and lace bolero.


One of the most moving parts of the ceremony was when they exchanged secret notes they’d written to each other, without sharing them aloud.  Guests tossed lavender on the newlyweds at the conclusion of the ceremony, sending a delicious fragrance across the lawn.

The Details

Just stepping into the West Gallery took my breath away, it was so lovely.  Even our florist friend, Heather, who sees numerous weddings each year, said, “I am so in love with this wedding!”

Photo by Steph

The tables were laid with hunter green linens and topped with bud vases of peach and orange roses and dahlias.  Jillian’s mother made the beautiful manzanita centerpieces, branches strung with small lanterns tucked into moss covered stands.  The father of the bride made a display for the mini-cupcakes.


As a surprise, Jillian presented Jamie with a groom’s cake, a miniature version of the C130 plane that brought him home safely from Iraq.  The detail was so astounding that no one wanted to cut it!

The Letters

Jillian wrote a letter for Jamie to be read just before their first dance together.  In the middle of reading it, she bounced over to have me add, “You look super hot in a uniform” to her list of adjectives describing him.  Her letter ended: “Most of all, with you, I am home.”  Then they shared their first dance together as husband and wife to “Home” by Michael Buble.

The Music

“Wanted: Dead or Alive” by Bon Jovi and “Copperhead Road” were dedicated to the groom.  We squeezed in “Crazy Game of Poker” by O.A.R. for the Penn State crowd and a bit of country for the southern guests.  Jillian’s little brother even break danced to Taylor Swift!

Photo by StephSwift!

With outstanding attention to detail, a fabulous sense of style and lively sense of humor, you guys are amazing.  Thanks so much for inviting us to be a part of your day!

Locust Grove

Officiant and Coordinator – Jeanne Stark of Hudson Valley Ceremonies

Photos by Andres Valenzula Photography

Flowers by A Night in Bloom

Mini-Cupcakes & Groom’s Cake by Corsino Cakes


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