Bowen & Company event producer Lauren Ferrara has had a busy year.  She played a pivotal role in launching our new wedding division last summer, and in between planning our client’s special celebrations, she also managed to plan her own vintage-inspired nuptials this past fall.  The ceremony took place at the scenic Highlands Country Club in Garrison, NY on October 8, 2011.  The pictures are in, and she was recently featured on wedding blog Style Me Pretty.  What happens when the wedding planner turns into a bride?  We asked Lauren to share some highlights from her wedding diary.

When we started planning our wedding, Stephen and I were adamant that it be an intimate, personal affair comprised of people who knew us as a couple.  After interviewing several officiants, we realized that we wanted the person marrying us to know us as a couple, too.  After careful consideration, we asked Stephen’s father if he would consider becoming an ordained minister and perform our wedding ceremony.  When people speak of our wedding, one of the first comments they make is what a wonderful job Stephen’s father did in performing the ceremony.  We couldn’t be happier with our decision.



As you can see from the photos, Highlands Country Club has an extremely warm and relaxing feeling to it. We tried to capture that ambiance during our cocktail hour by setting up tables and couches on the verandah and front lawn. Guests kept cozy lounging around the open fire pits while enjoying signature cocktails like mulled apple cider and sparkling pomegranate juice, as well as snacking on an array of passed hors d’oeuvres—my favorite was the mini grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup shooter. Our acoustic guitar player, Steve Black, set the mood with covers from our favorite artists like Ray LaMontagne, Amos Lee, and The Beatles.


Anyone who knows my now husband, Stephen, can tell you how much he loves dessert. So, this course was given a little extra TLC.  Corine from Lovely-Lollies created a custom dessert bar with red velvet cake pops, mini carrot-cake cupcakes, apple crisp, brioche donuts, and a variety of other delicious little treats artfully displayed.  Stephen and I spent the day before our wedding baking our special homemade triple chocolate cranberry oatmeal cookies to offer guests as a wedding favor.


Our wedding was filled with a variety of personal, meaningful touches.  From scouring our parent’s basements to shopping on Etsy, we infused our wedding décor with family history, warm sentiments, and a timeless appeal.  The effect was vintage-inspired but chic-feeling.  Some of the decorative elements included:

My grandmother’s antique table and Remington typewriter, as well as a “Brophy brick” from a brickyard that was owned by my family generations ago

I tied my grandmother’s locket to the front of my floral bouquet.

My father’s antique trunk was a unique place to collect gift cards.  Stephen’s parents restored an old plantation shutter, which was used to display the escort cards and skeleton keys.

My wedding day was everything I hoped for and more.  It was personal, meaningful, fun, and reflected our personalities in a unique and distinct way.  Stephen and I will never forget the day we began our married life together.

Photography by: Carla Ten Eyck Photography