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Westchester And Hudson Valley Magazine’s Wedding Registry Inspirations


Petal to the Metal

We’ve seen some beautiful chuppahs at wedding ceremonies, and they’re preserved forever in photos. But Sam Spano of Copper Fields Design Studio in Yonkers aims to create chuppahs and canopies that’ll last outside of the photos and be passed down as family heirlooms. He makes copper chuppahs ($3,000 to $10,000)—with just his hands, hammers, and rivets, no soldering or welding—that can be reused as garden trellises or headboards after the wedding. “Copper is a very forgiving material—it’s a warm, inviting metal with strong tactile appeal,” Spano says. “But it is the patina that makes copper exceptionally compelling. The colors are unlimited. Copper is a uniquely reactive material unlike any other. As an artist, I can create an amazingly beautiful blue-green patina in a fraction of the time that it takes nature to do it.” Besides blue-green, Spano can custom-create patinas in red, black, purple, and a lush chocolate brown. Available at Copper Fields Design Studio, Yonkers (914) 462-6887; copperfieldsdesign.com

Cross My Heart

Once reserved for old-timey sewing circles, cross-stitch is now hotter than hot, like knitting was before it. But rather than a “Home, Sweet Home” sampler, go for something a little more personal. Embroiderer Elizabeth Dabczynski-Bean hand-makes custom cross-stitch portraits, and they’re pretty adorable. Available at Uncommon Goods, Brooklyn, NY (888) 365-0056; uncommongoods.com

Ring in the New

“I felt that same-sex couples wanting to express their love by ring exchange did not want the same simple wedding bands that were commonly found everywhere,” says jewelry designer Rony Tennenbaum. So, he decided to create his own line of wedding rings for the LGBT community (of which he is part). “I was looking for a perfect symbol that was not just another rainbow or triangle,” he says. “The ‘Tie the Knot’ design was a perfect way to express the love and commitment. I believe in making new traditions! And while tying the knot is not a new tradition, the ‘Tie the Knot’ rings can be. I say: get engaged, tie the knot, live happily ever after.” The rings can be made in 14K white, rose, and yellow gold, and with diamonds or without ($950, $1,350). Available at Kingston Fine Jewelry, Kingston (845) 336-5455; kingstonfinejewelry.com

No Uncertain Terms

If the band of gold around your finger isn’t enough to declare your marital status, you can announce it on your neck as well. Wear designer Sydney Evan’s sassy “taken” necklace ($750), which comes in metal-of-the-moment rose gold, and remove any traces of lingering doubt. Available at Desires by Mikolay, Chappaqua

Takes the Cake

Couples on those store-bought cake toppers never look quite right. You’re not a generic couple, so you can’t be captured in one of those one-size-fits-all cake toppers. One company in Yorktown Heights can fix that with a cake topper that looks much more like you. Mini 3D ME uses 3D-printing technology to create a five- or six-inch-tall figure in your likeness ($350)—you just have to strike a pose and be scanned by a high-tech scanner. Available at Mini 3D ME, Yorktown Heights, (914) 522-3648; mini-3d-me.com

A Stitch in Time

When Jane Serio was looking for
a way to distinguish her line of wedding invitations and stationery, she came upon an unusual idea: making fabric-lined invitations with embellishments that look like stitching along the edges. She launched the Larchmont-based Sweet Jane Paperie in 2012, and the result was so unique and luxurious, her stationery was included in the 2014 Oscar swag bags. “The invitation sets the tone for any event, and using fabric is a beautiful way to make the invitation for your most important day stand apart from all the rest,” Serio says. “It lets guests know that you care about the details.” Available at Sweet Jane Paperie, Larchmont (917) 273-1009; sweetjanepaperie.com


You don’t want your bridesmaids to hate their dresses, but you do want them to match your perfect (but very bridal) palette of coral, peach, and pink. What’s a bride to do? Durga-Kali has come up with a unique solution to the wear-it-again problem: dresses ($250 to $399) that are reversible, with wedding colors on one side and black on the other—just turn it inside out for a completely different look. Long gowns can even be buttoned on the inside to become short cocktail dresses with bubble hems. Available at Durga-Kali; durga-kali.com



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