Mary Elise Rees Event Design

Mary Elise Rees Event Design Mary Elise Rees is an artist and event designer serving upstate New York. I use my background in sculpture and installation art to create unique weddings.
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Just can’t get this gown out of my mind! ✨🌙 A few more shots from our celestial shoot. Design and florals by moi! Photog...
05/01/2018

Just can’t get this gown out of my mind! ✨🌙 A few more shots from our celestial shoot. Design and florals by moi!
Photographer @cassandradayephotography
Venue @thesinclairsaratoga
Models @thrashhappy @borndeadclothing
Bridal Gown shop @somethingbleubridal
Gown @watters
Menswear @jonathanreidmenswear
Rentals @northcountryvintage
MUA @color_me_gorgeousxo
Hair @paintedbyashleymarie
Jewelry @annickdesigns
Signage @lettersanddust
Cake @craftbaking

04/20/2018

Behind the scenes of yesterday’s Celestial styled shoot! More to come!

Photographer Jessie Casey and I have a special valentine for one lucky couple! We are giving away a styled elopement/int...
02/14/2018

Photographer Jessie Casey and I have a special valentine for one lucky couple! We are giving away a styled elopement/intimate wedding. I'll style a lovely intimate wedding for you and up to 10 of your loved ones in a breathtaking location and Jessie will capture it all! PM me to enter!
More details below.

Elopement will occur sometime in the Spring 2018. Couple must live in the NY Hudson Valley area or be willing to travel to it. Elopement includes styling assistance, location scouting, design details, small cake, bouquet and/or boutonniere, and a few surprises!

While I don’t celebrate the actual events behind this holiday I do believe it is always great to show gratitude and shar...
11/23/2017

While I don’t celebrate the actual events behind this holiday I do believe it is always great to show gratitude and share a meal with friends and family. I’m especially thankful to all the friends and family in my life that have supported me. Having a “village” to lean on means so much to me! I hope you all enjoy today’s meal with those you love!
Photo by @andrewfranciosa

This groom and wedding had some serious style and you can see more from Kate & Chris’ backyard wedding now on my website...
11/17/2017

This groom and wedding had some serious style and you can see more from Kate & Chris’ backyard wedding now on my website! Photo by @tonhyakae

Happy Friday! I just got a hold of these stunning photos from Kate & Chris’ backyard June wedding! We provided month of ...
10/27/2017

Happy Friday! I just got a hold of these stunning photos from Kate & Chris’ backyard June wedding! We provided month of coordination and day of styling so they could just focus on each other! Photo by @tonhyakae

09/19/2017

A glimpse at last Saturday's wedding

I have been so behind on posting but truth is work+baby+wedding season= not enough hours in the day! These cooler evenin...
08/29/2017

I have been so behind on posting but truth is work+baby+wedding season= not enough hours in the day! These cooler evening temps do have me thinking of fall weddings though like Charlotte & Jeff's last October 😍
Photo by @cynthiachung

Offering styled mini-sessions for couples with Keira Lemonis Photography at beautiful M&D Farm on May 21st! Reserve your...
04/20/2017

Offering styled mini-sessions for couples with Keira Lemonis Photography at beautiful M&D Farm on May 21st! Reserve your slot and celebrate your partnership with some photo memories whether you've been dating 2 weeks, engaged, or married!

Beautiful photos of Charlotte & Jeff's wedding at Foxfire Mountain House this past October by Cynthia Chung. http://www....
02/14/2017
Charlotte & Jeff - Catskills Wedding

Beautiful photos of Charlotte & Jeff's wedding at Foxfire Mountain House this past October by Cynthia Chung. http://www.cynthiachungweddings.com/new-york-city-wedding-engagement-photographer/2016/11/30/charlotte-jeff-catskills-wedding

Charlotte and Jeff picked an amazing venue for their wedding. The Foxfire Mountain House is a gorgeous Inn nestled up in the Catskills. They had their guests stay there the weekend and enjoy the wedding ceremony at the back of the house. Had a tent set up for an outdoor reception and a georgeous…

I've been collaborating with the fellas at M&D Farm to create a special event, The Collective. We are putting on a marke...
01/24/2017
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I've been collaborating with the fellas at M&D Farm to create a special event, The Collective. We are putting on a market that will feature local designers, artists, and food vendors. There will also be workshops by vendors for attendees to sign up for throughout the weekend and a special supper club type dinner the night before the market opens featuring a local chef. Applications for the May 6-7 market are now open for vendors so please check it out and share!
https://www.thecollectiveatmnd.com/

I'm still swooning over the color palette from this styled shoot we did!
01/13/2017

I'm still swooning over the color palette from this styled shoot we did!

Finishing off the week with this stunning modern botanical styled shoot featured on my blog. Head on over to see more! h...
01/13/2017
Modern Botanical Inspiration

Finishing off the week with this stunning modern botanical styled shoot featured on my blog. Head on over to see more!
http://www.maryeliserees.com/blog/2017/1/12/modern-botanical-inspiration

Since in my last post I shared a wedding that took place at the Lucas Confectionery I thought I'd bookend the week with this gorgeous styled shoot we also did at the Lucas Confectionery. The creative team for this shoot included Keira Lemonis Photography, floral designer Dark + Diamond, True North B...

Check out Maghan and Nuzzy's Troy/Albany beer themed wedding up on my blog today with lovely photos by Laura Andrea Harr...
01/09/2017
Married: Maghan & Nick

Check out Maghan and Nuzzy's Troy/Albany beer themed wedding up on my blog today with lovely photos by Laura Andrea Harris.
http://www.maryeliserees.com/blog/2017/1/8/married-maghan-nick

Local couple Maghan and Nick planned a beer filled wedding spanning both Troy and Albany. They had their intimate ceremony officiated by Ritualisms at the Lucas Confectionery then guests crossed the river to downtown Albany for the reception at restaurant and bar City Beer Hall. Like I said their n...

Today on my blog I'm featuring Cecelia & Ben's Berkshire barn wedding. It was a team effort to create their design. Cece...
11/02/2016
Married: Cecelia & Ben

Today on my blog I'm featuring Cecelia & Ben's Berkshire barn wedding. It was a team effort to create their design. Cecelia and Ben created the penny escorts and concrete vases. My team and I created the pegboard ceremony backdrop, 32 throw pillows, hand painted signage and 150 custom napkins in shades of blue and white. And on their wedding day I coordinated while being 9 months pregnant! The rain pushed the ceremony indoors, but the skies cleared for the reception and portraits around the rolling hills. Photos by Amber Bauhoff Photography.
http://www.maryeliserees.com/blog/2016/11/1/married-cecelia-ben

This Brooklyn based couple came back to their roots in the stunning Berkshires to tie the knot on the grounds of Roeliff Jansen Park in Hillsdale, NY this past June. The wedding combined elements made by both myself and the couple including the unique cement vases they created. Local food meant a lo...

We had fun yesterday putting together some epic bridal shower/bachelorette weekend inspiration at M&D Farm including a f...
10/26/2016

We had fun yesterday putting together some epic bridal shower/bachelorette weekend inspiration at M&D Farm including a flower crown workshop with Flower Scout, pop up bridal salon with True North Bridal, and Rose & Dale Photo Co's airstream trailer photo booth. Looking forward to seeing the professional photos by Andrew Franciosa and video by Gardenhouse Films! For now here are some iphone shots I snapped!

Jessie Casey Photography and I are teaming up on a special photo project. To create it we are in search of an engaged co...
10/21/2016

Jessie Casey Photography and I are teaming up on a special photo project. To create it we are in search of an engaged couple whose love story mostly developed in the capital region. If that sounds like you send me a message! You'll get some sentimental photos out of it!

Ally & Colby's wedding from this past August is captured beautifully by DAG Photography. Ally and her friends DIY'd many...
10/19/2016
Ally + Colby

Ally & Colby's wedding from this past August is captured beautifully by DAG Photography. Ally and her friends DIY'd many aspects of this farm wedding and I added a dream catcher backdrop for their ceremony and provided day-of coordination. And I had a total crush on those bridesmaid's mismatched floral dresses!
http://dag-photog.blogspot.com/2016/09/ally-colby.html?spref=fb

Bluefield Farm, NY Dress: BHLDN Florals: Wild Flowers + J...

Still a little time left to enter our engagement session giveaway! Tag a newly engaged friend!
10/07/2016

Still a little time left to enter our engagement session giveaway! Tag a newly engaged friend!

Winner announced next week!! Don't miss your chance to enter!

Engagement Session Giveaway!! The prize just got even better as Blush518 will now be doing hair / make up & Lily Saratoga will be doing some wardrobe styling for the session!!
One lucky couple will win an engagement session styled by Mary Elise Rees Event Design and photographed by yours truly at the gorgeous M & D Farm Westerlo, NY - Events & Film Location in Westerlo, NY!
If you are engaged, don't miss your chance to win... if you know someone who is engaged, better share this with them right now! 😀
Go here for rules and the official entry form - http://www.keiralemonisphotography.com/giveaway
Winner will be chose on Thursday, October 13, 2016!

MODEL CALL! We're looking for a group of stylish ladies to model in a bridal shoot with the talented @andrewfranciosa an...
09/20/2016

MODEL CALL! We're looking for a group of stylish ladies to model in a bridal shoot with the talented @andrewfranciosa and taking place at the new venue space @mndfarm! Looking for around 5-6 models. Must be available October 25th. #modelcall #albanyny #troyny #styledshoot #newyorkweddingphotographer #upstateny Photo by Andrew Franciosa.

Details are coming together for next week's colorful geometric wedding in Lake George, including these relationship time...
09/13/2016

Details are coming together for next week's colorful geometric wedding in Lake George, including these relationship timeline banners that will lead the guests to the ceremony site.

I've been away for awhile because I was off having this here little baby, but now I'm getting back into working again!
08/26/2016

I've been away for awhile because I was off having this here little baby, but now I'm getting back into working again!

And now some lovely photos of Saturday's wedding by photographer Amber Bauhoff!
06/13/2016

And now some lovely photos of Saturday's wedding by photographer Amber Bauhoff!

A teaser from Cecilia and Ben's beautiful wedding this past weekend! It started off with storms and ended with a beautiful sunset, before the fog set in over Hillsdale, NY, the day ended up being quite perfect. Congratulations you two! Thank you to Mary Elise Rees Event Design, Red Apple Butchers, Upstate Beauty, and Sundari Hair Studio for an amazing job!

A few iphone snaps of this past saturday's wedding out in the Berkshires. Cecelia & Ben's design consisted of copper, bl...
06/13/2016

A few iphone snaps of this past saturday's wedding out in the Berkshires. Cecelia & Ben's design consisted of copper, blues, and concrete. I made a yarn stitched pegboard backdrop with florals atop, sewed 140 mixed blue pattern napkins, and 32 pillows for the ceremony seating. I loved the couple's DIY concrete vases they made for the centerpieces!

A beautiful shot by Laura Harris Photography of Maghan and Nick's May wedding!
06/08/2016

A beautiful shot by Laura Harris Photography of Maghan and Nick's May wedding!

Two beautiful May weddings completed and all while being eight months pregnant! Thanks of course to my lovely assistants...
06/03/2016

Two beautiful May weddings completed and all while being eight months pregnant! Thanks of course to my lovely assistants for jumping on ladders and hauling stuff for me. One more wedding and then I take a little break to welcome our babe into the world!

Sneak peek from our styled elopement shoot we did on Monday from photograher Jessie Casey. We had an amazing team includ...
05/12/2016

Sneak peek from our styled elopement shoot we did on Monday from photograher Jessie Casey. We had an amazing team including the new local vendor Rose and Dale Photo Co. Can't wait to show you the rest of the stunning images!

The auction for this awesome jacket has now started over on my Instagram  @maryeliserees! Bidding starts at $25 and the ...
03/30/2016

The auction for this awesome jacket has now started over on my Instagram @maryeliserees! Bidding starts at $25 and the auction closes at 8pm EST.

Later today at 2pm EST I will be auctioning off this hand embroidered jacket over on my Instagram! This lovely was featu...
03/30/2016

Later today at 2pm EST I will be auctioning off this hand embroidered jacket over on my Instagram! This lovely was featured on Ruffled Blog yesterday if you didn't catch it. It's a size small with magenta embroidery. Please share and tag a bride to be who you think should rock this jacket on their wedding day!

This beautiful shoot, photographed by Keira Lemonis Photography, that we created during the mild winter is featured on R...
03/29/2016
Modern Botanical Wedding Inspiration | Ruffled

This beautiful shoot, photographed by Keira Lemonis Photography, that we created during the mild winter is featured on Ruffled Blog today! I'll be auctioning off the jacket featured in the shoot tomorrow on my instagram!

http://www.ruffledblog.com/modern-botanical-wedding-inspiration/#more-591632

Credits -
Design - Mary Elise Rees Event Design
Floral Design - Dark + Diamond
Venue - Lucas Confectionery
Dress Designer - Claire La Faye
Dress Shop - True North Bridal Studio
Jewelry - Nadine Medina Designs
Make up - Erin Marzilli
Hair - Hair Creations
Furniture Rentals - North Country Vintage Rentals
Invitations & Paper Goods - Wedding Paper Divas
Adorable Models - Cymone & Kahdeem

The team behind today’s shoot, which includes Keira Lemonis Photography, Mary Elise Rees Event Design, and Dark + Diamond, was inspired by their invitation suite to create an urban greenhouse styled wedding. Then came lush greenery, shades of pink and purple, and a real-life couple so adorable our h…

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