On a brisk Autumn weekend, Billie and Jared gathered to celebrate their love surrounded by friends, family, and loads of creativity! It was a gorgeous combination of dedicated vendors, heartfelt DIY elements, and a stunning couple who radiated joy.
We began working with Billie and Jared about 5 months prior to their big day, and helped them finalize the details for what was already an expertly-planned aesthetic design. Billie, who works at NYU in Alumni Relations, and Jared, an attorney, worked together to create the overall design including a custom Mandala-themed graphic suite for their save-the-dates and invitations. Their creative idea to meld an organic feel with this Moroccan influence became our inspiration for their Hudson Valley jewel-toned wedding.
The weekend served up an unexpected twist with the weather forecast, which predicted a hurricane and introduced a drastic temperature drop! The bride purchased wellies, we had a jumbo clear umbrella on-hand for photos, and we sourced jewel-toned pashmina wraps for the ladies to use during the outdoor ceremony. Thankfully, the rain held off and the added tent above the ceremony site provided extra warmth for guests without blocking the magnificent view of the Hudson River.
Billie and her girls got ready and took photos at the welcoming and serene Bodhi Holistic Spa in Hudson, NY, while Jared donned his incredible custom eggplant suit at the Ca'Mea Inn. Wedding guests relaxed at their B&B's - all arranged by the bride herself throughout Hudson - and were later transported to the wedding location by school bus, a funky and whimsical choice that also alleviated any concerns about navigation or parking!
The sprawling grounds of eighteenth-century Hudson River property, the Clermont State Historic Site, were a picturesque backdrop for the day's events. Once Billie and Jared had their first look in the Walled Garden, they took a walk around the grounds taking portraits before the afternoon ceremony. The bride's young cousins played piano and violin with Guitarist David Temple, as guests sipped on hot cider and elderflower fizz, waiting excitedly for the festivities to begin.
A heartfelt ceremony was officiated by Rev. Jude Smith, and included personal elements such as the Bride and Groom escorted by their parents, proceeding together to meet under the arbor built by Billie's father and uncle, the Maid of Honor & Best Man opening the ceremony by playing a beautiful singing bowl, and a traditional Celtic Handfasting ceremony, during which the couple's close relatives and friends wrapped their hands together with symbolically-colored cords. After the ceremony, Billie and Jared signed their Marriage Mandala, a personal take on the traditional ketubah, on the porch of the historic mansion before gathering for family photos.
Following a cocktail hour featuring lawn games, docent-led tours of the mansion, and delicious signature cocktails and passed hors d'oeuvres, guests were ushered inside a heated tent that glowed with warmth lights and beautiful design choices. Navy linens were topped by unique doilies that Billie's grandmother crocheted especially for the occasion, table numbers designed by the bride and groom, and lanterns & mercury glass vases overflowing with dahlias, roses, and seeded eucalyptus. Tucked into the corner of the tent was a lounge area featuring antique family photos, colorful pillows, and sparkling lanterns to invoke a cozy and inviting feel which was exactly opposite of the chilly temperatures outside!
First dances and heartwarming toasts by the newlyweds' parents and Best Man & Maid of Honor were followed by a Tequila Toast, as the Bride and Groom joined their guests in dancing the night away and feasting on a sumptuous menu of Middle Eastern fare. The dessert table featured miniature cakes and the stunningly colorful wedding cake, and guests partied well into the evening before being transported back to Hudson - once again, by school bus. It was a full and beautiful evening, with the one constant image in everyone's mind the next day being that of the smitten groom and his glowing bride who never stopped smiling through the entire night.
A strong message of family and creativity, a cohesive aesthetic, and the couple's adoring love were what made this day so special, and we wish all the best to this amazing Bride and Groom.
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Images by: Peter Demuth Photography