Chris and Kate dated for TEN YEARS (yes, I said ten) before Chris proposed to Kate with his grandmother's ring on Christmas Eve, which was also Chris' grandparents' anniversary. Then, over a year later last Fall, the couple came together for their First Look just before the wedding, which was Kate's favorite memory from the day. "Chris and our dog, Griff, waited at the end of a stone bridge. When I walked up and he turned around, I could see the tears in his eyes. When we kissed, it was the moment I had been waiting for the whole year," said Kate.
Kate and Chris knew all along that they wanted their wedding to reflect their deep Southern roots and their modern New York lifestyle together as architects. They chose a particularly rustic historic farm house in the Hudson Valley, served bourbon and apple cider cocktails and boiled peanuts out on the back porch, followed by a yummy smoked BBQ dinner with local microbrews at the reception inside the wooden barn. To incorporate the couple's more modern style, the wedding party wore contemporary dark gray tuxedos and gray dresses, with simple Crespedia boutonnieres and bouquets. The bride, herself, held a bouquet of beautiful wildflowers, which was arranged by friends and family, along with the rest of the florals used to decorate the wedding.
Chris and Kate were married in the barn overlooking views of the Hudson River. "I walked down the aisle to Woody Guthrie's 'Remember the Mountain Bed,' played on acoustic guitar by our friends... A big highlight of the ceremony was a special appearance by our bowtie wearing dog, Griff. He bounded down the aisle straight to us, delivering our rings unrehearsed!" said the bride. Many of the reception details were created and assembled by tireless friends and family to fit a tight budget, including the seating chart, chalkboard guest book, table runners, glass bottle table numbers and fresh herb centerpieces, and even the desserts! Instead of having a traditional wedding cake, the couple chose to finally put a longtime family feud to rest; they had a chocolate chip cookie bake-off! The groom's old family recipe ultimately reigned supreme, but the yummy dessert bar was enjoyed by all.
Rustic Chic Mustard Yellow and Gray Wedding - Vendors & Credits
Photographer: Ilene Squires Photography
Venue: Mount Gulian Historic Site
Caterer: Roundup Texas Smoked BBQ
Flowers: Fifty Flowers
Wedding Day Coordinator: Zainab Muzaffar, (zainabareejm-at-gmail.com)
Rentals: Durant Tents
Hair Stylist: Hair Haven
Desserts: Family Members
Wedding Dress: Kirstie Kelly via Designer Loft NYC and shoes by Nine West
Groomsmen Attire: Ben Sherman
Bridesmaid Attire: Purchased individually; J.Crew