If there’s one thing I l-o-v-e about barn weddings, it’s the mix of the old and the new. The expected and the unexpected; the classic design with the handcrafted touches woven in along the way. And if there were ever a barn wedding to swoon, it’d be this Upstate New York affair from Caroline Frost Photography. One part cozy and another part chic, this DIYed wedding is worth a sweet, long look. See soooo much more right over here.
From the Bride… Matt and I met at Fairfield University in September of 2002 when we were just freshmen in college. We shared mutual friends and always seemed to find each other at the beach or various parties. Towards the end of college in 2006 we began dating and our love saga began. Matt claims that I told one of my friends that he resembled the ‘hot brother’ on “The O.C.” which is what prompted him to put the moves on me. I can neither confirm nor deny that I said that but I’m glad he thought I did!
Shortly after graduating college, I moved to Thailand for a six-month stint of adventure- Matt was my rock. Two years after returning we moved in together in New York City and have never looked back – we have two crazy dogs, one lucky fish, and countless memories we share. On January 28, 2012 Matt asked me to go for a walk through Central Park, not something completely out of the ordinary for a beautiful Saturday. As we walked across the Great Lawn, he recounted the many triumphs and obstacles our relationship has endured and without even noticing we had found ourselves in the Shakespeare Garden. He got down on one knee, asked, and I said yes (exuberantly).
When we envisioned our wedding we knew that it had to be a reflection of our personalities as not only individuals, but also as a couple. We knew we wanted it to feel like a weekend of festivities so it was easy to decide on the Hudson Valley. My cousin happens to be from Rhinebeck so I already knew that was a lovely town and destination.
We immediately got to work on the invitations. I loved the idea of adding vintage stamps to our save the dates as well as handmade lace bands to our invitations that I tirelessly constructed in our miniature apartment. My dear friend Maegan even hand wrote each and every envelope for our save the dates. We wanted our invitations, and wedding-weekend experience to bring forth our style, by blending both modern and rustic touches.
It was easy to decide that our ceremony would take place in Good Shepherd Church, a charming and quaint Roman Catholic Church in the center of town. The ceremony consisted of a mass where we were able to incorporate my family’s Cuban tradition of the ‘mantilla’ as well as include our closest friends and family throughout the mass, from ushers, to readers and gift bearers.
When we stumbled across Grasmere Farm for our reception space – it took our breath away in such a manner that we knew this was where we would celebrate our marriage. Being the raw space that it is, I knew that our personalities would come through in the personalized details. We wanted the barns to shine on their own and for the view to serve as the centerpiece. Anemones and succulents served as my primary inspiration and I strived to highlight them against a gray palette of linens and subtle touches of purple. I worked very closely with Hugh Piney, Catering Director at Terrapin Restaurant in Rhinebeck to develop a farm-to-table family style menu where our friends and family would literally “break bread” together and enjoy the day. We heard many guests say “this doesn’t feel like New York” and it really didn’t! Between the romantic Spanish guitarists during the cocktail hour to the spinning of vinyl records and unlimited Motown during the reception one did feel transported to another time and place.
We loved that we were able to share our special day with all of our closest family and friends and are completely overwhelmed with the outpouring of love and support we continue to receive. The smiles are genuine and the love is real – it was the best first day of the rest of our lives.
Wedding Photography: Caroline Frost Photography | Assisant Photographers: Jaine Kershner + Julieanne Prevete | Wedding Venue: Stone Barns at Grasmere Farm in Rhinebeck, New York | Floral Design: Cottage Gate Flowers | Catering: Terrapin Restaurant | Cake: Calico Restaurant and Patisserie | Stationery: LittleOwl Letterpress | Save the Dates: Minted | Invitation Calligraphy: Kathryn Murray Calligraphy | Event Rentals: Events Unlimited | Lighting: Linda Baldwin Flowers & Events | Favors, Invitation Accents, Card Table Runner, Cake Topper and Platter, Welcome Bags: DIY by the Bride + Mother of the Bride | Ceremony Music: David Albert Temple | Cocktail Hour Guitarists: Jason and Elysa Hochman | DJ: Ali Gruber | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier via Mark Ingram Bridal Atelier | Veil: Vera Wang via The Bridal Garden | Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bride’s Jewelry: Heirloom, Great Grandmother of the Bride | Bridesmaids Dresses: Joanna August | Makeup + Hair: La Tua Bella | Groom’s Suit: Louis Purple | Groom’s Shoes: Gucci | Groomsmen’s Suits: Tommy Hilfiger via Men’s Wearhouse