You’re pretty much guaranteed a fabulous Monday when you start the day off with a stunning soiree such as this one captured by Ulysses Photography. In fact, with its breathtaking setting and darling DIY details, I predict an entire week of lovely thanks to this charming mountain affair. Plus, when you read the gorgeous bride’s description of the day, I guarantee you’ll fall head over heels for this adorable duo. (They are awesome.) So, sit back, relax and spend some time in the gallery. There is so much more pretty to be seen!
From the Bride… What is it that makes a wedding truly epic? By end of our magical day, I can comfortably answer that question: focusing your energy on making your friends and family a part of what makes your love and lives together unique. For Greg and I that meant we needed to envelop our guests in crazy delicious food, potent, lip-smacking drinks, music that rips you out of your seat, and personal touches that evoke the true friendship and love we have for each other. Together we have traveled far and wide for amazing, farm-to-table cuisine, so for our wedding, Blue Mountain Bistro in Kingston, NY was an easy choice. They focus on local, seasonal ingredients and they even sourced a grass fed cow for us to offer as our beef option. Awesome. Our cake was an ice cream cake made by Jane’s Ice Cream in the Hudson Valley; it was the best cake anyone had tasted. As many couples choose to do, we offered a signature drink at cocktail hour, which was a mint julep – highlighting our love for bourbon (you naughty, delicious beast you).
We sprinkled personal touches throughout the day. Greg and I each wrote our own vows and during the ceremony we passed our wedding bands through the crowd in a small, white satchel, so each loved one could silently bless our rings. Our rings were handmade by a young, Brooklynite jewelry designer, Salt and Stone. We designed our programs (Greg is a graphic designer – super helpful) and offered bubble soap to each guest at the ceremony. Our seating card table was spattered with family wedding pictures as far back as grandparents. Our tables were named after streets in Brooklyn that are important to us; we simply took pictures of the street signs and mounted them on cardstock. I’m a singer in a cover rock band named The Subscribers. My band played a set in the middle of the evening – I sang Walkin’ on Sunshine and there was confetti and oversized beach balls being tossed about everywhere.
To jog all my wonderful memories as I write this, I’m looking at the photography done by Ulysses Photography – a husband and wife team of titanic magnitude. Not only did Jenni and Ulysses capture every smile, every tear, every laugh and every rock and roll hand sign, they inexplicably captured the emotions and feelings of the day in artful candids that portray the life within each moment. I actually found the beautiful venue at which we were married, Onteora Mountain House, looking through wedding photography sites in the weeks after Greg and I were engaged and finding Ulysses’ beautiful photos of another wedding at this location – they were the first vendor I had to have and the rest easily fell into place shortly thereafter.
It’s relatively simple – your wedding is just one, enormous party and the more you’re able to inject facets of what make your relationship special, the more your guests will find themselves sinking deeply into a magical world of wedded bliss. My only complaint is that we couldn’t do it all over again the following weekend!
Wedding Photography: Ulysses Photography / Floral Design: Green Cottage / Wedding Ceremony + Reception Location: Onteora Mountain House / Catering: Blue Mountain Bistro / Wedding Cake: Jane’s Ice Cream / Bride’s Shoes: Diane B / Wedding Dress: Christos / Bridesmaid Dresses: Watters & Watters / Hair + Make-up: Dorothy of Pretty Bird Bridal / Earrings: Ellie Rose Designs / Rings: Salt & Stone / Band: The Subscribers Foundation / DJ: 74 Events