Winter Wedding, Updated
December 10, 2008
Tri State

Every now and then, I get a really beautiful write-up from the bride of a featured Real Wedding after we've already posted the event. I usually just thank the bride but let her know that we've already featured another wedding. This time, though, the write-up was just so lovely and the additional pictures so beautiful, I wanted to share.

Here is a bit more from yesterday's completely cozy Winter Inspired Wedding from Karen Wise ...

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From the bride...

We (Jill & Eric) live in Westchester County NY. We wanted a small, intimate wedding - more of a cozy dinner party with close family and friends than a big, choreographed affair. We chose Blue Hill at Stone Barns for several reasons. First, the food is fabulous. Eric and I enjoy buying produce at farmers markets and like to eat locally produced foods whenever possible.We had visited Stone Barns and eaten at Blue Hill in the past and loved the fresh, farm-to-table ethic and organically grown food. Rather than choosing from a catering menu far in advance, the chef designed a personalized menu for us about a week before the wedding that featured what was fresh and in season on the farm that week.

The setting itself is rustic, yet sophisticated and there was something really magical about the way the votive candles made the stone and timber-beam interior glow. We kept the decor simple, unfussy and elegant to echo Blue Hill's interiors. There were simple mustard yellow/green raw silk table runners and floral arrangements of richly-colored seasonal flowers and berries on two long rectangular tables - each set for 20 guests. Ou

r Chupah was made of fresh bamboo that we discovered growing on our property. Sandra Clothier, our florist designed an amazing structure using the bamboo Eric and I harvested (literally - we spent half a day in the woods, saws in hand chopping down 7-foot lengths of the stuff!) and garlands of magnolia leaves - which were in season.

Because it was such an intimate gathering, we wanted our guests to be able to chat and enjoy each other's company so it was important to us that the music blended with and enhanced the mood with rather than overpowered conversation. We opted for a simple jazz trio to play during the ceremony and dinner that followed. Eric and I didn't do a traditional "first dance" However, on the spur of the moment during dinner we felt inspired when the musicians played one of our favorite songs and snuck off to dance. It was very romantic and spontaneous and one of my favorite moments of the evening.

The beautiful cake was crafted by Sweet Melissa in Brooklyn, New York.