A Whimsical Wedding at an Upstate New York Mansion
Inspired by A Midsummer Night's Dream, this couple headed to the Hudson Valley to bring their fairytale to life.
Kaitlyn and Rob
Although they were raised in the same town in Northern Westchester, New York, it wasn't until the summer of 2010 that Kaitlyn and Rob were introduced by a mutual childhood friend. After their first date, Rob pulled his car over and asked Kaitlyn to dance with him in the middle of the street to "I Just Want To Dance With You" by George Strait. "We've been inseparable since," says the bride.
Three years later, Kaitlyn was returning from dinner with a girlfriend to find a glow coming from inside her house in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. She rushed inside thinking there was a fire, but instead found hundreds of candles, red roses, and Rob on one knee. She said yes, and the two began planning their dream wedding.
While on the hunt for a venue, Kaitlyn came across an article that detailed Locusts-on-Hudson—a sprawling estate located on the banks of the Hudson River that was once host to legendary parties attended by Grace Kelly, Cole Porter, and Louis Armstrong. The moment the couple saw the ivy-covered, neo-Baroque mansion, they knew it would be the perfect place to say, "I do."
And since they met on a summer evening, Kaitlyn and Rob found it appropriate to wed on June 20, 2015 (Midsummer's Eve). 130 guests joined them as they took inspiration from the Shakespearean romance A Midsummer Night's Dream with their planner and event designer Lyndsey Hamilton Events helping them create a magical dream of their own.
Mr. Boddington's Studio designed a whimsical hand-drawn map of the wedding venue in light pink and evergreen as the save-the-dates.
The Stationery Suite
"My Vera Wang gown was classic romance come to life," says Kaitlyn. "As soon as I put it on, I knew it was 'the one.'" The dress's drop waist corset was flanked by pieces of tissue organza and bias-cut tulle that cascaded in a peplum effect down the back of the cathedral-length train.
The Bridal Bouquet
The Manor Entrance
Kaitlyn and her bridesmaids took a quick photograph in the doorway, which was draped with an garland of silver dollar eucalyptus and creamy white snow garden roses.
The Bridal Party
The Flower Girls
The flower girls played by the pool in their Lille Couture dresses while the bridal party took portraits.
Arriving at the Church
Kaitlyn arrived at St. Sylvia's Roman Catholic Church in a vintage Rolls Royce.
Rob remembers thinking, "Don't cry, don't cry, don't cry!" as he watched Kaitlyn walk down the aisle with her father to Johann Sebastian Bach's "Cello Suite No.1 in G Major." Married in St. Sylvia's Roman Catholic Church, the couple participated in the lighting of a unity candle and the exchanging of rings after readings from Proverbs 31, Philippians 4, and John 15 were heard.
"After the ceremony, we were finally able to spend an hour alone taking breathtaking photos around the property as husband and wife," says Rob of his favorite moment of the day.
"I wanted it to reflect who Kaitlyn is: timeless and classic; effortless yet unique," says Rob of the J&B Family Jewelers engagement ring he found for his bride. Locusts-on-Hudson arranged for a wooden swing to be set up on the property so the pair could take this beautiful shot before joining their guests for cocktail hour.
A Taste of Vermont
Rob's grandmother owns a house in Vermont that the couple frequents for long weekend trips of hiking and skiing. Cocktail hour featured a spread of foods inspired by their vacations in the Green Mountain State, such as farmstead cheeses, cured olives, fresh fruit, and prosciutto-wrapped asparagus.
In addition to the Taste of Vermont table, Marcey Brownstein Catering provided some passed hors d'oeuvres which included Connecticut-style mini lobster rolls, house-smoked barbeque pulled pork on buttermilk biscuits, and local oyster on the half shell.
Made-to-order mint juleps were on offer, as were His and Hers drinks: a "Quince Old Fashioned"—bourbon, quince syrup, orange bitters, and muddled oranges for the groom and "The Grace Kelly"— lime-infused vodka with white cranberry, fresh lime, and Cointreau syrup for the bride.
The Escort Cards
Paperfinger calligraphed and assembled the copper bookmark escort cards, which were finished with a dusty-rose ribbon and rosemary sprigs.
After cocktail hour, guest proceeded down a lantern-lit path to a Sperry Tent, where long farm tables were decorated to re-create the whimsical A Midsummer Night's Dream. Kaitlyn and Rob entered the reception to their favorite song—"Hooked on a Feeling" by Blue Swede.
Each farm table was dressed with soft pink linen and a gauzy white overlay and tied together with white lace trim. The tabletop was set with white candles and gold vases of floral arrangements that mirrored the bridal bouquet.
The First Dance
Rhythm Collective performed Ed Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud" as the couple took their first dance underneath floral chandeliers.
Each guest took home a jar of honey procured from a beehive in the bride's parent's backyard.
Photography, Christian Oth Studio
Location, St. Sylvia's Catholic Roman Church (ceremony); Locusts-on-Hudson (reception)
Event planning, Lyndsey Hamilton Events
Catering, Marcey Brownstein Catering
Flowers, Poppies & Posies
Videography, Reeling Films
Officiant, Father Thomas Kreiser
Stationery, Mr. Boddington's Studio
Cake, Nine Cakes
Music, Rhythm Collective
Rentals, Borrowed Blu; Broadway Party Rentals; New England Country Rentals; Sperry Tents
Custom furniture & lighting, rEvolve Furniture Co.
Bride's gown and veil, Vera Wang
Bride's accessories, Hushed Commotion (hair piece); Van Cleef & Arpels (jewelry); Manolo Blahnik (shoes)
Hair & makeup, Damali NYC
Bridesmaids' dresses, Amsale
Matron of Honor's dress, Needle & Thread
Flower Girl dresses, Lille Couture
Groom's suit, Brooks Brothers
Menswear, The Black Tux
Engagement ring and groom's wedding band, J&B Family Jewelers
Bride's wedding band, Nina Jewelry