You might not expect to meet your future spouse on the first day of law school, but that is how Sarah and Bill, both civil litigators at law firms in Washington, D.C., met. They didn’t start dating for years, instead becoming friends first, so when they eventually started dating they knew each other very well. Sarah told Twirl New York, “We both needed to grow up a little, but when we did, we quickly noticed that we fit better together than apart.” At a Fourth of July event, with fireworks exploding over the beach where Sarah spent summers growing up, Bill proposed. And the rest is history.
When it came to planning their wedding, so much of Sarah and Bill’s choices were sentimental and personal, from the venue to the names of each reception table to the accessories worn by the bride. “We aimed to craft a wedding celebration that was reflective of our relationship and personalities,” explains Sarah, “ but also welcoming and memorable for our guests.”
For the ceremony, guests joined Sarah and Bill at the high school both the bride and her father attended. “Family members remarked it was the most personal wedding service they had experienced,” she recalls.
One special ceremony touch was the song the bride walked down the aisle to, Edelweiss, a family favorite that also represented the couple’s upcoming Austrian honeymoon. The bride’s look was also quite personalized and included vintage jewelry and her grandfather’s ring with their family crest. Her father has the same ring and also wore it for the occasion.
We aimed to craft a celebration that was reflective of our relationship, and also welcoming and memorable for our guests.—Sarah
When planning the reception, held at Montgomery Place, the couple focused on the natural beauty of the venue, keeping the decor simple with white linens, peonies, and white paper lanterns clustered above the dance floor. To enhance the beautiful architecture, the front of the estate house was lit to provide an elegant backdrop to the festivities.
While guests enjoyed the cocktail hour, docents assisted self-guided tours through the house. Simultaneously, croquet and Kubb (a traditional Viking game) were set up on the lawn for the more competitive guests. Of course, some guests sat on the porch, enjoyed their cocktails, and took in the scenic views of the Hudson river—saving their energy for dancing later in the evening. To ensure that dinner was enjoyed by all, and to break the ice, the couple selected table names that about half of the guests at each table would understand, forcing the other half to inquire about it and storytelling about the couple would ensue. As each table cracked the riddle of their seat assignments, they learned common themes between them and the couple, which created a fun and festive environment.
Bill took an active role in the music selection for the evening, spending many hours choosing tunes and working with the DJ on their playlist. “He carefully described our music preferences and aversions,” Sarah explains. “Make sure you are good at communicating your dislikes as well as your preferences to your vendors,“ she advises brides and grooms-to-be. According to Sarah, Bill’s hard work paid off as the dance floor remained packed the entire evening.
When it came to their photos, Sarah and Bill have permanent memories of their special day. “We got more than we could have hoped for with Maya, and we still tear up when we look through the photographs!” Another graduate of the bride’s high school, where the ceremony took place, choosing their photographer was just another aspect of how this wedding had personalization in unsuspecting, but special ways.
Wedding Planning Every Season Events
Venue, Ceremony Flagler Memorial Chapel at The Millbrook School
Venue, Reception Montgomery Place, Rhinebeck NY
Floral Design Floral Fantasies By Sara
Wedding Dress Designer Paloma Blanca
Bridal Salon Love Couture Bridal
Stationery created by the Bride’s Father Sandy Podmaniczky
Officiant Cameron Hardy, Chaplain at The Millbrook School
Wedding Cake Calico Rhinebeck
Music APB Entertainment
Rentals Events Unlimited
AV/Lighting A Perfect Blend Entertainment
Transportation Adriano Limo
Bride’s Shoes Mod Cloth
Jewelry Family Heirlooms and Antiques
Groom’s Attire Jos A. Bank
Bride’s Engagement Ring Tacori from Mervis Jewelers
Bride’s Wedding Ring Hummingbird Jewelers
Groom’s Wedding Ring Macy’s
Bridesmaids’ Dresses Little Borrowed Dress
Hair Studio One Hair Design
Makeup Skin Care Therapy LLC