Real Weddings



Photography by Karen Wise Photography

When Hanna and Jimm were engaged over the summer in Cape Cod they already knew that they wanted to be married at their cousin’s beautiful farm and inn, the Kaaterskill, in Upstate New York. They loved the idea of their guests relaxing at the then 20 acre family farm, with the veritable petting zoo and walking paths along the river before dinner.

In an effort to make the rest of their wedding planning as easy as picking the location, Hanna and Jimm decided to focus on certain elements they felt were most important, while keeping other details on the simple side. Some of the elements they focused on took them by surprise, but being that the bride and groom are in creative industries, he’s an art director and she’s a freelance producer and art buyer, the paper suite was a natural place to focus. The invitations were one of their favorite wedding projects. They found some old Maurice Sendak illustrations and designed the invitations around them adding vintage maps, marbled paper and ribbon for details. They were mailed in letter boxes with calligraphy and vintage stamps instead of traditional envelopes.

Hanna found her gorgeous Pnina Tornai wedding dress at a blowout sample sale and her veil custom made. It ended up being pretty chilly so she wore a vintage mink cape for most of the day, a thrift store find from the year before.

The couple gave the floral designer, Sarah Ryhanen of Saipua free reign to do whatever she liked. Their only request was soft natural tones and branches that looked organic to the property. The arrangements were full of persimmons and crab apples which the goats discovered and devoured the next day. Despite this, the floral elements were beautiful and exemplified autumn at its very best.

Cocktail hour was in the hunting room at the farm house and the formal sit-down dinner in the barn catered by Sonnier & Castle. Instead of giving people a choice of beef or chicken, everyone was served two smaller entrees: filet mignon and branzino. “The food and service was amazing and people are still asking us about our caterer,” says the bride. Overall, this festive and joyous wedding was everything the couple wanted it to be from the dinner to the decor to the dancing.

I was surprised the cake was an area I decided to splurge on but I couldn’t resist the gorgeous hand-painted cake with antique delft tile designs. —Hanna


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