Christina and Andy live in Brooklyn, but spent many weekends traveling to the Hudson Valley and the Catskills for day hikes, long weekends, and fresh air. They also love good food and appreciate the chefs that use local, organic food. They found the perfect place about 50 minutes outside of Manhattan.
The Blue Hill at Stone Barns restaurant sits on grounds owned by the Rockefeller estate, not far from Manhattan, in Pocantico Hills. The surrounding farm produces all of the produce and food for the restaurant, and the restaurant’s menu fluctuates, depending on what’s available on the farm. They have a 22,000 square foot greenhouse where they grow all sorts of lettuce and other vegetables. It is the largest greenhouse that exists for the purpose of supplying organic produce for a restaurant in the entire country.
This wedding isn’t necessarily IN a barn like the others this week, but there is a beautiful working barn there and a great farm setting, plus she has some great details, that I just had to share! Christina also documented her planning process on her blog, so to learn more details, please check it out!
Christina and Andy wanted a simple and heartfelt evening…and they succeeded. I hope you enjoy the photos and details of their farm fresh wedding as much as I did.
Thanks to Christina for letting me share this with you all! Photography by the talented Sarah Sloboda.
A friend of Christina’s, Tawana Schlegel, volunteered to be the floral designer. Christina showed her the inspirations (many from her blog) and told her that she wanted everything to be very simple with a “farm meets the forest” idea. She used kermit mums and white clover for the men, and the ladies had lady slipper orchids. Christina’s bouquet was all white ranunculas (I love this flower!! ) They are so clean and fresh, but all of those petal layers add an element of lushness.
Christina was planning to get married outside, but because of the rain, she had to switch plans. The day ended up feeling stormy and romantic indoors. Tawana (her floral designer) came to the rescue and found logs to place around the windows with flowers – so romantic!
Christina downloaded silhouettes from a copyright free image site and made the escort cards herself. Christina made the animal table markers and many of the vessels (ceramic). Jenna Hein (who addressed their invitations) wrote the names on the place cards.
One of the couples favorites things to do was to go to Breezy Hill Orchard in the fall to pick apples. They couldn’t think of anything better to send their guests home with, so they decided on a local fruit medley with a canvas tote as send-offs. The fruit was wrapped up in the burlap sacks. They attached mini Moo cards to each burlap bag. The cards had pictures of the couple with a message “Andy and Christina love you” on the back.
From Christina “The food was heavenly. We really didn’t know much about wine, but the Blue Hill sommelier did a wonderful job. We learned a lot about the food we served when we were designing the menu. The staff at Blue Hill was amazing.” I love that they use the freshest ingredients the farm has to offer and will work to make sure your menu reflects you.
Their cake was vanilla cake with a layer of dulce de leche and a buttercream frosting. Many of the guests went back for seconds! (Always a good sign) The cake was from Lulu’s Cake Boutique. For the cake topper Christina found two horse models (an “Arabian” stallion and mare) that were marked with the year they were born. She put a little white paper posey by the ear of the mare to give it a little bit of “bride”.
The invitations. Gorgeous calligraphy by fellow Brooklyner Jenna Hein. (photos below taken by Christina)