Even though The Farm at Pond Lily is a very rustic venue in the Hudson Valley, Charlotte + Scott wanted wanted to forgo the “barn-wedding” aesthetic, in place of something much more elegant, yet relaxed. C+S dated for 9 years prior to the wedding, and the most important thing to them was for the day’s energy to be intimate and organic, with their love for each other and all of their guests radiating throughout.
To do this, they brought on planner, Cathy’s Elegant Events, and focused on eclectic bohemian-inspired décor, with modern touches and a soft, early autumn color palette. To bring a touch of the ‘70s into play, mismatched vintage rugs lined the aisle, tons of Fleetwood Mac + R&B tunes were played, and Charlotte rocked an off-the-shoulder gown.
Let’s take a look at how they avoided the “barn-wedding” aesthetic in lieu of something much more boho in Julia Elizabeth’s photos!
Charlotte shares: Scott and I knew we wanted a wedding outside of New York City, so all of our family and friends could treat our day as their own weekend retreat as well. Upstate NY in the fall sounded ideal, with all of the beautiful foliage and open farm land.
Rue de Seine holds a special place in our hearts… and after seeing this dress, we’re pretty sure you can figure out why!
The First Look
How STUNNING are these two together?! We love a good floral tie + blue suit. Want to snag a similar style for the groom/groomsmen? Check out our GWS x Neck and Tie Co. floral ties + bow ties!
The groomsmen looked sharp in a variety of blue hues, while the ladies rocked floral prints and dresses in soft pink, purple and neutral tones. Dig the look of this wedding party? Recreate it with similar pieces below:
We fell in love with the sprawling fields, pond, old farmhouse and barn immediately. As an equestrian, the horses on the property immediately sealed the deal. To avoid the “barn-wedding” feeling, we brought in tons of bohemian-inspired elements: mismatched candles, vintage rugs, slate serving platters.
Processional: Hysterics"by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Hold You In My Arms by Ray LaMontagne (both played by Stellar Strings)
Recessional: Here Comes the Sun by The Beatles (played by Stellar Strings)
First Dance: By Your Side by Sade
How stunning is that floral arch Samantha Nass Floral Design constructed?
There are too many to count, but ultimately the moments immediately leading up the ceremony and walking down the aisle get top pick. Scott and I did a first look, which was amazing, but the gravity of the day didn't hit either of us until we all organized to begin the processional. Our parents, siblings and closest friends were all lined up on this quiet country road with us hearing the string quartet in the distance as the ceremony began.
Finally when it was just me and my dad standing there getting ready to walk down the aisle, the happy tears and nerves started to kick in. Little did I know Scott was already at the alter experiencing the exact same emotions. The second we finally got into eyesight of one another every bit of nervousness just faded away; we knew what was about to happen was going to be amazing.
Are you eyeing those gorgeous sleeves?! They’re actually detachable, so you can wear the dress as a strapless gown for part of the day + then change up your look for the evening! If you scroll back up, you’ll notice that C did just that!
The Dressed Up Barn Reception
Slate serving trays, metallic industrial chairs, and mismatched candles lined these family-style tables for the reception dinner.
First, there are very few times in life that all of your beloved, closest family and friends are in the same room. What's the expression, wedding and funerals? Well weddings are better! Take stock in it, take time to look around the room and cherish it. Those are the people that got you to where you are as individuals and as a couple. Second, hire a talented wedding planner so you don't have to stress the tiny details leading up to the big day and hire an amazing photographer so you can remember the candid small moments for a lifetime.
And last, but certainly not least, a stunning (semi) naked by from Something Sweet by Kristin Forster! We ADORE how it’s dressed up with florals!
From the team here at GWS, a million congrats, C+S!!
photography: Julia Elizabeth Photography // venue name: The Farm at Pond Lily, Elizaville in Hudson Valley, New York, USA // planning: Cathy's Elegant Events // florals: Samantha Nass Floral Design // wedding dress: Rue de Seine // hair stylist: Miss Harlequin Makeup & Hair // makeup artist: Miss Harlequin Makeup & Hair // groom attire: J.Crew // videography: Crown Street Productions // paper goods: Papel New York // catering: Lily and the Rose // cake: Something Sweet by Kristin Forster // specialty rentals: North Country Vintage Rentals // music: 74 Events // music: Stellar Strings