From The Bride:
We met in the romantic setting of Newark Airport, while we were both on our way to spend a fortnight in Israel. Over those two weeks we got to know each other as friends and once we returned to America we began a long distance relationship.
For their fifth year anniversary, we made plans to celebrate with a trip to The Met. On the way there I began to get a little suspicious. Graham asked if we could make a quick stop at a music store near Tompkins Square Park, a park where we have lots of memories. I thought something was up because he was being very sentimental on the walk there – but I figured maybe he was just being extra sweet that day. It wasn’t until he asked if we could sit down on a park bench (in terrible weather) that I started to get really nervous! He said a bunch of cute stuff, got down one one knee and took out the most stunning ring. We both started crying and jumping around and the rest is an awesome blur – we checked into a hotel, called all our friends and family from there – went to an amazing dinner at Il Buco, had a night cap at Rue B, and finally a late night dance party for two in our hotel room. It was the second best day of our lives!
Having both grown up going to (and loving) summer camps, we decided to have a very earthy and loosely campsite themed wedding. There were hammocks, hikes, campfires, a beautiful green barn, and even a hidden speakeasy for late night shenanigans. Race Brook also provided the Catering, and they really helped us turn our menu into what felt like a delicious home cooked meal. Most of our friends made a weekend out of it and stayed at the venue for 2 nights, and the venue really created a perfect atmosphere for our friends to relax and bond with each other in the Berkshires.
To decorate the ceremony space, we kept the look natural and rustic, the chuppah forming the centerpiece. It was made from one of Keren’s grandmother’s old tablecloths, which friends helped embellish with leftover flowers and ribbons. For the back of our chairs, I took the extra silk and ripped it up into ribbons, which I then hand-dyed in blues and purples. I tied the ribbons to the back of Graham and my chairs, which I think went so well with the color palette and table design. The picnic style tables were then decorated with lots of vintage vases, lace overlays, rustic flowers and dainty china while some fun was added to the day with a photo wall and polaroid camera area for guests to play with.
With the help of friends and family, we created a huge photo wall in the barn. It was really fun to put together on the Thursday before the wedding, and the guests really enjoyed looking at it throughout the night! We set up a polaroid camera and a blank wall with clothespins next to it, and by the end of the night the wall was covered in sweet and hilarious photos.