Le Chateau Wedding
South Salem, New York Wedding Photographer
From Victoria (The Bride)
On September 29, we woke up to one of the most beautiful days on record. The entire day was like walking through a cloud. Jeff and I shared the most intimate of moments during our first look in the stone garden I had always hoped we’d be standing in, we breezed through photos with our family and bridal party of a combined 22 and just like that, I donned my veil and with my parents by my side, began taking the walk I’d always imagined but still couldn’t quite believe, rose petals and lanterns abound. Led by our Rabbi and one of my closest friends, and with acoustic guitar and keyboard trilling in the background, we exchanged our own vows – I may have stopped the whole thing to ask for a tissue – and we had a few of our dearest friends recite the seven blessings. Once Jeff broke the glass, we kissed like giddy teenagers and made our way back down the aisle, a married couple! We shared a quick toast with the bridal party, stole a few moments together in the last bits of the sunset hanging over the lush Hudson Valley, and then it was time to party! The cocktail reception featured a hyper-curated selection of passed and stationary appetizers including a raw bar, a fine Italian cheese spread, a trio of sliders, a live stir-fry chef and mini tacos with accompanying margarita shooters, as well as two signature cocktails. Guests meandered through rooms and hallways of the storied mansion (J.P. Morgan once owned it) and into one grand bar after the other until just like that, it was time for the Grand Ballroom to swing open its doors.
In achieving my ideal aesthetic of clean lines and refined romanticism to match the elegance of the mansion, our tables featured a stunning mix of hydrangeas and complimentary whites in highs and lows with the glow of candlelight underwriting it all. With large, glittering chandeliers hanging overhead, Jeff and I bounded into the room and spent the rest of the evening on the dance floor with, as we hoped, almost the entirety of our guests getting down to the musical stylings of the Dane Wright Band. Jeff and I danced our first dance to “Have A Little Faith in Me” – a song very personal to us that dates back to one of our very first dates, and when he dipped me that one last time, while we were both very much there, in the middle of a dancefloor littered with everyone we loved in the world, it felt like we were flying, and the only people in the universe. The night raged on through epic speeches from my mom as well as Jeff’s brother, a photo booth and multiple free-flowing bars, and even more culinary fun with a Viennese Station that ran almost the entire length of the ballroom, as well as a late-night to-go station of sweet and savory pretzels. We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the incredible (and massive) cake I designed with DiMare Pastry. We closed out the night with final pictures to the backdrop of night and an afterparty to take us into the wee hours. To say that our wedding day was the best day of our lives would be an understatement.
Photography: Josh Wong Photography
Reception: Le Chateau
Floral Design: Enza Events
Wedding Dress: Hailey Paige
Wedding Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Hair: Cosmopolitan Hair Salon
Makeup: Brian Dean