6.20.09 Cat Rock Wedding Erika & Nick


It was rainy, foggy and muddy on the day of Erika and Nick’s wedding…yet Cat Rock was still breathtakingly beautiful.

Osborn Castle sits on Cat Rock with a spectacular view all the way across the Hudson River to West Point on a clear day.  The stone castle is so lovely!  Jeff absolutely fell in love with the dark paneled library inlaid with railroad ties.

Osborn Castle was built and maintained by seven generations of environmentalists, and it was easy to see the thoughtful, environmentally friendly practices they’d put into preparing it for weddings and events.  The tent floor was strewn with sea shells to preserve the soil beneath.  Osborn Castle is the perfect spot for a green Hudson Valley wedding.

This was the elegant setting for Nick and Erika’s wedding.  Their ceremony was held inside the living room under a lovely chuppah draped in lace.  Lush bouquets of pink roses seemed to be everywhere.  Jeff performed, “A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes” on guitar as the bride walked down the aisle.


Erika and Nick wrote vows for each other.  Nick began, “Erika, my love–” and she interrupted him with a casual nod, “Hey.”  Everyone giggled.

(I love moments like that, when the nervousness dissolves into love and laughter.)

It was a pleasure to enjoy such beautiful surroundings.  Even the rain didn’t dampen the newlyweds’ spirits; I caught the two of them posing for the photographer under lime green umbrellas.


Erika’s father made the monogrammed cupcake display and decor at each place setting.


He also picked out a song for his dance with Erika, “Daddy’s Angel” by T Carter.  This one was new to me, and a great choice for a father daughter dance song.

We made a new friend in Brooklyn photographer Agaton Strom, a calm, creative presence who quietly captured the memories for Nick and Erika throughout the night, and were reacquainted with Eddie from Aroma Osteria who did the catering.  Man, can that guy cook!


Osborn Castle at Cat Rock

Catering by Aroma Osteria

Photos by Agaton Strom

Wedding Coordination by Jeanne Stark of Hudson Valley Ceremonies

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