Shadowlawn Wedding: Debbie and Mike

8.6.11  Debbie and Mike introduced us to yet another standout, non-traditional Hudson Valley wedding location, Shadowlawn in High Falls, NY.  Despite the torrential rain, these guys partied hard and enjoyed every minute of this rustic, country chic wedding.

The ceremony was held under the tent on the lawn before a focal piece of pale pink and white dahlias and roses in perfume

Photo by Steph

bottles hung on a string.  Debbie was just lovely, wearing her blonde hair down except for a braid holding it back, in a vintage dress and tea stained pink sash.

The ceremony evoked both laughter and tears as the officiant related Debbie and Mike’s love story, how they met in 10th grade, “when Debbie was on her way to science class,” over 10 years ago.

The Details

The bridesmaids wore above the knee aqua dresses and carried baby’s breath bouquets.  The groomsmen wore gray suits with matching aqua ties.

After the ceremony, we moved over to the barn for the reception.  It was absolutely transformed!  Long tables were draped in burlap runners and adorned with mason jars full of pale pink and white dahlias, roses and wild mint.  The table numbers rested on lace covered stacks of books.

Guests received favors of “Spread the Love” Hudson Valley preserves, and enjoyed Arnold Palmer signature cocktails.

Photo by Steph

There were far too many amazing details for me to catch them all, but Debbie did an awesome job putting it all together!

The Toasts

A common theme of the toasts seemed to be (gentle) teasing.  The Maid of Honor, Debbie’s sister, relayed how she was forced to listen to a recording of Mike singing over and over because he “sounded just like Justin Timberlake.”  And the Best Man ribbed Mike for still crying every time he watches Marley and Me.

The Artist’s Palate outdid themselves with the family style buffet, particularly the smoked beef brisket.  Delicious!

The Music

Debbie and Mike were introduced to “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.  They skipped in, linked arms, and did an improvised jig.  Their first dance song was equally cool, “Longing to Belong” by Eddie Vedder.

Some of my favorite moments were watching the guests dance arm in arm to “Drunken Lullabies” by Flogging Molly, and

Photo by Steph

Debbie’s family singing and jerking their heads to “What Is Love” by Haddaway.  And, of course, the grand finale of “Shout!”

This wedding was rustic beauty at its finest in a gorgeous Hudson Valley setting.  Thanks so much for inviting us, Debbie and Mike!


Catering by Artist’s Palate

Photos by Oh Darling! Photo

Officiant Jester of the Peace

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