Rebecca is a jewelry designer and Carrie is a chef, and as creatives, they were very detail-oriented and knew exactly what they wanted, but they also didn’t let the planning stress them out. Everything from the color palette to the menu to the gemstones on each plate were carefully chosen. Together they had incredibly good vibes that carried throughout the entire wedding planning adventure.
Carrie and Rebecca’s wedding was at the end of pride week which made their celebration even more special. They didn’t want it to seem like a traditional wedding, they just wanted their friends and family to have a good time and celebrate them. The overall design was important, but at the end of the day, they just wanted their big day to feel welcoming.
We met on Match.com! Carrie was living in NYC and Rebecca was living in Vermont. After less then a year Rebecca moved to NYC to be with Carrie and attend college.
From Rebecca's point of view: Carrie didn't hold back! We go to Park City, Utah about once a year and it has become a special place for us. So, naturally January rolled around and we were off to the mountains! One day we woke up and Carrie told me we were going snowmobiling, being from Vermont myself I was very familiar and very excited. The day was brisk with a light flurry. We drove to the location, got on our snowmobiles and road up a mountain with a guide. Once at the top the guide gave us some time alone, which I later found out was planned. Carrie asked me to get off and make snow angels with her, I, suspecting nothing started playing gleefully in the snow. Carrie got my attention when she attempted to get on one knee, the snow was probably 6 ft deep, and pulled a ring box out of her pocket. She proposed with her mother's engagement ring that her parents has graciously passed down to us. It was an insanely magical moment.
It began a few months after our engagement. We looked into a couple of venues and then was told about Cedar Lakes Estate (CLE) from a friend. We quickly went up to Port Jervis, NY and fell in love with the property and what the owners, Stephanie and Lisa, had created. We were hooked! We also loved that CLE provided a weekend long experience for us and our guests. CLE made it very easy for us and provided a list of suggested vendors, from there we narrowed it down to vendors that aligned with our style. This process was the same with our wedding planner, Amanda Savory. We met with her and knew it was a good fit!
Our wedding day was amazing. Started with a delicious breakfast and then us and our guests took advantage of the property; yoga, pool, 'the blob' and zip lining. Our ceremony was held on the mountain top. Moments before our ceremony a fawn walked across the seating area, creating an insanely perfect ambiance. We were married by Carrie's childhood friend Sarah.
The reception was in the barn and the food was INSANE, our guests were very impressed. Our band rocked it and it was soon time for the after party which was held in the treehouse! At the after party CLE served mini burgers and cheese sandwiches while we played beer pong and flip cup. It was the best weekend of our lives.
Our advice for newly engaged couples would be to enjoy your engagement and not rush into the wedding. We were engaged for a year and a half before our wedding. Also, when people tell you to spend the money on food and the band they are not lying. The final piece of advice is to recognize that this event is not about the flowers or the dress or even the photos, but about you and your soon to be spouse. Carrie a is and I did a good job at this and I believe this is one of the reasons why we were able to have a relaxed enjoyable weekend.
Photographer: Lindsay Brown
Event Planner: ASE - Amanda Savory Events
Rebecca's gown: Watters
Carrie’s suit: Ermenegildo Zegna
Invitation Designer: Suitesmith
Photo Booth: The Bosco Booth
Beauty: MG Hair & Makeup
Band: Elan Artists- Suit and Tie
Event Designer: Rye Workshop
Venue: Cedar Lakes Estate