A week of bleak weather forecasts including thunderstorms loomed leading up to the weekend, but you wouldn’t know it from the sunshine-filled day August 4, 2018, turned into for Simone and Charlie’s wedding day at Cedar Lakes Estate. The setting, a former summer camp in the Hudson Valley, served as a rustic contrast to the couple’s bright, iridescent and modern wedding style.
What was your favorite part of the wedding day?
The heartfelt speeches, ceremony, reading and vows we shared with each other. We are so lucky to have friends and family that so poetically put their thoughts and feelings into words. It was important to us that we write our own vows so that we could be sure to capture the unique and special details that make our relationship meaningful. The best part for us is knowing how moved everyone was by our joyful celebration, which is clearly evidenced by the many happy tears Josh captured beautifully in our video.
What was your inspiration when planning your wedding?
First and foremost we wanted it to be personal and an authentic representation of who we are. For us, that meant unexpected details and having a killer party late into the night. It was important to us that if we were asking people to give up a summer weekend that we make it a fun and memorable mini vacation where they could laugh, dance, and, of course, blob! A former summer camp seemed the ideal location to bring everyone together with plenty of activities to bond over.
Having spent at least one weekend a summer hiking and exploring in the Hudson Valley as a couple, it seemed like the perfect mini-getaway destination from our fast-paced lifestyle in the city. For the decor, our challenge was meshing the two conflicting aesthetics, the woodsy location, and our modern and bold style. That’s where our amazing vendors came in. Our floral design team at Rye Workshop and wedding planner, Jove Meyer found a way to give us the best of both worlds. We choose these amazing vendors because we trusted their vision and style. Early on in the process, we gave them a high-level idea of what we were looking for and they ran with it. The result was a wedding better than we could ever have imagined.
Did you include any special traditions, old or new?
I think we will make lobbying each other a new tradition we do at least once a year! We are pretty non-traditional people and it was very important to us that our wedding be inclusive of all kinds of love and the equal partnerships we believe all relationships should be. We borrowed the Jewish wedding tradition of having each both parents walk Charlie+Simone down the aisle as it was important to acknowledge the two strong influences that shaped them. We are very lucky to have 7 of our grandparents living and that they were all able to attend, so we made sure to highlight that by having them walk down the aisle first.