This wedding features a New York bride and an Irish groom who met while living in Madrid and married back in the bride’s home town. As a nod to their worldliness and love of adventure, the couple laced their wedding day with hints of travel, ranging from luggage tags to city signs. Izzy Hudgins Photography and French Knot Studios made it possible for us to share this beauty today, so let’s jump in!
From the bride, Carisa: My husband and I met while living in Madrid, but have spent the last 4 years stateside. He’s from Ireland, I’m from upstate NY. It makes sense that we have an affinity for the “Old World” charm that takes us back to that time when we first met, within places and spaces whose walls and grounds are filled with character of days passed. Although we were getting married in the United States, we wanted to find somewhere here that had some of that character. The Hudson Valley lent itself to just that, and a wedding date in October made perfect sense to take advantage of its well renowned fall foliage. The Church, the Winery (Reception venue), and the rental home we were staying in (where I got ready that morning) are all listed on the National Register of Historic Places and were all built in the 1800s. (1839, 1895, and 1858 respectively.) The stone structures and pristine gardens provided the stylistic elements we loved and the misty dewy morning certainly added an extra Irish ambiance to our day.
To say that this was a global affair would be accurate. Not only did guests travel from afar, but resources were utilized from all over the country, and the travel concept was embedded throughout in the décor. Being that we were in a winery, we also carried on with a beverage theme and decided to name the tables after a medley of international watering holes that have been part of our story. The centerpieces were a mix of DIY monogrammed wine crates and various beverage glasses (spray painted and glittered,) finished off with the perfect touch of stunning flowers. When I look at photos of the reception with the tables in the background, I see the miles this truly collaborative effort traversed… the trips home when my Mom and I scoured thrift shops for the beverage containers, the wine crates created in my parents wood shop in NY, stained and aged by my husband on visits from Alaska, with some expert guidance from our stylist in Georgia. Another handmade product of my parents’ wood shop is the wedding card box that was created with reclaimed barn wood from a nearby 19th century farm. This was designed with input from myself, my husband and my parents and is a treasure we’ll have for years to come to remember our day.
If you need info on the Golden Girls… My gals were given a color and some direction and off they went. There was everything from a secondhand eBay dress to a Rent the Runway selection to a last minute (literally the week before) Macy’s gown for the 5 Months Pregnant MOH! I hadn’t seen most of the dresses until that day so it was an extra special bit of fun for me to see that vision come together.