I have a soft spot for Southwood Estate. I've always loved this venue, since I first started this business, and I'm so lucky that I've been able to work there multiple times a year since then. Dana + Hart, the owners, are amazing and really let you take over the property for the weekend. It really allows each couple to feel like they are having their wedding at a family home. So it's natural that I'd want to do another blog post with more photos of this amazing day.
Emily + Ryan know Dana and Hart really well, and their son actually officiated the wedding! We setup a beautiful ceremony down a hill on property with the best view of the Hudson. The light was so perfect at this time of day, and by the time they said "I do" it was casting the prettiest warm glow over the whole ceremony site.
Now, let's get to the best part. Ryan is a chef, and we worked with Jim Gop over at Heirloom Fire to create the most amazing meal. It started with an epic charcuterie board at cocktail hour. Jim had one of his guys live cutting all of the dried meats. I love the way he styles his cocktail hour tables, no one does it better than Jim!
The reception was in a peaked tidewater tent and Michaela from Days of May along with Larry from Stortz Lighting created the coolest hanging chandeliers in different sizes over the dancefloor. All of them had hanging Edison bulbs inside so that they would glow the whole night. Emily's good friend is an illustrator and we worked with her and Sara from Ink Revival to pull together amazing menus with little illustrations of pizza, fish, and meat. Because we needed to fit so many platters on the table for Ryan's dream meal (more about that later), Michaela and I had to be really creative with florals. We decided on vines running down the length of the tables and one larger floral centerpiece every two tables. I custom built wooden tray stands so that some of the platters would be elevated, making it easier to fit everything on the tables.
Jim cooks everything over an open fire, so directly across from the reception tent we had the kitchen setup so that guests could take a look. Sometimes catering tents can be an eyesore, so it's great to have something styled outdoors so the guests can see exactly where their food is coming from! Ryan was really specific about the menu, and we ended up with an amazing coursed out meal that started with bread + olive oil, moved into flatbread pizzas, then large family style salads + finally all of the meats.
Here are some of my favorite photos of the night...