Rustic Elegance at Red Maple Vineyards • Cassi Claire Photography

 

This wedding from Cassi Claire Photography will absolutely put a smile on your face this morning. Cassi captured Iliza and Alan's rustic wedding at Red Maple Vineyards last fall, and the entire day was full of emotion, personal touches and FUN. Iliza and Alan define what joy looks like on your wedding day, and are absolutely adorable. 


From the Bride: Alan and I planned our wedding together, and we both felt so much ownership and excitement for the day. More than anything, we wanted our wedding to feel like a true representation of us and the things we love—the outdoors, lots of seafood and lots of dancing! It was so important to us that we enjoyed our wedding, and so we adapted or threw out traditions that didn’t fit that vision. My favorite choice we made was doing our first look many hours before the ceremony: we actually got to be together for most of our wedding day, which just felt right. The day was for us and we could not wait to live in the moment together. We also took all of the family photos and portraits before the ceremony, and so we didn’t miss a second of our cocktail hour or time on the dance floor.

Alan described our wedding style as “farm formal”—a term that our friends like to joke about because, really, what does that mean?! But it works, and Red Maple Vineyard was the perfect backdrop for a comfortable, rustic celebration with hints of fancy. We were especially drawn to the gorgeous ceremony site overlooking the Hudson River. Leading up to the wedding, the weather report was terrible: 60% chance of thunderstorms! But just an hour before the ceremony we decided to chance it and get married on that amazing hill. We are so glad we did! We were married by Alan’s minister from growing up which made the moment so personal, and we wrote our own vows together. The weather held out for the ceremony and cocktail hour, and it didn’t start to rain until just minutes after all of our guests were safely seated for dinner under the tent.

Our vendors did an amazing job making our vision come to life, and because of them, the reception was magical, delicious and an absolute dance PARTY! We also wanted to incorporate personal touches to make the day our own. We both carried family heirlooms: Alan a handkerchief that his great-grandmother and his mom each had at their weddings, and I wrapped lace from my mom’s wedding dress around my bouquet. I learned calligraphy for the invitations and escort cards, and my mom made the runners for the bridal table and the escort card display. We labeled the tables with sea creatures instead of numbers—just another reminder of our love of the ocean and diving—and we incorporated a whale tail on our invitations, as whales hold extra special meaning to us. But by far the biggest undertaking was the favors! Alan and I made 200 jars of pickles which were set at each place setting. It was the most time-consuming project we did, but we were really excited that our guests walked away with something that truly felt like a piece of us. 

Vendors: Photography & FUNbooth: Cassi Claire | Ceremony & Reception Site: Red Maple Vineyard  | Catering: Cornerstone Catering  | Officiant: Rev. Paul Whitmore | Flowers: The Green Cottage  | Bride's Dress: Augusta Jones via Rana Bridal | Bride's Shoes: Sperry Topsider | The Rings: Klim Jewelry (Elena) | Veil:  Rana Bridal | Hairpin family heirloom | Groom's Attire: Canali from Ed Mitchells | Groomsmen's Attire: Bonobos  | Ties: Vineyard Vines  | Hair Stylist: Studio One Hair Design (Amanda) | Make-Up Artist: Kathy Genchi | Invitations, Programs, Menu Cards, Welcome Cards: AMG Design Co.  | Table Numbers, Escort Cards, Guestbook, Favors: DIY | Entertainment: Silver Arrow Band  | Coffee: Between Friends Roasting