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THIS WEEK WE HAVE THe gorgeous wedding of Rachael & michael all the way from New york USA!! Rachael planned and styled the wedding by herself and we think it’s just gorgeous, so grab a brew and read on!!
When and where was the wedding?
The wedding took place on 25th October 2019, in Hudson New York. the venue is called Basilica Hudson. it is a wedding venue and art centre. Basilica Hudson is a non-profit multi-disciplinary arts centre in Hudson, NY, supporting the creation, production and presentation of independent and innovative arts and culture while fostering sustainable community.
OUR WEDDING WAS THEATRICAL, INTIMATE, EDGY AND FULL OF SURPRISES. WE’RE NOT A BALLROOM TYPE OF COUPLE. WE BOTH HAVE BACKGROUNDS IN THEATRE, AND WANTED OUR WEDDING TO REFLECT OUR LOVE OF PUTTING ON A SHOW WHILE STILL BEING LOVING AND INTIMATE.
What type of ceremony did you have?
IT was AN INTERFAITH MARRIAGE, Rachael IS JEWISH AND MICHAEL IS AGNOSTIC CHRISTIAN. rachael’s JEWISH CULTURE is IMPORTANT TO HER SO we AGREED TO HAVE A MIX OF A SECULAR WEDDING WITH SOME JEWISH ELEMENTS, LIKE THE cHUPPAH THAT michael, who is a SET DESIGNER/CARPENTER, DESIGNED AND BUILT. WE also HAD A CANTOR MARRY US; HIS NAME IS CANTOR ERIK CONTZIUS.
THE CEREMONY WAS in THE SAME LOCATION AS THE RECEPTION IN A SEPARATE CEREMONY ROOM. THE RECEPTION SPACE WAS HIDDEN FROM THE GUESTS UNTIL AFTER COCKTAIL HOUR; AGAIN TO CREATE THAT THEATRICAL/DRAMATIC REVEAL.
Did you have a theme to the wedding?
WITH BACKGROUNDS IN THEATRE, WE BOTH KNEW WE WANTED TO BRING IN THEATRICAL ELEMENTS TO OUR WEDDING WHILE STILL BEING INTIMATE. WE SELECTED BASILICA HUDSON AS OUR VENUE BECAUSE WE LOVED THE INDUSTRIAL AESTHETIC. I PERSONALLY LOVE THE ROMANCE AND BEAUTY THAT THESE SPACES POSSESS, ESPECIALLY WHEN JUXTAPOSED WITH A ROMANTIC, VINTAGE, WARM DESIGN.
WHEN WE FOUND OUT YOU CAN DO PRETTY MUCH ANYTHING YOU WANT IN THis venue, INCLUDING HAVing FIRE PERFORMERS, NO NOISE LIMITATIONS, YOU COULD even BRING IN ANIMALS; WE WERE SOLD! WE ALSO LOVED THAT IT’S PRIMARY PURPOSE IS AN ART CENTRE WHEN IT’S NOT A WEDDING VENUE. THE ONLY DRAW BACK was, BUT WE VIEWED This AS AN OPPORTUNITY, is THAT THE SPACE DOESN’T PROVIDE ANYTHING EXCEPT CHAIRS and TABLES. THIS MEANT WE GOT TO CHOOSE EVERYTHING!!
IT WAS A HIGHLY CURATED WEDDING, NOTHING ABOUT THIS WAS A PACKAGED deal; IT WAS ALL CUSTOMIsED. I, RACHAEL THE BRIDE, AM A PRODUCER AND MY HUSBAND IS A SET DESIGN/CARPENTER SO WE KNEW WE WANTED A LOT OF PERSONAL ELEMENTS AND that WE WERE CAPABLE OF EXECUTING Them.
the MONTHS LEADING UP TO THE WEDDING, i spent THrIFT STORE SHOPPING; GOING ON AUCTION SITES FOR VINTAGE PIECES AND FURNITURE TO CREATE A COsY LOUNGE SPACE. ONE GREAT FIND WAS 50 VINTAGE SUITCASES I WON FROM AN AUCTION FOR $30; I USED THESE THROUGHOUT THE huge SPACE within the venue. as I KNEW that there WAS A BIG enough SPACE, which could cater for around 300 people AND WE WERE HAVING AN INTIMATE SIZE WEDDING, for 100 PEOPLE, that WE would NEED TO FILL THE SPACE WITH OTHER ELEMENTS TO NOT HAVE IT FEEL EMPTY.
WE RENTED AN AUTHENTIC VW PHOTO BUS, WHICH ENTERTAINED GUESTS AND SERVED AS A GREAT SET PIECE.
HOW MANY BRIDESMAIDS AND GROOMSMEN WERE THERE?
on rachel the bride’s side, we had 4 BRIDESMAIDS and 1 MAN OF HONOUR.
ON michael the GROOM’S SIDE, we had 5 GROOMSMEN INCLUDING THE BEST MAN
WHAT DID THE BRIDE WEAR AND WHO WAS THE DESIGNER?
I wore a HAND BEADED GOWN BY ENAURA BRIDAL. THE DRESS IS CALLED THE “BEAU”. V-NECK NATURAL WAIST A-LINE GOWN WITH FULLY BEADED WHITE PEARLS AND CLEAR CRYSTAL SEQUINS THROUGHOUT, this was from KLEINFELD’S BRIDAL IN NYC.
WHAT DID THE GROOM WEAR AND WHO WAS THE DESIGNER?
THE GROOM WORE A GREY 3 PIECE SUIT BY VERA WANG (THE BRIDESMAIDS ALL WORE DIFFERENT SHADES OF GREY AND THE GROOMSMEN HAD GREY HANDKERCHIEFS IN THEIR COAT POCKETS)
WHAT DID THE BRIDESMAIDS WEAR AND WHO WAS THE DESIGNER?
THE BRIDESMAIDS WERE ALLOWED TO SELECT THEIR OWN DRESSES, IT WAS IMPORTANT TO THE BRIDE THAT THEY ALL FElt HAPPY AND COMFORTABLE IN THEIR own DRESSes. THE ONLY CONSTRAINT WAS THAT THEY CHOSE A DRESS IN A SHADE OF GREY. THIS WAS ANYTHING ON THE SPECTRUM FROM SILVER TO DARK GREY.
WE INSTALLED A DOUBLE SWING FOR OUR GUESTS TO ENJOY! WE also HIRED BOTTLE DANCERS TO RE-ENACT THE BOTTLE DANCING SCENE FROM FIDDLER ON THE ROOf, WHICH IS A FAVOuRITE OF RACHAEL’S GRANDMA AND a CALL BACK TO OUR THEATRICAL ROOTS. WE ALSO ENDED THE AFTER PARTY WITH AN AMAZING LOCAL FIRE DANCER.
Designer – BAD BOSS BRIDE
Venue – BASILICA HUDSON
Videographer – MC2 STUDIOS
CAterer – VICTORIA’S WOOD FIRED PIZZA
Florist – HUDSON VALLEY FLORAL
CAke – NINE CAKES-BETSY THORLEIFSON
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