Gabrielle & Byron are two bohemian souls soaking in their time on earth. They dated right after high school, went their separate ways, and later found each other again as adults in a foreign land known as Brooklyn. They were married on Byron’s family farm in New Windsor, NY surrounded by and partying with their closest family and friends.
Their wedding was one of those weddings that as a photographer – you dream up in your head-
A gorgeous private estate/farm, outdoor string lights, live music (with a real stand-up bass!), flowers flowers everywhere, speaking of flowers – a flower crown, family heirloom jewelry, local beer, farm to table food, moody skies, rolling hills, beautiful fields, an old railroad viaduct, the menu painted on a wood palette, and a heavy rain storm that held off until the last hour of the evening, and plethora of people who brought their dancing shoes.
In Gabrille’s words:
“Byron and I met in high school at Newburgh Free Academy. He was a grade below me. We started dating right when I went off to college. We dated on and off, weathering some storms caused by separation — I was studying English at SUNY New Paltz and he went on to the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan to study Cartooning.
We split up shortly after I graduated in 2008, and truly went our separate ways. We didn’t speak for years. I was offered a job at the New York Post, which started in August of 2012. I moved in with some friends in Brooklyn.
On one of our first nights, my roommate’s ceiling came crashing down. My other roommate and I were looking to get out of our dust-filled apartment, and Byron’s band, The Peeps, were playing the nearby Knitting Factory. I agreed that enough time had passed that everything was water under the bridge and I wanted to see some old friends.
When I got to the show, everything came rushing back. I missed Byron and I thought he would never want to revisit our relationship. He was handsome and kind as always. We met up a few times, and by the time Hurricane Sandy rushed into town that October, stranding us at home with time on our hands, we realized we were in it for the long haul.
On May 31, 2013, we had tickets for a boozy boat ride around Manhattan to celebrate his birthday. I showed up at his apartment to get ready for the party. He led me up to the roof, where he gave me a drink and told me to look down to the garden. A sign, surrounded by sunflowers, read, “Will you marry me?” I turned around, and he was on his knee. I said yes. We joined our friends for the boat party, which served as a surprise engagement party — for me and for them!
We were married on September 6, 2014 at St. Thomas of Canterbury Church in Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY. We held the reception in his parents’ backyard, which has a gorgeous view and a lot of charm, because part of the site also serves as the Gray Family Farm.
We planned the wedding ourselves. We employed the services of friends and family to pull it off. I made some of the decorations, and his mother grew some of the flowers. We eschewed some wedding traditions in favor of keeping it a representation of us — no bouquet toss or garter business.
We wanted our day filled with personal touches, and mostly, for the day to be fun. Italian food was served buffet style. We had our friends’ bluegrass band, The Green Boys, play the cocktail hour, followed by a playlist we made. We danced to “A New Life,” by Jim James and ate my favorite carrot cake from Grandma Phoebe’s Bakery, a local staple.
A storm rolled through just as the party was heating up, which made for some beautiful, moody photos. It didn’t stop our friends from playing cornhole and other lawn games we had set out. Everybody enjoyed the laid-back atmosphere and the comforts of home in the Hudson Valley.”
Every detail of this wedding was sincere, beautiful, sentimental, and absolutely gorgeous. The graceful and fun taste was such an lovely thing to witness. From her dress to his suit. It was timeless and sharp.
It was such a gorgeous day and everything the weather did was perfect – including the rain.
A highlight photographically was this was the tallest and most handsome party of groomsmen I had ever had the pleasure of photographing. haha
The Green Boys were true southern gentlemen with amazing musical talents.
There was more lobsters than I have ever seen in one place in my entire life.
Guests were so pleased and excited with the assortment of drink.”
I will be forever grateful to Gabrielle and Byron for making one of my photographic dreams come true. I have ALWAYS wanted to photograph a couple…in a field…at night…illuminated with car headlights. When I proposed this idea they were all for it, and the resulting images as you can see are pure magic. The soft glow of the lighting, the moody blue sky, and the railroad bridge behind the rolling hills.
Location : Gray Family Farm & Moodna Viaduct / Dress : Stella York / Dress Shop : RK Bridal / Bride’s Shoes : Seychelles – Thyme Wedge Sandal / Suit : Bonobos / Groom’s Shoes : Aldo / Tie : The Tie Bar / Tie Bar : Frawn / Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands : Fitzgerald Jewelry Store – Brooklyn, NY / Perfume : Miss Dior / Flowers : The Groom’s Mother / Flower Crown : Bloom Design Studio / Bracelet : Justin & Taylor found at BHLDN / Bridemaid’s Dresses : Doe & Rae / Band : The Green Boys (of Richmond, Virginia) / Sea Food : Sally’s Fish Market / Catering : Mama Theresa’s /Cake: Grandma Phoebe’s Bakery at Jones Farm / Hair & Make Up : Krystal Bicknell of Main St Cutters / Photobooth : DJ ProductionsKegs : Lagunitas, Hell or High Watermelon, Brooklyn Lager, & Budweiser from Brew Albany / Beer : Beer World / Field & Viaduct : Moodna Viaduct / DJ : The Bride’s Spotify Account