October 18, 2014
By Samantha Garbarini
Chloe and Russell met at Davidson College in North Carolina. “He was a senior when I was a freshman. And then he graduated, and we didn’t see each other for a while,” Chloe says. But she and Russell’s sister became close friends, so after Chloe’s graduation, his sister reconnected them. A few years later, Russell proposed while the couple was visiting friends in Napa.
For their wedding, Chloe and Russell wanted something that would meet their high standards as foodies, as well as showcase autumn’s rich colors. “One of the first places we looked at was Blue Hill, and we both kind of fell in love immediately,” remembers Chloe. “So many places had different add-ons and tiered packages. Blue Hill just made everything so easy for us.”
A year before their wedding, the couple dined at the restaurant with Chloe’s family to get a sense of what was in season. The menu for their wedding featured similar dishes, like pastured lamb with toasted spices and mokum carrots, and a poached farm egg with fall produce, local mushrooms, and goat cheese.
”My bridesmaids all wore gray because I really wanted the scenery to pop,“ says Chloe. To infuse some personality into their style, each one wore a different silhouette and funky necklaces and earrings from J.Crew gifted by the bride.
Instead of a tiered wedding cake, Chloe and Russell cut this small cake for the ceremonial tradition, then served passed desserts. ”I feel like people don’t ever actually like the cake at weddings,“ says Chloe. ”We didn’t want everyone to eat cake at a place as great as Blue Hill, which makes these amazing desserts.“
Chloe’s parents designed all of the wedding stationary with a printer. ”The paper goods were actually a much bigger part of the wedding than I ever would have anticipated,“ recollects Chloe. To keep with Blue Hill’s farm-to-table atmosphere and cuisine, Chloe’s parents chose a rooster-and-hen logo accented with little vegetables.
Chloe wore an Angel Sanchez dress with a traditional silhouette and modern details as she walked down the aisle for the ceremony, which was performed by the president of Davidson College.
At the reception, the couple shared a first dance to “Luckenbach Texas” by Waylon Jennings as a tribute to their school’s Southern location. “I think that was a surprise to our whole family, but we both really enjoyed our first dance,” says Chloe. “I feel like that was really special for us.”
After dinner, guests danced to music by the Red Hook Orchestra and enjoyed passed desserts in Blue Hill’s Hay Barn. As for what those desserts were? “That, I honestly don’t remember,” muses Chloe. “At that point, I was just exhausted. I don’t even know if I ate that many of the desserts, but everyone said they were amazing.”
Photographer: Sue Kessler and Andrew Kelly of Christian Oth Studio, New York, NY (212) 634-7949; www.christianothstudio.com.
Venue & Catering: Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills (914) 366-9606; www.bluehillfarm.com.
Florist: Poppies and Posies, New York, NY (347) 945-3739; www.poppiesandposies.com.
Music: Red Hook Orchestra (917) 848-2145; www.redhookorchestra.com.
Invitations & Paper Goods: Sloane Design/Press, New York, NY (212) 967-1722; www.pressnewyork.com.
Rings: Zwikker & Zacher Ltd., New York, NY (212) 869-4465; www.zwikkerandzacher.com.
Bridal Hair: Jasmine Anna Galazka, New York, NY (718) 687-0392; www.hairstylesbyjasmine.com.
Bridal Makeup: Jennifer Gaum Bobker of Sam & Maddy Makeup; www.samandmaddymakeup.com.
Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale, multiple locations; www.amsale.com.
Shoes/Accessories: J.Crew, multiple locations; www.jcrew.com.
Groom’s Tuxedo: Ralph Lauren, multiple locations; www.ralphlauren.com.
Groom’s Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo; www.ferragamo.com.
Men’s Attire: The Black Tux; www.theblacktux.com.