Elegant Countryside Wedding by Katie Osgood Photography
A city wedding would have been a more convenient and practical location for this Brooklyn couple, but Tahl and Bryan both preferred a non-urban, outdoor, “nature-y” venue. (Leave it to a New Yorker to describe the outdoors as “nature-y”). Coincidentally, six months before their wedding, Tahl’s brother purchased a home in upstate NY. Tahl and Bryan loved the idea of having a connection to the site of their wedding, a place they could continually return to, and Tahl’s brother was avid on hosting a sort of inaugural event at his new home. And so, “practical” was thrown out the window and the setting was in place for their outdoor affair that was beautiful and intimate with a simplistic country feel.
Dress: Jim Hjelm/ Suit: John Varvatos/ Maid of Honor’s Dress: Karen Millen/ Bride’s Shoes: Belle by Sigerson Morrison/ Groom’s Shoes: John Varvatos/ Flowers: Felicity Banford/ Photographer: Katie Osgood Photography/ Chuppah: Handmade with local branches and embroidered tablecloth from Ebay/ Tent: Bounce Central (Pine Plains, NY)/ Table Settings: Bounce Central plus burlap runners painstakingly made by the bride’s mother/ Catering: The Farmer’s Wife (the bride raves as amazing!)/ Cake: Momofuku Milk Bar
Many city dwellers have had some luck on Craigslist whether it’s finding a sweet sublet (or a bearable one), an unlocked phone, or a used couch for 20 bucks. Bryan found a place to live through Craigslist, which, luck of all luck, indirectly found him his wife. Bryan’s new roommate was the boyfriend of Tahl’s roommate, and the two met during one of the dinner parties thrown at his apartment. Their former roommates take credit for the matchmaking while the two were oblivious to their efforts. The first time they met, Bryan gave Tahl dating advice, and the second, they baked an apple crisp together. Tahl says, “Despite both of us being somewhat reserved, we enjoyed each other’s company immediately and there was an instant chemistry, which continued in an increasingly frequent and lengthy email correspondence.” After their third meeting, Bryan called and asked Tahl out.
Fast forward to their wedding planning, Tahl and Bryan wanted to have an outdoor fete and envisioned a European-style countryside dinner. Weather is always a factor with any outdoor event and the report on the days leading up to their wedding showed a decent chance of rain. On the morning of, Tahl debated with the caterers about moving the ceremony indoors. The couple had hoped to have their ceremony on the property overlooking distant green rolling hills, but after a morning a shower, the ground would’ve been too muddy for the guests to walk through. In the early afternoon, after going back and forth with the vendors, Tahl saw Bryan arrive from the window of her room and her outlook changed. At that moment, “I decided to just cede control,” says Tahl. “I knew we were going to have a great ceremony no matter where it was, and whatever happened with the weather was going to happen, and that everything was still going to be fabulous.”
Luck has been on this couple’s side from the beginning and stuck with them on their wedding day. Within an hour before the ceremony, the sun came out and the rain held off for the rest of the day. Tahl and Bryan made another last minute change and were able to have their ceremony outdoors on the patio instead of the hill.
Looking back on their wedding, Tahl says, “Unexpected circumstances are going to come up and not everything can be controlled, so just go with the flow on the day of the wedding.” But, she adds, “It’s also good to have a full backup plan for bad weather, especially in the Northeast where you can never count on having perfect weather even during the summer.”