I often forget how close and accessible the Hudson Valley is to  New York City.  I left Harlem to head up to Sylvan Lake, took a nap on the train, and woke up 90 minutes later surrounded by gorgeous views of the Hudson, forests, and mountains in the distance.  New York.  Get out of town.

Emily and Ari were an incredibly generous, creative, and kind couple to work with.  Their wedding was filled with so many thoughtful details. Ari designed the invitations and camp ground map, the rings were family heirlooms engraved with their initials and date on the inside, and many of the decorations were designed by their friends’ kids at the various coloring and arts and crafts stations set up around the camp.  Emily’s brother and Ari’s friend acted as the co-officiants of the ceremony.

One of my favorite points in the evening was Ari’s Mom’s toast: “Ari, even if you were not my son, I would have adopted you.”

The evening ended with everyone dancing to a band made up of a collective of Emily and Ari’s friends.  The one night show by the “Band of Dreams” was fantastic including a trombone and trumpet dance serenade to the bride and groom.  Ari and Emily thank you so much for letting me be a part of your wedding day; congrats, congrats!!

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(The Ring Bear-ers!!)

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Venue: Circle Lodge, Florist: Vandana Nagaraj, Dress: JCrew, dip/dye by: Rawan Rihani @aurorabotanica, Groom Suit: Object Custom TailorsRings: Family, Stationery: Ari Joseph