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Tarra & Ashley’s New York Wedding And Honeymoon


* Tarra, Civil Engineer & Ashley, Farmer * Photographer: Smitten Chickens (APW Sponsor) * Soundtrack for Reading: “Forever” by Ben Harper *

One sentence sum-up of the wedding vibe: Everything about it was perfect; we never stopped smiling, everything fell into place, everything went better than plan, and we didn’t want the day to end.

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The Info—Photographer: Smitten Chickens (APW Sponsor) / Venue: New York City Manhattan Courthouse / Tarra & Ashley’s Dresses and Veils: Handmade by the brides / Tarra & Ashley’s Shoes: TOMS / Flowers: Hand-picked from a twenty-four-hour flower shop near the brides’ hostel and assembled the night before the wedding in their hostel room at the Bowery. It was definitely a wedding on a shoestring.

Other cool stuff we should know about: The initial intention of our trip was to see Niagara Falls in New York to celebrate Tarra’s Master’s degree from UC Davis. Ashley secretly saved up money and asked all her friends to give money instead of a graduation gift so she could buy the plane tickets. We realized that it was legal for us to get married in New York and had many long discussions on whether we should. We came to the conclusion that we didn’t want to miss an opportunity to make that commitment to each other no matter where that left us legally. The toughest part of that decision was that our family and friends couldn’t make it out to celebrate with us, so in the end it had to be about us not missing a chance to be married.

The ceremony itself was really short, however our officiant was extremely genuine. It seemed that he was honestly happy for us and made us feel like we were the first people he had ever married. Everyone we met throughout our trip to New York seemed to want to celebrate with us. We kept receiving “wedding gifts,” be it free jars of chutney at the Ithaca farmers market or free deserts with our dinners, people kept congratulating us and their support cannot be overstated.

Our wedding day was the best day of our lives. Our photographer followed us around the city for a whole six hours. There were many unscripted events that made the day special. One of the best parts about it was having a multitude of strangers from all parts of the globe say congratulations, take our picture, and even have a member of their party pose with us like we were Disney princesses. We also were gifted a part of the Brooklyn Bridge that had fallen off that day by a city worker who told us not to tell anyone. (So shhhh!) After walking across the Brooklyn Bridge, we rode the carousel and also found a nautical themed playground. We jumped in the boat-shaped sand box and slid down a slide in our wedding dresses. It was just a really fun day that we didn’t want to end. It wouldn’t have been as special without our photographer Sarah, who was also our witness.

After our wedding we honeymooned in Upstate New York. We spent three days in the city, and the rest of the ten days road-tripping through the fall colors, spending nights in bed and breakfasts, and sightseeing. We saw the birthplace of women’s rights in Seneca Falls, hiked at Watkins Glen, went whiskey and wine tasting, went to the farmers market and Moosewood Restaurant in Ithaca, went apple picking, and ended up in Niagara Falls.

Favorite thing about the wedding: On our way back to our hostel we stumbled upon the Little Cupcake Shop where we stopped and got our wedding cupcakes. It was really special because it tied into the rest of the day’s events where the universe seemed to be conspiring to give us a “perfect” wedding with all the gifts and congratulations.

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  • Corrie

    Adorable! Congratulations! And I love that your honeymoon was in the Finger Lakes region. I’ve just been researching that area so that my boyfriend and I can take a camping trip there the week after labor day and visit some wineries, distilleries, parks etc. Have any recommendations?

    • Kate

      I went to Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, on Seneca Lake, so I feel obliged to tell you to both visit Geneva and eat at the Red Dove Tavern, and also visit Geneva-on-the-Lake, a wonderful hotel with delicious brunch, and Belhurst Castle, a beautiful castle on the shore of Seneca that has an amazing view. The wineries in the area are very good, and Ithaca is a very fun, vibrant college city. The whole of the region is full of charming towns and beautiful scenery that I feel is sometimes overlooked. Also, if you have time, go up to Sodus Point and gaze out at Lake Ontario. Sorry to sound like a travel agent but I truly loved the four years I spent up there and I’m jealous you get to go see it for the first time!

      • Corrie

        Thanks for the wonderful recommendations! I will look into all those things!!

    • MDBethann

      Pretty much any of the wineries on Senaca Lake. There are wineries every few hundred yards. I’m not sure I’ve been to a bad winery there. For ease of planning, I recommend http://www.senecalakewine.com/ to help you out.

      Watkins Glen (at the south end of Senaca lake) has a bunch of B&Bs (and also a great park for hiking), though one thing to watch is that it could be very busy if it’s a race weekend (not sure what the schedule is there). Glenora, Hazlett 1852, Penguin Bay, and most of the others are wonderful, especially if you like white wines. Because of the climate, they grow a lot of the more German-style varietals there, though you can get some excellent reds & drier whites too (I’m partial to white wines, so I like the Finger Lakes better than Virginia wine country, which is closer to me but focuses more on reds).

      Cayuga Lake also has wonderful wineries; Ithaca is at it’s bottom, but there’s also a great little town called Trumansburg is between the 2 lakes and it has some nice B&Bs too. Knapp & Swedish Hill wineries are two of my favorites along this lake. Given that school will be back in session when you visit, Ithaca lodging could be on the pricier side, especially if there are campus events while you are there.

      Have a wonderful time! I haven’t been up there in a few years & hope to go back soon. It was an annual “girls weekend” destination for my BFF & me before we each partnered with guys who aren’t into wine & fell out of the habit of going. Her dad lives in that area now so we plan to resume the ladies’ wine weekends in the Finger Lakes :-)

  • https://www.facebook.com/groups/179626212196077/203217753170256/ Hannah

    Your wedding was so beautiful. The photos really captured the emotions of the day. Congratulations to you both!

  • jashshea

    WOWIE! Great pictures/wedding.

    Are you two in the market for a new friend? You seem fun.

    • Tarra Thomas

      Haha, thank you!! Of course we are! :)

  • http://www.sarahhoppes.com SarahHoppes

    Your song choice, plus the photos, plus everything you had to say is making me happy cry everywhere!

    And the universe conspired to give you extra wedding-induced goodness because you are both completely awesome!

    • Tarra Thomas

      We love you Sarah!!!

  • Karen

    You two are adorable! Thanks for sharing your wedding with us :-)

  • http://writemeg.com Megan

    So lovely. And the bridge photos! Also, your honeymoon sounds like my idea of heaven. My fiance is from Western New York and I am obsessed (obsessed) with Niagara Falls. We have to visit each time we’re in town, which is . . . a lot of times.

    Congratulations!

  • Stan

    Such a great day for the two of you, CONGRATULATIONS!!! Your love for one another is truly expressed in the images of the day. Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Brooke

    Tarra & Ashley (T&A, as I prefer) ARE the best :) I’m sad I didn’t get to see them on this special day, but love seeing all the awesome photos. But I’m lucky cause I get to see them all the time.

    LOVE YOU LADIES

    • Tarra Thomas

      muah!! We will have another wedding ceremony and you will definitely get to be there for that!

  • http://partialto.tumblr.com LIZ (SINCE 1982)

    LOVE how the universe conspired to make everything extra-magic for your wedding day (possibly as much as I love the sweet photos of you two on the Brooklyn Bridge).

  • http://www.koruwedding.com Koru Kate {Koru Wedding}

    The Brooklyn Bridge kiss photo is pure NY perfection!

  • http://theambershow.net Amber Marlow, theAmberShow

    LOVE these photos. And I have to tell you, I do a LOT of City Hall weddings, and I am always so excited when my clients get your officiant. He IS extremely genuine, and was excited about marriage equality coming to New York in 2011.

    Congratulations!

    • http://www.sarahhoppes.com SarahHoppes

      Right? Isn’t he just the BEST!!!!!!!?????

  • Abilene

    Oh my God, the fish and the slides!!!! So awesome. Congratulations!

  • Jen

    I am now kicking myself for not introducing myself last weekend to this super fun couple, who happened to be celebrating the same wedding I was! Small, small APW world. Congratulations Tarra and Ashley, and thank you for sharing this awesome and special day with us!

    • Tarra Thomas

      Small small world indeed! you must be talking about Mo and Matthias’ wedding! Maybe we will see you at a game night?!

      • Jen

        Bingo!! Yes I sure hope so! :)

  • http://andreekehn.com Meagan M.

    Who knew the bowery and a giant fish head could be so romantic! The whole day looked like a blast. Congrats!