One line sum-up of the wedding vibe: Laid-back Texas BBQ within New York City limits
The Info—Photographer: Toni Skotcher (APW Sponsor) / Location: Floral Park, New York / Venue: Queens County Farm Museum / Susan’s Dress: BHLDN / Susan’s Shoes: BHLDN by way of eBay / Sam’s Suit: J.Crew / Sam’s Bow Tie: Macy’s
Other cool stuff we should know about: I’m from Texas, Sam grew up just outside the city, and we met and fell in love and currently reside in Queens. We wanted to have a wedding that was convenient to our families and friends and also didn’t feel like your typical New York City wedding (bonus points for being in Queens!). The Queens County Farm allowed us to have the laid-back BBQ feel with the bonus of allowing us to feed alpacas during cocktail hour. Also, despite having little to no Irish heritage, I have played the tin whistle for years and love Irish music, so we had an awesome Irish trio play during the ceremony.
Some friends made the cake toppers, escort stand, and arranged all of the flowers. Sam handled all the design elements from the invitations to the table numbers. We had three cakes because we couldn’t decide which flavor was our favorite and because three shorter cakes was much cheaper than one huge layered one. During the cake cutting we played “The Final Countdown” as an homage to Arrested Development that was premiering on Netflix the day of our wedding. We figured that the friends who were kind enough to skip binge watching it to come to our wedding would get the joke, and the rest of the people would just think we really liked the Swedish band Europe.
Favorite thing about the wedding: It was just amazing to have so many people from so many aspects of our lives together and apart all in one place. The warmth and community support around us made all the planning worth it.