Julia & Ballard’s Rainy & Rustic Wedding

* Julia, Teach for America & Ballard, Graduate Student, NYU Silver School of Social Work * Photographer: Jonas Seaman * Soundtrack for reading: “Raining at Sunset” by Chris Thile *

The Info—Photography: Jonas Seaman / Venue: Roeliff-Jansen Park / Catering: Carlucci Simons Catering / Cake: Made by the caterer using family recipes from each of the couple’s great-grandmothers / Officiant: Winnie Varghese of St. Mark’s in the Bowery Episcopal Church / Band: The Marty Jimmons Bluegrass Band / Invitations: Hand made by the couple using stamps from Antiquaria Designs / Flowers: Marilyn Cederoth of Cedar FarmDJ: Giovanni di Mola / Ballard’s Dress: BHLDN / Julia’s Dress: Zara / Rings: Lisa Linhardt of Linhardt Design

Other cool stuff we should know about: We’ve lived in NYC for the past few years and always loved the idea of bringing our family and friends to our home to celebrate our wedding. When marriage became legal for all couples in New York State the day after we were engaged, it felt even more perfect. Hillsdale has always been one of our favorite places to visit outside of the city, and it has the vibe of a laid-back place out in the country. Since we’re both from the South, we loved the idea of being married in a very laid-back and relaxed setting.

We spent the year before our wedding living in Costa Rica, as Julia had been awarded a Fulbright fellowship. So all of our planning was done from afar, with help from friends who lived in the New York area. We couldn’t have managed any of this without our amazing families and friends, especially when a major storm hit the day of the wedding! Everything was supposed to be outside, and our friends pulled together and got the entire barn ready on the day of the wedding, for the most beautiful “Plan B” ever.

Favorite thing about the wedding: Being with all of our favorite people in such a beautiful place made for the most wonderful day of our lives…but the best part of it all was getting to marry each other.

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