A Vintage-Inspired Pink-and-Blue Wedding in New York
Chloe and Matthew
Ask Chloe and Matthew when they began dating, and you'll get two different answers. "They fell in love because of '70s punk: the Cramps, the Clash, Iggy and the Stooges, the Ramones," says Laura McMullin, who helped plan their wedding. The couple chose to represent this music by using a bright neon pink in their palette. "Album covers from that time prominently used that kind of electric pink," explains Chloe.
Friend Athena Preston designed the quirky stationery, whose pear motif is a whimsical take on the name of the couple's property: Pearbrook Farm.
Chloe's mother designed her daughter's colorful bouquet, which consisted of flowers and herbs plucked from Pearbrook: blue delphiniums, coral bells, artemisia, Queen Anne's lace, and pink and white roses among them.
Walking Down the Aisle
A carefree Chloe walks down the grassy "aisle" with her parents, Mark and Pattucci Shehan.
Phyllis Skidmore, Pearbrook's former owner and an ordained minister, officiated. "It seemed fitting, as we're starting a new life on the land she lived on for so long," said Chloe.
Well-wishers could think pink while penning their congratulations.
In addition to mint juleps, clever twists on classic cocktails were served, including a Ghost of Mary (a pale version of the bloody one), a Bernini (essentially a Bellini that playfully borrows from their shared last name), and a modified sea breeze that substitutes Campari for cranberry juice.
Guests enjoy the cocktails.
Chatting Over Drinks
Wedding guests gather for an informal chat.
"We wanted fun and quirky," says Chloe of the paper table runners she designed with Athena Preston. "The bluebirds look like something from the cover of a 1950s book, and the spiderwebs and foxes make it all a little wilder." The old chairs, collected mostly at flea markets, exude a bucolic charm.
The reception was held in two connected barns, this one lit by an antique chandelier.
The Full Reception
The second barn was illuminated by lights strung on 20-foot flowering pear trees placed between tables, which also served as a leafy canopy over the guests. The trees, a present from the bride's godfather, were planted on the farm in a ceremony the next day.
The flowering cake created by Matthew's sister Sarah, a former pastry chef, recalls the bride's woodsy bouquet.
Mini ice creams take the form of strawberries and pears.
Gift baskets for hotel guests included, says Chloe, "whatever would make them feel comfortable": spring water, lip balm, insect repellent, chocolate -- and hangover remedies.
The favors consisted of jams and jellies made from fruits grown at Pearbrook: plums, currants, grapes, peaches, raspberries, and, of course, pears.
A Glowing Evening
Despite the threat of rain, the outdoor dance floor remained uncovered, all the better for viewing the centuries-old barn in all its rustic beauty.
Wedding Planner: Laura McMullin, firstname.lastname@example.org
Stationery: Athena Preston. Letterpress printing, Earl Kallemeyn of Kallemeyn Press, 718-349-8900. Engraving, Stationer's Engraving Co., 212-242-4600
Calligraphy: Elizabeth White-Pultz, email@example.com
Guestbook: Milkfed Press
Favors: 4-ounce canning jars, from Lehman's. Custom rubber bands (around lids), by the Print Box
Ice Cream: St. Clair
Wedding Gown: Bruno Grizzo
Bride's Accessories: Chain necklaces, by Bernbach, firstname.lastname@example.org
Wedding Bands: TenThousandThings, 212-352-1333
Band: Dexter Lake Club Band
Rentals: Dance floor, Aviator Tent Rental, 518-758-9333