by Amy Serrago
Colleen and Thomas are true, lifelong New Yorkers, NYPD officers who met a Yankee game. When they’re off duty, they enjoy leaving the city and heading to the countryside for beautiful scenery and fresh air. They chose The Barn at Liberty Farms in upstate New York’s charming Hudson Valley for their spring wedding which Colleen described as, “romantic country vintage” themed. They planned a day centered around their love for each other and their families. The pair wanted to make sure everyone was “feeling comfortable and being themselves”. They held their ceremony under and an arbor built of rough hewn wood logs and decorated with preserved wildflowers from Paula Jean’s Garden on Etsy. The floral styling enhanced the vintage country theme of the day.
Colleen was a knockout in her Haley Paige gown, which she said she fell in love with for it’s embroidered sleeves and romantic feel. She loved the way the plunging illusion neckline made the gown “sexy without being overbearing” and its tiered, horsehair skirting is something she thought she’d never go for, but now wouldn’t change for the world. Its lightness made her feel beautiful and she didn’t feel like she was lugging something heavy around all day. Thomas was dapper in his light tan suit and navy blue polka dot bow tie that purposely didn’t match his groomsmen. Colleen said she wanted Thomas to stand out from his guys because “it was OUR day, not mine”. The groomsmen looked sharp in navy blue and Colleen’s bridesmaids were pretty in pink.
Colleen and Thomas brought so many personal touches to their day, starting with their signature cocktails which they named for their beloved pets. The “Gypsy” and the “Gracie” were both big hits with their guests. They had the NYPD’s Emerald Society’s Pipes and Drums perform to honor their Irish heritage as well as their careers, and Colleen pinned old photos of family members to her bouquet so that they would be with her on her trip down the aisle. The reception tables were decked out with vintage lace table linens and accented with gold chargers that were the perfect compliment to the pink wine glasses and ivory and pink floral napkins that enhanced the romantic vintage theme. The centerpieces included fairy lights and outdoor elements to bring the countryside into the barn for an added touch of “country”. After a delicious buffet dinner featuring food from local farms, Colleen, Thomas and their guests had a great time dancing the night away in the barn. Congratulations Colleen and Thomas!
Photographer: Brandon Paul Photography and Films//Equipment Rentals:Cartwright & Daughters Tent & Party Rentals Inc.//Dress Designer:Hayley Paige//Ceremony Location: Barn at Liberty Farms