Rachel + Russ: An Intimate Spring New York Historic Mansion Wedding By Cappy Hotchkiss Photography

Photos: Cappy Hotchkiss Photography; Event Planner: Kelsey O Events; Floral Designer: Monica Chimes Floral; Venue: Oak Hill; Dress Designer: Anne Barge from Kleinfeld; Veil: BHLDN; Hair Stylist: Ultimate Image; Makeup Artist: Lauren Conklin for FACE Stockholm; Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss; Officiant: Rabbi Jeffery Sirkman; Ceremony Musician: Hank Lane Music; Rentals and Caterer: Matt Miller Culinary Productions; Tent: Sperry Tents; DJ: Hank Lane Music

Rachel and Russ were married at Oak Hill overlooking the Catskill Mountains in Hudson, N.Y. last spring. “Russ and I knew from the get go that we didn’t want to get married in the city and really wanted an outdoor wedding,” Rachel said. “Once we had chosen the location, everything else seemed to come together perfectly.” The bride wore a striped lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls and a shoulder-length veil, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with a polka dot bow tie and striped socks. How did guests arrive? On yellow school buses! Since there was no bridal party, “we decided to ask four close friends and family members to hold up the chuppah,” she said. Following signing of the ketubah, the reception was held underneath a to-die-for sailcloth tent. ”Since we met when we were 14, we have a long history and wanted to incorporate those memories into the wedding,” Rachel said. “We chose to assign table numbers based on important dates in our lives and included blurbs explaining the significance of each.” Tables were decorated with white linens, burlap runners, and mason jar centerpieces filled with none other than peonies. The newlyweds performed their first dance to “You Really Got a Hold On Me” by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. Later in the evening, Rachel’s parents’ wedding song was played as a thank you tribute. How sweet! Plus, “Russ’s grandmother hand painted a cake topper that everyone in his family has used on the top of their wedding cakes over the years,” she said. “Although we had cupcakes instead of a cake, we still displayed the cake topper to keep up the tradition.” See the full board here.