This Couple Wed at a Luxe Picnic in the Hudson Valley

Real Weddings

Almost eight years after their first date (to a New York Giants game in the dead of winter!), a cross-country move, and a fortuitous flat tire that inspired Sarah Ivory to get back in touch with Carl Gambino after a year apart, the couple came back to New York to celebrate their wedding on a gorgeous farm in the Hudson Valley. "Blooming Hill Farm grows food for some of our favorite New York City restaurants, and there is an old barn that was the perfect setting for our glam-meets-rustic outdoor wedding," says Sarah.

Inspired by Dolce and Gabbana's Spring 2013 campaign and her husband's family's Sicilian roots, Sarah worked with Frankie Podrat of Frankly.Weddings to plan a cross-country wedding that brought her Picnic Couture vision to life. Keep reading to see how they made crystal chandeliers, lemon leaf, fresh fruit, peonies, and a bubbling brook come together — photographed by Karolina Krupa.

Though Sarah started her dress search trying on cream and ivory gowns, a trip to Les Habitudes in Los Angeles led her to a deep red gown with a high-low hem and a rose print. "I had visions of Dolce and Gabbana and Christian Dior running through my head and tried it on just for fun, but I felt so good putting it on that I had to get it," Sarah says. "I plan on wearing it again when my husband (an actor) gets nominated for an Oscar!" She paired the gown with blush suede sandals, and had mini carnations woven into her hair.

The ceremony took place near the brook, and the couple left the décor up to Mother Nature. They wrote their own vows, finding a creative way to incorporate their 90-person guest list into the ceremony. "We wrote anecdotes and found quotes about relationships on 10 cards, and had our flower girls pass them out at random to our guests. Then the guests read the cards before we were pronounced husband and wife," Sarah says.

A white bouquet of peonies, garden roses, and anemones, studded with peacock feathers, contrasted perfectly with Sarah's red gown.

The family-style meal was served at a U-shaped table topped with peaches, peonies, vines, and succulents. At each guest's place, a baguette was tied with twine and rosemary sprigs. Sarah and Carl's chairs were draped with embroidered fabrics that read Mr. and Mrs.

Guests enjoyed wood-fired pizza, flank steak, orecchiette with walnuts and asparagus, and roasted root vegetables.

Instead of a signature cocktail, the couple set up a bar of beautiful glass and crystal carafes full of whiskey and scotch, as well as spiked mint lemonade.

After dinner, everyone gathered around the farm's fire pit to roast marshmallows, eat ice cream, and indulge in a spread of local cheeses, then light wish lanterns with the bride and groom. Says Sarah, "We tried not to worry about what anyone else thought and just do what was right for us. Try to find one or two people whose opinions you trust, and let the wedding be a surprise for everyone else!"

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Blooming Hill Farm || Wedding Planner: Frankly.Weddings || Bride's Wedding Dress: Les Habitudes || Shoes: Gianvito Rossi || Jewelry: Anita Ko, XIV Karats || Hair: Patricia Morales || Makeup: Maria Nguyen || Groom's Attire: Acne || Engagement Ring: Kevin's Fine Jewelry || Wedding Bands: Anita Ko, XIV Karats || Floral Design: Erica Darling Floral Design || Invitations & Paper Goods: Aardvark Letterpress || Music: Bob Albanese || Catering: Fresh Company || Rentals: Durants Party Rentals || Videography: Dan Dealy, Gustavo Roman || Photography: Karolina Krupa

Did you love this New York wedding? Then watch another couple tie the knot in Brooklyn in the video below!

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