Jerónimo Duarte Riascos and Rachael Lee say they were "hooked " by the end of their first date in February of 2015—but that wasn’t the first time they’d met. “We actually met three times before it stuck, and I pursued Jerónimo for weeks before he finally agreed to go out with me!” Rachael recalls. After that amazing first date, though, the couple was inseparable, and three years later, the morning after another fantastic date night, Jerónimo woke Rachael to propose with a bespoke rose gold and gray diamond engagement ring.
After, the couple set their wedding date for just five months later, on June 16, 2018. “It was the right decision for us. We didn’t need to prolong the stress of planning a wedding!” says the bride. Though they now reside in Boston, the couple’s love story began in New York, and they turned to their favorite weekend memories in Hudson to inspire their wedding day. “We always admired Basilica Hudson, an arts and performance venue in town, and loved it even more once we went inside,” Rachael describes. With a rustic-industrial aesthetic, high ceilings, and huge windows, the venue acted as the perfect backdrop to their big day. So keep reading to see how exactly they transformed the space in these photos by Golden Hour Studios!
“I knew I wanted a dress with sleeves and delicate lace,” Rachael says. “After a day of shopping with my friends, we sat around looking at photos of what I’d tried. The first time I put on this Margaux Tardits dress, I was grinning. They even got a video of me saying I thought it was the one!” The dress paired a lace top and cropped sleeves with a silk skirt and an open back. Rachael added bubblegum pink Maryam Nassir Zadeh pumps, a French twist, and pearl-and-diamond earrings (a gift from Jerónimo’s grandmother).
Rachael encouraged her bridesmaids to each choose something they loved, asking only that they stick to the celebration’s palette. Each ‘maid carried palm leaves, while Rachael’s bouquet paired blue tweedia, acacia, caspia, million star baby’s breath, and leather leaf.
Jerónimo wore white cuffed pants, a navy blazer, and a blue shirt with Frye shoes, a Shinola watch, and Warby Parker glasses. “He planned most of the wedding,” says Rachael of her now-husband. “I helped in the beginning, but found it so stressful. And Jerónimo was so much better at it than me! Hosting is very important to him, and he really enjoyed planning the perfect evening for our guests.” In fact, She adds that Jerónimo and his mother were at the venue until 2 a.m. the night before, preparing the space, and he spent so much time setting up the morning of the wedding that he missed getting-ready photos with his groomsmen!
The venue has an eclectic collection of vintage chairs that gave a dose of edge and whimsy to the ceremony space. Rachael’s father escorted her to the elevated altar, surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows.
Potted tropical plants enhanced the venue's existing ivy. “We walked down the aisle to ‘When I’m 64’ by The Beatles, but had our bluegrass band change it to 94, because 64 isn’t very old anymore!” the bride says with a laugh. As another twist, the newlyweds recessed to “Here Comes the Bride.”
“We wrote our own vows, but didn’t actually read them out loud,” Rachael explains. “We wanted that moment to be just between us, so we put our vows on handwritten cards and exchanged them, reading them silently together, instead.” The rest of the ceremony (as well as the speeches during dinner) was translated into Spanish for Jerónimo’s Colombian relatives.
On the patio, freshly shucked oysters were paired with a cocktail of gin, champagne, soda water, and crushed berries. “Jerónimo and I were too busy hugging everyone to have any oysters, but we heard they were delicious,” Rachael remembers.
Inside, the couple’s 70 guests were seated at three long tables that formed a “U” shape to ensure that everyone "felt like they were a part of the party." The farm tables were decorated with large tropical leaves, votive candles, and gold flatware.
The seasonally-inspired menu included lamb with harissa yogurt and grilled salmon with peppadew peppers.
Rachael and her dad danced to “Daddy Lessons” by Beyoncé and the Dixie Chicks. “We chose a fast song, and decided to dance next to each another rather than a more formal slow dance,” says the bride. “People were clapping and singing along!” After, the DJ kicked off the couple’s carefully curated playlist. “We spent months perfecting an over-the-top list for our DJ," she says. "It was 10 hours long!”
“After our wedding in Hudson, we headed to Colombia for a second wedding planned by Jerónimo’s mother," Rachael says. "We brought some close friends with us and spent the days between our weddings exploring and lounging on the beach.” says Rachael. (That’s right: The couple had not one, but two weddings barely five months after getting engaged!)
Wedding Coordinator: Hudson Valley Ceremonies || Venue: Basilica Hudson || Bride's Dress: Margaux Tardits || Bride's Veil: The Mews Bridal || Bride's Shoes: Maryam Nassir Zadeh || Hair: Cut Splice || Makeup: Dianna Quagenti || Groom's Attire: Massimo Dutti || Engagement Ring: Maniamania Fine Jewelry || Wedding Bands: Maniamania Fine Jewelry || Floral Design: Flowers by Maria || Paper Products: Alysa Marie Studio || Catering: The Farmer’s Wife, Lekker 209 || Cake: The Farmer’s Wife || Ceremony Music: Cowboy Jim Music || Reception Music: Baby Dayliner || Rentals: Events Unlimited || Photography: Golden Hour Studios