Elizabeth Pacheco can thank a bold boss for writing her name and email address on a cocktail napkin and giving it to her now-husband, Richard, at a bar in the Hamptons in 2010. Rich emailed Liz the following Monday, and they've been together ever since. Two years later, on August 30, 2012, Liz thought she was meeting her mom for dinner at Mas Farmhouse in NYC's West Village. But when she arrived, the hostess led her to a back table and a handwritten note from Rich. "I thought it was the menu at first," she says. "Then Rich came in and got down on one knee."
For their September 14, 2013 wedding, the couple headed north to Grasmere Farm in Rhinebeck, New York for a cozy, intimate dinner — despite their grand 220-person guest list.
Check out some of our favorite details from their big day, as captured by 4Eyes Photography, below.
Liz hand-lettered the invitations and had a friend sketch Grasmere Farm's barn, then worked with Wishbone Letterpress to print the suite in navy blue ink.
The bride wore a simple, strapless gown by New York City-based designer Anna Maier Couture that fit like a glove. And it's no wonder — the first of Liz's four fittings with the designer began with a muslin that was custom-fit to her body. "It was amazing to go through the process and see the dress come to life," she says.
The groom opted for a custom suit by Tom James in a shade of dark blue. He wore a white shirt, light blue tie, and a floral print pocket square made by the bride's mother.
Liz's bridesmaids carried white bouquets of scabies and anemones. The flowers were accented with a grey dusty miller and tied together with navy blue ribbon.
The couple worried whether their flower girl and ring bearer would make it down the aisle, but the two grabbed hands and proudly marched together, both dressed in outfits from Janie and Jack.
Rather than follow the standard order of things down the aisle, Liz and Rich had their wedding party file in from the sides of the ceremony site. Then, Rich walked down the aisle with his parents and was followed by his siblings, along with their spouses and kids. Lastly, Liz made her entrance with her mom and dad. "It was important to celebrate the joining of our families," Liz says.
The two exchanged vows in front of an altar covered in greenery and white hydrangeas.
After the ceremony, Liz and Rich slipped inside the reception venue for a sneak peek of the décor and a glass of celebratory champagne. Meanwhile, guests mingled for cocktail hour outside, sitting on the blue-and-white couches and sipping the couple's signature cocktails. The bride and groom served the Autumn Buzz, a bourbon drink with smoky maple syrup, and the Blackberry Crush, which consisted of vodka and crushed berries.
As a major DIY project, Liz wrote guests' names on escort cards and placed them in mini navy blue envelopes that were glued to bulletin boards on easels. The display was decorated with a small, sweet arrangement of in-season blooms.
To make the dinner feel more like a family gathering, the couple filled the room with long dinner tables. For a special touch, Liz asked her mom to sew cloth napkins out of Liberty of London floral fabrics. "The napkins really warmed up the room and made the big party feel more intimate," says the bride. After, guests took the napkins home as favors and the bride and groom managed to snag a set for their own dining table.
The beige tablecloths were topped with a mix of scabies, anemones, and garden roses in bright blue vases and blue-and-white pitchers. Liz wrote the menu, all seasonal food by Main Course Catering, on mini chalkboards and placed them on the table for added décor.
After their big day, Liz and Rich vacationed in Rome and the Amalfi Coast before settling into married life. "We now have such an appreciation for the little details and understand just how special the day is for the couple," she says.