With a hashtag like #coreyandkeshgetfoxy, you know you’re in for a fun-filled wedding. It was all that (and more!) for Keshia Crosby and Corey Williams, when they wed at Foxfire Mountain House in the Catskills Mountains of New York.
The New York City-based couple—she’s a fashion stylist and he’s a writer and photographer—put their creative energies to work—to host a relaxed, personalized wedding where every moment took advantage of the cool summer air. Using the rustic aesthetic of the venue as inspiration, Keshia and Corey stuck to a palette of berry, apricot, ochre, and blush and incorporated plenty of fresh flowers, fruit from a local farm stand, and seasonal cuisine like Beaverkill trout, a grilled corn salad, and a vegan vegetable tagine.
The bride and groom also tapped their creative circle of friends and family, some of whom work in the wedding industry, for everything from DJ-ing the dance party to the creating illustrations for the program and making the wooden ceremony arch. “Our wedding vision was centered around the idea of a relaxed, beautiful day in the mountains,” Keshia says. “Having such close relations with our team to begin with allowed us to really connect with them on a deeper level about what we wanted.”
During their four-year engagement, Keshia and Corey spent years looking for the perfect venue, even traveling to destinations like Palm Springs, California and Savannah, Georgia. It was only fitting they found Foxfire Mountain House in the Catskills, not far from the spot where they actually got engaged during a hike.
Keshia admits she tried on more than 40 gowns in her search for a “low-key ball gown.” When it came down to making a decision, she did something a bit untraditional. “I asked Corey for his opinion,” she says. “I figured who else knew me and my style better?” To which she adds: “By the time I actually wore it, he would have mostly forgotten what it looked like anyway!”
For a subtle nod to his British heritage, Corey put a twist on the traditional groom’s attire by donning a tartan-print tuxedo from The Black Tux and a Gucci bow tie. “When your wife is a stylist, it makes you want take an extra step to look top notch,” Corey says.
Keshia’s bouquet included baby’s breath, foraged Queen Anne’s lace, garden roses, and hydrangea from Foxfire Mountain House’s garden.
Corey’s brother crafted an arch of honey locust wood for the ceremony. It was made with four interlocking pieces to represent the four most important parts of the couple’s life—their relationship, family, friends, and God—and was then adorned with foraged greenery, dahlias, and zinnias.
In addition to exchanging hand-written vows, both Keshia and Corey shared heartfelt words about their late loved ones, Keshia’s mother and Corey’s father. Then, to honor their living parents and step-parents, they invited everyone forward to take a group vow together. “In that moment, we solidified our bond as a new family,” Keshia says.
Keshia found a fashion illustrator on Instagram who live sketched guests as favors during the reception.
During cocktail hour, guests sipped on two tequila-based signature cocktails named for the couple’s two cats, Sammy and Gracie.
Since their invitation suite included hand-pressed flowers, the couple decided to use the same motif throughout their reception signage as well. Flowers were pressed in acrylic for the seating chart, cocktail signage, and menus at each place setting.
The pair stole away immediately after the ceremony for their own private cocktail hour to “soak up the just-married feeling,” to which Keshia adds: “We laid on the couch and enjoyed some much needed snacks!” They then entered their tented reception to rejoin their guests.
The tablescape featured locally grown flowers, colored taper candles, and one impromptu addition: fresh fruit. “Our designer stopped at a roadside farm stand on her way to the venue and saw fruit too beautiful to pass up,” Keshia says. “It wasn’t originally in our design plan, but she added ripe apricots, strawberries, and pomegranates, which we, and our guests, loved.”
Food was of utmost importance to the couple, who especially loved that their venue allowed them free range on the cuisine. (In fact, it originally sealed the deal to booking!) What resulted was an American-focused, summer bounty-inspired menu that celebrated local ingredients. It even catered to guests with vegan and gluten-free restrictions.
The newlyweds ended the night with a sweet (and memorable) treat: a six-layer chocolate cake baked by Corey’s family’s baker from Rhode Island.
Looking back on their big day, the bride had this advice to share: “It’s easy to lose sight of the fact that you’re not just throwing a party but planning for one of life’s most special moments,” she says. “Remember that you’re doing all this because you love each other.”
Ceremony & Reception Site: Foxfire Mountain House
Coordinator: Davis Row
Officiant: Jeddah Vailakis
Bridal Gown: Monique Lhuillier
Veil: Spark Bridal
Jewelry: Jennifer Behr
Hair: Jennifer Hargrove
Bridesmaid Dresses: Nicole Miller, Bloomingdale’s
Groom’s and Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux
Wedding Rings: Ephraim Doumato Jewelers & Suzie B Jewels
Flowers, Invitations & Paper Goods: Strega Flora
Ceremony Music: The Fake Tapes
Reception Music: Scorpio Entertainment
Catering: Foxfire Mountain House
Transportation: Coxsachie Transport
Accommodations: Foxfire Mountain House
Fashion Illustrator: Jessica Juliet Velasquez
Videographer: River Story Weddings
Photographer: Justin Lee