The Wedding of ...
Annie Kalker & Geoffrey Warren
Ceremony & Reception: The Garrison,
Gown: Sarah Seven
Bridesmaids: Hayley Paige
Tux: Knot Standard
Photographer: Hudson River Photographer,
Cinematographer: Well Spun Weddings
Makeup & Hair: Crystal Marie Bridal
Florist: Designs by Wildthings
Cake: The Pastry Garden
Band: The Storytellers of New York City
Rustic Farm-to-Table Wedding
Geoff and I met at a sleepaway camp in upstate, New York, Berkshire Hills Emanuel Camps. We were campers, but it wasn’t until we were staff members that we became friends. Over the years, our friendship turned into something more. We spent years of long distance dating while each of us finished college. After we graduated, we moved in together to our apartment in the city. Now, I am a special education teacher and Geoff is the manager at a marketing firm.
After eight years of dating, Geoff and I planned a trip to visit the camp where we met. Little did I know, Geoff had his own plan in mind, full of surprises. We hiked the Anthony’s Nose trail in the Hudson Valley and when we got to the top, Geoff got down on one knee and proposed! The spot is even called “engagement rock!” That night, Geoff surprised me with dinner at Blue Hill Stone Barns and a beautiful hotel for the night. At dinner, our friend Doug arranged for our waiter to surprise us with a bottle of celebratory champagne! We spent the rest of the weekend as planned, in the Berkshires, where we not only met, but got engaged!
The Hudson Valley views that The Garrison offers are incomparable. It was the first venue we saw, and with every other place we looked, we kept going back to The Garrison. It checked all our boxes: a rustic setting with a destination wedding feel, farm-to-table cuisine, Hudson Valley views, and an outdoor natural ceremony space. When it came to making the final decision, Annie Rozycki, special events manager, was the icing on the cake. She was organized, detail-oriented, and knowledgeable. We knew working with her would ensure flawless execution. On our wedding day, our team of vendors and The Garrison blew our vision out of the water.
We were married under The Garrison’s pergola, with the stunning backdrop and rustic setting we always imagined. The Garrison helped us curate a selection of all our favorite foods for a customized menu. Our signature cocktail was a mojito called “Copake Crush,” named after the town where we met. We had an Italian station with dishes like penne pesto and baked rigatoni and a street food station with items such as spring rolls, falafel, and gyros with mini pitas and tzatziki. Our favorite hors d’oeuvres were the spicy tuna tartare with sesame seaweed salad and the tomato soup with grilled cheese.
Our décor complemented the simplistic beauty of the ballroom. Our florist, Judy, adorned the tables with beautiful mercury vases filled with local and seasonal white flowers and greenery, surrounded by candles. Dinner started with a baby green salad with cabernet vinaigrette. For the entrée, guests chose either seared striped bass with sesame soy glaze or grilled filet mignon with red wine veal jus, both served with roasted vegetables and orzo risotto. All the food was incredible, but our friends and family really could not stop talking about the steak!
Many of our guests said our wedding felt like they were at a concert! Our band rocked out the entire night. They even took the time to learn our first dance song for us, “I Choose You” by Sara Bareilles. Our white wedding cake, filled with fudge and caramel, was phenomenal. Let’s just say, if our anniversary piece suddenly goes missing, Geoff should not be surprised. At the end of the night, we offered guests a sampling of Grady’s Cold Brew Coffee as a night-cap to go.
Thank you to our families for supporting and encouraging us throughout this wild adventure leading up to the best weekend of our lives. Thank you to our friends for being there with us from start to finish. Finally, thank you to our wonderfully hand-selected vendors and to Annie and the staff at The Garrison.