The Wedding of ...
Sarah Cronk & Patrick Young
Ceremony & Reception: The Garrison
Gown: Pronovias, at A Little Something White Darien, CT
Tux: JoS. A Bank
Photographer: Matt Stallone Photography
Cinematographer: LVL 13
Makeup: Bridal by Alexandria, Kelly McNamara
Hair: Bridal by Alexandria, Jennifer Boydston
Florist: Artistic Manner Flower Shop & Greenhouse
Cake: Pastry Garden
Live Music: Lou Volpe and Motoki Mihara
DJ: Rob Hines Entertainment
Patrick and I met through a mutual friend. We were both living in Astoria when I ran into him and our friend in a favorite local bakery. I texted my friend to say Patrick was cute, and soon after she convinced me to hang out in a group setting with them so I could get to know Patrick. Eventually, we had our first date at Trattoria L’incontro. A few years later, Patrick and I sat on a beach alone just before sunset. We agreed to go in the water once more before heading in. I walked a few steps towards the water when he got my attention. I turned around and he was on one knee, asking for my hand in marriage.
It was the first and only venue we visited because we instantly fell in love with The Garrison! The breathtaking views and gorgeous event space were perfect, and the venue setup allows for seamless transition from ceremony to cocktail hour to reception. Patrick and I covertly made signs to each other that we were ready to pounce on this venue! From beginning to end, the Garrison team was professional, organized, and top notch. Bridget Bell, wedding and special events manager, was amazing. Being a “Covid Bride,” with the ever-changing safety protocols that impacted how we could celebrate, was difficult but Bridget helped finesse a compromise that gave us everything we dreamed of.
Wanting a dance party most of all, the no-dancing law was a huge upset for us. That is, until The Garrison generously gave us the option to have our ceremony and an intimate gathering on our original date, and then to have our reception and dance party the following year. This double-wedding was the perfect solution! My best friend, Elena Dotoratos, crafted a beautiful ceremony for us. Weaved into the ceremony was a reading from Patrick’s cousin Kristen and my oldest friend, Heather. The ceremony was personal and romantic, and afterward we had a lovely dinner of delicious food, accompanied with beautiful live music.
Skipping ahead to our follow-up party, we picked up right where we left off! For our cocktail hour, we selected the barbecue station and the artisanal cheeses and fresh fruit station. We both love mac and cheese, which came with the barbecue station, and who doesn’t love a great cheese board? We knew these two choices would be a hit with our guests. We also selected delicious passed hors d’oeuvres, like fried shrimp dumplings, baked brie, potatoes and white truffle croquette, and more. We created a signature cocktail in honor of our Astoria apartment, called the “hootie-hoo,” reminiscent of when our doorbell didn’t work and our friends would shout that up to our window to tell us they’d arrived. The cocktail was a mix of Grey Goose and splashes of orange juice, triple sec, and Sprite.
The color scheme for our wedding was dusty rose, gold, and navy. We created an ambiance that enhanced, but didn’t distract from, the beautiful backdrop of The Garrison. Our accents were equal parts rustic and chic, with warm lighting, wood accents, and texture in the centerpieces. Our florist used our floral palette to tie all the rooms and décor together, with roses and eucalyptus in our bouquets, floral arch, and centerpieces. We also added strings of bistro lights over the dance floor. Guests were finally able to dance to a mix of our favorite 90’s hits, as well as some of the classics for all age ranges. We also had a traditional Middle-Eastern dance break, where relatives circled the floor for the dabke.
We chose our dinner entrée options with the varied tastes of our guests in mind, choosing seared salmon and boneless prime rib, while notifying The Garrison about all dietary restrictions, so those guests had delicious dishes as well.
Our cake was themed after the unique cake topper we had made by an artist in Brazil. Since we were engaged on the beach, we had a bride and groom on a jet ski, complete with the details of the lace on my dress. Our cake was a soft, beachy color, dusted with rose gold and navy to create a subtle ombre effect. It was a vanilla cake filled with chocolate and strawberry mousse, and between our two weddings, Patrick would joke about breaking it out to have some before the one-year anniversary, because it was so good!
We give special thanks to our parents, our bridal party, officiant, families, and friends for their endless support. A huge thanks also to Bridget Bell, all our vendors, and the entire Garrison staff for all their work making our day so special. Our guests raved about the food and the service. Each party was special.
Our 2020 wedding was an intimate and classy dinner party, underscored by beautiful live jazz. The 2021 reception was a non-stop bash, underscored by an eclectic mix of songs from the energetic DJ and MC. Each party was perfect in its own way, and we appreciated that extra time spent with family and friends all the more.
The Garrison, Garrison, NY, 845.424.3604, thegarrison.com