The Wedding of ...
Angelica Martinez & Adam Schreiber
Ceremony & Reception: The Garrison, Garrison, NY,
Gown: Allure Bridals
Bridesmaids: Bill Levkoff
Tux: Sebastien Grey Clothiers
Makeup: Face the Day NY
Hair: Nicole Toledo
Florist: The Potted Geranium
Cake: The Pastry Garden
Photographer: Inku Photography
Cinematographer: Elle & Be Films
DJ: 74 Events
Invitations: NVS Events
Pizza Truck: Hudson Truck Pizza
A Rustic Chic Wedding
Angelica and I met through her sister and my former colleague, Gloria. When I saw photos that Gloria posted on Facebook of her and Angelica at a wedding in Jamaica, I immediately asked to be introduced to this beautiful woman. Gloria set Angelica and me up on our first date at a restaurant near Angelica’s office. She is an advertising sales executive and I am a management consultant. We immediately hit it off.
For our four-year anniversary, Angelica and I went on a trip to my parent’s beach house in southern Delaware. The surprise beachside proposal I had planned got ruined because of the rain. Instead, I lit a trail of candles through the house that led her to a bottle with a note inside and then to the back screened-in porch where I set up more candles and champagne on a large beach blanket. Angelica began screaming and jumping with excitement when she read my note as I waited on one knee with the ring. A video camera I hid on a table behind me captured our moment.
When we met, we instantly knew it was meant to be, and when we found our venue, we felt the same way. We wanted to have a wedding in New York with a natural setting and a breathtaking backdrop. The Garrison, in our opinion, had the most scenic view in New York, and had exactly the rustic chic ambiance we were looking for. We also loved the organic gardens where most of their produce and delicious food comes from.
We immediately clicked with Todd Smith, special events manager. His personality is infectious and he is incredibly professional and reliable. His unique culinary and wedding background allowed him to make great suggestions on food and beverage pairings and every other aspect of planning. If we wanted to change something, add something, etc., he made it so easy. His priority was to ensure we had the most stress-free day possible.
We were married outside under a pergola made of vines, with the Hudson River behind us. We added four large flower arrangements along the aisle to surround the ceremony space and complement the natural beauty of the garden and the view of the Hudson River. With my cousin and oldest friend as the officiant and my sister as my “best ma’am,” the ceremony was a unique reflection of who we are as a couple, mixing heartfelt words and some humor. We were also blessed with perfect weather, which we believe must have been a present from Angelica’s dad, who passed away prior to the wedding.
The simple yet elegant décor complemented The Garrison’s modern glass walls and straight, clean lines. Our speciality cocktail was an Arnold Palmer spiked with vodka, and on the day of the wedding, the staff at The Garrison brewed 40 pots of tea for us! Our favorite hors d’oeuvres were tomato soup served in shot glasses with mini grilled cheeses and pigs in a blanket with dijon mustard. Our ballroom mimicked the rustic look of The Garrison’s beautiful grounds outside. We had large, clear vases with multi-level centerpieces featuring white, creme, gray, and forest green colored flowers. I added a special touch to the room with Japanese lanterns hanging from the ceiling. Our music was a 90’s house party theme, from Motown to hip-hop to salsa.
For dinner, we had roasted barramundi with tarragon beurre blanc or boneless short ribs of beef with veal jus, both served with roasted vegetables and smashed potatoes with garlic. Both were mind-blowingly good! After a night of dancing, we treated our guests to delicious pizza from a pizza truck.