The Wedding of ..
Samantha Porter & Michael Kadin
Ceremony & Reception: The Garrison, Garrison, NY,
Gown: Modern Trousseau
Bridesmaids: Jenny Yoo
Tux: Vera Wang
Makeup & Hair: The Garrison Spa
Florist: Steven Bruce Design
Cake: The Pastry Garden
Photographer: Ben, Weddings by Two
Band: East Coast Ban with Michael Lynche
An Exquisite Ballroom on the Hudson
Mike and I met our first day at Brown University. He lived down the hall from me and we were friends for years before I realized I had a huge crush on him. During the winter of our senior year, I finally got the courage to tell him, and since that day we’ve spent almost every minute together. Now I’m a reproductive health specialist and Mike is a software engineer.
Mike used to be the program director for a summer camp he attended as a kid, and the night before he was going to go away for the summer we made dinner reservations at Salt in Cambridge, Massachusetts. All throughout dinner he was incredibly affectionate, and I knew something was up. I was right. After dinner he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. We celebrated with dessert and champagne.
We chose The Garrison because a lot of our family lives in upstate New York, so we wanted to have the wedding close to them. While Mike was at camp his mother and I drove around the Hudson Valley searching for the perfect venue. The second we arrived at The Garrison, I knew it was where Mike and I would get married. The exquisite ballroom with huge windows, gorgeous grounds, and incredible views of the Hudson blew me away. I also loved Todd Smith, banquet sales manager at The Garrison. He was so friendly and full of great ideas. I knew right away I would have a good time working with him.
We had our ceremony under The Garrison’s chuppah, and it was very moving and incorporated many of the people we love most. Mike’s mom is a cantor, so she performed much of the singing in the ceremony. My mother also read the seven blessings in English. The rabbi who helped me convert to Judaism married us and then we broke the glass.
For the cocktail hour, our guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres such as truffle-flavored popcorn, vegetable spring rolls with sweet chili sauce, tarragon chicken salad sandwiches, and baked brie and raspberry purses, as well as our signature drink, The Moscow Mule.
The ballroom setup for the reception was breathtaking. Our centerpieces were full of yellow and white flowers, as well as my favorite succulents. We also hung paper lanterns on the ceiling over the dance floor. Dinner started with a frisée salad with goat cheese, beets, and red wine caraway vinaigrette. For the entrée, our guests had their choice of boneless short ribs of beef with red wine jus or roasted barramundi with tarragon beurre blanc. Seasonal roasted vegetables and orzo risotto accompanied both entrées. Dessert was our chocolate ganache wedding cake, which had a raspberry filling, as well as cookies and chocolate-covered strawberries. Our band was amazing, and it was really magical to see all the people from our walks of life come together on the dance floor.
My favorite part of the night was the hora. In terms of feeling like a Jewish bride, being up in the chair for the hora felt like the culmination of all the work I had done to convert. We are so grateful for the support from our families and friends. Thanks to all our friends and family who traveled from far and wide to dance the night away with us, and thank you to all of you who were there in our hearts. Also many thanks to Todd and the staff at The Garrison for making our wedding day flawless!