Tea for two and two for tea! Cassy and Bailey’s brunch wedding in Altamont, New York is as charming as one can imagine.
While searching for a space to fit their vision, The Altamont Manor checked all the boxes for the perfect celebratory spot.
“The manor had this slightly anachronistic feel, with its old-mansion exterior and 1970s interior, and the view from the top of the hill was extraordinary,” states Cassy and Bailey. “We also loved that it wasn’t groomed like a golf course or country club. The owner cares for the grounds meticulously, but you can see the woods beyond, and he lets wildflowers grow.”
An outdoor ceremony kickstarted the day where the two united beneath the tall trees and blue skies, incorporating elements of Jewish tradition and DIY details brought in from loved ones.
“We did a semi-interfaith, mostly-Jewish wedding with a rabbi from the university Hillel house,” says Cassy. “My little brother hand-designed and hand-built our chuppah, with decorations provided from a local florist. Bailey’s little brother is a jazz pianist, and he played our procession song with singing from a very talented friend of his. We used a modern take on the 7 brachot — 7 Jewish wedding blessings — and we let our loved ones choose which blessings to read for us. We adapted part of our ketubah text — another modern take on the Jewish marriage contract — as our vows. We exchanged our rings and broke the glass. After we walked back up the aisle, we realized we’d forgotten the 7 circles, and did them very quickly at the back. Hopefully no one noticed. We have a few photos of friends and family tearing up, so it must’ve gone well.”
Post-nuptials, it was off to celebrate with a modern spin on a classic afternoon tea gathering.
Old thrifted teapots, handmade floral table numbers, and apothecary jars with floral stems made up the effortless aesthetic, while tea sachet wedding favors added to the cohesiveness.
Nearby a naked wedding cake complete with fruit and florals made a statement of its own – which was a shared favorite element amongst the brides.
“I loved our cake, which we chose because it was absolutely delicious,” says Bailey. Cassy added, “I loved the cake as well–the person we chose absolutely read our minds and it was perfect. Everything looked better than we could’ve imagined.”