A Modern Warehouse Wedding in Upstate New York
Back in 2008, one of Elizabeth Dilkâs friends was dating a pal of Garrett Morinâs, and the relationship caused both friend groups to collide. While that love story didnât last, it did lead to a new one: Liz and Garrettâs. Five years later, as 2015 was coming to an end, Garrett and Liz headed to the Hamptons for a long weekend to celebrate the new year. âThe morning of New Yearâs Eve, Garrett and I went for a run on the beach,â Liz remembers. âAs we got to the end of the beach, Garrett proposed! We made our way back to the house, and our friends had filled the house with balloons. We got to celebrate with them all weekend!â
Though theyâd dreamed of an outdoor wedding, Liz and Garrett will both tell you that they have bad luck with weather, so they figured a unique indoor space would keep their guests comfortable and dry. They loved that the Basilica in Hudson, New York, could really take on whatever personality they brought into the spaceâand just as theyâd expected, it started to pour once the dance party was underway! âWe were very happy to be dry inside,â says the bride.
âWe kept planning easy by booking things as soon as they felt right, instead of overloading on options,â Liz explains. Photographer James Autery of Within This Day was on-hand to capture the finessed, colorful, and eye-catching details that made Garrett and Lizâs wedding day their own. The couple invited 150 guests to join them upstate on August 12, 2017, where the creative couple (sheâs a designer, and heâs a creative director) art-directed the best party theyâve ever planned. Keep reading for more!
Garretâs illustrations were used throughout the invitations, and also turned into confetti that was tucked into the save the dates. âWe designed all of the printed elements together,â Liz says.
The bride wore a tailored silk Naeem Khan gown with a low back and beading around the bodice. âIt was exactly what I wanted," she says. "My mom and I went to get a glass of wine to âdecideâ so it wouldnât feel like an impulse buy, but we both knew weâd be going right back to the salon to purchase it as soon as we were done!â
Garrett wore a Paul Smith suit, which he paired with a tie decorated with mushrooms and rainbows.
The coupleâs flower girl wore a peasant-style white dress and leopard-print flats for her trip down the aisle.
âI told my bridesmaids to wear whatever they wanted, and they ended up choosing perfectly coordinated floral dresses. It worked out so well!â says the bride.
Liz and Garrett wrote their own vows, and actually exchanged them twice. âWe read them to one another in private the night before our wedding,â she says. Before the âI doâs,â there was a much-needed moment of levity: The best manâs phone started to ring in the middle of the ceremony!
Wooden fans kept guests cool in the August heat, and also served as escort cards.
A bouquet of crisp white calla lilies was the perfect pairing for Lizâs sleek wedding gown. They newlyweds couldn't resist posing for portraits during golden hour.
To make the large warehouse space feel more intimate, Liz had her coordinator hang 100 paper lanterns from the ceiling, between the venueâs strands of cafĂ© lights. The tables were kept modern to contrast with the rustic setting, with sideswept arrangements of orchids and grasses in gold and copper vessels, all set on simple white linens.
After a South Americanâinspired meal (and a few spicy cucumber margaritas!), Liz and Garrett took to the dance floor. The pair danced to âCanât Take My Eyes Off of Youâ by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, then each danced with their parents. Liz and her dad chose âIn My Lifeâ by the Beatles, while Garrett and his mom chose âInto the Mysticâ by Van Morrison.
In addition to a DJ, the couple and their wedding party served as the live band. Liz played bass, Garrett sang and played guitar, and their friends (many were Garrettâs actual band-mates!) filled out the rest. âThe cast rotated throughout the night as we played âPretty Woman,â âSay You Love Meâ by Fleetwood Mac, and âCrimson & Clover,ââ says Liz. âWe even passed out tambourines so the other guests could get in on the fun!â (Talk about putting a personal spin on your wedding reception!) The night came to a close as the entire band played âBigmouth Strikes Againâ by the Smiths, making months of planning (and band practice!) worth every moment.