As I’ve said in pretty much every fall blog post I’ve ever written, autumn is my absolute favorite time of the year. Our October wedding had beautiful, crisp weather, and I am so grateful for that! However, after we were married Greg and I immediately jetted off on our honeymoon, and when we got back to New York City the weather had already started to turn colder. To my immense disappointment, I felt like I’d missed out on my favorite season!
But it wasn’t over yet! I got in the car, and headed out of the city for a weekend in the Catskills.
With my new husband by my side!
It was the prettiest drive I’ve ever seen, with stunning fall foliage everywhere we looked.
It was absolutely gorgeous, and made me so happy that it wasn’t too late to immerse myself in fall!
On our way, we stopped for lunch at Rip Van Winkle Brewing Company.
Greg treated himself to a Mountain House Helles lager.
And we both treated ourselves to burgers and perfectly-crisp fries.
Then our journey continued to Roxbury, New York.
We weren’t going there just to experience fall (although that was a major plus)! Rather, we were attending Matt and Amanda’s wedding at Stone Tavern Farm.
The venue was incredible, and the perfect outdoor antidote to New York City.
The week before, Greg had asked me which coat I was planning on wearing to the wedding. I figured he just wanted to make sure I’d be warm enough.
Little did I know, he went shopping for a vest and pants to match my jacket, knowing how much I like to be coordinated, and surprised me with his “look.”
It was so cute… and funny!
The wedding began with Amanda walking through a door in the hills, creating a vision that felt like heaven itself.
And it was sweet seeing Matt tear up as she approached him.
They were married using vows from The Corpse Bride which was exactly their style.
Then it was time to celebrate!
One of the things that I loved about Matt and Amanda’s wedding is how much their personality shown through in the details. For example, Matt loves bluegrass music, so that’s the kind of band they had.
There were also clever signs.
This one being my favorite, since we were actually in Roxbury, NY!
Matt and Amanda both love Halloween and Tim Burton, and their end-of-October wedding was the perfect time to emphasize this.
We sat down to dinner, which was another nod to Matt’s southern penchant: BBQ!
I have to say, a wedding that serves mac and cheese is a fabulous wedding in my book!
Now, you may be assuming that Matt is from the south, what with his love of bluegrass and BBQ. But he’s actually from the north… of England.
Over our years of friendship, I’d heard a lot about his family, of course. But his wedding was my first opportunity to meet them. Upon being introduced, Matt’s sister and mom both exclaimed: “I follow your blog!” which made me love them immediately. (Hi, ladies!)
The rest of his family, as well as Amanda’s family, were so much fun, and Greg and I left the wedding feeling like we’d become friends with everyone there, something that doesn’t usually happen at weddings (at least for me, ha).
Congratulations, Matt and Amanda. We wish you a lifetime of health and happiness.
The next day was a rainy one, and Greg and I stopped for breakfast at Maeve’s Place in Pine Hill, New York.
It was a cute little place, offering a dry and warm escape from the weather outside.
Greg had biscuits and gravy while I dined on a breakfast quesadilla. Neither dishes were all that pretty to look at, but they tasted great.
Then it was back to the car, and back to New York City.
Thank you, Matt and Amanda, for giving us one last autumn weekend!
P.S. My plaid coat is Avec Les Filles and you can buy it here.