the grooms were married under a chuppah on a hilltop surrounded by breathtaking views. Blessed by two Rabbis – Adam’s family Rabbi from New York, and the Rabbi who’d led Lowell’s conversion to Judaism – the ceremony also included being joined under the ketubah by Adam’s parents, and Lowell’s mother and brother.
For cocktail hour, all 200 guests transitioned to a glass pavilion where drinks and hors d’oeuvres were served as the sun set. Promptly at 7 p.m., a curtain was drawn back to reveal the reception – an exquisite, forest floor-inspired space that transformed Chalk Hill’s dressage arena.
Dinner tables were encased by wood pergolas draped with fall foliage, helping to shrink the scale of the expansive venue. Candles and hanging light boxes illuminated the space, creating the perfect ambiance for an intimate dinner party. After the grooms entered and completed the hora, dinner began with family-style salads and roasted vegetables from Chalk Hill’s own garden, followed by entrees of beef filet and pan seared cod paired with the estate’s wines.
When guests weren’t eating, they were on the dance floor and celebrating to the music of a live band and DJ. The newlyweds cut their cake while dancing to Hot Chip’s “One Life Stand,” and relished in that moment of having everything they wanted – friends, family, each other, and chocolate cake.