A Countryside Wedding in the Empire State


March 22, 2023
Words by Lillian Finley
Photos courtesy of Fern and Fountain

As New York City natives, Ny and Jodi were used to the big city’s fast-paced hustle and bustle. So, when Ny first popped the question, they knew they wanted to escape the rat race for their special day. For this couple, that meant a relaxing homespun destination wedding in the countryside of New York. 

“We truly wanted a peaceful wedding where we could enjoy being with our family and friends and feel like we were transported somewhere else,” the bride and groom say. 

In modern fashion, Jodi discovered her dream wedding venue online. Using some key phrases from the theme she had in mind, she came across the Owl’s Hoot Barn in Coxsackie, New York. On their first visit, the bride and groom-to-be thought the venue was stunning. It was hardly five minutes after their tour that they decided to lock it in as their wedding spot. 

“This was it, this was my venue— everything I was looking for was waiting for me in Coxsackie,” Jodie says. 

A lot went into creating this couple’s dream wedding. They went full in with a rustic theme, featuring dozens of DIY projects and many late nights as Jodi planned out the details of their big day. From table runners made of torn-out book pages to spray-painted cans as flower vases, there was no shortage of creativity involved in the process. In total, the projects were made over the entire 13-month span of the wedding planning! 

With so many elements going into the ceremony, one of the most important things for this couple was keeping them all straight. 

“I think the thing that helped me the most was being very organized and creating wedding binders for everything,” Jodi says. 

The ceremony itself was packed full of meaningful and memorable moments for the bride and groom. The wedding was unofficially officiated by a close friend of the groom, and the couple had the chance to share their vows with those closest to them. 

In the end, Ny and Jodi’s wedding was just as they wanted it: an intimate celebration with their closest friends and family. 

“It felt like a little sliver of the world was cut out for us for our wedding,” they say. 

Jodi advises newly-engaged couples of the future to find a way to release some stress and let go. 

“The day goes by so fast and everything you stress about will not matter. Most importantly, find a photographer that will capture the most timeless pictures on your wedding day so you can go back and relive that special day like it was yesterday!”


Vendors: Photographer:Fern & Fountain Wedding Photography; Wedding Planner/Florals: Molly Blauber at Graceful Occasions and Events; Ceremony/Reception Site: Owls Hoot Barn; Stationery: Halo Designs Shop; Cake: Banana Moon Baking Company; Hair & Makeup: Bridal By Alexandria; Gown Designer: Loulette Bride; Men’s Attire: Suit Supply; Bridesmaids’ Dresses: DesirVale; Bar: Producer Mezcal; Cinematographer: Love and Wolves; Groom’s Ring: Wooden Circle; Bride’s Ring: Fitzgerald Jewelry; Getting Ready Robes: Sweet Citrus Lane; First Look Location: Unquiet Antiques; Bridal Shoes: Forever Soles; Groom’s Shoes: Cole Haan; Ties: The Tie Bar; Catering: Cask and Rasher; Guitarist: Kurt Borst Music; Veil & Embroidery: Loulette Bride; Tiger Wallpaper: Sveta Aho 

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