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When free-spirited Berkshire dwellers, Gillian and Karden, wed at a historic Shaker boarding school nestled in the bucolic hills of New Lebanon, New York, they knew a conventional big day theme just wouldn't do. Scroll on to see how they captured their quirky personalities in their own one-of-a-kind way, using their shared sense of style and humor.
From early in their courtship, Gillian, who owns a boutique chain of yoga studios in Berkshire county, Massachusetts, remarked on how the flip in the back of Karden’s hair reminded her of a duck’s butt (yes, really). And from then on, that’s all she could see... even after his hairstyle changed.
Meanwhile, the way that Gillian prances around with her long, slender limbs and peers around through wide, lashy eyes? Well, you can see how Kaden and just about everyone else would liken her to a deer.
So, of course, it only followed that they would anthropomorphize themselves into a duck and a doe to set the tone for their big day!
Getting hitched in their natural habitat, they used other woodland creatures to name their reception tables.
With furry animals seated downstairs and feathered ones upstairs, some notable creatures present included the honey badger and the woodpecker, but just a precious few were lucky enough to be seated at the "Blue Footed Booby" table.
Upon arrival, guests sipped on signature cocktails, "The Doe-Hito" and the "Manquacken," while teetotalers enjoyed fresh brewed sun tea and cold brewed iced coffee.
In true Quaker style, family and friends pitched in on all aspects of the decoration and styling.
Paper goods and signage were designed by a family member, and the woodland creature illustrations for the table signage were drawn by a close friend. Friends also constructed the chuppah and officiated the ceremony.
Dinner, prepared largely with vegetables from the couple’s own garden and farm co-op, was served family style. The farm also provided flowers for the bouquets and table arrangements.
Photography: Elaina Mortali
Venue: The Darrow School
Florist: Brenda Sanderson of Garden Blossoms Florist
Invitation, paper goods & signage: Shindig Bespoke
Chuppah: Berkshire Bontanist
Catering: Haven Cafe & Bakery
Pies & Dessert: Berkshire Bakes
Hair & Make Up: Amanda Napior and Jenna Lanphear
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