Stephanie & Josh: A Country-Style Soiree on the Delaware River

by Allison Micarelli

Stephanie Brunson, 34, and Josh Matthews, 32, used the brilliant colors of the sunset to create wedding-day decor as vivid as a Van Gogh oil painting. This was no big feat for the two artists, who met backstage on the set of the Off-Broadway show Blue Man Group in New York City (she is a lighting designer, he the lead drummer and band captain). From the yellow of the sunflowers to the bright orange iridescent tablecloths, The Prallsville Mill, which hosted both the ceremony and celebration, was awash in autumnal colors.

THE BRIDE Stephanie Brunson, 34
THE GROOM Josh Matthews, 32
THE DATE September 1
THE SCENE A ceremony and reception at a historic mill overlooking the Delaware River

CUBAN TUNES BY CANDLE LIGHT The ceremony was held on the ground floor of the mill, which is comprised of original wood beams and floors, stone walls, and a running well. As guests arrived, they were greeted by live Afro-Cuban salsa music, the sound of rushing water in the well, and an abundance of candlelight. After an intimate ceremony that included a poetic reading from Josh's sister, the couple headed out for some time alone.

COCKTAILS ON THE CANAL With their photographer, they took a stroll over a bridge and along the canal. "The bridge lands you on a footpath with lush overhanging trees and lots of wildflowers," says Stephanie. While the couple took photos, guests remained back at the mill sipping cocktails and enjoying appetizers either on the bank of the canal or on the bridge. "Some guests decided not to wait for the DJ and danced to the beats of Mo'Guajiro," says Stephanie, referring to the Afro-Cuban salsa band that continued to play after the ceremony and into the cocktail hour.

SOUTHERN HOME COOKIN' Eventually, with red apples that served as escort cards in hand, guests trickled into a room where large pillar candles in terra-cotta pots were set on windowsills and smaller versions rested on tabletops. Baskets full of apples created an outdoorsy feel. Three kinds of apple cider and an apple-spice wedding cake continued the apple theme. Other menu highlights: Southern country favorites like corn-on-the-cob, spicy bourbon shrimp, corn bread, barbeque chicken, and grilled catfish topped the list. Dancing took place on the ground floor of the mill where the ceremony had taken place. As the sun went down, twinkle lights and tiki torches illuminated the outdoor area. Throughout the evening, guests mingled outside under the stars while enjoying the river views.

--Allison Micarelli
Photography © Karen Zieff Photography

For the ingredients that make up this wedding, see the right-hand column of the page.

Up Next
Vow exchange ceremony at bright DIY wedding
Sample Wedding Ceremony Scripts
Whether you need ideas for starting your own or you want to modify more traditional wordings to fit your style, follow these links to get ideas for what to say during your ceremony.
by Simone Hill1 min read