A Romantic, Bohemian Wedding at Bedford Golf and Tennis Club in Bedford, New York

Laced with organic touches and bohemian flair, Isabella Swift (26 and works in business development) and Bryan Gabourie’s (34 and works in international sales) mid-September wedding was an elegant, laid-back bash. The Los Angeles-based couple headed to Isabella’s home of Bedford, New York, where they gathered their friends and family at Bedford Golf and Tennis Club for the fun-filled affair. “We wanted it to be as much a celebration of our loved ones as it was about us, because we wouldn’t be us without our nearest and dearest,” Isabella says. “We wanted there to be amazing drinks and food and insane music—just a beautiful gathering of all things Bella and Bryan.” Before the festivities got underway, Isabella and Bryan exchanged vows in an intimate outdoor ceremony at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church. The venue’s woodland chapel provided a whimsical, natural backdrop for the “I dos,” with its wooden archway and acres of lush, dense forest. Hedgerow Florist heightened the space’s romantic vibe with garlands of wispy vines and ivory blooms. A wheelbarrow filled with water and lemonade greeted guests upon arrival, and Isabella’s uncle provided all the tunes for the ceremony, which he played on acoustic guitar. The newlyweds then whisked guests off to the Bedford Golf and Tennis Club for the alfresco reception. An expansive Sperry tent was spread over the lawn, providing guests with panoramic views of the perfectly manicured greens, wildflower-dotted meadows and forests beyond. Long farm tables with cross-back country chairs and burlap table runners injected the decor with a subtle hint of rustic flair, while tealights and bundles of cafe au lait dahlias, white ranunculus, wildflowers, succuelents and ferns delivered a healthy dose of romance to the open-air space. “When I first met with Dana of Hedgerow Florist, I felt like she was reading my mind,” Isabella says. “I blurted out that I didn’t want traditional, tightly bound flowers, and she came up with a game plan that was so on point. We spoke about the flowers all looking like they organically grew in the locations where they were being put. They were some of my favorite details from the evening.” As bona fide foodies, Isabella and Bryan made the menu a top priority. After cocktails on the lawn—during which guests sipped on signature Southside drinks (lime, mint and a rum floaters)—the couple treated everyone to a traditional pig roast. “Not very traditional but so delicious and fun,” Isabella says. “We served the big with specialty sauces from Lewis Barbecue in Charleston, South Carolina. We bottled up the gallons in two categories: Hot Like Bryan or Sweet Like Bella.” Toward the end of the evening, the newlyweds rolled out Dutch-style french fries to keep the party going and their guests dancing up a storm. “French fry hour was our best idea,” Isabella says. “It was the savior of the evening! It’s so much fun and a great way to soak up some of the drinks you have been consuming throughout the night.” A tip from Isabella and Bryan: “Make sure you stop and look around at the party, the people, the love. This grouping of people will never be together like this again. We stopped multiple times that night together and took in the scene. Every time it brought us to tears, seeing our family and friends from many corners of the world dancing and laughing together. It was a beautiful thing.” —Libby MacCarthy