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 internation

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

For the ceremony, Isabella adorned her golden locks with a classic ballet-length veil and a lush “forest crown.” The florists at Hedgerow Florist created the whimsical pieces with a textured mix of greenery, waxflowers and berries that matched her fern-trimmed bouquet.
“My bridesmaids are all so beautiful and stylish. I thought it would be a crime to put them all in the same dress—especially since one of my ladies was carrying a baby at 8.5 months.” Isabella says. The bride gave her ladies a palette of gray, nude and dusty pink and asked them to find a floor-length gown that made them feel fabulous. “They came back with a gorgeous array of dresses, and the palette looked amazing on everyone.”
Before heading to Bedford Golf and Tennis Club in Bedford, New York, for dinner and dancing, 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.
For his down-the-aisle duds, Bryan had a slim black suit custom made at Sam’s Tailor in Hong Kong. He paired the look with a skinny tie and black leather Wall + Water oxfords for a look that was both timeless and modern.
While guests sipped on signature cocktails such as the Southside— a mix of tart lime, mint and rum—they took in the views and tried their hand at lawn games such as cornhole.
Vignettes of wooden cocktail tables and laid-back Adirondack chairs were sprinkled across the lawn at Bedford Golf and Tennis Club in Bedford, New York, inviting guests to kick back and relax while sipping on signature cocktails and nibbling on fresh seafood and passed hors d’oeuvres.
The evening’s bohemian theme was alive and well during the reception, with French country chairs, burlap linens and whimsical arrangements of dahlias and ferns infusing the decor with a welcoming yet whimsical tone. The open-air Sperry tent added to the appeal, providing guests with panoramic views of the surrounding lush fields.
Burlap linens gave way to cascading arrangements of cafe au lait dahlias, waxflowers, ferns, roses and ranunculus, their romantic appeal adding softness to the otherwise rustic decor.
After an amuse-bouche of watermelon and tomato gazpacho, Isabella and Bryan treated guests to pig roast complete with mac and cheese and salad. “Not very traditional but so delicious and fun,” Isabella says. To spice things up, bottles of specialty sauces from Lewis Barbecue in Charleston, South Carolina, were personalized with labels that read “Hot like Bryan” and “Sweet like Bella.”
In addition to a raw bar and passed hors d’oeuvres, a spread of fresh vegetables were available for guests to nosh on throughout cocktail hour.
Before the party got underway, Isabella and Bryan shared their first dance as a married couple to “Girl From the North Country” by Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash. “Although it's a sad song, it has always been a favorite of ours,” Isabella says. “We really connected over it early in our relationship. We are also huge Dylan and Cash fans, so it just felt right.”
While Isabella and Bryan don’t classify themselves as cake people, they decided to have a cake at the reception at Bedford Golf and Tennis Club in Bedford, New York. The pair opted for a two-tier carrot cake for the customary cake cutting, which Hedgerow Florist adorned with dahlias and vines. For their guests, the newlyweds provided a selection of cakes and pies from Beford Gourmet and Salingers Orchards. “There were barely any leftovers, and what was left over was eaten at breakfast,” Isabella says.
During the reception, Isabella and Bryan invited their guests to release sky lanterns for good luck. “It was something we did every night during a trip to Thailand,” Isabella says. “We channeled our intentions for this marriage and sent the lantern into the sky. It was a special moment.”