A Romantic, Contemporary Wedding at Onteora Mountain House in Boiceville, New York

For their early-summer wedding, Julia Sear (29 and a lawyer) and Lucas Momo (29 and a director of operational systems) whisked their friends and famil

For their early-summer wedding, Julia Sear (29 and a lawyer) and Lucas Momo (29 and a director of operational systems) whisked their friends and family off to the heart of New York's Catskill Mountains for a playful yet polished event with plenty of personal flair. “We wanted our guests to leave feeling like they knew even more about us as a couple and invigorated by lots of food, drink, music and love,” Julia says. “Our venue reflected these goals. It was a beautiful setting to have a party, and Luke and I spent a lot of time together in the Catskills when we started dating. We loved the idea of our guests enjoying the area of New York where we fell in love.” Wanting to put a contemporary twist on a classic aesthetic, the couple wove pops of pink, lilac and glitzy gold throughout the day’s details, from the twirl-worthy bridesmaid skirts to the cascading bouquets and showstopping stationery. The florists at Viridescent Floral Design used texture to dial up the drama for the ceremony, creating a semicircular arrangement of eucalyptus, sword fern, ruscus and plumosa to frame Julia and Lucas as they said their “I dos.” Gold lanterns trimmed with pink peonies infused the woodland setting with a sense of romance, while personalized proceedings—including reflections on the meaning of marriage from the couple’s parents—ensured that the evening took on an undeniably personal feel. After exchanging vows, the newlyweds ushered their guests indoors for dinner and dancing. Julia and Lucas served their favorite ciders and IPAs during cocktail hour, along with a signature French 75 cocktail, to get the party started. But the festivities truly shifted into high gear with the father-daughter dance. “My dad and I danced to ‘My Girl’ for about one minute before we surprised guests by busting out into Bob Seger’s ‘Old Time Rock & Roll,’ ” Julia says. “We motioned to have guests get on the dance floor, and the next thing we knew, a swarm of people were dancing together.” The couple also skipped the traditional wedding cake in favor of an ice cream bar, which went over big with guests. At the end of the night, guests took home bottles of lemon-and-rosemary-infused bourbon, which Lucas made himself. A tip from Julia: “No need to follow the rules—breaking tradition can be fun. Do what you and your partner want. The day is about joy, not checking off a box of what to do.” —Libby MacCarthy

The couple immersed their guests in the natural beauty of the Catskills long before they even set foot onto Onteora Mountain House’s expansive property in Boiceville, New York, with custom invitations designed by Wide Eyes Paper Company. Featuring brilliant floral envelope liners, a custom map and illustrations of the venue and the rolling hills beyond, the stationery was a bona fide work of art.
When Lucas popped the question, he presented Julia with a sapphire diamond eternity engagement ring. She paired the bauble with a matching diamond eternity band, while Lucas opted for a classic yellow gold ring.
Every element of the day exuded a personal vibe, right down to the wedding party attire. “I was determined to stray from the usual long dresses you see for bridesmaids,” Julia says. The bride opted to have her girls don pastel pink tulle and purple sequin midi skirts, which they paired with cream-colored blouses and shoes of their choosing. “I didn’t want them to feel like they were wearing a uniform,” Julia says.
The florists at Viridescent Floral Design brought the beauty of the mountains alive for the ceremony, creating a lush semicircular garland rich in textured greens and fresh wildflowers to frame Julia and Lucas as they exchanged vows.
Viridescent Floral Design dialed up the drama on Julia’s down-the-aisle look with a textured, scene-stealing bouquet of oversize peonies, ferns, garden roses, ranunculus and more. “Since my dress was simple, the bouquet was a great accessory,” Julia says.
Though the ceremony took place in the afternoon, clusters of gold lanterns filled with flickering pillar candles and fresh blooms gave the dramatic outdoor setting a sense of romance and intimacy.
Taking advantage of Onteora’s striking mountain views, Julia and Lucas gathered their friends and family outdoors for a ceremony set against tall old-growth trees and rolling hills covered in lush greenery.
As Lucas and Julia snapped postceremony pictures, their friends and family gathered on the terrace for cocktails and apps. “The goal was good music and food,” Julia says. In addition to a signature French 75 cocktail, the couple served a selection of their favorite ciders and IPAs, which guests enjoyed as they took in the panoramic mountain views in Boiceville, New York.
When it came to the reception, Viridescent Floral Design didn’t disappoint. The florists put a contemporary twist on classic centerpieces by combining garden roses, ranunculus, astilbes, scabiosas, wildflowers and a variety of greenery into bold, dynamic arrangements that brought the decor to life.
While Onteora’s lodge read rustic, Julia and Lucas infused the cozy space with pale gray linens, gold accents and warm candlelight for a refined look. For a panache-packed twist, the couple wove pops of pink and lilac throughout and Viridescent Floral Design’s lively arrangements delivered plenty of visual drama.
After cocktails, guests were ushered into the lodge for the reception at Onteora Mountain House in Boiceville, New York. Before tucking into dinner, Julia and Lucas shared their first dance to the tune of “Over the Rainbow.”