A Vintage-Inspired, Industrial Wedding at the Roundhouse in Beacon, New York

For their midsummer wedding in Beacon, New York, Ashley Tallevi (28 and a PhD candidate) and Charlie Milner (28 and a software engineer) pulled off an

For their midsummer wedding in Beacon, New York, Ashley Tallevi (28 and a PhD candidate) and Charlie Milner (28 and a software engineer) pulled off an Art Deco-inspired fete with a hint of modern, industrial appeal. Wanting guests to feel like they’d been whisked off for a fun and relaxing weekend, Ashley and Charlie hosted the event at the Roundhouse in New York's Hudson Valley, overlooking a striking waterfall and a rushing creek. “We wanted a location that felt like a vacation but was still convenient for most of our guests. The Hudson Valley filled the bill, and we loved the industrial aesthetic, natural beauty and delicious food at the Roundhouse,” Ashley says. The festivities kicked off with a ceremony officiated by Ashley’s brother-in-law, Billy Meyer. “We had long joked that he would marry us, and when it came down to actually planning the ceremony, we couldn’t imagine anyone with a more admirable spiritual commitment who was as grounded in love and family,” Ashley says. The couple personalized the proceedings with an excerpt from Philip Pullman’s "The Amber Spyglass" and from Obergefell v. Hodges, the Supreme Court's 2015 decision granting same-sex couples the right to marry. Carriage lanterns surrounded by wreaths of eucalyptus lined the flagstone aisle, leading to a whimsical backdrop of cascading white orchids. After the ceremony, Ashley and Charlie ushered their guests into the Roundhouse for the reception. Exposed-brick walls, silver jacquard tablecloths and mercury-glass accents established a chic old-world vibe, which paired perfectly with the old-school tunes that kept the dance floor packed. “We were incredibly lucky in that we had my dad’s soul band play a 10-song set, which they kicked off with our favorite Otis Redding song. My dad handed off his saxophone to dance to ‘My Girl’ with me, and Charlie and his mother danced to Kermit the Frog’s ‘Rainbow Connection,’ ” Ashley says. A tip from Ashley: “Our venue put a sampling of our appetizers on a tray for Charlie and me in the room where we signed the wedding certificate, so we were married on paper and officially fed. It was the only way I got anything to eat during the first part of the wedding. So if you can, try to request it.” —Libby MacCarthy

Inspired by Ashley’s Jenny Packham wedding gown, the couple adopted an art deco theme for their midsummer fete. To communicate the style of the soiree to come, Ashley and Charlie chose the perfect art deco-inspired invitation suite, complete with metallic ink and letterpress details, from Minted.com.
Playing off her own vintage-inspired Jenny Packham gown, Ashley had her two bridesmaids don floor-length, blue-gray chiffon dresses by Jenny Yoo, which exuded classic elegance. To tie into the wedding’s subtle art deco theme, she gave each of the ladies glitzy Jenny Packham necklaces and bracelets to give the dresses a touch of wow.
House of Flowers established an air of whimsy for the ceremony, lining the aisles with silver carriage lanterns encircled by lush eucalyptus and small ivory and white flowers. The flagstone aisle led to a simple wedding arch trimmed in cascades of ivory orchids, under which Ashley and Charlie exchanged vows.
Ashley and Charlie’s first date wasn’t your typical evening out on the town. The two were set up by common friends for their college’s annual “screw,” an event for which roommates set one another up on blind dates—costumes and uncoordinated dancing are the hallmark of the soiree. “These events rarely end in marriage. But thanks to the design of brilliant friends, when Charlie approached me, wearing a cardboard swan dress reminiscent of his favorite artist, Bjork, it started a friendship and a crush, that would lead to marriage,” Ashley says.
As guests entered the Roundhouse in Beacon, New York, for the reception, they were greeted by a display of pint-size champagne bottles styled alongside flickering candlelight and a towering arrangement of ivory and purple blooms. Tying into their vintage theme, an art deco-inspired escort card was attached to each bottle, guiding guests to their seats.
“I quickly realized that I knew little to nothing about flowers,” Ashley says. “My preference was for tall centerpieces that would emphasize the height of the venue’s ceilings.” Cherry blossoms were the couple’s first pick, but since the flower is out of season in mid-July, the florists and House of Flowers had to think outside the box. To create the illusion of cherry blossoms, the team mixed curly willows, vines, branches and greenery with lengths of white orchids, which they displayed in tall trumpet vases.
House of Flowers created a distinct centerpiece for Ashley and Charlie’s sweetheart table. In lieu of the towering cherry blossom-inspired arrangements, the florists displayed two bouquets of purple and white roses, stock and hydrangeas in small square vases, which they styled alongside stemmed mercury-glass votive candleholders. At the center of the arrangement stood Ashley’s calla lily and hydrangea bouquet, adding height and a touch of drama to the petite tablescape.
Before hitting the dance floor, where Ashley’s father and his soul band got guests in the mood to party with a set list of favorite old-school hits, guests enjoyed a sit-down dinner followed by a slice of wedding cake. A four-tier confection embodied the celebration’s classic vibe with layers of combed buttercream, fresh white peonies and an art deco-inspired silhouette cake topper.
To keep the party going and the dance floor packed, Ashley and Charlie served a late-night snack during the reception at the Roundhouse in Beacon, New York. Guests fueled up on freshly popped popcorn and sweets before heading back to the dance floor to bop to the beat.
In addition to mini bottles of champagne and a popcorn bar, Ashley and Charlie surprised their friends and family members with packages of playfully pink cotton candy. Ensuring that every detail reflected the evening’s vintage theme, the couple adorned the colorful sweets with art deco-inspired labels.