A Whimsical DIY Wedding at the 1850 House Inn in Rosendale, New York

Samantha Margalit (29 and a wedding photographer) and Adam Ferraro (35 and works in hospitality) planned an intimate affair for their late-September w

Samantha Margalit (29 and a wedding photographer) and Adam Ferraro (35 and works in hospitality) planned an intimate affair for their late-September wedding with a palette of bright, playful hues and plenty of personalized touches. They headed to Rosendale, New York, 90 miles north of their Manhattan home, to celebrate with their closest family and friends at the 1850 House Inn, a cozy bed-and-breakfast on the town’s main street. “It just seemed to jibe with our vibe,” Samantha says. “It had rooms guests could stay in for the weekend as well as a huge deck overlooking the water. The location seemed picture perfect, and the aesthetic of the house matched the rustic, organic look we were going for.” The serene waters of Roundout Creek were the backdrop for Samantha and Adam’s interfaith “I dos.” A handcrafted wooden chuppah paid tribute to the natural beauty of the setting, while hand-drawn programs added a final personal flourish to the proceedings. The newlyweds kept things low-key for the reception in order to create a relaxed, welcoming feel. Burlap linens bearing gilded mason jars were overflowing with vibrant dahlias, poppies, ranunculus, snapdragons, zinnias and marigolds lined the tables, while brightly lit Edison bulbs hung overhead, adding an element of visual intrigue and whimsy to the expansive reception tent. White balloons trimmed with blush and gold tassels greeted guests as they arrived for the fete, and a photo booth manned by Samantha’s friend and colleague offered a fun way for guests to remember the evening. Continuing the laid-back backyard theme, the couple worked with a local restaurant to create a custom menu with classic barbecue fare and treated guests to a dessert bar dotted with decadent sweet treats such lemon bars, cake pops, cream puffs and cannoli, which guests could take home in personalized takeout boxes. A tip from Samantha: “Make decisions that bring you joy. Try not to focus on what everyone is telling you that you should or shouldn’t do. Focus on each other, and hire vendors you trust so that you don’t worry about having to micromanage.” —Libby MacCarthy

“Florals were very important to me because as a wedding photographer, I’ve always felt they complete your look,” Samantha says. She enlisted the help of Alexandra Townsend of the Dedicated New Yorker to create a romantic, textured bouquet of scabiosas, roses, olive branches, ferns, thistles, corn flowers, lavender and eucalyptus. The organic quality of the bundle tied into the day’s backyard vibe while balancing the elegant aesthetic of Samantha’s Sarah Seven gown.
Samantha made things easy for her bridesmaids, who donned matching Cordelia dresses from BHLDN in a soft shade of blush. The midi length and strapless silhouette delivered the perfect balance of effortlessness and elegance. They accessorized the ensembles with their own shoes and jewelry for a personal twist.
Hand-drawn programs featuring whimsical purple calligraphy and a customized arrow monogram were placed on each chair for the ceremony, providing guests the lowdown on the day’s events.
The serene waters of Roundout Creek served as the backdrop for Samantha and Adam’s interfaith ceremony at the 1850 House Inn in Rosendale, New York. The pair exchanged vows under a handcrafted wooden chuppah that paid tribute to the natural beauty of the setting.
As Samantha and Adam made their way up the aisle as husband and wife, their friends and family members waved small white flags with “Yay!” emblazoned on them in celebration.
Cocktail hour took place on a grassy area at the 1850 House Inn in Rosendale, New York, where guests sipped on signature cocktails (such as a French 75) and enjoyed a carefully curated selection of meats, cheeses, veggies and playful twists on barbecue classics.
“I was given burlap sacks from a friend whose wedding I had photographed, so we cut those open and used them as table coverings,” Samantha says. The rustic linens embodied the easygoing feel the couple were after and offered the perfect counterpoint to the glamorous gold vases and bright bouquets that dotted the tables.
The centerpieces at the 1850 House Inn in Rosendale, New York, were a true labor of love. Samantha’s bridal party painted mason jars gold for the occasion and filled with them with bright dahlias, poppies, snapdragons, zinnias and marigolds the morning of the wedding.
In addition to a jam-packed dessert display, Samantha and Adam offered guests a candy bar stocked with Twizzlers, Sour Patch Kids, Jordan almonds, Hershey's Kisses and more. “We wanted them all to leave with a lot of sweets,” Samantha says.
Samantha and Adam reserved a small single-tier cake for a traditional cake cutting, but they offered guests a selection of mouthwatering sweets, including lemon bars, cannoli and vanilla cake pops. Each confection was paired with a small calligraphed card that played up the display's whimsical feel.
While cake balls and petite sweets abounded, Samantha and Adam stuck with tradition and added a single-tier cutting cake to their impressive spread. The combed buttercream confection included an “All You Need Is Love” cake topper—the recessional song at the ceremony—for a hint of festive flair.