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Dinner Party on a Farm


Sondra Fein & Gregory Epstein
Blue Hill at Stone Barns Pocantico Hills
June 15, 2008

Sondra and Greg didn’t want a conventional wedding. “We wanted everything about it to speak to our beliefs,” she says. They decided to marry at a sustainable farm, beneath a natural chuppa designed by the bride. It was arboreal, with four trees as posts and interwoven foliage as the canopy. It took on a deeper meaning when their florist suggested they replant the trees after the ceremony. “It was such a romantic idea,” Sondra says. And so it became a central theme: “Our rabbi talked about the trees as a tangible metaphor for our growth as a couple and the growth of our marriage.” Two were planted on Greg’s parents’ property and the other two on Sondra’s parents’ yard. “When we have children, we can replant the seedlings, and one day they can use them in their own weddings. It’s almost like a family tree, literally—a beautiful tradition started at our wedding.”

THE DETAILS


Bride’s Gown (Gray): J. Mendel
Bride’s Gown (White): Chanel
Groom’s Suit: Ermenegildo Zegna
Hair & Makeup: Simone Ciorobara of Valery Joseph Salon; Lori Klein
Cake: Ron Ben-Israel
Flowers: Sandra Clothier
Cocktail & Reception Music: Norberto Goldberg; Rachelle Garniez (through John Ragusa Music)
Officiant: Rabbi Daniel Alder

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