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Etsy-Eclectic Fête

Carla Schmidt & Mark Silk

Osborn Castle in Garrison, N.Y.
August 6, 2011

Advertising-account director Carla Schmidt, 31, met Mark Silk, 33, when he relocated from London to Seattle in 2008 to take a job as a marketing director at the company where she worked. When he first asked her out, she was reserved: “I didn’t know if it was an actual date or if he just didn’t have any friends in the U.S. yet,” she says. Four months later, Mark, an experienced sailor, tried to woo Carla, a boating novice, with a trip to the Caribbean. What sounded idyllic turned panicky when a storm rolled in. “He’s at the helm, trying to teach me how to navigate, and I’m crying in my life jacket, thinking we’re going to die,” she remembers. “Then he yelled, ‘I love you!’ in his British accent, and I thought, If we get through this together, we can get through anything.” Mark proposed a little over a year later with a candlelit meal at home. Their ceremony at Osborn Castle, a weathered stone mansion on a 100-acre estate in Garrison, included handwritten oaths in which Mark promised never to take Carla sailing in the Caribbean again. Rain began falling just as the couple shared their first kiss, so the 60 guests headed for cover. “It felt so intimate to have everyone under the tent, with the band playing and rain pouring all around,” she says. “It was magical.”

The Details

Dress: Monique Lhuillier
Suit: Hugo Boss
Hair: Stacy Pitt
Makeup: Sally Duvall
Catering: Oliver Kita Fine Catering
Flowers and Lighting: Linda Baldwin Flowers
Photographs: Dave Robbins


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