Weekend Bash in the Country

Jessica F. Zimmerman & Jamie King
Mashomack Fish & Game Preserve Club
Pine Plains
May 17, 2008

On the day of his wedding, beneath his bespoke tuxedo, Jamie was covered in cuts and scrapes. This surprised no one, not even his bride. Two days prior, at a rambunctious “welcome gourmet barbecue,” his friends had thrown him into Halcyon Lake. “Our wedding felt like summer camp, but with grown-ups,” says Jessica. The rustic setting—a sprawling hunting preserve two hours from the city—lent itself to the convivial, intimate vibe they had in mind. “It was a fun, four-day wedding marathon; we wanted all our guests to bond,” she says, pointing out that most of Jamie’s friends had flown in from England. The group had the grounds’ clubhouse all to themselves for the weekend: “Every night we’d stay up drinking by the fire, pumping music, dancing—even going out in paddle boats at 4 a.m. These moments made our wedding that much more special.”


Bride’s Gown: Reem Acra
Groom’s Tuxedo: Rocco Ciccarelli
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Vera Wang
Junior Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Banana Republic
Hair & Makeup: Pam Baumgartner; Armando Guajardo for M.A.C.
Event & Floral Designer: Frank Alexander NYC
Planner: Ellen Kostman of SideKick Events
Music: D.J. David Chang

Jessica F. Zimmerman
& Jamie King “We took pictures in front of orchid curtains that our designers had spent hours stringing, some from 100 feet up.”

“Boutonnieres tend to remind me of prom, but I liked these bluebells, which looked handpicked.”

“I had a dozen bridesmaids and three bridesmen. I added the guys to my ridiculous brood at the last minute, in ties from American Apparel to match the bridesmaids’ dresses.”

“I think floral bouquets look too formulaic and intentional. I like haphazard, organic beauty, so I carried a bouquet of cotton. The best part is that cotton doesn’t die, so I’ll have it forever. On the day-of, while getting ready, I wore the antique wedding kimono my mother gave me as a shower gift. It’s this beautiful silk robe and I wore sweatpants underneath it!”

“I wore my veil all night until about 2 a.m., when I decided to put it on Jamie’s head. He went with it for about ten minutes. It was good fun. We danced until they kicked us out.”

“One of my friends made our ring pillow. The night before the wedding, we washed our rings in salt water and let them dry in the moonlight, so they’d be spiritually charged.”

Weekend Bash in the Country