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

“The ground is covered in crushed seashells that the Osborn family collected whenever they took beach vacations growing up. They created such a beautiful effect.” Photo: Dave Robbins

“Mark and I didn’t want to sit alone, so we sat at the kids’ table with all our little cousins instead. I found the I DO signs at a collectibles store in Seattle.” Photo: Dave Robbins

“We wanted our wedding to have a random, rustic, quirky look, so Mark and I scoured Etsy for items to add character. These beautiful animal masks are made by a woman in Portland; they must have been worn by every guest at one point during the night.” Photo: Dave Robbins

Slide Header Address, date, or similar info here. For me, the high point of the show is this, which manages simultaneously to be a painting, a force field, and an electromagnetic visual discharge. This is an artist sloughing off old consciousness, making something he doesn’t even know is art, giving up nearly all known languages of painting, and maybe violating the laws of nature by making something that seemingly puts off more energy than went into making it. Photo: ” 2010 The Pollock-Krasner Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/Courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art, New York

Etsy-Eclectic Fête