Our whole reason for being in New York for half-term was to go to my sister Kim’s wedding. She got married in the Adirondacks, the dramatic mountains in upstate New York where we have spent summers since early childhood. Kim had always maintained that one day she would marry in The Uplands – a charming, eccentric and huge old wooden house in Keene Valley that belonged to a family friend. The whole thing was a scene right out of The Royal Tenenbaums – kooky WASP chic – a three day adventure of frigid lake dipping (we didn’t stay in long enough to call it swimming), dancing to blue grass by a bonfire, toasting and roasting the bride and groom, and cheering them on as they had their first make-out as husband and wife. Here is the first day and half. More on Thurs.
|The view towards Giant Mountain is arguably the most classic high peaks photo op in the Adirondacks. On our first night there, we had family dinner at the Ausable Club, and it was our view from cocktails on the porch.|
|Just the bag that Kim’s Lanvin wedding dress arrived in made me have a lump in my throat!|
|The Uplands – well, part of it. The other half of this enormous old Adirondack camp extends past the left side of the tree.|
|The organized but not too manicured pantry at The Uplands. Can you imagine having to serve that many cups of tea?|
|The wedding weekend guide, illustrated by my genius little sis Phoebe Cutter.|
|One of the most amazing things about The Uplands is it’s owner Phebe Thorne. She is wonderful and stylish and eccentric and energetic and, above all, smart (she used to be a judge). This is her fishing hat.|
|The wicker porch at The Uplands.|
|On Friday, the construction crews were still working like mad to get the new metal roof finished on The Ausable Club before all the guests arrived for the weekend.|
|After months of fog and clouds in England, we were so excited to see the sun that Christopher started skipping across the golf course and waving his hands in the air. Never thought I’d see that from him.|
|It literally “took a village” – the entire village of Keene Valley that is, to pull of this wedding, and our local farmers/farmstand at Rivermede were a big part of it.|
|Kim and Till’s cake stand, with it’s engraving, being prepared for the next day.|
|The view from the cocktail porch at Mimi’s.|
|The meticulously laid and decorated tables at the rehearsal dinner looking out over the mountains. As soon as the sun faded, the whole porch lit up with twinkling lights.|
The view from dinner, as the sun was disappearing. A perfect night.