Real Wedding: Marisa & Chris – Photography by Forged in the North

We first met briefly in high school at a friend’s Sweet 16 party. During our college years we reconnected at a mutual friend’s house party. Our first exchange of conversation was during a silly card game when I caught Chris’s attention by naming a category ‘Lunch Meats’.

Our wedding day really was a dream come true. The venue was a completely DIY location – a large undertaking when planning from another state. All the organising and crafting that went into the day made it that much more magical when it all came together.


With the help of our family, wedding party and day-of-wedding planner we really didn’t experience too many hiccups. We had a close call when it started raining while the guest were arriving, but just as we thought our outdoor ceremony would have to be relocated inside, by some miracle the clouds parted and the sun shone upon us, with bright blue skies.

The theme of the wedding would be best described as ‘rustic’. The setting was a barn and farmhouse in the Catskills. It was quiet and picturesque. Because of the natural beauty, there wasn’t much that needed to be decorated. We simply highlighted the beautiful setting with quaint details like small flower arrangements in apothecary jars. The handmade farm tables were so amazing that we accented them only with burlap runners, mismatched chairs and vintage china. Our favourite details were my grandfather’s war suitcase used as the cardholder and the ‘family tree’ comprised of family wedding photos displayed on a beautiful tree outside.

We opted for a dessert bar instead of a traditional wedding cake. We loved the idea that people could enjoy an assortment of delicious treats whenever they pleased throughout the night.

There are so many things we’ll never forget about our wedding. In the silence between Chris’s vows, coyotes started howling. It was very surreal and a great conversation piece all night. During a lively part of the band’s performance, Chris and I were hoisted up and crowd-surfed. Then Chris had the band take a break so he and some of his past band mates could play a few songs for me. Some of the songs were originals he’d written for me through the years, others were crowd-pleasers like ‘Grow Old With You’, from The Wedding Singer.

Married life so far is a relief. All that anticipation of the event is over. Our honeymoon in Costa Rica was an adventure and now we can continue planning for the future again and working hard to achieve our mutual goals. There’s an elevated level of positivity, love and admiration for one another to have seen it through. Life is good!

Photography by: Heidi & Ryan Brown, Forged in the North / Location: Roxbury, New York
See more of this wedding inside issue three available to purchase here: issue three










Brides Gown, BHLDN | Hair and Make up, La Tua Bella Beauty | Styling, Gilded Lily | Floral, Wildflowers of Margaretville | Groom’s suit, Banana Republic |