Marika Hufford-Zaslow and Saxton Pope were married on May 24, 2008.
Marika has a master's in Social Work from NYU and is currently starting her 2nd master's degree in Child Life, working with terminally ill children and their families. Child Life specialists "provide play therapy for children in long-term care in clinincs and hospitals and guide them through medical procedures." Saxton manages a restaurant in the West Village in NYC but is planning to go back to school and get his master's in English (he wants to teach high school students). The pair met in 2002 when they were both Resident Advisors (RAs) at Sarah Lawrence College. As Marika tells it, "We became fast friends and we've been together ever since!"
When it came time to get married, it was important to Marika and Saxton to include as many local elements as possible.
First, they chose a beautiful NY location that was easily accessible by public transportation. The couple was married at the Wainwright House - a historic mansion and non-sectarian holistic learning center in Rye, NY. "We chose the Wainwright House because we wanted some place out of Manhattan but some place close enough that our guests could get to it easily. We also really wanted to have water at our location and Wainwright fit all of those criteria. It's right on the Long Island Sound across from protected marshland. It's a gorgeous location."
Second, the couple had Gary Stone at Cornerstone Caterers create a decadent meal featuring Connecticut and New Jersey produce. The fresh fruit and berries came from a local New York farm.
Finally, Marika and Saxton hired Grand Design Flowers, who used organic blooms from their on site garden (which includes flowers, fruit trees, herbs and organic vegetables) to create dramatic spring arrangements.
They used peonies from the gardens along with fragrant sweet peas (started from seed in the early winter) to make fragrant bouquets for Marika and her bridesmaids. The table flowers included peonies, lavender lisianthus, green hydrangea blossoms and phlox in recycled glass compotes.
They also created lush floral wreaths with blooms that are easy to dry and preserve so Marika and Saxton could take them home. What a beautiful and sustainable way to remember the day!