The Sisterhood of the Traveling Weddings: Celebrity Weddings of Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, Amber Tamblyn and David Cross, and America Ferrera and Ryan Piers Williams All Have Hudson Valley Connection

Stars of the film The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants sure love living (or tying the knot) in Upstate New York



With the recent nuptials of a certain Mr. Justin Timberlake, a lot of celebrity marriages have been in the news of late. Justin and Jessica are cresting a wedding wave that, along with the likes of Anne Hathaway, include most of the stars of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Amber Tamblyn, Blake Lively, America Ferrera, and Alexis Bleidel for the uninitiated).

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is the film adaptation of a book series by Ann Brashares. Coincidentally, the film’s stars’ weddings all have a connection to our area.

The most recent was the marriage of Amber Tamblyn to Arrested Development star David Cross. (When are we getting those new AD episodes, Netflix?) All the gossip mags say that the wedding took place in “upstate New York,” which could mean anything, but we know that Cross has a home right in our backyard in the Catskills.

amber tamblyn david cross wedding cake
amber tamblyn david cross wedding

Of all the recent celebrity weddings, this is the one I wish I could’ve attended as a guest. (As the editor for Westchester/Hudson Valley Weddings — look for it on newsstands later this month! — I look at a lot of weddings.) I love Tamblyn’s woodsy look, with her bare feet and her sunny yellow dress. The cake was cheesecake topped with woodland creatures fashioned to look like the couple (see right for photo). And Yo La Tengo was the wedding band. (I’ve always loved Cross’s appearance in Yo La Tengo’s “Sugarcube” video.) As you can see from the Statigram account of Roots drummer Questlove, who posted a handful of photos from the wedding, it looked like a fun affair — and it very much has that Hudson Valley vibe to it.

Tamblyn’s wedding came on the heels of the nuptials of her Traveling Pants co-star Blake Lively. While Tamblyn lives out of town and got married in the Hudson Valley, Lively got married out of town but lives in Westchester with now-husband Ryan Reynolds. According to People, the Lively-Reynolds wedding took place at the Boone Hall Plantation in Charleston, South Carolina. The property has a long and storied history, but mostly people just want to talk about the fact that it was used as a filming location for The Notebook. There are no photos of Lively’s wedding dress currently circulating, but Marchesa’s Georgina Chapman, who designed the one-of-a-kind number, gave some details to Us Weekly, saying it was “a beaded gown featuring a silk tulle bodice and rose-gold embroidery.” There are, however, photos of her rings: a giant, oval, pink-diamond engagement ring and rose-gold wedding ring.

If Tamblyn and Lively need to ask marriage advice, they can always ask a third Traveling Pants cohort, America Ferrera. Having gotten married in 2011, this wedding stuff is probably old hat to her. When Ferrera chose to tie the knot to longtime boyfriend Ryan Piers Williams, she also picked a venue in Westchester: the Chappaqua home of Ugly Betty co-star Vanessa Williams. People featured a lovely photo of Ferrera in a dramatic Amsale gown with lots of tiered ruffles. She’s also carrying a sophisticated bouquet of deep red flowers.

So, three out of four of the stars of Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants either live here or are feathering a post-wedding nest here. Alexis Bleidel, when can we expect your local nuptials?

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Associate Editor Marisa LaScala joined Westchester magazine in 2003, and ever since she's blown every paycheck at the Greenburgh Multiplex. She also staunchly defends Richard Kelly, doesn't mind spoiling the endings of trashy movies you're curious about but don't want to pay to see, wishes the Hold Steady would come back and rock out Westchester, misses Arrested Development more than anyone can imagine, and still watches cartoons and Saturday Night Live. You can find more of her cultural criticism at www.popmatters.com, where she is a staff writer.

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