Music led the way to love for Ariel Seidman-Wright and William Spinnato. Both musical theater performers, the New York City couple met through a mutual friend in the industry in 2011. Two years later, they began dating.
Over the course of their relationship, the pair faced long-distance scenarios that kept them apart as they worked on respective projects for their careers. It was during one such period, when Seidman-Wright was in Florida for a show in 2018, that Spinnato made the move to propose. He popped the question on their five year-anniversary, and Seidman-Wright said yes.
Because neither of them are from New York originally — Seidman-Wright hails from Canada while Spinnato is from Maryland — they liked the idea of holding the wedding near the Big Apple as an in-between location for their families. They also hoped to find a space with a touch of history and room for an al fresco ceremony.
“We wanted a historic venue where we could get married outside, ideally under a tree,” they explain. “We visited FEAST at Round Hill for a tasting more than a year before our wedding and fell in love with the beautiful grounds and historic house.”
Head over heels for the Washingtonville venue, they were sold when they found out the date they wanted — October 5, 2019 — was the only available Saturday in fall of that year.
On a glowing autumn day in the Hudson Valley, Seidman-Wright and Spinnato tied the knot. As they first envisioned, they did so outdoors, surrounded by family and friends, under a magnificent tree on the grounds at FEAST.
“The weather and light were absolutely perfect and gave a magical golden quality to our ceremony,” they enthuse.
To make her walk down the aisle, Seidman-Wright donned a simply beautiful gown from BHLDN. Although she was originally set on a lacy, vintage number, she reversed her decision after trying on the elegant A-line. To make her outfit more unique, she slipped on a pair of blue suede heels to fulfill the “something blue” requirement and added a jeweled headband that resembled her mother’s bridal gown. Her bridal group wore dresses and suits in harmonizing hues of striking burgundy and wine, which perfectly complemented the bride’s moody autumnal bouquet.
As for the groom, he forewent traditional attire with a striking custom suit from Indochino. Alongside him, his groomsmen selected their own navy suits with matching ties, monogrammed tie clips, and quirky socks. Spinnato even wore socks with the couple’s cats Oswald printed on them.
Afterward, the newlyweds retreated to the interior of the Washingtonville estate for a gilded reception with their loved ones. To set the scene, they scattered music sheets below floral centerpieces, with romantic song placards set in place of table numbers. For the first dance, the couple chose to choreograph their first dance to a medley of three songs. Seidman-Wright is a dance teacher with experience coaching couples, and she and Spinnato enjoyed the opportunity to surprise friends and family with a routine that was uniquely them.
Unsurprisingly, music figured prominently into the reception. Not just part of the decorations, music came in the form of a live band and a surprise performance by Spinnato himself.
“Music is really important to us, so it meant a lot to have live music from an awesome band, and William even surprised Ariel with a song where he organized to have our siblings play instruments and all of our bridal party join in with backup vocals,” they recall.
As the night wound down, everyone hit the dance floor to celebrate and revel in the Hudson Valley. It was a glowing occasion, and one that no one would forget anytime soon.
Reflecting back on their wedding day, Seidman-Wright and Spinnato value their decision to commit to a ceremony that embodied their relationship.
“It’s important to try to create a day that is a true reflection of who you are as people,” they say. “In our ceremony, we chose to have each of our parents do a reading so we could include poetry and elements of our culturally Jewish and Christian backgrounds. The wedding industry will try to convince you of everything you need to have at your wedding, but what’s important is including things that represent who you are as a couple.”