Roseland Cottage, Woodstock

October 8, 2016

Photography by Dani + Jason Photography 

Gothic Revival-style Roseland Cottage was built in 1846as a summer retreat for Woodstock native and New York City businessman Henry Bowen, who used Roseland to entertain friends and political connections, including four U.S. presidents. 

When planning their Oct. 8, 2016, wedding at the pretty-in-pink property, Jonathan Bakos and Amanda Kilton “wanted to be sure that we worked with the big personality that Roseland already has,” says Amanda. “It has such a presence.”

To start, the couple scanned an invite from one of Bowen’s legendary Fourth of July bashes and turned it into a save the date. “Since we were very much trying to be ‘place specific,’” says Amanda, “it set the tone for both vintage and visual history.”

The “visual” aspect was of particular importance to Amanda and Jon, photographers who met in the photo lab as students at the Art Institute of Boston in 2007. “Jon is endlessly supportive of me and my ideas,” says his new bride. He is also “constantly full of surprises. In the planning process he took every idea that I had and made it even better.”

In addition to hiring husband-and-wife photography team Jason Frank and Danielle Sykes, the couple, who share a love for large-format photography, hired Steve Sherman of Rocky Hill to take a large-format formal portrait of their families on the steps of Roseland. “Having all your favorite people together in one place is really special,” remembers Amanda. “We’ll treasure that moment forever.”

The bride, in a vintage-inspired tea-length gown designed by Corrine Crocker-Luby of Glastonbury, and her dapper groom exchanged vows beside Roseland’s boxwood-edged parterre garden in a ceremony officiated by their college professor, Margot Anne Kelley. During cocktail hour, guests sipping the couple’s signature drink: “Mr. Bowen’s Fourth of July Pink Lemonade,” played cornhole using custom boards the couple had emblazoned with the visages of the U.S. presidents (Grant, Hayes, Harrison and McKinley) who once visited. 

Table markers for their reception on the South Lawn were made with vintage postcards of places Amanda and Jon have traveled (including the Grand Canyon, where Jon proposed). On each table was a vintage Bakelite View-Master (collected from flea markets, consignment shops and eBay) with a corresponding reel of photos. Centerpieces were vintage milk glass (more flea markets), which Bonnie McCabe of Floral Accents by Bonnie in Glastonbury colored with dahlias, berries and some of the succulent hens and chicks the bride’s grandmother always had in her rock garden. 

“I loved looking for things that would make our day unique,” says Amanda. “That’s the fun part of planning.” That being said, “Jon, who has spectacular attention to detail, had as much to do with our wedding as I did,” says his appreciative bride. “The day was our creation.”

P.S. Yes, those are umbrellas in one photo. It rained on Amanda and Jon’s wedding day. And you know what? It was still spectacular. In fact, when it started to come down during their outdoor ceremony, “I was so involved in the moment I didn’t even notice,” says Amanda. 

Officiant: Margot Anne Kelley

Bride’s dress designer: Corrine Crocker-Luby

Dress boutique: The Bridal Salon at Corrine Weddings, Glastonbury

Headpiece: Nordstrom

Shoes: Chase & Chloe

Groom’s tux: J. Crew

DJ: Murray Hill Talent, Boston

Caterer: Mack’s Catering Service, Quinebaug

Florist: Floral Accents by Bonnie, Glastonbury

Hair/makeup: Naomi’s Studio & Salon, West Hartford

Lighting: Boston Rustic Wedding Rentals, Hopkinton, Mass.

Rentals: Rhode Island Rentals, Warwick, R.I.

Cornhole: Quality Name Plate, Glastonbury

Large-format photographer: Steve Sherman, Rocky Hill