Mike Hollis and Brian Soliwoda are getting married on September 27, 2014 at Ryder Farm in Brewster, New York, and you're invited! Learn more and RSVP through the links below:
Saturday, September 27th
Eat snacks, explore the farm, and enjoy some music as guests arrive. Transportation from Brewster Station to the farm will be provided for guests arriving on the 3:09 PM train.
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Ceremony & Dinner
A brief ceremony at the Bowling Green stage will be followed by a vegetarian potluck dinner. The Bowling Green lawn will also offer yard games and open-air dancing.
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Evening Celebration
Continue dancing on the Bowling Green, join karaoke at the barn, or just eat cake and cookies. The grand finale for the official celebration will take place around 8:00 PM at the Bowling Green, and transportation to Brewster Station will be provided for guests departing by train.
Overnight – Tent City Bonfire
For any guests staying at the farm overnight, the lakeside camping area will host an evening bonfire. Bring your best ghost stories.
Sunday, September 28th
Before heading off, eat an informal camp breakfast , and use the morning to kayak or canoe on the lake, hike the forest trails through the 127 acre farm, or just hang out and socialize. Transportation will be provided to Brewster Station for guests departing by train.
We'll be doing a vegetarian barbeque potluck so if you'd like to bring a vegetarian dish, we welcome it! We only ask that as you RSVP, please let us know what you plan to bring. If you’re unsure of what to bring, let us know and we’ll gladly give some suggestions on what’s needed.
If you’re unable to bring a dish, that’s okay too! We’ll have plenty of food for all (or will send you out to graze in the farm fields).
The wedding is pretty informal, though we don’t want to limit anyone’s fashion sensibilities, so anything from an evening gown to dungarees is fine by us.
That said, this will be an outdoor celebration, so we recommend wearing comfortable shoes (especially if you want to explore the farm) and weather-appropriate clothing (dressing for the day’s forecast might make the experience more enjoyable).
For those in need of a bit more guidance, here are some spiffy (but comfortable) photos of farm wedding attendees that we stole from the internet:
The celebration is pet-friendly, so feel free to bring any well-behaved furry friends that get along well with people and other animals. Good stewardship rules will apply for pet owners in cleaning up after your pets, keeping tabs on their location, bringing any food and treats that they might want/need, and generally keeping your pets happy and out of trouble.
We can't begin to express how meaningful it is to be recognized as a married couple by so many of our friends and family, so please know that being there is gift enough for us. Please also feel free to contribute a dish to the potluck dinner as a gift to the celebration.
For those who would like to contribute further, we unfortunately can't fit much more stuff in our NYC apartment, so we don't have a formal registry. We would instead recommend a contribution to our house fund. We've been saving towards the construction of a sustainable home of our own design, and any gifts will be used in making that dream a reality.
You can donate online through the button below (or feel free to just bring a card to the party).
The venue is located at 406 Starr Ridge Road in Brewster, New York, minutes away from Danbury, Connecticut and an hour north of New York City.
Metro-North Railroad's Brewster Station is about 10 minutes from the farm. Transportation to the wedding will be provided for all guests that arrive on the 3:09 PM train (for anyone arriving on a different train, taxis are also available from Brewster Station for about $10). Transportation will be provided to the train station at the end of the celebration.
The nearest major airports are those serving New York City: JFK, LaGuardia (LGA), and Newark (EWR). Bradley (BDL) in Hartford, Connecticut also offers direct flights from most domestic and international locations, and Westchester County Airport (HPN) hosts a few domestic, commercial flights.
There are a number of hotels located in the Brewster, NY/Danbury, CT area. We recommend the Ethan Allen Hotel where we have a block of rooms at a discounted room rate of $115 per night (mention Soliwoda/Hollis when making your reservation).
Rooms on Ryder Farm
Ryder Farm offers rustic single and double rooms in the farmhouses at the wedding venue. The rate is $75 per bed per night. Space is limited (4 single rooms and 5 rooms with two beds) and will be reserved as first-come, first-served. Let us know in your RSVP if this option interests you, and we’ll get in touch about availability and details.
Camping on Ryder Farm
For those interested in staying at the wedding venue sans the luxury of a bed, bring a tent. Free camping will be available in a lakeside field at the farm (get ready for ghost stories and lake monsters).
Ryder Farm has existed since 1795 and was one of the first farms to join the organic growing movement in the 1970s. The farm remains very active, selling at local farmer’s markets, at the Union Square Greenmarket in NYC, and through a community supported agriculture program.
SPACE on Ryder Farm is a non-profit artist residency program that offers workshop space on the farm as an inspiring and reinvigorating setting.
A special thanks goes to Rene Fitzgerald who suggested having our celebration on the farm, making us one of the very first weddings the farm has ever hosted!
Western Connecticut has some great restaurants for anyone staying in the area for the days around the wedding, and we'd be happy to recommend places to eat and things to do. Let us know if you need any recommendations, or take a look at our area map for a few suggested activities.