Kate Harrison and Barry Muchnick were married in Garrison, NY on October 7, 2007.
How They Met
Kate and Barry met on Kate' s first day at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. "All of the incoming Master's students go on a three week camping trip before school starts. Barry was the leader of the trip. He taught me how to declinate a compass - it was hot," she joked. "Nothing improper happened on the trip," Kate continued, "but when we got back to New Haven, and Barry was looking for a place to live while he closed on a house, I was quick to volunteer my spare room!" Exactly two years later Barry asked her to marry him in a tower at Yale overlooking the parking lot where they first met.
The Decision to Go Green
"My background is in Environmental Law and Policy and Barry is a Ph.D. student in Environmental History. Like all couples we wanted to create a wedding that was about who we are and what we believe in, so the decision was easy. Because you have to make all of the choices anyway, we just kept the environmental impact of each decision in mind and tried to do our best to pick eco-friendly options whenever possible."
To decrease the carbon footprint of the event, the couple chose a location near the majority of their guests. "Most of our friends and family live between Pennsylvania and Boston. We decided to have the wedding in Garrison, NY - a gorgeous area almost exactly in the middle." The weekend events were held on three properties all within a couple miles of each other. The rehearsal dinner and reception were held at The Garrison, Saturday activities took place at Glynnwood Farm (an educational center), and the ceremony was held at Cat Rock (a historic castle).
Opening photograph by Hank Osbron