1 This is the 1802 Beekman Mansion in Sharon Springs, New York, the home of Brent Ridge and his new husband, Josh Kilmer-Purcell.
2 The farm is usually open for public visitation, but not on this particular day. It was only open to invited guests of the happy couple.
3 The front of the house is now treated as the back. It faces the road and does not boast the giant porch and great vistas that the new front has (former back).
4 The Georgian house was built in1802 and it has beautiful woodwork and some additions.
5 The day started off inauspiciously with squalls and light rains and temperatures a good 20 degrees lower than New York City.
6 The hay had recently been mowed and there were rolls of freshly cut hay in the field - a beautiful and serene photo. Photo credit: Neil Golub
7 Looking closely, you can see more than 200 guests gathered in the rain, under umbrellas, for the wedding ceremony atop the highest hill on the Beekman farm.
8 A nice view over the perennial garden to the red barn where the goats are housed
9 The goats hate the rain and stayed inside.
10 The ducks love the rain and stayed outside.
11 When we got to Beekman 1802, the first people we met were these ladies, who were under cover in a tent sewing embroidered initials on cotton blankets. We each received one to sit on or wrap around ourselves.
12 Jocelyn Santos, my radio producer, was already there. She and Neil Golub produced a one hour SiriusXM radio show, "Mostly Martha," where I interviewed the couple and some of their guests.
13 I took an informal tour of the house, which is very familiar if you've seen the Fabulous Beekman Boys show.
14 The kitchen is a new addition to the house.
15 This beautiful piano was made in Albany, New York.
16 A piece of music from the time of the Sharon Baths - During its peak, as many as 10,000 people would flood Main Street in the summer.
17 In the music room, there are many framed maps of the area, depicting a lot of history.
18 Brent and Josh have some really good pieces of furniture.
19 I loved the mirror painted a bright orange.
20 A caricature of the two Beekman Boys
21 The dining room is red papered and the woodwork is painted a delightful green.
22 The curved stairwell is quite graceful.
23 Door locks of the period grace most doors.
24 The front hall was used for staging. Obviously, wedding preparations had taken over many open spaces.
25 After the ceremony, the guests came down from the hilltop, and mercifully the rain stopped and the sky began turning blue!
26 A giant cotinus, or smoke tree, is in the front yard. Brent told me it had been planted as a gift a very long time ago.
27 The director of Glimmerglass - Francesca Zambello and her spouse, Faith Gay, posed for me. I interviewed Francesca about the Glimmerglass soloists who performed a cappella at the wedding plus her career, travels, and what is happening at the Glimmerglass Festival this summer in nearby Cooperstown for the radio show.
28 There were games and festivities and lots of food.
29 This is one of the two men who set up lots of the wedding features.
30 And his partner
31 The happy couple Josh and Brent getting ready to speak with me on the radio - SiriusXM 106
32 We talked about so many fun things.
33 We discovered that we all were wearing J. Crew! I sent this photo to Mickey Drexler, the CEO of J. Crew and he wished them both both the greatest happiness.
34 Brent took me on a tour of the farm. There are vast vegetable gardens, berry patches, etc.
35 I loved all this creeping thyme.
36 The farm's garden consists of 52 raised beds bearing 110 varieties of heirloom fruits and vegetables.
37 Heirloom garlic under-planted with nasturtiums
38 This strawberry was so sweet and delicious.
39 A large heirloom tomato patch covered with black plastic mulch
40 There are about 130 goats on the farm. Their milk is used for making cheese, ice cream, and soap and beauty products.
41 Overseeing the herd is a protective llama named Polka Spot.
42 Goats are so friendly and curious.
43 This is the male goat who comes in handy at mating season.
44 After the rain, it was time to venture outdoors. Photo credit: Neil Golub
45 The buffet was potluck. Guests were asked to bring something.
46 My contribution was a faux bois platter of hard boiled eggs from my chickens with three different kinds of salt.
47 At Beekman 1802, there are about 50 beehives. A honey-filled frame was offered to guests for tasting. You can also buy jars of the honey at the Beekman 1802 shop.
48 Downtown in Sharon Springs, the boys have renovated a wonderful 19th-century building where they have opened their first retail store. It's very well done, and very attractive merchandise. The lettering on the sign is raised so that it can be backlit.
49 Since pies are the dessert staple at Beekman 1802 Farm, Brent and Josh designed their very own pie plates with a small goat imprinted in the bottom and finished their signature Beekman 1802 Gun Metal Glaze to look like solid iron.
50 There are display cubbies that surround the door leading to the main office.
51 All of the handsome cabinetry was built by one of the Beekman 1802 artisans. The shelves are lined with Brent and Josh's original creations made from their farm ingredients.
52 This is called the Water Table - a really nice design - with Bird's Nest Iron Bowls sitting upon it.
53 These pillows are made from a wool called Huckaback, a recreation of an early nineteenth century cloth.
54 Faux ceiling tin was used on the back wall to create a dramatic focal point.
55 To create the dramatic effect in the hallway of the store, frame molding was placed in a chevron pattern. There are thousands of mitered cuts on this wall.