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Food Network star Anne Burrell marries Stuart Claxton in autumn-themed ceremony

They had to put their nuptials on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but in the end chef Anne Burrell got her dream wedding.

On Saturday, the Food network star married Stuart Claxton in a gorgeous autumn-themed ceremony and reception in Cazenovia, New York, the bride’s hometown, which is just over a four hour drive from Manhattan.

‘I can’t believe it’s really here. It’s kind of surreal,’ the Secrets Of A Restaurant Chef host gushed to People, ahead of the wedding, which comes a year-and-a-half after the couple got engaged while in quarantine.

‘We feel so much love and support from everyone who’s coming.’

Hitched! Anne Burrell, 52, married Stuart Claxton, 50, on Saturday in Cazenovia, New York, the bride’s hometown, after an 18-month engagement due to the COVID-19 pandemic

The event was held at Windridge Estates Red Barn 20, in scenic Central New York, which this time of the year is full of Mother Nature’s colorful fall settings.

Living out the scene she had long had in her mind, the bride arrived for the ceremony by way of a horse and carriage.

‘I don’t care about the cheese factor,’ Burrell, 52, said beforehand, in reference to the horse and carriage, before continuing, ‘It’s my moment and I mean to have it.’ 

The bride ended up wearing a dress by Carolina Herrera. It turns out the search for that perfect dress was among the easiest of all the decisions to make, considering it was actually the first gown she tried on.   

‘I’ve loved Carolina Herrera forever because I feel like she knows how to dress real women,’ she says. ‘You don’t have to be a stick figure, which I’m clearly not, but it still makes you feel beautiful and dreamy.’

Lovely: The ceremony was held at Windridge Estates Red Barn 20, in scenic Central New York

Lovely: The ceremony was held at Windridge Estates Red Barn 20, in scenic Central New York

Lovely: One guest shared a video clip of the gorgeous scenery of Central New York

Lovely: One guest shared a video clip of the gorgeous scenery of Central New York

Gettin glam: Anne shared an image of herself in the hair and makeup chair

Gettin glam: Anne shared an image of herself in the hair and makeup chair

Wanting to have some fun with his fashion choices, Claxton, 50, wore a black tuxedo by Ralph Lauren Purple Label with orange Nike high-tops sneakers. 

Burrell had the love and support of four bridesmaids, including her sister and celebrity chef Rachael Ray, who were all decked out in burnt orange ‘classic fifties-style party dresses’ with an A-lined, tea-length skirt.   

‘My beautiful bridesmaids!! I feel so grateful to have such an AMAZING group of smart, strong, funny and just AMAZING people around me,’ the Iron Chef America star wrote alongside an Instagram photo of herself with her bridesmaids. ‘I am truly a #luckygirl !!! #ilovewhatido #weddingweekend’ 

Claxton, who works in ad sales marketing at Univision, ended up picking his 16-year-old son Javier, from a previous marriage, to be his best man.  

Ladies time: The New York native gushed over her four bridesmaids on her wedding weekend

Ladies time: The New York native gushed over her four bridesmaids on her wedding weekend

Love is in the air: The couple got engaged while quarantining with her family in April 2020

Love is in the air: The couple got engaged while quarantining with her family in April 2020

On the morning of her wedding, Burrell decided to share her enthusiasm with her 581,000 Instagram fans and followers, along with a photo of herself getting her hair done.

‘Here we gooooooooooo!!!! Getting ready for the main events!!! I’m getting married today!!!’ she wrote with obvious excitement in her words, along with the hashtags: #luckygirl #ilovewhatido’

Some of the more known guests, included stars Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Murphy, Jeff Mauro, and Jenni ‘J Woww’ Farley.       

The couple went with an autumnal theme for the decor, and hired a company to do the food selections, with the help of Burrell, who spent many months perfecting the menu.  

‘The caters, I’m sure, I’ve driven absolutely bonkers,’ she said while laughing. ‘They gave me a bunch of suggestions for menu ideas, and I was like, “Hmm, no. Hmm, no.” I felt bad, but I was like, “I’m sorry, I’m a chef.”‘ 

Family matters: Claxton, who works in ad sales marketing at Univision, picked his 16-year-old son Javier, from a previous marriage, to be his best man

Family matters: Claxton, who works in ad sales marketing at Univision, picked his 16-year-old son Javier, from a previous marriage, to be his best man

Cooking things up: Fellow celebrity foodie Rachel Ray was among the guests at the wedding

Cooking things up: Fellow celebrity foodie Rachel Ray was among the guests at the wedding

They eventually settled on a menu that celebrates all the flavors of fall and its seasonal vegetables.    

The starter was a roasted cauliflower steak with cauliflower puree, crispy potato shoestrings with creme fraiche, and caviar; the pasta course was a goat cheese and butternut squash ravioli in a sage butter sauce, with frizzled brussels sprouts leaves, toasted pumpkin seeds, and pumpkin seed oil; and the entree was a duo plate of braised short ribs with a celery root and parsnip puree, and herb and potato crusted halibut on a bed of spaghetti squash, with Tuscan kale and pistachio pesto.

For the dessert, the couple went with a zucchini cake, to go along with the multi-tiered wedding cake that was made by Cake Boss’s Buddy Valastro. 

The happy couple, who first met through the dating app Bumble in 2018 and got engaged in April 2020 while quarantining with her family in Cazenovia, decided not to go on a traditional honeymoon. Instead they opted to stay home at their recently renovated apartment in Brooklyn.  

‘The thought of having a wedding up here, then getting home, turning around and going somewhere else is just so overwhelming to me,’ Burrell confessed. ‘So I’m very happy to just have some home time, and enjoy newlywed bliss at home for a little while.’                                   

Homebodies: The happy couple, who first met through the dating app Bumble in 2018, opted to forgo a thoneymoon and stay home at their recently renovated apartment in Brooklyn

Homebodies: The happy couple, who first met through the dating app Bumble in 2018, opted to forgo a traditional honeymoon and stay home at their apartment in Brooklyn


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