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6 Of The Most Unique and Non-Traditional Wedding Venues Found in the Hudson Valley

If you’re the type of couple that is looking for that really unique, non-traditional wedding venue for your Hudson Valley wedding, this is the article for you.
 

One of the great things about planning a wedding in the Hudson Valley is that it’s chock-full of wedding venues; from traditional wedding banquet halls, to hotels, to farms and barns, to castles, and everything in-between. Anything you want for your wedding day can be found here.
 

However, if you’re looking for something a little quirky, a little different and unique, a little out-of-the-box, here is a list of 6 locations that would be perfect for you.
 

Emmerich Tree Farm, Warwick
 

Love Christmas? How about a Christmas in July wedding at Emmerich Tree Farm? This outdoor wedding venue is situated smack dab in the middle of an evergreen tree farm with forest all around you. They have a beautiful pavilion and patio just perfect for that “out-in-the-country” vibe. The pavilion is typically used for cocktail hour and the rustic patio is typically used for the reception, which can hold anywhere between 130-180 people. They even offer a special bridal tent that the bride and her bridal party can use to get ready. Cap your night the best way possible with a campfire! You and your guests can sit around roasting marshmallows at their fire pit with features 360-degree seating!
 

Four Brothers Drive-In Theatre, Amenia
 

There’s nothing more nostalgic than the drive-in movies and if you love that mid-century all-American vibe, the Four Brother’s Drive-In Theatre is perfect for you. Owned by the same folks that brought you Four Brother’s Restaurant, this one-of-a-kind site only hosts five weddings a season and can accommodate over 200 people! This space allows you to truly craft a unique wedding experience and comes with a ton of fun amenities! They include a playground, food truck, fire-pit, a patio with a stage, and, of course, that massive movie screen which would be an awesome place to show a pre-wedding slideshow or have the latest movie playing in the background of your reception. You can stay on the property until 1 a.m., and if your guests get the munchies after a night of partying, they can grab a burger, hot dog or shake from their snack shack.
 
RELATED: 3 UNIQUE WAYS TO SAY ‘THIS IS US’ AT YOUR WEDDING
 

Dramatic Hall Theatre at Peekskill Central Market, Peekskill
 

If you enjoy history and want a retro-meets-elegance vibe, then you want to check out the Dramatic Hall Theatre at Peekskill Central Market. The room, which is a renovated 1870-era theater, is located on the third floor of the building and can hold close to 100 people. This two-level, wide-open space with beautiful wood floors, brick walls, red velvet curtains and two cascading staircases with iron railings will really make your wedding one to remember. Guests can enjoy drinks from the bar on the upper level while getting a birds-eye-view of the celebration below.
 

Basilica Hudson, Hudson
 

If you prefer an artsy, eclectic, industrial vibe for your wedding day, you’ll definitely want to check out Basilica Hudson. This reclaimed 1880s industrial factory is actually a non-profit arts center but can be rented for private events such as weddings. What once began as a foundry for steel railway wheels, this massive 7,000 square feet space has been stripped down exposing their gorgeous industrial windows, brick walls, terracotta ceiling tiles and steel ceiling beams. Guests can enjoy adjacent parking, and they have no vendor restrictions, meaning you can literally create your masterpiece wedding day. However, because it is a busy rental space with tons of great events happening all year, your wedding will need to be worked into their event calendar, sp make sure you give yourself plenty of time to plan.
 

Bell Tower Venue, Rosendale
 

If you don’t want a church wedding, but your parents want you to, this might be a great compromise. The Bell Tower is a gothic style brick church built in 1896 by the Dutch Reformed Church and today is a 2,500 square foot open space perfect for weddings. While no longer a commissioned, working church, the inside still looks like a church, with tons of natural light coming from their cathedral windows, beautiful vaulted ceilings, and the pulpit is the perfect stage for your ceremony or your band/dj. It can accommodate up to 120 guests, has a full bar, and offers catering suggestions for your special day.
 
RELATED: 11 UNIQUE HUDSON VALLEY EXPERIENCES PERFECT FOR YOUR BACHELOR OR BACHELORETTE PARTY
 

Senate Garage, Kingston
 

Senate Garage is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a converted garage! Now, you may have images in your head of oil-stained floors, florescent lighting, and car company signs hanging off the walls, but this is no ordinary garage. It actually has quite a fascinating history as it was originally built in the 1920’s and was used as a parking garage for chauffeured-driven cars for those who were visiting the bustling city of Kingston. Today, Senate Garage is a beautiful open space with dark hardwood floors, industrial lighting, exposed brick walls and exposed ceiling beams, plus a beautiful green outdoor space, which can be rented separately, perfect for your ceremony. It has 7,500 square feet of space and holds up to 275 guests for a seated dinner.
 

Lumberyard, Catskill
 

By day, Lumberyard Center for Film and Performing Arts is a women-led non-profit center supporting the ever-growing performing arts and film industry in the Hudson Valley. For your wedding, it transforms into the space of your dreams. Picture 12,000 square feet of production space just waiting to be created into something truly magical for you and your guests. Couples can choose from two rentable spaces; a 5,000 square foot studio, which was once a former barn, overlooking the Catskill Creek which can accommodate 150 guests or a 7000 square foot reception hall for up to 450 guests. Couples can also book both spaces. Both spaces are heated and air-conditioned and they also provide on-site accommodations for up to 25 people. Another bonus is they’re pet-friendly, and because they work in film and performing arts, they have killer state-of-the-art audio and visual facilities.
 

Which venue would you like for your wedding?
 
Photo Credit: Senate Garage by Pioneer Media

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Laid-Back Country Wedding at Historic Hudson Valley Barn

If you’re looking for a historic Hudson Valley barn venue with scenic views of the Hudson River, Mount Gulian is your place! What was once a Revolutionary War headquarters, this beautiful 18th century Dutch Colonial homestead was the perfect setting for Sarah and Anthony wedding this past July.
 

Every detail of the day was full of music, fun and romance and began with a first-look at Beacon’s Long Dock Park.
 

Their photographer, Cassondre Mae of Cassondre Mae Photography said, “Sarah and Anthony wanted their wedding day to be laid back and fun – just like their relationship – and it sure was! Games scattered the rolling lawns of the historic house while their band was cranking the old school 90’s hits in the barn. It was a hot July day – the guests could not wait to get their hands on something cold, so what better way to end the night than with your own personal Ice Cream truck for dessert! I loved getting to capture the wedding of these two. Their love was the kind of comfy-fuzzy-best-friend-easy-going love that the whole room could feel!”
 

Check out this beautiful gallery for tons of inspiration. Are you planning a wedding at Mount Gulian? What made you decide to book that venue?
 


 

Vendors:
 

Photographer: Cassondre Mae Photography
Venue: Mount Gulian
Florist: Jenny’s Floral Design
Hair & Make Up: Shear Intensity
Entertainment: The Hype Band
Ice Cream: Lakeside Licks

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Elegant and Rustic Hudson Valley Wedding at Red Maple Vineyard

Vineyards are unique and special wedding venues that make the Hudson Valley so appealing for any couple looking for that rustic, country charm. Today, we’re featuring Katrina and Alex’s wedding at Red Maple Vineyard with photos by Casey Fatchett Photography. Their wedding, complete with tractors and a milk and cookie bar,  beautifully infuses bucolic country living with fun and elegance. However, as Fatchett explains, the day did come with one perfectly timed hitch!

 

According to Fatchett, “Katrina and Alex had an elegant but relaxed winery wedding, and, despite the bad weather, everyone had an amazing time. We were able to get their outdoor portraits done before a massive rain storm rolled in. Guests just moved the ‘corn hole’ bean bag toss inside. It rained so hard that the dance floor had to be closed (inside the tent), but only just as the reception was ending. Perfect timing!”

 

Are you having a vineyard wedding? Let these photos inspire all your country dreams.

 


 

Vendors:

 

Photographer: Casey Fatchett Photography
 

Venue: Red Maple Vineyard
 

Invitations: Fine Lines of Katonah
 

DJ: Aria Melody
 

Floral Designer: A Night in Bloom
 

Makeup: Alyse B. Salon
 

Hair: Shear Love NY 
 

Dress: Pnina Tornai 
 

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Hudson Valley adventure engagement at Lake Minnewaska by Krystal Pratt Productions

What are Hudson Valley Adventure Engagement Sessions and are they Right for You?

Have you ever heard of an adventure engagement session? It’s the latest trend in engagement photos and is perfect for any couple getting married in the Hudson Valley looking for that different and unique experience.
 

So, today instead of showing you a real Hudson Valley wedding, we’re going to give you a glimpse of what an adventure engagement session can be. But, first things first…
 

What is an adventure engagement session?

 

Krystal Pratt, owner, and photographer at Krystal Pratt Productions says, “An Adventure Session is a photography session that creates more of an experience than your typical sessions. It allows you to do something out-of-the-ordinary while having fun and creating memories…It’s basically a mini-date with your own personal paparazzi!”
 

Basically, they’re sessions that take you away from the typical posed shots and get you out and about doing something you love so that you’re more relaxed in front of the camera or trying something new and ‘adventurous’ to get a really expressive, in-the-moment feel.
 

What activities would be good for adventure engagement sessions?

 

“Typically”, says Pratt, “An Adventure Session is outdoors in nature and involves some hiking and exploring. Most adventure sessions involve some kind of epic view at the end of it and we take photos along the way up to the ‘main attraction.’ ”
 

However, if nature and hiking or exploring aren’t your thing, there are still a ton of activities you can do to create your own adventure session. The easiest way to decide what to do is to simply make a list of what you enjoy doing together and speaking to your photographer to see which one would be the best for a great session. Still stuck? Here are some ideas:

     

    * Wine or beer tasting at a Hudson Valley vineyard, brewery or distillery

    * A cooking class at the Culinary Institute of America

    * Taking an art class

    * A 5K, marathon or fun-run/mud-run

    * Cutting down a Christmas tree or decorating your home for Christmas

    * Sledding or playing in the snow

    * Spending the day at your favorite amusement park or county fair

    * Kayaking or sailboating

    * Pizza and game night

    * Going to your favorite coffee shop or ice cream stand

    * Working out

    * Having a picnic at a park or along the shores of the Hudson River

    * Going camping

    * Rock climbing

    * Antiquing or attending antique car shows

    * Going apple picking or carving pumpkins

 

Below are photos from a gorgeous styled shoot at Lake Minnewaska, taken by Krystal Pratt Productions, to show you how amazing and casual adventure sessions could be. What do you think? Are you in?
 


 

Vendors:

 

Photographer & StylistKrystal Pratt Productions

Hair – Gina Damiano of Hair by Gina

MakeupIman Thomas of Beleza Artistry

Male Model – Justin Osterthaler

Female Model – Olivia Malian

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Hudson Valley Elopement at Lake Minnewaska

Elopements are traditionally seen as a wedding done alone, without fanfare or guests and are perfect for couples who just can’t stand the thought of planning a wedding, or who value and treasure privacy. Angelina and Sergio decided on a Hudson Valley elopement at Lake Minnewaska for the privacy, and as you’ll read, that was very important to them. But first, get inspired by their gorgeous elopement with photos by Michele Iljazi Photography
 


 

How did you meet?

 

Sergio and I first met in passing about 20 years ago when we were teenagers working in the same shopping mall, but we never really spoke at great length — we simply admired each other from afar. Then we “bumped” into each other a handful of times before ultimately reconnecting on Match.com in 2010. He emailed me the most engaging, friendly, non-creepy, and sweet note. I became curious, but reluctant to respond because he had no profile picture up yet. Three days later, he finally uploaded one, and I realized it was him — the guy I had been crushing on from afar! I wrote him back immediately. This interaction was quickly followed up with a coffee date later that night, and we have been virtually inseparable ever since!
 

What was your proposal like?

 

Our proposal was unforgettable and one of the best moments of my life! My husband put amazing thought, creativity, and love into the entire occasion, and surprised me with the proposal the day after Christmas, my favorite holiday. Just when I thought the excitement of Christmas was over, Sergio presented me with one last, wrapped present—something he had been creating. He casually handed me the gift, and upon opening it, I found a collection of comic-book style snapshots of moments we had shared, that he had sketched, designed and rendered on his own! He managed to combine humor, innovation, and romance in an album which was sealed with a handwritten note asking if I would spend the rest of his life with him, filling that album up with continued memories together as his wife. When I looked over, he was down on his knee with the most beautiful Heidi Gibson engagement ring that he had custom-made just for me! Of course, I said yes!
 

Why did you decide to elope?

 

We chose to have an elopement because we value the privacy and intimacy that it has to offer. For us, the idea of an elopement felt humble and peaceful, which is a feeling that often gets lost in the hustle and bustle of planning a large-scale wedding.
 

Why did you choose Minnewaska State Park?

 

We chose Minnewaska State Park because of the mountainous views, the reflective quality and serenity of Lake Minnewaska, and the overall feeling of being connected to nature. Upon standing on the rocky cliff overlooking the lake, where we had our ceremony, it literally felt like we were floating in the clouds! There is no other place that can allow you to feel so grounded while simultaneously making you feel like you’re floating.
 

What style were you going for?

 

The style we were going for was bohemian and organic. As the bride, I wanted my look to be unique, feminine, and eclectic while still maintaining that natural vibe!
 

What was your favorite and most memorable moment of the day?

 

It’s really difficult to pick just one!! We chose to exchange private vows we had written to each other in a small gazebo on the way to the ceremony site, which allowed us to shake out our nerves and connect on such an intimate level. Sergio would tell you his most memorable moment was during our ceremony. He describes seeing the sunset behind me, the sounds of nature in the background, and a visual that he says was “picture perfect.”
 

Do you have any advice for engaged couples?

 

The best piece of advice we could give is to have a clear understanding of who you are as a couple so that your wedding is a reflection of your true essence. Don’t get too distracted by the opinions of others!
 

Who were your vendors?

 

Photographer: Michele Iljazi Photography

Bridal Boutique: Everthine Boutique

Bridal Hair: Jessica Sefcik

Bridal Makeup: BeautyMarked Studio

Floral Design: Jakkelyn Iris

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Rockefeller Center Proposal and a Hudson Valley Wedding at the New York Country Club

Shannon and Mier’s engagement at Rockefeller Center was like a scene out of your favorite romance movie, complete with a surprise engagement party, and capped off with a week-long cruise! If you thought that couldn’t get any better, wait until you see their photos from their Hudson Valley wedding at the New York Country Club in New Hempstead, NY. White Poppy Weddings captured every detail perfectly and you can see that Shannon and Mier’s day was full of love and laughter. But first, we got a chance to interview the lovely bride, Shannon, and she tells us more about their beautiful love story and shares some REALLY GREAT advice to engaged couples as well.

 

How did you meet?

 

We were introduced through our mutual friend, Nicole. Mier was friends with her in high school and she became my suite mate in college. Every summer I would go to her house on Long Island to celebrate her birthday and it was always a good mix of high school and college friends getting together. I would only see him once a year at her party and it wasn’t until the summer of 2013, which was right after college, that we decided to take a chance and go on our first date together. After that, I found myself traveling to Long Island quite often.

 

What was your proposal like?

 

We had booked a cruise to leave out of Miami on February 12th which also happened to be my birthday. We were flying out early the day before so on the 10th Mier had organized a dinner with our parents to celebrate my birthday. I’m a huge planner so I wanted to set up the whole thing but he insisted on making the location a surprise and the only reason I agreed was that he kept telling me that I shouldn’t be the one planning my birthday. How could I argue with that one?

 

We woke up that morning and he wanted to go into the City for the day which was super spur of the moment because I was under the assumption that he was going into work because it was a Friday. I had also tried convincing him earlier in the week to take the day off but he said he couldn’t, so you could imagine my excitement when he told me he wasn’t going in to work.

 

Rockefeller Center Proposal

Photo from Shannon’s personal collection

We got up and I was trying to find a nice outfit to wear because I am now assuming that my surprise birthday dinner is in the city. One thing leads to another and my getting ready process took a little longer than anticipated so we missed our first train. Oops! He had mentioned that he wanted to go to The Top of the Rock and ice skating at Rockefeller Center but since we missed our first train, we’d only go ice skating because we had tickets already for open skating for a specific time. I was extremely fine with that because ice skating in the City was one of my bucket list items that I’ve always wanted to do. We get into the city and check in at the rink. I remember getting on the ice and feeling so excited to finally be able to see a different perspective of Rockefeller Center.

About 5 minutes before the session ended, Mier says that he’d like to take a picture in front of the main statue. We’re the last people on the ice and he asks an employee if they would mind taking a photo. He hands her my phone and as we’re skating over to the statue I hear “Bittersweet Symphony” by The Verve start playing. Everyone that knows me knows that is my all-time favorite song so I don’t even see a ring yet but I know it’s coming because as I am listening to “Bittersweet Symphony.” I see the biggest smile on his face with tears in his eyes. Mier gets down on one knee and asks me to marry him in the most perfect way. Everyone from above was cheering for us and I remember being overwhelmed with such joy and happiness. It’s moment in time which I get to relive frequently because the girl that was supposed to take our picture captured that exact moment on video.

 

Afterwards, we sit down at the ice skating rinks bar and got treated to a glass of champagne. At this point, I completely forgot about my birthday dinner but Mier tells me that he actually booked a reservation closer to our house in Hastings. We finish our champagne and hop on the train to head back. I’m on cloud 9 and very excited to see our parents and show them my new shiny piece of jewelry. He said that we just needed to stop at the house really quick because he forgot a card that he wanted to bring to the restaurant.

 

We get inside and are greeted with a big “SURPRISEEEE!” Our family and friends came running towards us with open arms and already being an emotional wreck, I start crying once again.

 

The rest of the night was spent celebrating with all of our loved ones and the next morning we flew off to Miami to spend the week cruising tropical islands as a newly engaged couple. It could not have been more perfect.

 

Did you have a wedding theme or vibe you were going for?

 

When planning my wedding I always had the vibe of classy and elegant in the back of my mind. I didn’t want extremely bold colors but rather more neutrals with a pop of lighter blue hints. The blue was incorporated in the bridal party and with our floral arrangements. The first element that I knew we had to have were hydrangeas. They are my absolute favorite flower so I knew that blue needed to be the focus point. Pinterest did a great job at helping find ideas.

 

Why did you choose the Hudson Valley for your wedding?

 

We chose the Hudson Valley for our wedding because my family is from upstate and his family is from Long Island so we thought that it would be a good idea to pick an area that was close to being between our two homes.

 

What was the most memorable moment from your wedding day?

 

There was a moment in the middle of the reception when I sat down while everyone else was on the dance floor. I will never forget that moment because I was overcome with such happiness seeing all of our family and friends having the best time celebrating our marriage. I think it’s very important for couples to take in those moments on their wedding day because it allows you to step back and truly feel all of the love that is surrounding you on your wedding.

 

Do you have any advice for engaged couples about wedding planning?

 

Find your venue as soon as possible. Some people think it’s crazy to start looking right after you get engaged but I have to disagree. While it’s nice to enjoy the time being newly engaged, it’s also important to start looking for your dream location to get married. It could take some time to find that perfect place and if you have a specific day or month in mind, that’s even more of a reason to start the hunt early so you can get the date you want. Schedule those appointments!

 

Also, I cannot stress this enough….. make sure you love your vendors and know who you’re working with! These are the people that you will communicate with frequently which is why it’s super important to feel comfortable with your vendors. There’s a lot of trust that you will need to give them because these are the people who are supposed to make your dream wedding become a reality. Luckily, could not be happier with the vendors that we chose. Everyone was phenomenal and we will be forever grateful for them.

 

Vendors:

 

Venue: New York Country Club – New Hempstead, NY

 

Photography: White Poppy Weddings – Newburgh, NY

 

DJ and Videography: Music Speaks Volumes – Wappingers Falls, NY

 

Hair and Makeup: Bella Trucco – Marlboro, NY

 

Flowers: Bassett Flowers – New City, New York

 

Photo credit: White Poppy Weddings
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Hudson Valley Wedding at Cedar Lakes Estate photos by With Love and Embers

Weekend-Long Hudson Valley Wedding at Cedar Lakes Estate

Taryn and Jason’s Hudson Valley wedding last month was magical in every sense of the word. It began with a proposal in Beacon, NY and ended with their family and friends camped out for an entire weekend at Cedar Lakes Estate in Port Jervis, NY. Check out their stunning photos by With Love & Embers and read all about their beautiful love story, their proposal and some really great advice for choosing vendors as well as cherishing the “engaged” phase of your relationship.
 


 

How did you two meet?

 

Taryn: Jason and I both went to Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania and met during the fall of 2007. I had just started my freshman year and he was a sophomore. We met fairly early on during my freshman year (his sophomore). F&M is a small school so everyone pretty much knew each other, and this was especially true of the athletes (I was playing on the lacrosse team and Jason played baseball). I’m not sure if either of us remembers the exact moment we met, I think it was more gradual…we had a lot of mutual friends, given that the athletes mostly hung out with each other. We started spending more time together in smaller groups, got to know each other a little better, and eventually realized that we had a connection that felt a little deeper than friendship.
 

Tell us all about the proposal!

 

Taryn: We got engaged on a Friday, October 30, 2015, about 8 years after we first met. I was in my 4th and final year of medical school and had just taken one of the biggest exams of my career. Jason wanted to go away for the weekend to celebrate but wanted to surprise me with the details. We started driving north, and within 2 hours, we turned off the highway onto an exit that I knew very well. We were going to Beacon, NY—a small town in the Hudson Valley we visited and fell in love with the year before. Within seconds, I realized that Jason had most likely booked a converted barn that we had found on Airbnb the year before, but it had been unavailable for months. When we got there, Jason said we were running late for our dinner reservation, and asked if I could quickly grab my bags and put them inside so we could head to town for dinner.
 

Still not suspecting a thing, mostly because Jason remained so calm, I opened the door to the barn to find a string-lit filled barn, with 2 horses quietly eating. (I grew up riding horses, so I was MUCH more intrigued by the two of them than the twinkling lights, candles, roses, and the bottle of champagne). It wasn’t until Jason walked over and asked “Can you put your bag down?” that I turned, saw his face, and instantly knew what was happening. I’m still not sure what he said to me, but all I could focus on was the look in his eyes. I actually don’t even think I looked at the ring for a good few minutes! It was the most magical moment, and for a guy who was not the best with romantic gestures and surprises, he pulled out all the stops for this one. We went to dinner after calling our families and made a deal to not tell anyone else until the end of the weekend. We really just wanted to enjoy each other without the distraction of a million phone calls and text messages…and social media, which was the best decision. For the last surprise of the weekend, Jason had set up a celebratory dinner with our families back in the city on Sunday night. The perfect end to the perfect weekend!
 

Describe the wedding planning process. Why did you choose the vendors you worked with?

 

Taryn: After taking some time to just be engaged, we slowly started looking at venues online. Cedar Lakes was the first place we visited and from the moment we stepped onto the property, we knew it was where we wanted to get married. Even in the dead of winter, it had a certain magic to it. And in the spring and summer, it’s really is an indescribable place. Jason and I wanted a venue that truly reflected our relationship and who we are as a couple. The outdoors are really important to both of us and play a pretty significant roll in our lives, and in our relationship. Living in the city, we rely on our trips to Vermont, weekends at his family’s lake house, or at my parent’s home near to ocean to ground us and give us a re-charge. We wanted a place that could bring together our love for the mountains, the forest, and water. Cedar Lakes just felt like us. Additionally, our family and friends are so important to us and we were really drawn by venues that allowed for weekend-long celebrations. As a former summer camp, CLE allowed us to host both of our extended family and our entire wedding party on-site, which allowed for a really special weekend.
 

Planning: We realized early on that we were going to need a lot of guidance, as work was crazy for both of us and, as mentioned, Cedar Lakes required a good deal of coordination. We knew we needed someone who was comfortable with the property, the staff, and all of Cedar Lakes Estate’s intricacies. We were introduced to our planner, Amanda of Bespoke Moments, by the CLE team. She has planned countless weddings there over the last few years and after our first conversation, I knew she was perfect for us. Handing the reins over to the Bespoke Moments team was the biggest sense of relief I felt throughout the whole planning process, and it truly allowed us to relax and enjoy. Amanda was integral in a number of vendor choices including the DJ (Generation Events), our rentals (Hudson Valley Vintage Rentals), and our stationary/signage. She also provided us with our “wedding bible”–a multi-page Excel document to keep us on track and organized throughout the planning phase–which truly became our bible.

 

Photography: We knew we didn’t want “traditional” wedding photos and hoped to capture the love, emotions, and candid moments from our day in an organic way. A friend of ours had chosen Jillian & Ryan McGrath of With Love & Embers photography for their wedding–we absolutely loved their photos and knew that their style would be perfect for us and our venue. When we first met Jill & Ryan, we felt an instant connection and as if we had known them for years. And more importantly, we felt so comfortable in front of their lenses during our engagement shoot and understood how important this would be on our wedding day.

 

Florals: Starting out, we didn’t realize how expensive florists and floral design teams can be, so it did take some searching around to find a florist that was within our budget. Kate Amato of Viridescent Floral Design from Beacon, NY came as a welcome recommendation from our Cedar Lakes team. From the moment I met Kate, I was confident that she would not only create something extraordinary but that her calm and friendly demeanor would make working together a breeze. She took my scattered thoughts from our first meeting and came up with a proposal that truly grasped our vision. Kate was also very comfortable with recycling the arrangements and design elements in different ways throughout the weekend events, which not only helped us save money but allowed our guests to enjoy those beauties a little bit longer!

 

Officiant: My husband and I come from different religious backgrounds–he was raised Jewish and I was raised Catholic, however, neither of us envisioned a religious wedding ceremony. We knew that having a non-denominational officiant would allow us to craft and personalize our ceremony, and to integrate the traditions that were most meaningful to us. The moment after we finished our first phone call with Alice, we knew that we had our celebrant and did not need to look any further. And once we met with her a few months before our wedding day, it felt like we had known each other forever. Beyond that, she was also extremely professional and organized and provided us with numerous resources for ceremony elements, readings, vows, and beyond. She also gave us a complete breakdown of the ceremony and a provided a timeline for our venue, which made the whole event run flawlessly.

 

Describe your wedding day.

 

Taryn: The wedding day itself turned out to be beyond anything we could have ever imagined. To this day, we still have trouble finding the words to describe it–it truly was the most magical, perfect day of our lives and an incredible way to begin our new life together. The weather was beyond perfect (something that doesn’t happen too often for big events in our lives!) and the whole day just went flawlessly (except for a minor bustle snag). To this day, our friends and family continue to tell us that it was one of the best weddings they’ve ever attended–we’re obviously biased but we couldn’t agree more!
 

One of the really beautiful things about Cedar Lakes Estate, beyond the physical beauty, is the fact that the wedding celebration becomes a weekend getaway, as all of our family and wedding party were able to stay on the estate. Each event is held on site, which allowed our family, wedding party and guests the chance to relax and enjoy the weekend without having to be transported to multiple different sites. Jason and I arrived early in the day on Friday and got the chance to unwind a bit before our guests started arriving. We had a short ceremony rehearsal before starting our rehearsal dinner on Friday evening. We included just our family and wedding party for the dinner hour, but invited any guests who were staying onsite or in the area to come for “Welcome Drinks” and to listen to a few speeches.
 

Our wedding day started on Saturday morning with breakfast for our on-site guests. Cedar Lakes Estate is a former summer camp, complete with a pool, twin lakes and blob launch, and acres of property, so we invited our wedding guests to join our families and wedding party on site for lunch and outdoor activities during the day on Saturday. Some of the best videos and photos of the day were from the blob!
 

Jason and I chose to do a first look. I thought it was going to be one of the most emotional moments of the day for me, but I was just so excited to finally see him (and show him my dress–so hard to keep that a secret for 9 months!) that we couldn’t stop smiling. I also decided to do a first look with my dad, which turned out to be the more emotional one. We finished up photos ahead of schedule and had this really awesome moment before our ceremony with the entire wedding party plus our parents. We had about 20-30 minutes to just relax, chat, and make a toast or two–nothing crazy but I felt like having just those final few minutes helped calm any remaining nerves and really set the tone for the rest of the evening.
 

Our ceremony was beyond anything we could have ever envisioned. It ended up being the most emotional part of the day for me–the setting was so intimate and you could just feel the warmth and love radiating from our guests. Definitely lots of unexpected tears from me! Our officiant created the most heartfelt and meaningful ceremony, focused on the two of us and how our relationship has grown together over the last decade. We also included a ring blessing–we had our parents come up under the arch with us and say a blessing over our wedding rings. It was unexpected (for them) but a really touching moment! My dad surprised us with a handmade birch arch (chuppah), with wood he gathered in Vermont. Standing under it with Jason during our first moments as husband and wife is a memory we’ll cherish for the rest of our lives.
 

The reception was the MOST fun we’ve ever had. The moment before entering the reception was one of my favorite memories from the day (see more below!). The decor in the barn was beyond anything we could have dreamed of. It was incredibly warm and welcoming, with lots of soft light from the candles. We chose to honor Jason’s culture and did the Hora right after the first dances, which got our guests out on the dance floor and the party started. We have a really incredible picture from that moment of everyone up and dancing, one of our favorites from the night. I’m fairly certain the dance floor was packed the entire night—everyone from my 90-year-old grandmother to my cousin’s new 2-week old baby (well, just for a short while)! We chose to serve dinner family style, as we felt it would really continue our hope to make the weekend feel as warm and welcoming as possible. Besides the food just being absolutely impeccable, I think our guests truly enjoyed sharing a meal together in that way. It really was the most perfect day we could have ever imagined!
 

Jason: From start to finish, our wedding day was incredible. We got lucky with the weather and ended up with a sunny 75-degree day, which lent itself to plenty of outdoor activities with my groomsmen and our on-site guests. Family and friends were able to enjoy the hiking trails, the pool, and even the blob launch on the lake. Being able to spend the first half of the day relaxing with everyone was really special and set the tone for a really relaxed celebration. It’s just a shame that bridal prep takes so many hours because I know Taryn and her bridesmaids would have loved to participate! We also (shockingly) were finished early with our photos, so we had about 20-30 minutes to spend privately with our family and wedding party before the ceremony. It was a happy accident and ended up being a really special pre-ceremony gathering.
 

The ceremony itself was magical. We stood surrounded by our closest friends and family, with the sun was shining on the lake behind us, shaded by the quiet of an evergreen tree grove. Taryn’s dad hand-built our wedding arch–made out of birch trees that he gathered from Vermont. It added a personal touch and it was very meaningful to Taryn and me. We know how hard he worked to put it together, and we can’t thank him enough for it! It’s something we’ll treasure forever
 

What was your favorite moment from your wedding day?

 

Taryn: can I say the entire weekend? Ha! It’s really hard to pick one.
 

1) Seeing Jason for the first time during our first look, we had one of those silent connections where we knew exactly what the other was thinking–and feeling so excited for that moment to have finally arrived!
 

2) walking down the aisle with my dad, and seeing the look on Jason’s face. Then when they hugged…ahh so many tears!
 

3) our officiant had us turn to our guests right at the beginning of the ceremony to say “hi!”. this was super cool, I think a lot of couples don’t get that moment to absorb the crowd and for us, being able to wave to everyone and feel their warmth was amazing.
 

4) right before Jason and I were announced at the reception, we had this brief moment together standing outside the barn without anyone else. The barn has huge glass windows so we could see everything inside. Looking into the windows, seeing all our favorite people in one room, and all the gorgeous decor—it was like we saw the entire two years of planning come together before our eyes. We just looked at each other with gigantic smiles on our faces–knowing that we were about to kick off our new life together in the most incredible fashion.
 

Jason: There were two big winners for me. First, our ceremony. I don’t love a lot of attention so I was expecting to feel just nerves and adrenaline. But we ended up having the most beautiful, peaceful ceremony surrounded by all of our friends and family members. There were a lot of truly special moments from the ceremony that we’ll remember forever. Second, Taryn and I first dance together as a married couple. It was a moment of quiet – we zoned out everything around us and it felt like we were the only two people in the world. And then the party started!
 

What is your advice for newly engaged couples?

 

Taryn: Unless you’re on a strict timeline, take some time to just enjoy being engaged before diving into wedding planning. It’s one of the most exciting periods of your relationship, and the happiness that surrounds you during that time is unparalleled. Celebrate with your friends, your family, and most important, each other. Try to make as many decisions together as possible. There will obviously be the inevitable disagreement here and there but try not to let the little things get between you. The day is about celebrating you as a couple and who you are as a couple, and we found that doing things as a team brought us closer throughout the process.
 

When you do start to plan, I think one of the biggest things to lay out first is the budget. Setting a budget and talking about the finances first will enable you to more easily decide on venues and vendors…and will prevent a lot of headaches down the road. Most importantly, remember that this day is about you and your partner. If there are opinionated voices, find out what is most important to them and maybe attempt to compromise, but ultimately it is your day. Lastly, wedding planning can be stressful–deadlines, budgets, decisions, opinions–turn to each other for support and remember what the day is really all about. And, if your budget allows for it, hire a wedding planner! Even if it’s for a few months, it was SO worth it.
 
Jason: Enjoy every moment, and please don’t worry about the color of the napkins.
 

Vendors:

 

Wedding Planner & Creative Direction: ASE – Amanda Savory Events

Cinema & Videos:  Joshua Brown Photography

Florals: Viridescent Floral Design

DJ & Entertainment: Generation Events

Rentals: Hudson Valley Vintage Rentals

Stationery & Signage: Shine Wedding Invitations 

Hair & Makeup: Face Time Beauty

 

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Eclectic Hudson Valley Wedding Infused With a 1970s Folk Vibe at The Ashokan Center

What happens when you combine 1970s folk, with an officiant wearing angel wings, a band called “The Slimers”, and an afterparty with Karaoke that ended the next morning? You get Allison and Matthews wedding, of course! We had the chance to speak to the newlyweds about their eclectic Hudson Valley wedding at The Ashokan Center, and their story is just as fun as you would expect especially their proposal! All of it was beautifully captured by White Poppy Weddings
 

How did you meet?

 

Allison: “We met about seven years ago on OkCupid, or, as my friends and I used to call it at the time, “The Website.””
 

Matt: “I suggested the hotel bar at the La Quinta in Koreatown, Manhattan for our first date. Trust me, the view was incredible.”
 

Describe your proposal?

 

Allison: “We had been discussing our feelings about marriage for quite some time, and I knew I wanted to be the one to propose. I bought a ring for Matt and dutifully hid it in my drawer, and then promptly lost my nerve and couldn’t figure out the right time to do it. The ring stayed in my drawer for months until late one Thursday night after a friend’s wedding when we were again discussing our feelings about partnership and ritual. Matt mentioned that he was a little disappointed I hadn’t proposed when he expected me to (apparently it’s a British tradition for a woman to propose on February 29th of a leap year, who knew!) but he said he understood and that he didn’t want to pressure me and we didn’t have to get married, etc. It suddenly became clear that that very moment would be the best, most meaningful, most surprising time to whip out a ring, so I said “hold on one second, keep talking, I’m listening,” and I went upstairs to grab the box. I got down on one knee, and Matt said “Yes!” before I even had a chance to ask! Sure, we were both a little drunk in the kitchen at 1:30 on a weeknight and Matt was about to leave town for a month, but it felt right.”
 

Matt: “I’d consumed a few drinks for sure, and my sadness at feeling overlooked as a life partner by Allison gave way to a rant about the marriage industrial complex, specifically what I perceived as a weighting towards creating the perfect day versus whatever comes after, and the next thing I knew, Allison was on bended knee with a lovely ring she had picked out for me. I had a piece of toast in my mouth at the time.”
 


 

Did you have a wedding theme or certain vibe you were going for?

 

Allison: “We had a hard time articulating our vision, but fortunately we had a couple of genius friends who agreed to help us set the scene. We wanted the vibe to land somewhere between a garish full-color cookbook from 1971 and a traditional May Day celebration. Our friends constructed an incredible design incorporating giant plaster cakes, plenty of gold mylar, and some unbelievable dollar store finds. My mom and I had a fantastic bonding experience sourcing cheap, beautiful mid-century glassware for flowers, and Matt had fun choosing 1970’s folk-horror-inspired fonts and colors for our signage. We asked a group of friends to sing “Sumer is Icumen In” (an 800-year-old English anthem proclaiming the arrival of spring) for our ceremony recessional. My concern with design unity is pretty minimal; usually, I just want things to look nuts. My stepmother officiated and we were both very excited by the idea that she would wear a pair of feathered wings. No real thematic reason; it just seemed fun.”
 

Matt: “We succumbed to the mood board temptation and it turned out that Pinterest was really useful for helping to give substance to the ideas we were struggling to vocalise. It was when Allison added two pictures: one of the Source family hanging out next to a Rolls Royce and another of a sassy, disinterested looking woman hanging out in someone’s basement in the 70s, that I knew what we should be going for. I’m personally quite taken with the church/veteran’s hall-done-up-for-a-celebration atmosphere, so the mylar curtains were important to us. Plus we really like disco music and we were glad to be permitted to hang a disco ball in the center of the performance/ceremony space. The decorations in the dining hall were so well thought out by our friends that I’m still excited by the wonderful feat they accomplished; macrame runners, floating candles in punch bowls, gold rocks, etc.”
 

Why did you choose the Hudson Valley for your wedding?

 

Allison: “I’m from the Hudson Valley and I’m so passionate about it I have the Stone Ridge zip code tattooed on my leg. Matt’s from the UK and has friends scattered all over the world, so we were excited to bring many people to upstate New York for the first time, and provide them with a setting where they could have good food and good company provided for the entire weekend (while supporting small businesses in the community I love!) We currently live in New York City, and I spend a lot of time thinking about the urban/rural divide within my own heart, so I wanted to celebrate near the Ashokan Reservoir where we could reflect on the complex interwoven infrastructure that sustains us. The Ashokan Center was our dream venue from the start since you get the site for basically three days, you can party all night long, and everything’s provided. We’d also been to concerts there, so we had pre-existing positive associations and we knew it would work well for live music. Plus it’s a 15-minute drive from my mom’s house!”
 

Matt: “It made perfect sense to get married in the Hudson Valley. I also spent a large portion of my childhood growing up in the country and to that extent, Allison’s experience didn’t seem too different from mine. We have spent many pleasant weekends visiting family and friends in the area and it was important to me to share this with the UK contingent. A note on the Ashokan Center: we were really sold on the idea of there being no curfew and although we were passed out by around 3 am, some guests made it until sunrise on Sunday morning! And of course, it is in a wonderful location, which we felt would give our guests the ideal opportunity to explore the immediate locale.”
 


 

Do you have any tips for engaged couples?

 

Allison: “It really helped us to think of the wedding not as an obligation, but as a collaborative project where we could learn more about our communication styles and problem-solving skills. We felt less guilty about spending money to throw an elaborate party when we realized it was a serious relationship-building activity. Of course, that meant that when it was over we were depressed the way you might be when a show, tour, or job ends, so it’s important to make space to process those feelings afterward. On a more prosaic note – hire a day-of-coordinator if you can! It won’t make you any less punk to get some help, and it will make it a lot easier to actually eat during the event.”
 

Matt: “Make sure at least one of you can use spreadsheets. I will be forever indebted to Allison for this. In all seriousness though, I must echo Allison’s thoughts: you may think that the logistical task of organising a wedding is not necessarily the most romantic path towards a greater understanding of the other, however in our case it absolutely was, and although we had initially talked about this being a compelling reason for getting married, I was still surprised to find myself, a week out, feeling the first waves of depression about this brief stage of our relationship coming to an end. If your schedule permits, give yourself plenty of time to pull together the various elements of your wedding. We were engaged for two years and one thing that helps keep stress levels down is pacing yourself because things will definitely start to ramp up a couple of months before the ceremony. Yes, there were a couple moments of heightened tension, I think that’s unavoidable, but for the most part, Allison and I had really had a wonderful time working together on this project. As for budgeting, try to be honest and rigid about the absolute most you are willing and can afford to spend on your wedding. We tried to work with two projected budgets: one where we would cut as many corners as possible and the other the top end of what we were comfortable spending. This actually was very helpful because it made us focus on the areas where it would be most beneficial to allocate our budget. When you can quickly pull up a list of different cost options on a spreadsheet, it definitely helps streamline the decision-making process. And yes, definitely allow yourself the space to process the post-wedding depression afterward! It’s ok though, you got married for a reason, right?”
 

What was the most memorable moment of your wedding?

 

Allison: “This is a tough one to pin down! We have a lot of performers among our friends and family, and I LOVE toasts, so we had many uproarious speeches from our loved ones. Our friends also put together a supergroup covers band for us, and we were totally floored by how hard they worked and how they managed to put together an entire set of our favorite songs in a month. By the end of that I was just insane and screaming with joy, and we still had an awesome after party with two DJ’s (also our dear friends) and late-night karaoke to go. But let’s be honest, my favorite moment was immediately after our ceremony when we just held each other and wept with happiness.”
 

Matt: “Well, it seemed like Allison was just standing there waiting for me to reemerge from the crumpled up ball on the floor that I was, bawling my eyes out. But yes, that was very memorable. I also got a huge kick from the merry peals of laughter that emanated from the ceremony hall as Allison’s step-mother appeared from behind the mylar curtain in her wings. It helped shake me from my extremely nervous state and put me straight back in the moment. I loved the toasts far more than I expected. Allison was pulling hard to make this a key component of the wedding and during the moment itself, it totally dawned on me why asking these people, who we loved and admired, to do something they might not normally do was so important. You learn new things in these moments. Who knew my dad would be so adept at prop comedy? Who knew my mum would pull a boss power move by refusing to stand up for her toast? That said, I think the first look was my favourite moment. I knew Allison had put an awful lot of time and effort into sourcing and putting together her wedding ensemble but even then, I just couldn’t believe how calm and radiant and beautiful she looked when I saw her first. I’ll never forget the way she was that day.”
 


 

Vendors:

 

Venue: The Ashokan Center

Catering: The Ashokan Center, Chef Bill Warnes

Planner/Coordinator: Danielle DeFreest of Every Little Detail.

Dessert: We baked our own cake (it looked really goofy but we wanted to give our guests something we’d made together), but we got supplementary desserts from Lydia’s Cafe and the Alternative Baker

Flowers: We worked with Adam’s Fairacre Farms to come up with a hybrid plan that worked with our budget. They created two large professional arrangements for our welcome table, and then allowed us to buy additional flowers in bulk so that my mom and her friends could make the little table arrangements. I highly recommend this approach!

Photography: Alex Ligouri of White Poppy Weddings

Hair/Makeup: Madison Smith

Entertainments/design: As mentioned, we had a huge amount of help from friends who we asked well in advance, as well as friends who just decided to help as the weekend unfolded. We were – and still are – so, so grateful for their input, time and patience with us. The wedding would have looked very different without them.

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11 Unique Hudson Valley Experiences Perfect For Your Bachelor or Bachelorette Party

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a bachelor or bachelorette party? Many assume it’s a night full of drinking and debauchery or a guys or girls weekend somewhere with your “squad.” But that’s not always the case. If you are looking for something different and memorable, here are 11 Hudson Valley experiences perfect for a unique bachelor or bachelorette party.

 

Laugh it Up Comedy Club at Mahoney’s Irish Pub & Steakhouse, Poughkeepsie

 

Laugh it Up Comedy Club is one of the Hudson Valley’s premier comedy clubs and is perfect for the guy or girl who wants a fun, affordable, lighthearted night out with friends. They bring in some of the most sought-after comedy acts in the country, including, most recently, Gilbert Gottfried (you may remember him as the voice of Iago in the Disney animated classic “Aladdin”) and Colin Quin (from “Saturday Night Live” fame). Instead of making a trip to NYC to see great comedians, they bring them to you. You can also come early to chow down on some delicious Irish/American cuisine and drinks.

 

Hudson Valley Renegades, Fishkill

 

This is definitely the place to be for baseball fans! The Hudson Valley Renegades are the short-season, Class A affiliate of the American League’s Tampa Bay Rays and offer some great opportunities – not only for bachelor or bachelorette parties but engagement parties, as well. For a small group, you can try Leo’s Table for 6, which is a private table for you and five friends, catered by Leo’s Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria. If you and your significant other want to combine parties, they offer luxury air-conditioned suite rentals for 15-20 people or picnic area rentals on both the first- and third-base lines, for 20 or more people. Both come fully catered and include mention on the video board.

 

iFLY Westchester Indoor Sky Diving, Yonkers

 

If you are up for a massive rush of adrenaline, you might want to try indoor skydiving at iFLY Westchester. Imagine being propelled into the air in a giant vertical wind-tunnel that simulates what it’s like to actually go skydiving. Having fun is always a must, but safety, of course, is their number one priority, so certified instructors prepare you for this 1½ – 2-hour experience. Participants will have to sign a waiver; and once all safety precautions are taken, you and your party can live it up and also take advantage of the flight enhancements and catering options they provide for your party. You can also purchase photos from the day, which would make an awesome gift.  Imagine the stories you and your bridal party will have. It’ll certainly be a party no one will forget.

 
RELATED: 4 WEDDING GIFT IDEAS UNIQUE TO THE HUDSON VALLEY
 

Skydive the Ranch, Gardiner

 

If you and your bridal party are true risk-takers and want to jump from 13,500 feet in the air, then Skydive the Ranch might be for you. Their team of certified instructors make sure you have an experience of a lifetime. Safety, again, is their number one concern so be prepared to watch training videos, sign paperwork, and be fully instructed for your jump. Assuming this is your first jump, your jump will be a tandem jump, meaning you are jumping with a licensed, experienced professional on a parachute built for two. Plan for about 3 hours, from the time you arrive to the time you’re finished, but add more time for more jumpers. The best part: Professional videographers film the whole jump. What a great film to play during your cocktail reception!

 

New York Zipline Canopy Tours, Hunter

 

Popular for skiing, Hunter Mountain is also home of the New York Zipline Canopy Tours, the largest zip line canopy tour in North America. You can zip line during the day or even at night, and they have three different options for thrill-seekers. The adventure tower takes you through nine different obstacles as you make your way up a 60-foot-tall tower. The mid-Mountain Tour can be done during the day, or at night, and has six zip lines and four suspension bridges. The tallest, fastest and longest zip lines are found in the Skyrider tour. Fly 600 feet above the valley at speeds of nearly 50 miles per hour! The Skyrider Tour is not for the faint of heart, but certainly, an experience to remember.

 

Angry Orchard, Walden

 

Nestled on a 60-acre orchard in the heart of the Hudson Valley, Angry Orchard – yes, THAT Angry Orchard – is a great day-trip for you and your friends. For over 200 years, cider has been made in the Hudson Valley, and this farm has all your cider wants and needs covered. You and your bridal party can take one of three tours, including one of their gorgeous treehouse tasting room, designed and built by Animal Planet’s “Tree House Masters”; all tours include cider tastings. After your tour, make your way to the Cider Garden, where you can casually relax by the fire sipping your favorite cider. Time it right and you can also catch some great live music from bands such as Sublime during their Angry Orchard Rock the Roots one-day music festivals.

 

Table to Farm Tours, Roxbury

 

Located in the Catskill Mountains of Delaware County, Table to Farm Tours are perfect for any bride or groom that considers themselves to be a ‘foodie’ and who appreciates the local bounty the Hudson Valley has to offer. Table to Farm Tours brings you face-to-face with the farmers who grow the food you eat, gives you a chance to hear their stories, tour their farms and taste the food they put the time and effort into growing. They also offer dinner and drink tours that take you to local vineyards, distilleries and cideries and pairs that experience with a home-cooked, farm-to-table meal. They can even curate a tour specifically for you, which would be a perfect way to celebrate with your bridal party.

 

Hudson Valley Wedding Yoga, Kingston

 

A wedding is a joyous occasion, but planning a wedding can be one of the most stressful occasions – not just for the bride or groom, but for the bridal party as well. The folks at Hudson Valley Wedding Yoga understand and want to help you de-stress naturally. In fact, their slogan is “Adding peace and presence to life’s joyous celebrations.” Yoga classes would be perfect for you and your significant other alone, just to center, breathe and relax, but also makes a great outing for your bridal party. If you think you can’t ‘do’ yoga, don’t worry. They’ll customize a program based on your specific needs and abilities. Each session includes a guided meditation and breathwork, all designed to calm your body, mind, and spirit.

 
RELATED: 5 SURPRISING THINGS YOUR BRIDAL PARTY EXPECTS OF YOU
 

Savor Beauty, Saugerties / NYC

 

How does a spa day with your girls sound? If that sounds right up your alley, Savor Beauty is for you. Savor Beauty is an organic skin care line based upon Korean beauty traditions, have three locations in New York City and Saugerties, and offer spa packages for the bride and bridal party (6-12 people). Each 90-minute spa party includes a dedicated party host who shows you how to create your own face mask using exotic clays, and a Savor Beauty masterclass (featured on Allure.com) teaching you how to create a one-minute self-care skin ritual. You’ll also have time to explore their clean, eco-conscious makeup line to enhance what you already have in your makeup bag, get a beauty goodie bag and credit toward a day-of purchase. It’s a BYOC (Bring Your Own Cake) party but they provide a bottle of champagne!

 

Hudson River Cruises, Kingston

 

Explore the Hudson River in the way it was intended – by cruising. Hudson River Cruises on the Rip Van Winkle is not only a great option for you and your bridal party, but can also be a great location for your wedding or rehearsal dinner. They offer a huge array of tours including sightseeing tours, happy hour sightseeing tours, July sunset cruises and themed music cruises with both DJ or live music. Each cruise leaves Kingston, goes south to Hyde Park and back to Kingston again and lasts about 3 hours. On your cruise, you’ll see majestic mansions, historical homes, and breathtaking scenery. Add more fun to your cruise by checking out one of the many restaurants in the Kingston Rondout before or after your trip.

 

A Maze in Pottery, Briarcliff Manor

 

If you want to explore your artistic side and create a really cool wedding gift or keepsake for your home, try A Maze in Pottery. They are a paint-your-own-pottery studio and provides a whole showroom full of unglazed pottery such as vases, dishes, pots, and jars. All you have to do is choose what item you want and paint it. No appointment is necessary, but groups of five or more are required to call ahead. The studio fee is nominal and the unfinished pieces start at $4, with the average price being between $15 – $25. Once you choose your item, their staff will guide you through the painting process. They use non-toxic, lead-free, food-safe glazes and paints and have idea books, stencils, sponges, and stamps to really make your piece one-of-a-kind. When you’re done painting, they glaze it and fire it in their kilns to make it shiny, and safe for food, the microwave, and the dishwasher. Your item is then ready to be picked up one week from the day you paint it. Imagine making a serving dish for the couple, or a first-date guest book.

 

What are you planning for your bachelor or bachelorette party? Would you consider any of these experiences for yours?
 
Photo credit: Cassady K Photography

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Summer Hudson Valley Wedding at Cedar Lakes Estate in Port Jervis, NY

Summer in the Hudson Valley is a magical time. Carrie and Rebecca’s summer wedding at Cedar Lakes Estate in Port Jervis captures the summer so perfectly with vibes of camping at the lake and definitely gave their guests a taste of the “hazy, lazy, dog-days of summer” with a twist of modern elegance and rustic charm.
 

We chatted with Carrie and Rebecca and here’s there story:
 

How did you meet?
 

Rebecca: We met on Match.com! Carrie was living in NYC and I was living in Vermont. After less than a year I moved to NYC to be with Carrie and attend college.
 

Tell us all about the proposal!
 

Rebecca: Carrie didn’t hold back! We go to Park City, Utah about once a year and it has become a special place for us. So, naturally January rolled around and we were off to the mountains! One day we woke up and Carrie told me we were going snowmobiling, being from Vermont myself I was very familiar with snowboarding and very excited! The day was brisk with a light flurry. We drove to the location, got on our snowmobiles and road up a mountain with a guide. Once at the top, the guide gave us some time alone, which I later found out was planned. Carrie asked me to make snow angels with her. I, suspecting nothing, started playing gleefully in the snow. Carrie got my attention when she attempted to get on one knee, the snow was probably 6 ft deep and pulled a ring box out of her pocket. She proposed with her mother’s engagement ring that her parents graciously passed down to us. It was an insanely magical moment.
 

Describe the wedding planning process. Why did you choose the vendors you worked with?
 

Carrie: It began a few months after our engagement. We looked into a couple of venues and then was told about Cedar Lakes Estate (CLE) from a friend. We quickly went up to Port Jervis, NY and fell in love with the property and what the owners, Stephanie and Lisa, had created. We were hooked! We also loved that CLE provided a weekend-long experience for us and our guests. CLE made it very easy for us and provided a list of suggested vendors, from there we narrowed it down to vendors that aligned with our style. This process was the same with our wedding planner, Amanda Savory from Amanda Savory Events (formerly Bespoke Moments). We met with her and knew it was a good fit!
 

Tell us about your wedding day?
 

Rebecca: Our wedding day was amazing. Started with a delicious breakfast and then we and our guests took advantage of the property; yoga, pool, ‘the blob’ (a big bouncy tube in the lake) and zip lining. Our ceremony was held on the beautiful mountaintop. Moments before our ceremony a fawn walked across the seating area, creating an insanely perfect ambiance. We were married by Carrie’s childhood friend Sarah. The reception was in the barn and the food was INSANE, our guests were very impressed. Our band rocked it and it was soon time for the after party which was held in the treehouse! At the after party CLE served mini burgers and cheese sandwiches while we played beer pong and flip cup. It was the best weekend of our lives!
 

What is your advice for newly engaged couples?
 

Rebecca: Our advice for newly engaged couples would be to enjoy your engagement and not rush into the wedding. We were engaged for a year and a half before our wedding. Also, when people tell you to spend the money on food and the band they are not lying. The final piece of advice is to recognize that this event is not about the flowers or the dress or even the photos, but about you and your soon-to-be spouse. Carrie and I did a good job at this and I believe this is one of the reasons why we were able to have a relaxing enjoyable weekend.
 

We were also able to speak to their planner, Amanda Savory, and here’s what she had to say about their wedding:
 

Amanda: “When I first met with Carrie and Rebecca, I felt like we were friends already. Right from the start, our time together was very casual and informative, enough to where they felt comfortable securing me as their full-service wedding planner.
 

They were very detail-oriented and knew exactly what they wanted, but they also didn’t let the planning stress them out. Together they had incredibly good vibes that carried throughout the entire wedding planning adventure. It was so much fun to work with them which made it so gratifying to see their wedding weekend come together.
 

Carrie and Rebecca’s wedding was at the end of Pride Week which made their celebration even more special. They didn’t want it to seem like a traditional wedding, they just wanted their friends and family to have a good time and celebrate them. The food and design were super important to them because Carrie is a chef, and Rebecca is a jewelry designer. Everything from the color palette to the menu to the favor gemstones on each plate were carefully chosen. The overall design was important, but at the end of the day, they just wanted their big day to feel welcoming.
 

Their wedding day was very low key, there was not a lot of pressure. We were able to do a lot of the planning so early on and really prepare for their wedding day so that when it came to the big day it all went so smoothly. The whole weekend was a seamless process full of meeting their family, their friends, and by that point, I became really good friends with Carrie and Rebecca. It was a fast friendship where I just happened to be their wedding planner.”
 
Photos by: Lindsay Brown
 


 

Vendors:

 

Wedding Planner: Amanda Savory Events (formerly Bespoke Moments)

Event Design: Rye Workshop

Venue & Caterer: Cedar Lakes Estate

Photographer: Lindsay Brown

Invitation Designer: Suitesmith

Photo Booth Equipment: The Bosco Booth

Beauty: MG Hair & Makeup

Band: Elan Artists, performers – Suit and Tie

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Three things that make you ask “What the heck do I do with this?” at my wedding

Inevitably, there comes a point in the planning process where you’re going to be analyzing the smallest, and I mean smallest, of details for your wedding day. There are three specific things that are going to literally make you stop in your tracks and ask “What the heck do I do with this?”
 

It’s not your fault, just things you don’t really think about until that day or a few days before your wedding. If you have a wedding planner, chances are all this will be discussed with you. But if you are the majority of couples that don’t hire a wedding planner and do this all yourself, here are some things you need to know:
 
RELATED: 21 ESSENTIAL THINGS EVERY BRIDE OR GROOM MUST DO THE WEEK BEFORE THEIR WEDDING
 

What the heck do you do with your bouquet?

 

Ok, so this is kind of a two-parter here…
 

The first question should be “How the heck do I hold my bouquet?” Nope, it’s not in front of you. The correct answer is actually at your waist. You don’t want to hold your flowers in front of you because it blocks your face and your dress. Think about it. You’re not presenting the flowers to anyone, you’re just holding them there as an accessory. It drives me crazy when I see brides holding bouquets in front of their torso, but, it’s an easy, natural and comfortable move to make, especially when you’re a bit nervous. Just rest them easy at your waist.
 

The second question that comes up is “What the heck do I do with my bouquet at the reception?” Well, a lot. If you have a suite to get ready at your venue, you can leave your bouquet in there for the night. If you want to enter the reception room carrying your bouquet like most brides, you can assign a member in your bridal party, or your maître d’ to hold your bouquet while you do your first dance. Then take your bouquet and keep it as the centerpiece at your sweetheart table.
 

What the heck do you do with your engagement ring?

 

You may be thinking “wear it, obviously!” Yes, and no. The proper way to wear your wedding bands is the wedding ring first, then engagement ring on top. Why? Along with the tradition of your ring finger having a vein that leads directly to your heart, your wedding band should be worn first as it’s closet to your heart.
 

Now, if this is something that you don’t really care about, you can just keep your engagement ring on, have your spouse put your wedding ring on top of it, and switch them later if you want.
 

If you are superstitious or want to stick to tradition, however, you’ll want to wear your engagement ring on a different finger. Usually, the same finger on your right hand. Now, if you’re right-handed, your fingers may be bigger since those muscles get used more, and your ring may not fit. Same goes if you’re left-handed, the muscles on your right hand may be smaller and the ring may be too loose. If either of those is the case, entrust your engagement ring with someone you trust like a parent, who you know is going to have a small bag with them to hold it until after your ceremony.
 
RELATED: ENGAGEMENT RINGS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEYOND THE 4 “C”s
 

What the heck do you do with your car?

 

Remember, you’re going to need to get home the next day. This one always makes me chuckle because this happened to us. It wasn’t until the day before our wedding when we were like “How are we going to get home tomorrow?” Trust me, you’ll be asking the same question. Your limo will be taking you to your locations, but what is your “get home” plan?
 

You have a couple of options here. One, hitch a ride with a guest. Simple. Just ask them first so they know to wait for you before they leave.
 

Another option is to see if your hotel or your venue will allow you to leave your car in their parking lot overnight so it’s already there the day of your wedding and will be there the next morning waiting for you. Usually, they won’t have a problem with that and understand your unique circumstance.
 

Do you have a question about what do with something the day of your wedding? Let us know. We’d love to answer it for you?
 

Photo Credit: Sweet Alice Photography

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Hudson Valley Wedding Infused with Nigerian Traditions

Marissa and Anthony’s gorgeous Hudson Valley wedding was infused with elements from the bride’s Nigerian culture. A truly stunning wedding full of love and cultural traditions that’ll make you say “yes” to incorporating your own cultural traditions into your wedding. We wanted to learn more about the Nigerian culture, especially Nigerian wedding traditions, and so we asked Marissa to tell us a little about her wedding and how she met her husband, Anthony.
 

How did you meet?

 

We met in January 2013. Anthony’s friend and my brother worked for the same company and their co-worker was having a party that they invited us to. At one point in the night, Anthony and I played against each other in a game of beer pong. We were kind of flirty with one another while we were playing, nothing too serious. Right before he left, though, Anthony asked me to put my number in his phone, which I did. I remember I told him to text me so I can save his number and the first thing he texted me was “Hey beautiful.” We’ve been inseparable since.
 

What was your engagement like?

 

Anthony is a HUGE Patriots fan and at that point in his life he had never been to a Patriots game, so I decided to change that. As a Christmas gift, I got us tickets to a Pats Vs Jets game, which was on December 21, 2014. We planned to stay overnight at a hotel in the city after the game and have a nice romantic dinner. We had reservations at 8:00 pm so I made sure I had enough time to get ready. As I’m getting ready, I hear Anthony talking to himself, so I look over and realize he was recording a video of the beautiful view from our room. He then walks over to me as he’s filming. I asked him what he was doing he said he was bored and wanted to record me. I told him to finish getting ready because we have reservations, to which he replied: “We can’t leave yet.” I looked at him confused, and asked “What? Why not?” that is when he said, “We can’t go until I ask you to marry me.” Then got on one knee and pulled the ring out from behind him. I, of course, started crying and it took me about 7 minutes to finally stop and say “YES!” We went out to dinner and it was a very intimate setting, so I thought it was perfect. One of the best days of my life!
 

Did you have a wedding theme?

 

No, we did not have a theme. But our colors were chosen as a tribute to my Mom who passed away. Her favorite color was purple and I always wanted turquoise as my color so we made it both.
 

How did you choose the Hudson Valley for your wedding?

 

We lived in the area and so did our family. We wanted a venue that wasn’t too far for our families.
 

I love how you incorporated your culture into your wedding. Can you tell us a little about the Nigerian traditions you incorporated into your day?

 

I am half Nigerian so I wanted to make sure my culture was involved in some way on the biggest day of my life. In the Nigerian Culture, the immediate family wears the same pattern/print so all guests know they are the immediate family of either the bride or groom. My stepmother picked out the family print which is the yellow and purple print that you see in the pictures.
 

As for my dress, as I previously mentioned our colors were purple and turquoise. Our Bridal Party wore purple so I thought the turquoise would be perfect!
 

We did incorporate traditions during our reception. Before we did our first dance, I asked my dad to do a “Kola Nut Blessing.” In Nigeria, the Kola Nut is a sign to welcome someone. If you are not offered a Kola Nut, then you are not welcomed. So I had my Dad and Uncle bless it and welcome all of our guests.
 

Midway through our reception is when we did our outfit change and re-entered to traditional Nigerian music and were joined by the women of my family. We walked to the dance floor and that is when we had our “dollar dance.” This is another tradition where your guests spread dollar bills on the new couple, pretty much saying congratulations and showing their blessings.
 

So, now that you’re a newlywed, what advice do you have for couples who are currently planning their wedding?

 

My advice about planning is: This is your wedding, do not let anyone try and take over or have any input on how your day should be. Do not stress, it’s not worth it. Have fun planning, because the day goes by super fast! Anthony’s advice is to not stress every little detail, be patient planning and listen to each other’s opinions and suggestions.
 

What was the most memorable moment for you and Anthony from your wedding?

 

Anthony’s memorable moment was when he cried while I walked down the aisle. My most memorable moment was honestly introducing my new family and our friends to the Nigerian culture.
 

Photo credit: Chosen Photo

 


 

Vendors:

 
Venue: Vittoria’Z On The Lake
Photography: Chosen Photo
Makeup: The Hair Concierge
DJ: Extreme DJ Inc
Decorator: A-lyst Events
Cake: Homestyle Desserts Bakery
Dress: Leticia’s 

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Early Winter Hudson Valley Wedding at The Garrison

Lucy and Phil’s early winter Hudson Valley wedding at the Garrison is a gorgeous display of two cultures, two families and special friends coming together to celebrate love. The details, the theming, the colors, even the weather, were all perfect and will certainly give you a ton of inspiration for your wedding day. You actually might remember Lucy and Phil. They were the awesome couple that had an amazingly fun and creative marathon and ice cream-themed engagement session that we featured a few weeks ago. If you missed it, you can check it out at the link below.

 

RELATED: Marathon & Ice Cream-Themed Hudson Valley Engagement Shoot in Cold Spring

 

Lucy and Phil’s photographer, Lin Pernille Kristensen of Lin Pernille Photography captured the day beautifully and had this to say about their wedding.

 

“The Garrison was the perfect location for their wedding. Both Lucy & Phil are avid hikers, runners, and bikers so they knew they wanted their wedding to be located in the Hudson Valley, surrounded by mountains and nature. Coming from a military family, Phil also thought it was awesome that West Point (where his sister & “Best Woman” graduated from) was located right across the river! After 5 years together, many of which were long distance, the two officially became Mr. & Mrs. in a ceremony officiated by their friend Tim, with the breathtaking view of the mountains & Hudson River in the background.”

 

Lucy has impeccable taste, as you can see by the decor and the color scheme. “The girls’ leafy, cranberry-accented floral arrangements and their flowy dusty blue dresses were perfect for an elegant winter wedding.” Do you like the suit Phil is wearing? It was custom made by his uncle!

 

Lin says Lucy and Phil’s wedding was so full of love and emotion, and they even threw in some fun surprises for their guests as well. “As guests arrived,” she says, “they were invited to swap out their name card with a Polaroid on the guest sign-in board! When Lucy & Phil were introduced for the first time officially as husband & wife that kicked off the night of delicious food, tear-jerking speeches, and dancing! After a long night of dancing & celebrating, family & friends weren’t sent home on an empty stomach – they were invited to take home a cinnamon sugar or apple cider donut favor!”

 

Now, that’s what I call a fun wedding! Take a look at their gorgeous day…

 

Photo Credit: Lin Pernille Photography
 


 

Vendors:

 

Planner/Coordinator: Garrison staff

Florist: Flowers by April

Hair and Makeup: Coco Tsang, Makeup by Coco

Cake: The Pastry Garden

Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas

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21 Essential Things Every Bride or Groom Must Do The Week Before Their Wedding

It’s the week leading up to your wedding. Excitement and nerves are raging and you feel the clock is ticking to make sure everything gets done on time. There are so many last-minute details to remember, so we put together a list of 21 essential things every bride or groom must do the week before their wedding. We’ve broken them down into three categories: Logistics (the nuts and bolts of the day), Personal (what you need to do for yourself), and Specifics (the little details you may forget).
 

LOGISTICS:

 

Prepare your marriage license – Make sure you have your marriage license all set and ready to go. Sometimes, the license will be signed during the ceremony, and sometimes, it will be signed during the rehearsal. In either case, you need to make sure you have this document ready for signage. Without it, your marriage isn’t legal. For more information on how to obtain a New York State marriage license, click here or below.
 

 
 
 

Create and distribute timelines – It’s important for all members of your bridal party, as well as your parents and those involved in the wedding, to know what’s going on that day. Timelines are especially important for your vendors. Not only do they need to know what time to show up and where to show up, but they’ll actually be helping you schedule much of your timeline. Your salon, for example, needs to know what time the photographer is coming so that they can have you all ready for photos.
 

Prepare and distribute contact info – Just as important as the timeline, contact info is key. All members of the bridal party, all vendors, parents, and the venue should be on the list. Your number should be included as well, though I would designate a person to field all your calls, especially on your wedding day. You don’t want to be answering or dealing with phone calls while you’re getting ready.
 

Take enough time off from work – Requesting time off from work should be done months in advance of your wedding, and you want to make sure you take off enough time. Check with your employer to see if you can carry over days or time if you think you are going to need more than what you are given. If your wedding is on a Saturday, I suggest taking three or four days prior. You also want to make sure you take enough time off for your honeymoon. Most couples take two weeks off, though when you take your honeymoon is totally up to you. Some couples take off right after their wedding, others, depending on their situation, will wait a few months. Even if you wait a few months, take a few days off from work after the wedding so you have time to wind down and mentally get back to “reality”.
 

Drop off all items for your wedding to your venue – Your wedding venue should provide you with a timeline of when things are due for them, such as payments, final headcount, etc. Included in this list is a date of when your wedding items such as favors, menus, place cards, and guest book need to be dropped off. My suggestion is to not do this the day before, but two days out. You are going to be very busy the day before your wedding and you don’t want to have to worry about making a trip to your venue – especially if it’s out of town – the day before your wedding.
 

Confirm all appointments – Even though you booked your appointments months and months in advance, and probably checked and double-checked on them, do it again. Call your hair salon, makeup artist, florist, limo, baker and any other vendor you are working with to confirm everyone is on the same page, and that everyone knows what time to be where.
 

Prepare final payments for vendors – Make sure all your final payments to your vendors are made or are set aside to give them the day of your wedding. The last thing you want to do is forget to pay someone.
 

Plan a rehearsal – No matter if your wedding is a quiet backyard affair or a formal banquet hall event, a rehearsal is very important. There are lots of moving parts to a wedding and people need to know where they need to stand or sit, when they need to come out to music, who is holding bouquets, when to do a unity ceremony, what’s going to happen at the end of readings or when to say your vows. This doesn’t have to necessarily be done the day before your wedding, but it needs to be done close to it.
 

PERSONAL:

 

Get enough sleep – Nerves may get the best of you, therefore, making it hard to fall asleep or stay asleep, and that’s totally normal. However, you want to make sure you give yourself enough time to make up for that. Plan ahead so you get to bed at a reasonable time. Night owls, this means no late nights and early morning. Plan a good 6-8 hours of sleep each night of the week leading up to your wedding. This not only will calm your nerves, but it’ll give you more clarity and composure.
 

Schedule “me” time – Yoga or meditating are great ways to de-stress. Even just a few minutes of quiet deep breathing or scheduling in a nap can be an excellent way to recharge, refuel and get centered. The days leading up to your wedding are going to be very busy, chaotic and stressful. You need to take care of yourself. Being on the go all the time can lower your immunity, and you don’t want to be sick on your wedding day.
 

Don’t party too hard – it’s very easy to want to just live it up the week leading up to your wedding or even the night before, but trust me, partying too hard is just going to leave you with a ton of regret. Yes, have a glass or two of wine. Yes, enjoy yourself at your rehearsal dinner. However, drinking too much or staying out too late is just going to have a snowball effect when you don’t have the time to be nursing a hangover or the patience to be working off a few hours of sleep.
 

Don’t change your routines – Now is not the time to be trying new routines. Keep everything as “normal” as possible. Don’t try new skin routines, or a diet regimen, or sleep routine. Stick with what works well because you don’t want any negative surprises on your wedding day.
 

Don’t sunbathe – We all know sunbathing is bad, and we should be wearing SPF, so don’t go out and sit in the sun in the days leading up to your wedding. You don’t want to be burnt or have unsightly tan lines. If being tan on your wedding is something you want, talk to your salon to see if they offer spray tans, or even better, see if they offer natural spray tans without the harsh chemicals. Whatever you do, don’t use tanning beds!
 

Don’t try new foods – This kind of goes along the same lines as not trying new routines. Trying new foods is always great. I love doing it. But, before such a big event, you better be safe. Leave being adventurous at the door until you are on your honeymoon or until you get back. The last thing you want is to try something new and then realize you have a reaction to it and get sick.
 

SPECIFICS:

 

Get yourself organized – Gather all necessary items such as garments, your suitcase, paperwork and any other day-of essentials and keep them in one, easy-to-get-to location. We have a great list of things to pack for your wedding day here or below:
 

 
 
 
 

Prepare your welcome bags – You want to make sure that your welcome bags are assembled and available at the hotel(s) your guests are staying at prior to the day your first guest arrives. Some guests may arrive the day before, some might check-in that day. Check with your hotel to confirm a drop-off date.
 

Go to the bank – This is one of those things that might be on your to-do list, but could get pushed back. You want to go to the bank for several reasons. One, you want to make sure you have some cash on you or ready to take with you for your honeymoon. Second, you want to let your bank know of any traveling you might be doing so that they can put an alert on your card. You don’t want to go away on vacation and have your bank cancel your cards thinking they might have been stolen.
 

Break in your shoes – Guys and girls, I can’t stress enough how uncomfortable dress shoes can be if you haven’t broken them in or stretched them. Don’t put yourself through the agony of painful feet. Break your shoes in, wear them around the house, dance in them, do whatever you need to do to make sure they feel good. Inevitably, you might just want to bring a change of shoes altogether when it comes time for dancing, but be sure to give your feet some love.
 

Make sure all DIY projects are done – Make sure all of your DIY projects are done at least a week in advance, if not more. The week and days leading up to your wedding shouldn’t be spent with a glue gun in your hand. I love a good craft project, but there comes a time when you have to walk away from the craft table and let it be.
 

Exchange gifts with your spouse – Here’s why this should be done before your wedding and not the day of. Simply put, Pictures and time. If you are not doing a first-look and are seeing each other for the first time at the ceremony, when are you going to have time to exchange gifts? Also, remember, opening gifts makes a great photo op, which is usually done as you are getting ready. You want to make sure you give each other your gifts prior to the wedding so that you have something to open when your photographer arrives.
 

Finish your vows – Waiting until the morning of your wedding to write your vows or finish them is not good. Try to plan to have these done at least a week ahead of time. That gives you time to go back, edit, change things around and really make sure they’re perfect. Plus, if you are the DIY-type, it gives you a chance to do something really creative with them.
 

What’s on your week-of to-do list?
 
Featured photo credit: J. Ferrara Photography

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Stunning September Hudson Valley Wedding at the Country Club at Otterkill

Gabby and Mike’s stunning September Hudson Valley wedding took place at the beautiful Country Club at Otterkill. Their photographer, Erica Leman of Sweet Alice Photography has known the bride for some time, and recalls why shooting their wedding meant so much.
 
RELATED: SEE GABBY AND MIKE’S ENGAGEMENT SESSION HERE
 

“I first met Gabby at a wedding – but not her own,” says Erica. “She works as one of the coordinators at Hollow Brook Golf Club and told me after that wedding that it only took working with her for that one time two years ago to know that she wanted me to photograph her wedding (what a kind compliment!).”
 

Erica says, “Gabby and Mike are the most dynamic duo. Their happiness is infectious, and makes others aspire to what they are. They are hilarious, and always have others laughing. Most of all, they are kind and compassionate and have a deep love for all of the individuals in their lives who have always supported them.”
 

The Country Club at Otterkill recently went through a renovation, and Gabby and Mike were one of the first couples to get married there after that reno. Their wedding was also full of so many details. “Their little touches were so evident – the signs laid against chairs lining the ceremony aisle, the Marvel-themed wedding cake, the hue of the bridesmaid gowns. Everything was attended to perfectly,” says Erica.
 

What was Erica’s favorite moment to capture? She says, “…my very favorite was when, after the ceremony, walking away for formal portraits, Mike looked at Gabby with the biggest smile I have ever seen, and had tears in his eyes, just SO excited to know they were married. Every day should have this sort of love in it. Every single day.”
 
Photo Credit: Sweet Alice Photography
 


 

Vendors:

 

Photographer: Sweet Alice Photography

Venue: The Country Club at Otterkill

Cake: Dream Cakes Bakery

DJ: Music Speaks Volumes

Florist: Flowers by Reni

Hair: Pineapple Day Spa

Makeup: Makeup by Dia

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