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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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