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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.
 
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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.
 
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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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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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5 Hudson Valley Castles Perfect For Your ‘Royal’ Wedding

If Harry and Meghan’s Royal wedding has inspired you to create your own royal-themed wedding day, you’re in luck! Did you know the Hudson Valley is home to 5 castles perfect for your royal day?
 

Many of these estates were built during the turn of the 20th century when America was in the middle of vast political and technological changes. As a result, wealthy business owners commissioned the construction of mansions all along the banks of the Hudson River from New York City to Albany. If you’ve ever taken a river cruise on the Rip Van Winkle, you’ll get to see some of these amazing estates.
 

Today, we’re going to dive a little deeper into five castle estates, each of which will leave you feeling like a queen on the most magical day of your life.
 
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Lyndhurst Castle, Tarrytown
 

Lyndhurst Castle, designed in 1838 by Alexander Jackson Davis, is a Gothic Revival mansion with stunning park-like vistas throughout the property. It has sweeping views of the Hudson River, which will give you those truly magical landscape photos that are coveted by every couple who gets married in the Hudson Valley.
 

As part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Lyndhurst Castle sits on sixty-seven acres just thirty-five minutes from NYC, which is perfect for any city couple wanting a gorgeous upstate wedding. Wedding ceremonies can be held inside or outside and accommodate up to 220 guests. They offer a range of cuisines as well as Kosher menus.
 

Castle Hotel and Spa, Tarrytown
 

The Castle Hotel and Spa was known as “Carrolcliffe” shortly before the turn of the 20th century and was a favored getaway for New York City society. Today, it’s an award-winning estate, a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, and a member of the Historic Hotels of America.
 

The estate sits on ten wooded acres and has more than 3,300 square feet of event space that can accommodate small intimate weddings of as few as 10 people, to as many as 120 guests. It also has 31 guest rooms and features a luxurious holistic Sankara Spa, which is the first of its kind in the United States. Sankara Spas are a popular type of spa in Asia known for the peace and tranquility they offer.
 

Whitby Castle at Rye Golf Club, Rye
 

Originally built as a private estate in 1852, Whitby Castle has a direct connection to England. It’s visually very similar to Whitby Abbey in England and was built with some of the Abbey’s original stones.
 

The castle can accommodate weddings of up to 250 people and is set on 126 acres with views of the Long Island Sound and beautiful sweeping lawns perfect for a regal outdoor wedding. If an indoor wedding is more your style, it has a grand ballroom and two private reception spaces. Their on-site restaurant also gives you the opportunity to have an elaborate 5-course dinner or a more casual hors d’oeuvres reception.
 
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Tarrytown House, Tarrytown
 

Tarrytown House is a treasured landmark in the Hudson Valley just 30 minutes from NYC. Originally constructed as a family residence and home to affluent families who made it big in the tobacco and railroad industries of the mid 19th century to the early 20th century, it soon became the place to be for galas and events hosted by these wealthy magnates.
 

The house sits on 26 acres in Westchester county, also has sweeping views of the Hudson River, and is a pet-friendly location, perfect for any couple wanting their beloved pet to be part of their wedding. Guest can stay overnight and couples have the option of even renting out one of their three building on property to create a private wedding experience.
 

OHEKA Castle Hotel & Estate, Huntington
 

OHEKA Castle is slightly outside of the Hudson Valley but is definitely worth mentioning. Located on Long Island, it’s reminiscent of romantic French chateaus, and has been hosting events and lavish parties since 1919. With 115,000 square feet and 117 rooms, it’s the largest castle estate on this list, and is the second largest private residence ever built in America! This is definitely a venue for those who want to make a grand statement.
 

Today, OHEKA Castle is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is a member of Historic Hotels in America and is recognized as one of the most prestigious wedding venues in the World! The venue can hold anywhere from 150 – 700 guests, and guests can sleep in any of the castles 32 guest rooms and suites. Couples can not only take advantage of elegant indoor and outdoor reception spaces, but also amazing photo ops in the formal gardens of the estate.
 

Featured photo: Whitby Castle; Photo credit: The Ramsdens

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