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Candice and Jeremy Atkins, Locust Grove

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Your new married names – Candice and Jeremy Atkins
Wedding LocationLocust Grove – Poughkeepsie, NY
Ceremony OfficiantRev Stuart – Friend Officiates Package
DJ/BandDJ Domenic
FloristAdams Fairacre Farms – Wappingers Falls, NY
Caterer – Lola’s Cafe

Wedding Decor Rentals:  Hudson Valley Ceremonies
Bridal Attire  – David’s Bridal
Men’s AttireJC Penny’s
Rings/JewelryLittmans Jewlers
Invitations/Favors – Invitations, WeddingPaperDivas.com; Favors, Gertrude Hawk

Advice:
– My husband and I looked through so many options when we were first planning and we found that it was really easy to want to be impulsive and to want to go with our first choice but this rarely worked out for us. Our biggest piece of advice would be to take your time and to not just go with your first choice but look around and pick what is right for you.
– Choose vendors based on how they work together. All of our vendors knew each other and worked seamlessly together – we barely had to do anything!!
– Also remember to not stress over the small details and save money where you can. No one knew I had a cheap dress, or that we rented our decorations for a crazy cheap price, or that we assembled our own centerpieces – they had a terrific time because we invested our budget where it counted (food, music, venue) and didn’t no or care about many of the smaller details (but we saved a ton!).
– Enjoy your wedding, it will be over before you know it.

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Kerry and Matt Nelson, Roundhouse at Beacon

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Your new married names: Kerry & Matt Nelson
Wedding Location: The Roundhouse, Beacon NY
Photographer:  Levi Stolove
Ceremony Officiant: Rev Jim Rooney
Videographer: n/a
DJ/Band: 74 Events – Ben Carlin
Musicians: n/a
Limos/Buses: First Student
Florist: A Night in Bloom
Coordinator/Planner: Jeanne Stark
Bridal Attire: Dress: Leanne Marshall from Lovely NY, Shoes: Jimmy Choo & Kate Spade for Keds (dancing sneakers)
Men’s Attire: Alton Lane
Rings/Jewelry: Greenwich Jewelers (rings), BHLDN (earrings)
Hair/Makeup: Hair – Melissa Scrofani/Makeup – Meredith Hayman
Invitations/Favors: Invitations – Spark Letterpress, Favors – brewed by Matt’s uncle
Other Vendors: Virtual event design & welcome table hurricane display – Michelle Edgemont,
Lighting – Vivid Events
Our advice to other couples:
Hire vendors who not only share your vision but also who you also have a personal connection with (like Hudson Valley Ceremonies!). This way, you’ll be surrounded by people you like and trust on your big day and you won’t have to worry about a thing!
Don’t sweat the small stuff – something unexpected is bound to happen on your big day but just go with the flow and remember that no one is going to even realize or remember if something small goes wrong.
Leading up to the big day, everyone is going to try to give you advice and sway your decisions, but don’t lose sight of what your wedding is all about – your marriage!

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Michael and Vanessa (Voltolina) LaBue, Tappan Hill Mansion

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Michael and Vanessa (Voltolina) LaBue
Wedding Location: Tappan Hill Mansion in Tarrytown, NY
Ceremony Officiant: Rev. Kevin Cook
Photographer: Dreamlife
Videographer: N/A
DJ/Band: The Last Nites
Florist: Forever in Bloom
Bridal Attire: Aire Barcelona
Men’s Attire: Calvin Klein
Hair/Makeup: Beauty Entourage
Invitations/Favors: Minted

Teresa and Jose, Bluefield Farm

October 1, 2016
Jose & Teresa (Moran)Bosch
BlueField Farm (ask us about the farm, no website)
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Ceremony Officiant: friend
Photographer: Mark Saunders
Videographer: none
DJ/Band: Music Masters
Musicians: Bag Piper
Limos/Buses: West Point Tours
Florist: True Florette
Coordinator/Planner: Sandra O’Connel
Bridal Attire: Alluring Brides: Essence of Australia d1745
Men’s Attire: N/A
Rings/Jewelry: N/A
Hair/Makeup: Hair by Joseph Taylor Hair Salon and Makeup by Pop of Palette  (Kerry McLaughlin)
Invitations/Favors: Paper Source  and Favors by SeedPackets2U
Other Vendors:
Restroom Trailer Rental: VIP to go (West Haverstraw)
Food Caterer: Rockland Roots
Our wedding coordinator, Sandra O’connel was so helpful and made our day go super smooth. Since we had a wedding on a site where we had to bring all the vendors in ourselves (food, tent, bathroom trailer, etc) we couldn’t have done it without Sandra. Sandra was there to help every step of the way. Prior to the wedding day, she helped us make sure all the contracts were written correctly, helped us figure out our needs from our tent rental company, the drink needs, and more. Our food caterer didn’t quite have the staff for such a large event so Sandra brought in a staff of 18 people to bartend, pass hors devours, serve dinner, and set up and take down the site.  She managed the staff, connected with the vendors, and coordinated the ceremony. She was always attentive to what we wanted and helped to make our vision for our wedding day come true.
Advice:
A do it yourself wedding is totally possible. You get to have the wedding exactly the way you want it and although there may be more vendors and a couple more choices to make (which glasses do we need, how much beer should we buy, what about drink mixers?) designing your own wedding makes for a wedding that really expresses who you are as a couple.

A Hudson Valley Ceremonies Wedding in Coxsackie, NY

Natasha & Adam

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Venue: Private Home, Coxsackie, NY
Caterer: Hickory BBQ & Victoria’s Wood Fire Pizza
Bakery: Deising’s Bakery
Rentals: Events Unlimited
Flowers: Hudson Valley Ceremonies
Photography: Monarch Photography
Transportation: Coxsackie Transport
Planning/Coordination: Jeanne Stark, Hudson Valley Ceremonies
Invitations: Hudson Valley Ceremonies

Advice from the happy couple:
“Our wedding day was absolutely perfect and one of the happiest days of our lives yet! Yes, it rained not just a few raindrops, a monsoon, but I would not have changed a thing. Take a moment during the Reception to thank everyone that helped along the way and to everyone there that is our only regret we never got a chance to do that!! It was amazing to have Jeanne and her support team we felt like they were family and loved every moment of our day. Couples that are starting on the journey…there will be fights, tears, laughter and always love because with anything that is truly special you must work at it to get the very best and it is worth every second. 😊”

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A Hudson Valley Ceremonies Wedding at Oak Hill

Sarah & Joseph

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Wedding Location: Oak Hill, Hudson, NY
Ceremony Officiant: Reverend Jude Smith
Photographers: Natalie Conn & Becky McNeel
Super-8 Film: Natalie Conn
Catering: Carlucci-Simons Catering
Rentals: Events Unlimited
DJ: James Mongan, JTD Productions
School Bus: First Student
Florist: Shoving Leopard Farm
Coordinator: Jeanne Stark, Hudson Valley Ceremonies
Bridal Attire: YSA Makino gown from Chamonix Bride; headpiece from AMY
O Bridal (Etsy)
Men’s Attire: Patrick James
Rings/Jewelry: Fiat Lux and D&H Sustainable Jewelers
Hair/Makeup: Spalon
Invitations/Table Numbers: Handmade
After Party: The Spotty Dog Books & Ale
After Party Catering: Bruno’s

Advice from the happy couple:
1. Spend some quality alone time (separately, not as a couple) before
the wedding, either the day before or the day of: go on a walk by
yourself!
2. Be prepared to be emotionally unprepared. No matter what happens on
your wedding day, go with the flow and let it carry you away.

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Choosing an Officiant That is Right For You

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It is very important to find your officiant early, they are an invaluable resource in planning your ceremony and in answering any questions you might have. In choosing this person, you will want to be sure that he or she is not only willing but able to reflect accurately what you want your ceremony to convey. You will want to find someone who can reflect the quality of your love and speak meaningfully to you and your partner. Think about the following questions:

1. Does the officiant reflect or embody the spirit you want to create at your wedding?

2. Do you feel comfortable with him or her? Will you be able to express your preferences about content; speak up about matters of concern in the preparation of the ceremony; voice objections you might have or ask for silly, even seemingly trivial things to be included in the ceremony?

3. Do you like the sound of his or her voice?

4. Do you have a connection with the officiant that allows you to trust that what he or she will say will be appropriate for the two of you? A person that has a sense of you and understands the uniqueness of your relationship?

5. Above all, will you value what this person has to say? Will he or she have delightful, meaningful, moving reflections that will elevate the ceremony from ordinary, generic, and formal to personal, beautiful and unforgettable?

6. Last but not least, relax in choosing an officiant. When you are all together, having a consultation, discussing how you celebrate your love and the type of ceremony that you have envisioned, you will know if that minister/officiant is the right one for the two of you. Something will click and there will be a connection.

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So, how does finding and hiring the right officiant with Hudson Valley Ceremonies work? Here’s how:

  • First we have you set up a phone or skype consultation with the officiant of your choice or one that has been chosen for you. You can see our officiants Bio’s here.
  • The officiant will ask you many questions about you and your fiance and what you most want for your ceremony.
  • Please ask them as many questions as you want, they are very happy to answer and assist.
  • If you wish to speak to another officiant we can set that up also.
    Finally you will choose the officiant that you have the best connection with and then choose a package.

Please check out our reviews, Hudson Valley Ceremonies has the best officiants in the valley!

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