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. ūüėä”

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Hudson Valley Ceremonies Wedding at Highlands Country Club

Photography by Kerri Lynne Photography
Photography by Kerri Lynne Photography

Ceremony:  Church of the Assumption, Peekskill NY

Wedding Location: Highlands Country Club, Garrison, NY
Photographer: Kerri Lynne Weddings
DJ: A Perfect Blend Entertianment

Ceremony Music:  Maura Music
Limos/Buses: Peekskill Trolley
Florist: Annalisa Style Florals
Coordinator/Planner: Jeanne Stark, Hudson Valley Ceremonies
Bridal Attire: RK Bridal
Hair/Makeup: Knight Beauty and Color Makeup Studios
Invitations: Hudson Valley Ceremonies
Cake Designer: The Pastry Garden

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Simple but yet elegant craft paper invitations
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Peonies!!
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glamorous and flattering
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Celebrating Memorial Day
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Bubbles! We used a bubble machine.
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Cold Spring Water Front for Group Photos
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Highlands Country Club Barn
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Pre printed Place Card board
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Rustic and charming.
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Mercury glass
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Sequins table runner
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Vintage Suitcase for cards
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Wine Barrel top for guest book
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Cookies and smores favors
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Fire pit and smores

A Hudson Valley Ceremonies Wedding at The Rhinecliff Hotel

James & Stacey

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Wedding Location: The Rhinecliff Hotel
Ceremony Officiant: Jeanne Stark, Hudson Valley Ceremonies
Photographer: Jean Kallina of Hudson Valley Photographer
Videographer: The Pros
DJ/Band: Flag Medeiros of Medeiros Black Tie DJ Entertainment
Florist: Floral Fantasies by Sara
Bridal Attire: Hayley Paige Gown from Bridal Beginnings in Pittsburgh, PA
Men’s Attire: Calvin Kline
Rings/Jewelry His- Anna Sheffield Hers- Tiffany’s
Hair/Makeup: Alyse Schiffman from Alyse B Salon
Invitations/Favors: Wedding Paper Divas

Advice From The Newlyweds
Make your wedding fit who you are as a couple, not just as individuals. Have fun, take deep breaths, make memories and enjoy the day. Relax, don’t stress out about every detail, the day will be perfect once you finally get to say ‚ÄúI Do‚ÄĚ.

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Wedding Giveaway

Take a look at this amazing giveaway we are participating in with Leyla Cadabal Photography, Floral Fantasies By Sara and La Tua Bella Beauty Bar.

To enter just email a photo of you two together and a brief story of how you got engaged to leylacadabal@optonline.net. It’s that simple!

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So You Want Your Friend to Officiate Your Wedding

So You Want Your Friend to Officiate Your Wedding

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That is fantastic! ¬†There is nothing more personal for a wedding ceremony than a friend or relative that you have known most of life performing your ceremony. ¬†Let’s discuss the pros and cons to this gift.

Pros to a Friend or Relative Performing the Ceremony

1.  Personal, history, and comfort level.  This person knows you both really well and that makes it so easy to create a ceremony together.  The know the history of you and your fiance and speak about this in the ceremony.  You have a real comfort level with this person and that will make the ceremony easier.

2.  Free of charge.  Hopefully they are providing this as a gift, but if there are any expenses that they are occurring, etiquette says that you must reimburse them or pay for these items.

Cons to a Friend or Relative Performing the Ceremony

1.  Are they legal to perform ceremonies in your state.  So they decided to fill out that little form online and maybe even paid $20 to get ordained.  Many states, counties and towns will not recognize these forms of ordination.

2.  Creating the ceremony.  There is an incredible knowledge and ability to an official officiant with the wording of a ceremony.  What you are paying for with a professional is the writing talent.  A good officiant can write a ceremony that guests want to listen to and are eager for the next part.

3.  Crossing the lines.  When you hire a professional officiant, they work for you and your fiance.  You have the ability to say to them what you want them to wear, what to arrive and what you want them to say and not.  Friends and relatives are not professionals (unless if they do this job professionally).

What are your options:

1.  Hire a professional to perform your ceremony

2. ¬†You decided to have a friend or relative perform the ceremony anyways. ¬†Hudson Valley Ceremonies has a solution. ¬†The Friend Officiates Package. ¬†One of our legal officiants comes to your venue before or after the ceremony and takes care of the legal paperwork. ¬†That’s it! ¬†So simple.

Any questions please contact Hudson Valley Ceremonies at 845-244-1482 or email at HVCeremonies@gmail.com

Choosing The Right Officiant for your Wedding

Choosing the Right Officiant for your Wedding

Many couples choose a venue, caterer, photographer, dj, hair and make up artist, and transportation before they even think about their ceremony. ¬†That’s ok. ¬†But when you do start to look for your wedding officiant there is a little bit of unknown anxiety. ¬†They become nervous about finding someone to connect with when it comes to a very personal moment. ¬†Here are some tips on choosing your wedding officiant.

1. ¬†Research the rule’s for wedding officiants in your state. ¬†Some states do not allow out of state officiants and some will only allow clergy that are active and good in standing with their religious organization.

2.  What type of ceremony do you want?  Religious, civil, or interfaith.  This will determine the type of officiant you can look to hire.

3.  Ask some of your friends that recently were married about their officiant.  Ask if they like him or her and what they liked about their service.

4. ¬†Read the reviews on popular websites like Wedding Wire, Yelp and The Knot. ¬†Don’t just look at the first few, scroll to page 2 or 3 and read them.

5.  Set up a meeting to speak with them and discuss your wedding.  A great wedding officiant will ask you many questions, not just talk about themselves.

6.  Ask him or her if they have a video of a ceremony they did or better yet, if they can see you perform live at a wedding.

For information about our officiants you can view their biographies here:  https://hudsonvalleyceremonies.com/more-information/about/

or contact our office at 845-244-1482 and hvceremonies@gmail.com

A Hudson Valley Wedding at Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa

Lara & Chris Miller

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Wedding Location: Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa in Milton, NY
Ceremony Officiant: Reverend Stuart
Photographer: Betsi Ewing Studio
Videographer: Betsi Ewing Studio
Band: NOTEaBILITY
Limos/Buses: Mahogany Ridge
Florist: Kamilla’s Florist in Millerton NY
Coordinator/Planner: Jeanne Stark
Bridal Attire: Reem Acra
Men’s Attire: Calvin Klein suit, Brooks Brothers shirt and tie
Rings/Jewelry: Ultimate Jewelers in NYC
Hair/Makeup: La Tua Bella
Invitations: Papyrus
Favors: ASPCA donation
Save the Dates and Rehearsal dinner: Minted
Bridesmaids dresses: Jenny Yoo

Advice from the happy couple:

Not only did I hire my vendors based on their incredible work, I hired them because of the feeling I got after speaking to them. They all had this calming energy about them and after each conversation, I felt more and more at ease with the crazy idea of planning a wedding. I felt confident that they understood my vision and that they would execute it beautifully (which they did). Let your vendors do their job, don’t micromanage them! Show them some ideas so they get your vibe but after that, let them be creative and do their thing!

Also, I’m sure you’ve heard this before but live in the moment. Enjoy the late nights stuffing envelopes and the excited texts of your friends receiving the save the dates. It goes by so quickly, especially your wedding night!! Take a second to look around and really appreciate how many people are there, supporting and loving you as a new couple – its pretty amazing!

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