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.

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

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

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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