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Elizabeth and Garrett, Basilica Hudson

August 12, 2017

Wedding Planner:  Jeanne Stark, Hudson Valley Ceremonies

Venue:  Basilica Hudson

Caterer:  Bridgecreek Catering

Photographer:  Within This Day

Rentals:  Events Unlimited Party Rentals

DJ:  Lucas Walters

Florist:  Metaflora NYC

Transportation:  Coxsackie Transport

Accommodations:  Shakespeare on the Hudson

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Katherine and David

May 5, 2017

Wedding Planner:  Lauren Brown, Hudson Valley Ceremonies

Venue/Caterer: Blue Hill at Stone Barns
Photographer: Lauren Fair Photography
Videographer: WeCinema Films
Florist: Oleander Florals
Music: Generation Events
Makeup: Sachiko Hair + MakeupReiko Utsugi

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Brittany and Andrei at Locust Grove

Brittany and Andrei

Locust Grove, Poughkeepsie NY

June 25, 2016

Ceremony Officiant: Rev Elizabeth Roth, Renee Cyr (friend of the couple)
Photographer: Peter Demuth Photography
Catering: Lola’s Cafe
Cake: Jenn Hines (Blissful Bites)
DJ/Band: Jimmy Lutz (Lutz Entertainment)
Florist: Heather Lundy (A Night in Bloom)
Bridal Attire: Bridal by Demetrios
Men’s Attire: Jack Victor
Rings/Jewelry: Point No Point Studio (groom’s ring), Macy’s (bride’s ring)
Hair/Makeup: Dutchess County Hairstylist
Invitations: Magnet Street   Favors: Lovingly planted and nurtured by the mother-of-the-bride
 
Advice to other couples:
-Take your time with the planning and be good to each other during it, even when stress-producing issues arise. 
-Determine your budget and how you’ll be financing your wedding (and your new life together!) at the very beginning.
-Listen to hear, not to react, and always remember to show your partner love and respect.
-Take five minutes after the ceremony to be alone with one another to simply enjoy where you are.
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Wedding Planner Workshop for Beginners

Wedding Planner Workshop

For Beginners

Photos by Hudson River Photographer

Are you a recent bride?  Do you have an obsession with wedding movies?

Have you secretly dreamed of becoming A Wedding Planner?

Now is your chance to learn from a wedding planner with over 20 years experience.  Jeanne Stark will now teach you and give you the inside secrets to not only planning a wedding but have a career in designing beautiful events.  Her hands-on workshop will enable you to understand how a wedding day works from behind the scenes and then learn how you create that unforgettable day.

Limited Space Available

April 5th and 6th

2:00pm – 8:00pm

Location TBA (in Rhinebeck NY)

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Day 1

Getting to Know Each Other

Working Backwards: How does a wedding day flow?

Now Back to the Beginning:  Meeting a Client

Styles of Weddings

Budgeting and Staying on Budget

Choosing Vendors

Design of a Wedding

Day 2

Creating a Timeline that works

Cultural and Religious Weddings

DIY Wedding

Modern Etiquette

Psychology of Wedding Planning

Dealing with Problems and Dilemmas

Beginning to Run Your Business

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Each day the host will provide the following:

Workbook

Snacks and Dinner along with Beverages

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Register by March 15th

$350

Register after March 5th

$400

Fill out the form and payment directions will be sent via email.

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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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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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