Wedding Styles By Season

Summer –
Summer weddings are ripe for an outdoor setting such as a beach, a garden, or a beautiful yard. Take advantage of the long days with an afternoon wedding, or highlight the glorious sunsets by saying your vows as the sun goes down behind you. Use fresh fruits and vegetables to decorate. Bring light to an evening wedding with torches and strings of lanterns in the trees. An extra-summery idea is to use gingham tablecloths with a few sunflowers in metal watering cans as centerpieces.

The bride who marries in the warmth of the summer is a lucky one; over 75% of dresses that you’ll find are sleeveless and/or strapless, making them perfect for the season. Look for light fabrics such as linen, chiffon, crepe, and other light weight silk, so as to not add too much bulk.

You can’t go wrong with an abundance of flowers at a summer wedding. Fill the scene with bright and cheerful flowers such as roses, sunflowers, dahlias, gerber daisies, cosmos, mums, and zinnias. Bright purple dendrobium orchids are much less expensive during the summer months, so you can feel like a queen without the budget of one. An alternative idea is an airy summer look with mostly white and light colored flowers such as roses, stephanotis, white phlox, elegant white calla lilies, huge and fragrant calla lilies, hydrangea, snowball mums, and daisies (also known as Shasta daisies).

Fall –
Think of storybook fall setting such as inns, 18th century churches and meeting houses, old mills and even barns. A fall wedding can be casual yet elegant set in a beautiful old barn. You might also look at an apple orchard, a vineyard, or any place that will have a view of fall foliage. If you live in a climate where the leaves don’t change, look for a venue with lots of rich dark wood and warmth such as a gentleman’s club or university club. A fireplace is an extra special touch.

Set the tone for your fall wedding as soon as your guests enter with sheaths of wheat or corn at the entrance. Choose either rich jewel tones to decorate the room, or a traditional fall color scheme such as reds, oranges, browns and yellows. A modern fall color scheme uses only chocolate brown with light-blue accents. Fill the room with the bounty of the season – pumpkins, cornucopias, acorns, and gourds. Make jack-o-lanterns with decorative patterns rather than scary faces, or use paper bag luminaria for a similar effect.

Generally you can find Mums, roses, daisies, yarrow, fall leaves, tallow berries and both natural and dried wheat for inexpensive prices during the fall. A spray of wheat or a mum accented with a pheasant feather makes an elegant boutonnière. Consider hollowing out pumpkins for your centerpiece containers – if you don’t have the time, many craft and home stores now sell realistic fake pumpkins. But if you go with the real thing, consider white or blue natural pumpkins for an elegant and unique touch.

Winter –
Think about you and your sweetie in the elegant look of old Hollywood; the groom in tails, and the bride in a white long silk dress with a white fur or faux fur wrap. Evoke the season with “ice” –diamond or diamond-like jewelry. 90% of wedding dresses are strapless or sleeveless, but that’s not so practical for a bride who wants to take pictures outside, or needs to walk any distance. Look for wraps, shrugs, and capes, or dramatic coats. And don’t forget your bridesmaids! An attractive wrap to wear on the day of your wedding and beyond makes a great bridesmaid present.

Look for an inn with a fireplace for an intimate winter wedding. For a larger affair, you may be able to use a historic mansion or private club that will still have intimate warmth. Be sure to ask what seasonal decorations they use – you’ll save money as many sites are already heavily decorated. Also, check to make sure your site will be adequately heated during the winter months; old churches can be especially drafty.

Decide whether you want to go for a silver and white elegant look, or celebrate the season with reds and greens. For those who like silver, look for dusty miller, silver-dollar eucalyptus, and baby blue eucalyptus, mixed with white flowers such as roses, football mums, crocus, lilies and stephanotis. If you’re looking for a brighter bouquet, consider red roses with holly and pine-tree greenery. In season flowers such as tulips, roses, and ornamental berries generally will be less expensive choices.

Spring –
If you’re getting married in a church, talk to them about their Easter decorations. You may be able to save money by using theirs. Vendors and sites may be more available in the spring than in the summer, but remember prom; you may need to book limousines and tuxedos extra early.

The preppy pink and green color combination couldn’t be more spring-like, and is perfect for a beautiful, fresh spring wedding. Accent your tables with polka-dot or gingham fabrics and ribbons, and use alternating pink and green chair colors. For a more elegant look, combine celadon green with white, using silver as an accent color. Instead of rice, consider asking your guests to throw rose petals, or release butterflies.

Flowers in season include roses, tulips, hyacinth, lilies and Gerber daisies. Multi-colored calla lilies are very popular and look beautiful in a spring arrangement.

For centerpieces, subtly evoke the Easter season by using white baskets filled with floral form and an abundance of spring flowers. An inexpensive centerpiece for a garden wedding is a terracotta pot with a spring-moss or ivy covered Styrofoam ball affixed to it. Add small candles around it and/or some rose petals.

Consider tying your bouquet with polka-dot or striped ribbon in a bright or pastel color, adding a bit of unexpected pattern and freshness.

New TV Show Casting ENGAGED COUPLES

A Brand New Cable Television Documentary Series is Casting Engaged/Long-Term Couples & their parents, living in the NY Tri-State Area!!!

*Are you 21-35? OR are you parents of kids 21-35 yrs old who are planning on getting married?

* Are you & your partner, OR are your kids getting ready to tie the knot OR thinking about tying the knot?

* Are you super excited about your upcoming nuptials, but want to get to know your future in-laws better? Do you want to get to know your future-son or daughter-in-law better?

* Would you like to better understand your other half & their family by walking in his/her shoes?

If so, they are looking for you!

Premise: For one week, the couples will go their separate ways and live with their partner’s parents, in their household. Couple will experience first hand the way of life for their future in-laws. This will help the partners to experience life as their other half has growing up with their in-laws as parents. At the end of the 5-day week the couple will have a better understanding of each other, their future families and the family will have a deeper bond altogether.

There is monetary compensation if you make the show! ($6,000)

* Please send the producer Christina Caparoula Rich your contact info, photo, brief description of your relationship as well as the fun quirks for each family!! Have a blast with this and good luck!

Christina Caparoula Rich – Casting Producer
christinacaparoula@gmail.com
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Congratulations to our September Couples!

Michael & Julianna – HVC, Rhinebeck
Ashley & Mark – Lippincott Manor, Wallkill
Jill & Hoke – Private Home, Stone Ridge
Michelle & Robert – Private Home, Poughkeepsie
Deanna & Sean – Locust Grove, Poughkeepsie
Sara & Robert – The Grandview, Poughkeepsie
Nancy & Chris – Overlook Lodge, Bear Mountain
Jeannette & Merrill – Private Home, Fort Montgomery
Jessica & John – Private Home, Clinton Corners
Robin & Adam – The Roosevelt House, Poughquag
Katharina & Clay – Overlook Mountain House, Woodstock
Erica & Jose – Highlands Country Club, Garrison
Heather & Michael – Bowdoin Park, Wappingers Falls
Mary & Dave – Bear Mountain Inn, Bear Mountain
Christina & Brian – The Sterling, Bethpage
Aimee & Kevin – Holiday Inn, Fishkill
Beth & Eric – Villa Borghese, Wappingers Falls
Jennifer & Kyle – FEAST at Round Hill, Washingtonville
Melissa & Ryan – V.I.P. Country Club, New Rochelle

Your Outdoor Wedding

A wedding day has always been regarded as an exciting once in your lifetime event, and for the couple, there is nothing more important than finding the ideal wedding location. Here are some important notes to keep in mind for your outdoor wedding

You should be aware of the weather condition. The greatest fear of any couple having an outdoor wedding is strong wind, rain or wet and cold weather. Just because you’re having a spring or summer wedding doesn’t guarantee that the weather will be seasonable for that specific wedding day. Being optimistic about weather and location is great, but preparing for the worst is very important.

Even if the weather report is for clear and sunny weather, you cannot be sure until just days (or even hours) before your wedding day. Check out the online weather forecast for your geographic location. During the wedding ceremony make your guests comfortable. If the weather is hot, offer your guests ice-cold bottles of water before they have a seat.

Make a plan for windy days. Very often outdoor weddings suffer from windy conditions.

Consider the timing for your outdoor wedding. Consider to have your wedding celebration in the morning or late afternoon. At that time the sun is not to hot and more comfortable for you and your guests. The ideal outdoor wedding location has an indoor location waiting just in case.

One of the bonuses of a fantastic outdoor celebration is the natural beauty around you. Make things tasty outside: Choose an experience outdoor caterer, who is able to prepare an amazing wedding menu. If you can’t find one, ask your friends for help. Serve a tender steak or fish directly from a BBQ to your guests. Make sure that food and drinks stay cold during your wedding reception.

Most outdoor wedding locations are a parent or relative’s backyard. If you do not have the chance of using private backyards for your wedding, you can also choose local Nature preserves, Lake areas, Parks, Botanical gardens, Country clubs, Golf courses, Historical estates/castles or any Nice beach. Please keep it in your mind, that you might need a permit from a council or city parks department to celebrate your wedding in nature. You might also need a permit for public places.

Many points should be considered for an outdoor wedding. Collect all your ideas and wishes for your outdoor wedding and make a plan, make this with some help from others.

Wedding Stationery Trends

Choosing a wedding invitation can be both a delightful and a difficult task. Whether you’re hosting a casual backyard wedding, a sophisticated black tie affair, or something in between, your wedding invitations set the tone for your big day.

While traditional options are still popular, stationery trends often echo the haute couture fashion of the world’s leading designers and you’ll find your stationer stocks colors and designs fresh from the catwalks. So, what are the latest wedding stationery trends?

* Be bold. While invitations are still available in traditional colors – white, ivory and ecru – many brides are opting for bright and bold colors instead. Think tropical pinks and citrus yellows, alongside deep blood reds and sophisticated black and white motifs.

* Think theme. Invitations that match the color scheme of the wedding are extremely popular. Other themes include the wedding’s location or the season of the year.

* Black and white is back. Black and white is the ultimate wedding theme trend right now, with the juxtaposition of light and dark, old world charm and contemporary chic offering endless sophisticated styles. Black and white can be used in so many different ways – formal white with just a splash of black satin, black flocking, jaunty pin stripes, pretty polka dots or old-style Hollywood glamor.

* Personalize it! High quality photographs and personalized designs are increasingly popular.

* Be inventive. Card-style invitations, tri-folds and specialized presentations (rather than single panel invitations) are increasingly popular. Many include photographs, embellishments like ribbons and bows, scroll invitations and all-in-one pocket-fold cards.

* Stand out from the crowd! Consider non-traditional fonts that make an invitation stand out. Brides are opting for printed calligraphy, artistic fonts and even custom fonts.

* Go eco-chic. Many couples are choosing unique, natural and recycled paper stocks to create a special texture and feel, while preserving the environment at the same time.

Hunter Mountain Wedding

October 16, 2009 – Hunter Mountain, Copper Tree Restaurant & Hunter Mountain Lodge

Lodge Ceremony

Colleen and David, from New Jersey, decided to have a sort of destination wedding.  They chose Hunter Mountain and a fall theme.  October 16th is normally a fairly average temperature of 50 degrees.  But not this October 16th, it snowed, remember we are on a mountain in the Catskills.  Come the afternoon of October 16th the temperature never really got above 42 degrees.  So the decision was to have the ceremony inside the lodge.

Cocktail hour was held in the room adjacent to the Copper Tree Restuarant.

Reception took place inside the Copper Tree which looked fantastic.

Flowers by Sara Gast

Flowers were by Sara Gast Floral Design and she did such a great job.  The blue and magenta really make the fall colors pop.

My favorite part of the set up was the cake table:

Chocolate Cake with Bobble Heads

Yes, those are bobble heads.  The couple chose to have all of their wedding party made up as bobble heads.  These were part wedding party gifts and part decor.  The rich chocolate wedding cake was made by Deisings Bakery in Kingston.

These are some of the other professionals that were part of the wedding:

Band – The Fuzzpops

Congratulations to our October couples!

Kara & Shane – Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa, Milton

Heather & Ida – Eagle’s Nest, Bloomingburg

Linda & Sean – Hollow Brook Golf Club, Cortlandt Manor

Kate & James – Pirate Canoe Club, Poughkeepsie

Pat & Steven – Rhinebeck

Susan & James – Twin Lakes Resort, Hurley

Melissa & Mark – The Grandview, Poughkeepsie

Lynne-Marie & Robert – Villa Borghese, Wappingers Fall

Mary & Eric – Tamarack Country Club, Greenwich

Janet & Richard – Skytop Steakhouse & Brewing Co., Kingston

Jennifer & Brian – Hunter Mountain, Hunter

Jody & Chris – Glen Island Harbour Club, New Rochelle

Karina & Scott – The Grandview, Poughkeepsie

Kristin & Jim – Hunter Mountain, Hunter

Siobhan & Frank – The Grandview, Poughkeepsie

Mina & Charles – The Garrison, Garrison

Tasha & Kwesi – Anthony’s Pier Nine, New Windsor

Kaitlyn & Adam – Arbor Ridge Catering & Banquet, Hopewell Junction

Lori & Scott – Hunter Mountain, Hunter

Colleen & David – Hunter Mountain, Hunter

Lyndsie & Clay – Tongore Park, Marbletown

Mariel & Omer – Locust Grove, Poughkeepsie

Dylis & Scott – West Park Winery, West Park

Tonya & Roger – Villa Borghese, Wappingers Falls

Kristin & Dennis – Round Hill House, Washingtonville

Andrea & Jason – The Grandview, Poughkeepsie

Chondra & Claudio – Catlin Gardens, Slate Hill

Danielle & Justin – Colonial Inn, Norwood

Helene & Richard – Radisson Hotel, New Rochelle

Claudette & Joe – Jean-Jacques in Marro, Rye

Debbie & John – Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz

Janine & Kyle – Bykenhulle House, Hopewell Junction

Tanya & Brandon – Staten Island

Bernice & Steve – Sleepy Hollow

Erica & Leendert – The  Grandview, Poughkeepsie