Emily and TJ, The Grandview

Emily and TJ

May 19, 2018

The Grandview, Poughkeepsie NY

Planner:  Sandra O’Connell, Hudson Valley Ceremonies

Photographer:  Madison Baltodano Photography

Church:  Our Lady of Rosary Chapel

Florist:  Lucille’s Floral of Fishkill

Hair and Makeup:  Celeste von Damon

Limousine:  A Hudson Valley Limo

DJ:  DJ Dolce, Angela Langdon

Rentals:  Durants Party Rentals

Lighting:  Hourglass Lighting

Photo Booth:  Hudson Valley Party Rental

Hotel:  Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel

 

Erin and Alicia, Spruce Lake Farm

Erin and Alicia

June 22, 2018

Spruce Lake Farm, Bovina NY

Planner:  Sandra O’Connell, Hudson Valley Ceremonies

Photographer:  Paige Nelson Photography

Catering:  Black Eyed Susie’s

Desserts:  Kosiner Brothers Dohnut Shop and 221 Bakery

Lighting and Sound:  Bearfly Designs

Florist:  Wades Florist

Hair and Makeup:  Denim and Diamond Hair Salon

Rentals:  Morris Tent Rentals

 

 

Sara and Dan, A Private Estate

Sara and Dan

A Private Estate

June 15, 2018

Venue:  A Private Estate (Northwood)

Wedding Planner:  Jeanne Stark, Hudson Valley Ceremonies

Photographer:  Jacquelyne Pierson Weddings

Videographer:  Hello Super Studios

Caterer:  Lola’s Catering

Ice Cream Truck:  Sweet Central Express

Florist:  The Rosery Flower Shop

Rentals:  Events Unlimited

Band:  Brian Killeen Band

Hair and Makeup:  Annaliese and Co.

Transportation:  Birnie Buses

Rehearsal Dinner:  Helsinki Hudson

Cupcakes:  Stephanie Keyser

Other Services:  WB Golf Carts and Stone Industries Portable Bathrooms

 

Mollie and Sean, Diamond Mills

Mollie and Sean

Diamond Mills

June 23, 2018

 

Wedding Location: Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern in Saugerties, NY
Ceremony Officiant: Lawrence McCauley, Hudson Valley Ceremonies
Photographer & Videographer: Secret Fire Media
DJ/BandPlatinum Party Events (no longer in NY)
Musicians: Andrea Shaut — ceremony and cocktail hour piano
Limos/Buses: none
Florist: The Colonial Flower Shop, New Paltz NY
Coordinator/Planner: Bethany Boyce at Diamond Mills
Bridal Attire: David’s Bridal
Men’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Rings/Jewelry: Bride’s rings from Yeraz Collection on Etsy, Bride’s earrings from Pandora, Groom’s ring from Chalmer’s Jewelers in Middleton, WI
Hair/Makeup: Primp and Glow — Caitlyn Rauh
Invitations: David’s Bridal
Favors: St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital

 

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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Hiring a Professional Wedding Officiant

We know it’s tempting to ask Uncle Jim to perform your wedding ceremony. After all, he has no problem infecting a whole room with riotous laughter. So why spend the money on a professional officiant when you have a family member or friend ready to fill that role?

Deciding whether to hire professional vendors for your wedding isn’t something to be taken lightly – the professionals (or non-professionals) working at your wedding will have a major impact on your wedding day. Professional photographers, videographers, DJs, officiants, and florists have the experience to handle common, but unexpected, situations that often come up at weddings. How would Uncle Jim react if the flowers or decorations behind him blew over just after the ceremony began? How would he react if one of your guests or a member of your wedding party fainted during your vows? Would he be able to take with the unexpected in stride without getting flustered or thrown off for the rest of your ceremony?

The best way to ensure that your wedding ceremony goes off without a hitch is to hire a professional wedding officiant. When it comes to weddings, and especially performing ceremonies, experience and talent matters. What does hiring an experienced professional officiant get you?

Knowledge
When you hire a professional wedding officiant, you are hiring an encyclopedia of wedding knowledge. Professional wedding officiants have been trained and well practiced in the art of public speaking and know the wedding industry inside and out. A good officiant will know what makes a ceremony appealing to your guests, how to tailor a ceremony to fit your needs, and how to seamlessly work with your venue and timeline. You are investing in an officiant that can answer your questions about the regulations surrounding marriage officiants in your area, local venues and vendors, and about all aspects of various types of ceremonies.

Guidance
Many couples wonder where to start when writing a ceremony or vows, what makes a ceremony great, or how long each portion should last. Luckily, professional wedding officiants are wonderful guides during the planning process. Having participated in many weddings, wedding officiants have experienced a broad range of ceremonies and can work with you to create a personalized ceremony that reflects both your relationship and intents. Not only that, but an officiant can help you find other resources for your wedding, with countless contacts in all fields of the wedding industry.

Understanding
A professional wedding officiant will understand your vision for your wedding day and help you to create a ceremony that sets the tone for the rest of the day. Many do not realize that the mood of the ceremony sets the tone and fuels the conversation throughout the reception, so it is the officiant’s role to create a smooth transition with the couple’s wishes in mind. The ceremony does not stand alone in your special day- it is a part of a larger celebration.

Reliability
A family member may get sick; a friend may be overcome with stage fright. Professional wedding officiants are prepared for every eventuality. You have a contract with your officiant, stating that they will perform your wedding, and in the event of an emergency, many officiants have a contingency plan in place to provide an equally prepared officiant to step in.

Hiring a professional wedding officiant isn’t a decision you’ll regret after your ceremony.

A Hudson Valley Ceremonies Wedding at The Glen Island Harbour Club

JENNIFER & JIMMY

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Wedding Location: GLEN ISLAND HARBOUR CLUB, NEW ROCHELLE, NY
Ceremony Officiant: REVEREND KEVIN COOK, HUDSON VALLEY CEREMONIES
Photographer: JBM WEDDINGS
Videographer: MINT WEDDING CINEMATOGRAPHY
Musicians: CHRIS PHILLIPPS (PIANIST, VIA GIGMASTERS.COM)
Florist: ARCADIA FLORAL CO. & CUSTOM MADE SILK BOUQUETS FROM MORGAN HILL DESIGNS (VIA ETSY.COM)
Bridal Attire: ANNAIS BRIDAL (VIA MODCLOTH.COM) & AN ETSY CUSTOM MADE WEDDING DRESS
Men’s Attire: ALFANI SLIM-FIT SUITS
Rings/Jewelry: BLUE NILE (HERS), HELZBERG DIAMONDS (HIS) & ETSY (BRIDE’S EARRINGS)
Hair/Makeup: LILY WONG (IMPERIAL WEDDING STUDIO, FLUSHING, NY)
Invitations: WEDDING PAPER DIVAS
Favors: WEDDINGSTAR.COM

ADVICE: The day is going to fly by really fast, and it is going to be a truly amazing experience! Don’t sweat the small stuff, instead, hire really good vendors so that all the important parts of your special day are handled by true professionals, which will put your mind at ease. Then, make sure to enjoy every second of your wedding day. Always be in the moment. Write your own vows and dance as much as you can with all your guests!

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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 “I Do”.

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A Hudson Valley Ceremonies Wedding at The Saugerties Lighthouse

Congratulations to Sioux and Paul who were married at The Saugerties Lighthouse on June 27th!

Wedding Location: Saugerties Lighthouse
Ceremony Officiant: Debra Romano
Band: Bash Bish Bluegrass Band
Florist: Dancing Tulips
Bridal Attire: Anthopologie
Rings: Gemvera
Invitations: Celebrations

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A Hudson Valley Ceremonies Wedding at Twin Lakes

It was so wonderful to work with Laurie and Tom from Platinum Party Events at Twin Lakes in Hurley NY this past October for Amanda & James’ wedding.

A special Thanks to Laurie for the wonderful write up on their blog! Head on over and see what she had to say.

Here are a few pictures we captured of the amazing fall theme and decor Amanda & James had.

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Vendors

Venue: Twin Lakes
Coordinator: Hudson Valley Ceremonies (Sage)
DJ: Platinum Party Events
Officiant: Hudson Valley Ceremonies (Mike)
Photographer: Family Friend