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Highland’s Country Club Wedding from Ciro Photography

Timeless and elegant, this gorgeous wedding from Ciro Photography is the perfect way to ease into the work week. It’s beyond lovely, from start to finish, and has that classic feel that makes my heart sing time and time again. And who doesn’t like to start Monday with singing heart? Well, just take one look at this gorgeous gallery, and yours is sure to start singing too. See it all here.

And make sure to set aside some time to soak in all the lovely in their film from Shlomotions

From the Bride… Jason and I met while we were in college, introduced by two of our mutual friends..We had an instant connection, and have been inseparable ever since. We have been there for each other through many hard times, but always come out on top, and make each other smile everyday. I can not wait to spend the rest of my life with Jason by my side.

When looking for a wedding venue, we knew the typical over the top gilded and mirrored New Jersey banquet halls were not for us. After searching long and hard I found the Highlands Country Club in Garrison, NY, and instantly fell in love. When we went to visit the venue, the beauty of the grounds and the magnificent ballroom really sold us. Everything about it was charming, from the brick veranda, to the fire pits on the lawn.

I started looking for my dress the second Jason put a ring on my finger. Being very picky and indecisive, I thought dress shopping was going to be a stressful ordeal. To my surprise, I chose the fifth dress I tried on and never looked back. The Christos Julianna dress, summed up everything that I was looking for. I felt absolutely beautiful and did not want to take it off!

Our goal for the wedding was to have a warm and intimate feel with our closet friends and family. We were able to achieve this by keeping our guest list to a hundred and setting up the tables to feel like Thanksgiving dinner. The long tables, and the mix of plated and family style food service helped with the intimate feeling. Candelabras, votive candles, and mint julep cups filled with white peony completed the elegant and warm ambiance.

The favorite part of the wedding for Jason and I was having all of our closest and dearest friends and family members present for our big day. Dancing the night away to our incredible band, The Silver Arrow Band, was the icing on the cake. Without a doubt, it was the best day of our lives!

Wedding Photography: Ciro Photography | Cinematography: Shlomotions | Floral Design: Petals by Alice | Wedding Venue: Highlands Country Club, Garrison, NY | Catering: Five Star Caterers | Wedding Dress: Christos | Shoes: Nina Shoes | Groom’s Suit: Suit Supply, New York, NY | Band: The Silver Arrow Band

Ciro Photography and Highlands Country Club are members of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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Upstate New York Wedding from Erin Hearts Court

I couldn’t imagine a world without weddings.  A world void of those awe-inspiring, squeal-inducing, get your heart racing moments that make up the happiest of happy days in a couple’s life. Not only because weddings showcase the most lavish design and gorgeous gowns, but because when you stop and look, and I mean really look, you see the emotion and love that shines brighter than any floral arrangement or cake design could. Like the Groom, so eager with anticipation and the Bride who couldn’t wipe the smile off her face if she tried. It’s those very moments that are the heart and soul of this New York wedding so perfectly captured by Erin Hearts Court and filmed by Crafthouse Productions. And there’s even more to love in the full gallery right here.

From the Bride… When Mike and I first got engaged we considered several places to get married: Singapore, Napa, Hawaii, Turks & Caicos. In the end we gravitated back to New York – the place where we live, met and fell in love. One of the first things my native New Yorker husband said was he wanted to get married outside of the city. The Garrison was one of the first places we visited and right away we knew that was IT. We like to hike in the Hudson Valley during the fall (our favorite season) and the venue has gorgeous views of the river, especially with fall foliage. The restaurant is renowned for its farm-to-table food, sourced locally from regional farms as well as their own. The Garrison is the perfect blend of chic yet intimate, elegant yet unpretentious venue we were looking for. Annie Rozycki was there to help with on-site coordination from the first time we stepped on the property through our wedding day.

In the beginning when we started planning I fretted about whether our wedding would truly represent who we are as a couple and as individuals. I realized that it naturally will be, through your choices and the people you choose to have with you that day. Our wedding was so much FUN, and more perfect than I could have imagined possible.

The best advice I can give to other brides came from two people who I adore – the first was from my event designer Tracy Taylor Ward, who told me when we first met: choose vendors who are not just talented but who you truly enjoy to be with. I followed that advice and can say that I adore every single one of our incredibly talented vendors. They were all utter professionals, passionate about their craft, and made planning our big day such a joy. Our wedding was flawless thanks to these wonderful people. The second piece of advice was from my aunt Cecilia: the weddings that people remember, and where they have the most fun, are the ones where the bride is relaxed and happy!

Wedding Photography: Erin Hearts Court / Ceremony Venue: St. Mary, Mother of the Church in Fishkill, New York / Reception Venue: The Garrison in Garrison, New York / Wedding Design: Tracy Taylor Ward Design / Floral Design: Sprout Home / Wedding Cinematography: Crafthouse Productions / Wedding Invitations: Matthew Carrigan of Paper with Benefits / Band: Around Town Entertainment / Wedding Dress: Amsale / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bride’s Jewelry: Tejani / Hair: Samantha Landis for StylesonB / Makeup: Sally Duvall Makeup Artistry / Groom’s Tuxedo: Armani

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Garrison Wedding from Sara Wight Photography

Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think it can get more elegant than this wedding from Sara Wight Photography. Take one glance through that gallery and you’ll know exactly what I mean, because each moment is dripping in refinement and subtle glamour. Exhibit A is that amazing photograph of this Bride and Groom dancing hand in hand under the gorgeous chandelier at the Highlands Country Club. Wrapped in candlelight and surrounded by grace, everything about this celebration is pure love. And you can see it all right here.

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From the Bride… Daniel and I knew that we wanted to get married in the Hudson Valley after we got engaged. Daniel grew up in upstate New York and after I visited the area several times — with all of its trees and natural beauty — I knew it was the perfect place for a September wedding. Although I had not dreamed of my perfect wedding since I was a little girl, I have always known that I wanted to be married in September. A mixture of both the summer and fall, a bit unpredictable, the feeling of a fresh, new start in the air … September is my favorite month (and Daniel’s second-favorite month). After visiting several wineries in the area, our last visit was Highlands Country Club. We knew as soon as we arrived that this would be our wedding venue — a rustic, intimate country club nestled in the Hudson Valley. The vision I had for our wedding was timeless elegance, with a bit of rustic mixed in, and we wanted it to feel intimate. Highlands proved to be the perfect backdrop.

We enlisted the help of Roey Mizrahi, our event coordinator, to bring our vision to life. She helped us find the amazing vendors that made our day what we hoped for. I had a very strong vision of how to accomplish “timeless elegance” — from the tablescapes and the cocktail music to the chuppah we used for the ceremony. We wanted a clean, fresh palette and chose green and white as our main theme. Down to the very last detail, our day wouldn’t have been as amazing without Roey. She thought of things we never would have imagined and anticipated needs that we didn’t even know we had. We cannot thank her enough!

Orchids are our favorite flowering plants, and we love the juxtaposition of the delicate orchid with succulents and hydrangeas. We wanted the space to feel intimate and allow guests to see and talk to each other freely. I envisioned orchids cascading out of moss-filled pillars of varying heights, coupled with low centerpieces filled with white hydrangeas and succulents. And candlelight — our favorite — from lots and lots of candles. I set out to find mercury glass votives and accents, as well as different-sized glass hurricanes and tall pillar candles. Anne from Blade Floral Design perfectly executed this vision. She also created our chuppah, which we were so happy with. All of the guests could not stop talking about how gorgeous the flower arrangements and accents were.

Photography was a big deal to us, and after just one meeting with Sara, we knew she was perfect! We did our engagement session with her, and from the beginning, it was very relaxed and easy. Once we received our engagement session photos and were blown away, we knew our wedding photos would be even more amazing. Sara really knows how to capture a couple’s spirit while magnifying the setting to create these magnificent photos — works of art, really. We are avid music lovers and have an eclectic, but specific taste. Owen from Aria Melody was great to work with, and even after we gave him some very specific “do not plays” and “must Plays,” he was still able to combine our set list with his own twist. We received so many compliments on his style, and every song he played really drew our guests to the dance floor … and kept them there! Our wedding was a dream come true! 

Wedding Photography: Sara Wight Photography / Wedding Venue + Catering: Highlands Country Club in Garrison, New York / Event Planning: Roey Mizrahi Events / Floral Design: Blade Floral and Event Designs / Officiant: Rabbi Roger Ross / Ceremony Music: Dolce Vita Strings / Cocktail Music: David Galvez / DJ: Aria Melody / Wedding Dress: Lazaro / Bride’s Belt: Custom Designed by the Bride / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Hair: Vanessa Fernandez / Makeup: Sally Duvall

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