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Hudson Valley Wedding from Bryce Covey Photography

A great photographer can take an already special day and transform it into something magical. Something that completely sucks the viewer in and plops them right down in the middle of the celebration and this is the perfect example of that magic making. From the gorgeous surroundings of Blue Hill at Stone Barns to the wildly pretty florals by Poppies & Posies and the classic black and white images of the Mr. and Mrs that will totally melt your heart, this is a wedding that sits on the corner of cozy and classic. And there’s even some to spare. Have a look at the full day shot by Bryce Covey along with Robert Sukrachand right here in the full gallery.

Before you dive into gallery la la land, you must have a look at this sweet, sweet film shot by Kiss the Bride Films

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Summer
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Casual

From the bride…From our very first Blue Hill bite, two years before our engagement, we knew we were experiencing something special.  It was all at once delicious, romantic, intimate and comfortable and it was with those elements in mind that we set out to plan our wedding.  We saw our big day as the ultimate opportunity to host the people who mean the most to us, most of whom where traveling from all over the globe from Tel Aviv, London, Paris, LA and beyond to celebrate with us.  We wanted all of them to feel the love and to share in the entire experience and since many of them had never even heard of Blue Hill, a large part of the excitement in planning our wedding came from secretly knowing what a treat they were in for. 

David and I both love that special something that happens when great people, good food, and yummy wine come to the table to share a meal and we wanted to curate that experience for our wedding.   Once we decided on Blue Hill, the stage was set for all of the other elements to fall into place.  Our whimsical and romantic invitations from Bella Figura provided the first insight into the vision of our day and each item on our checklist seemed to build upon the last.  From my dress to our Hudson Valley Honey favors, everything was thought of in relation to the bigger picture.  We wanted the day to be stunning, but we kept coming back to that word “comfortable” as we considered every decision. 

Coming from two different backgrounds (David is Israeli and I was born and raised in the mid-west), meant a big effort on our part to make sure all of our family traditions, as well as our own, were honored and considered.  The biggest example of that effort came during our ceremony. We worked with an amazing Reform Rabbi who was entirely open to making our ceremony unique to us and we provided our guests with programs (made by yours truly) that touched on all the traditional and non-traditional aspects of the ceremony, so that everyone could follow along. Like most brides, I had a very clear vision of what I wanted the day to be like and I feel incredibly fortunate to have worked with so many amazing vendors who helped bring the vision to fruition.  Not only were they all professional and talented, most importantly they were all good people.  We were so happy and flattered to received so many compliments from our guests after the wedding and all our our vendors should share in that sentiment.  The best thing we could possibly hear was to have our guests say how much of a reflection they felt our wedding was of us and how special they felt to be a part of it.

Wedding Photography: Bryce Covey Photography + Robert Sukrachand | Wedding Venue: Blue Hill at Stone Barns | Floral Design: Poppies & Posies | Invitations: Bella Figura | Cinematography: Kiss the Bride Films | Wedding Dress: Duchess by Ivy & Aster via Lovely Bridal Shop | Bride’s Shoes: Sergio Rossi | Hair: Savannah Bentz | Makeup: Stephanie Peterson | Groom’s Suit: John Varvatos | Band: The Mixtape Band | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab

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Hudson Valley Wedding from Sarma & Co. Photography

Wanting to treat their guests to an entire weekend of fun-filled festivities, these two NYC sweeties chose the Locusts on Hudson in Staatsburg as the perfect locale for their uber-gorgeous (+ stunningly classic) day.  And from the looks of every last glorious image captured by Sarma & Co. Photography, they couldn’t have possibly made a better decision.  Because this private estate was not only perfect for saying “I do” in the most fairytale of ways, but played host to every member of their bridal party (+ family) for a Friday, Saturday and Sunday of pretty.  See it all in the full gallery.

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Fall
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Mansion

From the Bride… When Stuart and I began planning our wedding we had two main goals. We wanted a wedding that reflected a classic and elegant style, and we wanted a location that would allow our guests and family to enjoy a weekend of events. We live in New York City now, but Stuart grew up in Michigan and I in Washington, and we would therefore have many guests from out of town. We wanted to be close to the City and yet allow our guests to enjoy the pleasures of fall in New York State.

A friend suggested that we look at Locusts on Hudson, an estate on the banks of the Hudson River. We visited the property and fell in love with it immediately. The main house was beautiful, surrounded by acres of lawn, a pool, and a tennis court. There was everything we could have wanted for a weekend to remember. Our families and the bridal party all stayed together in the house, and we felt like we were welcoming our guests into our home.

We wanted our wedding décor to complement the beauty of the property, so we kept the colors soft, using coral, peach, ivory and white. The rehearsal dinner had a slightly “rustic” feel. Our guests dined on large farm tables with wild floral arrangements.

Photography: Sarma Ozols, Sara Mulhearn + Jessica Mahady from Sarma & Co. Photography | Wedding Venue: Locusts on Hudson in Staatsburg, New York | Event Planner: Carrie Wykoff from Events that Matter via Oliver Kita Fine Catering | Floral Design: Linda Baldwin Flowers | Caterer: Oliver Kita Fine Catering | Band: The Steve Delisi Band | Wedding Stationery: Stuhlberg’s | Wedding Dress: Kenneth Pool | Bride’s Shoes: Yves Saint Laurent | Bridesmaids’ Attire: Amsale | Groom’s Attire: Ralph Lauren | Groom’s Shoes: Salvatore Ferregamo | Hair: Vanessa Fernandez from Butterfly Studios | Makeup: Carlo Longo | Lighting: Stortz Lighting

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Hudson Valley Wedding from Kelly Kollar Photography

Wedding Wednesday is here again, dear lovelies, and let me assure you this day will not disappoint. First up, we have an unbelievably elegant Hudson Valley wedding set at the Onteora Mountain House. With every detail wrapped around the idea of marrying rusticity and romance, it’s no wonder the full gallery of photos from Kelly Kollar Photography are nothing but beautiful.

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Summer
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InnOutdoor
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Rustic

From the bride…I knew that I was going to marry Noah about five minutes into our first date. In the months leading up to the proposal, which I knew was coming since we’d gone ring shopping earlier in the year, I (unsuccessfully) attempted to hide my constant browsing of the many wedding blogs and websites. When he finally popped the question, I already had a long list of venues I wanted to visit. A week later, we visited the Onteora Mountain House, and from the moment we stepped onto the property, we couldn’t imagine having our big day anywhere else. It felt like home.

I started a Pinterest board in the early stages of the planning process and I kept coming back to the idea of branches. It seemed like a good place to start, considering Noah and I had decided that the unofficial theme of our wedding would be “elegant rustic,” a perfect combination of our two personalities. I had visions of homemade branch centerpieces, which we spent hours and hours creating. However, after realizing that they would most likely be a source of worry in the days leading up the wedding (they were a bit unstable and top-heavy), I decided to scrap them. I wanted to focus my full attention on my friends, family, and husband-to-be. Best decision I ever made! Our florist swooped in and saved the day with simple, gorgeous pieces that even incorporated a few branches!

I wanted the wedding to feel elegant, but also personal and special. My aunt, a graphic designer, designed all of our paper (save the dates, invites, programs, menus, table numbers…); my mom decoupaged our gift box and tissue boxes to be laid out for guests before the ceremony; and my uncle, a professional Broadway musician, played the guitar as I walked down the aisle. Since Noah is an avid reader, I wanted to incorporate books in some way. I wound up making roses out of book pages and delivering them to our florist, who used them in the seating card table arrangement. We designed our whole (10 minute!) ceremony with our reverend’s help and wrote our own vows, which, even though I was a little nervous about them, turned out to be a highlight of the day.

Noah and I agreed that the weddings we’d most enjoyed in the past were the ones where we felt taken care of, and that’s how we wanted our guests to feel. We shuttled everyone to the venue in yellow school buses and, as soon as they arrived, the Onteora staff provided them with refreshments. The caterer, Blue Mountain Bistro, uses local and seasonal ingredients, and we couldn’t have been happier with the food. Our instincts about the venue were exactly right—all of our guests were so comfortable at the Onteora, with its cozy wood pavilion overlooking the Catskill Mountains. And as the guests boarded the buses at the end of the night, our nieces and nephew handed out cake pops that we’d schlepped up from a cute little shop in the city.

I won’t lie….I stressed like crazy in the months leading up to the wedding. My way to deal was to plan out every last detail. I left no stone unturned. For example, everyone with any sort of role to play in the wedding was given a (very!) detailed itinerary of the day. I got a lot of teasing for it, but if I have one piece of advice for other brides, I will say that planning every last detail is TOTALLY worth it. I didn’t have a thing to worry about on the day of, which meant I could relax and drink mimosas with all my ladies knowing that all of the hard work had already been done. It was a perfect day. Truly, I wouldn’t change a thing. And I got the most amazing husband in the whole world out of it.

Wedding Photography: Kelly Kollar Photography | Second Photographer: Tanya Salazar | Wedding Venue: Onteora Mountain House |  Floral Design: Sara Gast | Wedding Catering: Blue Mountain Bistro | Wedding Cinematography: Cinematic Wedding Story | DJ: Lutz Entertainment | Wedding Dress: “Calais” by St. Patrick via RK Bridal | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Hairpiece: Ivory Fascinator via Gilded Shadows  | Bridesmaid Dresses: Bari Jay via RK Bridal | Hair: Tiana Arausa | Makeup: Lauren Weber | Favors: Stick & Pop

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