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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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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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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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Hudson Valley Wedding from Robin Roemer Photography

“Father of the Bride” just so happens to be one of my all-time favorite movies, so when I read that this gorgeous bride had always dreamt of an Annie Banks-style wedding day, I completely understood. Then I spotted her uber-breathtaking affair held at the Wainwright House and, well.  Let’s just say I was done for.  Because when you combine a seriously pretty Hudson Valley venue with a plethora of classically chic details, beautiful blooms from Daniel Florals & Events, Inc and glorious images from Robin Roemer Photography, that’s what happens.  Done and done.  Click here for soooo much more.

From the Bride… As a child, I loved the movie “Father of the Bride”, and I always wanted a beautiful wedding in my own backyard. While my own home could never accommodate such a wedding, the Wainwright House helped us feel like we were getting married in that same intimate setting. From the moment we arrived at the House for the first time, we knew this is where we wanted our wedding to be. The quiet setting on the water had the feel of a destination wedding even though we were only 30 minutes from Manhattan. The site also serves as a spiritual retreat center and when you’re on site, you truly understand why.

To support this setting, we wanted a classic, beautiful wedding that still felt fun, intimate, and approachable. From the hot pink shoes to the violin-guitar duo, we wanted guests to feel like they were at a celebration and were there to have a good time. For the placecards and table numbers, we bought vintage floral paper from all over the tri-state area to give to our florist – our own way of creating a “picked from the garden” feel. 

Neither my husband nor I could stop smiling the whole day, and felt incredibly present for every moment. The whole experience felt magical – even the next morning my husband looked at me and said “did that really just happen?”

Wedding Photography: Robin Roemer Photography / Wedding Venue: Wainwright House in Rye, New York / Floral Design: Daniel Florals & Events, Inc / Wedding Cinematography: Starlight Productions / Caterer + Wedding Cake: Cornerstone Caterers / Cake Topper: A Simple Start / Band: Dane Wright Band / Wedding Invitations: Designers Fine Press / Save the Date: Vistaprint / Wedding Dress: Junko Yoshiaka via Saks Fifth Avenue Bridal Salon / Bride’s Shoes: RSVP via Zappos / Bride’s Earrings: Lord & Taylor / Wedding Rings: Darien Jewelers / Bridesmaids’ Attire: Ann Taylor / Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss / Groom’s Tie: Ermenegildo Zegna / Groom’s Cufflinks: Gwen Delicious Jewlery Designs / Groomsmen Ties: El Burgues

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