Hudson Valley Wedding at The Belvedere Mansion from Cappy Hotchkiss
November 23, 2012
Tri State
WhimsicalEstate Weddings
We're totally smitten with this wedding and are just going to warn you now that it may indeed charm your pants right off. It's the perfect mix of timeless elegance and whimsy, and the groom just so happens to have been in the movie Braveheart, so you know it's authentically Scottish and wonderful. Our favorite detail? In their response cards, guests were given an escort card to draw a self portrait, which was then displayed at the reception. Adorable! Cappy Hotchkiss caught it all perfectly and you can see even more here.
Don't miss seeing this gorgeous wedding come to life in this film by Kiss the Bride Films:

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From the Bride... Andrew and I were married at the spectacular Belvedere Mansion overlooking the Hudson River and the Catskills. With its jewel-toned, old-world ambiance and panoramic views, this historic American home served as the perfect venue for our American and Scottish wedding. Andrew (who, with one of his groomsmen, was in Braveheart) hails from Scotland, so his culture was a key element in our wedding day aesthetic. Groomsmen, pageboys and guests wore the kilts, sporrans and brogues — and the waitstaff wore tartan bow ties. Not to be outdone, our bridesmaids all wore clean, warm white. Rather than a traditional veil, I accented my alencon lace gown with a feathered fascinator blusher. Prior to the ceremony, guests sipped champagne on the lawn and toyed with whimsical pinwheels while a bagpiper played nearby. During the ceremony, they watched the heartfelt vows shielded from the sun by parasols. Guests were ushered into the reception by escort cards with real personality — each one was decorated with a self-portrait they'd provided with their reply card. For the celebration, the bridesmaids added handmade fascinators in bright, beautiful peacock blues. Instead of a single, larger cake, we chose a few charming and lovely deserts (one complete with Scottish bride and groom bird cake topper). Our flowers perfectly registered a rustic romantic sentiment by combining peonies, clematis and anemone with touches of scabiosa and thistle. The flowers arranged uniquely along custom-made wood farmhouse tables gave our reception space an air of highland country elegance. The perfect finishing touch was the bright American sunshine that lit up every happy little moment Andrew and I had that day.

Wedding Photography: Cappy Hotchkiss / Wedding Venue: The Belvedere Mansion in Staatsburg, New York / Wedding Planning: Laura Kral / Floral Design: Stems Inc. / Officiant: Reverend Jim Rooney / Wedding Cinematography Kiss the Bride Films / Food Truck: Big D's Grub Truck / Wedding Cakes: The Pastry Garden / Cake Topper: Clootielugs / Wedding Invitations: Custom by Spark Letterpress via The Village Invites / Menus, Programs + Rehearsal Dinner Invites: The Village Invites / Ceremony Bag Piper: Lorne Cousin / Other Ceremony Music: Amante Strings / Band: City Rhythm / Photo Booth: The Majestic Photobooth Co. / Tables: Custom by Rhinebeck Rentals / Wedding Dress: Jenny Lee / Wedding Dress Sash: Lela Rose / Bride's After Party Dress: Carol Hannah / Bride's Ceremony + Reception Necklace: J.Crew / Bride's After Party Necklace: Kenneth Jay Lane / Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo + Jerome C. Rousseau / Bride's Locket Bracelet: Brooklyn Charm / Bride's Earrings: Family Heirlooms / Bride's Veil: Erica Koesler via Lovely Bridal Shop / Bride's After Party Clutch: BHLDN / Hair: Khris Wilson ( / Makeup: Megan of La Tua Bella Beauty Bar / Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew / Fascinators: Lisa Dininger of Lovecraft / Flower Girl's Dress, Shoes + Accessories: J.Crew Crewcuts / Groom's Kilt: Lochcarron via Debonair / Groom's Jacket, Vest + Shirt: Custom by Doyle + Mueser / Groom's Cufflinks: Billy Reid / Bride's Father's Suit: Alton Lane