A Hudson Valley Summertime Soirée
May 18, 2017
Tri State
RusticOutdoor WeddingsSummer Weddings
Lush gardens, an antique barn, and a tent for dinner and dancing in the meadow. These words from the bride are the best way to describe this Hudson Valley wedding set in the peak of summertime. With the help of professionals like Main Course Catering and Ulysses Photography, the couple crafted a day that showcased the beauty of the outdoors, and you can see it all right here.
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From the bride... Creating the ultimate Hudson Valley summer outdoor wedding was my dreamscape for our celebration! Lush gardens, an antique barn and a tent for dinner and dancing in the meadow...this was my midsummer night’s vision for the evening I wed my husband! Barncroft is my parent’s property. I grew up there and it exemplifies everything I love about Hudson Valley summertime. Sharing my love of this sense of place to guests was important to me.

Bold, bright and beautiful was our color palate – hot pink, champagne rose and deep purple against ivory and verdant neutrals! I designed my bridal bouquet with hot pink local dahlias and roses, champagne rose ranunculus and hypericum berries with accents of deep purple veronica.

My gown, an asymmetrical masterpiece was layered with lace and other light fabrics. The waist was lined in lace and a single band of ribbon. I really owe Erika of Be Unique Boutique a huge thank you for this fantastic styling! My rainbow crystal sandals were perfect for grass and walking the property. Doug wore a unique Fiji Blue 3 piece suit with a blue/light blue checked shirt - which reads as solid from afar! The bold striped tie and pocket square tied the suit and shirt colors together beautifully... not to mention his eyes! As my bridesmaids are all gorgeous and unique, I asked them to select their favorite knee-length champagne dress. Groomsmen were mailed a funny style guide I created.

My Mother is an inspired gardener and magical with flowers. Together we crafted the look of our wedding flowers. My stepdaughter Nicole and her friend Karen both lent their talent in creating centerpieces, boutonnieres, and bridesmaids bouquets. I designed all my stationery to incorporate the color palette and the theme of bright bold beautiful summertime flowers and dreamy watercolor!

Ulysses + Jenni of Ulysses Photography were an indispensable pair to have at our wedding. I learned a great lesson working with these professionals. For example, singing and playing a couple of songs could definitely be a surprise for my groom as well as the guests – but details like these have to be planned out with your vendors! These professional are here to make yours the most special event ever, so tell them everything - they love it!

If I were to have one piece of advice for future brides, it would be to be grateful to those around you who are helping you. And just having FUN is the best way to plan a beautiful, stress-free celebration!