- 3 years ago
- Wedding: September 2013 - Lake Taghkanic State Park
Hello Hudson Valley Brides!
I wanted to share a few photos from my outdoor state park wedding! We had such a fun time, I can’t believe how fast the day went. As much as I would not like to go through planning process of having another wedding, If I could relive that day I absolutely would! It was a blast!
We stayed at the park in cabins Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The rehearsal dinner was Friday evening, Ceremony was at noon on Saturday, we had outdoor games during our cocktail hour and a luncheon/afternoon reception until 5 or 6, then a campfire and s’mores after and a brunch Sunday for anyone else who camped at the park with us.
We didn’t really have a “theme” we just chose a color scheme and tried to tie everything in with the outdoor setting and we also added some small touches of our interests (boardgames, superheroes, etc) to our accessories. We wrote our own ceremony and a friend of ours who was ordained online performed it. Both of our readings were from children’s books. My husband knitted my garter. I spent endless hours photoshopping an entire magazine to use as our programs.
We had a very mixed bridal party which was mostly dudes: a Best man and four groomsmen and then a Man of Honor, a Maid of Honor, two bridemaids and a bridesman. In lieu of a bartender and a DJ we set up a simple self-serve bar with beer/wine/soda and a friend of a friend who is a sound technician brought her rig and emceed for us and played music from a spotify playlist we compiled on my husband’s work iPad. And we had a local restaurant cater a full menu of comfort foods (chicken noodle and tomato soups with a grilled chese station, baked mac and cheese, baked potatoes and a toppings bar, and beef burgundy stew)!
I feel like it was pretty unconventional in the whole scheme of things but it all came together and we recieved so many compliments on the decor and the ceremony and everything that all the stress of DIY was totally worth it. Some of our family members that were the most traditional and who I thought would be the hardest to please said that it was one of the most fun and beautiful weddings they had ever been to! And everyone loved how much of ourselves we put into it. Overall it was just so rewarding and such a happy, wonderful experience.
LOTS of photos below, but first I put together a quick list of our awesome vendors!
We both love the Hudson Valley. We moved around a lot but ended up back in New York. It’s where we grew up and it’s the only place that has ever really felt like “home” so we wanted to use as many small local businesses as possible. All of whom I absolutely adored! The pricing was all very fair an competitive, and in some cases lower than some chain stores/venues we had looked at.
Everyone was so sweet and accommodating and absolutely went above and beyond for us. I’m so glad we did, the experience would have been so much different had we gone with any of the big wedding industry companies. Here is our list:
Lake Taghkanic State Park – Of course, the setting, in Ancram, NY. We only had to pay a small activity fee and sign a permit saying there would be alcohol served and let them know which parts of the park we wanted to use. We pretty much had the beautiful views as a blank slate and went from there!
Fancy Bridal NYC – I bought my gown from a small shop in the city which I had fallen in love with online. They make beautiful custom vintage-inspired gowns, they have the most adorable showroom ever, and Gregory Nato is one of the sweetest men I have ever met! Just all around the absolute best dress experience I could have hoped for.
SharaNikoPhoto – Shara and Niko are a husband and wife photography team they do local and destination weddings and also have an impressive film backround as well (including photography for Black Swan, Moonrise Kingdom and The Amazing Spiderman). They did our engagement and wedding photos and are so nice and so much fun to work with.
Historic Blue Store Restaurant – A great local restaurant located in Livingston about 20 mins from Lake Taghkanic. Darrin was so cool, he treated us like family and let us completely craft our own menu, he also was an amazing contact to have because he knows just about everyone in the surrounding area! They do on-site catering as well, we saw a wedding set up there when we went to drop off our final payment and it was awesome!
Café le Perche – Absolutely adorable cafe and bakery in Hudson, NY which I read has a huge authentic bread oven imported from France, which is pretty awesome. The tasting was lovely, everything was so fresh and delicious, and everyone was incredibly friendly! I only showed them one or two pictures and they made exactly the cake I had in mind! We can’t wait to have the anniversary tier!
Homestead Floral Designs Ltd – Located at Curt’s Homestead Farm in Cortlandt Manor right down the street from my mother’s childhood home. They were very helpful and were able to get exactly what I wanted which was a ton of assorted yellow flowers to put in bottles, yellow rose petals and they made beautiful yellow rose bouquets with touches of blue for the bridemaids and a big bunch of chamomile and baby’s breath for my bouquet.
Columbia Tent Rentals – Provided us with all of the tables, chairs, linens, runners, place settings, and the benches for the ceremony. Kelly and Dave were a delight to work with with, they were very friendly and funny and had worked with the park before doing some other events so they gave us lots of great tips!
DL Fine Silver – My mom made all of the pearl jewelry aside from my earrings (something borrowed). She still does some beaded and pearl jewelry, but is more focused on hand crafted sliverwork like the scrabble piece charms on our bridesmaids bracelets.
Metalicious on Etsy – We bought my husbands ring from a jeweler on etsy who works out of a small studio on NYC. Ordering was an easy and quick process, Stephanie was very helpful with any questions we had and any customizations my husband wanted. The ring is gorgeous he was beyond pleased.
(I think the only things we went to a chain store for was the tux rentals at Men’s Warehouse because they gave us the best deal, there were some issues but everything was worked out in the end, and we got my wedding ring at Zales because I wanted to be able to actually try things on and see how they looked with my engagement ring.)
And without further ado, the photos! Sorry in advance there is a lot of them: