Some Of Our Favorite Local Venues

Today we wanted to take the time to share a few of our favorite local outdoor venues with you. These aren’t always seen on the bigger venue-finding websites, and we think that they deserve a bit of spotlight. By no means is this a complete list, but it’s a start!

If you are still searching for a venue and none of these appeal to you, here are a few helpful websites: Wedding Wire, Wedding Spot, and The Knot are all good places to begin.

Please note- the following are in no particular order, we love them all!

A Private Estate- Germantown, NY

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A Private Estate has river and mountain views, a Historic house, a beautiful barn (150 guests without tenting), a Carriage House available to rent that sleeps 10 people, indoor bathrooms, and even a partially furnished kitchen for your caterer!

Pond Lily- Elizaville, NY

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Boasting over 500 acres and bordering on the Taghkanic State Park, this is a great choice. The barn can hold up to 200 guests comfortably, or tent options are available that can hold up to 300. The large house is also available for rent and can sleep 15. Bonus- their packages include tables, chairs, and bathroom trailers.

Clermont State Historic Site- Clermont, NY 


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Clermont has plenty of property (accommodates up to 300 guests), fantastic views, a Historic Mansion available to tour during your event, and a budget-friendly cost; what’s not to love?

Oak Hill- Hudson, NY


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Oak Hill is a good option for a couple planning a smaller wedding, as their barn accommodates up to 150. With mountain views, a gorgeous barn, a separate cottage for the bridal party, and a beautiful garden, Oak Hill is a great choice.

The Hill- Hudson, NY


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This lovely 200 year old barn can hold up to 250 guests, boasts river and mountain views, and has a separate smaller building that is perfect for cocktail hour. Bonus- the downstairs can be used for your ceremony in case of rain.

Southwood Estate- Germantown, NY


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With panoramic views of the Hudson River, a Historic mansion (sleeps 12) or a smaller cottage (sleeps 5) available for rent, gorgeous gardens, and even a pool, Southwood is a fantastic choice for your event.


We hope this gave you a few helpful ideas for your wedding, and as always if you find you have questions don’t hesitate to contact us at Happy Planning!

-Danielle, Kayla, & Matt



Lea & Gene {9.12.15}

Lea and Gene got married at their beautiful home in Elizaville, NY. The weather was less than ideal that day, and despite all of our finger-crossing it poured for most of the day. However, Lea and Gene never let this get in the way of their day, and with a little bit of rearranging the day went off without a hitch! It was a great party for a fantastic couple; congratulations Lea and Gene!



Venue: Private Home

Photographer: Keith Ferris Photography

Florist: Floral Fantasies by Sara

Caterer: Swoon Catering

Rentals: Events Unlimited

DJ: Black Tie Events

Event Planning: Every Little Detail

Molly and Nat

The Hill July 4th, 2016 The skies cleared to a perfect summer evening; on what felt like the top of the world. Molly and Nat had a incredible ceremony over looking the Hudson Valley. Fireworks were visible throughout the surrounding … Continue reading

Eco Friendly Weddings

 A hot topic these days is how to make your wedding as eco-friendly as possible. Not only is it great for the environment, but it’s often great for your wallet too!


1. Re useable décor

A site like wedding is a great site where past wedding couples are selling things that they have made or purchased. This is your chance to take advantage of great savings. We also have collected a lot of items from our past weddings that our couples are free to use; such as glassware, signage, card boxes, servers sets, and so much. Check out our website for all of our rentals. Another great idea for re using décor is instead of buying extra flowers for every space at your wedding. Re use your flowers from your ceremony at the reception. They can be reused at the bar or even around the dance floor.


2. Paper Products

Wedding invitations can often times be very expensive as well as a big waste of paper. Guests often just write down the day and time and tend to throw out the invitation. I know its hard to hear, especially because often time you put in so much thought and money into these great invitations; but the truth of the matter is unless it is your grandmother or close family; no one saves these. Why not just use an e-invite then? Or, what a lot of couples are doing is sending out a few print invitations to older more traditional guests and then the younger, more computer friendly guests receive an invite. for recycled paper invitations.

Other ways to cut down on printed material: use chalkboards instead of printing a menu or a program for everyone. This will save you close to $500. Escort Cards: below I speak about how to incorporate them into your favors. But, you can also utilize things like barn window or scrap wood to write a big list out instead of individual cards.

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3. Favors

A big trend right now is having favors that people will actually keep and use. A lot of couples are doing small trees that can also double as seat assignments. You could write on them “mr and mrs. John Doe table 4” and they will also have something to take home with them. This also saves paper! Other than trees and succulents people are doing seed packets, jam, honey, or potted plants. Another big trend is Mason Jars. Couples are being super eco friendly here with 3 different uses. One is a glass for the night (this saves an incredible amount of money), Two a favor to take home, and if you add a little chalk board paint it can be a seating card as well.


4.  Transportation

Why not arrive in a Prius limo? Often times this option is cheaper due to gas mileage. Even better: horse and carriage, rickshaw, tandem bike, or even canoe.


5. Bamboo, Bamboo, Bamboo

Bamboo is great for so many things from cups and plates to decorations and favors. It grows so fast and quickly bio degrades. has a full line of plates and flatware and glassware that is good for the environment and also much cheaper then renting plates.

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6. Flowers

We already discussed re using the flowers you already have at different locations during you reception. But, why not use potted plants as centerpieces. Guests can then take them home, plant them, and enjoy flowers for years to come! Another way couples have incorporate flowers and be eco friendly is by providing guest with flower petals or seed packets to toss as they walk down the aisle.

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Michelle & Adam {10.12.14}

This rustic wine and cheese themed wedding in Averill Park NY captured our hearts. The love and attention to detail shone through in every image captured of the day. Michelle and Adam put so much thought into all of the aspects of their wedding; from the colors of their mother’s dresses (burgundy like wine and green like the grape) all the way to the hand embossed wine crates used in the centerpieces. It was such a pleasure planning this wedding and helping to incorporate their theme into so many aspects of the wedding.

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Adam and Michelle

Michelle and Adam were able to incorporate so many things that were borrowed, blue, old, and new into their fabulous day.

From the top left: Adam had an old wagon that the ring bearer pulled their flower girl down the aisle in. Michelle’s veil was something new that her future mother in law made especially for her. Her brother read a tearful poem that her grandmother wrote. Michelle brought her baptism bible that her mother engraved for her. Michelle is also holding a handkerchief that belonged to her great grandmother. The blue necklace you see attached to her bouquet was a present from Adam on their very first Christmas together. Michelle’s childhood minister traveled all the way from Connecticut  to officiate the ceremony.

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 Michelle and Adam found a way to make the ceremony their own. They blended their own wine and drank from the mixed wine to symbolize their unity.

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As the guests arrived to the ceremony site Michelle had a wine box filled with pashminas that matched her colors of course. It was a good thing too as it was a colder day in October.

Castiglione Wedding_0961 Once you were inside this incredibly rustic yet elegant reception site the couple had splashes of their theme everywhere.  The escort card table; complete with their #hashtag; was lined with their cork handled cheese knife as well as their escort cards held in place by wine corks. Each table was decorated with hand embossed A&M wine crates and wine bottles from the couple.

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Adam and Michelle went above and beyond with their creative and personalized touches.

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Adam and Michelle1As the ring bearer lead the guests inside with the personalized message on the back of his wagon; guests were greeted with an A&M to write a personal message to the bride and groom. While they waited there were pictures of each side of the family. On the back of the bride and grooms chairs for dinner the couple hung their gamer names! What a fun touch!

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Adam and Michelle-002Michelle even had custom clutches made for the girls!

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How do you finish off a wedding for the ages? With a sparkler send off of course!

Venue and Catering: The Old Daley Inn Photographer: Photographics Solution Photobooth: Action Photobooth Florist: Poppytree Floral Designs Band: Silver Arrow Band Pies: Make Me A Cake Next Door Event Planning: Every Little Detail Hair and Make Up: La Tua Bella Wine: El Paso Winery Dress: Designed by the Bride through Casablanca and the Bridal Cottage Veil: Handmade by the Grooms Mother Shoes: Cinderella Bridal Shoes (2 pairs, one for ceremony and one for dancing!) Bridesmaids Dresses: JCREW Men’s Attire: Express Invites: Magnet Street Favors, Programs, Menus, and Pictures: DIY by the couple themselves