Martin and Danielle were such a lovely couple to work with, and their wedding celebration was so uniquely them. They really wanted to host a weekend event where their friends and family could get to know one another, spend time doing things like bike riding or practicing yoga, and enjoy all that the Berkshires have to offer. The Race Brook Lodge was the perfect venue for that. The night before the wedding an Oktoberfest themed rehearsal dinner was held at Race Brook. Bratwurst and pretzels were served in honor of Martin's German roots, and Danielle fully supported him by making homemade German pickles with cucumbers grown from their garden.
The next day Danielle was being pampered with her and Martin's daughters, as well as Danielle's matron of honor, her sister. Danielle looked beautiful and wore a satin dress that looked just classic on her.
Martin and Danielle decided to do a first look before their ceremony. Not only was it a beautiful, intimate moment, but it all worked out perfectly because we were able to get some lovely outdoor portraits before the afternoon rain came in.
The ceremony was planned to be outdoors but mother nature had other plans in mind. Luckily, there was a beautiful space inside the barn with large windows looking out towards the lush green forest. Before the ceremony Martin and Danielle left ribbons out for their guests to write well wishes on. The ribbons were then attached to a banner and hung alongside their arch. It was such a special touch to be surrounded by blessings from loved ones.
After the ceremony a cocktail hour was enjoyed in the barn. After that everyone headed next door to the tent where dinner tables were lined with bright flowers and flower seeds for taking home.
After dinner the newlyweds made their way through a tunnel of sparklers back into the barn for dancing. They danced a choreographed first dance with one another, and then had tons of fun dancing the hora.
Photography and Videography: Bella Luz Imagery
Venue: Race Brook Lodge
Wedding Planner: Magdalena Events & Design
Florist: Tiny Hearts Farm
DJ: DJ Julie
Rentals: Classical Tents
Tara and Harrison were such a fun couple to work with. I first met them both about a year before their wedding when we took engagement photos in Central Park. They were sweet as could be at our first meeting and again just as lovely on their wedding day. Tara was full of giddy smiles while Harrison was enthusiastic about every part of their wedding day. They both had the time of their lives on the dance floor, breaking it down with family and friends.
Both Tara and Harrison were getting ready at the same house but on different floors. It was really nice because I was there for full wedding day coverage and had the chance to spend a good amount of time with Harrison and his groomsmen getting ready, instead of rushing through the groom getting ready which tends to happen sometimes. I am glad I had the extra time because they had some beautiful wedding details that were handmade by the lovely bride herself.
There was a beautiful field of wildflowers just behind the house where Tara was getting ready. I gave her an option of wading into them for photos, thinking that she would politely decline, but she was all game! Her bridesmaids thought she was crazy but she turned to them and said, "I got this dress to get dirty and get beautiful photos, not to stay clean." I loved her laid back disposition to it all and she even convinced all her girls to join her for a photo in the field.
The wedding ceremony and reception was held at The Hill, a beautiful barn venue in Hudson, NY. The ceremony was set out on the lawn within a huddle of pine trees. A small window opened out to gorgeous views on the Catskill Mountains. The Hill is a working horse farm which really makes it fun for photos.
Guests witnessed a beautiful and emotional ceremony as Tara and Harrison married one another. Their personal vows for each other were so touching, and had the perfect balance of seriousness and humor to them.
Tara and Harrison were warmly welcomed into the cozy barn at The Hill. They immediately took to the dance floor for their first dance as husband and wife. The festivities continued with parent dances, speeches and dinner. After dinner the couple, along with their guests, took to the dance floor for non-stop, high energy dancing! They only paused for a moment for a very impromptu ice cream sandwich feeding.
Photography and videography: Bella Luz Imagery
Venue: Hudson Valley Weddings at The Hill
Day of coordinator: Chloejean Tedford
Makeup: K Missy Makeup
Caterer: Ultimate Caterers
DJ: Long Island Sound
Dress: Designed by the bride, made by Anomalie
Groom's suit: Bindle and Keep
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