Kimberly and Michael planned a beautiful wedding using deep fall colors and moody lighting. Like many weddings this year, their plans had to change, but that didn't stop them from marrying one another and utterly enjoying their special day. Family and friends gathered in Congress Park for their ceremony, and afterward enjoyed a seated reception at a nearby hotel.
The day started with Kimberly getting ready with her bridesmaids. She chose a bold lip color and wore a mermaid fitted dress that looked stunning on her. Her naturally curly hair was pinned up and adorned with a bird cage veil.
The groom, Michael, and his groomsmen, also got ready at the same hotel. We ventured into the garden area for a few photos before heading to the park for Michael and Kimberly's first look. The couple picked a beautiful stone staircase as the spot to see each other for the first time on their wedding day.
A dim lit reception was held with moss and candles adorning each table. Kimberly and Michael had their first dance and after that toasts were given to the newlyweds.
Sally and Chris had beautiful sunny weather on their wedding day. Their venue, Lambs Hill, is a compact farm with sweeping views of the Hudson River and the hills beyond. It was a perfect combination of location and weather for a wedding day!
The day started with Sally getting ready. She was sweet as could be and full of smiles. She wore a beautiful ballroom gown, and finished the look off with a sparkling tiara.
Chris and his groomsmen were hanging out in the lower stable area of the venue. We snuck in a few photos of him preparing for the big day as well.
The couple wanted to do a first look so that they could spend more time with their guests during cocktail hour. They were both so excited to see each other. Lambs Hill is a smaller venue, but it has so many beautiful spots for photos, the size actually made it easier to travel between each location which was really great.
The ceremony was held on a grassy area overlooking the river. A beautiful flower adorned arch awaited the couple.
The reception was held inside the rustic barn. The tables were set with flowers and books that are loved by the couples. Sally even made home-made candles for everyone as favors.
At sunset we snuck out for a few more photos and I am so glad we did! There is nothing like the beautiful lighting of sunset for photos, especially with views like these ones.
Daniella and Nate had their dream wedding at Stablegate Barn. They were married among the vineyard grapes vines, and had a dreamy reception inside of the barn. Nate sported a beautiful fitted suit with a double breasted vest, complete with pocket watch. The color of the suit was burgundy and fit right in with them rest of the wedding day colors.
Daniella was getting ready at a water front house near the reception venue. She was with her bridesmaids and mother. She looked stunning in a delicate dress and soft makeup.
Nate and Daniella decided to do a first look with one another before the ceremony. There is a beautiful hilltop lookout at Stablegate which was perfect for the first look and photos afterward.
The ceremony arch was beyond perfect. Daniella's mom created the dried vine base and the florist came in and decorated it. It was so dreamy and perfect for a vineyard wedding.
Taiany and Jeff were such a pleasure to work with. They were both so happy and excited for their wedding day and that happiness and excitement really came through in the photos. Taiany is one of those natural beauties, her smile radiated and was contagious. Jeff had that classic look in his two-toned burgundy and black suit. The wedding was held at Stonover Farm, a beautiful barn venue nestled in the Berkshires. The property was gorgeous and had many different elements to make for a variety of images.
The day started with Jeff getting ready. He did so in a small house on the property, along with his mom, dad and brothers.
Taiany was nearby in another cottage getting ready. She looked stunning in a lace dress with sheer sleeves, the perfect look for a fall wedding.
Taiany and Jeff decided to do a first look. Jeff's reaction was the type of reaction every bride hopes to get when her groom sees her for the first time. It was emotional and sincere and so beautiful to witness.
Taiany was a super sweet and laid back bride. I really noticed just how easy going she was when the champagne bottle foamed all over her wedding dress. In a moment like this there are people who would get upset and people who would laugh. Taiany laughed which told so much about her.
The ceremony was held in on the barn ramp. It was a beautiful spot to get married. Taiany's dad performed an emotional ceremony for his daughter and her husband.
The reception was held inside the barn. It was so beautiful and cozy feeling. String lights created a soft atmosphere, and greenery hung on the ceiling added a really romantic feeling. A great band kept the guests on their feet throughout the night.
Nicole and Bobby married one another at The Grandview, a beautiful riverfront venue in Hudson Valley. They planned a speakeasy themed wedding which was so much fun. Nicole put a big effort into hand making many details of the day, which made it even more unique.
When Nicole arrived her father helped her out of the limo, making for a beautiful photo opportunity. She and her bridesmaids went to their suite for some final touched before Nicole and Bobby had their first look.
Nicole and Bobby had a first look down on the boat docks on the river. Nicole had the best wedding attendant who took such good care of her and every detail, she helped us with access to the docks and do much more.
The ceremony was held on the back patio outside of the tented area of the Grandview. Nicole and Bobby married one another under a beautiful arbor decorated with floral garlands. After the ceremony and receiving line, Nicole met some of her adopted mom's biological family for the first time. It was such a touching moment for Nicole to welcome in her aunts and uncles on such a special day.
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.
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.
Don't let the name fool you, the Mohonk Mountain House is nothing like a house. It is, in fact, a magnificent fortress like hotel with the most beautiful cliffs and waterway. Melinda and Scott knew that this would be the perfect place for their marriage to one another.
The day started with Melinda getting ready with both mothers, her daughters and her flower girls. Melinda looked beautiful and was full of smiles.
Scott was getting ready in another room at the resort with his son. Both he and Melinda were such nice, down to earth people. It was really such a pleasure being able to witness and document the love between the two of them.
A beautiful arch made by Scott and Melinda was set inside for the ceremony. What I really loved about their decor was the flowers at the entrance of the aisle, so that as Melinda walked down there were flowers behind her as well. During the ceremony the couple and all of their children performed a sand ceremony which was a really special touch.
The reception was in a beautiful open air building located on top of the cliffs. Round tables were set with sweet hydrangea centerpieces and twinkle lights hung from the ceiling. The newlyweds started the party off right with an impressive choreographed dance. The dance had spins, dips and lifts and they executed it perfectly.
Just as the sun was setting we made our way out to the cliff tops to take some stunning portraits overlooking The Mohonk Mountain House. I love how Scott and Melinda had so much fun taking photos, they were just dancing with each other in the evening sun.
Photography and videography: Bella Luz Imagery
Venue: Mohonk Mountain House
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Oran and Brittany's fairy tale wedding was straight out of a story book. The venue was perfect, her dress was perfect, their love was perfect. The family and friends that surrounded them that day wanted nothing more but to celebrate and bask in the love that these two have for one another. And what a celebration it was.
The day started with Brittany and her bridesmaids getting ready at the Glen Harbor Island bridal suite. The room was beautiful and great for taking photos. Brittany was easy going, fun to be around and a picture perfect bride.
The Glen Island Harbor Club has a picturesque park surrounding it and also borders the Long Island Sound. Inside of the park is an amazing stone castle which made the perfect backdrop for photos. Oran and Brittany decided to do a first look and I am so happy they did. The expression on Oran's face when he first sees his beautiful bride is priceless.
The ceremony space at Glen Island Harbor Club is the best of both worlds. It has a stunning view of the Long Island Sound yet the comfort of being indoors with air conditioning on a hot summer day. A traditional Jewish ceremony was carried out starting with the bride and groom circling one another and ending with the climatic smashing of the glass.
After the ceremony guests enjoyed cocktail hour by the water.
Just before the reception started I pulled the newlyweds out to get a few more portraits as the sun was going down.
A beautiful reception setup was ready as guests finished up cocktail hour. The bride and groom were cheered on as they made their grand entrance and took to the dance floor. Brittany's dress looked amazing as Oran twirled her around on the dance floor.
Photography and Videography: Bella Luz Imagery
Venue: Glen Island Harbor Club
Claire and Ryan are a power couple. One of those couples that have it all together and that everyone secretly wants to be like. Their wedding was a perfect representation of who they are and their love for one another, it was just perfect.
Claire, her mom and a few girl friends were getting ready at a nearby house. She was truly a classy bride and looked stunning in her mermaid style bridal gown.
Just up the road Ryan was getting ready at their weekend home. The newlyweds bought this house together and worked on making it their own, which made it the perfect spot for their first look. Not only did it have sentimental value, it also had a beautiful lawn and forest area, which worked beautifully for photos.
A beautiful chuppah was setup on the dock for Claire and Ryan. Friends, family and loved ones gathered around as the couple exchanged their promises of love and commitment with one another.
The reception was held in the boat house. Round tables decorated with florals and gifts of honey were scattered throughout the room.
Photography: Bella Luz Imagery
Wedding Planner: Hudson Valley Ceremonies
Venue: Sedgewood Club
Florist: Shoving Leopard Farm
DJ: DJ Dulce Productions
Caterer: Heritage Food and Drink and The Fresh Company
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