About Modern Kicks

Modern Kicks is a boutique Hudson Valley wedding planning and design company. We plan in NYC too! With an innate understanding of when to lead and when to listen, Modern Kicks guides couples through the process of planning an amazing celebration that captures who they are in an authentic and meaningful way.

We offer several planning packages, depending on where you are in your process. Need something in-between? We are happy to customize!

The Important Stuff
  • Love is Love!
  • We care about connections. Your connection to each other, our connection to you and how you connect with your vendors. We believe that you should be surrounded by a team that you genuinely like and trust on your wedding day.
  • We do not use the words bridezilla or groomzilla. You shouldn’t either.
  •  Whitney Houston’s ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’ should be played during every dance party. So should Robyn.
  • If there’s ever a question of whether or not to add a disco ball, the answer is yes.

Bethany Pickard, Owner and Lead Planner

One of my first jobs was pouring punch at weddings in Washington, where I grew up. Celebrations were much different back then… lots mixed nuts and pastel buttermints. Who knew my life would come full circle? Not me!

After college, I moved to Boston to work in college radio and started DJing and putting on shows around town. Then, in 2008, I made the jump to NYC and started planning dinner parties and community events in my free time. I truly realized my love of bringing people together and decided to take it full time in 2011, with a catering company in Brooklyn.

Modern Kicks was launched in 2014 and we’ve been planning weddings with the best couples ever since.


Fun Facts

  • Modern Kicks is the name of a great song by The Exploding Hearts.
  • I have the cutest dog named Donna.
  • I live in Kingston, NY, where my husband Chris and I are slowly renovating our 1909 home in midtown.
  • I’ll tell you the rest while we get to know each other.

Want to connect? bethany@modern-kicks.com 617-308-8240

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