Deer Mountain Inn Wedding // Margo + Loz


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Tucked in the hills of the Catskills, is Deer Mountain Inn, a historic Summer cottage turned cozy hotel. Surrounded by stunning views of the neighboring hills, and nearly 200 of their closest friends and family, it was here, on the first day of Fall, where Margo & Loz married.

The air was crisp as guests arrived at the mountaintop for the ceremony. They sipped on spiked cider and kept cozy with fleece blankets as the couple said their vows in front of the most incredible backdrop. Tiny Hearts Farm decorated the birch chuppah with seasonal floral in rich tones, and the bride’s sister provided the delicate crochet topper.

Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktail hour in the inn and surrounding decks, before making their way to the sailcloth tent on the main lawn. Tastefully decorated in a palette of ivory, rich reds, deep pinks, and gold accents, the reception beautifully balanced the lightness of the end of Summer with the tones of Fall.

A family-style dinner was followed by a packed dance floor late into the night and plenty of cider donuts (a Catskills staple), to go around. Nicole Nero captured all the beauty of the day.

 

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Planning: Modern Kicks // Venue & Catering: Deer Mountain Inn // Photography: Nicole Nero // Floral: Tiny Hearts Farm // Tent & Rentals: Events Unlimited // DJ: 74 Events // Hair: Maryanna Fitzgerald // Makeup: Christina Delfino // Photobooth: Rose & Dale Photo Co.

Crested Hen Farms Wedding // Jessie + Ryan


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Early May is when the Hudson Valley finally starts to shake off the memory of snow and weeks of rain and begins to hint at the lush beauty it’s capable of. Jessie & Ryan married during those early Spring weeks, surrounded by friends and family at Crested Hen Farms, with peaks of buds and leaves beginning to emerge.

Their wedding was a nod to the change of season, with tulips and daffodils tucked into bouquets and bud vases. Their simple copper arch, accented with greens, framed the couple as they said their vows in front of the flow of the Rondout Creek. Vintage accents were everywhere, from the mismatched place settings to the wooden crates containing the essentials for making s’mores by a late night bonfire.

Captured by The Ramsdens, their day was a celebration of effortless love and togetherness in the prettiest of settings.

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Month-Of Coordination: Modern Kicks // Venue: Crested Hen Farms // Photography: The Ramsdens // Catering: Hunt & Harvest // Floral: Flower Scout // Cake: Cake Alchemy // Entertainment: Silver Arrow Band // Beauty: La Tua Bella

Hudson Valley Wedding: 8 Ways to Go Local for Your Wedding Day


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Hudson Valley Local Wedding Ideas

 

For many couples getting married in the Hudson Valley, their wedding is what I like to call a “local destination wedding.” While you may not be flying halfway around the world for your nuptials, you have a similar vision for your day. You want to transport your guests away from their day-to-day lives; you want to introduce them to new environment and new experiences; and you want to share a special place that you love with the people you love.  Along with sharing recommendations for local hikes, restaurants and favorite bars with your guests, I love the idea of highlighting locally grown foods and handmade products throughout the weekend.  It adds a distinction to your event while introducing your guests to something specific to the area where you’ve chosen to celebrate your day. There are tons of amazing companies in the Hudson Valley, but here are eight ways to keep it local for your Hudson Valley wedding.

1. Irving Farm Coffee may have a heavy presence in NYC with their six cafes, but they began roasting their beans in Dutchess County over 20 years ago. Other Hudson Valley coffee roaster include Catskill Mountain Coffee and Strongtree Coffee among many others. Include in your welcome bag, serve with dessert or give as a favor at the end of the evening!

2. Hudson Whiskey is distilled in Gardiner, along with other spirits in the Tuthill family. If you want to stay close to the source, you can get married on-site at Tuthill House at The Mill.

3. Maptote makes a cute Catskills tote (hint: buy wholesale for large quantities and save per bag). North Country Vintage Rentals also sells an adorable Hudson, NY-focused tote to use as a welcome bag.

4. If you’re looking for something different to offer at the bar, try a local cider like this Lavender Hops cider from Awestruck. I tried it at the Cider & Cheese festival recently and am a little obsessed. If you’re not into lavender, they also have Hibiscus Ginger… not to mention all of the other awesome cider makers in the Hudson Valley.

5. Jay Teske Leather Co. designs beautiful handmade leather goods, including these key fobs that would be perfect for a groomsman gift.

6. Hudson Made Apothecary makes the most incredible smelling small batch soaps and oils. The rose soap is my personal favorite. Include one in your welcome bag or in your bathroom basket.

7. If you’re getting married in the Fall, you can’t pass up an opportunity to serve your guests cider donuts. Create a donut display or send guests home with a trio of them at the end of the night. Most local farms offer them come September, but call ahead to make sure they can do a custom large order!

8. The Hudson Standard makes hand-crafted bitters and shrubs that can be used in a specialty cocktail, mixed with seltzer or incorporated into a recipe. They have lots of suggestions on their website if you need a little inspiration.

 

Modern Kicks is a Hudson Valley wedding planner. With an innate understanding of when to lead and when to listen, Modern Kicks will guide you through the process of planning an amazing celebration that captures who you are in an authentic and meaningful way.

 

Sneak Peak: Carly & Jordan’s East Village Engagement Shoot by Katie Osgood


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Carly and Jordan had their first date right around the corner from their current apartment in the East Village, so it was only natural for Katie Osgood to capture the couple in their favorite places in their neighborhood… Not to mention properly photograph their amaaaazing apartment and most handsome dog Hank, who always steals the show.

Check out many more photos from this awesome engagement shoot on Katie’s blog! Can’t wait for their wedding next month!

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Jordan and Carly Katie Osgood Apartment

Carly & Jordan Katie Osgood Park

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