Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Wedding Inspiration

Hello! The weather is absolutely wonderful here in the Hudson Valley. I hope you get outside and enjoy the sun!

Just a quick post today...

While doing some shopping at my local Adams' Fairacre Farms, I spied this wedding cake. With the gorgeous detail and the natural color palette (my favorite!), I was smitten. I can imagine this cake on display on a lovely farm table draped with lace.

(c) Hudson Valley Green
(c) Hudson Valley Green

Happy Planning, 
Lizzie




Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Officially an Officiant....

In June, one of my very best, oldest, and most beautiful friends (let's call her "A") is marrying the love of her life (let's call him "S"). They are having an intimate wedding just outside of Boston and have asked me to officiate the wedding. Needless to say, I am incredibly honored to be able to participate in their wedding on such a personal level. I discussed my enthusiasm and first steps of becoming an officiant in this blog post


(c) Hudson Valley Green
Tulips at the New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY

As it turns out, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts issues One Day Solemnization Authorization Certificates. This certificate allows me to marry my dear friend and her soon-to-be husband on a specific day and location. Any changes in the wedding date or location voids the certificate. 

Obtaining the certificate is almost too easy; just complete a simple online form and submit the form and a $20 payment online...and that's it. A few days later, I received a very official certificate in the mail, complete with a gold seal (!). 

I am currently in the throes of drafting the actual wedding ceremony. I want it to be simple yet personal, beautiful, and touching. There are several amazing ceremony templates online that I plan to use, tweak, and rewrite to make it my own. And of course, I am getting input from A and S to get their blessing on it. 

As for attire, I have purchased a tasteful slate grey dress (with pockets!!!) from Weddington Way. I plan to wear a cream shawl during the ceremony and some cool feather print shoes. Finding the perfect dress was tricky - I wanted something beautiful but didn't want the dress to compete with A's dress. I wanted to feel comfortable in it since I'll have 80 people staring in my direction. And the pockets are key...not sure if I'll be able to hold back tears during the ceremony and having a place to stash some tissues is crucial! 

More to come about my journey of planning a wedding ceremony so stay tuned...

Happy Planning, 
Lizzie

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The Barn at Liberty Farms

Exciting news....two new event venues have reached out to Hudson Valley Green asking to be included in the ever-growing list of barn venues in New York. And both are equestrian in nature! 

The Barn at Liberty Farms
(c) Elena Wolfe Photography

The Barn at Liberty Farms is a exceptionally beautiful venue located in Ghent, New York (Columbia County). The converted stallion barn is set on a 300-acre certified organic farm and equestrian center. The barn seats 150 guests. The outdoor space can accommodate many more.

Truly an amazing site...

The Barn at Liberty Farms
(c) Elena Wolfe Photography

The Barn website is very informative as it includes pricing, amenities, and a great list of "what's included" and "what's not included" in the rental fee. So many venues do not specify this type of information outright; it's refreshing to see a venue be so forthcoming and clear. 

To find out more...

60 Ostrander Road
Ghent, New York 12075
email: thebarnatlibertyfarms@gmail.com
phone: (917) 539-9283


The second new venue is Kirby Hill Farm located in Pawling, New York (Dutchess County). I'll be publishing a second blog post on this venue in the next few days, so check back! 

Happy Planning, 
Lizzie


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Hello 2016!

Hope the start of 2016 is treating you well. Perhaps you or your better half has popped the question...and in that case, congratulations! 

Here at HVG, we have big things planned for 2016. One of my goals is to be more active with postings on the blog. So please check back often for updates, tidbits of information, and inspiration! 

(c) Hudson Valley Green

In the next week or so, I hope to fully peruse the winter issue of New York Weddings. I'm hoping to see a few snippets of eco-friendly wedding aspects which I, of course, will pass along to you. I will also report back if there is a lack of "green" wedding planning information....and maybe I will follow up with a brief email to New York Magazine explaining my displeasure!

Here's to a wonderful 2016 full of joy! 

Happy Planning, 
Lizzie


Thursday, December 17, 2015

Ring Bling

Ending the week with some sparkle...

I recently discovered the work of Anna Bario and Page Neal of Bario Neal, a small jewelry company designing and creating stunning works of art. Bario Neal's unique take on classic designs, incorporating unconventional settings and interesting textures, makes their pieces truly one of a kind. 


Bario Neal Giveaway
(c) Bario Neal



Not only is their jewelry beautiful, Bario Neal works with reclaimed metals and ethically sourced stones. Their commitment to minimizing the environmental impact of their products paired with the creativity and vision of the artisans makes Bario Neal unique among jewelers. 

The Bario Neal workshop is located in Philadelphia but lucky us, there is a showroom (by appointment only) in NYC on Chrystie Street between Stanton and Rivington. 

We are in the throes of engagement season so peruse Bario Neal for the perfect ring! 

Happy Planning, 
Lizzie