Hudson Valley Wedding Photographers
When I began my business as a wedding photographer I decided to focus on the Hudson Valley, New York, and the Connecticut areas. I had a camera in my hand and a dream in my heart: to be one of the best Hudson Valley Wedding Photographers. I want to give you wedding photos that will be admired by your friends and family.
I understand that you want to look at your wedding pictures some time from now. It could be a year, 5 years, or even 50 years from now. However long it takes, I want you to have the same feelings as you look at those pictures as the ones you had on that special day. I want you to have the beautiful memories floating in your mind, vivid as if you were living the moment again.
I have been described by many as having a documentary style. What I can say about it is that it is the result of my extensive background as a photojournalist. I don’t like to interfere with things too much. No instructions about what stiff poses to put on. No fuss over who stands where and what not. I let the day unfold naturally, and anticipate the right moments to take photos so I can capture your wedding day in its entirety.
Hudson Valley is a beautiful place with lots of fantastic venues where you can have your wedding. From rehearsal dinner, to ceremony, to reception; from chic, to classical, to elegant, to rustic; there isn’t a conceivable style or purpose of event you couldn’t hold in this magnificent valley. I have a few favorites when it comes to venues, and I decided to tell you about some of them below:
If you want a wedding that looks like it popped right out of a fairy tale book, then Tarrytown House Estate is the perfect choice. This estate is located in Westchester and exudes nothing but the Georgian elegance of the 19th century. There are three mansions you can choose for your wedding reception and grand entrance: the Mary Duke Ballroom, the King Mansion, and the Biddle Mansion. There are also numerous facilities on the grounds catering to different interests and themes: a tennis court, a volleyball court, and a swimming pool. The lawn is plush and beautiful and lends itself well to outdoor activities that you might want your guests to revel in. The estate is littered throughout with portraits and artifacts showing the excellent workmanship of the 19th and 20th centuries and providing beautiful backdrops for your photographs.
Lyndhurst Castle has got the wow factor through and through. From the moment you walk into the large castle doors to the kiss you share with your significant other in the blooming rose garden. This beautiful castle has a lot of spots for you and your groom to pose for timeless photos that will seem to leap right out of the frame and capture the beholder, pulling them into a world of magic and charm. The veranda on the castle offers breathtaking views of the Hudson River below. You can have your cocktail party in the carriage house or do something a little larger and more interesting in the courtyard. With a maximum outdoor capacity of 400 guests, the last thing you’ll experience at Lyndhurst Castle is a shortage of space. One thing’s for sure: the wedding photos will be phenomenal. Whether you’re taking them with the sturdy beech trees in the garden as your background, or taking full advantage of the regal visuals in the castle itself, you’ll love looking at them later. It will be a wedding to cherish.
The Benmarl Winery is pretty old, dating back to the early 19th century. It was started by a hopeful farmer looking to cash in on the wine grape industry by starting his own vineyard. What certainly never disappeared for over 200 years is the charm. It lives on to this day and rubs off of visitors whenever they enter the grounds. The winery has an associated Bed & Breakfast on the grounds that offers a lot of options to the couple, allowing for a complete wedding weekend, rather than squeezing everything into a single day. With a capacity of 200 guests and the ability to customize almost everything, Benmarl Winery is the perfect venue for those looking to have a simple dream wedding with a small number of family and friends in attendance. The pictures will have that much more intimacy in them.
Stonegate embodies the farm-to-table philosophy to its core. This beautiful farm is open to couples looking to hold their weddings on its spacious and picturesque grounds. The main venues for weddings are the orchard and the flower farm. The orchard is quite a sight, with plum and quince trees surrounding you as you celebrate your wedding reception, the sun setting in the horizon and coloring the sky gold. The flower farm is also a great option with its different blooms setting up wonderful backgrounds for your photos. You can also have an indoor party in the formal barn if you wish.
Stonegate farm prides itself in being able to provide farm-harvested food for your guests, giving an organic edge to your ceremony and promoting the health of your guests. Even the flowers for your bouquets can be selected from the many varieties grown on the farm and arranged for you by the resident flower farmer.
There are many other venues in and around Hudson Valley that I have had the privilege of taking memorable photos at. I’ve listed some of them below.
Some popular wedding venues for Hudson Valley wedding photographers are Whitby Castle, The Kaaterskill Inn, Onteora Mountain House, Gedney Farm, The Farm at Pond Lily, Bourne Mansion, Glynwood Farm, Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Crabtree’s Kittle House, Blenheim Hill Farm, Lambs Hill, Audrey's Farmhouse, Red Maple Vineyard, Owls Hoot Bard, Bedford Post Inn, Cedar Lakes Estate, Circa 1799 Barn, Rustic Orchard Barn, Buttermilk Falls Inn, The Pioneer Farm, Foxfire Mountain House, Bassinova-on-Hudson, Basilica Hudson, The Hasbrouck House, Barn on the Pond, Boscobel House, Mohonk Mountain House, The Barn at Liberty Farms, Caramoor Center for Music, Locusts on Hudson, The Capitol Theatre, Liberty View Farm, The Garrison, Locust Grove Estate, Blooming Hill Farm, The Roundhouse at Beacon Falls, Paramount Country Club, Full Moon Resort, Powelton Club, Falkirk Estate and Country Club, Tuthiltown Distillery, Shadow Lawn, Emerson Park Pavilion, Kirby Hill Farm, and Tappan Hill Mansion.
Best Wedding Photographers in Hudson Valley
If you are looking for one of the best wedding photographers in Hudson Valley, I hope you will consider Chris. As a wedding photographer Chris has been able to see so many beautiful moments. As a documentary wedding photographer, Chris has a finely tuned eye for storytelling, a natural ability to be in the right place at the right time. His experience as a photojournalist allows him to create personal, enduring images. It takes exceptional skill to be able to anticipate moments before they happen and be ready to capture them as quickly as they disappear. It is about capturing real character as naturally as possible. Weddings are about love, and family and friends. You want the best wedding photographer to capture your Hudson Valley wedding.