Wednesday, September 1, 2010

A look Back at 2010 - A Collection of our Top Weddings - Part I

Before we know it the 2010 wedding season will be behind us. As we get ready to ring in a new year of weddings, we take this opportunity to look back on the year with noteworthy highlights. Thanks to all our past brides for making this year one of our best so far and we look forward to working with our future brides for the upcoming season!

The first wedding we'll cover is a very special one - owner Sarah Lusardi became a bride herself on April 17, 2010. Sarah and her husband James were married at the Chapel of Our Lady Restoration in Cold Spring, NY. (Photos courtesy of

The Chapel of Our Lady Restoration fits 80-90 guests. The bride chose to have reserved seating at the church due to the small pews and odd number of guests that can fit in each. The team of coordinators from NY Engagements, LLC helped organize the setup of personal decor items at the church including the wedding programs and gerbera daisies at each seat, unity candle trio at the front, and a monogrammed plaque from a friend. The floral decor was designed by Engaging Floral Designs. (Photos courtesy of

The soloist, Jeanne-Marie Lowell, sang "The Prayer" beautifully as the parents walked down the aisle to be seated. During the candle lighting, she performed "Moments to Remember". The pianist, Emmanuel from RedRoom Music, accompanied Jeanne-Marie with a flawless performance on the chapel's grand piano.
The ceremony officiant was Reverend John Merz. He worked with the couple to create a personalized ceremony. Even though he is from NYC, he came up to Cold Spring to meet the couple in person to learn about them.

Alistair from Catherine Leonard Photography, was the photographer for the day. He is an amazing photographer to work with. He works in an unobtrusive manner yet captures some amazing detail shots and intimate moments to let the couple be themselves without feeling the lens there forcing a moment unnaturally.

Alistair started the day at the bride's dressing location in Cold Spring, NY to capture getting ready shots, personal floral pictures and the first look with the bride and groom (examples of his work below):

The bride's hair and makeup was done by Elena Pemberty of Occasions by Elena located in White Plains, NY. She's a perfectionist of her craft and got the bride done in time for her closeup! (Photos courtesy of

Skipping ahead, the reception was held at The Powelton Club in Newburgh, NY (photos courtesy of )

The Powelton Club is a beautiful club with a warm intimate setting in the main dining room with exposed beams and tall ceilings, gold chandeliers, living room style seating, a grand piano, and a beautiful bar area. The bride and groom had a cocktail reception for 124 guests which kept the focus on mingling, dancing, and trying an assortment of stations and passed "finger friendly" appetizers. (Photos courtesy of

Stations: Mediterranean, Sushi, Slider, Carving and Italian Stations

The floral decor was provided again by Engaging Floral Designs. The escort cards were little bud vases of flowers with the guests' names on each card. The guests could take the pieces to their tables to complete the floral decor look for their table. At the end of the night, each guest could take home their bud vase. In addition, guests were treated to a cookie and ice cream bar, home made cupcakes, water bottles and coffee/tea in to-go cups for their late night ride home. (Photos by

To enhance the floral decor, special pin spots and color washes were set up by John Carver of BearFly Designs, LLC. Photo courtesy of Catherline Leonard Photography

Mark Cord from Energy Entertainment Group, Ltd out of Plainview, NY provided a combination dj/live band. They have a clean, professional setup and his group played popular music that kept the dance floor packed throughout the evening. The sound was amazing - it was like there was a 10 piece band with the combination! Photo courtesy of Catherine Leonard Photography

Many thanks to the top Hudson Valley wedding professionals mentioned in this blog that made it a truly memorable day!