Red Maple Vineyard Wedding - Airstream Photo Booth, Secret Garden + Tea Ceremony
I really get stuck trying to describe how much I love documenting weddings at Red Maple Vineyard. So many thoughts rush in at once that it's hard to choose the first ones to mention. The Stone family, who started Corner Stone Catering 25 years ago, bought the old West Park Winery and magically transformed the property into the premier Hudson Valley wedding venue that is today. There is so much attention to detail, so many well thought out moving pieces.
When Claudia and Robby first got in touch with me about being their Red Maple Vineyard wedding photographer, I was immediately excited to meet them. There is always something so special about the couples that fall in love with Red Maple Vineyard. And I was right, I loved them immediately. We first met for their Connection Session in New Paltz, NY where I took them for my victory drive around the Hudson Valley just chasing the light. We stayed around the base of the Mohonk Mountain and had a great time chatting, laughing and getting to know each other. It is such a big help to not arrive on the wedding day as a complete stranger. It gets all the awkward out and allows us to kick ass on the wedding day if we only have ten minutes.
Claudia and Robby decided to do a First Look. I picked a gorgeous spot along one of the many gardens on the property. When Robby turned around and saw Claudia for the first time, his face just lit up. They were so so sweet together and it was such a pleasure to bear witness to their private moment. We walked around the wedding venue to some of the gorgeous and diverse spaces that I love. The huge old oak tree, the tree-lined street, the secret garden hidden among one of the rows of grapes and we were even greeted by the horses that live on the property.
Red Maple Vineyard really knows how to throw an amazing party! They never have the guest sitting for too long which helps the party keep its upbeat vibe. Even though it rained for most of the reception, the guest were still grabbing umbrellas and running out to the Airstream Photo Booth. Yes, that's right- an Airstream photo booth!! Rose & Dale Photo Co. has got it going on! It was impeccably decorated and such a cool and different idea.
Oh Claudia and Robby- thank you from the bottom of my heart for honoring me with documenting your amazing wedding. Your friends and family were so much fun and I wish you the best in your new lives together! And another big thank you to my amazing assistant Caitlin for documenting this Red Maple vineyard wedding with me!
Red Maple Wedding Vendors:
Gorgeous Hair and Makeup: Bella Luci Salon
Amazing food: Corner Stone Caterers
Dennis and his amazing florals: The Green Cottage
Beautiful beaded wedding dress: David's Bridal
Michael was an excellent DJ: HVE Associates
Humorous, touching and sacred ceremony officiant: Rev. Sheila