Hudson Valley Barn Wedding - Crested Hen Farms

Barefoot river walk. Vintage. Bonfire. 

 
 Barefoot couple gets ready to walk into the river for their Hudson Valley barn wedding portraits at Crested Hen Farms.
 
 

Natalie and Mike got married in September at the beautiful Crested Hen Farms, a premier Hudson Valley barn wedding venue.

 They had their ceremony and reception at the same venue, which makes for such a relaxed day. They chose Crested Hen Farms because it’s so cozy and relaxed and they just fell in love with it. I love shooting weddings at Crested Hen Farms because the surroundings are just incredible and the barn is rustic and elegant all in one. The venue is large yet still cozy, nestled at the bottom of a mountain with views everywhere, big overgrown fields and a river that runs right through it.  Not only is it close to my home but the property and barn are exactly what I love about documenting weddings in the Hudson Valley. Good down to earth people having simple, real weddings. Perfect.
 

 
 This Hudson Valley Barn wedding venue sits along the river and is perfect for an outdoor wedding. 
 Rustic barn sign and chalkboard welcome sign greet guests as they arrive for a Hudson Valley barn wedding

Getting Ready

The Crested Hen Farms property has a beautiful old farmhouse that Natalie got ready in. It was big enough to hold the bride, the mother of the bride, the best friend who was also the officiant, and later in the day, the groom even got ready there. The farmhouse has so many amazing nooks and crannies, big picture windows and beautiful light. I absolutely loved this wedding because not only is the owner Frank such a sweet person, but the property is stunning everywhere you look. If I could document weddings at this Hudson Valley barn wedding venue every weekend, I would totally do it. 

 Bride puts on her makeup before her Hudson Valley barn wedding at Crested Hen Farms
 Groom ties his tie on the banks of the river at Crested Hen Farms wedding
 Dramatica light from window as Bride's mother zips vintage dress for in the Hudson Valleybarn wedding
 Black and white photo of bride putting on necklace for her barn wedding in the Hudson Valley
 Boho bride puts in her earrings for her Crested Hen Farms barn wedding in the Hudson Valley
Hudson Valley Barn Wedding at Crested Hen Farms
 Boho bride with wildflower bouquet and red flowers in her hair at hudson valley barn wedding

Unique Touches

The best part of the day was when this adventurous couple headed into the river barefoot- vintage wedding dress pulled up and wedding suit pants rolled up. Their intimacy and true love for each other was so apparent. Their German Shorthaired Pointer dog was the ring bearer and the cloudy skies were moody all day but it never rained. They also had a photo booth during the party – it was hilarious!

Natalie wore a vintage dress from an antique store and Mike wore a grey linen suit, and they looked so incredible. Natalie’s vintage dress fit her perfectly right off the hanger and the lace detail was amazing and Mike’s suit was absolutely perfect for a barn wedding.

The First Look

Natalie and Mike decided to help keep their wedding day stress free by seeing each other before the ceremony at their First Look. I chose a gorgeous path along the river with a super cute, red A-frame house. The wind loved Natalie's hair and it gave Mike and excuse to gently tuck it behind her ear. Their German Short Haired Pointer happily ran by every two minutes or so, checking in, saying hello.

 

Hudson Valley Barn Wedding at Crested Hen Farms
Hudson Valley Barn Wedding at Crested Hen Farms
Hudson Valley Barn Wedding at Crested Hen Farms
Hudson Valley Barn Wedding at Crested Hen Farms
 Vintage bride pins the boutennier on her fiance just moments before their Hudson Valley barn wedding at Crested Hen Farms.
 Vintage bride pins the boutonniere on her fiance just moments before their Hudson Valley barn wedding at Crested Hen Farms.
 Natural and romantic hudson valley wedding photos from barn wedding
 Non-cheesy Bride and groom portraits at Fall Hudson Valley barn wedding at Crested Hen Farms
 Candid and natural wedding photo of the groom making the bride laugh
Hudson Valley Barn Wedding at Crested Hen Farms
Hudson Valley Barn Wedding at Crested Hen Farms
Hudson Valley Barn Wedding at Crested Hen Farms
Hudson Valley Barn Wedding at Crested Hen Farms
Hudson Valley Barn Wedding at Crested Hen Farms
Hudson Valley Barn Wedding at Crested Hen Farms
Hudson Valley Barn Wedding at Crested Hen Farms
Hudson Valley Barn Wedding at Crested Hen Farms
Hudson Valley Barn Wedding at Crested Hen Farms
 The wind blows the bride's hair  in this candid portrait at a Fall Crested Hen Farms wedding
 

 

Outdoor River Wedding Ceremony

The wedding itself was an intimate affair in a woodland clearing on the edge of the river. Frank, the owner, has his wonderful staff bring old church pews for the guests to sit on. During the ceremony they read their own vows – it was so emotional. Someone passed Natalie a handkerchief while Mike read his vows to her, and then when she started into her vows, she had to pass the handkerchief over to him. There wasn't a dry eye in the house. They also passed their wedding rings around so that all of their friends and family could squeeze some love into their rings before they said I do.

 

 
 The large, rustic barn wedding venue sits in a field with mountain view and early fall foliage at Crested Hen Farms in High Falls NY
 Croquet and other lawn games help keep the outdoor wedding relaxed and fun
 Little girl hidden in the crowd of wedding guests and lost in thought
 black and white image of two little girls dancing in a field as their hair whips around them
 Bride's proud parents walk her between old church pews to her groom waiting on the river bank for their outdoor ceremony
 bride and groom hug her parents as the reach the outdoor river wedding ceremony at Crested Hen Farms
 Father of the Bride hugs groom as he gives his daughter away at hudson valley barn wedding outdoors
 Hudson Valley barn wedding venue with river,, mountains, fields and charm
 bride wipes tears as she reads her wedding vows in outdoor river front ceremony
 Bride and groom both wipe tears as he reads his vows during their river front wedding ceremony at Crested Hen farms
 Hudson Valley barn wedding outdoor river front wedding ceremony at Crested Hen Farms
 first kiss after saying I Do on the banks of a river ceremony at Hudson Valley barn wedding
 just married couple happily recesses down the aisle after their hudson valley barn wedding
 black and white candid of the wind in the bride's hair while walking hand in hand with groom
 

 

The Barn Wedding Venue

The reception was in the rustic barn, we walked around the woods for photos in the afternoon, and had an intimate family dinner in the evening. Their caterer had a huge grill set up behind the barn and cooked all night long. The smell wafted in and out of the barn and it was amazing! It really made it feel like a more backyard family gathering. The large plates of food just kept coming in all night. 

They decorated the venue with tealights and simple greenery which totally suited their laid back style. There were candles on all of the tables that really set the mood. Crested Hen Farms provides their couples with long rectangular tables and mismatched chairs which is so nice. Then the bride decorated the tables with lace tablecloths, glass goblets, glass bottles with fresh eucalyptus, and mismatched china dishes. It was perfect. A little rustic, a little Boho and totally relaxed.

The first dance was a romantic slow dance, and they finished off the evening with a huge bonfire that kept the wedding guests warm on this chilly early Autumn night.

 

 
 farmhouse tables, mismatched chairs and china and bistro lights decorate this chic and rustic barn wedding venue in the Hudson Valley
 mismatched china, glass goblets and lace tablecloths on farmhouse tables in this hudson valley barn wedding venue 
 glass bottles, eucalyptus, candles and lace tablecloths decorate the reception tables at barn wedding at Crested Hen Farms
 Chic and rustic hudson valley barn wedding venue with mountain views and fall foliage
 wedding guest throws her daughter up in the air and playfully catches her
 The bride, her mother and her grandmother's hand with their wedding rings show three generations of love
 Cloudy grey skies are a perfect backdrop for this hipster couple in a field at Crested Hen Farms
 Gorgeous cloudy skies made this moody and romantic wedding portrait unique and intimate at Hudson Valley barn wedding
 dramatic cloudy skies over the Crested Hen Farm barn while the reception party lights up the porch
 

 

Unique Touches

The best part of the day was when this adventurous couple headed into the river barefoot- vintage wedding dress pulled up and wedding suit pants rolled up. Their intimacy and true love for each other was so apparent. Their German Shorthaired Pointer dog was the ring bearer and the cloudy skies were moody all day but it never rained. They also had a photo booth during the party – it was hilarious!

Natalie wore a vintage dress from an antique store and Mike wore a grey linen suit, and they looked so incredible. Natalie’s vintage dress fit her perfectly right off the hanger and the lace detail was amazing and Mike’s suit was absolutely perfect for a barn wedding.

 

 
 

 

Natalie and Mike met playing music and have been together for 4 years. They got in touch with me a year before their wedding and their inquiry was so personal. They said they wanted a photographer who would be like a guest, and I loved that they just really wanted me there.

Natalie and Mike say that if you’re planning your wedding, the biggest piece of advice they could give you is to make the day special to you while also going with the flow.

Natalie and Mike’s wedding was everything I love about weddings and had such a chilled vibe. Enjoy their gorgeous wedding!

Vendors:

Venue: Crested Hen Farms in High Falls NY
Event Planner: RSVP by B
Hair: Le Shag
Caterer: Hickory BBQ
Florist: Peony Designs
DJ: JTD Productions
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intage Wedding Dress: Vintage store in Hudson Valley


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