Wedding Venue: Arrowhead Park.Monroe, NY

Arrowhead Park is a country estate built at the turn of the 20th century by Julia Cooper and Schuyler Schieffelin. It depicts classic Arts and Craft period details and sits on the banks of a semi private lake.

Photo by Arrowhead Park

This venue hit a lot of points on our check list. The main house can be rented out for the weekend with enough room for most wedding parties. The owner can provide full breakfasts for an additional fee and if desired the rehearsal dinner can be held on the main floor of the house. The Arts and Crafts details were stunning and the bedrooms have been restored with care and beauty. (**note the venue was off season when we did the walk through, please excuse any mess/construction equipment/etc**)

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Some rooms are the old servant quarters, they aren’t as grand, they aren’t as large, and they share a common bath BUT the price reflects their short comings and if it means your closest most important people get to be there with you all weekend it’s not a bad set up at all in my opinion.

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Arrowhead is only 15 minutes from Woodbury Commons (a top notch outlet mall that many New York City-ers flock to on weekends) It’s close to the “Big City” for anyone who happens to be visiting and wants a break from the concrete jungle. Expect roughly a 1 hour drive depending on traffic.

There is a separate building where one’s reception can be held. It’s design hearkens back to the film “Dirty Dancing”. It’s simple, rustic, has a stage for a band if desired and can be set up the day before, always nice if you’re DIYing your big day.

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Ceremony sites include a cove right on the lake. Very magical and apparently has perfect lighting in the afternoon/evening hours. It was even stunning in the fog and mist of the day. Just imagine all those trees firey with Fall colors. mmm.

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Another ceremony location is the garden area. It’s right next to the reception building and features tiered gardens which creates a more formal/grand location to exchange vows.

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*picture taken post Nor’easter. Please excuse fallen trees.

The park is opened during the summer months offering row boat rentals, lake swimming, and picnic areas. A fee of $10 per person is all you need to spend to let the stress of the city melt away on the shores of the lake.

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For more information please check out Arrowhead Park’s website. The woman we met with was very accommodating and willing to work with most any group.

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The Happiest Day of Our Lives…?

Hello Pretty People! I have the deepest apologies to all of you for totally flaking on my blog for the last few months. As I believe (most) of you know Future Hubs proposed way back in August, 2010. We always intended to have a long engagement (so we’re right on track) with a goal of an Autumn 2013 wedding.

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Needless to say I’ve spent the last 2 year stalking wedding blogs, drooling over pictures and fictitiously planning the ideal day for the two of us. Flash forward to December 2012 when we realized 2013 was knocking at the door reminding us we had 10 months until “W” day.

Late December and January turned into a frantic search for venues, dragging my groom as well as good friends all over the greater Hudson Valley area in search of “The One”. I can now calmly and happily say we’ve found it. (Right when we were ready to give up hope and elope, funny how that works.)

More details to come on that as most of our family doesn’t even know. To any family reading this we are still waiting on a final date and once that happens we will let you all know.

I plan to make a few posts about the venues we’ve seen for those brides in the NY/NJ/CT area who, like me, don’t want the typical catering hall, dinner/dancing wedding. I’ve found a handful of places after what could potentially be hundreds of hours of research that are comparable to all the Oregon/California/Washington weddings us East Coasters drool over.

Wedding Blog Summer Camp Wedding

Photos by Jessica Velarde

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Photos by Logan Cole

Early apologies to anyone who could care less about wedding anything. This has unfortunately been my life for the last 2 and a half months and really living in a diverse area as greater NYC it shouldn’t have been this hard. I truly hope my reviews help any bride stuck in the same boat I was. Plus, bonus, most sites I visited are county and state parks so it won’t be all wedding banter. so if you like the great outdoors and Mama Nature yay!