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.

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!

Busy End of Summer Bees

Hello all! I promise I have not been stolen by pirates or hospitalized by a boomerang. It’s been a bit of a crazy end of Summer for our little family of two.

First we had to jet up to Saratoga Springs for a wedding, ya know College Roommate’s wedding, I was the Maid of Honor, no big deal.

It was an all weekend event and probably one of the most perfect weddings I have ever attended (and I’ve attended more wedding’s than the average person) Because I was an active part of said wedding Mr. Fabulous stepped up and took over my duties as faux photographer, taking over 1200 pictures. He did a damn good stand in job in my opinion, this picture especially gives me chills every time I see it.

Needless to say I’ve been a bit busy editing. Good thing I enjoy Mis’s face otherwise I’d be getting pretty sick of it by now. Editing’s still not done but I’ve made a good dent.

Most importantly a SUPER congratulations and EXTRA love for the newlyweds. Beyond happy for the two of you. Just remember Mr. Groom you’ve married into your wife’s crazy roomie. You’re stuck with me for life now bub 🙂 mwahahaha.

Labor Day weekend we found ourselves in Middle of The State New York for the Future Family Festival of Fun. Another weekend long event which is turning into a wonderful tradition. Spending time with my future family is always a stupendous time, and the antique stores on the way home made this girl a very happy camper 🙂 More on that in a soon to come post. (Trust me it’s worth the wait.) Anywho, Family Fest 2012 was fabulous (oh alliterations) And as tradition we took a group shot for prosperity; a tradition I wish my family did all those years we traveled to Maine together. We blew it guys!

The end of Labor Day weekend brought a special delivery 3 weeks early. Welcome the newest addition of a very dear friend’s family. We lovingly call her Eggroll (sister of Burrito) Welcome to the world baby girl! Auntie Lizzie and Uncle Brendan can’t wait to babysit you and your sister. (that shall be a true test for sure)

AND to plug more excuses for letting this blog fall by the wayside, probably the most exciting news (I mean it is hard to top a birth but I think it’s darn close) Future Hubs and myself booked ourselves a little trip

We’re going to EUROPE! YAY! Amsterdam to be exact. We’ll probably hit Brussels and Paris while we’re at it. I’ve never been, nor has my man and after 2 years of art history in college I’ve been biting at the bit as they say to get over there. We’re celebrating his 30th Birthday which happened earlier this year. (You can see his other “present” here.) We’re also jokingly calling this our “pre wedding honeymoon” as we’ve been engaged for 2 years and still don’t have a date. Those from Irish families will understand the overwhelming “how the hell are we going to feed/house all these people” feeling I’m sure. Needless to say, we’re very excited and still have a lot of planning ahead of us. We leave in a few weeks so expect a post potentially “abroad” if not LOTS of European pictures/artwork when we return.

Au Revoir for now! More projects, posting, recipes, and craziness to come!