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I capture the unspoken — the glances, the silences — drawing from New York's pulse and the richness of global cultures. Every wedding is its own intricate narrative. Rooted in theatre and life's everyday rhythms, I document moments both transient and timeless. 

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Wedding at the Sleepy Hollow Country Club

Wedding at the Sleepy Hollow Country Club

Who? : Casey + Jack

What? : Preparations, first look, portraits, cocktail hour, and reception at a turn of the century manor house in Sleepy Hollow, New York.  Ceremony at a nearby church.

Where?  The Sleepy Hollow Country Club

When? : October 2018

I first met Jack and Casey via an email from Jack’s mother that read : “We heard about your and your marvelous photography from our friends.”  It’s always excellent to begin that way, when a past client hands my name over, knowing that I’m going to take care of their loved ones and that we’ll be a great fit together.  And we were, right from the start.  Jack and Casey are from amazing families, with warm, incredible mothers, fantastic fathers, and a sprawl of siblings, cousins, and friends that surround them with so much love that you can’t remember where friend stops and family begins.

Their wedding was on a fall day so clear and bright, and so full of light that it was only inevitable that it slide towards the most flawless of orange sunsets and end in a blaze of sparklers on the steps of the club.  Jack and Casey, thank you for being bright, amazing human beings and bringing me into your day.  Documenting it for you was as much of a treat as the gorgeous cool weather!

Here are a few of my favorite images from their wedding:

sleepy hollow country club bride getting ready

Casey got ready in one of the rooms at the club. These rooms aren’t just rooms, they’re little kingdoms full of direct beams of light, high ceilings, and magic. I can’t imagine a more gorgeous, fitting space to get ready for a wedding than at the club itself. I mean, LOOK at that LIGHT. (And that gorgeous woman, too!)

sleepy hollow country club groom getting ready room

Not to be outdone, Jack had his one room one floor up to get ready in. Unsurprisingly, he also had some pretty perfect sunshine.

sleepy hollow country club guest rooms

It’s October. I’ve been on a horror movie kick, and nothing has been creeping me out (and amazing me) quite like the new Haunting of Hill House on Netflix. When I saw the praying statue, I knew I had a great element to add to the already-awesome shot of Casey getting her lips touched up. Someone to watch over us indeed, am I right?

sleepy hollow country club pictures

Casey’s hair was PERFECT. Smooth and sleek, but with boho braids to lighten the look.

sleepy hollow country club wedding

Light, light, light. You know I love it. It was everywhere, around every corner, in front of every perfectly placed window. Seeing moments come to life in that setting was nothing short of completely magical.

sleepy hollow country club first look location

“Some people like to do their first look on the stairs,” someone at the venue told me. I am pretty sure they suggested a few other spots, but it was all white noise once my eyes locked on this staircase. Drenched in directional light, warm and welcoming, where better to lay eyes on your loved one for the first time on your wedding day? Hi, drama.

sleepy hollow country club wedding pictures

Then it was time for a quick stroll around the grounds of the club for some images pre-ceremony.

sleepy hollow country club wedding pictures

sleepy hollow country club wedding photography

Sometimes weddings are crazy, sometimes they’re calm. No matter how the day is flowing (and this one flowed with extreme peace and ease!), I always try to take time to do that little something EXTRA. This day’s extra was brought to you by arching trees, a bright sky, and a little in-camera double exposure action.

sleepy hollow wedding photographer

The most insanely cinematic beam of light burst through the stained glass windows the second the door opened on Casey and her father.

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After the ceremony Jack and Casey hopped in her mom’s red convertible, put the top down, and sped off towards the cocktail hour, Casey’s bouquet waving in the air.

sleepy hollow country club cocktail hour location

Cocktail hour sprawled across the lawn behind the club – I LOVE these two men chatting, oblivious to the fact that a overexcited photographer was insanely grinning from the back steps over the symmetry, the light, and the shadows behind them.

sleepy hollow country club sunset

A quick sunset shot? Don’t mind if I do.

sleepy hollow country club staircase

…and a few more portraits of Casey? Yes, please. Jack’s mother had requested an image of Casey on the stairs, and I was only too happy to oblige.

sleepy hollow country club reception tent

The reception took place on the back lawn, under a tent. The sun set directly through the clear sides of the tent, bathing the tables in the warmest of light.

sleepy hollow country club reception decor

Jack and Casey had a choreographed first dance. They’re great dancers, this is true. But what really stays with me, even now, is how HAPPY they were, how lively, how cheerfully overjoyed. THAT makes a great first dance.

sleepy hollow country club photos

After a lively first dance, it was time for two pretttttty spectacular parent dances.

sleepy hollow country club reception

…and then it was time to party!

sleepy hollow country club sparkler exit

When it was time to set up for the sparkler exit, we were dismayed to see that it had started drizzling. Who was going to want to go out in THAT for a sparkler exit? Turns out? EVERYONE.

sleepy hollow country club pics

Good night and good bye, what a gorgeous ending to the first truly fall wedding of the year. Crisp light, crisp weather, incredible people, an amazing party – let’s do it again next year y’all, okay? One year anniversary party? Just name the place, I’ll be there.

Sleepy Hollow Country Club: A Timeless and Elegant Venue for a Hudson Valley Wedding

Sleepy Hollow Country Club, located in the picturesque Hudson Valley, offers a majestic and historic setting for weddings. With its stunning views, grand architecture, and lush landscapes, this venue combines the charm of the countryside with the sophistication of a classic country club, making it an ideal choice for couples seeking a serene yet elegant wedding experience.

Historic Grandeur in a Bucolic Setting

Nestled on 338 acres overlooking the Hudson River, Sleepy Hollow Country Club boasts a breathtaking environment. The club’s main building, a former Vanderbilt mansion, is a fine example of early 20th-century architecture, exuding old-world charm and elegance. The grandiose clubhouse, with its stone façade, Gothic windows, and beautiful terraces, offers a backdrop of historic luxury.

The venue features a variety of spaces for both ceremonies and receptions. The outdoor lawns provide a picturesque setting for a romantic outdoor ceremony, with panoramic views of the Hudson Valley serving as a stunning backdrop. Inside, the clubhouse’s ballroom and dining rooms offer an ambiance of refined elegance for receptions, characterized by their classic décor, rich wood paneling, and grand fireplaces.

Photographic Opulence in Every Corner

Sleepy Hollow Country Club offers an array of beautiful settings for wedding photography. The lush gardens, rolling hills, and stunning vistas of the Hudson River create a natural and serene backdrop for capturing the beauty and emotion of the wedding day. The clubhouse, with its elegant interiors and architectural details, provides a variety of sophisticated backdrops, from the grand staircases to the intimate nooks and cozy fireplaces.

A Luxurious and Personalized Experience

The club is renowned for its exceptional service and attention to detail. The culinary team at Sleepy Hollow Country Club crafts exquisite menus, featuring gourmet cuisine that can be customized to suit a range of tastes and dietary preferences. The experienced staff ensures that every aspect of the wedding is executed flawlessly, from the planning stages to the final moments of the celebration.

Embracing the Hudson Valley’s Charm

Located in Briarcliff Manor, Sleepy Hollow Country Club is set against the backdrop of the Hudson Valley’s natural beauty. The club’s proximity to historic landmarks, quaint towns, and scenic landscapes of the region provides additional opportunities for exploration and enjoyment for wedding guests.

A Wedding Venue of Timeless Elegance

Choosing Sleepy Hollow Country Club for your wedding means embracing a setting of timeless elegance and natural beauty. It’s a place where the grandeur of history meets the serenity of the countryside, creating a perfect backdrop for a wedding that is as breathtaking as it is unforgettable. In the heart of the Hudson Valley, Sleepy Hollow Country Club stands as a testament to luxury, sophistication, and the enduring allure of the natural landscape.

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