Romantic Hudson Valley Wedding at Glen Brook Farm

January 24, 2023

Hudson Valley wedding at Glen Brook Farms


Effortless Romance at Glen Brook Farm in the Hudson Valley

I probably say that every Hudson Valley wedding I shoot is fun… because they are! Or maybe I’m just THAT lucky because every wedding I’ve had the honor of capturing has been a blast. But Samantha and Christian’s wedding at Glen Brook Farm was in its own category of fun—these two bring the party wherever they go.

Glen Brook Farm wedding for Samantha and Christian.

Hudson Valley Wedding at Glen Brook Farm

I got to know these two wild souls during their engagement session, where the romance and playfulness were everything a photographer dreams of. So I knew their wedding day would be no less. For Samantha and Christian, planning their wedding was about capturing their fun personalities and creating a memorable experience for everyone.

I love seeing couples take on new trends as they come and go. The resurgence of the boho-themed wedding has been popular over the last few years, but Sam and Christian embraced the bohemian aesthetic in the most authentic sense.

These two adventurous lovers created a light, flowy, and free-spirited atmosphere—the perfect reflection of their story. The drunk-in-love wedding day was full of their favorite things—good drinks, disco balls, friends that feel like family, and non-tradition.

Spending the day with this crew at Glen Brook Farm was a blast. Located in Round Top, New York, this full-service resort is the kind of place that instantly feels like home. The Hudson Valley wedding venue has open pavilions, rolling pastures, and the mountain air of the Catskills. The scenery is breathtaking, and the staff is incredible.

Before walking down the aisle, the wedding parties spent the morning in the resort’s private lodges. Sam looked stunning in a boho-style dress from Anthropologie’s wedding collection, while Christian ditched the jacket and looked stylish in a vest. The groomsmen continued the casual-cool look wearing leather suspenders, which tied in perfectly with Sam’s Frye boots, Christian’s wooden tie clip, and the leather bound journals for the couple’s handwritten vows.

Sam and Christian skipped the private first look and saved the moment for the altar.

Wedding Advice: Wondering whether to have a first look or save it for the ceremony? There’s no right or wrong answer here. Lots of brides choose a first look with their future partner before standing in front of a crowd. Having intimate one-on-one time can ease your nerves and give you more time with guests at your cocktail hour (instead of taking your bride and groom photos).

On the other hand, it can also take away from the moment of anticipation and total surprise. It all depends on what’s important to you! If you aren’t sure, talk with your wedding photographer. They’ll help you plan your day based on your priorities and what they think will make your day the most stress-free.

Sam and Christian wanted to embrace every ounce of romance in their day and saved the first glance for the aisle—and it didn’t disappoint! With personal vows and a witty officiant, the ceremony was a rollercoaster of emotions in the best way.

Surrounded by feathery florals, a muted, warm color palette, and a gorgeous, wooden arch—Sam and Christian’s Hudson Valley wedding ceremony tied together adventure and meaning. Their celebration was elegant but also stayed true to their wild-at-heart kind of love.

We grabbed some quick photos after the ceremony with the wedding party while the guests enjoyed cocktails. Then the couple snuck away for a few pictures before the celebration.

Side note: I live for documentary wedding photography, capturing the day as it happens. But it’s almost impossible for a wedding day to be 100% documentary (if you want good images of everyone). For example, I always give guidance for large groups or family photos. I give cues as much or as little as couples need to ensure they’re comfortable. And I also like to steal the couple away to snap some intimate images away from the crowd—just as they are. Then it’s back to the party!

They needed little direction in front of the camera. The love between these two was evident from the moment I met them, but the photos still make my heart burst. There was such honest excitement and magnetic energy, and it couldn’t have been more beautiful to witness.

The duo created a modern and playful reception space with disco balls, gold accents, and florals for pops of color. They stocked the bar with craft beer from local breweries and tables with simple heirlooms honoring loved ones who had passed. It was sweet and overflowing with love, with plenty of space for the party.

And when I say party… I mean party! This bride and groom were the main attractions, but their wedding crew helped set the stage. The bridesmaids and groomsmen entered the reception in pairs, and each was fully committed to the celebration. The guests were going wild by the time Sam and Christian made their grand entrance.

Watching the two step into the dining tent was a moment friends and family will never forget–overwhelmed in the best way possible by all the love and joy surrounding them.

Although this was a refined wedding, I love that this couple didn’t take themselves too seriously. There were moments of humor, lightness, and surprises throughout the evening. This group continued dancing and grabbing late-night snacks until belly and hearts were full and the exhaustion and marital bliss fully set in.

I love when the day (and dance floor) is filled with fun people and good energy—the true perfect ending to a perfect day.

Sam and Christians bride and groom portraits in the Catskills.

Sam and Christian—I wish I could relive the excitement from Glen Brook Farm over and over! Thank you for trusting me to capture it. Wishing you a lifetime of happiness and adventures together!


Photography: Molli Photo

Venue: Glen Brook Farm Venue

Catering: Vested Veterans

Music: DJ Sari Sparks

Makeup: Adam Ryan

Hair: Hannah Bee Beauty

Nails: Gel by Chelle

Dress: Anthropologie

Bride’s Shoes: The Frye Company

Groom’s Shoes: Thursday Boots

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Each wedding captured holds a piece of my heart. Helping couples preserve memories from their day purely and honestly is a privilege. But more than anything, I hope to give couples images to look back on, decades down the line, to relive all of the joy over and over again.

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