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Intimate COVID-19 Wedding


Nicole & Luca • germantown, ny

After having to move their wedding at A Private Estate Events LLC from the originally planned date in June to October due to health regulations, Nicole and Luca brought all the little details together to create the wedding they had always wanted. Forever fans of the Hudson Valley region, they fell in love with the space in Germantown, New York and chose A Private Estate as their wedding venue.

They moved out of NYC to Colorado a few years ago, but with most of their family being on the East Coast and their love of visiting the little towns along the Hudson Valley, getting married upstate was a no-brainer. Originally they planned for 140 guests with a full weekend feel, but because of coronavirus they had to postpone and make shifts to still have the day be lovely and memorable.

"We upgraded most of the decor to give the air of an elevated dinner party," the couple said. "Beautiful and formal, yet still fun." It was an elegant juxtaposition with tuxes and corn hole, followed by a candlelit dinner and pigs in a blanket from Hickory BBQ.

Nicole brought in a gorgeous and unique pearl theme for her accessories to pair with her Lela Rose dress, including silk wedding flats with pearl detailing and an acrylic pearl purse by Lele Sadoughi. Her friend even custom made her a white velvet jacket to wear when the sun went down at night, with little pearls along the sleeve.

Other lovely details the couple included for their wedding at A Private Estate? Personal rosé and champagne bottles for a group toast after their first kiss, as well as gin and bourbon from a local distillery. The place cards were made from pressed flowers and wildflower seeds that grow flowers once watered, to bring in a theme of growth and positivity into the event.



A Private Estate

Coordination - Every Little Detail
Dress - Lela Rose
Jewelry - Nicola Bathie
Purse - Lele Sadoughi
Suit - Suit Supply
Hair/Makeup - La Tua Bella
Rings - Melanie Casey & Anthony Lent

Florist - Flower Kraut
Venue - A Private Estate
Catering - Hickory BBQ
Rentals - Events Unlimited
Rentals - North Country Vintage
Lawn Games - Upstate Jamboree
Paperie - Paper Culture

"We have not stopped talking about the quality of your work since we got our very first look. The difference between good photography and stellar photography is very obvious to us both now." 

All About Weddings at
A Private Estate LLC

A secret hudson valley haven

As a wedding photographer, we have years of experience shooting various locations and venues in the New York Metro Area (literally – we’ve photographed over 300 weddings!). When navigating the wedding planning process, it can be so difficult to figure out venues, vendors, logistics, and budgets. That being said, we thought it would be helpful to give some information based on our experience photographing weddings at A Private Estate. See all the details below!

A Private Estate Events LLC is located in Germantown, NY a serene and picturesque area of the Hudson Valley. It is a 19th century Livingston mansion with sweeping views of the Hudson River and Catskills Mountains. With a maximum capacity of 275 guests, you can host your celebration waterside in a tent or in the restored barn complex. The well-groomed lawns and intimate feel of the space is the perfect backdrop for any wedding, large and small. Your guests will be awed by the views and service at this venue!

how we photograph weddings at a private estate

With such a small wedding and everything happening on-site, they only needed one photographer. I worked with their coordinator Danielle of Every Little Detail to build a timeline that allowed us plenty of time for all the photos the couple wanted (including the epic editorial style shot of their entire family on the steps of the estate house!) but to ensure that the day didn’t feel like a photo shoot and they spent as much time as possible with their loved ones.

I arrived extra early on-site for additional time to document the details of the day and the location that was so important to Nicole and Luca. With both of them getting ready at the carriage house together, it was seamless to bounce between the two of them and capture the moments with friends and family — from Luca and his mom seeing one another for the first time to extended family hanging around a fire pit on the chilly autumn morning.

Once the day kicked off, I floated amidst the guests between events - capturing moments of laughter amidst friends and little details like the father of the bride's little dog running around during the cocktail hour or Luca's arm around Nicole's chair during toasts. These in-between moments are often not the photos you'll hang on your wall or post on Instagram, but sweet glimpses of the day that take you right back to what it felt like to be in the room.

Photography Pricing for Weddings at A Private Estate

how to find your dream wedding photographer

While the flowers may fade, the guests may go home, and your gown goes into the closet….your photos are the one thing from your wedding that holds its value. It’s not just about having someone with a professional camera to come and simply document your wedding. 

You don’t want to scroll back through your photos and think “Yup, that’s what the day looked like.” You want to hold your photos in your hands and say, “This is what the day felt like.”

Investing in a photographer that can truly capture the ambience and love in your day. From the in-between candid moments between you and your partner to the laughs of your college best friends during the cocktail hour, every moment matters. A photographer who can not only capture these memories but also make you feel at ease and comfortable is the best investment you can make.