Saratoga Wedding Destinations and Venues with Rustic Charm

July 2nd, 2012 by

Liberty Ridge Farm near Saratoga, NY is a premier wedding destination located in the Capital Region of Upstate NY.

From Blue Jean to Bow Ties a premier Saratoga NYwedding destination like Liberty Ridge Farm offers indoor and outdoor wedding venues with breathtaking views that dazzle and delight.  The Gifford Barn,a Dutch style barn hosts 2400 sq. ft. of reception space decorated in an equestrian theme, high ceilings, exposed beams and beautiful cherry harvest tables that offer the ultimate in rustic elegance.  The Event Tent is tailor-made to accommodate any size guest list,  from elegance to rustic charm it serves as a perfect setting for receptions.

As a wedding destination we explore topics of interest from now and then and this one always had grabbed our attention recently.  We sometimes overlook the symbol that represents all of Marriage a whole, trapped in a single item that is worn everyday.  We wanted to know more about…What was the meaning of a Wedding Ring’s shape and composition?

The wedding ring is the last present a couple will give one another before their wedding.  The very first present a lady might receive is a relationship is a promise ring – which most think of a pre-engagement ring.  Later on as a duet gets more involved, the engagement ring replaces the pre-engagement ring and confirms a bond to each other.

This wedding ring is an emblem and throughout time has symbolized love, devotion and even an agreement between families. The physical structure of the wedding ring has changed as different civilizations have changed it to look more and more beautiful. Some materials are held more dear, like precious metals and diamonds which are considered to be of greater value – hence the feeling that they might mean more.  However the meaning behind the symbol has stayed the same throughout time and over continents. A ring placed on your womans finger says many things to her “I love you” “I wish to be with you forever” and “You are mine.”Most women cherish the instant when the man slips a ring on their finger.  They gaze with enchantment into each others eyes during that instant when the ring is put on and they understand that they will be together from then on.   The ring exchange has symbolization behind the wedding bands that  is as rich and as complicated as its own love story.   It should be told so that couples understand exactly why they exchange wedding rings.

A ring in its simplest form is a circle, which means ‘forever.’ The ring stands for an unclouded wish to spend all time together. Many couples opt to have a romantic phrase engraved within their wedding rings which makes that traditional symbolism even more important for each couple. Symbols exist throughout our culture. Even the materials the wedding ring is created out of appear to be symbols of love and devotion. A great deal of couples select diamonds on their wedding rings; diamonds are literally indestructibleand are the “forever” stone you want to select to epitomize your love. Rubies are another choice representing love, keenness and grandeur. While the wedding ring itself is seen as invaluable, the metaphor of the wedding ring symbolizes that your betrothed is precious to you.

The wedding ring was adorned in past times like it is presently, on the left hand, third finger. The reason being because of the strong-held belief that the vein in this finger moves at once from the heart. This notion was endorsed as ladies commenced wearing their wedding rings closer to their hand and then their engagement ring on that same hand – affirming this notion of it being so close to your heart.  So if you are going to share your love forever, take a look at our picturesque acres of for your Next Saratoga Wedding, Albany Wedding, Clifton park Wedding or Adirondack Wedding consider our rustic elegance or refined charm for your indoor or outdoor NY Capital Region wedding.

Do you need help planning your wedding?  We have taken the leg work out of the planning process. Let us relieve the stress of arranging your wedding day. Choose the venue, catering package and floral option, right here on the farm with one of our wedding coordinators

Our experienced team is ready to help you create a memorable experience for both you and your guests. Call 518-664-1515 to reserve your date now, or contact us.

Upstate NY Capital Region Wedding Traditions, Receiving line or no ?

May 31st, 2012 by

Based on our research and in speaking with brides to be, some say this is an old tradition they don’t plan to use and others believe they will have a receiving line.  The purpose behind the tradition of the receiving line is to allow the hostess – usually the Mother of the Bride, regardless of who is paying for the wedding – to personally welcome the guests into the reception.  Traditionally, the bride’s parents – as hosts – head the receiving line and are first to greet guests, followed by the bride and groom and then the groom’s parents. Many lines we’ve seen also include the entire bridal party (if there’s room), and sometimes even grandparents. The couple may wish to stand alone.

Let’s start by setting the record straight: A receiving line isn’t required.  However, the bride and groom like to greet and thank every one of their guests for coming to their wedding and the receiving line ensures the bride and groom and family thank personally each attendee of the wedding.

Is a receiving line really the best way to be sure they don’t miss anyone?  We think if the wedding is large (more than 75 people) a receiving line is a great (and efficient) way to be sure all the guests have a chance to meet the couple’s parents and attendants.  Now if you are having a small wedding, it’s fine and possible for the bride and groom to visit with each table – usually during the meal – to greet, thank, and chat with their guests.  Large guest lists and big bridal parties can make for very long and time consuming receiving lines. The receiving line is still used by some where the guest list is very small – some say, no more than 25.

The receiving line is held either at the ceremony site as people exit the service, followed by formal picture-taking, or as soon as the couple reaches the reception area, after the formal pictures. Ideally, the location permits guests to have refreshments while they wait for their turn, possibly and extension of the cocktail hour which might allow the line to flow into the reception area.

So what do you think, are you going to have a receiving line ?  If you are looking for outdoor weddings in and around the Albany and Saratoga NY Capital Region, we cultivate memories on your wedding day at Liberty Ridge Farm.

Wedding flowers and their meanings Part 1

February 23rd, 2012 by

Do you know that most flowers, if not all, have a specific meaning?  That’s right, the flowers that you pick to decorate and create bouquets for your special day will not only ohh and ahh people but will speak to them as well.   Most flowers have a specific meaning or significance that has been passed down through generations.   Flower meanings can be traced back to the Victorian Era, where in those days it was considered improper of a man to say how he felt to a woman, so they would usually choose a flower with a special meaning and send it to their lady instead to let them know their feelings.  Back in that era, the meanings of flowers were so well known that the woman who received the flower would know exactly what feeling the man was trying to tell them, as clearly as if they were spoken words.

Although many in today’s era don’t know the meaning of flowers, it is still important on a day such as your wedding day that you pick flowers that you not only like, but will place a special emphasis on how you feel on that special day.  Flowers help to set the mood for your wedding.  Knowing that, before you select your flowers we believe that it is important to understand the meaning of flowers so that you can determine the type of wedding and reception event that you would like to have.  Once you do that, selecting the flowers that will say what you mean will be a breeze!

To help you out we have compiled a list of the Top 10 most popular flowers for weddings and their meanings.  This post will talk about the first 5 flowers in the Top 10 and in Wedding Flowers and their meanings Part 2 we will round out the Top 10.  In subsequent posts we plan to bring you the most popular flowers by seasons to give brides more ideas for those Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer weddings!  We hope you enjoy!

Top 10 Most Popular Wedding Flowers Part 1-5

1. The Rose - has long been thought of as the star in wedding flowers.  It has long been considered a symbol of beauty and love.  Roses are available in solid colors and bicolored.  There are striped roses and tipped roses as well.  Not all roses are scented, although when thought of, people think of their luxurious fragrance.  There are 3 main types popular as wedding flowers: hybrid tea roses (those classic, uniformly shaped roses found in florist shopes), spray roses (these are roses that have 5-10 heads on each stem and look naturally garden grown), and garden roses (these are expensive, known as the old fashioned variety with open bushy heads and luxurious scents).   Depending on which colors you pick can have different meanings.  Bridal roses mean “happy love”.  Roses in a coral color mean “desire”, lavender – “enchantment”, pale pink – “modesty”, pink – “perfect happiness”, red & white mix – “unity”, white – “innocence and purity”, tea rose – “I will remember”, “always”.

2. Tulips - can be a nice meaningful wedding choice.  They represent “consuming love” and “happy years”.  Tulips can be grown in a variety of colors including white and cream, pink, yellow, peach, magenta, red and purple.  They are available much of the year.  The tulip is very versatile and can be used for elegant or casual wedding settings, table arrangements and even bouquets and boutonnieres.  There are three common kinds of tulips used in weddings – Dutch tulips (those found easily in floral shops), French Tulips (expensive but elegant, have long stems and large blooms), and parrot tulips (have ruffled, striped petals and very intense color).

3. Calla Lily – is a popular choice for weddings, whether elegant or casual.  The calla lily symbolizes “magnificent beauty” in the flower language.  The most popular color of calla lily in weddings is a creamy ivory but can come in colors such as yellow, orange, mauve and purple.  There are two types that are commonly available: a large bloom variety with a long, smooth stem which is suitable for tall arrangements and presentation style bouquets.  There is also the miniature variety that are ideal for nosegays and boutonnieres.

4. Lily of the Valley - has bell shaped florets that dangle from a thin stem with a very distinctive fresh perfumed scent.    The Lily of  Valley means “sweetness” or “humility”, and is sometimes thought to be the tears of the Virgin Mary, also thought to mean the “return to happiness”.  These flowers are found most often in the month of May and are usually very expensive.  They do not do well with heat and are sensitive to handling and dehydration.  Not a good choice for boutonnieres or corsages.  Better used in bouquets in small amounts.  Comes mostly in white but there is a rare rosy pink variety.

5. Hydrangeas – with big bushy heads and vibrant shades of green,pink, blue, purple and burgundy it is no wonder why the hydrangea symbolizes “vanity” in the Victorian language of flowers, other meanings are frigidity and heartlessness.  Hydrangeas have a wide variation in price and quality.  Hydrangeas are in season during the summer, bought out of season the flower can be undersized and lower in quality for a much higher price tag.  A stem or two of this usually moderately priced, scentless shrub flower helps fill out arrangements and bouquets.  A few springs can make a charming boutonniere.

There are your top 5 most popular wedding flowers! Check back soon for Part 2!

 

Albany Capital Region Wedding Memories are cultivated at Liberty Ridge Farm

May 24th, 2011 by

News from Liberty Ridge Farm

For more information contact: Cynthia Gifford, 518-664-1515

Wedding Memories Are Cultivated at Local Farm in Upstate NY

SCHAGHTICOKE, NY (05/24/2011)(readMedia)– Country weddings have become a popular new trend because they can be glamorous and laid back at the same time. One local farm in Upstate NY, Liberty Ridge Farm in Schaghticoke captures all the charm and elegance a bride wants for her wedding day with the flavor of a country setting. Set on the banks of the Hoosic River, Liberty Ridge Farm offers the Gifford Barn and Their Event Tent.

“We have seen the interest increase in our wedding services this year”, said Cynthia Gifford owner of Liberty Ridge Farm. The Farm is a host to weddings year round: for indoor celebrations the Gifford barn offers a genteel venue with equestrian décor. The Barn measures 2400 square feet and finished with beautiful cherry harvest tables and connected to a large wrap around deck over looking the scenic Hoosic River.

Liberty Ridge Farm’s outdoor wedding venue is available from June through November in the Event Tent. Nestled in a cornfield, 13 feet high lush green corn plants surround the tent, to create your own private whimsical experience. Adorned with French style window walls the Event Tent captures the laid back elegance and refined charm you expect from an outdoor wedding.

Liberty Ridge Farm has taken the time to ensure farmtastic memories are cultivated with each wedding. “When looking for an experience for your wedding day, the location is everything.” Says, Cynthia Gifford, “Our picturesque setting creates memorable photo opportunities and the tranquil atmosphere lends to your special celebration. Liberty Ridge Farm has a wonderful blend of rustic elegance that pampers the wedding party with decor and charm. “Our ceremony sites create those once in a lifetime moments that are cultivated forever.”

With an on-site wedding facilitator Liberty Ridge Farm has been able to culminate the wedding planning process with delectable catering packages, and florist recommendations. If you are planning your wedding and looking at Liberty Ridge Farm, they provide cooking space for your own caterer if you choose. They are presently scheduling site tours and have dates available for this year.

Liberty Ridge Farm is an agricultural tourism destination and working farm on the Historic Hoosic River. The Gifford Family hosts a Fall Festival featuring the Capital Region’s original cornfield maze and also features Brad’s Barnyard of family fun adventure and special events. The 2011 Fall Season begins September 17th and runs through November 6th. The Farm is available for Educational Field Trips, Weddings, Company Picnics and Special Events.

Liberty Ridge Farm, 29 Bevis Road, Schaghticoke, NY.

For information, visit www.LibertyRidgeFarmNY.com or call 518-664-1515.

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