Saratoga Country Barn Wedding, Saratoga Wedding Venue, Barn Wedding Venue

January 20th, 2014 by
Barn Weddings Near Saratoga NY

Barn Weddings Near Saratoga NY

Planning your Saratoga Wedding that is a little rustic, a little high end, and a little southern hospitality can be as easy as call Liberty Ridge Farm. Saratoga Wedding venues with a picture perfect location down a country road in Schaghticoke, NY.

Today Liberty Ridge Farm is an all-in-one wedding location that diligently delivers a unique and unforgettable experience. The farm amenities include the Gifford Barn Facilities that can host your event; from breakfasts to banquets, from meetings to matrimony. An event at the Gifford Barn will create memories that will last a lifetime! Panoramic views, fresh air, and acres of picturesque countryside make Liberty Ridge Farm an ideal location. The Gifford Barn is open year-round for parties, business meetings, holiday gatherings, retreats and weddings.

LIberty Ridge Farm wedding planners allow brides to choose their own vendors or work with some of their favorites, and if Wedding venues Saratoga NYdecorating isn’t quite your thing, let the talented staff create the table displays and ambiance you’ve always imagined.

Even if your not exactly a country wedding kind of girl? Consider having an elegant outdoor Tent wedding that brings you closer the the elements. A tent wedding at LIberty Ridge Farm is tailor-made to accommodate any size guest list. From elegance to rustic charm, it serves as a perfect setting for receptions. Outdoor receptions are nestled on the edge of a 12 acre cornfield in the festive event tent that boasts a large dance floor, ambiance lighting and choices of elegant or casual seating options. Call us today to schedule your tour 518-664-1515

Barn weddings near Saratoga NY in the Capital Region of Upstate NY. Summer & Fall Tent weddings near Albany NY.

December 13th, 2012 by

Barn weddings near Saratoga NY in the Capital Region of Upstate NY.  Summer & Fall tent weddings near Albany NY.

Beautiful might not be the first word that comes to mind when you think of a barn, right?   Think again!  Barn wedding receptions are becoming more and more popular, and with the right decorations, lighting, and location, you can create the perfect atmosphere for any wedding.  Liberty Ridge Farm in the Capital Region of Upstate NY is the perfect location for a Summer and Fall barn or tent wedding venue. These are typically the most popular seasons to have a barn or tent wedding – Fall being particularly beautiful with the changing colors of the leaves as a backdrop along the scenic Hoosic River.

Liberty Ridge Farm say’s You’re Invited…To plan your next Barn or Tent Wedding with us!

OK, so you’re in love…you want to get married…now it’s time to put on your thinking cap and get creative. We take the time to help plan your wedding with a coordinator that can create that wow wedding for the casual kind of couple, or the couple seeking rustic decor or refined elegance. You don’t have to have grown up in Iowa on a farm, to enjoy a classic barn wedding or outdoor tent wedding !

Now, before you start your search for the perfect wedding venue consider a few things. Can you have the wedding of your dreams at a location that isn’t the typical banquet house or large hotel. Yes you can !

Liberty Ridge Farm has been specializing in creating memories with our unique outdoor tent weddings or indoor barn weddings for several years. Barn venues on the average have those tasteful touches that create a lifetime of memories without the need for fancy reception halls.   A Liberty Ridge Farm Barn venue can serve as a wedding and reception site, eliminating the need for having to decorate two separate venues…and people will rave about your special day for years to come.

Depending on your location, you may actually know someone who has had a wedding in our barn or our tent.  Liberty Ridge Farm has several wedding ceremony sites, coupled with wonderful venue choices, catering options, decorations and more that will make you feel right at home as we accommodate a country feel or refined charm your looking for.  Rustic barn and tent weddings are very trendy right now in the Capital Region of NY.   If you are seeking that special venue that will create those perfect memories, you can visit the farm and speak with a wedding coordinator on staff that can help with the planning of your event in each detail.

 

Rustic Weddings, Country Weddings near Saratoga, Albany Capital Region Upstate NY

December 10th, 2012 by

What is the “perfect wedding”? At Liberty Ridge Farm there are countless wedding ideas to help guide couples through the process. We suggest meeting with a wedding coordinator at our location as a useful general guideline, although checklists exist, they can hinder the imagination and they typically do not account for different styles or settings that might be important to the couple.

Many brides and grooms in the Capital Region of NY typically marry in the traditional Church setting or at least introduce elements of a traditional wedding ceremony or reception. Why not break from the norm and try incorporating country charm or rustic elegance into the wedding tradition.  It  is not only a fantastic way to share something personal with the guests, but a nice change to the standard wedding atmosphere.  Liberty Ridge Farm has several ways to infuse a little country is by utilizing non-traditional wedding decorations, wedding supplies and other

visual elements. Liberty Ridge Farm has venue selections from Blue jeans to Bow Ties that infuse charm or elegance. The farm is set on 100 acres in the rolling hills of Rensselaer County with breathtaking views, ceremony sites and settings that steal your heart. Take a beak from the traditional meal, The farmhouse kitchen has the menu that wont create limitations in the venue. If you have your mind set on having a customized menu, come sit down with us. We have settings with space for Music and entertainment that are easy areas to help set the overall mood for your special day.

Needless to say, the stars of the wedding are you,The bride and groom. It only natural to showcase your lives, and spotlight your love with the most memorable wedding that will touch the hearts of those in attendance. Liberty Ridge Farm has a way of making even the most distant relative and that friend of a friend of a friend feel as if they are welcome to join in memories that will last all their lives.

The wedding doesn’t have to be small and exclusive to be intimate and personal. Even the smallest attention to detail and thinking outside the box can turn a typical wedding into a unique experience that leaves an impression.

Capital Region Weddings facilities from Liberty Ridge Farm

May 21st, 2012 by

We Grow Memories

While many people around the Capital Region are stuck in the midst of our summer, many soon to be brides are busy planning their upcoming summer and fall 2012 weddings. This puts us here at Liberty Ridge Farm in the wedding mood also, we are so happy to be getting so many calls from soon to be brides looking to speak with us while researching wedding venues. Some know exactly what they want some are in the beginning stages of their planning but all seem to welcome some guidance or sharing of resources.

We take pride in answering many questions and offering our advice in our one on one meetings make your wedding at Liberty Ridge Farm special. Our event planners have a list designed to help guide our brides to be along on their wedding planning journey. Every few days we will offer a couple more tips that will help make your wedding day at Liberty Ridge Farm a day you will cherish forever! As always we are certainly here in person to answer and questions and offer guidance to our brides to be also! We hope to create a wedding here at Liberty Ridge Farm that an bride and groom to be will know everyone who attends won’t soon forget because it will look and feel so much different from any wedding that has been attended in the past!   We will work to make your day full of unique and unforgettable moments.

Knowing some Wedding planning basics make it a whole lot easier to plan your dream wedding. It takes a lot out of you to really put your mind into planning a great wedding and as such it is always good to get as much information as you can get to assist with your planning process.

Before I even decided to plan my wedding a couple of questions were thrown out to me like, “What are your plans or ideas for your wedding? Do you know if you want to have an indoor or outdoor wedding ?  and do you have a caterer or have you made choice already about the food ?  These are basics that can assist anyone who will be providing you your wedding planning.

These questions frame out the venue, food and entertainment, most brides to be have done a lot of research and know what they  want to see in their weddings they just need assistance in how to get things done.

Wedding planning is so much fun when you have the right set of tools and information at your fingertips. All it takes is just information about your preferences and taste.

 

Liberty Ridge Farm is Open Year Round as they have grown from cornfield maze to premier wedding and corporate venue

April 10th, 2012 by

From Cornfield maze to Agri-tourism destination- Cynthia Gifford is a driving force in her businesses growth.

Cynthia Gifford is amongst other women who are in a group considered to be one of the fastest growing segments of new farmers and business owners, bringing with them fresh and creative approaches to agriculture and with them sowing new farming ventures. Liberty Ridge Farm has grown from a cornfield maze experience into a premier agri-tourism destination with family adventures, themed attractions and food-based business ventures that have blended entrepreneurial start-ups with their full time passion for healthy, fresh, quality community experiences.

Cynthia is no stranger to hard work with her dedication to growing her business along side her husband Robert and her 2 children Rebecca and Bradley. Together they have brought their farm into the forefront of the Capital Region’s thoughts, offering venues for Company Picnics, Weddings, Family Gatherings and their wildly popular Fall Festival & Harvest Haunted Attractions. From the very begining of the first cornfield maze to adding “Brad’s Barnyard” a barnyard full of over 20 age appropriate outdoor activivites, their journey has not always been a fairytale. A farmer’s determination has put their family amongst a growing trend of business owners who are referred to as “ecopreneurs”. Cynthia, Robert & family have built their farm into a destination with a simple foundation of providing the best “on the farm” experience to all who visit them. This simple yet powerful mission has grown their farm into a full year destination that is now open 12 months and has many season offerings. Liberty Ridge Farm shares their passion for conservation, community and education through their summer camp field-trip & Fall field-trip programs. Registration is now open for educational adventures that thrill children through hands on experiences that emphasis the importance of healthy land, food and community connections.

Liberty Ridge Farm is a full year business that is now open with new seasonal offerings, specialty dining experiences and unique wine tastings. The farm is planning new events such as; “Mother’s Day Brunch”, “Cuisine in the Corn” and an October treat “Wine with the Witch” that will coincide with their core family fun themed events. This year Liberty RIdge Farm has adopted the “Pride in the U.S.A” theme that has inspired their corn field maze design and new fall farm experiences that will take place with weekend shows, games and fun for families, friends and all who attend. The Gifford Barn is Liberty Ridge Farm’s centerpiece that has recently expanded to include a new Farmhouse Kitchen, a new chef and an all new menu that caters to weddings, company picnics, corporate parties and holiday gatherings and more.

“We have such high expectations of ourselves, and our family works as a determined team to continually exceed those expectations”,Said Cynthia Gifford. “Our hardwork and teamwork has led to us become the premier agri-tourism destination in the Upstate NY Region. This year we have created new themed weekends and designed our Cornfield Maze in a tribute to Pride in the USA. We know without farming we could’nt have our way of life and that is why we want to celebrate and share our pride with everyone. We are very proud of our heritage and our family ambitions to be the best. Our simple mission has always been to create a one of a kind agri-tourism destination by providing the best possible customer experience. We have built our business by keeping our family working and growing together towards our goals. Our farm family is continually striving to improve the customers experience through education, exercise and new offerings.”

Wedding flowers and their meanings Part 2

March 14th, 2012 by

Wow, time has gotten away from us here at the farm!  We have been busy; busy booking weddings for this year and next and watching over the installation of our new stone fireplace that is being built inside the Gifford Barn.  The Quincy Room  now has a little more charm and will enhance the rustic elegance in any wedding!  We kow there are many of you prospective brides that are looking for a warm, inviting yet rustic and charming venue for your wedding.  Take the time, to call us and make an appointment to tour our facility.  We hope you come and see what we have to offer here on the farm, call us to schedule your visit 518-664-1515.  We promised to bring you all Part 2 in our Top 10 wedding flowers list, we brought you the Top 5 in Part 1 and here is the list of 6 – 10 to round out the Top 10 and give you some perspective to help you choose those all important flowers for your special day!

Top 10 most popular wedding flowers part 6-10.

6. The Peony - The peony has a large head, bright color and very distinctive and strong fragrance.  Although the flower itself appears very showy, the flower acquired the Victorian meaning of “bashfulness.”  The Peony was cultivated in Asia for more than a thousand years and developed further by the French in later years.  The Peony is available in two main types, the herbaceous and the tree peony.  The tree peony’s flowers do not last as long when they are cut.  A bouquet of peonies is beautiful but the flower can also be used to create beautiful centerpieces and arrangements.  It is grown in single and double flower styles.  The Peony is an expensive flower of choice and is seasonally available from late spring to early summer but can also be imported in the fall months.

7. Ranunculus – The Ranunculus is a cost effective alternative to the rose or peonies.  Ranunculus is a lush, multi-petaled relative of the buttercup.  The flowers was first discovered by Westerners in the Far East around the thirteenth century, it is a mild scented flower featuring several blossoms on a stem with fernlike foliage.  To carry Ranunculus is to tell your partner, in the Victorian language of flowers, “I am dazzled by your charms.”  The Ranunculus is a natural choice for bridal or bridesmaid bouquets and can make a delightful boutonniere.  It comes in an array of colors including white, yellow, orange and pink.

 

8. Stephanotis – is a fragrant blossom that is a dainty white color and has star shaped, waxy florets the actually grow on a flowering vine.  It is very delicate and vulnerable to damage from heat, cold and handling.  Each vine must be individually wired or placed onto a special holder before it can be arranged.  The stephanotis is a traditional wedding flower whose Victorian meaning is “marital happiness.”  It’s delicate nature should be considered carefully before using them though, as they have the tendency to wilt in corsages and boutonnieres within a few hours due to body heat and handling.  They are however moderately priced and available year round.

 

9. Sweet Peas – The sweet pea was first brought to England from Sicily around 1699 and signifies “lasting pleasure.”  It has a candy like scent and ruffled blossoms that make it an old-fashioned favorite in bouquets for brides and bridesmaids.  The sweet pea has many colors ranging from white to intense pinks and purples, and it’s scent is usually strong and sweet.

 

 

10. The Gardenia – The gardenia is a beautiful, delicate flower surrounded by dark green, waxy leaves.  The gardenia is a heavily scented flower that just a few can easily fill a room with fragrance.  The Victorian meaning of the gardenia means “secret love.”  Gardenias are available all year long but don’t come cheap, they can run upwards of $20 a bloom.   Gardenias are lovely tucked into a bouquet or can be used as a simple yet elegant centerpiece floating in a shallow bowl and a single gardenia makes a lovely corsage.   Gardenias need to be handled with care, the delicate petals of the flower are easily bruised and will brown easily with too much contact.

This rounds out our list of the Top 10 Wedding flowers.  We hope that this has helped give you some direction when choosing the flowers for your perfect wedding.  Many couples when deciding on flowers for their wedding don’t give much consideration to the availability of the flowers they desire.  Flowers are unfortunately seasonal products and florists have adapted to limited availability by manipulating the availability of flowers so that many varieties are now available for more months the year.  However, these manipulations can be costly.  We hope our list has given you an idea on some of the seasons that these popular flowers are available along with the drawbacks of some along with the benefits.    Please contact a florist of your choice to gather more information to make the right choices for your wedding.  If you need some direction in deciding on a florist, we regulary recommend Kim from Florals by Design.  If you were able to attend the Gazette’s Hall of Springs Wedding show this past January in Saratoga and stopped by our booth, she designed the gorgeous flower display for us for the show.  Also, we have added a gallery of her designs to browse through.

Happy flower shopping!

 

Wedding Traditions

February 13th, 2012 by

When wedding plans are being made we wonder if anyone gives much thought to wedding traditions? Wedding traditions are the things that we have come to expect in the course of a normal everyday wedding but do we know where they originated from, why we continue with them to this day, should we think about changing them to represent ourselves in our own ceremonies?  Virtually every wedding tradition that we know, from the engagement to the honeymoon, is steeped in a rich and vast history.  A person’s culture, religious beliefs and even traditions passed down from our ancestors goes into shaping marriages and has for hundreds if not thousands of years.  The wedding itself is one of life’s unchanged rites, a primitive tradition in which nearly all the traditions we observe today are merely echoes of the past.

Just about every tradition we think of from the wedding veil and dress, throwing of rice, flowers, something old/something new, to bridesmaids and processionals, at one time had very specific and vitally significant meanings.  Although nowadays the original meanings are often lost, we still incorporate these old world customs into weddings because they are traditional and ritualistic.  As we have been helping some brides to be plan their weddings here at Liberty Ridge and of course talking about many of the traditional things involved in weddings we thought it might be of some interest and fun to explore and give a little background on wedding traditions.

The tradition of wedding flowers

Before the creation of the bountiful and beautiful wedding bouquets of today’s times, brides of long ago often carried bunches of aromatic garlic, herbs and grains to war off evil spirits as the walked down the aisle.  Over time the use of fresh flowers began to take the place of those bunches, symbolizing fertility and everlasting love.  There are specific flowers that have special meaning in many cultures, for example, in Hawaii the bride and groom wear leis and newlyweds in India wear floral headdresses.

The wedding dress

In biblical days, wedding attire was blue, not white, which represented purity.  The bride and groom would wear a blue band around the bottom of their wedding attire, which is where the “something blue” tradition came from. The white wedding dress is believed to originate from the Greeks, they used white robes to symbolize youth, joy and purity.  White wedding dresses did fall out of wedding fashion though again and was resurrected around 1499 by Anne of Brittany, who it is believed made popular again to symbolize the brides virginity.

Wedding Rings

Back in the times when life was much harder and shorter for people, husbands would often practice a superstitious ritual to ensure their wives’ spirits wouldn’t leave them too soon.  They would wrap a bride’s ankles and wrists with ropes of grass in the belief that it would keep her spirit within her.  As religious beliefs evolved over the years, the meaning of the bonds evolved as well along with the material used for the bonds.  Today, the ring finger is the only thing that is “bound” by grooms.  Grass bonds gave way to leather, then stone, then metal, and finally to what we use today – gold and silver.  Today, wedding rings symbolize the love and bond between a husband and wife.

These are just a few of the wedding traditions that are used commonly and the backgrounds behind them.  There are so many, we could only touch on a few in this post.  Once given a little thought as to wedding traditions and the evolution of them we decided why not make another tip suggestion for our blog readers following up on the tips we have been giving to make your day the day of your dreams.  So….

Tip #5

Create a new wedding tradition.

With all the traditional wedding activities and traditions that happen at weddings we thought maybe it is time for people to start adding their own touch to those traditions.  I recently was talking to woman I know who attended her granddaughter’s very glamorous wedding in Washington, D.C. this past fall.  There were a few new spins her granddaughter took with certain traditions that she thought were different but wonderful.  She was certainly proud that in all the planning they were doing for the wedding that her granddaughter found ways to make the traditional wedding a little different in ways the attendees would never forget.  For example, the matron of honor was not the usual best friend or former college roommate but the bride’s brother, whom she has had a very close relationship with their entire lives.  The fact that the bride picked her brother for the person to stand up for her was bucking all the traditional thoughts of the “matron of honor” role but anyone who knew this brother and sister said they couldn’t imagine them doing it any different.  She also put a spin on the traditional brides bouquet tossing, instead of tossing the bridal bouquet to all the single ladies in the room she had all the married ladies stand up and then sit down when the emcee called the number of years the ladies were married for.  The last woman standing was the one who had been married the longest and hence was the winner of the bouquet, the bride said she did it to celebrate the same everlasting love she would have with her husband, the same was done for the garter.  The last thing that she mentioned that we thought was a little different was host a breakfast for family the morning following the wedding.  She said it was so nice to have a more relaxed atmosphere to celebrate the happy couple and mingle with family the morning after the wedding before everyone was on their way back home since many came from afar.

We hope this helps to give you soon to be brides some different ideas about wedding tradition and will help when planning your own weddings here on the farm!