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.

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!

 

Impressive turnout at 2012 Hall of Springs Wedding Show in Saratoga inspires more wedding tips!

February 6th, 2012 by

Whew, what a day January 29, 2012 was for us! We attended our first ever wedding show at the Hall of Springs in Saratoga and were quite impressed with how beautifully planned the show was, kudos to the planning committee! We also were excited to see the presentations of all the attending vendors and are so excited to start planning our ideas to bring next year! We enjoyed seeing what other venues offer and were amazed at the floral creations, delectable food and creative ideas that were on display.  We cultivated many new connections with other vendors to expand our offerings in every aspect of wedding planning for our brides! Many brides  and their families came by the booth that day and we are looking forward to helping the brides who reserved dates with us that day create the perfect wedding day for them and their families to enjoy! The Hall of Springs Wedding show helped us to spread the news further that Liberty Ridge Farm is indeed not only the premier agritourism destination but also the premier wedding destination too!

We were so surprised at the amount of attendees that came to our booth exclaiming “we have been to Liberty Ridge Farm and love it!

A View through the corn at the Event Tent

But we never knew you held weddings there!” Guess we need to keep the forward momentum moving with getting THAT word out there! Yes, folks we are in the wedding business for those that did not know that and we offer a wide array of options here at the farm, from ceremony sites to reception sites.  We have options sure to please any bride looking for the ultimate in an outdoor rustic or equestrian themed indoor wedding and invite anyone looking for such a venue to make a consultation appointment and come see what we have to offer.  Here at Liberty Ridge Farm you not only get the “on the farm charm”, but you also get a wedding planned around your needs and wants by the owner and her family to make your wedding day truly the day of your dreams!

Coming from our post wedding show excitement we have a few more tips to share to hopefully enlighten you and help you in making your wedding day the day of your dreams!  Look in our previous post for Tips 1 & 2!

Tip # 3
Have your guests create a picture guestbook.
Instead of the traditional guestbook with it’s traditional white, padded covers and sometimes signatures from sometimes unknown guests to the bride and groom, have your guests take a picture of themselves to put in a book, maybe a larger specially made scrapbook, and have them sign their names and addresses and any other thing they might want to add. They can add quotes to the bride and groom, words of wisdom or tidbits such as when they first met you! The guests themselves can help create a guestbook that will be fun and heartwarming to look at years down the road. Ask friends or family to help or for equipment, some may have a polaroid camera that can be used or a kodak easy share system both of which will make the photos instantly available.

Tip#4
Have a “Kids Only” section of the room.
This can help parents and kids, who don’t always have the best attention spans for weddings and can sometimes cause disruptions to have their own special place to be with other children.  The kids only table can not only be the place where they have their meal, if so chosen by the parents, but a place where there can be some toys or creative activities to keep the children occupied and happy during the reception.   At Liberty Ridge Farm not only can we help you with ideas for your “Kids Only” table but we also offer the option for kids to go with staff to play at the many activities in Brad’s Barnyard during the cocktail hour of the reception at no extra charge to parents so the kids can run, play and unwind a bit before having to settle in for the rest of the reception.