Wedding at The Grandview, Poughkeepsie NY

Wedding at The Grandview, Poughkeepsie NY

Jamie and Kyle's Wedding at The Grandview

A Feature Wedding

Bride's Dress designer: Maggie Sottero 

Bride's Shoes by: Stuart Weitzman

Groom's Suit designer: Hugo Boss 

Florist: Flowers by David Anthony 

Ceremony Location: Chapel of the most holy rosary at Mount Saint Mary College

Reception Location: The Grandview, Poughkeepsie, NY

Cake Designer: The Grandview

Band: Darik and the Funbags

Reception Painter: Martin Hardy

Photography by Maring Visuals

Jamie and Kyle had a spectacular wedding day from start to finish. Everything worked in their favor from the weather, to the timing, to the excitement of friends and family to be a part of this special day. The couple came to Charles and Jennifer as a referral from the bride's sister who's wedding we also photographed. As artists, we were honored to be working with this wonderful group of friends and family once again. 

Wedding Tip... In our experience, we have found that it is smart for couples, especially the bride, to have a private area for their final details. It allows them a place to breathe and be comforted just prior to the ceremony.
— Charles Maring

The wedding day would start in Poughkeepsie NY at a hotel, where both the bride and groom would get ready for the days event's This was fantastic as our team could float between the bride and groom's rooms and capture endless moments and details. Hair and makeup for the bride was done in large room surrounded by friends and bridesmaids all getting ready together and sharing laughter and memories. However, Jamie planned well, and made the smart decision to have her dress hung in her private room where she could escape for the final details and slip on her beautiful wedding gown designed by Maggie Sottero.

The Ceremony...

Once the dress was on the bride arrived to the ceremony at the Chapel of the most Holy Rosary at Mount Saint Mary College, the location the couple first met, in a stretched suv limousine. The wedding ceremony was full mass, both traditional, and beautiful, and the chapel had a great balcony angle which allowed us as photographers to capture moments from afar with a grand view, or to use a long 600mm lens to zoom down to the details of the story.

Portraits...

Wedding Tip... It’s always a good idea to capture your family groups first so that cousins, siblings, and especially parents can immediately leave for cocktail hour and host the party.
— Charles Maring

Family portraits and a few bridal party photographs would be done on the grounds adjacent the chapel. This was a great decision because there was ample shade for family groups. Shade is key when planning for outdoor group portraits because it keeps everyone from squinting in the photographs, and helps keep the temperatures at bay since everyone is dressed to the hilt. As photographers we used off camera flash to balance the bright background with the shade keeping the portraits natural in feel, yet detailed from foreground to background. We arrived to The Grandview for a few more portraits down by the pier on the Hudson River, and as the sun started to fall everyone headed up to the cocktail hour with ample time to entertain and greet guests.

The Reception...

Amongst a gorgeous blend of high and low floral decorated tables in the ballroom with flowers by David Anthony the reception was as beautiful as it was fun. Friends and family were announced into the wedding reception at The Grandview with expressions glowing, and the bride and groom lit up the dance floor to cheers, going right into their first dance. The evening would flow like clockwork with special toasts by the father of the bride, father of the groom, the best man, and the bride's sister.

After dinner the band, Darik and the Funbags, kicked the party into high gear and the celebration was nothing short of extraordinary. All night long painter Martin Hardy worked his magic to create a special work of art for the couple, which was a beautiful added touch. The wedding cake, by The Grandview was perfectly situated next to the dance floor allowing us as photographers to use its beauty creatively. After the cake cutting an incredible dessert display was created by The Grandview as well.  Guests enjoyed a sweet treat to end this wedding day celebration. If you love these wedding photographs as much as we do, peruse them below as well as in the full story above as a slideshow. Congratulations to Jamie and Kyle on this beautiful day we will never forget.

Charles Maring is a photographer and filmmaker at Maring Visuals, and a co-host / creator of the Together In Style talk show.