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NEW VENUE ALERT: Senate Garage

Last week we stopped in Kingston, NY (approx 1 hour south of Albany) for a site visit to the intriguing, Senate Garage ( We love visiting new venues, especially ones we have been ogling over on instagram for over a year!

We were welcomed by Judy (owner) and April (event manager) who had so much sparkle for their venue it was hard not to immediately fall in love with the space. The venue was originally a garage where chauffeur-driven cars were parked in the bustling town of Kingston. Fast forward almost 100 years and it is now transformed into the venue of your dreams!

If I had to explain the esthetic of the Senate Garage, I would describe it as “elevated industrial with touches of glam and charm.” Plenty of unique details throughout the space make it one of a kind!

Ceremony Inside and Outside Options:

Senate Garage offers more than 3 outside ceremony set up options. The Senate Garage opens to the Senate House State Park, a 17th century garden.

Outside Cocktail Hour Space:

(YES – those strung bistro lights are provided by the venue!)

The Reception Space:

The space offers flexibility with layout options. Whether you want round, banquet, farm or square tables – the space allows you to mix and play with space however you want!

The venue includes:

  • Capacity up to 275 seated guests (450 cocktail style) *but also can feel intimate if your group is smaller
  • Private bridal suite with restroom
  • Projector for video presentations
  • A/C and heat for year round events
  • Facility manager
  • Gorgeous built in bar
  • Outside ceremony and cocktail hour options
  • Room for a tent outside (if desired)


Ashley & Clare: Roxbury Barn

Ashley & Clare

Ashley & Clare met while studying theatre at NYU. She walked up to him at the end of class and said “you know, I think we’re supposed to be friends”. Over the next few months Ashley and Clare became best of friends. Eventually their friendship turned into love and four years later these two got married.

What Katie O’ says:  Ashley & Clare were so lovely right from the start. On our initial call I immediately felt, not only the love they shared for one another but also all of their “people.” They made a point to share just how much they wanted to “celebrate” all of their family & friends.  Getting to know Ashley and Clare during the planning process was a delight. Together they make a great team even with all the challenges they faced during the process. While planning their wedding, they both finished grad school. got new jobs and moved across the country! So it was great to be able to handle the “wedding business” for them while they were busy handling their new lives.

What Ashley says: Clare and I “interviewed” over 10 different wedding planners before we (very easily) chose to work with Katie and Casey to plan our big day! After only moments of chatting with them we knew we were in amazing hands and they were a great fit for us. Their warm energy, organization and attention to detail stole our type-a planning hearts! And, we were absolutely thrilled with them. We worked together for about fourteen months, before the wedding, during which Clare and I also moved across the country, finished grad school and started new jobs. As you can imagine, we were extremely overwhelmed and through it all Katie and Casey kept us feeling supported and on track for the wedding. In addition to their amazing skills for planning and organization — they made us feel loved and heard. Katie and Casey’s joy and appreciation for family, community and love is so apparent. And, watching them work with our other vendors only solidified that feeling! As mentioned, Clare and I are both a type-a planners and have a very strong attention to detail. We had big dreams for our big day and Katie and Casey made all of them come true. The day was absolutely seamless and even my friends and family commented on how impressed they were with Katie and her team. I truly can’t imagine a wedding planner!

Below are images by Lauren Scotti. To say this woman is incredibly talented would be an understatement. Not only are her images jaw dropping but she was amazing to work with on wedding day. It was VERY hard to slim her gallery down to 20 images but make sure to follow her on instagram (laurenscotti) and Facebook to watch what she is up to.

Ashley and Clare worked closely with Jenny C Design in creating their stationery suite. As you see later in this blog, the design was carried into the wedding in multiple ways.

Adorable first look in the pine grove.

Jenny’s invitation design was turned into Clare’s pocket square! HOW COOL!

Couples come from all over to have the ‘Pine Grove’ experience… can you blame them?

A little ‘behind the scenes’ wedding shot 😉

Guests were welcomed into the Pine Grove for a unique and beautiful ceremony

“I do!”

One of my favorite images. First kiss down the aisle as Mr. & Mrs.

Such a fun bunch!

First dance, surrounded by friends and family before heading inside the barn for toasts and dinner.

A little party never killed nobody!

A special sparkler exit for this sparkly duo.


Sparkly Vendor Team: 

Planning and Coordination: Katie O’ Weddings and Events 

Venue: Roxbury Barn

Caterer: Ate O Ate Catering 

Photographer: Lauren Scotti Photographer 

Videographer: Magic Flute Videos

Hair: Strut Spalontique

Makeup: Beauty with Julie

Music: The Brain Cloud

DJ: Julie at Different Spins

Florist: Catskill Flower Shop

Rentals: Events Unlimited

Stationery: Jenny C Designs 

Katie & Jeremy: M&D Farm
Katie & Jeremy

You will rarely find Katie and Jeremy having a lazy Sunday. These two are always on the move; they’re always hiking, biking or finishing an Iron Man. Being active together is their “bread and butter”. Jeremy actually proposed to Katie at the finish line of their Iron man last August! So it was no surprise that they started the morning of their wedding at a Wedding Day 5K with all of their friends and family.

SeCo Katie O’ says: Katie and Jeremy are such an awesome couple. They have such a passion for the activities that they do together which makes them that much stronger. Their wedding was full of character, personal touches and lots of love from friends and family. Their ceremony was one of my favorite parts. It was beautiful, perfectly personalized, and emotional  – not a dry eye in the house (or in the garden).

Bride, Katie says:  “I was a bride that read a lot of reviews while planning my wedding and I can say this: 1). All of the good feedback for Katie is true. 2). If it’s in your budget, get a coordinator (and trust me, it’s more than worth it). 3). If you’re going to get a coordinator, get the best! Thanks for everything. I’ll miss having an excuse to chat with you all! So much respect for this team. It’s so clear they do it out of love for the job.” (check out her full KOWE review: HERE)

After their morning workout team KOWE joined their wedding preparations at the Hilton Albany. Gorgeous day for a wedding!

Love this photo of Katie and her mom – such a sweet moment.

Bridesmaid reveals are always the best. The reactions are priceless. 

M&D Farm is a venue straight out of a fairytale book.  The greenery, the twinkle lights, wild flowers everywhere. 

Katie & Jeremy’s vows were so “them”. Tons of laughter and happy tears. Perfect way to start a marriage!

Every nook and cranny at M&D Farm is a photo op. Stunning!

Katie and Jeremy were very creative and thoughtful when it came to their ‘day of details’. Two vintage bike wheels and some fairy lights make for a memorable escort card display!

As you know these two to run, so they used old racing bibs as their table numbers! LOVE this idea.

Epic newlywed entrance!

Keep sparkling K&J – you are truly a perfect team. Never stop taking each other on adventures and enjoying the small moments!


Sparkly Vendor Team:

Planning and Coordination: Katie O’ Events

Venue: M&D Farm 

Music: DJ Jimmy Lutz

Photography: Kim Craven Photography

Photobooth: Rose & Dale Photo Co.

Personal Flowers: Flower Scout

Rentals: Clifton Park Rental

Stephanie & James: Gedney Farm
Stephanie & James

Stephanie and James are best friends. You can tell instantly when you meet them. There is non-stop laughter, smiling & love. That’s exactly how their wedding day was.

We spent this beautiful August day at Gedney Farm, which has felt like home this wedding season, we are there so much! It was seriously the most perfect day. It wasn’t too hot, perfect blue skies and a fun vendor team.

SeCo, Casey says: Getting to know Stephanie, James and MOB, Brenda during the planning process was so fun! When I first spoke with Stephanie she shared that her #1 priority for the wedding was that she wanted the ceremony to feel specific to their love story! That just warmed my heart. It’s so important to us that couples remember why they are throwing an amazing party – your ceremony and the seriousness of that moment.

Stephanie & James say: “We can’t thank you enough for everything you did to make our wedding absolutely perfect. From diligently keeping us on track to making the wedding day seamless and 100% stress free for us. We’re happy to be a reference for future couples or anything else we can do to help you. SO MANY THANKS- you are all amazing.”

Check out their full blog from the lovely, Tricia McCormack here!  (click click click)

Starting the morning with a champagne toast!

Come on! Stephanie’s dress is amazing!

We love when couples share love notes the morning of their weddings! A perfect memento to have for the rest of your lives.

Fleurtacious went above and beyond! Swooning over this bouquet.

Bridesmaid reveals are so special 😉

First look time


This bridal party was so fun!

Ceremony on the knoll – we have been so lucky with having good weather at Gedney Farm this season. This backdrop is everything.

The main floor of the barn sparkled


How can you not smile when you see this picture?

Thank you Steph & James for sharing your amazing day with #teamKOWE. We wish you a life full of Californian adventures, fireworks and dance parties!


Sparkly Vendor Team:

Planning & Coordination: Katie O’ Weddings & Events

Venue and Catering: Gedney Farm

Photography: Tricia McCormack

Videography: JPod Films

Hair and Makeup: Sonya Heimann

Florist: Fleurtacious Designs

Lighting: Maryanne Gilloly

Band: Hank Lane Productions, First Class Band

Fireworks: Berkshire Fireworks