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Elke Schmitt
March 10, 2015 | Elke Schmitt

Spring ahead to Wedding Season -- Fresh Reception Trends for 2015

It is a beautiful sunny day in the Finger Lakes today.  Although it has not felt like spring yet, it is just around the corner...officially it is just 10 days away!  I love this time of year when I can see everything begin to wake-up, blossom, and our much anticipated wedding season begins!

All the planning I have been doing with our brides & grooms is finally coming to life.  After a long winter of planning, choosing the right vendors, and organizing the key details, the brides and grooms can begin to relax and select the finishing touches for their milestone celebration.

We have some unique and very detailed-oriented weddings scheduled in 2015 and this makes my job so much fun! I love to coordinate all the decorating details with our clients and see, first hand, the transformation of the tent. Our natural backdrop really allows each wedding or event to showcase its own style and themes. From the end of May to the beginning of October, Heron Hill Winery in Hammondsport has the pleasure of executing some of the most spectacular weddings in New York.

This year we are hosting more destination weddings than ever before!  It is inspiring to see brides & grooms planning a wedding and a weekend of fun-filled events for their guest right here on Keuka Lake, and throughout the Finger Lakes region.

Here are a few of my favorite wedding trends that I’m seeing for 2015:

seasonal flowers Kracke photography

Tulips in May, peonies in June, dahlias & zinnias in July and August.
The focus is embracing what is in season in upstate New York while trying to make environmentally friendly selections, and it is truly worth it.


reception photo by Chrissy Albright reception photo by Chrissy AlbrightCREATING CASUAL & INTERACTIVE RECEPTIONS
Dinners being served “family-style” on platters, and signature cocktails served in craft mugs are a big hit. Themed grazing stations reflecting a couples' favorite flavors or travel destinations are popluar and can encourage conversation. As far as music, “what is old is new again.” Classic tunes from Sinatra and Elvis to Etta James are making a comeback on the DJ’s music lists. While we also enjoy seeing guests get to know each other through lawn games and other playful activities, sometimes with vintage-inspired accessories.

edible favors image by Kracke PhotographyGIFTING EDIBLE FAVORS
Elaborate candy bars, homemade petit cupcakes, and scrumptious signature cookies, all to be taken home in adorable handcrafted bags.  It is the last taste left in the guests’ mouths, and it makes for a wonderful memory of the evening.



Can you tell how excited I am for another wedding season to start?  I know it will be a magical one!
For those in the heart of their wedding planning process, I encourage you to attend Heron Hill’s 5th Annual Wedding Show on Sunday, August 23rd from 1 to 4pm. Mingle and enjoy a glass of wine in our Genesis tent overlooking the vineyards while you meet a fantastic selection of some of the premier wedding professionals in the Finger Lakes. Pre-register here>>

Let's spring ahead!


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