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Cedar Lakes Estate Wedding

The Port Jervis, NY private estate is ideal for those wanting to escape from the bustle of everyday life and become ensconced in nature. Land and lake meet in this sprawling acreage of green, then gold and auburn hues of the trees in the fall.

Nature and the outdoors are obviously a largely prominent feature at Cedar Lakes Estate. Perhaps not expected is its ability to seamlessly blend the timeless elegance many envision on their wedding day with a peaceful countryside.

Cedar Lakes offers flexible options for celebrations with indoor and outdoor spaces.

Imagine exchanging vows amidst the thick trees, overlooking the tranquil lake, or with a backdrop of green, sloping mountains. The entire grounds are yours for the length of your event so it’s perfect for the wanderer and nature lover.

Set the night in motion with their outdoor venue space, lined with stone pillars and a roaring centralized fireplace, creating a glowing beacon against the lapping lake.

Indoor receptions are treated to an equally inviting environment with warm wood tones and a large open space for dancing. Rustic meets elegance with twinkling lights, a trio of chandeliers and overhead skylights.

Aptly named, the Sleepy Pine Cottages are nestled among the forest and foliage. This is most certainly not the cottages you may have camped at in childhood! Overstuffed recliners, thick tree trunk side tables, and crisp sheets lend themselves to rustic minimalism but without missing any modern amenities such as their relaxing rain shower and oversized beds.

With many options to chose from, Cedar Lakes stands firmly with its from-scratch approach and dedication to a sustainable menu. Fresh-grilled peaches, Panzanella salad, and warm ratatouille pair beautifully with a coriander roast chicken or dry-rubbed brisket. Picture sipping a barley sweet minted tea on the dock while watching the sun slowly set behind the mountains. Relaxing is an understatement.

The charm of Cedar Lakes Estate will surely be evident in the imagery produced. Let the tranquility of the grounds allow you to savor every moment captured and create memories for a lifetime.

To learn about booking an event at Cedar Lakes, check their website.

Recently, I had a chance to photograph my first Cedar Lakes Estate wedding in Port Jervis New York. The views of the Hudson River Valley at Cedar Lakes Estate are absolutely breathtaking. Everywhere you look, there are gorgeous red-water lakes, cedarwood forests, rolling hills, wildflowers, and wildlife. There is incredible rustic nature to this venue, and my clients searched long and hard for the perfect place before they stumbled onto this spectacular venue.

Originally, Cedar Lakes Estate was used as a summer camp for inner-city youth. The camp also served as a training facility for several gold medal Olympic athletes, as well as world cup soccer players. With such a beautiful setting, it seems only natural that you’d have weddings at Cedar Lakes Estate because of its romantic feel.

I had the pleasure of photographing Taylor and Micheal's wedding at Cedar Lakes Estate in the late summer of 2017. I photographed the bride's sister's wedding a few years back, and I always feel honored when a family allows me another opportunity to work with them.

The rehearsal dinner, held under a huge pavilion with an enormous fire pit, was held on the eve of the wedding event. It was casual, simple, and beautiful, and was the perfect precursor for the wedding day.

The wedding ceremony held on top of a hill overlooking the beautiful Shawangunk Mountains.

This image, taken on the wedding day, was shot with my Nikon D850, Nikkor 105mm F1.4E ED lens.

Location: 1 Team Usa Way, Port Jervis, NY 12771.

1/1000; f/1.4; ISO 80; 105.0 mm.