Monday, June 8, 2015

New Barn Wedding Venues

Over the last few months, several different wedding venues have contacted HVG requesting to be incorporated into our ever-growing barn wedding venue list on the blog. Two new barn venues to note are Stonehouse Gardens in Ulster County and the Wedding Barn at Lakota's Farm in Washington County. Hop on over to the barn venue webpage here and check out our full list! 

(c) Historic Barns of Nipmoose

In other news....

I've been interviewed by not one but two journalists from the Poughkeepsie Journal over the past two weeks. Topics included the issue of greenwashing (of which I know a bit about) and green weddings (of which I know a lot about!). So fun to be interviewed...makes me feel special. 

And one more thing, a great big thank you to everyone who has stuck around for new blog posts. Life has gotten busy since Mr. HVG and I welcomed identical twins Lila and Nora into the world in late February. After a 31-day stint in the NICU, we brought the girls home and couldn't be happier (or more sleep deprived!). 

Happy Planning, 

Monday, February 2, 2015

Hello Winter!

Just popping in to say hello! It's been far too long since the last blog post on HVG....just wanted to let everyone know that the blog is still active, albeit very slow! I have been busy with work, grad school, the holidays, and with preparations for the two new additions to our family. Mr. HVG and I are expecting identical twin girls come spring...let the craziness begin! 

In the midst of maternity leave, caring for two newborns, and trying to finish up my graduate thesis, I will continue to sporadically post here on the Hudson Valley Green blog. I will also continue to update the NYS Barn Wedding Venue webpage as new venues keep popping up! 

(c) Hudson Valley Green

Winter is supposedly sticking around for another six weeks...hoping everyone stays warm and safe through all the snow and ice!
Happy Planning, 

Saturday, November 29, 2014


It's been far too long since I've last posted. Life has been a bit crazy with work, grad school, enjoying autumn, and some big news that I'll share with you a bit later. But more on Goodebox...

(c) Hudson Valley Green

I had signed up for a Goodebox subscription and recently received my first Goodebox package. If you aren't familiar with Goodebox, the company curates monthly collections of environmentally friendly beauty and health products. The good people at Goodebox do all of the legwork in finding great products that are amazing alternatives to conventional cosmetics. They then package them up in some tissue paper and a cardboard box (both of which can be reused for your future care packages!) and send them to your home....viola!

In the September Goodebox, I received both trial size and full size products. I am lucky enough to live near an Origins store which gladly accepts my empty cosmetic containers and recycles them at a facility on Long I don't worry too much about generating waste from the small containers' plastic. 

Some of the products included in September's package....

(c) Hudson Valley Green

(c) Hudson Valley Green

I really loved the majority of the products in the Goodebox...any products that didn't appeal to me, I quickly passed along to friends. Each product has its own info card which details instructions, ingredients, and price for full-sized bottles. Speaking of full size, the majority of products in the Goodebox were trial sizes but sometimes full-sized products are included as well, like this SquareHue nail polish.

(c) Hudson Valley Green

Because the Goodebox subscription is $18/month, including shipping, I opted for the bimonthly subscription. For your bridesmaids who enjoy great beauty products but who are also eco-conscious, this might be a great gift...a package of fun surprises delivered right to their doorstep! 

For more information, please visit

Happy Planning, 

p.s. This post was not sponsored by Goodebox....I just thought I would pass along some information about a great service! 

p.s.s. Apologies for the poor lighting in these photos!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

And summer comes to a close....

Why, hello there! Summer has flown by, most especially in terms of summer blooms and blossoms. Tracking the progress of my flower garden, I see the ebb and flow of the flowers....the purple cone flowers and black-eyed susans took center stage after the lilies had faded away. Now my sunflowers are slowly coming awake. Recently, I picked some Queen Anne's lace as it thrives in all areas wild and untamed and brings a very lovely and delicate beauty to any room....a favorite of mine for charming (and free!) bouquets.

(c) Hudson Valley Green 

If you happen to be in the market for floral centerpieces or bouquets for your wedding or other event, consider supporting a local flower farm. There are several in the Hudson Valley and surrounding vicinity. Purchasing flowers grown locally dramatically reduces the environmental impact of cut flowers. And many of the flower farms in the area are organic or use less pesticides that conventionally grown flowers. For a quick read on the true environmental cost of conventional cut flowers, read this 2012 Huffington Post article.

Some flower farms right here in New York:

41 Kaye Road, Millerton (Dutchess Co.)
 (518) 567-1951

Ryder Farm 
400 Starr Ridge Road, Brewster (Putnam Co.)
 (845) 279-4161

High Meadow Flower Farm 
91 Bittersweet Way, Warwick (Orange Co.)
(845) 986-3652

Silverpetals Farm
Gallatin (Columbia Co.)

I guarantee that flowers from these farms would be like no others you would get from a traditional think global and shop local for flowers for your next event! 

 ...Or just pick a bunch of free Queen Anne's lace from a sleepy roadside and
 place them in some upcycled glass jars...easy peasy lemon squeezy.

Happy Planning, 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Becoming an Official Officiant!

One of my closest friends recently got engaged and ended up popping the question to, not that question but the "Will you officiate our wedding?" question which I, of course, answered with a resounding "YES!". Wedding ceremonies are such a intimate celebration of two people's love for each other and to be so involved in the ceremony is truly an honor.

Because so many couples are opting to celebrate their wedding in a secular venue and need more unconventional officiant options, I decided to chronicle my journey of becoming an official officiant here on the HVG blog.

(c) The Life You Love Photography, Rachel & Wayne Wedding

I began my journey of becoming an officiant by conducting a bit of research. I found that I could become an ordained minister of the Universal Life Church which would allow me to perform wedding ceremonies in certain counties and states (I will be performing the ceremony in Boston but more on that to come later...)

Step 1.  Visit the ULC website, click the "Get Ordained Now!" button, and fill out ULC's online form. This consists of populating the name, address, and email address fields. That's it and it's free! Essentially anyone can become an ordained minister of the ULC. From what I can glean from their website, the ULC is a nondenominational organization which has the sole purpose of allowing people to officiate the marriages of their friends (this might not be completely accurate but it's still pretty cool).

Many Town and City Halls require proof of ministry, so I will purchase the official ULC ministry certificate for about $30. The ULC website also offers some very pretty marriage certificates for as little as $5. 

Step 2.  Now that I'm an official minister of the ULC, my next step is to verify that the City of Boston and the State of Massachusetts recognize marriages performed by ULC ministers. It appears as if the City Hall does recognize ULC ministers; if not, I will be able to file for a "One Day Marriage Designation" which will allow me to perform the ceremony.

Steps 3 and 4.  File all necessary paperwork with City Hall and start to plan the ceremony. Planning the ceremony will be the really fun part but more on these two steps to come as the big day gets closer!

Anyone officiate a friend or family's wedding? Please share your advice and/or recommendations! 

Happy Planning,