This was round two for Amber and Ryan, who previously tied the knot in the backyard of Ryan's Grandparent's home back in 2020. For their Summer 2021 celebration at Oz Farm, they went all out.
The vendor team (listed below) was incredible to work with, and the energy and happiness of the pre-wedding getting ready AirBnB was tangible.
The ceremony took place in a big, beautiful open field on Oz Farm's property, just a short golf cart ride away from the reception space. With the Catskills mountains in the distance and the 93 degree sun beating down, Amber and Ryan said "I do" (again) and promptly partied with their friends and family all night.
Working at this venue was so much fun, and I wish I recorded my reaction to when Jenny Oz brought out the mini ponies for us to take photos with.
Oz Farm is nestled in the Catskills in the town of Saugerties, New York. The venue boasts 82 acres of beautiful open space, surrounded by greenery, rolling hills, and magical light. The rustic barn ambiance combined with the incredible service of the venue owners + employees make for a truly wonderful wedding day experience.
If you're the kind of person who appreciates gorgeous scenery and all-day access to the literal cutest horses I've ever seen, Oz Farm is for you. The barn is perfect for your reception dinner, and the adjacent outdoor patio is perfect for under-the-stars dancing until you're too tired to move. With plenty of space for photos, you're bound to get an amazing full gallery if you host your wedding here.
If that isn't enough to convince you, the venue has its name for a reason. Jenny Oz, the owner & on-site planner, had a grandfather who helped to create a pretty popular movie, wherein a tornado transports a young protagonist from monochromatic Kansas to a technicolor world of fantasy and wonder. Sound familiar?
The day started at an AirBnB 10 minutes away, where the whole wedding party convened before traveling to the venue. I and my second photographer arrived early (we actually were so early we had to drive around to get there at a normal-but-still-early time) to photograph the last hour of getting ready before the first look.
We did the usual cleaning up/redecorating of every room in preparation of portraits; we moved furniture, fluffed pillows, and experimented with lighting to get the most ideal photos. After the makeup and hair was done and the dresses were on, Ryan and his groomsmen arrived for the first look. Yes, Amber did a first look with the groomsmen too and it was adorable.
We took some more portraits at the venue, took care of all of the family photos, and then it was ceremony time. The short and sweet ceremony -- officiated by best friend Mike -- began with him getting down on one knee and drinking an entire Smirnoff Ice, snuck down the aisle by Amber. From there, it was time to party. The line to the bar was always full of guests chatting, laughing, and the dance floor was occupied all night. I even cried when they opened the dance floor up for the first (normal) time in a long time.
Each vendor plays a crucial role in your wedding day, but the photos are truly the only thing that last. In a few years -- maybe 5, maybe 50 -- you'll take a look at all the photos and instantly be transported back in time.
You'll be thankful for all the candids of family members and friends, for all the detail shots of the food you were so excited to finally taste after not eating all day, and for all the totally-you portraits.
It is essential that the task of taking your wedding photos falls into the right hands. Invest in someone who makes you and your partner feel seen and valued; someone who will treat your wedding like it's their *only* wedding of the year.
We're happy to chat with all of our couples and talk details as well as come up with a totally customized photo package.
For Oz Farm specifically, it is over an hour away from Dobbs Ferry, New York, incurring a $50/hour additional travel fee.