Alpaca Farm Wedding, Hebron NY
Having an alpaca farm wedding? Alpaca my bags! Keith has a soft spot for these sometimes goofy looking animals with the Bieber haircuts. So when Cathy started our call with “We’re getting married at Josh’s family alpaca farm.” we said yes!
Cathy and Josh met in the restaurant industry. Cathy was bartending and Josh would come in after his restaurant closed to sit at her bar. His crush on her grew, but Cathy remained oblivious. She was also not single at the time. Eventually, her status changed, co-workers pointed out Josh’s availability to her, and the rest is history!
Cathy is no stranger to life’s challenges. A few months before we met her, her lung spontaneously collapsed. Surgery and months of rest didn’t seem to dampen her spirits and she showed us just how strong a woman she is. Despite life’s attempt at hardening her, she remains one of the sweetest people we know. And her farm wedding was a true testament to her grit and beauty, independence and charm.
Josh, a veteran and outdoorsman, is equally as rugged. Although his soft side isn’t as stunning, sorry Josh!
While the fire alarm went off during the girl’s getting ready, Cathy remained unfazed. We grabbed a photo with a fireman, she donned her blue stilettos and we were off the the alpaca farm wedding!
Josh’s parents retired with the dream of running a business on the 92 acres in Upstate New York. With 33 alpaca and a couple of lama, they sell hats and mittens and an abundance of cuteness! Our favorite was newborn, Hermie.
Flanking the fields and rolling hills, Cathy and Josh exchanged their vows under the alter her father made. The morning had been filled with rain, but the skies were clear as their family and friends looked on. Breezy Hill Ranch made for a perfect backdrop, with not a single visible road, and basically no cell service!
One of the great advantages to backyard farm weddings is having the run of the place. There are no time constraints or off limit areas. Guests can congregate early for lawn games, help organizing, or just to enjoy a mini vacation. And you know the lay of the land intimately, with plenty of sentimentality.
Friends come together to create the details, from wedding pace cards to mason jars and signage. With one of Cathy’s passions being DIY projects, she definitely didn’t disappoint! And with Josh being a hobbyist brew master, the bar was wonderfully stocked!
Their friends catered a buffet dinner, and guests were called into the tent for first dances and the opening to an evening of celebration.
At an alpaca farm wedding, and with an adventurous couple, we really couldn’t pass up the opportunity to play. Cathy hiked up the layers of her dress and Josh led us into the pasture. Alpaca tend to be a bit skittish, and apparently don’t have much modeling experience. They eventually allowed their curiosity to overwhelm their fear, and before long our fun began.
We could have stayed all night, but there was a cake to cut and dancing to begin! We wandered in and around the tent as guests tossed a frisbee, visited the animals, and shared laughter. Another great thing about backyard farm weddings? You don’t have to leave! Tents were pitched in a nearby field leaving guests to freely enjoy the evening.
Another perk? Wedding Fireworks! No need to ask the venue for permission! As the light faded, a friend prepped the show. Cathy & Josh found a quiet place to watch and closed out the night with the display.
Alpaca Farm Wedding Details:
Alpacas of Breezy Hill Ranch – Venue
Queensbury Hotel – Bridal Prep
Price Chopper – Flowers
Oleg Cassini – Bride’s Gown
Badgley Mischka – Bride’s Shoes
David’s Bridal – Jewelry
Karl Meehan – DJ
Destiny Bishop-Slover – Hair & Makeup
Friends JD & Johnny – Caterers
Bullseye Tent Company – Tent
DPC Limo – Limousine
Friend Michelle Martindale – Cake
Dreaming of having a weekend alpaca farm wedding? Give Kate & Keith Photography a call!!!