Wedding Day 101

Welcome to Helen & Ben's wedding blog! We're so excited to celebrate with you on August 8th, 2015 in Coxsackie, NY, a sweet town in Hudson Valley only a 2-hour drive up from Manhattan. We'll be keeping this website updated with the latest wedding details. 

First, the wedding destination...

West Coxsackie, NY 12192
Note: Shuttles will pick you up between 3:30pm and 4:44pm at 
Wm. Farmer & Sons Hotel & St. Charles Hotel. See your exact shuttle times HERE.
(Both in Hudson, NY - right across the river from Coxsackie)

Windrift Hall

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The Order of Events

Saturday, August 8th
Wedding ceremony at Windrift Hall at 5:30pm,
to follow with cocktail hour, BBQ buffet dinner, dancing, and drinking by the pond.

The pond behind Windrift Hall

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Home sweet Hudson, New York

We realize that it's no small feat to attend a destination wedding, so we suggest that you make a fun weekend out of it! We recommend that you stay in Hudson, a charming, historic town just a short drive across the river from Coxsackie  (pronounced cuk-SAHK-ee).

*To get to Hudson from Manhattan, you can take the Amtrak at Penn Station directly to Hudson (2 hour trip) or rent a car and drive.

*If you're interested in car-pooling and/or sharing a hotel room, we are happy to connect you to some other guests who are also looking. Let us know!

Here's a list of Hudson lodging options...

Hotels and B&Bs:
Wm Farmer & Sons (formerly Front Street Guest House) On the river with great views. One of our top recommendations!
St. Charles Hotel - Another one of our top recommendations!
26 Warren B & B - 2-night minimum stay required.
The Barlow Hotel - In the middle of town.
The Country Squire  
The Croff House   
Hudson B & B - 2-night minimum stay required.
* Hudson Merchant House  
The Hudson Milliner 
The Inn at 240    
The Inn at Ca' Mea   
The Inn at Hudson   
Mt. Merino Manor   
Thyme in the Country -2-night minimum stay required.
Union Street Guest House - These are full suites with kitchen.

We highly recommend visiting these websites:
Private homes and apartments that are comparable in price to hotels and B & Bs.

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Getting to (and from) Windrift Hall

Since there is restricted parking at Windrift Hall, we'll provide shuttle service to and from Hudson, NY. Please note your exact the pick-up times and locations HERE.

* We have charted two shuttles and each shuttle fits approximately 25 people.
* If you're not staying in Hudson but want to catch a shuttle, parking is OK near the St. Charles and more ample near the Wm. Farmer & Sons, which is close to the train station.
* The shuttles will also be taking you back to Wm. Farmer & Sons and St. Charles after the reception
* Disclaimer: if you miss the shuttle, you will need to hire Pronto Taxi.

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What to Wear

Our wedding will be intimate and semi-formal, so anything you want to wear will be fine. It will be an outdoor summer wedding in the country, so be prepared for acres of fresh grass and an evening breeze by the pond. 

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Our Honeymoon Registry

In lieu of a formal registry, we’ve created a honeymoon fund for our dream honeymoon to Greece and Italy. You can find the link to our honeymoon registry HERE.

Please don’t worry if this forum is not convenient: gifts sent via any method (even carrier pigeon) are very gratefully received.

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That's all! See you in August!

Email us if you have any questions! 


  1. Loved these photos. The wedding event is the most precious in every couple’s life. We will also tie the knot soon but we can’t afford destination venue or costly party planning services so we have decided to have DIY ceremony at the garden themed Chicago venues and I need some inexpensive ideas for the décor. Could you help regarding it?