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Ashokan Center Wedding – Brooke and Matt


Brooke and Matt were married at the Ashokan Center in Olivebridge, NY. Their fall wedding at a camp in the Catskills was a perfect reflection of who they are – down to earth, caring, and fun loving.

These two live in the Pacific Northwest but being on opposite sides of the country was no hurdle for their wedding planning. And when it came down to building their timeline Brooke and I kept connected through the online planning tool I use. Easy peasy whether you’re in town or thousands of miles away. They chose my personal favorite way to handle a destination wedding – they picked a venue that has lodging and activities and invited all of their guests to camp out with them from Friday to Sunday. Three days of celebrations are way better than one!

This wedding had it all – farm animals, glamping, campfires, and dancing until the sun came up. From the wooden place cards hand made by the bride to the vibrant footwear worn by the groom, this wedding felt special and authentic from start to finish. And they even got to be the first couple to ever have their ceremony by the red barn on property. It is now my new favorite backdrop for Ashokan ceremonies.

I loved working with these two and had such a blast with them on their wedding day. Their personal style says so much about how cool these two are. I am so glad they picked me to coordinate their big day!



Vendor team:

Wedding Coordination – Shannon Whitney Anson / Wedding Planning Plus

Venue – Ashokan Center

Photo – Adam Ciccarino Photography

Entertainment – iPod

Florals – Hudson Valley Floral

Officiants – Benjamin Weiss and Matthew Erickson

Ceremony music – The Bernstein Bard Trio

Makeup – Meg Rianne

Hair – Sara Julianna Beauty

Pies – Much Mor Bread

Bar – Brendan Edwards

Glamping – Glamp Stars



Brooke got ready with her two sisters in the music room in Esopus Lodge. See the guitars on the side wall?

Matt and his guys chose the Pewter shop for their getting ready spot

Brooke’s niece was their flower girl and she wore a dress that Brooke and her sisters used to wear when they were little girls!


Mazel tov!



The guys’ footwear was fabulous!



Shannon is a Wedding Wizard. I am so glad we hired Shannon for month-of coordination. She is extraordinarily organized, exactly the kind of person you want keeping track of all of your wedding details and coordinating moving parts. On the day of, when we discovered we didn’t have a few important elements for the ceremony, she jumped into action, found them, and smoothed all the bumps. A warm, professional, and lovely person to work with from start to finish. I highly recommend Shannon and the Wedding Planning Plus team.
— Brooke and Matt

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