Couple lying on the grass filmed by their wedding videographer in Gather Greene New York

Gather Greene Wedding in Upstate New York – Sofreh Aghd Wedding

You're the road of love, and at the end, my home,
One of the crowd, and yet I see you crowned;
I see you in stars, in the sun, in the moon,
Here in the green leaves, and high on the throne.

"Kolliyaat-e Shams-e Tabrizi" - Rumi

They say that traveling leaves you speechless and turns you into a storyteller. I really love meeting people from different backgrounds, cultures and continents, connecting with them on a personal level and having the opportunity to tell their story through a, possibly, different perspective. Because the common denominator of all human beings is love. And what eventually connects us all deeply, notwithstanding our different origins, is storytelling. I think that these words best describe the whole story of this Gather Greene Wedding, where I had the opportunity to be Ranna and Ben’s wedding videographer in Upstate New York.

Gather Greene Wedding Videographer in New York filming the couple outdoors
Gather Greene Wedding in Upstate New York: Ranna and Ben

Ranna & Ben had to postpone their wedding due to the pandemic. Eventually, they had the chance to live their dream day to the fullest, together with their beloved family and friends. A laid-back style in nature, starting with a morning open-air yoga session, walking in the woods with friends, cocktail and traditional Persian music near a pond, a meaningful and emotional ceremony with a strong spiritual connection with the elements of the Sofreh Aghd, dinner, party and late night session of drum meditation… It was such a pleasure for me to meet them and their crew and to capture the celebration of their love in the whimsical rolling hills and enchanting wooded environment of Gather Greene, where they got married.

Destination Wedding in Gather Greene Upstate New York

New York City is definitely the most “European” City of the US. A place that always lives with fashion, music and an evergreen cinematic vibe. However, there is plenty to see in New York beyond the Big Apple.

Upstate New York Hudson Valley enchanting green trees
Upstate New York is a great place to get married connected with nature

Upstate New York with its’ majestic mountains, abundance of lakes, and charming small towns, is anything but plain and forgettable. Being also close to Canada, it offers a variety of stunning locations and beautiful lakes, gorges, woods and waterfalls, and all within a relatively close distance from the heart of NYC. There is plenty of choice for hosting special occasion events, ranging from intimate elopements to bigger weddings, always with an emphasis on elegance, yet surrounded by the beauty of nature.

Tying the Knot in Upstate New York: Gather Greene Wedding Venue

Ranna and Ben chose Gather Greene as their wedding venue. A luxury estate in Upstate New York which is situated in the Hudson Valley near Coxsackie. Gather Greene is design-forward, perched on over a hundred acres overlooking the Berkshire and Catskill Mountains, and offers dramatic landscapes, stunning views, and modern amenities. From the custom designed wood-cabins, offering bespoke accommodation, to the quarry pond, wildflower field and the woods, there could not be a moodier backdrop with a more cinematic atmosphere for this beautiful story.

Gather Greene wedding venue aerial footage
Gather Greene is a picturesque Wedding Venue perched on over a hundred acres overlooking the mountains

Although I have had the opportunity to travel to the US East Coast in the past, this was overall my first trip to film a wedding in New York. It was a great pleasure working with such a lovely couple in such breathtaking location. I definitely look forward to telling more beautiful stories of elegant, yet adventurous and bohemian couples that plan to get married in Gather Greene New York.

An International love story

This love story is all about blending. First, about blending different cultures. Bringing together Ranna & Ben’s Persian, Lebanese, and Polish backgrounds and origin. But also, about blending their respective different personalities.

Ranna thinks with her heart and she is a deeply emotional person. She finds joy in connecting with people and in connecting them to each other. Ben, on the other hand, is an engineer. He is a logical thinker who strives on efficiency, yet he is also a very skilled gardener. They have been together for over ten years – through this time, they have experienced countless stages of life and still they’ve chosen each other.

Gather Greene Wedding Videographer New York filming couple

The story is also not only about them but also about the family and tribe that have made them who they are. The love they have is amplified by their support system, those cheering them on throughout the way.

Their engagement was very romantic and symbolic with just the two of them. It happenned in Lebanon at the highest point in Ehden, in the region where Ben’s family is from. Ben brought with him hand-written letters from everyone who is dearest to Ranna, so they could be there with them in the moment as well.

They dream of growing old and living adventurously together. Making memories in unconventional and thrilling ways is what really matters to them.

Story of the Day

“You Embody Wonder and Amusement, in every sense of it” – Ranna

Ranna and Ben discovered my wedding videography portfolio online and, as they said, they loved the artistry and passion behind my work. They appreciated the fact that my films were unlike any others they had ever seen and that they felt multi-dimensional. When they contacted me shortly after to be their wedding Videographer in Gather Greene they said they loved the arthouse touch and European aesthetics of my work. We both agreed that what is most important in a wedding film is to capture the true emotions of the day, as well as bespoke storytelling elements that are relevant to each couple’s story – something I consider paramount to my work.

Couple having pre wedding fun in Gather Greene Upstate New York
Ranna and Ben prewedding session in Gather Greene Upstate New York

Outdoors Wedding yoga session in Gather Greene

The wedding day started with an early morning outdoor yoga session. Ranna insisted on having this ritual filmed as it felt very important for them. The highlight of this session was that at the end all friends sat in a circle and, one after the other, all of them shared a memory with the couple or a good wish for their married life.

Outdoor Yoga Session in Gather Greene for the couple before their wedding in Upstate New York
Outdoors yoga session with all the friends to start the wedding day

After the Yoga, everyone had breakfast from a canteen food truck and then went back to their cabins in the woods to start getting ready. The preparations of the bride and groom were quite laid back. Ben got ready in a cabin with a couple of his closest friends. One of them, Lorenzo, had a surprise for his friend. He got dressed in a bridal gown and he surprised Ben for the first look as his bride, right before Ranna made her appearance for the actual first look. This short funny section was included in the bloopers of their feature film.

Wedding Cocktail by the Gather Greene Pond

In the afternoon and before the ceremony, the couple welcomed all their guests on a couch by the quarry pond and spent some time with them. For group pictures, dancing to traditional Persian music and enjoying cocktails by the pond of Gather Greene. This was a very important part of connecting with the guests, as usually wedding days are hectic and the couple don’t get the opportunity to spend much time with their guests.

Team Bride in Gather Greene
Gather Greene Wedding: The Bride party
Team Groom in Gather Greene
Gather Greene Wedding: the groom party

Persian Wedding Ceremony: The Sofreh Aghd

The Persian Sofreh Aghd is a beautiful ceremony that takes place at the time of the wedding. The bride and groom sit in front of the aghd spread before their guests. Each element on the spread is symbolic, significant, and intentionally chosen with a specific purpose to represent a healthy and happy life as husband and wife:

Sofreh AGHD from a Persian Wedding in Gather Greene New York
The Wedding Sofreh Aghd in Gather Greene, a spread of different elements and symbols having a spiritual connection and meaning

Mirror: Symbolizes a physical and spiritual reflection and overall brightness in the married life of the couple

Sugar Cones: Used during the ceremony over couple’s head, to shower the marriage with sweetness.

Honey: Symbolizes the sweetness of love to bless the union .

Candles: Symbolizes energy and clarity in the couple’s life together.

Erbs and Spices: To keep the evil eye away from the couple.

Wild Rue: An herb which is burned as part of a ritual and tradition for purification.

Book: Symbolizes the blessing for the couple, to guide them with words of love.

Walnuts, Wheat, coins: Symbolize abundance and prosperity.

Eggs: Symbolize fertility.

Persian Wedding ceremony in Gather Greene
Ranna and Ben wedding ceremony setup in Gather Greene

The whole ceremony was emotional, reminiscent of Ranna and Ben’s path and different origins, and symbolized the blending of all these elements.

Wedding Table Setup in Gather Greene New York
Gather Greene Wedding dinner table setup

After the ceremony, there was an outdoor dinner with a lovely table set up and fish from the lake, followed by coffee, deserts, and cigars. The beautiful night ended excitedly with a crazy dance party before heading back to the quarry pond for a drum circle meditation around a bonfire.

Wedding Table Setup aerial filming in Gather Green Upstate New York
Gather Greene Wedding Dinner table setup

The whole event from start to finish was beautifully conceived and realized and also very emotional, and I feel honored to have witnessed it and to have been chosen as their wedding videographer in Gather Greene New York.

Planning a Wedding in New York

If you are planning a destination wedding in New York, New England, Hudson Valley, or the Berkshires, then finding an amazing team of professionals to help you pull it off is very important. Your photographer, videographer, and your wedding planner should be at the top of the list. Working with Magda the wedding planner from Magdalena Events and her team, was a breeze. Having both a European background and similar aesthetics, we were able to connect and have great coordination throughout the event. She did a great job with everything and I cannot recommend her enough as your wedding planner in Gather Greene or, generally speaking, in New York.

Wedding in Gather Greene Upstate New York

We also had a perfect collaboration with Chellise, Ranna and Ben’s New York wedding photographer, and her team. Her quest for vintage looks, and shooting a lot of polaroids and film, match my aesthetics, but also, with the unmistakable NYC humor and working speed they are great people to have a good connection on a personal level in the first place. As a destination wedding videographer in Gather Greene, I was very grateful for these collaborations, since New York was somewhat new territory for me. All the vendors were very professional, polite, and flexible and everything was organized as it should be.

Wedding Videography in Gather Greene New York

I feel blessed to be a destination wedding videographer. To be able to travel to iconic places all over the world, and to film ceremonies in breathtaking locations like Gather Greene, overlooking the mountains. Be it in the Hudson Valley, in New England, or the Berkshires. Upstate New York is full of amazing destination wedding locations!

couple hugging in front of a pond
So stoked to be the Wedding Videographer in Gather Greene for these two beautiful souls

My work has brought me to meet new people and tell different love stories each time. There may be different locations, different origins, and different types of ceremonies, but the common denominator is love. As you can see by checking out my portfolio, each film is different, bespoke, and tailored to each couple. To be able to dedicate all the necessary attention and the required amount of pre and post-production work to each story, I only accept booking a limited number of weddings every year.

Couple holding hands in front of a pond in Gather Greene Upstate New York
The pond. So stoked to be Ranna and Ben’s Wedding Videographer in Gather Greene New York

Are you planning to get married in Gather Greene or simply to elope there? I would love to be your wedding videographer in New York. My base is in Europe, but I work all over the world, so I am just one flight away from your dream wedding venue. Check out a few of my films in the blog and let’s create some magic for your wedding videography in Gather Greene New York, together!

Get in touch today

I cannot wait to hear more about you, your partner and your common plans. Let’s start creating your most beautiful memories today!
Your Story is Poetry.

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  • Venue

    Gather Greene

  • Planning

    Magdalena Events

  • Photographer

    Chellise Michael Photography

  • Filmmaker

    Cinema of Poetry

  • Florals

    Dark & Diamond

  • Make Up

    Ashley Brignolle

  • Hair

    Sareen Bhojwani

  • Caterer

    Heirloom Fire

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