Red Maple Vineyard Weddings

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Red Maple Vineyard weddings photographed by Duetimage Photography Hudson Valley wedding photographers.
Red Maple Vine­yard wed­dings com­bine the con­ve­nience of a cater­ing hall with a work­ing farm that offers up sur­pris­ing details. (Pho­tos by Due­tim­age Pho­tog­ra­phy Hud­son Val­ley Wed­ding Pho­tog­ra­phers).

 

One of the chal­lenges of stag­ing a barn wed­ding, or a farm wed­ding, is arrang­ing all the ser­vices and rentals you’ll require for your event.  At Red Maple Vine­yard in West Park, cou­ples can stage their cel­e­bra­tion with all the con­ve­niences of a cater­ing hall built right into a work­ing farm site.  And what a site it is, with sweep­ing views across the Hud­son Riv­er and sur­pris­ing details that make for unfor­get­table wed­ding imagery.

The venue is con­ve­nient­ly locat­ed along Route 9W between the New Paltz and Kingston exits of the New York State Thruway.  It stands on the site of a for­mer win­ery which chefs Gary and Liz Stone, alum­ni of the Culi­nary Insti­tute of Amer­i­ca, pur­chased sev­er­al years ago.  The Stones are also the own­ers of Cor­ner Stone Cater­ing in Rye, New York,  where they oper­ate a retail store and are also the exclu­sive wed­ding cater­ers at the near­by Wain­wright House.  In Red Maple Vine­yard, how­ev­er, they saw an oppor­tu­ni­ty not only to cater food for events, but to host them and to pro­vide all the ingre­di­ents right on site.

Shaleen Stone — who over­sees the day to day oper­a­tions of Red Maple Vine­yard, along with the assis­tance of wed­ding coor­di­na­tor Michelle Mar­mo, host­ess Liz Lieber­man, and prop­er­ty man­ag­er Michael Foertsch — led us on a tour of the prop­er­ty start­ing with “The Secret Gar­den”.  This is where cou­ples often pose for their wed­ding day por­traits, nes­tled in the vine­yard where grapes from the old win­ery still grow and will even­tu­al­ly be enjoyed as Red Maple Vine­yard wines dur­ing wed­ding recep­tions.

 

Vineyard and ceremony site at Red Maple Vineyard wedding venue photographed by Duetimage Photography.
The Secret Gar­den: a pos­si­ble site for your cer­e­mo­ny nes­tled in Red Maple’s  vine­yard.

 

Grapes at Red Maple Vineyard wedding venue photographed by Duetimage Photography.
These grapes are des­tined for the Red Maple Vine­yard win­ery — and a future wed­ding!

 

Near­by are the gar­dens where fresh fruits, veg­eta­bles, and herbs are grown for most of the food served dur­ing Red Maple events.  “What­ev­er we don’t grow here we source from our local farm­ers, and that’s some­thing that very impor­tant to us,” says Shaleen.

 

Gardens at Red Maple Vineyard wedding venue photographed by Duetimage Photography Hudson Valley wedding photographers.
Entry to one of Red Maple’s gar­den areas, a source of pro­duce for wed­ding events at the site.

 

Gardens at Red Maple Vineyard wedding venue photographed by Duetimage Photography Hudson Valley wedding photographers.
All foods that can­not be sourced direct­ly at the venue are acquired from local farm­ers.

 

Our tour takes us up a steep hill known as Deer Ridge where most cer­e­monies are nor­mal­ly held.  From up here, you can see clear across the Hud­son Riv­er to the hills of Dutchess Coun­ty on the oth­er side.

 

Ceremony signage at Red Maple Vineyard wedding venue photographed by Duetimage Photography Hudson Valley wedding photographers.
Cer­e­monies, this way!  The most pop­u­lar site for cer­e­monies at Red Maple is up on Deer Ridge, a hill over­look­ing the Hud­son Riv­er.

 

Up on top there is a canopy which cou­ples can dec­o­rate to their hearts’ con­tent, and Red Maple will make sure there is seat­ing here on your wed­ding day.

 

Wedding ceremony site at Red Maple Vineyard photographed by Duetimage Photography Hudson Valley wedding photographers.
A view from the top: this wed­ding canopy awaits cou­ples exchang­ing their vows at Red Maple Vine­yard.

 

Down below is an excel­lent view of the main build­ing and its per­ma­nent tent (we’ll get to both in a minute), as well as the farm and the gar­dens.

 

Gardens at Red Maple Vineyard wedding venue photographed by Duetimage Photography Hudson Valley Wedding Photographers.
Anoth­er view of Red Maple’s gar­dens, as seen from the cer­e­mo­ny site atop Deer Ridge.

 

Tent and main house at Red Maple Vineyard wedding venue photographed by Duetimage Photography Hudson Valley Wedding Photographers.
To the left is Red Maple’s main house with per­ma­nent wed­ding tent.

 

Com­ing back from Deer Ridge, we head to the Main House where wed­ding recep­tion action takes place.  This build­ing is an art­ful­ly ren­o­vat­ed 1800’s cow barn which wows you with its size and decor the instant you step through the door.

 

Red Maple Vineyard's main house wedding venue photographed by Duetimage Photography Hudson Valley Wedding Photographers.
The Main House: this ren­o­vat­ed 1800’s cow barn is the cen­ter of Red Maple wed­ding action.

 

The inte­ri­or has sev­er­al areas which we’ll describe one by one, start­ing with the entrance area which your guests will like­ly see first.  Inside there is a grand piano, sofas, a buf­fet table, bar­rels, and old wag­ons, as well as chan­de­liers per­son­al­ly craft­ed by Shaleen and her mom, Liz.  The area serves as a lounge area for cock­tail hours, or a place to stay com­fort­ably dry dur­ing inclement weath­er.

 

Interior of the Main House at Red Maple Vineyard wedding venue photographed by Duetimage Photography Hudson Valley Wedding Photographers.
A mix of rus­tic decor wel­comes your guests to the entry area of Red Maple’s Main House.

 

There are also stair­ways here lead­ing up to over­hang­ing bal­conies and addi­tion­al lounge space on the upper floor.

 

Interior of Red Maple Vineyard wedding venue photographed by Duetimage Photography Hudson Valley wedding photographers.
Brides and grooms can sur­vey their wed­ding day action from up on this bal­cony, or deliv­er an address to their guests.

 

The upstairs lounge area is an inter­est­ing blend of archi­tec­tur­al details and fur­nish­ings, with an arched ceil­ing and stained glass win­dows.  You get the impres­sion that you’ve arrived at a sort of knight’s hall, and there’s even a sweet­heart table at one end where brides and grooms can play king and queen.

 

Upper lounge area of Red Maple Vineyard wedding venue photographed by Duetimage Photography Hudson Valley wedding photographers.
This upstairs lounge area, with stained glass win­dows and an arched ceil­ing, has a Renais­sance flair.

 

Upper lounge area of Red Maple Vineyard wedding venue photographed by Duetimage Photography Hudson Valley wedding photographers.
Fit for a king and queen: this sweet­heart table will make you feel like roy­al­ty.

 

Direct­ly below this lounge area is Red Maple’s bar and tav­ern area, which has a com­plete­ly dif­fer­ent feel — more like a car­riage house where you can eas­i­ly imag­ine the groom and his posse lean­ing back for some brandy and smokes.

 

Bar and tavern area of Red Maple Vineyard wedding venue photographed by Duetimage Photography Hudson Valley wedding photographers.
A view of the bar and tav­ern area, fac­ing the entry room.

 

Bar and tavern area of Red Maple Vineyard wedding venue photographed by Duetimage Photography Hudson Valley wedding photographers.
Anoth­er angle on the bar and tav­ern area, a great place for the groom and his posse to hang out.

 

If the guys have the bar area, then the ladies can claim the snazzy get­ting ready room which looks like a vin­tage bar­ber shop.  This room is posi­tioned in an out of the way por­tion of the entry area from which brides can make a sur­prise appear­ance.

 

Bridal getting ready room at Red Maple Vineyard wedding venue photographed by Duetimage Photography Hudson Valley wedding photographers.
The Get­ting Ready Room: we love the vin­tage bar­ber chair and the sun­ny decor.

 

Bridal getting ready room of Red Maple Vineyard wedding venue photographed by Duetimage Photography Hudson Valley wedding photographers.
Reverse angle of the get­ting ready room with its full size mir­ror.

 

Now it’s time to head out­side to the recep­tion tent which is attached to the main house.  The tent is a sea­son­al­ly per­ma­nent fix­ture from May to Novem­ber, so there is no need for cou­ples to rent one just for the day.  Shaleen informs us that there are future plans to replace the tent with a stur­dy wood­en pavil­ion (and we’ll update this page when they do).

 

Red Maple Vineyard wedding reception tent photographed hy Duetimage Photography.
Red Maple’s recep­tion tent, con­nect­ed to the Main House and sur­round­ed by green­ery.

 

The tent has at one end a mul­ti-pur­pose lounge area which can be used for bands, or for cer­e­monies in the event of rain.  The enclo­sure is 28-feet in the cen­ter and its side­walls mea­sure 10-feet.  It has built in uplight­ing and also a cool­ing sys­tem great for very hot sum­mer events.

 

Red Maple Vineyard wedding tent photographed by Duetimage Photography.
Dual pur­pose lounge area under Red Maple’s tent; your band set up shop here, and it can be used as a cer­e­mo­ny area in the event of rain.

 

Red Maple Vineyard wedding tent with custom farm table photographed by Duetimage Photography.
These cus­tom farm tables are built on-site and can be added on to recep­tion decor at an addi­tion­al price.

 

Our tour comes to an end at one of our favorite areas of the venue: the Stone Ruins, locat­ed direct­ly beside the tent and the main house, which makes you think of Tus­cany or Mid­dle Earth even.  A per­fect spot for dreamy bride and groom pho­tos.

 

Stone ruins at Red Maple Vineyard wedding venue photographed by Duetimage Photography.
The Stone Ruins: a per­fect spot for dreamy bride and groom pho­tos.

 

The ruins have sev­er­al dis­tinct areas, one of them designed for after-par­ties around a fire pit.  There is also a small, prim­i­tive bar com­posed of a wood­en plank and two bar­rels which stand off to one cor­ner, await­ing refresh­ments, s’mores ingre­di­ents, and what­ev­er else you can imag­ine.

 

Ruins with fire pit at Red Maple Vineyard photographed by Duetimage Photography.
This fire pit is the set­ting for after-par­ties at Red Maple Vine­yard.

 

Final­ly, Red Maple Vine­yard pro­duces a num­ber of favors all grown and pro­duced on the prop­er­ty.  You can send your guests home with maple syrup, jams, and hot sauce as seen below.

 

Red Maple Vineyard wedding favors photographed by Duetimage Photography Hudson Valley wedding photography.
Wed­dings guests can take home a bit of the farm with these wed­ding favors pro­duced on-site at Red Maple Vine­yard.

 

Shaleen Stone informs us that Red Maple Vine­yard is cur­rent­ly book­ing out a year in advance.  As of this writ­ing, 2018 is ful­ly booked and inquiries are already rolling in for 2019.

Red Maple Vine­yard wed­dings include full din­ners with sea­son­al menus, which can be cus­tomized to meet cer­tain dietary needs.  Also includ­ed are wed­ding cakes, a top shelf bar, all fur­nish­ings, cut­lery, chi­na, glass­ware, and any col­or sol­id linens to match your theme.  For an addi­tion­al price, there are extras that can be added on, such as lounge fur­ni­ture and a beer canoe.

As you can see, Red Maple Vine­yard is a very large venue with much to offer.  But big­ger than the venue itself is the Stone family’s pas­sion for healthy local foods.  “We’re look­ing into cre­at­ing edu­ca­tion­al pro­grams for kids in our region and part­ner­ing with local schools, hope­ful­ly to get young peo­ple excit­ed about the ben­e­fits of local­ly sourced food,” Shaleen tells us.

We look for­ward to hear­ing about Red Maple’s future projects, in the world of wed­dings and in our com­mu­ni­ty.

 

Red Maple Vineyard wedding venue along route 9W in Ulster County photographed by Duetimage Photography.

 

Imagining your wedding or event at Red Maple Vineyard?

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Additional Information:

Learn more about Red Maple Vine­yard vis­it https://www.redmaplevineyard.com/.

To dis­cuss your Red Maple Vine­yard wed­ding with Due­tim­age Hud­son Val­ley Wed­ding Pho­tog­ra­phers, call (845) 905‑6323 or vis­it: http://www.duetimage.com/contact.

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