One look at Cedar Lakes Estate, and you’ll understand why celebrity brides like Zosia Mamet and Christina Tosi chose the venue for their weddings. Sisters Stephanie and Lisa Karvellas transformed the property, which was originally a summer camp, into the Hudson Valley’s ultimate weekend-wedding retreat, blending stunning landscapes and private seclusion.
Full-weekend weddings are the norm here. Guests can stay on-site in the luxury Pine Cottages or bunk in rustic, shared, cabin-style accommodations. Kick off Friday with welcome drinks, followed by the rehearsal dinner at the farm table in the Chef’s Garden. Ceremonies can take place at the amphitheater-style lakefront deck, framed by willowy pines, or at The Mountain Top, a rolling clearing with wildflowers and views of the Shawangunk Mountains (just imagine the fall foliage). Receptions are held in the contemporary barn, with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the water and room for more than 300 guests. For the after-party, there’s a chic treehouse with a built-in bar and wood-burning fireplace. In between, enjoy relics of the venue’s camp past: Play field games on the lawn, ride a zip line down the mountain, hike and bike miles of private trails, build a bonfire to roast pumpkin-spice s’mores, or go for a swim.
For foodie couples, it’s the hyper-local culinary program that most appeals at Cedar Lakes. Be advised: The food-and-drink minimum is very hefty, but it can be used for events beyond the wedding day, including a welcome lunch, rehearsal dinner, and next-day breakfast. Dishes like pasta with ramp pesto, fresh ricotta toast with rosemary honey, and grilled pork porterhouse on bacon-braised onions, drizzled with plum mostarda, come from the Cedar Lakes property — produce from the garden, plus cheese, maple syrup, and honey are produced on-site — or from nearby purveyors and farms.
The Details: Weekend weddings incur a site fee of $12,500 to $19,500, depending on season, and require a $90,000 food-and-drink minimum. From Sunday to Thursday, couples may book the venue for single-day weddings for a $6,500 to $9,500 fee and $65,000 food-and-drink minimum.