Venue Series: Southwood Estate

February 11, 2020

On the banks of the Hudson River in the upper part of the Hudson Valley, there is a gorgeous white house. And on the lawn in front of that gorgeous white house, you can get married. Welcome to Southwood Estate, the next stop of our Venue Series, where Sarma of Sarma & Co Photography and I explore some of the Hudson Valley’s best wedding venues and share all of the gorgeous details with all of you. 

Southwood Estate boasts 87 gorgeous acres in Germantown, NY,  expansive views of the Hudson River, a historic mansion you can stay in overnight, and SO much more. If you are looking for the perfect place to host an outdoor wedding with classic estate vibes and with some of the best views in the Hudson Valley, Southwood Estate is the place for you.

All-Weekend Access

One of the best things about Southwood Estate (from a planner’s perspective) is that you have access to the property all weekend long (Friday-Sunday). Even if you don’t plan to host multiple events across the weekend onsite (which you can), you and your vendors still have access all weekend, ensuring plenty of time for load in, set up and tear down.


That stunning mansion? You can stay in it with some of your best people all weekend long. The property features three distinct houses that can sleep up to 24 people for the weekend: The Mansion, The Cottage and The Gate House. If you have two separate wedding parties, you have plenty of onsite options for those groups to gather and prepare onsite.

For your remaining guests, Germantown is just a 15 minute drive from Hudson, NY, home to plenty of hotels, AirBNBs, restaurants and more. The best part? There is an Amtrak train stop in Hudson, which makes it easily accessible for guests arriving from New York City.

The mansion’s interior is a photographer’s dream. Unique artwork and plenty of natural light make the mansion an ideal backdrop for getting ready photos and couple’s portraits.

The Grounds

Besides the gorgeous river views and the stunning mansion, this property has lots to offer. A dense wooded area offers shaded areas for ceremonies, photos and more. A swing hanging from a tall tree, a gazebo on a hill, a gated garden, a heated swimming pool and an area for bonfire provide endless ways to customize your event at Southwood Estate.

A Custom Event

Perhaps the best thing about hosting an event at Southwood Estate is that your wedding will be completely custom, from the tent you choose, the lights you hang, the catering you offer and the tunes you play.

While the idea of building a completely custom event may seem daunting, no need to stress here. Southwood Estate has many features that are thoughtfully provided, including ample power sources, a dedicated area for parking and ground lighting to help your guests navigate this nature-filled retreat with ease.

So, if your dream wedding features a tented wedding under the stars on the banks of the Hudson River, take a nice long look at Southwood Estate. You won’t regret it.

Where should we go next? If you would like Sarma & I to come out and explore your venue or if there is a venue you’d like to know more about, let us know!

Until next time,

Sarma + Corinne