Basilica Hudson may be just a sophomore in the weddings game, but Megan and Jason Quirk are still raving about their October nuptials in the reclaimed 19th century factory, located just steps from the Hudson Amtrak station.
From the start, the couple knew they wanted a raw, industrial feel as well as an easy commute for their New York City guests. Basilica Hudson gave them both. “We had toured a couple farm/barn locations but quickly ruled those out,” says Megan. “We loved that Basilica Hudson had high ceilings, exposed brick, and dramatic windows. We felt confident that we could make do with minimal and soften the space with bright colors and light touches.”
They achieved this with white string lights, a photo booth, hand-painted glass jars to liven up the tables, family-style Indian cuisine from a local restaurant, beer brewed by the groom, and barreled whiskey from a Hudson distillery. When the DJ packed up for the night, they even added an encore concert courtesy of a cousin’s rental car and the wide barn doors.
The main event space is located in the former Forge and Foundry building, where railway wheels were produced at one time and glue was made in later years. The Quirks’ ceremony took place in the smaller North Hall, followed by cocktails in the courtyard while the bridal party took pictures along the railroad tracks nearby.
“The location was perfect and our photographer took advantage of the interior and exterior of the building and the surroundings,” says Megan. “We both loved the unique raw setting where we were allowed to do almost anything—except set off fireworks inside, we were told.”
Site fees range start at $6,500 for weekends April through August and in November. In September and October, fees start at $8,500. The Main Hall fits 250-plus guests for seated receptions, while the North Hall accommodates up to 200 for ceremonies. There are numerous spaces for smaller parties as well.
Bottom left photo courtesy of Basilica Hudson; all others by Clean Plate Pictures