To Rachel and Richard Sfass, Diamond Mills Hotel was the perfect “one-stop shop” for their rustic chic wedding in September 2012. Nestled between the Hudson River and the Catskill Mountains, the former site of the Martin Cantine Paper Mill of Saugerties has 30 guest rooms, views of the Esopus Creek Falls, a full-service restaurant, and classically trained chefs to handle the entire weekend from rehearsal dinner to post-wedding brunch.
“The convenience of having the hotel, restaurant, and ballroom all in once place can’t be beat,” says Rachel, who got engaged while ice-skating in Bryant Park. “I can’t imagine having done it any other way. The food was to die for and the setting is just so elegant, but casual at the same time. Our guests had nothing but amazing things to say and many of them said it was the best affair they had been to.”
The newlyweds took their vows on the Grand Terrace overlooking the falls and then proceeded into the Grand Ballroom, a 7,000-square-foot dividable space with floor-to-ceiling windows and vintage-inspired chandeliers. The room can accommodate up to 400 guests, but the Sfasses divided it into two sections: one for cocktail hour and one for dinner and dancing, which they kicked off with the high-energy Hora. After the reception, friends and family made their way past the reclaimed barnwood staircase to the Tavern, now home to the original 1908 cornerstone, for small bites and drinks. “They had the patio open,” says Rachel, “where we sat by the fire pits chatting with our friends until late into the night.”
In addition to the Grand Ballroom, the Tavern Library, Mezzanine Lounge, and Fireside Lounge are available for smaller events. Wedding packages range from $85 to $150 per person. As a bonus, couples who tie the knot at Diamond Mills receive dinner for two with Champagne toast on their first anniversary.
Top photo by Jean Kallina Photography; Bottom photos by Maximillian B Nucci Photography