New York Country Club | Themes & Planning

New York Country Club, Lauryn & Kevin

Focus On Your Floor Plan ... “Guest placement is key to creating a positive atmosphere. For table placement, keep in mind proximity to speakers, bars, and restrooms.”

Vary Your Menu ... “Ensure a balance of different food selections to accommodate the dietary needs of all your guests.”

Photos: John Currens Photography

New York Country Club
103 Brick Church Road, New Hempstead, New York 10977 845.362.5800,,

Create a Rustic Countryside Wedding

From The Bride

“We grew up less than five minutes away from each other,” says Lauryn Laga, who married Kevin Garcia at New York Country Club. “We attended the same high school and graduated in 2007.” The following summer, Kevin came to a party at Lauryn’s house and they instantly connected.

“That summer we fell completely in love and eight years later, at Kevin’s family house in Loon Lake, NY, he asked me to go on a boat ride. He told me a life jacket had flown off the stern so I went to the back of the boat and tried to grab it. I turned around and Kevin was down on one knee. I could hear our family and friends screaming from the shore! After we got engaged, we purchased our first home and started saving and planning for our dream wedding!”

They were looking for a venue that was warm but classy. “I was leaning more towards a rustic look with my décor choices. We also wanted a venue that took care of everything for us and we wanted a connection with the person coordinating the wedding, so they could get to know us and help with suggestions for our wedding. But as we went from venue to venue, I felt like we were settling.”

New York Country Club, Lauryn & Kevin

New York Country Club, Lauryn & Kevin

A friend from work suggested checking out the New York Country Club. “Within minutes of being there, Kevin said, ‘This is it.’ We instantly fell in love with the spacious layout and the way the venue flowed from the ceremony location to the cocktail hour to the beautiful ballroom. We could picture all our ideas coming to life. We also instantly connected with Eric Handler, the director of catering. I knew he was someone I would get along with and he really took the time to get to know us. We scheduled a tasting with our families and that same day we booked our wedding.”

Within the next few months she often met with Eric and also called him as well. “Most of the time, I was dumping my questions on him, but he never failed to give us amazing suggestions. The most exciting part of the process was when Eric called to let us know the venue was going to be renovated. I remember getting in the car that day almost in tears over how beautiful the plans looked. We had already fallen in love with the place and now it was going to be renovated so it would be an even better space.

“In the weeks leading up to the wedding, Eric always made sure we felt comfortable with every decision we were making. He also worked well with our photographer, John Currens from John Currens Photography, and with our DJ, Kyle Hauge from Gold Standard Entertainment. Being a dance teacher, I had many ideas in mind for our entrance, as well as a choreographed dance with my dad, which New York Country Club helped make possible.

New York Country Club, Lauryn & Kevin

New York Country Club, Lauryn & Kevin

“Working with Eric and his team far surpassed our expectations. Everything we asked for happened! I cannot begin to say enough about the staff. The day after our wedding we had a brunch and everyone told us so many wonderful stories involving the staff. It truly felt like they were part of our celebration.

“The energy at our wedding is something we will always cherish and none of it would have been possible without Eric Handler and the amazing staff of The New York Country Club.
“The best advice I got for our wedding,” adds Lauryn, “was to stop and take it all in — on that once-in-a-lifetime day!”

From The Venue

“Being a dance choreographer, Lauryn put together the most amazing Father/Daughter Dance I have ever seen,” says Eric Handler, director of catering at New York Country Club. “Kudos to dad as well for his dance moves!

“Their theme of rustic wood and baby’s breath was carried through all aspects of their wedding. From their centerpieces to their table numbers to their wedding cake and their place cards, everything was seamless.”

Lauryn and Kevin are diehard football fans, so Eric suggested they create signature cocktails to express their love for the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys. Their two signature drinks were the ‘Big Blue,’ with gin, blue Curaçao, and Sprite; and the ‘Dallas Iced Tea,’ with vodka, iced tea, and lemonade.

They recently completed a total refurbishment of their Grand Ballroom to blend elegance and intimacy. “We wanted to match our beautiful grounds, which include gardens, waterfalls, fountains, and weeping willow trees, offering endless photo opportunities and amazing views of the Hudson Valley and Manhattan Skyline. We also offer indoor and outdoor cocktail reception seating and by hosting only one wedding a day, the bride and groom have exclusive access to the bridal suite and our grounds, all day long.

“Over the months leading up to the wedding, I form relationships with all our couples. The most exciting part of wedding planning is assisting the couple on their most important day and creating a magical experience they will remember for the rest of their lives. That moment when everyone has walked down the aisle, and I am standing beside the bride and her father, still creates butterflies in my stomach to this day.

“My motto always has been ‘Let us work together to create an event that is unique and memorable and most importantly reflects your style and our expertise.’ ”

Vendors: Ceremony/Reception-New York Country Club. Gown-Allure Bridals. Photography-John Currens Photography. Wedding Cake-Le Gateau Suisse. DJ-Kyle Hauge of Gold Standard Entertainment. The bride is a marketing and dance teacher/choreographer for the King Centre for the Performing Arts.

New York Country Club
103 Brick Church Road, New Hempstead, New York 10977 845.362.5800,,