The Gathering Space is easily the most naturally beautiful location in the Albany area. Barely any decorations are needed to make the evening magical. The Beckmann's have been working so hard to continue to take the Appel Inn to the next level and their love and dedication to their clients is so evident! Their new outdoor, clear-covered ceremony space with reclaimed church pews is AMAZING. They also created a beautiful she-shed adjacent to the new ceremony location that was PERFECT for the bridal party to hang out/get ready in prior to the ceremony. Laurie and her team are there to make sure everything goes off perfectly and gives a list of recommended vendors that are familiar with the venue and excellent in their services. I honestly can't thank the Beckmann's enough for their help in making our day the absolute best.
I don't know where to start! I knew as soon as we arrived at the Appel that I was going to love it. It was perfect for my country rustic, but still elegant wedding. We had the ceremony outside, it was perfect. Everything went so smoothly and looked beautiful. In the Gathering Space, everything looked so beautiful. I had been there so many times before, I couldn't believe it was finally set up for MY wedding! Laurie was a great help along the whole way, any questions I had, she helped. Gave me a list of vendors that she has commonly worked with and I wouldn't change any of those decisions for the world, they all worked with us and gave us exactly what we wanted! Laurie was also accommodating with letting us put a sign we bought in the ground, letting us use centerpieces for no additional charge and having flexibility on meeting times. The only thing I wish was that we could have been there longer, it felt like the night just flew by me while standing still! We also booked our honeymoon with Laurie at Sandals Royal Caribbean in Jamaica - it was AMAZING, just like she said I would be. It was nice because we could book early and then any new specials on the room that made a cheaper room price, she switched it for us! No charges from Sandals. We ended up saving $2000 by the time we actually paid for it from when we first booked it. You could also change your booking after you put the deposit down as well, which was nice incase we couldn't afford it. We will be booking another one with her for 2016! Everything was just perfect. All of my guests are still talking about how beautiful everything was and how nice the place was :) It was wonderful.
Nestled on 36 acres with vintage barns and a lovely 250 year old tavern built by Hendrick Appel, The Gathering Space will lend an atmosphere of graceful elegance to your special event. We host just one event per day, whether it is a corporate retreat for 10 or a celebration for 150. Our setting is casual enough for a wedding barbecue or formal enough for champagne and white glove service. With the addition of our new beautiful outdoor covered chapel ( under a clear top tent with a canopy trees for shade ) complete with vintage church pews and our new private "She Shed " for dressing , we remain one of the most romantic and unique venues in Upstate New York. Call or email today ....We are here to help you create your day around your vision and dreams.