Allison had several special details including a handkerchief that belonged to her grandmother which she wore tucked into her garter. She was helped by her mom and her twin sister as she put on her final details.
THE GREAT RING CAPER
READY TO GO
Allison and John Decided to do their photographs before their ceremony, so we set up a first sight for them on the porch overlooking the lake. Pictures and first looks before the ceremony are becoming very popular with brides and grooms not only because it allows them to enjoy more of their cocktail hour, but because it allows more time to get creative with their photos and creates less stress because of the rush to fit in all the pictures in an hour. Though some couples think it will spoil the magic of that moment at the alter when you first see each other in your wedding attire, if you look through the stills from Allison and John's first look and ceremony, you'll see that all the emotion and magic were still there for them. Allison was between tears of joy and laughter most of the time, with a couple stops at blissful love in between, once John wiped the tear from her cheek. They're so cute together!
Off to the dock and the other picturesque surrounding areas for photos with Jean Kallina of Hudson Valley Photography.
THE MAIN EVENT
Though they had planned for an outdoor ceremony, you just never know what the weather will be like in April. This is the beauty of Mohonk Mountain House as a location. Because it was just a bit too chilly for an outdoor ceremony that day, they set up the ceremony in the grand parlor. A gorgeous room that overlooks the lake. No compromises with this setting at all.
As guests arrived they were welcomed by the lake view out the giant picture window and the music of Jeff Armstrong, who continued to play music throughout the ceremony and onto the cocktail hour. Their officiant was one of their friends who was performing her first ceremony ever. She did a wonderful job! There were plenty of fun moments even through the ceremony, but my favorite part had to be when Allison vowed "to encourage, support and inspire (John) to lead a life of learning, exploring and expanding of yourself, not your waistline."
THE PREVIEW CLIP
INTRODUCING THE MR. + MRS.
Allison put her stamp on every aspect of the wedding. Here are a few a few more DIY items by our crafty bride, Allison (with a little help from her groom, John, of course).
Programs were printed, crafted and pasted by the two of them. They looked so pro you would never know they were a DIY project.
Allison and John also made all of the cards and envelopes for their well wish jar using scrapbook papers. They asked their guests to write words of advice to them. They plan to open one every year on their anniversary.
THE TIME OF MY LIFE
Allison and John shared their last dance of the day to (I've Had) The Time of My Life complete with a lift and a kiss surrounded by family and friends. What a perfect way to end their perfect day!
The Location: Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz, NY
The Photographer: Jean Kallina, Hudson Valley Photography
The Ceremony Music: Jeff Armstrong
The Reception Entertainment: Jimmy Lutz, Lutz Entertainment
The Dress: Salome, by Rosa Clara
The Flowers: Thersea, at Meadowscent Florist, in Gardiner, NY