When I first decided to pursue a German degree in college*, someone should’ve given me a polite nudge and reminded me that this particular skill probably wouldn’t be as practical as say…medicine, engineering or even business management. Beyond my brief travels in Germany, as well as my occasional visits to the local biergartens here in the states, I’ve found very few opportunities to prove (at least to my parents) that I had in fact acquired a very useful skill as a result of my 4.5 ¼ per-productive years in college. It wasn’t till much later I discovered that all my newfound German friends spoke perfect English, as well as the sobering reality that I’ve only been to 3 biergartens in the past 15 years. Shnitzel anyone?
But I digress.
When Lisa & Steve first approached us to help document their wedding day (literally 3 months away), I had already “unofficially” stopped taking bookings for the year (mostly for the sake of my own sanity). However, I was assured of the following:
- This was going to be a small, intimate, “easy” wedding (but of course, every bride tells us this. This particular one just so happened to be telling the truth.).
- It was going to take place at the Mohonk Mountain House, which was definitely on my bucket list of wedding destinations to shoot.
- There was going to be food…and possibly beer, but mostly food.
- There would be German speakers in attendance.
- They would do whatever we asked them to do for photos.
I mean seriously, how could I possibly resist? Just look at that view!
Venue & Catering: Mohonk Mountain House // Ceremony/Officiant: Rev. Stuart Chernoff // Hair: Mohonk Mountain House // Dress: Dreamers & Lovers // Shoes: Prada // Groom’s attire: Suit- Express; Shirt- H&M; Tie, Pocket square and Tie clip- Nordstrom; Mission Belt; Custom Vans // Jewelry: Bridal: Custom necklace – Isabel Borland; Rings – Gabriella Kiss; Earrings – Ted Muehling; Kimberlin Brown; Groom: Ring – Kay Jewelers // Floral: Flowers by Elissa // Decor: Ribbon- Bellame Ribbon Co.; Hobnob Glassware and Gold flatware – Hudson Valley Vintage Rentals // Stationery: Calligraphy by Bride; Paper Source; // Favors: Badges by Elizabeth Nettles; Wood place cards – www.etsy.com/TheGildedLine // Planner/Coordinator: Elizabeth Nettles
*My other degree was English; its usefulness which still remains to be seen.