MountainView Manor | Hudson Valley Wedding Photographer

Breathtaking, I know. I'm actually kinda responsible for these two lovebirds getting married. You see, Anne is a friend of mine from high school and as a friend, I invited her to all of the wild and crazy parties I'd throw at my house while my parents were out of town (sorry, mom). Anyway, after I left for college, Anne went to another party (which I bet wasn't as cool as mine) where she bumped into her now-hubby, who recognized her from one of my parties. Got all that? Good. Now here's Anne & Rob's Country Romance.

“If I had to pick a “theme” that encompassed our wedding it would be “Country Romance." Our wedding reception was held at MountainView Manor in Glen Spey, New York. It is an old estate manor nestled in the mountains of Sullivan County. We wanted the wedding to be very "us" and not done up to look like a production. So, to capture the “romantic country” look, but remain “us,” we made sure to have family photos everywhere. Also, our cake topper was a bride and groom on a motorcycle (my husband is a rider and the topper bike looked just like his!) and our tables were named after places we’ve been or places that meant something to us in our life together/apart. These very personal touches accentuated the romance of candles flickering on the fireplace mantle in the ballroom and the beauty of our flowers (peonies, ranunculus, tea roses and cabbage roses all in various shades of pink, cream and white).”

“My dress was the cherry atop a very large ice cream sundae! The material was a romantic lace, thus fitting perfectly into the wedding theme. To be honest, my mother saw it online and picked it out, but I had to search high and low for a store that carried it. Thankfully, East West Bridals in Secaucus New Jersey was getting it in. This store is the same store where my sister got her wedding dress. Oh, the designer, Mori Lee, was the same designer of my sisters wedding dress. So in March of 2010, my mother, sister and itty-bitty baby nephew, AJ, took a trip down to Jersey and I tried on a number of dresses. We saved the Mori Lee gown for last…I wasn’t fully zipped into my gown before I was shedding tears. I mean sobbing! This dress was everything I wanted and more-it was just me! If a designer could have created a dress after everything I could imagine for my wedding day, which was this dress. I’d give anything to wear it again!”

“The only DIY projects I really worked on were the save the dates and table place cards. Our save the dates were post cards with our picture on them and the name of the place we were in the picture. I uploaded the pictures onto Snapfish and set them on the postcards and ordered. Easy peazy! As I said before, instead of numbers we chose places that meant something to us in our life together or apart. I used personal photos and photos from our engagement shoot with Christine Wright Photography. I uploaded these pictures onto Picnik and edited the photos with the captions of the name of the location. I had them printed as 5x7s and got acrylic frames for each table.”

“We wanted everyone to be comfortable and have a great time. So the feeling of being “at home” was definitely achieved. The manor itself gives you that inviting, “welcome home” feeling, so we didn’t need to do much there. And then of course, the photos of family everywhere and the slide show that played on the TV in the bar with childhood photos helped, too. We are for lack of a better term “party animals.” Not that we are crazy doing keg stands every weekend, but we both LOVE to have a good time with friends and family, and that’s what our reception was about; everyone just having the best time possible.”

“My friend from college Kristen from Kristen Sarah Photography, was our photographer. We had a few photos that we had wanted to re-create from old family photos. I wanted as many candid shots at the reception as possible and of course the posed shots. She remembered a photo from my engagement shoot that I have posted on Facebook where Rob and I are walking down a road hand in hand. She re-created this on an old bridge over the Delaware.”

“My favorite part of the wedding: Everyone says, “Seeing his face for the first time,” which I’m sure I should say, but to be honest…it was when I was walking down the aisle at St. Joseph’s in Middletown and everyone was complementing me on my dress and all the ohs and ahs I got. I say this because that moment for me was such an out of body experience, that the compliments brought me back to earth and kept me calm as I walked with my Dad. Second favorite moment, my husband crying as he said his vows.”

Wasn't that lovely? Anne is already knocked up with their first baby and she promised me that she'd name it Danielle if it's a girl. Now, that's a good friend! If you'd like a more detailed list of all the pretty things in Anne's wedding, go here. Oh, and if you'd like to see your wedding or engagement shoot featured on my little blog, go here.

Photographer : Christine Wright Photography + Kristen Sarah Photography | Location: MountainView Manor | Dress: Mori Lee | Shoes: Nina Shoes | Jewelry: Traditions Celtic Imports | Groom's Tux: Men's Warehouse | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Mori Lee | Cake: Elligant Cakes | Entertainment: DJ Dave Vega | Hair + Makeup: Bella Vista Day Spa


Ashley said... October 21, 2011 at 7:45 AM

Gorgeous! Looks like a beautiful day. :]

Jennifer said... October 21, 2011 at 8:30 AM

How cute! Love that last pic.

Nitzalie said... October 21, 2011 at 12:49 PM

Lovely Wedding Photos :) I absolutely love that she wore those HOT Pink Shoes! So cute and different!

Mrs.Hancock said... October 21, 2011 at 4:07 PM

Some girls change dresses, I change shoes. ;) One pair for the ceremony (the ones with the flowers) and one pair for the party (the hot pink ones). Thanks for this Danielle! You did a great job!!!

Caitlin said... October 22, 2011 at 6:25 PM

Aww! Lovely little feature here and gorgeous photos. Thanks for sharing.

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