Well, what can I say. These people were very generous to allow me to their wedding guest downstate in New Paltz, NY at the Mohonk Mountain House
for my first official destination wedding. What a fascinating resort! I would describe it as 1920's luxury... wide hallways, dark wood paneling, dark Persian-themed carpeting, and wavy wooden floors in some spots LOL. And adding to the charm, the rooms actually used honest to goodness real keys (instead of magnetic swipe cards). Providing a spooky Halloween feel, most of the day the resort was sitting inside a cloud. Oh yeah, and there were wolves in the hotel. Seriously.
Aaron and Lisa had a very intimate ceremony and reception with close family and friends. This made for a very laid back time for everyone, and a 5-star, 3 course meal to boot. Lisa's sisters were the bridesmaids, and Aaron's brothers were the groomsmen- how neat :) Lisa's dress, shawl and headscarf fit the motif of the resort perfectly. Thank you very much for giving me the opportunity to experience your wedding and to spend time at the resort. It was truly a gift.
Lisa's sister helping her get ready.. the pumpkin in the back is a perfect touch:
Lisa's Niece Ava ambles down the aisle.. it was cute.
With a little encouragement Ava made it :)
Lisa and her dad
Lisa was very happy to be married!
We went outside and braved some serious wind and a pretty wet misting drizzle. The couple were troopers and I thank them.
Overlooking the lake
Relaxing in the lounge
Sorry Lisa, but Aaron's photos on the steps here came out much better.
The reception started with hors d'oeuvres and a 'surprise' guest
Ava dressed up as a squirrel
Handing out candy and saying 'trick or treat'.
(OK normally I don't photograph the kiddos at weddings this much, but I was missing my almost-2-year-old that day and she was really cute :)
Dad gives a toast to his daughter
It was touching too :)
And the resort at night after it cleared up a bit
Congratulations Lisa and Aaron, I wish you the best.