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Carin & Eric: A Wedding Among the Art

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Carin & Eric: A Wedding Among the Art

Carin & Eric , like so many of the couples I have met and had the privilege of working for, often visit Jim Thorpe to get away from their busy lives . Carin & Eric live in Brooklyn, NY and both work in Manhattan; Carin is the nutrition editor for Self Magazine and Eric is a graphic artist. They both saw the romance and the unique flavor that Jim Thorpe has to offer and came to me through my work as the exclusive manager and planner at the Mauch Chunk Ballroom.

I consider the entire historic downtown as part of the Mauch Chunk Ballroom venue and when I met Carin & Eric they were looking for a place nearby  for their ceremony that was unique and fitting for their style as a couple.   I showed them the Anita Shapolsky Gallery as a possibility and they were almost instantly sold.   For those not familiar, the Anita Shapolsky Gallery is run by the Anita Shapolsky Art Foundation and is a not-for profit gallery  that showcases various artists and holds  instruction in art in what was once an 18th Century Victorian Church.

Outside the Anita Shapolsky Gallery Across from the Ballroom
(c)2012 Georgi Anastasov, all rights reserved

The couple had rented a house on Broadway (utlizing Homeaway) for the groomsmen and to spend a couple of days before the wedding. The Bride and her bridesmaids took a suite at the Inn at Jim Thorpe where they were pampered and prepped for the big day.  I managed to help the groom arrange for surprise transportation for the Bride and the Bridesmaid up Broadway in a beautiful horse and buggy operated by Kyle of Crystal View Carriage (the groom was scoring points even before the I do’s!)

The Groom and Groomsmen enjoying a celebratory cigar before the ceremony
(c)2012 Georgi Anastasov, all rights reserved

Carriage Ride up Broadway
(c)2012 Georgi Anastasov, all rights reserved

I absolutely love when couples truly make their wedding unique to them, particularly when they so very eloquently combine tradition with non-tradition.  Both Carin & Eric have an artistic streak and a love for music, which made the Gallery the perfect location. Everything about their wedding reflected their personalities and their close ties to their family. The ceremony was conducted by the grooms father, a minister. They hired a local Blue Grass band, Coal County Express, to play right before, during and after their ceremony.  The band’s presence created a fantastic atmosphere that fit in perfectly among the art in the gallery and reflected the couples unique musical tastes.  But, my favorite part of the ceremony was when the Bride  &  Groom shared with each other their very own wedding vows. The Bride elected to list the top 10 reasons why she loves Eric, one of which was that he was  “tall drink of water”, which was very fitting considering that the Bride herself is very tall!

A Ceremony Among the Art of the Anita Shapolsky Gallery
(c)2012 Georgi Anastasov, all rights reserved

(c)2012 Georgi Anastasov, all rights reserved

The Bride & Groom continued to reflect their personal tastes in their choice of wedding attendee gifts by creating Mason Jars with layered ingredients to Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies (referred to as Team Caric Cookies!) and CD’s of the couples favorite music (that also doubled as their seating cards).  The Bride created the beautiful white flower pieces that adorned the stage at the Gallery in the photo above that I later transferred to the Ballroom stage. Guests were treated to a special punch at the ceremony site so that they could linger and take in the art before heading to the Ballroom for the reception.

(c)2012 Georgi Anastasov, all rights reserved

Flower Centerpieces at Mauch Chunk Ballroom

Centerpieces by Melanie’s Flowers
(c)2012 Georgi Anastasov, all rights reserved

(c)2012 Georgi Anastasov, all rights reserved

The couple , having such an eclectic  taste in music, decided to create their own play list. It was a beautiful laid back reception with dancing, smiling and lots of laughing!  For their cake, the couple choose a small two tiered wedding cake  and an assortment of cookies and pies from Cake Designs by Angie.

(c)2012 Georgi Anastasov, all rights reserved

the Mauch Chunk Ballroom

(c)2012 Georgi Anastasov, all rights reserved

One of my favorite shots from the evening was captured at the end of the night with Carin & Eric on the Ballroom stage.

Beautiful Shot in the Mauch Chunk Ballroom

(c)2012 Georgi Anastasov, all rights reserved

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Meghna & Quentin: A Blending of Family & Culture

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Meghna & Quentin: A Blending of Family & Culture

I met Meghna  & Quentin nine  months before their May 5th wedding.  A  very busy couple from Philadelphia (she is a doctor doing her residency, he works in finance and commutes to NYC), they were looking for a wedding that brought them away from the hustle and bustle of their busy lives.  The groom’s parents, also from outside the area, have a vacation home up at Bear Creek Lake Estates in Jim Thorpe and since the couple visit the area often, they felt it the perfect location for their nuptials.  I was happy that they chose the Ballroom for their reception.

As I got to know the couple, I knew that this wedding would be special because not only were they joining two wonderful families together, but they were joining cultures;  an east meets west.  Meghna is Hindu and Quentin is from a Christian American family. I was happy to hear that the couple wanted to incorporate both cultures in their day.  As a wedding planner, that is very exciting!  Even better yet, they planned on having the ceremony in the backyard of the vacation house on their private lakeside beach. They  hired me and my staff to coordinate and plan their lakeside ceremony; a three hour affair that incorporated rentals for chairs, champagne glasses and a staff to serve refreshments.  Bus arrangements were made for the guests to be picked up at the Jim Thorpe train station  to the ceremony.

Father of the Bride & Groom

My favorite photo from the day
Photos by Icarus Image

The bride choose  coral and hot pink for her color palette, fitting for their Cinco de Mayo nuptials .   The weather,  thankfully,  cooperated and it was a beautiful sunny day with temps in the mid 70’s.  Of course, I had a back up plan should the weather not behave, but I’m always grateful when mother nature is in tune with the plan.  As I was there with my staff setting up, it was fun to watch the Grooms parents  get dressed in traditional Indian clothes and accessories. It warmed my heart to see the two families so lovingly embrace each others cultures and they clearly were enjoying themselves.  The wedding photographer, ICarus Images, captured this so beautifully in pictures and one of my favorite photos is of the two fathers clearly laughing and smiling in each others presence.

Hindu Ceremony Decorations

Lakeside Hindu Ceremony at Bear Creek Lake Estates

Quentin’s father , whose hobbies include making stain glass  , created a beautiful piece that hung at the entrance to the beach.  He also created the Mandap, a traditional structure in which the couple wed under in a traditional Indian Ceremony. The Bride & Grooms names were carved in wood and painted in their wedding color pallete. The bride provided a program for her American wedding guests that explained the various aspects of the Hindu ceremony and all the intrictate movements and exchanges that take place between the Bride’s parents, Grooms parents and the couple.

Beautiful stain glass

The Hindu ceremony lasted about an hour followed by  an intermission in which they drank champagne and sparkling lemonade and noshed on some cheese and crackers.  Once the Bride & Groom were dressed in their traditional  Tux and Bridal gown, they had the  american ceremony that was presided over by the Groom’s uncle. This ceremony was shorter and once it concluded the family packed into the chartered bus to head to the beautiful Mauch Chunk Ballroom for the reception. And, what a beautiful reception it was. The theme of an  Indian and American blend continued with American cuisine by Dorie Perdie, the Ballroom chef, and authentic Indian Cuisine from Spice of India of Whitehall.  Of course, there were some beautiful speeches as the family continued to show their appreciation for each other and the couple that joined their families together in a beautiful celebration. Everyone danced and had an amazing evening.  It was a wedding I won’t soon forget and I am so grateful to have been their planner.  I wish Quentin & Meghna many years of married bliss together and may they continue to share in their blended family cultures.

Party at the Mauch Chunk Ballroom

Party at the Mauch Chunk Ballroom

Vendors:

The Mauch Chunk Ballroom,

Jim Thorpe Weddings & Events

Best Buds Florist,

Stevie Ray Entertainment,

Cake Designs by Angie

Icarus Image.

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Courtney & Ernie – A Beautiful Jim Thorpe Wedding

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Courtney & Ernie – A Beautiful Jim Thorpe Wedding

I absolutely LOVE Jim Thorpe.  I can’t say it enough. It’s just a beautiful town that offers an amazing backdrop and an old world romance to your wedding day.

Jim Thorpe Wedding Train Station

The Jim Thorpe Train Station

This past September 3 I had the privledge of being the planner for Courntey & Ernie at the beautiful Mauch Chunk Ballroom.  They were such a fun, loving and wonderful couple with two beautiful children to boot.  The photographs just came in, and so I had to share them for a few reasons. First Josh Finsel + Amber Breiner (JF+AB Photography) did such and AMAZING job on the photographs.  Secondly, the scenery in which they shot the wedding was amazing;  The Inn at Jim Thorpe, The Old Jail House on Broadway, the Jim Thorpe Train station, I can go on!   No matter which direction you look in historic Jim Thorpe, there is just so much beautiful scenery and all of it is filled with romance!

Then, of course, there is the gorgeous Mauch Chunk Ballroom that is housed in the Mauch Chunk Museum building.  DJ Adam Skuba of Skuba Entertainment offered some really awesome looking uplighting for the event, adding another layer of elegance and pinnache.

I looked at these photos and fell in love with Jim Thorpe all over again.  I am so grateful to have discovered this little town and

First Dance at Mauch Chunk Ballroom

I’m happy to share it and it’s romance with couples that come through here and chose this magical town to get married in.  I’m also grateful for the many talented photographers, cake makers, DJ’s and Florists that I have the pleasure of working with. Please , enjoy some of the photos in the photo gallery compliments of JF+AB Photograhy!

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