Lake Mohawk Country Club

Jun 30

Alyssa and Erich

wide angle photo of the lake at Lake Mohawk Country Club with the bride and groom embracing in the lower left quarter of the photo. Bride's gown by Pronovias, Groom in Jos. A. Banks

The Lake Mohawk Country Club in Sparta, New Jersey was the perfect place for Alyssa and Erich’s relaxed lakeside wedding, filled with family history in a number of details throughout the day. It’s only fitting, seeing as history is literally Alyssa’s job! Keep reading to see them for yourself, as well as the incredible florals Peonies to Paint Chips brought in to capture exactly the look Alyssa and Erich were going for.

Alyssa, Erich and I hit it off months ago during their engagement shoot in Spring Lake when we bonded over our mutal love of all things dog. They even had their dog, Teddy, in on the shoot, complete with bow tie around his neck! So, we all could not wait to come together again for the wedding. One of the most amazing things I love about these two lovebirds is how they brought family heirlooms into both their engagement session and their wedding. And, along with the actual heirlooms, the history behind them.

The Lake Mohawk Country Club was simply stunning to be at for Alyssa and Erich’s big day. The lake truly is a gorgeous location for photos, as well as the wedding ceremony, and then it falls perfectly behind the floor to ceiling windows in the ballroom, creating a picturesque view for all to enjoy till the very end of the event. And what ties all of this beauty together? The staff is fabulous!

Thank you so much to Alyssa, Erich and both of their families for allowing me to not just capture your special day, but be a part of your lives, the planning, for some time now. I have loved getting to know each and every person, including Teddy, and cannot wait to see your family grow in the future!


Vendors

Venue: Lake Mohawk Country Club // Stationery: Minted // Officiant: Rabbi Marsha Jane Kleinman //  Wedding Gown: Pronovias // Wedding Gown Atelier: Seng Couture // Bride’s Shoes: Kenneth Cole // Bridesmaid Gowns: Watters // Hair: Lizbeth Tapia //  Make up: La Belle Visage // Floral Design: Peonies to Paint Chips //  Groom & Groomsmen: Jos. A. Bank // DJ: DJ Nate from Terrace DJ // Cinematographer: Creative Vision Media // Wedding Bands: The Jewlery Store  // Cake: The Sweet Spot Bake Shoppe // Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Music: Royal Strings //

details of the wedding: white invitation with blue stripe down the middle, brides white beaded purse, family heirloom necklace and ring, brides earrings, engagement ring, wedding bands, family heirloom garter. All accented with light blue and white florals
close up of bridal detail - brides bottle of Daisy Dream parfum by Marc Jacobs accented with white orchids and small blue floral
close up of the family heirloom diamond teardrop necklace set on top of white orchids in the bridal bouquet
close up of the brides oval diamond engagement ring set in a rose gold band, brides wedding band of emerald and round cut diamonds, grooms wedding band of brushed silver and rose gold
the brides oval diamond ring set in a rose gold band in a grey jewelry box with her diamond wedding band. All surrounded by a few florals in white, blue and yellow
Detail photo of the brides silver Kenneth Cole heels surrounded by a few florals in white and blue, sitting on top of her lace trimmed veil
brides white lace gown by Pronovias hanging from a black wrought iron chandelier with crystals dripping off of it
Focus on the brides white orchid cascading bouquet by From Peonies to Paint Chips
Bride in white robe holding a bottle of champagne having fun surrounded by her bridal party in pink satin robes
Bride in personalized white robe sitting at makeup table putting on makeup in the mirror
photo of bride from behind. mother in navy blue off the shoulder lace gown holding her hands in front, sister in light blue Watters gown behind her, buttoning her lace gown
black and white photo of bride sitting on couch buckling her shoes
bride in v-neck gown by Pronovias putting on her family heirloom garter
bride being helped with putting on her family heirloom necklace with her mother behind her and her sister in front.
zoom in on the details of the bride putting on her rings, lace gown by Pronovias
bride in lace vneck gown by Pronovias putting in her earring
classic photo of the bride under her veil, makeup by La Belle Visage
Black and white photo of brides face under her veil
Focus on the brides white orchid cascading bouquet by From Peonies to Paint Chips
Candid photo of the groom smiling while a groomsman is assisting with his purple tie
black and white photo of the groom getting ready with a groomsman looking on, set in front of a large window
close up photo of groom tying the shoe lace on his brown shoes
Bride and groom outdoors on the boardwalk of the Lake Mohawk Country Club seeing each other for the first time during their first look. Bride in Pronovias lace gown, Groom in navy blue suit
black and white candid photo of the bride and groom embracing during the first look outdoors at the Lake Mohawk Country Club

How did you two meet and fall in love?

Like any great love story, Erich and I meet at a bar in Hoboken. We were actually introduced by two of our good friends who were dating at the time. We connected instantly and dated for awhile, but I actually broke up with him in anticipation of moving out of state for graduate school. Three years later we reconnected at a New Years Eve party hosted by the same friends and the rest was history.

Although we initially broke up, I knew that Erich was the one the first night that we met. I remember seeing him outside of a pizza place at the end of the night (lol) and immediately thinking “I’m going to marry him.” That initial thought caught me by surprise in the moment, but I never forgot it.

black and white candid photo of the bride and groom laughing, detail of the back of the lace gown by Pronovias
Bride in v-neck lace gown by Pronovias, groom in navy blue suit by Jos. A. Banks, on the boardwalk outside the Lake Mohawk Country Club
Formal full length bridal portrait, bride in v-neck lace Pronovias gown, holding cascading white orchid bouquet by From Peonies to Paint Chips
Bride in v-neck lace gown by Pronovias, groom in navy blue suit by Jos. A. Banks, holding one another behind their backs outdoors, with brick bridge in background
bride wrapping her arms around the left arm of the groom, detail of the lace Pronovias gown, as well as rings in focus
double exposure of the bride and groom portrait looking at one another and the greenery on the premises of the Lake Mohawk Country Club
Bride in v-neck lace gown by Pronovias, groom in navy blue suit by Jos. A. Banks, walk outdoors, hand in hand
silly close up photo of bride in lace vneck gown grinning while the groom in navy blue suit by Jos. A. Banks whispers in her ear
Bride in her Pronovias gown looking down while her groom in Jos. A. Banks wraps his arms around her waist from behind in an outdoor portrait with white picket fence and lush greenery
Bride in her Pronovias gown looking down while her groom in Jos. A. Banks wraps his arms around her waist from behind in an outdoor portrait with white picket fence and lush greenery
Bride in her Pronovias gown looking down while her groom in Jos. A. Banks wraps his arms around her waist from behind in an outdoor portrait with white picket fence and lush greenery
black and white photo of the bride and groom embracing one another, noses touching, with lake in background
photo of the bride in v-neck lace gown by Pronovias surrounded by her bridal party in light blue floor length gowns by Watters, photo focusing in on their waists and floral bouquets
photo outdoors on the dock of the Lake Mohawk Country Club, of the bride in v-neck lace gown by Pronovias surrounded by her bridal party in light blue floor length gowns by Watters
photo of the bride in v-neck lace gown by Pronovias surrounded by her bridal party in light blue floor length gowns by Watters
formal photo of the groomsmen with the groom in their navy blue Jos A. Banks suites, outdoors at the Lake Mohawk Country Club
formal photo of the groomsmen with the groom in their navy blue Jos A. Banks suites, outdoors at the Lake Mohawk Country Club
more formal wedding party photo, with all members hands in the air, while standing on either side of the bride and groom against the lake backdrop on the grounds of the Lake Mohawk Country Club. Bridal party is wearing light blue Watters gowns, the groomsmen wearing navy blue suits from Jos. A. Banks

Was there a theme behind your wedding day? What colors did you choose? What ‘feeling’ were you going for?

We wanted to keep the focus on the water, so we stuck with blues, white, grays and a little green. Our goal was to make it feel like a relaxed day at the lake. I also wanted it to look a little provincial. The florist & venue pulled it off perfectly!

formal wedding party photo outdoors on the dock at the Lake Mohawk Country Club. Men in navy blue Jos. A. Banks suits, women in light blue gowns by Watters. Bride in Pronovias. Florals by From Peonies to Paint Chips
member of bridal party in a light blue gown by Watters, holding a handtied bouquet by From Peonies to Paint Chips of white and cream mixed florals, with small blue accent flowers and touches of greens
member of bridal party in an off the shoulder light blue gown by Watters, holding a handtied bouquet by From Peonies to Paint Chips of white and cream mixed florals, with small blue accent flowers and touches of greens
Silly bridal party photo, with bridal party in light blue Watters gowns and the groomsmen in navy blue Jos. A. Banks suits
Silly bridal party photo, with bridal party in light blue Watters gowns and the groomsmen in navy blue Jos. A. Banks suits
an older couple, woman in light blue pants suit, man in navy blue pant suit, outside the event space, looking lovingly at each other while holding hands.
bride and groom giggle during the signing of the Ketubah
Parents of the bride, groom, surrounded by friends and family take part in the signing of the Ketubah

What was your favorite memory from your wedding day?

It’s so hard to choose just one! We both agree that our favorite part was just having all the people that we love so much all together in the same spot. But if I had to choose a specific memory my favorite part was actually the Ketubah signing. It was a very intimate ceremony with just our immediate families. I didn’t expect it to be so emotional, but the Rabbi gave a beautiful service and did a wonderful job explaining the significance of the moment to Eirch’s family. Although our families are different faiths it was truly a unifying and beautiful moment. It was a meaningful and intimate break in an otherwise crazy (but wonderful!) day.

Erich’s favorite moment was the first look. Although we were surrounded by people it felt like we were the only two people in the world. It was a surprisingly emotional and intimate moment.

Parents of the bride, groom, surrounded by friends and family take part in the signing of the Ketubah
wide angle photo of the wooden chuppah covered with traditional prayer shawl and creeping greens in front of the lake at the Lake Mohawk Country Club
photo of the wooden chuppah covered with traditional prayer shawl and creeping greens in front of the lake at the Lake Mohawk Country Club
Close up photo of ceremony items including blue and white candles and a silver Kiddush cup
details of the ceremony location: wooden boxes with gold floral urn overflowing with greens
details of the ceremony location: wooden boxes with gold floral urn overflowing with greens
Antique mirror personalized to welcome guests to the wedding
wedding program with light blue stripe down the middle being held to display
bride in deep vneck lace gown by Pronovias, carrying a cascading bouquet of white orchids by From Peonies to Paint Chips, being walked down the aisle by her mother and father.
the groom looking off into the distance as his bride walks down the aisle
black and white photo of the bride and groom exchanging vows
wide angle photo of the wedding ceremony in front of the lake at the Lake Mohawk Country Club, bridal party in light blue gowns by Watters, groomsmen in navy blue suits by Jos. A. Banks, bride in a gown by Pronovias. Bride and groom under traditional Chuppah with prayer shawl and creeping ivy on the wooden legs of the Chuppah
the bride and groom exchange rings under a traditional chuppah, covered in traditional prayer shawl, with greens climbing the wood of the chuppah, against the lbackdrop of the lake at Lake Mohawk Country Club
wide angle photo of the wedding ceremony in front of the lake at the Lake Mohawk Country Club, bridal party in light blue gowns by Watters, groomsmen in navy blue suits by Jos. A. Banks, bride in a gown by Pronovias. Bride and groom under traditional Chuppah with prayer shawl and creeping ivy on the wooden legs of the Chuppah
the bride and groom break the glass under a traditional chuppah, covered in traditional prayer shawl, with greens climbing the wood of the chuppah, against the lbackdrop of the lake at Lake Mohawk Country Club
the bride and groom kiss as husband and wife under a traditional chuppah, covered in traditional prayer shawl, with greens climbing the wood of the chuppah, against the lbackdrop of the lake at Lake Mohawk Country Club
the new mr and mrs walk back down the aisle, smiling

What was most important to you when planning your wedding?

Making sure our families felt involved in the process was really important to us. We saw wedding planning as an opportunity to bring everyone closer together. It was also important to us to incorporate items and traditions from each side into the day.

display of family photos set up during cocktail hour
Tall tree centerpieces covered in white draping florals by From Peonies to Paint Chips
wide angle photo of the interior of the Lake Mohawk Country Club set up for a wedding reception with white linen tables and dark brown chivari chairs set with tall tree and white floral arrangements and low white floral arrangements from Peonies to Paint Chips
wide angle photo of the interior of the Lake Mohawk Country Club set up for a wedding reception with white linen tables and dark brown chivari chairs set with tall tree and white floral arrangements and low white floral arrangements from Peonies to Paint Chips
close up of a From Peonies to Paint chips low floral table arrangement of greens, cream and tiny blue florals with tall blue taper candles on either side
Focus on low white and blue floral arrangements, surrounded by candles and antique glassware by From Peonies to Paintchips in the ballroom for the wedding reception
place setting of with menue, floral and cookie favor displayed on gold charger
wedding reception menu card displayed against a water goblet
gold cookie favor in a bag tied with a white ribbon, displayed on a water glass
close up photo of a rectangular glass and gold framed vase with greenery and cream roses inside with table number on it by From Peonies to Paint Chips
close up of the detail on the wooden sweetheart table, focusing on the white floral garland on the table with blue floral accent, along with the blue taper candles in gold candle holders by From Peonies to Paint Chips
close up of the antique silver and crystal toasting flutes filled with champagne
wide angle photo of the wooden sweetheart table in front of expansive windows showing the lake behind the Lake Mohawk Country Club. Florals on top of table, as well as on either side with greens and white roses and peonies, with touches of blues, by From Peonies to Paint Chips

What made you choose your specific venue for your wedding day?

Erich and I both knew we wanted to get married near water. We both grew up spending our summers at lakes and beaches and it’s an important part of who we are. When my mom and I were at looking at venues we drove by Lake Mohawk and my mom suggested we go check it out even though we didn’t have an appointment. I was reluctant to go in and it hadn’t really been on our radar. But as soon as we walked into the ballroom and saw it’s beautiful water views we knew it was perfect. 

Aside from the beautiful scenery, we really clicked with the staff there. Everyone was welcoming, accommodating and relaxed from the very beginning, and it convinced us that this was the place we needed to spend our wedding day at!

Large bronze floral urn filled with greens and white roses by From Peonies to Paint Chips
Bride in Pronovias gown, groom in navy blue Jos A Banks suit making their entrance as husband and wife into the ballroom, florals by From Peonies to Paint Chips
Bride in Pronovias gown, Groom in navy blue Jos A Banks suit while dancing their first dance together, wedding party in background
black and white photo of groom dipping his bride with a kiss during their first dance; wedding party in background
Bride in Pronovias gown and groom in navy blue suit by Jos A Banks on a chair during the tradtional Jewish celbratory Horah dance
Groom in navy blue suit by Jos A Banks on a chair during the tradtional Jewish celbratory Horah dance
bride in her Pronovias gown dances during the wedding reception, surounded by wedding guests
Mother of the bride dances with a young guest during the wedding reception
fun photo of members of the bridal party in light blue Watters gowns, along with other guests, smiling during the wedding reception
Vintage traditional bride and groom cake topper on the top tier of the three tier white wedding cake
Groom in navy blue suit by Jos. A. Banks feeds his bride some of their wedding cake during the cake cutting. Bride in Pronovias, cake by Sweet Spot Bake Shoppe
Bride in Pronovias laughs as she feeds her groom a bit of their three tier white wedding cake by Sweet Spot Bake Shoppe during the cake cutting. Groom in navy blue Jos. A. Banks

What piece of advice would you give to future couples planning their big day?

I think one of the best things we did was choose vendors that we could see ourselves being friends with. Your vendors become such a huge part of your life throughout planning that it’s important to pick people that you truly want to be in contact with and that you know you can work well with. Otherwise I would say try not to stress! I know that’s easier said than done, but the truth is that all of the little things we spend time agonizing over aren’t worth it. At the end of the process you will be married surrounded by the people you love, and all of the little things just fade away.

Bride and groom kiss after taking part in the cake cutting, three tier white wedding cake by Sweet Spot Bake Shoppe

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Lake Mohawk Country Club wedding photos by New Jersey wedding photographers, Jaye Kogut Photography

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