Alyssa and Erich
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!
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 //
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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Lake Mohawk Country Club wedding photos by New Jersey wedding photographers, Jaye Kogut Photography