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Intimate Mountaintop Wedding at Mohonk Mountain House

New Paltz, New York


What a magical day in the mountains celebrating sweet Katherine and Nick! When these two first reached out to me last year about the vision for their intimate wedding, I knew it was going to be something SO special — and it truly was.

Katherine and Nick first met in college, during their senior year at Penn State! As Katherine tells it, “After graduation, we were long distance for two years — Nick moved to Houston, TX for work and I was still on the east coast.  After another four years and two moves across the country, we got engaged while skiing in Vermont in February 2021! We both love to ski, but Nick LOVES to ski, so I was very suspicious when he wanted to “stop skiing early” for a nice dinner.  We went for a quick walk by the mountains and he popped the question!”

I had never been to Mohonk Mountain House before, but as an avid watcher of the Prime Video show “Upload” I had seen its beautiful grounds plenty of times and was so excited to shoot there. The property did not disappoint, and it was a stunning day for a wedding. From the absolutely breathtaking views to the whimsical floral design, Katherine and Nick’s wedding day was nothing short of a fairytale. Katherine looked truly incredible in her intricately detailed Pronovias gown, and Nick looked dashing in a sleek grey tux. Their first look was full of quiet emotion, and it was such a special moment to be a part of.

These two opted for an intimate wedding after first considering eloping, but determining they did want their family and friends by their side on their special day. Foregoing traditions like wedding party and reception, they chose to celebrate in a way that felt the most like them — and it was absolutely perfect. They said their vows with the sweeping views of the Hudson Valley stretching out for miles behind them, and sealed their union with a kiss as their closest friends and family cheered. An intimate al fresco dinner on a wraparound porch by candlelight was the perfect end to an absolutely beautiful day.

I couldn’t be happier for Katherine and Nick, and feel so blessed they entrusted me to capture their special day! Congratulations to these two!



Photography: Jill Sahner Photography
Venue: Mohonk Mountain House
Hair & Makeup: Bridal by Alexandria
Florals: Viridescent Floral Design
Gown: Pronovias

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