Springtime Wedding at Bear Mountain in the Catskills

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Becky and Jon met at a birthday party on the Lower East Side in NYC, and their first date was at ABC Kitchen, a restaurant & bar featuring vintage teacups and speakeasy decor. Both Becky and Jon LOVE the mountains, hiking and doing active things together and with their puppy. So when it came time to plan their wedding, of course they chose a mountain location! They’re currently living in North Carolina, but chose the Bear Mountain Inn, a rustic location near Becky’s parents in NY. Bear Mountain was absolutely perfect for the adventurous but relaxed day they dreamed of for their wedding! Kerri Lynne Photography captured every moment and detail expertly.

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Rebecca + Jonathan
Bear Mountain Inn in Bear Mountain, NY
May 7, 2016

Wedding day weather: Somewhat overcast with rain the am that cleared up before our ceremony
Number of guests: 130
Your budget: $50K
Biggest splurge: Our incredible day-of coordinator, Lydia Castiglia
Biggest savings: We saved big on our flowers by having smaller, whimsical bouquets and centerpieces with seasonal blooms

Why did you choose the Mountains for your wedding?

Jonathan proposed while we were on vacation in the mountains of North Carolina, and we loved the idea of having a mountain backdrop on our big day as well.

Wedding day theme:

We wanted a romantic, whimsical, earthy feel to our wedding day. Bear Mountain Inn is an incredibly beautiful and historic place, so we wanted to draw on its natural beauty and of course honor the mountain view.

Where did you find your inspiration?

Mostly Pinterest and Brides Magazine

How did you choose to personalize your wedding?

Our escort cards were attached to teacups. Jon and I first met at a bar in downtown NYC that was prohibition-era, so all of the drinks were served in coffee and espresso mugs.

What was your favorite part of the reception?

My dad's speech was definitely a highlight, but the most magical part of the evening was dancing with all of our family and friends. It was so special to have everyone in the same place!

What are three things you're super glad you did?

  1. Hire a wedding day coordinator
  2. The engagement photo shoot so we could get to know our photographer and vice versa
  3. Accept help from people when they offered it

Anything you wished you hadn't worried about?

  • I worried all day long if everyone else was having fun, it was so silly!
  • Making sure everyone's hair and makeup was done on time
  • I wish we had been more specific with the shuttle bus. Their timing ended up being off

What was the biggest challenge in planning your mountain wedding and how did you overcome it?

We planned the entire thing from North Carolina, which was definitely challenging, but luckily we had an incredible team of people who were willing to do phone conferences instead of in-person interviews while planning. That was also a big reason why we hired Lydia to be our woman-on-the-ground in case anything went wrong last-minute.

How did you find and choose your vendors?

I chose everyone based on interviews on WeddingWire.com and The Knot. We could not have been more thrilled with how it all turned out!

What is your best piece of advice to other mountain brides who are planning their weddings?

Focus on what really matters to you, and remember that this is YOUR wedding. Above all else, this day is about sharing your vows with your greatest love. Compared to that, the little details hardly seem to matter.

Catskills Wedding Vendors

Photographer:  Kerri Lynne Photography | Event Venue and Catering : Bear Mountain Inn | Florals and Event Planner: Catskill Weddings | Bakery: Homestyle Desserts Bakery |  Music and Entertainment: BOK Music | CalligraphyRabbit Rabbit Design House | Stationery: Minted | Bridal Salon: Lana Addison Bridal (Cary, NC) | Wedding Gown: Amy Kuschel