As a photographer, there are weddings, and then there are those magical days where everything aligns—nature, love, and the perfect couple. Sam and Brandon’s wedding at Mohonk Mountain House was one of those enchanting tales that unfolded like a dream.

Meet Sam and Brandon…

Meeting Sam and Brandon in person was like catching up with old friends. From the moment I first connected with Sam and Brandon, I could sense the genuine warmth that radiated from their love. They were not just clients; they were a couple so deeply connected, so real and down-to-earth. Their love story began in the Bronx, under the dim lights of a steakhouse, and it had grown into something truly beautiful. With their dog baby, Sage, and cats in tow, they formed a little family—a bond so strong that you could feel it in the air.

The Wedding Day

The wedding day dawned with promises of adventure. The venue, an old mountain hotel nestled amidst the sprawling beauty of Mohonk, set the stage for a celebration that would embrace nature in all its glory. With its hiking trails, a golf course, and the mountains as witnesses, Mohonk Mountain House was the perfect playground for a couple as adventurous as Sam and Brandon. The air buzzed with anticipation as they got ready, surrounded by the laughter and chatter of friends and family.

Sam, a vision in a Monique Lhuillier gown adorned with a burst of colorful flowers, looked like she had stepped out of a fairytale. The florals, meticulously crafted by Angela from Mira Mira Florals, echoed the vibrancy of their love. As the rain held off, the first look on the porch overlooking the mountains became a moment frozen in time—a quiet exchange of glances, a shared smile that spoke volumes.

The ceremony, held in a flower garden, felt like stepping into a storybook. Sam, walking down the aisle alone, embraced the role of a flower princess, and the atmosphere was nothing short of magical. A family friend officiated, weaving personal touches into the vows, making every word resonate with their journey.

As the day unfolded, Sam and Brandon’s love story became a symphony of shared glasses, shared food, shared happiness, and shared kisses. The rain, which had threatened to disrupt the outdoor ceremony, turned into a blessing, casting a cozy ambiance over the reception held in a charming white cottage. Twinkling lights, laughter, and the intentional details crafted by Sam created an atmosphere that felt like home.

Every moment—the toasts, the cake cutting, the dancing—felt like a page from a love story written with intention and lived with intimacy. The joy was infectious, the love palpable. It was not just a wedding; it was a celebration of love in its purest form.

As a photographer, I had the privilege of capturing not just moments but a love story that unfolded like petals in full bloom. Sam and Brandon’s whimsical garden party was not just an event; it was a journey—a journey of love, laughter, and the kind of magic that lingers in the heart.

In the midst of raindrops and twinkling lights, Sam and Brandon wrote a chapter of their love story—a chapter that will be whispered by the wind in the mountains and remembered in the vibrant echoes of nature. And as their photographer, I was there to witness, capture, and immortalize each beautiful moment of their timeless celebration.

Whimsical Garden Party Wedding at Mohonk Mountain House by Molly Waring Photography

Hiring a Documentary Wedding Photographer

For New York City couples seeking a perfect blend of romance, authenticity, and celebration, Mohonk Mountain House offers a charming backdrop for your own love story. Are you ready to create unforgettable memories?

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Vendor Team

Venue: Mohonk Mountain HouseDress: Monique Lhuillier | Photo: Molly W. Photography | Florist: Angela from Mira Mira FloralsDJ: Larry from Much MusicDress Shop: Plumed Serpent | Bride’s Shoes: Madewell | Hair: Kaelynn (@Kaelynnlou) | Makeup: Jena at Impact Makeup | Suit: My.Suit | Bridesmaid Dresses: ASOS, Abercrombie, Fame and Partners, Park and Fifth CoCake: Pastry Garden Bakery


March 18, 2024

Whimsical Garden Party Wedding at Mohonk Mountain House

Molly Waring


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