David & Dana’s Woodsy Wedding at The Overlook Lodge
When Dana first contacted me I was excited to hear that she lived in California and we would be helping her plan their wedding from 3,000 miles away! Dana, like myself, is originally from Brooklyn, NY. As soon as we started chatting away, we instantly clicked. Even though her heart was in California, her wedding was in New York, where I was able to transport her ideas across the country and materialize them all the way to Bear Mountain!
On May 19th Dana and David tied the knot at The Overlook Lodge at Bear Mountain. Their wedding took place on the most beautiful day of the year thus far! The Dream Team arrived early to put the finishing touches on everything, check in with Dana, and ensure that every aspect of the wedding would go perfectly for the couple’s special day.
Dana and David shared this beautiful moment with friends and family as they stood under a Huppah made from Dana’s grandmother’s linens. This personal touch made the exchanging of their vows even more special. The couple also incorporated a pouring of wine ceremony into their nuptials; David then crushed the glass underfoot, something that is done in many Jewish weddings. The gorgeous ceremony was tied together with a combination of simple yet elegant flowers,
provided by Cheshire Tree Floral Design. Bright sunflowers, vibrant lilies, and delicate peonies filled mason jars that hung from white chairs and lined the aisle—the perfect touch for their woodsy location!
Originally Dana wanted a barn wedding, which is why they incorporated a barn mailbox as their money box, and in lieu of a favor they made a donation to Yosemite Conservancy.
While Dana and David took pictures outdoors with their bridal party, their guests mingled inside enjoying the cocktail hour. Brian Ried, of Cynthia Del Conte Photography was amazing and captured every glimpse that Dana and David shared throughout their day. As the cocktail hour came to an end, the guests gazed at the rustic seating chart made from an old white window pane to find their seats.
To tie the woodsy elegance into the reception area, each table was adorned with
navy blue tablecloths and highlighted with teal napkins. Patches of moss sat underneath bouquets of flowers in mason jars. Fresh fruits and vegetables placed around each centerpiece completed the earthy feel.
Dana surprised her new hubby and all of their guests by pairing up with her brother, as they sang “If I Needed You,” by Don Williams, which was of course dedicated to David! Her singing was beautifully heartfelt and romantic, making tears swell up in almost every guest’s eyes.
As the night continued, the traditional wedding activities took place, however, the groom changed it up a bit. Instead of randomly tossing the bouquet and garter, our lovely couple seemed to have planned ahead of time who the lucky recipients were going to be! Rather than tossing the garter over his head, letting any one of the single men catch it, David spun around and quickly chucked the garter to the deserving man, giving all of his guests a little giggle!
As Dana and David realized their special night was coming to an end, they quickly headed to the dance floor and busted a move to the fantastic tunes provided by Jimmy Lutz of Lutz Entertainment.
This wedding was perfect in more ways than one…with a beautiful location, great weather, and an awesome team of professionals–Cinderella4aday and the Dream Team could not have been more happy to be apart of this lovely couple’s special day! Congrats again to David and Dana!!
*Note: In case you were wondering why there are no photo credits, its because The Dream Team took all of their photos with a $60 camera bought at Best Buy! 😉
Dana singing to David with her brother
David ‘tossing’ the garter