Carin & Eric , like so many of the couples I have met and had the privilege of working for, often visit Jim Thorpe to get away from their busy lives . Carin & Eric live in Brooklyn, NY and both work in Manhattan; Carin is the nutrition editor for Self Magazine and Eric is a graphic artist. They both saw the romance and the unique flavor that Jim Thorpe has to offer and came to me through my work as the exclusive manager and planner at the Mauch Chunk Ballroom.
I consider the entire historic downtown as part of the Mauch Chunk Ballroom venue and when I met Carin & Eric they were looking for a place nearby that was unique and fitting for their style as a couple. I showed them the Anita Shapolsky Gallery as a possibility and they were almost instantly sold. For those not familiar, the Anita Shapolsky Gallery is run by the Anita Shapolsky Art Foundation and is a not-for profit gallery that showcases various artists and holds instruction in art in what was once an 18th Century Victorian Church.
The couple had rented a house on Broadway (utlizing Homeaway) for the groomsmen and to spend a couple of days before the wedding. The Bride and her bridesmaids took a suite at the Inn at Jim Thorpe where they were pampered and prepped for the big day. I managed to help the groom arrange for surprise transportation for the Bride and the Bridesmaid up Broadway in a beautiful horse and buggy operated by Kyle of Crystal View Carriage (the groom was scoring points even before the I do’s!)
I absolutely love when couples truly make their wedding unique to them, particularly when they so very eloquently combine tradition with non-tradition. Both Carin & Eric have an artistic streak and a love for music, which made the Gallery the perfect location. Everything about their wedding reflected their personalities and their close ties to their family. The ceremony was conducted by the grooms father, a minister. They hired a local Blue Grass band, Coal County Express, to play right before, during and after their ceremony. The band’s presence created a fantastic atmosphere that fit in perfectly among the art in the gallery and reflected the couples unique musical tastes. But, my favorite part of the ceremony was when the Bride & Groom shared with each other their very own wedding vows. The Bride elected to list the top 10 reasons why she loves Eric, one of which was that he was ”tall drink of water”, which was very fitting considering that the Bride herself is very tall!
The Bride & Groom continued to reflect their personal tastes in their choice of wedding attendee gifts by creating Mason Jars with layered ingredients to Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies (referred to as Team Caric Cookies!) and CD’s of the couples favorite music (that also doubled as their seating cards). The Bride created the beautiful white flower pieces that adorned the stage at the Gallery in the photo above that I later transferred to the Ballroom stage. Guests were treated to a special punch at the ceremony site so that they could linger and take in the art before heading to the Ballroom for the reception.
The couple , having such an eclectic taste in music, decided to create their own play list. It was a beautiful laid back reception with dancing, smiling and lots of laughing! For their cake, the couple choose a small two tiered wedding cake and an assortment of cookies and pies from Cake Designs by Angie
One of my favorite shots from the evening was captured at the end of the night with Carin & Eric on the Ballroom stage.