Dana and James

Bretton Woods, New Hampshire

 

 

Photography | Anna Ivanova Photo & Film | @annaivanovaphotoandfilm

Photography (second shooter) | Alpine Rose Photography

Venue | Omni Mount Washington Resort

Floral | The Fuchsia Peony

Gown Designer | Essense of Australia | @essenseofaustralia

Gown Salon | Ve’ Lace Bridal @velacebridal

Men’s Attire | Kenneth Cole | @kennethcole

Men’s Attire | Men’s Wearhouse | @menswearhouse

Hair | Avonte Hair Salon

Makeup | Layla Gunning | @laylagunning

Ring | Adilamor | @adiamordiamonds

Jewelry | Long’s Jewelers | @longsjewelers

Cinematography | Fisher Video Productions

From the Photographer

Dana & Jimmy met through mutual friends. A few months after meeting, a group of their friends had rented a cottage along a lake in Freedom, NH for memorial day weekend. After a day of backyard games & lounging on the beach, the two of them ended up spending the whole night by a campfire talking, while all their friends were playing cards inside. A couple weeks after that, Jimmy asked if he could take Dana out into Boston for some drinks and the rest in history.

Six years later, on a sunny Saturday morning in July, Jimmy asked Dana if she wanted to head into Boston to get lunch & spend the day. He made reservations at the Cafe at Taj near the Boston Commons. As a surprise, Jimmy booked a hotel room at The Taj to spend a night in town. After the meal, they went upstairs & when he opened the door to the room, it turned out to be a suite larger than their apartment at the time with a big bouquet of flowers and a box of chocolate propping up an envelope on the dining room table. “Honestly, at the time, I thought the envelope was a welcome note from the hotel staff so I walked right by it & continued to admire our suite & the views of Boston. Eventually Jimmy asked me what the envelope on the table was, so I walked over & opened it. When I opened the card inside it said “Will you marry me “, I turned around & there he was behind me on one knee holding a ring.” remembers Dana.

 

When it came time to choose a wedding venue, The Omni Mount Washington Resort was the best choice. Dana’s father spent most of his life growing up on Pleasant Lake in Elkins, NH where her family had eight little cottages and spent the majority of their summers. “They meant the world to us but unfortunately several years back we had to sell the property and that always tore me up. We saw a few venues in MA, nothing felt right. We decided to look in NH. We went to a few places that were wonderful but we saved Mount Washington for last. As soon as we pulled into the driveway & saw the white hotel with its bright red roof, surrounded by beautiful mountains in the background, we both looked at each other & knew this was the place. It felt right. It felt right from the moment we laid eyes on it.” -Dana

 

The wedding reception was a total blast. Both Jimmy & Dana have family from a pretty diverse background. Jimmy’s mother is of Irish descent, catholic, & was raised in Boston. His father is from Greece and is Greek Orthodox. Dana’s mother is of Russian Jewish descent from Winthrop, MA & her father is of Scottish descent & Catholic from NH. “For this reason, we decided not to heavily focus on any one culture’s traditions specifically, & instead tried to have our wedding be predominantly traditional American with bits of Jewish & Greek traditions to keep things interesting & appease our respective families.”

 

“We both think the cultural highlights came after the ceremony & dinner, once the dancing started. From the Jewish side, both my parents, Jimmy, & myself were propped up in dining room chairs & tossed around while everyone danced below us during the “Hava Nagila” song. From the Greek side, Jimmy somehow convinced our wedding coordinator to allow us to smash our dinner plates off the dance floor during a Greek dancing song which is something typically done at traditional Greek weddings.”

 

“Our favorite part of the day wasn’t even a part of the day itself. It was once everything was all done. The hair & make-up, pictures, ceremony & reception, ect. were all amazing and made up the best day of our lives. But when the night ended (up all night long) Jimmy and myself went back to our sweetheart table in our empty reception room and just sat. Taking our whole day in. Laughing, talking and dancing to our first dance song playing from our little cell phone speaker, we had the most incredible time alone together for really the first time since becoming husband and wife. We were there for at least a couple hours when we realized the time and Jimmy asked me to follow him. He then walked me to the terrace where we got married so we could watch the sunrise over Mount Washington. It was the most perfect ending to our wedding.”

 

Some fun facts from Dana & Jimmy

“We did have a bit of a slight disaster in the hours leading up to the wedding ceremony. Jimmy had picked his friend Derek to be his best-man & we also decided to have him officiate the wedding ceremony. In the day’s leading up to the wedding, Derek’s wife, who at the time was a couple weeks past 9-months pregnant, gave birth to their first child & things were touch & go as to whether or not they’d be able to make it to the wedding. A few hours before the ceremony Jimmy got a call from his friend in tears, Derek & his wife wouldn’t be able to make it. The doctors had some concerns about the baby’s health & wanted to keep her under observation (baby Hannah is now perfectly healthy, happy, and adorable as can be!). After they hung up, Jimmy paced around the room he was in with the rest of the groomsmen, trying to process the situation & wondering how he was going to tell me that the person who was supposed to wed us couldn’t make it. He knew I was in the middle of doing hair & make-up with my bridesmaids including Jimmy’s little sister Nicolette. Jimmy, having the feeling that I’d be a little anxious already, considering the ceremony was in two hours, decided to call Nicolette first & said “hey um…what exactly is Dana’s mental state right now, is she calm?” to which she responded yes…. and he said “how calm?”. She walked over & said “Jimmy needs to talk to you….he asked how calm you were”. My heart sank. Needless to say, for about 30 minutes we were in panic mode. Luckily for us, Dana’s friend Shannon volunteered to step in to officiate the wedding & we were able to get a justice of the peace in time to make it official.”