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Dearly Beloved

Dearly Beloved

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HoliMont, a private ski resort in Ellicottville, "was a beautiful location at the base of the mountains we love to live near," said Karl. "It was convenient for our guests to be able to stay close in town and created a picturesque backdrop for one of the best days of our life." (Anomaly Photo)

For some couples, a wedding vision comes together around a song. A specific date. A color.

For Jennifer and Karl Gesing, the vision was all about their guests.

“From the start, we wanted to make our day special for us, but a priority was to make sure our guests felt appreciated and thought of in the planning,” said Karl. “We were adamant that they would be able to enjoy the wedding elements that we have most enjoyed ourselves.”

When speaking with Karl and Jennifer (formerly Jennifer Gostomski), this focus quickly begins to make a great deal of sense. The word “friend” comes up often as the couple describes the path to their August 2018 wedding.

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They met through friends in 2014—the teachers were among a shared social circle of new hires at the same elementary school. When Karl proposed three years later, the setting was a lakefront restaurant owned by mutual friends. And when the couple married on a sunny Saturday, they reveled in the presence of 148 friends and family.

“It was fun to take a minute, look around and see everyone enjoying themselves,” said Jennifer. “That gave us a lot of joy.”

Jennifer & Karl

August 2018

HoliMont Ski Club, Ellicottville

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Over the course of the planning process, a “vintage and wildflowers” theme emerged. Just a short drive from their Ellicottville home, HoliMont Ski Club provided a beautifully complementary setting: mountain views for an outdoor ceremony, and a wood-beamed chalet for a lively and rustic reception.

Fittingly, friends were on hand to bring key elements of Jennifer and Karl’s vision to life, from the officiant (best man Chad Gardner), florals and custom signage (Laura Kelley), to Jennifer’s bridal makeup look (Casey Carlson). And the wedding cake featured an especially sweet touch: The two-tier concoction was created by Leah Gesing and Melisha Stoltenburg—Karl’s mother and cousin, respectively.

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The result? A truly custom affair that celebrated a special love story and the spirit of friendship. It was an incredible sight, said the groom.

“It made my heart happy,” Karl said, “to see those I love interacting and enjoying a special day for us.”

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Dream team

Who helped the couple make it happen

Venue HoliMont Ski Club

Florist & Signage Laura Kelly (friend)

DJ CJ Sound

Lighting CJ Sound

Catering Dina's at the Mont

Photographer Anomaly Photo

Bridal Gown Dalia's Bridal

Cake Leah Gesing (Karl's mom) and Melisha Stoltenburg (Karl's cousin)

Bridal Hair Enix

Bridal Makeup Casey Carlson (friend)

Bridesmaid Dresses Azazie, Saved By The Dress, David's Bridal

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