There are still corners of the Catskills where cell phones don’t always reach, and that’s the case at Captains Inn Point Lookout.

For guests at the somewhat intimate wedding of Maria and Gunars that meant they could stay in the moment without the distractions that pull so many away these days. It also meant guests could enjoy the views.

On a clear day, like the evening that welcomed this motorcycle riding couple to one of their favorite spots in the Catskills, you can see five states from this amazing location; Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and of course New York.

While there’s a ceremony site practically on the precipice, the constant battle to trim back the obstructing overgrowth was mostly lost for this one.

There are beautiful views from picture windows within second floor accommodations and a panoramic array in the dining room/dance floor/bar area.

Still, we did have the opportunity to find opportunities outside to showcase their love against a sliver of the magnificent view.

Maria, in a dress that she told me was the third in a week after multiple tailoring mishaps (!!!) and Gunars in a tuxedo accented with an ethnic Latvian belt, were drawn to my mix of traditional and candid photography.

These two, from out of state, clearly were rolling with the flow.

They knew I would capture the important moments but also the unplanned. They were confident in my ability to contain the inherent craziness of a destination wedding at a nearly shuttered Catskills venue – while capturing all the elements that made them pick and stick with this location in the first place.

If I hadn’t been driving on winding roads the day after their wedding, I might have caught a shot of these later-in-life-lovebirds on their Harleys spotted riding the Windham Mountain road from Catskill through Cairo, Durham and Windham ahead of me.

Maria and Goose planned to firm things up last November when the Inn was both unexpectedly yet predictably in a state of flux. And although our meeting was delayed until this spring, the window of dates they hoped for worked out.

Perseverance pays off!

The Inn currently seems open only for private events. It has been closed for most of the past 18 months. This was my first of the season there and I’m due back soon for another.

The owner is getting older. The reviews are mixed and the place is for sale. The future is uncertain. BUT the views are rather one-of-a-kind and if this seems like the sort of place you might want to put your cozy affair together, I’d recommend picking up the phone and reaching their land line.

Then get in touch with me and book the date for your photography!

Thanks for reading,

Jonathan Ment

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