Wedding Wanderlust

by Dara Klatt

They fell for adventures and for each other.

Dana Hagar and Stuyvesant Pierrepont

Sept. 28, 2019 | Adirondack League Club in Old Forge, N.Y.

American author and poet Henry David Thoreau once famously said: “Everyone must believe in something. I believe I’ll go canoeing.” Nearly 180 years after Thoreau took his first of three famous canoe trips, Dana Elizabeth Hagar and Rutherfurd Stuyvesant (“Stuyve”) Pierrepont IV put a fresh twist on the sport: they committed to climbing in the water in a canoe, on their wedding day, in their tony wedding attire. “Getting out on the water was one of the things we were most excited about when we realized how beautiful it would be to highlight the landscape on our special day,” says Hagar, who was “committed to whatever happened,” while wearing her Romona Keveza bridal dress.

The groom wears a Bonobos jacket and pants, Brackish bowtie and Smathers & Branson belt. Flowers by Mountain Greenery, Old Forge, N.Y.

Groomsmen and bridesmaids weren’t excluded from the ebb and flow challenge.“I think our bridal party thought we were joking when we said get out here with us but it was such a fun and hilariously fitting moment for us to drag everyone out there!” Hagar says.

Pierrepont, a self-described outdoorsman and conservationist from Locust Valley, N.Y., joined the Adirondack League more than six years ago. When not hiking, fishing, kayaking or canoeing (often together with Hagar), he is a client development adviser in the Washington office at RMB Capital, a wealth management advisory firm, and the director of Potomac Riverkeeper Network, an environmental group in Washington. Never one to stand still, he started the wedding day with a sunrise polar bear plunge while Hagar, the lead recruiter at Social Tables, a hospitality software company in Washington, muscled through Chaturanga Dandasana on the boathouse deck.

The groom’s wedding day polar plunge.

More adrenaline to come: the two will hike, fish and sea kayak through Norway on their delayed honeymoon.“I love the feeling of doing new adventurous things with Stuyvie,” Hagar says, “he pushes me to climb to new levels (sometimes literally).” For this bride, that’s something to believe in.


Rings: Shah & Shah Distinctive Jewelers, Washington D.C. Music: Red Line Band and Anna LaPrad and Tim Baumgartner Catering: Adirondack League Club • Photographer: Kara McCurdy

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