You know you’ve found your perfect mate when you’re on a first date and beer-heavy conversations are flowing aplenty. That’s exactly what Craig Dulniak thought when he and his now-wife Julia met one another for the first time, via an online dating site, for dinner. “We talked about beer together and she was so open to trying different beers and was even willing to go on beer adventures with me,” recalls Craig.
Fast-forward to 2014. After dating a few years, the Washington, D.C.-based couple decided to tie the knot. Julia, a native of Riverton, New Jersey, always held Philadelphia as a special place in her heart, so that is where the pair decided to celebrate their special day.
“Whenever we visited Julia’s parents (who still live in Riverton), she’d always mention how cool Germantown Avenue was as we were driving north, with its great shops and restaurants, like Iron Hill,” continued Craig. “I don’t remember the exact first time we went to Iron Hill in Chestnut Hill, but we definitely made it part of our regular routine.”
“During our Iron Hill visits, I usually gravitated to the porters and stouts that were on tap,” he shared. “But I always loved the Pig Iron Porter, as well as the wide variety that you guys have.”
With Julia sharing the same affection for Iron Hill as Craig, the couple decided there was no better place to be photographed on their wedding day than our Chestnut Hill location. With the wedding ceremony nearby, at the Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting, we welcomed the opportunity for the beer lovers to strike poses in our brew room—beers in hand, of course. View scenes from the wedding shoot below, courtesy of Daniel Fullam Photography.
The entire Iron Hill team sends well-wishes to these Iron Hill loyalists, who will be celebrating their one-year anniversary on April 5, 2015. Speaking of their wedding, how did the beer situation play out at these beer lovers’ reception? “We built a beer menu much like Iron Hill, featuring six different beers and including a beer description per each, as well as their ABVs and IBUs. We even made Iron Hill a part of our festivities, visiting the Chestnut Hill location following our rehearsal dinner activities and making sure to introduce our out-of-town wedding guests to your quality products.”
How did we do? “Iron Hill was very accommodating,” concluded Craig. “Everyone is very nice, willing to work with special requests. They even brought out the root beer for the children of our party while we adults enjoyed adult beverages.”
After it was all said and done, what did this husband wish he could have changed about his beer-inspired wedding? “I should definitely have had hops in my boutonniere instead of a huge flower,” he laughed.
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With 11 locations in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey, there’s an Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant near you. We specialize in handcrafted beers and fresh, from-scratch New American cuisine. Monthly releases vary by location, so scout out our beers on tap and visit us soon.
Content provided by Dish Works‘ author Amy Strauss.