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Rustic Lake Placid Summer Wedding

Home to past Olympic games, the picturesque town of Lake Placid deserves a gold medal for itself. With postcard worthy views, the town’s energetic spirit rubbed off on this fantastically fun wedding, captured by the talented Christian Oth Studio. I notice a new favorite detail each time I go through these pics, from the Bride’s gorgeous Peter Langner gown to the African animal statues – see them all right here!

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Summer
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Lakeside
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Rustic

From The Bride… Kyle and I went to the same high school but didn’t know each other. He was a year younger and only 5’4 at the time; he had a crush on me from afar but we never interacted. I was busy paying attention to the older boys but remember seeing Kyle in the hallway and thinking that if he would grow a little he’d end up being really cute. I moved after sophomore year of high school (we moved all over Belgium, NYC, VA, CT, MA). Fast forward 15+ years and we’re at a mutual friends wedding, Kyle grew a full foot (he’s 6’4 now) and was as handsome as I had thought he would be with a little added height. He asked me out to a Kanye/JayZ concert in front of 25 of our friends… so I thought he was joking and said no. A couple months later we ran into each other a few times and after our last run-in on St. Patrick’s Day (a lucky day for someone with the last name Ireland) he sent me a note via Facebook that said “I’m passing you 10 digits that could change your life” and sent me his phone number. Needless to say, I couldn’t say no to a line like that; we went on our first date and have been together ever since and engaged 18 months later ( he proposed in Cape May, NJ, where his grandparents met) and married in Lake Placid where I have a summer home.

The elements of our wedding were a mixture of things that were important to us; all the vendors were from Saratoga a nearby upstate town and we incorporated as many of our friends as we could. All the goodies in the gift bags were from our friends’ businesses in Lake Placid… with the exception of the jelly beans from Village Market in Wilton, CT – the town that Kyle grew up in and our paths first crossed.

My parents live in Kenya (my Dad is head of GE Africa) and I just started an ecomm business MAIKnyc bringing African jewelry and accessories to the US. Kyle’s first time out of the country was spending New Years in Kenya with my family! We had white animal heads in our cocktail tents, little elephant figurines on our cocktail tables, the groomsmen were given blue Masai beaded belts and we were introduced to the Shakira song Waka Waka which is one of our favorite happy songs!

Being in Lake Placid you couldn’t deny the Olympic tie-in (two Olympics were hosted in Lake Placid, 1980 and 1932) and we were getting married in an Olympic year, Sochi 2014. My father also worked for NBC for 10 years and has been to almost every Olympics since! We had travelled to Sochi for the Olympics that year as well, so it was especially meaningful for us. Our venue was in a field on a private property and in the distance you can see the old Olympic ski jumps, it’s very cool and scenic. Therefore we lit the Olympic torch to signify the start of the dinner and dancing festivities! It was such a fun and unique moment!

The bridesmaids wore different dresses, all in ivory textured fabrics – I wanted all the girls to feel like themselves! Most of the dresses were by Thread; Melissa Akey Drayer is a friend and I worked freelance for her and Beth Blake some years back. We gave them wine glasses with their caricature painted on them, Ugg slippers with the wedding logo hand painted on them by a local Lake Placid artisan (doe and buck with a little heart).

My dress was Peter Langner; he’s a master with fabrics and the dress fit so well with the setting. My earrings were by Jamie Wolf who also designed my rings. I borrowed a diamond bracelet from my mother’s best friend and someone who has been a wonderful presence in my life, Barbara Calhoun. I also wore my maternal grandmother’s wedding pearls as a bracelet and carried my paternal grandmother’s hankie as well as wore her wedding band on my middle right finger (as I do every day since she passed away).

Our table settings included fiesta ware (my whole family has been collecting fiesta for generations), antique milk glass, and the most beautiful linens, all hand selected and customized for our event! Our invitation and save the date were done by Mr Boddington’s; they did an incredible job customizing a map for our STD and including my parents house and various Lake Placid locations in both the STD and the list of events! They were adorable!

We had the most incredible time. Every detail was perfectly executed.

Photography: Christian Oth Studio | Event Planning: Christine Wheat Special Events | Floral Design: Renaissance Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Peter Langner | Cake: Debbie Coye Cakes | Invitations: Mr. Boddington's Studio | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Thread Bridesmaid | Catering: Mazzone Hospitality | Bride's Make-up: Liz Lazo | Fabrics: Ann Stillman O'Leary, Evergreen House Interiors | Gown Boutique: Mark Ingram Bridal Atelier | Hair & Make-up: Tommy Buckett | Music: New York Players Band | Venue: Private Estate | Video: Full Frame Cinema

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Romantic Fall Wedding

So, I am sort of obsessed with fall weddings.  Especially ones like this gorgeous Lake Placid affair, a wedding that combines rustic and romantic in the most beautiful of ways.  It’s lush florals from Renaissance Floral Design meets the crazy coolness of Lake Placid Lodge meets one beautiful moment after another captured by Tracey Buyce.  In other words?  It’s the epitome of rustic elegance.  See for yourself right here.

And a beautiful film from Nuvue Cinema… enjoy, lovelies.

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Fall
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Lodge
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Romantic
From the Bride… We first crossed paths when we started working together. It was an instant connection. Within just a few short weeks, we both just knew. It helped that we were working together nearly 20 hours a day, seven days a week! Only a few months later we were living together and knew that it would be forever. Kevin had convinced me that we were not going to get engaged yet, because there were a lot of other things going on in their lives. He tricked me. The day after Thanksgiving 2012, we drove together up to Lake Placid Lodge in Lake Placid, New York. We had stayed there a few times earlier and absolutely loved the place. Kevin had originally planned to propose to me in London, but then, forgetting how old he has become, he broke his foot and tore his knee in a “friendly” game of flag football. By the time we made it up to Lake Placid, we could walk, but only just. I would later remark that Kevin was particularly quiet on the ride up. That’s because he had a whole plan in place. We were going to go to a great dinner in the lodge, and then return to the room to roses, champagne and a diamond ring. The only problem is, Kevin has never been good at waiting. And he couldn’t wait any longer. So, right before we went to dinner, Kevin called me over to him and told me that he had one more piece of jewelry for me to wear to dinner, as long as I agreed to something first. Then, down on hobbled knee, he asked me to marry him. Much screaming ensued. Eventually, I stopped hyperventilating and said yes!! To my surprise, Kevin had already set an appointment the following day with the wedding coordinator at the Lodge. By the end of that meeting, we had picked a date and knew we would be married there the following fall. Everything fell into place very quickly after that. I spent an hour and a half one night speaking with our amazing photographer, Tracey Buyce. She recommended the dream team of wedding vendors, which ultimately included John and Will from NuVue and the incomparable David Michael Schmidt from Renaissance Floral. Together with Greta Hovland from the Lodge, they made everything so easy and so perfect. The wedding itself was a three day affair. We brought 90 of our closest family and friends up to the Lodge and treated it like our home. The first few days we embraced the rustic Adirondack spirit of the lodge for celebrations and rehearsal dinners. But, on the day of the wedding, we wanted something different. David Michael Schmidt delivered by transforming the space into a wedding sanctuary. He brought in flowers we thought would be impossible to get at that time of year, and worked his magic in each of the many spaces that we used throughout the night as we moved from ceremony, to cocktails, to dinner and ultimately to dancing with our fantastic live band. All in all, we could not have asked for a better wedding. Our family and friends still rave about the entire experience, and we will have those memories forever. We can’t thank our team enough for making it happen.

Photography: Tracey Buyce | Videography: Nuvue Cinema | Wedding Planner: Christine Wheat Special Events | Floral Design: Renaissance Floral Design | Hair: Hair Creations | Lake Placid Lodge: Lake Placid Lodge | Video: Nuvue Cinema

Bright Coral Wedding on Lake Placid

Coral is one of those colors that adds INSTANT pretty factor to any wedding. But when it’s splashed against the mountainous beauty of Upstate New York, squeal-worthy images are basically a given. Add in bright blooms from Trillium Florist plus pretty captures by Catherine Rhodes, and you’ve got a day that’s sure to take wedding world by storm.

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Fall
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LakeOutdoor
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Casual

From Catherine Rhodes Photography…. Alissa and Zubin were married on Lake Placid this Fall! Their beautiful I DO’s took place along the water with the most beautiful mountain scene as the backdrop. Alyssa wore a custom veil that not only created some of the most beautiful bridals I have taken to date, but also doubled as a train. Alissa and Zubin opted for a first look outside their hotel and venue, the WhiteFace Lodge and Canoe Club. This moment was one of the sweetest of the day, filled with so many tears and smiles that it would make your heart burst.

From there we headed to a mini portrait session on the lake before the I DOs along the water! Alissa and Zubin were married under a Chuppah held by friends and family members, which was truly a beautiful site. After these two made things official we headed out to a field surrounded by breathtaking mountain views for their wedding day portraits!

Alissa and Zubin celebrated late into the evening with their family and friends at the WhiteFace Lodge with both traditional and non-traditional tunes thanks to their DJ, Events Sound Inc. Their day was truly special and one that I will most certainly not forget!

Photographer: Catherine Rhodes Photography | Florist: Trillium Florist | DJ: Events-Sound Inc | Wedding Venue: WhiteFace Lodge And Canoe Club

Lake Placid Wedding from Tracey Buyce Photography

When a wedding is this beautiful, it’s sort of an unwritten rule that you have to stop and stare.  And when that wedding happens to include a dress designed by the bride herself, it deserves an entire day of swooning.  Which is exactly what we have on the agenda today, lovelies – a swoon-worthy love fest with a gorgeous bride (+ dapper groom), an amazing gown and an entire gallery of lovely captured by Tracey Buyce Photography.  Join me there for more.

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Summer
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Al Fresco
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Whimsical

From Tracey Buyce Photography… Mary and Drew met in their church and the vicar who introduced them married them. Drew proposed on a cross country road trip on top of a cliff at Big Sur.  Mary, who trained formally as a fashion designer in London, runs a business in the UK called Party Pants that hosts knicker-making classes for hens (or bachelorettes) to quite literally stitch before they hitch and create their very own bespoke knickers.

The most important aspect to Mary & Drew on their wedding day was to have the wedding in a very special place where nature had been uninterrupted and where they would keep going to for the rest of their lives.  The location was deep in the Adirondack wilderness – a perfect location overlooking nothing but nature and pristine Goose Pond. It took over a month to build the platforms and infrastructure to set the stage with multiple tents that would indeed be a village when completed. The view from the boardwalk style deck was picture perfect.  Mary painted maps that were in all of the guests’ hotel rooms so that they could find the wedding site.

Mary trained as a fashion designer in London and so she naturally made her dress for her wedding day. It took seven months to make; five months perfecting the pattern and toiles (there were 65 pattern pieces in total) and then two months to sew! The lace alone took 3.5 months to be spun in France and once delivered to London she layered the lace over masses of cream silk crepe, fine crepe lining and a tulle underskirt. Mary said “it was amazing to be in complete control and to play with details, alter and work with the cloth in a relaxed way (starting early took the pressure off!) and finish with exactly the dress I initially drew up in my head.” Mary’s wedding dress epitomized her style with romantic tumbling lace juxtaposed with the structured duchess silk bands that wrapped tightly round her corseted top.

The bridal party was all the nieces and nephews of the bride, seven flower girls and three page boys. Mary made all of their outfits.

Mary’s countryside upbringing with shopping trips to London influenced the designs to be whimsical yet chic and refined like the rural/urban worlds. Mary designed and created the flower girl dresses similarly using super soft pale cream cotton, ballet pink silk linen sashes and then adding the all important detail in the top stitching, the covered buttons and She even made Drew’s morning coat.

The ceremony took place in a quaint chapel made of stone and glass and could not-have been more perfect. The ceremony was simple so the bones of the stone structure built in the 1930′s would not be interrupted with too much fuss. Fresh roping of variegated and Italian pittisporum wrapped the wooden porch to the west of the chapel as well as the iron rails below the high alter. The pulpit and stairs were lined with lush blooms of peony, garden roses, jasmine vine and David Austin roses. Pots of maiden hair ferns were set at the entrance as well. The hooks in the church that once held lanterns were ornamented with spheres of gypsophelia hung from vintage canvas strapping.

Their get a away car was Drew’s first car that he bought when he was 16!

The reception had tables with two distinct styles.  The farm tables were topped with a hemp runner and hand made drift wood lanterns, these were scattered on the tables with twine wrapped votives and assorted small vases with lush blooms. The chargers were made of woven rattan and each place setting had a cream tea towel as a napkin tied with ribbon. The chairs at these tables were custom made for the event, dark cherry finish with a ladder back. Each seat had a custom made cushion with a lofty 1.5” insert that were tied onto the chair.  The round tables were draped to the floor in bleached burlap lined cloths with an overlay of white swiss dot hemstitch linen overlays. The flowers were designed in a combination of vessels both enamelware and porcelain, layers of flowers cascaded from them in hues of white, cream, mint, and blush. Each guest had a charger of white porcelain with a taupe boarder topped with a white swiss dot hemstitch linen napkin. The chairs at these tables were also custom made but had an X back on them in the same beautiful cherry finish.

The head table was a massive yards or baltic ivy with blooms that cascaded off of the table and on to the floor. Above the tables were wreaths of birch and blue berry had assorted size round bubbles with votives in them dancing over head.

The room was opened to the elements and soft breeze of Goose pond. Barcelona lights were draped in the ceiling in a whimsical pattern to illuminate ceiling of the tent while it was washed with blush lights to enhance the effect of sunset.

Photographer: Tracey Buyce Photography | Wedding Planner: Christine Wheat Special Events Firm | Cake: Debbie Coye Cakes | Stationery: Paperdolls Of Saratoga | Catering: Lake Placid Lodge | Bride's Wedding Business: Party Pants | Floral and Design: Renaissance Floral Design | Hair and Make-up: Make Me Fabulous | Music: Lindsay Webster Music | Music: Cafe Wha Band | Paper: Kensington Paper | Rentals: Party Rental | Tent: Clifton Park Rental Center | Transportation: Premiere Transportation | Video: Philip Coltart Films