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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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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

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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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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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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