I’m so excited to share this off-the-hook Lake George wedding! Anytime I get to shoot somewhere new it’s always fun for me, and this was my first time shooting at Melody Manor up in Lake George. As almost anyone who follows our company knows, we’re in Lake George a lot, so this was a great combination of something new combined with a place that’s special to me. I had been looking forward to it for weeks in advance. When I arrived I soon saw Sarah and her family shared the same love for the lake with their epic property, and between the day we had, the details, the team assembled, and most of all the people we were photographing – well I should let Sarah and the photos do the talking.
What are your wedding colors and/or themes?
Our colors were Cream, Blush and Gold with accents of Navy. The feel was soft, romantic, elegant, and shabby chic.
Do you have a special proposal story?
Ryan proposed on a trip to NH with Sarah and her two dogs (aka her babies, a newfoundland and golden retriever puppy). They had gone away for a romantic weekend the year before skiing and ice skating in North Conway. Ryan recreated the weekend and returned to the place they ice skated, Nestlenook Farm, where they took pictures sitting in an old fashion red sleigh. He pretended he was setting up the camera to take a picture of them with the dogs in the sleigh but really he was recording the whole proposal.
What is your inspiration when planning your wedding?
Sarah has summered in Lake George her whole life and it is a very special place for her and her family. Ryan had visited multiple times and fell in love with the area as well as the perfect wedding location to share this special place with their family and friends. Because the majority of the guests were traveling to attend and many had never been to the lake before, Sarah and Ryan agreed they wanted it to be more than a couple hour wedding ceremony and planned a weekend full of events. Drinks Thursday night at Villa Napoli, a BBQ with lawn games and waterfront activities, the rehearsal dinner, a welcome bonfire with beverages, s’mores, a slide show, and live music performed by the groom and his friends on Friday, the wedding, cocktail hour, and reception on Saturday and a farewell brunch on Sunday. We tried to keep it as simple as possible for guests once they arrived so the majority of events took place at Melody Manor and many of our guests stayed on property or within walking distance. While the wedding itself was pretty formal the other events were more casual and guests were able to enjoy what makes the lake so incredibly special while meeting and mingling with one another (the weather was perfect all weekend long too). Special thank you to Melody Manor for letting us basically taking over the property for the weekend. They were extremely generous and accommodating.
Did you incorporate any fun themes/motifs or design elements?
From the beginning Sarah wanted to have the perfect mix of nature with an outside wedding and the beautiful lake as well as the elegance of a formal ceremony and reception with and arbor, chandeliers and gorgeous flowers. David from Renaissance immediately got Sarah’s vision and helped her bring it to life. Ryan and David even planned a surprise for Sarah with a beautiful set of chairs and table on a bridge on the property. It fit perfectly with the theme and it turned out to be a special place for the bride and groom to relax for a few minutes during the wedding craziness.
Did you include any special traditions, old or new?
We have so many memories with family and friends at the beach, at a pool party, or at a BBQ and we wanted to continue those memories by having those all be elements of the weekend. Ryan and his friends have played instruments throughout their lives and whenever they’re all together they try to keep the tradition alive of playing music together. The guys played a few songs for Sarah as a special surprise during the bonfire. Ryan and his friends also have a love of bourbon and share a drink on special occasions. Ryan opened a rare bottle to toast with his groomsmen right before the ceremony.
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
The goal of our wedding was to create a full weekend spending time with family and friends with non-stop fun and entertainment. Every element came together perfectly from the Melody Manor venue, floral and design by Renaissance, and the beautiful tent from Rain or Shine, but the most memorable pieces were the food and music. Mazzone Catering exceeded everyone’s expectations about how great food at a wedding can be. The hors d’oeuvres and signature drinks during cocktail hour set the tone for a night of amazing food and the main course of surf and turf was guest favorite. The New York Players were the best wedding band we have ever seen and they kept the night moving. The flow and timing was perfect and the song selection, quality, and energy created the exact party atmosphere we were looking for. People barely left the dance floor all night.
Major props to EVERYONE involved as this wedding was spectacular! Also props to Melody Manor for hosting everything, hope to be back if you have any more!
Dress Shop: Kleinfelds, NYC
Hair/makeup: Hair- Amy and Gia from Jean Paul Salon, Make up- Spa One
Bridesmaid dresses: Each bridesmaid chose their own dress. Designers included: Amsale, Jenny Yoo, Monique L’Huillier…
Flowers: Renaissance Floral Design
Cake: Cakes by Debbie Coye
Catering: Mazzone Catering
Entertainment: New York Players
Tent: Rain or Shine
Stationary: Inviting Company
Coordinator/Planner/Designer: Christine Wheat Events
Ceremony Location: Melody Manor wedding
Reception Location: Melody Manor wedding tent