Lara and Mike have a special love affair with the Adirondacks and with Lake Placid specifically. They have a large canoe on hand in their Albany home ready to go on their next trip up north, and even an Adirondack chair made out of downhill skis as a welcome seat on their front porch. Holding their wedding in the Adirondacks was a no brainer decision for them, but planning it from afar proved to be a little more stressful than they anticipated. This couple came to me six months before their wedding date with concerns that they may not be able to plan the rest of their wedding on their own. Both the bride and groom are busy professionals and although they had started in with selecting some vendors and making some of their decisions on their own, they felt very uneasy about all that was left to do and making sure they didn’t miss or forget anything in the rest of their planning process. Because I custom build all of my packages I was able to create a totally unique planning service for them where we met once a month and I guided them during those sessions on what they had accomplished during the current month and what they needed to focus on going into the next month. Lara and Mike were such a super joy to work with – they are both such gentle souls and I looked so forward to our monthly meetings. Even though Mike was always nervous he’d get “yelled” at for not doing his “homework” I think they would say the experience was really fun for them, too. 🙂
PS – I never yell.
In planning their event Lara and Mike wanted to put family first and make this day as special to their family and close friends as it was for them. They decided to have Lara’s uncle officiate the ceremony, Lara’s brother hand made their chuppah and Mike’s brother stood as his best man. Mike brews his own beer and they chose to give these out at the end of the night as to-go favors for everyone (I personally tried these beers and they were excellent!!). Using a mix of Lake Placid, Syracuse and Albany-based vendors we created a vendor team that brought all of the simple personal elements to their big day. A big thank to you to Matt and Leah Bailly of Bailly Photography for taking such beautiful images of Lara and Mike’s wedding day. I also want to thank Catherine at the Lake Placid Club for her help with the planning and execution, Greg Fraiser from Frasier Entertainment for rocking the reception music, and all of the Lake Placid vendors – Creative Florists (Syracuse based), Cake Placid, Liz and Co. hair stylists, Martina’s Skin Care for doing the girls’ makeup, Gilmore Video for filming the couple’s ceremony and lastly to the Lake Placid Marina for providing trolley transportation for guests to get to and from the wedding location.
Lara and Mike are a special couple who just make you feel happy when you are around them. I am so very happy they found me and chose me to be their wedding planner. I wish much love, happiness and continued Adirondack memory making to you both!!