Rachel + Brian
Lake George, The Inn at ErlowestBook STAK Studios
“Memories made at the lake last a lifetime.” and that’s what I photographed for Rachel and Brian, a beautiful couple who got married at Inn at Erlowest on Lake George. One word to describe it all? Magical.
Thanksgiving will always have a special meaning for the Rachel and Brian, because it was around this day that they were introduced by mutual friends in Saratoga Springs, NY. Rachel lived in Boston, while Brian lived in Ticonderoga. They kept in touch chatting on Facebook for a couple of months (God bless the internet!) until Rachel graduated and moved back home. From the moment they started dating, they both knew they had found “the one”.
The Inn at the Erlowest definitely helped the couple have their dream wedding. This Victorian Era hidden jewel, located in a serene and private setting along the shores of beautiful Lake George, struck me with its interesting mix of past and present. Dating back to 1898, the splendid stone castle has been meticulously transformed into a contemporary wedding venue offering peaceful and relaxing views of the lake and an elegant Grand Ballroom.
The outdoor ceremony came with a little surprise for the guests: a steamboat went by right as the ceremony was ending and the couple shared their first kiss as husband and wife. Zero staging; just call it wedding luck!
With white flowers in her hair and channeling a gorgeous fitted lace gown, Rachel looked like she had just stepped out of a fairy tale. She was the epitome of elegance when she showed up for their first look photos leaving her future husband speechless. The image of Brian watching his lady while holding her hands under the canopy needs no caption – it whispers endless words of love and gratitude, and it has to be one of my favorites. For me, this is the kind of photograph you look at many years down the road when you're having a tough day and you instantly remember why you got married in the first place and how much your better half means to you.
The party was great fun and the bride and groom wanted to incorporate classic traditions, such as the garter toss and throwing the bouquet adding a special touch to their big day.
At the end of the night, the only word that came to mind was "magic." All of it just felt so meant to be. And I feel so lucky to have been a part of it.