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An intimate Adirondack Mountains Wedding that ending with jumping into the lake! They look full advantage of their new adventure together! Jumping in the lake is an amazing way to celebrate!!!

From the photographer:

Leia and Dave are both lovers of the outdoors. They are two people who light up in each other’s presence and their calm demeanor and steadfast devotion to each other is admirable. Not to mention they both have the best sense of humor and watching their genuine and carefree interactions throughout the day was such a fun front row seat to have.

They were married at the Chapel at Camp Fowler, a stunning and peaceful woodsy building with pine features, followed by some portraits by the water and surrounding buildings, beach, and canoes, and then an intimate and fun backyard gathering. This gathering was uniquely and exquisitely styled and arranged much in part and thanks to their amazing families, including their sister-in-law, Jess, who owns Different Blend Bakery in Schenectady, New York. Be sure to check out the amazing cake, s’mores station, custom napkins, and many other carefully attended-to details that made this celebration so clearly crafted in love.

We ended the evening with canoeing around the lake and letting the newlyweds enjoy a grand adventure together – their first canoe trip as Mr. and Mrs. captured forever. The day wouldn’t have been complete without running down the dock together hand-in-hand and a jump in the lake. Admittedly, I asked them to do this twice because it was just too much fun.

This wedding day had all the intentionality behind it I wish for all of my couples.

If an adventure inspired intimate wedding in the Adirondacks doesn’t speak to your soul, that’s ok. But these two celebrated in a way that was true to them and their relationship and I hope that every couple feels empowered to choose the things that are most important to them on their wedding day. It truly doesn’t matter if you call it an elopement, micro-wedding, destination wedding, intimate wedding – for Leia and Dave the celebration was no-fuss in all the ways they intended. They will forever have this day etched in their minds and can always look back and know that they chose to love, they chose each other, and they chose to declare their union and be affirmed in it by their families who will continue to stand by their sides for years to come as they watch Leia and Dave, undoubtedly, embark on many more adventures together.

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How did they meet?

We met at college at a student club. When we first met, Leia told me that she was emotionally unattached to anyone who didn’t love snow! Which is weird! What started as friendship grew over 2.5 years until Leia asked me out.

Their proposal story?

Dave accidentally let slip that he was planning on proposing over a weekend, a couple of weeks before, so it wasn’t a surprise. He took me to Devil’s Hopyard, where we have hiked before, and the plan was to travel on a less popular path for privacy when we got to an outlook; however, we never found the view. We got lost in the woods! On top of that, the day before, he was unable to speak because of calcium buildup in his mouth, so he wasn’t sure if he’d be able to talk about the proposal! Luckily, Dave recovered and was able to propose in the random spot in the woods. And I said Yes, of course.

As a romantic aside, Dave wrote note cards for the whole proposal that I will get to keep and cherish forever in case he couldn’t speak.

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What do they love most about each other?

Leia’s answer: Dave always has my back, and he encourages and helps me whenever I call.

Dave’s answer: Leia pushes me to be a better person and encourages me to achieve my goals.

Biggest Wedding Planning Challenge?

We were finding a location for our small intimate gathering during COVID. But really, just COVID! It couldn’t have been more perfect in the end with a beautiful chapel for the ceremony and Leia’s Adirondack family cabin for the reception. We’ll always gather there and remember our wedding.

Favorite Memory?

Dave’s favorite: Seeing Leia at the first look and seeing her excitement to start our life together.

Leia’s favorite: Laying on the grass with Dave, just relaxing before dinner and looking into his eyes. Which was followed closely by jumping in the lake fully clothed!

Advice for couples?

Don’t be afraid to be unique and embrace what’s important to you.

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Ceremony Location: Camp Fowler

Hair Stylist: Amie Lawrence Hair Design

Floral Designer: Fleurtacious Designs

Photographer: Cora Jane Photography





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