Sunburst orange twilight kisses,
soon dripping in moonlight,
stars magnify the night,
just you, just me
soaking in this celestial abandoned.
As I mentioned in my sneak peek post on Facebook, Grand Isle Lake House on Lake Champlain is one of those venues that feels like a home away from home to me. And inevitably, my couples who choose to have their weddings there reflect that homey, cozy, family oriented personality that the venue emanates. Staci and Jed were no exception, they had the most wonderful and supportive family and friends who all seemed to settle right in to the lake house atmosphere.
While the ladies were getting ready in the bridal suite of the lake house, it felt just like a group of girlfriends hanging out. Staci was so calm, just ready to walk down the aisle and marry Jed and party the rest of the day away. There was a minor incident with a spider on the ceiling of the suite, but bridesmaid Olivia took care of that in a hurry. 🙂 (see the photos for proof!) One of my favorite things about the lake house is the bridal suite area, with antique pocket doors and a gorgeous vintage sofa. Staci looked perfectly stunning in her classic satin gown with a touch of sparkle on her beaded belt. I was thrilled to see that she had a lace-edged veil, my absolute favorite bridal accessory. Her bridesmaids looked equally beautiful in their rose gold sequin-encrusted gowns, which looked amazing with their bright, colorful bouquets by The Painted Tulip.
The lake makes such an incredible backdrop for wedding ceremonies and the birch arch built by the groom complemented the whole setting. Jed’s sister did a reading during the very personalized ceremony, which was officiated by a friend of the couple. That has been the case for the majority of my 2018 wedding clients, to have a close friend or family member performing the ceremony, and I couldn’t love this trend more. It’s incredibly special and memorable for everyone from the couple to the guests.
After some super fun family and bridal party photos on the lawn, I sneaked Staci and Jed down to one of the beaches for portraits of the two of them together. These two are just as sweet together as their photos look. From lovey and romantic to silly and goofing off with each other, they gave me the whole gamut and we had so much fun together. I even waded out into the lake to get some shots of them on the beach, where I nearly slipped and fell on my butt in the water. Spoiler alert: I didn’t, but even if I had it would have been worth it.
One of the most romantic things about Grand Isle Lake House is that the couple usually does their first dance on the wraparound porch. I love watching two people in love swaying and dancing, whispering and singing to one another in their own little world as their loved ones look on. The toasts that followed were just as amazing, including a tequila shot toast by the matron of honor/sister of the bride, and an incredibly creative double toast complete with visual aids by the two best men.
My night with Staci and Jed ended with an epic sunset on the other beach of the lake house. The brilliant oranges and pinks were the most incredible backdrop to this lovely, romantic moment between the newlyweds. I felt so lucky to have been part of Staci and Jed’s wedding day and will remember this sunset forever.
Images by Elysha Thurston. Design by Foil & Ink