Scenic and Secluded Lakefront Elopement

March 9, 2024 BY: Bailey

“Nick and I met playing in a kickball league that we have now been playing on for over 6 years together. Our initial adventure together took place the summer of 2019 and led us to the breathtaking landscapes of Banff, a destination that shimmered brightly on both our bucket lists While we were there we fell in love with the beauty of it and with the kind people we met. We saw a couple getting married at Emerald Lake and we said that if we ever got married we would have to do it somewhere spectacular like the Canadian Rockies. When Nick proposed in May of 2022, we embarked on a thoughtful journey to decide on our ideal celebration. Initially torn between our deep bond with family and the allure of an intimate wedding, a serendipitous gift from a close friend—a copy of Rocky Mountain Bride Magazine and the book “Your Wedding, Your Way: Destination Elopements, Intimate Ceremonies, and Other Nontraditional Nuptials” by Kim Olsen & Scott Shaw—illuminated our path. Inspired and emboldened, we opted for an intimate ceremony surrounded by our four closest friends, set against the serene backdrop of a secluded lake on a tranquil Thursday evening in September. We were blessed with perfect weather on a beautiful sunny fall day in the company of larch trees coming into their full yellow hue. We exchanged heartfelt vows in the company of cherished friends, sharing a picnic adorned with cheeses, crackers, and champagne. Our adventure continued as we explored the picturesque surroundings with our photographer, encountering mountain goats and a resting coyote in a verdant meadow. The crescendo of our day unfolded as we witnessed the sun gracefully painting the sky in hues of dusk, echoing the promise of our love made only hours before. It was, unequivocally, the most magical day of our lives. Upon returning to our home of Rochester, NY, we celebrated with a joyful gathering at a local park lodge, embracing our closest friends and family in a fun filled party. Reflecting on this unique journey, we wholeheartedly endorse this duality of celebration—an intimate union amidst nature’s embrace followed by a communal festivity—to anyone seeking the perfect balance between intimacy and sharing the love with those closest to their hearts. A 10/10 recommendation!”

– Allie, the bride

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Photographer: Michelle Larmand Company Florals: Willow Flower Co. Officiant: Weddings by Tamara Beauty: Sheena Rae Beauty Dress Designer: Jenny Yoo

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