Few things can beat the beauty of a winter wedding. There is something special and magical about nature and the way the snow makes everything POP! I was so happy to start the 2019 wedding season with Anne and Nick at the Arrowhead Lodge this past Saturday. When I met this beautiful couple for their engagement session this past summer, it was a gorgeous day at Sylvan Beach. Although the temperature was a bit more brisk this past weekend than for their engagement session, they lucked out with some quiet weather that allowed us to get outside for some breathtaking portraits. Anne is probably one of the most cold resistant people I have ever met! As she stood in cold snow with open-toed shoes, I asked if she was okay, and she replies “Yes, it actually feels good!” Nick and I were both in awe at her; we were both chilled before she was.
Anne took full advantage of the season, and decked out the reception with plenty of silver and blue sparkle. Arrowhead Lodge is one of those venues that fits perfect for any season. It’s rustic feel compliments all of varieties of the seasons that Central New York has to offer.
The guys showed up a bit before the ceremony, and we headed outside to the same gorgeous grove of trees to grab so pics.
The indoor ceremony, romantically set in front of the huge fireplace filled with candlelight, was made extra special by the addition of a bagpiper.
After the ceremony and photos, the reception began with introductions and speeches. I have to say, one of my favorite part of all weddings is hearing the speeches. The stories are always touching, and usually there are more than a few good laughs!
After dinner, Anne and Nick shared the ceremonial cutting of the cake with friends and family.
One of the highlights of the evening was the bouquet and garter toss. Let’s just say, the couple certainly put their own twist on things, and their friends and family LOVED it!!! Nick showed he has a great sense of humor. His suspicion was aroused when they asked him to put a blind fold on, but he went along with the request. He had no idea of the switch that was about to take place…….