Lyndsay & Jake's Wedding
Adirondack Great Camp, rustic elegance, African memorabilia, antique, vintage flowers
The Flora and Fauna
Ancient pines, lakeside foliage, pack baskets full of fall flowers and evergreens, lantern-lit pinecone paths, antique roses, stock, cedar and crab apples
The story of Lyndsay and Jake can be used as a perfect example of why using Perennia is so important when planning your dream wedding.
Lyndsay was a true “jumping-up-and-down” excited Bride-to-be. She and Jake came to us bursting with excitement and full of splendid ideas. The trouble was - they had too many ideas! They loved everything and were conflicted on how to use them all.
Through our fun and one-of-kind activities, we were able to “tease out” their strong preferences. In a complete turnabout they were able to finally rest on their true heart desires. We were all amazed to see that what they were saying they wanted and what they really wanted were two different things. In the end we were able to create one of the most heartfelt, love-filled wedding celebrations that we have ever been a part of.
Nestled high on a densely wooded hill, the Church of the Ascension was the site of the wedding ceremony of Lyndsay and Jacob. This rustic log church positively glowed with light from the stained glass windows, pine and hydrangea aisle ends and the love and good wishes from family and friends.
Lyndsay and Jake spent a college semester abroad in Kenya. It was important to share that part of their lives. Masaai blankets draped the log railings, gilded African animals served as seating cards and hand sketched, framed African animals served as table names.
All through the entire wedding weekend, signs of family love and tradition were evident. From the home-baked dessert table, to Papa’s handmade wooden boxes; from the tree wound with photos to the memorial wedding picture table; all were included and remembered.
Perhaps the most touching moments came as surprises. Jacob surprised Lyndsay (and all of us) by singing and playing the guitar to his new bride. Accompanied by his cello playing groomsman, Jake sang the first song he had ever sung to her and won the hearts of us all.
But perhaps the biggest surprise of all came at the father/ daughter dance. Lyndsay’s dad, Colonel Tim LaBarge has never been a dancer so a sweet little sway was all that was expected. What happened next shocked us all. After a nice waltz to “Isn’t She Lovely,” Col LaBarge carefully shed his military dress jacket to expose a hideous fake tuxedo shirt. And then to the rousing tune of Tom Jones “It’s Not Unusual”, the bride and her father performed a choreographed dance that could compete with Dancing with the Stars; all practiced and rehearsed in complete secrecy for months! It literally brought down the house!
Family and friends gathered together to share the love of these two special people. Memories were made and will remain with one and all.
Images above © Jaclyn Schmitz Photography
Pink Garden Roses - Grace, Sweetness and Perfect happiness
Cream Antique Roses - Purity
White Spray Roses - I’ll remember always
Peach Hypericum Berries - Purity, Majesty, Wealth, Innocence
Cedar - Strength, I live for you
Baby’s Breath - Festivity, Innocence, Pure of heart, Happiness
Crab Apples - Good fortune
White Stock - Undying love and Lasting beauty