TESS & BRIAN
Jeff Welt Photography
Brian and I met through a dating app and talked on and off for about six months before meeting in person. I was shy and took a lot of convincing to "get out there." Meeting him at Spot Coffee for our first date was the best decision! Never in a million years did I think it would lead me to finding my instant family! My husband and sweet step children were the best surprise of my life. I learned that you should never push something away just because it is new or unexpected… it could be exactly what is meant for you!
After a short 7 months of dating, we moved in together, and after two years Brian proposed on the beach of the Polynesian resort in Disney World, across the bay from Cinderella’s Castle and a magical fireworks display.
Lake Placid is exactly where we wanted to have the wedding. It was the first trip we took together, and a place that fills us both with joy. We chose Golden Arrow as our venue which sits directly on Mirror Lake, and we decided on October 10th so that all our guests could enjoy the breathtaking fall foliage of the Adirondacks.
We were incredibly lucky to have beautiful weather, healthy guests, and phenomenal vendors to create the perfect wedding weekend.
We are so grateful to everyone who helped make it happen, and everyone who made the trip to celebrate our love! #LifeIsGoodge
Wedding Date: October 10th, 2021
Location: Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort on Mirror Lake (Lake Placid)
Photographer: Jeff Welt Photography
Wedding Gown: Amare Couture
Hair: Lilly Miller at One OAK Atelier
Makeup: Kate Oakey at KO Beauty
Groom's & Groomsmen's Attire: Giorgio Fiorelli
Rings: Midwinter Co. and Northbands
Wedding Planner & Event Coordinator: The Bride
Flowers: Ling's Moment & Branches
Stationery Suite: Zazzle
Caterer: Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort
Cake: Pies from Smith's Orchard
DJ or Band: Eric Catalano at Pure Sound Entertainment
Electric Violin Soloist: Tania Susi
First Dance: "Great Ones" by Maren Morris
Honeymoon Destination: Disney World
- Rehearsal Dinner at Smoke Signals BBQ: (rented the music hall) It was a highlight of the weekend..fun, casual, and fit our large wedding party.
- Gourmet Marshmallows for the FirePit, Buffalo Dip Late Night Snack,
- Local Welcome bags with sparkling cider and Lake Placid Maps
- Everything was fall fall fall!
- Pie bar instead of cake
- Cocktail hour on the boathouse
- Bride and Groom boat ride after the ceremony
- Fall Leaves lining the aisle
- Flower girl threw leaves not flowers
Advice Tess & Brian Would Like To Pass Along...
"Do your best to be present the day of. Phone off, give everyone your maid of honor's number. Time does fly but if you breathe, and take it in you will remember every detail."