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Purple Lodge on the Lake Wedding

Audrey and Chris got married in August in Lake Placid, surrounded by mountains, beautiful woods and their closest friends and family! The lodge's dark wood paneling, fireplaces and masonry make such a stunning backdrop to the lovely flowers and purple details in their décor. After their lakeside ceremony and portraits in the woods, the newlyweds enjoyed a ride in a Hacker Craft! Jaclyn Schmitz Photography captured their day.

A purple summer lodge and lake wedding in Lake Placid, NY

A purple summer wedding at the Grand Lodge on the Lake in Lake Placid | Jaclyn Schmitz Photography: jaclynschmitz.com

Christopher and I met online. I joined Match.com as sort of a trial because my friend and I saw an ad on Facebook that said you could get a month membership free. We were both single, so we figured, why not? After about a month or so of having an account on there, and not really talking to anyone or checking the site, I got a message. This message was long and thoughtful, and this guy who lived in Mississippi told me all about himself and ended with, “Hopefully I'm lucky enough to get a response from a girl like you.” Now who couldn't respond to that!? So I answered him back, even though I was living in Utah and we were across the country from each other. Oddly enough, neither of us thought to limit ourselves to around our area! We dated for almost a year when he was in Mississippi, and then Cape Cod, and I was in Utah. We spoke to each other on Skype every night, and he would fly out to see me about once a month. Eventually I decided that it was time to end the distance, and I moved out to Cape Cod to be closer.

Things continued on from there, and he would scare me by “proposing” to me at the worst moments: when I had just gotten back from a workout, when I hadn't showered yet, when I'd been in the kitchen baking all day. I told him I wanted to look pretty when he proposed. Well. One morning he woke me up at the crack of dawn on a Sunday to go running. I complained but eventually relented and got out of bed. We ran down to the beach and climbed up on a lifeguard chair, and he took his phone out of his pocket and played “At Last I See The Light” from the Tangled soundtrack. I was completely clueless as to what was going on, and then he got down on one knee. I thought he must be joking again so I said, “Ohhh no.” And that's when he pulled a little red box out of his pocket. Then all I could say was, “Seriously? Seriously?” And then I couldn't say anything. And then I cried. We started walking home and I punched him in the arm and told him I was mad for proposing when I didn't look pretty. He just smiled at me and said to him, I always looked beautiful.

Well, once we got engaged we had to find a place to do the deed. One thing was for sure, and that was that it had to be in the summer because this bride doesn't do cold. Living on the Cape, we looked here first. And nothing really called to us. Everything was so expensive and the venues were so small. So what did we do? We turned to our favorite place to find things- the internet. Lake Placid Lodge was one of the first results to come up online, so we made a trip down to New York to check it out. Once you have been to the Lodge you can see why we fell in love with it instantly. It was absolutely beautiful, and it sort of resembled parts of Utah that I grew up around. Add in the wonderful staff there, and we were sold.

Then it was on to the wedding plans! We gave ourselves a little over a year to plan the wedding because we wanted to make sure we had enough time. I was all too familiar with weddings being planned over the course of a few months or less and didn't want to do that to myself. This was great also because I don't believe in spending more money that I have to, so it gave me time to do a lot of things myself. All of the favors, table decorations, flowers, cake, etc., were done be me and Christopher's mother. It was a lot of work but it was worth it. We had a lot of fun with it, and ended up saving some more money that way. – Audrey

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