Laurel and Jeremy really know how to make a DIY wedding look spectacular! I was endlessly impressed by all the small details involved in the Echo Lake wedding — especially since this awesome couple planned it all from Texas! The morning of the wedding was a warm and sunny one, setting the mood for this happy and energetic couple. I joined Laurel and the girls at Echo Lake, where they exchanged gifts and laughter. Laurel was stunning in natural makeup and a complicated braid reminiscent of old world glam. Small details in the shoes, jewelry and ring showed off Laurel’s quirky style, while maintaining the classic look that Echo Lake provides. Once the girls were all ready, I headed over to Jeremy and photographed as he, his sister and his groomsmen donned peacock feather bowties (and a hairpiece!) and classic formalwear. Jeremy anxiously awaited Laurel for their first look in the camp field — and he was not disappointed! Tears flowed all around and the couple couldn’t wait to get started on their formal photos. After photographing around the property, and at my “secret river spot,” Laurel and Jeremy walked down the aisle for their sweet ceremony. Following an exchange of rings and a hand fasting, the couple joined their guests at cocktail hour at the Lodge on Echo Lake. Sweet parent dances and a first dance started off the reception — which was full of awesome dancers, singers and breakdancing! The wedding wrapped up with a beautiful bonfire and some creative “fire photos” at the request of the couple. Guests were sure to have enjoyed this fun wedding — even those who came all the way from Texas! Best wishes to this amazing bride and groom!
Jeremy and I searched online for what seemed like weeks to find the perfect affordable photographer. Since we were planning our Adirondack wedding from San Antonio, Texas we had a lot of logistics to cover and were really nervous about hiring someone based on pictures alone. When we reached out to Caitlin, she immediately responded and setup a Skype meeting since we couldn't meet in person. She made us feel totally at ease and walked us through what she could do and all her secret photographer spots at our venue. We knew right then & there that we had found our photographer!
Prior to the big day, she was always responsive to our inquiries and helped us solidify our day-of timeline. During our final meeting, Caitlin even asked what kind of photographer we would like--if we wanted her to be a little hands-on as needed or stand-off, and we told her to please enjoy our craziness and jump in whenever! She really made us feel prepared and even forewarned that I should bring some flats if I wanted to do some off-the-path gorgeous river pictures (of course I wanted to!). She even discussed starting our bonfire a little early with our venue coordinator so we could sneak some formal bonfire pictures in before she headed out for the night.
Caitlin saved our day a couple of times because she ended up helping bustle my dress as we were trying to make our entrance since my bridesmaids hadn't gotten to see how to bustle it during my final fitting. She even ended up helping create a little "tail bustle" for one of maid of honors whose dress had ripped right down the back seam! It could have turned into a disaster, but Caitlin quickly fixed a napkin and bustled it so it became a fun tail-feather perfect for dancing! I highly recommend Caitlin because she has an amazing ability to make you feel at ease--it's like you're taking pictures with an old friend! :)
So many! We LOVE the pictures she captured of everyone dancing at the reception--she even got Jeremy and his dad's crazy dips when they danced together! I think the first look pictures we got were absolutely stunning and our favorite moment! At first we were hesitant to do a first look, but after Caitlin showed us the ones she'd done our venue, we knew we needed to do one! I think the first look was one of the sweetest moments for Jeremy and I because it gave us time to be together as just the two of us before the ceremony and socializing started. Caitlin knew all the hidden spots at our venue so right after our official first look she took us to some stunning locations to get pictures with just us! Changing my pretty elegant heals for my comfy flats were SO worth it! The pictures came out so amazing, and we didn't have to spend an hour+ taking pictures with family and wedding party after the ceremony since we did them right after our first look adventures.
—Laurel & Jeremy