Saturday, June 23, 2012

A Picture-Perfect Wedding on Lake George

The scene after the ceremony on the dock of the Lake George Club (click on photos to enlarge)
TD and I had the great pleasure of attending last weekend the wedding of my cousin Lindsay Mumford and Mark Nemith. The wedding was held upstate on Lake George where my family spent a lot of summer vacations when I was growing up. On Saturday TD and I rented a car and sped up the Northway, voted America's most scenic highway in 1967. We checked into Capri Village and had time to take a most refreshing swim in Lake George off the dock.

Next door was Beckley's, an old fashioned gas station that boats can drive through. I love this sort of thing.

Then it was into our Hugo Boss suits and on to the main event at the Lake George Club at Diamond Point. I had never been before to the club which is perched on the shore of the lake and was built in the Tudor style in 1909. Here is a photo of it circa 1923.

(photo from Lake George Mirror magazine)
Guests were beginning to arrive at the club

and assemble on the dock were the ceremony would take place. It was a gorgeously warm and sunny day fortunately because the weather on Lake George can be less than forgiving.

Soon Lindsay descended the steps of the club on the arm of her father, my uncle Brian Mumford.

She wore a beautiful, simple strapless gown and a flower in her hair.

Quickly she and Mark were husband and wife!

At the reception, the star of the setting was the lake itself which was constantly changing as the sun descended and the light shifted.

My goddaughter Jane was there

and my goddaughter Erin Mumford, sister of the bride and a maid of honor. Peonies and a beer: a great combination.

Inside, the club featured dark wood, ceiling beams, and Tudor windows. It had that turn of the century style that I love.

The furniture reminded me of the lobby of the Raleigh Hotel in Miami.

There were charming views out the window behind the bar

and upstairs out to the boat houses along the lake.

Florist Dryck de Matas arranged a spectacular quantity of peonies into luscious clouds. Susan Mumford, the mother of the bride, collected silver birch bark on the family's property in Argyle, New York, which was incorporated into the flower vases. Susan also cut silver birch logs to make the escort card holders and the table name holders. Peonies are full and lush while silver birch is quiet and understated – a perfect pair.

Pale peonies bloomed in bark vases on all the dinner tables which lined a porch overlooking the lake.

It was the most spectacular place to eat dinner on a night in June.

As the sun set, a band revved up in the club's main room and dancing took off, but I will remember the wedding's lovely simplicity and elegance.

A beautiful day as Lindsay and Mark start their new life together.


Ella said...

What a beautiful place for a wedding.

Gail, northern California said...

Beautiful wedding. I particularly enjoyed how you recounted your day and activities leading up to the ceremony. A quick dip in Lake George and call me crazy but I love details like this:
"Next door was Beckley's, an old fashioned gas station that boats can drive through."
The Lake George Club was obviously built in a time when they knew how to build...still standing and just as lovely as its first day. Does the rest of the area have a "On Golden Pond" feel to it?
Thank you for sharing, Bart.

Anne said...

Wonderful photos, thank you.I may have to paint that 2nd one of the dock in shadow

summer places like this are timeless... somehow it's now and it's also decades ago...that's part of the apply of course.

Reggie Darling said...

What a magical wedding in such a lovely setting! Thanks for sharing it with us, your lucky readers. Reggie