lake house inn / melisa & tristram

The Lake House Inn really has it all, everything you could want in a venue.  Sweeping lake views…beautiful grounds and gardens…tons of little nooks and vignettes.  It’s suites are also quite lovely, which makes shooting prep a pleasure.

Like most photographers, I always like to arrive very early to a venue.  I park the car, unload my equipment and enjoy a picnic breakfast – I always pack something healthy and filling enough to last me through the First Look.  Then I take a leisurely stroll around the grounds, collecting my thoughts and gathering ideas of photo locations and interesting backdrops.  It’s a great time to review the the time line and do some last minute ‘studying’ of the ‘who’s who’ in regards to the couple’s family and friends.  I know that the calm of these last few moments before the day starts will usually be the quietest!

Even if I meet the bride and groom beforehand, the light is always different on the day of the wedding.  This day, for example, was mild and cool with a soft blanket of diffuse light all over.  While we didn’t have the ‘magic light’ to work with, we also were not fighting the harsh sun all day, which is always a plus.

Melisa and Tristram are both attorneys and live in New York city; with their busy schedules they knew they would need help with the planning so they hired the fabulous Jennifer Supper of Kaleidoscope Weddings.  Everything from the photography to the ceremony to the festivities flowed seamlessly at this spring wedding.

Melisa was so cute, very down-to-business over email and then warm-hearted and sentimental in person (and a crier!)  Tristram was the calm, quiet one of the relationship. And his love for Melisa was evident from the first time I saw them together.


hair & makeup: Daneene Jenson

flowers: Arrange by Eric Schellack

planning: Kaleidoscope Weddings

band: Bachelor Boys

venue: The Lake House Inn

catering: Jeffrey Miller

second shooter: Heather Flower


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