This festive Mountain House wedding was all the couple had envisioned, a backyard party—surrounded by mountains, good food, and loving friends and family. The decor made personal with a wedding rug and first dance rug. They rented a “DJ in a Box” system from Taylor Rental and played their own first dance song and background music. There was no formal dancing planned and no band or dance floor. At one point when the teenagers in attendance took over the playlist there was a spontaneous dance party on the deck of the main house. Guests enjoyed a family style feast from Dubbs BBQ and lots of lawn games. After dark, the couple played their favorite movie on the rented system outdoors, with blankets, and a mock concession stand of candies, complete with self-serve popcorn machine. Plenty of planning goes into this warm and casual event and it was a perfect day for the couple, giving them time to feel like this photo (every couple should have time at their wedding for moments like this). View the beautiful photo gallery here. #weddingbliss @taylorrentalnewyork @littlefarmhouseflowers @dubbsbbq @adkmountainhouse @heathergallaher2
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An October wedding date is risky in the unpredictable, late-fall, Adirondack weather – but in this case the risk paid off. Foliage, luckily a little behind in Keene Valley, and plenty of colors for Mother Nature to show off for this cool (47 degrees) but glorious day. Guests were warned to dress warm and bring parkas to the outdoor ceremony – and cashmere pashminas kept the bridesmaids cozy. This couple was was even more beautiful and colorful than the day – Grateful for every moment and the opportunity to share it with 100 plus of their closest friends and family. Having witnessed so very many weddings it is such a pleasure to watch this bride and groom with love and respect. #fallwedding
This wedding took place at the family private summer home on Tupper Lake. Another rainy morning on this day gave way to a sunny and spectacular afternoon, that become so warm, we passed out the rain umbrellas during ceremony for sun shade. Juniper Events & Design takes the time to set up a special date for all our couples following the ceremony where they can toast one another, pause and take in the day and eat some of the delicious food (Solitude Catering) they may miss while socializing. Few date spots rival this one, on waterside rocks on the red Adirondack chairs (where they later returned to watch the shooting stars). The couple did a pre-dinner formal dance, followed by a 15-minute amazing Hora (Silver Arrow Band) where everyone in attendance was on the dance floor in full celebration. View photo gallery. #weddingstars @Solitudecatering @SilverArrowBand @taylorrentalnewyork @oliveortwisttravelingbarco, Trillium Floral, Rob Hickey Photography.
A Whiteface Mountain summit ceremony followed by a lovely Whiteface Lodge reception on a picture perfect Adirondack Day. Getting 100-plus guests bussed up a mountain was no small feat, (two back up weather plans) - but thanks to the organization of ORDA it all worked out just perfectly. Post ceremony this couple donned their sneakers and hiked from the castle to the summit for a portrait session. Worth the hike! Captured the shot of the century.
Followed by more mellow lean-to time at the Whiteface Lodge for a champagne steal away moment. Nothing but smiles, fun socks and a good time by all. Followed by more mellow lean-to time at the Whiteface Lodge for a champagne steal away moment. Nothing but smiles, fun socks and a good time by all.
Amazing event collaboration team: Whiteface Mountain, Whiteface Lodge, Centerplate - ORDA, Taylor Rental, Whitney Tracy at Mountainaire Gatherings Photography, Black Sheep Gardens Event Florist.
#whitefacewedding @WhitefaceLakePlacid @whitefacelodge @centerplate @taylorrentalnewyork @blacksheepflorist @mountainairegatherings
A perfect example of synergy. There were 1000 things to do. Cocktail hour just about to start. Passed appetizers being plated. Food station being set. We had this charming idea of a tiered pre pour station greeting. Champagne and wine. Until the wind started gusting. And glasses were blowing over into each other and breaking. Enter team synergy. The most important element of a successful event. This amazing serving crew from The Hindquarter Catering jumped in to help bartenders from Olive or Twist Traveling Bar Co. For a holding team long enough to save the day. Go team!!
#weddingteam @TheHindquarter @oliveortwisttravelingbarco
This bilingual event brought together many countries and languages to the family homestead in Keene, NY. The bride’s family owns and operates The Mountain House, a long-time, historical family homestead, a popular and magical, mountain top venue. So when it came to this wedding, location was a no-brainer. The family couldn’t have been more grateful, trusting and gracious and the whole process was a seamless celebration. With lots of GREAT latin music to dance all night long (well, at least until the sound ordinance). See amazing wedding photo gallery. #mountainwedding @adkmountainhouse @dubbsbbq @DueWestPhotographyNY @EnufChocolates, East Branch Organics.
I am so excited to share with you my new direction for event planning: Go Outside-Look Inside/Self Discovery Retreats. I am channeling my strategic planning skills, weaving them with my personal wellness journey, to create positive change.
This retreat, the first of many, will offer something for everyone, all abilities welcome, in a relaxed, inspiring community of like-minded travelers. The myriad of expert sessions allows you to integrate various tools, yoga and beyond in your own personal journey of self-discovery.
Self Discovery Retreat, 2 Day Womens Retreat, October 27-28, 2018, 37 Wrights Way, Lake Placid, NY
Designed and Organized by Mim Wacholder – Event Planner
Co-Presented with Round Lake Campus and Director Peter Bullock
Hosted at the Eileen Rockefeller House (RockE), on Round Lake Campus.
Round Lake Campus is an extension of North Country School and Camp Treetops.
Catered by Solitude Catering
Historic great camp overnight accommodations, 4 catered farm-to-table meals, Over 10 hours of discovery sessions
Daily Yoga with Mim, Oils and Massage with Kelly Hass, Nature Immersion and Fire Circle with Megan Kirkpatrick, Meditation/Journaling/Self Study with Jenn Tissot of Imagine Compassion, Workshop with Life Coach & Author Delina Fajardo
Early signup bonus (by October 1): $245
After October 1: $265
New wedding photo gallery posted! Amazing Adirondack Wedding captured by Tomas Flint Wedding Photography, flowers by Table and Tulip, Cole S. Hull Woodworking provided birch log votive candles, and Juniper Events & Design helpers tied the tags. @tomasflintphoto @tableandtulip @colehullwoodworking #weddingplanning
A fairytale. This lovely couple married at the club where they met through a reluctant introduction by their mothers. Their guests enjoyed an Adirondack retreat weekend with tennis, hiking, golf and breakfast, lunch and dinner at the club. All punctuated by perfect weather and relaxed smiles.
The couple was gracious and kind from the beginning of the planning process and right through the Wedding day. Often saying, “whatever you think is best Mim, we trust you—you do this all of the time.”
Embarrassingly, during their speech of the friends and family they wanted to thank for making their relationship and day possible they mentioned Mim, who at the time smiled back and nodded—but felt like crawling under the dining table. Not that I’m shy, but I feel a job well done from a planner is a humble and invisible one.
Mimi Wacholder, Founder and Principal Consultant