Michaela and Mike

Lake George, New York



Photography | Joe Vogel Photography | @joevogelphoto

Venue | The Inn at Erlowest | @innaterlowest

Floral Designer | Fleurtacious Designs | @fleurtacious_designs

Gown Designer | Pronovias | @pronovias

Gown Salon | Angela’s Bridal | @angelasbridal

Bridesmaids Dresses | Adrianna Papell | @adriannapapell

Men’s Attire | Jos A Bank | @josabank

Cake Designer | Lake George Baking Company | @lakegeorgebakingco

Cinematography | Gardenhouse Films | @gardenhousefilms

From the Photographer

This wedding was a stunningly beautiful day filled with amazingly supportive friends and family and was a joy to participate in.

Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette?

Our wedding color palette was all about bright, romantic neutrals that we felt would always be classic and in style for many years to come: whites, gold, and green. We wanted to compliment the beautiful decor of the Erlowest ballroom and also not take away of the outstanding backdrop surrounding the venue that is Lake George! The one traditional item that we incorporated into our wedding were the gold favor boxes that my Mom put together filled with Jordan Almonds that signify the Italian blessing: health, wealth, happiness, children, and a long life.


Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception?

Gold accents everywhere with eucalyptus. White table cloths with candles, greenery, and our table numbers were hand painted gold with white calligraphy created by Holly Winnie.


What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop?

The flowers helped create the light and romantic atmosphere. Bride and Bridal Party Bouquets: Ranunculus, Hydrangea, Peonies, Eucalyptus. Mother of the Bride / Groom carried Panda Anemones. Eucalytpus lined the ceremony chairs and situated around cocktail tables; draped on a Welcome Sign (Holly Winnie Calligraphy).


Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?

We had a Cigar Bar with personalized cigar matches (bride/groom name and wedding date) for the Guests to take. It was the Groom’s birthday, so I organized a surprise boat ride on the Miss. Erlowest Hackercraft with his Groomsmen for two hours before the ceremony. We also had a Groom’s Birthday carrot cake and the band sang Happy Birthday to him to close out the night! One of my favorite parts was walking down the aisle with my Dad to “So This is Love” from Cinderella, which was what we used to dance to as a baby. Another one of our favorite parts were our bridal party photos taken on site – Joe Vogel created some amazing and unique pictures with our group of close friends/family that we’ll always have to look back on!


Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.

I wanted everything to be classy and sophisticated. My wedding dress was designed by Pronovias – it had a modern white crepe front, with a sparkly belt that I added to it and an ornate lace back for a dramatic effect in the back. The Bridesmaids wore gold sparkly Adrianna Papell dresses with Marchesa earrings. The Groom / Groomsmen wore navy from Jos A Bank. The Groom wore a navy vest and white tie to stand out with white pocket squares.


How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.

Michael and I actually met at work! I am the HR Manager, so it was a bit scandalous / secretive at first. We fell in love pretty fast and entrusted our closes friends/co-workers with the information (although I think some people could definitely tell that sparks were flying!) and eventually, involved our bosses when things got serious. Before proposing, Mike spoke with our CEO and VPHR to let them know his intentions. He popped the question on our annual vacation in Cape Cod, taking me down the Boardwalk at Grey’s Beach to watch the sunset. He asked a stranger along reading a book if he would take our picture, having typed a note to him on the phone saying he was going to propose as a heads up. The guy started reading the note out loud and almost spoiled the surprise, but then said “OH I got ya!” – took a picture of Mike and I standing together and then he moved away from me and said, “Here, this is a better angle for me to propose” and got down on one knee! What was even more special is both of our parents were back at the rental house waiting for us with champagne to celebrate. After the proposal, he explained that my ring was made of out pieces of jewelry from my mother, both grandmothers and his Mom – the jeweler had melted down gold and taken diamonds from their jewelry to create my ring!


What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?

The most special moment of the day for me was walking down the aisle and anticipating seeing Michael. We chose to do it the “traditional” way, not staying with each other the night before, or doing a First Look. We both felt it was important to see each other for the first time at the ceremony and I’m so glad we made that decision! You can see us smiling from ear to ear in our pictures and video and they are some priceless moments that we’ll never forget.


Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?

Spend time talking about your Ceremony together to create the experience you both are looking for. So many couples focus on the reception details and often forget that the Ceremony is just as important — and the whole reason why you’re there in the first place! We are both Catholic, but made the decision to have his childhood best friend perform the Ceremony, and were beyond happy with that decision. As scary as it might be not to have a “professional” officiate, we trusted him completely, ave him a few guidelines to work with, and it was such a personal experience with him knowing the both of us, and created some funny and special moments that felt very personal to us! We also asked Mike’s sisters and nieces to perform our readings, but instead of telling them what to read, we gave them a few suggestions, and asked them to each pick one and surprise us on the big day. Spending time on your ceremony makes for an incredibly special experience that you’ll never forget!