Hosting a 1000 Islands wedding was always a part of the plan. This place held a lot of meaning, was close to home and a true retreat they looked forward to sharing with those closest. However, Meg and Drew put it on hold during the pandemic, and had a ceremony in Arizona. In the meantime they found out they were expecting. As they prepared for their baby, moved across the country they still planned on hosting their wedding, however with a much smaller group.
The day looked like this. It was a perfect summer day with a focus on being at the lake. Instead of a second ceremony, guests enjoyed a long ride on the St. Lawrence River. Boats from the Antique Boat Museum were used as their day took place in Clayton, New York at the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel.
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The wedding day started at the hotel where all family stayed. In separate spaces the bride and groom prepared for a first look, which took place outside. Details were photographed, and if you look closely at the ring photo you can see the inscription of their names inside. Pearls dotted Meg’s low updo and dangled from her ears. Two different dresses made an appearance and she chose something different as she was a few months pregnant.
The day then consisted of time taking portrait at the family lake house and a long ride on the lake. Three different boats took everyone for a ride to the bridge and back. After that time the reception began and dinner and dancing started.
The day changed many times, and it was an exercise in patience and flexibility planning this wedding. However, I think taking the time to gather and celebrate will forever be remembered and shared. I’m so grateful to have been there to photograph these events and hope you love looking back on them now.