Outdoor enthusiasts, Aramie and Zach, opted for a simple but elegant wedding celebration in Lake Taghkanic State Park. Read on to find out more about their amazing day…
Tell us about your wedding, what was the inspiration behind your big day?
We both enjoy camping and being outside, so it was important to us that the place represented us. We first thought about group campsites and camps. However, group camp sites would be too small and we couldn’t find a day camp that we liked that was available for our date. We chose Lake Taghkanic State Park because there were cabins and camping sites for friends to reserve and it was a beautiful lake. The Aramie’s family is from Hudson, NY so it was a place of familiarity and her grandparents were then able to come to our wedding.
What did you do for wedding decor?
Lake Taghkanic State Park is public land, and it was important to us to leave no trace when we left. We used all compostable plates, cups, utensils. We kept our decor very minimal, we had a tent set up for 200 people and strung a string of lights around the perimeter. We then used lemon leaves to put on the tables for decoration. Our wedding planner was amazing and helped us put together all the parts. We could not have done it without her and her team.
What were the florals like in your wedding?
We chose to spend money on what was important and then sacrifice the rest. There were no bouquets or centre pieces. The Aramie wanted a minimal floral crown for her head, and then we chose lemon leaves to go across the center of the tables for decoration on the white table clothes.
Tell us about your wedding day style…
We each thought about what was important to us. Aramie did not want a traditional wedding dress and chose a dress that fit her style from Anthropologie. The groom wanted a suit that was comfortable and breathable. Aramie’s dress was embroidered with short sleeves. The Zach’s suit was navy blue and stretchy. We were both very happy with our choices.
What was the most anticipated or special part of your day?
We started checking the weather about ten days before our wedding and would anxiously check it multiple times a day leading up to our wedding weekend. There were constant last minute changes the day of because it was foggy in the morning. Last minute guests helped our wedding planner move part of the ceremony outside of the tent and open up the tent flaps. The other anticipated special moment is that the Aramie loves dancing so it was very important for the schedule to run mostly on time so that she had enough dancing before the music shut off at 10pm. Luckily, she had three full hours of dancing.
Did you personalise the day in anyway? [ food trucks, entertainment etc]
We thought a lot about food trucks and decided to do a dessert food truck. We found a local ice cream truck and had ice cream sandwiches for dessert, which was a big hit!
Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice for other couples planning their day?
Make sure that you figure out how you’re going to talk to your families about all the decisions that need to be made before hand. Going with a wedding planner was the best thing we ever did. We don’t enjoy figuring out the behind the scene details of an event and she did everything. Inform your guests that your phones will be off and designate your wedding planner or a patient friend to handle all phone calls. We gave our guests our wedding planner’s number and informed them that our phones would be off all weekend, best thing we ever did!
Thank you so much to White Poppy Photography for sharing Aramie and Zach’s special day with us. What a beautiful location Lake Taghkanic State Park is!
Photographer White Poppy Weddings
Event Planner Every Little Detail Weddings
Floral Designer Floral Fantasies by Sara
DJ DJ Sully
Caterer Hungry for Travel
Tent hire Cantele Tent Rentals
Dessert truck Sweet Central Express