Lindsey and John met through mutual friends who were dating at the time. Their friends planned a double date and the four went to Cheesecake Factory for dinner. Although they knew of each other, this was the first time that Lindsey and John had actually met – clearly the date was a success.
John proposed to Lindsey shortly before dinner with his family at Richardson’s Canal House in Pittsford, NY last August. The two arrived early and were enjoying pre-dinner drinks by the canal when John got down on one knee and popped the question. The rest of the night was filled with family and a whole lot of celebration.
Lindsey has several family members that reside in the Cooperstown area and has been visiting since she was a child. Lindsey then introduced John to the area and they both grew to appreciate the simplicity of the small town area and all it’s beauty. Prior to getting engaged, the two had discussed eventually having their wedding in Cooperstown and shortly after they found the perfect venue. The week after they got engaged, they made the trip from Rochester to book the August Lodge. The couple knew they wanted an outdoor wedding with a casual, rustic feel. The August Lodge was a scenic blank slate, located on the top of a hill with a fire pit and many other amenities. The location was most fitting for the couple as they had a desire to be creative and make their unique vision come to life.
The couple first focused on the main vendors (even the wedding date was based upon the photographers availability). Overtime all the other details fell into place with many lists, spreadsheets, emails, phone calls, and meetings. Lindsey found ‘The Knot’ to be a helpful website in the beginning while searching for vendors, as well as with a timeline and checklists.
Although pictures are a wonderful keepsake, a videographer can capture moments in a whole different way – Lindsey and John decided to hire a videographer after hearing other couples say that their one regret was not hiring one for their own wedding.
Lindsey and John did not have any big surprised for each other on the wedding day, however did write each other heartfelt letters that were read before the ceremony.
Focus on big items, then small details. Don’t get too stressed. Everything will turn out perfect. Have trust in family, friends, vendors – and all those helping you!
Seeing everyone you love and care about come together for you – it’s truly so humbling (and SO much fun). This was one of the (many) favorite parts of our wedding day.
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