Lakes Region Bride Magazine 2023

Page 1 flowers/creative wedding photos/cakes/gowns/inspiration/Real Weddings for NH’s Lakes and Mountains FREE 2023 Issue The guide to your perfect Lakes Region wedding

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Wedding Serenity at ColdSpring Farm

Elegantly rustic venue for weddings, family gatherings, and celebrations of up to 100 guests. Stunning post and beam barn for functions, outside space with lovely ceremony area, large courtyard with fire pit and a place for games. Newly completed with all the amenities, character and charm of a true New England farm.
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Located at the top of Alton Mountain
300 acres of beautiful views, gardens, and horses, the rustic Barn at ColdSpring Farm
the perfect spot for your event. Davis Road, Alton, NH 603-556-0321
ColdSpring Farm NH
Above photos courtesy Studio L Photographers
4 LAKES REGION BRIDE 8 LAKES REGION BRIDE TarbinGardens Five Acres of Botanical Gardens Surround your Ceremony, Cocktail Hour and Reception W Franklin NH   (603)934-3518  Photography by Live Free Photography LLC

Welcome to your Lakes Region wedding

The lake...romantic, festive and fun...enjoy a lakeside, tented, indoor or backyard celebration. Whatever your location or the season, welcome to your Lakes Region wedding.

Through the Pines Photography

It’s All in the Details

As we gathered wedding stories and photographs for this issue, one thing came to mind above all else: details count. Without the table napkins colors, the right chairs, the flowers to embellish the wedding cake, the guest seating chart, and so much more, the wedding will not be as memorable and beautiful.

Brides and wedding planners have many details to remember and choose in the months leading up to the big day. The weather is a consideration; if it rains, you need umbrellas. If you are planning an outdoor fall wedding, you might expect the weather to be steady, but unexpectedly, the temperature could soar, similar to a hot summer’s day or become chilly. Thus, the bride must think about air conditioning or heaters for an autumn wedding.

These are just a few of the things to keep on a checklist, or rely upon your wedding planner to handle. Details are the important, moving parts for a wedding.

It can be overwhelming, but even if you forget a few things, your guests are unlikely to know. All that really matters is your joyful wedding day, surrounded by family and friends.

Remember the details, but don’t stress if a few things are forgotten. Have fun choosing colors, florals, a wedding venue, food, cake and of course, your glorious gown.

Happy wedding planning,

Editor’s Letter
SIMPLY ELEGANT A beautiful, serene setting offering a variety of venues — authentic barns, historic and modern structures, a beautiful allée and gardens overlooking a pond — outdoors, tented, indoors, or a mix. 288 Shaker Road, Canterbury, NH | 603-783-9511 |
Through the Pines Photography Photos
(l to
r): Erika Follansbee, First Mate Photography, Erika Follansbee, Peggy Garbus
ABOUT THE COVER: A just-married, radiant couple at the Margate Resort, Laconia, NH. KMN Photography TM Kathi Caldwell-Hopper - Editor/Publisher Proofreading - Barbara Neville Wilson June & Louise Photography at Owl’s Nest Resort & Golf Club June & Louise Photography KMN Photography 45 52 The WildBunch Photography 35 9 Through the Pines Photography wTable of Contentsw Welcome - 5 Editor’s Letter - 6 Wild NH Wedding Style - 9 Trending - 19 Gown Guide - 29 Cakes We Love - 34 Color, Love & Wildflowers - 39 Lakeside Wedding Day - 45 Mountain Wedding Celebration - 52 Photographers’ Favorites - 60 Flower File - 66 Advertiser Index - 72
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NH wedding style at

ColdSpring Farm

Autumn in New Hampshire is the perfect time for a wedding. If the wedding is outdoors in a beautiful, natural setting, the results are wonderful. continued on page 10

Images by Through the Pines Photography A woodsy day in the Lakes Region at ColdSpring Farm. Wild & natural New Hampshire.
An outdoor wedding - with colors of gold, blush, orange, green and yellow...and, of course, mountain views. Gown this page by Lillian West (style 66180) - available at A Day to Remember Bridal Boutique Concord, NH Florals by Winnipesaukee Woods Farm.

A magical setting, an elegant wedding cake, and a bride in a fairytale wedding gown.

This gown is a Lillian West style 66201, available at A Day to Remember Bridal Boutique.


The Wedding Professionals:

Photography: Through the Pines Photography

Table Design: Sarah & Diane/ColdSpring Farm

Venue: ColdSpring Farm, Alton, NH

Rentals: Showcase Events, Sheena Abbott

Flowers: Winnipesaukee Woods Farm

Table pottery: Sweet Fern Pottery/Sarah Burns

Hair and makeup: Donna Cotnoir / Custom for You NH

Gowns courtesy: A Day to Remember Bridal Boutique

Cake: Borger’s Cakes & Bakes

Model: Cady Haff


Your Dream Realized

The Almagra Barn at Waukewan Golf Club, located in the heart of the Lakes Region, was an 1800’s operating farm, but now operates as a golf club and has everything you are looking for in a charming New England setting. The function facility is an elegant post and beam barn with a beautiful fieldstone fireplace, all of which is surrounded by beautiful mountain views and greenery.

The Almagra Barn is a perfect venue for wedding ceremonies and receptions, rehearsal dinners and all types of special occasion celebrations. The full-service bar area is rustic, yet elegant, and is just right for your country wedding.

Waukewan Golf Club 166 Waukewan Rd, Center Harbor, NH 03226 Contact Kathy Baker at or

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Photography by Thalia Catheryn Photography

Beautiful Bride... Beautiful Nails

On your wedding day, all eyes will be on your hands as the ring slips on your finger and during your wedding photography. Make sure your hands look their most beautiful with nails from Eden Nail Salon.

Bring the entire bridal party and choose from a variety of services by professional nail technicians in a modern, elegant setting.

Offering Professional Nail Services in a Modern, Relaxed Setting Manicures, Pedicures, Polishing, Acrylic Nails 1458 Lake Shore Road, Gilford, NH 528-7878


Couples are creating personalized, meaningful ceremonies and receptions as they do weddings their way.

Campers, Cups and Craft Cocktails

On the Rocks Bartending is seeing lots of new trends for weddings. These include Mobile Camper Bars, Custom Cups, and Custom Craft Cocktails. Says owner Amanda Thomas, “We are seeing a lot of custom cups from Tossware. Eco-friendly, sustainable cups are huge right now and as a wholesaler, we have been able to put people’s pets, dates and names and even their custom wedding logo onto these cups. It gives a special touch and guests love to take them home! We have been able to create some really special cocktails for couples this year. It shouldn’t just be a crowd pleaser; it should be a direct reflection of the couple. We’ve been procuring a variety of cold pressed juices and bitters and things out of the norm for the standard wedding bar. Any time we can use our mixology background is a good day for us!”

Flowers for the Ceremony

At the Margate Resort in Laconia, many couples get married in the breathtaking outdoor pavilion on the property, with the backdrop of Lake Winnipesaukee. You can define the ceremony site’s altar with stunning florals.

(KMN Photography)

Rustic on the Rise - Barrels

Rustic weddings are on the rise, according to Sheryl of 603 Barrels. “We have seen an increase in rustic decor rentals, such as our whiskey barrels, and whiskey barrel products to complete the country look of any wedding or event. Our most popular items are barrels, barrel bars and barrel coolers.” (603 Barrels, above)

Let There Be Light!

Think about a little atmospheric lighting for wedding photos. Indoor areas can be magical, even with simple bistro lights.

(Through the Pines Photography)

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Custom cups offered by On the Rocks.
20 LAKES REGION BRIDE Experience Lake Winnipesaukee! From an elegant ride aboard Miss Meredith, our Antique Chris Craft Runabout… …to an abundance of canoes, kayaks, paddle boards and so much more! 281 Daniel Webster Highway, Meredith, NH (844) 745-2931
LAKES REGION BRIDE 21 14 Maple Street Suite 230 Gilford NH 03249 603-527-8127 We offer Botox, Fillers, Microneedling, Laser Hair Removal, Chemical Peels, Acne treatments, Laser treatments for vascular and pigmented lesions, Kybella, and more Alsoofferingmedicalgradeskincareproducts Picture a new You – Beautiful, glowing, revitalized and youthful Advanced Nurse Injector –Jennifer Nunez, RN BSN NOW OFFERING FULL ON & OFFSITE CATERING

Rehearsal Dinner Florals

22 LAKES REGION BRIDE 603 Barrels Rentals & Sales Andover, NH 603-748-9796 Whiskey Barrel Sales and Rentals: - Whiskey Barrels - Whiskey Barrel Bars - Barrel Party Coolers - Linens - And more! Cash, credit, Venmo and Paypal accepted Delivery Available (fees apply) Artful Noise String Quartet Elegant classics to lively pop covers Music customized for your amazing day (207) 363-7403 “Best of the Lakes Region Silver Award Winners, 2022”
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The year of the over-the-top rehearsal dinners
by the mother of the groom with sunflowers, butterfly ranunculus and mixed blooming grasses at the Barn at
Branch & Bloom
Rustic, fun display in a vintage truck at Birch Hill Farm. (Hayley Bryant Photography)
Pickering House Inn.
floral design.

From a restored wedding barn at Edge Lake Farm to tented receptions on the sprawling lawn of Five Chimneys Estate or an Al Fresco dinner under the stars on the terrace, we create, customize and cater a carefree affair you will remember for years to come. With a stunning view of the Ossipee Mountains, customdesigned menus, budgetfriendly bar options, and the beautiful grounds of Province

Lake Golf set among pine, birch and firs, we offer a majestic and scenic Lakes Region wedding venue. Contact Sabin Beckwith at (207) 793-9612

18 Mountain Road, Parsonsfield, ME 04047

LAKES REGION BRIDE 23 Go to to book your experience of a lifetime! Call 603-396-2380 A variety of three Tiki Hut Boats from which to choose O ering 90 Minute Public Cruises or Private Charters Tiki Hut Boats of NH is located in Weirs Beach on Lake Winnipesaukee The most unique bridal party experience in the Lakes Region! Bring the wedding party or family on a fun and unique cruise around the lake Launching
for your perfect day!
A lakeside retreat

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Catering Prepared with Passion, Delivered with Pride 53 Beacon Street West,
NH | 603-524-1009 |
ectors was established in 1985 and is the Lakes Region's premier catering service offering year round customized catering 7 days a week for your home, office, wedding, or special event. Also available for Rehearsal Night Dinners and Engagement Parties Trending from page 22
Shoes Something memorable and unique - soft, dressy shoes. Beautiful! (The
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your ceremony enjoyable and memorable. We offer basic elopements to customized ceremonies. Complimentary virtual, online or phone consultations. Several wedding packages to choose from.
performed our small wedding ceremony! She did an awesome job making our special day EXTRA SPECIAL. All those twists she had for our wedding are very much appreciated! She is very responsive and she follows through!” As
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you love? Create your table seating signs with the title of songs, as this couple did for their unique wedding.
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for summer. Through the Pines Photography
LAKES REGION BRIDE 27 Keep us in mind for Rehearsal Dinners, Bridal or Baby Showers, Reunions, Anniversaries & Post Wedding Brunches Overlooking the scenic Blair Covered Bridge and Pemigewasset River Planning a wedding at another location? We offer full-service, off-site catering 57 Blair Road, Campton, NH 603-238-9115 Photography by Kimberly all images by Ellen Bullock Photography unless otherwise noted More Trending Fun Shades A playful and thoughtful gift for the bridesmaids: heart shaped, pink sunglasses. June and Louise Photo Trending continued on page 70

You’ve said yes - now it’s time to find the dress! Enjoy a personalized experience with one of our bridal stylists while shopping for the perfect wedding dress. We offer a beautiful selection of gowns by trusted designers featuring the latest styles and trends. From traditional to elegant to vintage or contemporary, our gowns are sure to please. Call today and let our professional consultants help you find the dress of your dreams Bridal - Tuxedos - Prom 1 North Main Street, Concord, NH ~ 603-228-8031 www adaytorememberbridalboutique com

Brenda MacKay, 19 Homestead Place, Alton, NH 875-5329 Appointments Available and Encouraged Brenda MacKay, master seamstress, specializes in restyling & refreshing wedding gowns. She will work with you to give you “the personal touch.” My Little Sewing Room Unique Projects...Let’s Talk! Established in 1971 Alterations & More “You sow your oats while I stitch your britchez!” Vintage Wedding Gowns Remade into Christening Gowns and/or Baby Blankets Brenda restyled the bridal gown (above left and center) to the customer’s request, adding applique on the sleeves to make the gown unique.

Gown Guide

The latest in wedding gowns and styles.

Above: Blue by Enzoani Style “Oliviana” features exposed boning, a sheer bodice and a breathtaking train. Available at A Day to Remember Bridal Boutique.

Right: Quintyn by Maggie Sottero - A-line gown with a full illusion back and full sleeves. Available at Country Bridals & Formal Wear.


Brides are always seeking one-of-a-kind gowns (as seen above) and seem to be trending in three very different directions, according to the experts at Blush Bridal. The majority of brides are less into the “absolute” traditional gowns and are looking more toward Boho Chic, Statement Elegance, or Contrasting Romance. Available at Blush Bridal.

"Affordable Elegance"

We pride ourselves on personal service in a relaxed atmosphere.

For all your Bridal, Bridesmaid, Flower Girl, Mothers, Special Occasion, Prom & Tuxedo needs.

17 Main Street, Jaffrey, New Hampshire 603-532-7641

Hillary by Maggie Sottero - A-line style gown with Boho lace. Available at Country Bridals & Formal Wear.
LAKES REGION BRIDE 31 Customized Wedding Gowns 394 High Street, Somersworth, NH Call for a personal visit, 603-312-4898 Mother’s Gowns Bridesmaids Special occasion Flower girl dresses Tuxedo Rentals CASABLANCA BRIDAL BELOVED LE BLANC PRIVATE LABEL $100 off any dress when you mention this ad in Lakes Region Bride! 19 Homestead Place, Alton Traffic Circle Alton, NH 03809 By appointment ~ call 603-875-4848 “IDo...!” Bridals & Formalwear A Full Service Bridal Shop offering a wide selection of Bridal and Formalwear Come to the professionals e Youthful Mother-of-the Bride Fashions - Sizes 3 to 30 e Formal Wear Retailer of the Year Award Winner
From Grand Lakeside Elegance... 160 D.W. Highway, Belmont, NH 603-524-5553 to intimate backyard bliss “Once in awhile, right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairytale” — Anonymous. Let our professional planners help you create your fairytale. Taylor Rental Event Rentals Serving the Lakes Region and Beyond

The Gilford Community Church Romantic, Tranquil, Picturesque

Located in scenic Gilford Village, the Gilford Community Church is a special place to celebrate your wedding day.

Large, but intimate sanctuary, air conditioned bridal suite, Reception Event Room with professional attached kitchen. Courtyard/garden for photographs.

19 Potter Hill Rd.,
Gilford, NH 603-524-6057
images by Philbrick Photography

Simple and sweet from Laconia Village Bakery, this cake is just right for flowers.

Cakes We Love A cake, cupcakes and pastry display with goodies for the wedding guests from My Friend’s Bakery.
The Sun and Flame Photography OWL’S NEST RESORT THE WHITE MOUNTAINS @owlsnestresortevents |
26 North Studios 36 North Studios
Kelly Anne Photography
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Kelly Anne Photography
WWW.TIMBERHILLFARM.COM - 603.520.2696 - GILFORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE A 300 Acre Family Farm Hosting Unique Farm-to-Table Events Featuring Breathtaking Lake & Mountain Views and Our Spectacular Timber Frame Barn!
Photo: Paul Desmond Photo: Tommy Montgomery Photo: Tommy Montgomery Photo: Karmathartic Photo: Birch Blaze Studio Photo: Karmathartic
2023, noon to 3 pm at The Margate
NH Meet wedding professionals who can help your wedding planning with: florals, cakes, wedding gowns, hairstyles, photography, drinks, catering, music, rentals, a fabulous grand prize, and more at the Lakes Region’s premier boutique bridal show at the Margate Resort. Lakeside Bridal Show The Planning a Wedding? Stop by Lakes Region Bride’s 2023 bridal events.... The Lakes Region Bridal Show Sunday, Nov. 12, 2023, noon-3 pm at Church Landing, Mill Falls Meredith, NH PRE-REGISTER AT WWW.LAKESREGIONBRIDE.COM Vendor info: 603-293-2327 Through the Pines Photography
February 26,
Resort, Laconia,

New Hampshire’s Common Man Family

We offer a variety of venues to perfectly suit your wedding celebration... a cozy Nest at Common Man Ashland, renovated Birch and Foster’s halls at our Inn in Plymouth, event spaces at Common Man Windham and Common Man Concord, a river-side ballroom at our Inn in Claremont, and The Barn on the Pemi, our restored 1860s event barn and ceremony greenhouse in Plymouth.

Planning a wedding at your place, in a meadow, at the lake? Our planners and chefs are happy to create a menu that best suits your needs and whims. Our professional event staff and chefs seamlessly transport, prepare, serve and tidy up.

Uncommon Weddings at Your Place or Ours

The Nest, Ashland, NH • Common Man Inn & Spa, Plymouth, NH –, (603) 238-2888,

The Barn on the Pemi & Tiny Cabins – Plymouth, NH,, (603) 536-3515,

Common Man Concord –, (603) 228-4511,

Common Man Inn & Restaurant Claremont –, (603) 542-6171,

Common Man Windham –, (603) 898-0088,

Lakehouse Boutique Catering –, (603) 279-0011,

Clockwise from upper left: Sugar River Ballroom, Claremont; The Barn on the Pemi, Plymouth; Birch Event Hall, Plymouth; Ceremony Greenhouse, Plymouth; Tiny Guest House, Plymouth; Charcuterie Display; Common Man Riverside Deck, Claremont; Event Trolley, Plymouth; The Nest, Ashland

Hinkley Photo, Classic Photography, Mobile Video & Photography, Mosaic Photography, Kate & Keith Photography, Cassie Steele Beloved Photography

Color, Love & Wildflowers


Katie Charlie Timber Hill Farm, Gilford, NH images by TheWildBunch Photography

Katie & Charlie

Date of engagement: April 4, 2021

Date of wedding: July 30, 2022

at Timber Hill Farm, Gilford, NH

“My vision, above all, was to have color, love, beautiful wildflowers, and local NH ferns,” says bride, Katie, of her wedding. “Charlie and I are hippie/earth children at heart (I am also an herbalist), and the inspiration behind the colors and flowers I chose came from a magazine cover (Origin) that I saw with a colorful flower-power/60’s/70’s vibe. I tracked down the artist (Michelle Parascandolo) and asked for her permission to use her art. I then personally designed our wedding invitations, save the dates, and table number cards using the pattern artwork. I even got fabric printed (on Spoonflower) and used the fabric for Charlie’s pocket square. I knew I wanted to use all of those colors throughout my wedding, so I shared the artwork with Susan at Lakes Region Floral. Susan brought the printed flowers to life with her beautiful arrangements for my bouquet, the bridesmaid’s hoops, the groomsmen’s lapel pieces, and the table and aisle arrangements.”

Katie continued the hippie/bohemian style with an off-shoulder prairie dress (with a slight daisy eyelet pattern) for her bridal look, “but since I love to accessorize, I knew I had to add a pop of color. I found a teal (peacock) velvet ribbon on Etsy and had it made into a belt for my gown. That ribbon also inspired much of my wedding theme. I also used it for a hat sash for Charlie and our son, Levon (they wore matching teal ties). I also wore teal velvet shoes handmade by Spanish designer Flor de Asoka.”

The couple are music lovers, and wanted to not only have fun music at their wedding, but decided to name each table after songs that represent them as a couple, where they are from, where they live now, and their friends, family, and their love. (Think: California Dreamin’, Wildflowers, All You Need is Love, Harvest Moon). Other details were a custom mirrored seating chart made by Handmade by Heidi; tables with mustard yellow table runners; hand-dyed teal napkins (by Event Home Decor of the Ukraine) with hand-picked ferns from Governor’s Island tucked in each napkin; bud vases filled with colorful wildflowers; natural herbs; local NH ferns, and multi-colored vintage water goblets from Inspiration Rentals.

Katie says, about their wedding venue, “When we found Timber Hill Farm, we knew it was our dream location. Being close to our family in Gilford made a lot of sense for people traveling to the area as well. We love nature, and Charlie is a chef, so the idea of being on a family-run farm and having a farm-to-table meal while overlooking the lake and the mountains was perfect for us. The barn is a complete work of art, and the fact that the Howe family built it themselves makes it even more impressive and unique. I think many couples can attest to the beauty and specialness of this venue, and owners Isaac and Jennifer were so helpful and caring. They truly made us feel like part of their family - and became instant friends. I wouldn’t have changed a thing.” continued on page 42

The barn at Timber Hill Farm.
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wedding on the lake awaits! The Garden 1030 Mayhew Turnpike Bristol, NH 03222 (603) 744-9111 Spectacular sunsets, gorgeous lake views, elegant gardens, and delectable food will make your special day one to be remembered. The Inn hosts functions year-round from 50 to 175 guests in its award-winning restaurant, renovated barn, and extensive gardens. Private Beach The Barn

Lakeside Wedding Day at The Margate Resort

KMN Photography

Monte and Megan

Date of wedding: August, 26, 2022

at the Margate Resort, Laconia, NH

Photos by KMN Photography

Living in Boston, but loving the Lakes Region (the bride grew up in the area), Megan and Monte chose the Margate Resort in Laconia for their wedding because it offered an all-inclusive location. “We wanted a convenient, yet beautiful wedding venue,” says Megan. “Our rehearsal dinner was in the dining room at the Margate; there was hotel lodging for guests who traveled to be at our wedding; an incredible pavilion area for our ceremony; a roomy tent overlooking the lake for our reception just steps away from the pavilion, and an indoor pool for our after-party.”

The couple spent 1 1/2 years planning the wedding, with 100 guests attending. The color scheme was light blue, white and a summery pinkish. This was reflected in the maids’ gowns (blue) and the florals throughout the wedding (pinkish and cream). The groomsmen wore suits in a subdued blue and the groom had a stand-out blue colored suit. All together, everything worked seamlessly.

The morning of the wedding dawned warm and sunny, but rain was forecast for mid-day, so the staff at the Margate accommodated by switching the time of a scheduled boat ride (the bride had her heart set on a ride and photos in the bay area near the Margate in a vintage wooden boat.) The ride was to have taken place during the reception, but with rain in the forecast, it was rescheduled to mid morning. (The vintage boat was from the Ekal Activity Center.)

By the 3 pm ceremony, the skies opened and a rain storm moved through the area. Guests were seated in the pavilion for the ceremony, but the nuptials were held off until the rain ended a half hour later.

The ceremony was romantic and emotional with the backdrop of Lake Winnipesaukee and the lush florals. Guests watched as the couple exchanged vows and began their new life as husband and wife.

Following the ceremony, there was a cocktail hour in the nearby tent, where guests mingled and took in the lake views. The reception was catered by Hart’s Turkey Farm with a menu chosen by the couple. The three-tiered wedding cake was from Jacques Fine European Pastries, and each layer was a different flavor. continued on page 48 .



Cakes of all sizes and flavors

Fresh ingredients

Baked goods for special occasions 660 Main Street, Laconia, NH Call 603.527.1414 Visit Laconia Village Bakery on

Monte and Megan continued from page 49

After dinner, guests took to the dance floor with music by Ramu and the Crew.

Says bride, Megan, “My most memorable parts of the day were being with family and friends, dancing and the pool party following the reception.”

Megan and Monte offer advice for couples in the midst of planning their wedding, “Get a binder when you start planning. Also, get a separate calendar so you can keep track of when deposits and deadlines are due. This was very helpful for us, because planning a wedding can be overwhelming. There are a lot of details.”

The bride also suggests couples watch the weather and be flexible with the plans for the wedding day.

After the memorable and fun wedding, the couple traveled to Greece and Italy for a two-week whirlwind honeymoon.

The Wedding Vendors

Venue/Lodging: The Margate Resort Photography: KMN Photography

Florist: Riverstone Florals & Design Caterer: Hart’s Turkey Farm (rehearsal dinner and reception)

Wedding Cake: Jacques Fine European Pastrsies Makeup: Mua: Jeremy Anaya Beauty Hair: William Johnson Bridal gown: Stella York Bridesmaids Gowns: The bride picked an ice blue color and the maids were allowed to choose their own stle Tuxedos: Men’s Warehouse Groom’s suit was custom ordered Officiant: Reverend Michael Graham DJ: Ramu and the Crew Boat tour: Tiki Hut Boats of NH Classic wooden boat: Ekal Activity Center

50 LAKES REGION BRIDE 603-509-2260 Creating wedding cakes, dessert tables and cupcakes...the options are endless!
Deliciously Fabulous

Mountain Wedding Celebration

Deshanthi & Ryan

June 10, 2022

at Owl’s Nest Resort & Golf Club all images by June and Louise Photography

With a guest list of 200 people, Deshanthi and Ryan needed a wedding venue that provided enough space, but was memorable and unique. “We researched a lot of venues online. We wanted lakefront or mountains and we found both at Owl’s Nest. We loved that our guests could stay onsite and we could have all the events in one place; we had our rehearsal dinner / welcome party at the tent and the wedding at the lakehouse. We had our ceremony on the deck of the lakehouse and the ºreception inside the lakehouse.”

The couple say, “The ceremony and our first dance were our two favorite parts of the night. It was so great to finally get married and see our vision come to life in a room filled with our closest friends and family.” continued on pg. 54

LAKES REGION BRIDE 53 Wedding & Events Specialist Consultations By Appointment Only 603.524.1853 Fabulous Flowers For Those Who Appreciate The Difference Lakes Region Floral Studio 507 Union Ave. • Laconia, NH 03246 •

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Their advice to couples in the wedding-planning process is, “Stay focused on what the day is about: the commitment and love between you and your partner. That is what everyone is there forall the other ‘stuff’ will get figured out and isn’t what you reflect on or remember - everything is elevated when you feel the love in the room. Don’t sweat the small stuff.”

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54 LAKES REGION BRIDE Cheers! Wedding & Event Bartending Services (603) 801-2233 Bartenders • Mobile Bar Trailers • Servers • Day-of Coordination • Licensed and Insured Unforgettable venue...for an unforgettable day Loudon,
Currier Hill Farm on Instagram One-of-a-kind wedding venue with apple
open fields &
vistas. Prepare
Celebrate with family and friends in the orchard while the sun sets behind the
Intimate tented wedding accented by apple
or a grand fall affair surrounded by red apples & foliage.
Currier Hill Farm (603) 545-1621
New Hampshire
day in the 1800s farmhouse, followed by
ceremony in
Mt. Kearsarge as
Samantha Watson Photography Torez Marguerite Photography
LAKES REGION BRIDE 55 Commitments are stronger at the Lake. Experienced Events Team • Event Spaces for up to 230 Guests • 4 Inns, Offering 170 Guest Rooms & Suites 5 On-site Restaurants • Marketplace Shops • Cascade Spa & Salon • Lake Activity Center • Lake Winnipesaukee Mill Falls at the Lake • 312 Daniel Webster Highway • Meredith, NH • (844) 745-2931 • •

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The planning took about a year. “After getting engaged, we started looking at venues when visiting the Lakes Region in the summer of 2021,” says Katie.

“Since we were planning most of the wedding from across the country, we knew we would need some help, so we hired Megan from Willow Tree Events for a partial wedding planning/day-of-coordination package in July of 2021. Megan answered my many questions with patience and care, introduced me to among the best vendor team a bride could ask for, and created a flawless timeline, which her outstanding team executed the day-of without a hitch.

“The wedding ceremony was in the field with a gorgeous aisle and moon gate arbor decorated with flowers by Susan of Lakes Region Floral Studio. I walked down the aisle with my Dad to ‘Here Comes the Sun’ (acoustic guitar and singing by Lakes Region musician, Paul Warnick). The cocktail hour was on the patio outside the barn, and the reception was in the barn, and guests enjoyed mingling and exploring the entire Timber Hill property. It was fun to see the children running around, swinging on the swing, and visiting the photobooth bus.

“We wanted a big, colorful wedding to reunite family and friends from all periods of our lives - and from both coasts. A traditional wedding didn’t seem to fit who we are and our vision of love and unity. We consider our love to be free-flowing, not formal or constrained. We give ourselves and each other the freedom of expression, to be who we are in our souls and to love and be loved. Creativity plays a big role in our lives, and we wanted to show our loved ones who we are today with a beautiful, free, fun, and sunshiney-event to bring us together and celebrate love.

“We wanted our guests to feel just as special as we felt on that day, with all the details and playful colors coming to life.”

The Vendors

Wedding Planning: Willow Tree Events

Venue: Timber Hill Farm

Catering: Mezzanine Catering

Ice Cream: Trail’s End Ice Cream

Donuts: Cider Bellies Donuts

Cold Brew Coffee: Wayfarer Coffee

Photography: The WildBunch Photography

Photo Bus: Maine Photo Bus Company

Videographer: Harrison Evans Films

Floral: Lakes Region Floral Studio

Rentals: Inspiration Rentals LLC, Lakes Region Tent & Event

DJ: DJ Buono Spinner Music Productions

Bar: On the Rocks Bartending

Ceremony & Cocktail Musician: Paul Warnick

Buses: First Student for guests

Sutton Limousine for wedding party

Lodging: Mill Falls at the Lake, Margate Resort, Marriott Townplace Suites

Rehearsal dinner location: Winnipesaukee Spirit continued on page 57

56 LAKES REGION BRIDE Contact our team to begin designing the menu of your dreams for the day you’ve been dreaming of! 603.279.6212 Custom menu packages available Appetizers • Plated Dinners • Buffets BBQ • Family Style HART’S CATERING 233 Daniel Webster Highway Junction of Routes 3 & 104 Meredith, NH 03253 Engagement parties • Wedding receptions Welcome dinners • Rehearsal dinners Brunches • Bridal & Baby Showers

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The bridesmaids were in an array of colors. The main colors for the wedding theme were Mustard Yellow and Teal/Peacock (to match the ribbon on Katie’s dress and the groom’s and ring security’s hat ribbon). “My sister, the Maid of Honor, wore a Peacock gown from Azazie. The bridesmaids wore Marigold, Blush Pink, Larkspur, Paprika, and Fuschia colored dresses. I presented them with my color palette, inspiration artwork, and color swatches and let them decide which colors they felt best suited their style or taste, and let them shop around for where they wanted to purchase their dresses. Some wore dresses from Azazie, and others were Dessy and Hayley Paige.”

The groom wore a light blue linen Lusso suit from Studio Suits with a Teal/Peacock tie from Azazie, and the Ring Security wore a Teal/Peacock pocket square, while the groom wore the satin custom-made pocket square with the floral artwork inspiration. The groomsmen wore light grey (white/black) linen summer suits from Studio Suits with Marigold Ties and Marigold Pocket Squares.

There were 102 guests from New England, Florida, California, and even Canada. “We chose not to have a honeymoon. Since many of our friends and family traveled far to spend time with us and vacation in the area after the wedding, we decided to stay at the lake and enjoy time with them,” Katie adds.

“We had a farewell breakfast the morning following the wedding at Camp in Meredith. One other fun part of our wedding was the vintage VW bus photobooth from Maine Photo Booth.”

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“We honored our cultural traditions of the breaking of the glass (Jewish tradition) and lighting of the gold lamp (Sri Lankan tradition), and we also had the bridesmaids in sarees for the welcome party / rehearsal. The father of the groom was our officiant. We grew up in the same hometown so it was special to hear his perspective of Ryan and me as kids/friends and how we grew up to remain best friends as husband and wife. He is also one of the most honorable men we know and admire / look up to, so it was an honor to be married by him,” adds Deshanthi.

The cocktail hour featured Butler Passed Hors D’oeuvres, with Crispy Mac and Cheese Risotto Cake with truffle and shaved Parmesan, among other appetizers. Dinner was Caesar Salad, Roasted Lemon Thyme Chicken, Flame-Roasted Marinated Steak Sliced, Vegetable Napoleon, and a dessert assortment.

The Wedding Vendors

Venue: Owl’s Nest Resort, Campton, NH Day-of Coordinator at Owl’s Nest: Taylor James Gown and shoes: Badgley Mischka Bride Maid’s gowns: Birdy Grey Tuxedos: Regan Clothiers

Flowers: Floralune (kelsie)

DJ: Sweep the Leg Entertainment Makeup/Hair: jannaxchristy

Bridal lashes: Heshi’s Beauty Bar, Reading, MA

Photographer: June and Louise Photography

Videography: KH Film

Custom wedding rings and engagement ring: Dover Jewelry, Miami, FL Cake: Short & Sweet Bakery

Dance lessons: Arthur Murray Dance Studio, Cambridge, MA Catering: Owls Nest Resort

Transporation: Premier Coach Honeymoon: Two weeks in Portugal and Italy.

LAKES REGION BRIDE 59 Your home away from home A vintage, sprawling farmhouse, comfortably sleeping up to 24 wedding guests in 11 bedrooms. Located in an apple orchard in Moultonborough, just one mile from Lake Winnipesaukee and three miles from Castle in the Clouds. Please visit VRBO property #584667 for booking details or email Candy...and more for a sweet wedding 604 Endicott St. North, Laconia, NH 603-366-5639 Wedding candy favors, hand crafted chocolates, dipped candies, and offering Charcuterie Boards

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from recent weddings

Perfect mix for a September wedding from Seven Seedlings. October Boho blush wedding at St. Katharine Drexel Parish in Alton, NH. Florals were heavy on pampas grass and neutral colors from Branch & Bloom. Backyard wedding glam with complementary colors of blue and orange from Branch & Bloom.

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autumn wedding. By Lakes Region Floral Studio.

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On the Rocks Bartending, pg. 54, 801-2233


Ekal Winnipesaukee Activity Center, pg. 20, 844-745-2931

Tiki Hut Boats of New Hampshire, pg. 23, 396-2380


Laconia Village Bakery, pg. 50, 527-1414

My Friend’s Bakery, pg. 50, 509-2260


603 Candy, pg. 59, 366-5639


Contigiani’s Catering Service, pg. 56, 524-4518

Curt’s Caterers, pg. 57, 293-2730

Hart’s Turkey Farm Restaurant, pg. 56, 279-6212

Ceremony Location, Receptions

Gilford Community Church, pg. 33, 524-6057

DJ Services

Crown Special Events, pg 68, 978-483-0776

Music Road Mobile DJ Service, pg. 71, 286-3102

Precision Entertainment DJs, pg. 70, 965-6200

Dry Cleaners/Gown Preservation

Sanitary Dry Cleaners, pg. 26, 524-1328

Event Planning

Creations by Collis, pg. 2, 998-3063


Branch & Bloom, pg. 64, 569-1347

Lakes Region Floral Studio, pg. 53, 524-1853

Lily Flower Floral Designs, pg. 65,

Riverstone Florals & Design, pg. 64, 498-5469

Seven Seedlings Floral Design, pg. 65,

Winnipesaukee Woods Farm, pg. 61, 513-237-9427


League of NH Craftsmen, Meredith

Fine Craft Gallery, pg. 58, 279-7920

Advertiser Index

Please dial 603 before each NH phone number.


A Day to Remember Bridal Boutique, pg. 28, 228-8031

Blush Bridal, pg. 31, 312-4898

Country Bridals and Formal Wear, pg. 30, 532-7641

I Do! Bridals & Formalwear, pg. 31, 875-4848

Justice of the Peace

Dwight Phetteplace, Officiant, pg. 70, 942-5754

Love Knots JP, pg. 26, 770-3071

Lodging for Your Guests

Bay Side Inn, pg. 67, 875-5005

Fireside Inn & Suites, pg. 67, 293-7526

Orchard Hill Farm, pg. 59, 476-2492


Artful Noise String Quartet, pg. 22, 207-363-7403

Dwight Phetteplace, pg. 70, 942-5754

Nail Salon

Eden Nail Salon, pg. 18, 528-7878


A Photographic Memory, pg. 63, 888-436-8648

Desmond Photography, Back Cover, 787-3131

KMN Photography, pg. 62, 617-763-0266

Nathan Moreau Photography, pg. 63,

Through the Pines Photography, pg. 62, 455-2794


WZID, pg. 71,

Reception Facilities

Andover Barn at Highland Lake Inn, pg. 15, 735-6426

The Belknap Mill, pg. 57, 524-8813

Birch Hill Farm, pg. 8, 491-4624

Canterbury Shaker Village, pg. 6, 783-9511

Castle in the Clouds, pg. 17, 476-5413

ColdSpring Farm, pg. 3, 556-0321

The Common Man, pg. 37, 238-2888

Covered Bridge Farm Table, pg. 27, 238-9115

Currier Hill Farm, pg. 54, 545-1621

Hector’s FIne Foods & Spirits, pg. 25, 524-1009

Gunstock Inn & Suites, Inside Back Cover, 293-2021

Gunstock Mountain Resort, pg. 24, 737-4322

Indian Head Resort, pg. 16, 888-343-8000

Lake Winnipesaukee Golf Club, pg. 58, 569-3055

Margate Resort, pg. 51, 1-800-MARGATE

Merrimack Valley Railroad Function Hall, pg. 27, 286-4944

Mill Falls at the Lake, pg. 55, 844-745-2931

Mojalaki Country Club, pg. 21, 934-3033

Newfound Lake Inn, pg. 44, 744-9111

Owl’s Nest Resort & Country Club, pg. 34,

Pat’s Peak, pg. 33, 428-3245

Pembroke Pines Country Club, pg. 25, 210-1365, ext. 181

Province Lake, pg. 23, 207-793-9612

Tarbin Gardens, pg. 4, 934-3518

Timber Hill Farm, pg. 35, 520-2696

Waukewan Golf Club, pg. 16, 677-2513

Whiteface Hollow, Inside Front Cover, 409-7028

Wolfeboro Inn, pg. 38, 569-3016


603 Barrels, pg. 22, 748-9796

Showcase Events, pg. 1, 986-5525

Taylor Rental Center, pg. 32, 524-5553


My Little Sewing Room, pg. 28, 875-5329

Skin Care/Cosmetics

Lakes Cosmetic Institute, pg. 21, 527-8127


ASL Limousine, pg. 69, 630-8229

Sutton Luxury Limousine, pg. 69, 387-3663

Wolfeboro Trolley Company, pg. 68, 569-1080

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