As a wedding photographer who frequently works in the Hudson Valley, Bear Mountain is one of my favorite locations to take photographs. The short drive from the base up to the Perkins Memorial Tower summit make it feel like you’re deep within the mountains. The best part is you’re only about 45 miles from NYC!

It was a beautiful day in November for Zach & Sam’s engagement session. We began at the summit and made our way into the surrounding areas to take photos.


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I love the way these two look at each other!

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Zach and Sam’s outfits were on point—look at those colors!

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Here’s Zach describing how he and Sam met: “We actually went to school together all the way back to 1st grade. We didn’t really talk much until 7th grade when I asked Sam if she would go to a dance in Boston with me on our school field trip. We danced once together but we were both shy and it never amounted to anything more. Sam went away for college and I stayed in New York and we didn’t really talk for 2 years.

It wasn’t until Sam transferred schools and came home to Long Island and that we ended up right back in the same group of friends without even realizing. This reignited some old feelings for both of us and we found out how much we had in common. Cue endless nights driving around in my pickup truck, listening to Taylor Swift (side-note—yes!!!) We quickly became inseparable and fell more and more in love with each other!”


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I’m excited to share this Adirondack Elopement (featuring newlyweds Hannah and Sam) in the Adirondack Mountains. 

This wedding was styled by Lacy Geary and orchestrated by Mary Dougherty. Every detail was breathtaking. 

On the day of the wedding, we began before dawn. After driving down to Saranc Lake, we rowed out toward a small remote island. It was an intimate spot for the wedding ceremony!

We took lots of photographs as the sun rose. Because we started early in the morning, we were able to catch the beautiful sunrise light—it was the perfect way to start the morning.


Hannah & Sam’s invitation.

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How gorgeous is this stunning bouquet by Fern Croft?

Adirondack Elopement Island

The island where the ceremony was held.

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An intimate ceremony with just Hannah, Sam, and their friend and officiant Staci.

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Hannah and Sam changed after the ceremony and we headed to the Lake Placid Lodge. The waterfront reception consisted of only a handful of guests to keep things intimate.

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I seriously don’t think these two could be happier together.

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Cheers to an amazing day!


Hannah & Sam’s Adirondack Elopement Vendors

Host: Mary Dougherty
Design, Create Direction & Fashion Styling: Lacy Geary
Tom Schelling Photography
Venue: Lake Placid Lodge

Videography: Live Oak Films
Bride’s Dress: L’eto Bridal
Bride’s Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes
Florals: Fern Croft
Hair & Makeup: The Luminous Bride
Calligraphy: Layers of Loveliness


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