A Whimsical, Woodland Wedding at a Private Lakefront Estate in Meredith, New Hampshire

A whimsical, woodland wedding set in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region was the perfect fit for Molly Caldwell (28 and a nanny) and Jim Czarnecki’s (32 and an account executive) playful, laid-back personalities. From the cheerful palette of bright summer hues to the antler-accented tablescapes and custom-designed invitations, the couple left no detail overlooked. “I am definitely someone who thinks outside the box and likes to be different, which isn't easy to do when nearly everyone you know is getting married,” Molly says. Renting a private estate on Lake Winnipesaukee in Meredith, New Hampshire, allowed the pair to put their own spin on every element of the day, while providing a breathtaking natural backdrop for the intimate, laid-back affair. After exchanging vows under a handcrafted birch arbor overlooking the lake, the newlyweds and their guests enjoyed cocktail hour on the estate’s terrace, playing lawn games like ladder golf and snacking on inspired eats like lobster cakes and assorted flatbreads. The reception was a tented affair, where the couple’s theme truly shined. Molly spent months visiting antique shops and consignment stores for vintage treasures for the tablescapes, which she paired with vibrant seasonal blooms, antlers, succulents and gilded accents, fusing her love of fashion and design with Jim’s passion for the outdoors. There was plenty of dancing to be had after dinner, including a dance-off or two, with DJ Dan Sky dishing out endless upbeat old-school hip-hop and pop hits. Guests also enjoyed bonfires on the beach, s’mores and a few late-night snacks. “We have a very tight-knit group of friends and family, and we wanted them to feel just as comfortable at our wedding as they would at our own home,” Molly says. “We will forever have very special memories of the estate, since it quickly became our home away from home.” A tip from Molly: “I can't stress enough how important it is to select vendors who you would naturally choose as your friends. They play such a huge role in documenting and executing the most important day of your life, and you need to feel comfortable with them every step of the way."