A Winter Destination Wedding at Whiteface Club & Resort in Lake Placid, New York

“Tom and I are the rare people who actually like snow—a lot,” Cait Rohan (30 and a digital editor) says of her and Tom Kelly (30 and a banker). “Consi

“Tom and I are the rare people who actually like snow—a lot,” Cait Rohan (30 and a digital editor) says of her and Tom Kelly (30 and a banker). “Considering our love for cold, snowy weather, plus Tom's affinity for hockey, having a winter destination wedding in Lake Placid, New York, was a no-brainer.” The couple’s ceremony and reception had a rustic, woodsy vibe with lots of rough wood details, deep pine-green tones and crimson reds—holiday decorations also played into Cait and Tom’s day, as well as references to things they love, like hockey, moose and New York sports teams. “We really tried to make every aspect of our wedding as personal as possible!” Cait says. “We love going to weddings that give us a real sense the couple getting married.”
After a cozy indoor ceremony at St. Agnes Catholic Church, the newlyweds held a reception at the Whiteface Club & Resort, where their 125 guests took part in winter fun—like sleigh rides—and sipped on spiked hot cocoa. Later on, friends and family made their own s’mores around a bonfire. “Don’t be afraid to take photos outdoors,” Cait advises other winter brides. “Even if it isn’t snowing, there’s something unique and magical about winter, and you should capture that! Being freezing for a few minutes could mean gorgeous photos that last a lifetime. It’s very worth it!” —Carolyn Meers

Lake Placid Flower and Gift fashioned Cait's winter-fresh bouquet. "I really wanted tons of greenery, natural, woodsy elements and organic white flowers," says Cait, whose bouquet and other arrangements for the day incorporated pine cones, cedar, birch, as well as magnolia, white ranunculus, lisianthus and wax flowers.
Cait and her bridesmaids prepped in cozy flannel shirts.
Cait's six bridesmaids wore emerald green gowns, echoing the crisp wintery theme of the day.
Cait and Tom said their vows at Lake Placid's St. Agnes Catholic Church, which was already partially decorated for Christmas—a benefit to the couple's décor budget.
Tiny pine cones served as place card holders at the indoor reception at Whiteface Club & Resort.
Lake Placid Flower and Gift used white blossoms, birch and evergreen fronds in the reception centerpieces.
Lake Placid Flower and Gift crafted low centerpieces with evergreen fronds and pine cones.
Cait and Tom  having their first dance at the Whiteface Cub & Resort in Lake Placid, New York.
At the reception, several photos of Cait and Tom were strung, clothes-pinned and framed for guests to see.
"We did a three-tier cake with two maple layers in another callout to the wedding’s Adirondack style," Cait says. "The cake was frosted in vanilla buttercream that was styled to look like birch tree bark and had our initials (C+T) carved into it. A bride and groom moose topped the cake as another homage to the wedding’s location and our love of moose!"
For a uniquely winter experience, during the reception's cocktail hour, guests were offered sleigh rides.
Cait and Tom's woodsy, rustic invitation suite gave the illusion of being carved on slabs of birch wood.
The newlyweds rode in a dog sled across a frozen portion of the lake. “Tom and I are the rare people who actually like snow—a lot,” Cait says. “Considering our love for cold, snowy weather, plus Tom's affinity for hockey, having a winter destination wedding in Lake Placid, New York, was a no-brainer.”
A chalkboard sign leaned against a faux pine tree trunk asked guests to find their seats.