Weeks Spent at Camp Inspired One Couple's Woodsy Wedding in the Pocono Mountains
Hilary and Alex took a trip back to camp when it came time to tie the knot. "The Forest Lake Club is a very important place for us because it is where we fell in love. I grew up coming here with my family and invited Hilary for her first visit in the summer of 2012. Hilary immediately fell in love with the naturalism of the Club, as many do. Even before we were dating, we had a ton of memories with each other, my family, and our mutual friends at FLC. Lakeside picnics, fishing trips, woods hikes, etc. It has always been a special source of peace, comfort, and community for us away from the city. So it meant so much to have our wedding there. We often joke with friends that it is like summer camp for adults so it was fitting to use summer camp as the theme for our wedding," they share. To further enhance the woodsy vibe, the couple's stationer "coined 'Camp H and A' for Camp Hilary and Alex," and the motif was threaded throughout much of the day's décor. The couple's nature-inspired wedding day even included a surprise wildlife sighting! "During cocktail hour a very large black bear walked across the golf course not that far from the party. Hilary had never seen a bear before despite our best efforts so it was particularly thrilling for me to see my bride in her wedding dress, running toward a 500 pound animal screaming, 'Alex, look a bear!' When at that point no one could miss it; thankfully she didn’t get too close. Everyone at our cocktail party had paused to see the surprise guest lumber across the golf course."
Given that the couple's wedding took place in the mountains, lush floral designs were a must. Hilary's bouquet had "a design emphasizing the free-flowing movement and hand-picked approach to bouquet design. Designed with a variety of white, ivory and green hued blooms and foliage. Bouquet included succulents, white lisianthus, white scabiosa, andromeda, lotus pod, white astilbe, green bupleurum, white sweet pea, white ranunculus, bush ivy, silver dollar eucalyptus and fiddlehead fern," says Hilary. The chosen floral aesthetic flowed through the ceremony and reception spaces as well. "Upon entering the ceremonial aisle there were two large wine barrels with large all white and green foliage designs on top, trailing to the base of the barrel spreading onto the grass. They used an assortment of foliage white bush hydrangea, white lisianthus, white dahlias, spray roses etc. Aisle markers were designed with thick swags of flowing greens hung from black iron shepherd hooks. A border of white petals was created lining both sides of the aisle. The entrance of the tent had several boxwood obelisks, large swags of greens and foliage / branches and large groupings of flowers. In the tent there were several large hanging flower chandeliers with green hanging amaranthus, assortment of green foliage (eucalyptus, spring arie, bush ivy, lemon leaf) white delphinium bush hydrangea and faux white wisteria blooms. There were also clear glass votives hung that were above the tables. Clear glass hanging vases had fresh cut blooms of white hues suspended alongside the votives. We also had a boxwood bar that was just gorgeous."