Laura and Nic’s Lakeside Wedding on Squam Lake

This lakeside wedding brought joy and sunshine as Laura and Nic married on the dock just down a winding wooded path from her family’s summer cabin in New Hampshire. The couple now make their home in Colorado, but returned to Squam Lake for a ceremony in the same location as where Laura’s parents married. This made the full circle aspect of photographing this family wedding even more special! 

Nic and Laura chose to have a first look right on Squam Lake. They were both excited to see each other and the towering trees made for a dramatic frame. Laura’s lace train swished over the soft pine needles as the couple exchanged gifts and we enjoyed capturing their relaxed, happy demeanor. We also set up group portraits with the view of the lake and mountains beyond. What a beautiful backdrop! And it’s a view that is familiar and meaningful to the family.

Soon mandolin music wafted on the air and wedding guests flowed down to the dock as the sun reflected off the lake -- perfect September weather! Nic’s dad officiated the wedding ceremony. Nic and Laura read their vows -- identical words that they crafted to ring both humorous and true. Laura’s parents expanded the reach of their dock by tying up pontoon boats to serve as additional seating. As photographers, we tend to shift positions very quietly during a church ceremony, across a lawn, or in this case, we moved along the deck of the pontoon boat and therefore caused a slight rocking for all the guests! :) 

Some of our favorite photos from this Squam Lake wedding were taken as the newly married couple came back up the path from their ceremony. Steve also took additional photos of the couple by their birch arbor on the dock, which was a great way to increase the number of photos focused on the couple in a quieter moment. Truly, we like to take as many photos of the couple as possible. After all, it’s their love that brought everyone together! 

After the lakefront ceremony, Laura’s parents welcomed folks up to the porch for hors d'ouevres and made a toast to the newlyweds. Soon, the dancing began, and the “Dancing Queen” aka Laura (!) was encircled by appreciative guests of all generations. The photography culminated with coverage of the glowing dining tables and tents in the autumnal darkness like a warm campfire under the dark stars. 

Thank you, Laura and Nic!

Tall evergreen trees frame a blue sky view of Squam Lake
Ethereal white roses and apricot ranunculus blooms highlight a bridal bouquet
bride in strapless wedding gown and full lace train stands in green ferned woodland
Blonde woman in strapless wedding gown smiles broadly
Dark haired young groom checks his mirrored reflection
Handsome dark haired groom smiles in woodland setting
Bride approaches groom for first look in idyllic woodland lakeside setting
Blue skies and blue waters of Squam Lake frame hand in hand bride and groom
Bride in lacy white gown embraces her blue suited groom by shore of Squam Lake
Glamourous blonde bride laughs as groom shows off his groom's gift
Large trees by the shore of Squam Lake frame bride and groom
Close up three quarter view of blue suited groom and white gowned bride clasping bouquet
Peach roses, white lisianthus, and tiny blue five petaled flowers in bride's bouquet
A romantic embrace and kiss between bride and groom woodland setting Squam Lake
Bride rests her bejeweled hand on the sky blue lapel of her groom
Family members gather with bride and groom for Squam Lake wedding portrait
Amidst tall evergreen trees by Squam Lake shore, bride and groom stroll pine needled path
Handsome, dark haired groom watches his bride approach the ceremony site Squam Lake
Bride escorted by her father approaches ceremony on Squam Lake pier late day light
Full western sun illuminates arbor, wedding ceremony, and guests on Squam Lake pier
During Squam Lake wedding ceremony bride and groom clasp hands as officiant speaks
Bride and groom exchange vows beneath lakeside arbor
Wedding guests fill pontoon boat docked beside seated guests on Squam Lake pier
Just after the wedding ceremony bride and groom recede down Squam Lake pier
Bride and groom share a kiss as they recede down Squam Lake pier
Smiling newlyweds on woodland path with wedding guests behind them Squam Lake
Newlyweds departing their lakeside ceremony along woodsy path pause for a happy kiss
Magnificent evergreen trees surround newlyweds by Squam Lake
A cloud streaked sky frames newlyweds standing together at end of Squam Lake pier
Groom shares a laugh with his smiling bride Squam Lake
A small group of lakeside wedding guests wave and cheer with exuberance
Newlyweds exit by lake house screen door to greet their guests with a happy wave
Bride laughs with her reception guests after lakeside ceremony
Two young men stand by the side of a canoe full of wedding reception drinks
"Old Town" canoe holds sprightly assortment of beverages for wedding guests
Wine glasses in candlelight atop wedding reception table
Bride clasps her hands around the blue suited back of groom during first dance
Gaily lit lakeside living room illuminates dancing newlyweds and wedding guests
Wedding guests enjoy dinner under gaily lit tent canopy Squam Lake
Night sky Squam Lake wedding tents