Le Chambord Wedding: Tara and Mike

11.5.11  Tara and Mike’s Adirondack themed wedding at Le Chambord in Hopewell Junction, NY was inspired by their camp retreat, the beauty of autumn, and their love of music.

Photo by Steph

The Ceremony

Tara and Mike were married under the outdoor pavilion.  Jeff performed an acoustic version of “Stay” by Little Big Town for Tara’s walk down the aisle, a song she loves for of its lullaby quality.

“I listened to Jeff play it at first, then my father took my arm.  I was trying so hard not to cry that I just couldn’t listen to it!  It’s such a beautiful song,” she said.

Tara was absolutely gorgeous in her rose covered dress and long train.  The groomsmen wore dark brown suits with peach-yellow roses at the lapel.  The Maid of Honor wore an olive green gown.  When they exchanged vows, Mike answers eagerly, “I will.  Absolutely!”

I loved watching Tara look into Mike’s eyes at the ceremony, her eyes glistening with happy tears.

Photo by Steph

The Love Letters

It was my pleasure to read the beautiful letters Mike and Tara had written for each other.  Tara’s talked about their many adventures over the past seven years, to other countries and even “movie night.”  Mike earned tears and sighs with his tale of how he nearly despaired of finding his “special someone,” until he asked God to send him an Angel, and a week later came their first date.  His words led to a seamless transition into their first dance, “Something About the Way You Look Tonight” by Elton John.

The Details

The tables were decorated with autumn leaves and peach-orange and green flowers.  Guests received jars of Jelly Belly beans.  The tables were named with positive words in wooden frames Tara put together: Happy, Laugh, Dance, Smile.

The wedding cake was made to look like the Adirondack cabin they camp in, with a Precious Moment’s cake topper on the “front lawn.”  Guests left their thumbprints and signed them on the wooden plaque Tara had burned herself.

Photo by Steph

The Music

Mike told me he was a music lover, and he didn’t lie!  He tore up the dance floor for his disco favorites.  With so many loving couples, there were plenty of love song dedications.  Plus, songs from Kiss and Twisted Sister played in honor of the groom.

The night ended with, “With a Little Help From My Friends” by the Beatles, the guests singing to each other in a circle, and Van Halen’s “Happy Trails.”

You guys are the sweetest, and it was our pleasure to be a part of your celebration.  Thanks for inviting us!

Le Chambord

Photos and Video by Majestic Studios

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3 Responses to Le Chambord Wedding: Tara and Mike

  1. Mike & Tara says:

    Jeff & Stephanie:

    We can’t thank you enough for making our day so special! Everything was perfect and our guests are still raving about how much fun they had. The next day Mike said he felt like he was “King of the World”.

    Jeff – thank you so much for learning “Stay”. I love that song and you did a beautiful job with your acoustical version.

    Stephanie – Everyone LOVED the reading of the “love letters” and I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house.

    Thank you again for everything and for making our wedding day so special!

  2. Theresa says:

    My wedding is going to be at Le Chambord next Spring as well. Everything about your night just sounded amazing! Do you have a picture of the cake? It sounds so incredible, and I would love to see it. :-) Congrats!!!

  3. Stephanie Padovani says:

    It was really our pleasure! You gave us so much good stuff to work with. :)

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