There’s something undeniably picturesque about fall in the Adirondacks.
It could be the steadily changing, fiery colored leaves or the crispness of the air.
For those reasons and more, it was the perfect time and place for Megan and Chris House to get married.
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The college sweethearts, who live in Fulton County, were wed at the Hiland Park Country Club in Queensbury on Oct. 21, 2017. Although they were nervous about cloudy skies and rain putting a damper on their outdoor ceremony, that didn’t come to fruition.
“She always wanted to get married in the Lake George area,” Chris said.
Megan’s family has been vacationing there for most of her life and it’s become a cherished place. She tied in the tastes of the area with offering cider donuts from Rogers Orchards as wedding favors.
The planning was a long time in the making. Chris proposed on a trip to Niagara Falls in June of 2016. They set the date for the wedding shortly afterward and, despite calling around well over a year in advance, places were already booked. The Houses eventually settled on Oct. 21 because it was the only time available.
“That was the only date [The Hiland] hadn’t booked,” Megan said.
It worked in their favor, as the wedding was shortly after peak fall foliage, but it still wasn’t the easiest thing to organize, said Megan. She decided to forgo a wedding planner and do much of it on her own.
“I made it more stressful than it needed to be,” Megan admitted.
Her five bridesmaids lived several states away, both from Megan and from one another. Needless to say, it was difficult to coordinate with them, let alone get in the same time zone.
However, she had some help along the way.
“My cousin got married at the same venue seven years ago,” Megan said. Her cousin still had some of the decorations from her wedding and they fit perfectly for the House’s theme.
The bridesmaids were dressed in a lovely burgundy color and the groomsmen donned charcoal.
Although planning could be stressful, Megan had everything done just about two months ahead of time.
“I was actually able to relax and enjoy the day,” Megan said.
Her advice to others who may still be in the midst of planning their own weddings: “Do what you want to do. Don’t worry about making other people happy.”