Piney woods framed by mountains. A slate-roofed lodge facing a glittering lake. An old stone-walled garden. This is Lakefalls, a private luxury estate that opens several times a year as a bespoke wedding venue for brides and grooms-to-be wanting unmatchable scenic beauty in the enchanted forests of New Hampshire.
Call it “comfortably wild,”* the 250-acre property can accommodate up to 400 guests in any of five, one-prettier-than-the-next, tent sites, and house up to 24 family and wedding party members at the Lodge or in several cottages. There is even a honeymoon cabin overlooking a mystical meadow and pond for couples who love the outdoors, but who don’t want to forswear modern amenities. Presenting Lakefalls:
*The title of Honeymoons.com contributors Mike and Anne Howard’s newest travel book.
The Great Room is just that – an immense room with stone fireplace, trussed ceiling and a 30-foot high picture window looking out to the lake – a perfect place for the rehearsal dinner, an arty disco after-party or a sumptuous cocktail reception.
Many brides choose to make one day of a three-day wedding a Games Day. One couple held a cricket match and required that all guests wear white. Others have held croquet matches, bocci, horseshoes, yoga on the lawn, water golf (with a floating putting green in the middle of the lake and special floating balls), and more.
The Lake & Waterfall
The lake and its waterfall, once the energy source for the old stone mill, ignites the imagination. One bride walked over the waterfall barefoot. Another, floated out to the lake on a rustic raft to the surprise and delight of guests. Picture a flower-filled canoe regatta or the bride arriving on a swan boat, being pulled across the lake. Lakefalls inspires romantic ideas.
One bride themed the tent interior in multiple shades of red and yellow flowers, hanging paper lanterns and red table runners. Guests found their seats via vintage postcards of the bride’s and groom’s favorite destinations clipped to a clothespin line.
What was originally built to house the property’s tractors and golf carts evolved into a space for cocktails, dancing and a buffet dinner for up to 120 guests, seated. Though new, the structure mirrors the trusses and scale of the historic Lodge, designed by famous Adirondack camp architect, Augustus Shepard.
The Mended Oar Outpost Honeymoon
You’re now married and thinking of the honeymoon. One option at Lakefalls is to stay put, and enjoy everything this romantic mecca has to offer. Just settle in and relax at Mended Oar, a secluded, two-bedroom cabin decorated in mid-Century modern style and complete with every self-catering convenience. Lounge on the porch or deck, sipping your favorite adult beverage, as you watch the sun set over Chandler Meadow, set in the middle of a 10,000 acre conservation easement.
The Special Touches
Most common comment about Lakefalls:
“The best wedding venue I’ve ever been to.” (Soon to be featured on The Knot and Wedding Wire)
In case you’re wondering, Lakefalls is dog friendly, so bring your furbabies along! As for wedding vendors, the owner provides a list of suggested vendors to make your wedding planning process easy as pie (or cake.) To get around fast, you can cruise around in a six-seater golf cart, then head to one of the off-the-beaten path hiking tours to hidden Taylor Pond. Intriguing and scenic, this pond was once home to a famous local hermit, Perley Swett. Oh, and when the fun of the day is coming to an end, you can celebrate all over again by lighting up the sky with a spectacular fireworks display.
For more information: www.LakefallsLodge.com