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Ben + Alexa – an intimate early morning lakeside wedding

It takes a lot of courage to walk up to a girl in the gym, especially the manager and ask for her number. Those things that give us the biggest fears in our lives tend to provide some of the biggest reward. That girl just so happened to be the love of Ben’s life, even though he didn’t know it that first moment. These two dreamed together of a wedding with only their four extremely close friends and their immediate families in the place that Alexa grew up going to since she was little. Hearing the stories of how special Packer Lake was to her would bring anyone with a heart to tears. Some of her sister’s earliest memories were of baby Alexa in a crib hanging out for a week in the summer, or one of a 4 year old girl who wanted to get married there when she grew up. That little four year old’s dream happened to come true at the beginning of July! This story is a little different from most weddings you have ever been to. In fact, it was different from any wedding we have been to and Lisa and I have been to almost 200 weddings. The night before they were to wed all 13 guests gathered for an intimate dinner, a quick rehearsal lakeside, then headed to bed at a decent hour. It was going to be an EARLY morning…

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We woke up at 3:30am to meet Alexa and Ben when they were getting up to get ready. Alexa started getting ready at 4am. That time is right, 4am, but that is what you do if you want to get married as the sun rises on Packer Lake. They even brought along their little puppy/ring bearer Bumble, who kinda steals the show sometimes. One thing to note is that every picture below is from their wedding day. They saw the sunrise and sunset with their best friends, were wed, went on a couple hikes, ate every meal with family and friends, and even went for a swim in the lake! This next shot is what I first saw when I awoke that morning at Packer Lake.Packer Lake Wedding 007 photoPacker Lake Wedding 009 photoPacker Lake Wedding 015 photoPacker Lake Wedding 016 photoPacker Lake Wedding 011 photoPacker Lake Wedding 012 photoPacker Lake Wedding 017 photoPacker Lake Wedding 018 photoPacker Lake Wedding 021 photoPacker Lake Wedding 022 photoPacker Lake Wedding 023 photoPacker Lake Wedding 024 photoPacker Lake Wedding 001 Photo 7Packer Lake Wedding 027 photoPacker Lake Wedding 001 photo 2Packer Lake Wedding 029 photoPacker Lake Wedding 031 photo

Early mornings are a special time of day. There are only a few people around and the quiet in the air is one of the calmest things I have ever experienced. The only noises are birds chirping as the wind rustles the towering tree limbs. There was one requirement Alexa had for Ben, he had to look away until she was coming down the aisle. He couldn’t peak and see her walking up. Well, you can see how it turned out next, and there was lots of smiles and laughs getting married as the sun rose!Packer Lake Wedding 033 photoPacker Lake Wedding 035 photoPacker Lake Wedding 036 photoPacker Lake Wedding 037 photoPacker Lake Wedding 001 photo 3Packer Lake Wedding 038 photoPacker Lake Wedding 043 photoPacker Lake Wedding 044 photoPacker Lake Wedding 045 photoPacker Lake Wedding 046 photoPacker Lake Wedding 047 photoPacker Lake Wedding 048 photoPacker Lake Wedding 050 photoPacker Lake Wedding 052 photoPacker Lake Wedding 053 photoPacker Lake Wedding 001 Photo 8Packer Lake Wedding 056 photoPacker Lake Wedding 057 photoPacker Lake Wedding 058 photo

After they were married there was one very important task that was very special for Ben and Alexa. We needed to climb the side of a mountain to leave her Mother’s favorite flowers in one of her favorite places overlooking the mountains. I know I told you Packer Lake was special, and that really doesn’t say the half of what this place really means in the hearts of these people. Alexa’s family have been going there for 25 years together. When we were driving up the day before the wedding I told Lisa I want to do something like that with our family. I want to create a special tradition that we do together, no matter what. It doesn’t matter where we are in life, in work, we take the time to stop and do something every year as a family through a tradition we create. Family is what we make through marriage and I have said this a million times but being able to have traditions that are unique to you are just one of the many small things we do to celebrate who we are and why we choose the paths in life and love we choose.Packer Lake Wedding 060 photoPacker Lake Wedding 061 photoPacker Lake Wedding 062 photoPacker Lake Wedding 064 photoPacker Lake Wedding 001 Photo 5Packer Lake Wedding 066 photoPacker Lake Wedding 067 photoPacker Lake Wedding 069 photo

A girl who will climb a mountain in a pair of Vera Wang flats and not have a single worry in the world about it is an amazing person!
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This cake from freeport bakery was a fun surprise for Ben. He had no idea it existed, and Alexa had to sneak it by him and climb through a window all to keep it a secret from him!Packer Lake Wedding 084 photoPacker Lake Wedding 087 photoPacker Lake Wedding 003 photoPacker Lake Wedding 105 photoPacker Lake Wedding 106 photoPacker Lake Wedding 107 photoPacker Lake Wedding 109 photoPacker Lake Wedding 088 photoPacker Lake Wedding 090 photoPacker Lake Wedding 091 photoPacker Lake Wedding 092 photoPacker Lake Wedding 094 photoPacker Lake Wedding 098 photoPacker Lake Wedding 099 photoPacker Lake Wedding 100 photoPacker Lake Wedding 102 photo

Thank you so much for choosing us to capture your wedding day. Knowing your story and being able to tell just a small part of who you are through photography will forever hold a little place in our hearts. I sit here with a smile on my face because I couldn’t feel more special as I saw you two get married. I hope you had an amazing rest of your stay at Packer Lake!

1 reply on “Ben + Alexa – an intimate early morning lakeside wedding”

Oh my!! Stunning! I LOVE that family tradition!!! Such a beautiful wedding! GREAT images they will cherish for a lifetime!!

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