The friends who introduced Rachel Fox and Adam Lathan in September 2012 must be pros at setting up happy couples. “Not only are Adam and I married, but those friends are married to one another, too!” says Rachel. Though the pair had both attended LSU, they didn’t meet until they were introduced by said friends in New York City, and Adam wasn’t about to let a good opportunity pass him by. “He casually asked me to join him at a Bruce Springsteen concert, saying he had an extra ticket,” says Rachel.
“I wasn’t looking for a relationship but happily agreed to what I thought was a group outing—I had no idea it was going to be a date!” It was a night the pair will never forget and was nearly as memorable as their engagement five years later.
On July 1, 2017, Adam asked Rachel to join him on a boat ride at Lake George, saying he wanted to show off his new boat-driving skills. “He popped the question in the middle of Camp Andrew’s Bay, and as soon as I said yes, it started to pour!” the bride laughs. They hurried back to the dock, where Rachel’s family was waiting for them. “My mom didn’t know Adam was going to propose, and I thought she was going to fall in the lake when she saw the ring on my finger,” Rachel recalls.
After getting engaged at Lake George, it was only natural for Adam and Rachel to head back to the lake for their June 16, 2018, wedding. “We loved having so much flexibility at Wiawaka Holiday House to pick our vendors, combine our Southern roots with our favorite Lake George memories, and spend an entire weekend celebrating,” says Rachel. And celebrate they did! The couple hosted a rehearsal dinner at the same restaurant where Rachel’s grandparents had their 50th anniversary party, then invited all their out-of-town guests to a welcome crawfish boil and pig roast, a nod to the couple’s time at LSU.
Finally, they made it official with a romantic lakefront wedding that made the most of the gorgeous natural setting. Keep reading to see Brklyn View Photography's pics of the picturesque wedding weekend by the lake.
The bride’s friend, Sara, owns Ink Revival and took the helm designing all of the paper goods for the wedding weekend. The details combined aspects of Louisiana, Alabama, and Lake George, from trees draped in Spanish moss and adorable painted foxes to little red crawfish.
Adam and Rachel kicked off the wedding weekend with a crawfish boil featuring fun and playful ideas like floating white balloons around the picnic tables. They also treated guests to boiled crawfish, hog po’boys, caricatures, and sweet treats from a local ice cream truck.
On Saturday, Rachel and Adam swapped their shorts and sunglasses for formal attire as they got ready to head down the aisle. Rachel donned a corded lace gown with sheer cap sleeves by Sarah Seven, topped with a voluminous overskirt by Carol Hannah Bridal. “I loved that I could wear my gown all day but still have two looks,” says Rachel. Adam wore a custom navy blue tux with a black shawl collar, created by G. Harvell Men’s Clothier in Mobile, Alabama.
Rachel’s romantic bouquet combined garden roses and peonies with spotted foxglove, white scabiosa, sweet peas, and bunny tails.
Rachel’s bridesmaids all chose their dresses from Fame & Partners, working within a neutral palette and picking from a variety of lengths and silhouettes. Instead of matching bouquets, they carried a variety of delicate nosegays and single white peony stems.
Wiawaka Holiday House boasts a natural amphitheater overlooking the lake, the perfect spot for a sunny ceremony with a birch arch draped in greenery as the focal point. “We didn’t want to take away from the panoramic views of the lake,” says the bride.
Rachel’s uncle Jim was ordained for the occasion, working with the couple to craft a personalized ceremony and meaningful vows.
Guests gathered by the lake for a few of the couple’s favorite things: shrimp cocktail, tomato bisque shooters with grilled cheese, and the “shuffleboard Bob.” “It’s our favorite drink from the Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club in Brooklyn,” says Rachel. The cocktail combines gin, coconut water, lime juice, cucumber syrup, and Peychaud’s Bitters.
When it was time to head to dinner, the four-piece brass band led a New Orleans–style second line parade to the dinner tent. “We all marched, danced, and sang ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’ while they played,” Rachel raves.
The dancing didn’t stop at the tent. Rachel and Adam took to the dance floor for their first dance, set to “That’s How Strong My Love Is” by the Rolling Stones.
The reception décor was kept simple, with garlands of asparagus ferns trailing down long wooden tables. Hundreds of candles in brass holders glowed as the sun set around the tent.
“We loved the idea of a sit-down dinner but wanted it to feel more laid-back, so we opted for family-style service,” says Rachel. After wedge salads (Adam’s favorite!), guests were treated to bone-in Berkshire pork rib chops, New York strip steak, and grilled summer vegetables. For dessert, they dined on almond cake with vanilla buttercream.
The dance floor was packed all night—that is, until a surprise fireworks show lured guests outside! “We think the town of Lake George put it on, and we had no idea it was going to happen,” says Rachel. “We had the perfect view from right outside the tent!”
Wedding Planner: Katie O Weddings & Events || Venue: Wiawaka Holiday House || Bride's Dress: Sarah Seven, Carol Hannah Bridal || Bride's Veil: Your Heirloom Veil || Bride's Shoes: Schutz || Bride's Jewelry: Jennifer Behr || Hair & Makeup: Strut Spalontique || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Fame & Partners || Groom's Attire: G. Harvell Men’s Clothier || Wedding Bands: Tendenza || Floral Design: Olive & June Floral Co. || Paper Products: Ink Revival || Catering: Mazzone Hospitality || Cake: Cake Street Sweets || Ceremony & Reception Music: Nonstop Music DJ || Cocktail Hour Music: Hudson Horns || Rentals: Rain or Shine Tent Co.