Laura and Laki pose for a formal photo prior to their September 2017 wedding ceremony at Lake of Isles Golf Club in North Stonington, Connecticut.

Laura & Laki

I'm always amazed by the wide variety of beautiful places people choose to get married in New England.

In the years that I've been actively doing wedding photography, I've been at nearly type of venue you can imagine, from the offices of a city hall to multi-million dollar mansions and everything in between, and yet I can still be surprised when a shoot comes my way at a new venue.

For Laura and Laki's September wedding, that choice turned out to be on a property I knew all too well and had visited for well over a decade ... all without knowing it actually hosted weddings.

Laura and Laki were married in September at Lake of Isles Golf Club in North Stonington, Connecticut. If you, like me, don't play much golf, you may have never heard of it ... even if you've spent time at the blackjack and roulette tables of its better-known owners Foxwoods.

Yep. Foxwoods. Laura and Laki chose to get married on the grounds of a casino ... but, trust me, there was nothing casino-like about this venue as Lake of Isles is an absolutely STUNNING location that looks completely out of place from the video slot machines and smokers lounge you may normally associate Foxwoods with. 

But that's New England for you. Everywhere you go, you may be feet away from a stunning wedding location and not even know it. 

Laki waits for Laura to arrive for a first look prior to their September 2017 wedding ceremony at Lake of Isles Golf Club in North Stonington, Connecticut.
Laura arrives for her and Laki's first look prior to their September 2017 wedding ceremony at Lake of Isles Golf Club in North Stonington, Connecticut.
Laura and Laki share a hug during a first look prior to their September 2017 wedding ceremony at Lake of Isles Golf Club in North Stonington, Connecticut.

My coverage of Laura and Laki's day began with my favorite part of their wedding as the two shared a private first look on an incredible bridge overlooking the lake where they would later say "I do." 

I loved this moment for the bride and groom as they both looked so incredibly happy, and surprisingly nerve free. Though, I supposed that's to be expected as the pair had been together almost their entire lives.

Following their first look, we spent some time shooting bride and groom formals on the bridge and, considering the view, can you blame us?

Laura and Laki kiss for a formal photo prior to their September 2017 wedding ceremony at Lake of Isles Golf Club in North Stonington, Connecticut.
Laura and Laki pose for a formal photo prior to their September 2017 wedding ceremony at Lake of Isles Golf Club in North Stonington, Connecticut.
Laura and Laki pose for a formal photo prior to their September 2017 wedding ceremony at Lake of Isles Golf Club in North Stonington, Connecticut.
Laura and Laki pose for a formal photo prior to their September 2017 wedding ceremony at Lake of Isles Golf Club in North Stonington, Connecticut.
Laura and Laki pose for a formal photo prior to their September 2017 wedding ceremony at Lake of Isles Golf Club in North Stonington, Connecticut.
Laura and Laki pose for a formal photo prior to their September 2017 wedding ceremony at Lake of Isles Golf Club in North Stonington, Connecticut.

I always love when a couple chooses to do a first look as it makes the rest of the day so much easier and this was definitely the case for Laura and Laki and we were able to take care of most of their formal photos before their wedding and get right into their late afternoon ceremony precisely on time and with perfect lighting.

A sign welcoming guests is on display prior to Laura and Laki's September 2017 wedding ceremony at Lake of Isles Golf Club in North Stonington, Connecticut.
Laki walks down the aisle with his mother during his September 2017 wedding ceremony at Lake of Isles Golf Club in North Stonington, Connecticut.
Laura walks with her father during her September 2017 wedding ceremony at Lake of Isles Golf Club in North Stonington, Connecticut.
Laki looks at Laura during his September 2017 wedding ceremony at Lake of Isles Golf Club in North Stonington, Connecticut.
Laki and Laura listen to their officiant during their September 2017 wedding ceremony at Lake of Isles Golf Club in North Stonington, Connecticut.
Laki smiles at Laura during his September 2017 wedding ceremony at Lake of Isles Golf Club in North Stonington, Connecticut.
Laura smiles during her September 2017 wedding ceremony at Lake of Isles Golf Club in North Stonington, Connecticut.
Laura puts Laki's ring on during her September 2017 wedding ceremony at Lake of Isles Golf Club in North Stonington, Connecticut.
Laura goes in to kiss Laki during her September 2017 wedding ceremony at Lake of Isles Golf Club in North Stonington, Connecticut.

Laura and Laki's ceremony was incredibly sweet and a beautiful recap of their love story as the two wove in special moments about their time together in school and the long journey around the world that took them to this beautiful New England day.

My favorite part of the ceremony, though, was seeing Laura's adorable flower girl reading from a book titled "Love is You & Me." 

I'm not sure there was a dry eye in the house.

Following their "I do's," Laura and Laki made their way to their cocktail hour and reception and I could tell this night was just getting started.

A look at the reception hall prior to Laura and Laki's September 2017 wedding reception at Lake of Isles Golf Club in North Stonington, Connecticut.
Placecards are on display prior to Laura and Laki's September 2017 wedding reception at Lake of Isles Golf Club in North Stonington, Connecticut.
A look at the decorations on display prior to Laura and Laki's September 2017 wedding reception at Lake of Isles Golf Club in North Stonington, Connecticut.
Laura and Laki are introduced during their September 2017 wedding reception at Lake of Isles Golf Club in North Stonington, Connecticut.
Laura and Laki share their first dance during their September 2017 wedding reception at Lake of Isles Golf Club in North Stonington, Connecticut.
Laura and Laki share their first dance during their September 2017 wedding reception at Lake of Isles Golf Club in North Stonington, Connecticut.
Laura and Laki share their first dance during their September 2017 wedding reception at Lake of Isles Golf Club in North Stonington, Connecticut.
Laura and Laki share their first dance during their September 2017 wedding reception at Lake of Isles Golf Club in North Stonington, Connecticut.
Laura and Laki dance with guests during their September 2017 wedding reception at Lake of Isles Golf Club in North Stonington, Connecticut.

Laura and Laki's reception took place in an immaculate ballroom inside Lake of Isles and it was the perfect venue for a party that was equal parts classy and traditional while also being incredibly fun. 

Laura and her father dance during her September 2017 wedding reception at Lake of Isles Golf Club in North Stonington, Connecticut.
Laura and her father dance during her September 2017 wedding reception at Lake of Isles Golf Club in North Stonington, Connecticut.
Laura and her father dance during her September 2017 wedding reception at Lake of Isles Golf Club in North Stonington, Connecticut.
Laki and his mother dance during his September 2017 wedding reception at Lake of Isles Golf Club in North Stonington, Connecticut.
Laki and his mother dance during his September 2017 wedding reception at Lake of Isles Golf Club in North Stonington, Connecticut.
Laki and his mother dance during his September 2017 wedding reception at Lake of Isles Golf Club in North Stonington, Connecticut.

I don't know if I could pick out a favorite part from their reception but, if I had to, it would definitely involve their friends and family as Laura and Laki's dance floor was packed almost instantly from the moment the bride and groom walked in. 

No doubt thanks to an awesome live band, but also because of the incredibly close feeling of the group inside, this reception felt more like a gathering of long-time friends who all came in with one goal in mind: Make this a night to never forget. 

And they did just that.

A look at Laura and Laki's wedding cake, on display during their September 2017 wedding reception at Lake of Isles Golf Club in North Stonington, Connecticut.
Laura and Laki cut their wedding cake during their September 2017 wedding reception at Lake of Isles Golf Club in North Stonington, Connecticut.
Laura and Laki kiss after cutting the cake during their September 2017 wedding reception at Lake of Isles Golf Club in North Stonington, Connecticut.
Laura and Laki toast with guests during their September 2017 wedding reception at Lake of Isles Golf Club in North Stonington, Connecticut.
Guests dance during Laura and Laki's September 2017 wedding reception at Lake of Isles Golf Club in North Stonington, Connecticut.
Guests dance during Laura and Laki's September 2017 wedding reception at Lake of Isles Golf Club in North Stonington, Connecticut.
Laura and Laki dance with guests during their September 2017 wedding reception at Lake of Isles Golf Club in North Stonington, Connecticut.

Although my time with Laura and Laki ended fairly soon after their cake cutting, I could tell we captured some incredible shots of a night this bride and groom had waited their entire life for.

Set in one of the most surprising venues I've ever seen, Laura and Laki's big day was elegant, beautiful and so much fun.

It was the kind of wedding that makes you want more and if this night taught me anything, it's that I need to get back to the Lake of Isles as soon as possible. 

I know one thing for sure: Laura and Laki hit the jackpot on their Foxwoods nuptials and I can't wait to go back there again.

-PJS.

A sign signed by guests is seen on display during Laura and Laki's September 2017 wedding reception at Lake of Isles Golf Club in North Stonington, Connecticut.

* These photos were taken as part of my work for George Street Photography and are presented here strictly for portfolio/display purposes. 

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