Rainy But Colorful McKenzie Wilderness Estate Wedding

December 22, 2023 | justine

Jessi and Sean decided to throw the ultimate bash to celebrate their love and dive headfirst into their new venture—owning a wedding venue! But guess what? They didn’t just stop at being venue owners. They decided to tie the knot right there amid all the excitement. Thanks to the unexpected rain, their plan came together with a touch of spontaneity, turning their Wilderness Estate wedding into a magical secret garden. 

Imagine this: The pair and their merry band of guests cozied under the tent, huddling together for a whimsical garden ceremony. The close quarters turned their special moment into something downright enchanting. Despite the raindrops playing a surprise percussion on their clear tent at the reception, surrounded by gorgeous flowers, it felt just right–like their love story’s perfect plot twist where love conquered the rain and turned a Plan B into the best adventure ever.

Their special day was all about love and determination. Despite some rain causing a bit of a challenge, they didn’t let it dampen their spirits. With their loved ones by their side, they turned it into a fun celebration. Thanks to Mary Dougherty’s photos, you can see how a little rain made their wedding memories even sweeter. Keep scrolling and take a sweet journey through their road to “I do.”

The Couple:

Jessi and Sean

The Wedding:

McKenzie Wilderness Estate, New York, United States

Standout Elegant Wedding Fashion and Effortless Beauty

I love all of Danielle Frankel’s dresses, but the Leona really stood out to me. It was simple yet bold. Classy and shapely all at the same time. I wanted simple hair and natural makeup, which my team absolutely crushed. I felt like myself—which was so important to me.

How a Wedding Planner Helped Save Them After Unexpected Rain

The ceremony was magical. The rain added to the feeling of tranquility in the tent. Even though it was our plan B, everything felt right—our advice is to get a planner who knows all the ins and outs about all things wedding as we did! And also, don’t stress. It should be a fun process.

Crafting the Perfect Space that Resonated with Them

I’m so proud of how much work we put in to make our land the perfect space that really reflects our vibe. Natural, elegant, and modern. I’m incredibly proud of my husband, Sean. He went to great lengths to make our dream of getting married at our own venue a reality.

The Birth of McKenzie Wilderness Estate

We had difficulty finding a venue in Lake Placid that was everything we wanted. That’s how the McKenzie Wilderness Estate came about. We wanted a beautiful space that could hold 200+ people in nature. We really molded our venue into everything we wanted. There’s much more to come! We have high hopes for our future in the wedding business.

Wilderness Estate Themed Wedding Favors

We gave out personalized McKenzie Wilderness Estate Stio hoodies and zip-ups. We wanted to give some swag to help people warm up and represent our new venue! It was a huge hit.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Mary Dougherty
Event Planning – Placid Planner
Ceremony + Reception Venue – McKenzie Wilderness Estate
Floral Design – Black Swan Floral Design
Catering – Mazzone Catering
DJ – Dj Doug
Live Music – Grain Thief
Videography – Full Frame Cinema
Invitation Design – XOWYO
Makeup Artist – Amanda Hopcraft
Wedding Dress – Danielle Frankel
Groom’s Apparel – Bonobos
Rings – The Clear Cut
Rentals – Clifton Park Rentals
Transportation – Premiere Transportation
Favors – Stio


Congratulations to Jessi and Sean on their rainy but colorful Wilderness Estate wedding. A huge shout-out to the talented Mary Dougherty for capturing every magical moment. Special kudos to Junebug member Placid Planner for flawlessly orchestrating this unforgettable celebration despite the unpredictable weather. For more incredible weddings like this, be sure to check out their profile in our directory of the world’s best wedding planners.

Even the most perfectly planned weddings can hit a few bumps. Sometimes, Mother Nature decides to play her part. But armed with a positive outlook, a few tweaks to the original plan, a team of trusted experts, and even a sprinkle of rain on the big day can turn the experience into something truly magical and unforgettable.

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