CHESTERTOWN An Adirondack wedding was their dream, but having it broadcast on television made it even better. Stewart Hamilton-Frank, the bride, and Jim Mundy, who live in Mystic, CT, were familiar with the area. Mundys family has been visiting Loon Lake for generations, so the decision was easy. Stewart was named after her grandfather, Dr. T. Stewart Hamilton.
The two are from Long Island where their families still reside, according to Edrie Squires, of Posies in Warrensburg, who did the flowers.
They didnt want a factory wedding down there, so they applied to the Style Channel to have their Adirondack wedding on the show, Married Away, Squires said. They got the call about three weeks before the wedding.
Planning the wedding was hectic, as weddings go, but it came together on Thursday, Aug. 16.
We are, by nature, relaxed people, appreciative of the input and creativity of others, said Jeanne Hamilton, mother of the bride. Were not bridezilla, groomzilla or mother-of-the-bridezilla.
Hamilton said that the wedding went off beautifully, even with the presence of a TV crew. Susan Brand of Susan Brand Salon was chosen by the bride to do hair and makeup for the wedding party.
She said she had never been in a salon that was so relaxing, Brand said. It was a very interesting day, we did hair, nails and makeup for seven. Brand did hair while her daughter, Gabrielle Kuba did the brides hair and makeup for all.
I don't wear much make up and keep my hair simple and natural, Hamilton said. They respected that totally and made me a neater version of me.
Squires said that the Style Channels wedding planner called repeatedly, changing and adding flowers to the order.
My wholesaler was having a coronary, Squires said. Then they changed the day theyd come in to record and I couldnt be there; Id promised my granddaughters a trip to the Bronx Zoo, and I have my priorities. Squires missed the actual taping, but said she had more fun at the zoo.
The wedding was held at St. John the Baptist in Chestertown and the reception was at Echo Lake Lodge. Hamilton said it was all good.
My words sound like I have rose-colored glasses but our Adirondacks experience was that fabulous! she said. The rooms were absolutely beautiful and the staff at Echo Lake Lodge were fabulous, friendly and a lot of fun.
Hamilton is a retired chef and knows her way around the kitchen. She said that Bill, the chef, loaned her the kitchen the day before the wedding to finish the wedding cakes, loaned her needed supplies and left, trusting her in his sacred space. I'm not sure I would have been as generous, she said. We chefs can be territorial.
The production crew of six from Married Away were really fun, Hamilton said. She said they asked questions that made them stop and think about what was actually happening each step of the way.
My daughter and her husband are actors and having all the wedding stuff on film is just so them, she said.
After the wedding, the bride contact Posies about the flowers.
Edrie at Posies was everything we were looking for in our floral design for the wedding, she said. Her talent and creativity added a wonderful touch to our wedding.
Brand said it was really, really interesting to see how the TV people work.
We had three cameramen and a director, she said. Of course the main focus was the bride, but I think its such a neat thing that they came to such a small town instead of Lake George or Saratoga. This is big stuff for this little town.
The Style Channel is on channel 77 for Time Warner customers and the show will air sometime in October.