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My Favorite Place

An overview of Houghton as my guiding inspiration for my wedding.


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My Favorite Place

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Wiscoy Falls

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    Hillary Chartrand

    Wiscoy Falls near Houghton. A wonderful place to venture to to cool off during the warm months, or to drive to for a beautiful picture spot in the winter.

Winter in Houghton

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    Hillary Chartrand

    A wintery view of Houghton. Peaceful and serene, nestled in the woods of western New York.

Wes, Colleen and I in Galway, Ireland

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    "The world is a book..." and we have so many pages left to read!

Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

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    The phenomenal Cliffs of Moher. We were blessed to be able to visit our dear friend in Ireland for a week in May. Plenty of outdoor adventure to be had there!

Picnic at Lake Ontario

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    A shaded picnic on the shores of Lake Ontario with friends. A lovely outdoorsy date!

Wes and I at Houghton

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    Spending time together and spending time outside and being at Houghton...our three favorite things!!

Wes and I at Niagara Falls

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    A special date day to Niagara Falls for Wes' birthday when we were first dating. We love being outdoors and going anywhere fun and adventurous.

Purple and gold spirit!

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    The purple and gold spirit is deeply embedded into the lives of Houghton students.

Fresh sunflowers, spider mums and berries, along with branch-inspired piping, cascaded down the cake.

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    Hillary Chartrand

    Another cake idea from theknot.com. I like this cake for it's fall theme and softer nod to Houghton colors. Fall has always been one of my favorite seasons at Houghton.

Sample cake from knot.com

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    Hillary Chartrand

    One cake idea from theknot.com. Perhaps a bit overstated on the Houghton theme?

Envelope liners, lined envelopes | Bella Figura

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    Hillary Chartrand

    Custom envelop liner from Bella Figura. This liner draws on the immersion into nature we love about Houghton with a bold statement from Houghton's purple and gold theme.

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    Hillary Chartrand

    Liner style is Morroccan Charm

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    A sampling of the river stone facade of the Houghton College buildings (this is Luckey Building), complete with what else but purple flowers!

Letchworth State Park Middle Falls

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    Hillary Chartrand

    The middle falls at Letchworth State Park. A popular hiking date location!

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    Hillary Chartrand

    The stone exterior of Camp Brockway reminds me so much of the river stone facade of the buildings on Houghton campus.

Pratt's Falls

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    Hillary Chartrand

    The falls at Pratt's Falls cascade gracefully down the rocks. Even though they are much smaller, they remind me of the falls at Letchworth State Park, just outside of Houghton.

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    Hillary Chartrand

    Camp Brockway at Pratt's Falls County Park is the front runner in our reception venue list. This rustic lodge nestled in the woods of Central New York is reminiscent of the woods surrounding our beloved Houghton College.

Delicate and ultra feminine, you will dazzle in this stunning organza dress! Strapless short organza dress features a tiered skirt and delicate print giving it a whimsical feel. Empire sash cinches waist creating a flattering silhouette. Fully lined. Back zip. Imported polyester. Dry clean only. Sizes and colors may have limited availability and may vary by store.

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    Hillary Chartrand

    In the blue version, this dress coordinates exactly with the train of the wedding gown. The Matron of Honor will stand out from the rest of the bridesmaids in this stunning blue floral dress.

Wow the crowd as you walk down the aisle, in this colorful and unique organza gown! Organza fit-and-flare gown with gorgeous print waistband, stunning 3D flower, and split-back ruffle cascade. Available online and in limited stores in Soft White Blue Print. Chapel train. Available in sizes 0-14.  Coordinating Flower Girl: Style H1270. Sizes 2T-14. Soft White Blue Print or Soft White Pink Print. available online only.

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    Hillary Chartrand

    Yet another nod to the rivers surrounding Houghton, this dress made me fall in love with it from the moment I tried it on. The blue fabric of the train contains soft wisteria flowers, drawing yet again from Houghton's purple power.

A simple silhouette gets a modern update for a look that is ultra feminine. Flowing chiffon cascades from the waist to shape loose, romantic layers. Pleated bodice adds dimension and flatters all figures. Soft chiffon moves with the body to create a mesmorizing overall look. Fully lined. Back zip. Imported polyester. Dry clean only. Available in our exclusive 44 color palette. Get inspired by our colors.

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    Hillary Chartrand

    The cascading ruffles in this dress remind me of days cooling off in the waves of Wiscoy, and the soft wisteria serves as yet another nod to Houghton purple.

White nautical rope was tied around the bouquet, which included succulents from the couple’s garden, lots of purple blooms and yellow craspedia.

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    Hillary Chartrand

    Slightly subdued, the purple and gold of Houghton are finding their way into my wedding planning.

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    Hillary Chartrand

    The purple and gold of Houghton are ever present in everyday life at college and beyond.

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    Hillary Chartrand

    This is an aerial view of Houghton College. Houghton has changed my life in countless ways! I met my boyfriend here, my best friend and roommate, and countless lifetime friends. It is a place where I grew up, learned, developed my faith, and blossomed into the person I am today.