The Church of the Good Shepherd is available for weddings from July through September. The 1880 summer chapel has been the scene of many beautiful ceremonies during the past century.
The first recorded event was the 1920s wedding of William Brown-Serman’s daughter, Muriel, and the Rev. Asygell Carrington. All the women wore gorgeous chiffon afternoon dresses. The flowers for the ceremony were sent direct from New York City to the Raquette Lake Station in a refrigerated railway car.
Another couple in the 1970s arranged for the bridal party in full array to arrive by Bird’s Seaplane, much to the delight of the assembled guests!
Please be aware that the ground is rough terrain, as found in much of the Adirondacks. The island is not handicapped accessible.
You would be responsible for all arrangements:
1. Providing your own priest, minister or rabbi
2. Renting a pontoon boat for transportation
3. Decorating the church
There is no electricity in the church and candles may not be lit. We can run a heavy duty extension cord over from the Guest Cottage. There is one bathroom in the Rectory, and one in the Guest Cottage if it is not rented out at the time.
There is a pump organ in good working condition. It is in tune with itself, but not at concert pitch.
There is no hall for a reception. Other wedding parties have used the rectory porch, set up tables out-of-doors and used the Gazebo at the east end of the Island.
A donation of $250 is accepted for the use of the church.