I must preface this post by saying this - if it weren't for a serendipitous turn of events, I would have never photographed this wedding. The circumstance with their first photographer weren't great, but I'm glad I had the opportunity to capture their day because of it!! It was such a beautiful day, filled with so much fun thanks to this beautiful couple, their amazing bridal party and of course all the guests that made their day special.
Wow, this was a HOT day in September. I like to think we were lucky, though because you never know what you'll get when you plan a fall wedding in central New York!
My second shooter, Gwen, and I began at Andy's parents' house, capturing him and all his groomsmen getting ready for the day. I knew right away they would be lots of fun and such good sports. Once they were all dressed, we hung out outside, where Andy showed off some golf skills and made some of my favorite photos of the whole day!
After leaving the guys, we headed to Steph's parents' house just around the corner, where the energy was equally as exciting and wonderful. I know sometimes big bridal parties get a bad rep, but I seriously love them!! Makes getting ready feel like a party before the party!
After everyone was ready, we headed from Auburn to Ventosa Vineyards in Geneva, where all the day's festivities would take place. Gwen and I placed ourselves for Steph and Andy's first look, out in the vineyard near the famed Ventosa Vineyard tree, which overlooks the beautiful Seneca Lake.
Steph and Andy shared their first moments together, with their bridal party and families there to watch. We moved right into group photos, and then everyone headed up to the ceremony spot while Steph and Andy got to share some moments "alone" in the vineyard together. I have to mention - Steph's girls carried flowers that were arranged by Andy's mom, who purchased the stems at a farm in Ithaca! She did a fantastic job!
Their ceremony took place right at the top of the vineyard, overlooking the lake and in front of a beautiful estate that shares the vineyard property. Even though the sun was blazing, the breeze kept everyone cool and focused on all the love before them.
Ahhhh.... this reception. So. Much. FUN!! I really love capturing receptions because I love looking through the photos afterwards and seeing moments I didn't even realize I captured, as well as re-living the amazing ones I recall happening. I get excited knowing that's the feeling my couples will get when they look through these photos for the first time, too!
Their friends (a bridesmaid and their OFFICIANT) surprised them with an epic parody rap to the beat of "Ice Ice, Baby", remixed to say "Steph and Andy, Baby". They did such a fantastic job - everyone was so surprised and just going nuts over every word! In case you're interested, here is the performance captured on video by Brit Clarke, who was their amazing videographer.
Steph and Andy, thank you SO much for having me be part of your amazing day!! I enjoyed capturing it all, and loved being by your sides during such a big part of your story.
The Vendors who rocked this wedding were:
Venue: Ventosa Vineyards
DJ: Greg Humphrey / Humphrey DJ Service
Videographer: Briteclarke Productions
Bakery: Cameron's Bakery
Florist: Smiley's Town & Country / Teresa Hoercher
Hair: Avery Wells, Jessina Colon, Jenny Vo & Karina Grant
Makeup: Brit Clarke, Christina Lupo
Transportation: Big D's Limo Service
Second Shooter: Gwen Rosekrans
Signage: Courtney Anderson