Today I'm sharing another wedding with a bride named Stephanie - two out of three for this year! This wedding I photographed right here in Auburn NY in late June was another hot day - upper 90s I believe - but the whole bridal party were such troopers all day long, and together my sister and I captured some of our favorite photos to date. Overall, I don't think I have captured so much genuine joy and happiness from every single person in attendance. Not a single person didn't have a smile on their face for most of the day, and that is evident in these photos. Get ready, because there were too many favorites not to share!
Both sides of the bridal party began by getting ready at the newly renovated Holiday Inn in Auburn. We walked in and immediately felt the love all around! Stephanie's simplistic, natural beauty was clear from the very beginning and that's what made her so incredibly beautiful on this day. Everything from her makeup to her dress and, later as we'd see, the decor of the wedding was so effortlessly exquisite.
Peter and his guys were really there to have fun, and their sense of humor together made the whole day really fun. They were down for whatever photos we asked them to take, and were clearly such good friends to Pete. They also didn't mind taking advantage of some chill time to enjoy the World Cup game in the lobby.
I love that many of my couples this year are opting for a first look. I feel like these first look photos are some of my favorites, and we really got SO many in this pretty wooded area just next to Emerson Park, with views of the lake. Steph and Pete were very mindful that this would be taking place during a really sunny part of this hot summer day, so I appreciated that they sought a shady spot for these photos. I thought we'd switch the method of their first look just a bit, by having Steph come right up behind Pete and cover his eyes before he turned around, and it made for a really cute photo!
Pete was just in awe of how gorgeous Steph looked, but he said he wasn't surprised that her dress was simple because that's how she rolls! We all agreed that although it all looked effortless, she was just stunning!
Speaking of stunning - I have to give an honorary mention to these flowers. With greenery and neutrals being all the rage currently, I can really appreciate the pop of color that Adrianne from AMK Floral added to these beautiful bouquets. Even the boutonnieres were so sweet!
It was at this point that I really got to see how silly Steph and Pete were, not just with their friends but with each other too. At the very end of their portraits, I asked them to "bump hips" and after they did that they showed me how they see who can shake their butts faster. (Should I have included that? Not sure but I need to convey how sweet and silly these two really are!!)
Their ceremony took place right outside the Pavillion at Emerson Park, overlooking the lake. It was short and sweet - good thing because as aforementioned.... it was HOT!! Their beautiful "archway" came from She Rents Vintage, decorated of course by AMK Floral.
I keep mentioning that this day was so simply beautiful, but really no detail was overlooked. Even their table stationery was so beautiful, reflecting all the soft, elegant, summery beauty that this whole day embodied. The trailing greenery on each long table, the simple tablescapes... all perfect for this day!
And... the donuts. Oh, man. When I see the photo of the fruity pebble ones, I can recall their taste in a second! SO GOOD. SO GENIUS.
I think these two stayed on the dance floor for a majority of their night, which is something I LOVE to see. After the couple did their dances, their DJ invited others to join in for the res of the songs, which was honestly one of my favorite things ever. Seeing all of the dads out there with their girls... TEARS. I couldn't even control it, it was just so sweet.
The rest of the night can be summed up with this: epic dance moves from a brother-in-law who came prepared in Nikes, Pete's family storming the stage for an amazing performance of a song I've never even heard before, a maid of honor with a signature move, The Floss, a full guest obsession with Lady Gaga, and some really beautiful evening portraits.
THE END!! Thanks Steph and Pete for being the sweetest!