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Aurora Inn Wedding | New York Wedding Photographer

Kacey’s Matron of Honor said of Kacey that for better or worse her face cannot hide what she’s feeling: whether it’s  the look on her face when she first met Brendan at a Christmas party or the tears that choked her up as she said her vows on her wedding day .  I don’t know if I’ve ever witnessed a wedding with so much laughter and tears!  From tears of joy to laughter and jubilation, Kacey’s emotions spanned the whole spectrum on this day while Brendan’s quiet strength kept his feelings below the surface- that is until Kacey walked down the aisle and sent his face into an enormous grin.   One emotion stood out the most throughout Kacey’s day- and that was how incredibly overjoyed she was to be spending the rest of her life with Brendan.    Brendan, whose best man said of him that he’s the kind of guy that does the right thing even when everyone else is doing the opposite.

Their wedding also spanned a whole spectrum of color with the rainbow flowers and antique glass jars set against the backdrop of grey bridesmaid dresses with a chevron motif popping up in different places throughout day: The bridesmaids gifts, the menus, the candy bags, even the bean bags for the bean bag toss all had this trendy pattern!

I love when my brides and grooms put such an effort into making their day unique and personal and Kacey and Brendan left no detail unpersonalized.  From the thoughtful gifts they gave their wedding attendants, to having their guests sign a snowboard instead of a guestbook, to signs that listed how far it was to each city their friends and family had come from – guests got to enjoy a wedding that was so unique to this couple whose love they were celebrating.  Kacey hand-painted most of the items, and just for the wedding, taught herself Photoshop and designed the vintage postcard style invitations, menus, programs and signs!  Using her new-found skills and natural talent and good taste, she may be starting up an invitation design Etsy shop!  So brides, look out for Mrs. Munson!

And what a better location for a wedding than the quaint village of Aurora, at the Aurora Inn set upon Cayuga Lake, one of the finger lakes in Upstate New York, surrounded by farms and wineries and Oh-so-sweet and peaceful.  Alex made the six hour trek up with me, and we made the most of my work-cation.  The day after the wedding we went wine tasting and swimming and I even gave Alex some photography lessons in a cornfield at sunset.

Thanks so much to Aurora’s local-born Mary Beth Mahaney for second shooting and showing me around town- you were a dream to work with :)

 Kacey gave each bridesmaid a chevron pattern bag with a personal memento (letters, cards and drawings) from their friendship inside.   All the guests came from out of town and received this cute tote on arrival to their hotels filled with snacks, useful little items like chapstick and a cute vintage postcard that detailed where all the wedding events would be taking place.

Brendan as he sees Kacey coming down the aisle.

After getting through her tearful vows, Kacey gives Brendan the sweetest look you ever did see!

Instead of escort cards, Brendan and Kacey attached guests name and seating to hand-blown Christmas ornaments.  The sign reads ” We know it’s not July, but because we met at a Christmas party and have been together ever since and because Christmas has always been our favorite time of year, we wanted to share it with you.”

 Thank you to Heather, the event coordinator at the Aurora Inn for being so incredibly helpful and calm.  You are amazing at your job  Would love to work with you again!

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Highlands Country Club Wedding | NY Wedding Photographer

They met at the wrong time and the wrong place.   Stephen was a bartender at the restaurant where Bianca was a waitress, but they were both spoken for when they met.   Shortly after, Bianca was whisked away for 6 months on an Asian Tour of 42nd Street and when she returned fate arranged things a little better for them and both were single and interested.  They tried to call it quits next time Bianca had to go on tour, this time for a year, but they just couldn’t let go.  They kept calling and video chatting and stayed together and 2 years later Stephen proposed at Bryant Park under the Christmas tree.

Stephen’s heart for social justice keeps him in NYC studying for his masters at Columbia, and yes, Bianca still goes on tour.  When I asked how they made it work during the long distance stints (see, I am a big baby about leaving Alex and get seriously whiny apart from him for even one night), but they said they are used to it and Stephen loves the excuse to travel to different parts of the country and world to visit her.  It’s clear that Bianca’s easy-going,  fun-loving spirit, and Stephen’s quiet strength get them through any situation.  Even on their wedding day, Bianca and Stephen were the most relaxed bride and groom- even when there was a hiccup that delayed the schedule by an hour- both took it in stride and refused to let it hamper the enjoyment of their day.

Bianca, an avid reader of the Style Me Pretty Blog, styled this upstate New York wedding to perfection.   I love when a bride puts so much thought into her day and Bianca left no nook or cranny undecorated.  The mint and pink color scheme was so unique, refreshing and fun for spring.  Their ceremony was moving and had the guests talking about it for the rest of the night which was a long time because boy, did this group know how to party!

Thanks Carmen once again for your help capturing this beautiful day and for keeping me company :)

Um…WOW.  Isn’t she breathtaking?

Love that her dress had pockets!

Their ceremony was extremely unique- here you see the set up in the round.

Stephen’s,  father who is a pastor, officiated the wedding along with Bianca and Stephen’s current pastor from their church in the Bronx.

 Their service was so moving with poem recitations, a song performed by friends, a choral piece interpreting psalm 23 and finally this community blessing where their friends and family laid hands on them and prayed for their future life together.  Yes, they are a God-loving, Musical-theater-acting,  social-justice fighting couple after my own heart and I’m so blessed that they asked me to photograph their beautiful wedding.

 

 

 

All the single ladies

Bianca and Stephen’s friends were not only kind and easy going people like Bianca and Stephen, but they know how to party!  The dance floor was full before the DJ even invited anyone up!

Bianca changed into a shorter dress so they could dance the night away.  And they did!

Also wanted to give a shout out to Adrienne at the Highlands Country Club who was a dream to work with for both the bride and the vendors- nothing was to big a problem for her to solve.  Brides and Grooms – if you are still looking for a wedding venue- I highly recommend this romantic location only an hour and fifteen minutes away from New York City.

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