I couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful evening to spend with Tim and Sarah for their second anniversary session! The lighting was stunning, the temperature was a perfect cool for the start to September and of course there was Tim and Sarah, one of my most favorite couples, ever. Having worked with Tim and Sarah at my last job before going full time, we spent a lot of time together, having lunch, causing trouble and obviously, working. They’ve come so far in the 3ish years I’ve known them, hitting milestones all along the way like the birth of their first son, Owen who is about to turn one! I’m always so happy to get my camera on these two and now Owen! Grandma and Grandpa came at the beginning so we could get a few family photos before they took him out for dinner and gave the lovebirds some alone time! What a fun evening exploring downtown Cazenovia with these two!
I have been anxiously waiting for this wedding since I first met Randi at the Oncenter Bridal show in January! Like I said in their engagement session post, we clicked! The hot pink and pirate theme Randi envisioned and brought to life, by the Syracuse Oncenter, was elegant and unique! The drapery, hanging decor and beautiful hot pink aisle runner at the ceremony tied the theme in as they renewed their vows for all of their friends and family to witness. John and Randi were married last year, spur of the moment due to her fathers health issues, but thankfully he was able to pull through and Randi was able walk down the aisle again with her father and dance with him at the reception! Both were wet eye moments for me, knowing how special it was to Randi. The Oncenter ballroom was gorgeously lit with pink uplighting thanks to Platinum DJ’s, there were lounge areas on both sides of the huuuge dance floor as well as amazing table decor all DIY by Randi and Michaels craft store. My favorite parts of the day were as always photographing the getting ready stages of the day, it’s always fun to hear the pre-wedding talk and gauge the brides nervousness. Randi seemed very relaxed and excited more than anything! I loved that Randi hired a professional Jack Sparrow to come hand out programs, greet guests and just linger around making sure everyone was having fun, what a unique touch. It goes unsaid that I was in my element with all of the pink, but that aside I really loved the creativeness of all of the cupcakes and their pirate chest cake! Holy blow my mind with detail! Not only did they have an awesome cake, but Jack Sparrow unveiled his sword and let them cut their cake with it! There were so many special touches to Randi and John’s day that I could keep listing them but I really want to get to the photos!! Please enjoy!
This day wouldn’t have been so spectacular without the help of these wonderful vendors: Davids Bridal | Michaels | Platinum Dj’s | Tom Eicholzer and the Oncenter Crew | Gingersnap Bakery | Jen from Regis Salon | Sara Ornsby Makeup | Sarah and Jenn of Sarah Heppell Photography
Fun is an understatement! This group was the shizzz. Photographing the getting ready stages of the day is one of my favorite parts and Andrea and her girls didn’t let me down! We hung out in the bridal suite as they got their hair and makeup done. Jenn snuck off to capture the guys while they hung out and got ready. It’s never as extravagant as the girls but there are definitely some jokes and stories that are shared and I get to hear about. After all preparations we peeked outside just moments before the ceremony and could see it all set up. Such a lovely view from the window as well as from any guest seat at the ceremony! It overlooked the lake and made for the perfect setting for Andrea and Zach’s short and sweet ceremony. The weather gave everyone a scare as the ceremony started and huge raindrops began falling, but right as Andrea started walking down the steps and over to Zach it cleared up as if someone had hit an off switch. One of their many thought out details that I enjoyed were the hearts the girls stood on! Not only did it help the girls with their heels, but it was a lovely touch for photos.
Some of my favorite aspects of the day were portraits of some of the bridesmaids with food in their mouth (not pictured), yelling down to Jenn and the guys from the bridal suite as she photographed them, the way the rain stopped as Andrea made her way to Zach, their cake, made by Andrea’s mom, their candy buffet and taking a ring shot with some of it, one of the bridesmaids asking if we were now friends and if she and another bridesmaid could come home with us to keep hanging out. From glow sticks to a post wedding pizza party, I told you these two and their arsenal of friends and family were fun! Cheers to Andrea and Zach to many many years of happiness!
This wedding was made possible by many awesome vendors including: NY Bride | Whistle Stop Florist | Fingerlake Entertainment | Belhurst Castle catering and staff | Sarah Heppell Photography (Sarah and Jenn)
Chris and Meg had such a delightful day! Jenn started with the guys and I started with Meg and her gals! It’s always nice to document getting ready photos for both the bride and groom, it’s a way to see what each of them were up to a few hours before seeing each other for the first time (whether it be a first look or walking down the isle). June 28th couldn’t have been more perfect! The sun was shining, everyone looked beautiful, the couple was escorted right after their first kiss as husband and wife by a bagpiper and friends and family gathered from near and far to celebrate with them! Bellevue did a great job! What a stunning location including the grounds! Jenn and I got to drive around in a golf cart before cocktail hour with Meg and Chris taking photos around the course! My favorite parts of the day were driving around in the cart, the dancing/party and when I got my off camera lighting to work at the end of the night to capture the final image in this post! I love when I nail a shot I envisioned and the bride and groom see the back of my camera and get all excited alongside me! Ahh. Such a good day! Enjoy the pictures!
More info about Chris and Meg’s big day!
Wedding Veunue: St. Patrick’s Church, Reception Venue: Bellevue Country Club, First dance song: Ray LaMontagne – You Are the Best Thing, Dress Store: Spybaby Bridal, Florist: Kathy from Floral Gardens, Band: Nik Lite, Makeup: CNY Facecandy,