Elena & Mike’s Wedding!

Happy Friday, friends!  I absolutely LOVED this wedding and I’m excited to share it as we kick off the wedding!  September is such a busy wedding month, and I can see why!  The weather is getting cooler, and I am just in awe seeing weddings like this with colors turning romantically into fall!

I photographed Elena’s sister Dani’s wedding a few years ago, and was so honored when she asked me to be her wedding photographer!  Their family is the sweetest, with 4 sisters and a fun dad.  I loved seeing Elena and Mike’s connection, how he makes her laugh, how he jokes and smiles with her, and how relaxed they are together.  She told me she wanted a relaxed wedding, but she planned so many beautiful and romantic details as part of their day!

Elena and Mike found the new Briarcliff Manor as their wedding venue.  It is such a gorgeous building, with its giant white columns, a beautiful bridal suite, and a view of the Hudson River at sunset from the back of their property.  When I arrived at Elena’s hotel room, I loved seeing the girls in their fun robes, and Dani’s two babies, one running around so cute!  Elena’s details were just exquisite.  We traveled to the venue for her to finish getting dressed – and that Essence of Australia gown was so perfect for her!

Mike waited for his bride for a first look at the bottom of a set of stairs in this beautiful estate.  His reaction was just priceless!  We took some gorgeous and fun photographs of these two, and with the entire bridal party in the back of the estate.  The lighting was just stunning!  Then it was time for the ceremony as the sun started to set!  They had a really sweet ceremony officiated by a friend, and then they were married!!  Cocktail hour started outside, and then the sunset became so gorgeous and bright that we had to take a photograph of the newlyweds!!

Their reception room was set up beautifully inside, and their bridal party waited in an arch to welcome the new Mr. & Mrs!  After the first dance, they heard some pretty humorous speeches, and even some sentimental words from Elena’s dad.  They danced the night away, enjoyed mingling with guests outside, and as it got dark we had to take one last romantic night shot!  And it was one of my FAVORITES!

I am so excited for Elena and Mike, and I hope their story inspires your weekend!

 

syracuse_finger_lakes_rochester_adirondack_catskill_destination_wedding_photographer_01LOVED this shot!  And the day was only getting started!

syracuse_finger_lakes_rochester_adirondack_catskill_destination_wedding_photographer_02syracuse_finger_lakes_rochester_adirondack_catskill_destination_wedding_photographer_03How incredible are these jeweled shoes by Badgley Mischka?!

syracuse_finger_lakes_rochester_adirondack_catskill_destination_wedding_photographer_04syracuse_finger_lakes_rochester_adirondack_catskill_destination_wedding_photographer_05syracuse_finger_lakes_rochester_adirondack_catskill_destination_wedding_photographer_06syracuse_finger_lakes_rochester_adirondack_catskill_destination_wedding_photographer_07syracuse_finger_lakes_rochester_adirondack_catskill_destination_wedding_photographer_08Cuties!!   All sisters and one sister in law!

syracuse_finger_lakes_rochester_adirondack_catskill_destination_wedding_photographer_09How stunning is this dress and this bridal suite?!

syracuse_finger_lakes_rochester_adirondack_catskill_destination_wedding_photographer_10syracuse_finger_lakes_rochester_adirondack_catskill_destination_wedding_photographer_11Love that one on the left with her niece!  Gorgeous, Elena!

syracuse_finger_lakes_rochester_adirondack_catskill_destination_wedding_photographer_12Aww!!

syracuse_finger_lakes_rochester_adirondack_catskill_destination_wedding_photographer_13So cute!  Can’t forget to toast to the flower girl!

syracuse_finger_lakes_rochester_adirondack_catskill_destination_wedding_photographer_14syracuse_finger_lakes_rochester_adirondack_catskill_destination_wedding_photographer_15syracuse_finger_lakes_rochester_adirondack_catskill_destination_wedding_photographer_16syracuse_finger_lakes_rochester_adirondack_catskill_destination_wedding_photographer_17Love his tie and accessories!  Great shot Mike!

syracuse_finger_lakes_rochester_adirondack_catskill_destination_wedding_photographer_18syracuse_finger_lakes_rochester_adirondack_catskill_destination_wedding_photographer_19syracuse_finger_lakes_rochester_adirondack_catskill_destination_wedding_photographer_20Nice!

syracuse_finger_lakes_rochester_adirondack_catskill_destination_wedding_photographer_21Gotta love the superhero socks!
syracuse_finger_lakes_rochester_adirondack_catskill_destination_wedding_photographer_22syracuse_finger_lakes_rochester_adirondack_catskill_destination_wedding_photographer_23Ahh!  Time for the first look!

syracuse_finger_lakes_rochester_adirondack_catskill_destination_wedding_photographer_24His reaction, so priceless!!

syracuse_finger_lakes_rochester_adirondack_catskill_destination_wedding_photographer_25LOVE this one!!  A fave!

syracuse_finger_lakes_rochester_adirondack_catskill_destination_wedding_photographer_26syracuse_finger_lakes_rochester_adirondack_catskill_destination_wedding_photographer_27Great shot by Aaron!

syracuse_finger_lakes_rochester_adirondack_catskill_destination_wedding_photographer_28How incredible is this setting?!

syracuse_finger_lakes_rochester_adirondack_catskill_destination_wedding_photographer_29LOVE!!

syracuse_finger_lakes_rochester_adirondack_catskill_destination_wedding_photographer_30syracuse_finger_lakes_rochester_adirondack_catskill_destination_wedding_photographer_31syracuse_finger_lakes_rochester_adirondack_catskill_destination_wedding_photographer_32So beautiful!

syracuse_finger_lakes_rochester_adirondack_catskill_destination_wedding_photographer_33syracuse_finger_lakes_rochester_adirondack_catskill_destination_wedding_photographer_34Ha!!  Had to include this one because this is so them!!

syracuse_finger_lakes_rochester_adirondack_catskill_destination_wedding_photographer_35syracuse_finger_lakes_rochester_adirondack_catskill_destination_wedding_photographer_36Stunning Elena!

syracuse_finger_lakes_rochester_adirondack_catskill_destination_wedding_photographer_37Love these two photographs, also faves!

syracuse_finger_lakes_rochester_adirondack_catskill_destination_wedding_photographer_38syracuse_finger_lakes_rochester_adirondack_catskill_destination_wedding_photographer_39syracuse_finger_lakes_rochester_adirondack_catskill_destination_wedding_photographer_40Love!  This light here was incredible!

syracuse_finger_lakes_rochester_adirondack_catskill_destination_wedding_photographer_41syracuse_finger_lakes_rochester_adirondack_catskill_destination_wedding_photographer_42So precious!  She loves her niece!

syracuse_finger_lakes_rochester_adirondack_catskill_destination_wedding_photographer_43Great looking bridal party!  Love these colors too!!

syracuse_finger_lakes_rochester_adirondack_catskill_destination_wedding_photographer_44syracuse_finger_lakes_rochester_adirondack_catskill_destination_wedding_photographer_45The BEST reactions!  Love this!!

syracuse_finger_lakes_rochester_adirondack_catskill_destination_wedding_photographer_46syracuse_finger_lakes_rochester_adirondack_catskill_destination_wedding_photographer_47syracuse_finger_lakes_rochester_adirondack_catskill_destination_wedding_photographer_48Adorable, ladies!

syracuse_finger_lakes_rochester_adirondack_catskill_destination_wedding_photographer_49How gorgeous is Elena?!  Seriously!

syracuse_finger_lakes_rochester_adirondack_catskill_destination_wedding_photographer_50syracuse_finger_lakes_rochester_adirondack_catskill_destination_wedding_photographer_51syracuse_finger_lakes_rochester_adirondack_catskill_destination_wedding_photographer_52Love this pre-ceremony shot!

syracuse_finger_lakes_rochester_adirondack_catskill_destination_wedding_photographer_53syracuse_finger_lakes_rochester_adirondack_catskill_destination_wedding_photographer_54syracuse_finger_lakes_rochester_adirondack_catskill_destination_wedding_photographer_55Such a beautiful spot overlooking the Hudson River!

syracuse_finger_lakes_rochester_adirondack_catskill_destination_wedding_photographer_56syracuse_finger_lakes_rochester_adirondack_catskill_destination_wedding_photographer_57syracuse_finger_lakes_rochester_adirondack_catskill_destination_wedding_photographer_58syracuse_finger_lakes_rochester_adirondack_catskill_destination_wedding_photographer_59YAY!  They’re married!
syracuse_finger_lakes_rochester_adirondack_catskill_destination_wedding_photographer_61This sunset after cocktail hour was incredible!!
syracuse_finger_lakes_rochester_adirondack_catskill_destination_wedding_photographer_62Love these doors by their reception room!

syracuse_finger_lakes_rochester_adirondack_catskill_destination_wedding_photographer_63syracuse_finger_lakes_rochester_adirondack_catskill_destination_wedding_photographer_64syracuse_finger_lakes_rochester_adirondack_catskill_destination_wedding_photographer_65syracuse_finger_lakes_rochester_adirondack_catskill_destination_wedding_photographer_66syracuse_finger_lakes_rochester_adirondack_catskill_destination_wedding_photographer_67Beautiful first dance!!

syracuse_finger_lakes_rochester_adirondack_catskill_destination_wedding_photographer_68syracuse_finger_lakes_rochester_adirondack_catskill_destination_wedding_photographer_69Love that dip!
syracuse_finger_lakes_rochester_adirondack_catskill_destination_wedding_photographer_70syracuse_finger_lakes_rochester_adirondack_catskill_destination_wedding_photographer_71syracuse_finger_lakes_rochester_adirondack_catskill_destination_wedding_photographer_72syracuse_finger_lakes_rochester_adirondack_catskill_destination_wedding_photographer_73syracuse_finger_lakes_rochester_adirondack_catskill_destination_wedding_photographer_74syracuse_finger_lakes_rochester_adirondack_catskill_destination_wedding_photographer_75syracuse_finger_lakes_rochester_adirondack_catskill_destination_wedding_photographer_76The most magical night shots ever!  A perfect way to end their day!

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A special thank you to all of the vendors who made Elena & Mike’s wedding day possible:

 

Venue: The Briarcliff Manor

Photography: Kerri Lynne Photography

Video: Steve DiSalvatore

DJ: Next Generation Entertainment

Florist: Vincenza DiNapolo

Wedding Dress Boutique: RK Bridal

Gown Designer: Essence of Australia

Hair Stylist & Makeup Artist: Bella Trucco

Bakery: Homestyle Desserts

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