Erika + Brian- Mirbeau Inn & Spa, Skaneateles, NY

It’s a big question if KJ and I will photograph a wedding on our anniversary. If we do, we have to really like the couple we’re sharing our anniversary with. We had an extended Google Hangouts meeting with Erika + Brian, and instantly loved just how nerdy they were (you know, like us!) Their engagement session was a riot too. I really knew we made a good decision during then. They’re troopers!
They were so sweet, and had the DJ honor us and had everyone wish us a “Happy Anniversary” in the middle of the reception! That’s a huge benefit about working with your spouse, you get to share in everything. Work isn’t work, because your bestfriend is right along with you. You get to make decisions together, and you don’t miss those important days. Even when ‘working’ you celebrate each other and with the people you’re working ‘for.’
Cheers and love,
Emily + KJ

Familh Photo Bride Groom Poodle

Wedding Gown Mirbeau Spa

Engagement Ring Rare Stone Earrings

Blue Wedding Shoes Mirbeau Spa

Floral Robed Bridesmaids

I’ve said it before, I love a coordinating a bridal party!

Mirbeau In and Spa

Groom Getting Ready Mirbeau

Groomsmen Gifts

The Groom’s and Groomsmen’s details were really neat! Their watches and bowties were made of wood!

Ring Bearer Mirbeau

Their poodle, Wilson, as the ring bearer! He had a wooden bowtie too!

Mirbeau Classic Guitar Player

Ceremony Start Mirbeau Spa

The Bride was escorted down a beautiful aisle made up of the flowers and shrubs in the gardens of Mirbeau.

Ceremony Mirbeau Spa Inn

It was such a beautiful day, perfect day for an outdoor wedding!

The moment where the father of the bride hand off his daughter to be wed. It’s a proud moment for the father and an excited moment for the bride and groom!

Monet Bridge Mirbeau Spa

Mirbeau Spa has a replica of the famous Monet bridge! It’s such a beautiful scene!

Poodle Ring Bearer

Wilson did so well as the ring bearer! He was so cute!

Ceremony at Mirbeau Spa

There are a million faces everyone makes on their wedding day, this is one of my favorites by the groom.. The moment when they say “I do.”

Wedding Cereony at Mirbeau Spa

Then the groom’s look is followed by this one.. pure joy!

Mirbeau Spa Weddings

Private vow ceremony

The bride and groom wanted to share personal vows to each other, but didn’t want to express them in front of all their family and friends. So after the wedding ceremony they had their own miniature vow renewal.

Bridal Party at Mirbeau

Mirbeau Bride and Groom

Look at that sun flare! It’s so lovely!

They have a serious and sultry side, and yet, this isn’t how they looked all day..

This is how they looked all day! Huge cheesy smiles!!

Bride Groom Willows Mirbeau

Happy Bride Groom Mirbeau

Everything made the two of them laugh, I love to see such a happy bride and groom!

Bride Groom Lipsick Mirbeau

In this case, they were laughing about the lipstick that they shared!

Engagement ring on flowers

Mirbeau Table Settings

I love the beautiful copper and green details on the tables. The dinner was intimate, so they had the tables arranged in a “U” shape. It felt like we were all eating together.

Mirbeau Receptions First Dance

After dinner, Erika and Brian shared their first dance. They aren’t the types to love to be in the center of attention, so it was short, but very sweet!

Funny Groomsman Flower Beard

There may or may not have been a flower beard made at some point.

Everyone Dance Mirbeau Receptions

Brian wanted to make sure everyone had a good time and danced!

Night Shot Monet Bridge

At the end of the night, we like to play with back light.

Emily Elizabeth Studios Wedding Photographer

Just because my husband is hot! Look at that form!! *whistle whistle*

Taylor + Shem- Wolf Oak Acres, Oneida NY

I evidently go through seasons of blogging. So here’s the start of the next season! Picking up with more from last season. Taylor and Shem had a beautiful day! Their love is contagious, and together they’re unstoppable! Read on through the rest of this post for details of their wedding day!

Wolf Oak Acres Wedding Gown

Taylor had one of the most elegant dresses I had ever seen. It had an underlying tone of sage. Usually, if there’s any color, it’s a neutral or blush. This was unique!

Wedding gown wolf oak acres

Photographing details is part of the process, but when everything is shiny

Etsy robes pretty bridesmaids

Coordinating outfits for the bridesmaids (where be it robes, shirts, etc.) while getting ready adds a great element of loveliness to the day.

Bridal prep at Wolf Oak Acres

It’s the little things that add to your whole bridal look.

Getting Ready at Wolk Oak Acres

Focusing on those natural details. Taylor curled her hair herself!

Bridal Portraits at Wolf Oak Acres

We love sweet light and beautiful brides, especially blushing ones.

Bride and Wolf Oak Acres

It’s not just posed portraits we love, our favorites are the in betweens.

They’re your sisters and your best friends.

Beautiful sisters at Wolf Oak Acres

Sisters and best friends always have the best laughs.

Having fun at Wolf Oak Acres

Groom getting ready images

With two photographers, we’re able to simultaneously photograph the bride and groom getting ready for the day.

Wolf Oak Acres groomsmen

The groom and his men generally only take about 15minutes to get ready. Wolf Oak Acres has great rooms for them to hang out in.

Shem received a very sweet note from his bride before the ceremony.

Wolf Oak Acres Walking to ceremony

Groomsmen by the Pond Pre-ceremony

Both my husband and I took the guys and girls to the same location, which took some coordinating.

Wolf Oak Acres Groomsmen

In case of rain, Taylor opted to have the ceremony held in doors. Wolf Oak Acres has a beautiful in door location for a ceremony.

All of the flowers and centerpieces were done by the bride’s mother.

Pre-ceremony at Wolf Oak Acres

A sweet moment before the ceremony between the bride and her father.

Walking down the aisle wold oak acres

There was this beautiful patch of light that came pouring in through a skylight.

Emotional bridesmaids Wolf Oak

We love a sweet bridal party who get choked up during the ceremony watching their loved ones get married!

Ceremony First Kiss Inside Wedding

Shem + Taylor’s first kiss was really celebratory!

After ceremony Wolf Oak

At almost every wedding we photograph, the groom highfives people going down the aisle.

Ceremony Emotion Wolf Oak

After the ceremony, generally follows up with a flood of emotion from friends and family. In this case, the littlest sister.

Wolf Oak Acres Bridal Party

Wedding Party Wolf Oak Acres

Wolf Oak Acres

Bride and Groom WOlf Oak

Sometimes we get a bride and groom who are willing to climb on things for a photo

Bride and Groom Walking

We know there is nothing that these two can’t do.

Mr. and Mrs. Shem Doupe!

First Dance Wolf Oak Acres

The first dance between a bride and groom is so much fun and intimate. Emotions and excitement is high!

Wolf Oak Receptions Dance

Reception Events Wolf Oak Acres

Taylor and Shem’s wedding party had some of the most informative and hilarious speeches we have witnessed to date!

High Fives Wolf Oak Acres

When you marry your best friend.

Cake Smash Reception Events

They had an agreement to be nice, and then Taylor winked at me.

Reception Dancing Wolf Oak

Reception Events Dancing

Crazy Dancing Reception Wolf Oak

The dancing got pretty wild !

Sparkler Exit Reception Ending

Sparkler Exit Wolf Oak Acres

Congratulations Taylor and Shem! It was an awesome day for sure!

Allison + Justin: Traditions at the Glenn, Binghamton NY

Allison and Justin had many special things planned for their guests and each other on their wedding day.  Allison had a figurine of the Bonaventure mascot made up and put on the cake for Justin. The love story video, put together by Jimmie Malone, had some beautiful details and stories about the two of them which made everyone (especially the bride and groom) cry!  They also customized their favors by bringing in Muckles Ink in to live screen print t-shirts! Instead of a Sparkler Exit, they did a Glow Stick exit! Very different and difficult to shoot, but it made for a great exit!

Many brides have a pretty specific idea of how they want their wedding day to look and feel. The biggest thing and really most important thing anyone should remember is to just breathe through it all. Not everything goes according to plan, but in the end, you’re marrying your best friend! That’s the reason behind the big hoopla, the great party, and all the planning! Focus on that, and no matter what happens (or doesn’t happen) the day will be perfect!

Cheers and Love!
Emily + KJ

From Allison + Justin

Favorite memory of the day?Definitely our ribbon wand church exit!
Funniest memory? When the groomsmen got my attention while we were on the altar and I thought they wanted to see my ring but they were really pointing out that I had put Justin’s ring on the wrong hand.
Most memorable moment/s? Sharing that special moment with my dad right before I walked down the aisle, Seeing each other when the church doors opened, Stopping to look at all of the people during dinner that were there to celebrate with us and realizing just how loved we are, Watching our love story video together for the first time, both “exits”, the quiet moment alone that we shared right after we walked down the aisle together as a married couple!
Any advice for future bride and grooms? Stop to take it all in because it goes by SO FAST

What drew you to hire Emily Elizabeth Studios? The beautiful examples of your work on the website.
What was your biggest fear, if any, before hiring me? That there would be some sort of glitch and we would have no pictures (I really had this nightmare!)
What did you like most about working with Emily Elizabeth Studios? I liked that we were able to get to know each other before the actual wedding day. That made things a lot easier.
If you were to refer Emily Elizabeth Studios to your friends, what would you say to them? Emily and KJ are fun and super easy to work with and the photos are absolutely beautiful!

Dress designer and location: “Noelle” by Maggie Sottero purchased at Dress Your Fancy in Greene, NY // Jewelry: Rings designed by Chris Daniel at C.D. Daniel/Conti Jewelers, Earrings and bracelet from GlamorousBijoux on Etsy // Shoes: Touchups custom dyed by // Veil/ hair piece: Veil – Erika Koesler, Hair piece – “Lena Horne” by Paris by Debra Moreland (both purchased at Dress Your Fancy) // Hair: Jenna Wolf at Avant Garde // Makeup: The Spa at Traditions // Bridesmaids dresses: Alexia purchased at Bridal Emporium // Grooms attire: Jim’s Formal Wear through Sall Stearns // Ceremony venue: St. Patrick’s Church // Reception venue: Traditions at the Glen // Florist: Tioga Gardens // Dj/band: Exceptional Receptions by Jimmie Malone (also did photobooth, uplighting, slideshows, video love story) // // Videographer: SouthSixty // Special details?: Decorator – Stacey Webb, Cake – Hong Millard, Favors – custom screen printed shirts and totes by Muckles Ink., Invitations, Programs, etc. – Ja.m Scripts