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Rachel + Josh- Gilbertsville Farms- October 15th, 2016

This was one crazy weekend. It started with this wedding and it followed by another wedding the next day. The cool thing about both weddings, both brides and I worked at Starbucks at the same time. Different stores, but same city.

Rachel  and Josh got married at a barn venue in Gilbertsville, NY called Gilbertsville Farms. They rent out their house for the bridal party to get ready in. The have some pretty swanky safari looking tents they rent out for “glamping.” They’re fully equipped with a king sized bed fully dressed, and some beautiful pieces to glam up the room. They’re absolutely beautiful!

Outdoor ceremonies are often coveted by most brides; especially when they’re in a picturesque location. Outdoor ceremonies can be tricky! There’s only one thing you cannot control: the weather. Especially weddings located in the Northeast, weather is unpredictable; it doesn’t matter if it’s in the dead of summer, you can’t rely on the weather to be ‘normal.’  In 2017, the summer was cool. It rained, a lot. It felt more like an extended Spring than a normal summer. The Fall felt extended which people greatly welcomed; my point is, have a plan! If it’s going to be really hot, then do your guests a favor and have something to cool your guests off like fans or parasols, or take into account where the sun will beat down. Changing even the direction of the ceremony could be in the best interest for everyone. Ultimately, it’s your day so make it how you have always envisioned it!

Gilbertsville Farmhouse offers a few different options for ceremony locations; either overlooking the valley, the milk barn or in the woods. Rachel and Josh chose their location to be overlooking the valley.  The day really couldn’t have been more perfect! October is such a hit or miss month; no matter which way it swings, it swings that way hard! Thankfully, it swung in our favor. Wispy clouds, sun, and warm temps.

This ceremony was so sweet! The emotion ran strong with this one!

These bridesmaids dresses were amazing!  The gold completely shimmered in the October light. Everyone wants to have a great time at their wedding reception; so there are events, good food, booze and lots and lots of dancing!  When it comes to your reception, make it about you and personalize it to you. Just because you saw something done at one reception, doesn’t mean it needs to be done at yours.  The short of it is, have your reception be you!

Personalizing the ring shots are some of my favorite things to do. This was the cutest little cake topper of Rachel, Josh and their dogs. Rachel tends to adopt little creatures at every turn. They even had a little rescue in the bridal suite. A tiny tiger kitty named Ollie. Like Oliver Twist.. He’s so sweet!!

The chandeliers in this barn are our of control! They’re so completely glamorous and really add a beautiful touch to the barn.

I’m not quite sure what to story was about this Rastafarian banana.. but it stuck around for the whole bit of dancing. One of our favorite things to photograph is a night portrait. It’s a perfect end of night photo to bring the whole day full circle. It’s also a great time for you to take a moment and get some air since by the time we do this portrait you’re most likely overheated and tired. KJ and I will set everything up ahead of time, so the only thing you’ll have to do is walk outside to the spot we put you; from there, we’ll give you a few details about what’s coming next.  If you have an exit planned, this is also a good time for the night portrait. In this case, we had two different versions of the night shot. We had a sparkler exit, and then took them up on the hill into the woods for a few more night photos.

Tom and Charity- Block Island, Rhode Island

This wedding was especially special to capture for us. Tom is one of KJ’s younger brothers and we were privileged enough to be asked to photograph their wedding day. We designated the day after to take their wedding portraits due to such a tight timeline, it really worked out for our favor, but more on that later!

Hurricane Matthew hit the same day as their wedding, making for a pretty eventful day! Thankfully, we all got onto the island the day before, before the hurricane hit! Tom and Charity are such a sweet couple. They’re actually gag worthy with how much they love each other. I have funny memories of playing Ticket to Ride with the both of them where they got all googly-eyed because they’re trains were traveling side by side.. gag me! Kj and I used to be accused of being that way, but since Tom and Charity got together, we’ve been out-gagged! buahah!

I know of some brides who got really upset at the prospect of rain on their wedding day, Tom and Charity got a hurricane! They say rain on your wedding day is good luck.. if that’s true, these two have enough luck to spread around to multiple couples!

Charity’s something borrowed was her veil from her Matron of Honor. She wore this on her wedding day, it was made by her mother for her wedding.

This hair piece was so beautiful! I love the intricacy of this piece! I hope Charity is able to pass it down to future generations!

Here’s a glimpse of Charity’s bridal prep area. They rented this house via Air B&B, it was tucked away into the island, which sounds funny because there’s basically one road that goes around the island! Most roads are not marked which made getting to this house difficult, then add a hurricane! This house was great though, and provided a great area for Charity and Faith to get ready. We generally walk into a pretty busy bridal prep area, it was quite refreshing to find a peaceful setting. Tom’s getting ready portion of the day (like most men’s) was really simple. There was some ironing involved, which is more than most men have to do! Tom also got ready in mine and KJ’s room at the 1661 Inn right down the road from the wedding venue, Spring House Inn.

This moment right before the aisle between Charity and her Dad was so lovely, even with the slight photo bomb of the Matron of Honor! One of the sweetest things about their ceremony was the complete inclusion of everyone. Their Matron of Honor and Best Man officiated the wedding, and their vows were very personalized.

This was not the original idea for the ceremony sight. But, again, Hurricane Matthew to throw a wrench into plans. Instead, the ceremony was put here, under the tent. It was loud, due to the wind and rain, and we swore that at one point the tent was going to blow off the place! Charity’s veil was going EVERYWHERE! Her Dad caught it and held it in place which made for a sweet little detail, but I also kind of wished he would have let that thing fly!

Charity’s engagement ring was so sweet! Tom refers to Charity as his Pearl of Great Price, referencing a parable Jesus spoke of about the Kingdom in the book of Matthew; so he gave her a pearl as her engagement ring!

“God bless the broken road, that led me straight to you!”

Matthew and Faith’s speeches were full of laughter and touching memories! Greatest Congratulations to Tom and Charity O’Reilly!

Melissa and Chris- September 2016- Ithaca NY Wedding

Black and White Photos, Bridal Portraits, Bride and Groom portraits, Treman Center

Sending the bride and groom out for a walk during portraits. It keeps you moving, and creates a natural set of photos.

Groom's Ring, Wedding Ring, Binghamton NY Photographer, Ithaca Wedding

One ring to rule them all! I saw this beautiful patch of light while I was photographing the rings. The ring is thick enough to stand up which made for a cool image!

Wedding Dress, Tremen Center, Ithaca Wedding Venue, Binghamton NY Photography

I often aim to hang the dress in some really pretty light, but a trellis will do just fine too!

Wedding jewelry on an heirloom piece of lace.

Wedding bouquet, Purples, Binghamton NY Wedding Photography, Emily Elizabeth Studios

This bouquet had a beautiful combination of purples!

Wedding Dress, Bridal Prep, Treman Center, Ithaca Wedding Photography

Having your dress laced up in the back is a beautiful detail to a wedding dress. It can also add some time to the getting ready process. Have who ever is lacing you up practice before the wedding day!

Treman Center, Wedding Venues in Ithaca, Ithaca Wedding Photofraphy, Emily Elizabeth Studios

Final touches for the bride! Sometimes, when putting on a wedding dress, it can knock out a few strands of hair. Always have extra pins and hair spray on hand, just in case!

Emily Elizabeth Studios, Bridal Portrait, Treman Center

On the best day of your life, stand tall, stand beautifully!

Emily Elizabeth Studios, Groom Prep, Treman Center

The brides aren’t the only ones to have their getting ready moments documented! Our second is there to be sure the day is covered on all sides!

Groom Prep, Treman Center, Emily Elizabeth Studios

Final prep for the groom usually includes cuff links. They’re a pain to put on yourself!

Treman Center, Groom's Portrait, Emily Elizabeth Studios

Groom’s portrait.

On the way to the ceremony, Bride, Pre-ceremony, Treman Center

It’s time to get married! The bride, on her way down to the ceremony from a different angle!

Outdoor Ceremony, Treman Center, Emily Elizabeth Studios, Binghamton Wedding Photography

On the way down to the ceremony. It’s a slow sweet walk with your Dad down the aisle.

Outdoor Wedding, Treman Center, Ceremony

It’s about this time down the aisle where the tears start flowing! Everything becomes a bit more real!

Mister and Misses, Married, Highfives, Wedding Photography, Outdoor Ceremony, Treman Center, Emily Elizabeth Studios

We’re man and wife! High fives down the aisle!

Wedding party, Treman Center, Outdoor Fall Wedding, Emily Elizabeth Studios

One sweetly special bridal party!

Bride and Groom, Treman Center Wedding Venue, Fall Wedding, Emily Elizabeth Studios

Golden fall fields for days!

Emily Elizabeth Studios, Treman Center

Kisses, squeezes, and beautiful sunshine.

Treman Center, Night photo, bride and groom, Emily Elizabeth Studios

We love when the last photos of the night happen like this!