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.
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!!
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.