Monday, April 01, 2013
I really love to travel, and I really love to shoot weddings, so as you can imagine I am particularly fond of destination weddings.
Christa and Doug’s destination was the Finger Lakes Area of upstate New York, a bucolic paradise of rolling farm land, pristine lakes, farmers’ markets and small towns where life is lived at a slower pace. It is also New York’s top wine producing region.
After some photos of the beautiful Christa getting ready, we headed off to the St. Adolphus Catholic Church for the ceremony. There one of the flower girls had an awesome little meltdown on her way down the aisle. (Confession: Wedding photographers are always secretly wishing for some little mishap so we can take award-winning photos. We don’t want the venue to catch on fire mind you, but if the ring bearer gets pulled down the aisle by the dog, or a drunken uncle dances into the wedding cake, we are happy on the inside).
After the ceremony, we headed headed down to a small park by Skaneateles Lake (10 points if you can pronounce that correctly) for some portraits. Christa was carrying an antique parasol that ended up in a few of my favorite photos from the event.
The reception was held at the Skaneateles Country Club, which overlooked the lake and is one of the more beautiful spots I’ve photographed. Cocktail hour was held on a wide lawn leading down to the lakeshore. Early at the reception Doug surprised Christa with a song he has written for the occasion, moving her to tears of joy and surprise. I even started getting a little verklempt with all the emotion in my room!
A fabulous feast followed and then both Christa and Doug’s families revealed themselves to be dance machines. The floor filled up right away and kept rocking until the very end, at which point this wedding photographer staggered away tired and happy, with a belly full of good food and a camera full of great photos.