Photography of Wedding at Niagara Falls Country Club, Lewiston Gazeebo and Presbyterian Church

Lindsay + Isaac

Before we get to Lindsay and Isaac’s wedding at Niagara Falls Country Club, a little introduction to this day. As a photographer, walking in to a wedding with a sense of familiarity is always advantageous.  It brings a level of comfort and ease for both the clients and the photographer  – which inevitably leads to people feeling more themselves in front of the camera and thus, looking more natural in photographs.  This is a win for all.  Typically familiarity is gained from a couple meetings, maybe engagement photos, but with Lindsay and Isaac’s wedding, the familiarity came in many forms.

I first met Lindsay many years ago when she was a bridesmaid in her cousin Kelly’s wedding.  Kelly was my good friend in high school.  We actually performed in the talent show together senior year – her beautiful ballet skills combined with my mediocre piano skills brought us a win!  Kelly’s mom was also my Homeroom/English teacher (sorry for any typos here Mrs. Ruest!) in the 6th grade, the year I came to a new school.  I remember that Mrs. Ruest made me feel comfortable in a scary new place all those years ago.  I remember her being incredibly eloquent and the first teacher I recognized as being particularly good at what she did. At any rate, she was intuitive and heartfelt, and when you see the photos of her reading during Lindsay and Isaac’s ceremony, you’ll see not much has changed! 

To add to all this, Lindsay grew up in a pretty special house – the house next door to where I grew up and a place where I spent practically every day playing as a kid with a childhood bestie, Kristen.  I moved away long before Lindsay’s family moved in, but being back in this place where I have SO many happy memories was such a treat.  The 80’s lego phone and spiral stairs may be gone, but I still felt so much nostalgia being back here.  Memories of tree forts and diving rocks, macaroni n’ cheese in rainbow colored bowls, roller skating rehearsals, ghost in the graveyard, archeology digs, chalk walks, and so much more flashed before my eyes and added just a touch more familiarity to make me feel somehow connected to people I barely knew. Run on sentence, whatever Mrs. Ruest, I know! 😉

This story will carry on next July when I photograph Lindsay’s sister Julie’s wedding.  I’m so grateful to be a part of photographing the ongoing history of this family.  This day was such a blast and I can’t wait until the next one!

Without further ado – I began the day at Lindsay’s parents house while my second shooter extraordinaire, Teri, was with Isaac and the guys at the Niagara Crossing Hotel.  Oh hey there sparkly Kate Spade’s!

Next stop, the wedding ceremony at Lewiston Presbyterian Church!

The Lewiston gazeebo will forever be the prettiest gazeebo I know. I’m so glad we took the time for a quick detour here before heading to the wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club!

And now for the best part of a wedding at Niagara Falls Country Club, portraits with this incredible view!

wedding party portrait of bridesmaids before wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club near Buffalo, NY
wedding party portrait of groomsmen before wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club near Buffalo, NY
wedding party portrait before wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club near Buffalo, NY
family portrait before wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club near Buffalo, NY
family portrait before wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club near Buffalo, NY
portrait of bride and groom touching noses before wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom smile for photographer before wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom smile at each other before wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom kiss before wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club near Buffalo, NY

The view from Niagara Falls Country Club features the lower Niagara River, Lake Ontario, and on a clear day you can see all the way to Toronto!

bride and groom walk along escarpment overlooking Niagara River and Lewiston before wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club near Buffalo, NY
Bride and groom smile at each other next to the flag on the 18th green before wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club near Buffalo, NY
guest gather on patio during cocktail hour of wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
table decor at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
centerpiece on head table at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
place settings at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
koozies at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
desserts from Village Bake Shop at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
desserts from Village Bake Shop at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
champagne poured at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
guests laugh at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
guests laugh during cocktail hour at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
bride smiles during cocktail hour at at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
guests play lawn games at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
bridal party steals donuts at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
bride and groom introduced at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
bride and groom introduced at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
guests clap for bride and groom at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
father delivers speech at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
guests laugh during speech at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
father delivers speech at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
mom laughs during speech at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
parents smile during speech at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
aunts cry at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
maid of honor delivers speech at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
guests laugh at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
bride smiles at groom during speech at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
best man delivers speech at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
best man delivers speech at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
father of groom delivers prayer at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
bride and groom kiss at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
bride and groom cut cake at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
bride and groom dance at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
bride and father at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
father and bride dance at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
bride hugs father after dance at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
groom and mother dance at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
groom and mother smile for photographer at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
groom hugs mom after dance at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
guests dance at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
guests dance at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
guests dance at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
guests dance at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
guests limbo at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
guests limbo at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
bride and groom limbo at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
guests limbo at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
guests dance at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
guests dance at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY

Ted’s Hot Dogs (truck) for the win!!!

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bride and groom share Ted
guests dance at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
guests dance at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
guests dance at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
guests lift groom above their heads at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
guests lift bride above their heads at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
guests dance at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
guests dance at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY

Family tradition here is that every wedding ends with a circle of guests around the bride and groom, arm in arm singing, “Piano Man” at the tops of their lungs.  Why, “Piano Man” you ask?  I haven’t got that far.  It’s a VERY common tradition despite being a pretty sad song about a bunch of lonely people together in a bar –  but drunk people love it, and so I do too  (:

bride and groom dance at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
guests sing at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
bride and groom dance at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY
bride and groom dance at wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, NY

Many thanks to these two families for inviting me in for the day, it was such a pleasure!  If you haven’t had enough of these wonderful people – check out Lindsay’s sister Julie’s wedding here! And as always, much appreciation to the other venues and vendors who made the day what it was!  Here they are:

Preparation: Bride – private residence, Groom – Niagara Crossing Hotel

Ceremony: First Presbyterian Church – Lewiston, NY

Portraits:  Hennepin Park Gazeebo, Niagara Falls Country Club

Reception:  Niagara Falls Country Club

Flowers: Summertime Blooms

Makeup Artist: Lauren Miller

Cake/Desserts: The Village Bake Shoppe

Officiant: Rev. Dr. Joyce Sirianni

Videographer: Andy Morin

Second Photographer: Teri Fiske

[…] have almost the EXACT same photo of Julie’s mom from her sister Lindsay’s wedding last year. That’s one proud momma […]

Cornell University, Taughannock Falls, Muranda Cheese Wedding in Ithaca, NY

Whenever I see the words, “wedding in Ithaca, NY” in an inquiry email I immediately begin fantasizing about sparkly waterfalls, pristine blue lakes, charming small towns and warm people. That’s pretty close to the summary you could give Sage and Zach’s wedding. When Sage and I first started chatting about the plans for their wedding, she mentioned, a couple times, that it was very important that I was willing to hike to various waterfalls. I couldn’t possibly emphasize enough that she had come to the right place. When I’m not photographing weddings, I’m likely climbing mountains and exploring new areas. When I can combine the two in one day? Amazing. I looked forward to this wedding all summer long and it didn’t disappoint.

Sage and Zach met at Cornell University where they were both studying to be veterinarians. They decided to celebrate back where it all started and get married right in the chapel on campus, aptly named, “Sage Chapel.” But first, we started the day with the couple at the Del Lago Resort where everyone got ready.

This is where I met the long lost love I didn’t know I had, Pongo, Sage and Zach’s beautiful great dane. I’m sure I was missing my recently passed Emmet (who was part dane), but Pongo is just the sweetest, gentlest pup of mythical character and proportion. I’m so glad he was part of the day and made so many incredible cameos in the pictures!

The Cornell campus has some pretty legendary buildings. This outdoor corridor felt straight out of Harry Potter and made for the most regal of backdrops for portraits. I could have worked in this space all day long!

Pongo’s lip… <3

From Cornell we made two quick stops at Ithaca Falls and Taughannock Falls. I wish we had an entire day just to explore Ithaca’s falls and gorges, but we had to make these stops pretty quick. Totally worth the hike though!

Pongo!

On the hike to Taughannock Falls, a woman noticed Teri and I were carrying cameras, stopped us and said, “don’t bother, the sun ruins it.” I laughed thinking, that probably means it’s PERFECT for what I want to shoot… and it pretty much was. Some photographers prefer to shoot on overcast days because it’s easy. Not me. Give me all the sun, I know just what to do with it.

From Taughannock we ventured to the Muranda Cheese Company for a barn reception overlooking a beautiful farm. We worked with wonderful people from Serendipity Catering who provided both the dinner and desserts. Their ice cream bar was a hit! The Silver Arrow Band provided the entertainment and an amazing time was had by all. But first, check out all these incredible details – Arnold’s Florist killed it. Sooooo pretty!!!

Many thanks to Sage and Zach for having us document your wedding in Ithaca, NY! And thank you to all these venues and vendors who helped make the day so great!

Bride Preparation: Del Lago Resort

Groom Preparation: Del Lago Resort

Ceremony: Sage Chapel at Cornell University

Portraits: Cornell University, Buttermilk Falls, Taughannock Falls

Reception: Muranda Cheese Company

Hair + Makeup: Elite Beauty

Florist: Arnold’s Florist

Catering/Bakery: Serendipity Catering

Band: Silver Arrow Band

Transportation: Del Lago Resort

Second Photographer: Teri Fiske

Videographer: Associate of Jacquelyn Daley Films