Month: September 2010

nicole + alex

Filed in weddings shot by on at

I’m definitely a sucker for a good love story. I guess that’s part of what makes me love this job as much as I do. Nicole and Alex’s love story is better than good; they are living proof that true love knows no boundaries. When love is real, nothing can stand in its way. Their story is inspiring, and we were honored to be a part of their wedding day. :)

It was our first time shooting a wedding at Becker Farms and Vizcarra Vineyards, but it became an instant favorite! This place is like a piece of heaven on earth. Everywhere you look, there is breathtaking scenery! Amanda and her staff have amazing attention to detail, and the entire event was flawless from start to finish.

So, I started out the day with Nicole and her girls at the Marriott!  Check out the detail on this dress!  LOVE.

close up wedding photo of wedding dress detail

black and white artistic wedding photo of a bride getting ready for her ceremony

close up shot of bridal updo
I heart this shot…so much!
black and white artistic wedding photo of a bride getting ready for ceremony

black and white wedding photojournalism bride puts on her dress
Ben started out his day with Alex and the guys.  Another really cool thing about Becker Farms is that there’s a brewery on site where the boys can hang out before the ceremony.
black and white wedding photojournalism groom and groomsmen party before the wedding ceremony
This, however, is the resulting mischief that they may get into.  (This photo may or may not have been organized by Ben…I’m okay with not knowing.)
wedding day portrait of groom and groomsmen on a tractor at Becker Farms
Nicole and her dad walk down the aisle…
a bride and her father walk down the aisle at a wedding ceremony at Becker Farms and Vizcarra Vineyard

photo of wedding ceremony at Becker Farms in Gasport NY
This is definitely GORGEOUS, no doubt about it.
photo of bride and groom kissing at their wedding ceremony at Becker Farms
As is this…see what I mean about breathtaking scenery?
wedding ceremony at Becker Farms and Vizcarra Vineyard
After the ceremony, we did some formal-ish portraits…
black and white artistic wedding photo of a bride and groom at sunset

wedding photo of a groom playing with his new wedding ring

photo of wedding party in front of the barn at Becker Farms
As you can see, this group was deadly serious.
fun wedding party photo taken inside the barn at Becker Farms in Gasport NY

photo of wedding party at sunset at Becker Farms and Vizcarra Vineyards

artistic wedding photo of table setting details

unique origami wedding place cards
Some of our favorite wedding details…
unique wedding details card box made from scrabble board star trek grooms cake
An excellent cake smash capture by Ben…
black and white wedding photo of a bride and groom cutting their cake at Becker Farms
…and a speech to be remembered (and laughed about) for ages.
the best man gives a speech at a Becker Farms wedding reception

candid photo of groomsmen participating in best mans speech at Becker Farms

groomsmen giving a speech during a wedding reception at Becker Farms
The wedding party participating in the pulling of the “crackers…” (a British Christmas tradition).  Nicole made all of them herself, by the way.  I have no idea how she managed it, but they were pretty brilliant favors.  :)
wedding party take part in a British tradition at a reception at Becker Farms
Everyone got a paper crown and a mustache…WAY COOL!
photo of wedding guests wearing mustaches at a Becker Farms Vizcarra Vineyards wedding reception

close up artistic shot of wedding rings on a scrabble board

artistic close up photo of wedding rings
Super cute first dance!
black and white wedding photo of bride and grooms first dance

a happy groom dances with his new wife

a groom gets ready to toss the garter

bride gets ready to toss her bouquet at Becker Farms

the lucky recipients of the garter and bouquet

wedding guests out on the dance floor at Becker Farms

photo of Becker Farms wedding reception at night
And so, we leave you with some stunning night portraits.  Apple orchards at night?  It doesn’t get much better (or more romantic) then that.
portrait of bride and groom taken at night in the apple orchards at Becker Farms

black and white night portrait of bride and groom

magical wedding photo of bride and groom at night in a row of apple trees

Nicole and Alex – thank you so much for choosing us to be your wedding photographers! We enjoyed every minute of it, and we wish you both all the happiness in the world! :)

  • chris SAYS...

    Nicole and Alex, their family and friends, seem such warm, friendly, fun and welcoming people, and you caught it all so well. Their venue, same. You’re fortunate to have been there, and they are fortunate to have had you.

  • Kay Crowhurst SAYS...

    Awesome!! Outstanding photo’s captured the day…. made me cry again!! to remember such a beautiful wedding… you captured the emotion’s so well.

  • Ayres Photography SAYS...

    Thanks, Miquel! So glad you like them! It is totally gorgeous there…we are officially in love with Becker Farms! ;)

  • miquel SAYS...

    OMG, simply stunning!! so beautiful, brought tears to my eyes! we go to Becker Farms every year. loveee it there! gorgeous couple, looked like a great wedding :)

  • Wendy SAYS...

    I love the scrabble board, the cake (w/toppers) and the shot from outside the building… love that sky!

sarah + mike

Filed in weddings shot by on at

HOLY SHMOKES, we’re insanely busy right now!! Between shooting like crazy, editing like mad fiends, designing albums and awesome mixed media slideshows, meeting with couples for 2011 weddings, and trying to live normal, human lives at the same time, we’ve been keeping ourselves quite occupied. Needless to say, our blogging speed has not been up to snuff. Thankfully, however, Sarah and Mike have saintly patience, and for that, we love them. :)

Sarah and Mike’s wedding was laid-back, carefree, and awesome! We both met Mike and his groomsmen at the church before the ceremony. Sarah and her girls showed up shortly after the guys, and a beautiful ceremony took place!

black and white wedding photojournalism groom pinning boutonnière on groomsman
A nice shot of the groomsmen before the ceremony…LOVE the beige suits!  :)
wedding portrait of four groomsman in beige suits in front of St. Marys of the Assumption Church in Lancaster NY

black and white wedding photojournalism of groomsmen standing around in the church before the ceremony

close up wedding photo of the wedding ceremony programs
I love this shot of Sarah right before the ceremony started, just giving herself a last minute once over before she walks down the aisle.
black and white wedding photojournalism of bride and bridesmaids outside the church before the ceremony
This was our first time at St. Mary’s of the Assumption in Lancaster, and we absolutely loved it.  Great light, great windows, great arches!
wide angle shot of St. Marys of the Assumption Church in Lancaster NY during a wedding ceremony

black and white wedding photo of bride and groom saying their vows in Lancaster NY

wedding photo of the bride and groom lighting their unity candle during the wedding ceremony in Lancaster NY

black and white wedding photojournalism of bride and groom holding hands during their wedding ceremony
One thing I really like about Catholic wedding ceremonies is the amount of time the priest spends blabbing on.  I guess it’s not really blabbing if they’re saying important things, but either way, it gives us time to scan the congregation to check out what the wedding guests are up to.  I love this shot of Mike’s parents, watching intently, hand in hand…it’s such a sweet moment.
the grooms parents hold hands during their sons wedding ceremony
This one is just adorable.  :)
candid wedding photo of a mother quieting her son during a wedding ceremony in Lancaster nY
Just married!!
wedding photo of a bride and groom at the end of their wedding ceremony
A great shot of Sarah during the receiving line…I love how happy she looks!
black and white candid photo of a bride greeting guests during her receiving line
After the ceremony, we headed over to Samuel’s Grande Manor to do some portraits of Sarah and Mike before their reception, and there is certainly no shortage of beautiful scenery for portraits at Samuel’s.
portrait of a bride and groom taken in the front gardens of Samuels Grande Manor
GORGEOUS!!
beautiful portrait of a bride taken during her reception at Samuels Grande Manor in Williamsville nY

wedding day photo of bride and groom in front of Samuels Grande Manor in Williamsville nY

black and white wedding day portrait of bride and groom in front of the fountain at Samuels Grande Manor
Such a beautiful couple!  Don’t they look fab?  :)
wedding photo of a bride and groom kissing in front of the main building of Samuels Grande Manor

close up black and white wedding photo of a bride and groom getting close and cozy in the back gardens of Samuels Grande Manor

wedding photo of bride and groom under the white garden trellis at Samuels Grande Manor
Sarah and the girls…
wedding photo of a bride with her bridesmaids in coral colored dresses
…and quite possibly the cutest flower girl there ever was.
gorgeous portrait of a flower girl by Ayres Photography

collage of wedding details from a reception at Samuels Grande Manor

detail shot of a white wedding cake with red candy flowers

detail shot of a brides bouquet with white daisies and peach colored roses

candid wedding photos of bride and groom during their first dance at Samuels Grande Manor

black and white wedding photo of bride and grooms first dance

first dance wedding photo of bride and groom at Samuels Grande Manor
Ben’s ring shot won this time (drat, foiled again!!).  There’s no denying that this is a pretty cool shot.
close up fine art photo of wedding rings taken with a Nikkor 105mm macro lens
I love this one of Sarah’s dance with her Dad…it’s so cute, and they totally look alike!
candid wedding photo of a bride dancing with her father

candid wedding photo of a bride and groom dancing the chicken dance with their guests
We had actually never seen this done before, but it was kind of awesome.  The bouquet and garter tosses took place at the same time!  COOL (and efficient).
black and white candid photo of a bride and groom tossing the bouquet and garter into the crowd at the same time
Not entirely sure what’s going on here, but I love everything about it.
candid wedding photo of older women dancing the chicken dance
We grabbed Sarah and Mike for a few night shots at the end of the evening…it has become one of our favorite parts of a wedding day.  I still don’t know why, but we LOVE night shots.  :)
black and white wedding portrait of a bride and groom outside at night
This is probably one of my favorite night shots of all time.  Besides the fact that Sarah and Mike are a STUNNING couple, the freaking tree in the background is BLUE!!!  How awesome is that?  All of that is done at the time the shot is taken, with lights and colored gels; nothing about this photo was enhanced.  Sometimes, I can’t believe how good Ben is at lighting.  I would never have thought to make that tree blue.  (Honestly?  He’s pretty brilliant, and I am so lucky to get to work with him.)
wedding portrait of a bride and groom taken at night behind Samuels Grande Manor

Sarah and Mike – you guys are so great! Thanks so much for choosing us to be a part of your wedding day! We had a great time capturing it! :)

  • chris SAYS...

    The tree is lovely. Ben must have picked up on the other beautiful colors in this wedding – the clothes, flowers, cake, everything, and then the tree! This couple are lovely and have excellent taste. And the ring … and the ring shot! Yes! As I’m not Catholic I’m not offended by your comment that priests blab, and I will say that he looks such a friendly guy that I’d probably have enjoyed what he had to say … while you were picking your shots … doing your job. This couple was fortunate to have you, and their gentle priest … who also looks forgiving!

  • Ayres Photography SAYS...

    We’re so glad you like them, Sarah, and you’re so, so welcome! We had a great time capturing your special day! :)

  • Sarah Gartler SAYS...

    The pictures are absolutly amazing!!! Thank You so much for doing are wedding!! We are so grateful to have found you guys!