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corey + mark

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Corey and Mark got married in Cooperstown last summer, so they decided to celebrate their first anniversary by heading back to the same quaint little town where their wedding took place! Their plan was to don their wedding attire, revisit the site where their ceremony took place, and spend the weekend taking in all of the beauty that Cooperstown has to offer. What a wonderfully romantic way to celebrate a first anniversary! What made it even MORE romantic, however, was that Mark wanted to surprise Corey by having their special celebration photographed. We were so excited when Mark called us up and explained his vision for how it would all go down! What a guy!

We were supposed to meet Mark and Corey in the lobby of the Otesaga Resort Hotel, so we walked in and let the person at the front desk know we were there.  He responded by handing us a package with a note attached.  It was a framed photo of the two of them saying their vows, and Mark was asking Ben and I to secretly place it at the ceremony site during our shoot, without Corey knowing!  I had two instant reactions at once.  First, I turned to Ben and said, “Oh my God…have you ever heard of anything so romantic in all your life?!”  Then, I said, “I’m a little nervous about this.  I mean, it’s a huge responsibility.  What if we screw it up?!”  Ben put the photo in his back pack, and assured me that he could handle the task.  Needless to say, he pulled it off while I distracted Corey, and she was so surprised – it was one of the sweetest moments I’ve ever witnessed.

I grew up about 45 minutes from Cooperstown, and made many a trip there with my family in the summers of my youth. Just being there, and roaming the streets was a wonderfully nostalgic experience!  I enjoyed every minute of it!  We started out with a few photos at the Otesaga, since we were already there, and then we headed over to my favorite Cooperstown spot, The Farmer’s Muesum.  I can’t even express how much I LOVE this cute little place!  I am still waiting for the day that I get to photograph a wedding here, but in the meantime, photographing a gorgeous couple like Mark and Corey at The Farmer’s Muesum was a pretty major WIN.

After we finished up at The Farmer’s Muesum, we headed across the street to the Fenimore Art Muesum, where Mark and Corey’s wedding took place.  This is the part where I distracted Corey, and Ben very slyly placed the photo at their ceremony site.  What an awesome, wildly romantic gesture!  I may have teared up while capturing it.
Our next stop was the legendary Doubleday Field for a few fun shots, then off to the center of town to capture some of the quaint, small town charm that gives Cooperstown so much character!
Our final destination of the day, was Templeton Hall, where Mark and Corey had arranged for a privately catered dinner, featuring the same appetizers and entrees that were served on their wedding day!  They toasted to their first year of marriage, and danced to their wedding song – it was just about the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.

Mark and Corey – we’re so glad you found us! We are honored to have captured these moments for you!! We wish you many, many more happy anniversaries to come! Much love, J + B :)

  • Avianti Jewelry SAYS...

    Such beautiful photos! So romantic, love it!

  • Jamie SAYS...

    Oh my goodness! They look so in love! What amazingly romantic memories! Thank you Ayres Photography for capturing more evidence of the beautiful bliss of a happily married coupe enjoying their life together! They look so genuinely happy together. It’s amazing.

michele + daryl {rock the dress}

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There are so many good reasons to have a “rock the dress” session.  It doesn’t have to be scheduled immediately after the wedding, either!  Some of our couples want to book a session for their first anniversary, which is really such a wonderful way to re-connect and remember the day together!  Whenever you decide to do it, here are some great reasons why you should:

1.  The weather on your wedding day wasn’t as cooperative as you’d hoped it would be. Of course, there absolutely nothing wrong with a little rain on a wedding day, but if you want a few sunny photos to add to your wedding album, I say, why not!!

2.  Your wedding day schedule didn’t allow for as much photo time as you had hoped. This happens to even the most organized couples out there, and it’s no ones fault.  Wedding days can be crazy!!  Sometimes things take longer than you had anticipated, or something unexpected happens.  If you didn’t get as much time as you wanted, then that’s a great reason to book a “rock the dress” session!

3.  You really, really wanted some photos with your beloved 4-legged family members on your wedding day, but it just didn’t work out logistically. Most of the time, there is so much commotion on the actual wedding day, that it’s difficult for our pets to handle.  They’re not used to you having 30 people in their house at a time, so they will either hide out, or go to doggie day camp where they can just relax away from the craziness!  Setting up a time after the wedding for photos with your dogs (or cats) will give you the time it takes to get great, relaxed photos with them.  We didn’t have Lily yet when we got married, but I can tell you for absolutely sure that she will be a part of every photo session we have from now on.  She is our baby!!

4.  It’s okay to get a little bit dirty. We don’t believe in “trashing” wedding dresses, but if you get it a little bit dirty after the wedding day is over, then that’s not a huge deal.  You can always have it cleaned, right?!  On your actual wedding day, there are limitations to where you can go in your dress, because, let’s face it, you are somewhat obligated to show up at the reception looking reasonably clean.  Booking a session for sometime after the wedding would allow you to get those great shots that you really wanted in an awesomely dirty location, like The Central Terminal, for example!!  (Any takers??)


I just blogged Michele and Daryl’s gorgeous wedding yesterday, so I figured that following it up with their beautiful “rock the dress” session would be perfect.  :)  If you took a peek at yesterday’s post, then you know that the weather was less than perfect on Michele and Daryl’s wedding day.  We did manage to grab a few outdoor shots, but not nearly as many as we would have liked to due to the yucky rain and cold.  Michele had her heart set on wedding photos with gorgeous Fall foliage in them, so she decided to set up a “rock the dress” session shortly after the wedding!  They also wanted to have a few shots with their beautiful Golden Retriever, Ruby!!  We (obviously) love working with these two amazing people, so we were beyond excited, and the weather was extremely cooperative that day, so we were able to get some really stunning shots!  Now, they have some gorgeous, warm, sun-filled portraits (and Ruby!!) to add to their wedding album!

  • Melissa SAYS...

    Gah. So gorgeous. I want to put my dress back on and frolic in a forest! The ones with their dog are AWESOME!

  • Jennifer @QueenCityBride SAYS...

    These photos are dreamy….

  • Chris SAYS...

    Beautiful photography

  • Patti Brindisi SAYS...

    These photos are beautiful! You are awesome!

  • Irina SAYS...

    STUNNING work!!! My faves: 5 and 11. I love the wide angle tree shots. You guys totally rock them.