We love out-of-town weddings. Sure, traveling can be a gi-normous pain in the ass, but it’s SO MUCH FUN to be able to photograph places that are completely new and different to us. Honestly? I think we do our best work when we’re in a place we’ve never shot before. So, needless to say, when Melissa and Mike told us that they would be getting married in Oneonta, NY, we were THRILLED!! College campuses always have awesome stuff to work with, and Oneonta is really such a cute, cute town. In the summer, it’s almost like a little resort town – perfect for a wedding – and it was a perfect wedding.
I started out the day with Melissa and her girls at the Clarion Hotel in Oneonta. Wedding jewelry and the hem of the dress, super close-up…(I chose a different-than-usual dress shot for this post, because I loved the close-up lace details so, so much!)Peep-toe wedding shoes are the best!
Melissa checks our her bouquet for the first time! (Looks like they got it right!)
The woman from the bridal shop where Melissa bought her gown, actually came to the hotel to make sure her dress was laced up properly!! I wish I knew the name of her shop, because I’ve never heard of such amazing customer service before!!!
Melissa turns to show her bridesmaids the finished product, and I grabbed the side view of it in the mirror…NICE!
We don’t usually ride in the limo with our couples because we have so much shh-tuff to haul around in our cars, but in this case, the church was within walking distance, so I got to ride up front. I love this shot so much! It reminds me why some couples have a crap-load of people in their bridal party. Getting married is a big deal. It’s totally normal to be a little nervous about it, and being able to reach out and grab the hand of one of your closest friends is an absolutely essential part of the day.
Melissa’s brother helps her out of the limo when she arrives at the church…
…and walks her down the aisle.
“You may kiss the bride!!”
Aaaaand, the newly married couple walk back up the aisle!! I love how excited Melissa looks here (Mike was excited too, but he must have been too hot to show it)!
How cute are these two?? I just love them! After the ceremony, we got to stop by Hartwick College for some portraits. It’s one of those gorgeous, ivy-covered-building, perfect for wedding portraits kind of places.
My favorite portraits of these two ended up being the ones we took in between their “posed” shots (this next one is totally not posed)…they just looked so happy to be with each other…it was awesome to see!
What could be better than having an amazing looking wedding cake, covered in brightly colored fresh flowers, and white chocolate shavings? Having THREE of them!!! Heck YEAH!!
Mike is concentrating very hard on making the perfect cut…
No cake smashing here!! Just delicate cake feeding, and a really cool silhouette of it on the wall…
I love this shot of Ben’s…great first dance capture!
Of course, they were completely adorable throughout their whole dance; and, I’ll say it once again, they just seemed so happy to be with each other. It was ridiculously sweet! :)
The dance floor opened up with a nice slow dance…
…but then, things got real funky, real quick. It turns out that Melissa is a bit of a dancing machine!!
The Cha-Cha Slide…
Apparently, Cotton Eye Joe is making a comeback as a real crowd-pleaser. I had no idea that there was an actual dance to accompany this lovely song, but evidently there is, because this little girl rocked it like there was no tomorrow. I think I may have to learn this dance…
Melissa takes center stage in the “dance circle!”
I love this shot! I happened to notice that Melissa kicked off her wedding shoes over by the DJ booth, so she could rock even harder, naturally.
Before it got too dark, we popped outside for a few more quick bride and groom portraits, and I’m SO glad we did, because these really sum up the general atmosphere of the whole day – fun, happy, and tension-free – the best kind of wedding day anyone could hope for.
Melissa and Mike – we’re not sure whether or not you know what an awesome couple you are, but just in case you don’t, let us be the ones to tell you, “YOU GUYS ROCK!!” You are so perfect together, and we thank you so very much for choosing us to be a part of your day! :)
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