renee & dan

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Allllllll-righty! We’re onto blogging our September weddings…finally! WOO HOO!!

Renee and Dan’s wedding was in Renee’s hometown, Geneva, NY. If you’ve never been there, you should know that it is absolutely one of the most gorgeous little towns you’ll ever see. The entire Finger Lakes area is amazing; the scenery is perfect for weddings, so we’re thrilled whenever we get to shoot there.  :)

I started out the day with Renee, at her parents’ farm; we did their engagement shoot there, too…it’s such a beautiful spot.

awesome wedding shoes with a kitten heel and rhinestone straps
Renee’s mom, fluffing the dress…
bride checks out her gown while her mother makes final adjustments
The light was deliciously perfect in this room! I love taking portraits with just natural light…it’s so liberating. If you saw the amount of lighting gear we bring to every wedding, you’d understand. ;)

black and white wedding photo of a bride before her ceremony
Seriously…I can’t even stand how gorgeous she is.
close up wedding photo of beautiful bride looking down

We took a few pre-ceremony portraits before the limo arrived to pick up the girls…this was one of my faves.  :)

a bride and her bridesmaids hanging out before the ceremony in Geneva NY
I saw these red flowers upon arriving, and knew right then that I had to have a shot of Renee standing in them.   SOOOOOOO pretty!!  :)
bride standing in front of her parents house before her wedding ceremony in Geneva NY

I don’t often get to ride in the limo with the bride and her bridesmaids, but since it was an out-of-town wedding, we only drove one car.   Soooooo…I got to sit next to the bride and take this awesome photo. I’m totally in love with it.
black and white wedding photojournalism Geneva NY
Ben got to grab a few shots of Dan pre-ceremony, but apparently, the guys got ready at warp speed and there wasn’t a whole lot to capture.  
Boo, Dan…you should have gotten ready in slow mo.  HAHAHAHA!   ;)
black and white wedding photo journalism in Geneva NY groom getting ready for ceremony
I do love this one of Dan getting “flowered-up” at the church…he looks so excited!  :)
Geneva NY wedding photographers
I think Renee has everyone beat in the category of excitement, though.  ;)

So, this is St. Stephen’s Church in downtown Geneva, NY.  A few quick tidbits:  1. Renee’s parents got married in this church.  2. It probably has the most amazing stained glass I’ve ever seen in a church that we’ve shot.

a bride and her father walk down the aisle at St. Stephens Church in Geneva NY

black and white wedding photo of a bride and groom exchanging rings at St Stephens Church in Geneva NY

wide angle wedding photo of St Stephens Church in Geneva NY
These two win the prize for best facial expressions EVER.  There is so much to love about this shot.  ;)
black and white wedding photojournalism

the bride and groom seal their vows with a kiss at their wedding ceremony in Geneva NY

Geneva NY wedding photo of bride and groom at St Stephens Church
I can never decide which I love more – the walk down the aisle, or the walk back up.  I definitely love how happy these two are to be married, though!
bride and groom walk back up the aisle after their wedding ceremony
The grand exit…
bride and groom make their grand exit down the stairs of St Stephens Church in Geneva NY
If you read the “tidbits section” above, then you know that Renee’s parents were also married at St. Stephen’s, and they have a silhouette shot from their wedding taken in this very same doorway!  Renee requested this shot so she could have one just like theirs…how cute is that?
dramatic black and white silhouette of a bride and groom kissing
After the ceremony, we went over to the waterfront area, to do some bride and groom portraits.  I wanted to include every single shot we took of these two and their light-up-the-room smiles, but alas, I could only choose a few for blogging purposes.
wedding photo of a groom holding the brides dress as they walk away toward a lake

beautiful portrait of bride and groom by the lake in Geneva NY

gorgeous portrait of bride and groom by the lake in Geneva NY
Then, we made our way over to Club 86 for an AWESOME, awesome reception.  Seriously, it was a party and a half, and these two were the ringleaders.  ;)
bride and groom get announced into their reception at Club 86 in Geneva NY
A few reception details…those coconut cookies were the bomb, just FYI.
collage of wedding reception detail photos
Two awesome ring shots.  The first one is Ben’s.  Yes, I know it’s way cooler.  No, I’m not jealous.  Okay, maybe I’m a little jealous…I still have no idea how he did this. Mine’s just a lame flower…blah.
awesome close up shot of wedding rings lit from below

close up shot of wedding rings inside of a yellow rose

black and white wedding photo of bride and groom cutting their cake at their wedding reception at Club 86

buffalo wedding photojournalists capture candid cake cutting moements
I loved ALL the shots we took of Renee and Dan’s first dance…every single one.  They looked ridiculously happy the whole time they were out there…adorable.
bride and groom gaze at each other lovingly during their first dance at Club 86 in Geneva NY

the bride and grooms first dance black and white wedding photojournalism
I loved this one of Renee and her dad, too.  :)
a teary bride dances with her father during her wedding reception
This is the start of that party and a half I was talking about…Renee was workin’ the floor and the crowd!
bride dances in a circle in the middle of all of her guests

the bride dances the night away with her bridesmaids
This is just an awesome capture…there’s nothing else to say about it.
black and white candid photo of bride and groom singing to each other
Which brings us to a night portrait that will join the ranks of our favorite night shots of all time…between the neon pink lights, the pink tree, and the smokin’ hot couple, this one was a major win.  I could not be more in love with it if I tried.  :)
gorgeous night portrait of a bride and groom out in front of Club 86

Renee and Dan – thank-you SO much for choosing us to be a part of your wedding day! Everything about it was completely amazing. You guys, your families, your friends – all AWESOME! Definitely one we’ll remember for a long, long time. :) We wish you all the best!

  • Stephanie SAYS...

    I’m so in love with these pictures and Renee’s dress… I can’t stop looking at them. I LOVE the black and white one in the doorway of the church. SO pretty.

  • Wendy SAYS...

    I love the one from inside the limo too, and the “circle” shot on the dancefloor!

  • Ayres Photography SAYS...

    Hmmmm…Dan LaRose….we’re guessing that you’re the guy with his hands up? HAHAHAHAHA!! Thanks for taking the time to comment! You’re awesome! ;)

  • Dan LaRose SAYS...

    These all look amazing. I really like the black and white one where the couple is about to kiss. Despite his face being blocked, the guy with his hands up looks really handsome and was probably the life of the party. I hope to see more pics of him.

  • Dan Medlock SAYS...

    Absolutely amazing….. words cannot describe how awesome these pictures came out. I couldn’t be happier with everything you guys did. I can’t wait to see the rest of the pictures. Thank you so much for making this moment last forever.

  • Ayres Photography SAYS...

    You’re so welcome, Renee! We absolutely adore you guys, and we’re honored to have been a part of your wedding day. We would LOVE to do another session with you guys and your gorgeous dress…it would be epic, for sure! ;)

  • renee and dan SAYS...

    OMG…. I couldn’t be more happy with these pictures I’m crying right now looking back at these! You captured so many moments. I couldnt be more happy!!!!!!!!!!! Im so excited to see the rest of our pictures, you all do the most amazing job I can’t express how pleased I am with these pictures. I will for sure be calling you for a trash the dress session!!!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU.
    Renee