sarah + mike

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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!