sherry + geoff

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Last weekend, we headed over to the gorgeous Avanti Mansion for Sherry and Geoff’s intimate winter wedding. Since we had never shot a wedding at the Avanti in the winter, we weren’t sure what to expect; but, we knew that the Avanti staff definitely does amazing weddings in the summer and fall, so we were sure that whatever they had planned for our fabulous couple would be picture perfect. As soon as we walked in the door, we were immediately excited! The mansion had been transformed into a winter-wedding-wonderland!

I started out in the bridal suite with the calm, cool, and collected bride and her girls, and Ben hung around with the guys on the first floor of the mansion.

wedding dress

bride and her girls


helping out

wedding clothes
Our gorgeous bride, Sherry, gettin’ prettied up…
bride Sherry

wedding dress
A little pre-ceremony speech-writing…
pre-ceremony speech-writing

helping the bride
I couldn’t decide between these two shots of Sherry’s mom and her bridesmaids getting her dressed, so I had to include them both! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!
getting dressed

dress detail

dress detail
Geoff and his guys hangin’ out pre-ceremony…
Geoff and his guys
…and some amazing detail shots by Ben!
amazing detail shots

champagne glasses

wedding cake

beautiful flowers
The ceremony was absolutely beautiful. The officiant who married them, Sandy Hustead, writes all of her ceremonies from scratch, so every couple she marries has a unique and touching ceremony written just for them. We are lucky enough to get to work with her, and listen to her ceremonies all year round. Sherry and Geoff’s was no exception; it was truly moving. :)
bride and her father


black and white photo

putting the ring

happily married
Cake-cutting time!
Cake-cutting time!

more cake
The first dances…
The first dances…
Sherry and her dad…
Sherry and her dad…
…and Geoff and his mom!
Geoff and his mom!
Even though it was like 14 degrees out, we still managed to convince Sherry and Geoff to brave the elements for a couple of pictures; and, I’m so SO glad they did. It was snowing lightly on and off, which was perfect for magical winter wedding photos! I really wanted there to be a bit more snow than there was, though; so, I just, um…. added some in. ;)
winter wedding

winter snow

a kiss

more kissing
you are cought!
The party begins with a little cha-cha slide action!
party begins
Geoff and his son gettin’ low!
gettin low!
They were a non-stop father-son dancing team!
father-son dancing team!
I really loved this moment between Sherry and Geoff’s daughter, Tori…beautiful!
Sherry and Geoff’s daughter, Tori
Love this one of Geoff and his son, too!
Geoff and his son
Jack, the dancing machine…
Jack, the dancing machine…
A sweet moment between Sherry and her mom :)
Sherry and her mom
Ben snuck outside to grab some different angles…completely awesome!
sherry and geoff get married at the avanti mansion

hamburg ny wedding photography
There were so, so many amazing reception shots to choose from; we had a really tough time narrowing down our blog choices, but we both agreed on ending with this one because there’s so much going on in it!
wedding at the avanti mansion

Sherry and Geoff, we had such an amazing time at your wedding! Thanks for letting us be a part of your special day! You guys are such a great couple, and we wish you all the best. :)

  • Larissa SAYS...

    These pictures are so cute. Wow!! girl!!!! MMh MMH MMH!@

  • Matt & Judy SAYS...

    OMG! What beautiful photos! The ones outside in the snow with the fur remind me of my mom and dad when they got married! Soooo beautiful! Congratulations glowing bride and proud groom!

  • Ayres Photography SAYS...

    Thanks for your kind words, Leanne! We appreciate it so much! ;)

  • Leanne SAYS...

    Love the pics….great job, very unique photography…..I don’t have a boyfriend but now I want to get married just to have these awesome pics!

  • Ayres Photography SAYS...

    Thanks so much for your support, Patti! We can’t wait either! You are going to be a STUNNING October bride! :)

  • Patti Murphy SAYS...

    You are both so talented, so truly amazing! I love all of your pictures. You put so much thought into every detail. Can’t wait to have you capture all the moments of our wedding in October!

  • Kathy SAYS...

    Great pictures ! Loved the unique shots as well as the touching ones between Sherry and her Mom and Dad.

  • Peggy Falsone SAYS...

    My beautiful niece!!!!!!!!!! Handsome groom!!!!!!!!! Wonderful start to a new family !!!!!!!! Happiness Always and forever
    Love Aunt Peg xoxoxoxo

  • Rain Herniak SAYS...

    The pictures are phenomenal. I LOVE the special effects. Sherry, you are beautiful inside and out. I wish you and Geoff all the happiness you deserve. mwwwaahh!

  • Ayres Photography SAYS...

    Thanks so much for your comment, Debbie! We truly appreciate it! :)

  • Debbie Spatz SAYS...

    I work with Sherry……I am a closet photographer & these pictures are AMAZING……..can’t wait to see the rest when Sherry brings in the proofs to work……

  • Ayres Photography SAYS...

    Thanks, Sherry! We’re so, so happy you love them! Yay! :)

  • Sherry Laettner Schwimmer SAYS...

    omg, these are awesome!!! I love love love them!