A few weeks ago, we made the trip down to Olean, NY (land of the squirrels) for Mike and Stacy’s amazing wedding. These two lovebirds met while attending St. Bonaventure University, so, naturally, their wedding ceremony took place at the University Chapel. The St. Bona campus is absolutely gorgeous. I would even go so far as to say that it’s a photographer’s paradise. The reception was at The Old Library Restaurant in Olean, (which is an AWESOME place for a reception, in case anyone’s still looking). It was just an all-around perfect day!
Right next door to the restaurant, is The Old Library Inn, where Stacy and her girls got ready. There’s all kinds of amazing woodwork, and antique furniture at The Inn, so I had a blast with my pre-ceremony shots!
Stacy’s bridesmaids help her get laced up and ready to go!
Stacy, opening her wedding gift from Mike…it was a Kindle!! WOO HOO!! What an awesome gift! I think she likes it. ;)
What a gorgeous color palette for a bouquet! I just love it!
Stacy looked absolutely STUNNING.
The Old Library Inn had all of this amazing woodwork, and a bright blue carpeted stairway with beautiful window light, so I thought this would be a good spot to show off the fabulous train on Stacy’s dress. I’m pretty darn happy with the way this turned out. ;)
Meanwhile, over at the St. Bonaventure campus, Ben was hanging out with the boys, and capturing some AWESOME pre-ceremony moments!
These might be some of the best groomsmen shots I’ve ever seen…nice work, Ben!! Of course, it definitely helps if your groomsmen are as laid back and cooperative as Mike’s were – thanks guys! :)
The ceremony was in St. Bonaventure’s University Chapel, which was actually pretty cool and modern looking, as far as churches go. Stacy making “the walk” down the aisle with her dad…
I love this shot SO MUCH. They walked back up the aisle, past all of their guests, and as soon as they got to the door, they both had these huge smiles on their faces. It was such a great moment to capture!
The St. Bonaventure campus was absolutely loaded with amazing things to shoot. I think they must’ve have built this building with wedding photography in mind. Double fire escapes?? C’mon…what are the odds?
I heart ivy-covered anything.
The famous bushes that spell out “St. Bonaventure…”
Then, we got to spend a few minutes alone with the bride and groom for some fabulous wedding day portraits. These two are SO easy to photograph – they are so comfortable with each other, and so obviously in love – an absolute pleasure to work with. :)
After we left the St. Bona campus, we headed on over to the reception at The Old Library Restaurant. Mike and Stacy make their grand entrance, and go right into their first dance (there was a lot of twirling involved – it was very cute)!
Rumor has it that Mike had a hand in the making/assembly of this cake. (If this rumor is true, then color me impressed!!) The chocolate tuxedo is the groom’s cake – so cute!
A little wedding cake feeding…
Normally, I would never post two ring shots, but I couldn’t decide between my favorite one of Ben’s and my favorite one of mine. Usually, we borrow the rings from the bride and groom at the start of dinner, and we each take a turn with the macro lens. It’s become sort of a friendly competition between Ben and I (and it gives us something to do while people are eating). The rules of the competition? We can’t watch what the other person is doing during their turn, the ring shots have to correlate (if possible) to the theme of the wedding, and we can’t tell the other where we went or what we shot during our 10 minute turn. The results are usually very interesting indeed. But, anyway, I thought both of these shots were stellar. :)
The garter/bouquet toss happened after dinner, and then the dance floor opened up and it was PACKED all night long!
I have never seen anyone pull off this dance move at a wedding reception before. It’s probably one of those things you get to see only once in a lifetime, like Haley’s Comet, or a Blue Moon. I feel honored to have caught it. This girl and this guy: you are the bomb. ;)
Stacy and Mike – Thank you so much for choosing us to be your wedding photographers! We have really enjoyed working with you guys over the past year, and we wish you all the best! :)
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