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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!

white and rhinestone wedge heel wedding shoes

gorgeous wedding dress hanging in a sunlit bay window in Olean NY
Stacy’s bridesmaids help her get laced up and ready to go!
the bridesmaids help the bride get ready for her big wedding at the St. Bonaventure chapel

stunning black and white wedding day image of a bride looking down at her dress for the first time

the bride puts on her wedding jewelry at The Old Library Inn
Stacy, opening her wedding gift from Mike…it was a Kindle!!  WOO HOO!!  What an awesome gift!  I think she likes it.  ;)
the bride opens up her gift from the groom on their wedding day and is happy to find a Kindle

the grooms mother helps the flower girl put on some lip gloss before the wedding
What a gorgeous color palette for a bouquet!  I just love it!
the bride's gorgeous bouquet made up of white and light green flowers
Stacy looked absolutely STUNNING.
beautiful window lit portrait of the bride looking away

gorgeous window lit close ups of the bride at The Old Library Inn in Olean
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.  ;)
the back of the brides dress on the stairs at The Old Library Inn
Meanwhile, over at the St. Bonaventure campus, Ben was hanging out with the boys, and capturing some AWESOME pre-ceremony moments!
the groom getting ready for the ceremony on the St. Bonaventure campus
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 groom hangs from the basketball hoop in the St. Bonaventure gymnasium

the ring bearer and the groomsmen standing in front of some blue lockers in the St. Bonaventure gym

the groom and groomsmen on the baseball diamond of St. Bonaventure University
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…
the brides father walks her down the aisle

the best man and maid of honor hand over the rings to be blessed by the priest during the wedding ceremony

the groom puts the ring on the brides finger during their wedding ceremony in Olean NY

the bride and groom light their unity candle

black and white photo of the bride and groom looking at each other during their wedding ceremony

wide angle shot of the bride and groom during their St. Bonaventure ceremony

the bride and grooms first kiss which concludes the ceremony

the newly married couple walks back up the aisle as man and wife
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 newly married couple steals a few moments of alone time right after their walk down the aisle
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?
large building with double fire escapes on the St. Bonaventure campus is perfect for wedding party photos
I heart ivy-covered anything.
newly married couple kisses while bridal party is spread out around them in this photo taken at St. Bonaventure

black and white shot of wedding party in front of ivy covered brick building on Bonaventure campus

bride and groom hold hands in an ornate archway in this wedding photo
The famous bushes that spell out “St. Bonaventure…”
unique wedding party shot of whole group standing behind St. Bonaventure shrubs
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. :)
wedding day portrait of bride and groom standing in front of clock tower on Bonaventure campus

bride and groom kissing in front of castle like structure on Bonaventure campus

close up black and white photo of bride and groom on their wedding day
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)!
black and white photography of bride and groom being announced into their wedding reception

bride and groom have their first dance at their wedding reception at The Old Library

the groom twirls the bride around during their first dance as husband and wife
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!
green and white monogrammed wedding cake

close up of chocolate tuxedo grooms cake
A little wedding cake feeding…
black and white photo of bride and groom feeding each other cake at their wedding reception

black and white wedding photography of bride and groom feeding each other cake
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.  :)
fine art close ups of wedding rings taken at The Old Library in Olean NY
The garter/bouquet toss happened after dinner, and then the dance floor opened up and it was PACKED all night long!
wedding photo of the groom removing the bride's garter

the groom kisses the bride while removing her garter

black and white candid wedding photo of the bride with her bridesmaid and flower girl

wedding photo of a bridesmaid doing a seventies funk dance with her partner

black and white photo of a drunk groomsman leading a conga line

custom photo wine label wedding favor

the groom spins his groomsman around on the floor in a weak attempt at breakdancing
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.  ;)
wedding guests doing advanced dance moves at a wedding reception at The Old Library in Olean NY

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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  • Wendy SAYS...

    Love the wedding party shot (color) against the ivy backdrop with the sun streaming down! Love the rings shots, and that last one… looks like a slightly different angle could have taken on a whole different tone! LOL, but great capture!

  • Ayres Photography SAYS...

    Thanks so much, Stephanie! Yeah, I love that shot, too! That fire escape building was absolutely perrrrrrfect for a bridal party! It was definitely a good time…Mike and Stacy are a great couple! :)

  • Ayres Photography SAYS...

    Thanks, Chris! We’re lucky to have such awesome couples to work with! :)

  • Ayres Photography SAYS...

    Thanks, Miquel! The details are such a huge part of all the planning that goes into a wedding; I love when we’re able to document them for the couple!! :)

  • Stephanie SAYS...

    I love the double fire escape picture…one of the best i think you guys ever did! looks like everyone had a good time and the couple is super happy. good job guys…

  • miquel SAYS...

    I love the dress shot early in the blog! you pay such great attention to detail!! I also love the fact that the beautiful couple met & were wed at St Bone! awesome!! :)

  • chris SAYS...

    Again, you’ve done a fine job. I loved them all, and enjoyed both ring shots. I’d have to look a long while to decide which is better …. but I’d never say! The couples you work w/ are all fortunate to have you.

  • Ayres Photography SAYS...

    Thanks, Hege!! YAY! We’re totally looking forward to your wedding, too! SO EXCITING!! ;)

  • Hege SAYS...

    LOVE the photos!! Can’t wait to have you guys shoot our wedding in just a few weeks!

  • Ayres Photography SAYS...

    The pleasure was all ours, Stacy! You guys are a wonderful couple to work with! :)

  • Stacy Swope SAYS...

    Jenn and Ben –
    Thank you for your amazing work. We are so happy to have these important moments captured for us.

  • Ayres Photography SAYS...

    Thanks, Steve! It definitely was a great wedding. :)

  • Stephen Po-chedley SAYS...

    That baseball field shot is great. The group shots really stuck out in this set. Great, great work – looked like a great wedding.