stephanie + chris

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Another one of our fabulous August wedding couples was Stephanie and Chris! Their wedding was at the gorgeous Avanti Mansion, and it could not have been a more perfect day. Laurie and her staff do a fabulous job of making sure every detail of every wedding at the Mansion is completely flawless, and Stephanie and Chris’s wedding was no exception! We really enjoyed being a part of their day! :)

The Avanti is by far my favorite place to take “bride getting ready” shots. They have the most fabulous bridal suite, with all the natural light I could possibly want, and mirrors everywhere! Love it!

a white wedding dress back lit by the sun hangs in the bridal suite at the Avanti Mansion in Hamburg NY

stunning shot of white wedding shoes with crystals
Stephanie, putting the finishing touches on her make-up…
black and white close up shot of a bride getting ready for her wedding ceremony at the Avanti Mansion

pink and white wedding bouquet with roses and stargazer lilies

black and white candid shot of a bride getting ready for her wedding ceremony using unique post processing techniques
Stephanie’s mom and sister help her get into the dress!
the mother and sister of the bride lace up her dress before the start of the ceremony

black and white close up shot of a bride having her dress laced up by her maid of honor
I love this one.  Stephanie was super nervous before the ceremony, so she didn’t do a whole lot of smiling; but when she finally saw herself in the dress, she couldn’t help but crack a smile!  It looked perfect on her!  :)
a beautiful bride looks at herself in the mirror as her mother laces up her gown
She was a GORGEOUS bride!!
wedding day portraits of a beautiful bride right before her ceremony
Meanwhile, Ben was downstairs in the Mansion, grabbing some shots of Chris getting ready for the ceremony.  I love this one of Chris and his dad!
black and white candid shot of a groom and his father getting ready for the wedding ceremony inside the Avanti Mansion

wedding photo of the groom and his family before the ceremony at the Avanti Mansion

black and white candid wedding photo of the best man helping the groom put on his tie

the groom and the officiant walk down the steps to the wedding ceremony in the Japanese Garden at the Avanti Mansion
This was such a great moment…the look on Chris’s face when he saw his bride was just adorable!
the bride and her father walk into the ceremony and meet the groom at the footbridge

black and white wide angle shot of the garden ceremony area offered by the Avanti Mansion in Hamburg NY

a wide angle view of the wedding ceremony from the back side of the Avanti Mansion in Hamburg NY

creative shot of the bride placing the ring on her grooms finger taken through the bridge at the Avanti Mansion in Hamburg NY
If you’ve been to the Avanti Mansion before, then you know that the location they have for outdoor ceremonies is one of the nicest around.  The ceremonies actually take place on an island in the middle of a pretty awesome Koi pond.  These guys came over to check me out during the ceremony, so I had to snap a picture of them…they’re part of the whole Avanti experience, for sure!
the ceremony island at the Avanti Mansion is surrounded by a Koi pond

the bride and groom seal their vows with a kiss at their wedding ceremony in the Avanti Mansion gardens
I loved both of these shots of Stephanie and Chris walking back up the “aisle” – I couldn’t choose a favorite!
the bride and groom exit their wedding ceremony while the wedding guests blow bubbles

the bride and groom walk up the steps after their wedding ceremony at the Avanti Mansion
Right after the ceremony, we did a few bride and groom portraits…
portrait of a bride and groom kissing under a white garden trellis at the Avanti Mansion

a lovely portrait of a bride sitting on her grooms lap in front of the historic Avanti Mansion

wedding photo of a bride and groom kissing in front of the historic Avanti Mansion
I love this one like crazy…maybe the Avanti Mansion will want to hang it on their wall…hmmmm…
a wide angle shot of the whole Avanti Mansion building with the bride and groom kissing in front of it

black and white wedding photo of a bride and groom sharing an intimate moment in the bridal suite at the Avanti Mansion
The staff at the Avanti can definitely pull off a slammin’ tent reception!
wedding photo of the table settings for a tent reception at the Avanti Mansion
A few details…(I grabbed that shot of the honey bee while we were out doing ring shots, and I loved it, so it’s officially part of the details!!)
a collage of pink themed wedding details from a tent reception at the Avanti Mansion
Hooray for wedding cake!  (Stephanie is super cute!)
a bride throws her hands up in excitement after the cake cutting
During the cocktail hour, we took a whole bunch of candid shots of Stephanie and Chris mingling with their guests…I really loved this one in particular; they both look so beautiful!
black and white candid wedding photo of the bride with a close friend
Random snap of the flower girl scoping out the cake table…
candid wedding photojournalism of the flower girl checking out the cake table

close up fine art wedding photo of the rings and the grooms grandfathers pocket watch
…and an absolutely lovely first dance!  How cute are these two together?  Seriously…
black and white wedding photojournalism of a bride and groom dancing their first dance in the tent at the Avanti Mansion

the groom twirls the bride around on the dance floor during their first dance

photos of a tent wedding reception at the Avanti Mansion in Hamburg NY

Stephanie and Chris – thanks so much for choosing us to be a part of your wedding day! We wish you both all the happiness in the world! :)

  • Ayres Photography SAYS...

    Thanks so much, girls!! :)

  • Lindsey Seitz SAYS...

    Wow!! Such beautiful pictures! Amazing job (as always)! :)

  • Miquel SAYS...

    I totally agree!! What an amazing shot at such a beautiful place!! Every pic is beautiful!!! :)

  • Ayres Photography SAYS...

    You are too cute, Wendy! ;)

  • Wendy SAYS...

    If I were the Avanti Mansion, I’d want that hanging in my place for sure!!