Ivy + Booker had THE most gorgeous wedding at the Hope Lake Lodge in Cortland, NY. They both got ready in some of Hope Lake Lodge’s beautiful and rustic suites. This place is so ideal for a wedding because everything happens right on sight and the photo opportunities are endless.
While I was busy with Ivy and the girls, Brittni was in with the guys capturing all the nerves and excitement before the first look.
Except this guy – I don’t think he was nervous at all. I love the goof ball photos!
Ivy + Booker chose to do a first look before their ceremony. Thank goodness they did because shortly after we finished taking pictures of everyone, a giant storm rolled in and it continued raining for the majority of the evening. The wind was whipping before the storm rolled in. I love how flowy Ivy’s dress was because this made for a super dramatic effect and if you know me, you know I love to add a little drama into my photos. I couldn’t get over this stormy sky. I normally don’t do super contrast in my photos but THIS. I was madly in love with this. Also the fact that Ivy and Booker are a gorgeous couple makes the photos that much better. I probably took about 1000 pictures of Ivy alone. I couldn’t stop. She is so beautiful and every image was just more and more regal looking. Add in the wind and my heart was doing happy little squeezy dances inside my chest.
My daughter saw this photo and I quote “OMG! This is the best picture ever! I love it!” I wonder if dabbing will always be a thing.
One thing you should know about Booker is he makes the best faces. I have so many goofy shots of this guy. I love that I could capture his personality so perfectly!Aiden was a little bit more shy than Emma but he made up for it with all his silly faces. We didn’t even tell him to do this which makes it that much better. What a personality on this guy! And how frigging adorable is he?! I wonder if he gets it from his Uncle Booker!We did get one serious photo though!As soon as we finished taking pictures of the guys, the sky opened up and we had to run for it. We finished up with a group photo in the front of Hope Lake Lodge’s building where their entrance is covered. This is also where the ceremony was moved. I’m so happy that they had the room out front so Ivy and Booker could still be married outside. And during a THUNDERSTORM!! How lucky?
With thunder rumbling in the background, Ivy walked down the aisle. Neither were dry eyed and once I saw Booker wiping away tears I was super grateful to have a big, bulky camera up in front of my face.
Both Ivy and Booker wrote their own vows. Ivy cried through hers and let me tell you, I cried right along with her! They both did such a beautiful job with their vows. There probably wasn’t a dry eye in the place.
Once Ivy finished with her vows, Booker high fived her for making it through. Their ceremony couldn’t have been more perfect. The reception took place in a beautifully constructed white tent next to Hope Lake Lodge. The details were perfection. Check out this yummy cookie table!
We had so much fun capturing Ivy and Booker’s big day! We couldn’t have done it without these fellow vendors who helped make the day so special.
Firstly, a huge thanks to my right hand man, Brittni! You’re the bomb girl and I love you so much!
Venue: Hope Lake Lodge – hopelakelodge.com (Also did makeup and food!)
Dress: Ever After Bridal Gowns – everafterbinghamtonbridal.com
DJ: AP Entertainment – apentertainment607.com
Hair: Megan Decker – Hairstudio6.com
Flowers: Hillside Flower Girls – hillsidegardenlandscaping.com
Nails: Tommy’s Nails
Cookies: Teresa Davis, Darlene Oleniacz, Megan Preston, Beth Donahue and Denise Mughetti