Hannah and Mike at Six Mile Creek

by imageguy

I work with Hannah Dunn at the Johnson Art Museum at Cornell, and I was delighted when she asked me if I’d photograph her wedding for her. She and her husband-to-be, Mike Ryan, chose Six Mile Creek Vineyard for the venue and we met there to discuss their plans. She and Mike told me the wedding party was going to be large and they weren’t kidding with ten female attendants and six males, three flower girls and two ring bearers. And loads of family members, mostly from out of town. But the cooperation, planning, and great personalities of everyone made the whole day a true pleasure and everything flowed without a hitch. At least none that I could see.

We started with the ladies at Innovations Salon in Ithaca. The girls lounged and chatted as each took their turn. And all emerged glorious and beautiful. Hannah is a striking woman with large intense blue eyes and a captivating smile.

Later, I met the men at the winery where they graciously poured wine for the guys and gave us permission to shoot where ever we chose.

Six Mile Creek is a fabulous location for a wedding beside a beautiful lake with a central fountain, a pergola, and path that wraps around the water, small docks, and a backdrop of grapevines, woods, and flower beds. A small secluded tent was set up for Hannah to get ready out of Mike’s sight.

The weather cooperated all afternoon though the threat of rain was looming. We held on and didn’t see even a sprinkle until we were almost finished with the outside pictures.

John Simon played and sang for the procession and Janet Shortall from Cornell United Religious Work, as she always does, performed an absolutely beautiful ceremony that touched everyone with its love and tenderness and joy.

Afterward, Mike and Hannah made my job easy and seemed up for anything I suggested.

Everyone mingled patiently under the tent while we finished shooting formals and then some special stuff with just the two of them, then everything moved to the reception with wonderful food and tapas from “Just A Taste” in Ithaca.

Like most receptions, the bridesmaids are always the life of the party, inspiring everyone to have the grandest fun time. Everyone danced, laughed, and showered the bride and groom with love and attention, as it should be.

It was a beautiful, memorable night. My thanks to Mike and Hannah, to their great wedding party, their many parents, and all their friends for making me feel welcome and appreciated. You guys were great.

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