Katie and Jake at Cornell
Back in December I met with Katie and Jake to talk about their wedding and was very pleased when they booked with me. I knew when I met them that their wedding would be beautiful and fun. Both living in California now, they are originally from this area so came back to Ithaca to be married at Sage Chapel on the Cornell campus on June 26th. The weather teased us that day threatening rain all day, but fortunately spared us the umbrellas (though not the summer heat).
I met Katie and her bridal party at Innovations in downtown Ithaca for hair and makeup. As is often the case, parties and late nights left everyone kind of dragging a bit, but the excitement was still there. Katie is a small girl with the longest eyelashes I have ever seen.
The guys were having a cold one and watching the World Cup matches at The Rose tavern with Katie’s dad after shooting some hoops earlier.
I returned to the Statler Hotel at Cornell to shoot the bride getting ready amidst the cell phone calls, pizza deliveries, and bustling about with last minute preparations. My daughter, Tessa, met me there to play the role of assistant for the day. Her first venture into that realm, but a great help and fun to have her along. The bridal party was having a great time up in the room. Katie’s dress was gorgeous, sleek and smooth, with amazing beading down her bare back.
After a while in the bridal suite, I returned to Sage to wait for the guys to arrive. I met Eric, the videographer, there from Black Tie Entertainment up in Syracuse (they provided the DJ services as well) and we spoke about plans for images and how best to cooperate with each other. I also met Sara White from Wildflowers in Dryden, NY who was supplying all the beautiful calla lilies for the wedding.
The ceremony was fairly short and very sweet. The wedding party gathered outside for formal groups and then we boarded the limo bus for some bride and groom shots. At this point, unfortunately, we were running a bit behind schedule and had to cut out special picture time short, foiling plans to go to the Cornell Arboretum for some bride and groom shots in the landscape. A disappointment, but these things happen so you go with the flow.
Back at the Statler, the room was beautiful. The food was delicious. The bar was open and the party was off and running. The cake was small and symbolic, but a work of art. The bride and groom were encouraged to kiss, not by the traditional clinking of the glasses, but by table groups standing and singing love songs to them. Great fun.
As I have always found, it was the bride’s maid that were the life of the party (thanks Gina), though some of the older members of the guests cut a pretty mean rug as well.
All in all, a wonderful occasion and a beautiful wedding with a great couple. Thanks to Katie, Jake, The Benningers, and all the wedding party for making me feel so welcome and including me in the festivities. You guys were all great!
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