Alex & Astrid got married at the Tonawanda Castle on a beautiful, snowy January day. They even braved the cold for a few minutes to get some portraits outside under the falling snowflakes!
It had been three and a half years since my last visit to Tonawanda Castle and it was great to be back! I love how much work they’ve put in to restoring & decorating the inside, and the white & navy color scheme was very elegant!
Astrid & the girls got ready on the third floor and her smile was beaming when she stepped out into the main room with her dress on.
Her mother, sister, and Alex’s sister helped her button her dress (there were buttons on the back and on both sleeves)!
She wore these cute, lacy flats and snowflake earrings to match her snowflake hair pins.
They opted for a “first look” before the ceremony so that we could take advantage of the afternoon light for portraits. It was pretty cold outside but Astrid put on some boots and we went out for four minutes (I checked the timestamps) with a blanket to get some pictures in the fresh snow before coming back inside to join the wedding party. We did NOT make them go outside. 😉
I had to take this one of Alex’s stepmother as she cuddled for warmth inside the sleeves of a sweater!
Alex’s brother in law played his guitar to welcome the guests and for the processional & recessional.
As they held hands during the ceremony, Alex’s thumb never stopped going back and forth over the top of Astrid’s hand. It was very sweet.
Speaking of sweet, watching Astrid’s father watch the first of his children to marry was a nice moment.
When the ceremony was over, they asked the parents of a friend to sign as witnesses to their marriage. I wish I’d heard what was said during this handshake!
Downstairs the dining room was all prepared for guest to enjoy the cocktail hour.
Astrid’s dad gave a toast thanking everyone for coming and giving a little history on the relationship – Alex actually met the family because he was in school with Astrid’s older brother Alexander when they were teenagers!
The dancefloor opened after a delicious meal and a great time was had by all, especially all the little ones!
It was a beautiful ceremony, a fun reception, and I hope it was just what you guys wanted! The drive home was a little iffy (thanks, lake effect snow!) but I made it and was glad to be your photographer!