I know I’ve been doing more than usual dipping kisses lately, but they want it, I swear! How could you not, with a backdrop like this?!
Brian & Amy live here in the Buffalo area, but they decided to get married at Belhurst Castle (Geneva, NY at the top end of Seneca Lake) – first of all, it’s a castle, right on the waterfront. Second of all, they got engaged near there, and the area is special to them. It’s a beautiful setting!
I quickly found out what a bunch of hams the guys are. They got dressed quickly and I took some pictures before heading over to the Vinifera Inn to Amy & the girls.
Amy & her bridesmaids got ready in a beautiful corner suite of the Vinifera Inn at Belhurst Castle, a more recent addition to the original castle building. The maid of honor (seated on the bed with Amy) is a past bride of mine – I photographed her wedding to Jacob two years ago!
Brian gave her a beautiful new necklace (pictured) but she chose to wear a strand of pearls (also pictured) that had belonged to her grandmother. A friend spiffed up some flip flops for the occasion as well!
While she was getting ready, she received a special delivery of flowers from her father-in-law-to-be!
Amy’s parents’ smiles when they came through the doorway were pretty sweet.
We arranged a quiet spot on the lawn for Brian & Amy to do their “first look” and Brian waited patiently… for quite a long time! At least I picked shade, right Brian?!
The pictures as they laugh as they get set to see each other, followed by his face as he turns and sees her, then their smiles of relief afterwards is one of my favorite series in a long time.
They said a prayer together before we moved on to other photos.
Brian’s dad was my shadow.
The wind really wanted Amy’s veil to travel to a distant land. Or at least maybe a nearby tree.
I couldn’t choose color or black & white so I put it on facebook for a vote – after 25 votes it was pretty evenly split, so here are both!
The flower girl and ring bearer were inside a window, watching everyone get ready for the ceremony. I wish I’d gotten there a second sooner, when the boy was smashing his face against the inside of the glass!
They didn’t make it down the aisle on their own, but hey, you gotta do what you gotta do!
When Amy chose a cathedral length veil, she did not take into account the lakeside breezes on the Belhurst Castle lawn. At one point in the ceremony it got away from her and had to be tamed!
These two sang for the ceremony also – beautiful!
By the time we finished with family photos, everyone had to hoof it down the hill to the dock for a couple photos but everyone was a good sport about it – especially groomsman Jeremy who I sent back to get his car to drive Brian & Amy back up the hill, so he ran & got his car but by the time he got back to the top of the hill, Brian & Amy had just decided to walk back anyway. Sorry Jeremy!
The ballroom was all decked out with chair covers & bows, uplighting, the whole 9 yards!
Once Brian & Amy came in, the party was on and I saw so many smiles all throughout the night – the dancefloor was packed and it seemed like everyone was having a great time!! Another past couple of mine was in attendance – David & Jessica, whose wedding I also photographed two years ago! Bridesmaid Jess (seen in above wedding party photos) has also been a bridesmaid of mine before! So awesome to see everyone again!
You two are made for each other, and I wish you a lifetime of happiness. Congratulations on your marriage!