Zack and Laura’s Amazing Rainy Day Wedding!

Zack and Laura – May 14, 2011

Ceremony Location: The Farmer’s Museum, Cooperstown, NY
Reception Location: The Otesaga Resort
Laura’s Dress: Monique Lhuillier
Laura’s Accessories: Sara Gabriel
Makeup: Joan Lincoln
Florist: Coddington’s Florist
Band: Prime Time Horns
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: J. Crew
Hair: Timeless Spa and Salon
Videographer: Bigler Productions
Umbrellas: Bella Umbrella
Invitations: Spark Letterpress

Laura and Zack are an example of a couple who took lemons (a drizzly wedding day) and made Lemonade…..lots of it πŸ™‚ Getting married in the spring has its ups (fresh green leaves and blossoms aplenty) and its downs (inclement weather). Knowing this Laura had prepared with Wellington’s and adorable umbrellas from Bella Umbrella. As a result we were able to take full advantage of the amazing grounds at The Farmer’s Museum. Both Eileen and I agreed this was one of our most favorite weddings ever.

Enjoy!
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Laura topped her STUNNING Monique Lhuillier gown with a very chic veil – such a classic yet unexpected look

Zack and Laura opted for a first look (YAY!!!) and even better left about thirty minutes for portraits of the two of them. If anyone has ever been to the Farmer’s Museum you know it is simply a treasure trove of portrait spots – every direction I looked I saw another possibility and we had so much fun exploring despite the drizzles!

They staged their first look in the beautiful natural light filled church where they were getting married. Their parents sat in the balcony quiet as mice looking down and it was quite an emotional and happy moment.
An hour before Laura had been nervous with anticipation but as soon as she saw Zack she seemed to relax into the day and just take it all in – one of the many reasons I love when couples do a first look!

Love this one

Laura working her fabulous gown

One of my favorite pictures I’ve ever taken πŸ™‚

Dave provided a good distraction πŸ™‚

Some geese were learning how to be herded so we had their shepherd walk them right on by πŸ™‚

It just kept getting better πŸ™‚

After some casual family photos in front of the church we walked to this fence a few steps away to capture the bridal party with the fabulous umbrellas

Laura worked at J. Crew so brought along a collection of necklaces for the girls to choose from – each one was unique and really customized the look. The beautiful bouquets really brought in a pop of color

A few more details floral and otherwise

The carousel was open for 25 minutes for the kids to use. Unfortunately it wasn’t working at the time but the kids got enough of a kick by just sitting on the intricately carved animals.

How about those outfits? So stinking adorable πŸ™‚

The bridal party hid out in the tavern as the guests started to arrive by trolley

And then it was time for the main event!

Eileen’s wonderful shot on the right

And Eileen’s shot on the left. The ceremony passed in the blink of an eye so I was relieved that Eileen was able to cover Zack while I photographed Laura and covered the center aisle

Love.

The rain had stopped so a receiving line was quickly formed. I love when receiving lines happen outside as it provides some great opportunities for candids….even better when all the portraits are done so there is no rush and no stress!

The bridal party rode back to the Otesaga on the trolley and had a toast right before heading into the hotel for cocktails

I knew the details would be spectacular (Laura and her Mom have been hard at work!) and indeed they were

The table names were so clever – all things that go together and the head table was…

Like Laura and Zack πŸ™‚

Pashminas and flip flops were arranged in vintage suitcases

And as a surprise to her Father and a tribute to her Grandfather a cigar station was set up

Laura’s Mom had her own surprise of this wonderful baseball themed candy bar

Framed family photos adorned a table. I have to say that I simply love when couples do this – so much history and so fun to see how styles have changed. As a wedding photographer it always reminds me how important of a job we have.

Simple arrangements in metal buckets decorated the table.

Menu cards reading “One big giant love feast” were laid below favors that were Liberty seeds with the message “Love grows”

This was a very neat idea as a replacement for a guest book

Croquet and bocce were set up on the lawn and the kids played their own version πŸ™‚

Laura’s Dad told me that playing Bocce is considered good luck at a wedding

As guests took their seats for dinner we walked down to the lake to take a few more portraits

And then the party got started with their first dance

Laura’s nieces and nephews took a spin around the dance floor

The toasts were sweet and funny

And the parent dances were just sweet πŸ™‚

The cake got cut

And the party really got started with the Tarantella!

Overall it was an incredible night – congratulations and much love to you both!!

xoAmanda
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