It’s been a while since we’ve shot a wedding for someone we hadn’t just met.
But thanks to social media, Colleen reconnected with Mara a few years ago, meeting her many years ago…in grade school! It was such an honor, when her and Daniel chose us to be their photographers for their wedding celebration! Though they were already officially married, they returned to Central New York, and wanted a chance to celebrate with friends and family back in the good old state of New York, where Mara calls “home”. Getting a chance to photograph such a fun day, and capture the adorable faces of the young ones, was such a treat! Now Mara, who prides herself in her abilities to procrastinate (and still pull things off eloquently) nearly gave Colleen heart palpitations since she is so used to the planning phase taking months, if not years. Nope – Mara, unique in every way, managed to put together a fantastic Hippie themed wedding in just one month, with but a few moments to spare!
Their special day began a bit… soggy. But not all the rain in Syracuse would dampen their spirits on such a glorious day.
The girls were treated to hair and makeup at Studio 11 Salon and Day Spa in Cicero. Mara chose braided ‘dos adorned with none other than the earthy look of daisies! Her Ethereal half up-do, along with her timeless halter style gown, made her a hippie princess , the likes of which have never seen! She was so perfectly well put together with the most modest make up – she couldn’t have chosen it better, even if she had planned it months in advance! 😉 The younger ladies, wore tie-dye styled dresses in pink, purple and orange. Back at the Arrowhead Lodge in Brewerton, Daniel readied himself and the boys, in their tie-dyed shirts. Daniel dressed up his look with a white suit jacket, to put a modern spin on his “hippie” look. What a handsome family! Moments after the bride arrived, Mara and Daniel had a quiet “first look” session, away from guests, as they took their first glances at each other in their wedding attire. They walked in together, in style to the tune of The Imperial March to greet their guests. They renewed their vows, and spoke unscripted words from the heart. A buffet style meal, and dancing followed. Instead of cake, they fed each other bites of scrumptious tie-dyed cupcakes made by Harrison Bakery, in Syracuse. Following a short break, we met Mara, Daniel, and the children up at Tipperary Hill for their formal photos. To honor Mara’s Irish heritage, photos were taken at the Stone Throwers’ Park by the monument, under the upside-down traffic light with the green light on the top instead of the bottom, outside Coleman’s Irish Pub, and at the Celtic Cross.
Mara and Daniel, you two are truly a unique couple, with style and flair to be envied. You have a beautiful family, and much to celebrate in your lives together. We thank you, sincerely, for giving us the honor of accompanying you on your special day, and getting to share in your joy. We wish you many, many years of light in your lives, and the lives of your children.
Le gach dea-ghuí,
(With all good wishes)
Colleen & Greg