Wedding at Marriott Syracuse Downtown, Syracuse, NY ♥ Lauren + Dan

Lauren and Dan’s recent wedding at Hotel Syracuse could not be topped! We actually met Lauren back in 2013 when she was Maid of Honor for another one of our fabulous couples – Abby and Brendan! When Lauren contacted us in her search for a wedding photographer, we couldn’t have been more excited to photograph her and Dan’s wedding. But the plot thickened! Before we knew it, we were actually meeting with another couple who happened to be friends of theirs. Thanks to modern technology Christine and Dan actually knew that Lauren and Dan had booked us before we did, since they texted them during our meeting! Lauren and Dan are such a sweet and fun couple (just like their amazing friends who can all be seen in the photo below), and we had a lot of fun with them right off the bat, during their engagement session last fall. If you missed seeing the images from their session, you can find them here. Their big day came before we knew it, and it went off without a hitch. Their ceremony at the Church of the Most Holy Rosary was absolutely beautiful, and we visited Franklin Square for some very memorable moments with their bridal party. Their reception at the Hotel Syracuse was energetic to say the least! Everyone was up and dancing, and had a blast. Have a look at the photos and slideshow below to see for yourself! Bridal Preparations: Marriott Syracuse – Downtown (AKA Hotel Syracuse) Ceremony: Most Holy Rosary Officiant: Fr. Edward Zandy Bridal Party Portraits:…

Wedding at Marriott Syracuse Downtown, Syracuse, NY ♥ Laura + Patrick

We had been really looking forward to Laura and Patrick’s wedding at Marriott Syracuse Downtown this year! Also known to the locals as Hotel Syracuse, this historic wedding venue has seen a lot of brides and grooms tie the knot since its opening in 1924, and when it was renovated and re-opened for business last year, we were excited to be able to celebrate there with this wonderful couple on their wedding day! It was hard to imagine their wedding being anything less than perfect, after their amazing engagement session last fall. If you missed our blog post for their session, you can check it out here. It’s one of our all-time favorites! We had an amazing day with the bride and groom, and even though the threat of rain had us biting our nails for a minute, Mother Nature came through. A pretty sizeable downpour happened during their ceremony at Assumption Church, but went away long before it had a chance to affect their day. We made a stop at one of the area’s most well-known parks for their portraits, and though under construction, Laura and Patrick managed to make the place look amazing. Their reception was off the charts! With the help of Lindsey at the Marriott, and the musical talents of Kirk at Select Receptions,  the splendor of their celebration the even attracted a few unexpected guests to check it out! It was great getting to work with Kirk a second time this season, and the guests thoroughly enjoyed the music with an evening full of dancing!…

Wedding at Moose River House, Thendara, NY ♥ Jiawan + David

We had such a wonderful time at the wedding of Jiawan and David, with everything located on-site at the Moose River House in beautiful Thendara, NY. The Adirondacks are an amazing place to have a wedding, and the Moose River House accommodated their every need to make for a perfect summer wedding day! Jiawan and David were a fun-loving couple who planned a relaxed celebration with their friends and family that went off without a hitch. It was an extra special day for them, as they share the same wedding day as David’s parents, and a special anniversary dance was a great surprise in honor of them. They had the perfect weather and a wonderful team of folks helping them to organize and set up for their day! Ceremony and Reception: Moose River House Officiant: Stuart DeCamp Catering: A Moveable Feast Makeup Artist: Timeless Updos Hair and Makeup Hair Stylist: Timeless Updos Hair and Makeup DJ: Conway Entertainment Videographer: Michael Rehbaum Jiawan and David, it was a pleasure getting to meet all the people who mean so much to you, and getting to share in your celebration! We enjoyed working with the two of you very much, and wish you many happy days and years ahead! Le gach dea-ghuí, (With all good wishes) Colleen & Greg Be sure to watch the highlight video below for more images of their day! Content, images, and video are © Solas Studios 2017Reproduction, screen captures, and use of content are prohibited without written permission.  …

Wedding at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church, Homer, NY ♥ Martha + CJ

Martha and CJ’s recent wedding was one of the prettiest backyard celebrations we’ve had the pleasure of photographing! But before we gush over their wedding, let’s first reflect back on their Engagement Session! We had such a great time photographing that, and getting to meet spunky little Boo, that we knew we were going to have a fantastic time working with them on their wedding day! If you missed out on our blog post of their session last fall, please do take a minute to visit, because it is a must-see! But getting back to their wedding day, it was a gorgeous summer day with perfect temperatures and bright blue skies. Their ceremony was filled with laughs and tears of joy alike. And their bridal party was a complete blast – what a great group of friends and family! And their reception was one that will surely go down in history as being one of the greatest celebrations under a tent! Which by the way, deserves a very honorable mention! A great lot of hard work, creativity, and planning went into making it such a beautiful space for their reception. Something that only a great team of professionals can put together! Without further ado, we invite you to check out the highlights from beginning to end! Ceremony: St. Margaret’s Catholic Church Officiant: Father Paul Alciati Bridal Party Portraits: Lynne Parks SUNY Cortland Alumni House Reception: Private Residence Catering: Serendipity Catering Makeup Artist: Jacqueline Nastri Hair Stylist: Jill George Reception Decor: Mollie Riley Interiors and Amy Lalla Designs Floral Designer: Gretchen…

Wedding at Francesca’s Cucina, Syracuse, NY ♥ Jess + Mike

Who doesn’t love an awesome wedding reception at the area-favorite, Francesca’s Cucina? Jess and Mike’s wedding day was one we were definitely looking forward to! After their fun engagement session at the Martisco Train Museum, we were excited to see what Francesca’s looked like with their new renovations. If you missed out on seeing their engagement session, you sneak a peek at some of the highlights here. Jess made an absolutely stunning bride – that hair though! Their beautiful ceremony took place at the Dewitt Community Church – such a pretty, and bright place for a wedding! After their ceremony, we headed to Franklin Square Park for their bridal party portraits, before heading to Francesca’s. Francesca’s has always been a gorgeous place for a meal, especially in their outdoor dining area, but WOW! The place looks amazing! It really makes you forget you’re in Syracuse – it’s just like walking into an authentic restaurant right in Italy. A huge thumbs up to Francesca’s for their amazing job on the renovations, and of course the fantastic food that they served! After their fun and upbeat reception full of dancing, Jess and Mike along with their bridal party, headed out to the curbside to light some Chinese Lanterns. A little bit of fire, a few wishes, and a lot of laughs made for a great end to the evening! See for yourself! Ceremony: Dewitt Community Church Bridal Party Portraits: Franklin Square Park Reception and Catering: Francesca’s Cucina Makeup Artist: MKW Salon Hair Stylist: Jenna of MKW Salon Floral Designer: Wegmans Baker: Pattisserie…

Knapp Winery Wedding, Romulus, NY ♥ Maggie + John

Maggie and John’s wedding at Knapp Winery was one we won’t soon forget! It was a perfect summer day with the most beautiful blue skies and, white, billowy clouds. Their intimate ceremony with their closest family and friends was extra special and befitting for such a sweet couple. They walked to their ceremony location in the field hand-in-hand, and met their friends who officiated the ceremony in the center of a circle made of beautiful flowers. A short, but sweet ceremony was followed by a romantic, sun-lit dinner beside the vineyards. The meal and dessert fit for a king was served to their guests as the golden sun set behind them. We wrapped up the evening with a few portraits in the vineyard and by the pond. Ceremony: Knapp Winery Reception and Catering: Executive Chef John McNabb – Knapp Winery Officiant: Ali Churchman and Josh Piejko Thank you, Maggie and John, for inviting us to be a part of your heartwarming wedding celebration! It was such a pleasure being there to capture such an important day in your lives! We wish you all the best, and many happy years of marriage! Le gach dea-ghuí, (With all good wishes) Colleen & Greg Be sure to watch the highlight video below for more images of their day! Content, images, and video are © Solas Studios 2017Reproduction, screen captures, and use of content are prohibited without written permission.  …

Colloca Estate Winery Wedding, Sterling, NY ♥ Katie + Ali

Katie and Ali chose the perfect day for their wedding at Colloca Estate Winery! A warm and sunny day led the way for their beautiful ceremony by the lake, and a breezy evening made the perfect setting for lots of dancing and merriment! We enjoyed our first visit to Colloca, and exploring the grounds for some great portrait locations with the happy couple. It was also our first time getting to work with Stephanie and Marybeth of Video Network, Inc, and a pleasurable return to working with Kirk of Select Receptions, who kept the guests dancing all night long! Katie and Ali concluded their perfect day with a sparkler send off! A great team of wedding professionals can be thanked for helping to make their day a memorable one! Check them out below!   Preparation with the Groom: Best Western Plus Ceremony: Colloca Estate Winery Reception and Catering: Colloca Estate Winery Makeup Artist: Encore Salon Hair Stylist: Encore Salon Floral Designer: Angel Grimshaw Baker: Kathy’s Cakes Officiant: James Moshier DJ: Kirk – Select Receptions Videographer: Stephanie and Marybeth – Video Network, Inc. Best wishes to Katie and Ali for a long lifetime of travel, adventures and love! Le gach dea-ghuí, (With all good wishes) Colleen & Greg Be sure to watch the highlight video below for more images of their day! Content, images, and video are © Solas Studios 2017Reproduction, screen captures, and use of content are prohibited without written permission.  …

SKY Armory Wedding, Syracuse, NY ♥ Christine + Dan

We kicked off our 2017 wedding season with Christine and Dan’s SKY Armory Wedding! Christine and Dan have been such a lovely couple to work with, and if you missed the fun we had for their engagement session, we definitely suggest that you check that out here! Beginning the season with Christine and Dan could not have been more perfect. Their energy and love for each other was a wonderful inspiration for what is sure to be a wonderful year for us. They are a spunky yet loving couple, whose ideas and zest for life translated so well into all of their images. It made for a super fun day for everyone, us included. They had a wonderful group of wedding professionals in their team on game day that made everything go off without a hitch. Preparations: Marriott Syracuse Downtown (aka Hotel Syracuse) Ceremony: Franklin Square Park Reception: SKY Armory Makeup Artist: Danielle Leubner Hair Stylist: Danielle Leubner Wedding Planner: Chelsea at SKY Armory Bouquets and Boutonnieres: Backyard GardenCeremony and Reception Floral Decor: SKY Armory Officiant: Daniel Curtin DJ: Black Tie Entertainment Videographer: Filmwell Studios It was a great pleasure to be a part of the team that made Christine and Dan’s wedding day, and we are grateful to have been chosen for such a great honor! We wish the two of you many long years of happiness and love! Le gach dea-ghuí, (With all good wishes) Colleen & Greg Be sure to watch the highlight video below for more images of their day! Content, images, and video are ©…

Cornell Botanic Gardens Portrait Session, Ithaca, NY ♥ Sara & Aaron

We’re excited to share our recent Cornell Botanic Gardens Portrait Session with Sara & Aaron, in Ithaca, NY! The gardens are absolutely gorgeous and have become a very highly requested place for our clients’ engagement sessions, and there’s no doubt that we’ve come to enjoy them as much as our couples! Each and every time we’ve visited, we have a new and unique experience, finding something we hadn’t seen before. Like this sweet little overlooked spot that Sara and Aaron enjoyed surrounded by the lush greenery as they sat for a few portraits.The Lewis Building is a fantastic spot on every side, and makes for lovely portraits no matter which side you choose.It’s been a while since we had time to visit Houston Pond, and we were happy to get the chance to get some portraits there as the sun began to set.They say that timing is everything, and whoever “they” are, they really know there stuff. If I didn’t know better, I would have thought the portraits below were taken during a lovely autumn evening. But actually, the setting sun cast a very vibrant orange glow along the trees behind the pond. And as if one view wasn’t enough, the perfectly positioned Houston Pond gave us twice as much to fawn over, with the prettiest reflection. We were fortunate enough to include little Emma in a couple of portraits too. There was the threat of a cold and rainy day for our session, but Mother Nature came through for us with a stunning sunset. Before our session ended, we…

Martisco Train Museum Engagement Session, Marcellus, NY ♥ Jess & Mike

Jess and Mike’s recent Martisco Train Museum Engagement Session in Marcellus was a fun and unique way to celebrate their engagement, and for us to spend a little time getting to know them before their upcoming wedding! This was our first visit to Martisco, which is one of the two museums here in Central New York. For anyone with an interest in trains, and the railway system, this was a great place to go, and they were kind enough to open up out of season, just for Jess and Mike!It was a lovely evening, and we had a great time photographing them. We are really looking forward to joining them again soon to celebrate their nuptial with friends and family! Le gach dea-ghuí, (With all good wishes) Colleen & Greg All content, images, and video are © Solas Studios 2017Reproduction, screen captures, and use of content are prohibited without written permission.…

Elopement Inspired Engagement Session, Syracuse, NY ♥ Christine & Dan

Christine and Dan’s elopement inspired engagement session was one of the most fun sessions we’ve had the pleasure of photographing! What started out with a conversation about dogging some burgers in a white dress, emerged into a fun session around downtown with a couple of our very own celebrities. It’s no secret that we really love engagement sessions with our clients, because it gives us a chance to get to know each other and have fun – with no timelines or guidelines to adhere to. It’s especially fun when the couple has some ideas on what types of images they have in their head. This is a perfect example of how a crazy little idea can quickly turn into something wonderful! There aren’t too many words needed to tell the story of our afternoon together, the images tell the story themselves, but we had so much fun here near the Onondaga County Court House,  and in Columbus Circle! We made a quick stop at Lemp Park…Walked the city streets, and made our way to Sky Armory, where the couple will soon be celebrating their “real” nuptials with their friends and family. All of this love stuff, and having your own personal paparazzi team will make any good-looking couple hungry and thirsty.The staff at Liehs and Steigerwald were happy to serve up some big fat burgers and tasty fries. And they were especially forgiving of their paparazzi, too! A couple of refreshing brews and some darts made for a good follow-up after wolfing down those juicy burgers!What an awesome time we…

Rustic Farm Engagement Session, Hector, NY ♥ Erika & Dan

You may be questioning it, but Spring is here! And now that we can see the grass again, it means we’re in full swing shooting! A lot of us here in Central New York are feeling a bit of a slump after so many dreary, cloudy and rainy days, but there is one thing that we can say without a doubt – we’re glad it’s not snow! Though it may not have been a traditional sunny warm spring day, Erika and Dan didn’t seem to mind when we met with them for their recent engagement session. They brought along their friendly pups for a few fun portraits at their beautiful farm land in Hector, NY. We had a really great time with them for our first engagement session of 2017, and are looking forward to their wedding this fall! We got a quick sneak peek of their venue, and we’re telling you for sure – it’s going to be breath-taking! Le gach dea-ghuí, (With all good wishes) Colleen & Greg All content, images, and video are © Solas Studios 2017Reproduction, screen captures, and use of content are prohibited without written permission.…

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