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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.  …

Drumlins Country Club Wedding, Syracuse, NY ♥ Ashley + Matthew

No precipitation was going to put a damper on Ashley and Matt’s Drumlins Country Club Wedding! Though, I really should mention that last year, they brought snow with them for their engagement session, so we are very thankful that the snow stayed away for their wedding! Ashley, her bridesmaids, and the moms got some pampering done on the morning of their wedding. Flawless makeup application was provided by Holly of A List Artistry, and hair styling was courtesy of Krista at Lavish Salon.The guys got warmed up with some shots, and got ready at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, where the ladies also headed after finishing up at the salon.It may have been a wet and cold day outside, but inside there were plenty of warm and heartfelt moments, as the ladies shared a special gift for the bride, and the guys shared some drinks and laughs.Ashley was full of smiles as she and her bridesmaids exchanged some very special gifts.After getting into her gown, Ashley made her way downstairs for their First Look inside the lobby at the Crowne Plaza.After formal portraits with their immediate family and the bridal party, they made their way to Drumlin’s Country Club for their ceremony.After the ceremony, the beautifully lit ballroom made a romantic and festive setting for their reception and dinner.We can confidently say that Ashley and Matt’s wedding was the first one we’ve seen that included a corn cob pipe. I think we can speak for everyone, and say we’re also glad that Andrew didn’t keep dinner waiting while he read through…

Winery Wedding at Wagner Vineyards, Lodi, NY ♥ Alexa + Ryan

Alexa and Ryan’s winery wedding at Wagner Vineyards was our first wedding this year that actually felt like fall. It was just a year ago that we first visited Watkins Glen with the happy couple, along with Caly, for their engagement session. Alexa started the wedding day by getting dolled up at the New Image Hair Net Work in Watkins Glen… While Ryan was “pampered” at the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel. (Also, be sure to watch the highlight reel at the bottom for images of the “pampering”.)After all the ladies were finished with hair and makeup, they headed back to Alexa’s parents to get into their dresses, and help the bride get into hers.And the guys… well, they did more guy things. Near water. With alcohol.Alexa made an absolutely stunning bride! And “little” Miss Caly, who isn’t quite so little anymore, made an appearance all decked out in her own pearls, in some portraits with her “Mom”.Before we knew it, it was time to head over to Wagner Vineyards for their ceremony.A beautiful reception, catered by the staff at the Ginny Lee Cafe, right at Wagner, followed their heartwarming exchange of vows and rings.Not a slice of cake to be found at this wedding! Can’t have a fall wedding without a slice of an amazing assortment of pies, courtesy of The Village Bakery.A lot of dancing and epic moves were performed on the dance floor, made possible with music from Bill at Black Tie Entertainment. It was fantastic to finally work with Bill, who had remained “elusive” through the years…

Rustic, Country Wedding in Hunt, NY ♥ Cortney + Shawn

Cortney and Shawn’s rustic, country wedding was a dream made into a reality, with a lot of hard work, long hours, and plenty of planning. A wedding with this much attention to detail, doesn’t happen without the help of many hands, and loved ones that wanted nothing more than to see their dream wedding come true. They had no shortage on that, that’s for sure! Most often, our clients are from all over the country, and meet with us by Skype or by phone, but we met with Cortney and her mom, and mother-in-law to-be at a Dunkin’ Donuts over coffee while we were on our way to an engagement session, headed in their direction. Though our meeting place was nothing too fancy, we didn’t take too long to figure out how much their wedding planning meant to all the ladies, and how their search for a photographer was at the top of their priority list. Cortney, herself, is a photographer, so she knew and valued the work that goes into what we do. Being chosen to photograph the wedding of another photographer is an honor,  and we were delighted to be chosen to document their day. We finally got the chance to meet Shawn when we photographed their engagement session last fall. If you missed the blog post with their session highlights, you can enjoy those here. Fast forward to the wedding day, the ladies got ready at the beautiful Genessee Falls Inn, where we lodged the night before. Debora, who tirelessly manages the hotel, gave us the grand…

Wedding at The LakeWatch Inn, Ithaca, NY ♥ Trisha + Eddie

We were ever so happy to be invited again to the LakeWatch Inn, in Ithaca, this time to celebrate the country-inspired wedding of Trisha + Eddie! This couple made their mark, the very first time we spoke to them on the phone! We barely had gotten past the “Hi, how are you’s?” before Eddie blurted out his first question to us: “Do you offer discounts to really good looking couples?” Of course we replied by telling them that they would have to send us a photo for us to be able to decide. And before we finished our chat – they did! Their sense of humor, and lighthearted personalities were our first sign that we would love to work with them!We started their wedding day by meeting them both at the Hampton Inn, while they primped and readied for their “first Look” session. When they were all ready, we headed to Myers Park to capture the bride and groom as they saw each other dressed for their wedding day. After some formal portraits, we got back on the road, headed for the LakeWatch Inn, for the official beginning of their celebration. Before the ceremony, the bride had an emotional embrace with her Dad, as he finally saw his little girl as a bride. The nuptials began with a tearful hand off from the bride’s father to her handsome groom-to-be. Their ceremony garnered lots of laughs, tears of joy, and ended with a triumphant hand raise from Eddie. A wonderful barbeque-style meal was served by Nicole, and all the staff at…

Wedding at Chanetelle Marie Lakehouse and Skaneateles Country Club ♥ Emily + Jason

We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day for Emily and Jason’s wedding.  Even a little bit of rain did not dampen their spirits or their joy on their special day. We first met them back in the winter, with their four-legged friend Grady, for an Engagement Session in beautiful Skaneateles. Visit their session blog here, if you missed out. We were so excited about getting to follow them around on their gorgeous wedding day! The day began with the ladies getting ready at Emily’s parents’ home, right in the heart of Skaneateles. The sun kept peeking out in between the rain drops, as everyone readied for the ceremony. The guys awaited the big event at the Hilton Garden Inn, in Auburn. Later they shared a few laughs inside the barn at the breathtaking Chantelle Marie Lakehouse, overlooking one of our favorite of the Finger Lakes – Owasco Lake. Emily and Jason carefully selected this quiet and special venue to celebrate their nuptials. As time grew closer, Mother Nature decided for one last rain before the celebration really began. As the ladies arrived at Chantelle Marie, the rain almost seemed like it would never stop. Coming down in buckets, the groomsmen ushered the guests under the protection of big umbrellas to the ceremony. And while she has been nothing but kind to our brides, Mother Nature does have a sense of humor.  She decided the rain would only stop once the bride stepped foot out of the bus! For the rest of the day, however, she shined happiness down…

Noelle + Brian = Married | Sneak Peak | Wedding Photography at Marcellus Falls NY & Greystone Castle, Canastota NY

Some highlights of Noelle & Brian’s beautiful day for your viewing pleasure! Not even the heat and humidity stopped them from showing their true love for one another. Thank you for letting us be a part of such a special day! More to come soon! 🙂  …

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