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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.  …

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.  …

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…

Ventosa Vineyards Engagement Session, Geneva, NY ♥ Lisa & Casey

Lisa and Casey’s engagement session started out at the beautiful Ventosa Vineyards, in Geneva. It was such a lovely autumn day and we had the vineyards all to ourselves, overlooking the sparkling Seneca Lake!Well, almost! This little fella wanted to see what all the fuss was about. After a few close ups, he let us get back to work.The pretty blue skies, and the golden autumn sun helped make some very pretty portraits!Oh, and we couldn’t leave without a photo of the donkeys. The kept their eyes on us to make sure we were doing a good job.After we left the vineyards, we headed over to Sampson State Park where Teddy joined us for a few portraits by the lake.It turned out to be a gorgeous evening, even though it was pretty cold at the end. We had a wonderful time with you three, Lisa and Casey, and we are super excited for your wedding next year! It’s going to be fabulous! Le gach dea-ghuí, (With all good wishes) Colleen & Greg Be sure to watch the video below for more highlight images from their session! Content, images, and video are © Solas Studios 2016Reproduction, screen captures, and use of content are prohibited without written permission.…

Elmwood and Onondaga Parks Engagement Session, Syracuse, NY ♥ Lauren & Dan

Lauren and Dan’s Elmwood and Onondaga Parks engagement session was just perfect on a lovely autumn day in Syracuse. Native to Syracuse, Lauren and Dan felt right at home at our first stop in Elmwood Park.With a shortage of rainfall this summer, the water levels in the creek were nice and low so we took advantage and went right down into the creek bed for some portraits.In addition to its pretty creek, the stone steps are another beautiful feature of Elmwood. We then took the short drive over to Upper Onondaga Park.Well-known for its pond, and gazebo, the park made the front of many postcards. We think that Lauren and Dan made the park look pretty good that day, and would make a nice postcard all on their own!Ahh, the beautiful sunlight! Most people seek the variety of colors that the foliage brings in the fall. As photographers, the colors are lovely, but the true beauty is that warm, romantic sunlight. It makes even a black and white photograph “shine”.And of course, who could “overlook” the views of the city, and the iconic Carrier Dome? Nothing like being able to capture a portrait in front of a city you know and love so well and these guys looked pretty adorable doing it! Thank you for hanging out with us for the afternoon, Lauren and Dan! And for choosing us to join you on your wedding journey! We look forward to being there for the big day next summer! Congratulations! Le gach dea-ghuí, (With all good wishes) Colleen & Greg Be…

Critz Farms Engagement Session, Cazenovia, NY ♥ Caitlin & Edmund

We are so happy to share Caitlin and Edmund’s Critz Farms Engagement Session! We got quite a giggle out of the fact that they were worried about looking awkward in their portraits, especially since they look so natural and fun! We had the farm to ourselves… well mostly. There were some pretty nosey animals, that just had to watch everything we were doing. The goats and the donkeys definitely made their presence known, and gave their approval while we worked.It was nice being able to have their session at a place they have enjoyed spending time at. And while it’s not quite time to start picking out Christmas trees, they sure did look pretty with Caitlin and Ed standing next to them.We finished up their session with a cool shot outside the barn. Their sweet silhouette behind them was a fun little bonus to what was already going to be a dramatic portrait! Thank you so much, Caitlin and Edmund, for spending your evening with us, while we played and had some fun on the farm. A big thank-you to Critz Farms for letting us come by, and giving us some wheels to get around! Really looking forward to working with you two again one year from tomorrow on your wedding day! Le gach dea-ghuí, (With all good wishes) Colleen & Greg Be sure to watch the video below for more highlight images from their session! Content, images, and video are © Solas Studios 2016Reproduction, screen captures, and use of content are prohibited without written permission.…

Ithaca Engagement Session, Cornell Plantations and Myers Park ♥ Laura & Patrick

Engagement Sessions are our absolute favorite, and Laura and Patrick’s session in Ithaca was no exception! It was a warm and sunny autumn evening and the beautiful flower gardens at the Cornell Plantations gave us the perfect pops of color to spice up their portraits.   After some fun and romantic portraits at the plantations, we headed over to nearby Myers Park to get some sunset portraits by the lighthouse. The sky gave us a stunning array of colors to use as the backdrop for some silhouettes facing the west side of the fantastic Cayuga Lake. It was an absolutely awesome little adventure with you, Laura and Patrick! Thank you for tagging along with us, and making it a very enjoyable engagement session and sunset for us! We look forward to the wedding next year! Congratulations! Le gach dea-ghuí, (With all good wishes) Colleen & Greg Be sure to watch the video below for more highlight images from their session! Content, images, and video are © Solas Studios 2016Reproduction, screen captures, and use of content are prohibited without written permission.  …

Fingerlakes Wedding at Club 86, Geneva NY ♥ Elizabeth + Michael

Elizabeth and Michael’s wedding at St. Stephen’s Church and Club 86 brought us back to the picturesque Seneca Lake area, this time at the top of the lake. When we met them almost a year ago, we ventured to the bottom of the lake at Watkins Glen, for their engagement session. It was one of the most perfect fall days, back then, but on their wedding day it sure was HOT. Thankful for the beautiful breezes off the lake, though, they never once complained about the weather – they were far too busy soaking up all the love and happiness that surrounded them on their beautiful day. The girls started out at the Studio Salon to have their hair done, while Michael stayed in his daily tradition of polishing his shoes. After their hair appointments, the ladies returned to the Ramada Inn, to have makeup applied by Kayla of Exquisite Skincare Spa.It wasn’t long before it was time to head to the church for the ceremony to begin.An emotional Liz and her father made their way down the aisle, to greet Michael who was beaming at the altar.A beautifully crafted unity cross was assembled by Liz and Mike, as an important symbol of their faith and commitment.Despite the fact that the thermometer in the church read 108 degrees, neither of them seemed to break a sweat, and were full of joy as they celebrated their nuptials.After the ceremony, we headed to the lake shore to get some formal photos, and take advantage of the breathtaking views, and let’s not kid…

Riverside Wedding at 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel, Clayton NY ♥ Nikki + Kevin

Nikki and Kevin’s riverside wedding at the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel, was almost as awesome as the two of them have been to work with. Over the course of the last year, we’ve gotten to know them pretty well, and their personalities have shown through at each and every interaction we have had with them. Looking back at each of our meetings, and their engagement session, they are the poster children for the Yin and Yang. They’ve never been shy about that, or their love for their four-legged beauty, Arya. All three of them were a part of the engagement session we had for them, almost a year ago. If you missed out on seeing their session, you can take a peek at them here. We started out the evening before the wedding at the Edgewood Resort for their rehearsal dinner. There, we had a beautiful view of the majestic Boldt Castle right across the river.The morning of the wedding began with hair and makeup provided by Syracuse Makeup Artistry, in the comfort of the hotel.Nikki and Kevin had spectacular views to enjoy the morning of their wedding, overlooking the St. Lawrence River, as well as the site where their ceremony would take place in just a few hours.Getting some of their wedding day jitters out of the way, they chose to have a “First Look” Session, for a more intimate and quiet look at each other before the wedding ceremony.It was pretty overcast and cloudy during their first look, but…As it often happens the sun made an appearance, as…

Lakeside Engagement Session, Ontario, NY ♥ Christina & Conor

We had an epic evening with Christina and Conor for their lakeside engagement session in Ontario. They chose to have their session overlooking the beautiful Lake Ontario, on a privately-owned family cottage.The cottage, nestled in a quiet, wooded area, made for a peaceful and romantic setting for their portraits.No shortage of paths, greenery, and charm, it provided the perfect backdrop for their portraits celebrating their engagement.The lake views were breathtaking, giving the couple something to enjoy, and us some great opportunities to spice up their portraits!The photos by the rocks are some of our favorites – don’t they look so adorable together?The setting sun made for some beautiful warm light, and the skies above the water looked more like paintings.We had such a great time with them, and can’t wait for their wedding next year! It’s always a pleasure to return to one of our favorite venues, and with this sweet couple it’s sure to be an amazing day! Congratulations, Christina and Conor! Le gach dea-ghuí, (With all good wishes) Colleen & Greg Be sure to watch the video below for more highlight images from their session! Content, images, and video are © Solas Studios 2016Reproduction, screen captures, and use of content are prohibited without written permission.…

Lakeside Wedding at Bristol Harbour Resort, Canandaigua NY ♥ Caitlin + John

Caitlin and John’s lakeside wedding at the Bristol Harbour Resort, in Canandaigua was the kind that fairy tales are made of. Caitlin reached out to us after being referred from clients who had recently gotten married. The irony was, that same client also referred us to another friend named Kaitlyn who also was getting married on the same day. After a few enjoyable chats with her, however, Caitlin got to us first. Kaitlyn, if you’re out there reading this, we hope that your wedding day was fabulous! Soon afterward, we got the pleasure of meeting John when we had their engagement session, by the same breath-taking lake. We really enjoyed spending the afternoon with them, getting to know them, and watching them kill a bottle of wine in record time. If you missed seeing their engagement portraits, you can look back and enjoy them here. Caitlin got ready in one of the adorable, little cottages on site at the resort, with fantastic views overlooking the lake. John spent his preparation time in one of the rustic rooms in the hotel. The gift of two fragrant, snow-white gladiola arrangements were sent to Caitlin on the morning of the wedding, which made the perfect addition to their reception decor. One of the most precious moments for a mother is being a part of their daughter’s wedding day. These radiant ladies looked so stunning, these portraits could not be passed up, before we headed over for the first look. We were taking bets (no, not really) on whether John would shed some tears…

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