Karis and Nathan are married! I had the privilege of taking their engagement photos last summer, and seeing how much fun they had with each other in front of the camera, and how much their love for each other just burst through with every smile and interaction, made me even more excited about photographing their wedding. And wow, did they deliver -- what a fun-filled, romantic, sweet wedding day up in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York! Gorgeous sweeping vistas, romantic trailing flowers, and beribboned lanterns...
...and a number of nods to the couple's mutual love for everything Tolkien. :) Karis wore an elfin tiara along with a truly gorgeous dress with a subtle leaf/floral beaded motif. The bridal party processed in to music from the Lord of the Rings movies ("Into the West"). The pastor's homily included some well-chosen references to the Lord of the Rings trilogy (which was easy for the pastor, Rev. Matthew Ristuccia, who is himself also a Tolkien fan!). The table numbers at the reception were superimposed on pages containing Karis and Nathan's favorite passages from the trilogy. All very subtle and in keeping with the overall elegance and romance of the day, but so perfect in portraying the personalities of the bride and groom -- I so love it when couples can find ways to incorporate things like this into their special day!
Without (much) further ado, here are just a few of my favorite photos from this wonderful wedding weekend! Beginning with a sweet rehearsal at the ceremony site, the Esperanza Mansion, which was followed by a lovely tented rehearsal dinner at a nearby private estate, where Karis and Nathan honored their bridal parties and families with gifts and toasts:
And then getting ready on the big day itself!