Ithaca, NY is one of my favorite places. It’s the city that lured me out of Maine when I went to College and it’s where I met and fell in love with my husband. It’s unique, beautiful, and full of campgrounds and delicious restaurants. So anytime I get a chance to shoot a wedding in Ithaca I am a happy gal. Maria and Jesse choose one of my favorite Ithaca Venues for their wedding day, The New Park Retreat and Event Center. A sprawling property, it boasts a streamside ceremony spot, a tented diner area, and enough character to make it impossible to ever get bored taking photos there.
The day started with Maria and her girls getting ready in one of the several cabins at New Park.
After hair and make-up was complete, Maria and I headed off to meet Jesse for their first look. Capturing the first look between a couple, whether during the ceremony or beforehand, is always a favorite part of my day.
After an afternoon of some portraits featuring the dock and lake, the beautiful house Jesse got ready in, and one of Ithaca’s vineyards, we headed back to New Park to meet up with the bridal party. I loved the color scheme that Maria and Jesse chose for their bridal party. The wine colored dresses work perfectly with the blue suits the guys wore.
Maria and Jesse had a touching ceremony under a beautifully adorned arbor, with flowers courtesy of Plenty of Posies.
After the ceremony, it was time to party, and this crowd did not disappoint!
Jesse and Maria wanted to incorporate something special into their day to honor the memory of Jesse’s father, so at the end of the night they surprised their guests with a firework show!
Maria and Jesse’s wedding was spectacular and as always I’m so honored they chose me to document it for them. Enjoy the photos 🙂
Photography – Calypso Rae Photography
Hair & Makeup – Innovations Salon and Spa
Wedding Gown – BHLDN
Grooms Suit – Generation Tux
Florist – Plenty of Posies
Caterer – Gance’s Complete Catering