Maria & Jesse – New Park Retreat and Event Center Wedding – Ithaca, NY

January 29, 2018

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.

 White wedding gown with beaded belt.

 White wedding heels with diamonds on the heels.

The day started with Maria and her girls getting ready in one of the several cabins at New Park.

 Bride getting airbrushed makeup.

 black and white photo of bridesmaids getting ready.

 bridesmaids look at the wedding dress hanging in the window.

 Bridesmaids smiles at bride.

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.

 Bride and groom hug on a dock.

 Groom kisses bride on cheek on a dock.

 Close up of bride with lake in the background.

 Back of bride looking down at her bouquet.

 Bride and groom look at each other in front of a willow tree.

 Close up of bride and groom looking at each other. 

 Groom looking off in the distance.

 Bride and groom walking away.

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.

 Groom and his mother walk down the aisle.

 Bride and her mother walk down the aisle.

 Bride and groom during their ceremony at New Park Retreat in Ithaca, New York.

 First Kiss at New Park Retreat in Ithaca, NY.

After the ceremony, it was time to party, and this crowd did not disappoint!

 First dance between bride and groom at New Park Retreat in Ithaca, NY.

 Bride and mother dance in Ithaca, New York.

 Black and white image of bride dancing with her mother at New Park Retreat in Ithaca, NY.

 Groom and mother dance at wedding.

 Black and white image of groom dancing with flower girl at a wedding reception.

 Black and white recpetion dancing image/

 Bride dancing with handkerchief on her head during wedding reception.

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!

 Bride and groom look out at fireworks at New Park Retreat in Ithaca, NY.

 Bride and groom kiss with fireworks above them.

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

Venue – New Park Retreat and Event Center

Hair & Makeup – Innovations Salon and Spa

Wedding Gown – BHLDN

Grooms Suit – Generation Tux

Florist – Plenty of Posies

Caterer – Gance’s Complete Catering