Nicholas and Karen’s gorgeous Fall vineyard wedding had so many great, personal touches. Their friends and family were a part of bringing it all together in various ways that really added to the beauty and they story of day.
Nicholas' mother made the cakes that were displayed on a variety of dessert pedestals and his aunt put together the floral arrangements, including the hoops decorated with flowers that each bridesmaid held. Nicholas and Karen made their strawberry jam wedding favors with the help of two bridesmaids. Those jars came with the added fun of Karen singing "Oh hot damn, this is our jam" while making them and, I have to admit, I was also singing that in my head while photographing them on Saturday! A friend of Karen’s made aspects of her wedding day attire and Karen's aunt made a purse out of pieces of Karen's grandmother's wedding dress. That purse was also her ‘something blue’ with a light blue lining on the inside of it. Karen even made a lot of the reception decor herself! And to top it all off, these two went with a less traditional music option for their reception that spoke more to them. They had an Irish rock band, The Causeway Giants, playing as the floor literally shook from all of the jumping and dancing!
Even with all of these great details, the most notable part of this wedding was Karen and Nicholas themselves. I know what you may be thinking.. “Obviously the bride and groom are notable!” But these two rank as two of the sweetest people I know. I dare you to spend time with them and not walk away smiling. They are thoughtful and just a lot of fun to be around.. I mentioned that dance floor bouncing right?! It just feels good to see two genuinely beautiful people who have found each other get married. It’s a sentiment that you could feel throughout the day during group portraits, in their ceremony, during the toasts, and the way people were there for them, like all those details above. And even seeing as many weddings as I do.. I get a bit teary eyed thinking about it now.
So.. Congratulations Karen and Nicholas! I only have a mug of tea in front of me at the moment, but I’m raising my glass to you two. To your love and the love that you so obviously inspire.
Wedding Ceremony and Reception at Owera Vineyards in Cazenovia, NY
Wedding Photography by Michelle Girard
Officiated by Kim Fancett, Justice of the Peace
Floral Arrangements by Karla McCord from the Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Wedding Cakes by the Groom’s Mother
Wedding Band: The Causeway Giants
Catered by CopperTop Tavern
Shuttle Service by Big D's Limos
Hair and Makeup by Sarah Spiwak (Cheveux Salon)
Wedding Gown by Jenny Yoo from BHLDN
Groom’s Suit from Sall-Stearns
Groomsmen Suits from Tuxedo Junction
Rings from Bradley's Jewelers in Liverpool, NY