This wonderful couple couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day to tie the knot. I’ve been photographing Katie and Justin’s milestones for years, and was so excited to be part of their special day together. Through out the years I photographed this couples maternity, newborn, one year, and engagement photos. On their wedding day I accompanied Jessica at Jessica Standish Photography. We have photographed weddings together before, and love working together, we especially had fun shooting Katie and Justin’s Wedding day together. What an amazing day this couple put together at Hidden Valley Animal Adventure in Varysburg, New York.
Katie and Justin chose one of my favorite places for their wedding day, The lodge at Hidden Valley is a unique and gorgeous venue. From the rustic timber lodge, to the peaceful pond and wildflowers, this wedding day was full of beautiful photo opportunities.
I always love to start wedding day photos with detailed shots of the bride getting ready for her special day. The simplicity of her gorgeous white gown hanging in anticipation for her walk down the aisle in a few short hours. Katie had the most exquisite sparkling accessories to go with her dress. She was absolutely stunning. Surrounded by her closest girlfriends, they put the finishing touches on Katie’s wedding day look. I loved their matching robes, as they enjoyed each others company waiting for Katie’s big walk down the aisle.
I love capturing the little moments that make a wedding day so special. This was Katie’s brother giving Justin a gift from Katie before their ceremony. A time honored tradition, letting your partner know your thinking of them before you meet at the end of the aisle. Justin also took the time to write Katie a sweet note on the soles of her heels that she would wear to walk down the aisle.
The guys were equally excited for the ceremony to start as they got ready in a suite at the lodge. Helping each other tie their bow ties and exchanging smiles and stories, they were ready to get the ceremony started.
Before we knew it, it was time for the ceremony to start. The gorgeous bridesmaids were accompanied by the handsome groomsmen. Katie and Justin’s sweet daughter came down the aisle with her grandfather, she was all smiles with her sign “Daddy, here comes mommy!”. Next up was the bride, Katie was absolutely stunning as she walked from the lodge down to the gazebo on the water.
After the ceremony, we snuck away to do some wedding party pictures before the reception. The lodge had amazing views, so many great spots to photograph this husband and wife with their friends and family. I especially love the photo of everyone celebrating all the love that Katie and Justin have for one another.
After capturing some amazing photos outside, we all headed indoors for the reception. The reception was held in the great room of the lodge, with a striking two story stone fireplace and whimsical ivy décor that Katie had hand selected. The reception was beautiful. Friends and family celebrated the new husband and wife, as they danced the night away.
This was their first dance, but not their last, as the new Mr. and Mrs. were joined by their daughter on the dance floor. Surrounded by friends and family, watching as they spun around the dance floor taking in the love surrounding them.
A gorgeous and delicious wedding cake was laid out on rustic wood boards and crates filled with matching cupcakes. Denise’s Desserts at Smile’s Sundaes did a wonderful job.
Thank you to Katie and Justin for choosing Chelsie Renae Photography for your wedding day. It meant so much to me to be part of your special day together. I always enjoy seeing your family in my studio, capturing your special milestones. I cant wait to see where life takes you together. Wishing you a lifetime of love and happiness. xoxo, Chelsie
Wedding Venue | Hidden Valley Animal Adventure
Florist | Warsaw Greenhouses
Hair | Tara Thomas
Makeup | Grace Suzanne
DJ | Don’s DJ Service
Catering | Hidden Valley Animal Adventure
Photography | Jessica Standish Photography & Chelsie Renae Photography
Chelsie Renae Photography is located in Nunda, New York. Chelsie Renae Photography offers custom portraits in Rochester, New York and surrounding areas. Chelsie specializes in Newborn Photography and capturing Family Milestones in natural settings. Through Chelsie Renae Photography you will have a story of these special moments of your life forever. Come share your family story with me and book your session today.