I did not meet Lauren for the first time at her Cornell University wedding to Phillip. I met her for the first time on a beach in sunny Florida for her sister Lesley’s 2008 wedding. I then met her again in Santorini in 2010 for Lesley’s sister-in-law’s wedding. By the time Lauren’s own wedding rolled around I was already well-enamored of her charming mother, sweet sisters, and entire warm, welcoming family.
One of the first things I photographed at this wedding was Lauren’s beautiful engagement ring. The ring had been made for her by a very close friend of her late father. Lauren teared up while showing her ring to me and it was an honor to create a lovely portrait of it for her.
After hair and makeup was finished it was time to get Lauren into her dress. She got dressed in her room at the Statler Hotel surrounded by her mother, her friends, and her sisters.
I love, love, LOVED her custom LaDuca wedding shoes – as a former theatre kid myself my heart always skips a bit of a beat at that familiar logo!
Before the wedding ceremony at Cornell’s Sage Chapel the bride and her family waited in the Memorial Antechapel. It is actually a crypt but don’t let that fool you – the light, no pun intended, was killer.
Before the ceremony began we had the chance to take a few portraits around the Cornell University campus. I’d never been to Ithaca before but now I’m eager to go back. I would love to photograph this beautiful place in all seasons. The backgrounds are gorgeous, the light is stellar, and there is a photographic opportunity around every corner.
As a former musical theatre performer Lauren was true grace and sweetness in front of the camera.
Watching Lauren with her sisters made me think about the day that my daughters might marry. I am so glad that they have each other and every time I see sisters together a a wedding I can’t help but think of my daughters and stepdaughters and the incredible relationship they all have.
At the start of the ceremony Lauren was walked down the aisle by her uncle. Her grandfather, who had walked her sister down the aisle six years prior, met her near the front of the church and escorted her the rest of the way. There were many tears, mine included.
The light in Sage Chapel during the ceremony was luscious. There really is no other word for it. I can only hope that the images that I captured do it justice.
After the ceremony it was back to the crypt for a little show-and-tell of Phillip’s custom suit interior.
I don’t always get the entire set of rings before the ceremony since they’re usually split between the two bridal parties. I finally got both bands and the engagement ring together after the wedding ceremony to take a picture of all three rings at once.
We had a wonderful hour to spend on the Cornell campus taking pictures at gorgeous places such as the Cornell Library. I was especially enamored with the A.D. White Library. It looked like something out of a Harry Potter movie.
I love finding natural light in excellent, unexpected places. We were in the right room at the right time to catch this delicious burst of light through the windows of the library.
Lauren is lovely. She’s lovely inside and out. Her laugh is hilarious, her love for her family is palpable, and her eyes are beautiful. She’s huggable and funny and kind and delightful….but after spending some time with her family I can see that they are all that way!
Love, love, love.
The Statler Hotel on the Cornell campus was a wonderfully intimate location for their wedding reception. Stacy K Floral provided the decorations and the band Brass Taxi kept everyone dancing all night long.
Before the night was over we went outside to capture the gorgeous Ithaca sunset.
Lauren and Phillip, thank you so much for including me in your wedding day. It has been an honor to get to know you and bringing me all the way up to Cornell was simply wonderful. I hope you love these images as much as I loved creating them for you!