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Upstate New York Wedding

April 29, 2023

Driving into New York from Canada, the gray skies and flatness gradually shifted to emerald hills, blooming dogwoods, and vibrant redbuds. It had been a long 48 hours after a cancelled flight from Montana, several delays in Texas, and a long drive from Michigan to Ithaca, New York. It wasn't until late Friday night that I rolled into Ithaca. The next day I was booked for a 12 hour day wedding and despite the fatigue, was SO excited for the alarm to ring so I could finally see what Ithaca looks like and to capture a wedding in one of my dream locations.

Starting at 9:00, I met the bride and her sisters getting ready in a quaint farmhouse in Spencer, New York. It's also the house that Philip and Beata would start living in together after their marriage, outside the house grazed two beautiful horses, both belonging to Beata.

After getting ready, we drove the 30 minutes into Ithaca and straight to the Chapel on Cornell's campus. The wedding Mass was beautiful, and the chapel featured gorgeous glass windows as well as a stunning pipe organ that played during the precessional.

After the wedding Philip, Beata and I escaped to the gardens for some couples photos. With the clouds turning heavy we brought along a clear umbrella to take some more moody and passionate photos with.

Following the photos, I had a few hours before the reception so I explored Ithaca and was delightfully surprised by the several gorgeous waterfalls and riverwalks.

Philip and Beata are both in their PHDs and sot he reception venue of Museum of the Earth, could not have been more appropriate or perfect for their wedding reception!

Guests had full access to explore the entire museum and ate underneath a giant whale skeleton! During the meal, guests had races to put together model dinosaurs with winners taking home little prizes. To end the night, there was a scavenger hunt, cake cutting and grand ext with light optic fibers!

Up next for Philip and Beata is a honeymoon farther north and east exploring the woods of the east coast! For this Montana girl, this wedding was a bit of bucket list wedding for me, and I'm so grateful that I had the chance to document it!

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