Kelly and Garrett’s love story began when they met as college students at SUNY Geneseo. I also went to school there, and mutual friends told them about my photography. Although I (unfortunately) didn’t meet them prior to their wedding, I’m always excited to shoot Geneseo weddings because they are always great!
When I got to Kelly’s room in the morning it was clear to me within two minutes of meeting her that she is literally one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met. I feel like the saying “her smile could light up a room” was written about Kelly. She was beaming all day, especially whenever anyone mentioned Garrett and she’d say something adorable like “I just LOVE him!!” A little later in the day when I got to meet him, I was again taken aback at how incredibly kind he was. These two truly seem to be made for each other and it's obvious that they are head over heels in love.
Their ceremony and reception took place at the Ocean Club on Atlantic Beach, Long Island. This is a gorgeous venue right on the water, and it was especially meaningful to them because Kelly has been going there for years, to the cabana that has been in her family since her mom was a little girl. Kelly has wanted to get married there ever since she was little, before they even held weddings! Her dream ceremony became a reality as she and Garrett said their I do’s on the beach surrounded by the sand, sea, and their closest friends and family.
The reception had a nautical theme, with all sorts of neat touches like a bottle filled with messages as a guestbook alternative. My favorite of all these beautiful nautical details was revealed later in the night - Garrett’s little sister made the wedding cake, and it was spectacular. I couldn’t believe that she made all the edible starfish, seashells, and sailor knots that covered it - she's so talented!
Everyone clearly had a blast at the reception! I had a hard time doing my usual rounds to take photos of the guests seated because no one was in their seats – they were all dancing! I got to steal Kelly & Garrett away from the dance floor to do a few more pictures on the beach at sunset and I'm so glad - the sky was breathtaking!
Kelly and Garrett – Thank you from the bottom of my heart to you and your families for making me feel so welcomed and appreciated on your wedding day. I was touched time and time again by your kindness and thoughtfulness. Seriously, you guys are THE BEST. I wish you every happiness in life, and I hope you love the photos!