Charise got ready for her wedding on a perfect Saturday in August, surrounded by laughter, family, girlfriends, and champagne. The team from Bellezza Salon and Spa was there as well, and they did a great job with everyone’s hair and makeup. The details Charise had thought of were really special – all the girls wore adorable matching pajamas, and their dresses each hung on personalized hangars. Obviously Charise’s dress took the cake - it was beautiful and timeless, yet unique. Their room at the Mirbeau Inn & Spa felt like a French Country home out of a fairy tale, with a balcony that opened up to gorgeous gardens surrounding a pond filled with lillypads – it was stunning! The Mirbeau is truly an unforgettable spot, which is perhaps why Michael chose to propose to Charise there! This made the storybook town of Skaneateles, NY an all the more perfect place for Charise & Mike to say their I do's.
Michael arrived for the First Look and waited, back turned, along the winding brick path that weaves throughout the Mirbeau’s gardens. Charise approached and tapped him on the shoulder, and they were both positively beaming when they first saw each other. You gotta love First Looks!
Their ceremony and reception both took place down the road at the Sherwood Inn, a historical venue located along the shore of the beautiful Skaneateles Lake. One of my (many) favorite parts of my job is the opportunity to see all the beautiful locations and venues that couples choose for their weddings, and both the Mirbeau and the Sherwood Inn are now on my favorites list! Charise and Michael have impeccable taste, and they planned a picture-perfect ceremony on the lawn of the Sherwood Inn. It was both elegant and heartfelt, followed by a really fun reception inside of the Inn. There were very few dry eyes in the room during the first dance, speeches, or parent dances - it was emotional in the best way. Live music played by Nik and the Nice Guys kept the dance floor packed throughout the night – I could barely get to Charise and Michael to say goodnight when it was time for me to head out!
Charise & Michael – Thank you so so so much for choosing me to be your wedding photographer. You both, along with your families and friends, were an absolute pleasure to work with – everyone was extremely kind and the happiness they all felt for you both was impossible to miss. You planned a perfect day and I hope these photos help you to always remember it!