Ellen & Rob - Otesaga Resort Hotel Wedding - Cooperstown, NY

Image of the Otesaga Resort in Cooperstown, NY.

On an warm August Saturday, I arrived at the beautiful Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown, NY. It was here that I met up with Ellen and Rob as they prepared for their wedding. The day started out relaxed and joyful. I had fun photographing Ellen's details and incorporating the charm of the historic Otesaga into the images.

Sparkly wedding shoes.
Wedding bridal jewelery.
Up close photograph of wedding rings.
Elegant white dress hangs from tree at the Otesaga Resort in Cooperstown, NY.
Bride watches her sister get her makeup applied.
Bride laughs while getting her hair done.
Bride's sister looks on during the getting ready phase of the day.
Bride get's her makeup done.

As the ceremony drew closer, both Ellen and Rob took a few moments to read a heartfelt letter from the other person. 

Bride reads letter from groom
Groom shed's a tear while reading a note from his bride.
Moody portrait of groom at the Otesaga Resort in Cooperstown, NY.
Bride's sister zippers up her wedding gown.

After hair and makeup were finished, Ellen got dressed in one of the gorgeous suites at the Otesaga. She was joined by her mother and sister where they shared a champaign toast.

Bride, sister, and mom share a toast at the Otesaga Resort in Cooperstown, NY.
Bride smiles before her wedding ceremony

As Ellen looked down onto the lawn where her ceremony took place she couldn't help be nervous as an impeding storm was moving across the lake.

Bride looks out the window on her wedding day.
Bride cries into fathers arms.
Bride and father hug.

Despite the looming rain, the lakeside wedding went off without a hitch. Ellen and Rob were married before their family and friends. Just moments after the ceremony ended the skies opened up and a thunderstorm moved across the grounds!

Calligraphy sign for wedding ceremony 
Flower girl drops her flower petals along the aisle.
Groom waits at the end of the aisle waiting for the bride at the Otesaga Resort.
Bride and her father walk down the aisle on the lawn of the Otesaga Resort.
Bride and groom smile at their speaker during their wedding ceremony.
Bride grins widely during wedding ceremony.
First Kiss
Bride and groom proceed down the aisle after their wedding ceremony.
Bride and groom hug after wedding ceremony.

After a brief but mighty thunderstorm, we took the time to take some portraits. I loved incorporating the ivy that covers the building walls into the images.

Bridal portrait at the Otesaga Resort in Cooperstown, NY.

After our portrait session, we headed into the ballroom to kick off the party. The room was decorated with gorgeous floral arrangements by Village Floral

First dance at the Otesaga Resort in Cooperstown, NY.

During dinner, Ellen and Rob let me drag them back outside for a few more sunset photos. We headed down to the docks to take advantage of the gorgeous light and lakeside view. I always try to get my couples out for a few photos at this time of day!


After dinner the Clark Eno Orchestra got everyone up and moving. 


Ellen and Rob are such a sweet couple and spending the day documenting their day was so much fun. I hope you enjoy looking at the photos as much as I enjoyed taking them!


Photographer: Calypso Rae Photography

Wedding Venue: The Otesaga Resort, Cooperstown, NY

Bride's Dress: Alexandra Grecco from Alice in Ivory in Chicago, IL

Groom's Suit: Hickey Freeman

Bridesmaid Dress: Amsale

Videographer: T2 Productions

Band, Cocktail Hour and Ceremony Music: Clark Eno Orchestra

Calligrapher: Adirondack Ink

Florist: The Village Floral

Hair: Krista Gagnon

Make Up: Danielle Cozza-Whiteley