Meher & Danial - Marriott Syracuse Downtown - Syracuse, NY

Last month I headed over to the Marriott Syracuse Downtown to photograph this gorgeous wedding reception. Meher and Danial were married in Pakistan, but of course they wanted to celebrate their marriage with their friends and family here in Syracuse as well. The reception was absolutely stunning. The already grand ballroom was made even more magnificent by cherry blossom centerpieces thanks to Elegant Affairs Inc. It was my first time shooting at this venue since it opened and I'm excited that I'll be back a few times this season. 

I had the chance to do a few portraits with Meher and Danial right in the ballroom and I took advantage of the natural light let in by the enormous windows. After portraits it was time for them to mingle with their guests, enjoy a victory by Michigan in the march madness playoffs, and then celebrate the night away. Enjoy the photos :).

 A wide shot of the grand ballroom at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown. The room is golden and ornate with large floor to ceiling windows and hanging crystal chandeliers. The tables are decorated with Cherry Blossoms. The image was produced by Calypso Rae Photography.
 Tablescape at a wedding reception in Syracuse, NY. The table is labled as table 8 and has cherry blossoms as the centerpiece.
 Close up for Cherry Blossom branches. They are pink and white.
 Cherry blossom centerpieces line ballroom tables in the Marriott Syracuse Downtown Ballroom. Photo taken by Syracuse Wedding Photographer, Calypso Rae Photography.
 Image of table 7 at a wedding in the Marriott Syracuse Downtown ballroom. The table has cherry blossoms on it. You can see a chandelier in the background as well as other tables.
 The sweetheart table for the bride and groom is lined with a sparkly gold cloth and a floral arrangement. The table sits on a stage with an arch of cherry blossoms above it. Large floor to ceiling windows are behind the table. On either side of the sweetheart table are two smaller tables with flowers on them. The sweetheart table is in the Marriott Syracuse Downtown ballroom and was photographed by Syracuse wedding photographer Calypso Rae.
 Dessert table at a wedding. 
 A white and gold wedding cake is adorned with pink and orange flowers. A mirror is behind the cake causing a reflection of the cake to be seen as well as the tables in the room.

 A bride and groom pose in the ballroom of their wedding reception. The bride is dressed in traditional Pakistani dress. The groom is in a suit.
 Bride and groom smile at each other during a portrait with Syracuse Wedding Photographer Calypso Rae Photography.
 Bride and groom stand amongst cherry blossoms in the ballroom of Marriott Syracuse Downtown. They are smiling at each other and have their hands on each others arms. 
 Portrait of a bride and groom in front of a huge mirror that goes to the ceiling of the ballroom.
 Bride smiles at her groom in the Marriott Syracuse Downtown Ballroom. They are standing in front of a large mirror.

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 Bride and groom enter their wedding reception.
 Bride and groom cut their cake.
 Bride and groom seated at their sweet heart table, surrounded by their parents and siblings.
 Black and white image of bride and groom laughing during their wedding reception.
 Bride laughs, while groom raises his hands in joy during their wedding reception.

Vendors

Photography - Calypso Rae Photography

Venue - Marriott Downtown Syracuse

Event Design and Decor - Elegant Affairs Inc.

Christine & Miguel - Sixty State Place Wedding - Albany, NY

Well here we are, my last wedding to share from 2017! What an amazing season. It was my first one back after having my daughter, and I have to admit I was a little nervous about balancing these new mom responsibilities with a busy wedding season. But, it turns out I had nothing to worry about. Every client was so kind and every wedding was so much fun to capture, that I had no trouble getting back into my creative wedding photography groove.

And now it's time to share this amazing wedding with you guys. You may remember Christine and Miguel from their Brooklyn engagement session. These two are a super chic, fashion forward couple, and I knew from their engagement shoot that their wedding was going to be spectacular. Even though they live in NYC, they decided to have their wedding upstate in Albany, NY at Sixty State Place. These two had a perfect day getting married in front of their family and friends, a stunning portrait session around our State's capital and then they partied the night away. Enjoy the photos :)


Christine and her girls spent the morning getting ready in the bridal suite at Sixty State Place.

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Meanwhile, Miguel and his groomsmen were just next door, prepping for the big day.

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The two shared a first look in front of the State's Capitol building and then we wandered around taking portraits before their ceremony.

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After a touching ceremony, these two, along with their guests, partied well into the night!

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Vendors

Photography - Calypso Rae Photography

Venue: Sixty State Place

DJ: DJ Dave Ali

Hair & Makeup: James Milligan

Gown: Tony Ward

Suit: Tom James

Florist: Blooms for Rooms

Theresa & Adam - Lincklaen House Wedding - Cazenovia, NY

The Lincklaen House, located in downtown Cazenovia, is one of my all time favorite venues. It's a charming and unique place that offers loads of opportunities for photographs. (They also make the best popovers!) Theresa and Adam chose the Lincklaen house last fall for their wedding. It was the perfect setting to celebrate their marriage with their family and friends. I enjoyed creating artistic portraits, and capturing candid moments of this sweet couple on their wedding day. Enjoy the photos :)


While the boys played an early round of golf, the girls got ready in the bridal suite at the Lincklaen House.

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Theresa and Adam chose to have an intimate indoors ceremony.

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We gathered up the bridal party and headed over to the nearby park for some lakeside portraits.

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After a delicious meal, Theresa, Adam and their guests partied the night away.

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Vendors

Photography - Calypso Rae Photography

Venue - Lincklaen House

Hair & Makeup - Karma Salon

Wedding Gown - Spy Baby Bridal

Suit - Tuxedo Junction

Rings - Henry Wilson Jewelers

Flowers - Floral Garden

Desserts - CupCakers

DJ - Jammin Beats

 

Sarah & Brandon - Lake Forest Camp - An Adirondacks Wedding

I don't know that my words will be able to do an adequate job describing Sarah and Brandon's adirondack wedding, so I suppose it's a good thing I have a lot of photos to share with you instead. This weekend gathering was more than just a wedding day, it was a 3 day celebration of love, friendship, and family, which Sarah and Brandon have in abundance. And for a good reason, Sarah and Brandon are two of the kindest, funniest, and caring people you will meet. It was more than apparent that they had touched the lives of every person present at their wedding in such a positive way. I had so much fun documenting this special day. Enjoy the photos :)


The day started off with color wars at Forest Lake Camp. All of the guests were divided into different colored teams where they competed in events such as dodgeball and canoe racing.

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Sarah and Brandon's dog is a huge part of their lives and so they made sure they chose a venue that could accommodate their furry pal along with all of their guest's dogs as well! 

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After the color wars, Sarah and Brandon went their seperate ways for a bit to prepare for their forest ceremony.

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After the ceremony and a portrait session down by the lake, Sarah, Brandon and their guests released Chinese Lanterns.

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After dinner and some heartfelt speeches, it was time to get the party started. And party this crowd did!

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Vendors

Photography - Calypso Rae Photography

Venue - Forest Lake Camp

Wedding Dress - Spell & The Gypsy

Groom's Suit - Museo

Rings - Artisan LA

 

Maria & Jesse - New Park Retreat and Event Center Wedding - Ithaca, NY

Ithaca, NY is one of my favorite places. It’s the city that lured me out of Maine when I went to College and it’s where I met and fell in love with my husband. It’s unique, beautiful, and full of campgrounds and delicious restaurants. So anytime I get a chance to shoot a wedding in Ithaca I am a happy gal. Maria and Jesse choose one of my favorite Ithaca Venues for their wedding day, The New Park Retreat and Event Center. A sprawling property, it boasts a streamside ceremony spot, a tented diner area, and enough character to make it impossible to ever get bored taking photos there.


 White wedding gown with beaded belt.
 White wedding heels with diamonds on the heels.

The day started with Maria and her girls getting ready in one of the several cabins at New Park.

 Bride getting airbrushed makeup.
 black and white photo of bridesmaids getting ready.
 bridesmaids look at the wedding dress hanging in the window.
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After hair and make-up was complete, Maria and I headed off to meet Jesse for their first look. Capturing the first look between a couple, whether during the ceremony or beforehand, is always a favorite part of my day.

 Bride and groom hug on a dock.
 Groom kisses bride on cheek on a dock.
 Close up of bride with lake in the background.
 Back of bride looking down at her bouquet.
 Bride and groom look at each other in front of a willow tree.
 Close up of bride and groom looking at each other. 
 Groom looking off in the distance.
 Bride and groom walking away.
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After an afternoon of some portraits featuring the dock and lake, the beautiful house Jesse got ready in, and one of Ithaca’s vineyards, we headed back to New Park to meet up with the bridal party. I loved the color scheme that Maria and Jesse chose for their bridal party. The wine colored dresses work perfectly with the blue suits the guys wore.

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Maria and Jesse had a touching ceremony under a beautifully adorned arbor, with flowers courtesy of Plenty of Posies.

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 Bride and groom during their ceremony at New Park Retreat in Ithaca, New York.
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After the ceremony, it was time to party, and this crowd did not disappoint!

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Jesse and Maria wanted to incorporate something special into their day to honor the memory of Jesse’s father, so at the end of the night they surprised their guests with a firework show!

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Maria and Jesse's wedding was spectacular and as always I'm so honored they chose me to document it for them. Enjoy the photos :)

~Caly


Vendors

Photography - Calypso Rae Photography

Venue - New Park Retreat and Event Center

Hair & Makeup - Innovations Salon and Spa

Wedding Gown - BHLDN

Grooms Suit - Generation Tux

Florist - Plenty of Posies

Caterer - Gance's Complete Catering