Kristie & Dave are the sort of fun-loving couple whose laughter and love (10 years in the making) are nothing short of contagious. So when it came to their wedding, they needed a venue as unique and special as they are. Enter Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion in Canandaigua, upstate New York - a nod to the region where both Kristie grew up and together her & Dave purchased their first home. Maximizing the beautiful grounds established circa the 1880's, the wedding day carried us through many of the now historic state park's highlights with a ceremony in the Rock Garden, cocktails in the Japanese Garden, and portraits carrying us through both and beyond, to the Italian Garden & Mansion as well.
As to be expected, the day was nothing short of a modern, ultra-classy yet somehow extraordinarily relaxed celebration featuring a charming outdoor ceremony filled with so much joy - both between Kristie and Dave themselves and amongst the intimate group of guests gathered around them. With details as effortlessly on-point as the the day itself, colours of grey and blue (a pantone after my own heart) subtly tied into the sapphire detailing on Kristie's engagement ring. And a new personal favourite: Mokume Gane wedding rings, a 500 year old wood-grain inspired technique traditionally used to make Japanese sword sheathes. With just a small handful of metal smiths now specializing in the art, both bands were forged from the same billet of metal - making a pairing as uniquely connected as the couple themselves.
And yet above all else, it was the small moments throughout that breathed life into the day: Kristie & her bridesmaids circling to reference photos for practice bustling the dress, a heartfelt ceremony officiated by a close friend, Kristie pausing to pin the boutonniere on her groom during a quiet moment, fleeting glances at the new wedding bands on their fingers, stolen kisses, simultaneous hugs during joint parent dances... and a playfulness so endearing there was rarely a straight face or dry eye the whole day through.
Photography: Melissa Kruse Photography | Getting Ready: Del Monte Lodge | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Sonnenberg Gardens | Catering: Max Rochester | Musical Performers: Silver Arrow Band | Florals: Selene Chaisson of Top Markets | Rentals: McCarthy Tents & Events | Makeup & Hair: Bello Salon | Cake: Scratch Bakeshop | Invitations: Beacon Lane | Bride's Dress: Alyne Bridal at Kleinfelds | Veil: Belaire Bridal at Kleinfelds | Hairpin: BHLDN | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Groom's Attire: Mysuit.com | Groom's Shoes: Johnston & Murphy | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Bridesmaids' Necklaces: Mejuri | Rings: James Binnion Metal Arts at Hummingbird Jewelers | Second Photographer: Bethany Jones | First Dance Song: I Don't Dance by Lee Brice