I had a wonderful start to my 2017 season by celebrating with Curtis and Jessica in Lockport, NY.  As always in Western, NY, you can never predict the weather.  We had several days of rain, which turned into snow the night before their wedding.  Lots of well-laid plans for outdoor photographs were quickly reorganized when I realized it was not going to be 50ish degrees, but more like 40ish, and all the locations I’d planned on going to were now swamps.  Our saving grace was a clear, sunny sky which poured in through the windows, giving me great natural lighting within the church.

Curtis and Jessica were married at The Chapel, Lockport Campus.  This location afforded many different rooms and varied backdrops for both getting readies and creatives.  I loved the many ornate wood doors and stained glass windows scattered throughout the campus.  The Couple also decided to do a First Look (something I always recommend).  Not only does this afford for a more personal moment between the Bride and Groom, it’s a massive time saver.  If planned properly, I can do all the getting ready, bridal party, creatives and family formals done before the ceremony, allowing the Bride and Groom time to spend with their guests at the cocktail hour and reception.

After the ceremony and family formals, we all drove the short distance to the Rapids Fire Hall for the reception.  We were actually ahead of schedule, which I don’t expect to happen too often throughout the rest of the season, but for the first day out it was a pretty good feeling!  I was pleasantly surprised when Jessica told me about her idea of hanging fairy lights on several of the fire hall walls.  This small detail allowed me to play with the light and dimension it created and only enhanced what turned into a great party.  We capped the night off with a Sparkler send off.  The funny part is that when I asked Jessica if she’d made sure the venue allowed sparklers (sometimes venues don’t due to the fire hazard), she laughed and said, “It’s a fire hall, I think we’ll be ok.”  All in all, it was a fantastic start to my season.  I would like to say congrats and thank you again to Curtis and Jessica, and I wish you both the best for the future.

Wedding Vendors

Ceremony | The Chapel, Lockport Campus

Reception | Rapids Fire Co. Lockport NY