Cynthia+Steve | John Joseph Inn Wedding | Ithaca Wedding Photographer

Cynthia and Steve met in the US Navy, and opted for a countryside celebration for their closest friends and family, near where Cynthia grew up. They both got ready at John Joseph Inn, a picturesque inn and wedding venue just outside Ithaca, NY. The girls had the upstairs of the house, while the boys straightened ties downstairs. I have known Cynthia’s family ever since I can remember, which made this even more special for me to shoot! I shot her sister’s wedding three years ago, so all the extended family already knew me which was fun.

Honoring their families was something they wanted to do throughout the whole day. Cynthia wore a handkerchief, pinned inside of her wedding dress, that was an heirloom from Steve’s side of the family. The garter she wore had been in the family for multiple generations, being passed down the line for each wedding. She not only danced with her dad, but also with her older brother at the reception. Steve’s cousin made their cake. His sister wrote them a song and sang it after the speeches. Cynthia’s sister designed the invitations with a custom illustration of the venue, and also created the bouquets and centerpieces. Cynthia’s family hand-painted the table numbers on dessert plates, and Steve’s family put together the photo booth. I absolutely loved these touches that not only celebrated them as a couple, but also the family that surrounds them.

They ceremony was held at Sage Chapel on the Cornell University campus, a gothic church that has been around since 1875 (like, woah). After exchanging vows (and some tears), we walked through the Cornell campus for bridal party photos, and then all headed back to John Joseph Inn for the party! The property was simply stunning, between the farm buildings, the manicured gardens, and the apple orchard in the back. It was supposed to rain all day, but instead it decided to be perfect. It was such an honor to document this couple and the families that raised them, and be witness to such a meaningful celebration.

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Second Shooter: Ben Albano

Venue + Catering: John Joseph Inn

Event Planning + Design: Jessica Alexander Events

Floral Design: Jessica Alexander Events

Groomsmen: Men’s Wearhouse

Bridesmaids: JJ’s House