Sarah & Anthony’s Wedding at Shadow Lawn
Sarah & Anthony were married at a gem of a venue called Shadow Lawn, in High Falls, NY. We arrived early and scouted around to plan out spots we could shoot the portraits of the couple and their wedding party and family groups both indoors and outdoors since the weather was iffy at best– it had been raining on and off for a while and it seemed unlikely we’d get much opportunity to shoot outside, but we lucked out and had no rain for the duration of our planned picture time! Though the ground was soggy the light was beautiful and I was able to take Sarah and Anthony for a quick walk around the grounds and I got shots of them with a sweet horse and barn scene I had found earlier. Wisely they had opted to re-locate their ceremony from outdoors to inside the big red barn where their cocktail hour would be hosted– it could have started raining at any point basically so this was a no brainer, especially because the barn in question made for a charming setting for their vows, and afterwards the staff easily transformed the space into the planned cocktail hour with just a quick removal of chairs while Sarah and Anthony retreated to a room downstairs where they signed their marriage license. I was able to walk them over to a few more spots I loved for some ‘just married’ pictures and then we all rejoined the guests up in the cocktail party. Guests were then treated to a tented reception complete with dinner and dancing just up the hill back behind a historic stone house, the central building at Shadow Lawn. Highlights of the evening included the sweet toasts from Sarah’s parents and the maids of honor and best man, as well as a gorgeous tablescapes featuring boards of cheese and figs, beatiful handcrafted pottery made by Sarah’s mother, and rose gold accents throughout the event! Finally we noticed it was more or less raining tiny droplets after dark, so I took Sarah and Anthony out under an umbrella for another fun ‘rain shot,’ which is something of an obsession for me whenever I’m at a wedding and there’s night-time rain, and I loved what we got– the tiny droplets lit up in different colors for some mysterious reason, and though they were fewer of them than during a hard rain they just looked like magical little globules hanging in space. Despite it being damp, Shadow Lawn stuck with the plan and at the end of the night, a small bonfire was lit in a clearing just downhill from the tent, and it looked amazing– this is one of my favorite shots from the day actually, check it out! Congratulations to Sarah & Anthony– it was an honor and a pleasure capturing your wonderful wedding!
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