Summer Picnic-Inspired New York Wedding: Andrew & Amanda – Part 2

Yesterday, I shared with you part one of Andrew and Amanda’s summer picnic wedding. After their wedding, Amanda and I discussed what went on behind-the-scenes to put together such a gorgeous, heartfelt wedding. She told me, “It was important that our wedding felt like a big gathering of our family and friends, so we were looking for a theme that wasn’t high maintenance or pretentious. We wanted everyone to feel comfortable while they celebrated with us. In thinking about our favorite times with family and friends, we settled on a summer picnic theme – everyone coming together for good food, good drinks, and good company. The picnic theme was relaxed enough to fit our vision, but we could still dress it up a little and make it feel really special.”

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Planning is in Amanda’s nature, and their wedding was no exception. Every last detail was meaningful, and this has to be my favorite “Something Blue” ever. Her cousin and bridesmaid Megan suggested finding a way to remember the members of our family who have passed away, so Amanda carried a little slip of paper with the names of their grandparents and Andrew’s uncle handwritten in blue ink by each of their parents.

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“We both value family and Andrew grew up in a household of anthropologists, so it was really important to us that our ceremony and celebration reflect the items and traditions that are important to both of our families. It was also really important that every element of our wedding truly reflect us, so for the standard wedding traditions we opted to observe, we tried to personalize them – like joining syrup from our home states instead of a lighting a unity candle or pouring sand,” Amanda shared. She continued, “We designed our ceremony ourselves but with the guidance of our officiant, who was the pastor of the church I grew up in. She recommended asking our families to each choose a reading as an offering to us, which we did. Both of our families took that assignment very seriously, and we ended up with a mix of funny and traditional readings. They were perfect. We also borrowed from the Quaker tradition and asked all of our guests to sign a certificate with our vows on them as witnesses to our commitment, and we now have a beautiful visual reminder of the friends and family who were there with us.”

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No sooner had the ceremony ended than a few rain clouds rolled in. Before the rain came, though, Andrew and Amanda stole a few minutes to take leave of their guests and share some time reflecting and celebrating the fact that they were finally Mr. & Mrs! The lush and beautiful grounds of Lake Lodge were the perfect backdrop for their display of complete joy.

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We did manage to get caught in the rain, but Amanda’s uncle Craig was on standby with his and her umbrellas to keep the lovebirds dry. By divine providence, the umbrellas even matched the blue and yellow picnic theme.

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Reception details? Perfection! Seriously, Amanda thought of EVERYTHING!

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Andrew and Amanda’s reception kicked off with the traditional first dances, and in the true spirit of the day, there was no shortage of emotion to photograph.

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Cake! Enough said.

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As the sun was setting, the rain finally broke, so we sneaked out and headed down to the dock for a few more couple portraits. Andrew is ever the gentleman, and I know he will spend his lifetime making Amanda proud.

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Andrew and Amanda, thank you a million times over for inviting me to be a small part of your very special day. My wish for you is a lifetime of adventures as you grow together through the seasons of life. Love and hugs!

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A special thanks to all the vendors who made Amanda & Andrew’s day so very special!

Hair: Salon 96 | Venue: Lake Lodge in Alfred, NY | Amanda’s Dress and Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal | Quaker Wedding Certificate: Dancing Pen & Press | Mens’ Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Ties & Pocket Squres: The Belle and the Beau

And to my wonderful second shooter, Mary Beth  of Mary Beth Mahaney Photography — thank you a million times over for blessing Andrew and Amanda with your time and talent. You rocked it, girl! 🙂

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