One of the first decisions couples make when planning a wedding is the WHERE. Where will you have your family and friends gather to witness your exchange of vows? And where will everyone gather after to eat, drink, mingle, and dance like there’s no tomorrow late into the evening? For Carly and Paul, their decision to hold their ceremony and reception at an old chair-factory-turned-wedding-venue, The Sinclair of Skaneateles, could not have been more perfect. The venue itself provided an on-site ceremony with the cutest little church pews and the most beautiful woodland backdrop, and the building where chairs used to be manufactured provided a rustic/industrial space that was perfect for the intimate dinner and wild night of dancing for their reception. There is even a beautiful suite upstairs available for the wedding party to get ready in, filled with charming old chairs and furniture, where Carly and her girls spent the morning prepping.
From the laid-back prep of both bride and groom with their crews to the beautiful ceremony with an exchange of personal vows to every wild moment on the dance floor later that evening, it truly was THE most perfect day. And I’m so excited to now share a little peak of the highlights from this special day of love and celebration!
Before diving into their images, here’s a quick word of advice from the bride + groom:
Do you have any recommendations for future couples planning a wedding?
Have fun! We sometimes wondered if we were being too quirky with some of our details (like the guinea pig invites, the Harry Potter reading, or the 90’s pop music) but everyone loved it. Those things are what made it ours. Not everything for a wedding has to be so serious
Special shout-out to all the vendors!
Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Sinclair of Skaneateles
Officiant: Kathleen Jacques
Photographer: Dawn Gibson (the best photographer EVER)
Florist: Blooming Gals
Cake/Bakery: Cake was made by family friend, Valentina Yalanzhi
DJ/Band/Entertainment: Sierra Yaple
Invitations, Programs, and Signage: Alison Kenyon (The Invitation Oven)
Hair: The Traveling Stylists
Makeup: The Traveling Stylists (bridesmaids & MOB only), Bride did own makeup
Bride + Groom Attire: The Black Tux & Something Bleu Bridal
Shoes: Michael Shannon (found them on clearance for $15!)
Accessories: Hairpiece from Etsy shop (AnnaHandwelleryAccs)
Wedding Party Attire: The Black Tux & Azazie
Decorations/Decor Design or Rentals: Most of it came from the Sinclair! Other things we purchased from Etsy shops or craft stores and put together ourselves.
Favors: Treat Yo’ Self candy bags from Etsy shop, StampsJubilee
Guest Book: Etsy shop, Bleudetoi