June 29, 2017

Finger Lakes Wedding Venue: Inns of Aurora with Annie and Chris

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Oh, Chris and Annie and my favorite Finger Lakes Wedding venue! I fell in love with these two lovebirds when I flew down to Brooklyn last Fall to meet them and document their ‘how we dated’ engagement photos. These two are infectious, loving, hilarious and {ahem} Chris talks as much as I do! So, needless to say, we hit it off right away.

Skip forward to this past weekend and their epic Finger Lakes designation wedding at the glamorous Inns of Aurora. Annie grew up in Aurora and attended Wells college, so it was only fitting that this Brooklyn couple tied the knot at Finger Lakes wedding venue the Aurora Inn!

Kinda bad-ass fun fact: Annie’s Mom was the President of Wells College and HAS A BUILDING NAMED AFTER HER.

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So, naturally the Rehearsal Dinner BBQ was held at the Ryerson Commons on the Wells College campus. This was an ideal location also because a lot of us were staying in the dorms. Perfect.unique finger lakes wedding venue Aurora NY Ryerson Commons with Lisa March Ryerson at her daughter Annie's wedding in 2017 by McKay's Photography

The dinner was a perfect mix of Annie’s family, Chris’ Dominican family and a ton of awesome friends. By the end of the evening, everyone was one big happy family. I’ve never seen such a relaxed effort to get to know each other, relax with a game of dominos and partaking of fresh cigars from the Dominican Republic.Ryerson Commons with Lisa March Ryerson at her daughter Annie's wedding in 2017 by McKay's Photography Ryerson Commons with Lisa March Ryerson at her daughter Annie's wedding in 2017 by McKay's Photography

The morning of the wedding, I saw Chris and his family for a bit and met up with my very talented second photographer, Nicole. Music was playing on the porch as we captured Chris fresh from the shower and ready to roll. He once again told the Hollywood version of how he met Annie, showed us his custom made suit, sentimental cuff links and the heirloom watch that Annie gave him the day before.
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The girls finished getting ready in their childhood home: The Taylor House. It is a stunning house across the street from the Aurora Inn and before you get all drool-y and jealous…. had no A/C. The poor ladies had their faces melting off in no time. I got the girls in their dresses after a sentimental and thoughtful gift exchange. A very special moment was when Annie’s childhood Nanny brought the wedding gown down for her to put on. And then, we were off to the horses. Literally. A horse drawn carriage picked the girls up and then trotted down Main Street to the church!unique finger lakes wedding venue Aurora NYunique finger lakes wedding venues Aurora NYunique finger lakes wedding venues Aurora NYunique finger lakes wedding venues Aurora NY unique finger lakes wedding venues Aurora NYunique finger lakes wedding venues Aurora NY

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Finger Lakes Wedding Venue: The Inns of Aurora

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Anyone smart enough to guess how Chris picked out the color for his custom made suit???

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After herding cats, I mean the family formal portraits, we headed in to my favorite Finger Lakes wedding venue for the cocktail hour. Annie and Chris convinced their friends to perform at their wedding and let’s just say the band was off the hook!

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Eventually, we all made our way to the reception tent for toasts and dinner. Tears were shed during each and every toast as family gushed over Chris and Annie and their support of each other, lust for life and the example they set as a couple.unique finger lakes wedding venues Aurora NYunique finger lakes wedding venues Aurora NYunique finger lakes wedding venues Aurora NY

Just before the cake was cut, we snuck down to Cayuga Lake for a few dusk images with the Bridal Party. Chris was busy showing off his new wedding ring and making out with his new wife. unique finger lakes wedding venues Aurora NY unique finger lakes wedding venues Aurora NY unique finger lakes wedding venues Aurora NY unique finger lakes wedding venues Aurora NYunique finger lakes wedding venues Aurora NYDestination Weddings at the Inns of Aurora in the Finger Lakes Region of NY State for the perfect wedding on Cayuga Lake. Photos by Heather McKay

As you can clearly see, the rest of the night was one big party, with a packed dance floor and a flowing bar.

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It took me a few days longer than normal to recover from this action packed wedding at the Inns of Aurora and I certainly over shot my normal quota. I just may need my own dance party while editing the wedding in order to finish.

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The following morning, because I was staying in the Wells College dorms (yes, you read that right!), I sauntered down to the Wells College Boathouse for the farewell brunch and to have a mimosa with my new favorite person: Lisa Ryerson. We toasted to making it out alive!

The Inns of Aurora catered the brunch, the guestbook was floating around and we all huddled together under the tent during a quick and furious thunderstorm. When the rain let up, the air cooled and we all went our separate ways… still beaming from the fun night before.

Wells College Boathouse

What was your favorite moment from this epic Finger Lakes wedding?? Share in the comments and on Facebook! I certainly felt like part of the family and loved getting to know each and every one of you. Three cheers to the happy couple!

Finger Lakes Wedding Venue & Professionals:

Wedding Photographer: Heather McKay  ||  Second Photographer: Nicole Lagoe  ||  Finger Lakes Wedding Venues: Inns of Aurora, United Ministries Church, Wells College  ||  Groom’s Suit: Born To Tailor  || Hair & Makeup: Faces by LTK  ||  Bridal Gown: Susan Deborah Bridal  ||

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