If you follow our blog, you’ll recognize Kate & Jared from our recent post about their sweet downtown Auburn engagement session! We have been acquainted with Kate & Jared, two teachers in love, through mutual friends for years, and we definitely grew closer during their wedding planning process! We have to admit, we were a little daunted when they told us their wedding party was 28 people deep, but it quickly became apparent why they couldn’t have it any other way as we spent time with them during their best day ever (the large wedding party definitely made for some incredible photos!).
The day began and ended with tons of energy, joy, and smiles! Virtually every single person of their 300 count guest list filled the church to watch their nuptials. It was an awesome sight to see. Kate was bursting with joy as she made her way to the altar and couldn’t help but fist pump the air as the priest mentioned her union to Jared. When the wedding party was asked to come to the for the exchange of rings, all 28 members cascaded around Kate & Jared, and it was epic! Once they were officially deemed husband and wife, everyone went outside for a balloon release, which made for quite the photo op!
After snapping some formals at the church altar, we stopped at Hoopes Park (where Jared proposed to Kate!) for some formal shots of the newly weds. While they were posing, Kate’s brother came walking up with June, Kate and Jared’s beloved fur baby! It was evident that this put Kate’s day over the top with joy! When Sarah showed her a shot of her sweet family on the back of the camera, Kate had to hold back tears! Sarah quickly exclaimed “Pooooop!” to get Kate to laugh instead of cry and mess up her makeup before the reception. It was adorable.
Kate & Jared rejoined the wedding party getting wild on the limo bus, and we all headed to Emerson Park Pavilion. The weather was on point and the pavilion sits right on the tip of Owasco Lake, so to say the day was picture perfect is definitely not an overstatement. Sarah and Wesley took the wedding party around the grounds for some fun formals as the guests enjoyed a lovely indoor/outdoor cocktail hour at the pavilion. Everyone fit comfortably in the modern, industrial-inspired venue. Jenn was able to get into the reception area before the guests in order to document the beautiful decorations. Having this time is ideal for us and our work flow! Plus, it’s always great for all the hard work and planning to be documented before the guests enjoy it.
The cocktail hour smoothly transitioned to the reception as the guests were invited into the open, airy reception hall. The wedding party did not disappoint with their introductions, being sure to entertain all the guests with chugging contests, little dances, and funny moments. Once Kate & Jared made it to the dance floor, they shared the sweetest first dance to Sara Bareilles’ “I Choose You” filled with singing to each other, twirling and jumping!
The reception joy did not stop there either. Kate’s Matron of Honor, cousin and best friend, Chelsea changed the words to their favorite teeny bopper (Aaron Carter? haha) song to celebrate Kate’s marriage to Jared. Jared’s Best Man and friend of 30 years, Ryan made the entire room crack up as he shared dad jokes with Jared’s dad. And the fun and surprises just continued! Kate and Jared’s favorite band (made up of local Auburn teachers), The Mere Mortals, MC’d the night. Right before dinner, one of the members reminded Kate that it was national Dance Day, and then suddenly the music started and random guests of the reception started to pop-up, flash mob style, to dance for Kate. She’s a dancer, so this was an extra special surprise, and boy could we tell she was surprised!!! After dinner, Kate returned the favor when a sweet, slow father/daughter dance turned into a rap medley complete with props. Mr. Collier showed off his best hip-hop moves and was the sweetest sport for his daughter.
Mr. Collier said it best when he thanked guests for joining the celebration – Kate & Jared’s kind souls had brought some of the nicest, most joyful people together under one roof. The party was in full blast after dinner and the dance floor was never empty! The Mere Mortals even asked Kate up on stage to sing! Kate & Jared also hired Poppy’s ice cream truck to come by for a unique dessert experience.
Here are some highlights for you to enjoy of Kate & Jared’s best day ever:
Congratulations & best wishes, Mr. & Mrs. Tabone! #tohaveandtabone
Featured Wedding Professionals || Dress Vendor – NY Bride | Hair Stylist – Clara Sloan | Makeup Artist – Sara Scollan, Crazy Beautiful Co. | Caterer – H&J Hospitality | Florist – Michelle Feraccio, The Flower Shop | Band – Mere Mortals | Videographer – Zach Cullen, Cullen Studios (formally, Live Oak Films LLC) | Transportation – Big D’s Limo | Cake – Judy Campanella