As professional wedding photographers, we get to photograph couples and their families at some really beautiful venues, and the Lincklaen House was no exception. Jane and Ryan’s intimate, classy wedding evening at the Lincklaen House in Cazenovia, NY was such a blast for Associate Team SHP to photograph! Wesley took the lead for their big day, which was special because he’s friends with the groom’s brother Mike, whom he met thanks to our slight obsession with the establishment Mike works at, Alto Cinco! It was obvious to us the minute we met Jane and Ryan that we were in for a super chill but delightfully sweet night.
We started our day as they were just finishing up the getting ready touches like hair and make-up. Luckily, Jane had yet to get in her wedding dress, so Wesley stole away with it (with some help from Jenn and Mary Grace) to create a classic wedding dress portrait. He also got some other images of the little details like Jane’s crushed velvet maroon high heels and Ryan’s hand painted cufflinks! Meanwhile, Jenn (in a rare opportunity to join the Associate Team) photographed the unique details of the imminent reception, including a beautiful collection of fresh flower boutonnieres by Affections Floral Design provided for all their guests to wear!
Jane and Ryan strived for just the right mix of special yet non-traditional for their wedding day to best reflect their love, and we thought the boutonniere collection was so neat. We’d never seen anything like it before! The dining area was decorated in cream linens, lush greenery, and gold candlesticks. At each setting sat a personalized jar of apple pie moonshine – declaring now that Jane and Ryan had tied the knot, it was time for everyone to take a shot!
Just as soon as their wedding day looks were finalized, we set up for a sweet first look moment! The chilly winter air kept us inside, but it was no biggie! The Lincklaen House foyer was the perfect, elegant backdrop. Ryan arrived at the foyer first, and as he looked out the window waiting, Jane approached in her beautiful off-white, sleeveless gown. She put her hand on his shoulder and waited for Wesley to give the word to Ryan to turn around. We just love these orchestrated moments! It’s about making every bit of the day special. When Ryan turned around and finally saw his bride for the first time, she couldn’t help but twirl for him in her poofy gown, show off her awesome shoes, and then finally settle into the moment with a few happy tears. With a few minutes before the start of the ceremony, they ventured outside into the cold air for a few portraits in the natural light.
Jane and Ryan chose to walk down the aisle to the altar where they would marry together. They were married by, Brian, a close friend of Ryan’s. After a few words from Brian, the couple exchanged their personalized vows. Guests took witness, most wearing a corsage or a boutonniere from the collection in the foyer! As they were pronounced husband and wife, Jane couldn’t help but throw her hands up in the air as she went in for to kiss her husband for the first time.
Immediately following, guests filed out into the foyer for cocktail hour. Jane and Ryan posed for family portraits amid the joyful cocktailing. It was a fun challenge for Wesley and Mary Grace as they were sure to check off each requested portrait from our list. Everyone in attendance mingled and posed for group photos as Jenn walked around documenting. As the cocktail hour was coming to a close, Wesley snuck the couple outside for some more portraits of just the two of them, epic night shot round 1, if you will!
Once guests were seated in the dining room, Jane and Ryan sat down to their table where they were seated with their closest friends and busted out the apple pie moonshine shots. A celebratory “cheers!” was made to the newlyweds before everyone at the table kicked back the tasty shot! The Lincklaen House staff then commenced with serving salads and their signature popovers.
After dinner, Jane and Ryan invited all the guests to the dance floor to witness their first dance as husband and wife. They embraced as if getting ready for an intimate slow dance but when the song started it was clear it would be anything but that as the first few notes of Hall and Oates’ “You Make My Dreams Come True” played out. They gleefully jumped around the dance floor with each other, singing along as everyone laughed along with them until they were asked to join in. And with that – the epic dance party began!! The dance floor instantly filled. Jane disappeared for a little while to change into an awesome, gold studded one-piece number that helped her make quite the (re)entrance and allowed her to cut loose on the dancefloor.
It seemed most everyone was dancing, and the dancefloor only emptied when the couple asked for everyone to join them for the epic night shot round 2. Their closest friends and family crowded around them outside on the back patio for a requested epic group shot! The rest of the evening, guests cut loose and enjoyed delicious wedding desserts that included some adorable personalized wedding day sugar cookies Wesley couldn’t help but take Jane and Ryan aside for one last round of portraits with the cookies!
Congratulations and best wishes, Jane & Ryan!!
Featured Wedding Professionals || Dress Vendor – NY Bride | Dress Designer – Miss Bianca by Maggie Sottero | Groomsmen Attire – Charney’s | Hair & Makeup Artist – Meer Expressions | Florist – Affections | DJ – DJ Don | Cookies – Little Lovies Cookies