Ceremony Favorites – Favorite Wedding Ceremony Photos of 2011!

Syracuse Wedding

Narrowing down the selection to one favorite from each wedding ceremony from 2011 was no easy task!  I love photographing the expression, the beauty, and the nuance of the wedding ceremony.  There’s only one chance to get these images and that is a challenge that I absolutely love!
These photographs are shown in order of most recent to least recent.
This first one was from Kate & Adam’s wedding ceremony at St. Cecelia’s Church in Solvay.  The light, the reflection, the detail, and above all that little look that Kate is giving to Adam in the middle of the ceremony make this one stand out to me!

St. Cecelia's Church Wedding Ceremony

Julia and Craig’s outdoor ceremony at the Geneva, NY Ramada Inn was held on a rainy, rainy day but just look at the joy on their faces!  Expression gets me every time!Geneva Ramada Wedding Ceremony

Once you get to know me, you’ll quickly know that I love light and I love kids!  This image from Nicole & Eric’s Oneida, NY ceremony is filled with dramatic light, great shadows and that wonderfully cute little boy hanging out in the aisle of the church during the final prayer of the ceremony.  He just couldn’t sit in the pew any longer; I’m glad he didn’t!

little boy in wedding ceremony

 This is a moment that I don’t think I’ll ever forget from Kayce & Fletch’s wedding ceremony at The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in downtown Syracuse.  Kayce expression as she looks down the aisle at the man she is about to marry, Kayce’s dad trying to hold back the tears, and who can miss the balance that this super-cool bagpipe player brings to this photo?

cathedral wedding with bagpipe

Erin & Shawn got married at Word of Life Assembly of God in Baldwinsville and the thing about this image that stops me in my tracks is the shear simplicity of the joy that you can see on both of their face as they experience their first kiss as husband and wife!

First kiss at Word of Life Assembly of God.

Again, I’m a sucker for expression and Morley & Mike had no shortage of it in their wedding ceremony at the Genesee Grand Hotel.  This image was by far my favorite though because I can feel the love between them, the  joy that they are married, and the relief that the ceremony is over!
The end of the wedding ceremony.
Hannah & Tim were married at Fayetteville United Methodist Church on 1/1/11 and I think that the expressions on their faces just speak for themselves here!
Bride and groom walking down aisle.
Now that I’ve shown you all these expressions and how they make for such great photographs from your wedding day I know that it’s difficult to not become self-conscious and try to have all the right expressions at the right times.  The only advice that I can give to put out of your mind any sense of performance that you might have and simply be yourself with your groom or your bride.  Simply being yourself will lead to the absolute best expressions and the photographs that you will want to site down and share with your grandkids in the years to come!


  1. Kate

    All beautiful Chris! The light and reflection was captured perfectly!!

    • Chris

      Thanks! It’s so great to be able have such great people to work for!

  2. Lucille

    Sensational shot…