Syracuse Wedding Photographers Old Forge Wedding – Kristen & Matt!

Adirondack Wedding

Being Syracuse wedding photographers, it’s always a blast to travel to destinations outside of the Syracuse area for weddings!  Part of the adventure is encountering the unknown and using all of my skill to overcome the challenges.   What a day Kristen and Matt had for their Old Forge Wedding!  The day was filled with high winds, driving rain, large hail warnings, tornado warnings, and losing power at the house where Kristen was getting ready, but none of that stuff got Kristen & Matt down!  These two were smiling the whole day!
We started off by meeting up with Matt to record some of his getting ready at the cottage next door to the Otter Lake Community Church.

Groom preparation in Otter Lake by Syracuse Wedding Photographers - The Story Photography

groom portrait in otter lake, ny
Then we were off to meet up with Kristen at beautiful Camp Ay-Dee-Kay on the Moose River!
bride portrait in old forge, ny
mother helping bride in old forge
bride portrait in old forge
I just loved this little moment between Kristen & Matt’s mother!

bride and groom's mother getting ready for old forge wedding by Syracuse Wedding Photographers - The Story Photography

wedding program for otter lake community church wedding
groom seeing bride for the first time in adirondack wedding
father and bride in adirondack wedding
It’s not often that I run in to something new at a wedding but this was one of those days!  Kristen and Matt brought in the tradition of the wine box ceremony to their wedding ceremony!  The idea behind the wine box ceremony is that the couple gets (or has made) a wooden box and then at the ceremony the couple places inside the box the following items: 1 bottle of wine, 2 wine glasses, and then they each place a sealed letter that they have written to the other in which they’ve written about what they love about the other person. The box is then sealed up by each of them hammering a nail.
Then, the idea is that is their marriage is ever at a major crossroads, they will sit down, share that bottle of wine and read the letters that they’ve written to each other.  If they haven’t done this by their 10th anniversary, then they get to enjoy it as an anniversary gift!

wine box ceremony

first kiss in adirondack wedding
wedding photo in old forge wedding
How about those shoes!?

bride's red wedding shoes in adirondack wedding by Syracuse Wedding Photographers - The Story Photography

After the ceremony we north through Old Forge to the North Woods Inn on 4th Lake for their wedding reception!
bride and groom portrait on 4th Lake
4th lake wedding photography
wedding photo at north woods inn
One of the things that I absolutely love about wedding photography is the combination of simply capturing the moments as they happen (see Kristen & Matt’s mother above or the first dance photos below!) and then being able to create some photographic poetry as well!  See, to me the photojournalistic side is like the news paper, telling it like it is.  Then their is the artistic side where I get to make something out of nothing.  Just like in our everyday language, we can take a set of words and tell it like it is or we can carefully choose those words to say something in an artful, in a poetic way.  I decided that it was time to give you a little glimpse in to some of that poetry, taking an everyday situation and seeing some beauty in it and presenting it to you in an artful way.
Below you’ll see what I’ll just come out and say is probably my favorite photo of Kristen & Matt from their wedding day.  This was the last photo that we made before the reception began because I wanted to build their trust before I tried it.  If you scroll down to the next photo down below them, you’ll see why.

wedding photography for adirondack wedding by Syracuse Wedding Photographers - The Story Photography

This was the scene where I had them stand in order to create the beautiful photo that you see above.  I am standing in the exact same spot and Matt was pretty close to being backed up against that car’s bumper.  That’s a pretty everyday scene, and I think we made some poetry out of it, what do you think?

scene shot at north woods inn

And how could I pass up this next photo?  Have you seen my About page? (Engagement photo by Jillian Marie Imagery)
adirondack chair wedding decoration

wedding rings by Syracuse Wedding Photographers - The Story Photography

first dance at north woods inn by Syracuse Wedding Photographers - The Story Photography

wedding reception at north woods inn
I’d love to hear what you think and I know that Kristen and Matt would appreciate it too so please take a moment to comment!


  1. Tina Pollock

    What a wonderful day. The photos capture it perfectly! Beautiful!!!!

  2. Karina

    Beautuful wedding for a beautiful couple!!

  3. Michelle M.

    Gorgeous pictures, made me tear up. I’m so happy for both of you! Congrats, again!

  4. Ashley McNeil

    I love the way the pictures look!! Kristen and Matt both look great!! Beautiful wedding!

  5. Judy Radley

    Beautiful Wedding! Beautiful Couple! Beautiful Family! Beautiful Place! Beautiful Memories! The photographers were AWESOME and really captured the true essence of this love-filled and God Blessed occasion for Kristen and Matt!

  6. Stephaine McKeown

    It looks like a beautiful wedding, love seeing the photographs! My favourite is the first dance, they look made for each other! Lovely 🙂

  7. Paula Cleaves

    These photos are so beautiful,I am so glad the weather held off.

  8. Janet Eagan

    Thank you for everything. All of us enjoyed the wedding and we got
    to see all of our special friends. Wish you both the best of everything

  9. Shannon rogers

    Kristen, congratulations!! You look absolutely beautiful, I looove your dress. The photographer did an amazing job! <3

  10. Renee Wapniewski

    Congratulations! The pictures are beautiful!

  11. Katie

    Love love love the pictures!!!! You guys are beautiful together and can’t wait to c you guys grow!!! Love you guys!!! It was a beautiful wedding!!!

    • Corey

      rbeautiful pics. Awesome seeing such huge smiles on both of their faces!

  12. Corey

    Beautiful wedding pictures!!!

  13. Kerry

    Pictures look beautiful, can’t wait to see more! Congratulations, thank you for having us be a part of your special day!

  14. Amanda

    Beautiful couple! Congrats to the both of you! I j
    Hope you get enough comments.

  15. Dennis & Robin Smith

    Beautiful wedding Your Aunt Robin and I enjoyed every min. of the ceremony you guys take alot of wonderful pictures

  16. Kaylee Helbling

    Kristen your wedding was beautiful you looked absolutly amazing!

  17. Karen king

    The pictures look so great, you captured the beauty of the couple.

  18. Janice miller

    Special setting for a special couple, just. Beautiful!

  19. Monica Vanderstraeten

    We had a wonderful time spending the weekend with you two. It was a beautiful ceremony and reception. Many blessed years ahead

  20. Kelly Eagan

    Beautiful wedding so happy for yOu two! 🙂 many years of happiness to come!

  21. Sarah Sleeper

    Love everything what a beautiful day!!

  22. Melissa Oliver

    You look gorgeous!! Congrats 🙂

  23. Dora Hutchison

    It truly was a day to remember, the most beautiful bride and groom! Love the pictures but even more I love the people in the pictures!

  24. Heather PeQueen

    Kristen you looked beautiful! Congrats you two!

  25. Rob Jones

    I am so happy for you guys!! I am so sad that I could not be there for that beautiful day. Looking through the wedding pictures made me tear up. What an amazing display of the love and passion you have for each other that is portrayed in this album. I miss you Krysten, so very much. You mean the world to me and always will.

  26. Diane Ernst

    The pics are gorgeous-how could they not be?

  27. Jocelyn Bennett

    Kristen, you look AMAZING, and you both look truly happy!! Your wedding looked perfect! 🙂 My favorite though, is seeing how happy your Parents were! 🙂 Congrats!

  28. Dennis and Robin

    We are so very proud of Kristen and Matt. It was a beautiful wedding and we were honored to be able to share in their special day.
    With much Love,
    Uncle Dennis and Aunt Robin

  29. angela penkszyk

    Beautiful! Xoxo. Congrats dude and dudette!

  30. Andy Pollock

    Awesome pix! Great time! Congrats!

  31. Matthew

    Wow we are a good looking couple!

  32. Kristen

    I want to say thank you to everyone who attended our wonderful ceremony and reception. Thank you all for your kind words and comments 🙂 I hope we get 70!!!

  33. Christan Anderson

    Beautiful pictures of a beautiful couple congratulations!!!!!

  34. Harold Pratt

    Nice photo album Matt and Kristen. Wish we could have been there with you both.