Amanda & John’s Finger Lakes Wedding Photography

Ithaca Wedding

From the moment that I first met Amanda and her parents last winter I knew that this Finger Lakes wedding was going to be a fun one!

There is a bit of a unique story here because this brand new wedding venue (I don’t think it officially has a name yet!) is a beautiful old barn on the family’s property on Cayuga Lake in Interlaken, NY. Amanda’s family renovated the barn from the ground up to transform it in to the perfect setting for a New York barn wedding.

You’ll have to wait a bit for the barn photos though! Amanda & John got ready for their wedding day in neighboring lake houses and utilized the property’s dock for a bunch of their wedding day photos.

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Amanda’s hair & makeup by Innovations Ithaca.

bride portraits at cayuga lake wedding

As usual, beautiful and unique bouquets by Whistlestop Florist!

wedding bouquets by whistlestop florist groom getting ready at cayuga lake cottage

John’s parents are no longer with us so the little detail of these super cool cufflinks was important.  His mother gave these cufflinks as a gift to his uncle when he went off to the Army along with the advice “don’t be a horse’s…”  Well, we’ll just call these the horse’s rear end cufflinks for now 🙂

groom portrait at cayuga lake wedding

Does it get any more fun than the mother of the bride driving daughter and father in to the wedding ceremony in a huge tractor?  No, no it doesn’t!

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This chuppa was great too!  See, Amanda’s mother constructed the entire thing for the wedding and the covering is fashioned from a tapestry that was given to her grandmother!

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This was also the same view from the wedding ceremony site at the top of the property.  Simply beautiful.

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Now, here’s the unique barn venue on the family property, the site of the  amazingly fun wedding reception.

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A better look at the wedding reception decorations by Whistlestop Florist.

reception decorations by whistlestop florist

The guys who kept this party going were Chicken Slacks from Boston!  Such a fun band!

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The wedding hora is always a blast!  Such a moment of joy to start off the newly married couple in life!

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and… I couldn’t pass up this opportunity to finish off the night!

bride and groom night portrait at barn wedding

Catering for the reception was by Phoebe’s and all the details of making the day run smoothly and beautiful were taken care of by Kate of Lovewell Celebration Design!


  1. nora teltser

    Mazal Tov! Thanks for the pictures. The bride is Beautiful!
    The barn is amazing!

  2. Melissa

    Wow…..And I thought the pig roast was a hoot! The tractor being driven by Brenda in a gown….how totally cool! Very neat people – the whole gang of ya – and I wish you both the very best loving life together with such a cool family.
    Melissa (aka – cleaner upper!)

  3. Danielle

    Beautiful wedding!! Is the barn for rent? I am getting married next august.

      • Danielle

        Hello, are you the owner?

        • Brenda


  4. Diana

    Hats off to Brenda who worked so hard this summer and fall to make the day perfect for Amanda and John. These photographs are just beautiful, congratulations to all.

  5. cathy rimsky

    What a beautiful wedding. The scenery, the bride and groom and of course the produ parents. Congratulations to Brenda, Barry and family. All the best, Cathy and Lee Rimsky

  6. Kate Brown

    Chris! What a beautiful job capturing such a lovely day with such a lovable family and loved couple! It was such a pleasure working with you and collaborating together! Thanks for that and such amazing photos!

  7. Debbi Smith

    Brenda, You did it!! Place looks great, You guys looked beautiful!

  8. Linda Domenitz

    A special time, a special place, and special people. Grateful we were able to share this moment in time with you. Unforgettable experience!.

  9. Gracy Daniel

    The bride is so beautiful. Congrats Brenda for the job well done. Thanks for sharing the pictures