From the start I knew that Darlene & Matt’s wedding at The Otesaga Resort was going to be unique and this couple definitely held up to my expectations!  Darlene & Matt wanted to have their wedding done their way which meant they held their cocktail hour (and a half!) before the ceremony and surprising the entire group of family and friends by having Matt’s step-father officiate the ceremony!  These two filled the day with their personalities and everyone had a blast!Wedding photos at The Otesaga Resort Darlene got ready for the wedding day at The Otesaga and Renee from Timeless Spa & Salon worked her magic with hair and makeup!Bride getting ready at The Otesaga Resort bridesmaid getting ready for Otesaga wedding bride getting ready for Otesaga wedding ceremony bride & groom wedding portraits groom telling a story during the cocktail hour on the veranda at Otesaga Can you really imagine a more beautiful place to get married in New York than on the shore of Otsego Lake?  The back lawn is perfect for an outdoor wedding at The Otesaga Resort!lakeside wedding ceremony in Cooperstown, NY outdoor wedding ceremony at The Otesaga Resort Otsego lake wedding ceremony in Cooperstown, NY Otesaga Resort outdoor wedding ceremony Candid moment at Otesaga outdoor wedding ceremony This was the moment when Darlene and Matt realized that they had written the same exact line in the vows that they had written to each other!bride and goom exchange vows at lakeside wedding in Cooperstown Outdoor wedding on Otsego Lake Otesaga Resort outdoor wedding ceremony Otesaga Resort wedding photography wedding photography on the dock at Otesaga Resort Cooperstown wedding photography at Otesaga

As you know, I don’t typically feature too many details because I love the real, candid moments but I couldn’t pass this one up!  Darlene and Matt live in Philadelphia and each of their tables were named with a theme that is uniquely “Philly!”  As you can tell, this particular table was the Philadelphia Phillies table which featured Chris Farly as the famous Phillies character player, John Kruk!  I couldn’t help but laugh out loud when I saw this!wedding table centerpiece with Chris Farley painted beer bottle wedding reception table centerpiece wedding first dance at The Otesaga ballroom wedding reception at The Otesaga resort ballroom bridesmaid speech at The Otesaga resort wedding receptionAnd here’s Matt & Darlene’s reaction to the maid of honor’s speech! candid reactions to speech at Otesaga receptionbride & groom's speech at Otesaga wedding reception Carl & the team at DJ by Design kept the party going strong!wedding guests dancing at Otesaga wedding wedding reception dancing at Otesaga resort candid wedding reception photography in Cooperstown

And of course, in a style that only Matt could pull off, there was a special dance performance!groom dancing at Otesaga wedding bride's reaction to groom's dancing at wedding reception Otesaga firepit wedding photo

To check out another wedding at The Otesaga Resort just click through to Erica & Josh’s wedding!