Lovely Literary-Themed Summer Loft Wedding in New York

Posted by Caitlin on Nov 03, 2014


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Teresa and Josh were married at Max at High Falls in Rochester, N.Y. on September 1. “When Josh proposed to me, we were living in an old apartment in downtown Los Angeles; so when we envisioned our ideal wedding celebration, we imagined it would be there: an urban, artsy loft with amazing windows and lots of light,” Teresa said. “Once we decided to get married in Josh’s hometown, we realized that a lot of the most popular venues in upstate New York highlighted either the beautiful lakes, vineyards, or woods in the area. But then we found Max at High Falls. It is a huge space with stone walls, high ceilings, giant glass windows, and metal crossbeams, plus a patio overlooking the center of the city and an old bar with wood floors and brass fixtures. It felt like walking into our own home, but with plenty of room for us to bring in our own style.” The bride wore a strapless trumpet wedding gown with a ruched bodice and ruffled skirt, accessorized with a blusher veil and jeweled sash, while the groom wore a gray suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched short navy blue dresses and carried bouquets of roses, ranunculuses, amaranthus, eucalyptus, and dusty miller. “Our ceremony was incredible!” she said. “We had a dear family friend marry us, and we had spent many months carefully writing the entire thing with his guidance, which in itself was a treasured experience. And our amazing older siblings performed the readings.” It was then quickly turned into the reception. Tables were decorated with stacks of vintage books, music sheets, and numbers that represented a significant milestone in their relationship. For example, “18 was the day in September when Josh and Teresa first said, ‘I love you.'” “One of the sweetest moments in was our first dance to Paul McCartney’s version of ‘Til There Was You,'” Teresa said. “After we were introduced and walked on to the dance floor together, it suddenly dawned on us that we had given very little thought to this. We hadn’t thought at all about our first dance, we had no idea what we were doing, and we just started madly giggling. We had prepared for every single other second of our wedding rehearsal, ceremony, and reception, we thought about the choice of song in depth, but we didn’t know how to dance to it! So, we just laughed, kissed, hugged, and enjoyed this sweet, special little song.”

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Photography: Mary Dougherty Photography | Venue: Max at High Falls | Dress Store: Panache Bridal | Shoes: Lulu Townsend | Bridesmaid Dresses: Anthropologie | Jewelry: Claude Morady | Hair Stylist: Scott Miller | Makeup Artist: Kristen Serinis | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Indochino | Floral Designer: Pittsford Florist | Rentals: McCarthy Tents & Events | Caterer: Max Rochester | Cake: Premier Pastry 

Real Virginia Winery Wedding: Ginna + Sheffield

Posted by Jeffra on Feb 17, 2011

Ginna + Sheffield

October 2010

Fishersville, Virginia

From the Photographer:
“Sheffield stepped up to read his vows and asked, “for those of you who knew me before I met Ginna, how many of you thought I would never marry?” Hands shot up in the air and laughs punctuated the silence. He continued, “The reason you thought that was because I was convinced I was meant to be alone. I believed it so much I made everyone around else around me believe it too…. I never thought that I would find someone who loved me just the way I am, especially someone so hot.”

Ginna and Sheffield first met at a wedding. Some of their first exchanges were recorded congratulations to their mutual friends on that wedding day. During that first meeting they shared stories and interests and from that point on their lives would never be the same. Of course, like any great love story (and Sheffield and Ginna’s story is truly great) their journey did not come without challenges. Five years after that first meeting, on October 10th, 2010 they proved that their love was greater than anything that could keep them apart and pledged to love and live together forever. Never have I been to a wedding that has expressed more deeply – in each aspect of the day – the love between two people. Sheffield and Ginna bonded over many things, but they particularly loved words. As actors they knew the power of words and memorized and delivered them daily. No words were more genuine, more true, or sincere than the ones they declared on their wedding day.” –Mary Dougherty Photography

Real B&B Wedding: Laura + Travis

Posted by Jeffra on Jun 15, 2010

Laura + Travis

June 2010

Ontario, Canada

From Mary Dougherty Photography:

“Laura is the last of my college friends to get married.  She and Travis actually met in high school and even went to prom together – but it wasn’t until after college that they reconnected and started dating. So that’s the basics of Laura and Travis, but really there’s so much more… and I don’t even know where to begin to describe their wedding. It took place at a bed and breakfast, and it was wonderful to have all of the friends stay there so we could spend more time together. Even though the forecast called for rain after many prayers the day was beautiful and sunny and the wedding took place outside as planned. It was perfect and although I didn’t photograph the wedding, I did take a few shots of some of the details so you can see the work and personal touches they added.”

Photography Courtesy of: Mary Dougherty Photography

Location: The Stepping Stone Inn (Westport, ON)
Flowers: The Hidden Garden
Cupcakes: Christine Sleeth

All vendors are located in Canada, where the wedding took place

Real Florida Wedding: Ginny + Marc

Posted by Jeffra on Jun 04, 2010

Ginny & Marc

May 2010

Location: TPC Sawgrass ~ Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

From the Bride:

“We met in the 9th grade in Junior High School in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. Although we were friends, we never dated. Coincidentally, we both moved to Florida for college. I went to The Florida State University and Marc attended the University of South Florida. We spent the last 3 years of our college careers driving 3 1/2 hours to spend short weekends together.

The wedding was the most challenging event I have ever organized. I am a kindergarten teacher and, at the time, was finishing my Master’s degree. I felt as though I had three full-time jobs and at one point…or maybe many. I attempted to get the majority of the work done as soon as I could, seeing as how I graduated a month after our wedding. Sweat and tears aside, the day turned out to be absolutely amazing. Marc and I had a blast at the wedding and it was neat to see all of our hard work pay off and watch as it all came together. We were so happy to spend our special day with so many of our loved ones and are excited to begin the rest of our lives as ‘Mr. and Mrs.'” -Ginny


Photography by & Courtesy of: Mary Dougherty Photography

Florist: Lori Parker, Florium Emporium; Hair Stylist: Grazyna Mercado; Dress: Priscilla of Boston, Vineyard Collection, Lucy; Hair Accessory: Sara Gabriel, Breanna Pin; Shoes: Jeffery Campbell, Pearl Flats, in gold; Jewlery: Carolee LUX pearl studs and cluster necklace; Bridesmaids Dress: Priscilla of Boston, Melissa Sweet Collection, MS215, in tiramisu; Ceremony Musician: Family Friend: Dan O’Brien; Reception Musician: Jonathan Cortez