Tara + John | Wedding

Back in the beginning of October, Amber from Saddleback Studio, and I had the pleasure of photographing Tara + John's wedding at The Olde Tater Barn. The Olde Tater Barn, located in Central Bridge, NY, was the perfect location for a rustic and charming wedding. With a beautifully renovated barn, professional kitchen, and immaculate country gardens, Amber and I knew we were in for a treat.

Before meeting Tara and the wedding party at the hotel, Amber and I stopped by the venue to do a quick walk through and to meet the owner. The inside of the barn was decorated with Pinterest-worthy rustic glam'ness. Tara, who helps businesses to "go green," picked her centerpieces and dried them herself throughout the summer. Pinterest-worthy, indeed.

When we arrived at the hotel, we found Tara calmly sitting on her bed, sipping a cocktail, while her wedding party rushed around her in a frenzy to get ready. We got down to photographing the details and chatting with the girls. Not only did Tara make all her own centerpieces, but she picked and dried all the bouquets and boutonnieres herself, too!

Have you ever photographed the "getting ready" process in a hotel that offers NO great spots for your dress shot? Rooms are cramped with outdated style. Hallways are dark and let's not even start with the hotel-hallway-carpet syndrome. Ugh. Amber and I wandered around the hotel, dress in hand, desperately searching for a spot in which to hang the dress. Finally, we found it. In the main lobby, there were a set of doors leading to the office area. Luckily, the employees didn't mind being locked in for a few minutes while we snapped some photos.

The day before the wedding, I jumped over to The Olde Tater Barn's Facebook page to do some recon and noticed a few shots on a covered bridge. Covered bridge = photography perfection. While doing our walk-through, I asked the owner about it and she told us the bridge was located almost exactly between the hotel where Tara was getting ready and the venue. SO GUESS WHERE WE WENT NEXT.

Tara and John, man they were so cool. Talk about putting your full trust in your photographer. They did whatever Amber and I asked and were TOTALLY COOL ABOUT IT. It was awesome. It was like conducting your own styled shoot with whatever creative license you wanted to use...but better! It was a real life wedding!

After a few minutes of girl time, the guys arrived and Tara quickly scooted off the back of the bridge to prepare for the first look. Amber and I were so psyched that Tara and John were open to a first look shoot. We understand couples who wish to remain traditional in regards to seeing the bride but first look shoots hold a special place in our hearts. The intimacy and anticipation just cannot be beat!

This group. This wedding party group. They were a blast. Everyone was so full of energy, Amber and I felt like we were hanging out with a group of friends for the day.

After grabbing a handful of photos with this wild and crazy bunch, we sent them on their way and stayed back a few minutes to capture Tara and John alone.

On the way to the venue, we pulled over on the side of the highway, crossed it (yes!) and had some fun in this beautiful, albeit bright, field. Then, off to the venue!

Tara waited in the barn while the guests arrived and were seated. The lighting was so neat and since we had a few minutes, I took full advantage of it. Remember when I said earlier that Tara (and John) were up to anything? In those few minutes, Tara let me drag her around the barn to this window and that door and agreed to wrap and drape all sorts of things around her. THANKS TARA.

And then...showtime!

If I were an emoji-inclined person, this is where I would insert that swirling-hearts-emoji-dude.

As second shooter for this particular wedding, I chose the side view while Amber grabbed the full-on kiss shot. I'll include the link to her blog at the bottom of this post so you can go see this day through her lens!

After the ceremony, Tara and John graciously allowed us to pull them aside one last time for some final portraits before joining their guests for the party.

The reception, located in the main barn, was so full of energy! From the Southern, home-style food and donut bar to the one-heck-of-a-dancing crowd, this party was rocking!

Tara and John, thank you so much for letting us capture your day. You guys are rad.

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