Chelsea and Cait’s Cristman Barn wedding in Ilion, NY was a beautiful occasion celebrating love. We were so honored and thrilled to capture this gorgeous Upstate NY wedding on a lovely late summer day. This gorgeous barn is the perfect spot to have an intimate wedding with loved ones. It’s also a Hudson Valley wedding photographer’s dream location to capture.
Cristman Barn weddings are hosted in the summer time on the spacious property. Chelsea and Cait held their ceremony with the pond as their beautiful backdrop. This made for some stunning natural light wedding photos in Upstate New York. They had an archway built by one of Chelsea’s loved ones to set the scene for the ceremony.
With only close family and friends invited, the whole crew was staying at Cristman Barn. For intimate weddings, this is the perfect option to have everyone in one place. This makes things easy for intimate weddings like Chelsea and Cait’s, and is a bonus to having cozy wedding venues in Upstate New York like the Cristman Barn.
The lawn space can be used for an open-air or tented wedding. It’s important to consider that Cristman Barn weddings are not staffed, and you’ll need to bring in vendors of your own. Chelsea and Cait brought in a DJ, catering staff, and photographers for their wedding in Upstate NY. Although it was an intimate affair, this wedding day was full of joy and life.
We took getting ready photos in their respective rooms in the barn itself. Cristman Barn features rustic and spacious rooms, and offers the ability for couples to get ready separately. We also took photos of Cait’s wedding dress hanging in the main stairway, making for some beautiful and dramatic photos.
After these two were ready for the big day, it was time for the first look. As Hudson Valley wedding photographers, it’s always nice to capture first look photos. That gives us more time with the couple to take portraits ahead of their wedding ceremony. Plus, it allows couples to get portraits over with instead of missing their cocktail hour. Although we took family photos by the spring fed pond after the ceremony, they still saved so much time in their schedule.
Though there was rain on the forecast, we took our chances with an outdoor ceremony. It was projected that there would be light rain or drizzle, and instead, the sun came out for their vows and first kiss. That moment felt like the ultimate perfect timing for their Cristman Barn wedding photos.
We are always honored to capture LGBT weddings in New York like this intimate celebration with Chelsea and Cait. Seeing the outpouring of love and support from their family and close friends was an absolute honor to capture. These two made it a customized Cristman Barn wedding day that felt so personal and beautiful.
After the ultra personal ceremony at Chelsea and Cait’s Cristman Barn wedding, it was time to party. We got the family photos done quickly and easily with a detailed shot list provided by the couple. We took a few more portraits before heading right into the party. They hosted an amazing cocktail hour with appetizers and drinks by Feast and Festivities by O’Connors.
Chelsea and Cait then shared a romantic first dance on the deck. Following that came a dance from Chelsea and her dad before the group convened inside for dinner. They had speeches from the best man and maid of honor, making the night even more intimate and personal at their Cristman Barn celebration.
Finally came the dance floor opening for this crew to have a ton of fun. It was great to watch their loved ones let loose and have an amazing time. The couple used the outside deck as the dance floor, and the DJ set up outside was perfect. With entertainment by DJ Bobby Kane, they had an incredible time including the limbo and tons of fun dancing.
All in all, this LGBTQ+ wedding at Cristman Barn in Ilion was a stunning occasion that we were so happy to photograph. Capturing wedding photography throughout Upstate New York and the Hudson Valley, we love gems like this intimate wedding venue and ceremony space. If you’re thinking of having a Cristman barn wedding, let us know – we’d love to capture photo and video of your special occasion.
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